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PBS to Bring Rebooted European Detective Series ‘Van der Valk’ to U.S. (Exclusive)

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PBS Masterpiece has boarded the remake of classic European detective series “Van der Valk” and will co-produce and air the show in the U.S.

Masterpiece’s Rebecca Eaton will exec produce the project. It is the latest in a healthy line of U.K.-originated drama that Masterpiece has boarded since becoming the U.S. home for British-made hits such as “Downton Abbey.” More recent projects include “Mrs Wilson” and the upcoming “All Creatures Great and Small” reboot.

“Van der Valk” now joins that roster. The original series was loosely based on the Nicolas Freeling novels and was made by British producer Thames for ITV in the 1970s. Barry Foster starred as the thoughtful titular Dutch detective, tackling crimes against a picturesque Dutch backdrop. The producers said the new iteration will see Van der Valk re-imagined as an unapologetic and street-smart cop in Amsterdam who leads a dynamic team investigating mysterious crimes.
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‘Van Der Valk’: ‘Midsomer Murders’ Writer Chris Murray Taking Pro-European Approach To Police Procedural – Mipcom

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‘Van Der Valk’: ‘Midsomer Murders’ Writer Chris Murray Taking Pro-European Approach To Police Procedural – Mipcom
Midsomer Murders writer Chris Murray is taking a pro-European approach to his latest drama – taking one of Britain’s best loved actors and turning him into a Dutch detective.

Murray is remaking Dutch procedural Van Der Valk for a slew of European broadcasters including ITV in the UK, Germany’s Ard, France Télévisions and Npo Netherlands with Safe and Mad Dogs actor Marc Warren in the lead role.

All3Media International, which co-commissioned the series from its own Company Pictures is now taking the three-part drama to Cannes in the hope of closing more deals.

Murray told Deadline, “I’ve done quite a few detective shows over the years and I always remembered the setting of the original and liked the idea that in these times [of Brexit], being relatively pro-European, of doing a detective series that reflected contemporary Europe.”

The show follows a street smart and unapologetic Dutch detective, played by Warren,
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New Jersey Horror Con & Film Festival Rounds Out Celebrity Guests with Christina Ricci & Peter Criss from Kiss

New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival has confirmed that entertainment legend Charlie Sheen is a featured guest. Sheen has appeared in films including Platoon (1986), Wall Street (1987), Young Guns (1988), Eight Men Out (1988), Major League (1989), Hot Shots! (1991), and The Three Musketeers (1993). Charlie also starred on the hit TV series […]

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Horror Highlights: Friday The 13th: Game Over, Ghoster, New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival, Dread’s Chronic Horror on Avod App

Do you remember the Friday the 13th Nintendo video game from 1989? Well, a fan film based on the game now has an Indiegogo campaign. From comes Friday the 13th: Game Over. Continue reading for more details. Also in today's Horror Highlights: Ghoster release details, the New Jersey Horror Con lineup revealed, and details on Dread's new Avod app and Chronic Horror series.

Friday the 13th: Game Over Indiegogo Details: From Michael Ramova: "I'm a filmmaker with 22 years of experience as a Director, Writer, Cinematographer and Editor. I also have 25 years of experience as an Illustrator and Artist.

I loved the 1989 Ljn Friday the 13th video game when I was a kid! Adding zombies to Crystal Lake was a phenomenal idea! It was a more frightening scenario that just having one maniac trying to kill you. I always wished for a movie version of the game but it never happened.
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Universal Lands Action Spec ‘Versus’ By Alex Litvak & Michael Finch; ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Helmer David Leitch & Kelly McCormick Producing

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Exclusive: Universal Pictures has preemptively acquired the action spec script Versus. The script by Alex Litvak & Michael Finch is described as a high-concept international thriller that has a badass Running Man meets Bloodsport vibe.

The scribes previously sold Medieval to Sony and they wrote Predators and the upcoming Masters of the Universe. Litvak’s credits also include The Three Musketeers and Finch’s include American Assassin.

David Leitch, director of the upcoming Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, and Kelly McCormick will produce for their Universal-based 87North Productions banner. Litvak and Finch will executive produce. Leitch directed Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde and co-directed John Wick. McCormick was exec producer on Deadpool 2, Hobbs & Shaw, and served as producer on Atomic Blonde.

Universal’s Evp Production Matt Reilly will oversee for the studio.

