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‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ Writer Beatrix Christian & ‘Killing Eve’ Director Shannon Murphy To Adapt Emily Bitto’s ‘The Strays’ For TV

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‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ Writer Beatrix Christian & ‘Killing Eve’ Director Shannon Murphy To Adapt Emily Bitto’s ‘The Strays’ For TV
Picnic at Hanging Rock writer Beatrix Christian is to adapt Emily Bitto’s novel The Strays with Killing Eve director Shannon Murphy as a six-part TV series.

The pair are working on the adaptation with Jo Monk’s Apogee Pictures, the producer behind Diane Keaton-fronted feature Hampstead, and See Pictures, the company behind Simon Baker’s Breath.

Murphy is attached to direct, off the back of her debut feature film Babyteeth, starring Ben Mendelsohn, Essie Davis and Eliza Scanlen, which premiered in competition at the Venice International Film Festival earlier this year. She is currently working on the third season of Killing Eve.

See Pictures’ Sonia Borella will produce with Monk.

Inspired by the Australian artist collective Heide Circle, The Strays explores what happens when a violent act in the past of a subversive group of artists is linked to the death of a young woman in the present.
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The Best Actress Oscar race is shaping up to be a sweet 16 reunion for Renee Zellweger, Scarlett Johansson and Charlize Theron

The Best Actress Oscar race is shaping up to be a sweet 16 reunion for Renee Zellweger, Scarlett Johansson and Charlize Theron
Oscar nominations are still two months away, but the Best Actress race feels pretty solid with top contenders Renee Zellweger (“Judy”), Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”) and Charlize Theron (“Bombshell”) expected to be shortlisted. If it feels like déjà vu, that’s because it is (sort of). These three were the queens of the 2003-04 Oscar season, with two of them ultimately taking home the big prize and one left out in the cold.

Back then, the trio wasn’t all contending in the same category. Theron was in lead for turning into serial killer Aileen Wuornos in “Monster” and Zellweger was in supporting for “Cold Mountain.” Johansson had the first-world problem of two acclaimed performances in a huge breakthrough year with “Lost in Translation” and “Girl with a Pearl Earring.” She was indisputably lead in the latter, so for a while she was campaigned in supporting for “Lost in Translation.
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‘First Wives Club’ Renewed For Season 2 By Bet+

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‘First Wives Club’ Renewed For Season 2 By Bet+
Bet+, Bet Networks’ Svod service, has ordered a second season of First Wives Club, starring Ryan Michelle Bathe, Jill Scott and Michelle Buteau, Deadline has learned.

Sources close to the situation have confirmed the renewal to Deadline. Bet declined comment.

Developed by Girls Trip co-writer Tracy Oliver, The First Wives Club helped launch Bet’s new streaming service as one of two original scripted series available at the platform’s Sept. 19 rollout.

The show, like the movie that starred Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn, is set in New York City. It follows Ari (Bathe), Bree (Buteau) and Hazel (Scott), who band together after their marriages fall apart and find strength in their sisterhood — and of course a little revenge.

RonReaco Lee, Malik Yoba and Mark Tallman also star.

Oliver writes the series and executive produces with Karen Rosenfelt, Scott Rudin, a producer on the First Wives Club movie.
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Little Women Review: Greta Gerwig Makes It Her Own

Greta Gerwig brings fresh eyes to Little Women, reframing the themes of Louisa May Alcott's classic, as well as Alcott's life.

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Full disclosure: Gillian Armstrong’s 1994 version of Little Women is as perfect an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel as there is ever likely to be. Poised with timeless nostalgia for childhoods lost, and of course for Alcott’s vision of 19th century New England, its unapologetic sentimentality walks hand in hand with its authenticity. So news of Greta Gerwig attempting her own take on Little Women instilled this reviewer with a little skepticism.

It shouldn’t have. Gerwig quite literally makes Little Women her own by honoring Alcott—arguably more so than any other screenwriter since she actively engages with and even critiques the text—while also making a film fascinated by the frequently overlooked second half of the novel. Framing her film
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Rhea Perlman, Miya Cech Star In Coming-Of-Age Comedy ‘Marvelous And The Black Hole’

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Rhea Perlman, Miya Cech Star In Coming-Of-Age Comedy ‘Marvelous And The Black Hole’
Exclusive: Cheers alum Rhea Perlman and Miya Cech will star in Marvelous And The Black Hole, an indie film from Kate Tsang, who was award a $1 million grant by AT&T Presents: Untold Stories earlier this year to fund the project. Carolyn Mao produced.

The coming-of-age comedy follows a teenage delinquent named Sammy Ko (Cech) who teams up with a surly aging children’s party magician, Margot (Perlman), on a bizarre adventure to navigate her tumultuous home life and inner demons.

