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Arcade Game 'NBA Jam' Will Be Focus of New Documentary (EXCLUSIVE)

Arcade Game 'NBA Jam' Will Be Focus of New Documentary (EXCLUSIVE)

Iconic basketball-themed game “” will be the focus of a new documentary.Initially released more than 25 years ago as an arcade game, it shattered records by earning more than $1 billion in quarters, becoming a memorable piece of pop culture.BestCrosses Studios, the production arm of the basketball-themed social media platform BestCrosses created by Jack Sussman, has optioned Reyan Ali’s book “NBA Jam” to produce a feature documentary about the history and success of the game.Emmy-nominated Sean Menard, who has several sports documentaries to his credit, including the acclaimed “The Carter...

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Jan 15
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David Attenborough Hologram to Promote 5G With BBC Series 'The Green Planet'

David Attenborough Hologram to Promote 5G With BBC Series 'The Green Planet'

’s latest gig will be as a hologram that forms part of a U.K. government drive to promote technology.Attenborough will be the face of an Augmented Reality (AR) app that will be released alongside series “The Green Planet” in 2022, where the revered broadcaster and natural historian’s likeness will be projected onto scientifically accurate images of the plants he is discussing.Attenborough’s “A Perfect Planet,” (pictured) produced by Silverback Films, is currently airing on BBC One.The app is part of a “Green Planet” 5G AR consortium between BBC Studios, 5G mobile network operator EE, Royal...

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Jan 13
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'Mr. Bean' Actor Rowan Atkinson Weighs in on 'Cancel Culture,' Teases New Film

'Mr. Bean' Actor Rowan Atkinson Weighs in on 'Cancel Culture,' Teases New Film

, the British actor known the world over for his “Mr. Bean” character, has delivered a broadside against the so-called online “cancel culture.”During an extensive interview with U.K. outlet Radio Times, Atkinson said: “The problem we have online is that an algorithm decides what we want to see, which ends up creating a simplistic, binary view of society. It becomes a case of either you’re with us or against us. And if you’re against us, you deserve to be ‘canceled.’“It’s important that we’re exposed to a wide spectrum of opinion, but what we have now is the digital equivalent of the...

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Jan 5
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'The Beatles: Get Back' - Peter Jackson Unveils Sneak Peek of Upcoming Documentary

'The Beatles: Get Back' - Peter Jackson Unveils Sneak Peek of Upcoming Documentary

“” filmmaker has revealed footage of his .”The film was supposed to be released in September, but wasIntroducing the film from his editing room, Jackson said: “This film was due to be finished around about now, but like the rest of the world, has been affected by the COVID pandemic. And so the only good thing really is that we are in the movie in New Zealand and now that our country has largely stamped out the virus, we were able to come back into the cutting room and carry on with the editing that we’re doing.”Jackson said the film had access to 56 hours of never-been-seen footage of the...

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Dec 21
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U.K. Court Win Adds Another Chapter to Terry Gilliam's 'Don Quixote' Saga

U.K. Court Win Adds Another Chapter to Terry Gilliam's 'Don Quixote' Saga

’s “” has endured its latest legal hurdle.The U.K.’s Royal Courts of Justice have ruled in favor of the Jeremy Thomas-owned Recorded Picture Company (RPC), and against France’s Alfama Film Productions and CEO over a rights dispute relating to Gilliam’s 2018 film, which starred Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce.The dispute dates back to 2016, when RPC first entered into a deed with Alfama, giving them the option to produce the project. However, Branco and Gilliam’s relationship soon broke down and RPC eventually gave the option to Spanish company Tornasol, who went on to produce the film,...

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Dec 17
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Anne Hathaway Apologizes for Disability Portrayal in "The Witches"

Anne Hathaway Apologizes for Disability Portrayal in "The Witches"

“” star has apologized for the portrayal of disability in the film.“I have recently learned that many people with limb differences, especially children, are in pain because of the portrayal of the Grand High Witch in ‘The Witches,’” Hathaway posted on her Instagram page.“Let me begin by saying I do my best to be sensitive to the feelings and experiences of others not out of some scrambling PC fear, but because not hurting others seems like a basic level of decency we should all be striving for,” Hathaway wrote. “As someone who really believes in inclusivity and really, really detests...