Litvak is represented by Fourth Wall Management and Jackoway Austen Tyerman; Finch is represented by Verve.
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International TV Newswire: Streaming Sports, Gen Z on Power, Dutch Detectives & More

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In this week’s International TV Newswire, catch up on Amazon’s soccer push, Gen Z’s thoughts on power structures, Dazn’s newest acquisitions in Europe, a rebooted detective drama in Amsterdam, A+E Networks executive shake-up in Asia and a new international animation alliance between Mondo TV Group and German upstart Toon2Tango.

Amazon Picks up Another Soccer Docu-Series: Live Sports Coming?

Amazon has grown its soccer catalog, picking up worldwide rƒights to “Inside Borussia Dortmund,” a chronicle of the German club’s 2018-19 season which saw it finish as Bundesliga runners-up to perennial power-house Bayern Munich on the final day of the season.

The four-part docu-series will go inside the locker-rooms and lives of players and staff with the first episodes premiering Aug. 16 and each subsequent episode launching weekly every Friday.

Amazon has already had success with soccer-themed content with “All or Nothing: Manchester City” which chronicled the
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ITV Boards ‘Van Der Valk’ Remake From Company Pictures & All3Media International

British broadcaster ITV and a slew of European networks have signed up to the remake of classic British detective drama Van Der Valk.

This comes after Deadline revealed in April that Safe and Mad Dogs actor Marc Warren will star in the reboot from The White Princess producer Company Pictures and All3Media International.

The three-part series will air on ITV in the UK, on Germany’s Ard, which co-commissioned the series with All3Media International, France Télévisions and Npo Netherlands.

Company and All3Media International are adapting the series that first aired in 1972 and ran for five seasons. Midsomer Murders writer Chris Murray is writing a three-part series of feature length episodes.

The show follows a street smart and unapologetic Dutch detective navigates the lively and enigmatic city of Amsterdam, solving mysterious crimes using astute human observation and inspired detection. The original series, which was produced by Thames Television for ITV,
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The Beatles Movies That Never Happened

Once upon a time…or maybe twice…and on a personal note…I’ve been a Beatles fan as long as I can remember. Similarly, I’ve been a movie fanatic for almost as long (though not quite). So, at some point, I naturally started thinking about my favorite Beatle movie moments. Then, I started to ponder the moments that never actually happened. Now, I’m not suggesting that I was lost in some sort of drug-induced Sixties flashback, but rather I was thinking about the several unrealized film projects that the band never actually made.

Sure, A Hard Day’s Night (1964) is fantastic; Help! (1965) has its own unique charm by spoofing the then “new” James Bond style spy film; Yellow Submarine (1968) is sublime in its ground-breaking animated whimsy; and, finally, Magical Mystery Tour (1967) and Let It Be (1970) are pretty darn good celluloid time capsules. But, wouldn’t it have
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Notre Dame Cathedral: 14 Classic Movie Scenes at the Paris Landmark (Photos)

  • The Wrap
A fire broke out on the roof of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris Sunday. Shortly thereafter, the flames caused the spire to collapse and spread to one of its landmark tower. The cathedral spokesman shared the heartbreaking news: “Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame.”

The 850-year-old cathedral is a landmark in history and on celluloid. It’s the primary backdrop for the classic 1939 film “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame,” as well as Disney’s 1996 animated feature remake. It has also appeared in the Oscar-nominated “Midnight in Paris” and 2004’s “Van Helsing.”

Here is a list of films either set or shot at the famed Cathedral.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1939)

There have been many versions of this 19th century tale by Victor Hugo, but this 1939 classic with Charles Laughton starring as Quasimodo and Maureen O’Hara playing the object of his love, Esmeralda, differed from the novel
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Netflix Developing Modern 'Three Musketeers' Movie With Writer Harrison Query (Exclusive)

All for one and one for Netflix.

The digital streaming giant has picked up a pitch from Harrison Query for a modern take on Alexandre Dumas' classic adventure tale The Three Musketeers.

Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless' Screen Arcade and Scott Glassgold and his Ground Control Entertainment will be producing the feature project.

The Three Musketeers, set in 17th century France, tells the story of a young man named d'Artagnan, who wants to join a fabled king's guard known as the Musketeers. He is rejected, but meets renowned musketeers Athos, Porthos and Aramis, becoming embroiled with them in an adventure ...
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Logan Lerman in Talks to Star in Jordan Peele’s ‘The Hunt’ at Amazon

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Logan Lerman in Talks to Star in Jordan Peele’s ‘The Hunt’ at Amazon
Jordan Peele’s upcoming Nazi hunter drama at Amazon, “The Hunt,” has potentially found its lead.