AT&T Presents: Untold Stories, in collaboration with Tribeca, champions inclusive and diverse filmmaking. Tsang’s film will premiere at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival, and AT&T and Tribeca will work with the filmmaker on a distribution strategy.

Perlman was most recently seen on the big screen opposite Diane Keaton and Jacki Weaver in the Stx comedy Poms as well as on ABC’s The Goldbergs. She’s repped by Innovative.
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Joker Script Is Now Available to Read Online

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Joker Script Is Now Available to Read Online
As if you were somehow unaware The Hangover and Old School director Todd Phillips' standalone Joker origin flick starring Joaquin Phoenix has been snatching up praise and cold hard cash left and right worldwide since it blasted onto the screen back in October. And today you can read the sure-to-be award-winning screenplay by Todd Phillips and Scott Silver.

One of my personal favorite aspects of this Joker script is that Phillips and Silver thought it was a good idea to kick the script off with a disclaimer of sorts. This disclaimer lets each and everyone that reads the piece know just what the screenwriter's intentions were right off the bat. A bold choice, I must say. Their disclaimer reads this.

"This story takes place in its own universe. It has no connection to any of the DC films that have come before it. We see it as a classic Warner Bros. movie.
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‘Green Eggs and Ham’ Review: The Dr. Seuss Classic Becomes a Lovable Learning Experience on Netflix

‘Green Eggs and Ham’ Review: The Dr. Seuss Classic Becomes a Lovable Learning Experience on Netflix
Even at their simplest, Dr. Seuss stories are carefully crafted bridges. For children figuring out how to read or anyone taking their first swings at the English language, the legendary author’s picture books are handy springboards into a bigger world. So it makes sense that “Green Eggs and Ham,” a Netflix animated series based on one of Seuss’ most quintessential works, functions in largely the same way for newcomers to TV.

Extrapolating out the few dozen words of the original story to a 13-episode season, creator Jared Stern manages to maintain the book’s elastic spirit, in all its visual and linguistic tricks. In the process, “Green Eggs and Ham” the series becomes the kind of show that could be a fundamental entry point for younger viewers learning how to follow a broader, episodic tale.

The Netflix series takes the two main characters from the story — Sam-i-Am (Adam Devine
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Green Eggs and Ham review – I'm a huge fan I am I am!

Woohoo! It’s the Dr Seuss crew, full of derring-do, tunnels of goo, with Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton too. Netflix, thank you!

If Netflix had adapted Dr Seuss’s most famous book, The Cat in the Hat, I would have had to recuse myself. I was a child who thought the idea of a tiger coming to tea was frighteningly anarchic enough. The rebellious feline in the stripy chapeau, and the bedlam brought about by him and his vile henchmen Thing One and Thing Two, bordered on the malevolent. My soul hasn’t truly settled since. I was, and ever more shall be, firmly on the side of the fish.

Fortunately, the streaming service has chosen to drink from a more unexpected Seussian source: Green Eggs and Ham. The Cat in the Hat was written to offer something more interesting than the deathly dull Janet and John primer series
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Spike Lee Set for Film at Lincoln Center Chaplin Award and Retrospective of Key Works

Spike Lee Set for Film at Lincoln Center Chaplin Award and Retrospective of Key Works
Oscar-winning filmmaker Spike Lee might not be in the awards season mix this year — after finally winning his first Oscar last year for scripting “BlacKkKlansman,” he’s deserving of a break — but the indelible New Yorker will be on hand to accept at least one huge honor in 2020. Film at Lincoln Center has announced that Lee will be honored at the 46th Chaplin Award Gala on Monday, April 27, 2020. “We are delighted to honor Spike Lee, an original and iconic New York filmmaker,” said Ann Tenenbaum, Film at Lincoln Center’s Board Chairwoman, in an official statement. “It is thrilling to welcome his bold voice into the pantheon of artists who have received the Chaplin Award.”

The Chaplin Award Gala is the organization’s most important fundraising event of the year and all proceeds benefit the organization in its mission to support the art and craft of cinema. The annual gala
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Afm: Hot List of Projects for Sale

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Star power is always a draw at the American Film Market, led this year by Rachel Weisz playing Elizabeth Taylor in See-Saw’s “A Special Relationship.”

It’s a roll of the dice for independently financed projects. A pair of Diane Keaton projects — “Book Club” and “Poms” — were major draws at the last two AFMs. “Book Club” went up for sale in 2017 was a major success with more than $100 million in worldwide grosses last year. “Poms,” which was unveiled a year ago, failed to get much traction with $16 million.

