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‘Greta’ Director Neil Jordan on Finding the Truth in Psychological Thrills and the Importance of a Female-Led Cast

Over half-a-decade after his vampire drama Byzantium, Neil Jordan returns to filmmaking with the psychological thriller Greta. In his six-year absence, he created TV series The Borgias, but the prospect of directing Isabelle Huppert as Greta was too good to pass up. The part was redesigned so Greta would become a sophisticated older woman who used her worldliness as means of seduction. Chloë Grace Moretz plays Frances, Greta’s newest victim, and Maika Monroe plays Frances’s roommate Erica who doesn’t trust Greta from the start.

We interviewed Jordan about Huppert’s truthful and therefore believable performance as Greta, working with cinematographer Seamus McGarvey to create an intimate and claustrophobic palette for the story, and how a dream sequence helped him decide this should be his next film.

The Film Stage: At the beginning of the film you think Greta’s a lonely widow, and her tone and demeanor make her appear trustworthy.
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Why Greta is Neil Jordan's First Film in 7 Years

Don Kaye Mar 2, 2019

We spoke with the director of The Crying Game and Interview with the Vampire about returning to the big screen.

French legend Isabelle Huppert is unleashed in Greta, in which she plays the title character: a desperate, lonely but unfortunately not-all-there woman seeking companionship and finding it, at least initially, with Frances (Chloe Grace Moretz), a waitress who recently moved into her friend’s (Maika Monroe) New York City loft and is grieving the loss of her mother.

When Frances finds Greta’s lost purse on the subway, she dutifully returns it to the woman at her Brooklyn apartment and they strike up a friendship. But the more Frances finds out about Greta, the less she wants to be around her -- a state of affairs that the increasingly unstable Greta will go to any length to change.

Greta is directed by Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan, something
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‘Prism’: Chloe Wepper, David Alpay & Brooke Smith Cast In NBC’s Rashomon-Inspired Pilot

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‘Prism’: Chloe Wepper, David Alpay & Brooke Smith Cast In NBC’s Rashomon-Inspired Pilot
Exclusive: Chloe Wepper (Good Trouble), The Lottery alum David Alpay and Brooke Smith (The Good Doctor) are set as series regulars in NBC’s Prism pilot, from Daniel and Ben Barnz’s We’re Not Brothers Productions, Carol Mendelsohn, Julie Weitz and Universal Television.

Written by Daniel Barnz, who also directs, Prism is inspired by Rashomon, the 1950 Japanese period psychological thriller directed by Akira Kurosawa. Prism is described as a provocative exploration of a murder trial in which every episode is told through the perspective of a different key person involved. Each new version of the facts ratchets up the mystery and the suspense, calling into question everything we have seen so far and asking is the right person on trial? Driven by an ensemble of complicated characters, the show lets the audience ask if truth matters less than who can tell the most compelling story.

Wepper is Sophie Regen,
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‘Rashomon’ TV Series in the Works From Amblin Television

  • Variety
Amblin Television has acquired the rights to Akira Kurosawa’s acclaimed film “Rashomon” with plans to develop it as an anthology series.

Each season of the 10-episode series would focus on a singular event told from multiple points of view where each of the main characters provides a unique and different perspective of the event based on their specific and subjective point of view. Only by watching each of the episodes, and seeing the differing character’s perspectives, will the audience come away with the truth behind the mystery.

Amblin TV’s Co-Presidents, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, will executive produce along with Atmosphere’s Mark Canton and David Hopwood, with Leigh Ann Burton from Opus 7 also executive producing

“We couldn’t be more excited to adapt this extraordinary film as the foundation for a new dramatic mystery thriller series,” said Frank and Falvey. “It will explore the boundaries of
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Netflix Teams With Atlantique Productions on Damien Chazelle’s ‘The Eddy’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Netflix has joined forces with Lagardere StudiosAtlantique Productions on “The Eddy,” the upcoming Paris-set musical drama series which will be directed by Oscar-winning helmer Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”), Variety has learned.

Atlantique Productions has been tapped to executive produce the series, which will start shooting during the first half of next year on location in Paris.

As previously reported in Variety, Chazelle will direct two episodes of the series, on top of exec-producing. Glen Ballard, the composer and producer of Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” and Michael Jackson’s “Bad,” is composing the original score for the series and will also exec produce it, along with Alan Poul.

