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'The Eddy' Scribe Previews Parisian Mini-Series Where "Crime and Music and Survival" Mix

'The Eddy' Scribe Previews Parisian Mini-Series Where
From J.K. Rowling’s smash-hit wizarding stage show Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to acclaimed — and gritty — British TV dramas such as National Treasure and the recent HBO/BBC His Dark Materials adaptation, or (almost) a galaxy far, far away for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (until J.J. Abrams took over), Jack Thorne has swiftly become one of the most in-demand, prolific and adaptable writers in the business.

The British scribe’s next project — Netflix’s The Eddy — seems no less eclectic: An eight-part miniseries about a jazz club on the edge of closure, led by its struggling American ...
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National Treasure: Season Two Picked Up by Hulu

National Treasure: Season Two Picked Up by Hulu
National Treasure will return. Deadline reports Hulu has picked up a second season of the UK TV show.The new season of the drama, which airs on Channel 4 in the UK, "follows the abduction of a young black girl, named Kiri, who is soon-to-be-adopted by her white foster family, and the trail of lies, blame, guilt and notoriety that follow."
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Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams – Crazy Diamond Review

Villordsutch reviews Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams: “Crazy Diamond”…

This week’s Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams takes its inspiration from the story originally titled “Sales Pitch”, which was published way back in 1954 within Future magazine, now here delivered in 2017 under the new moniker of “Crazy Diamond”. This reimagined version has been written by Tony Grisoni (The Young Pope, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) and is directed by Marc Munden (National Treasure, Utopia).

In a world of genetic-splicing and chimeras, where the food you eat is sold to you with barely a shelf life of a day and it’s illegal, if not impossible, to grow your own food, Ed Morris (Steve Buscemi) longs to escape this world with his wife via the open sea. However, this isn’t that simple due to the controlling nature of this new world and the pull factors woven around them.
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Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams episode 3 review: The Commuter

Louisa Mellor Oct 1, 2017

Timothy Spall gives a moving performance in Electric Dreams’ strongest and most emotionally satisfying story yet…

This review contains spoilers.

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At the centre of The Commuter is one of those truths that, like the inevitability of death, or how much salt they put in Kellogg’s Corn flakes, most of us prefer not to acknowledge. In a different life without our kids, we might be happier. We’d have fewer wrinkles, a tidier house and a better sex-life. The people we love aren’t always good for us.

The more uplifting side of that truth is that most of us choose them anyway. Whatever the hardship, our family is ours and no other option—even if it’s easier—can replace them.
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La La Land's Damien Chazelle Making New Series The Eddy For Netflix

Damien Chazelle is so hot right now. The writer/director has an Academy Award for directing La La Land, a feature that also won Best Picture for several minutes, or at least we thought won the Oscar for several minutes. Both La La Land and Whiplash were nominated for Best Picture and Whiplash did win three Oscars overall including J.K. Simmons winning for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role under Chazelle’s direction. Next, Chazelle is directing First Man, a biopic about Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon. Ryan Gosling, Jon Bernthal, Claire Foy, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, and Jason Clark will be starring in First Man for Chazelle.

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Another hot property? Netflix, who has been crushing it with their original content including Stranger Things, The Defenders and all related Marvel series, Narcos, House of Cards,
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La La Land Director Damien Chazelle's Musical Series Ordered at Netflix

La La Land Director Damien Chazelle's Musical Series Ordered at Netflix
Netflix’s latest straight-to-series order is for the fools who dream: The streaming service has picked up The Eddy, a musical drama from La La Land director Damien Chazelle.

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The eight-episode series, set in modern-day Paris, revolves around “a club, its owner, the house band, and the chaotic city that surrounds them,” per the official logline. Characters will speak French, English and Arabic.

Chazelle is on board to direct the first two episodes. He will also serve as an Ep alongside Six Feet Under vet Alan Poul. BAFTA
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Star Wars Episode IX Adds A New Writer

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We are still a ways away until the finale of the current Star Wars trilogy, Episode IX, hits theaters, but there is already news that Disney and Lucasfilm needed to bring in a new writer. Come inside to find out what's going on.

