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George Clooney developing Watergate TV series at Netflix

George Clooney directs Leatherheads

Story by Jack Foley

GEORGE Clooney and Bridge of Spies writer Matt Charman are developing a new series about Watergate at Netflix.

The eight-episode limited series will reportedly focus on the chief figures wrapped up in the scandal, including President Nixon.

The Watergate scandal took place in June 1972, when five men were arrested for breaking into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate complex in Washington DC.

What followed was an investigation that revealed a cover-up by high-ranking White House officials that resulted in the resignation of President Richard Nixon two years later. The events have already been dramatized in the critically-acclaimed film All The Presidents Men.

Charman, who nabbed an Oscar nomination for his Bridge of Spies screenplay, is a writer very much in demand. He is currently producing the World War II film Liberty Road and has re-teamed with Bridge of Spies director Steven Spielberg and producer Marc Platt for a film about legendary newscaster Walter Cronkite.

Clooney, too, is busy and seems to be concentrating a lot of his creative efforts on the small screen. In addition to Watergate, the actor-director has an adaptation of Catch-22, based on Joseph Heller’s book, that he’s slated to star in and direct.

The six-episode mini is being written by Lion‘s Luke Davis and Animal Kingdom‘s David Michod.

Win Detectorists: Series 3 on DVD

The Detectorists Series 3

Preview by Jack Foley

CAN you dig it? Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones return for more comedy gold in a brand-new series of the award-winning Detectorists.

Following its broadcast on BBC Four, Detectorists Series Three arrives on DVD alongside the box set release of Detectorists: Complete Series One to Three, including the Christmas Special on December 18, courtesy of Acorn Media International.

We’re back on the trail again with Andy (Mackenzie Crook, The Office) and Lance (Toby Jones, The Girl), two friends who share a devotion to metal detecting.

With their eyes on a particular plot of land, they both dream of the one big find which would bring history to life and change their lives in the process.

Having returned from Africa, Andy and Becky (Rachael Stirling, Snow White and the Huntsman), have moved in temporarily with her mother (Diana Rigg, The Avengers), with all the challenges that accompany living with the mother-in-law.

Lance is trying to kick-start his relationship with Toni (Rebecca Callard, Ordinary Lies), but her living on a barge makes him queasy and his daughter staying at the flat leaves the situation rather precarious – with none of this being helped by the re-appearance of his ex-wife.

Meanwhile, Lance and Andy’s search for gold continues as they face enemies old and new.

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Q. What is the name of Tony Jones’s character in Detectorists Series Three?

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The Punisher renewed for second season at Netflix

The Punisher

Story by Jack Foley

FRANK’S just getting started and he’s got more work to do. Netflix has announced that Marvel’s The Punisher has been renewed for a second season.

After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld.

Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.

Marvel’s The Punisher Season 1 cast featured Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Girls, The Lake House), Deborah Ann Woll (Marvel’s Daredevil, True Blood), Ben Barnes (Westworld, The Chronicles of Narnia), Amber Rose Revah (Emerald City, Indian Summers), Michael Nathanson (The Knick, Wolf of Wall Street), Jaime Ray Newman (Bates Motel), Jason R Moore (A Lonely Place for Dying), Daniel Webber (11.22.63) and Paul Schulze (Nurse Jackie).

Marvel’s The Punisher Season 1 was executive produced by showrunner Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal), Jim Chory (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Luke Cage) and Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Luke Cage), who also serves as Marvel’s Head of Television.

Big Little Lies gets second season, Andrea Arnold to direct

Big Little Lies

Story by Jack Foley

HBO’s limited series Big Little Lies is returning for a second season.

Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and David E. Kelley are re-teaming for another batch of episodes, with most of the rest of the cast of the Emmy winner expected to return.

Andrea Arnold, an Academy Award and three-time Cannes winner, is attached to direct, stepping in for Jean-Marc Vallée, who remains on board as a producer.

Kelley will write all seven scripts, which will be partially based on a story by Liane Moriarty, the author of the novel of the same name.

Announcing the show’s return in a statement, leading lady and co-producer Kidman said: “This is inspired by the overwhelming response by audiences around the world, conceived once again by Liane Moriarty, realised by David Kelley and now in the hands of visionary filmmaker Andrea Arnold.

“What a journey this has been. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to keep exploring these female characters and make this series with my friends.”

Witherspoon, who previously dropped out of Pale Blue Dot to free her schedule to shoot more Big Little Lies, also stated: “I’m thrilled to be bringing back this talented team of artists. It gives us the opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of these intriguing and intricate Monterey families and bring more of their stories back to the audience who embraced and championed them.

“I’m beyond excited to be working with talented and acclaimed director Andrea Arnold who will be at the helm. Andrea’s unique storytelling style will be a welcome addition to the filmmaking team.”

Big Little Lies debuted on HBO in early 2017 and went on to win eight Emmy Awards at the 69th annual ceremony in September, including limited series or TV movie, and acting awards for Kidman, Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgard.

Marvel's Jessica Jones: Series 2- Netflix release first-look image

Jessica Jones: Series 2

Preview by Jack Foley

CHECK out the first-look at Season 2 of Marvel’s Jessica Jones

New York City private investigator Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is beginning to put her life back together after murdering her tormenter, Kilgrave.

