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Roma Downey’s LightWorkers Media Options Debbie Macomber ‘Angels Everywhere’ Series

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Roma Downey’s LightWorkers Media Options Debbie Macomber ‘Angels Everywhere’ Series
Roma Downey’s LightWorkers Media banner has optioned the TV rights to the inspirational novel series “Angels Everywhere” penned by Debbie Macomber.

The deal gives LightWorkers rights to all seven books in the series to date, including “A Season of Angels,” the first installment published in 2001, as well as “The Trouble With Angels,” “Touched By Angels” and “Those Christmas Angels.”

The subject matter returns Downey to the angelic arena where she had her breakthrough as the star of “Touched By an Angel,” the CBS drama that ran from 1994 to 2003.

“When Debbie Macomber agreed to allow myself and LightWorkers to option her angel book series I was thrilled,” Downey said. “I feel like I have come home in these stories. Debbie’s fans are going to love seeing her beloved characters Shirley, Goodness and Mercy come to life on screen and ‘Touched By An

Angel’ fans will love having a brand
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Shameik Moore stars in teaser trailer for biopic series ‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’

Hulu has launched a teaser trailer for their upcoming biopic series ‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’ on the legendary hip hop group ‘Wu-Tang Clan’.

Wu-Tang: An American Saga is inspired by “The Wu-Tang Manual” and “Tao of Wu”, and based on the true story of the Wu-Tang Clan. Set in early ’90s New York at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, the show tracks the Clan’s formation, a vision of Bobby Diggs aka The RZA, who unites the men torn between music and crime but eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories.

Spanning over 10 episodes the biopic series will explore the genesis of the famed hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan.

The Wu-Tang Clan has released five gold and platinum albums, selling 40 million albums worldwide. The group is often hailed as one of the most influential groups in the history of hip-hop with a unique sound and distinct image.
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T.I. & John Ortiz To Star In ‘Flint’ Water Crisis Film From Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment

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T.I. & John Ortiz To Star In ‘Flint’ Water Crisis Film From Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment
Exclusive: Actor and rap artist Tip “T.I.” Harris and John Ortiz have signed to topline Flint, a feature set against the backdrop of the Flint, Michigan water crisis written by Malcolm M. Mays, who will also direct. The project hails from Will Smith and James Lassiter-founded Overbrook Entertainment. Clarence Hammond and Dougie Cash will produce on behalf of Overbrook along with Tommy Oliver.

Flint is about a spiritually reformed ex-convict who finds himself embroiled in a murder mystery, set upon by his ex-lover and a young mentee that unravels the very fabric of the water crisis afflicting the community he grew up in.

Overbrook’s Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett will serve as executive producers alongside Harris and Brian Sher from Grand Hustle Films as well as the late auteur John Singleton, a longtime mentor and friend of Mays, who helped bring the film to fruition.
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Despite Its Dry Arizona Landscape, Chambers Was Filmed More Than 300 Miles Away

If you've watched Netflix's new psychological horror show Chambers, you're acutely aware it's set in the Southwest, particularly Arizona. The show uses long shots of the sprawling desert landscape and miles upon miles of hilly terrain to enhance the eerie mood of the movie. In fact, the "haboob" dust storm that occurs in the first episode kicks off the entire mystery by trapping Sasha with the LeFevres for the night. Filming, however, took place in parts of Albuquerque, Nm, for six months. What's interesting about the location is that it's where Netflix's Messiah and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs were also filmed.

In an interview with Refinery29, Jonny Rios (the actor playing Ravi who attends Crystal Valley High and was the center of major drama between Becky and her best friend Marnie) commented on how important setting is to Chambers: "We were out in the middle of the desert,
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Despite Its Dry Arizona Landscape, Chambers Was Filmed More Than 300 Miles Away

If you've watched Netflix's new psychological horror show Chambers, you're acutely aware it's set in the Southwest, particularly Arizona. The show uses long shots of the sprawling desert landscape and miles upon miles of hilly terrain to enhance the eerie mood of the movie. In fact, the "haboob" dust storm that occurs in the first episode kicks off the entire mystery by trapping Sasha with the LeFevres for the night. Filming, however, took place in parts of Albuquerque, Nm, for six months. What's interesting about the location is that it's where Netflix's Messiah and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs were also filmed.

