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Netflix Releases New David Lynch Short Film ‘What Did Jack Do?’

Netflix Releases New David Lynch Short Film ‘What Did Jack Do?’
With “Twin Peaks: The Return” having come and gone, the world needs more David Lynch content. To celebrate the filmmaker’s 74th birthday, it seems Netflix heard everyone’s pleas, as the streaming platform released a new short film by Lynch titled “What Did Jack Do?” which clocks in at 17 minutes and has as crazy and enticing a logline as you’d expect from David Lynch: “A detective investigates a monkey who is suspected of murder.”

The black-and-white short has Lynch portray a slightly more restrained version of his “Twin Peaks” character Gordon Cole, and he is seen at a train station’s diner interrogating a monkey in a tiny suit (the monkey does talk).
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‘Bad Boys for Life’ Directors Offer an Update on ‘Beverly Hills Cop 4’

‘Bad Boys for Life’ Directors Offer an Update on ‘Beverly Hills Cop 4’
The Bad Boys, it is safe to say, ain't going nowhere. The newest feature in the franchise, Bad Boys for Life, dropped in theatres after a 17 year delay after the second one. Stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence came back, mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer came back, but original director Michael Bay did not. Instead, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, known for acclaimed Belgian crime thrillers like Black, made their Hollywood feature film debut on the threequel. And their debut went swimmingly, earning serious bank at the box office and positive notices from critics. Surely, the world is …
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‘Arrow’ Series Finale Images Reveal the Return of Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak

‘Arrow’ Series Finale Images Reveal the Return of Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak
After eight seasons, The CW's Arrow will come to a close with next week's episode, titled "Fadeout", directed by James Bamford and written by Marc Guggenheim and Beth Schwartz. While it's certainly a time to say goodbye, some new images from the finale reveal it's also time to say hello, again, to Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak. Rickards left Arrow back in season 7, with the longtime Team Arrow tech wizard Felicity Smoak departing with the all-powerful Monitor (Lamonica Garrett) to a place she can be with Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell). But that hypothetical …
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Shia LeBeouf Already Wrote His Follow-Up To ‘Honey Boy,’ And It’s Based On The Life Of Rapper Kevin Abstract

Shia LeBeouf Already Wrote His Follow-Up To ‘Honey Boy,’ And It’s Based On The Life Of Rapper Kevin Abstract
We’re living in an age of actors renaissances, Matthew McConaughey, Keanu Reeves, and now Adam Sandler and Eddie Murphy are getting the praise they haven’t had in a while, or that simply a different kind of praise than before. Though missing from most end-of-year lists and the award season conversation, Shia LeBeouf also experienced a bit of a comeback last year with his first feature-length script, “Honey Boy.”

The biographical fiction based on his own life was a critical darling out of the Sundance film festival last year, with critics and audiences praising both the script, Alma Har’el’s direction, and the performances by Shia Labeouf as his father, and Noa Jupe’s role as a young Shia.
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No, Jared Harris is Not Playing Doctor Octopus in Marvel’s ‘Morbius’

No, Jared Harris is Not Playing Doctor Octopus in Marvel’s ‘Morbius’
The first-ever trailer for Marvel and Sony’s next Spider-man spinoff “Morbius” left comic book fans reeling with theories. While the plight of the main character, Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) – a scientist dying of a rare blood disease who accidentally turns himself into a vampire – seemed ripped right out of the comics, the role of one Jared Harris remained unclear.

Fans speculated that Harris, who appeared as a concerned friend trying to help Morbius see the light (without killing him) was actually classic Spider-Man villain, Doc Ock.

Dr. Otto Octavius aka Doctor Octopus or Doc Ock, as the fans call him, is yet another genius in the Spider-verse. The engineer-turned-villain is best known by the giant mechanical arms attached to his torso that he controls telepathically. This character was previously played by Alfred Molina in “Spider-Man 2.”

So is Harris the next Doc Ock? We asked at the 2020 SAG Awards,
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Daryl Hall & John Oates Announce 2020 Tour

Daryl Hall & John Oates Announce 2020 Tour
Daryl Hall & John Oates are hitting the road this spring and summer for a tour of North American amphitheaters and they are bringing Squeeze and KT Kunstall along for the ride.

After a series of sporadic warm-up dates across February, March and May, the proper tour begins May 29th at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and wraps up September 2nd at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, New Hampshire.

