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Will Ferrell to star in Netflix comedy about Eurovision Song Contest

Will Ferrell is Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights

Story by Jack Foley

WILL Ferrell is set to star in a Netflix film based around the Eurovision song contest.

The comedy actor will headline the project after writing the script with Andrew Steele, with whom he previously worked with on Casa de mi Padre and Lifetime parody A Deadly Adoption.

Ferrell has previously admitted that he’s been a big fan of the European competition ever since his Swedish wife introduced him to it way back in 1999. Indeed, he was seen at this year’s contest in Lisbon.

The Eurovision Song Contest has been a major music fixture since 1956 and attracted over 186 million viewers world-wide this year.

The as-yet untitled project marks Ferrell’s second film with Netflix after last month’s release of Ibiza, a comedy he produced, starring Gillian Jacobs.

On the big screen, Ferrell was last seen in the hit sequel Daddy’s Home 2 and will next be reuniting with Step Brothers co-star John C Reilly for Holmes and Watson, a comedic take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s mystery series that also stars Ralph Fiennes.

Ferrell also recently sold a documentary series about the global economy at Amazon with Anchorman director Adam McKay.

Jon Bernthal returning to The Walking Dead for Season 9

Jon Bernthal

Story by Jack Foley

JON Bernthal is set to return to The Walking Dead for one episode during its forthcoming ninth season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The actor played former police officer Shane Walsh in the first two seasons of the show, outlasting the comic book version of his ill-fated character.

His character was eventually killed following an altercation with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), his former fellow officer and long-time best friend, only to return moments later as a walker and put down, permanently, by the late Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs).

AMC has refused to comment on THR’s story, so plot details of how Bernthal re-appears have yet to be confirmed. However, it could well take the form as a flashback.

And it looks likely to tie in with the departure of Lincoln’s character, given that the British star (and leading man of the series) has just announced his decision to exit the series during season 9.

Bernthal’s currently toplines another series, Netflix’s The Punisher, in which he plays Marvel anti-hero Frank Castle.

Romper Stomper: The Series - Preview

Romper Stomper

Story by Jack Foley

A QUARTER of a century ago, a film about skinhead racists running amok in Australia exploded around the world in an orgy of violence, shocking audiences with its realistic take on neo-Nazi culture and making a star of its young lead, Russell Crowe.

Now, with nationalism and racism on the rise around the globe, Romper Stomper is set to return for its sequel, this time as a powerful and daring TV series, with a distinctly modern take.

Generating both critical acclaim and controversy across the globe, Romper Stomper arrives as a compelling six-part series. Following its run on BBC Three, it makes its DVD bow on June 18, 2018 courtesy of Acorn Media International.

Original writer and director Geoffrey Wright has created a new world in and around Melbourne, one inhabited by right-wing extremists, anti-fascist revolutionaries radicals and a group of Muslims caught between them.

He has also revived some of the characters from the 1992 feature, played by original cast Dan Wyllie (Love My Way), John Brumpton (The Loved Ones) and Jacqueline McKenzie (The Water Diviner).

They are joined by Lachy Hulme (Beaconsfield), Sophie Lowe (The Slap), David Wenham (Top of the Lake), Nicole Chamoun (Last Dance), and rising star Toby Wallace (Boys In The Trees).

Told from multiple points of view, Romper Stomper follows Patriot Blue, a new generation of white supremacists. Into their midst comes Kane, a smart, young 22-year-old with a secret past and a plan to secure his place in the group.

His street smarts and winning way with words soon see him rising to the top as his band of hardcore right-wing extremists come into contact with both anti-fascist hardliners and a trio of conflicted Muslims. And as their rivalry intensifies, a wider political thriller emerges…

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Ruth Wilson joins James McAvoy in BBC's His Dark Materials adaptation

Saving Mr Banks

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RUTH Wilson, star of hit drama series The Affair as well as films such as Saving Mr Banks, has joined the cast of the BBC’s adaptation of His Dark Materials.

The actress will be starring as protagonist Marisa Coulter, a former lover of Lord Asriel (played by James McAvoy), according to Deadline.

Coulter is one of the main characters in Philip Pullman’s trilogy. She is described as a beautiful 35-year-old in the third novel, The Amber Spyglass.

Her relationship with main character Lyra (Dafne Keen) – an orphan who travels to a parallel universe – is one of the main strands of the story.

In further casting news, Clarke Peters, of The Wire fame, has also signed up to play the master who raises Asriel’s curious child. And Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda has been cast as balloonist and adventurer Lee Scoresby.

His Dark Materials is reportedly being planned as a five-series, 40-episode juggernaut, with its first series based on Pullman’s first instalment of the trilogy, Northern Lights.

The first run will be comprised of eight episodes.

Netflix announce The Good Cop series with Tony Danza and Josh Groban

The Good Cop

Preview by Jack Foley

ON September 21, 2018, TV’s most beloved Tony returns when The Good Cop, a new 10-episode, one-hour dramedy series, starring Tony Danza and Josh Groban, launches on Netflix.

In The Good Cop, Tony Danza plays Tony Sr., a lovable yet not exactly honourable, former NYPD officer who never followed the rules. He lives with his son, Tony Jr., Josh Groban, a brilliant, straight-laced NYPD detective who makes a point of always following the rules while solving Brooklyn’s toughest cases.

This “odd couple” become unofficial partners as Tony Sr. offers his overly-cautious son blunt, street-wise advice. Also joining the cast are Monica Barbaro, Isiah Whitlock, Jr and Bill Kottkamp.

Andy Breckman, the creator of Monk, serves as showrunner and executive producer, with Randy Zisk (Bones, Monk), and Howard Klein (The Office, The Mindy Project) also serving as executive producers. Tony Danza is a producer on The Good Cop.