In an interview with Refinery29, Jonny Rios (the actor playing Ravi who attends Crystal Valley High and was the center of major drama between Becky and her best friend Marnie) commented on how important setting is to Chambers: "We were out in the middle of the desert,
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Lili Taylor & Stefania Lavie Owen To Star In Mental Illness Drama ‘Paper Spiders’

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Lili Taylor & Stefania Lavie Owen To Star In Mental Illness Drama ‘Paper Spiders’
Exclusive: Lili Taylor and Stefania Lavie Owen have been set to star in Paper Spiders, an indie drama that is being directed by Inon Spampanier based on a script by Inon Shampanier and Natalie Shampanier. Shooting gets underway this month in Syracuse, NY.

Owen, currently onscreen in Harmonie Korine’s The Beach Bum, is playing Melanie, a high school senior struggling to help her mother Dawn (Taylor), whose paranoid delusions spiral out of control. The pic is described as a bittersweet story about coming of age in the shadow of mental illness.

Idiot Savant Pictures’ Anne Clements and Cranium Entertainment’s Ash Christian are producing.

Taylor’s recent film credits include The Nun and upcoming indie The Evening Hour. She’s reppped by Apa and Untitled Entertainment. Owen, next up in the Netflix suspense thriller Messiah, is with Paradigm and McKeon/Myones Entertainment. Natalie and
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Dermot Mulroney Signs With Paradigm (Exclusive)

Dermot Mulroney Signs With Paradigm (Exclusive)
Dermot Mulroney has signed with Paradigm, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. He was previously with Wme.

Perhaps best known as the titular Bf in My Best Friend's Wedding, Mulroney has since reteamed with real-life bestie Julia Roberts in the film adaptation of August: Osage County as well as Amazon's Homecoming. His other credits include The Family Stone, About Schmidt, Zodiac and J. Edgar, as well as Showtime's Shameless and FX's American Horror Story.

Mulroney currently recurs on both Netflix's Arrested Development and ABC's Station 19, and he next will be seen on Netflix's Old Story (formerly known as Messiah) and HBO's The Righteous Gemstones. He ...
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‘Saint Judy’ Film Review: Michelle Monaghan Plays a Crusading Immigration Lawyer in Timely Drama

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‘Saint Judy’ Film Review: Michelle Monaghan Plays a Crusading Immigration Lawyer in Timely Drama
Not all heroes wear capes, and in Sean Hanish’s “Saint Judy,” not all heroes can afford those capes.

Judy Wood (Michelle Monaghan) is a determined and devoted immigration lawyer for her clients. Unfortunately, she’s better at arguing cases than she is at paying bills or spending time with her son, Alex. While she’s a soft-hearted advocate, Judy’s tough when it comes to the courtroom. Monaghan embodies Judy’s attributes into her performance, whether it’s her character’s zealous sense of duty, her persistence in keeping her relationship with her son, or her frazzled exhaustion at the end of the day when there are still so many people still left to help.

In some ways, Judy’s personality sounds so familiar because she shares many qualities with other well-meaning and determined lawyers in movies. Think Atticus Finch from “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a man who believed
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Barbara Fiorentino Joins Hulu as Head of Talent and Casting

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Hulu has hired Emmy-winning casting director Barbara Fiorentino to serve as head of talent and casting, marking the first time that the streamer has hired an in-house head of casting.

In this role, Fiorentino will oversee the casting of all Hulu Originals projects and work closely with external creative partners on key talent searches for upcoming and current original series. She will also lead Hulu in growing its business with the industry’s top actors, identifying new and emerging talent, and expanding the diversity and inclusivity of its casting.

She will report to Beatrice Springborn, Hulu’s VP of originals.

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Fiorentino, having owned her own casting company since 1999, brings to Hulu extensive knowledge of the talent marketplace. She is credited with working on a number of
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‘Into the Spider-Verse’ Star Shameik Moore Among 6 Cast in Hulu’s Wu-Tang Clan Drama

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Hulu is beginning to cast its Wu-Tang Clan.

Shameik Moore (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”), Ashton Sanders (“Moonlight”), Siddiq Saunderson (“Messiah”), Marcus Callender (“Power”), Zolee Griggs (“Ballers”) and Erika Alexander (“Get Out”) have been tapped to star in the 10-episode scripted drama series, which tells the origin story of the legendary rap group.

Sanders will play RZA, while Saunderson will portray Dennis “D-Love” Coles (aka Ghostface Killah).

