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‘Bad Girls’ Anthology Series From Liz Hannah & Ry Russo-Young In The Works At Ucp

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Ucp is developing Bad Girls, an anthology series based on Ann Shen’s book Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World, with writer Liz Hannah (The Post) and Echo Lake Entertainment. Ry Russo-Young (The Sun Is Also A Star) is set to direct the pilot and executive produce. Ucp is currently shopping the project to networks and streamers.

Written by Hannah, Bad Girls is eyed as an anthology series with each episode featuring a different influential woman throughout history. From Ada Lovelace to Rosa Parks; Mata Hari to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, each episode will be written, directed, and starring a different female team.

“Ann Shen’s book is all that needs to be said about the ambitions of this show,” said Hannah. “To depict women throughout history as they are: complex, funny, dark and everywhere in between. As a longtime admirer of Ry’s work, I’m
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Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Antlers’ Starring Keri Russell Drops Chilling First Trailer

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Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Antlers’ Starring Keri Russell Drops Chilling First Trailer
Events take a dark turn for a small town school teacher, played by “The Americans'” Keri Russell, in the first teaser trailer for horror movie “Antlers,” produced by Guillermo del Toro.

The footage, unveiled Tuesday, centers on a young boy (Jeremy T. Thomas) reading from a frightening short story he’s written as Russell listens. The trailer includes images of a cabin with blood-splattered floors, otherworldly creatures and Russell screaming inside her car.

“Once, there were three bears that lived in a dark, wet cave up above a small town,” Thomas says. “Every day, Little Bear went to school, and at night he would come home and eat dinner. But, one day, Little Bear came home and Big Bear and Baby Bear were different. Big Bear got sick, and his insides turned black. Big Bear has become more angrier and meaner, because they had no food, no meat.”

“But they had each other,
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Oscar winners at the 2019 Emmys

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The migration of movie stars to television continues as numerous Oscar winners have now received Emmy nominations for their work. The Television Academy announced their Emmy nominations on Tuesday, July 16, and among them are a pair of Oscar winners from this year: Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”), nominated in Best Movie/Mini Actor for “True Detective” and Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”), nominated for Best Comedy Supporting Actress for “Fleabag.” They are among at least 15 Academy Awards champs celebrating today with TV bids. Tour our photo gallery above to find out what other Oscar luminaries joined them.

If there is such a thing as an Oscar bump, Ali and Colman certainly benefited. Both actors only had one Emmy nomination before their big Oscar wins, ironically both in 2016. Ali was in for his guest work on “House of Cards” while Colman showed up in Movie/Mini Supporting Actress for “The Night Manager.”

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Which 15 Oscar winners are celebrating with 2019 Emmy nominations? Olivia Colman, Mahershala Ali and who else?

The migration of movie stars to television continues as numerous Oscar winners have now received Emmy nominations for their work. The Television Academy announced their Emmy nominations on Tuesday, July 16, and among them are a pair of Oscar winners from this year: Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”), nominated in Best Movie/Mini Actor for “True Detective” and Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”), nominated for Best Comedy Supporting Actress for “Fleabag.” They are among at least 15 Academy Awards champs now celebrating with TV bids.

If there is such a thing as an Oscar bump, Ali and Colman certainly benefited. Both actors only had one Emmy nomination before their big Oscar wins, ironically both in 2016. Ali was in for his guest work on “House of Cards” while Colman showed up in Movie/Mini Supporting Actress for “The Night Manager.”

SEE2019 Emmy nominations complete list: All the nominees for the 71st Emmy Awards

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Patricia Arquette on Playing 2 Truly Toxic Women – and Earning 2 Emmy Nominations

Patricia Arquette on Playing 2 Truly Toxic Women – and Earning 2 Emmy Nominations
An edited version of this story about Patricia Arquette first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

“I’m a 51-year-old woman,” Patricia Arquette said with a laugh. “I really thought they were going to force me into retirement.”

They didn’t. Instead, Hollywood embraced Arquette after her role in Richard Linklater’s 2014 film “Boyhood.” She won SAG, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Awards for her performance, and galvanized the Oscar audience with an impassioned plea for equal pay for women. And she continued to play unusually rich roles, including two limited series that landed her Emmy nominations this year.

“They’re multifaceted people,” she said of her troubled and complex characters in “Escape at Dannemora” and “The Act.” “We may not like the choices they make, but they’re very complicated, and they’re full people.

“A lot of parts for 50-year-olds, or even young women,
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‘One of Us Is Lying’ Series, ‘Queer as Folk’ Reboot Move to NBCUniversal Streaming Service

  • Variety
The planned series adaptation of the Karen M. McManus Ya book “One of Us Is Lying” is on the move.