While we wait with bated breath for Rian Johnson's Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi to come out this December,  Episode IX Director Colin Trevorrow has already begun working on the finale of this trilogy.  Specifically, the script.  As it turns out, the script he and his writing partner, Derek Connolly, have put together may have hit a snag, according to a report by THR.

Jack Thorne has been brought in to provide a "fresh set of eyes" and make rewrites to the script Connolly and Trevorrow wrote.  Thorne is an English writer responsible for penning and co-creating several TV shows like National Treasure, The Last Panthers,
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‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Taps New Screenwriter to Rewrite Colin Trevorrow’s Script

‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Taps New Screenwriter to Rewrite Colin Trevorrow’s Script
Looks like “Star Wars: Episode IX” is getting a fresh pair of eyes. The Hollywood Reporter reports that rising British screenwriter Jack Thorne will be contributing rewrites to the script of the upcoming ninth installment of the beloved franchise. While Thorne is a relatively new name in Hollywood, he’s already having a big year: his “Wonder” will arrive on November 17.

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As THR notes, “Trevorrow and his writing partner, Derek Connolly, have been working on the script, but sources say a fresh set of eyes was needed. It is unclear how extensive the rewrites will be.” THR is also quick to note that, despite previous reports, the script for “Episode IX” is not based on a treatment from filmmaker Rian Johnson, who wrote and directed the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
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'Star Wars: Episode IX' Taps New Screenwriter

'Star Wars: Episode IX' Taps New Screenwriter
British screenwriter Jack Thorne has been tapped to finish the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode IX, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Thorne will take over for director Colin Trevorrow and his writing partner Derek Connolly. According to sources, a new set of eyes was needed to finish the final installment of the franchise reboot, though it's unclear how much of the script needs to be rewritten.

Thorne has created several acclaimed British television shows including National Treasure, the crime drama The Last Panthers and the sci-fi series The Fades.
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‘Star Wars Episode IX’ Is Getting A Rewrite From A ‘Harry Potter’ Collaborator

Welp, it was bound to happen. “Star Wars: Episode IX” is getting a rewrite. Lucasfilm has tasked English writer Jack Thorne, known for his work in theater, TV and film, to take a new pass at the script.

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In the U.K. Thorne is primarily known for his work writing for TV— “Skins,” “ This Is England” ’86, ’88 and ’90, “The Last Panthers,” the “National Treasure” mini-series— recently penning the stage play for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” which was based off a new original new story by Thorne, J.K.

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Shane Meadows preps Irish drama 'The Virtues' for Channel 4

Channel orders four-parter from Warp Films.

This Is England team Shane Meadows and Jack Thorne are to create a four-part drama for Channel 4 (writes Broadcast).

Set to air in 2019, The Virtues (w/t) follows a troubled man who returns to Ireland to confront his childhood in the care system.

The 4 x 60-minute series is currently filming in Belfast, Sheffield and Liverpool, and will star This Is England and Taboo actor Stephen Graham alongside newcomer Niamh Algar.

Warp Films’ drama is written by Thorne and Meadows, who will also direct.

The production marks Meadows’ first directing and writing credit since 2015’s This Is England ‘90 - the third instalment of the long-running drama. Thorne has since penned The Last Panthers, National Treasure and an episode of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.

Producers include Mark Herbert and Nickie Sault. The series was commissioned by C4 head of drama Beth Willis.

Meadows said: “The Virtues takes the biblical, almost
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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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“Ab Fab’s” Joanna Lumley to Receive the BAFTA Fellowship

Joanna Lumley in “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie”: David Appleby/IMDb

Joanna Lumley is receiving the British Academy’s greatest honor. Variety reports that the “Absolutely Fabulous” star will be honored with the BAFTA Fellowship at the British Academy Television Awards on May 14. The special award is granted “to an individual in recognition of their outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television, or games.”

“Nothing could make me prouder or happier than being awarded this phenomenal honor,” Lumley said in a statement. “To be counted amongst the greatest talents and stars of our industry is an awesome gift.”

