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Ucp Taps Scott Nemes To Oversee Development & Current; Garrett Kemble Upped To Head Of Development

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Veteran television executive Scott Nemes has been hired as Evp Development and Current Programming at Ucp, where he will oversee all programming for the NBCUniversal-owned studio. His new role reunites him with Dawn Olmstead, President, Ucp and Wilshire Studios, to whom he reports, and with whom he worked when he ran the film division of Olmstead’s Adelstein/Parouse Productions. Additionally, Ucp veteran Garrett Kemble has been promoted to Svp Head of Development, reporting into Nemes. The moves follow the April departure of Svp of Development Elise Henderson who became President of TV at Mrc.

Nemes most recently headed the television arm of Brad Weston’s Makeready, where he oversaw all aspects of television for the startup studio. He sold a number of projects to cable networks and streaming platforms and recently completed production on Hombre pilot for Showtime and executive produced Snapchat’s first scripted series Class Of Lies.
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Lemming’s Fleur Winters Talks about New Horror Series Project ‘Greed’

  • Variety
Lemming Film, one of the Netherlands’ leading international co-production outlets, has brought its newest project, “Greed,” to Conecta Fiction’s Pitch Copro Series.

Spearheaded by up-and-coming director Eché Janga and leading screenwriter Oscar van Woensel, the six-episode horror-drama will follow a tight-knit group of Rotterdam restaurant workers who are offered all the money they could ever need, only to learn of the many dangerous strings attached.

In the first few episodes, seven working-class restaurateurs will see their dreams come true when millions of Euros get dropped off at their feet. But soon, those dreams curdle to nightmares when a mysterious group of men wearing deer masks turn up, demanding reciprocity for their financial largesse.

With a hard partying, twenty-and-thirty-something cast of characters and a gritty visual approach, “Greed” is pitched towards the same genre audience Lemming has sought to cultivate with its crime thriller “Fenix” and its upcoming vampire drama “Heirs of the Night.
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International TV Newswire: ‘Dark’ Season 2; Movistar + Slims; Michael Douglas Honored

  • Variety
Watch ‘Dark’ Season 2 Teaser

Season 2 of Netflix’s globally popular German genre series “Dark” will drop worldwide on the platform on June 21. The company has released first-look images and a teaser to accompany the news. In the trailer, we get a peak of Jonas who is trying desperately to get back to 2020 after finding himself stuck in the future. Meanwhile his friends are trying to uncover details behind a series of more unexplained events that have hit their hometown of Winden – and a dark figure seemingly at the center of it all. The season will follow the four families as they work to change the destiny of their community….

Telefonica Launches $9 A Month Movistar +

Telefonica has done a Netflix. Launching Movistar + Original Series in Sept. 2017, parent Telefonica’s mantra was that its drive into original content was aimed at powering up quadplay fibre optic and cell phone clients. That still remains true.
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Michael Douglas To Be Handed Crystal Nymph Award At Monte-Carlo Television Festival

Michael Douglas, who recently starred in Netflix’s The Kominsky Method, is to be honored with the Crystal Nymph award at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival.

Douglas will be handed the award at the 59th edition of the event at the Festival’s Closing Ceremony on 18 June 2019. He will be given the awarded by H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Recognized for his “stellar” body of work, Douglas most recently finished filming a second season alongside Alan Arkin in Chuck Lorre’s The Kominsky Method. He began his career with a role in CBS’ 1969 Playhouse special The Experiment followed by The Streets of San Francisco from 1972 to 1976. As an actor and producer, he has won two Academy Awards for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in 1976 and Wall Street in 1988. He also won an Emmy, Golden Globe and a SAG award for HBO film Behind the Candelabra.

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Amazon Confirms Season 2 Of ‘Hanna’

Amazon has this morning confirmed that they have picked up a second season of its latest thrilling drama, Hanna, which debuted globally on 29th March.

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The second season is set to debut exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in 2020. We have more details as released by the streamer on Friday.

Based on Joe Wright’s acclaimed 2011 film, Hanna’s eight-episode first season was written by David Farr (The Night Manager), who co-wrote the original feature. It was produced by NBCUniversal International Studios, Working Title Television and Amazon Studios.