The series is inspired by a format from Israeli production company YES, who also serve as executive producers. The Good Cop is a Netflix original production.

The Good Cop launches on Netflix on September 21, 2018.

Watch the date announcement teaser video

Glow: Season 2 - Netflix launch trailer

Glow Season 2

THE gorgeous ladies of wrestling are back in town. GLOW Season 2 launches globally on Netflix on June 29, 2018.

Season 2 follows the women of GLOW as they become local celebrities, confronting the good, the bad, and the ugly realities of their newfound fame.

As Ruth and Debbie settle into the day-to-day of making a season of TV together, they confront lingering issues at the heart of their friendship.

Sam is still Sam, but now he has a teenage daughter living with him and twenty episodes to churn out. The wrestling is harder, the stakes are higher, and the hair is even bigger.

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HBO announces pilot for Game of Thrones spin-off series

Game of Thrones

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HBO has officially announced a prequel series to Game of Thrones – one of five potential spin-offs in various stages of development.

Book author George RR Martin has created the new series alongside British screenwriter Jane Goldman (wife of Jonathan Ross).

A pilot episode for the show has now been ordered by HBO which will be set thousands of years before the battles over the Iron Throne.

If picked up, the subsequent prequel will chronicle “the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour”.

The HBO statement continued: “From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East, to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.”

No further plot details were revealed. But executives say any spin-off will not be broadcast until after Game of Thrones‘ final season in 2019.

Goldman, who wrote the screenplays for Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class and the Kingsman films, will serve as a showrunner for the as-yet-unnamed show.

She is one of several acclaimed screenwriters who were entrusted by HBO to create potential spin-offs. Other names include Max Borenstein, Brian Helgeland, Carly Wray and Bryan Cogman.

Game of Thrones remains HBO’s most popular series to date. It has won multiple Emmy awards and drawn tens of millions of viewers worldwide.

Netflix drop trailer for Indian original series Sacred Games

Sacred Games

THE games have begun! Watch the trailer for Netflix’s first Indian original series, Sacred Games.

A cop without a case and a criminal without a code; the official trailer of the first Indian Netflix original series, Sacred Games, shows an intriguing world set in the dark underbelly of Mumbai, where politics, crime and passion come together in a deadly game. Sacred Games is based on Vikram Chandra’s critically acclaimed epic novel of the same name.

The eight-episode thriller follows the riveting journey of Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan), a seasoned, cynical police officer, and Anjali Mathur (Radhika Apte), an intelligence officer, to the centre of a mysterious web woven the powerful criminal overlord, Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui).

The plot twists and turns along the dark alleys of Mumbai, with Ganesh and Sartaj tightening their grip on each other and staking everything on victory, including the city itself.

The trailer is a tantalizing glimpse into the world of glamour, passion, violence and revenge, which will be fully revealed on July 6, 2018, when Sacred Games premieres exclusively on Netflix worldwide.

The series is directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane.

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Noah Hawley's Legion renewed for third season by FX


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NOAH Hawley’s high-concept mutant origin story Legion, starring Dan Stevens, has been renewed for a third season.

The critically-acclaimed show follows the fortunes of Marvel comics character David Haller, aka ‘Legion,’ who may be the most powerful mutant in the world… or just insane. It is focused on Haller’s battle against the mysterious Shadow King.

Announcing the renewal, FX President of Original Programming Eric Schrier said in a statement: “Legion has redefined the superhero drama and exceeded all expectations as the intensity and revelation build through the second season.

“We are incredibly proud of Noah Hawley’s achievement and are honoured to continue the series as it pushes the boundaries of conventional television storytelling.

“We are also grateful for the contributions of our executive producers, John Cameron, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, and Jeph Loeb with Marvel Television, as well as our outstanding cast and crew of this ground-breaking show.”

As yet, there has been no announcement on when Legion: Season 3 will premiere or how many episodes it will receive.

In Legion, Haller (played by Stevens) is portrayed as a character who spent his childhood suffering from schizophrenic-like conditions and being moved around various psychiatric facilities until he met his love interest Syd (Rachel Keller).

Once there, Syd ushers him into a world of helpful mutants at ‘Summerland’ who reveal to David that he might not be insane after all, but rather an extraordinarily powerful mutant who has an unwelcome guest in his mind.

The second season, which has two episodes left to run, has expanded the world of the show by introducing a semi-corporeal version of Amahl Farouk, aka The Shadow King (Navid Negahban), and a new version of Lenny (Aubrey Plaza).

Matt LeBlanc to leave Top Gear


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MATT LeBlanc is to leave Top Gear after its next series.

The star of Friends and Episodes star first began presenting the BBC2 show alongside Chris Evans in 2016, before going on to front the show with Rory Reid and Chris Harris once Evans departed after his first series.

LeBlanc described Top Gear as being “great fun”, but felt the “time commitment and extensive travel… takes me away from my family and friends more than I’m comfortable with”.

“It’s unfortunate, but for these reasons I will not be continuing my involvement with the show,” he explained. “I will forever be a Top Gear fan and I wish the team continued success. Thanks for a great drive.”

LeBlanc’s last series will be his fourth.

Commenting on LeBlanc’s announcement, BBC2 controller Patrick Holland said: “I want to thank the fabulous Matt LeBlanc for being a brilliant co-host on Top Gear. Matt has thrown himself into the show with real passion, revealing his extraordinary car knowledge and a willingness to get down and dirty.

“We were always going to be borrowing him from his day job as one of the top comic actors in Hollywood so I wish him all the very best. The next series of Top Gear [Matt’s last] promises to be something very special and we have great plans to welcome a new co-host to join the team for 2019 and beyond.”