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Amazon at TCA: Lord of the Rings Cast Revealed, Jack Reacher Series a Go, and More!

Amazon is the latest network to take to the Television Critics Association winter press tour.

As expected, there were some big announcements, and we've rounded them up for you in one post.

The long-gestating Lord of the Rings TV series finally has a confirmed cast!

New additions to the eight-episode first season include Owain Arthur (Casualty) and Nazanin Boniadi (Counterpart), who join Robert Aramayo (Game of Thrones‘ Young Ned), Tom Budge (The Wrong Girl), Morfydd Clark (His Dark Materials), Ismael Cruz Córdova, and Markella Kavenagh (Picnic at Hanging Rock).

They join a cast that already includes Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones), Megan Richards (Wanderlust), Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers (Medici), Daniel Weyman (Silent Witness), Sophia Nomvete, Tyroe Muhafidin, and Ema Horvath.

Additionally, production is slated to get underway in February, and the series will “explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring.”

“After undertaking an extensive global search,
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Lord of the Rings: Amazon Series Adds Counterpart's Nazanin Boniadi, Others

Lord of the Rings: Amazon Series Adds Counterpart's Nazanin Boniadi, Others
Amazon Prime kicked off its Television Critics Association press tour day by unveiling a slew of cast members for its upcoming Lord of the Rings series.

New additions to the eight-episode production include Owain Arthur (Casualty) and Nazanin Boniadi (Counterpart), who join Robert Aramayo (Game of Thrones‘ Young Ned), Tom Budge (The Wrong Girl), Morfydd Clark (His Dark Materials), Ismael Cruz Córdova (Berlin Station, Ray Donovan) and Markella Kavenagh (Picnic at Hanging Rock).

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Doors keep opening for ‘Five Bedrooms’ star Doris Younane

Doris Younane in ‘Five Bedrooms

After years of fighting against being typecast as Lebanese or other Middle Eastern characters, actor Doris Younane is in a very happy place in her career.

She’s played a variety of characters, most of no specific ethnicity, in the past five years with recurring roles in Five Bedrooms, The Wrong Girl and Party Tricks plus guest appearances in Secret City, Harrow and Janet King.

“I just want to be seen as an actor in Australia,” she tells If. “I no longer want to be a pin-up for multiculturalism; I have passed that baton on to others. I’ve been really lucky. I think I am a good, solid actor and that’s what has got me through.”

Currently Younane is winning plaudits for her performance as the firebrand Heather in Five Bedrooms, Hoodlum Entertainment’s eight-part comedy-drama for Network 10 created by Christine Bartlett and Michael Lucas.
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Christine Bartlett creates a character who’s very close to home in ‘Five Bedrooms’

Michael Lucas and Christine Bartlett.

After years of creating fictional characters in such series as House Husbands, Offspring, The Wrong Girl and Playing for Keeps, Christine Bartlett allowed herself the freedom to do something unprecedented in Five Bedrooms.

Namely: To flesh out a character modelled on her own life and experiences.

Doris Younane plays her alter ego Heather in Hoodlum Entertainment’s 8-part comedy-drama co-created by Bartlett and her frequent collaborator Michael Lucas, which premieres on 10 at 8.40 pm on May 15.

The set-up director Peter Templeman describes Heather as “funny, complex and raw, and that’s Chris.”

Bartlett tells If: “Michael gave me permission to be totally unfiltered, so I went balls-out like never before. I was blown away watching what Doris did to bring the character to life.”

At the crossroads in her life, Heather is married to Colin (Alan Dukes), whom she says “peaked at high school,” and they have two doltish adult children.
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‘Like Magic’: Freddie Stroma & Hayley Magnus Cast In NBC Comedy Pilot

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‘Like Magic’: Freddie Stroma & Hayley Magnus Cast In NBC Comedy Pilot
Exclusive: Freddie Stroma (UnReal) and Hayley Magnus (Childhood’s End) are set as series regulars opposite Jee Young Han in Like Magic, NBC’s single-camera workplace comedy pilot from Superstore writers Bridget Kyle and Vicky Luu, Forever co-creator Matt Hubbard, Julie Anne Robinson’s CannyLads Productions and Universal TV.

Written by Kyle and Luu with Hubbard supervising and to be directed by Robinson, Like Magic follows Holly (Han), an optimistic young woman pursuing her dream to be a headlining magician in the eccentric and ego-driven world of the Magic Palace.

Stroma will play Jake, the overworked entertainment director of the Magic Palace. Magnus is Penny, who forges a bond with Holly as the only two female performers.