Logan Lerman is in talks to star in the drama series as Jonah Heidelbaum. When his grandmother is slain by a mysterious intruder in their apartment, Jonah sets out to track the culprit, only to find himself swept up in the mysterious organization known as The Hunt, a group of justice-seeking individuals dedicated to rooting out the Nazi murderers living in the U.S. under assumed identities.

The series follows the diverse band of Nazi Hunters living in 1977 New York City. They have discovered that hundreds of high ranking Nazi officials are living among us and conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the Us. Amazon has ordered a 10-episode first season.

Lerman is known for his roles in films like “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” the “Percy Jackson” franchise, “The Three Musketeers,
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Golden Globes’ 10 Most Ludicrous Comedy or Musical Picks, From ‘Get Out’ to ‘Green Book’ (Photos)

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Golden Globes’ 10 Most Ludicrous Comedy or Musical Picks, From ‘Get Out’ to ‘Green Book’ (Photos)
Green Book” has been nominated for a Golden Globe in the “Musical or Comedy” category for Best Picture. While eating Kentucky Fried Chicken in a car may seem funny to some, the based-on-a-true-story road trip is more a light-hearted drama than anything else. But this isn’t the only time that a movie strategically played category fraud to get a nomination. Here are 10 other instances that raise an eyebrow:

The Tourist” (2010)

How can we invite Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp to the awards ceremony? Let’s nominate this romantic, action caper with a 20 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and stick it in the Musical or Comedy category!

The Martian” (2015)

“In your face, Neil Armstrong!” That line of dialogue is just about all it takes to be considered a comedy it seems. And it won!

My Week With Marilyn” (2011)

Maybe someone will make a movie worthy of a Golden Globe that celebrates
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Pierce Brosnan and Dave Bautista in Final Score Arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital November 13th

Experience intense action and explosive special effects when Final Score arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD and Digital November 13 from Lionsgate.

Experience intense action and explosive special effects when Final Score arrives on Blu-ray(plus Digital), DVD and Digital November 13 from Lionsgate. This film is currently available On Demand. Featuring an all-star cast including Dave Bautista, Ray Stevenson, and Pierce Brosnan, and from the director of Heist and a producer of Precious Cargo, the film tells the tale of an ex-soldier’s fight to save his niece after deadly terrorists abduct her during a soccer match. The Final Score Blu-ray and DVD include an audio commentary, deleted scenes, and “Setting the Final Score” featurette and will be available for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.

After deadly terrorists abduct his niece at a soccer match, an ex-soldier with lethal fighting skills (Dave Bautista) wages a one-man war to save her and prevent mass destruction.
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Toronto: Saban Films Nabs ‘Romans’ With Orlando Bloom (Exclusive)

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Saban Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to “Romans,” a drama about sexual abuse that stars Orlando Bloom. It marks one of the first distribution deals of this year’s Toronto Intl. Film Festival.

According to a logline, “‘Romans’ is the story of Malky (Bloom), a man who struggles to come to terms with the abuse he suffered by a local priest during his childhood. Now set on demolishing the church in which the abuse took place, he finds himself on the unlikely path toward forgiveness.

“Romans” is directed by Ludwig and Paul Shammasian (“The Pyramid Texts”). It co-stars Janet Montgomery (“Salem”), Charlie Creed-Miles (“Silent Witness”), Josh Myers (“I am Soldier”), and Anne Reid (“Last Tango in Halifax”). The drama is written by Geoff Thompson, who worked with the Shammasians on “The Pyramid Text.” “Romans” was produced by Jasper Graham of Dreamscape along with James Harris and Mark Lane
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William Hobbs obituary

Acclaimed ‘sword master’ who devised fights for the National Theatre and films such as The Three Musketeers

Although staged sword fights date back to Elizabethan theatre and evolved into a key element of swashbuckling action movies from cinema’s early days, fight choreographers have seldom been given their due.

William Hobbs, who has died aged 79, was one of the “sword masters” who devised exciting, gritty and inventively staged duels, notably in Shakespeare productions at the National Theatre at the Old Vic under Laurence Olivier in the 1960s, and in films such as Roman Polanski’s Macbeth (1971), Richard Lester’s The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Four Musketeers (1974), Ridley Scott’s The Duellists (1977), John Boorman’s Excalibur (1981) and Jean-Paul Rappeneau’s Cyrano de Bergerac (1990).
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Ravi Patel & Gabriella Wilde Boarding ‘Wonder Woman 1984’

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Ravi Patel & Gabriella Wilde Boarding ‘Wonder Woman 1984’
Exclusive: We are hearing that both Ravi Patel and Gabriella Wilde are joining Warner Bros.Wonder Woman 1984. Their roles are being kept under wraps.

