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‘Pelican Blood’: An Interview with Katrin Gebbe, Director and Writer

‘Pelican Blood’: An Interview with Katrin Gebbe, Director and Writer
This is not a story of sorcery and witchcraft or even of healing the damaged child adopted by a single mother and her other adopted daughter as much as it is a parable about following your own inner direction as dictated by your heart and soul.

When Wiebke, a horse trainer and adoptive mother to Nicolina, adopts a second daughter, she is faced with a broken soul who menaces her very existence. The film could be The Bad Seed meets Three Faces of Eve, but it is more than that.

When mother and daughter return from Bulgaria with Raya, a cute five-year-old orphan, Wiebke learns that her new daughter suffers from an attachment disorder and cannot build emotional connections to those around her, and further, she begins exhibiting shocking behavior and grows increasingly violent, claiming her actions are motivated by the provocation of a dark spirit.

After a psychologist explains
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Bradford Anderson Teases Another Return to General Hospital

Fans of General Hospital’s Damian Spinelli can celebrate again because Bradford Anderson is making another return to Port Charles! "Late night commute," the actor shared on Instagram with a photo of his script. "Excited about a productive day tomorrow. Gh, podcasts, and more…" View this post on Instagram Late night commute.. Excited about a productive day tomorrow. Gh, podcasts, and more.. #Gh #thatsawesomewithsteveandbradford #chasingbradford A post shared by Bradford Anderson (@bfordanderson) on Sep 16, 2019 at 8:39pm Pdt Anderson likes to use social media to keep fans up to date on his comings and goings, like in 2018 when he snapped a selfie outside the soap's makeup department and joked: “Early call this morning. They had to lay it on thick.” Early call this morning.. They had to lay it on Thick. A post shared by Bradford Anderson (@bfordanderson) on Mar 9, 2018 at 12:19pm Pst Anderson's wacky Spinelli quickly became a
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A Fragmented Reality: How a Vital New Documentary Rejects Clear Readings of the Syrian Revolution

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The following essay was produced as part of the 2019 Locarno Critics Academy, a workshop for aspiring film critics that took place during the 72nd edition of the Locarno Film Festival.

Social media has made us myopic. As soon as something happens, no matter where in the world it may be, we turn to Twitter and Instagram, ready to devour instant, bite-sized explanations of the latest tragedy. But most of these explanations are crafted to serve those in power, and to keep political hierarchies intact. The same is leveraged through cinema; fiction and non-fiction films routintely “explain” the chaos of the Muslim world by moving between lazy stereotyping and deliberate demonizing; Muslims are branded as exotic (as in “Aladdin”) or dangerous (as in “Homeland”), and both scenarios enable Western powers to continue their self-righteous crusades and violent interventions in other countries. Meanwhile, audiences can be compelled not to question these narratives,
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Spotify’s Gimlet Podcasting Arm Sets Fall Fiction Slate, Led By ‘Motherhacker’

  • Deadline
The fall slate of new and returning fiction podcasts has been released by Gimlet, led by cyber-thriller Motherhacker, in which a single mother (Carrie Coon) journeys through the dark web.

Starting in October, Gimlet will be releasing one fiction series a month through the end of the year, including its first scripted renewals since Homecoming season 2. Streamer Spotify bought Gimlet Media and fellow podcasting company Anchor earlier this year for a reported $340 million. The newly announced slate reflects a ramping up of the production pace.

Besides Motherhacker, Gimlet will also unveil The Horror of Dolores Roach for a second season, wherein listeners can hear the latest from Roach (Daphne Rubin-Vega) and her life underground. Also back is The Two Princes, with an update on Prince Rupert and Prince Amir’s love story and the adventures they find along the way.

Gimlet’s executive producer for scripted fiction is Mimi O’Donnell.
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The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Adds Originals' Yusuf Gatewood, Two Others

The Umbrella Academy forecast calls for new Season 2 castings.

Netflix announced on Tuesday a trio of new faces boarding its comic book adaptation: Yusuf Gatewood (The Originals, Good Omens), Marin Ireland (Homeland, Sneaky Pete) and Ritu Arya (Humans).

