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Charlie Hunnam Has Signed on to Star in Series Adaptation Shantaram for Apple TV

Charlie Hunnam, of Sons of Anarchy fame, is returning to TV in the new series Shantaram for Apple TV. The international drama is based on the best-selling book by Gregory David Roberts. The series is being written by Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle), with Justin Kurzel (Assassin’s Creed) directing the first two episodes of the 10-episode first season. Deadline reports the following synopsis for the story:

Shantaram tells the story of Lin (Hunnam), a man on the run from an Australian prison looking to get lost in the teeming city of Bombay. Cut off from family and friends by distance and fate, he finds a new life in the slums, bars and underworld of India.

The adaptation has been in the works with various actors attached, including Johnny Depp, for the last 15 years, but has finally taken off with Hunnam in the lead. No complaints here. Shantaram is set
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‘Shantaram’: Richard Roxburgh & Radhika Apte To Co-Star In Apple Series

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‘Shantaram’: Richard Roxburgh & Radhika Apte To Co-Star In Apple Series
Exclusive: Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge!) and Radhika Apte are set as series regulars opposite Charlie Hunnam in Apple’s sweeping international drama series Shantaram, based on Gregory David Roberts’ bestselling novel. It hails from Anonymous Content and Paramount Television.

Written by Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle), Shantaram tells the story of Lin (Hunnam), a man on the run from an Australian prison looking to get lost in the teeming city of Bombay. Cut off from family and friends by distance and fate, he finds a new life in the slums, bars and underworld of India.

Australian actor Roxburgh will play Detective Sergeant Marty Nightingalem who works for the Australian Federal Police and is part of a small, elite unit trained for the pursuit and capture of escaped convicts.

Indian film and theater actress Apte will play Kavita, a driven Indian journalist looking for answers.

Justin Kurzel (Assassin’s Creed) is
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Charlie Hunnam to Lead Cast of Apple TV+ Drama Shantaram

Apple TV+ is bringing Charlie Hunnam back to the small screen. 

The Sons of Anarchy alum is attached to headline Shantaram, according to Deadline. 

The series is based on David Roberts' 2003 novel of the same name. 

It focuses on Lin (Hunnam), a man on the run from an Australian prison, and seems to think he will be able to get lost in the densely populated city of Bombay. 

Having to stay away from everyone he knew before going on the run, he finds a new life. Will it be everything he thought it would be?

Related: Apple TV+ Gets Launch Date - How Much Will it Cost?

Shantaram has actually been in development since June 2018, but the forthcoming streamer is pressing on with a full-fledged series. 

Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle) is attached to write the scripts for the ten-episode first season. 

Singer will also executive produce with Justin Kurzel
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Sons of Anarchy's Charlie Hunnam to Lead Apple TV+ Drama Shantaram

Sons of Anarchy's Charlie Hunnam to Lead Apple TV+ Drama Shantaram
Charlie Hunnam is coming back to television by way of Apple’s new streaming service. The Sons of Anarchy alum will topline Shantaram, a drama series newly ordered at Apple TV+, per our sister site Deadline.

Based on Gregory David Roberts’ 2003 novel, Shantaram — which has been in development at Apple since June 2018 — centers on Hunnam’s Lin, a man looking to get lost in the busy city of Bombay while on the run from an Australian prison. Cut off from family and friends, Lin finds a new life in the slums, bars and underworld of India.

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Charlie Hunnam to Star on Apple’s ‘Shantaram’ TV Series Adaptation

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Charlie Hunnam to Star on Apple’s ‘Shantaram’ TV Series Adaptation
Charlie Hunnam has been cast as the lead in Apple TV+’s “Shantaram” adaptation, which has been ordered to series at the forthcoming streaming service, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

An international drama series based on Gregory David Roberts’ 2004 novel, “Shantaram” follows the story of Lin (Hunnam), a man who has escaped an Australian prison and carves out a new life in Bombay.

The 10-episode series is written by Eric Warren Singer (“American Hustle”) with Justin Kurzel (“Assassin’s Creed”) set to direct the first two episodes. Singer and Kurzel executive produce the series along with former “Fear the Walking Dead” showrunner Dave Erickson, Nicole Clemens, Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin, Andrea Barron and Richard Sharkey.

