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Free, ad-supported service Tubi set to launch in Oz

Streaming service Tubi launches in Australia on September 1, initially offering nearly 7,000 movies and TV series for free for anyone who is prepared to watch 2-4 minutes of ads per hour.

Australia is the Us-owned VOD platform’s first market outside North America. Tubi CEO Farhad Massoudi tells If he chose Australia because it has among the highest penetration rates of Netflix subscribers outside the Us and is a mature advertising market.

The San Francisco-based company has secured Australian rights to a raft of movies including 3:10 to Yuma, The Blair Witch Project, Kickboxer and Stranger Than Fiction, with such titles as Dirty Dancing, The Grudge, Requiem for a Dream, Reservoir Dogs, Saw, Traffic and Young Guns to roll out over the next six months.

“We see Tubi as complementary to other streaming services as linear TV viewing continues to decline and on-demand viewing grows,” he says.

“We have the far
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Ben Affleck & Ana de Armas Team Up for Adrian Lyne's Deep Water

Ben Affleck & Ana de Armas Team Up for Adrian Lyne's Deep Water
Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas are circling a movie together. The project in question is an adaptation of the novel Deep Water which, in itself, given the acclaimed nature of the source material, is enough to pique the interest of cinema lovers. However, the potentially big thing is that director Adrian Lyne, who hasn't made a movie since 2002's Unfaithful, is set to helm the adaptation, which appears to be coming together rather quickly.

According to a new report, both Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas are set to star together as the married couple at the center of the story in Deep Water. New Regency is behind the project and is set to fully finance. Adriane Lyne is expected to get cameras rolling in November, assuming all of the pieces fall into place. The indication is that's going to happen. Zack Helm (Stranger Than Fiction) and Sam Levinson (Euphoria) penned the screenplay,
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Ben Affleck To Star In Fatal Attraction Director’s New Erotic Thriller

David Fincher’s Gone Girl introduced the world to a different side of Ben Affleck. Placed in an eerie domestic environment, the Argo actor and director flourished as a man stuck in a web both he and the audience couldn’t quite understand.

Fortunately, it’s looking like we won’t have to wait much longer to witness a similarly creepy and creeped-out performance from Affleck. In what’s shaping up to be the first film he’s directed since 2002’s Unfaithful, Adrian Lyne’s latest project, Deep Water, is set to start production this November with Batfleck and Blade Runner 2049 star Ana de Armas in talks to lead. As reported by Deadline, should all the pieces fall into place, the New Regency picture will go through its deal with Fox/Disney.

Adapted from the Patricia Highsmith novel by Stranger than Fiction‘s Zack Helm and Euphoria‘s Sam Levinson,
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Ben Affleck in Talks to Star in Adrian Lyne’s Patricia Highsmith Adaptation ‘Deep Water’ for New Regency

Ben Affleck in Talks to Star in Adrian Lyne’s Patricia Highsmith Adaptation ‘Deep Water’ for New Regency
Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas are in talks to star in “Deep Water,” an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel that if it goes forward would be fully financed by New Regency, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Flashdance” and “Fatal Attraction” director Adrian Lyne is lined up to direct, making “Deep Water” his first project since 2002’s “Unfaithful.” The hope is for the project to begin production in November.

Zack Helm (“Stranger Than Fiction”) and Sam Levinson (“Euphoria”) are writing the adaptation of the novel “Deep Water,” which is a psychological thriller written by Highsmith and first published in 1957.

Also Read: Ben Affleck to Direct, Star in 'Ghost Army' for Universal

Affleck and de Armas are in talks to play Vic and Melinda Allen, a married couple in a small town whose loveless marriage is held together only thanks to an arrangement in
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Ben Affleck to Play Mind Games With Ana de Armas in Erotic Thriller ‘Deep Water’

Ben Affleck to Play Mind Games With Ana de Armas in Erotic Thriller ‘Deep Water’
Ben Affleck and rising star Ana de Armas are in negotiations to star in New Regency's erotic thriller Deep Water, which will mark the first film directed by Adrian Lyne since 2002's Unfaithful, Collider has confirmed. The film is based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley) that has been adapted by Zack Helm (Stranger Than Fiction) and Sam Levinson (Euphoria). Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch are producing with Anthony Katagas and Arnon Milchan, as well as Guymon Casady and Ben Forkner of Entertainment 360. Production is being eyed to start in November, and the …
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Ana de Armas and Ben Affleck to star in erotic thriller Deep Water

Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049) and Ben Affleck (Justice League) have signed on to star in Deep Water, the next film from director Adrian Lyne, and his first since 2002’s Unfaithful.

