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U.S. streaming service BritBox is to co-produce ITV crime drama The Pembrokeshire Murders starring Murder Mystery and The Alienist star Luke Evans.
The SVOD service, which is a joint venture between the BBC and ITV, will take U.S. and Canadian rights to the three-part series, produced by Bodyguard producer World Productions.
Evans plays police officer Steve Wilkins in the drama, which depicts the pursuit of a cold-blooded serial killer and is based on true-crime book Catching the Bullseye Killer, written by Senior Investigating Officer Steve Wilkins and ITV news journalist Jonathan Hill.
Filming kicked off in January on the series, which was originally commissioned by ITV's Head of Drama Polly Hill and is written by In Plain Sight's Nick Stevens. The series comes from ITV-owned Bodyguard and Line of Duty producer World Productions and is produced by Hinterland's Ed Talfan for Wales-based Severn Screen.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle's Keith Allen plays John Cooper, Game of Thrones' Owen Teale plays Gerard Elias, The End of the F***ing World's Alexandria Riley stars as Jackie Richards, Requiem's Caroline Berry plays Pat Cooper, All the Money in the World's Oliver Ryan stars as Andrew Cooper and Undateable's David Fynn plays ITV News journalist Jonathan Hill.
ITV Studios will distribute with production support from the Welsh Government.
The story centers around two unsolved double murders from the 1980s that cast a shadow over the work of the Dyfed Powys police force. In 2006, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins decided to reopen both cases. Employing pioneering forensic methods, Wilkins and his team found microscopic DNA and fibers that potentially linked the murders to a string of burglaries committed in the '80s and '90s. The perpetrator of those robberies was nearing the end of his prison sentence, but if Steve Wilkins was right, he was also a serial killer. Could Steve and his team find enough forensic evidence to charge their suspect before he was released to potentially kill again?
It is the latest original to be added to BritBox, which also has Mum starring Lesley Manville, There She Goes starring David Tennant, The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco.
“With a strong cast and suspenseful writing, The Pembrokeshire Murders is a perfect combination of classic crime drama and modern storytelling that is a perfect fit for BritBox,” said BritBox President and CEO Soumya Sriraman.
Since the Academy Awards are taking place this weekend, honoring the best achievements in film, it’s time for the Golden Raspberry Awards to announce who is in the running for worst movies and performances of the year.
The Razzies, as they’re known, aren’t as fun as they used to be, and they often take aim at some of the easiest targets. This year is no exception since Cats is one of three films that came out on top with the most nominations. Cats earned eight nominations, and A Madea Family Funeral and Rambo: Last Blood kept up with the musical felines, and they were all nominated for Worst Picture too. Get the full list of 2020 Razzies nominations below.
The Razzies added a new award this year, which feels appropriate for our current political and social climate, and it’s Worst Reckless Disregard for Human Life and Public Property. The films nominated for this debut award are Dragged Across Concrete, The Haunting of Sharon Tate, Hellboy, Joker and Rambo: Last Blood.
Normally, The Razzies are given out the night before the Oscars. But since the timetable for the 92nd Academy Awards was much shorter this year, The Razzies are holding off on trying to keep up with them. Here’s what the nominees announcement says on their official website:
Howdy – due to the Oscar’s accelerated 2020 calendar, which has stressed out the entire industry and is about to ruin the holidays for everyone, we here at the upper echelons of the Razzie Organization have decided to avoid anxiety and set our own schedule this year. Stay tuned – we are going to be televised and we need to look pretty!
Apparently it’s hard work to organize an awards show where celebrities and filmmakers are mocked for their work publicly. Who would have thought? The Razzies have not announced when the awards will be handed out, but we’ll be sure to let you know who wins. The full 2020 Razzies nominations list follows below.
WORST PICTURE Cats The Fanatic The Haunting of Sharon Tate A Madea Family Funeral Rambo: Last Blood
WORST ACTOR James Franco / Zeroville David Harbour / Hellboy Matthew McConaughey / Serenity Sylvester Stallone / Rambo: Last Blood John Travolta / The Fanatic & Trading Paint
WORST ACTRESS Hilary Duff / The Haunting of Sharon Tate Anne Hathaway / The Hustle & Serenity Francesca Hayward / Cats Tyler Perry / As Medea A Madea Family Funeral Rebel Wilson / The Hustle
WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Jessica Chastain / Dark Phoenix Cassi Davis / A Madea Family Funeral Judi Dench / Cats Fenessa Pineda / Rambo: First Blood Rebel Wilson / Cats
WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR James Corden / Cats Tyler Perry / A Madea Family Funeral as “Joe” Tyler Perry / A Madea Family Funeral as “Uncle Heathrow” Seth Rogan / Zeroville Bruce Willis / Glass
Although “The L Word: Generation Q” may have tried desperately to speak to a “new generation” of queer women and non-binary folks, fresher creative voices quickly rose to the top in its place. Though people still watched. Showtime’s “Work in Progress” was the best queer comedy of the year, Netflix’s “Feel Good” was an unexpected delight, and “Vida” is returning just in time for queer audiences to catch up on the best show about queer women of color on TV. Yet another contender released a promising first trailer today: “Betty” is a stylish and youthful portrait of Brooklyn teen skaters that already appears extremely queer.
The six-part half-hour arrives on HBO from filmmaker Crystal Moselle, who quickly made waves in 2015 with her her riveting documentary hybrid “The Wolfpack.” “Betty” is adapted from her second feature, the similarly hybridized “Skate Kitchen,” which followed a group of teenage girl skaters in New York City. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews and was released by Magnolia Pictures that year.
In his B+ review of “Skate Kitchen” out of Sundance, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote: “The streetwise alternative to ‘Girls,’ the movie weaves together such a complete vision of its subjects that the rest of the world barely exists. Of course, there's a long-standing precedent to capturing this subculture — ‘Kids’ did it, with more adventurous storytelling twists, more than 20 years ago — but Moselle's subjects hold their own with the surprising ability to clarify their emotions through the cathartic process of hanging out.”
“Betty” features many of the film’s original stars, most of whom had not acted before, including Kabrina Adams, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Rachelle Vinberg, and Ajani Russell. All accomplished skaters in their own right, the first trailer shows the charismatic crew navigating various crushes and friendship trials with compelling panache and humor.
“Betty” is directed, co-written, and executive produced by Moselle. Lesley Arfin and Patricia Breen are also co-writers. Arfin, who also EPs, is a comedy writer best known for co-creating the Netflix series “Love” with Judd Apatow and Paul Rust.
HBO will release “Betty” beginning May 1 at 11 pm ET. Check out the exciting first trailer below: