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    Obsessed With "Russian Doll"? The Netflix Series Has Been Renewed For a Second Season

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    It's official - Russian Doll has been renewed for season two on Netflix! During the Code Conference in Arizona on Tuesday, it was announced that the series will be returning with eight new episodes. The Netflix original series, which originally dropped in February, stars the one and only Natasha Lyonne and offers a modern take on 1993's Groundhog Day: our heroine, Nadia, finds herself reliving her 36th birthday over and over again; every time she dies, she regains consciousness at her birthday party in her friend's posh NYC apartment.

    "Same show, just weirder," Lyonne announced. "The character is a coder so it would be appropriate to have this be the time and place to say, yes. So very much yes, I would love to do [a second season]." Russian Doll may not have a unique concept, but the magic in the show lies in the nuanced exploration of its themes, and the
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    Quentin Tarantino Confirms ‘Star Trek’ Script Is Written And Waiting For His Notes & That It’ll Definitely Be Rated R

    Quentin Tarantino Confirms ‘Star Trek’ Script Is Written And Waiting For His Notes & That It’ll Definitely Be Rated R
    When it comes to Quentin Tarantino’s involvement (or lack thereof) with a potential “Star Trek” film, it seems as if we simultaneously know a lot but also nothing at all. You see, we’ve been talking about this idea of a Tarantino-produced (and maybe directed?) film for well over a year now, but little has actually come out about the status of the project. But thankfully, with “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” publicity ramping up, the filmmaker has finally shed some light on the “Star Trek” film.
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    "Broad City" Co-Creator Ilana Glazer Sets Stand-Up Special at Amazon

    Ilana Glazer is getting her own stand-up special, courtesy of Amazon.

    The “Broad City” co-creator’s first special, titled “The Planet Is Burning,” will shoot on Wednesday at the White Oak Music Hall in Houston, TX and premiere exclusively on the streaming platform.

    The critically acclaimed “Broad City,” which she originally created as a web series with Abbi Jacobson, came to an end earlier this year after five seasons on Comedy Central. The duo also recently signed a first-look deal with Comedy Central and Viacom Television networks and currently have two projects, “Mall Town USA” and “Young Professionals,” in development
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    "Paradise Lost": Paramount Network and Spectrum Pick Up Josh Hartnett Drama Series

    Josh Hartnett is returning to the small screen. Paramount Network just announced they've picked up a new TV show starring the Penny Dreadful star called Paradise Lost.

    The drama series "s about a psychiatrist who moves with her family from California to her husband's hometown in Mississippi only to uncover shameful secrets that irrevocably change the lives of everyone involved."
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    ‘Floribama Shore’ Renewed For Season 3 By MTV, Moves To New Location

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    ‘Floribama Shore’ Renewed For Season 3 By MTV, Moves To New Location
    Exclusive: MTV has greenlighted a third season of its popular reality series Floribama Shore for a fall premiere.

    After two seasons in Panama City Beach, Florida, original castmates Jeremiah Buoni, Codi Butts, Kortni Gilson, Aimee Hall, Kirk Medas, Nilsa Prowant, Candace Rice and Gus Smyrnios, will reunite and head about 350 miles southeast to St. Petersburg, Fl for the third season of the Jersey Shore offshoot. While moving away from the Florida-Alabama border area to Tampa Bay, the show is keeping its Floribama Shore title.

    From hookups and breakups to laughs and tears, including the Season 2’s dramatic wrap-up, the Floribama Shore cast have been through it all together. Now, in a new city, there are fresh stories to tell as the crew parties it up and puts real life on hold for another summer.

    A breakout in its 2017 launch, Floribama Shore remained a solid ratings performer in Season 2, whose premiere
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    Bill Wittliff Dies: ‘Lonesome Dove’, ‘The Perfect Storm’ Writer Was 79

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    Bill Wittliff Dies: ‘Lonesome Dove’, ‘The Perfect Storm’ Writer Was 79
    Writer, director and photographer Bill Wittliff, who penned the script for iconic 1980s television miniseries Lonesome Dove, died Sunday of a heart attack. He was 79.

