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AMC Networks’ Acorn Hires Kerensa Samanidis As General Manager, Acorn TV International

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AMC Networks’ Acorn TV, the streaming service for British and international TV, is growing its international team with the appointment of Kerensa Samanidis to the newly created role of General Manager of Acorn TV International.

The former FilmStruck executive is now based in Acorn’s London office and has recently been a consultant for Acorn TV. As General Manager, she will be responsible for the overall development, management and operation of the premium TV streaming service for all markets outside of the Americas.

She will oversee strategy, programming, product, marketing and distribution. Last year, Acorn TV expanded into territories including Mexico, Spain, Scandinavia, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand. Samanidis will report to Matthew Graham, General Manager of Acorn TV.

Samanidis was previously General Manager of FilmStruck International where she oversaw the launch of the service across Europe before it was shuttered last year.

Rakhee Birdi has also joined the company
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How To Talented Writers Write Awesome Screenplays For Hollywood Films?

Most times when people watch movies, they do not direct a lot of attention into getting information on who wrote the movie. The business of screenwriting is as old as human the Hollywood movie industry because, for every movie production, there is a script behind it. Screenwriters are essential to the movie industry. Without them, there would be no producers, actors, costume managers, agents, etc.

Although becoming a Screenplay writer requires talent, many still undertake writing classes, take on a class project, etc. Education in Australia gives the student the privilege to check essayontime.com.au look at this site especially for more help with an essay assignment. You can study in Australia for college degrees to become a professional writer, attend seminars or conferences to improve their writing skill.

What makes a good screenwriter:

A screenwriter is expected to possess the following qualities: the ability to work under pressure and deadline,
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Acorn TV Lands New Season of Hit British Cop Drama ‘Line of Duty’ for the U.S.

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Acorn TV Lands New Season of Hit British Cop Drama ‘Line of Duty’ for the U.S.
The eagerly-anticipated fifth season of hit British crime drama “Line of Duty” will bow on the Acorn TV streaming service in the U.S. The cop series was created by Jed Mercurio and is produced by World Productions – the same team behind the recent U.K. smash ratings hit “Bodyguard,” which is now on Netflix in the U.S. and international markets.

Line of Duty” has previously premiered on Hulu in the U.S., but Acorn TV has snagged the rights to launch the new season. It also has the first 3 seasons of the show on its streaming platform and will add season 4 on Nov. 26. The 6-episode fifth season is currently in production in the U.K. It will bow on Acorn TV in 2019 and likely go out a day after the U.K. transmission on the BBC.

Each season of “Line of Duty” follows a new case for the
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‘Bodyguard’ Trailer: The Richard Madden Political Thriller Prepares For Its Netflix Debut

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After finding huge success in the United Kingdom, Bodyguard will make its way stateside on October 24 when it debuts on Netflix. The new trailer for the political thriller dropped today and features a wild amount of tensions rising between Game Of Thrones alum Richard Madden and Line Of Duty‘s Keeley Hawes.

Set in and around the corridors of power, Bodyguard tells the story of David Budd (Madden), a heroic, but volatile war veteran now working as a Specialist Protection Officer for the Royalty and Specialist Branch (RasP) of London’s Metropolitan Police Service. When he is assigned to protect the ambitious and powerful Home Secretary Julia Montague (Hawes), Budd finds himself torn between his duty and his beliefs. Responsible for her safety, could he become her biggest threat?

The series also stars Gina McKee (Line of Duty), Sophie Rundle (Peaky Blinders), Vincent Franklin (Happy Valley), Pippa Haywood (Scott & Bailey
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Amblin Brings On ‘Liberty Road’ Scribes Widener & James For Adaptation Of Michael Crichton’s Last Novel ‘Micro’

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Exclusive: Amblin has hired Liberty Road and Battle Of Alcatraz scribes Neil Widener and Gavin James to take over screenplay duties on Micro, the movie adaptation of the final novel by Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton.

High-concept thriller novel Micro follows a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company — only to find themselves miniaturized and cast out into the rainforest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them.

As previously revealed by Deadline, Frank Marshall is producing and Sherri Crichton and Laurent Bouzereau of CrichtonSun are executive producers. Universal will distribute the movie which has been a passion project for Amblin’s Steven Spielberg. Darren Lemke was previously hired for the script, which doesn’t currently have a director attached.

