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Cinedigm Acquires Jonathan Rhys Meyers Thriller 'Awake' (Exclusive)

Cinedigm has acquired Alex Cher and Fedor Lyass' crime thriller Awake, previously titled Wake Up, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Francesca Eastwood.

The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively debuting below the trailer for the film, which will be released on digital and VOD on Aug. 16, followed by a Blu-ray and DVD release Sept. 24.

Malik Yoba and William Forsythe round out the cast of the film, written by Elana Zeltser. The movie marks co-directors Cher and Lyass' English-language feature debut.

The film centers on a man (Meyers) who wakes up in a hospital bed with no memory of who he is or why he'...
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Joan Shelley Details New Album ‘Like the River Loves The Sea’

Kentucky-based folk singer Joan Shelley has announced details of her forthcoming album Like the River Loves the Sea, set for release August 30th on No Quarter Records. The album, recorded in Iceland, is Shelley’s first full-length LP since releasing her Jeff Tweedy-produced self-titled record in 2017.

“Woven into the melodies and rhythms of these songs are fragments of the many musical traditions that comprise what we now call Kentucky music: Irish, British, and African to name a few,” Shelley says of her new record. “The best music would be
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Water Cooler: Midsommar, Yesterday, Child’s Play, Toy Story 4, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Dead to Me, Awake, New Coke, Spirited Away, The Perfection, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Water Cooler: Midsommar, Yesterday, Child’s Play, Toy Story 4, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Dead to Me, Awake, New Coke, Spirited Away, The Perfection, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
On the June 25, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall, weekend editor Brad Oman, senior writer Ben Pearson and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to discuss what we’ve been up to at the Water Cooler. At The Water Cooler: What we’ve been Doing: […]

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Paintball attacks and liquefied rats: why we love sadistic gameshows

From contestants forced to eat cockroaches in I’m a Celebrity or deprived of sleep in Netflix’s new gameshow Awake, we just love to watch human suffering

Awake is a new Netflix gameshow in which contestants must stay awake for 24 hours, then perform fairly routine tasks: counting coins, threading needles, balancing balls, trying not to spring mousetraps. It is like the X Games edition of Saturday Night Takeaway. It comes on the back of another new Netflix show, Flinch, in which Seann Walsh and friends fire paintballs at contestants’ heads, or jab rancid meat in their faces.
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Halo TV Show Being Compared To Game Of Thrones

Chances are, if you’re a longtime fan of Halo, you’ve been interested to see how the upcoming TV series will fare. That being said, when it comes to the highly-anticipated small screen adaptation, one’s level of devotion is not put to the test so much as one’s amount of patience.

It’s been over six years since 343 Industries announced it would be producing a live-action series alongside Steven Spielberg. The show has been through development hell since then – at one point, District 9 director Neill Blomkamp was attached to the project. Then, last year, Kyle Killen was hired as showrunner and executive producer, with Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) to direct and produce. A few unceremonious months later, Wyatt stepped down from the series due to scheduling conflicts.

To say that the show has hit some bumps along the way would be an understatement,
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Gina Rodriguez To Star In Mark Raso-Directed ‘Awake’ For Netflix

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Gina Rodriguez To Star In Mark Raso-Directed ‘Awake’ For Netflix
Gina Rodriguez is set to star in Awake, a Netflix film that Mark Raso will direct from a script he wrote with Joseph Raso and Greg Poirer. Raso prevously directed Kodachrome, the Ed Harris-starrer that Netflix acquired after it premiered in Toronto in 2017. Entertainment One is producing.

Rodriguez, who followed Jane the Virgin with the Sony remake of Miss Bala, here plays an ex-soldier with a troubled past who holds the key to a cure after a sudden global event wipes out all electronics and takes away humankind’s ability to sleep. Chaos quickly begins to consume the world and Jill may hold the key in the form on her own daughter. The question is, can Jill safely deliver her daughter and save the world before she herself loses her mind?

