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BritBox Acquires ‘Line of Duty’ for North American Service

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BritBox has acquired a raft of hit U.K. shows, such as thriller “Line of Duty” and gameshow “Pointless,” to bolster its lineup of British programs on its North American streaming service.

BritBox, a joint venture between BBC Studios and ITV, closed new deals at Mipcom on Wednesday with Kew Media Distribution and Endemol Shine International to bring more than 250 hours of content to its U.S. and Canada platform.

Jed Mercurio-scripted police thriller “Line of Duty,” starring Martin Compston, Adrian Dunbar, Vicky Mclure, Keeley Hawes, and Thandie Newton, has been a huge hit for the BBC over its five series.

Other shows included in the deal include Sky crime dramas “Thorne: Sleepyhead” and “Thorne: Scaredy Cat,” starring David Morrissey and Aidan Gillen, and “Pointless,” a popular BBC One game show.

Also included is long-running panel show “8 Out of 10 Cats” hosted by Jimmy Carr and the mystery-spy series “MI5,” starring Peter Firth,
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Sony-Owned Eleventh Hour Films Doubles Down On Development After Hollywood Investment With BBC & ITV Projects

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Exclusive: Sony-owned Eleventh Hour Films is doubling down on development to broaden its slate following its investment by the Hollywood studio. The producer has scored developments with the BBC and ITV on a slew of book adaptations after Sony Pictures Television acquired a minority stake in the Foyle’s War producer in September 2018.

The company is currently focused on a number of book adaptations including Alex Rider, which has been fully funded by the studio, classic British detective series Rebus and Whatever You Love from Apple Tree Yard author Louise Doughty.

Deadline can reveal that Rebus, which was written by Ian Rankin and follows Inspector John Rebus, a hardboiled Edinburgh cop with a tendency to bend rules, is in development with the BBC. The series is being written by Gregory Burke, writer of José Padilha hijacking thriller Entebbe. Rebus previously aired on ITV between 2000 and 2007 and was produced by Stv Productions.
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Spider-Man: Far From Home Confirmed To Have Two Post-Credits Scenes

After 21 movies, Marvel fans know to stay to the end of the credits to make sure they catch not just the typical mid-credits sequence but also the additional scene right at the end of the film. Avengers: Endgame might’ve tested your patience, though, as it didn’t feature any post-credits scenes. Make sure you don’t leave early for Spider-Man: Far From Home, however, as it’s now been revealed that it has two surprises waiting after the credits start rolling.

As said, this is per the norm for the McU, but it’s good to have it confirmed that the franchise will still be moving ahead with its iconic trope through the end of Phase Three and beyond. There’s no telling exactly what awaits in Far From Home’s credits, of course, but now we know that we have to stick around and this time will be
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Marvel Is Reportedly Looking to Cast Walking Dead Star David Morrissey in a Phase 4 Film

As you know, Marvel Studios is in the process of planning out and developing their fourth phase of films. Marvel has yet to officially announce that line-up, but we do know some of the films that will be included such as The Eternals, Black Widow, Doctor Strange 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Shang-Chi, and maybe Black Panther 2. Marvel is supposed to reveal their phase 4 line-up at Comic-Con this year.

It looks like one of these many film might end up starring Walking Dead alum David Morrissey, who played The Governor. According to Marvel insider Roger Wardell, the studio is considering him for multiple roles.

Marvel Studios are a big fan of David Morrissey and are considering multiple roles for him for Phase 4.

— Roger Wardell (@RogerWardell) May 27, 2019

Apparently Kevin Feige is a fan of the British actor, and there’s a fan theory going around right now that
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Marvel Said To Be Eyeing Walking Dead Star For Multiple McU Roles

David Morrissey is most known for his fan favorite turn as the Governor in TV’s The Walking Dead, but a new rumor points to him potentially finding a role in another comic book franchise adapted for the screen. The biggest one there is, in fact: the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Insider Roger Wardell, whose information has proved reliable in the past, shared on Twitter the news that Marvel Studios are apparently big fans of the English actor and are looking over multiple roles to find the best one for him in the upcoming Phase Four.

We’ve already got the feeling that at least someone in Marvel’s casting department likes Twd, as two stars of the franchise have shown up in key roles in the franchise. Namely, Danai Gurira as Black Panther‘s Okoye – whose McU commitments have led to her quitting the AMC show after she appears for
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David Morrissey, Luke Treadway Cast in ITV’s ‘The Singapore Grip’ Adaptation

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David Morrissey, Luke Treadway Cast in ITV’s ‘The Singapore Grip’ Adaptation
David Morrissey, Luke Treadway and Charles Dance have been cast in “The Singapore Grip,” an ITV drama adaptation of the J.G. Farrell novel. Oscar winning screenwriter and playwright Christopher Hampton (“Dangerous Liaisons”) is adapting the book, which is set during World War II and follows a British family living in Singapore at the time of the Japanese invasion.