The novel was unfinished when Crichton died in 2008 but was later completed by Crisis In The Hot Zone author Richard
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It’s always fun to peruse the impressive career of writer-director Michael Crichton, whose brilliant, commercially savvy ideas so often hit the mark. He even invented a plausibly credible dinosaur movie. This 1981 thriller may be his least coherent show, with too many screwy ideas and a supporting cast that needed better direction. Yet it has the winning combination of Albert Finney and Susan Dey, and some very original thriller elements.

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Warner Archive Collection

1981 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 93 min. / Street Date September 18, 2018 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Albert Finney, Susan Dey, James Coburn, Leigh Taylor-Young, Dorian Harewood, Tim Rossovich, Darryl Hickman, Kathryn Witt, Terri Welles.

Cinematography: Paul Lohmann

Film Editor: Carl Kress

Production Designer Dean Edward Mitzner

Original Music: Barry DeVorzon

Produced by Howard Jeffrey

Written and Directed by Michael Crichton

Best-selling writer Michael Crichton got into directing early, and by the time of Coma and The Great Train Robbery
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Streaming Service Acorn TV Makes International Move with Latin America Launch

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Acorn TV has launched in Latin America, the first rollout outside North America for the British programming focused Svod service. The streamer has launched on Roku devices in 12 countries in Lat-Am including Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico.

Programming will be in English with Spanish subtitles and the service will be priced at $4.99 a month. The launch lineup includes popular British series “Doc Martin” and “Line of Duty.” Other shows on the Latin American service are Iain Glen detective show “Jack Taylor,” and BBC period drama “The Great Train Robbery.”

Acorn TV is operated by Rlj Entertainment, which said international expansion is a key goal for this year. “One of our top 2018 priorities is accelerating our expansion of our distribution footprint, and Acorn TV’s launch in Latin America with our partner Roku is another step in this progression,” said Rlje CEO Miguel Penella.

“This advancement in our international expansion underscores
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Marlon Brando's "One-eyed Jacks": America At The Crossroads

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Eve Goldberg presents an in-depth examination of the only film Marlon Brando ever directed: "One-Eyed Jacks" (1961)

"One-eyed Jacks: America At The Crossroads"

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A new movie schedule arrived every few months. A two-sided paper treasure chest brimming over with promises of time travel, existential wisdom, and singing in the rain. Wild Strawberries, City Lights, Battle of Algiers, Belle de Jour.

We grabbed up the schedule and studied it with care, taped it to the refrigerator door, marked our calendars. The African Queen, Yojimbo, Rules of the Game.

We made cinema voyages all over town — to the Vista in Hollywood, the Nuart in West La, the art deco Fox Venice. Before VCRs, DVDs or streaming, revival movie theaters were about the only place a film junkie could get a fix. We might find an occasional nugget on late night TV, John Ford’s Stagecoach, perhaps,
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Clint Walker, Star of TV Western ‘Cheyenne,’ Dies at 90

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Clint Walker, Star of TV Western ‘Cheyenne,’ Dies at 90
Clint Walker, who starred in the television Western “Cheyenne” and had a key supporting role in the WWII film “The Dirty Dozen,” died on Monday in Northern California, according to the New York Times. He was 90.

For seven seasons from 1955-61, he played Cheyenne Bodie, a rambunctious wanderer in the post-Civil War West, on the ABC series “Cheyenne.” (He also guested as the character on “Maverick.”)

The actor’s seriocomic confrontation with star Lee Marvin was one of the highlights of the classic 1967 war picture “The Dirty Dozen.”

After “Cheyenne” ended, Walker made some guest appearances on TV — “77 Sunset Strip,” “Kraft Suspense Theatre” and “The Lucy Show,” in an episode called “Lucy and Clint Walker.”

But the actor became more interested in movies both theatrical and for TV. In 1964, he had a supporting role in the Doris Day-Rock Hudson comedy “Send Me No Flowers.” His acting was not distinguished,
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Clint Walker Dies: TV’s ‘Cheyenne’ Star & One Of The Dirty Dozen Was 90

Clint Walker Dies: TV’s ‘Cheyenne’ Star & One Of The Dirty Dozen Was 90
Clint Walker, the hulking star of TV’s Cheyenne who also appeared in such classic films as The Ten Commandment and The Dirty Dozen, died Monday. He was 90. Walker’s daughter Valerie told TMZ that the family believes he died from a heart problem.