Also Read: Apple TV+: Here Are All the Original Shows in the Works for Apple's Streaming Service (Photos)

Shantaram,” which is produced by Anonymous Content and Paramount Television,
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Charlie Hunnam To Headline ‘Shantaram’, Apple Series Based On Novel

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Charlie Hunnam To Headline ‘Shantaram’, Apple Series Based On Novel
Exclusive: Former Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam is returning to television as the lead of Apple’s sweeping international drama Shantaram, which has been greenlighted to series by the streamer, I have learned.

Apple landed the project, based on Gregory David Roberts’ best-selling novel, more than a year ago in a competitive situation to develop for straight-to-series consideration.

Shantaram hails from Anonymous Content and Paramount Television, which in early 2018 won a monthlong bidding war for the rights to Roberts’ 2004 novel set in Australia and India that explores love, forgiveness, courage and redemption, as well as for Robert’s sequel novel, The Mountain Shadow.

Written by Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle), Shantaram tells the story of Lin (Hunnam), a man on the run from an Australian prison looking to get lost in the teeming city of Bombay. Cut off from family and friends by distance and fate, he finds a new life in the slums,
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Guillermo del Toro Has Cast Rooney Mara in His Next Film Nightmare Alley

Actress Rooney Mara, known for her roles in The Social Network, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and Carol, has been hired to come aboard Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming film, Nightmare Alley.

Mara joins the previously cast Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, Michael Shannon, Ron Perlman, Toni Collette, and Richard Jenkins.

Talk about a star-studded cast! And it’s pretty fun that most of these actors have worked together before on other films, some of them directed by del Toro. Deadline reports the following synopsis for the del Toro-written script:

The film is based on William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel about a corrupt con-man who teams with a female psychiatrist to trick people into giving them money. Mara plays Molly, the closest thing to Stan’s true love. He meets her early on and they take the act they learned from the circus to Chicago. Cooper plays Stan.
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David O. Russell movies: All 8 films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ ‘American Hustle,’ ‘The Fighter’

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David O. Russell movies: All 8 films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ ‘American Hustle,’ ‘The Fighter’
David O. Russell celebrates his 61st birthday on August 20, 2019. Throughout his many career ups-and-downs, the five-time Oscar-nominated director has carved out a place for himself with a series of singularly eccentric, screwy films. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at all eight of his films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1958, Russell made his filmmaking debut with the incest comedy “Spanking the Monkey” (1994), which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and brought his Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay victories at the Independent Spirit Awards. The screwball farce “Flirting with Disaster” (1996) quickly followed, which earned him additional writing and directing bids at the Indie Spirits. He achieved a huge critical and commercial success with the Gulf War satire “Three Kings” (1999), for which he competed at the Writers Guild of America in Best Original Screenplay.

He received a more muted response with
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David O. Russell movies: All 8 films ranked worst to best

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David O. Russell movies: All 8 films ranked worst to best
David O. Russell celebrates his 61st birthday on August 20, 2019. Throughout his many career ups-and-downs, the five-time Oscar-nominated director has carved out a place for himself with a series of singularly eccentric, screwy films. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at all eight of his films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1958, Russell made his filmmaking debut with the incest comedy “Spanking the Monkey” (1994), which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and brought his Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay victories at the Independent Spirit Awards. The screwball farce “Flirting with Disaster” (1996) quickly followed, which earned him additional writing and directing bids at the Indie Spirits. He achieved a huge critical and commercial success with the Gulf War satire “Three Kings” (1999), for which he competed at the Writers Guild of America in Best Original Screenplay.

He received a more muted response with
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Annapurna: 5 Films That Tell Its Financial Story, From ‘Detroit’ to ‘Bernadette’

Annapurna: 5 Films That Tell Its Financial Story, From ‘Detroit’ to ‘Bernadette’
Armed with great taste and deep pockets, Megan Ellison was the patron cinephiles needed when she founded Annapurna Pictures in 2011. Eight years on, Annapurna has delivered when it comes to getting directors’ dream projects before the masses. Her filmography includes “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Her,” “American Hustle,” “The Master,” “The Grandmaster,” and “Phantom Thread.” Last year alone, the company’s films won two Oscars and were nominated for 12 others.

But the Ellison formula hasn’t worked for the bottom line. The real trouble began two years ago, when the company expanded its founding mission of producing and financing films to include marketing and distribution. Like other producer-financiers from Bob Yari (“Crash”) to Broad Green’s Wall Street billionaire founders, Ellison started a distribution company in order to keep a bigger share of the money from theaters.