Based on the novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith and scripted by Zack Helm (Stranger Than Fiction) and Sam Levinson (Euphoria), the film will see Affleck and de Armas as “Vic and Melinda Van Allen, an attractive young married couple whose mind games with each other take a twisted turn when people around them start turning up dead. The couple staves off divorce in a loveless marriage by allowing each to take lovers, but it soon becomes messy.”

Lyne is heading back to familiar territory here, having enjoyed huge success in the erotic thriller genre with the likes of 9 1/2 Weeks, Fatal Attraction and Indecent Proposal.

Affleck recently signed on to reunite with Matt Damon in Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel,
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New Regency Bringing Adrian Lyne Back To Directing With ‘Deep Water;’ Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas In Talks For Patricia Highsmith Adaptation

  • Deadline
New Regency Bringing Adrian Lyne Back To Directing With ‘Deep Water;’ Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas In Talks For Patricia Highsmith Adaptation
Exclusive: In what is shaping up to be the first film he has directed since 2002’s Unfaithful, Adrian Lyne is eyeing a November production start on Deep Water, with Ana de Armas and Ben Affleck starring, and New Regency fully financing. Pending all the pieces falling into place, the plan is for the film to go through its deal with Fox/Disney.

Zack Helm (Stranger Than Fiction) and Sam Levinson (Euphoria) have adapted from the Patricia Highsmith novel, and Garrett Basch and Steven Zaillian are producing with Entertainment 360’s Guymon Casady and Ben Forkner, and Anthony Katagas (12 Years A Slave). Arnon Milchan is also producing. It isn’t all done yet, but the plan is for the film to shoot in November.

Pic is an erotic thriller, right in the wheelhouse Lyne established with such blockbusters Indecent Proposal, Fatal Attraction, and 9 1/2 Weeks. The filmmaker has long been intrigued with this one,
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Will Ferrell movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

  • Gold Derby
Will Ferrell movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Happy 52nd birthday to the funny and talented Will Ferrell on July 16, 2019! After getting his comedy start with The Groundlings, Ferrell was hired as a performer on “Saturday Night Live,” a job he held from 1995-2002, and he has returned to host the show himself four times. From there, Hollywood beckoned. Beginning with supporting cast work in such films as 2003’s “Old School” and 2005’s “The Producers,” Ferrell soon graduated to comic leading man status and such successes as “Anchorman” and “Talladega Nights.”

Ferrell’s comic chops (plus his occasional forays into drama) have brought the actor two Golden Globe nominations for “The Producers” and 2006’s “Stranger Than Fiction.” For Farrell’s television work, he earned Emmy nominations for his performances on “Saturday Night Live” and as a producer on the Emmy-nominated Comedy Central series “Drunk History.” In addition, Farrell earned a nomination for Broadway’s Tony Award for his
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Will Ferrell movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Elf,’ ‘Anchorman,’ ‘Talladega Nights’

  • Gold Derby
Will Ferrell movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Elf,’ ‘Anchorman,’ ‘Talladega Nights’
Happy 52nd birthday to the funny and talented Will Ferrell on July 16, 2019! After getting his comedy start with The Groundlings, Ferrell was hired as a performer on “Saturday Night Live,” a job he held from 1995-2002, and he has returned to host the show himself four times. From there, Hollywood beckoned. Beginning with supporting cast work in such films as 2003’s “Old School” and 2005’s “The Producers,” Ferrell soon graduated to comic leading man status and such successes as “Anchorman” and “Talladega Nights.”

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Ferrell’s comic chops (plus his occasional forays into drama) have brought the actor two Golden Globe nominations for “The Producers” and 2006’s “Stranger Than Fiction.” For Farrell’s television work, he earned Emmy nominations for his performances on “Saturday Night Live” and as a
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Amazon Prime Video schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in June 2019

Amazon Prime Video has confirmed that five original shows will be debuting new episodes on the streaming service in June including the third season of the animated hit “Creative Galaxy”; the sophomore season of the thriller “Absentia; and the first installment of the Japanese drama “Final Life.” There will also be two new movies this month: the documentary “Chasing Happiness,” which chronicles the rise to fame of the Jonas Brothers; and the Idris Elba crime drama “Yardie.”

Likewise, there will be plenty of films making their first appearances on Amazon Prime Video in June including the first five films in the “Rocky” franchise and several entries in the “Rush Hour” series.