    Wittliff’s numerous credits included screenplays for the 1994 film Legends of the Fall starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins and Aidan Quinn; The Perfect Storm starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and John C. Reilly in 2000; and the 1982 film Barbarosa starring Willie Nelson. He also wrote and directed the 1986 Western, Red Headed Stranger, which featured Nelson, Morgan Fairchild and R.G. Armstrong.

    One of Wittliff’s other achievements was co-founding Texas State University’s archive of Southwestern writers.

    His longtime friend, author and journalist Stephen Harrigan, said the filmmaker proved you didn’t have to move to Hollywood to be successful in the industry.

    “It’s impossible to overstate the influence Bill had on writers, photographers and filmmakers, all throughout Austin, Texas and the United States,” Harrigan told the Austin American-Statesman Monday.
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    Terry Pratchett’s ‘The Amazing Maurice’ to Be Turned Into Animated Film

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    Terry Pratchett’s ‘The Amazing Maurice’ to Be Turned Into Animated Film
    Terry Pratchett’s “The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents” is set to become the first of the much-loved author’s books to be adapted as an animated movie. The Discworld novel, the 28th in the series and the first for children, has been optioned by Germany-based Ulysses Filmproduktion, which will make the film alongside Ireland’s Cantilever Media. U.S. writer Terry Rossio, whose extensive credits include “Shrek,” “Aladdin,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean,” has written the screenplay.

    Carter Goodrich, who worked on “Ratatouille” and “Brave,” is on board for character design. Toby Genkel (“Ooops! Noah Is Gone…”) is attached to direct the €15 million ($17 million) movie.

    Pratchett’s book, published by Doubleday in 2001, is a reworking of the classic tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. It follows Maurice, a streetwise cat, who has the perfect money-making scam. He finds a dumb-looking kid who plays a pipe and has
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    Robert Pattinson Drops Out Of Joanna Hogg’s ‘Souvenir’ Sequel Due To A Scheduling Conflict

    Robert Pattinson Drops Out Of Joanna Hogg’s ‘Souvenir’ Sequel Due To A Scheduling Conflict
    One of the best films of 2019 so far, “The Souvenir” is a breakout project for actress Honor Swinton Byrne and ultimately, filmmaker Joanna Hogg. Despite Hogg’s acclaimed career, it appears like “The Souvenir” is going to be the film that puts the director’s talents in front of her largest audience to date, thanks to A24. And the profile of the film was only going to rise thanks to Robert Pattinson’s involvement in the planned sequel that is scheduled to shoot very soon.

    Continue reading Robert Pattinson Drops Out Of Joanna Hogg’s ‘Souvenir’ Sequel Due To A Scheduling Conflict at The Playlist.
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    Annecy: Italy’s Dami Just For Kids Shopping Animated Series ‘Momon Magic’ (Exclusive)

    Milan-based Dami Just For Kids Factory (“Dummysaurs”) is starting pre-production on “Momon Magic,” a TV series pairing a teenage girl who loves to draw and a small blue dog with supernatural powers that will be based on a book series to be published by Italy’s Giunti Editore in 2020.

    The 26-episode series – with each episode to run roughly 20 minutes – is conceived and written by Allegra Dami chief of the Milan-based company who is producing in tandem with Canada’s Daniel Vermette, a former Technicolor exec who now runs Montreal-based Connexion Film. The animation work will be done by Italy’s Maga Animation Studio.
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    Doc & Film Grabs Global Rights to Aurélien Froment’s ‘Josep’

    Annecy– Paris-based sales agent Doc & Film International has picked up international rights to Aurélien Froment’s feature debut “Josep,” which was presented during a packed Wip session at the Annecy Festival on Tuesday.

    The feature is an emotional and beautifully crafted portrait of Josep Bartolí, the Catalan illustrator, soldier, Hollywood stage designer, and painter who fought in the Spanish Civil War and fled to Mexico after escaping from a concentration camp. In the U.S. he was part of the influential 10th Street artists group, which included luminaries like Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock. After landing on Senator Joseph McCarthy’s blacklist during his tenure in Hollywood, Bartolí was forced to flee to Mexico. He died in New York at the age of 85, leaving a noteworthy and yet poorly recognized artistic legacy.

    Bartolí’s amazing life journey inspired the film, a veritable love-story and homage to a passion for drawing.
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    British Digital Channels Landscape Shifts as Discovery, BBC Close UKTV Deal

    Discovery has added a raft of U.K. lifestyle channels to its lineup, and BBC Studios a cluster of entertainment offerings, after the pair completed their UKTV deal.

