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Why Canceling ‘The Hunt’ Was Wrong

Why Canceling ‘The Hunt’ Was Wrong
Even if you’re not a horror-film fanatic, you’ve heard about The Hunt. A grisly-looking, modern grindhouse film, it was supposed to come out through Universal Pictures at the end of September. The plot was said to feature wealthy liberals — as portrayed by Hilary Swank’s well-dressed villain — who kidnap jus’-folks types and put them into a forested compound where they’re picked off one by one. Originally titled, per The Hollywood Reporter, Red State vs. Blue State, the movie seems to boast a comparable mixture of paranoia,
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Film News: Week Two of 25th Black Harvest Film Festival features Made in Chicago & ‘Jezebel’

Chicago – One of the longest running and most important Black film festivals is right here in Chicago, as the 25th edition of the Black Harvest Film Festival continues through Thursday, August 29th, 2019, at the Gene Siskel Film Center in the downtown Loop. Week Two features two major shorts programs and a debut work from a first time director, for the calendar schedule, click here. The overall Festival link is below.

Among this week’s highlights are two shorts programs. Made in Chicago on August 12th at 7:45pm, featuring local directors Tristian Montgomery (“The Shine”), Ira Childs (“Loyalty), Tommy Sigmon (“In the Paint”), Latoya Hunter (“In Her Words”), Jan Johnson Goldberger (“Shooter”) and Okema “Seven” Gunn (“A Sisterhood of Signatures”). Fantastic Tales is on August 14th at 8:30pm and August 15th at 6pm, presenting six excursions in the realms of horror, fantasy and science fiction. Click the link below for short filmmaker appearances.
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Netflix Orders Ballet Drama Series ‘Tiny Pretty Things,’ Sets Cast

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Netflix has ordered ballet drama series “Tiny Pretty Things” based on the book by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton. The streamer also announced the main cast, which includes Lauren Holly of “Designated Survivor.”

Michael MacLennan of “Bomb Girls” will write, showrun, and executive produce. The series, featuring ten hour-long episodes, is slated for a 2020 release.

According to Netflix, “Tiny Pretty Things” is set in the world of an elite ballet academy and charts the rise and fall of young adults who live far from their homes, each standing on the verge of greatness or ruin. As Chicago’s only elite dance school, the Archer School of Ballet serves as the company school for the city’s renowned professional company: City Works Ballet. The Archer School is an oasis for an array of dancers: rich and poor, from north and south, and a range of backgrounds. Yet they all share a
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Netflix Orders ‘Tiny Pretty Things’ Ballet Drama Series Based On Book; Sets Main Cast

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Exclusive: Netflix has given a 10-episode order to Tiny Pretty Things, an hourlong drama series based on the book by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton, from writer Michael MacLennan, Insurrection Media, Mojo Films and Peacock Alley. The Internet TV network also has announced the series regular cast with shooting currently underway in Toronto for a 2020 premiere.

Cast includes Lauren Holly, Kylie Jefferson, Casimere Jollette, Daniela Norman (Cats), Brennan Clost, Michael Hsu Rosen, Damon J. Gillespie, Bayardo De Murguia, Barton Cowperthwaite, Tory Trowbridge and Jess Salgueiro.

Written by MacLennan based on the book, Tiny Pretty Things
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FX Orders Limited Series ‘A Teacher’ Starring Kate Mara, Nick Robinson

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FX has ordered the limited series “A Teacher,” based on the Hannah Fidell film of the same name.

The series explores the story behind the mugshot of a female high school teacher, Claire (Mara), caught in an affair with her male student, Eric (Robinson), revealing the complexities and consequences of these illegal relationships. FX has ordered 10 episodes.

“Working with FX – truly the home of all my favorite shows – on ‘A Teacher’ is a dream come true,” said Fidell. “I couldn’t ask for a more perfect partner who, from day one, has understood and embraced the inherenent complexities and nuance required for such subject matter.”

The film version of “A Teacher” — which Fidell wrote, produced, directed — was released in 2013, making its debut at the Sundance Film Festival. Fidell will also write and direct the series in addition to serving as an executive producer alongside Mara, Michael Costigan and Jason Bateman of Aggregate Films,
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McU Will Give Fantastic Four the Movie They Deserve Promises Marvel Boss

Like many Marvel fans out there, I have been hoping for a killer adaptation of Fantastic Four ever since I saw director Bryan Singer's original X-Men movie in theaters back in 2000. But time and time again, Marvel's first family keeps hitting the screen in more and more disastrous forms. But that all looks to be changing soon as Marvel has just regained the rights to the comic and plans to make their own live-action version as quickly as possible. And today we have word via the President of Marvel Studios himself, Kevin Feige that this new movie will be better than the previous Fox versions.