The project, which was originally in development at E!, has now moved to the NBCUniversal streaming service with a pilot order, Variety has learned. It tells the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Erica Saleh will write the pilot, with John Sacchi and Matt Groesch executive producing via Sacchi’s 5 More Minutes Productions. Universal Content Productions will produce. Saleh’s previous writing credits include the CBS shows “Instinct” and “Wisdom of the Crowd.” She is repped by ICM and Writ Large.

In addition, the planned reboot of “Queer as Folk,” originally in development at Bravo, is now in development at the streamer. Variety exclusively reported the new show was in the works back in December.
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Ucp To Develop True Crime Series About Texting Suicide Case

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Exclusive: In a competitive situation, Ucp has optioned the rights to Jesse Barron’s 2017 Esquire true crime article The Girl From Plainville for TV series development.

The Girl From Plainville is considered the definitive account of the events that led Michelle Carter, a young woman from a small town in Massachusetts, to stand trial for her boyfriend Conrad Roy’s homicide, as prosecutors argued that her calls and texts fueled his suicide when they were both teens.

In a highly publicized case, which raised the question, Can words kill?, Carter was convicted in 2017 of involuntary manslaughter for encouraging Roy, over the text messages and phone calls to kill himself. Roy had seen numerous mental health professionals and insisted he wanted to die. Carter was convicted mainly on the basis of her final phone call in which she told Roy to get back in his truck, which was filling with carbon monoxide,
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Marvel is Producing a New Podcast Series Called Marvels with The Fantastic Four and Spider-Man

Marvel is producing another fictional podcast in a partnership with Stitcher called Marvels. Marvel and Stitcher have already produced two podcasts called Wolverine: The Long Night and Wolverine: The Lost Trail. Both of those tell great stories and I’m looking forward to seeing how this new one turns out. It sounds like it’ll make for a great podcast series!

The series is part of the “celebration marking the 25th anniversary of Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross’ award-winning four-part comic book ‘Marvels,’ which was released to critical acclaim in 1994. Based on ‘Marvels,’ this podcast revisits the story of photojournalist, Phil Sheldon, as he navigates through the chaos caused by the Galactus invasion of New York City and explores what it means to be human in a universe inhabited by Super Heroes.”

The story for Marvels takes place in the aftermath of the Fantastic Four’s battle with Galactus, “high above New York City,
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‘Homeland’: Cliff Chamberlain & Hilary Jardine Join Cast For Final Season 8 Of Showtime Series

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‘Homeland’: Cliff Chamberlain & Hilary Jardine Join Cast For Final Season 8 Of Showtime Series
Exclusive: Cliff Chamberlain (State of Affairs) has been cast in a major recurring role on the upcoming eighth and final season of Showtime’s Homeland. Also set for a recurring role on the Showtime drama series is Hilary Jardine (Van Helsing).

Chamberlain will play Mike Dunne, the CIA Station Chief in Kabul, Afghanistan. This is the post held by Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) at the top of Season 4.

The so-long season of Homeland will feature a nod to Season 4, which was set in Afghanistan and Pakistan, with that season’s heavily recurring players, Nimrat Kaur and Numan Acar, reprising their roles.

Jardine plays Claudatte Fletcher, a former State Department employee turned freelance consultant with a global network of assets.

The final chapter of Homeland finds Carrie (Danes) recovering from months of brutal confinement in a Russian gulag. Her body is healing, but her memory remains fractured – which is a problem
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‘The Act’ Star Joey King on Her ‘Honesty Policy’ With Patricia Arquette: ‘I Felt Supported by Her 100%’

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‘The Act’ Star Joey King on Her ‘Honesty Policy’ With Patricia Arquette: ‘I Felt Supported by Her 100%’
This story about Joey King first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

Joey King took on the most “mentally and physically demanding” role of her life when she signed on to play Gypsy Rose Blanchard in “The Act.”

Gypsy Rose’s mother, Dee Dee (played by Patricia Arquette in the fact-based Hulu limited series), convinced her daughter that she suffered from illnesses like leukemia and muscular dystrophy, although doctors never found any evidence that Gypsy had the conditions. She did have a unique voice, though — a high-pitched little-girl voice that King studied by “going to sleep with interviews of Gypsy playing through my headphones.”

