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‘Cinderella’: Sony Film Adaptation Casts Stepsisters

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‘Cinderella’: Sony Film Adaptation Casts Stepsisters
Exclusive: Maddie Baillio and Charlotte Spencer have landed the roles of the stepsisters in Sony Pictures and writer-director Kay Cannon’s Cinderella retelling. Señorita crooner Camila Cabello stars in the film along with Pierce Brosnan, Billy Porter, Idina Menzel, and Nicholas Galitzine.

The re-imagined musical comedy, which is slated to hit theaters February 5, 2021, follows an ambitious young heroine whose dreams are bigger than the world will allow.

Leo Pearlman and James Corden are producing through their Fulwell73 banner alongside Jonathan Kadin and Golden Globe winner Shannon McIntosh. Louise Rosner serves as executive producer.

Baillio played Tracy Turnblad in NBC’s Hairspray Live! starring opposite Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, and Kristin Chenoweth. Repped by Cunningham Escott Slevin & Doherty, Soffer / Namoff Entertainment, and Peikoff Mahan Law Office, she most recently appeared in Dumplin’, the Netflix film starring Jennifer Anniston and Danielle Macdonald.

Spencer is best known for roles in the BBC1 series
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Hulu Boards British Drama ‘Baghdad Central’ After Striking Deal With Fremantle

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Hulu has boarded British drama Baghdad Central. The Svod service will air in the U.S. in 2020 after striking a deal with Fremantle for the Channel 4 series.

Produced by Hard Sun producer Euston Films, the series is based on the novel by Elliott Colla and is written by The Last Kingdom scribe Stephen Butchard.

It is the latest international series picked up by Hulu after deals for Das Boot, This Way Up and Prisoners of War.

Starring Waleed Zuaiter, Corey Stoll, Bertie Carvel, Clara Khoury, Leem Lubany, July Namir, and Neil Maskell, the series is set in October 2003 in Baghdad after Saddam Hussein has fallen and the city lies at the center of the coalition’s efforts to secure the region.

In the midst of this chaos, crime and paranoia, Iraqi ex-policeman Muhsin al-Khafaji, played by Zuaiter, has lost everything and is battling daily to keep himself and his sick daughter,
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Second Momo Movie Is on the Way, Will Turn Viral Hoax Into Horror Movie

We've got not one, but two different horror movies in the works based on this year's Momo Challenge. The viral sensation swept across the internet earlier this year, in large part thanks to Kim Kardashian, who shared the now infamous image with her many millions of followers on Instagram, along with some misinformation regarding hidden Momo messages in YouTube videos that are watched by young children. Given the popularity of the creepy-faced figure, Orion Pictures is now set to adapt Momo for the big screen.

According to a new report, Orion Pictures has partnered with Roy Lee's Vertigo Entertainment production company, as well as producer Taka Ichise, for a new, currently untitled Momo Challenge movie. Lee previously produced It, which went on to become the highest-grossing horror movie of all time. Lee and Ichise partnered in the past on hits such as The Grudge and The Ring. Orion Pictures,
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Lance Reddick Joins ‘Faith Based’; Rapper Yg Cast In ‘Tuscaloosa’; ‘Getaway’ Horror Film Sets Cast

John Wick actor Lance Reddick has come aboard Faith Based, a satirical take on the Christian film industry from Lone Suspect. Vincent Masciale is directing the comedy, which is also being produced by Giles Daoust of Title Media, Tanner Thomason, and Tim Kerigan. Luke Barnett wrote the script about two idiot friends (played by Funny or Die regulars Barnett and Thomason) who come to the realization that all “faith based” films make buckets of cash, they set out on a mission to make one of their own. Reddick will play Barnett’s disapproving, adoptive father and pastor of Elevate, a hipster church in North Hollywood. He’ll appear in the next John Wick installment, out this Friday, and currently stars in the Amazon Prime series Bosch. Catherine Dumonceaux and Matthew Emerson serve as executive producers on Faith Based. Reddick is repped by Paradigm, Grandview, and attorney James Hornstein.

Rapper Yg
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‘Watership Down’: First Trailer For Netflix & BBC One Animated Rabbit Drama

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‘Watership Down’: First Trailer For Netflix & BBC One Animated Rabbit Drama
When they catch you, they will kill you… but first they must catch you. Ominous words in the first trailer for the remake of classic animated drama Watership Down.

The trailer for the Netflix and BBC One co-pro gives off an almost Game of Thrones vibe as it follows the adventure, courage and survival of a band of rabbits on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home.

The series, which airs around Christmas on both the British public broadcaster and Svod service, has an A-list cast including James McAvoy, Daniel Kaluuya, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley, John Boyega, Gemma Arterton, Rosamund Pike, Gemma Chan, Peter Capaldi, Taron Egerton, Miles Jupp, Freddie Fox, Mackenzie Crook, Olivia Colman, Anne-Marie Duff, Rory Kinnear, Tom Wilkinson, Jason Watkins, Craig Parkinson, Henry Goodman, Lee Ingleby, Charlotte Spencer and Daniel Rigby.

