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Nichole Sakura, Angelique Cabral, Chloe Bridges & Kerri Kenney Join ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Maggie’; Natalia Anderson To Direct

Nichole Sakura, Angelique Cabral, Chloe Bridges & Kerri Kenney Join ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Maggie’; Natalia Anderson To Direct
Exclusive Updated: Superstore‘s Nichole Sakura, Angelique Cabral (Life in Pieces), Chloe Bridges (The Carrie Diaries) and Kerri Kenney (Reno 911) are set as series regulars opposite Rebecca Rittenhouse in ABC comedy pilot Maggie, based on Tim Curcio’s short film. The project hails from Family Guy and Life in Pieces writer Maggie Mull, daughter of Clue actor Martin Mull, and Life in Pieces creator Justin Adler. 20th Television produces. Additionally, Natalia Anderson (Life in Pieces) has been tapped to direct the pilot.

In addition to Rittenhouse, Sakura, Cabral, Bridges and Kenney join previously announced series regulars David Del Rio, Chris Elliott, Ray Ford and Leonardo Nam.

Written by Mull and Adler and directed by Anderson, the single-camera comedy follows a young woman (Rittenhouse) who tries to cope with life while coming to terms with her abilities as a psychic. She can see everyone’s future, but her present is a mess.
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HBO Max New Releases: April 2021

HBO Max New Releases: April 2021
Fresh off the long-awaited arrival of Zack Snyder’s Justice League (a.k.a. the fabled Snyder Cut), HBO Max has no need to appease fandom culture in April 2021. But the streaming service is gonna do it anyway!

The most notable new release for HBO Max this month is the HBO series The Nevers. This show, created by Joss Whedon, is set in a 19th century steampunk London and finds a sizable portion of the population (predominantly women) having been “Touched” by mysterious paranormal powers. There’s an interesting bit of irony at play here, as HBO Max is following up the Snyder Cut with a show created by his original Justice League replacement. Or at least there could have been an interesting bit of irony here, if Whedon had not bowed out from the show and been enthusiastically left out of the marketing material by HBO.

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‘Celebrity Treasure Island’ Host Matt Chisholm Tackles Male Mental Health in ‘Man Enough’ (Exclusive)

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“Man Enough,” the New Zealand version of Australian documentary format “Man Up,” which tackles male mental health issues, is due to land on Tvnz 1 this month.

Fronted by “Celebrity Treasure Island” host Matt Chisholm, the series (2 x 44′) is backed by men’s health charity Movember and was produced by Wellington-based production outfit Gibson Group during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the series, Chisolm sets out on a personal journey into the world of masculinity, on a mission to break the silence around male suicide and challenge ideas about what it means to be a modern man. He visits rugby clubs, construction sites, boardrooms, men’s barbershops and boxing gyms, asking whether men can be “man enough” to open up.

U.K.-based independent factual distributor Tvf International is launching both “Man Enough” and “Man Up” globally this week at the virtual Mipcom market. Tvf International acquisitions manager Julian Chou-Lambert acquired the
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Hearts and Bones Trailer Leaves Hugo Weaving Holding a Devastating War Secret

Hearts and Bones Trailer Leaves Hugo Weaving Holding a Devastating War Secret
We have a new trailer for Hearts and Bones. This is the latest from filmmaker Ben Lawrence, who has primarily been known for his documentary work up to this point. Lawrence his trying his hand at a narrative feature this time, with Hugo Weaving in the leading role as a wartime photographer suffering from Ptsd. As we can see from the trailer, it looks like an intense and emotional journey with a centerpiece performance from Weaving.

The trailer kicks off with Hugo Weaving recounting some of the threats he's dealt with as a photographer covering dangerous situations on the battlefield. We get a sense of his moral compass as well as the distress that has entered his day-to-day life as a result of his work. Things take a turn when he encounters a man who lived in a town that suffered a great tragedy, one that he photographed. The two bond,
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Focus Features Nabs Justin Chon’s Indie Drama ‘Blue Bayou’

Focus Features Nabs Justin Chon’s Indie Drama ‘Blue Bayou’
Focus Features has acquired the worldwide rights to “Blue Bayou,” the latest film from indie writer and director Justin Chon, the distributor announced Thursday.

The latest film from the director of “Ms. Purple” and “Gook” was acquired out of the Cannes Virtual Market from MacRo and Entertainment One, who financed “Blue Bayou.” Focus will distribute the film in the U.S., while Universal Pictures International will release it abroad.

Chon also co-stars in “Blue Bayou,” which he wrote and directed, along with Alicia Vikander, Mark O’Brien, Linh Dan Pham and Emory Cohen.