    The UKTV channels group was a joint-venture between BBC Studios, the commercial arm of the U.K. pubcaster, and Scripps. The deal to untangle the ownership of the networks in the group came after Discovery became a partner in UKTV by way of acquiring Scripps. The channels split was announced in April.

    The UKTV deal sees BBC Studios pay U.S.-listed Discovery £173 million ($220 million). The channels carve-up puts lifestyle channels Really,
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    Backed By 30% Cash Rebate, Critical Acclaim, Polish Animation on the Rise

    Backed By 30% Cash Rebate, Critical Acclaim, Polish Animation on the Rise
    Bolstered by their country’s recently introduced 30% cash rebate and critical acclaim for animated features “Loving Vincent” and “Another Day of Life,” Polish animators have high hopes for their growing industry as they arrive at the Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival this week.

    With more than 30 animation studios active across the country, and a number of those developing feature-length films and TV series for the international market, Poland’s profile is rising. Seven Polish projects are competing in Annecy this week, in the short, graduation and commissioned films competitions.

    Polish producers have good reason to be bullish thanks to increased support from the government, which earlier this year introduced a 30% cash rebate for feature films, TV series, documentaries, and animation projects. The rebate is funded for 2019 to the tune of $55 million, with 10% of that amount dedicated exclusively to animation.

    The incentive scheme has already sparked interest from foreign producers, says Robert Jaszczurowski,
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    Hear Hiss Golden Messenger’s Political New Track ‘I Need a Teacher’

    Hiss Golden Messenger, the musical project from singer-songwriter Mc Taylor, will release a new album, Terms of Surrender, September 20th via Merge. The group has shared the first track off the release, a politically-inspired folk song called “I Need a Teacher.” The track is accompanied by a music video from director D.L. Anderson, which showcases the real-life teachers who demonstrated in North Carolina against cuts to public education last year. Taylor wrote on Twitter, “I wanted to create a portrait of the people that put their lives on the line for our kids every day.
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    Watch Jessie Reyes, 6Lack Perform ‘Imported’ on ‘Colbert’

    Watch Jessie Reyes, 6Lack Perform ‘Imported’ on ‘Colbert’
    Jessie Reyes stopped by The Late Show to perform her single “Imported” along with collaborator 6Lack, who appears on the track. Accompanied by a live band, Reyes took the stage alongside 6Lack to offer a moody rendition of the sultry number.

    In the clip, the pair toss lyrics back and forth before joining up for the chorus. The track, initially released in April, deals with an insecure relationship as Reyez croons, “Hi, my name is not important/I’m not from here, I’m imported/I drink liquor like it
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    Watch Selena Gomez and Jimmy Fallon Struggle to Eat Hot Wings

    Watch Selena Gomez and Jimmy Fallon Struggle to Eat Hot Wings
    Jimmy Fallon enlisted Selena Gomez to join him for a segment on The Tonight Show involving really spicy chicken wings and proved the pop star is a champion when it comes to hot foods. For a live edition of web series “Hot Ones,” Fallon brought out Sean Evans, who asked the pair questions as they ate progressively hotter wings.

    In the clip, Gomez is game to try the various hot sauces, although she seems shocked when Evans says the final sauce will be 400 times hotter than a jalapeno pepper. As
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    Film Review: ‘Head Count’

    Film Review: ‘Head Count’
    While most horror movies settle for the usual slasher thrills, recent indie breakouts like “It Follows” and “Hereditary” have reminded that there are few things more pleasurably creepy than outré psychological horror in a credibly ordinary setting. Elle Callahan’s directorial debut feature “Head Count” is another intriguing mindbender in which 10 collegiate types find themselves under insidious assault by a vicious mythological entity. Samuel Goldwyn is releasing it to a sole hardtop — L.A.’s Arena Cinelounge — this Friday, which seems unfair, given the amount of pedestrian genre fodder that gets a better shake week after week. It will no doubt find its real audience in simultaneous home-format release.