Previous BAFTA fellows include Lumley’s “Ab Fab” co-star Jennifer Saunders, Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey”), and Julie Walters (“National Treasure”).

Lumley is best known as “Ab Fab’s” Patsy Stone. Created by Saunders and Dawn French, the comedy centered on best friends Patsy and Edina Monsoon (Saunders) and their many misadventures. The series’ six seasons aired sporadically from 1992 to 2012. The 2016 film “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie” saw the duo fleeing to the south of France after accidentally pushing Kate Moss into the Thames. Directed by Mandie Fletcher and written by Saunders, the “Ab Fab” film was a big hit in the UK.

Lumley’s acting career spans six decades. She took home a BAFTA for her performance in “Absolutely Fabulous” in both 1993 and 1995. She and the cast of 1961’s “The Avengers” received a special BAFTA award in 2000. Among Lumley’s recent credits are Thea Sharrock’s “Me Before You” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

The British Academy Television Awards will take place May 14 at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

Ab Fab’s” Joanna Lumley to Receive the BAFTA Fellowship was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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'The Crown', 'The Night Manager' triumph at Bafta TV Craft Awards

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'The Crown', 'The Night Manager' triumph at Bafta TV Craft Awards
Big budget dramas dominate event celebrating behind-the-scenes talent.

The Crown, The Night Manager and National Treasure won two Baftas each at the British Academy Television Craft Awards, held last night (23 April).

Historical drama The Crown, starring Claire Foy and created by Peter Morgan, won awards for costume design and special, visual & graphic effects.

John le Carré adaptation The Night Manager, with Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie, won in editing: fiction and sound: fiction.

Operation Yewtree-inspired drama National Treasure, starring Robbie Coltrane, picked up the director: fiction and original music prizes.

Sally Wainwright won writer: drama for Happy Valley, her third Bafta so far in this category and her fifth overall.

There were also awards for Rillington Place (photography and lighting), Black Mirror (make-up and hair design) and War & Peace (production design).

Director Mahalia Belo won the breakthrough talent category for Ellen.

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Bafta TV awards 2017: full list of nominations

The Crown leads the pack, with Happy Valley and Fleabag close behind. Here are all the stars and shows up for this year’s awards

Adeel AkhtarMurdered By My Father (BBC3)

Babou Ceesay – Damilola, Our Loved Boy (BBC1)

Benedict CumberbatchThe Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses (BBC2)

Robbie ColtraneNational Treasure (Channel 4)

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Sally Wainwright Win Big at Royal Television Society Awards

Phoebe Waller-Bridge in “Fleabag

Here’s some happy news about two very dark shows: writer-creators Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”) and Sally Wainwright (“Happy Valley”) were the big winners at last night’s Royal Television Society (Rts) Awards, BBC News reports.

Waller-Bridge accepted the Breakthrough and Best Comedy Writer prizes, and Wainwright received Best Drama Writer and the Judges’ Award. “Happy Valley,” a crime drama starring Sarah Lancashire, was also honored with the Rts Drama Series award.

Fleabag,” which was recently renewed for a second season, is set in London and centers on a self-destructive young woman (Waller-Bridge) who owns a guinea pig-themed café. “I really wanted to hide a tragedy in a comedy and I really wanted to trick people,” Waller-Bridge has said. “I love the idea of disarming an audience through comedy and making them feel safe, and in turn making them vulnerable to twists and turns that they might not be expecting from a character.”

Waller-Bridge previously wrote and starred in “Crashing” about a group of twentysomethings using an old hospital as apartments. She is also working on BBC America’s “Killing Eve,” which centers on Eve, a fiercely intelligent security services operative who dreams of leaving her desk job behind to be a spy, and Villanelle, an elegant and proficient murderer. Waller-Bridge will serve as showrunner on the series.

Wainwright is keeping busy as well. Her new series about trailblazing landowner Anne Lister, “Shibden Hall,” will be produced by Lookout Point for BBC One and co-produced with HBO. Wainwright also wrote and directed the TV movie “To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters.” Premiering March 26 on PBS, “To Walk Invisible” follows sisters Charlotte, Emily, and Anne (Finn Atkins, Chloe Pirrie, and Charlie Murphy) as they face “numerous obstacles to write some of the greatest novels in the English language.”