Paul Schiff is producing and Mark Gordon, Josh Phillips, Matt Jackson, Greg Poirier, Mark & Joseph Raso, Rodriguez, and Whitney Brown are exec producing.
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Gina Rodriguez to Star in Netflix Movie ‘Awake’ From ‘Kodachrome’ Director

Fresh off working with Netflix on the romantic comedy Someone Great and the animated series Carmen Sandiego, Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez is set to star in the streamer's post-apocalyptic thriller Awake, Collider has learned. In Awake, a sudden global event wipes out all electronics and takes away humankind’s ability to sleep. As chaos begins to consume the world, only Jill (Rodriguez), an ex-solider with a troubled past, holds the key to a cure -- her own daughter, Matilda. Can Jill save the world and her daughter before she loses her mind? Mark Raso (Kodachrome) is set …
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‘Wild Bill’: First Trailer For Rob Lowe’s Fish-Out-Of-Water British Comedy

‘Wild Bill’: First Trailer For Rob Lowe’s Fish-Out-Of-Water British Comedy
“Brits don’t like boasters,” Rob Lowe’s high-flying U.S. cop Bill Hixon is told in the first trailer for ITV drama Wild Bill. He responds by calling East Lincolnshire a “godforsaken cabbage patch,” which nicely sums up the fish-out-of-water series.

The West Wing star plays Hixon, who is appointed Chief Constable of the East Lincolnshire Police Force in the UK in the ITV series, which launches in June. The series is produced by 42, Shiver and Anonymous Content.

Lowe’s Hixon is an analytics expert, a Moneyball-for-police type and he is in Lincolnshire to help bring down the crime rate, while also dealing with his troubled young daughter.

The show was created by The Hunted writer David Griffiths and then Awake creator Kyle Killen came on board with Silent Witness writers Dudi Appleton and Jim Keeble. Lowe acts as an exec producer as well as on-screen star.

He told Deadline earlier this year,
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E3 2019 Predictions: Big Announcements You Should Expect

John Saavedra Jun 8, 2019

E3 2019 is almost here, which means it's time to make some predictions as to what we'll see at this year's show!

E3 2019 will bring many of the biggest companies in gaming under one roof for a week of exciting reveals and surprise announcements. Microsoft, Nintendo, Ubisoft, Bethesda, Square Enix, and more will bring all of their upcoming titles, including some we haven't even seen yet, to the public. The question is what exactly might these companies announce?

As I do every year, I've made some predictions as to what we might see at E3 this year. Yes, some scenarios are more likely than others, and there will probably be a few surprises I never even saw coming, and that's the fun of E3 predictions. It's the most exciting time of the year if you're a gamer and here are a few things that might make E3 2019 the best expo yet!
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Pablo Schreiber Cast As The Master Chief In Upcoming ‘Halo’ Series

Canadian actor Pablo Schreiber, best known for his roles in both “American Gods” and “Orange Is The New Black”, has been cast as The Master Chief in the highly-anticipated “Halo” tv series coming to Showtime.

The “Halo” TV series has been trying to get off the ground for quite some time now, as directors Neill Blomkamp, Paul Scheuring, and Ridley Scott have all tried and failed to make it happen, before Showtime and Amblin Television, the TV production company belonging to Steven Spielberg, took over in 2018.

The Master Chief from the “Halo” series is described as the most technologically advanced warrior on the Earth in the 26th century. The soldier represents humankind’s final hope against invasion by the Covenant, a powerful alliance of multiple alien races which seeks to sow destruction and chaos in the galaxy.

We now finally have some additional details about the upcoming project, as in
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Howard Gordon & Alex Gansa Ink Big Overall Deal With Sony Pictures Television Studios

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Howard Gordon & Alex Gansa Ink Big Overall Deal With Sony Pictures Television Studios
Exclusive: Longtime collaborators, Homeland co-creators/executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, have partnered and set up shop at Sony Pictures Television Studios with a rich four-year overall deal, leaving their longtime studio home at 20th Century Fox TV where Gordon has been for a quarter century, and Gansa for a decade.

Under the pact, the duo will develop and executive produce new series for Sony Pictures TV through a yet-unnamed production company they are launching together.