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Blue Bayou” tells the heartbreaking story of Antonio LeBlanc, a Korean adoptee raised in the United States who is forced to confront his distant past and what it means for his own future and his family’s when he unexpectedly faces deportation.
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CAA Signs ‘The Inbetweeners Movie’ & ‘Breeders’ Director Ben Palmer

CAA Signs ‘The Inbetweeners Movie’ & ‘Breeders’ Director Ben Palmer
Exclusive: Ben Palmer, the British director behind The Inbetweeners Movie and FX/Sky’s new comedy Breeders, has moved from Wme to CAA.

Palmer directed and co-executive produced the first five episodes in Season 1 of Avalon-produced Breeders, which stars Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard. He will also helm and executive produce five episodes for Season 2.

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He is best known for directing The Inbetweeners Movie, which was the UK’s fastest-grossing live-action movie when it launched in 2011. Other credits include Simon Pegg’s Man Up and Urban Myths.

Palmer is also represented by Hugo Young at Independent Talent in the UK, while he is managed by Tom Lassally at 3 Arts Entertainment. He first signed for Wme back
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Indie Sales to Show New Film with Catherine Deneuve, Four More Movies at UniFrance Rdv (Exclusive)

Indie Sales to Show New Film with Catherine Deneuve, Four More Movies at UniFrance Rdv (Exclusive)
Paris-based company Indie Sales will head to the Paris-set industry showcase UniFrance Rendez-Vous With French Cinema with five anticipated French movies, including “Welcome to the Jungle” with Catherine Deneuve.

The other titles are the comedies “Enormous” and “Man Up!,” as well as the ecological tale “Fishlove” and the drama “Under the Concrete.” All five films will be having their market premieres at the Rendez-Vous which kicks off Jan. 16.

Co-directed by Hugo Benamozig and David Caiglioli, “Welcome to the Jungle” stars Deneuve as possessive mother and renown ethnologist who sets off to rescue her beloved son, a young and naive anthropology researcher, in the Amazonian jungle. The adventure comedy also stars Vincent Dedienne (“The Rose Maker”), Jonathan Cohen (“Budapest”) and Alice Belaïdi (“Odd Job”).

“Enormous” is wacky romantic comedy directed by Sophie Letourneur and starring Marina Foïs (“Polisse”) as a world-renowned pianist whose pregnancy turns into a nightmare. Foïs stars opposite
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The Netherlands’ Oscar® 2019 Entry for the Best International Feature ‘Instinct’

The Netherlands’ Oscar® 2019 Entry for the Best International Feature ‘Instinct’
This artistic depiction of the dark side of female sexuality, depicted by first time director and renowned actress Halina Reijn, takes us inside of a seasoned, freelance psychologist who becomes completely infatuated by the sex offender she is treating in a penal institution.

Halina Reijn is a renowned director, actress, author and producer. She is the winner of multiple awards, including the Dutch film Award, the Golden Calf for Best Actress , the Dutch theater awards Theo D’Or and Colombina, as well as the Courbois Pearl, an award which honors an actress who has made an indelible impression, both on stage as in film and television. Since 2017 she is also the proud owner of the Theo Mann-Bouwmeester Ring, an award to honor an actress who has contributed greatly to the Dutch theatre.

Halina Reijn takes on her first directorial challenge without inhibition, fully aware of tackling sensitive issues which society
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Justin Chon Preps New Movie ‘Blue Bayou’ Alongside Alicia Vikander

It’s been downright thrilling to see the Twilight stars’ careers loosen up and expand after their stints in the culturally all-encompassing Ya adaptations. Robert Pattinson is in every arthouse genre picture, Kristen Stewart looks badass in the new Charlie’s Angels, and Justin Chon (who played nerdy Eric Yorkie in the Twilight films) is fast becoming an acclaimed writer/director/actor. Chon’s first three directed feature films — Man Up, Gook, and Ms. Purple — have all played to ecstatic reviews, and show the types of stories we don’t see in Hollywood enough. Now, Chon’s ready for …
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‘Hearts and Bones’ creates an emotional stir at Tiff

Hearts and Bones’ stars Andrew Luri, Bolude Watson, director Ben Lawrence and star Hugo Weaving.

For director Ben Lawrence, the reaction to his feature debut Hearts and Bones at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) was both “emotional and overwhelming”.

Lawrence reports the standing ovations at every screening and the outpouring of praise for the cast, particularly for South Sudanese immigrant Andrew Luri in his acting debut, made a huge impact.

Of the film’s Canadian reception, Liane Cunje, Tiff Discovery and International programming associate said: “I’ve run the gamut of audiences reactions here at Tiff for films we programme from around the world, and I’ve never witnessed such an emotional celebration after a screening as the one I saw after Hearts and Bones.”