Written by Jack Thorne (“National Treasure”), “The Eddy” will revolve around a club, its owner, the house band, and the chaotic city that surrounds them. The show will feature dialogue in French, English and Arabic. Casting is underway.

Thorne
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Here's What to Know About the Dreamy Brit Behind Theseus Scamander

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The Wizarding World has continued to expand with the installation of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and this time, J.K. Rowling introduces us to Newt Scamander's brave but rule-abiding Auror brother Theseus. He's a bit of a proto-Percy Weasley type with a sinewy build, head of curly hair, and (mostly) fierce devotion to his job at the Ministry of Magic. Alongside new big names in the magical universe such as Zoë Kravitz and Jude Law, English actor Callum Turner brings the stern wizard to life in the Harry Potter prequel.

Turner has been a creative powerhouse in the entertainment industry, as he's tried out his hand in modeling, television, theater, and film. A London native, he grew up as an only child in a single mother family in Chelsea. His desire to learn about the world beyond the structure of school whisked him outside his hometown and into the
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Here's What to Know About the Dreamy Brit Behind Theseus Scamander

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The Wizarding World has continued to expand with the installation of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and this time, J.K. Rowling introduces us to Newt Scamander's brave but rule-abiding Auror brother Theseus. He's a bit of a proto-Percy Weasley type with a sinewy build, head of curly hair, and (mostly) fierce devotion to his job at the Ministry of Magic. Alongside new big names in the magical universe such as Zoë Kravitz and Jude Law, English actor Callum Turner brings the stern wizard to life in the Harry Potter prequel.

Turner has been a creative powerhouse in the entertainment industry, as he's tried out his hand in modeling, television, theater, and film. A London native, he grew up as an only child in a single mother family in Chelsea. His desire to learn about the world beyond the structure of school whisked him outside his hometown and into the
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Alex Rider TV series finds a director

Earlier in the year, Sony and Eleventh Hour Films announced that they had acquired the rights to Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider book series, and had tapped BAFTA Award-winning writer Guy Burt (The Borgias) to script an eight-episode adaptation of the reluctant teen superspy’s second outing Point Blanc.

Well, the project has now found itself a director for the first half of the series, with Andreas Prochaska, director of the upcoming Das Boot TV series, signing on to direct and executive produce the first four episodes.

“Within the first few pages of reading Guy Burt’s compelling scripts for the series I was hooked,” said Prochaska. “Guy has taken Anthony’s brilliant, well-loved character and created a bold and unique concept, a coming-of-age story set in the clandestine world of spies sure to excite fans and newcomers alike.”

“Andreas has a captivating and authentic style of storytelling, and we
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'Das Boot' Director Signs on for Sony's 'Alex Rider' Series

'Das Boot' Director Signs on for Sony's 'Alex Rider' Series
Andreas Prochaska, the director of upcoming Sky and Hulu series Das Boot, has signed on to direct and executive produce drama series Alex Rider for Sony Pictures Television and Eleventh Hour Films, based on the best-selling young-adult series of novels from Anthony Horowitz.

The Austrian director (The Dark Valley) will direct and executive produce the first four episodes of the drama based on Point Blanc, the second book in the series, which is being adapted by BAFTA award-winning screenwriter Guy Burt (Bletchley Circle, The Borgias).

Das Boot is inspired by the Oscar-nominated submarine movie and is an eight-part series that will debut in Sky territories ...
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Watch Exclusive, Tense Possum Clip: Sean Harris and His Puppet

Sean Harris first grabbed me when he gave life to the tragic figure that was Joy Division's Ian Curtis in 24 Hour Party People, and then a little later in Billy O'Brien's Isolation and then I luxuriated in his cunning role in the small-screen series The Borgias. He has always struck me as an actor who gives himself over the the characters he portrays, bringing instant menace when that's required, as in the two latest Mission: Impossible blockbusters. Though I haven't seen Possum yet, he quickly conveys his character's very, er, distinctive traits in our exclusive clip. The directorial debut of Matthew Holness, who also wrote the original screenplay, Possum tells the tale of "a disgraced children's puppeteer [who] must confront his sinister stepfather and...

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Daredevil Season 3 Preview: Matt's Setback, Familiar and New Foes Fuel a 'Twisty-Turny Conspiracy Thriller'

You’ll have to excuse Matt Murdock if he’s not doing a victory lap when Season 3 of Marvel’s Daredevil arrives this Friday, Oct. 19 on Netflix.