Set in the idyllic rural landscape of southern England,
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Sam Smith Records Theme Song for BBC and Netflix’s ‘Watership Down’; Peter Capaldi Joins All-Star Cast

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Sam Smith Records Theme Song for BBC and Netflix’s ‘Watership Down’; Peter Capaldi Joins All-Star Cast
Peter Capaldi has joined the all-star voice cast for the BBC and Netflix adaptation of “Watership Down,” and Sam Smith is recording the theme song for the animated miniseries.

News had already leaked about other voice cast members, including James McAvoy, John Boyega, Olivia Colman, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, Daniel Kaluuya, and Taron Egerton. The BBC has now confirmed these and the addition of former “Doctor Who” star Capaldi. Sam Smith’s musical input, and the first images from the series, were also revealed Thursday. The series’ director is Noam Murro (“300: Rise of the Empire”).

Richard Adams’ classic book was first published in 1972 and tells the story of a group of rabbits fighting for survival as their habitat is threatened. A 1978 animated movie adaptation was well-received and featured the Simon and Garfunkel song “Bright Eyes,” which was a No. 1 single in the U.K.

Smith has written and recorded “Fire on Fire,
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‘Watership Down’: Rosamund Pike, Peter Capaldi, Gemma Chan & Taron Egerton Join Cast As First Images Revealed

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‘Watership Down’: Rosamund Pike, Peter Capaldi, Gemma Chan & Taron Egerton Join Cast As First Images Revealed
A Private War star Rosamund Pike, Doctor Who’s Peter Capaldi, Crazy Rich Asians’ Gemma Chan and Kingsman’s Taron Egerton have joined the voice cast of the BBC and Netflix’s adaptation of Watership Down.

It comes as the first images of the show are revealed. The quartet join the likes of James McAvoy, Daniel Kaluuya, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley, John Boyega and Gemma Arterton, which is produced by 42 and Biscuit Entertainment.

Pike will play The Black Rabbit Of Inlé, Capaldi plays seagull Kehaar, Egerton joins as El-Ahrairah and Chan plays Dewdrop.

Elsewhere, Miles Jupp, Freddie Fox, Mackenzie Crook, Olivia Colman, Anne-Marie Duff, Rory Kinnear, Tom Wilkinson, Jason Watkins, Craig Parkinson, Henry Goodman, Lee Ingleby, Charlotte Spencer and Daniel Rigby round out the A-list cast.

Adapted for the screen by Tom Bidwell (My Mad Fat Diary), Watership Down uses Richard Adams’ bestselling novel as its source to bring a
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‘Doctor Who’ & ‘Lore’ Director Alice Troughton Set As Lead Director For C4 Drama ‘Baghdad Central’

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‘Doctor Who’ & ‘Lore’ Director Alice Troughton Set As Lead Director For C4 Drama ‘Baghdad Central’
Updated With Cast… Altered Carbon’s Waleed Zuaiter, Homeland’s July Namir, Condor’s Leem Lubany, Doctor Foster’s Bertie Carvel and House of CardsCorey Stoll star in C4 drama Baghdad Central.

Exclusive: Doctor Who and Lore director Alice Troughton has been set as lead director of Channel 4’s crime thriller Baghdad Central as filming kicks off in Morocco.

Troughton is a rising star in British directing, having directed the Mary Webster episode of Amazon’s horror drama Lore and an episode of Netflix’s sci-fi epic Lost in Space. She’s also recently worked on Sky’s A Discovery of Witches and Tin Star, as well as episodes of The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Teen Wolf. She previously directed a number of episodes of Doctor Who and spin-offs Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

She is joined on Baghdad Central, which is produced by FremantleMedia’s Euston Films,
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The Living and the Dead: BBC America Series Coming for Halloween Week

The Living and the Dead TV show premieres on BBC America, on October 27, 2016, in a Halloween week "binge-a-thon." In UK, the show premiered on BBC One in June of this year. In mid-August, The Living and the Dead was cancelled by the BBC.From Ashley Pharaoh the six-episode supernatural period drama stars Colin Morgan and Charlotte Spencer. The Living and the Dead TV series cast also includes: Malcolm Storry, Kerrie Hayes, Tallulah Rose Haddon, Joel Gillman, Elizabeth Berrington, Chloe Pirrie, Amber Fernée, Marianne Oldham, Pooky Quesnel, Ben Fox, Sarah Counsell, and David Oakes.Read More…
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The Living and the Dead: Cancelled; No Season Two for BBC America Drama