Specifically, when asked what story will the new movie be telling that hasn't been told before, Kevin Feige responded with this.

"All of that is spoilers, but I am extremely excited about those characters and about bringing Marvel's first family up to the sort
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Antoine Fuqua Signs Overall TV Deal With Ben Silverman’s Propagate

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Antoine Fuqua Signs Overall TV Deal With Ben Silverman’s Propagate
Antoine Fuqua has signed an overall production deal with Ben Silverman and Howard Owens’ Propagate for both scripted and non-scripted television.

“Antoine Fuqua has produced and directed some of the most gripping film and television projects of our time and has a singular creative voice,” Silverman said. “He is the rare multi-genre hyphenate with deep production experience across fiction and non-fiction. We are thrilled to collaborate with him in delivering powerful new episodic properties and to help support his efforts to turn Fuqua Films into a global-inclusive production powerhouse “

Fuqua most recently directed and executive produced “What’s My Name,” the Muhammad Ali documentary for HBO and is producing “#FreeRayShawn” with Laurence Fishburne and Stephan James for Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi. Fuqua has served as an executive producer on multiple TV series including “The Resident,” “Shooter,” “Training Day” and “Ice.” He also directed “American Dream/American Knightmare,” the Suge Knight documentary for Showtime.
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Antoine Fuqua Inks Overall TV Deal With Propagate

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Antoine Fuqua Inks Overall TV Deal With Propagate
Exclusive: Award-winning filmmaker Antoine Fuqua is expanding his work in television, signing an exclusive multi-year overall production deal with Ben Silverman and Howard Owens’ Propagate. Under the deal, Fuqua and his production company Fuqua Films, will team with Propagate on both scripted and non-scripted projects.

“Antoine Fuqua has produced and directed some of the most gripping film and television projects of our time and has a singular creative voice,” said Chairman & Co-CEO Silverman. “He is the rare multi-genre hyphenate with deep production experience across fiction and non-fiction. We are thrilled to collaborate with him in delivering powerful new episodic properties and to help support his efforts to turn Fuqua Films into a global-inclusive production powerhouse. “

Fuqua most recently directed and executive produced the critically acclaimed documentary, What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali, for HBO. Fuqua Films is also producing the drama series #FreeRayShawn, starring Laurence Fishburne and Stephan James, for short-form streaming platform Quibi.
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Ken Kirby And Michelle Krusiec To Star In Supernatural Thriller ‘The Uncanny’

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Ken Kirby And Michelle Krusiec To Star In Supernatural Thriller ‘The Uncanny’
Exclusive: Ken Kirby (Good Trouble) and Michelle Krusiec (The Invitation) are set to star in the supernatural thriller The Uncanny from Abel Vang and Burlee Vang.

The feature, which is a follow up to the Vang Brothers’ 2016 feature Bedeviled, will be produced by Carr Lee and Stephen Stanley and also feature Ellen Wroe (Final Destination 5). It is slated to shoot in Los Angeles and Orange County.

The story follows social worker Claire Yang, who has been haunted for years by visions that she is only just beginning to understand as a connection to the spirit world. When she is assigned a new domestic abuse case, she discovers that the problem is being caused by a supernatural entity and must use her clairvoyance to help save the family.

“The spiritual medium, often a female, is a horror archetype that has appeared in almost every film where a family is faced
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Cancelled or Renewed? Status of Cable & Streaming TV Shows (S-z)

Here's the status of TV shows like Saints & Sinners, Sally4Ever, Sandman, Santa Clarita Diet, Schitt's Creek, School of Rock, Scream, Search Party, Second City, Secure and Hold, See, Sense8, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Seven Seconds, Sex Education, Shadowhunters, Shameless, The Shannara Chronicles, Sharp Objects, She’s Gotta Have It, Shogun, Shooter, Shrill, Shut Eye, Silicon Valley, The Sinner, Siren, Six, Slasher, Small Axe, Smilf, Snatch, Sneaky Pete, Snowfall, Snowpiercer, The Society, Solar Opposites, The Son, South Park, South Side, The Spanish Princess, Special, Spinning Out, The Split, Spotless, Stan Against Evil, Star Falls, Stargirl, Stranger Things, Strike Back, Stuck in the Middle, Succession, Suits, SuperMansion, Superstition, Survivor's Remorse, Swamp Thing, The Swans of Fifth Avenue, Swedish Dicks, Sweet Magnolias, Sweetbitter, Sydney to the Max, Taboo, Tacoma Fd, Tales from the Loop, Tarantula, Teachers, Team Kaylie, Tell Me Your Secrets, The Terror, That’s So Raven, This Close, This Functional Family,
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‘Manhunt: Lone Wolf’: Arliss Howard, Desmond Harrington, Kelly Jenrette & Ness Bautista Join Spectrum-Lionsgate Anthology Series