Kyle and Luu executive produce with Hubbard and Cannylads’ Robinson and head of development Kelly Pancho.

Stroma, who played Adam Cromwell on UnReal, last was seen in the romantic comedy feature Second Act,
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Hoodlum/10’s new drama ‘Five Bedrooms’ taps into the housing crisis

(L-r) Roy Joseph, Doris Younane, Katie Robertson, Kat Stewart and Stephen Peacocke.

The Australian obsession with housing prices and affordability is the inspiration behind Five Bedrooms, Hoodlum Entertainment’s drama which started shooting in Melbourne today.

Commissioned by Network 10, the series features an ensemble cast led by Kat Stewart, Stephen Peacocke, Doris Younane, Katie Robertson, Roy Joseph, Kate Jenkinson and Hugh Sheridan.

Created by Michael Lucas and Christine Bartlett, the plot follows a group of very different people who find themselves at a singles table at a wedding.

After a few too many champagnes, wines, whiskeys and beers, the solution to all their problems seems to be buying a house together: A really big, five bedroom house.

Lucas tells If: “The idea of pooling together with friends to crack into the real estate market is something Christine and I have talked about for almost a decade now. As prices
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R.L. Stine Says Fear Street Movies Are Still Happening at Fox

R.L. Stine Says Fear Street Movies Are Still Happening at Fox
Goosebumps mastermind R.L. Stine reveals that his Fear Street books are still being adapted into movies at Fox. To be precise, Stine says that there are currently three movies in development at the studio based off of his wildly popular book series. Leigh Janiak is on board to write and direct the Fear Street trilogy, which will be shot back-to-back-to-back. As far as what books will be used for the trilogy, that remains a mystery at this time.

While the Fear Street books that will be used for the trilogy haven't been announced, R.L. Stine may have dropped a pretty good hint on social media. The author admits that he gets asked about the trilogy quite a bit. It's understandable, the Fear Street trilogy is a pretty big deal to Stine fans. Stine had this to say about the trilogy.

"Every day, people ask me if there will ever
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Network 10 unveils 13 new local shows for 2019

Lucy Lawless, star of Cjz’s ‘My Life Is Murder’.

The newly-rebranded Network 10 on Wednesday night unveiled 13 new Australian shows for 2019 including romantic comedy Five Bedrooms, thriller The Secrets She Keeps and four entertainment series spun-off from shows which screened during Pilot Week.

Created by Michael Lucas and Christine Bartlett and produced by Hoodlum Entertainment, Five Bedrooms will follow five very different people who meet on the singles’ table at a wedding and decide to buy a house together.

Lingo Pictures’ The Secrets She Keeps is a psychological thriller based on the novel by Australian author Michael Robotham, a dark tale of two women from different walks of life who have one thing in common – explosive secrets that could destroy their lives.

Jonathan Gavin and Sarah Walker will script the six-part series. The protagonists are Meg, who has a handsome husband, two gorgeous children and a third bundle of joy on the way,
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Sony Pictures TV Networks Orders Thriller Series ‘Reckoning’ From David Hubbard, David Eick & The Code’ Producers

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Sony Pictures Television Networks has ordered Reckoning, a 10-episode straight-to-series psychological thriller drama, from writer David Hubbard (Noel) and veteran showrunner David Eick.

Produced by Sony Pictures TV-owned Australian company Playmaker Media (The Code), Reckoning is set to begin filming July 9 in Australia for premiere on Sptn’s international channels, including Axn, in select territories in Europe and Latin America. Sony Pictures Television Distribution will handle worldwide sales of the series, which will be wholly produced and post-produced in Australia.

Reckoning is part of Sony Pictures TV Networks’s ramped up efforts in the original production arena. It follows the success of Sptn’s Absentia, a dramatic thriller starring Stana Katic and Patrick Heusinger, which was originally commissioned for Axn in 2017 and is now airing on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. and other territories.

Written by Hubbard, who serves as showrunner with David Eick,
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Win Jungle on Blu-ray

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To mark the release of Jungle on 1st January, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

Young Israeli Yossi Ghinsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) leaves a safe future behind to chase an improbable dream in the mysterious depths of the Amazon rainforest. When he and two fellow adventurers, Kevin Gale (Alex Russell; Chronicle, Unbroken) and Marcus Stamm (Joel Jackson; TV’s The Wrong Girl), meet the charismatic Karl Ruchprecter (Thomas Kretschmann (The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Central Intelligence) and follow him into the jungle, what begins as the realisation of a dream soon turns into a harrowing psychological fight for survival.

