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‘Nocturne’: ‘Euphoria’s Sydney Sweeney & ‘Annabelle 3’s Madison Iseman To Star In First Title In Blumhouse TV-Amazon Deal

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Exclusive: Blumhouse TV has set the cast for Nocturne, the first movie in its eight picture streaming deal with Amazon Studios, with British-Irish filmmaker Zu Quirke writing and directing.

Euphoria‘s Sydney Sweeney and Annabelle Comes Home‘s Madison Iseman have landed the lead roles in the supernatural thriller about an incredibly gifted pianist who makes a Faustian bargain to overtake her older sister at a prestigious institution for classical musicians. Nocturne reps Quirke’s feature directorial debut. Quirke is represented by Lighthouse Management & Media and UTA.

Also aboard are Jacques Colimon (Netflix’s The Society) and Ivan Shaw (Hulu’s Casual and Suits spinoff Pearson).

Sweeney will next reprise her role as ‘Cassie Howard’ in season 2 of HBO’s hit series Euphoria, and starred in the Sundance world premiere Big Time Adolescence which Hulu recently acquired. Sweeney, who is repped by Paradigm and Hansen, Jacobsen, Teller, also appeared
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Power's Lela Loren Joins Altered Carbon Season 2 as Series Regular

Lela Loren has already lined up her return to the small screen.

The former Power actress will play Danica Harlan in the second season of Altered Carbon.

Netflix has confirmed that her casting was kept under wraps, and the actress has already filmed all of her scenes in Vancouver, British Columbia.

It's not surprising that the news was kept quiet, especially when you consider that Loren exited her series regular role on Power on Sunday.

Power Season 6 Episode 1 was a wild start to the sixth and final season, and I won't be going into detail on that one in case you have yet to watch the episode.

Related: Power Season 6 Episode 1 Review: Murderers

Loren’s character on Altered Carbon is called Danica Harlan.

She is the charming and ambitious governor of planet Harlan's World. She has the support of the people but keeps an uneasy grip on the political players who surround her.
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‘Altered Carbon’ Season 2 Adds ‘Power’ Star Lela Loren as ‘Ambitious’ Governor of Harlan’s World

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‘Altered Carbon’ Season 2 Adds ‘Power’ Star Lela Loren as ‘Ambitious’ Governor of Harlan’s World
“Power” star Lela Loren is joining the ranks of fictional galactic leaders with a series regular role on Season 2 of Netflix’s “Altered Carbon,” the streaming service revealed on Tuesday.

For the eight-episode second season of the sci-fi series, which is led by Anthony Mackie and set to debut in 2020, Loren will play Danica Harlan, who is described as “the charming and ambitious governor of planet Harlan’s World. She has the support of the people, but keeps an uneasy grip on the political players who surround her.”

According to Netflix, Loren has already completed production for Season 2, as her series regular role on “Altered Carbon” had been kept under wraps during filming.

Also Read: Alison Schapker Signs Overall Deal with Skydance TV, Takes Over as Sole Showrunner For 'Altered Carbon'

Along with Mackie, who is taking over the part of Takeshi Kovacs from Joel Kinnaman for Season 2, Loren joins
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Two Criminals Rob the Wrong House in Trailer for Villains with Bill Skarsgärd and Maika Monroe

If you enjoy films that are described as being sick, twisted, and nasty, then this upcoming film Villains from writers and directors Dan Berk and Robert Olsen is right up your ally!

The film follows a young couple played by Bill Skarsgärd (It) and Maika Monroe (It Follows) as they attempt to rob a house, and they end up finding themselves in a surprisingly insane situation when they discover the owners of the happen to be more sinister than they are.

This movie looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun! This first trailer offered up some wickedly delightful footage that is sure to sell some of you on seeing the movie. It also stars Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice). Here’s the synopsis:

Mickey and Jules are lovers on the run, headed southbound for a fresh start in the Sunshine State. When their car
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Deadcon Trailer Unleashes the Terrifying True Horrors of Social Media

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Deadcon brings the true horrors of social media to life in a new scary movie from Gunpowder & Sky. Today, we get the thrilling first trailer which features YouTube stars in a chilling social media-age tale that will have you tossing your phone right in the trash. For a couple of heart-pounding seconds, anyway. We're sure you'll dig it right back out minutes later to post your own reactions to this terrifying footage.