Also Read: Ken Marino to Return for Hulu's 'Veronica Mars' Revival

Moore will portray Sha Rader, a gunner for drug dealer Power Grant and a kid who grew up on the streets who now wields a gun without blinking. He’s still got some innocence to him, however, and his friendship with Bobby makes it tough to carry out his orders.

Callender will take on the part of Power Grant, the top dog of Park Hill, an area in the projects that he and
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‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’: Ashton Sanders, Shameik Moore, Siddiq Saunderson Among 6 Cast In Hulu Drama Series

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‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’: Ashton Sanders, Shameik Moore, Siddiq Saunderson Among 6 Cast In Hulu Drama Series
Ashton Sanders (Moonlight), Shameik Moore, Siddiq Saunderson (Messiah), Marcus Callender (Power), Zolee Griggs (Ballers) and Erika Alexander are set to star in Hulu’s Wu-Tang: An American Saga, a 10-episode drama from Wu-Tang Clan frontman The RZA, writer Alex Tse (Superfly) and Imagine Television. In addition, Chris Robinson has been tapped to direct and co-executive produce the pilot episode.

Created and written by The RZA and Tse, the series is based on the Wu-Tang Clan, one of the most influential groups in hip-hop history, and will explore and expand the band’s world.

Set in early ’90s New York at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, the show tracks the Clan’s formation, a vision of Bobby Diggs (Sanders) aka The RZA, who strives to unite a dozen young, black men that are
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‘Moonlight’s’ Ashton Sanders, Shameik Moore Among Six Cast in Hulu’s Wu-Tang Clan Series

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‘Moonlight’s’ Ashton Sanders, Shameik Moore Among Six Cast in Hulu’s Wu-Tang Clan Series
Hulu has set six series regulars for its upcoming scripted series on the origins of The Wu-Tang Clan, Variety has learned.

Ashton Sanders, Shameik Moore, Siddiq Saunderson, Marcus Callender, Zolee Griggs, and Erika Alexander have all been cast in the 10-episode series, “Wu-Tang: An American Saga.” Full character descriptions can be read below. In addition, Chris Robinson–who previously directed multiple episodes of shows like “Star” and “The New Edition Story”–has come onboard to direct and co-executive produce the pilot.

Wu-Tang: An American Saga” is inspired by “The Wu-Tang Manual” and “Tao of Wu”, and based on the true story of the Wu-Tang Clan. Set in early ’90s New York at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, the show tracks the Clan’s formation. The group was a vision of Bobby Diggs, aka The RZA, who strives to unite a dozen young, black men that are torn between
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Hulu's Wu-Tang Clan Scripted Drama Series Sets Cast

Hulu's Wu-Tang Clan is taking shape.

Ashton Sanders (Moonlight), Shameik Moore (The Get Down, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), Siddiq Saunderson (Messiah), Marcus Callender (Power), Zolee Griggs (Ballers) and Erika Alexander (Get Out) have been tapped to star in the 10-episode scripted drama series for the streamer.

Picked up in October, Wu-Tang: An American Saga is based on the true story of the Wu-Tang Clan. Set in New York in the 1990s at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, the series will follow the Clan's formation, a vision of Bobby Digs (aka RZA), who strives to unite a dozen ...
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Waco: Madman or Messiah? review – the remarkable story of a hellish cult

This staggering documentary on the Branch Davidians explores the life of their leader, David Koresh, and their disturbing ‘end of days’

What better to ease viewers out of any residual festive mood and into the new year than Waco: Madman or Messiah? – Storyville (BBC Four)? This dense two-part documentary, first shown in the Us in early 2018, chronicles the events that led to the 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Texas in 1993, which resulted in scores of deaths. The title’s implication that David Koresh might not have been all bad may seem a little off given the horrific outcome. But it turns out to be a fair indication of a nuanced film that interviews many people involved, from government officials to survivors, some of whom still believe that Koresh was sent by God to do his work.
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Preacher Season 4 Sdcc 2019 Trailer Released

Alec Bojalad Jul 20, 2019

AMC has ordered Preacher 4 and is moving production to Australia for the end of Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy's story.

God may pay for his crimes yet! AMC has officially ordered Preacher Season 4.

Production moves to Australia for season 4, per a TVLine report. The original comic series by Garth Enis remained set in the United States (and other various heavenly and hellish realms) for the duration of its run so it's unlikely that Preacher will go the Leftovers Season 3 route and actually be set in Australia. It's more likely that Australia has some nice tax credits and is versatile enough geographically to resemble parts of the United States.

