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How a ‘Pooh’ Slasher Flick May Have Tipped Hong Kong Towards Greater Beijing Censorship

Oh, bother. What has Winnie-the-Pooh gotten himself into this time? Something quite a bit more troubling than the usual travails of Hundred Acre Wood, it turns out. First, the lovable children’s character was transformed into the murderous protagonist of Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey, a micro-budget U.K. slasher film that went viral and scored theatrical distribution […]

Series Mania 2023: Michael Sheen, Margot Bancilhon Take Top Acting Prizes

The Iranian series The Actor from director Nima Javidi picked up the top Grand Prize jury award at Series Mania, the international TV festival that wrapped in Lille, France on Friday night. The drama from Iran is led by the Venice best actor winner Navid Mohammadzadeh and follows two down and out actors struggling to […]

2023 Series Mania: Four Key Takeaways

National protests in France threatened to disrupt the 2023 Series Mania television festival and international industry summit, but, in the end, the 2023 event went off without a hitch. Members of the global TV industry gathered in the northern French city of Lille to celebrate the best in new small-screen drama and ponder the future […]

Tony Shalhoub to Play Disgraced Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn in Michael Winterbottom TV Drama ‘Fall of the God of Cars’ for Fremantle

Carlos Ghosn, the disgraced Nissan exec whose dramatic fall from grace as one of the biggest names in the motoring industry has already led to several documentaries, is getting the scripted treatment. Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub (Monk, The Marvelous Miss Maisel) will play the Brazilian-Lebanese exec in the newly-announced six-part drama Fall of the God […]

Kiefer Sutherland on ‘Rabbit Hole’ and Looking Back at ‘The Lost Boys’

Kiefer Sutherland returns to TV on Sunday with his new Paramount+ series Rabbit Hole — the actor’s latest thriller following Fox’s iconic 24 and his ABC/Netflix series Designated Survivor. The 56-year-old Sutherland delivers his trademark mix of charm, intensity and desert-dry humor as he plays John Weir, a morally shady corporate spy who finds himself […]

‘Measures of Men’ Addresses Forgotten German Genocide in Africa

Director Lars Kraume knows a bit about the hidden corners of German history. His award-winning 2015 drama The People Vs. Fritz Bauer looked at the role played by the eponymous German Jewish state Attorney General in tracking down and bringing Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann to justice. And his 2018 The Silent Revolution followed the true […]

Oscar Winner ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ Leads German Film Awards Nominations With 12

To no one’s surprise, Edward Berger’s epic WWI drama All Quiet on the Western Front is the front runner for this year’s German film awards. The Netflix feature, which picked up nine Oscar nominations and won four — both records for a German movie — received 12 nominations on Friday for Germany’s top cinema honor, […]

Global Streamers’ Original Content Spend Increase to Slow in 2023 Amid “More Cautious Approach”

Global streamers’ original content spend will grow to $26.5 billion in 2023, up $3.3 billion, or 14 percent, from $23.2 billion last year, according to estimates from research firm Ampere Analysis. However, that is a marked slowdown from the $7.2 billion, or 45 percent, increase recorded from 2021 to 2022 as selectivity and austerity have come […]

Netflix’s Indian Adaptation of ‘Ray Donovan’ Finds Global Audience

Indian action crime show Rana Naidu has climbed onto Netflix’s top 10 list of most-watched non-English series for the second consecutive week, becoming one of the streamer’s most globally successful Hindi-language titles to date. The show is a local adaptation of CBS’ hit crime drama Ray Donovan. This week it hit fourth place on Netflix’s global […]

Andrew Lloyd Webber Says His Son Has Been Checked Into Hospice Care After His “Ghastly” Cancer Diagnosis

Andrew Lloyd Webber has provided an update on his son’s condition after announcing he was “critically ill” from an 18-month-long battle with gastric cancer. On Thursday, Webber posted on his Instagram that his eldest son, Nick, had been checked into hospice care after being diagnosed with pneumonia as a result of his illness. “I want […]

Amazon Sets Release Date for First African Movie ‘Gangs of Lagos’

Amazon is set to release its first original African movie, Gangs of Lagos, on Prime Video on April 7. The action crime thriller is directed by Jáde Osiberu, and stars Nigerian actors Tobi Bakare, Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Chike Osebuka, Chioma Chukwuka, and Iyabo Ojo. The pic, filled with action scenes, centers on a group of childhood […]

Casey Bloys Would Have Taken “Another Two Seasons” of ‘Succession’

Casey Bloys would have taken another two seasons of Succession. Speaking at a packed final keynote session at the Series Mania festival in Lille on Thursday, the HBO and HBO Max chairman and CEO said the decision to finish Jesse Armstrong’s award-winning and critically acclaimed dramedy, about the trials and tribulations of the Logan family […]