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‘Tokyo Vampire Hotel’: Sion Sono Creating Original Series for Amazon
Sion Sono has inked a prime deal. The provocative Japanese auteur responsible for such controversial, must-see films as “Love Exposure” and “Tokyo Tribe” is creating the original series “Tokyo Vampire Hotel” for Amazon. The show will consist of nine episodes, all of which will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Japan beginning June 16.
Read More: ‘Anti-Porno’ Trailer: Japanese Director Sion Sono Returns with a Feminist Take on Sexuality
Telling the tried-and-true story of humanity fighting for its very survival against the mythical bloodsuckers, the series stars Kaho, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Ami Tomite, Yumi Adachi and Megumi Kagurazaka, who happens to be Sono’s wife. Jun Tsugita and Manabu Ikarimoto penned the screenplay; Tomohiro Kubo have Daisuke Matsuo have written and directed two episodes.
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“Our focus is to work with the content creators to »
- Michael Nordine
‘Your Honor’ Tops 2017’s Series Mania
Already snapped up for a U.S. remake deal, Israeli series “Your Honor,” created by Shlomo Mashiach and Ron Ninio, took the top Grand Jury Prize on Saturday night in Paris at the 8th Series Mania, whose vibrance
was a telling reminder of the robust good health enjoyed by scripted show production at large.
“This is truly a new golden age of television and it was one of the highlights of my life to celebrate it by being on the jury for Series Mania, said jury president Damon Lindelof, show runner of “The Leftovers” and “Lost.”
Few who attended Series Mania could not have been struck by the bullishness of its industry events. FremantleMedia, eOne, Zdf and Federation Entertainment all announcing new productions or desired expansive moves and Co-Production Forum attendance up about 110% to just over 900 delegates as the market for foreign – and often foreign-language – TV dramas, though usually still niche in the latter case, continues »
- John Hopewell and Jamie Lang
Erin Moran Dies: ‘Happy Days’ Actress Was 56
Erin Moran, the actress who played Joanie Cunningham on the sitcom Happy Days has died. She was 56. Reports indicate that Moran was found unresponsive on Saturday afternoon by authorities in Indiana, after they got a call just after 4 pm ET. No cause of death has been revealed at this time and an autopsy is pending. The actress rose to fame in the ’70s after appearing as Ron Howard’s Richie Cunningham’s little sister on Happy Days. The show ran for 11 season, with Moran… »
‘Feud’: Charles And Diana Season 2 “Begins With Divorce Papers,” Says Ep Ryan Murphy
Fans of Ryan Murphy's latest show Feud: Bette And Joan have much to look forward to. Not only has Feud already been renewed for a second and third season, but Season 2 will focus on Prince Charles and Princess Diana, beginning with divorce and ending with Diana’s death, according to Murphy. "The next one is about Charles and Diana," he confirmed at an FX Emmy event in Los Angeles tonight. "We are shooting I think in the late fall and I’m casting Charles and… »
TV News Roundup: ‘Supergirl’ Star Melissa Benoist Cast in Event Series ‘Waco’
“Supergirl” star Melissa Benoist and “Grandma” star Julia Garner have been cast as leads opposite Michael Shannon and Tyler Kitsch in Paramount Network’s “Waco.” The six-part television series will be part of Paramount Network’s inaugural lineup to premiere in January 2018. It is based on the true story of the 51-day Texas standoff between the FBI, the Atf, and the Branch Davidian religious sect, and portrays the events leading up to and during the siege from the perspectives of several people involved on both sides of the confrontation. Benoist plays Rachel Koresh, the legal wife of Branch Davidian leader David Koresh (Kitsch), while Garner plays Michelle Jones, Rachel’s younger sister who has a child by Koresh.
Robert Costa has been named as the new »
- Erin Nyren
Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why’ Is Most Tweeted About Show of 2017 (Exclusive)
Netflix doesn’t release ratings, but thanks to Twitter, we now have a sense of the popularity of “13 Reasons Why” — the streaming giant’s latest series is officially the most tweeted about show of 2017, thus far.
“13 Reasons Why” has amassed more than 11 million tweets since its launch on Mar. 30, according to Twitter data exclusively obtained by Variety.
The teen series, based on the YA novel of the same name, revolves around the suicide of a high school girl, Hannah, played by newcomer Katherine Langford, who co-stars with Dylan Minnette. The show is executive produced by multi-hyphenate superstar Selena Gomez, who happens to be the most-followed person on Instagram.