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‘Manhunt: Lone Wolf’: Arliss Howard, Desmond Harrington, Kelly Jenrette & Ness Bautista Join Spectrum-Lionsgate Anthology Series
Exclusive: Arliss Howard (Moneyball), Desmond Harrington (Dexter), Kelly Jenrette (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Ness Bautista (Sense8) are set as series regulars for season 2 of Spectrum Originals’ anthology series Manhunt, from Lionsgate Television. They join previously announced Jack Huston, Cameron Britton, Carla Gugino, Judith Light, Gethin Anthony and Jay O. Sanders.

Spectrum parent Charter Communications last year made a deal with Lionsgate for new seasons of the Manhunt anthology series whose first installment, Manhunt: Unabomber, ran on Discovery Channel.

Season 2, Manhunt: Lone Wolf, will chronicle one of the largest and most complex manhunts on U.S. soil — the search for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics Bomber, Eric Rudolph (Huston) — and the media firestorm that consumed the life of Richard Jewell (Britton) in its wake. The series is currently filming in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Howard plays Earl Embry, the top bomb expert in the Atf who has a depth of hands-on knowledge that nobody can rival.
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For All Mankind: Watch the First Trailer for Apple's Space Race Drama

Apple has yet to announce a launch date for its upcoming streaming service — but we do have liftoff on fresh footage from one of its shows.

The tech giant has unveiled a first look at For All Mankind, a drama series that explores what would have happened if the global space race never ended.

Hailing from Outlander creator Ronald D. Moore, the series takes place in “an aspirational world where Nasa astronauts, engineers and their families find themselves in the center of extraordinary events seen through the prism of an alternate history timeline — a world in which the Ussr beats the U.
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Netflix's New Releases Coming in June 2019

With a new month comes new movies and TV shows on Netflix.

Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Magic Mike, The Zookeeper, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet are among the new movies that will be added to the streaming service throughout June.

On the TV side, new seasons of Dynasty, Grey's Anatomy, Shooter and Madam Secretary will also be added to the streamer.

Additionally, Netflix will debut a number of original movies and shows. Some of the upcoming original shows include the fifth season of Black Mirror, the second season of Girls Incarcerated; and the third season of Designated Survivor. Original ...
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‘Utopia’: Felisha Terrell & Dustin Ingram To Recur On Amazon Series

‘Utopia’: Felisha Terrell & Dustin Ingram To Recur On Amazon Series
Exclusive: Felisha Terrell (Shooter) and Dustin Ingram (Watchmen) are set to recur opposite John Cusack, Sasha Lane and Rainn Wilson in Utopia, Amazon’s straight-to-series adaptation of the British drama, written by Gone Girl author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn.

Utopia follows a group of young adults who meet online that are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization after they come into possession of a near-mythical cult underground graphic novel. Within the comic’s pages, they discover the conspiracy theories that may actually be real and are forced into the dangerous, unique and ironic position of saving the world.

Terrell will portray Hailey Alvez. A sharp, rising star in journalism, Hailey has a friendly air and affable manner. She interviews pharmaceutical giant Kevin Christie about his groundbreaking new product and asks some serious, pointed questions.

Ingram will play Tallman. Extremely wealthy and eerily eccentric, Tallman collects priceless comic books,
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Netflix in June: A Complete List of Every New and Expiring Title

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Netflix has released their list of new titles coming in the month of June, as well as a last call for everything getting ready to leave the streaming service.

Highlights arriving this month include the fifth season of Netflix’s popular psychological thriller series “Black Mirror,” coming June 5, and Hilary Swank’s thriller “I Am Mother, coming June 7. And whether or not you were alive in 1993 when the original TV mini-series “Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City” came out, you can still appreciate the remake starring Ellen Page as Laura Linney’s on-screen daughter when it arrives June 7.