Below is the full schedule of everything that is coming to Amazon Prime Video in June 2019. Unlike Netflix, Amazon does not disclose the shows and movies leaving the service in any given month. We’ve done some digging and
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Horror Highlights: Welcome To Daisyland on Screambox, Threshold, The Padre, New Music from Chris Alexander

After the successful premiere of Welcome to Daisyland's first episode, the rest of the series will air on Screambox TV! Also in today's Horror Highlights: Threshold VOD and digital release details, The Padre teaser trailer and release details, and new music by Chris Alexander, including his new track "Sssssss."

Welcome to Daisyland Screambox TV Premiere Details: "Due to the massive success and positive feedback following the self-released premiere of Episode 1 from the thrilling new horror anthology series "Welcome To Daisyland," the subscription-based horror streaming platform Screambox TV has officially signed on to air the series in its entirety beginning Wednesday, April 3. The series will air on Screambox uncut, uncensored and commercial free.

Developed by Spitfire Music, the new horror anthology series enlists the Australian-American hard rock collective The Dead Daisies to provide the music and orchestration for the series, furthering their stance that rock music is indeed alive and well.
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Wedding Crashers helmer David Dobkin to direct Will Ferrell Netflix comedy

  • JoBlo
In June of last year, it was announced that Stranger Than Fiction and Blades Of Glory star Will Ferrell would star in Eurovision, a comedy film based on the uber-popular and long running international TV music competition The Eurovision Song Contest. The Eurovision phenomenon began in Switzerland in 1956, when seven West European nations cut a rug for the cameras. In…
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Maggie Gyllenhaal and Ralph Fiennes Set to Star in True Story Film About Farnsworth House

Maggie Gyllenhaal, best known for her roles in The Dark Knight, Stranger Than Fiction, and The Deuce, has been cast in a non-fiction drama alongside Ralph Fiennes, best known as Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter series, as well as his roles in Schindler’s List, The Reader, and the most recent Bond films.

The film will be based on the Farnsworth House, a National Historic Landmark house in Illinois that was designed and constructed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, between 1945 and 1951. Fiennes will play Mies van der Rohe, and Gyllenhaal will play Dr. Edith Farnsworth M.D., a prominent Chicago nephrologist and the woman who commissioned the house, a work of art made of glass and steel in the Illinois countryside.

The pair had a tumultuous love affair, and the house became a masterpiece of the architectural and artistic community. Gyllenhaal had this to say about the
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Slamdance’s Greatest Hits

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Slamdance’s Greatest Hits
Over the past quarter century, the Slamdance Film Festival has served as a launchpad for a number of now high profile filmmakers at the very start of their careers. Here is a baker’s dozen of some of the festival’s greatest discoveries.

Marc Forster

“Loungers”

Forster premiered his $10,000 debut in 1995 and grabbed the Audience Award, and has become one of the most versatile directors working, with other credits including “Monster’s Ball,” “Finding Neverland,” “Stay,” “The Kite Runner,” “Stranger Than Fiction,” “Quantum of Solace,” “World War Z” and “Christopher Robin.”

Rian Johnson

“Evil Demon Golfball from Hell!!!”

Johnson’s irreverent short film played the festival in 1996, launching a career that has dabbled in artistic indies and big-budget franchise blockbusters (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”).

Greg Mottola

The Daytrippers

The writer-director’s 1996 feature debut was produced by Steven Soderbergh and got Mottola work on cult-classic television series “Undeclared,” “Arrested Development,
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Podtalk: Director Richard Yeagley Observes ‘The Sunday Sessions’

Chicago – The film ”Boy Erased” was released in November, a star-studded “based on real events” memoir film about the topic of “gay conversion therapy” (the rejected-by-the-medical-world notion of using techniques to convert a gay individual to straight). Director Richard Yeagley has produced a documentary on the same subject, “The Sunday Sessions,” which has more authenticity because it’s completely real. One more screening of the film will take place on January 16th, 2019, part of Gene Siskel Film Center’s “Stranger Than Fiction” series. Click here for tickets and details.