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Nov 6
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Hugh Laurie, Emilia Clarke to Voice Terry Pratchett Adaptation 'The Amazing Maurice'

Hugh Laurie, Emilia Clarke to Voice Terry Pratchett Adaptation 'The Amazing Maurice'

Golden Globe-winning actor (“House”) and “” actor will be part of the voice cast for animated feature “The Amazing Maurice.”The voice cast also includes David Thewlis (“Wonder Woman”), Himesh Patel (“Yesterday”), Gemma Arterton (“Vita & Virginia”) and Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”). Toby Genkel (“Two by Two: Overboard!”) and Florian Westermann (“Little Dodo”) will co-direct.The film will be an adaptation of bestselling author, the late Terry Pratchett’s 2001 book “The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents,” which is part of his iconic Discworld series. The book is a take on the...

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Nov 5
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WarnerMedia to Halt HBO and WB Linear TV Channels in South Asia

WarnerMedia to Halt HBO and WB Linear TV Channels in South Asia

is pulling the plug on linear channel in and Pakistan. It will also terminate the WB movie channel in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Maldives from Dec. 15.“After 20 years of successes for the HBO linear movie channel in South Asia and more than a decade with the WB linear movie channel, this was a difficult decision to make,” Siddharth Jain, SVP and MD, Warner Media South Asia, said. “The pay-TV industry landscape and the market dynamics have shifted dramatically, and the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the need for further change.”“We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation...

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Oct 15
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Queen Elizabeth II Strips Harvey Weinstein of Top U.K. Honor

Queen Elizabeth II Strips Harvey Weinstein of Top U.K. Honor

Queen Elizabeth II has stripped disgraced producer of the honorary CBE he was awarded in 2004.“The Queen has directed that the appointment of Harvey Weinstein to be an Honorary Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, dated 29 January 2004, shall be cancelled and annulled and that his name shall be erased from the Register of the said Order,” the .The U.K. cabinet office has confirmed the news to Variety.The award is conferred by the British monarch to those who have made a “distinguished, innovative contribution to any area.” Weinstein and his...

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Sep 18
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John Boyega Gets Apology From Perfume Brand Jo Malone After Being Cut Out of Chinese Commercial

John Boyega Gets Apology From Perfume Brand Jo Malone After Being Cut Out of Chinese Commercial

British perfume company Jo Malone has apologized to “” actor after editing him out of the Chinese version of an award-winning commercial that he originally conceived, directed and starred in.The recast and reshot Chinese version replaced Boyega with local actor Liu Haoran (The “” franchise). The original commercial, titled “London Gent,” featured Boyega walking around London’s Peckham neighbourhood and featured a multicultural cast. It won The Fragrance Foundation Virtual Awards 2020 for Best Media Campaign.We are thrilled to announce that our Jo Malone London Gent film featuring is the...

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Sep 14
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Ralph Fiennes to Star in David Hare Coronavirus Play in London

Ralph Fiennes to Star in David Hare Coronavirus Play in London

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” actor will star in a production of “Beat the Devil,” a new play by eminent playwright and Oscar-nominated screenwriter (“The Reader,” “The Hours”).Theater director , BAFTA winner for the film “The Madness of King George,” will direct the production, which will be staged at London’s Bridge Theater.The play will be staged in September and October, if the U.K. government gives the go ahead for indoor performances with socially distanced audiences.“We are hoping that we will get the green light to open with a reduced capacity of 250 seats and stringent safety...

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Aug 10
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Nick Cannon demands full ownership of ‘Wild ‘N Out,’ says ViacomCBS on ‘wrong side of history’

Nick Cannon demands full ownership of ‘Wild ‘N Out,’ says ViacomCBS on ‘wrong side of history’

Actor and TV host Nick Cannon has struck back at ViacomCBS, hours after  for making anti-Semitic comments on his podcast. Cannon has asked for ownership of his MTV and VH1 series "Wild 'N Out," as well as an apology from the company. Advertisement In a lengthy statement posted to his Facebook page early Wednesday, Cannon wrote, "If I have furthered the hate speech, I wholeheartedly apologize. But now I am the one making demands. I demand full ownership of my billion dollar 'Wild 'N Out' brand that I created, and they will continue to misuse and destroy without my leadership! I demand that...