“Squeeze are unique, have great songs and don’t sound like anybody else,” John Oates says. “I’ve
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Natalia Oreiro, Ernesto Alterio Join Salma Hayek, Rodrigo García on Buena Vista’s ‘Santa Evita’ (Exclusive)

Natalia Oreiro, Ernesto Alterio Join Salma Hayek, Rodrigo García on Buena Vista’s ‘Santa Evita’ (Exclusive)
Miami — It’s official. Two of the Argentine industry’s biggest name actors, Natalia Oreiro (“Gilda”) and Ernesto Alterio (“Clandestine Childhood”), are attached to star in “Santa Evita,” produced by Salma Hayek and co-directed by Rodrigo García (“Nine Lives”), who will also produce.

Confirmed by Buena Vista Original Productions on the eve of this year’s Natpe conference in Miami, which kicks off Tuesday, Jan. 21, the seven-part drama series looks like the one of the biggest in the pipeline from Latin American – in terms of talent attached, expectation, and its central on-screen figure: Legendary Argentine First Lady Eva Perón.

Eight years in the works,
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Televisa to Launch Linear Univision-Branded Linear Channel Across Latin America

Miami — Televisa plans to launch a linear Univision-branded channel across Latin America later this year.

Televisa, the Mexican media institution, is a major investor in the U.S. Spanish-language network. The ad-supported Univision channel will be offered as a pay TV entry, not streaming, and will be available at the outset in 17 Latin American markets though notably not in Brazil.

The channel will feature a mix of Univision original series as well as a selection of productions from Televisa. Televisa will handle distribution and advertising sales. The launch date is pegged by Televisa as “early 2020.”

The program lineup will include daily staples on the U.
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Chile’s Screen Capital Launches $20 Million Film-tv Venture Capital Fund

Madrid — Bowing as the demand for premium Spanish-language content still outruns its supply, Chile’s Screen Capital is launching a $20 million venture capital fund targeting principally TV series and movies with part streaming platform distribution.

Chile first private investment fund specializing in the audiovisual and entertainment sector, and looking in principle to focus on productions from the Spanish-speaking world, Screen Capital will launch in March. Founded by former Chile Film Commissioner Joyce Zylberberg and Tatiana Emden, who oversaw Chile’s Audiovisual Development Fund, the country’s principal source of public-sector incentives, Screen Capital numbers among its partners Edgar Spielmann, ex-vp
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Fernando Colunga to Star in Telemundo Drama ‘Malverde’ (Exclusive)

In a casting coup for Telemundo, NBCUniversal Spanish-language network has enlisted Mexican telenovela superstar Fernando Colunga to star in several original productions.

The deal kicks off with Colunga tapped to star in “Malverde: El Santo Patron,” (“Malverde: “The Patron Saint”), Telemundo’s first “Super Series” drama done in a period setting. Telemundo’s “Super Series” have shorter episode runs than traditional novelas and are designed to be renewed for multiple seasons.

According to Telemundo Global Studios president Marcos Santana, the new pact marks Colunga’s return to television after he has worked in film and theater for the past four years.
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Netflix, NBC, ABC Lead in Depictions of Wrongful Actions by People of Color in Crime Dramas, Study Finds

When it comes to representation onscreen, it isn’t just how many people of color’s stories get told that is important but also how their stories get told.

A new report from the nonprofit Color of Change has found that Netflix, NBC and ABC crime dramas were the top offenders for the 2017-18 television season when it came to depictions of wrongful actions committed by people of color in the criminal justice world. But the study also dug deeper into the makeup of the writers’ rooms of the 26 broadcast and streaming crime dramas to get to the “why” behind these depictions.
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Ana María Polo, Chile’s Forastero to Adapt Telemundo Show ‘Caso Cerrado’ As Film

Latin TV personality Ana María Polo and Chile’s Forastero, producer of the Golden Globe-nominated film “The Maid,” are teaming to develop and produce a feature based on her renowned Telemundo show “Caso Cerrado.”

Polo will play a leading role in the movie.

Diego Ayala, co-scribe on Netflix musical bio series “Luis Miguel” and Nicolás López hit comedy “Sin filtro,” has been tapped to write the film.

Ángel Zambrano, a former Svp of content for Turner Latin America and founder of development company Condeco, is joining the project as executive producer.

“Caso Cerrado: La Película” will roll during the second
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Trump Bashes Climate Activists in Address to World Economic Forum in Davos

Davos, Switzerland — Staring down a Senate impeachment trial, President Trump absconded to Switzerland on Tuesday to address the World Economic Forum in Davos, the remote ski town where the world’s elite congregate annually to discuss the issues plaguing the global community. No issue is of more pressing concern at the 2020 edition of the forum than the climate crisis, but not only did Trump fail to address it seriously, he bashed climate activists as “perennial prophets of doom” and “heirs of yesterday’s foolish fortune tellers.”

