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Netflix, Tony Ayres & David Heyman Team For ‘Clickbait’ Thriller Series

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Netflix is teaming with The Slap and Glitch’s Tony Ayres and super-producer David Heyman on thriller Clickbait. The eight-episode series is created by Ayres and is an NBCUniversal International Studios production. Shooting will take place in Melbourne.

Ayres will also showrun and executive produce the character-based drama via his Tony Ayres Productions, which is backed by Oz’s Matchbox Pictures (of which Ayres is co-founder) and NBCU International Studios. Matchbox and Tap are producing with Heyman’s Heyday Television for Netflix.

Clickbait explores the ways in which our most dangerous and uncontrolled impulses are fueled in the age of social media, and reveals the ever widening fractures we find between our virtual and real life personas.

Christian White is co-creator, co-producer and writer. Brad Anderson (The Sinner) is lead director.

Heyman, whose Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood is currently enjoying hot August nights at the global box office,
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Andrea Denholm joins Tony Ayres Productions

Tony Ayres and Andrea Denholm.

Friends for years, Tony Ayres and Andrea Denholm had long wanted to work together but did not have the opportunity – until now.

Denholm is joining Tony Ayres Productions (Tap) next week as head of development after finishing up tomorrow as a producer/partner at Princess Pictures.

Ayres tells If: “I was looking for a head of development and asked Andrea for her advice. Her advice was ‘hire me,’ which was music to my ears. She is great with talent and is one of the most impressive creative producers in the country. We have similar views on the shows we want to make.”

After a happy 10 years at Princess Pictures with the company’s founder Laura Waters, Denholm was up for a new challenge. “Tony is a superstar and a beautiful human being,” she says.

“The content he creates and champions reflects his brilliant imagination, curiosity,
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Cate Blanchett in Talks for Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’ Opposite Bradley Cooper

Cate Blanchett in Talks for Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’ Opposite Bradley Cooper
Two-time Academy Award-winning Aussie icon Cate Blanchett is currently in talks to join Guillermo del Toro’s next project as director, “Nightmare Alley,” Variety reports. The follow-up to “The Shape of Water,” which earned the Mexican auteur Best Director and Best Picture Oscars, will also star Bradley Cooper. As previously reported, Cooper replaced Leonardo DiCaprio earlier this summer.

Del Toro is developing “Nightmare Alley” at Fox Searchlight, the studio that took “The Shape of Water” all the way at the 2018 Academy Awards. Del Toro is working with screenwriter Kim Morgan to adapt William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 true crime pulp novel of the same name.

The novel was previously adapted by director Edmund Goulding in 1947, but sources close to del Toro’s film say this iteration of “Nightmare Alley” is not a remake of that film, but rather, a faithful interpretation of Gresham’s text.

The novel plunges us into the
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Cate Blanchett Will Be Joined By A Great Cast In New Immigration Drama Series ‘Stateless’

Cate Blanchett has pretty much conquered film, at this point. She’s been nominated for six Oscars, winning two, and has earned the admiration from just about every film fan on the planet. So, with that in mind, it appears that Blanchett is ready to take on TV with her newest project, “Stateless.”

The Wrap is reporting that Blanchett has signed on to produce and star in the upcoming Australian limited series “Stateless.” The show will follow the story of four strangers that are being detained in an Australian immigration center in the desert.

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Cate Blanchett co-creates and stars in detention centre drama ‘Stateless’

Yvonne Strahovski, Cate Blanchett and Jai Courtney.

Cate Blanchett co-created, co-produces and will play a key supporting role in Stateless, a six-part drama about four strangers in an immigration detention centre in the Australian desert commissioned by the ABC.

Yvonne Strahovski, Jai Courtney, Fayssal Bazzi and Asher Keddie will play the leads in the series scripted by showrunner Elise McCredie and Belinda Chayko, to be directed by Emma Freeman and Jocelyn Moorhouse.

Strahovski is cast as an airline hostess who is escaping a cult-like self-improvement group, with Bazzi as an Afghan refugee fleeing persecution. Courtney is a young Australian father escaping a dead-end job and Keddie is a bureaucrat who is caught up in a national scandal.

When their lives intersect they are pushed to the brink of sanity, yet unlikely and profound emotional connections are made within the group.

In her first Australian TV role since Rake in 2014, Cate
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Cate Blanchett to Co-Create, Star in Australian TV Series ‘Stateless’

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Cate Blanchett to Co-Create, Star in Australian TV Series ‘Stateless’
Cate Blanchett is set to star in Australian television series “Stateless,” which she co-created, alongside Tony Ayres and Elise McCredie. The six-part drama series follows a group of people stuck in an immigration detention center.

Yvonne Strahovski and Dominic West also star. Blanchett and her husband, Andrew Upton, will produce via their Dirty Films banner, along with the Australian Broadcasting Corp., Screen Australia and Matchbox Pictures. NBCUniversal will distribute worldwide. Production will begin in June at South Australia’s Adelaide Studios.

“Whilst this story centers on Australia, the dilemmas that it explores through four absorbing characters will resonate globally: the desire for personal freedom, the need for social stability, an escalating lack of faith in the political process and the deeply unsettling impact this has on individual lives,” Blanchett said in a statement.

Also Read: Sarah Paulson, John Slattery Among 11 Cast in Cate Blanchett's FX Limited Series 'Mrs America'

Per the Australian Broadcasting Corp.
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Cate Blanchett Will Star in and Co-Create Immigration-Themed TV Series ‘Stateless’

Cate Blanchett Will Star in and Co-Create Immigration-Themed TV Series ‘Stateless’
To the list of notable TV creators, add Cate Blanchett. The acclaimed, award-winning address is set to star in “Stateless,” a six-episode drama she is co-creating for the Australian network ABC.