Julie Walters was honored at the Rts awards with the Lifetime Achievement award. “I simply can’t thank all the amazing people I have elbowed out of the way to get where I am,” Walters quipped as she picked up the prize. Probably best known as Mrs. Weasley from the “Harry Potter” films, the actress has appeared in the Hulu series “National Treasure,” “Brooklyn,” and “Brave.” Walters will next be seen in “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Finally, Sophie Okonedo was named Best Female Actor for her work in “Undercover.” The drama miniseries centers on lawyer Maya Cobbina (Okonedo), who “returns to Britain to become the first black Director of Public Prosecutions,” according to its synopsis. After accepting the position, “she begins to suspect that everything she knew about the man she has been married to for the past 20 years (Adrian Lester) is a lie.”

Okonedo received an Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actress in 2005 for her role in “Hotel Rwanda.” Her other credits include “The Hollow Crown,” “The Escape Artist,” and “After Earth.”

Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Sally Wainwright Win Big at Royal Television Society Awards was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Royal Television Society winners: Phoebe Waller-Bridge (‘Fleabag’) and ‘National Treasure’ and win 2 each

Royal Television Society winners: Phoebe Waller-Bridge (‘Fleabag’) and ‘National Treasure’ and win 2 each
National Treasure” won two Royal Television Society Awards on Tuesday, including Best Miniseries and Best Actor for Robbie Coltrane who played a comedian accused of sexual assault. The four-parter aired in Channel 4 in the UK last year and is now streaming on Hulu. Julie Walter had contended for Best Actress for her performance as the steadfast wife whose loyalty is tested as the […]
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‘Harlots’ Trailer: It’s the Battle of the Brothels in Hulu’s Family Drama Set in Georgian London

‘Harlots’ Trailer: It’s the Battle of the Brothels in Hulu’s Family Drama Set in Georgian London
One in five women in London in 1763 were prostitutes, and many of them by choice.

Hulu’s new series “Harlots” explores the world of brothels in Georgian London and the women who made the decision to make this their life’s work. For some London women in the 18th century, being a whore was the best possible option, even better than marriage, because it offered the possibility of upwards mobility, independence and even home ownership.

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Told from the female point of view, the series will explore the economics, the rivalry and the family dynamics that impacted the lives of sex workers during the time. Samantha Morton stars as the madam Margaret Wells, whose daughters Charlotte (“Downton Abbey’s” Jessica Brown Findlay) and Lucy (Eloise Smyth) are destined to join the family business.

Their chief
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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: New Teaser Reminds Us Elisabeth Moss’ Story Is Ours

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: New Teaser Reminds Us Elisabeth Moss’ Story Is Ours
Margaret Atwood’s classic novel comes to Hulu this April and, based on what we’ve seen so far, we’re excited. In this eerie new teaser for the dystopian drama, we watch Offred (Elisabeth Moss) don the red garb which denotes her status as a Handmaid enslaved by the nation of Gilead, a totalitarian regime which has stripped women of all rights, leaving women like Offred powerless. It’s not a choice she made willingly, we see, thanks to flashes of the chaos which has brought her to this point.

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The evocative images of women protesting are a reminder of just how relevant “The Handmaid’s Tale” currently feels in today’s political climate, thanks to the timeless nature of Atwood’s work as well as Hulu’s bold choice to adapt it.
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‘National Treasure’ Leads Royal Television Society Noms; ‘Tough Mudder’ Inks Global Partnership Deals With Espn, SME360 — Global Briefs

Channel 4's mini-series National Treasure leads the pack in the Royal Television Society nominations this year. The drama, which has been nominated in four categories including Best Mini-Series, stars Julie Walters and Robbie Coltrane and follows a television comedian who is accused of raping a 15 year-old girl several years earlier. Both Walters and Coltrane are nominated in the Actor categories while scribe Jack Thorne is nominated in the Writer, Drama category. Sophie…
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