Perhaps they should have called it The Quick and the Dead. The The Living and the Dead TV show has been cancelled by The BBC. The first and only season of the spooky supernatural series is slated to premiere on BBC America sometime this fall. In UK, Ashley Pharoah's six-episode drama aired on BBC One between June 28 and August 2, 2016. The British network has confirmed The Living and the Dead TV series will not be renewed for a second season, Digital Spy reports.The Living and the Dead stars Colin Morgan and Charlotte Spencer as newlyweds Nathan and Charlotte Appleby, and Nicholas Woodeson as Reverend Matthew Denning. The cast also includes: Malcolm Storry, Kerrie Hayes, Tallulah Rose Haddon, Joel Gillman, Elizabeth Berrington, Chloe Pirrie, Amber Fernée, Marianne Oldham, Pooky Quesnel,
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The Living And The Dead has not been renewed for series 2

Louisa Mellor Aug 12, 2016

The BBC has confirmed that it won't be bringing back The Living And The Dead, feat. Colin Morgan and Charlotte Spencer...

BBC supernatural period drama The Living And The Dead won't be returning for a second series, Digital Spy has revealed. A BBC spokesperson explained the decision was taken "in order to create room for new series and to keep increasing the range of drama on BBC One".

The story of Nathan and Charlotte Appleby, forward-thinking Victorians who move to Nathan's childhood Somerset home where they encounter spookiness untold, didn't need a second series. One of the drama's few real disappointments in fact, was the series-two enabling coda tacked on to the finale.

Not being renewed by no means detracts from all The Living And The Dead achieved in its six episodes. It was beautifully made, a master of atmosphere and brilliantly cast. Its leads Colin Morgan
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The Living And The Dead episode 6 review

Louisa Mellor Aug 3, 2016

Strong performances by Colin Morgan and Charlotte Spencer don’t quite rescue The Living And The Dead from a frustrating finale…

This review contains spoilers.

Since the classic Hammer-style opening minutes of episode one when a young Victorian girl in a white nightdress walked along a dark corridor lit only by candlelight, The Living And The Dead has been a tasteful thief of the horror genre. It’s chosen carefully from the established bag of tricks, making skilful use of scares and shocks to build a beautifully eerie, quite distinct atmosphere.

Ultimately though, its finale borrowed horror’s most frustrating, dissatisfying habits. To serve the scares, people behaved in maddening ways (parenting rule number one: don’t take your baby to a haunted suicide house). To serve the exposition, the dialogue felt clumsily explanatory (“I want to stop it from haunting me, the thing that haunted my mother,
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The Living And The Dead episode 5 review

Louisa Mellor Jul 27, 2016

Ghostbusting doesn’t make Nathan Appleby feel good in the penultimate episode of The Living And The Dead

This review contains spoilers.

The Living And The Dead delivered the perfect Halloween special this week. Episode five was a typically handsome hour (is there a better-looking show on at the moment?) dripping with classic horror moments.

It was the week that saw Shepzoy’s sceptics get what for. Spirits rampaged around the village dripping ghost-blood on the carpets and sending the locals scattering. Even the most rational-minded villager couldn’t convince themselves that a murderous troupe of dead Civil War soldiers was just a trick of the light.

Reverend Denning, for one, was shaken out of his existential certainty by a levitating daughter and a ghostly forest fire (you’d think a man of the cloth would be at home with burning bushes). The same goes for Charlotte Appleby,
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The Living And The Dead episode 3 review

Louisa Mellor Jul 13, 2016

Curses and accusations abound in the latest episode of BBC supernatural period drama The Living And The Dead

This review contains spoilers.

“A strange summer” Nathan Appleby remarked to his pal the vicar over a tankard of ale. “Disturbing” agreed the man of the cloth. That’s what comes of living in a six-part supernatural miniseries. Weird events occur on a weekly basis.

Especially at harvest time, a period so crucial to the economic existence of Shepzoy, it’s fraught with superstition and accusation even before the ghost-of-the-week turns up.

That’s what makes The Living And The Dead’s setting such fertile ground for spooky storytelling. Belief in ghosts, curses and witchcraft is already stewed in with the life of the village. Their ways are the old ways, and those old ways are rapidly knocking Nathan Appleby’s Enlightenment rationalism into a cocked hat.

Put simply,
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The Living And The Dead episode 2 review

Louisa Mellor Jul 6, 2016

Colin Morgan shines in the latest instalment of BBC supernatural period drama The Living And The Dead...

This review contains spoilers.

It would be fair to say that Nathan and Charlotte’s Escape To The Country isn’t going swimmingly. Tragic children of the parish keep spoiling the baby-making, strawberry-growing idyll envisaged by the second Mrs Appleby. That’s what comes of her persisting in the belief that she’s in Poldark when she’s actually been cast in Children Of The Corn. The sooner she realises that and hotfoots it out of Shepzoy, dreamy husband in tow, the better.

