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Ana de Armas Is A 'Joi'

Take a look at actress Ana de Armas, aka the 'sentient lover' 'Joi' in "Blade Runner 2049", posing for "Virgin Atlantic Airways" "Vera" magazine, photographed by Sandro Baebler:

'Joi' can project into three-dimensional space as a hologram, interact with a real person and with the assist of a device called an 'emanator', materialize as a corporeal form.

In 2015, Cuban-born de Armas starred in the thriller "Knock Knock"...

...followed by the features "Exposed" (2016)...

..."Hands of Stone" (2016)...

...and "War Dogs" (2016).

In 2017, she appeared in the French action thriller "Overdrive", followed by her breakout role in the "Blade Runner" sequel, "Blade Runner: 2049".

She is currently shooting "Wasp Network" and in 2019 will be seen in "The Night Clerk", "Sergio", "Knives Out", "The Informer" and "Yesterday".

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Ana de Armas...
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British Dramas ‘Call the Midwife, ‘Endeavour,’ ‘Vera’ Get New Seasons

  • Variety
British Dramas ‘Call the Midwife, ‘Endeavour,’ ‘Vera’ Get New Seasons
The U.K.’s two biggest broadcasters have ordered new seasons of audience favorites “Call the Midwife,” “Endeavour,” and “Vera,” guaranteeing new episodes of some of the most-watched shows on British TV.

Season 9 of period drama “Call the Midwife” is about to go into production, and the BBC has greenlit two further runs beyond that. Season 8 is on air and the best-performing returning drama of the year so far in the U.K. The new seasons will take the action into the late 1960s. In the U.S. the show, which is produced by Sam Mendes’ All3Media-backed Neal Street, runs on PBS.

Series writer and creator Heidi Thomas said: “Even after all these years, it still feels as though ‘Call the Midwife’ has more truth to tell, more tears to cry, more life to celebrate, and more love to give.”

ITV has re-upped two of its big shows. “Inspector
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BritBox Subscribers Hit Half a Million

  • Variety
The number of subscribers to BritBox has hit 500,000, the streaming service said Thursday. The platform, launched as a collaboration between BBC Studios and ITV, is designed to offer U.S. and Canadian viewers the best of recent and classic British television content.

The streaming service launched in the U.S. in March 2017 with a host of the latest British dramas and soaps, as well as classic comedy titles such as “Fawlty Towers,” “The Office,” “Gavin & Stacey” and “Absolutely Fabulous.” The service’s Canadian launch followed in February 2018.

Content and subscribers have grown rapidly, with BritBox leveraging programming including simulcast events, such as the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry last May, and new star-led programming like “Hold the Sunset,” which marked “Fawlty Towers” and Monty Python star John Cleese’s first leading role in a British sitcom in nearly 40 years. BritBox is now home to the largest collection
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ITV Studios Boss Makes Push for More Drama, International Growth

  • Variety
When ITV CEO Carolyn McCall unveiled her strategy refresh late last year, content was one of three key pillars. That put ITV Studios firmly in the spotlight, and its boss, Julian Bellamy, is the exec tasked with delivering growth across the production business.

International expansion is in the cards, but on the home front, ITV Studios is coming off a banner year. As Bellamy speaks to Variety at ITV’s new digs in London’s Holborn district, where the company moved after vacating its previous home on the banks of the Thames, ratings figures have just landed.

Five shows made by production companies that are part of the ITV Studios stable – “Bodyguard,” “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here,” “Vera,” “Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway,” and long-running soap “Coronation Street” – were among the top 10 most-watched shows in the U.K. in 2018.

The list doesn’t include sun-and-fun reality program “Love Island,
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The Last Word: Patti Smith on Performing With Her Kids and What William Burroughs Taught Her

The Last Word: Patti Smith on Performing With Her Kids and What William Burroughs Taught Her
Patti Smith has never shied away from life’s tragic side. But when she calls up Rolling Stone in October, she’s in an upbeat mood.