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The latest news? Preacher just made a major reveal that falls in the good news/bad news dynamic...

Preacher Season 4 Trailer

Finally! Here it is in all its profane glory.
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Netflix Is In Final Negotiations To Purchase Its First Production Studio, Will Bring 1,000+ Jobs Per Year To New Mexico

Netflix announced this week that it’s in final negotiations for a milestone deal — the purchase of its first studio complex. The streaming giant intends to purchase Abq Studios in Albuquerque, Nm, and says it will produce $1 billion worth of its in-house projects there over the next 10 years.

Projects confirmed for the complex include two currently-in-production series: dramedy Daybreak, which follows a 17-year-old outcast trying to find his missing girlfriend in the middle of the apocalypse, and suspense Messiah, about an ensemble cast of characters reacting to the news that a man from the Middle East believes he was sent by God.

Both series, which each have a 10-episode first season on the docket, have been filming in the Albuquerque area.

With the purchase of Abq Studios, Netflix will create up to 1,000 production jobs per year in New Mexico, the company says. So far, work on Daybreak and Messiah has
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Netflix sets Us production hub for New Mexico

The streamer plans $1bn of production and is negotiating to buy Abq Studios

Netflix is establishing a new Us production hub in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is in final negotiations to buy the south western city’s Abq Studios.

The global streamer promised to bring $1bn-worth of production to New Mexico over the next ten years and create up to 1,000 production jobs a year.

Netflix, for which Abq will be a first studio acquisition, said it will produce film and TV series including apocalyptic dramedy Daybreak, supernatural drama Chambers and epic drama Messiah in the facility and at locations around the state.
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Netflix to Open U.S. Production Hub in Albuquerque, Touting $1 Billion in Business Over Next 10 Years

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Netflix announced Albuquerque, N.M., as the site of a new U.S. production hub — which the company said will bring upwards of $1 billion in production money to New Mexico over the next decade and up to 1,000 production jobs per year.

Netflix said it is in final negotiations to buy Abq Studios, located in Albuquerque’s Mesa del Sol planned community, as the base for its operations in the state. The deal is the company’s first purchase of a production studio complex; terms of the deal aren’t being disclosed. Abq Studios, which opened in 2007, is currently owned by Pacifica Ventures.

The move comes after Netflix set plans for a significant expansion of its presence in Los Angeles last week, signing a lease through 2031 on a 13-story tower in Hollywood set to be completed in 2020 that is adjacent to its existing L.A. offices and production facilities at the Sunset Bronson Studios lot.
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Netflix To Open Albuquerque Production Hub In Snub To L.A.

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Netflix is opening a production hub in Albuquerque, where it plans to shift production for some of its films and TV shows, in an announcement that represents a snub of Los Angeles.

The streaming giant said it’s in final talks to acquire Abq Studios, a facility with eight sound stages, production offices and a back lot in Albuquerque’s Mesa Del Sol. Netflix says it will use the new studio for production of its irreverent apocalypse dramedy Daybreak, supernatural drama Chambers, and epic, suspenseful drama Messiah.

The state of New Mexico offered Netflix incentives to locate in the self-proclaimed “land of enchantment,” extending $10 million in funding through the Local Economic Development Act. The City of Albuquerque ponied up another $4.5 million.

“After years of hard work to cut taxes and make New Mexico business-friendly we’re seeing incredible results,” New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said in a statement, saying Netflix
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Netflix to Buy Abq Studios in Albuquerque, Bring $1 Billion in Production

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Netflix is in final negotiations to purchase Albuquerque, New Mexico-based studio, Abq Studios, located in the city’s Mesa Del Sol community.

Upon the deal’s completion, the company plans to bring $1 billion in production to New Mexico over the next 10 years and create up to 1,000 production jobs per year. This is Netflix’s first purchase of a production studio complex.

Netflix will produce film and television series in the new facility and at locations around the state, including irreverent apocalypse dramedy “Daybreak,” supernatural drama “Chambers” and epic, suspenseful drama “Messiah.” “Chambers” and “Messiah” are currently being produced in the Albuquerque area; both productions have provided jobs for over 700 New Mexican crew members.

Previous Netflix productions in New Mexico include the “Godless,” “The Ridiculous Six” and “Longmire.”

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The studio complex has also been used for films including “The Avengers,
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