Sure, surviving an entire office building’s collapse on top of you — as Matt did at the close of the Defenders team-up miniseries — is worth celebrating. And no one would think twice if you were grab 15 minutes of fame with a Gma appearance. But Matt’s simply in no mood. Instead, he is lying low after being found and delivered to the St. Agnes Orphanage, where he’s coping with a debilitating setback.
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Seth MacFarlane, Sienna Miller Join Showtime's Roger Ailes Miniseries

Seth MacFarlane, Sienna Miller Join Showtime's Roger Ailes Miniseries
Seth MacFarlane, who not long ago criticized Fox News for its “fringe” practices, will now be involved in Showtime’s limited series about the network’s late founder, Roger Ailes.

The Orville star has been cast in The Loudest Voice in the Room, along with Golden Globe nominee Sienna Miller (The Girl), Simon McBurney (The Borgias) and Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders).

Based on Gabriel Sherman’s bestselling book of the same name, The Loudest Voice in the Room will, according to the official description, focus “primarily on the past decade in which Ailes arguably became the Republican Party’s de facto leader,
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Raised by Wolves: Cast, Story and Details for TNT Ridley Scott Sci-Fi Series

Joseph Baxter Mar 18, 2019

TNT is moving forward with series Raised by Wolves, an interplanetary TV series developed by Ridley Scott.

TNT is boosting its lineup of genre television with the help of the legendary Ridley Scott for a TV offering called Raised by Wolves. The drama-driven Turner cable channel – which announced a creative partnership with Scott back in May 2017 – officially gave the other-planet-set TV project a straight-to-series order last fall.

The show is the creation of Aaron Guzikowski, writer of director Denis Villeneuve’s acclaimed Hugh Jackman/Jake Gyllenhaal crime drama, Prisoners, Jason Momoa TV series The Red Road and the Rami Malek-starring remake of Papillon. Indeed, Guzikowski will serve as writer, executive producer and showrunner. Scott serves as an executive producer via Scott Free alongside David W. Zucker, Jordan Sheehan, and Madhouse Entertainment’s Adam Kolbrenner and Robyn Meisinger.

Raised by Wolves will take place on a mysterious
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Here’s Your First Look at Helen Mirren as Catherine the Great for HBO Miniseries

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HBO has released a first-look photo of Helen Mirren in costume as Catherine the Great for the upcoming miniseries of the same name.

In the four-part historical drama, co-produced by HBO and Sky, Mirren plays the 18th-century Russian empress who is described as “strong-minded, independent, brilliantly intelligent and sexually liberated — the definition of the modern woman.”

“Catherine the Great” will follow Catherine toward the end of her reign, during her passionate affair with Grigory Potemkin, played by Jason Clarke. Amid scandal, intrigue and immense conflict, they develop a unique and devoted relationship, overcoming their adversaries and together serving as the architects of modern-day Russia.

Also Read: Jason Clarke to Star as Helen Mirren's Lover in HBO's 'Catherine the Great' Limited Series

Five additional actors have also been announced for the series.

Gina McKee (“The Borgias”) will play Countess Bruce, Catherine’s lifelong friend and confidante. Rory Kinnear (“The Imitation Game”) will play Minister Panin,
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Kingpin is the Center of Attention in This New Daredevil Season 3 Teaser Trailer

Netflix has released yet another teaser trailer for Daredevil Season 3 and this one puts the focus on the return of Wilson Fisk a.k.a. Kingpin. As you’ll see, he’s clearly pissed off at Daredevil and ready to get his revenge for what he did to him in Season 1. Vincent D'Onofrio is so great in this role and he give quite a monologue in this teaser as he threatens Daredevil and and urges him to “let the Devil out!”

The next chapter of the story is said to be inspired by Frank Miller's 1980 Born Again storyline from the comics. Charlie Cox will return as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, and Vincent D’Onofrio will be back as Wilson Fisk aka The Kingpin.

Newcomers to the series include Wilson Bethel (Hart of Dixie) possibly as Bullseye and Joanne Whalley (The Borgias,
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Toronto: Focus Features Lands Neil Jordan’s ‘Greta’

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Toronto: Focus Features Lands Neil Jordan’s ‘Greta’
Focus Features has closed a deal for rights to Neil Jordan’s “Greta” following the thriller’s premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

The film stars Chloe Grace Moretz and Isabelle Huppert and is described as a film about female obsession. Several companies were interested in “Greta” and bidding became intense. With the deal in place, Focus will now control rights for the film in North America, Australia and China. Universal, Focus’s parent company, already has a deal for the U.K.