The ensemble drama, which draws details from real-life cases, will follow four different individuals being detained at an Australian immigration center. The show’s announced cast also includes Yvonne Strahovski, Dominic West, Jai Courtney, Fayssal Bazzi, and Asher Keddie.

Elise McCredie, who co-created “Stateless” along with Blanchett and Tony Ayres, will serve as showrunner and writer on the series. Emma Freeman and Jocelyn Moorhouse are set to direct episodes on the show.

Tuesday also brought new details on Blanchett’s other upcoming TV effort, the Phyllis Schlafly biography series “Mrs. America.” Set to premiere on FX, the limited series will profile Schlafly, a conservative figure who came to national prominence opposing the Equal Rights Amendment. Nearly a dozen other
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Cate Blanchett, Yvonne Strahovski, Dominic West to Star in TV Series ‘Stateless’

  • Variety
Cate Blanchett, Yvonne Strahovski, Dominic West to Star in TV Series ‘Stateless’
Cate Blanchett, Yvonne Strahovski and Dominic West are set to star in “Stateless,” a six-part TV series about people stuck in an immigration detention center. NBCUniversal will handle worldwide distribution on the drama, which is being produced by Blanchett and her husband, Andrew Upton, through their Dirty Films banner, alongside the Australian Broadcasting Corp., Screen Australia and Matchbox Pictures.

Production begins next month at Adelaide Studios in South Australia. Major production funding comes from Screen Australia and the ABC, with additional financial support from the South Australian Film Corp.

Co-created by Blanchett, Tony Ayres and Elise McCredie, the series centers on four strangers — a flight attendant escaping a suburban cult, an Afghan refugee fleeing persecution, a young Australian father escaping a dead-end job and a bureaucrat caught up in a national scandal — who are stuck in an immigration detention center in the Australian desert. Each character deals with the contradictions
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Cate Blanchett Co-Creates & Stars In Australian Immigration TV Drama ‘Stateless’ Featuring Dominic West & Yvonne Strahovski

Cate Blanchett Co-Creates & Stars In Australian Immigration TV Drama ‘Stateless’ Featuring Dominic West & Yvonne Strahovski
Cate Blanchett is to star in and has co-created Australian drama Stateless. She will appear in the six-part limited immigration drama alongside Dominic West. It was commissioned by Australian broadcaster ABC.

The series, which also stars Yvonne Strahovski, Jai Courtney, Asher Keddie and Fayssal Bazzi, follows four people caught up in an immigration system that profoundly affects their lives. Each character deals with the contradictions of protection and border control from a unique perspective, offering relevant and timely insight into issues that countries are grappling with around the world.

Co-created by Cate Blanchett, Tony Ayres and Elise McCredie, the series centres on four strangers in an immigration detention centre in the Australian desert. They are an airline hostess escaping a suburban cult, an Afghan refugee fleeing persecution, a young Australian father escaping a dead-end job and a bureaucrat caught-up in a national scandal. When their lives intersect they are pushed to the brink of sanity,
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Yvonne Strahovski, Cate Blanchett to Star in Australian TV Drama 'Stateless' (Exclusive)

Yvonne Strahovski, Cate Blanchett to Star in Australian TV Drama 'Stateless' (Exclusive)
The Handmaid's Tale's Yvonne Strahovski will star in a new Cate Blanchett-produced psychological drama, Stateless, for the Australian Broadcasting Corp. Blanchett will also have a role in the limited run, six-episode series, which will have an all-female writing and directing team.

Created by Blanchett, Matchbox PicturesTony Ayres and screenwriter Elise McCredie, Stateless tells the story of four strangers in an immigration detention center in the Australian desert. An airline hostess escaping a suburban cult, an Afghan refugee fleeing persecution, a young Australian father escaping a dead-end job and a bureaucrat caught up in a national ...
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Screen Australia injects $15 million into film and TV production

Storm Boy.

Screen Australia has unveiled the recipients of its last production investment funding round of 2016. $15 million is shared between seven films and eight television projects, including anticipated titles such as Fred Schepisi.s Andorra and the Shawn Seet remake of Storm Boy..

.We are delighted to be supporting TV projects from so many of the major players all in one round including Foxtel, Channel Seven, Network Ten, the ABC and Sbs," CEO Graeme Mason said. "And in film we look forward to seeing the latest from acclaimed talents Fred Schepisi, Jonathan Teplitzky and John Maynard."

The successful feature film projects are:.

– A contemporary re-imagining of 1976 classic Storm Boy from writer Justin Monjo (The Secret Daughter, Spear), director Shawn Seet (Deep Water, The Code) and Ambience Entertainment producers Michael Boughen and Matthew Street (Tomorrow When the War Began). This time around we meet Mike .Storm Boy. Kingley as a grandfather
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Blanchett to direct new Aussie TV series

Cate Blanchett is set to direct a new Australian TV series after her project was earmarked for Screen Australia funding.

Blanchett.s Stateless is one of 23 film and TV projects that Screen Australia has today announced will receive development funding of $640,000..

The successful projects also to be funded include works from Bryan Brown and Rachel Ward, Richard Roxburgh, Marieke Hardy, Jan Chapman, Stephan Elliott and Bondi Hipsters. Nicholas Boshier.

Cate Blanchett.s TV project Stateless centres on the tragic and true story of Cornelia Rau which made headlines in 2004..

The young German/Australian woman escaped a frightening cult only to be trapped in the notorious Baxter Immigration Detention Centre after battling with the legal system..

Stateless will be Cate Blanchett.s first venture into high-end TV.

A cult is also at the centre of another high-end TV project, Trust . a drama based on a journalist.s mission to expose a
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