“On the road, they have these LG televisions and when you turn them on, it says: Life Is Good. I love that,” Smith says. “Actually, I say it out loud when I turn it on: ‘Life is good.’ Because there’s a million reasons why we can say that things are terrible in the world, but when you get down to it, you know,
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ITV Revenues Top $1 Billion, Up 5% in First Quarter Under New CEO

  • Variety
ITV, Britain’s biggest commercial broadcaster, saw revenues rise 5% year-on-year during its first quarter under the stewardship of new chief executive Carolyn McCall, the company reported Thursday. The company saw total external revenues for Q1 2018 hit £772 million ($1.04 billion), up from £734 million ($993.6 million) in the same period last year.

“We have started the year well both on and off screen, driven by 11% growth in ITV Studios revenue and 41% growth in online revenue,” said McCall (pictured), who took over as CEO of ITV in January, succeeding Adam Crozier.

“While the economic environment remains uncertain, online advertising continues to grow strongly,” McCall said. “We expect ITV total advertising to be up 2% over the first half, but profits will reflect the timing of the World Cup [soccer tournament]. Over the full year we are on track to deliver double-digit growth in online revenue and good organic revenue growth in ITV Studios.” Total advertising was up 3% in
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How Older Women, an Oft-Forgotten Demo, Are Leading the Charge on Boutique Streaming Service Britbox

  • Indiewire
You think streaming television, you think hip millennials giving the middle finger to cable services. You think British television, you think retirement-aged women, sipping tea while watching period dramas while wearing a lot of very interesting hats.

And yet, several streaming services find themselves battling it out by combining the two concepts. BritBox, owned by British networks BBC Worldwide and ITV, launched last year in a busy field that also includes companies like Acorn, Walter Presents and others focused on international titles.

Entering an already-crowded streaming landscape, those digital services have opted to go after narrower enthusiast audiences rather than try to compete with the monolith that is Netflix. Niche comes with its own challenges, however, as evidenced by attempts like Seeso (a NBC Universal service aimed at young comedy fans), which shut down after failing to attract a large enough subscriber base.

But Seeso targeted a young audience that
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European Superindie Group Banijay Launches UK Drama Label Neon Ink

Exclusive: Banijay, the European production group that owns Keeping Up With The Kardashians producer Bunim/Murray, is expanding its UK drama business with the launch of its latest label, Neon Ink. Banijay has established the London-based production firm with former ITV Studios executives Kate Lewis and Julia Walsh, who have worked on series including Jeremy Piven period drama Mr Selfridge, long-running crime drama Vera and Blackpool, which was later remade for U.S…
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BritBox Steals March On Svod Rivals With ‘Vera’ Deal

Exclusive: The competition between U.S. streaming services to acquire premium British dramas is heating up as BritBox, the streaming service set up by BBC Worldwide and ITV, poached the latest season of detective drama Vera away from rival Acorn TV. I hear BritBox has picked up the eighth season of ITV Studios' Brenda Blethyn-fronted mystery franchise and will launch it on January 7, day-and-date with its UK release. Various seasons of Vera have previously aired on…
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‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams 1×06: Human Is’ Review

Just what is it that makes us human? That is the question that is asked in this episode of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. With Bryan Cranston starring in this episode, a lot of expectation had built up around it. Does it live up to the hype that the Breaking Bad actor brings?

When Silas Herrick (Bryan Cranston) returns from a disastrous mission to Rexor IV he comes back a changed man. When Vera (Essie Davis) notices the changes, she likes the new him. When it seems that he could be a Rexorian though, will she give up the new better husband?

In Human Is we see Silas as an abusive husband in an unloving relationship. Emotionless and cold he pushes Vera to find comfort by other means. This is why his return from Rexor IV is so strange. He comes back as a loving man who gives her everything that she ever wants.
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Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams episode 6 review: Human Is

Louisa Mellor Oct 30, 2017

In Human Is, Bryan Cranston and Essie Davis star in a story of galactic warfare and a loveless marriage. Spoilers ahead…

This review contains spoilers.