“As a great admirer and, eventually, a friend of J.G.Farrell, I was delighted to be invited to adapt The Singapore Grip, a panoramic account of the disastrous loss of Singapore to the Japanese invaders in 1942,” Hampton said.

Luke Treadaway (“Ordeal By Innocence”) will star as the reluctant hero of the piece and innocent abroad Matthew Webb. Morrissey (“The Walking Dead”) will play a ruthless rubber merchant, Walter Blackett, who is head of British Singapore’s most powerful firm alongside his business partner Webb, played by Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones
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‘The Walking Dead’s David Morrissey & ‘Traitors’ Luke Treadaway Star In ITV’s Adaptation Of ‘The Singapore Grip’

‘The Walking Dead’s David Morrissey & ‘Traitors’ Luke Treadaway Star In ITV’s Adaptation Of ‘The Singapore Grip’
The Walking Dead star David Morrissey and TraitorsLuke Treadaway are to star in ITV’s adaptation of J.G. Farrell’s World War II novel The Singapore Grip.

The pair will feature in the six-part series, which is produced by Victoria producer Mammoth Screen, alongside Game of ThronesCharles Dance, Absolutely Fabulous’ Jane Horrocks and Star Trek: The Next Generation Colm Meaney. Former Coronation Street actor Elizabeth Tan and rising star Georgia Blizzard will also star.

The Singapore Grip, which was part of Farrell’s Empire Trilogy of novels, which also includes Troubles and The Siege of Krishnapur was originally published in 1978. It tells the story of a British family living in Singapore at the time of the Japanese invasion.

It follows rubber merchant Walter Blackett, played by Morrissey his wife Sylvia, played by Horrocks, and ruthless daughter Joan, played by Blizzard. However, the story takes a turn when the
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The ‘Good Omens’ trailer finds Michael Sheen and David Tennant ‘Under Pressure’ to stop End Times [Watch]

The ‘Good Omens’ trailer finds Michael Sheen and David Tennant ‘Under Pressure’ to stop End Times [Watch]
What do you do when Armageddon is days away and you’ve lost the Antichrist? Leave it to good and evil.

Amazon dropped the full-length trailer for Neil Gaiman‘s upcoming limited series “Good Omens” on Wednesday (watch above), giving us a closer look at Michael Sheen‘s finicky angel Aziraphale and David Tennant‘s carefree demon Crowley (and their questionable hair) as they team up to stop the apocalypse. As the trailer — which is backed by Queen and David Bowie‘s “Under Pressure” — reveals, the Antichrist is actually a blissfully unaware 11-year-old boy named Adam (Sam Tyler Buck) who’s gone missing.

“If we don’t find him, it’ll be the war to end everything,” Crowley says.

See The apocalypse is coming: Amazon’s ‘Good Omens’ finally has a premiere date

The cheeky series is based on Gaiman’s 1990 novel “Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter,
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AMC developing new The Walking Dead spinoff series

A new The Walking Dead spinoff TV series is in development at AMC, according to a recent announcement by the company.

The Walking Dead, AMC’s long-running zombie TV drama, already has one spinoff series in Fear the Walking Dead, as well as some films in the pipeline, but there is now going to be a third spinoff series coming to the network.

We don’t have any details about what this series will be about but the announcement of the spinoff show was made during AMC Networks’ quarterly earnings call with Wall Street analysts. AMC COO Ed Carroll said (via ComicBook.com):

“We’re not at a stage where we’ll be announcing its plans to premiere. But we have hired creative people that have pitched story outlines. We feel very good about the development of that series. We’re not in a position to talk about partnerships
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The Walking Dead: David Morrissey doesn’t feel finished with The Governor

David Morrissey, who once played the villain The Governor on The Walking Dead, says that he would be interested in returning to the show as he doesn’t feel finished with the character.

The Walking Dead has provided some pretty memorable villains over the years and one of the very best was certainly David Morrissey’s The Governor, a complex maniac who once terrorized Rick and his people.

Morrissey’s character met his demise in season four but the actor has revealed to Red Carpet News TV that he would be interested in returning in some capacity with his nuanced take on the villain:

“I’ve often said I’d make the tea for them if they asked me because it was a wonderful experience, and it’s a show made by fantastic people, really talented people. And you want to work with those people.