“We knew we had something unique with Hanna, and with the added momentum from its special post-Super Bowl preview, Amazon Prime Video customers worldwide agreed,” said Albert Cheng, Co-Head of Television, Amazon Studios. “Since it debuted only ten days ago, Hanna has had a tremendous response, and we’re thrilled with not only how it has performed for us on the service,
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Umc Sets New Drama ‘A House Divided,’ ‘Craig Ross Jr.’s Monogamy’ Season 2

  • Variety
Variety has exclusively learned that Urban Movie Channel has set the new multi-generational family drama “A House Divided” for a summer 2019 premiere.

The series follows the direct descendants of Letty Sanders, who was enslaved in the 1800s and later became the wealthiest black woman in Los Angeles. The show centers on present-day members of the Sanders family, whose legacy is being threatened by the passing of its matriarch, a government investigation, and newly discovered secrets.

Currently in the beginning stages of production, the new series will star Demetria McKinney (Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne”), Paula Jai Parker (“Ray Donovan”), Lawrence Hilton Jacobs (“The Jacksons: An American Dream”), Brad James (“Superstition”), David McKnight (“Hollywood Shuffle”), Taja V. Simpson (Fox’s “Lethal Weapon”), and Art Evans (“Die Hard 2”).

A House Divided” comes from Dan Garcia, the creator of Umc’s series “Bronx Siu.”

“A thrilling tale of scandal and secrecy
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The First Purge Review

After Eli Roth’s Death Wish, I didn’t think 2018 could deliver less subtle cinematic commentary – enter Gerard McMurray’s The First Purge. Remember those mock Maga hat posters and how on-the-nose they were? Consider said “satire” understated in comparison to the shoot-em-up cleansing illustrated in-full.

Civilians are fed up. They – we – have every right to be. If you weren’t sure about previous Purge film intentions (Somehow), let there be no mistake. McMurray is coming for Donald Trump, he’s coming for alt-right Nazis and he’s coming for the America we’ve become numbingly accustomed to. I know this because it’s spelled out in every scene with neon subtitles, blatant tragedies and a billion different references that tie *directly* to real life. Unfiltered anger erupts without warning, but it takes precedence over storytelling, continuity and other filmmaking aspects. Think of it as ariticism by way of the gun.
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‘The First Purge’ Film Review: Slow-Burning Prequel Is Potent Political Allegory

  • The Wrap
‘The First Purge’ Film Review: Slow-Burning Prequel Is Potent Political Allegory
The Purge” may be the only horror movie franchise that gets more plausible with each sequel. Sure, “Friday the 13th” gave us a Jason Voorhees who turned undead, fought Firestarter, transformed into a mustache-fetishizing bodysnatcher, and journeyed into space, but “The Purge” just keeps peeling back layers.

When the series started, the vision of a dystopian future where all crime is legal in the United States for 12 hours seemed like a ridiculous fantasy. Nowadays, it seems only a few steps removed from actual national policy.

The First Purge,” directed by Gerard McMurray (“Burning Sands”), tells the story of those few steps. The film is a prequel and opens with news footage that we all recognize, of white supremacists in the streets, economic strife, and a nation wholly divided. By the time a conservative president takes the podium and declares, “The American Dream is dead. We will do whatever it takes to let you dream again,
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New trailer for ‘Den of Theives’

  • Nerdly
Starring Gerard Butler (London Has Fallen, Geostorm), Pablo Schreiber (Orange is the New Black, American Gods), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton) and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (Power, Southpaw), Den of Thieves is a gritty action thriller that sees a notorious, elite crew of bank robbers plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank of downtown Los Angeles… right under the noses of the State’s most feared police unit.

Den of Thieves is directed by Christian Gudegast (London Has Fallen), with a screenplay by Christian Gudegast and Paul Scheuring (Prison Break, The Experiment). The film is released in cinemas nationwide February 2nd 2018.
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Gerard Butler is a cop without limits in new trailer for Den of Thieves

  • HeyUGuys
Author: Zehra Phelan

Stx International have started off the New Year with a bang by releasing the second trailer for vigilante cop thriller, Den of Thieves.

Related: Den of Thieves Debut Trailer

The gritty action thriller, centres on a notorious, elite crew of bank robbers plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank of downtown Los Angeles… right under the noses of the State’s most feared police unit.

Directed by Christian Gudegest (London Has Fallen), who also adapted the screenplay from a story by Christian Gudegast & Paul Scheuring (Prison Break, The Experiment), the film has a cast of Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Brian Van Holt, and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.

