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Rakuten launch day & date VOD service with WW2 drama ‘Hurricane’

Echoing the move by Sky to enter the day-and-date VOD market, Rakuten TV have announced the launch of its new project: Rakuten Cinema. The VOD company enters for the first time in the co-production and distribution field, with a distribution model based on a simultaneous theatrical and VOD release and empowering independent producers to stand head-to-head with their Hollywood counterparts.

As its first feature, Rakuten TV has selected Kaleidoscope Entertainment’s World War II action thriller, Hurricane – starring Iwan Rheon, Milo Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge) and Marcin Dorocinski. From BAFTA winning director, David Blair, Hurricane is produced by Krystian Kozlowski of Prospect 3, Matt Whyte of Stray Dogs Films and Lipsync Productions. Hurricane will be released in cinemas and digital VoD platforms in the UK simultaneously this Autumn, and tells the heroic true story of a group of crack Polish fighter pilots who helped defend British shores during the Battle of Britain.
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Kelly Macdonald to star in BBC One legal drama The Victim

Deadline is reporting that Trainspotting and Boardwalk Empire star Kelly Macdonald has joined the upcoming BBC One legal drama The Victim, which has been created by Rob Williams (The Man in the High Castle).

The series will see Macdonald as Anna Dean, “a Scottish mother whose nine-year old boy was murdered fifteen years ago by a 13 year old. Years later, having campaigned to be told of the killer’s new identity she is accused of revealing his new name online.”

“It’s incredibly exciting for me to see the story being brought to life by such a talented cast and crew,” said Williams. “I’m really grateful – and fortunate – to be working with people who care about the material as much as I do.”

Filming is now underway on the four-part series, with Niall MacCormick (Complicit) directing a cast that also includes John Hannah (Agents of S.H.I.E.
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Clerkenwell Films

Clerkenwell films is a UK production company based in Clerkenwell, London. It was founded in 1998 by actor John Hannah and director Murray Ferguson. During that time, they have produced television shows for both the UK and international broadcasters. Some of the platforms on which their series are shown include the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Sky, E4, and Netflix. Some of their shows include ‘The End of the F***ing World’, ‘Lovesick’, ‘Misfits’, and ‘Afterlife’. Here are five more things that you probably do not know about the production company Clerkenwell Films. 1. BBC Worldwide Has a Stake Many of the

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Clerkenwell Films
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Susan Wokoma, BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, to Star in ‘The Ghost and the House of Truth’ (Exclusive)

Susan Wokoma, BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, to Star in ‘The Ghost and the House of Truth’ (Exclusive)
Rising British actress Susan Wokoma, who starred in breakout hit comedy “Chewing Gum” and was selected by BAFTA as one of its Breakthrough Brits last year, is to star in movie “The Ghost and the House of Truth.”

Wokoma plays Bola Ogun, a counselor whose 8-year-old daughter goes missing. “Frustrated with the police investigation, she takes it upon herself to catch the perpetrator, but as time runs out things take an unexpected turn,” according to a statement. Kate Henshaw and Fabian Adeoye also star, and production is currently underway in Nigeria. The film is directed by Akin Omotoso (“Vaya,” “A Hotel Called Memory”) and produced by Ego Boyo’s Temple Productions.

Wokoma was kept busy last year: she appeared on stage opposite Martin Freeman and Tamsin Greig in political comedy “Labour of Love” at London’s Noel Coward Theater, and also starred in Dan Sefton’s “Porters,” a hospital-set comedy commissioned by U.K. channel Dave, featuring appearances
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BBC Worldwide Investment; Banff Names Honouree; Sky Vision Closes ‘Britannia’ Sales – Global Briefs

BBC Worldwide has increased its stake in Clerkenwell Films, the British production company behind Netflix co-production The End of the F***ing World. The commercial arm of the British public broadcaster has increased its stake from 25% to 48% in the Murray Ferguson-run firm, which also produced series including Misfits and Lovesick. Clerkenwell is the latest production company that Bbcww has increased its ownership stake in; it previously increased ownership of The Trip
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BBC Ups Stake in ‘The End of the F***ing World’ Producer Clerkenwell (Exclusive)

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British pubcaster, has increased its share in drama producer Clerkenwell Films and now owns 48% of the company that makes E4 and Netflix series “The End of the F***ing World.”

Clerkenwell also counts supernatural drama “Misfits,” which was on E4 and picked up by Netflix, and cop series “Rebus” among its credits. Its series “Lovesick” started on Channel 4 in the U.K. before Netflix acquired it and then greenlit subsequent seasons as Netflix originals.

Based on the Charles Forsman graphic novels, “The End of the F***ing World” launched on Netflix in January, as did Season 3 of “Lovesick.”

Murray Ferguson, who founded the production company in 1998, said it made strategic sense to forge closer relations with BBC Worldwide with the international opportunities on offer for drama programming.

“After working closely with Helen and the BBC Worldwide team for many years, we have found them to be astute, supportive and commercially
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Movie Review – Mom and Dad (2018)

Mom and Dad, 2018.

Written and Directed by Brian Taylor.