“The Sunday Sessions” is a searing fly-on-the-wall journey, that follows a young actor’s troubled two-year quest to change his sexual orientation. Although the practice is outlawed in many states, Nathan – a passionately committed Catholic in his late twenties – voluntarily submits to treatment by controversial therapist, a gay man who now boasts of a new heterosexual life that includes a wife and children.
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Film News: ‘The Sunday Sessions’ at Gene Siskel Film Center on Jan. 16, 2019

Chicago – The art of the documentary film gets a different spin in the Gene Siskel Film Centers January series, Stranger Than Fiction. As part of this series, the Chicago Premiere of “The Sunday Sessions” – a film about so-called “gay conversion” therapy from the inside – will screen on Friday, January 11th, 2018. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

’The Sunday Sessions,’ part of the Stranger Than Fiction Series at the Gene Siskel Film Center

Photo credit: SiskelFilmCenter.org

In as sense, this is a factual version of the recent narrative film, “Boy Erased.” This searing fly-on-the-wall journey follows a young actor’s troubled two-year quest to change his sexual orientation. Although the practice is outlawed in many states, Nathan, a passionately committed Catholic in his late twenties, voluntarily submits to treatment by controversial therapist, a gay man who now boasts of a new heterosexual life that includes a wife and children.
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Sbs orders ‘Hungry Ghosts,’ revives ‘Mastermind’ and uncovers family secrets

The Hunt

A thriller which centres on three generations of Vietnamese Australian families as they cope with the aftermath of war, a revival of the quiz Mastermind and documentaries which uncover family secrets and medical myths will screen on Sbs next year.

Among other shows unveiled at the broadcaster’s Upfronts are four “Slow Summer” documentaries in the vein of The Ghan, the third and final season of Matchbox PicturesThe Family Law and a doc which posits that Christianity in Australia is in crisis.

Kurt Fearnley, Scott Cam, Casey Donovan and Rodger Corser are the first names confirmed for the 10th edition of Warner Bros. International Television Production Australia’s (Wbitpa) Who Do You Think You Are?

Sbs director of TV and online content Marshall Heald said: “At Sbs we tell stories and show people on screen that you don’t see anywhere else, giving a voice to communities that would otherwise go unheard.
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Oscar-Winning Director Alex Gibney On The Revelatory Documentary That Could Land Him In Jail – Deadline Q&A

  • Deadline
Exclusive: On a late summer morning in Belfast just over a month ago, more than 100 police officers raided the homes and an office of journalists Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey, both of whom had worked with the Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney on 2017’s No Stone Unturned, a revelatory, deeply unsettling film about a June 18 1994 mass shooting in a Northern Ireland village pub. Two men, their identities hidden beneath balaclavas, had opened fire, killing six patrons and wounding more. The paramilitary loyalist group Ulster Volunteer Force was immediately suspected, but until Gibney’s film, grounded in his own investigation and that of producer Birney and former Irish News reporter McCaffrey, the terrorists, including the primary gunman, had not been named.

No Stone Unturned, which debuted at last year’s New York Film Festival, didn’t stop with the shooters, though, and outlined collusion
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Universal Cable Productions Backs Pitch Competition At Austin Film Festival

  • Deadline
Universal Cable Productions said today that it will present the Austin Film Festival’s annual Pitch Competition, which kicks off October 25. The event gives contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made up of agents, producers, managers and screenwriters.

This year’s judges are Kate Fenske, Svp Development at Ucp; Warner Bros TV writer-producer Wendy Calhoun; producer and former United Artists Lindsay Doran (Stranger Than Fiction); and Scriptnotes co-host Craig Mazin, who wrote Chernobyl and the last two Hangover films.

Ucp also will host a pitch-prep panel called “My First Pitch” at 1 Pm October 25 at St. David’s Episcopal Church. The panel will offer tips on approaching that first pitch and how to present to a room full of executives. Ucp’s Svp Development Elise Henderson, will be joined on the panel by some of the studio’s top producers with whom they
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International Emmy noms for ‘David Stratton’s Stories of Australian Cinema’ and ‘MasterChef Australia’

Russell Crowe and David Stratton. (Photo: Mark Rogers)

Two Australian productions, Stranger Than Fiction Film’s David Stratton’s Stories of Australian Cinema and Endemol Shine Australia’s MasterChef Australia, are in contention for the 2018 International Emmy Awards.

Three-part series David Stratton’s Stories of Australian Cinema, produced for the ABC, is nominated for the Arts Programming Award. It will compete against Canada’s Dreaming of A Jewish Christmas (Riddle Films), Dutch production Etgar Keret, gebaseerd op een waar verhaal (Baldr Film/Ntr Television) and Brazil’s Palavras Em Série (Words in Series) (Gnt/Hungry Man).

Stories of Australian Cinema, directed by Sally Aitken and produced by Jen Peedom and Jo-anne McGowan, sees the film critic and former co-host of ABC’s At The Movies and Sbs’s The Movie Show reflect on Australian films, including interviews from the likes of Nicole Kidman, Judy Davis, Russell Crowe and Jacki Weaver,
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