Den of Thieves will be released in UK cinemas February 2, 2018

Den of Thieves Official Synopsis

A notorious crew of bank robbers plan to pull off the ultimate heist – to steal $120million in cash from
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The Stanford Prison Experiment Creates A Trailer

The Stanford Prison Experiment Creates A Trailer
Way back in 2006, Christopher McQuarrie was announced as the writer and director of The Stanford Prison Experiment. Nine years later the film is finally complete, but in rather different form than originally planned. McQuarrie is now listed only among the producers, with the screenplay credit going to Tim Talbott (South Park, Medium), and Kyle Patrick Alvarez (C.O.G.) in the director's chair. Ezra Miller, Thomas Mann, Billy Crudup and Olivia Thirlby head up the cast, and here's a trailer.The film, of course, is based on the infamous human behaviour study conducted in the early 1970s. The experiment saw a group of Us college students taking on the roles of prisoners and guards to study the effects of incarceration. Within a day, the “guards” resorted to psychological torture and humiliation and the “prisoners” began to riot.It’s been a cultural touchstone for years – and several films based on the subject
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Lutz, Yelchin & Manning Top Obey Michael Almereyda in “Experimenter”

He isn’t wasting much time in post with Cymbeline. Joining the already cast Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder, THR reports that helmer Michael Almereyda has found sideburn and stache wearing participants for Experimenter in Kellan Lutz, Anton Yelchin and Taryn Manning. And get this. Lutz will play actor William Shatner, who portrayed Milgram in a 1970s TV movie.

Yelchin plays Rensaleer, a man who resists authority. Manning plays Mrs. Lowe, a test subject who is distressed by the process and pushes back. Also boarding; Anthony Edwards as Miller, the first person subjected to the experiment, and Edoardo Ballerini as Milgram’s best friend. John Leguizamo, Dennis Haysbert, Josh Hamilton and Jim Gaffigan are all set up in the drama as well. Filming has already begun in New York. Producing are Uri Singer, Fabio Golombek, Aimee Schoof, Isen Robbins, Danny A. Abeckaser and Per Melita. Jeff Rice, Lati Grobman, Christa Campbell,
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Exclusive: Clifton Collins Jr. Talks Transcendence and 101 Ways to Cook Ramen (Prison Style)

Clifton Collins Jr. is the latest actor to take part in our Q&A series and he should be no stranger to genre fans with recent roles in Pacific Rim, Hellbenders 3D, and Transcendence. In this feature, Clifton Collins Jr. talks to us about working with Johnny Depp, researching the technical singularity, his role in Stung, and his upcoming book, 101 Ways to Cook Ramen (Prison Style):

Thank you for taking the time to talk with us today. We’re big fans of your work over here and always look forward to talking with you about your latest project. What was it that initially drew you to Transcendence and the character of Martin?

Really appreciate that, nothing better than good folks who appreciate ones work! I think that’s what keeps me working as hard as I do, so thank you for that!

Johnny Depp for starters. I’ve been
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Dominic Cooper Ready to Play World of Warcraft with Moon Director

Following up on yesterday's first casting news for Duncan Jones' big screen adaptation of the Blizzard Entertainment video game juggernaut World of Warcraft, another casting update has made its way online.

THR reports that Dominic Cooper (pictured) is in final negotiations to join the fantasy opposite the previously announced Ben Foster ("Six Feet Under," Pandorum, Rampart), Travis Fimmel ("Vikings," The Experiment), Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol), Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), and Rob Kazinsky ("True Blood," Pacific Rim).

Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) has closed a deal with Legendary Pictures to bring a live action version of WoW to the big screen. Charles Leavitt (The Seventh Son) came on board last August to pen the script. Legendary, which picked up film rights to adapt the popular fantasy video game franchise back in 2006, said it's planning for a summer 2015 release.

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First World of Warcraft Cast Members Announced

That's right, kids! Legendary Pictures has announced the very first cast members for its big screen adaptation of the Blizzard Entertainment video game juggernaut World of Warcraft. Read on for the latest.

Thus far Ben Foster (pictured; "Six Feet Under," Pandorum, Rampart), Travis Fimmel ("Vikings," The Experiment), Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Rob Kazinsky ("True Blood," Pacific Rim) have joined the fold. No word as of yet as to who will be repping The Horde.

Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) has closed a deal with Legendary Pictures to bring a live action version of WoW to the big screen. Charles Leavitt (The Seventh Son) came on board last August to pen the script. Legendary said it's planning to start lensing in the fall for a summer 2015 release.