Starring Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair, Anne Winters, Zackary Arthur, Robert T. Cunningham, Marilyn Dodds Frank, Olivia Crocicchia, Rachel Melvin, and Lance Henriksen.

Synopsis:

A teenage girl and her little brother must survive a wild 24 hours during which a mass hysteria of unknown origins causes parents to turn violently on their own kids.

Folks, we have another one for the always hilarious Nicolas Cage montages of insanity; a clip of the veteran actor (known for unprecedented levels of craziness in his older years) destroying a pool table while intensely wide-eyed yelling out The Hokey Pokey. The kicker is that although it is a flashback integrated into the middle of Mom and Dad (written and directed by Brian Taylor who is most the for the Crank franchise, utilizing that same punk rock and frenetic style here as well), this is a father Before
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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in January 2018, and the Best Episodes of Each

7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in January 2018, and the Best Episodes of Each
1. “Grace and Frankie” Season 4 (available January 19)

Why Should I Watch It? “Grace and Frankie” has become one of the best Netflix series out there. Honestly, it always has been, but continued quality has solidified this tale of unexpected friendship as one of the most observant, confident, and entertaining comedies out there. Lily Tomlin is as dynamite as ever. Jane Fonda knows just when to bring down the house. Neither is afraid to engage in delicate topics typically ignored by mainstream TV shows, and the writers (including co-creator Marta Kauffman) continue to introduce pertinent new storylines while bringing in wonderful new faces. This year, that face belongs to Lisa Kudrow, so if you need one more reason to watch, she’s certainly it.

Best Episode: Reviews and review-like posts such as this are being held until Wednesday, January 17. Traditionally, embargoes so close to the release date are taken as a bad sign for the series’ quality,
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Netflix Casts Its ‘Umbrella Academy’ Family

A little less than a month ago Netflix had announced that X-Men star Ellen Page had signed on to the upcoming The Umbrella Academy series to play the role of Vanya Hargreeves aka The White Violin. Now Netflix has added five more actors to the Hargreeves family.

From left to right:

Aidan Gallagher (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn) will play Number Five: At the age of 10, The Boy travelled 50 years into the future in which Sir Reginald warned him that he could never go back. After 50 more years, Number Five finds a way to return but returns to the current date in his 10 year old state despite the rest of his siblings aging at a normal rate, now 30. Due to the time travel The Boy does not age.

Robert Sheehan (Misfits) will play Klaus aka The Séance: Has the powers of levitation, telekinesis, and can contact the dead. The only way
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Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy rounds out its cast of dysfunctional superheroes

A couple weeks after Netflix cast Ellen Page (Flatliners) in the lead role of The Umbrella Academy adaptation, the streaming service has now rounded out its cast of dysfunctional superheroes in the Hargreeve family. Joining Page in the series are Tom Hopper (Black Sails) as Luther, Emmy Raver-Lampman (Broadway’s Hamilton) as Allison, David Castañeda (Soldado) as Diego, Robert Sheehan (Misfits) as Klaus and Aidan Gallagher (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn) as Number Five.

The character descriptions for the new cast members are:

Luther (Hopper) – Luther was groomed by his father from an early age to be the leader of The Umbrella Academy – a responsibility that has always weighed heavily on him. He is resilient, a workaholic, and possesses the ability of heightened physical strength. Upstanding to a fault, Luther always tries to do the right thing, even if that means putting others before himself. Allison (Raver-Lampman) – Allison is beautiful, elegant,
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Netflix’s ‘Umbrella Academy’ Series Adds ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Misfits’ Alumni to Cast Led By Ellen Page

Netflix’s ‘Umbrella Academy’ Series Adds ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Misfits’ Alumni to Cast Led By Ellen Page
Netflix’s newest comic book adaptation is only getting more super, with a cast rounded out with stars from Game of Thrones, Hamilton, Misfits, and more. The Umbrella Academy series has found its main cast, adding Tom Hopper as Luther, Emmy Raver-Lampman as Allison, David Castañeda as Diego, Robert Sheehan as Klaus, and Aidan Gallagher as Number Five. They join Ellen Page (who […]

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Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys coming to BBC Radio 4

Louisa Mellor Nov 23, 2017

Lenny Henry stars in the voice cast for this year's 6-part Christmas BBC Radio 4 Neil Gaiman drama, Anansi Boys

Like satsumas and hangovers, the annual BBC Radio 4 Neil Gaiman drama has established itself as an essential festive tradition. Following its 2013 Neverwhere dramatisation, Radio 4 brought us Good Omens, Stardust, and How The Marquis Got His Coat Back, as well as featuring The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains as a book of the week, all at Christmastime.

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This year’s Xmas radio drama will be Anansi Boys, adapted from Neil Gaiman’s 2005 novel. It’s the story of two estranged brothers, gods, magic, African folk tales, and spiders. The first of the six episodes is due to air on December the 25th.
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Jon Hamm to star in new supernatural thriller

Alec Bojalad Nov 6, 2017

Jon Hamm will be lending his talents to Off Season, director Jonathan Van Tulleken's feature debut

Late bloomer-turned TV royalty-turned feature film darling Jon Hamm has been tapped to star in the feature debut from BAFTA nominated director Jonathan van Tulleken, Off Season.

