Daisy Ridley & Naomi Watts In Final Talks To Star In ‘Ophelia’; Covert Media Aboard New Take On ‘Hamlet’ – Cannes

EXCLUSIVE: Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts are in final talks to star in Ophelia, a re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic Hamlet through the eyes of the play’s famously doomed heroine. Covert Media has boarded to finance and handle international sales at Cannes.
In Shakespeare’s play, Ophelia is one of only two female characters along with that of Gertrude. She is gradually driven mad by Hamlet’s erratic behavior towards her, especially, as well as those around him…

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Martha – “Goldman’s Detective Agency” Video

Martha - "Goldman's Detective Agency" VideoMartha’s video for “Goldman’s Detective Agency” is framed as a noir mystery in which the band’s Naomi Griffin is a private eye that has to go undercover as a “fashion detective” to find a client’s missing husband. After a shadowy start, the video (which was directed by Nathan Stephens Griffin) switches over to something … More »

Stream Gorguts Pleiades’ Dust

Gorguts - Pleiades' DustProgressive death metal benchmarks Gorguts are streaming their fantastic new album-length composition Pleiades’ Dust today. This recording is currently the frontrunner — you might say presumptive nominee — for my 2016 AOTY. I’ve gone on about Pleiades’ Dust at length already here, and at substantially greater length here, so I’ll spare you guys … More »

‘Don’t Think Twice’ Gets Summer Release Date

The Film Arcade said today that Don’t Think Twice will open July 22 in New York, followed by a national rollout. The film from writer-director-star Mike Birbiglia premiered at SXSW and also screened at Tribeca last month.
The dramatic comedy revolves around an improv troupe made up of all best pals that loses the lease on its home theater just as one of its members gets chosen for the biggest sketch-comedy show on TV. It chronicles the fallout among the friends as they…

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Jodie Foster on Her Walk of Fame Honor, Casting ‘Money Monster’

Jodie Foster has been a working actor for 50 years, has won two Academy Awards and her name has become synonymous with gutsy, quality performances. And yet there’s one honor that, until now, has eluded her — a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “I grew up blocks from Hollywood Boulevard and would cross… Read more »

Ayo Davis Named Head of Casting for ABC; WME Agent Jonathan Bluman Joins As VP

Ayo Davis has been named the Head of Talent and Casting for ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios. Davis, a 13-year ABC veteran, had been the interim head of casting for both the network and studio since November, when longtime ABC casting chief Keli Lee relocated to London where she serves  as a managing director of international content and talent for ABC Entertainment Group. Davis has now been named a permanent replacement.
In her first move, Davis has hired WME talent…

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New Cinematographers Guild Executive Director Faces Tough Issues

In December, when Rebecca Rhine became the first female executive director of the Intl. Cinematographers Guild — a union of camera professionals notorious for a membership heavily dominated by males — she knew she was taking the job partly to be able to address the issue of diversity. A few weeks later the need for… Read more »

TNT Picks Up E4 Series ‘Foreign Bodies’

TNT has teamed with British broadcaster Channel 4 for Foreign Bodies, a comedic drama about a group of young adults venturing across China, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The series, originally commissioned by Channel 4 in January for a run on E4, has an eight-episode order. Jamie Campbell & Joel Wilson’s Eleven and Entertainment One are producing the show, scheduled to launch on E4 in early 2017, followed later in the year by its U.S. debut on TNT, with eOne handling…

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Online Media Players Gun for TV’s Lost Viewers at NewFronts

Online video is still the plucky, punkish younger cousin to TV’s rich uncle. But digital entertainment now has a firm seat at the big kids’ table on Madison Avenue. A diverse lineup of media players will tout new projects and initiatives to try to win the business of ad buyers and brand marketers at the… Read more »