The film, which made its world premiere in competition at the Sydney Film Festival in June, screened as part of the Tiff Discovery program,
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'Instinct' director Halina Reijn, star Carice van Houten option WWII bestseller (exclusive)

'Instinct' director Halina Reijn, star Carice van Houten option WWII bestseller (exclusive)
’You see these great roles for women but they’re male gaze roles.’

Man Up Film partners Halina Reijn and Carice van Houten, whose first completed film Instinct gets its North American premiere in Tiff on Saturday (7), have optioned rights to Second World War bestseller The High Nest.

Roxane van Iperen’s novel centres on two sisters who ran a safehouse for Jews and survived the camps. “It’s a totally female-driven story,” said Reijn, who interviewed the women’s children. “I want to make it in this contemporary way with clear parallels to what’s happening with immigration and refugees today.
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The Netherlands, Norway, Finland Pick Oscar Submissions

The Netherlands, Norway, Finland Pick Oscar Submissions
Norway, The Netherlands and Finland have selected “Out Stealing Horses,” “Instinct” and “Stupid Young Heart,” respectively, to vie for a nomination in the international feature film category of the Oscars.

Directed by Hans Petter Molands, “Out Stealing Horses” was chosen over Dag Johan Haugerud’s “Beware of Children” and Eirik Svenssons’s “Harajuku.” Based on Per Petterson’s novel, the movie is set in 1999 and follows a lonely 67-year-old man who discovers that his neighbor is someone he knew back in 1948. “Out Stealing Horses” won the Silver Bear in Berlin.

“The film’s sensual and inner tranquility reverberates in very beautiful scenery and a nicely tuned actor ensemble that is needed to lift the film’s themes and seamless shifts between different time periods,” said Norway’s Oscar committee. “Out Stealing Horses” was produced by Turid Øversveen and Håkon Øverås for 4 ½ Fiksjon. TrustNordisk is handling international sales.

“Instinct,” which marks
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Chris Pratt’s ‘Ghost Draft’ Adds Comedian Theo Von

Chris Pratt’s ‘Ghost Draft’ Adds Comedian Theo Von
Comedian Theo Von has boarded the sci-fi thriller “Ghost Draft” starring Chris Pratt.

“Lego Batman” filmmaker Chris McKay is directing Skydance and Paramount’s upcoming film, which stars “Handmaid’s Tale” star Yvonne Strahovski alongside Pratt. J.K. Simmons and “Glow’s” Betty Gilpin are also in talks to join the pic.

Written by Zach Dean and Bill Dubuque, the plot follows a family man who is drafted to fight a future war in which the fate of humanity may rely on his ability to correct issues of the past.

It is unknown who Von will play in the pic.

David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Jules Daly, David Goyer, and Adam Kolbrenner are producing the project while Rob Cowan serves as executive producer.

Skydance is producing and financing “Ghost Draft” and developed the project, with Paramount on board to distribute. David Ellison’s company is best known for the “Mission: Impossible
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Chris Pratt’s ‘Ghost Draft’ Adds Comedian Theo Von to Cast

Chris Pratt’s ‘Ghost Draft’ Adds Comedian Theo Von to Cast
Comedian Theo Von is joining the cast of Chris Pratt’s sci-fi film “Ghost Draft,” which will also star Yvonne Strahovski.

Chris McKay (“Lego Batman”) is directing the Skydance project. “Ghost Draft,” a working title, is written by Zach Dean and Bill Dubuque and is about a man who is drafted to fight in a future war which forces him to confront his past. Sam Richardson, J.K. Simmons and Betty Gilpin have also been in talks to join the project.

Producers are David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, David Goyer, Jules Daly and Adam Kolbrenner. Matt Grimm is overseeing the project for Skydance. Rob Cowan is serving as executive producer.

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Production is set to begin this summer.

Von, a stand-up comedian and TV personality, was in the middle of his Dark Arts Tour, which
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Stand-Up Comedian Theo Von Joins Chris Pratt In Skydance-Paramount’s ‘Ghost Draft’

Stand-Up Comedian Theo Von Joins Chris Pratt In Skydance-Paramount’s ‘Ghost Draft’
Stand-up comedian Theo Von is boarding Skydance-Paramount’s sci-fi thriller Ghost Draft. He joins cast Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, Jk Simmons, Betty Gilpin and Sam Richardson, who are also in talks for the Chris McKay-directed feature.

Written by Zach Dean and Bill Dubuque, the plot follows a husband and father drafted to fight a future war in which the fate of humanity may rely on his ability to correct issues of the past.