“As I say, I love the world,
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The Walking Dead’s David Morrissey Wants To Return As The Governor

It’s been a long time since the Governor was the main villain on The Walking Dead and the show – and its cast – is almost unrecognizable from what it was in its earlier seasons, but that hasn’t stopped actor David Morrissey from wanting to make a return as his fan favorite eye-patched antagonist.

While speaking to Red Carpet News TV, the British star gushed about how much he loved his time on the hit AMC series and said he’d go back in “any capacity” in order to work on it again.

“I loved my experience on The Walking Dead. It was a show I’d love to go back to in any capacity. I’ve often said I’d make the tea for them if they asked me, because it was a wonderful experience, and it’s a show made by fantastic people, really talented people. And you
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Join Daily Dead for Sunday’s Panels on the Walker Stalker Cruise 2019!

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The cast and crew of AMC's The Walking Dead are currently sailing off into the sunset (and the Bahamas) on the Walker Stalker Cruise! For the third consecutive year, Daily Dead is on board to join in the living dead festivities, and Daily Dead Editor-in-Chief Jonathan James will once again be hosting panels with stars of The Walking Dead this Sunday!

We're thrilled to share the news that Daily Dead Editor-in-Chief Jonathan James will host two panels on Sunday, February 24th:

"Hilltop Leaders Panel" with Alanna Masterson and Tom Payne from 3:30pm–4:30pm "The Game of Cat and Mouse Panel" with David Morrissey and Laurie Holden from 9:15pm–10:15pm

For more information on these panels and all of the other activities taking place on Walker Stalker Cruise this weekend, be sure to visit the schedule page on the cruise's official website.

A collaboration between Sixthman,
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The apocalypse is coming: Amazon’s ‘Good Omens’ finally has a premiere date

The apocalypse is coming: Amazon’s ‘Good Omens’ finally has a premiere date
Here’s some good news for all you “Good Omens” fans: Neil Gaiman‘s highly anticipated six-episode limited series will debut on Amazon on Friday, May 31, Gaiman announced Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour. Probably Definitely is not a coincidence it’s dropping on the final day of Emmy eligibility.

Based on Gaiman’s 1990 novel “Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch,” which he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett, the wry, cheeky series follows Aziraphale (Michael Sheen), an angel, and Crowley (David Tennant), a demon, who are gearing up for End Times in that they want to prevent it because they’ve grown accustomed to their lifestyles on Earth.

See ‘Good Omens’ teaser: Michael Sheen and David Tennant team up to stop the apocalypse [Watch]

Besides Sheen and Tennant, the stacked cast includes Frances McDormand (voicing God), Jon Hamm (as Archangel Gabriel), Anna Maxwell Martin (as
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Albert Finney, Oscar-Nominated Star of Tom Jones and Skyfall, Dies at 82

Albert Finney, Oscar-Nominated Star of Tom Jones and Skyfall, Dies at 82
Albert Finney, five-time Oscar-nominee and star of Tom Jones, has passed away. He was 82. According to his family, Finney "passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side." Finney died at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London of a chest infection. He had been diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2011.

Born in 1936, Albert Finney grew up in a lower-middle-class family and was the son of a bookmaker. Finney was eventually accepted to train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he cut his teeth acting on the stage. Not long after, Finney transitioned into movies, with his first major role coming Tony Richardson's 1960 classic The Entertainer. Finney, that same year, also starred in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, directed by Karel Reisz, which proved to be his major breakout role. This not only secured his place as one of the key players in
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Albert Finney Remembered By Co-Stars & Colleagues: ‘Skyfall’ Director Sam Mendes Recalls “One Of The Greats”

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Albert Finney Remembered By Co-Stars & Colleagues: ‘Skyfall’ Director Sam Mendes Recalls “One Of The Greats”
Refresh for updates Albert Finney, who died yesterday, is being remembered by co-stars and colleagues from Hollywood to London today as an actor who all but defined versatility. From the intimate kitchen-sink dramas that started his career to the big, broad musicals like Scrooge (pictured) and Annie that became family fare traditions, Finney was, as Rufus Sewell, his A Man of No Importance co-star, “effortlessly great.”

Sam Mendes, director of Finney in Skyfall, said, “It is desperately sad news that Albert Finney has gone. He really was one of the greats – a brilliant, beautiful, big-hearted, life loving delight of a man. He will be terribly missed.”