This month is the last chance to watch what is arguably the best moon mission movie, “Apollo 13,” starring the ultimate dream team, Tom Hanks and Gary Sinise. Other classics getting the boot include “Legally Blonde” and its sequel “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde,” along with “Friday the 13th” and “Pretty in Pink.
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Trailer for Emile Hirsch's Crazy-Looking Sci-Fi Thriller Freaks

Here’s an unsettling trailer for an upcoming sci-fi thriller called Freaks. The film stars Emile Hirsch, Lexy Kolker (Shooter), and Bruce Dern, as well as Amanda Crew and Grace Park.

The trailer shows us a world where either the world has gone mad, or the man inside this house has. The man is played by Hirsch, and he is looking a little nutty. It’s hard to tell if he is paranoid or using safety precautions. He keeps the house pretty locked down and has a daughter he is trying to protect from the outside world. We don’t really know what is wrong out there, but it is pretty intriguing.

Here’s the synopsis:

Kept locked inside the house by her father, 7-year-old Chloe lives in fear and fascination of the outside world, where Abnormals create a constant threat – or so she believes. When a mysterious stranger offers
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Patrick Lussier Releases First Photo & Comments on Halloween-themed Thriller Trick

Genre veteran Patrick Lussier has released the first photo and comments from his latest film, the horror thriller TrickOmar Epps heads the cast in the main role of Detective Mike Denver, a man obsessed with a serial killer that has remained one step ahead of him for years. Film Bridge International is handling worldwide sales at the Cannes Film Market. Epps has starred in over 20 films in a career spanning two decades. Most recently, he starred on USA Network's "Shooter" and 2018's hit film Traffik alongside Paula Patton. Trick also stars Ellen Adair as Sheriff Lisa Jayne, the sheriff in the small town of Benton who has always considered Detective Denver as her mentor. Cheryl Winston, the only survivor of the latest round of...

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Horror Highlights: Brightburn Soundtrack, Trick Photo, The Child Remains

Ahead of Sony's May 24th release of Brightburn, the original motion picture soundtrack, composed by Timothy Williams, is now available! Also: the first photo from Patrick Lussier's Trick has been revealed by Bloody Disgusting, and we have release details for The Child Remains.

Brightburn Soundtrack Release Details: "Sony Music announces the release of Brightburn (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with music by multi-award winning composer Timothy Williams. Available Friday, May 10, the soundtrack features music from the James Gunn and Kenneth Huang-produced film, which makes its theatrical debut in the United States on Friday, May 24.

Of the soundtrack, composer Timothy Williams says, “Being able to merge two genres which have never been combined before, superhero and horror, was an amazing experience. I was thankful for a close collaborative relationship with the director Dave Yarovesky. We worked on the idea of the main theme at the beginning that would be
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Halloween-themed Thriller Trick Gets First Look at Omar Epps

Halloween-themed Thriller Trick Gets First Look at Omar Epps
Genre veteran Patrick Lussier has released the first photo and comments from his latest film, the horror thriller Trick. Omar Epps heads the cast in the main role of Detective Mike Denver, a man obsessed with a serial killer that has remained one step ahead of him for years. Film Bridge International is handling worldwide sales at the Cannes Film Market.

Omar Epps has starred in over 20 films in a career spanning two decades. Most recently, he starred on USA Network's Shooter and 2018's hit film Traffik alongside Paula Patton. Trick also stars Ellen Adair as Sheriff Lisa Jayne, the sheriff in the small town of Benton who has always considered Detective Denver as her mentor. Cheryl Winston, the only survivor of the latest round of killings in her small town, is played by Kristina Reyes. Talbott is played by frequent George A. Romero collaborator Tom Atkins and Jamie Kennedy stars as Dr.
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Amy Powell Opens Up About Her Paramount TV Ouster, Acknowledges Mistakes & Talks About Lessons Learned

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Nine months after Amy Powell’s surprise exit as President of Paramount Television, she has spoken for the first time about the circumstances surrounding her firing.

Powell was let go last July over what was reported at the time as “racially insensitive” comments allegedly made by her during a conference call discussing characters and storylines in Paramount TV’s First Wives Club comedy series, a reimagining of the 1996 movie with black leads. Powell adamantly denied the accusations and, weeks later, she reached a confidential financial settlement with Paramount.

Powell, who had kept a low profile while prepping the next chapter in her career, recently reflected on the events that led to her dismissal, giving a frank assessment of her actions and taking responsibility for them. She made the comments in a Forbes article titled From Pain To Purpose: Why We Need To Have Difficult Conversations, about the importance of difficult
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