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1.6 Human Is

One to please Pkd purists, the latest Electric Dreams episode is this series’ most faithful to its source material yet. Names have been changed, 1950s gender politics have been updated and saucy scenes added, but writer Jessica Mecklenburg tells the original story of a dwindling marriage rejuvenated by an unexpected source.

I say unexpected, a Metamorph from the planet Rexor IV is exactly the sort of thing you’d expect to find in sci-fi. It’s as archetypal as the question posed by this episode, one that, thanks to writers like Philip K. Dick, now feels indivisible
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Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams – ‘Human Is’ Review

Villordsutch reviews Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams: Human Is…

And so we come to the end of the first season of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. Our latest tale, titled “Human Is”, comes from all the way back within the pages of Startling Stories magazine in 1955 and here in 2017, we find this latest translation written by Jessica Mecklenburg (Stranger Things) and directed by Francesca Gregorini (The Truth About Emanuel).

On Planet Terra – in the first quarter of the 26th Century – highly decorated officer Silas (Bryan Cranston) is receiving high praise for bravery in a recent mission from General Olin (Liam Cunningham); however due to the General’s speech in which he brought Silas’s wife – Vera (Essie Davis) – in on the praise, the following evening for the aforementioned spouse doesn’t go to well as later Silas makes sure she knows her place. It becomes apparent this marriage
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Exclusive: Liam Cunningham on working with Bryan Cranston and Essie Davis on Electric Dreams

Justin Cook spoke to Liam Cunningham at New York Comic Con about his role in the upcoming episode of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, “Human Is”…

After working for 25 years in the film/TV industry, Game of Thrones star Liam Cunningham has gained enough experience and perspective to realize that all he can really hope for as an actor is “the company that [he] keeps” – and as it turns out, he got to keep the company of some hugely talented performers while working on Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.

Cunningham had nothing but praise for his Electric Dreams co-stars when Flickering Myth asked him about working on “Human Is” with Bryan Cranston, multiple Emmy winner and star of Malcolm in the Middle and Breaking Bad, and Essie Davis, a Game of Thrones alum and star of The Babadook.

While Ser Davos on Game of Thrones may be one of
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Revisiting the film of Stephen King's Dolores Claiborne

Rebecca Lea Oct 9, 2017

Dolores Claiborne is one of the more underrated Stephen King screen adaptations. Here, we take a look back...

The film: Dolores Claiborne (Kathy Bates) is found looming with a rolling pin over her employer, Vera Donovan (Judy Parfitt), a frail old woman who has just taken an eventually fatal tumble down the stairs. Detective Mackey (Christopher Plummer) is determined that Dolores is guilty, just as he is certain that Dolores was guilty of murdering her abusive husband (David Strathairn), whose death was ruled accidental, nearly twenty years previously. On discovering her mother’s arrest, Selena (Jennifer Jason Leigh) returns to her childhood home and the scene of many traumatic memories for both her and Dolores.

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Visiting the set of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams

Rob Leane Sep 14, 2017

We went on the set of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, saw some cool visuals, and chatted to Bryan Cranston...

“They used to make razors here”, laments Bryan Cranston, between takes on the set of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. He’s in one of the cavernous corridors of London’s Gillette Building, which has recently been converted into a film studio. It’s a rather fitting locale for the show, which is revisiting ten sci-fi short stories from the 1950s and finding their modern day relevance. The author of these stories was Philip K. Dick, who also provided the inspiration for Blade Runner and Minority Report.

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“Robots make razors now. Not people”, Cranston adds, tapping in somewhat to the technological terrors of this
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Nick Hornby adaptation 'Juliet, Naked' adds new cast

  • ScreenDaily
Nick Hornby adaptation 'Juliet, Naked' adds new cast
Exclusive: Film starring Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke begins UK shoot.