“We will never let radical socialists … eradicate our liberty,
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Second Season of Rai/HBO Elena Ferrante Series ‘My Brilliant Friend’ Unveiled

“My Brilliant Friend – The Story of a New Name,” the second season of Italian pubcaster Rai and HBO’s TV series based on Elena Ferrante’s bestselling “Neapolitan Novels,” was unveiled on Tuesday in Italy where the hotly anticipated show will start airing on Rai in February.

“New Name” will launch on Rai on Feb. 10, after a 3-day event release in Italian movie theaters, just as Ferrante-fever is being stoked. The mysterious Italian author has a new book out, “The Lying Life of Adults,” which has become an immediate bestseller since its November publication locally. The English translation of Ferrante
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Writer-Producer Andreas Gutzeit on German-Chile Co-Production ‘Dignity’

Writer-Producer Andreas Gutzeit on German-Chile Co-Production ‘Dignity’
Based on true events, “Dignity,” a Chile-Germany co-production from co-creators Maria Elena Wood and Patricio Pereira, head writer-producer Andreas Gutzeit and director Julio Jorquera, has been a hit since its launch as the first original series from German digital platform Joyn, a streaming service run jointly by Discovery and German media giant ProSiebenSat.

The series is slated to launch on Mega, a co-commissioner along with Joyn, in Chile later this year. Distributor Red Arrow Studios International is currently in discussions with other broadcasters internationally.

Co-produced by Chile’s Invercine & Wood and international production company Story House Productions, the multi-timeline series
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Conecta Fiction Announces United States as 2020 ‘Focus America’ Invitee

Spain’s Conecta Fiction, an increasingly important TV market focused on trans-Atlantic cooperation and co-production, will host it’s fourth edition this June 22-25, and have announced the United States as this year’s Focus America country.

With particular focus being placed on the U.S. Hispanic market, the event returns for the second year to Pamplona, where it has established itself as one of the key dates on the Ibero-American drama series industry calendar.

For the 2020 edition, Conecta Fiction will be backed by cooperation and support from various organizations which represent and promote U.S. productions for Latino viewers
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America’s Radioactive Secret

Justin Nobel is writing a book about oil-and-gas radioactivity for Simon & Schuster. This story was supported by the journalism nonprofit Economic Hardship Reporting Project

In 2014, a muscular, middle-aged Ohio man named Peter took a job trucking waste for the oil-and-gas industry. The hours were long — he was out the door by 3 a.m. every morning and not home until well after dark — but the steady $16-an-hour pay was appealing, says Peter, who asked to use a pseudonym. “This is a poverty area,” he says of his home in the state’s rural southeast corner.
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Originals, Streaming Drive 4% Growth in Viewing at British TV Network UKTV

British broadcast network UKTV claimed a 4% rise in viewing last year, fueled by a spate of original programming and rapid growth for its on-demand service UKTV Play.

The 4% figure refers to an increase in “Share of Commercial Impacts,” a metric broadcasters employ to quantify viewing in the digital era for their advertisers, where one “impact” is one advert viewed by one person once.

UKTV’s slate of originals accounted for seven of its top 10 shows last year. On-demand service UKTV Play was the broadcaster’s fastest-growing brand, with year-on-year views up 43%, and more than three million users registered by year’s end.
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‘The Island,’ ‘Calamity,’ ‘Piano Player’ Highlight Cartoon Movie 2020 Lineup (Exclusive)

Barcelona – Rémi Chayé’s “Calamity, a Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary,” Anca Damian’s “The Island,” Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal’s “They Shot the Piano Player,” and Enrique Gato’s “Tad the Lost Explorer and the Curse of the Mummy” are among the sixty-six projects from twenty countries to be pitched at the 22nd Cartoon Movie, Europe’s leading animated movie co-production event. Cartoon Movie will take place in the French port city of Bordeaux, kicking off March 3rd.

Projects will be accessible for buyers and potential partners and will be pitched in different stages of production: 28 in concept, 27 in development, six in production and five sneak previews. The five projects at the sneak preview showcase and the six in production have previously been to Cartoon Movie in preliminary production stages. Twenty-three projects are co-productions.

A family adventure, Rémi Chayé’s (acclaimed “Long Way North”) sophomore feature depicts the
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Jonas Brothers Ride Through Vegas in Alternate ‘What a Man Gotta Do’ Video

Jonas Brothers Ride Through Vegas in Alternate ‘What a Man Gotta Do’ Video
Only a few days after releasing their wild “What a Man Gotta Do” music video, Jonas Brothers have dropped an alternate clip for the track. In this version, titled “Vegas Ride,” the trio cram in the back seat of car driving around the Las Vegas strip as they perform the single. The entire video consists of them jostling around and trading places in the car as iconic landmarks pass by the windows.

Jonas Brothers shared the official music video for “What a Man Gotta Do” last week. The video pays
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