“I was lucky enough to have worked with the late great Albert Finney in the film Erin Brockovich,” tweeted Marg Helgenberger. “An extraordinary & generous actor who oozed charm & mischievousness. Do yourself a favor & watch one of his performances this weekend…”

James Bond franchise producers
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Final Celebrity Guest Lineup for Walker Stalker Cruise 2019 Includes Sarah Wayne Callies and Melissa McBride

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Later this month, you can sail into the sunset with the stars of AMC's The Walking Dead on the Walker Stalker Cruise! For the third consecutive year, Daily Dead will be on board to help host the living dead festivities, and with the cruise kicking off later this month, we're pleased to announce the final celebrity guest lineup, including Melissa McBride, Sarah Wayne Callies, Cailey Fleming, and Yvette Nicole Brown.

A collaboration between Sixthman, Skybound, and Walker Stalker Con, the Walker Stalker Cruise will take place from Thursday, February 21st to Monday, February 25th aboard the Norwegian Pearl. The massive cruiser will set sail from Tampa, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas, before heading back stateside by the 25th.

Packed with panels, Q&As, special activities, concerts, autograph signings, living dead makeovers, and photo ops, Walker Stalker Cruise 2019 will feature plenty of opportunities to meet cast and crew members from The Walking Dead,
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Special FX Makeup Artists for the Walker Stalker Cruise 2019 to be Selected Through the “Looks of the Living Dead Makeover Competition”

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In February, The Walking Dead fans can sail into the sunset with Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chandler Riggs, and more on the Walker Stalker Cruise! Daily Dead was thrilled to recently team up with Sixthman, Skybound, and Walker Stalker Con to give away a balcony cabin for one lucky winner and a guest, and now we're pleased to share the news that you can help decide which makeup artists will be on board the cruise for the special FX makeup demonstrations!

Every Walker Stalker Cruise over the years has included amazing makeup demonstrations in which attendees have been transformed into the ravenous living dead via the scary good talents of FX artists onboard the cruise.

This year, makeup artists from around the world can fill out an online submission form (including a video link to a "live makeover demonstration") on the Walker Stalker Cruise website for their chance to
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Chris Hardwick remembers late ‘The Walking Dead’ star Scott Wilson: He was ‘an incredibly kind and talented man’

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Chris Hardwick remembers late ‘The Walking Dead’ star Scott Wilson: He was ‘an incredibly kind and talented man’
“I just have to say, Scott was such an incredibly kind and talented man and elevated every room that he was in,” Chris Hardwick remarked about the passing of “The Walking Dead” star Scott Wilson, who died on October 6 at the age of 76. During Sunday’s live episode of “Talking Dead,” Hardwick continued, “He was someone that I really cared deeply about and I always enjoyed seeing him. I just want to say tonight that we’re thinking about him and our thoughts and our hearts are with his friends and family.”

See‘The Walking Dead’ boss on Andrew Lincoln leaving: ‘We’re all sad about it,’ but we have ‘an ensemble cast’

Wilson’s character Hershel Greene was a fan favorite from Seasons 2-4 until he was killed off the show during the war between our heroes and the Governor (David Morrissey). After Hershel’s memorable death in the episode “Too Far Gone,
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‘The Walking Dead’ Airs Scott Wilson Tribute After Tonight’s Season Debut

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‘The Walking Dead’ Airs Scott Wilson Tribute After Tonight’s Season Debut
As testaments and condolences continue to pour in from the producers, cast and fans of The Walking Dead over the death of Scott Wilson, AMC tonight aired a tribute to the actor, who passed away yesterday at the age of 76.

The simple and powerful portrait of the beloved actor and the words “In Memory of Scott Wilson” came right at the end of Twd’s Season 9 premiere “A New Beginning.” Another way of looking at it is the acknowledgement of the In Cold Blood alum came just before the Talking Dead after show.

There was no mention of Wilson tonight on Talking Dead but not because the show was trying to avoid dampening debut enthusiasm. Tonight’s episode was actually filmed last week when the cast were in L.A. for a premiere at the DGA, as host Chris Hardwick pointed out online last night soon after news of Wilson
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Good Omens Trailer: Saving the World With David Tennant and Michael Sheen!

It's the apocalypse, and the fate of the world rests on an angel and a demon. 

That's the premise of Amazon Prime's new original series, Good Omens which unleashed its first teaser trailer during New York Comic-Con. 

The series is based on Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch which was written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

David Tennant and Michael Sheen are at the wheel of Good Omens, and we can't think of a better duo to ride out the end of the world with. 

The teaser trailer shows the pair in action with Tennant taking on the role of demon Crowley and Sheen taking on the role of angel Aziraphale. 

With the plan to bring the world to a grinding halt, the angel and demon join forces to try and stop the warring factions from destroying everything. 

There's humor, solid acting, and high production values.
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