Please note: This competition is open to UK residents only

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Open to UK residents only The competition will close 8th January 2018 at 23.59 GMT The winner will be picked at random from entries received No cash alternative is available

The usual
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Mid-year scorecard: commercial free-to-air broadcasters

Nine's 'True Story with Hamish and Andy'..

At the half-way point of the 2017 ratings year, the Seven, Nine and Ten networks all have something to crow about, and Australian-made dramas and reality shows continue to dominate.

Seven.s primary channel has won the prime-time ratings battle for 24 consecutive weeks, ranks at .No. 1 in total viewers and in the 16-39, 18-49s and 25-54 demographics, and has the year's top show, My Kitchen Rules.

Nine.s boast is that it is the only commercial network to grow its 6 pm-midnight share across total people and all demos for weeks 7 to 26, excluding Easter, while Seven and Ten have lost shares on those metrics.

Despite its corporate problems, Ten says it delivered three of the top seven Australian reality shows among 25 to 54s, the top three game/quiz shows and the top four Us drama series.

Moreover, Have You Been Paying Attention?
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‘Cleverman’ Season 2 Sneak Peak Promises an Uprising — Watch

‘Cleverman’ Season 2 Sneak Peak Promises an Uprising — Watch
Survival is all that matters in the newest clip from SundanceTV’s dystopian drama “Cleverman.”

Read More: ‘Cleverman’ Season 2 Trailer Promises Major Change As The Battle Begins — Watch

Season 2 looks promising, bringing a ton of action and discourse to the already divided kakotopia of the future. Rivalries established in Season 1 will also be explored further, along with new conflicts that are greater than just two characters. Hunter Page-Lochard (“Shit Creek,” “Around the Block,” “Spear”) and Rob Collins (“The Wrong Girl”) both return to their roles of feuding brothers to further the story of the aboriginal superhero, Cleverman.

In the above preview of the upcoming season, we see the two estranged Gumbaynggirr brothers forced together to fight for their own survival when one of them is passed the mantle of the “Cleverman.” The series is based on several different stories from Aboriginal folklore, including Hairypeople and Cleverman himself, modernizing these stories
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Shane and Clayton Jacobson reteam for black comedy 'Sibling Rivalry'

Shane Jacobson in 'Kenny', written and directed by brother Clayton. The two will join forces again on 'Sibling Rivalry'.

The brothers behind Kenny,.Shane and Clayton Jacobson, are set to reunite for a new film, black comedy Sibling Rivalry..

The feature is one of four film projects and seven television dramas supported by Screen Australia in its latest $8.8 million funding round..

The pair will co-star in the film, which revolves around two brothers who, with their mother at death.s door, go to extreme lengths to protect their inheritance.

Clayton will direct the film and produce along with Jason Byrne (Sucker, How to Talk Australians). The script has been penned by Jamie Browne (The Mule, Secret Daughter, Please Like Me), with Tait Brady (The BBQ, Little Acorns, Healing) and Julia Adams (Mako Mermaids,The Day My Butt Went Psycho) executive producing..

Among the other projects funded
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Garth Davis, Matthew Saville and Emma Freeman honoured at Adg Awards

'Lion' director Garth Davis has won the Adg Award for Best Direction in a Feature Film..

Director Garth Davis has taken out the top gong at the Adg Awards for his work helming Lion..

Davis was presented the prize for Best Direction in a Feature Film by Peter Weir at an award ceremony in Melbourne on Friday..

Lion, which received six Oscar nods and has gone on to be the fifth highest-grossing Australian film of all time at the local box office, is Davis. debut feature. .

Davis was up against Simon Stone (The Daughter), Ben Young (Hounds of Love), Craig Boreham (Teenage Kicks) and Jonathan Leahy (Skin Deep) — each of which was also a first feature..

The award for Best Direction in a Documentary Feature Film was presented to Dan Jackson for In The Shadow of the Hill, while Hotel Coolgardie director Pete Gleeson received High Commendation. The
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Waleed Aly up for second Gold Logie as awards criticised for lack of women

Actor Jessica Marais the sole woman vying for top award as full list of Australian television award nominees released

The Project presenter Waleed Aly could become the first back-to-back Gold Logie winner in almost 10 years.

Not since Home and Away star Kate Richie took home the top prize in 2007 and 2008 has someone won consecutive trophies.

Aly was announced by TV Week on Sunday as one of six nominees alongside The Project colleague Peter Helliar, Family Feud host Grant Denyer and actors Rodger Corser and Samuel Johnson. Love Child and Wrong Girl actress Jessica Marais is the sole woman in contention for the Australian television accolade.