Alter is the horror brand for Gunpodwer and Sky. They are bringing Deadcon to Cinepocalypse in Chicago with the world premiere of this unique and horrifying tale. The big event will kick off a year-long partnership between Alter and Chicago's historic Music Box Theatre.

Alter, a new horror brand from global studio Gunpowder & Sky, today announced that it will be a presenting sponsor of this year's Chicago's Cinepocalypse Film Festival. During the festival Alter will host the
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Villains Acquired by Gunpowder & Sky from Bron Studios’ The Realm for Us Distribution

We've been excited for Daily Dead readers to see Villains since Heather Wixson gave it a 4.5 star review at SXSW, and it looks like we won't have to wait long, as Gunpowder & Sky picked up the Us rights to the dark comedy from Bron Studios' The Realm, with a release planned for this summer.

We have the official press release with full details below, and in case you missed it, read Heather Wixson's interview with co-writers and co-directors Dan Berk and Robert Olsen, as well as co-star Jeffrey Donovan.

Press Release: New York, NY – April 18, 2019 -- Gunpowder & Sky, the global content studio, announced today it has acquired the Us rights to Dan Berk and Robert Olsen’s SXSW crowd-pleasing comedic thriller, Villains, from Bron Studios genre arm, The Realm.

Bill Skarsgård and Maika Monroe star as a pair of amateur criminals who break into a suburban home where they
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Gunpowder & Sky Acquires SXSW Comedy Thriller ‘Villains’ Starring Bill Skarsgard And Kyra Sedgwick

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Gunpowder & Sky Acquires SXSW Comedy Thriller ‘Villains’ Starring Bill Skarsgard And Kyra Sedgwick
The comedy-thriller Villains was a hit at SXSW earlier this year and Gunpowder & Sky took note. The global content studio announced today that it has acquired the U.S. rights to Villains from the Bron Studios genre arm The Realm. Gunpowder & Sky will partner with MoviePass Films to release the film on a yet-to-be-determined date later this summer.

Written and directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen, the film stars Bill Skarsgård and Maika Monroe as a pair of amateur criminals who break into a suburban home where they stumble upon two sadistic homeowners played by Jeffrey Donovan (Sicario) and Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer). The couple has a dark secret that they will do anything to keep from getting out.

“Our brilliant cast and crew worked tirelessly to make this movie something special, and there’s no better affirmation of that goal
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SXSW Comedy Thriller ‘Villains’ Acquired by Gunpowder & Sky, MoviePass for U.S. Release

  • Variety
SXSW Comedy Thriller ‘Villains’ Acquired by Gunpowder & Sky, MoviePass for U.S. Release
Dark comedy thriller “Villains,” which premiered last month at the SXSW Film Festival, has been acquired for U.S. release by Gunpowder & Sky in association with MoviePass’ film division.

G&S and MoviePass Films plans to give “Villains” a theatrical release this summer, after buying the rights from The Realm, Bron Studios genre arm.

The film stars Bill Skarsgård and Maika Monroe as a pair of amateur criminals who break into a suburban home. There they stumble on a dark secret that the two sadistic homeowners — played by Jeffrey Donovan (“Sicario”) and Kyra Sedgwick (TNT’s “The Closer”) — will do anything to keep from getting out.

The film “has a good cast to spark a scenario that’s intriguing enough to hold attention, if not quite clever enough to be a knockout,” critic Dennis Harvey wrote in his review for Variety. He said “Villains” should be a marketable title as an “accessible,
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‘Halo’ enlists its Master Chief: Pablo Schreiber goes from Pornstache to Leprechaun to Showtime’s Xbox hero

Fans of the Xbox video game series “Halo” have waited a long time for an adaptation. Showtime announced a series version almost a year ago, but the show has finally found its Master Chief. Pablo Schreiber will don the Spartan uniform as the heroic lead in the sci-fi saga. He’s currently known for playing prison guard Pornstache in “Orange is the New Black” and the leprechaun Mad Sweeney in “American Gods,” among other roles in TV and film.

The “Halo” games are first-person shooters set in the 26th century, when the human race battles an alien species known as the Covenant for control of a mysterious super-weapon, the artificial ring-shaped worlds that give the series its title. The TV version will “weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future,” according to Showtime’s press release.

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Showtime’s ‘Halo’ TV Series Adds Second Showrunner

Showtime’s ‘Halo’ TV Series Adds Second Showrunner
Hey-lo, Steven Kane: Showtime’s “Halo” series has added the “Last Ship” alum as a second showrunner. Kane, who also worked on TNT drama “The Closer,” will run the series alongside Kyle Killen.

