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Mipcom 2019: The Buzzy Deals That Went Down in Cannes

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The international TV business convened in Cannes this week for Mipcom, the biggest television market of the year and a firm date on the calendar for distributors and acquisitions execs. Although no one title emerged as this year’s standout, there were deals aplenty on the ground.

Here are some of the most eye-catching:

– Pathé has teamed with Vendôme Group to co-produce a miniseries retelling the story of last April’s devastating fire at the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris. The companies are co-developing the project with U.K.-based Moonriver TV.

– British entertainment channel E4 acquired three U.S. scripted series: NBC’s upcoming musical dramedy “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” from Lionsgate, and CBS shows “Man With a Plan” and “Star Trek: Discovery.”

PBS Masterpiece has boarded the remake of classic European detective series “Van der Valk”, which is being produced by Company Pictures and Nl Film & TV. All
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Mipcom: 'The Crown' Writer Amy Jenkins to Adapt Best-Seller 'Sisi'

Mipcom: 'The Crown' Writer Amy Jenkins to Adapt Best-Seller 'Sisi'
The Crown writer Amy Jenkins has come on board to pen a TV adaptation of the Sisi novels for Patrick Wachsberger's Picture Perfect Federation.

Jenkins, the creator and showrunner of the BBC's This Life, will adapt Allison Pataki's best-selling novels for Picture Perfect Federation, former Lionsgate executive Wachsberger's newly launched joint venture with Marseille producer Pascal Breton. The novels are another royal tale for Jenkins as they are based on the life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria.

“Sisi was an extraordinary young Empress. Charismatic and free thinking, she was a royal rebel who set the Habsburg court ...
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Amy Jenkins to Adapt ‘Sisi’ Novels for Patrick Wachsberger’s Picture Perfect Federation (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Amy Jenkins, the creator and showrunner of the BBC series “This Life” and writer on Netflix’s “The Crown,” is set to adapt Allison Pataki’s “Sisi” novels, which are based on the life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria.

The female-driven period TV series is being developed by Picture Perfect Federation, the joint venture between former Lionsgate honcho Patrick Wachsberger and Federation Entertainment’s Pascal Breton, as well as Michael Shamberg’s (“Erin Brockovich”) Mas Production.

Based on Pataki’s two bestselling novels, “The Accidental Empress” and “Sisi: Empress on Her Own,” the modern series will tell the journey of a strong-willed woman who learns to accept and embrace her power in a male dominated world. Shedding light on one of Europe’s most powerful royal families, the series will span the period from 1853 up until the start of World War I.

“Sisi was an extraordinary young empress,” Jenkins said.
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‘Shangri-La’ Review: The Art of Zen Record Producing According to Rick Rubin

‘Shangri-La’ Review: The Art of Zen Record Producing According to Rick Rubin
“It’s not about me at all,” says Rick Rubin — renowned record producer, hip-hop pioneer, possessor of one of the world’s truly magnificent celebrity beards — at the very beginning of Shangri-La, Showtime’s four-part docuseries that premieres tonight and is … well, ostensibly about him. He’s talking to the project’s co-director, Morgan Neville; the Won’t You Be My Neighbor? filmmaker is asking Rubin about what the focus of the series should be. The subject sort of demurs, deflects, dodges the invitation to step into the spotlight. He mentions the artists,
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We need way more Asian leads on our screens. Here's how to get them

For too long Asian actors have been treated as ‘other’ in film and TV. But EastEnders and Richard Curtis’ romcom Yesterday show it doesn’t have to be this way

I’ll never forget the first time I saw Milly on This Life. I had grown up with no one who looked like me on television beyond paper-thin background characters who might run corner shops. Suddenly, in the mid-90s, here was a British Asian character in an edgy, late-night BBC show – a three-dimensional, aspirational, likable woman. But what made her all the more remarkable was that her ethnicity or background was basically never referred to. Milly was followed by the pioneering Goodness Gracious Me, a British Asian sketch show that subverted stereotypes, got the word chuddies into common parlance and created stars of its cast. I rubbed my hands in glee. Finally, people who looked like me were on the telly.
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Vampire Weekend Take Joy Ride Through Desert in ‘This Life’ Video