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They join returning cast members Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher and Justin H. Min, who are all set to reprise their Season 1 roles.
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Exclusive Podcast: Little Known Facts with Ilana Levine and Justin Guarini

In this week's episode, Ilana chats with Marin IrelandMarin Ireland has been seen on Broadway in Big Knife, After Miss Julie, reasons to be pretty Tony nom, Theatre World Award. Selected Off-Broadway Blue Ridge Atlantic, Summer and Smoke Transport GroupCSC, Three Sisters Csc, Marie Antoinette, Blasted Soho Rep, Maple and Vine Playwrights Horizons, In the Wake, The Ruby Sunrise Public, Lie of the Mind New Group Cyclone Obie Award Studio Dante, Far Away Nytw, The Harlequin Studies Signature, On the Exhale Drama Desk nom, Solo Performance, Roundabout, Ironbound Drama Desk nom, Rattlestick, Geffen Playhouse, Kill Floor LCT3. Other 4.48 Psychosis Royal Court Us tour, Troilus Cressida Wooster GroupRSC. Film The Family Fang, Glass Chin Independent Spirit Award nomination, 28 Hotel Rooms, Flint, Sparrows Dance, The Irishman, others. TV 'Sneaky Pete,' 'The Slap,''Masters of Sex,' 'Girls,' 'The Divide,' 'Homeland', 'Mildred Pierce,'others.
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TV Review: Netflix’s ‘The Spy’ With Sacha Baron Cohen

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TV Review: Netflix’s ‘The Spy’ With Sacha Baron Cohen
The Spy,” Netflix’s new limited series, places Sacha Baron Cohen in a relatively unfamiliar position: stripping him of his humor and placing him within the bounds of a script. On shows and in films ranging from “Borat” to last year’s “Who Is America?,” Baron Cohen has gone into without-a-net scenarios and never broken character. There’s an analogy here, of sorts: Playing an undercover agent, an Israeli spy in the years leading up to that nation’s 1967 war with Syria, Baron Cohen retains a bit of his admirable elasticity. Any spy worth their salt has to be able to present different sides to different people, of course. But the role gives him too little of those scenes, favoring a domestic drama that grounds the show and robs the star of a weapon he has a unique ability to deploy. As a spy drama, the series is as plodding as its title,
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‘The Spy’ Creator Gideon Raff on the True, ‘Heartbreaking’ Love Story of Eli and Nadia Cohen

  • The Wrap
(Warning: This post contains spoilers from Netflix limited series “The Spy.”)

Sacha Baron Cohen-led limited series “The Spy” — which comes out today on Netflix — tells the true story of how famed Israeli Mossad agent Eli Cohen went undercover in 1960s Syria. But it also dives into the tragic love story between Cohen and his wife Nadia, to whom he is forced to lie to maintain his cover.

Creator Gideon Raff, whose Israeli television series “Prisoners of War” was the basis for Showtime-drama “Homeland,” says his goal for “The Spy” was to leave the politics to the politicians and instead put the spotlight on the deep emotional struggle that came with Cohen’s sacrifices.

“In the middle of this thing is a huge, huge love story,” Raff told TheWrap. “I think Eli really thought that by living in Damascus and spying for Israel, he was protecting his wife and his children.
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Toronto: Eclipse Pictures Buys WW Sales Rights To Willem Dafoe, Morena Baccarin, Pedro Pascal Thriller ‘Tropico;’ Giada Colagrande Directs

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Eclipse Pictures has acquired worldwide sales rights to Tropico, a noirish thriller set in Brazil being directed by Giada Colagrande from a screenplay by Barry Gifford. Willem Dafoe, Morena Baccarin and Pedro Pascal will star. Colagrande previously directed Padre and Pasolini.

In Tropico, Willem Dafoe plays Raymond Sanz, a veteran operative hired to spy on Mark, an American businessman (Pascal) in a steamy costal town in Northern Brazil. However, things get more complicated when Sanz falls simultaneously for Mark’s wife, the mysterious and beautiful Lucia (Baccarin), and her equally beautiful identical twin sister, Olivia (Baccarin). “Barry’s atmospheric screenplay is an exotic thriller in the best traditions of the noir genre,” said Colagrande, “and I also couldn’t be more excited to work with such an accomplished group of actors.”

Nathalia Scarton is producing Tropico through her Bidou Pictures Brazil banner, with Jeremy Dawson executive producing. Eclipse’s
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‘Westworld,’ ‘Better Call Saul’ and 7 Other Favorite TV Shows That Are Not Returning Until Next Year (Photos)

  • The Wrap
Fall TV is nearly upon us, but that doesn’t mean all of your favorite shows will be back. After all, cable and streaming platforms don’t follow the broadcast cycle, nor the Nielsen season.

That looseness of scheduling is likely one of the key factors aiding to the sheer quality of the series contained on our list.