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Shooting underway on second season of ‘Glitch’


Production has kicked off in Melbourne on the second season of Matchbox Pictures'.Glitch, with directors Emma Freeman and Tony Krawitz at the helm. The shoot will continue on location around the city and in regional Victoria until the end of March.

The first season of the zombie drama, created by Louise Fox (Broadchurch, Dead Europe) and Tony Ayres (The Slap, Cut Snake, Nowhere Boys), followed seven people who had inexplicably returned from the dead.

The second season sees .the Risen. unravel the mystery of how and why they are back while contending with a lethal threat..

In October it was announced that Netflix was coming on board as a production partner for the second season, along with Matchbox and the ABC.

.We can.t wait for our audience to see where the story goes. We want to deliver on the promise of answers and keep the thrills and spills coming,
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'Killing Ground' and 'Red Dog: True Blue' headed for Sundance

Red Dog: True Blue.. . Damien Power.s feature debut Killing Ground will make its international debut at the Sundance Film Festival, while Red Dog: True Blue will screen in the kids sidebar. . The news follows on from last week's announcement that Cate Shortland's.Berlin Syndrome.would be making its world premiere at the festival.. . Killing Ground will screen as part of the Midnight sidebar, which has previously launched films such as The Babadook, The Blair Witch Project, Saw, The Witch and Hard Candy. . The thriller, which debuted at Miff, stars Aaron Pedersen (Goldstone, Mystery Road), Harriet Dyer (Love Child, Rueben Guthrie), Ian Meadows (Scare Campaign, The Wrong Girl), Aaron Glenane (Molly, Deadline Gallipoli) and Maya Stange (Wolf Creek TV, Love Child). . .It.s hugely exciting to have our international premiere where so many of my favourite filmmakers got their starts. And I.m thrilled to be screening in the
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Screen Australia injects $15 million into film and TV production

Storm Boy.

Screen Australia has unveiled the recipients of its last production investment funding round of 2016. $15 million is shared between seven films and eight television projects, including anticipated titles such as Fred Schepisi.s Andorra and the Shawn Seet remake of Storm Boy..

.We are delighted to be supporting TV projects from so many of the major players all in one round including Foxtel, Channel Seven, Network Ten, the ABC and Sbs," CEO Graeme Mason said. "And in film we look forward to seeing the latest from acclaimed talents Fred Schepisi, Jonathan Teplitzky and John Maynard."

The successful feature film projects are:.

– A contemporary re-imagining of 1976 classic Storm Boy from writer Justin Monjo (The Secret Daughter, Spear), director Shawn Seet (Deep Water, The Code) and Ambience Entertainment producers Michael Boughen and Matthew Street (Tomorrow When the War Began). This time around we meet Mike .Storm Boy. Kingley as a grandfather
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Claire Tonkin to join Cjz

Claire Tonkin..

Claire Tonkin has been appointed head of drama development at Cjz Group, starting January.

Tonkin has spent the last decade at Ten, working as a network drama executive. She was a network executive producer for Neighbours and helped to oversee the development and production of Offspring, Puberty Blues, Rush, The Wrong Girl, Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms, Underground — The Julian Assange Story, Hawke and Secrets & Lies..

Tonkin has won an Awgie award for the short Button, and in 2009 received the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award from the International Emmy Foundation for her script Me & Mine..

Tonkin joins Cjz as it expands its work in the scripted space, with multiple series currently in funded development for local and overseas networks.

On Cjz.s slate at the moment is House of Bond for the Nine Network,.starring Rachel Taylor, Adrienne Pickering, Sam Neill and Ben Mingay. It follows on
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Ten to unveil The Wrong Girl later this month

Jessica Marais in The Wrong Girl.

Network Ten has announced its new Aussie drama, The Wrong Girl, based on the book by Zoë Foster Blake, will premiere on September 28.

The show follows the life of 29-year old breakfast television producer Lily Woodward, played by Jessica Marais (Love Child, Packed to the Rafters)..

.I.m thrilled to bring the character of Lily Woodward to life. She is fun, confident, determined, quick to react and disarmingly charismatic. I hope audiences love her as much as I do,. said Marais.

.It has been a pleasure working with the exceptional cast and crew, and I.m incredibly proud to be involved in this fresh and exciting new drama..

Marais will be joined by a cast that includes Craig McLachlan, Kerry Armstrong, Madeleine West, Hamish Blake, Doris Younane, Steve Vizard, Rob Collins, Ian Meadows, Hayley Magnus, Kevin Harrington, Leah Vandenberg, Christie Whelan Browne, Hugo Johnstone-Burt,
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