Halo,” which has been in the works for a while, recently underwent a director change. Now, Otto Bathurst will direct multiple episodes of the show, replacing Rupert Wyatt, who dropped out due to scheduling reasons.

Bathurst most recently directed last year’s “Robin Hood” reboot that starred Taron Egerton as the title character. He also directed the first episode (“The National Anthem”) of Charlie Brooker’s “Black Mirror.”

Also Read: Showtime Is 'Still Bullish' on 'Halo' After Director Rupert Wyatt's Exit, Jana Winograde Says

Halo” now has a nine-episode order; Showtime originally greenlit 10. The series is set to begin production later this year.

Ordered to series last year, “Halo” is an adaptation of the popular video game franchise.
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Showtime's 'Halo' TV Series Adds Second Showrunner (Exclusive)

Showtime's long-gestating Halo TV series is adding a second showrunner.

Steven Kane (The Last Ship, The Closer) has boarded the live-action drama as co-showrunner. In his new role, Kane will serve alongside showrunner Kyle Killen (Lone Star, Awake).

Sources say the decision to bring in a second showrunner came directly from Killen, who wanted to focus on the big-budget project's stateside production — including writing and producing — as he sought a partner who was able to spend the better part of a year in Budapest during physical production on Halo. Killen is expected to be on set ...
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Alan Tudyk to lead Syfy’s Resident Alien adaptation

Last summer it was announced that Syfy was developing a TV adaptation of the Dark Horse comic Resident Alien, and now comes word that the network has granted the project a series order, with Alan Tudyk set to lead the cast.

Based on the comics by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse, Resident Alien is described as dark, twisted and comedic fish-out-of-water story which “follows a crash-landed alien named Harry who, after taking on the identity of a small-town Colorado doctor, slowly begins to wrestle with the moral dilemma of his secret mission on Earth — ultimately asking the question, ‘Are human beings worth saving?’”

Tudyk will take on the role of Harry, while the cast will also feature Sara Tomko (Once Upon a Time), Corey Reynolds (The Closer), Alice Wetterlund (People of Earth) and Levi Fiehler (Mars) as series regulars. Filming will get underway on the series this summer, with Universal Content Productions,
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Syfy Orders Resident Alien Series Starring Firefly Vet Alan Tudyk

Syfy Orders Resident Alien Series Starring Firefly Vet Alan Tudyk
Alan Tudyk is officially taking up residence at Syfy: The network has given a series order to Resident Alien, a comic book adaptation starring the Firefly vet, it was announced on Thursday.

Based on the Dark Horse comics by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse, Resident Alien is described as “a twisted and comedic fish-out-of-water story that follows a crash-landed alien named Harry (Tudyk) who, after taking on the identity of a small-town Colorado doctor, slowly begins to wrestle with the moral dilemma of his secret mission on Earth.” Harry is, ultimately, forced to ask, “Are human beings worth saving?
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Syfy Orders ‘Resident Alien’ Drama to Series, Alan Tudyk to Star

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Syfy Orders ‘Resident Alien’ Drama to Series, Alan Tudyk to Star
Resident Alien,” a comedic drama series based on the comic books of the same name, is coming to Syfy, Variety has learned. Alan Tudyk is in position to star as the lead character in the adaptation of the Dark Horse comics, which were co-created by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse. “Resident Alien” is described as a twisted fish-out-of-water story that follows a crash-landed alien named Harry (Tudyk) who, after taking on the identity of a small-town Colorado doctor, slowly begins to wrestle with the moral dilemma of his secret mission on Earth. His experiences ultimately lead him to ask the question, “Are human beings worth saving?” The show hails from Universal Content Productions, in association with Amblin TV and Dark Horse Entertainment. It was adapted to television by executive producer Chris Sheridan. Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg will executive produce for Dark Horse Entertainment, and Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank
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‘Resident Alien’ Drama Ordered To Series At Syfy

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Syfy has handed a series order to drama Resident Alien starring Alan Tudyk, based on the Dark Horse comics series by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse, from Universal Content Productions, Dark Horse Entertainment and Amblin TV.

Resident Alien is described as a dark, twisted and comedic fish-out-of-water story. Adapted for television by Chris Sheridan (Family Guy), it follows a crash-landed alien named Harry (Tudyk) who, after taking on the identity of a small-town Colorado doctor, slowly begins to wrestle with the moral dilemma of his secret mission on Earth — ultimately asking the question, “Are human beings worth saving?”