This marks a formal reteaming for Gordon and Gansa, college buddies who graduated together from Princeton and moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in screenwriting. They started as a writing team, landing jobs on several series including Beauty and the Beast before joining The X-Files after the pilot as supervising producers. This is where the duo’s path diverged, with Gansa laving after the first season, until they reunited on 24. Gansa served
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‘Halo’ enlists its Master Chief: Pablo Schreiber goes from Pornstache to Leprechaun to Showtime’s Xbox hero

Fans of the Xbox video game series “Halo” have waited a long time for an adaptation. Showtime announced a series version almost a year ago, but the show has finally found its Master Chief. Pablo Schreiber will don the Spartan uniform as the heroic lead in the sci-fi saga. He’s currently known for playing prison guard Pornstache in “Orange is the New Black” and the leprechaun Mad Sweeney in “American Gods,” among other roles in TV and film.

The “Halo” games are first-person shooters set in the 26th century, when the human race battles an alien species known as the Covenant for control of a mysterious super-weapon, the artificial ring-shaped worlds that give the series its title. The TV version will “weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future,” according to Showtime’s press release.

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Yerin Ha lands a breakthrough role in Spielberg-produced series

Yerin Ha.

Four months after graduating from Nida, Yerin Ha has landed her first major screen role in an ambitious Us cable series co-produced by Steven Spielberg.

The Korean-Australian actor will have an ongoing role in Halo, an adaptation of the Xbox video game which depicts a 26th Century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant.

American GodsPablo Schreiber plays the lead, Master Chief, Earth’s most advanced warrior who is the only hope of salvation for a civilisation pushed to the brink of destruction by the Covenant.

Yerin is cast as Quan Ah, a shrewd, audacious 16-year-old from the Outer Colonies who meets Master Chief at a fateful time for both.

The series is produced by Showtime in partnership with 343 Industries along with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television. Production will begin in the northern autumn in Budapest, Hungary.

Showtime commissioned the nine-episode series created by Kyle Killen.
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Pablo Schreiber Has Been Cast as Master Chief in Showtime's Halo Series

Pablo Schreiber has been cast in the lead role for Showtime’s series adaptation of the popular video game franchise Halo. The actor will play Master Chief.

Master Chief is described as “Earth’s most advanced warrior in the 26th century and the only hope of salvation for a civilization pushed to the brink of destruction by the Covenant, an unstoppable alliance of alien worlds committed to the destruction of humanity.”

Schreiber will be joined by newcomer Yerin Ha, who will play a new character within the Halo world named Quan Ah, “a shrewd, audacious 16-year-old from the Outer Colonies who meets Master Chief at a fateful time for them both.”

I have no idea if Schreiber is the right actor for the role of Master Chief. I’ve enjoyed the work that he has done in the past. Obviously the producers at Showtime, 343 Industries, and producer Steven Spielberg saw something in him,
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Halo: Pablo Schreiber to Play Master Chief in Showtime's Live-Action Drama

Halo: Pablo Schreiber to Play Master Chief in Showtime's Live-Action Drama
Hail to the (master) chief: Orange Is The New Black alum Pablo Schreiber will star in Showtime’s live-action Halo series, based on the Xbox video game franchise, TVLine has learned.

The actor is set to play Master Chief, the games’ central character, described as Earth’s most advanced warrior in the 26th century. He’s also the only hope of salvation for a civilization pushed to the brink of destruction by the Covenant, an unstoppable alliance of alien worlds committed to the destruction of humanity. (No pressure!)

Though Schreiber is best known for his Emmy-nominated work as Oitnb‘s correctional officer George “Pornstache” Mendez,
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The Long-Awaited Halo Series Will Be Directed by Robin Hood Director Otto Bathurst

I was excited for the Steven Spielberg-produced Halo series when director Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) was attached to direct it. He ended up dropping out to to scheduling conflicts, and now he’s been replaced by director Otto Bathurst, the filmmaker behind the recent Robin Hood movie reboot.

I don’t know how you all felt about Robin Hood, but I thought it was awful. But he has also worked on shows such as Peaky Blinders and Black Mirror. My excitement for this Halo series isn’t as strong as it used to be, but maybe it will surprise me.