Walker was best known for playing Cheyenne Bodie, the strapping, brooding, mean title drifter in the 1955-63 ABC Western Cheyenne. Roaming from town to town and job to job in the post-Civil War West. The series did a slow build, breaking into the year-end Primetime Top 25 at No. 12 in its third season, where it peaked amid the crush of Western fare.

Around then, a contract beef with producer Warner Bros led Walker to quit the show. The studio replaced him with an unknown actor — Ty Hardin, who would go on to star in Bronco — but Walker returned in early 1959 and finished out the series’ seven-season run.
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The First Cinematic Action Heroines

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This month’s release of Tomb Raider is just the latest part of an increasingly popular trend of female-driven action films. To honor what the female action hero has become, we look back at her humble origins in silent film.

Until recently, the action film has been a genre dominated by men. In pre-war times, they were often cowboys or ancient warriors, fighting off bad guys and monsters with guns and swords. As cultures changed in the 1960’s, audiences were introduced to the spy thriller, and in the 70’s we saw the emergence of martial arts films. 1980’s movies like Die Hard and The Terminator would come to define the action movie formula for the next 3 decades. In all this time, women’s roles in these films stayed mostly the same. Sure, there were some exceptions, but by and large they were either the eye candy and/or the damsel in distress,
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The Law Is A Ass # 425: Ant-Man’s Trial Has Character Flaws

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A long time ago in a multiverse far, far away…

The Flash went on trial for murdering Reverse-Flash in a multi-part story called The Trial of the Flash. As storylines went, The Trial of the Flash went on for…

Ever!

Okay, it went on for two years. But back in 1983 – before decompressed storytelling and multi-part stories designed to be binge-read in trade paperback collections – two years was forever. The second “The Law Is a Ass” I ever wrote was also my first column about The Trial of the Flash. Several more followed. How many more? Well let’s just say before The Trial of the Flash, and I, were finished, I had earned enough writing about it to pay off my mortgage, insure my kids had no student loan debt, and reduced the national debt to zero from the taxes I paid.

So you can imagine my trepidation upon reading Astonishing Ant-Man# 12. It was,
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From VHS to VOD #3

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I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but I can often spend hours upon hours trawling through iTunes looking for new movies to buy… Usually I’ll randomly come across a title I haven’t seen in years and use the “Cast & Crew” links to make my way down the rabbit hole to the more obscure side of Apple’s digital movie service.

Now whilst many will decry that iTunes is a terrible VOD service due to Apple’s desire to lock its audience to their platforms, if you have an Apple TV or iPad be aware – there are some truly obscure films hidden away in the depths of the vast collection of movies. Some of which have been made available in the UK for the first time since VHS and a Lot that have been added to the service in their original uncut form!

So, with
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Cinema’s Greatest Manhunt Movies

Manhunt movies have taken a shift over the years. Gone are the days of prohibition gangster heroism, liberating the common folk from the great depression with free flowing liquor. Times have changed and as Patriots Day shows us, heroes come in many forms and are often right under our noses.

Patriots Day exposes the stories of the everyday heroes involved in the manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers following the devastating Boston Marathon attack in 2013. To celebrate the release of Peter Berg’s latest ‘based on true events’ film we’ve pulled together a list of the best manhunt movies currently at large.

Zero Dark Thirty

The exhausting hunt for Osama bin Laden was something the world was certainly aware of, but the cloak and dagger operation kept things under wraps until the evening of 1st May 2011 when in a seemingly sudden move, at least to the general population, bin Laden
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Loophole (1981)

It sounds like a winner — Albert Finney and Martin Sheen team up for a daring subterranean bank robbery in the heart of London. The locations, the sets and the production are all first class. So what happened? Susannah York and Jonathan Pryce are in on the heist as well.

Loophole (1981)

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Kl Studio Classics

1981 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 105 min. / Street Date January 3, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring Albert Finney, Martin Sheen, Susannah York, Colin Blakely, Jonathan Pryce, Robert Morley, Alfred Lynch, Tony Doyle, Christopher Guard, Gwyneth Powell.