David Dobkin (The Judge) executive produced and directed the pilot.

Tudyk is joined by series regulars Sara Tomko (Once Upon A Time), Corey Reynolds (The Closer), Alice Wetterlund (People of Earth) and Levi Fiehler (Mars).

The series will begin production in Vancouver this summer.
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Greg Rikaart Lands a Role on Modern Family

Fans of Greg Rikaart will be happy to know that they’re going to get a little more of the popular and talented actor on TV when he guest-stars on Modern Family! “After all the comas I’ve been in it’s nice to be on this side of the bed,” he quipped on Instagram. “Thanks for the insanely lovely and warm welcome, Modern Family!” Rikaart is referring to the fact that his Instagram photo shows the call sheet for his episode of the hit ABC sitcom as well as his character’s prop hospital ID card. This time, instead of a patient, Rikaart will be playing the doctor. An Obgyn, as a matter of fact! Which is good, because this season, the character of Haley Dunphy is expecting twins. Perhaps Rikaart’s doc will be the one to deliver the babies? View this post on Instagram After all the
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Sundance panel explores how to find audiences on the right platform

’Conflict is really what drives story [and serves as] the engine.’

The exponential growth of the indie episodic form continues to benefit from the support of cable and diverse digital platforms but the trick is to match the content to the platform, a Sundance panel heard.

While there is plenty of money to be made – a report last year by business consultancy firm Grand View Research said the film and entertainment market will surpass $114bn by 2025 – creating an audience is by no means a fait accompli, according to Deniese Davis of Issa Rae Productions, a producer on the HBO comedy series Insecure.

Davis,
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What Happened to Leo on Days Of Our Lives

Sonny thought he knew who Leo Stark was on Days Of Our Lives, but he had no idea! And for viewers who thought Leo looked familiar, it’s probably because Greg Rikaart starred on The Young & The Restless as Kevin Fisher for years! The actor made the move to Days and first appeared as Leo in March of 2018. He appeared to be killed off in July, but it turned out appearances can be deceiving and he was back by the end of the year to stir up even more trouble than before. And with Leo's mother showing up, who knows what will happen next? After finding himself alone when Will Horton and Paul Narita ended up together, Sonny Kiriakis decided to check out a dating app on his phone and began exchanging messages with a guy named Leo. And while things were going great, it turned out that it was
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Brillstein Alum Jai Khanna Partners With Producer Marina Grasic To Launch Oakhurst Entertainment

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Exclusive: Jai Khanna, former Brillstein Entertainment manager, has teamed with New York, I Love You producer Marina Grasic to form Oakhurst Entertainment, the new fund-based indie media company which will generate film and television properties.

Khanna spent two decades at Brillstein representing artists and packaging content across books, film, and TV. Grasic, who also served as an executive producer on the Oscar-winning film Crash, is former entertainment attorney and previously was COO of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment.

Oakhurst has set its inaugural projects with Hotel Tehran, written by Emmy winner Ron Hutchinson, as well as Bot, a sci-fi thriller trilogy from screenwriter Tedi Sarafian (Tank Girl)

The former is inspired by real-life CIA undercover operative Bazzel Baz. His experiences in hostage rescues, as well as methods and techniques for use in clandestine activities, has earned him the prestigious Intelligence Commendation Medal.
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Kyra Sedgwick Launches Big Swing Prods., Company Unveils Film & TV Slate

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Kyra Sedgwick Launches Big Swing Prods., Company Unveils Film & TV Slate
Emmy and Golden Globe winner Kyra Sedgwick has partnered with Meredith Bagby and Valerie Stadler to launch Big Swing Productions, which has a number of film and television projects in the works. According to the trio, Big Swing is “committed to celebrating new heroes and amplifying bold voices, focusing on inclusive stories with heart and purpose.” according to the trio.

One of the company’s first projects, the independently developed and produced TV series Girls Weekend, is set to premiere in the indie-episodic category at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. Written by and starring Ali Liebegott and directed by Sedgwick, the series tells the story of queer-daughter Erica who returns home to Las Vegas for a “girls weekend” with her estranged homophobic sister, people-pleasing mother, and gun-toting dad. When Dad lets it slip that Mom’s cancer is back with a vengeance, it forces Erica to decide whether or not
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