The Twitter boom has resulted in drastic growth for the cast members’ personal accounts. Christian Navarro, who plays Tony, had a mere 625 followers when the show premiered on Mar. 30 — now he has more than 85,000, marking a 13,263% jump. Likewise, Alisha Boe, who plays Jessica, jumped »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Paulie Giganti, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Contestant, Dies of Drug Overdose at 36
Philadelphia chef Paulie Giganti, who previously competed on Fox’s reality competition “Hell’s Kitchen,” died of a drug overdose, TheWrap has learned. Giganti was 36 and his body was received Thursday by the Philadelphia Media Examiner’s office. The chef’s cause of death has been ruled “accidental death by drug intoxication,” according to James Garrow, spokesman at the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s office.
The Brooklyn-born Giganti was executive chef of the Philadelphia restaurant Birra, but left his position in November. “He brought a consistency to our product »
- Linda Ge and Tim Kenneally
‘Doctor Who’: The Next Doctor Rumored to Be ‘Chewing Gum’s’ Black Female Star — Report
Every time the star of “Doctor Who” has announced they’re stepping down, speculation regenerates about his possible replacement. Ah, but what if this time, instead of a white male Doctor, the BBC finally listened to fans who’ve been seeking some diversity for the role?
According to a Nerdist, a source close to production insists that Michaela Coel will replace Peter Capaldi as the next Doctor, which would make her the first female and first black actor to play the role. This source is not an official BBC spokesperson though, and the statement the BBC released to Nerdist didn’t confirm anything: “No casting decisions have been made yet for ‘Doctor Who’ Season 11.”
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Although Coel was not one of the people that IndieWire had suggested for casting, she would make a fantastic Thirteen. The »
- Hanh Nguyen
‘Shadowhunters’ Renewed for Season 3 at Freeform
“Shadowhunters” has been renewed for Season 3 ahead of the return of Season 2 on June 5.
The cast of the Freeform series announced the renewal during a Facebook Live Q&A on Friday as part of the network’s upfronts presentation. They will return for a 20-episode third season in 2018.
Inspired by “The Mortal Instruments” series by Cassandra Clare, “Shadowhunters” is produced by Constantin Film and executive produced by Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer, McG, Michael Reisz, Matt Hastings, Mary Viola, Martin Moszkowicz, and Robert Kulzer. It stars Katherine McNamara as Clary Fray, Dominic Sherwood as Jace Wayland, Alberto Rosende as Simon Lewis, Emeraude Toubia as Isabelle Lightwood, Matthew Daddario as Alec Lightwood, Isaiah Mustafa as Luke Garroway, and Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus Bane.
The second half of Season 2 will pick up with the Shadowhunters and Downworlders reeling from what happened at the New York Institute in the winter finale. As the rift between the two sides grows larger »
- Joe Otterson
Scott Derrickson to Direct ‘Locke & Key’ Pilot for Hulu
Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez‘s Locke & Key is getting a second chance at the small screen. Over five years ago, Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) directed a Locke & Key pilot for Fox, but they decided not to move forward with the series. Now, Hulu has ordered a Scott Derrickson-directed and Carlton Cuse-produced Locke & Key pilot. Below, learn more about […]
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- Jack Giroux
Russian Figure Skater Evgenia Medvedeva Whips out Sailor Moon Routine
It’s one thing to be a great cosplayer. It’s another to be a talented figure skater who has a real thing for Sailer Moon and incorporates cosplay into the routine. It’s also a bonus when said figure skater is extremely attractive. That’s the life of Russian skater Evgenia Medvedeva. This isn’t the first time Evgenia Medvedeva has done a Sailor Moon routine, and it’s probably not the last time, either. In 2016, the Russian skater did a Sailor Moon themed routine, which made big waves in Japan. This year she’s brought it back and it’s making the same waves all
Russian Figure Skater Evgenia Medvedeva Whips out Sailor Moon Routine »
- Nat Berman
Norman Lear To Host Weekly Podcast; Amy Poehler, Julia Louis-Dreyfus Among Guests
Norman Lear is lending his voice to the world of podcasts. The veteran writer producer, director, and creator of such legendary sitcoms as All In The Family, Good Times, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, Maude, among others, will be hosting a new weekly podcast on PodcastOne. All of the Above with Norman Lear will cover topics ranging from comedy to family, current events, music, politics, and social issues featuring the unique perspectives of celebrities, politicians… »
In ‘President Show,’ Comedy Central’s Fake Trump Tackles Real Late-Night Rivals
When President Donald Trump speaks, people hear many different sounds: A rallying cry for blue-collar America. A dog-whistle signal for extremists. A new philosophy that might shape the nation for the next several years.
Anthony Atamanuik picks up the faint strains of poetry.