Cinematography Michael Reed

Film Editor Ralph Sheldon

Original Music Lalo Schifrin

Written by Jonathan Hales from a novel by Robert Pollock

Produced by Julian Holloway, David Korda

Directed by John Quested

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

The great movie titled Loophole is still the underdog film noir from 1954, with Barry Sullivan as a bank clerk being dogged by an insurance investigator. The 1981 Loophole, an English movie,
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The Strange Prehistory of 1995's Congo

Ryan Lambie Jun 9, 2019

It was a camp classic in 1995, but did you know Congo was once going to be made in the early '80s with a real gorilla and Sean Connery?

"Congo is a dead project that will never be made" - Michael Crichton, 1983

Just about everywhere you looked in the summer of 1995, a pair of simian eyes stared back at you from the poster of Congo. Based on the best-selling Michael Crichton novel, Congo was billed as that year’s equivalent of Jurassic Park - another exciting creature feature with cutting-edge special effects and maybe just a tiny dash of horror.

“It’s a little like Alien at the beginning,” enthused director Frank Marshall, “in that it’s based in science fact, and like Indiana Jones at the end, with the lost city of Zinj.”

Determined to push Congo as a must-see summer film capable of competing with
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The strange prehistory of 1995's Congo

Ryan Lambie Sep 12, 2016

It was a camp classic in 1995, but did you know Congo was once going to be made in the early 80s with a real gorilla and Sean Connery?

"Congo is a dead project that will never be made" - Michael Crichton, 1983

Just about everywhere you looked in the summer of 1995, a pair of simian eyes stared back at you from the poster of Congo. Based on the best-selling Michael Crichton novel, Congo was billed as that year’s equivalent of Jurassic Park - another exciting creature feature with cutting-edge special effects and maybe just a tiny dash of horror.

“It’s a little like Alien at the beginning,” enthused director Frank Marshall, “in that it’s based in science fact, and like Indiana Jones at the end, with the lost city of Zinj.”

Determined to push Congo as a must-see summer film capable of competing with such
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Film Rights to Michael Crichton’s Micro Acquired by DreamWorks Studios

From The Andromeda Strain to Jurassic Park to Prey and beyond, the late Michael Crichton offered readers numerous gateways to intelligent escapism on the printed page. Published posthumously, 2011's Micro is no exception. DreamWorks Studios seems to agree, as the company has picked up the film rights to the thriller.

Press Release: "Los Angeles--(Business Wire)--DreamWorks Studios has acquired the film rights to the Michael Crichton novel, “Micro,” it was announced today by Michael Wright, CEO of DreamWorks Studios. Frank Marshall is on board to produce, with Sherri Crichton and Laurent Bouzereau set as executive producers for CrichtonSun LLC.

The high-concept thriller follows a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company—only to find themselves miniaturized and cast out into the rain forest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them.

"Micro" was unfinished when Michael Crichton passed
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Jurassic Park: Who was nearly cast in Steven Spielberg's dino classic?

Jurassic Park: Who was nearly cast in Steven Spielberg's dino classic?
Not even two dodgy sequels and 21 years passing can erase the magic of the very first time you watched Jurassic Park.

The Steven Spielberg dino adventure brought gasps from audiences - young and old - when it premiered around the world in 1993. Even today, a couple of seconds of that classic score can give you tingles and take you back to first time you saw The Park.

Like all great films, everything felt and looked like it slotted together perfectly. But that wasn't necessarily the case, as there were plenty of other big-name stars who so very nearly got the lead roles.

1. Harrison Ford was nearly... Dr Alan Grant

If it wasn't already greedy enough that Harrison Ford had landed himself awesome cool roles in two of the biggest movie franchises of all time - Star Wars and Indiana Jones - he could have almost have added a third dino-sized
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‘Twins of Evil’ & ‘Countess Dracula’ Blu-ray Review

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Hammer have had something of a renaissance on Blu-ray recently, with StudioCanal releasing a number of classic titles in new hi-def editions. And now, released as part of Network’s ‘The British Film’ collection, comes two of Hammer’s “sexier” films of the 70s: the infamous Twins of Evil, starring Playboy Playmates Mary and Madeleine Collinson; and Countess Dracula, which features a career-defining performance from Ingrid Pitt in the titular role.

Despite being made during Hammer early-70s fallow period, where the studio was running out of stories, out of budget and were being left behind by more “extreme” horror films and exploitation movies emanating from the Us (after all this was just after the release of Night of the Living Dead which ultimately changed the face of the genre forever), both Twins of Evil and Countess Dracula are beloved by fans of the studio, and with good reason.

Twins of Evil

Stars: Peter Cushing,
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