Fat chance of that now that Nathan is further down the rabbit hole. Turning his back on scientific rationalism, the good doctor’s growing obsession with ghosts and strange happenings is pulling him away from the world of the living. The spookier things get, the more personal
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The Living And The Dead episode 1 review

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Episode one of handsome new BBC supernatural period drama The Living And The Dead feat. Colin Morgan ends on a gripping hook…

This review contains episode 1 spoilers.

Ashley Pharoah, the creator of The Living And The Dead, made his name writing genre TV with a twist. He and Matthew Graham added a time travel mystery to the police procedural in Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes, then spliced the supernatural with court drama in Eternal Law.

Pharoah’s new series The Living And The Dead plays the same game. It’s a traditional Victorian ghost story with Something Else Going On. Two events in the first episode alert viewers to this fact – the vapour trail of a modern airplane in the 1894 Somerset sky and the closing sight of a twenty-first century woman, iPad in hand, walking around the nineteenth-century farmhouse in which the story is set.
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Tuesday’s best TV – The Living and the Dead; Life Inside Jail: Hell on Earth; Born on the Same Day

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Victorian sleuths try to save an ailing estate; prison and drugs stateside, and birthday-sharing with Ricky Tomlinson

Cider with ghosties: after debuting as a box set on iPlayer, this Somerset chiller takes a terrestrial bow. A Victorian psychologist (Colin Morgan) and his free-spirited wife (Charlotte Spencer) abandon 1894 London to try to save his ailing family estate. But their new-fangled farming methods churn up more than just soil. Spectral voices, creepy scarecrows and an audacious twist combine to create an effective opener. Scripted by Ashley Pharoah (Life On Mars). Graeme Virtue

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The Living And The Dead: the BBC's new supernatural drama

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We chatted to the writer and cast of new BBC supernatural period drama starring Colin Morgan, by the co-creator of Life On Mars...

On the wall of Ashley Pharoah’s office hangs the bullet-riddled driver-side door of a red 1983 Audi Quattro. It’s a set-souvenir from Ashes To Ashes, the time-travel police drama he co-created to follow Life On Mars. Somewhere nearby is a sepia photograph of a young man looking justifiably disturbed by the sack-headed, creepily masked figures who surround him. That’s Pharoah’s souvenir from the set of The Living And The Dead, an eerie period supernatural drama launching in 'box-set' form on BBC iPlayer tomorrow.

Set in 1894 Somerset, The Living And The Dead is in the tradition of the dark English pastoral. It pits the rural customs and rites of an ancient way of life against the modern ingress of industry and technology.
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The Living And The Dead: BBC supernatural show to debut as iPlayer box set

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All 6 episodes of The Living And The Dead, from the co-creator of Life On Mars, will debut this Friday the 17th of June on BBC iPlayer...

In a repeat of last year's successful online-box-set-then-traditional-broadcast-release (snappier name required) of Peter Kay's Car Share, the BBC is launching its first original drama 'box-set'.

All six episodes of spooky new period drama The Living And The Dead, created by Life On Mars' Ashley Pharoah and starring Merlin's Colin Morgan and Glue's Charlotte Spencer, will be available to watch from this Friday the 17th of June on BBC iPlayer. The episodes will then receive a weekly airing starting from Tuesday the 28th of June at 9pm.

It's a smart move from the BBC, one that will transform iPlayer into more than simply a catch-up service. Traditional viewers won't lose out on week-by-week viewings, while those more used to gulping down entire series whenever it suits them can do just that.

The Living And The Dead is in the tradition of the dark English pastoral, a creepy countryside tale of the strange goings-on that beset a young psychologist (Morgan) and his photographer wife (Spencer) when they move back to his childhood West Country home in 1894.

We'll have more for you on the show later this week.

See related  Life On Mars: revisiting a terrific UK crime drama Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: the best UK fantasy in years 31 scary TV episodes that truly terrified us 25 upcoming Us TV shows: sci-fi, fantasy, horror, thrillers TV News Louisa Mellor The Living And The Dead 15 Jun 2016 - 10:00 Life on Mars Colin Morgan
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The Living and the Dead: BBC America Series Launches In Fall

[caption id="attachment_50007" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The Living and the Dead TV show on BBC America, season one. Charlotte Spencer as Charlotte Appleby. Colin Morgan as Nathan Appleby. © BBC/ Photographer: Robert Viglasky./caption]

“What lies beneath should be left beneath.” BBC America has announced The Living and the Dead TV series will premiere in fall, 2016. The British supernatural Victorian-era period drama was created by Ashley Pharoah who executive produces with Matthew Graham.

Set in 1894 Somerset England, The Living and the Dead stars Colin Morgan and Charlotte Spencer as newlyweds Nathan and Charlotte Appleby. Watch an interview with Spencer, below.

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