“Greta” isn’t the only title eliciting lots of interest from buyers. Potential bidders have been told that “Teen Spirit,” the directing debut of actor Max Minghella, is close to landing a deal. There’s a rumor that the film about a pop star will go for roughly $3 million.

Reviews for “Greta” were largely positive, with critics praising the picture as pulpy fun.

“This
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Kari Skogland To Direct First Two Episodes Of Showtime’s Roger Ailes Limited Series

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Kari Skogland To Direct First Two Episodes Of Showtime’s Roger Ailes Limited Series
Emmy nominee Kari Skogland (The Handmaid’s Tale) has been tapped to direct the first two episodes of Showtime’s eight-episode limited series about Fox News founder Roger Ailes.

The as-yet untitled series (fka Secure and Hold: The Last Days of Roger Ailes), a Blumhouse Television and Showtime co-production, is based on Gabriel Sherman’s bestselling book The Loudest Voice in the Room and his extensive reporting for New York magazine about the sordid allegations of sexual harassment that prompted the late Ailes’ ouster at Fox News. Sherman co-wrote the initial episode with Spotlight writer Tom McCarthy, who will executive produce with Jason Blum.

The gig marks a return to Showtime for Skogland who previously directed shows Penny Dreadful, The Borgias, The L Word and Queer as Folk for the premium cabler.

McCarthy, Blum and Alex Metcalf executive produce with Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold for Blumhouse Television.

Skogland is
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Kari Skogland to Direct Showtime’s Roger Ailes Limited Series

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Kari Skogland to Direct Showtime’s Roger Ailes Limited Series
Kari Skogland has been tapped to direct “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” Showtime’s miniseries about the life of the late Fox News chief Roger Ailes.

Skogland, an Emmy nominee this year for directing on “The Handmaid’s Tale,” will helm the first two episodes of the Blumhouse TV series, which is set to run eight episodes.

Skogland is no stranger to Showtime. She’s directed episodes of “Penny Dreadful,” “The L Word,” “The Borgias,” and “Queer as Folk” for the premium cabler. Her other credits include “The Americans,” “House of Cards,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Walking Dead,” and “Fear the Walking Dead.”

“Loudest Voice” will star Russell Crowe as Ailes, the hugely influential media titan who launched Fox News in 1996 after a long career in television and politics. The series aims to put the current fraught political climate in context by examining the rise of Fox News and the
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Kari Skogland to Direct Roger Ailes Miniseries at Showtime

Kari Skogland to Direct Roger Ailes Miniseries at Showtime
Kari Skogland has lined up her next gig.

The director, who is up for an Emmy for her work on The Handmaid's Tale, is set to helm the first two episodes of Showtime's forthcoming Roger Ailes miniseries.

Based on Gabriel Sherman's best-selling book The Loudest Voice in the Room, Russell Crowe stars as Ailes in the eight-episode limited series about the late Fox News founder.

The Ailes mini brings Skogland back to Showtime, where she previously directed the scripted originals Penny Dreadful, The Borgias, The L Word and Queer as Folk.

Skogland is currently the only woman nominated for outstanding directing ...
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‘Snatch’ Trailer: First Look At Season 2 Of Rupert Grint Sony Crackle Drama

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We’re getting the first look at Season 2 of Sony Crackle’s Snatch starring Rupert Grint. The Hill gang heads to sunny Costa del Sol for the sophomore run, where they’re on the lam in another fight to save their fortune and their lives.

This season, the Hills run afoul of the local kingpin and find themselves pressed into the malevolent crime boss’ service. The heroes attempt to outsmart their enemies even as they take over the town. The new season debuts Thursday, September 13 with all 10-episodes.

Grint, best-known for his role as Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter film franchise, returns as the utterly posh, Charlie Cavendish-Scott, alongside an ensemble cast featuring Luke Pasqualino as Albert Hill, Lucien Laviscount as Billy Ayres, Phoebe Dynevor as Lotti Mott, Juliet Aubrey as Lily Hill, Tamer Hassan (House Red
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