“Trump speaks almost lyrically, like a refrain. He talks to himself. When he’s talking, he’s always telling himself what he is saying, and then he repeats it to confirm it to himself,” says the comedian. “He’s running and revising a concept over and over again. He will give it, and repeat, and return to it.”
People may debate whether the president should be lumped in with Alfred Tennyson, Carl Sandburg, and Ogden Nash, or even some guy who scrawls dirty limericks on a public bathroom wall. Yet they are likely to give Atamanuik, 42 years old, some leeway when he begins to interpret the nation’s 45th president as if he were »
- Brian Steinberg
A-List TV Titans' Best & Worst: Every Joss Whedon Series Ranked
In your life of channel-surfing, you’ve probably read a million TV listicles ranking the best and worst programs of the year, the decade, all-time. So have your friends at TVLine. (Bored now.) That’s why we’ve decided to flip the script and put a fresh — some might even say dark — spin on the convention by pitting the small screen’s most influential uber producers against, in essence, themselves, weighing Shonda Rhimes’ series strictly against one another, Greg Berlanti’s series strictly against one another, and so on.
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The Answer to Why Donald Trump Keeps Sean Spicer Around: “Great Ratings”
I think that most of us can agree that Sean Spicer is not particularly good at his job as White House press secretary. As Uproxx rightfully points out: If anyone other than Donald Trump was his boss, the press secretary — who claimed Hitler “didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” referred to concentration camps as “Holocaust Centers,” scolded a veteran reporter for shaking her head, revealed his phone number to the world, and routinely offers no evidence for his “facts” — would have been fired long ago. And yet, the president keeps Spicey around. So why in the world
- Nat Berman
Netflix To Seek €1B In Debt To Help Pay For Original Programming
After burning nearly $1.5 billion in cash last year, Netflix says today that it’s headed back to the debt market for help to pay for its fast-growing content needs as it expands throughout the world. The company says it will borrow €1 billion through senior debt notes it will sell outside of the U.S. Details about the interest rate and maturity date are yet to be determined. The streaming power will use the cash “for general corporate purposes, which may include content… »
John Cena Celebrates 40th Birthday By Deadlifting 600 Pounds
Sometimes its easy to forget how hard it is to have a physique like John Cena. We look at guys like this and just assume they’re naturally gifted. But to weigh as much as Cena does with as little fat as he has and to lift as much as he does takes an incredible amount of time in the gym. So Cena, showing off that work ethic, decided that for his 40th birthday (which was over the weekend), instead of enjoying cake or having a lavish celebration, he’d do what he does best: hit the gym. Cena didn’t mess around
John Cena Celebrates 40th Birthday By Deadlifting 600 Pounds »
- Nat Berman
Supergirl Sneak Peek: Lena Leaves Kara Blushing After a Run-In With Her Ex
Three is definitely a crowd in TVLine’s first look at Monday’s Supergirl (The CW, 8/7c).
The above clip reunites Lena Luthor with her ex-boyfriend, tech genius Jack Spheer (played by iZombie‘s Rahul Kohli), and she isn’t the least bit subtle about wanting to catch up one-on-one — after sending Kara into a giggle fit with some well-deserved flattery, of course.
But before you worry about Kara and Lena’s friendship getting derailed by this shady newcomer, allow Katie McGrath to ease your mind: “We’ve spent 18 episodes »
Check Out These Awesome Pictures of Disney Themed Biker Gangs
If you are on the internet long enough you’ll always see something that surprises you. Frankly I never thought I’d live to see the day of a Disney themed biker gang but that day has come and these gangs do in fact exist. I’m not sure how they’d match up against some of your traditional Harley gangs around the country, but it turns out these factions are growing in number. One of the biggest groups right now is “Sons of Anakin.” Here’s their mission statement: Sons of Anakin is a Disneyland Social Group of passionate Annual Passholders. Formed in January
Check Out These Awesome Pictures of Disney Themed Biker Gangs »
- Nat Berman
EOne, Aquarius Board Aussie Series ‘The Other Guy’; Studiocanal Picks Up ‘American Gods’; Viceland Producing Comedy ‘Brexit Stage Left’ — Global Briefs
Entertainment One and Lion producer Aquarius Films are co-producing a new Stan Original comedy series The Other Guy, starring and written by Australian comedian and broadcast personality Matt Okine. The show, which has already begun production, is based on Okine's own experiences, which he developed into a stand-up show and is now a TV series for Australia's local streaming service Stan. The show is co-written by Becky Lucas (Please Like Me) and Greg Waters (Soul Mates, Da… »
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