David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Jules Daly, David Goyer and Adam Kolbrenner are producing the project, while Rob Cowan serves as executive producer.

Von is in the middle of his Dark Arts Tour, which has sold out around the world, and he’ll be postponing some of his dates in order to do the film. Von will continue to do his weekly podcast “This Past Weekend,” which garners 5 million downloads a week. Comedy Central recently
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‘Ms. Purple’ Trailer: ‘Gook’ Director Justin Chon Returns to Break Your Heart

‘Ms. Purple’ Trailer: ‘Gook’ Director Justin Chon Returns to Break Your Heart
Korean-American director Justin Chon, whose 2017 breakout drama “Gook” won the Best of Next! Audience Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, returns with another poignant family drama, “Ms. Purple.” The film, which vied for the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2019, will be released by Oscilloscope Laboratories on September 6.

Ms. Purple” centers on a sister and brother, Kasie (Tiffany Chu) and Carey (Teddy Lee), raised and still living in the bustling Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles. Still reeling from being abandoned by their mother and brought up by their father, the estranged siblings are forced to reunite in the wake of their father’s looming death. With each of them grappling with impending tragedy in their own ways, Kasie must turn to sex work in order to support her father. Meanwhile, Carey, who ran away at 15, still resents his ailing father.

Out of Sundance, Indiewire’s Jude Dry called the film a “vivid,
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Tiffany Chu in First Trailer for Justin Chon's Indie Drama 'Ms. Purple'

"My beautiful daughter. You're the only thing I have in this world." Oscilloscope Labs has debuted the first official trailer for an indie set in Koreatown, Los Angeles titled Ms. Purple, the latest film from acclaimed Korean-American filmmaker Justin Chon (of the films Man Up and Gook before this). This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and it also won the Grand Jury Prize at the Dallas Film Festival this spring. Ms. Purple stars Tiffany Chu as Kasie, a young woman who works a deadend job as a karaoke hostess in Koreatown. She reconnects with her estranged brother Carey in the final days of their father's life, struggling to make ends meet. The small cast includes Teddy Lee, Octavio Pizano, James Kang, and Jake Choi. An intimate character study about taking care of family and how tough life can be. Have a look. Here's the first official
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Bill Cosby Lecturing Prison Inmates on Good Parenting and Life Lessons

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Bill Cosby Lecturing Prison Inmates on Good Parenting and Life Lessons
Bill Cosby's dishing out parenting and life advice to his fellow inmates ... no joke. Bill's rep, Andrew Wyatt, says the famous inmate's a busy man behind bars with as many as 4 lectures per week. He's been doing this for around 3 months ... with crowds that often swell to more than 100 fellow prisoners. Cosby's pitch ... that the inmate's lead by example for their kids and stay outta prison in the future. Cosby's urging the inmates to
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Bill Cosby’s Father’s Day Message Says He’s Still “America’s Dad”, Internet Quickly Disagrees

Bill Cosby’s Father’s Day Message Says He’s Still “America’s Dad”, Internet Quickly Disagrees
Bill Cosby may be in prison, but he is still trying to make sure that people know he is still around — or at least someone from his social media team is. On Sunday, the 81-year-old actor’s Twitter and Instagram accounts posted a video in honor of Father’s Day — and people weren’t really here for it.

The post included an old video of Cosby talking about slavery and racism in a classroom with the caption, “Hey, Hey, Hey…It’s America’s Dad…I know it’s late, but to all of the Dads… It’s an honor to be called a Father, so let’s make today a renewed oath to fulfilling our purpose — strengthening our families and communities.”

Social media quickly responded as they were not a fan of him posting this message. Some Twitter users simply asked “Why?!” while others were very blunt, calling him
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Bill Cosby Calls Himself ‘America’s Dad’ in Father’s Day Instagram Post – It Doesn’t Go Over Great

Bill Cosby Calls Himself ‘America’s Dad’ in Father’s Day Instagram Post – It Doesn’t Go Over Great
Father’s Day was celebrated by many on Sunday, including the incarcerated Bill Cosby, who called himself “America’s Dad” in an Instagram post. That label — and the message in general — wasn’t received so well by several users.

“Hey, Hey, Hey…It’s America’s Dad…I know it’s late, but to all of the Dads… It’s an honor to be called a Father, so let’s make today a renewed oath to fulfilling our purpose — strengthening our families and communities,” Cosby’s post read.

It also includes an old clip of the now-disgraced “Cosby Show” star talking about the history of slavery and racism in America.

Andrew Wyatt, a spokesperson for Cosby, told TheWrap on Monday that his client asked a Father’s Day message be posted from him on social media in support of a group called Man Up.

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