Dangling $86.9 million in front of some big-ticket projects from Oscar winners and former Desperate Housewives, the California Film Commission was feeling particularly generous this morning. Joel and Ethan Coen’s new Scarface , the Eva Longoria helmed Flamin Hot, Steven Soderbergh ’s HBO Max-set KIMI with Zoë Kravitz, which Deadline exclusively reported on last week , and the Reese Witherspoon produced Ashley’s War are among 22 projects awarded lucrative tax credits in the latest round from the Golden State’s $330 million annual program. Playing to the jobs-based program’s bottom line, the 11 independent and 11 “non-independent,” as the Colleen Bell-run CFC quaintly terms them, films are anticipated to generate some big bucks for coronavirus battered California. Related Story Golden Globes TV Review: Technical Glitches Weren't The Only Disasters On Tone Deaf HFPA Ceremony To be specific, the return on investment is expected to haul in about … [Read more...] about Coen Brothers, Eva Longoria & Steven Soderbergh Films Among 22 Features Allocated CA Tax Credits
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He founded Mushroom Records in 1972 before expanding his business into the sprawling Mushroom Group. Michael Gudinski, the Australian music pioneer whose Mushroom Group would become the template for independent music companies and who, with his rambunctious, exuberant personality, became the face of his country’s music scene, has died. He was 68. Gudinski died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Melbourne on Monday night, his passing a shock to everyone connected with Australia’s music industry. Speaking with Billboard just last week, Gudinski was his typical, enthusiastic self, looking ahead to new TV projects, the vaccine rollout and the return of full-scale touring in these parts. No other figure has done more to shape the Australian music industry than Gudinski. In a keynote interview at the 2010 Bigsound conference in Brisbane with this reporter, Gudinski recounted how, at the age of just seven, Michael flexed his growing entrepreneurial muscles on Caulfield Cup day … [Read more...] about Michael Gudinski, Legendary Australian Independent Music Entrepreneur, Dies at 68
EXCLUSIVE: Geoff Stults ( Little Fires Everywhere ), newcomer Jules Latimer, Tiya Sircar ( Good Sam ), Alanna Ubach ( Euphoria ), Laurie Davidson ( The Good Liar ) and Andre Hyland ( The Death of Dick Long ) are set as series regulars opposite Kate Beckinsale in Guilty Party , Paramount+’s half-hour dark comedy from Funny or Die. Written by Rebecca Addelman ( Dead to Me ) and to be directed by Trent O’Donnell ( No Activity ), Guilty Party stars Beckinsale as Beth Baker, a discredited journalist desperate to salvage her career by latching on to the story of a young mother sentenced to life in prison for maiming and murdering her husband — crimes she claims she didn’t commit. In trying to uncover the truth, Beth finds herself in over her head as she contends with Colorado gun smugglers, clickbait culture, the doldrums of marriage and her own tarnished past. Related Story 'iCarly': Jay Kogen Exits As Co-Showrunner Of Revival Series For … [Read more...] about ‘Guilty Party’: Geoff Stults, Jules Latimer, Tiya Sircar, Alanna Ubach Among 6 Cast In Paramount+’s Dark Comedy Series
There were a lot of things to love about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story , but heading into (and out of) the movie, there is almost no question that the biggest reason to be excited about the movie was Darth Vader. We haven't seen true-to-form Darth Vader on screen since Star Wars: Return of the Jedi , if you don't count the quick bit at the end of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith . Now the actor who played him on screen in the latest live-action Star Wars movie has opened up a bit about taking on the iconic character and how he was brought to life this time around. British actor Spencer Wilding played Darth Vader in the suit for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story , but James Earl Jones once again returned to voice the famed Sith Lord. He recently talked about his experience with ITV during a special screening of the movie in his hometown of Rhyl, Wales. Here is what he had to say about it. RELATED: Rogue One Reshoots Weren't as Dramatic as Reported Says Mads Mikkelsen … [Read more...] about What Was It Like Playing Darth Vader in Rogue One?
The Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series is moving in the right direction. Former Game of Thrones star Indira Varma has joined the cast of the upcoming Star Wars show, which will see Ewan McGregor reprising his role as the iconic Jedi. McGregor originally played the part in the prequel trilogy and will now return for the show, which will take place between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope . Varma will be along for the ride as well. According to multiple reports, Indira Varma has signed on for a role in Obi-Wan Kenobi . Details on her role are being kept under wraps for the time being. It is not known if she will be playing a character that has already been established in the universe, perhaps from The Clone Wars animated series or a comic book/novel, or if she will be playing an entirely new character. The only other confirmed cast member is Hayden Christensen. During Disney's investor day presentation last year, it was confirmed that Christensen, who … [Read more...] about Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ Miniseries Lures in Game of Thrones Star Indira Varma