Vampire Weekend Take Joy Ride Through Desert in ‘This Life’ Video
Vampire Weekend hitch a ride with a desert dweller named Wade in the video for “This Life,” which appears on the band’s latest album, Father of the Bride. Directed my Emmett Malloy, the clip stars Kyle Field of the band Little Wings as Wade, an Uber-driver of sorts who picks up an array of passengers throughout the clip including Danielle Haim, Ariel Rechtshaid, Simi and Haze and Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig.

After all that wandering through the desert, the clip culminates with Wade’s various passengers turning
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Watch Vampire Weekend Jam Out ‘Sunflower’ on ‘Kimmel’

Watch Vampire Weekend Jam Out ‘Sunflower’ on ‘Kimmel’
Vampire Weekend delivered a delightfully shaggy take on their new song “Sunflower” on Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday.

The performance opened with frontman Ezra Koenig and guitarist Brian Jones breezing through the song’s up-and-down guitar licks. But instead of jumping straight to the verse, Vampire Weekend jammed out the intro a bit, deftly using a small horn section to punctuate the song’s loose grooves and kind vibes.

Sunflower” appears on Vampire Weekend’s latest album, Father of the Bride, and is one of several songs to feature the Internet’s Steve Lacy on guitar.
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Watch Vampire Weekend Perform With Haim on ‘Fallon’

Watch Vampire Weekend Perform With Haim on ‘Fallon’
Danielle Haim joined Vampire Weekend to perform the band’s new song “Jerusalem, New York, Berlin,” which comes off their recent album Father of the Bride. In the atmospheric performance, the singer duets with frontman Ezra Koenig, augmented by sparse, moody instrumentation from the band, which spreads out into an extended jam at the end.

Vampire Weekend appeared on The Tonight Show to play two tracks, which also included “This Life.” The rest of Haim joined the band for the second track, taking on vocal accompaniment.

The 18-track Father of the Bride dropped in April,
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Martin Compston, Laura Fraser, Molly Windsor & Jennifer Spence To Star In UKTV Crime Drama ‘Traces’

Martin Compston, Laura Fraser, Molly Windsor & Jennifer Spence To Star In UKTV Crime Drama ‘Traces’
Line of Duty’s Martin Compston, Breaking Bad’s Laura Fraser, Cheat’s Molly Windsor and TravelersJennifer Spence are to star in UKTV’s crime drama Traces.

The quartet will front the six-part series, which is written by Scott & Bailey and This Life writer Amelia Bullmore and based on an original idea from crime writer Val McDermid, whose Hill/Jordan books were turned into hit crime drama Wire in the Blood.

It marks the first original commission for UKTV’s Alibi and is produced by Happy Valley and Safe producer Red Production Company.

Laurie Brett (EastEnders), Vincent Regan (The White Princess), Michael Nardone (Shetland) and John Gordan Sinclair (Ill Behaviour) round out the cast. Directing are Rebecca Gatward (Grantchester) and Mary Nighy (Silent Witness).

Traces is set in Scotland and explores the world of Sifa, the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science. The drama follows female characters – Emma Hedges, played by Windsor,
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Review: Vampire Weekend’s Modern California Pop Masterpiece ‘Father of the Bride’

Review: Vampire Weekend’s Modern California Pop Masterpiece ‘Father of the Bride’
At 18 songs in under an hour, Vampire Weekend’s first album in six years sounds at first like a manic effort to make up lost time. Singer-guitarist Ezra Koenig, the band’s composer-lyricist and a co-producer on virtually every track, has stuffed his hooks and bridges with so many change-ups in rhythm, guitar tone and dramatic instrumental flourish that, by the finish, you feel like you’ve been whipped through a modern-pop homage to the Beatles’ Abbey Road medley – twice over.