Rip the plastic off of your 2020 planner in anticipation of the below nine excellent offerings. Sorry to burst your bubble if you expected them any earlier.

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Series: “Cobra Kai

Season: 3

Platform: YouTube

Premiere: 2020

Series: “Westworld

Season: 3

Platform: HBO

Premiere: First half of 2020

Series: “Better Call Saul

Season: 5

Platform: AMC

Premiere: 2020

Series: “Black Monday

Season: 2

Platform: Showtime

Premiere: 2020

Series: “Homeland

Season: 8

Platform: Showtime

Premiere: Feb. 9, 2020

Series: “Fargo

Season: 4

Platform: FX

Premiere: 2020

Series:
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Apple Sours on Dark, Vigilantism-Themed Richard Gere Drama

Apple Sours on Dark, Vigilantism-Themed Richard Gere Drama
Apple TV+ is now minus one Richard Gere.

Nine months after giving a straight-to-series order to Bastards, which was to star the movie star as a Vietnam vet who develops a hankering for vigilante justice, Apple TV+ has scrapped its plans for the drama, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

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Based on the Israeli series Nevelot, Bastards was to follow “two
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‘The Spy’ Review: Sacha Baron Cohen Goes Undercover — This Time Not for Laughs

In Netflix’s new six-part miniseries The Spy, Sacha Baron Cohen plays Eli Cohen, an Israeli intelligence agent who spent years in the Sixties undercover in Syria under the name Kamel Amin Thaabet. It’s a big dramatic showcase for an actor best known for broad sketch-comedy characters like Borat and Ali G. While comic actors are generally better equipped to play drama than serious performers are to be funny, not everyone has the skill to cross that stylistic divide.

But Baron Cohen couldn’t have found a role more
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Sacha Baron Cohen Goes Deep Undercover in Trailer For Netflix's Thriller The Spy

Netflix has released a new full trailer for Sacha Baron Cohen’s upcoming spy thriller series, The Spy, and it looks unlike anything that Cohen has done before. This is the most serious role I’ve seen Cohen take on and it looks like he gives a great performance.

The Spy is inspired by the real-life story of “former notorious Mossad agent, Eli Cohen, who successfully goes undercover in Syria and ultimately changed the course of Israel’s history.”

The series also stars Noah Emmerich (The Americans), Hadar Ratzon Rotem (Homeland), and Waleed Zuaiter (Colony). Here’s the official synopsis that was shared for it:

The series stars Emmy-nominated Sacha Baron Cohen (Who is America?) as Cohen, a man who wants nothing more than to be of service to his country, but he does his job so well that he finds it hard to strip off his double identity. Noah
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Sacha Baron Cohen stars in first trailer for espionage drama The Spy

Sacha Baron Cohen has always been known for his outlandish and often crude comedy, but the Borat actor is taking his first real step into a drama role with Netflix’s The Spy. The streaming service has released the first trailer for the 60s-era espionage series in sees Cohen star as real life ex-Mossad agent Eli Cohen and his work in 1960s Syria. Check out the poster and trailer below…

The Spy is inspired by the real-life story of former Mossad agent, Eli Cohen, who successfully goes undercover in Syria in the early 1960s. Cohen becomes close enough to ambitious military leaders and their rich friends to earn a game-changing level of trust about Syria’s biggest anti-Israel secret initiatives.

The series stars, Emmy-nominated Sacha Baron Cohen (Who is America?) as Eli Cohen, a man who wants nothing more than to be of service to his country, but he does
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Watch Sacha Baron Cohen Go Deep Undercover in New Trailer for ‘The Spy’

Watch Sacha Baron Cohen Go Deep Undercover in New Trailer for ‘The Spy’
Sacha Baron Cohen takes a compelling dramatic turn as an Israeli secret agent grappling with consequences of going deep undercover in the new trailer for The Spy, which arrives on Netflix September 6th.

The new limited series is based on the real-life story of former Mossad agent, Eli Cohen, who was enlisted to infiltrate the Syrian government and gather intelligence in the early Sixties. But counter-intelligence agents ultimately uncovered Cohen’s true identity and sentenced him to death in 1965.

The new trailer opens with Cohen (played by Baron Cohen) proclaiming
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The Spy Trailer: Sacha Baron Cohen Leaves Comedy Behind!

Sacha Baron Cohen may be well known for dressing up in disguises and getting himself into some comical situations.

But his new role on Netflix's The Spy is no laughing matter.