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Jul 15
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J.K. Rowling, Margaret Atwood Among 150 Figures to Sign Letter Condemning Public Shaming

J.K. Rowling, Margaret Atwood Among 150 Figures to Sign Letter Condemning Public Shaming

“Harry Potter” writer J.K Rowling, “Handmaid’s Tale” author Margaret Atwood and “Midnight’s Children” writer are amongst 150 public figures to condemning the practice of public shaming, or ‘cancel culture’ as it is known popularly.‘Cancel culture’ is a term used to describe individuals who have shared an unpopular opinion or have past behavior that’s deemed offensive, who are ‘canceled’ on social media. Rowling is one such example, due to .Atwood received considerable backlash in late 2016 after supporting an open letter calling on Canada’s University of British Columbia to provide its...

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Idris Elba Reignites Hopes for 'Luther' Movie: 'We Are This Close to Making a Film'

Idris Elba Reignites Hopes for 'Luther' Movie: 'We Are This Close to Making a Film'

British star has once again teased the prospect of a feature film version of popular BBC TV series “,” according to Sky News.“There isn’t a real formal plan for ‘Luther’ at the moment,” Elba said. “I’ve made it very clear that I’d like to see ‘Luther’ come back as a film. And I can tell you this, that we are this close to making a film of ‘Luther.'”Elba was speaking at a virtual event to promote the third season of his semi-autobiographical show “In The Long Run,” created by and starring him, that will be available on Sky One from July 22. Jimmy Akingbola, Madeline Appiah and Bill Bailey...

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Four Authors Quit J.K. Rowling Agency Over Transgender Comments

Four Authors Quit J.K. Rowling Agency Over Transgender Comments

Four of “Harry Potter” creator ’s fellow authors at U.K. writing agency The Blair Partnership have resigned, expressing dissatisfaction that the company did not issue a statement supporting rights.The authors include Drew Davies, Ugla Stefanía Kristjonudottir Jonsdottir, Fox Fisher, and a fourth who preferred to stay anonymous. They issued a statement detailing the reasons for their resignation.“This decision is not made lightly, and we are saddened and disappointed it has come to this,” the statement read. “After J. K. Rowling’s — who is also signed to the agency — public comments on...

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Netflix to Resume 'The Witcher' Season 2 Shoot in August

Netflix to Resume 'The Witcher' Season 2 Shoot in August

Netflixwill resume principal photography in the U.K. on the second season of fantasy epic series “” from August 17.The streamer made the announcement on Twitter: “I’m dusting off my lute and quill, I have some news, some mead to spill: After all the months we’ve been apart, it’s time for production to restart. The Witcher and his bard – who’s flawless, Will reunite on set 17 August.”Netflix had shut down all productions in March due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. “The Witcher” is filmed at Arborfield studios outside London. When actor Kristofer Hivju tested positive for...

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CineEurope: Cinema Business Could Lose $20-$31 Billion in 2020

CineEurope: Cinema Business Could Lose $20-$31 Billion in 2020

The cinema industry could lose between $20-$31 billion in revenues in 2020 due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, compared to the robust $42 billion it generated last year, according to media and tech research firm Omdia.“Year on year, we are around 70% down from last year,” said David Hancock, director for cinema at Omdia. Hancock delivered a presentation summing up the current state of the industry at the virtual conference on Wednesday.Omdia’s best-estimate forecast for the exhibition sector is 58% down on 2019 revenues. “Cinema is critically hit,” said Hancock. “Major...

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BBC Halts Job Cut Plans Amid Coronavirus Crisis

BBC Halts Job Cut Plans Amid Coronavirus Crisis

U.K. broadcaster the has temporarily put on hold a restructuring plan that would have axed 450 jobs in its news division and saved the corporation £80 million ($94 million) by 2022.The restructuring plan was announced in January. On Wednesday, BBC director general informed staff that this has been paused for now. The corporation is now focusing on timely delivery of news and related programming to its audience.BBC programs affected by the plans include BBC Two’s “Newsnight,” “BBC Radio 5 Live” and the BBC World Service’s “World Update” program. “Politics Live” and “Victoria Derbyshire” are...

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Mar 25
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