Father of the Bride is so zealously detailed and
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Hear Vampire Weekend’s Two New Songs ‘This Life,’ ‘Unbearably White’

Hear Vampire Weekend’s Two New Songs ‘This Life,’ ‘Unbearably White’
Vampire Weekend unveiled two new songs, “This Life” and “Unbearably White,” the final pair of tracks they’ll share before the release of their new album, Father of the Bride, May 3rd via Columbia Records.

This Life” is a sunny and spirited tune that finds frontman Ezra Koenig trading guitar licks with Jake Longstreth – brother of Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth and co-host with Koenig on his Beats 1 radio show “Time Crisis” — and sharing vocal duties with Danielle Haim. The song opens with a characteristically cheeky Vampire Weekend lyric, with Koenig singing,
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TV offering for Lgbt viewers is impressive | Letters

Allegra Madgwick agrees with Owen Jones that Queer as Folk was groundbreaking, but says there is more out there

While agreeing with Owen Jones about the groundbreaking nature of the show, albeit with the caveat that it wasn’t so compelling for lesbians, it concerns me that he seems to have missed some great queer British TV over the past 20 years.

Honourable mention needs to go to Sugar Rush, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Tipping the Velvet, Portrait of a Marriage, The Bisexual and Tales of the City. There were also sympathetic and credible gay characters in This Life, Brideshead Revisited and Torchwood. Popular soap operas have also had fantastic gay/lesbian storylines that brought gay lives into the mainstream. As well as dramatic output, Channel 4’s eclectic documentary Out on Tuesday covered a wide range of Lgbt issues in Britain and was staffed largely by lesbian and gay media folk.
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Zentropa Crime-Thriller ‘The Purity Of Vengeance’ Breaks Danish Box Office Record

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Zentropa Crime-Thriller ‘The Purity Of Vengeance’ Breaks Danish Box Office Record
The fourth and final Department Q film The Purity Of Vengeance has become the highest-grossing Danish film at the local box office.

The Zentropa-produced film, released in early October by Nordisk Film Distribution, has made $11.1M (72.5M Dkk), surpassing the second instalment in the Department Q series, The Absent One. The film now ranks eleventh on the all-time box office chart and sits narrowly behind The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It has sold 730,380 tickets to date.

The four parts of the hugely popular crime-thriller series now rank first, second, fourth and fifth on the Danish box office chart for national films. The latest instalment, based on the fourth book in Jussi Adler-Olsen’s book series about crime unit Department Q, charts how a series of mysterious disappearances in 1987 are all eerily connected to the same person. Script comes from Bo Erhard Hansen while the series’ ever-present actors are Nikolaj Arcel
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Review: Tim Hecker’s ‘Konoyo’ Turns Japanese Woodwinds Into Powerful Ambient

Much of the nostalgic, hyper-real sounds emerging from the current wellspring of electronic music comes from a fictional, idealized Japan: vaporwave and “future funk” artists sampling buttery, synth-centic Japanese funk and boogie records; ambient artists attempting to capture their icy Eighties New Age rarities; PC Music tweaking the exaggerated “kawaii” of J-Pop. Even many of the most powerful, glossy avant-garde sounds – Oneohtrix Point Never sounding like a synthetic koto on R Plus Seven or Jlin opening Black Origami with something like a digital shamisen – evoke Japanese folk instruments run through the digital funhouse mirror.
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Joey Klein Can't Feel Pain in Trailer for Medical Thriller Film 'Painless'

"For someone who doesn't feel pain, you sure know an awful lot about it." Indican Pictures has released an official trailer for a medical thriller titled Painless, the latest film written & directed by filmmaker Jordan Horowitz (not the same Jordan as the producer of La La Land). The film is about a scientist born with a rare condition that makes him unable to feel physical pain, and he becomes increasingly obsessed with finding a cure. This isn't the only film about someone with this condition - a Russian film named Jumpman follows a boy with the same rare disease. Joey Klein (from TV's "12 Monkeys" and "This Life") stars in this, along with Evalena Marie, Kip Gilman, Pascal Yen-Pfister, Tommie Sox, and Nick Latrenta. Yes it does look a bit cliche and campy, but still seems like an intriguing film about obsession and the human condition. Here's the first official
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‘Gotham’ Director Mark Tonderai Leads Lineup Of ‘Doctor Who’ Writers & Directors