See Video: 'The Act' Star Joey King on Playing Gypsy Rose Blanchard: 'I Feel Really Sorry for Her

King didn’t read for the role in that voice, though. “They didn’t want people to audition with the voice
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Patricia Arquette On Embodying Real-Life Women In ‘Escape At Dannemora’ & ‘The Act; How Writing Her Memoir Feels Like “Swimming With Sharks”

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Patricia Arquette On Embodying Real-Life Women In ‘Escape At Dannemora’ & ‘The Act; How Writing Her Memoir Feels Like “Swimming With Sharks”
Last time Patricia Arquette was staring an Emmy in the face it was 2007, and she was on her second nomination for playing Allison Dubois in Medium—the pretty mom who has it all, with psychic powers to boot. What could have been a hackneyed stereotype became, in the hands of Arquette, a nuanced and moving portrait of a woman torn. She didn’t win back then, but this year she just might, with two astoundingly challenging real-life roles under her belt: abusive mom Dee Dee Blanchard in Hulu’s The Act, and dissatisfied prison worker-turned-criminal Joyce “Tilly” Mitchell in Showtime’s Escape at Dannemora.

With the two limited series shoots, and her new Netflix film Otherhood crammed into a few months, Arquette found she leaned on the network TV training she had on Medium to run that marathon. “Absolutely it prepared me for that,” she says. “I think it gives
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Here’s why we could be underestimating Amy Adams at the Emmys

Here’s why we could be underestimating Amy Adams at the Emmys
Amy Adams has gone 0 for 6 at the Academy Awards, but she could rake in some hardware at another industry awards show: the Emmys. She received two nominations for “Sharp Objects,” Best Limited Series/TV Movie Actress and Best Limited Series as an executive producer. In the former category, she ranks third in our combined Emmy odds, trailing Michelle Williams (“Fosse/Verdon”) and Patricia Arquette (“Escape at Dannemora”), but ahead of Niecy Nash (“When They See Us”), Joey King (“The Act”) and Aunjanue Ellis (“When They See Us”). However, could we be underestimating Adams?

On the show, which ran from July to August last year, she played Camille Preaker, a troubled journalist who returns to her hometown of Wind Gap to investigate and report on two mysterious murders. After suffering a traumatic childhood at the hands of her cruel mother Adora (Patricia Clarkson), her feeling of worthlessness swiftly developed into self-hatred, sending
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Jamie Dornan, Alec Baldwin & Christian Slater To Star In ‘Dr. Death’

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Jamie Dornan, Alec Baldwin & Christian Slater To Star In ‘Dr. Death’
“First do no harm.” Jamie Dornan, Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater are set to star in Dr. Death, a limited drama series from UCP based on the Wondery podcast about a sinister doctor who treats his Hippocratic Oath about the same way he treats his patients.

With the high-caliber talent on board, UCP is shopping the project to networks and streaming platforms. The studio took the same approach with two other series based on podcasts, Homecoming, which was sold to Amazon with Julia Roberts attached, and Dirty John, which landed at Bravo with Connie Britton in negotiations to star. Both those projects scored two-season pickups.

Dr. Death explores the twisted mind of a sociopath and the gross negligence of the system designed to protect the most defenseless among us. It tells the disturbing true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch (Dornan), a rising star in the Dallas medical community. Young, charismatic and ostensibly brilliant,
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All she does is win: Patricia Clarkson has never lost an Emmy and looks strong to keep it that way with ‘Sharp Objects’

All she does is win: Patricia Clarkson has never lost an Emmy and looks strong to keep it that way with ‘Sharp Objects’
Beyonce is in the Emmy race for “Homecoming,” but it’s Patricia Clarkson who could end up being ***Flawless. The “Sharp Objects” star is the early favorite in our odds to claim the Best Limited Series/TV Movie Supporting Actress prize, which would give her a pristine 3-for-3 Emmy record.

Clarkson has never lost an Emmy race, nabbing two Best Drama Guest Actress statuettes in 2002 and ’06 for “Six Feet Under.” The dual victories made her one of five women to have won that category a record two times, alongside Shirley Knight, Margo Martindale, Amanda Plummer and Alfre Woodward. Clarkson and Martindale, who went back to back in 2015-16 for “The Americans,” are the only ones to win multiple times for playing the same character on the same show.

After winning the catch-all supporting Golden Globe and the Critics’ Choice Award in January, Clarkson was the top choice in our nomination
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Emmys 2019: Hollywood’s Heavy-Hitters Duke it Out in Limited Series Acting

As final voting grows near for the 2019 Emmy Awards, it’s the perfect time to examine some races that seem far from clear cut. Netflix’s “When They See Us” makes a strong showing across most of the categories honoring acting in a limited series or movie, while other series’ hopes ride on one or two bedrock performances, including Amazon’s “A Very English Scandal,” which missed out on an overall limited series nomination, but offers two strong contenders in Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw.