Prioritizing a wide-release strategy, Annapurna has burned through tens of millions and is reportedly facing Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
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Elisabeth Röhm Signs With Buchwald

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Elisabeth Röhm Signs With Buchwald
Exclusive: Law & Order alumna Elisabeth Röhm has signed with Buchwald.

Röhm spent five seasons on Dick Wolf’s flagship series Law & Order portraying Serena Southerlyn. She then moved on to star in such notable projects as the WB’s Angel, TNT’s The Last Ship, Lifetime’s The Client List; The Oath, opposite Sean Bean; and Stalker, opposite Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q for CBS. She also had major arcs on hit series such as Will Arnett’s Flaked for Netflix and the CW’s Jane The Virgin.

Röhm recently wrapped production on the Lifetime feature Family Pictures and will next be seen in Lionsgate’s Roger Ailes biopic Fair And Balanced, directed by Jay Roach, as well as Ted Melfi’s The Starling, opposite Melissa McCarthy.

Additional film credits include David O. Russell’s American Hustle and Joy; The Tribes of Palos Verdes, opposite Jennifer Garner; Trafficked with Ashley Judd; and Going Under,
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Jennifer Lawrence movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘American Hustle’

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Jennifer Lawrence movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘American Hustle’
On August 16, 2019, Jennifer Lawrence will celebrate her 29th birthday. It has been a remarkable run for someone who hasn’t even yet hit her 30th year. The actress has managed to establish herself as a major box office draw thanks in large part to the extremely popular “The Hunger Games” series of films but has also broken records in awards circles.

Lawrence won the Oscar in 2012 at the age of 22 for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook.” Winning the award at that age made her the second youngest Best Actress winner ever, right behind Marlee Matlin who won the award for “Children of a Lesser God” at age 21. Lawrence found her own place in the Oscar records book though when she managed to amass four acting nominations by the age of 25.

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In addition to “Silver Linings Playbook” she was nominated
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American Factory review – a sobering documentary by the Obamas

This first film in their post-White House careers is an absorbing study of the culture clash in a Chinese-run Ohio car plant

‘There is no magic wand to bring back jobs,” said Us president Barack Obama in 2016. Now he has returned to this sombre realist theme with the first documentary feature in his post-presidential career as a film producer (with Michelle Obama) for Netflix, under the banner of their company Higher Ground Productions. It’s a workplace study from directors Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert that is absorbing, discomfiting and desperately sad. American Factory is incidentally another example of how “American” as the first word of a title supercharges the movie with irony. The factory in question is far from American.

In 2014, the Chinese auto glass manufacturer Fuyao bought a former General Motors car plant in Dayton, Ohio, that had been closed since 2008 – promising investment and hundreds of new jobs.
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Jennifer Lawrence movies: 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Jennifer Lawrence movies: 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best
On August 16, 2019, Jennifer Lawrence will celebrate her 29th birthday. It has been a remarkable run for someone who hasn’t even yet hit her 30th year. The actress has managed to establish herself as a major box office draw thanks in large part to the extremely popular “The Hunger Games” series of films but has also broken records in awards circles.

Lawrence won the Oscar in 2012 at the age of 22 for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook.” Winning the award at that age made her the second youngest Best Actress winner ever, right behind Marlee Matlin who won the award for “Children of a Lesser God” at age 21. Lawrence found her own place in the Oscar records book though when she managed to amass four acting nominations by the age of 25.

In addition to “Silver Linings Playbook” she was nominated for “Winter’s Bone” early in her career as Best
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Justin Kurzel to direct TV drama series for Apple

Justin Kurzel is set to direct the first two episodes of Shantaram, the TV adaptation of Gregory David Roberts’ Australian novel.

Published in 2003, the novel follows Lindsay, a bank robber and heroin addict who escapes from Melbourne’s Pentridge jail and flees to India, which mirrors the author’s experience.

Landing in Bombay, he is forced to live in the slums, which shelters him from the authorities. He sets up a free health clinic as a way to contribute to the community, learns about the local culture and customs and becomes fluent in Marathi, the local language.

He also witnesses and battles outbreaks of cholera and firestorms and becomes involved in trading with the lepers.

Apple has commissioned the series which will be produced by Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Nicole Clemens and Paramount Television.

The screenplay is by Eric Warren Singer, whose credits include American Hustle, The International,
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Can Annapurna Survive Its Current Financial Woes And Avoid Bankruptcy?