Hamm, of course, rose to prominence for his Emmy and Golden Globe-winning portrayal of Don Draper on modern television classic Mad Men. He has since parlayed that Don Draper success into further his career as a comedic actor on television as Tina Fey's muse in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and as a dramatic actor in films such as Baby Driver.

Hamm will now be offering his talents to director Jonathan van Tulleken in bringing his award-winning short film Off Season to full feature status. Off Season, the short, debuted in 2009 and went on to be the rare short film nominated for a BAFTA award.
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‘Genius’: Alex Rich To Star As Young Picasso; Five More Cast In Nat Geo Anthology Series

Alex Rich (Glow, True Detective) has been tapped as a lead, sharing the title role of Pablo Picasso with Antonio Banderas in the second season of National Geographic's anthology series Genius. In addition, Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, In Bruges), Robert Sheehan (Fortitude, Misfits), Poppy Delevingne (Kingsman: The Golden Circle, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword), Aisling Franciosi (Game of Thrones, The Fall) and Sebastian Roché (Young Pope, The Man in…
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Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams – The Commuter Review

Villordsutch reviews Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams: “The Commuter”…

The latest serving of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, titled “The Commuter”, was originally published way back in 1953 within the Science Fiction magazine Amazing Stories, and is now brought up to date by Jack Thorne (creator of the excellent Fades) and directed by Tom Harper (Peaky Blinders, Misfits).

Ed Jacobson (played be the brilliant Timothy Spall) is trapped within his own life. His daily job as a train station employee finds him dealing with numerous confused customers, sorting out blocked toilets, and fishing the odd tea-bag out of the bin to satisfy the need for a brew.

Outside of his workplace we discover his home life isn’t any better. The street in which he lives upon is strewn with rubbish, muffled music echoes from random houses and run down cars are parked across pavements. Yet, things become even
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The Good Doctor Premiere: Grade It!

The Good Doctor Premiere: Grade It!
ABC’s The Good Doctor boasts an incredible pedigree, a killer cast and a provocative premise — but is it any, you know, any good?

From House creator David Shore, the rookie medical drama — which bowed Monday at 10/9c behind DWTS — stars Bates Motel leading man Freddie Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy, a young pediatric surgeon and autistic savant who is about to join the staff of the prestigious San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. And to say the hospital’s administration is resistant to his controversial hiring is a gargantuan understatement. Lucky for him, he’s got an ally and mentor
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Game of Thrones and Salem Stars Head to Carnival Row

More casting news has arrived for Amazon’s upcoming original series “Carnival Row,” as Deadline is reporting that David Gyasi (Interstellar), Karla Crome (Misfits), Indira Varma (“Game of Thrones”), and Tamzin Merchant (pictured; “Salem”) have been added to the eight-episode straight-to-series… Continue Reading →

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‘Carnival Row’: David Gyasi, Karla Crome, Indira Varma & Tamzin Merchant Join Amazon’s Fantasy Drama Series

Amazon is rounding out its cast for Carnival Row, adding David Gyasi (Interstellar), Karla Crome (Misfits), Indira Varma (Game of Thrones), and Tamzin Merchant (Salem) to the eight-episode straight-to-series fantasy drama, from Rene Echevarria, Travis Beacham, Paul McGuigan and Legendary Television. They join previously cast Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne. Carnival Row is described as a fantasy-noir set in a neo-Victorian city. Mythical creatures fleeing their war-torn…
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Three Summers review – Ben Elton's folk music festival comedy misses a few notes

A roll call of Australian talent fills out this slight and sunny love story but while the jokes arrive at a steady pace, more than a few fall short of their mark

If a Western Australian folk music festival seems like a left-field setting for a film by Ben Elton – once a premier humorist of Britain’s grimy absurdities in shows including The Young Ones and Blackadder – bear in mind that the comedian has held dual citizenship in Australia since 2004, taking up residence in Fremantle with his Australian wife.

A slight and sunny love story, Three Summers is set over three consecutive iterations of the fictional Westifal music festival (slogan: “Let’s get folked up”). MisfitsRobert Sheehan and Home and Away’s Rebecca Breeds star as the prospective partners. She’s a boot-stamping, fiddle-playing folk chick; he’s a know-it-all muso with a passion for the theremin. He’s
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Inumans: Iwan Rheon Talks How Maximus And Game Of Thrones' Ramsay Are Different.

I first remember Iwan Rheon when he portrayed the meek and very socially reserved character of Simon Bellamy on the British show, Misfits. His turn as the psychotic Ramsay Bolton on HBO’s Game of Thrones was a complete 180 from his Misfits character, and is a testament to Rheon’s acting range. Rheon is now set to be a part of Marvel’s Inhumans, playing Maximus, a powerless character intent on overthrowing his Inhuman brother, Black Bolt. Rheon recently sat down with Moviefone and talked about what it’s like to join the Marvel Universe and how Maximus is different from Ramsay Bolton:

"I think every young boy wants to be in the superhero show, so it's lovely to join it. Even though I don't actually have a superpower in the show, it's cool just to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- they make such amazing stuff and
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