Now known throughout the city as a super-powered killer, a new case makes her reluctantly confront who she really is while digging deeper into her past to explore the reasons why.

Jessica Jones: Series 2 will air on Netflix in 2018.

Win Better Call Saul: Season 3 on Blu-ray

Better Call Saul: Season 3

THE trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer, Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), in the time leading up to establishing his strip mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In Season 3, McGill takes his decisive step into his transformation into Breaking Bad‘s infamous criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman..

When Chuck (Michael McKean) begins a legal vendetta against his younger brother, he pushes Jimmy’s faltering moral compass to its limit.

How far will Jimmy go to defend his law practice – and his fledgling romance with Kim (Rea Seehorn)?

Meanwhile, Mike (Jonathan Banks) searches for a mysterious adversary.

Better Call Saul: Season 3 is available on DVD and Blu-ray from Monday, November 27, 2017. Better Call Saul: Complete Season 1-3 Box Set is also released on November 27 on Blu-ray and DVD.

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To celebrate the release of Better Call Saul: Season 3 on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, November 27, 2017, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies on Blu-ray. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Which enigmatic Breaking Bad villain makes a comeback in Better Call Saul: Season 3 (Clue, the answer is in our preview)?

A) Tuco Salamanca
B) Gus Fring
C) Chuck McGill

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Win Medici: Masters of Florence on DVD

Medici

Preview by Jack Foley

HOLLYWOOD giant Dustin Hoffman returns to our screens alongside Game of Thrones favourite Richard Madden in the scintillating, epic, historical drama Medici: Masters of Florence, about Italy’s most powerful and influential family and banking dynasty.

Following its run on Netflix, Medici: Masters of Florence Season One arrives on DVD courtesy of Acorn Media on December 11, 2017.

The House of Medici, one of the most powerful Florentine families and bankers to the pope, are in turmoil. After head of the Bank of Medici, Giovanni (Hoffman), is mysteriously poisoned, his son Cosimo (Madden) must take control.

Harbouring the dangerous secret that his father was murdered, Cosimo must fight to protect all his family has worked so hard to attain.

As head of the Signoria, with attacks coming from all sides and war looming, he needs to decide whether to side with the nobility, as Giovanni would have done, or to step out from his father’s shadow.

Win Medici: Masters of Florence on DVD

To celebrate the release of Medici: Masters of Florence on DVD on December 11, 2017, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies. Simply answer the following question…

Q. What is the name of the character played by Richard Madden in Medici: Masters of Florence?

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Black Mirror: Season 4 - Official Trailer

Black Mirror: Season 4

WRAP up 2017 and ring in the New Year with six all-new episodes of the always anxiety-inducing series, Black Mirror: Series 4, which this season stars Jesse Plemons, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jimmi Simpson, Cristin Milioti, Aldis Hodge, Maxine Peake, Andrea Riseborough, Letitia Wright and Michaela Coel, among countless others.

Black Mirror Season 4 directors include Jodie Foster, Toby Haynes, John Hillcoat, Colm McCarthy, Tim Van Patten and David Slade.

Black Mirror is an anthology series that taps into our collective unease with the modern world, with each stand-alone episode a sharp, suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia leading to an unforgettable – and sometimes unsettling – conclusion.

Without questioning it, technology has transformed all aspects of our lives; in every home; on every desk; in every palm – a plasma screen; a monitor; a Smartphone – a Black Mirror reflecting our 21st Century existence back at us.

The series is created and written by Charlie Brooker, and executive produced by Brooker and Annabel Jones.

Black Mirror will be available on Netflix from Friday, December 29, 2017.

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Netflix's Wormwood - Official trailer

Wormwood

HOW big does the conspiracy go? Uncover the truth behind the CIA, LSD, mind control… and the death of a family man.

Wormwood – a Netflix original story – launches globally on Netflix on December 15, 2017.

Directed by boundary-breaking filmmaker Errol Morris, Wormwood explores the limits of knowledge about the past and the lengths we’ll go in our search for the truth.

A twisting, evolving story of one man’s sixty-year quest to identify the circumstances of his father’s mysterious death.

Combining a virtuosic performance by Peter Sarsgaard with Morris’ legendary interview style, Wormwood examines this case from every possible angle, bringing the viewer face-to-face with some of the United States’ darkest secrets.

Wormwood sets a new standard for non-fiction filmmaking and finds Morris working on his grandest canvas yet.

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Netflix's Altered Carbon - First-look image and date announcement

Altered Carbon

Consciousness can be digitized…human bodies are interchangeable…and death is no longer permanent, welcome to the world of Altered Carbon where noBODY lives forever.

Altered Carbon launches on Netflix Friday, February 2, 2018.

Based on the classic cyberpunk noir novel by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon is an intriguing story of murder, love, sex, and betrayal, set more than 300 years in the future.

Society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitized; human bodies are interchangeable; death is no longer permanent. Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman) is the lone surviving soldier in a group of elite interstellar warriors who were defeated in an uprising against the new world order.

His mind was imprisoned, “on ice”, for centuries until Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy), an impossibly wealthy, long-lived man, offers Kovacs the chance to live again. In exchange, Kovacs has to solve a murder … that of Bancroft himself.

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