Four new cast members have been announced for the upcoming Nick Hornby adaptation Juliet, Naked.

Joining Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke and Chris O’Dowd in the cast are Azhy Robertson (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, pictured top, far left), Lily Brazier (People Just Do Nothing, middle right), Ayoola Smart (Vera, middle left) and stand-up comedian and Silicon Valley star Jimmy O. Yang (far right).

The project, directed by Jesse Peretz, has started filming on location in London and the south-east coast of the UK.

International sales are being handled by London based sales company Rocket Science.

Byrne plays Annie, who is stuck in long-term relationship with Duncan (O’Dowd) - an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe (Hawke). When the acoustic demo of Tucker’s hit record from 25 years ago surfaces, its release leads to a life-changing encounter with the elusive rocker himself.

Robertson plays Tucker
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26 new UK TV shows to look out for

Louisa Mellor Jun 1, 2017

Some exciting new UK drama and comedy commissions are making their way to TV over the next year or so…

We know, we know. You still have two episodes of Fargo season two before you can think about starting season three. You’ve already fallen behind on American Gods. Your planner memory is chock-a-block with Big Little Lies and that Oj Simpson thing and some Spanish prison series your workmate bullied you into recording. You’re struggling to make time for Twin Peaks. New Game Of Thrones is just around the corner. And guess what, Netflix UK have just added a whole new season of It’s Always Sunny, those sods. You need a list of new TV show recommendations like you need a hole in the head.

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And yet, as long as they keep making them, we’ll keep recommending them.
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Exclusive Interview – Screenwriter Gaby Chiappe on Their Finest

Set during the days after The Blitz during World War II, Their Finest follows the writers and film makers working for The Ministry Of Information, with one aim in mind – to raise public morale. The film’s screenwriter, Gaby Chiappe, talked to Flickering Myth’s Freda Cooper about making the move from writing for TV to the big screen – and how she came to appear in the movie herself. It’s released in cinemas this Friday.

The film is Gaby Chiappe’s first movie screenplay, adapted from Lissa Evans’ novel Their Finest Hour And A Half. After a career in TV, taking in household names like EastEnders, Shetland and Vera, she found herself on familiar territory, telling the story of a group of people she understands well – writers. And, when the opportunity presented itself, she couldn’t resist stepping in front of the camera herself, to play a small role
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Archie Panjabi, Jack Davenport Wedded To ITV Family Thriller ‘Next Of Kin’

Archie Panjabi and Jack Davenport have been set to star in ITV’s upcoming family thriller, Next Of Kin. From Mammoth Screen, the contemporary drama is created by BAFTA-nominated Paul Rutman (Indian Summers, Vera) in his first collaboration with wife, Natasha Narayan. Emmy and BAFTA nominee Justin Chadwick is directing. Shooting starts in April in the UK and overseas. The six-part series follows whip-smart Gp Mona Shirani (Panjabi) who lives in London with political…
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The week in TV: Syria’s Disappeared: The Case Against Assad; Vera; Love; Girls

A film on Syria’s missing thousands was vital viewing. Plus Girls, the return of Love – and Brenda Blethyn as the least groomed TV cop since Columbo

Syria’s Disappeared – The Case Against Assad (Channel 4) | channel4.com

Vera (ITV) | itv.com

Love (Netflix) | netflix.com

Girls (Sky Atlantic) | sky.com

Sara Afshar’s documentary Syria’s Disappeared: The Case Against Assad made for devastating viewing. It focused on the tens of thousands detained after the 2011 Arab spring uprisings who have since been missing, or discovered to have been tortured and killed. As the documentary showed, sometimes whole families were taken, including 2,000 children. If the “disappeared” are alive, they’re most likely still being detained in president Bashar al-Assad’s military prisons and hospitals.

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