This week IndieWire TV Critic Ben Travers fills in for an absent Editor-at-Large Anne Thompson and joins TV Awards Editor Libby Hill for our “Screen Talk: Emmy Edition” podcast in dissecting the minutiae of the limited series acting categories, where lesser known actors are going head to head with Hollywood heavy hitters. Their analysis also includes a lengthy argument over whether or not Emmy voters care what Oscar voters think,
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Vicious villains at the Emmys: Jodie Comer, Hugh Grant, Emilia Clarke and more could join list of nefarious champs

Vicious villains at the Emmys: Jodie Comer, Hugh Grant, Emilia Clarke and more could join list of nefarious champs
Playing sympathetic characters was once a strong factor in winning Emmys. That seemed to be the case when actors like Jane Kaczmarek (“Malcolm in the Middle”), Steve Carell (“The Office”) and Hugh Laurie (“House”) kept losing for their acclaimed performances as prickly people. But in this era of antiheroes we’ve also seen lots of villains prevail, and this year could be no exception. How many vicious villains do you think will prevail?

So why do some unsympathetic roles prevail when others don’t? I have a theory I call the Macbeth Principle: voters might be turned off by garden variety jerks, but applaud performers who take on grand, Shakespearean levels of evildoing. That’s how actors like James Gandolfini (“The Sopranos”), Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”) Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), John Lithgow (“Dexter”) and Margo Martindale (“Justified”) could literally make a killing while Carell’s inept middle manager never prevailed.
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Cole Sprouse, Joey King, H.E.R. and More Young Stars Sound Off on Social Media

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Cole Sprouse, Joey King, H.E.R. and More Young Stars Sound Off on Social Media
Social media has transformed showbiz, making it easier for young performers to express themselves, connect with fans and even get their big break.

A strong social media presence can even be used as leverage during the casting process.

But what do performers think about it? Variety surveyed those highlighted in this year’s Young Hollywood issue and got a wide array of responses: While some are pro-social media, others expressed deep ambivalence about its impact on society at large and the industry in particular. Cover star Cole Sprouse, who got his start on the Disney Channel with his brother Dylan and now stars in “Riverdale,” was especially passionate about the dangers of social media for younger actors, for instance, while “The Act” star Joey King was far more upbeat about it.

Here are some of the reactions:

Pro

“The impact of social media is one of the biggest changes in
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Young Hollywood Impact Report 2019

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The talents on Variety’s annual Young Hollywood Impact Report have all made an impact on showbiz in the past year. They may be singers, actors or YouTube stars, but they share one thing in common: show-stopping creativity. This year’s list includes several actors nominated for Emmys, like Jharrel Jerome for Netflix’s “When They See Us;” Joey King for “The Act” on Hulu; and Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams for the final season of “Game of Thrones” on HBO. YouTubers like David Dobrik, Makenna Kelly and JoJo Siwa, each boasting millions of loyal subscribers, have made their way onto the list. Music acts like the all-female K-Pop group Blackpink, rapper Juice Wrld and singer Billie Eilish also made the list this year.

Variety also honors the adults that help them shine, be they agents or content execs. Finally, our Up Next section puts the spotlight on talent poised for a breakthrough.
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Starzplay Picks Up European Streaming Rights To Comedy Series ‘Ramy’

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Starz Svod service Starzplay has picked up most European streaming rights to A24 and Hulu comedy series Ramy from Lionsgate Worldwide Television Distribution Group.

The deal covers the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Belgium and Luxembourg. It will launch in UK on Friday August 30 and roll out in Europe later this year.

The show debuted to strong notices last April in the U.S. and has been picked up for a second season. Starring and co-created by up-and-coming comedian, Ramy Youssef, the series tells the story of a 20-something, first generation Egyptian-American who is on a spiritual journey in his politically-divided New Jersey neighborhood. In addition to Youssef, the series stars Mohammed Amer, Hiam Abbass, Amr Waked, May Calamawy, David Merheje, Laith Nakli and Steve Way.

It is written, executive produced, created by and starring Youssef, and executive produced by Jerrod Carmichael, A24’s Ravi Nandan, showrunner Bridget Bedard
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Emmy Nods to Veteran Actors Prove Importance of Longevity (Column)

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Despite some well-documented snubs, Television Academy members did a great job with this year’s Emmy nominations when it came to recognizing new series, such as FX’s “Pose” and Netflix’s “Russian Doll,” as well as rising talent including Anthony Carrigan (HBO’s “Barry”), Joey King (Hulu’s “The Act”) and Billy Porter (“Pose”).

That spotlight on fresh series and stars is likely a byproduct of the org’s efforts to expand its ranks, which now number nearly 25,000 voting members. And it’s about time, as the Primetime Emmy race becomes (thankfully) less predictable.

But here’s where this year’s nominations particularly shine: There’s also still room for legends to get notice, especially in the lead actor categories. And in some cases, they are seeing accolades for the first time in decades — or ever.

The four nominations for Pop TV’s “Schitt’s Creek,” after years of critical acclaim,
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