A select list of anticipated titles at the American Film Market:

Losing Clementine

Director: Lucia Puenzo

Producers: Sentient Films, Freckle Films

Key Cast: Jessica Chastain

Logline: The story follows world-renowned artist who, after flushing away her meds, gives herself 31 days to tie up loose ends before killing herself.

Sales: Sierra/Affinity

Geechee

Director: Dubois Ashong

Producers: Agc Studios

Key Cast: Andrea Riseborough
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Film News Roundup: AFI Fest to Honor Martin Scorsese With Tribute

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Film News Roundup: AFI Fest to Honor Martin Scorsese With Tribute
In today’s film news roundup, AFI Fest is honoring Martin Scorsese, Annette Bening will get a career achievement award, Katherine Erbe and Kelly Aucoin have new roles and Foresight Unlimited has a new owner.

Honors

The American Film Institute will honor Martin Scorsese with a tribute during its AFI Fest on Nov. 15 at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

The evening will celebrate the AFI Life Achievement Award recipient and Academy Award winner’s impact on culture and include a conversation with Scorsese, followed by a screening of Netflix’s “The Irishman,” starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.

“Martin Scorsese is an American master,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO. “It is a profound honor for AFI to bring movie lovers together for one night to stand and celebrate this visionary storyteller whose passion for cinema echoes from film preservation to the advancement of the art form.
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Peter Bart: Wise Guys Take Center Stage For Netflix As Cinephiles Mourn Genre’s Demise

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The Irishman, released this week, represents Netflix’s boldest entry into the feature business, but for cinephiles it also reflects a likely farewell to one of Hollywood’s classic genres — the gangster film.

Gangsters, like cowboys (or drama in general) have essentially been put out to pasture by superheroes, a phenomenon Martin Scorsese deplored Tuesday in a passionate op-ed piece in the New York Times. His view, previously endorsed by Francis Coppola, suggests that Marvel and its imitators are dominating the marketplace by remaking the same films and re-visiting the same characters.

“It’s a perilous time,” Scorsese writes, “when franchise films are now your primary choice if you want to see something on the big screen.”

To be sure, the superhero auteurs promptly, if respectfully, turned the charge right back on them.

Despite strong reviews, The Irishman was, to some critics, Goodfellas on steroids — “Greatfellas” was the Wall Street Journal’s label.
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Mark Damon’s Foresight Unlimited acquired by Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment

Damon will continue to run wholly-owned subsidiary.

On the eve of Afm, Chicken Soup For The Soul Entertainment has acquired the sales operation and film library of Mark Damon’s Foresight Unlimited, which has joined the Screen Media division.

Foresight will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Screen Media and continue to be run by Damon and Tamara Birkemoe, in close association with Screen Media president David Fannon.

Foresight’s Afm slate includes Best Sellers starring Michael Caine, set to go into production next month, and Wally’s Wonderland starring Nicolas Cage, set to start filming in January.

In the past
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Chicken Soup For The Soul Entertainment Acquires Mark Damon’s Production & Sales Outfit Foresight Unlimited

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Entertainment Acquires Mark Damon’s Production & Sales Outfit Foresight Unlimited
Exclusive: Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment has acquired Mark Damon’s film sales and production company Foresight Unlimited and as part of the deal has brought the international film vet into the fold.

Foresight will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chicken Soup’s distribution wing Screen Media but will continue to operate under its current name. The company will still be run by Damon, who remains chairman, and president and COO Tamara Birkemoe, in close association with Screen Media President David Fannon. Kyle Bellinger, Foresight’s director of sales and development, is also moving across.

The new relationship will kick off on the ground at Afm this week, where the company will be shopping two upcoming projects: Best Sellers starring Michael Caine, set to go into production next month, and Wally’s Wonderland starring Nicolas Cage, set to start filming in January.

Screen Media has also bolstered its library through the deal,
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‘Green Eggs and Ham’ Executive Producer Ellen DeGeneres Calls Dr. Seuss ‘the First Rapper’

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Netflix went all out for the family-friendly premiere of its upcoming addition to the Dr. Seuss canon: “Green Eggs and Ham.” Sunday morning’s series premiere event at Hollywood Post 43 featured a green carpet, an eight-foot-tall Chickeraffe and parody posters of other Netflix original series, ranging from the easy — “Black Forest” and “Queer Egg” — to the brilliant “To All the Eggs I’ve Tried Before.”