Annapurna started off in 2011 as a mechanism for Megan Ellison, daughter of Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, to invest in and produce films she felt passionate about. Film such as “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Her,” “American Hustle,” “Foxcatcher,” “The Master,” “Sausage Party” and “Spring Breakers,” among others. Not all of them were financial successes, but enough were. And they led to a slew of Oscar nominations including four Best Picture nominations.

Continue reading Can Annapurna Survive Its Current Financial Woes And Avoid Bankruptcy? at The Playlist.
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Megan Ellison Denies Annapurna Bankruptcy Report, Tells Staff It’s ‘Restructuring’

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Megan Ellison Denies Annapurna Bankruptcy Report, Tells Staff It’s ‘Restructuring’
Megan Ellison in a memo to staff on Wednesday denied reports that her boutique film and TV studio Annapurna would be filing for bankruptcy and assured the staffers that it is “restructuring” its financial deals with banks.

“Restructuring deals with financial institutions is not uncommon, yet the process is usually handled without a spotlight on it,” Ellison said in a statement obtained by TheWrap. “Fortunately/unfortunately, people like to write about me and my family. That said, it is of tremendous importance to me that you all know we are as committed as ever to this company and are in full support of our future. Regardless of whatever comes out in the press, the truth is that we are well on our continued path towards success. There will always be speculation, misinformation and personal jabs in the press – that’s part of the business.”

Additionally, Annapurna spokesperson Ashley Momtaheni said
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Annapurna Faces Bankruptcy or Bailout From Larry Ellison After Numerous Misfires

Annapurna Faces Bankruptcy or Bailout From Larry Ellison After Numerous Misfires
Annapurna is facing Chapter 11 bankruptcy after burning through nearly all of the $350 million credit facility it secured in fall 2017, Deadline reports. The only way the fledgling indie production company and distributor would avoid a potential bankruptcy situation is if it gets bailed out by billionaire Larry Ellison, the father of Annapurna founder Megan Ellison. Larry is the seventh richest individual in the world with a fortune estimated at $70 billion.

According to Deadline’s report, Annapurna’s senior leaders are considering filing for bankruptcy and have made “extensive preparations” to do so in Delaware or California. The report states Chapter 11 bankruptcy will be necessary if Larry Ellison does not provide financial relief from the struggling company.

A spokeswoman for Annapurna has issued the following statement to IndieWire: “The Ellison family is in negotiations to restructure their deals with the banks. They remain in full support of the company and are dedicated to Annapurna’s future.
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Annapurna Bailout By Larry Ellison Likely As Chapter 11 Looms For Megan Ellison’s Oscar-Winning Studio

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Annapurna Bailout By Larry Ellison Likely As Chapter 11 Looms For Megan Ellison’s Oscar-Winning Studio
Updated Exclusive with Megan Ellison memo to staff: A showdown that has lenders on one side of the table, with Annapurna’s Megan Ellison and her father and Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison on the other, is about to take place, and it will decide whether Annapurna continues as a taste-making studio or a Chapter 11 casualty.

According to multiple sources, Annapurna has burned through much of the $350 million credit facility the company secured in fall 2017. Those sources said Annapurna has either defaulted or is about to default on that debt. A deadline has been set by lenders for this week to come to a solution.

The syndicate of senior lenders is considering putting Annapurna into bankruptcy, sources said. That is the usual course of action when entities like The Weinstein Company or Relativity lost the confidence of banks and don’t have the receivables to pay back them back.

But this
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Will ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ win top SAG Award 10 years after ‘Inglourious Basterds’?

Will ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ win top SAG Award 10 years after ‘Inglourious Basterds’?
Once upon a time in Hollywood…a Quentin Tarantino picture made a splashy debut at the summer’s end. Buoyed by strong reviews and featuring megastar (and previous Oscar nominee) Brad Pitt in a principal role, it delivered the prolific director’s biggest opening to date. Naturally, the conversation quickly turned to the film’s awards potential. Would it still be remembered by the time Old Man Winter (and Tinseltown’s gold season) came around?

The year was 2009, and the movie was the revisionist World War II saga “Inglourious Basterds.” And yes, it became a key player in that most topsy-turvy derby. It was overcome by sci-fi extravaganza “Avatar” at the Golden Globes. And despite an impressive eight nominations, it was defeated by the Iraq War film “The Hurt Locker” at the Academy Awards.

The biggest glory for the “Inglourious” gang actually came at the SAG Awards, where it claimed
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