Set in the 1960s, the new series focuses on an Israeli clerk-turned-secret agent.

The Who Is America star is on board as Eli Cohen, a man who wants nothing more than to be of service to his country, but he does his job so well that he finds it hard to strip off his double identity.

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Noah Emmerich (The Americans) plays Dan Peleg, Eli’s Mossad handler who tries to ease his own guilt over the sacrifices Eli makes, Hadar Ratzon Rotem (Homeland) portrays Eli’s wife, Nadia, who is left to raise their family on her own and knows something isn’t right about her husband’s government job, and
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‘The Spy’ Trailer: Sacha Baron Cohen Goes Dramatic in Netflix’s Espionage Limited Series

‘The Spy’ Trailer: Sacha Baron Cohen Goes Dramatic in Netflix’s Espionage Limited Series
Sacha Baron Cohen is infamous for his outlandish comedic personas like Borat, Bruno, and Ali G, but this fall the provocative comedian is leaving comedy behind and showing off his dramatic acting chops in the Netflix limited series “The Spy.” The 1960s espionage thriller casts Cohen as Eli Cohen, an Israeli clerk turned Mossad secret agent who goes undercover inside Syria. The limited series is based on a true story.

Netflix’s official synopsis for “The Spy” describes Cohen’s character as “a man who wants nothing more than to be of service to his country, but he does his job so well that he finds it hard to strip off his double identity.” The series co-stars Noah Emmerich (“The Americans”) as Eli’s Mossad handler, Hadar Ratzon Rotem (“Homeland”) as Eli’s wife, Nadia, and Waleed Zuaiter (“Colony”) as a military officer who thinks he’s found the perfect ally in the undercover Eli.
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‘The Spy’ Trailer: Watch Sacha Baron Cohen Get Lost in His Secret Identity (Video)

  • The Wrap
‘The Spy’ Trailer: Watch Sacha Baron Cohen Get Lost in His Secret Identity (Video)
Sacha Baron Cohen plays a man with two identities in Netflix’s “The Spy”: Eli Cohen, the real-life Israeli Mossad agent; and Kamal Amin Sabet, the person he pretends to be while working on a years-long, undercover spy mission in Syria.

In the trailer, which you can watch above, the line between the two starts to blur for Cohen, who bears the weight of lying to his wife and children in order to help his country.

“We all have secrets,” Cohen says.

Also Read: See First-Look Images of Sacha Baron Cohen as an Undercover Agent in Netflix's 'The Spy' (Photos)

“When I first became Kamal it was just an act,” he continues. That was before the nightmares started happening. “Taking off the clothes doesn’t work anymore.”

Cohen’s character is described as “a man who wants nothing more than to be of service to his country,
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Is Nicole Kidman the (very) early 2020 Best Drama Actress Emmy favorite for ‘Big Little Lies’?

Is Nicole Kidman the (very) early 2020 Best Drama Actress Emmy favorite for ‘Big Little Lies’?
There’s nothing little about Nicole Kidman’s performance in the second season of HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” which concluded its seven-episode run in July. For her turn as Celeste Wright in the first season, she swept the awards circuit, kick-started by her Best Limited Series/TV Movie Actress Emmy Award win in 2017. But things are a bit different this time around, with Kidman having to compete in Best Drama Actress as the show is no longer a limited series, and the Emmys would be the conclusion to a second potential sweep next year.

With her uniformly excellent performance in the first season, Kidman shone a light on the contradictory feelings that are triggered by domestic abuse, which Celeste suffered at the hands of her husband Perry (Alexander Skarsgard). That was especially apparent in therapy session scenes, in which Celeste, a woman who’s closed herself off from reality
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As The World Turns' Trent Dawson Joins The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Soap fans know Trent Dawson can be hilariously funny and dramatic all at the same time from his popular run as Henry Coleman on As The World Turns and his brief stint as Huxley Lynch on General Hospital. But now everyone else will know, too, as the actor is making a guest appearance on the Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel! "My office for today," Dawson teased with a shot of a director's chair stamped with the show's logo on set in Brooklyn, NY. View this post on Instagram My office for today A post shared by Trent Dawson (@trentdawsonofficial) on Aug 13, 2019 at 12:58pm Pdt The period comedy/drama, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, centers around Miriam "Midge" Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), a NYC housewife in 1958 who discovers that she has a talent for stand-up comedy. The supporting cast includes Alex Borstein, Tony Shalhoub, and Kevin Pollack. It premiered in 2017, and
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