The series — featuring voice performances from Academy Award winners Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas, Adam Devine, Keegan-Michael Key, Ilana Glazer, Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, Daveed Diggs, John Turturro, Eddie Izzard and Jeffrey Wright — is a dramatization of the Dr. Seuss children’s book of the same name.

cute views from yesterday’s @netflix premiere of #greeneggsandham ! pic.twitter.com/01yO1jp7KM

— laTesha harris (@LATESHA_EHarris) November 4, 2019

Executive producer Ellen DeGeneres opened up about partnering with Netflix and why she thinks audiences still respond to Dr.
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What to Watch on TV This Week: ‘His Dark Materials’ and ‘The Little Mermaid Live!’

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Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.

Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, “His Dark Materials” premieres on HBO and ABC takes viewers under the sea for “The Little Mermaid Live!”

His Dark Materials,” HBO, Monday, 9 p.m.

Philip Pullman’s iconic world of witches, armored bears and daemons is coming to the small screen for the first time. Tune in for the first episode of the HBO-BBC co-production which stars Dafne Keen as the feisty Lyra Belacqua, Ruth Wilson as the icy Mrs. Coulter, and James McAvoy as the aloof Lord Asriel.

“The End of the F***ing World,” Netflix, Tuesday

Season 2 of the dark comedy series finally drops this week on Netflix after a two-year wait.
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Green Eggs and Ham: Netflix Series to Debut; Took Four Years to Produce (Video)

Netflix has a new twist on a classic story. The streaming service just released the premiere date and a new trailer for their upcoming TV show, Green Eggs and Ham, Variety reports.

Based on the Dr. Seuss book, the animated series "expands the story of the delicacy’s persistent champion Sam I Am and picky eater Guy Am I as they go on a road trip to rescue an endangered creature from a zoo, learning about hope, trust and friendship along the way." The voice cast includes Michael Douglas, Adam DeVine, Eddie Izzard, Diane Keaton, and Keegan-Michael Key.

Read More…
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TV News Roundup: Amazon Debuts First Look at ‘Hunters’ Starring Al Pacino

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In today’s TV news roundup, Amazon Prime Video unveiled the first look at the upcoming series “Hunters,” and TruTV greenlit “Hot Ones: The Game Show.”

Dates

ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight” will return for its seventh season just in time for the holidays, premiering Dec. 2. With lifestyle expert Carter Oosterhouse and famed interior designer Taniya Nayak as celebrity judges, the series will return with back-to-back episodes for three consecutive weeks. Additionally, ABC has already greenlit an eighth season to premiere in 2020.

Showtime will release all six episodes of “Back to Life” on all of the premium cabler’s platforms Nov. 10. Created and written by Daisy Haggard and Laura Solon, the new series follows Miri Matteson (Haggard) as she returns home after completing an 18 year stint behind in prison. “Fleabag” producers Harry Williams and Jack Williams executive produce alongside Sarah Hammond for Two Brothers Pictures, and Haggard, Solon and Chris Sweeney.
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‘Green Eggs and Ham’ Trailer: He Still Does Not Like Them, Sam I Am

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‘Green Eggs and Ham’ Trailer: He Still Does Not Like Them, Sam I Am
He would not eat them in a house. He would not eat them with a mouse. Michael Douglas lends his voice to the classic curmudgeon, Guy Am I, in the trailer for Netflix’s upcoming “Green Eggs & Ham” animated series, out Nov. 8.

Pitch Perfect” star Adam Devine voices the resourceful Sam I Am, who will stop at nothing to convince Douglas to try them. You can watch the trailer above.

Based on the beloved book by Dr. Seuss and executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres, the new show will be lead by Devine, Douglas, Ilana Glazer, Diane Keaton, Eddie Izzard, Tracy Morgan, Keegan-Michael Key, Jeffrey Wright, Jillian Bell, John Turturro and Daveed Diggs.

Also Read: Jimmy Fallon and Lin-Manuel Miranda Join Forces for 'Two Goats in a Boat' (Video)

“Green Eggs and Ham” follows opposites “Guy” (Douglas) and “Sam” (Adam Devine) as they venture out on a road trip to save
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How Netflix’s ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ Expands the World of the Dr. Seuss Classic

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Netflix is serving up Dr. Seuss’ classic book “Green Eggs and Ham” with a large helping of traditional animation. The series, created and executive produced by animation veteran Jared Stern, expands the story of the delicacy’s persistent champion Sam I Am and picky eater Guy Am I as they go on a road trip to rescue an endangered creature from a zoo, learning about hope, trust and friendship along the way.

The process of bringing the book to Netflix was a long one, with Stern dedicated to ensuring the production stayed true to the look and spirit of Theodor Geisel’s 1960 story while giving the series a feature-film quality with hand-drawn animation.

“There were four years of actual production. That was intentional, and that’s about normal for the quality of animation that we were aspiring to,” Stern says. “A typical animated film can take close to three to
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