Halo has been trying to get a proper adaptation made since 2005 when Peter Jackson, Neill Blomkamp, Guillermo del Toro, and Alex Garland were working on it. That would have been an epic team of talent! Unfortunately, it didn’t happen.

Showtime is obviously hoping
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‘Halo’: Showtime Series Enlists ‘Black Mirror,’ ‘Peaky Blinders’ Alum to Direct

Showtime’s impending “Halo” TV show is still shrouded in a layer of mystery: How exactly the series is going to adapt the mammoth video game franchise is something of an unknown at this point. But at least now audiences know who to expect behind the camera. The network announced on Thursday that Otto Bathurst will be directing the series. No stranger to helping get genre fare off the ground, Bathurst was also the director for the very first installment of “Black Mirror,” the porcine nightmare “The National Anthem.” In addition to his work on that anthology series, Bathurst also directed the opening trio of episodes of “Peaky Blinders.”

Bathurst’s debut feature was last fall’s latest attempt to reboot “Robin Hood.” Starring Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx, the film premiered to less than favorable reviews and grossed just $84 million worldwide. Still, Bathurst is also a part of the upcoming “His Dark Materials” series,
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David Slade To Direct & Executive Produce ‘Barkskins’ Nat Geo Series – TCA

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David Slade To Direct & Executive Produce ‘Barkskins’ Nat Geo Series – TCA
David Slade (Black Mirror: Bandersnatch) will direct the pilot and also serve as an executive producer on Barkskins, National Geographic’s upcoming scripted drama series based on the 2016 bestselling novel of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Proulx, which traces the story of America’s deforestation. The announcement was made Sunday at TCA.

The 10-episode series hails from Elwood Reid, Fox 21 Television Studios and Scott Rudin Productions. Slade with work with showrunner Reid to set a visual template for the series.

Reid created Barkskins and will executive produce along with Slade, Rudin, Eli Bush and Garrett Basch. The series is slated to go into production in 2019 and will premiere on National Geographic globally in 172 countries.

Called “a towering work of environmental fiction” and “a spectacular survey of America’s forests dramatized by a cast of well-hewn characters” by the Washington Post, Proulx’s Barkskins spans over 300 years.
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Army of the Dead: Cast and News for Netflix Zombie Movie

John Saavedra Jul 20, 2019

Dawn of the Dead and Justice League director Zack Snyder is making his big return with another zombie movie, Army of the Dead!

Zack Snyder, the director who first cut his teeth on the zombie genre with 2004's Dawn of the Dead remake, is helming a new undead nightmare for Netflix. The movie is called Army of the Dead, a project that's been in gestation for more than a decade.

Originally conceived as a sequel to Dawn of the Dead by Snyder and screenwriter Joby Harold (Awake), the film is set in a quarantined Las Vegas during a zombie outbreak. Amid the chaos, a father hires a group of mercenaries to help him break into the containment area and find his missing daughter.

The movie sat in the Warner Bros. vault for more than ten years until Netflix found the project and negotiated the rights, effectively bringing
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‘How I Met Your Mother’ Format Licensed for China, ‘Last Man Standing’ for India and Vietnam

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Twentieth Century Fox TV Distribution announced Tuesday it has licensed scripted formats for comedy series “How I Met Your Mother” in China and “Last Man Standing” in India and Vietnam, along with procedural fantasy drama “Awake” in Russia.

Meanwhile, “This Is Us,” which was recently optioned by Tcftvd for a local adaptation in Turkey, will be heading to France and the Netherlands.

How I Met Your Mother” has been licensed to New Classics Media in China. The production studio will produce 30 60-minute episodes, instead of the traditional 30 minutes for U.S. sitcoms. The deal is the first between Tcftvd and New Classics Media and the studio’s third deal for the CBS comedy which wrapped in 2014. The show has been adapted locally in Russia and The Middle East.

Also Read: 'This Is Us' to Be Licensed by Fox, Turkey Is First Country to Order Local Adaptation

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