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‘Gotham’ Director Mark Tonderai Leads Lineup Of ‘Doctor Who’ Writers & Directors
Lucifer and Gotham director Mark Tonderai, Wentworth writer Pete McTighe and The Life and Adventures of Nick Nickleby writer Joy Wilkinson are among the behind-the-scenes talent to have signed up for the latest season of Doctor Who.

The BBC has revealed the five writers and four directors that will work with showrunner Chris Chibnall on the series, which sees Jodie Whittaker debut as the Doctor. The Broadchurch star took over the role as the thirteenth Doctor at the end of the 2017 Christmas special and is the first woman to be cast as the character.

Tonderai, who has also directed George Rr Martin’s Nightflyers and Jennifer Lawrence thriller House at the End of the Street, is joined behind the camera by directors including Jennifer Perrott (Gentleman Jack), Jamie Childs, who directed Jodie Whittaker’s reveal as the Thirteenth Doctor and Sallie Aprahamian (Teachers, This Life).

Meanwhile, McTighe and Joy Wilkinson
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“Hamlet from Ophelia’s Pov”: Editor Luke Dunkley on Sundance Drama Ophelia

Luke Dunkley began his career 20-some years ago as an editor on the short-lived BBC show This Life. He has since gone on to work for dozens of TV series and miniseries, including Netflix’s The Crown, Channel 4’s National Treasure and Canal Plus’s The Last Panther. Dunkley served as the editor on Ophelia, the fourth feature from Australian director Claire McCarthy. Ophelia is a retelling of Hamlet as told from the perspective of the young noblewoman of Denmark. Below, Dunkley discusses how he and McCarthy sought to “not compromise the young female perspective” in their spin on Shakespeare. Filmmaker: How and why did […]
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People Explains: the Ky. Lawmaker Who Killed Himself After a Sex Abuse Allegation

On Wednesday afternoon, Dan Johnson, a 57-year-old father of five, drove to a bridge in Mount Washington, Kentucky, parked his car on the north side and fatally shot himself in the head, authorities have said.

His body was found on the nearby riverbank.

Johnson, a first-term Republican state representative from Louisville, Kentucky, killed himself just two days after a political scandal had enveloped his career.

On Monday, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published an exposé that alleged sexual misconduct by the lawmaker.

Here are four things to know about the case and about Johnson.

1. Johnson Was Accused of Molesting
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Kentucky Lawmaker Commits Suicide After Being Accused of Molesting a 17-Year-old Girl

A state representative from Kentucky committed suicide one day after publicly denying allegations that he molested a 17-year-old girl in 2012.

Dan Johnson, a 57-year-old father of five, drove to a bridge in Mt. Washington, Kentucky on Wednesday afternoon. Parking his car on the north side, he got out of the car and shot himself, Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell said in a news conference, according to Wdrb. His body was found on the bank of the river.

The suicide comes two days after the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published an exposé that alleged sexual misconduct by the lawmaker. According to the story,
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Teen Mom Og: Amber Portwood's Ex Matt Baier Gets Married Just Months After Their Split

Surprise! Amber Portwood’s ex-fiancé Matt Baier has tied the knot.

People confirms Baier, who split from Portwood earlier this summer, married Jennifer Kathleen Conlon in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Baier, 46, spoke to E! News about his nuptials, saying he had met Conlon in a restaurant in Las Vegas following his break up from Portwood, 26.

According to the outlet, they couple have been together for about six months, but kept their relationship private because “she’s not a public figure.”

“It was one of those situations where it just kind of felt like the right thing,” he said. “We really get each other.
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