    Evan (Isaac W. Jay) is a college student spending his break visiting older brother Peyton (Cooper Rowe), a reclusive New Agey type living in a trailer near Joshua Tree National Park. It’s an awkward sibling relationship whose weekend bonding is
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    Netflix, France’s Gobelins Announce Two Global Animation Initiatives at Annecy

    Annecy, France — Announced at this year’s Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival, the Paris-based Gobelins School of Images and Netflix have partnered on a pair of initiatives intended to foster greater equality in animation opportunities available to students.

    2019 Gobelins graduate Claire Matz has been selected as the recipient of the first Netflix Animation Fellowship, developed to provide one Gobelins graduate per year the opportunity to relocate to Japan and work in a post-grad program alongside Netflix’s Japanese-based animation team on original anime titles.

    Inspired by the energy the student participants bring to Annecy, the selected participant will be announced annually at the festival.

    “There is such a love here in France, and especially at Gobelins, for anime,” Netflix director, Japan and anime John Derderian explained to Variety after the platform’s Tuesday night presentation: Netflix Original Anime: A Celebration of Anime and a Look Ahead.

    “My childhood was inspired
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    Magic Light Rolls Out Bullish Pre-Sales on ‘The Snail and the Whale’ (Exclusive)

    Annecy — At Annecy to talk audiences through “Zog,” the latest in a line of hugely popular of painstakingly crafted half-hour films for the BBC and Zdf whose lineage stretches back through “Revolting Rhymes” to the “The Gruffalo,” London-based Magic Light Pictures has confirmed a swathe of sales on its upcoming half-hour, “The Snail and the Whale.”

    The film will premiere in the U.K. on BBC1 as a highlight of its Christmas schedule in 2019. Alongside core partner Zdf in Germany, further confirmed pre-sales include France Televisions; Svt (Sweden), Dr (Denmark), Rte (Ireland), ABC (Australia), Showmax (Africa), Czech Television, Noga in Israel; Vpro in the Netherlands; and Slovenia’s Rtv.

    “The Snail and the Whale” will also be released in cinemas in France next year by Les Films Du Preau.

    Described as a delightful tale of adventure and friendship, “The Snail and the Whale” follows the amazing journey of a tiny
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    Annecy Winner Masaaki Yuasa Unveils ‘Inu-Oh’ as Next Project (Exclusive)

    Annecy Winner Masaaki Yuasa Unveils ‘Inu-Oh’ as Next Project (Exclusive)
    Previous Annecy Cristal-winner Masaaki Yuasa is set to direct an animated musical fantasy film based on the life of a 14th century Japanese playwright and theater performer. His “Inu-Oh” is being introduced at Annecy’s Mifa market this week and is intended to be completed in 2021.

    The film is adapted from the novel “Tales of the Heike: Inu-Oh” written by Hideo Furukawa, and published by Kawade Shobo Shinsha. “Very little remains in the historical record about the Sarugaku Noh performer Inu-Oh, but with Hideo Furukawa’s bold interpretation of his story, Akiko Nogi’s script, and Taiyo Matsumoto’s images, it’s bound to become an amazing work,” said Yuasa. He said that he aims to make it as a “lavish musical incorporating modern-day music and dance.”

    The project is produced through Science Saru, with Asmik Ace partnered as producer and distributor.

    Yuasa made his feature-length debut in 2004 with “Mind Game,
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    Annecy: ’Tally Molly,’ ‘Ballad,’ ‘Yorudan’ Set For Mifa’s Animation! Focus

    Annecy, France – Three projects created and produced by young Latin American talent, Nadia Ronquillo and Bernardita Ojeda’s ‘Tally Molly,’ Arturo and Roy Ambriz’ “La balada del Fénix” and “Distrito Yorudan” will be pitched on June 12 at Annecy’s Mifa, brought onto the market by Animation!, the Ventana Sur animation forum.

    A 7-minute 26 episode show, “Tally Molly” follows a cheerful 7-year-old girl who’s able to change her size to be as little as bacteria or as big as a mountain. Series deals with ordinary situations which becomes extraordinary, via the discovery of new worlds and friends. Chile’s Pájaro Estudio produces, in collaboration with development studio Kaleidos.

    A comedic adventure created by children’s book illustrator and animator Ronquillo, Marta Gennari and Paulina Zió?kowska, “Tally Molly” “springs from the feeling that we have when kids of wanting to be big and small at the same time, something that we
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