Legendary picked up film rights to adapt the popular fantasy video
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Forest Whitaker May Play Martin Luther King Jr. In Memphis

Forest Whitaker has already played one historical leader and won an Oscar for it and now he may do it again. Paul Greengrass is casting for his upcoming film Memphis and he has his eye on the Academy Award-winning actor for the role of Martin Luther King Jr. The Scott Rudin-produced film was originally a Universal property but was dropped (due to scheduling and financing) a while back. It’s been in development for some time now and has only recently started to pick up some steam.

Details on how the film will play out aren’t fully known just yet but we have heard that it won’t paint King in the mostly flattering way, which is why his estate is against it. From what we know, the film will show King towards the end of his life “as he struggles with his personal life, including the breakdown of his marriage,
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Lapaglia And Hemsworth Join “The Reckoning”

Lapaglia And Hemsworth Join “The Reckoning”
Jonathan Lapaglia and Luke Hemsworth are joining The Reckoning, a film from Lightning Entertainment. The film will be directed John V. Soto (Crush). Hemsworth, much like the third Manning brother, is the lesser known of the Hemsworth clan, that has Thor and Gale as the other members. Lapaglia is the son of Without A Trace star Anthony Lapaglia. Check the press release for more deets on the film.

Los Angeles – Jonathan Lapaglia and Luke Hemsworth will star in the crime thriller The Reckoning, written and to be directed by John V. Soto (Needle, Crush), it was announced today by Robert Beaumont, President of Lightning Entertainment who is set to handle International sales rights to the film.

The Reckoning will start principal photography on April 29th on location in Australia. Deidre Kitcher (Needle, Crush) is producing. Robert Lundberg, Greg Coote, David Calvert-Jones, Roger Savill and Kim Savill will executive produce the film.
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Lightning Strikes for The Reckoning

We first told you about the new film from the director of the 2010 Australian supernatural film Needle, John V. Soto, entitled The Reckoning, way back in October; and we now have an update on the film's progression for you!

From the Press Release

Jonathan Lapaglia (pictured) and Luke Hemsworth will star in the crime thriller The Reckoning, written and to be directed by John V. Soto (Needle, Crush), it was announced today by Robert Beaumont, President of Lightning Entertainment, who is set to handle international sales rights to the film.

The Reckoning will start principal photography on April 29th on location in Australia. Deidre Kitcher (Needle, Crush) is producing. Robert Lundberg, Greg Coote, David Calvert-Jones, Roger Savill, and Kim Savill will executive produce the film.

The story revolves around a detective who discovers footage at a murder scene, shot by two teenagers, that provides clues to the identity of a killer.
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Jonathan Lapaglia & Luke Hemsworth To Star In The Reckoning

Jonathan Lapaglia and Luke Hemsworth will star in the crime thriller The Reckoning, written and to be directed by John V. Soto (Needle, Crush), it was announced today by Robert Beaumont, President of Lightning Entertainment who is set to handle International sales rights to the film.

The Reckoning will start principal photography on April 29th on location in Australia. Deidre Kitcher (Needle, Crush) is producing. Robert Lundberg, Greg Coote, David Calvert-Jones, Roger Savill and Kim Savill will executive produce the film.

The story revolves around a detective who discovers footage at a murder scene, shot by two teenagers, that provides clues to the identity of a killer. The teens have since gone missing, and as the detective retraces their journey, he soon uncovers a trail of deceit and murder that leads all the way back to him.

Kitcher says that the thriller is “best described as Memento meets Kalifornia.”

A Filmscope Entertainment production,
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Exclusive: Jess Weixler Talks The Normals

Exclusive: Jess Weixler Talks The Normals
Jess Weixler talks The Normals, currently playing in limited theatrical release before debuting on VOD November 20

Jess Weixler burst onto the indie scene with Teeth in 2008, and she has been building a solid and diverse resume ever since, even moving into writing and producing with last year's The Lie. The actress returns with the independent comedy The Normals, currently playing in a limited theatrical release before its VOD debut November 20. The story follows a man (Bryan Greenberg) who enrolls in a clinical drug trial to get out of debt. He is transported out of New York with an odd assortment of patients known as The Normals, one of whom is Jess Weixler's Gretchen. I recently had the chance to speak with this talented young actress about her new film. Here's what she had to say.

Can you talk first about your initial reactions to the script, and what you
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