The film which is already in production stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal. Earlier this week Insecure star and co-producer Natasha Rothwell boarded the DC sequel. Last weekend, Gadot, Pine and director Patty Jenkins showed off footage from the Nov. 1, 2019 release at San Diego Comic-Con.

Patel wrote, starred and co-directed the comedy documentary Meet The Patels which is currently being adapted into a feature length film which he will also direct and is currently writing with sister Geeta Patel. He has starred on numerous television series including Master of None, Wrecked, and Grandfathered and starred in such movies as Transformers as well as the upcoming Point Grey-produced Charlize Theron comedy Flarsky due out in February. Patel is currently working on a
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William Hobbs, Fight Director on Swashbuckling Classics 'The Duellists' and 'Rob Roy,' Dies at 79

William Hobbs, Fight Director on Swashbuckling Classics 'The Duellists' and 'Rob Roy,' Dies at 79
William Hobbs, an innovative fight director, fencing master and stuntman who choreographed action sequences for such films as The Three MusketeersThe Duellists and Rob Roy during his long career, has died. He was 79.

Hobbs died July 10 at Hillingdon Hospital in London after suffering from dementia, his son, Laurence Hobbs, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Hobbs masterminded John Steed's (Ralph Fiennes) umbrella combat scenes for the 1998 feature adaptation of The Avengers and worked on other features like The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975), Robin and Marian (1976), Flash Gordon (1980), Brazil (1985), ...
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Yvonne Blake dies by Amber Wilkinson - 2018-07-17 17:26:41

Yvonne Blake with some of her creations Photo: Pensar Audiovisual/Courtesy Gijon Film Festival

Oscar-winning British costume designer Yvonne Blake, has died in Madrid. She suffered a stroke in January. Manchester-born Blake, who lived in Spain, designed costumes including Christopher Reeve's original Superman outfit and worked on films including Jesus Christ Superstar, The Three Musketeers and, more recently, Goya's Ghosts.

She won an Academy Award for the costume design, alongside Antonio Castillo, for Franklin Schaffner's Nicholas and Alexandra.

In 2014, Blake won the Woman in Cinema award at Gijon Film Festival. Accepting the honour, she lamented the chauvinism that was still rife in the industry, saying: "In the 21st century there are still men who treat women as they did 50 years ago - as if they were vases." She added that "something was changing" because now we talk about the day that a woman is president.

In addition to her Oscar,
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‘Superman’ Costume Designer Yvonne Blake Dies at 78

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‘Superman’ Costume Designer Yvonne Blake Dies at 78
Madrid — Yvonne Blake, an Academy Award-winning costume designer and indefatigable recent president of the Spanish Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences, died Tuesday on Madrid having suffered a stroke this January. She was 78.

Manchester-born and a grant-winning student at its Regional College of Art & Design, Blake worked as an intern at costume house Berman’s, becoming an assistant costume designer on Hammer Studios’ underrated “Never Take Sweets from a Stranger,” released in 1960, its 1961 “The Shadow of My Cat” and George Cukor’s “My Fair Lady” (1964).

Also working on François Truffaut’s “Fahrenheit 451,” Blake talents were rapidly recognized: She had risen to the full status of costume designer by 1966.

Meeting her future husband, Spaniard Gil Carretero, on the set of Richard Quine’s Spain-shot “Gun Crazy,” Blake won an Oscar aged only 31 in 1972, along with Antonio Castillo, for her work on “Nicholas and Alexander,” which brought her back to Spain.
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Luke Back in Anger: The Best of Luke Evans so far…

Pity poor Luke Evans at the premiere of Clash of The Titans (2010). As Apollo, half brother of Perseus, Evans had scored himself a major part in a huge Hollywood blockbuster. Ten years treading the boards in the West End building up a reputation as a charismatic leading man with rich Welsh baritone were about to pay off.

Imagine the crushing disappointment on the night to find out that all his scenes, bar one had been cut – several scenes of Evans dressed like a Quality Street toffee are available to watch on YouTube. To make matters worse, he had to stay and watch the rest of the film, a tortuous prospect for anyone.

For a while that seemed to be the story of Luke Evans’s life: close but no cigar. He scored parts in big movies with high expectations that went nowhere (Immortals) and franchises that foundered on the first attempt (Robin Hood,
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