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EXCLUSIVE: Emmy-winning Fleabag director Harry Bradbeer has co-created a Rear Window-esque crime drama with Manhunt writer Ed Whitmore for ITV.
The pair have devised five-part thriller Viewpoint from Ripper Street producer Tiger Aspect, ordered to series by the British commercial broadcaster.
The drama follows a police surveillance investigation into a tight knit community in Manchester and explores whether it is ever possible observe the lives of others with true objectivity and zero effect.
When beloved primary school teacher Gemma King vanishes into thin air, DC Martin Young decides to set up his observation post in the home of single mum Zoe Sturges. His reasoning is simple — Zoe's flat commands a panoramic view of all the comings and goings in Westbury Square. More specifically, he can see straight into the flat that Gemma shares with boyfriend Greg Sullivan, the prime suspect in her disappearance. But Martin is a man carrying his own burden of trauma and guilt and he starts to question if he can trust what he observes? Could he be projecting his own loneliness and remorse onto the ostracised Greg? And are his developing feelings for the combative Zoe — with her own penchant for voyeurism — compromising his ability to do his job?
Described as a contemporary, character-driven murder mystery mining the “paranoid hinterland” of Rear Window and The Lives Of Others, it is exec produced by Tiger Aspect's Lucy Bedford and directed by Doctor Who and The Bastard Executioner director. Juliet Charlesworth will produce the drama, which begins filming in Manchester in spring 2020.
Bradbeer won the Emmy for comedy directing in September for Fleabag and was also the lead director of the first season of BBC America's Killing Eve, while Whitmore wrote Martin Clunes-fronted drama Manhunt, which was the network's highest rated drama for six years, and worked on Waking the Dead and episodes of CSI and Strike Back.
ITV Head of Drama Polly Hill, who commissioned the series, said, “It's hard to find a crime series that feels new and fresh, which is why I am delighted to commission Viewpoint. Martin, the police surveillance officer watching a community to discover why a local teacher has gone missing, is in Zoe's flat who secretly watches her neighbours because she's lonely. The lines between the two and who can and can't spy on us, is beautifully blurred. It creates a crime series that has a touch of Rear Window.”
Lucy Bedford said, “As soon as Harry told me about the true story that inspired Viewpoint, I was instantly hooked and it has been a real joy to see such a rich and fruitful collaboration spring up between him and the very talented Ed Whitmore. Part character-driven drama and part...
Netflix has released the first trailer for Extraction. This one, on paper, has a whole lot going for it. For one, it's one of few new blockbuster-level releases viewers will be able to watch this month, as movie theaters all around the country remain closed. It also features Chris Hemsworth in the lead. To top it all off, he's reunited with Joe and Anthony Russo, the directors of Avengers: Endgame, who are producing the original thriller. And, based on this first trailer, this could certainly be something to look forward to this month.
The trailer opens up with Chris Hemsworth doing some intense cliff diving/meditation before some of the action kicks in. We get the sense that Hemsworth has something of a death wish. We then get to the heart of the matter, which sees this man having to rescue the son of a drug lord, who was kidnapped by a rival drug lord. Things escalate, to say the very least of it, and Hemsworth is left trying to fight off impossible odds to keep this kid safe. This does seem to lay everything out on the table, seemingly not leaving much up to the imagination, but it's an impressive trailer. Lots of action. Real stakes.RELATED: Netflix's Extraction Poster Shows Chris Hemsworth as a Deadly Black Market Mercenary googletag.cmd.pushfunction ;
New Netflix original Extraction centers on a hardened mercenary's mission, which becomes a soul-searching race to survive when he's sent into Bangladesh to rescue a drug lord's kidnapped son. The cast also includes Rudhraksh Jaiswal, David Harbour, Derek Luke and Golshifteh Farahani. Taking to Twitter, Chris Hemsworth expressed his excitement in sharing the trailer, especially at this moment in time, given what's going on in the world.'So happy to finally be able to share the trailer for Extraction with you all! This has been a difficult few months for all of us, and we hope this will provide a bit of entertainment while we are all staying home.'
This trailer arrives after an Extraction poster proved to be quite popular after it was unveiled. Netflix has been ramping up its work with A-list filmmakers in the past few years and this is a huge example of that. The Russo brothers, coming off of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, have been busy producing a number of high-profile projects. In this case, Joe Russo wrote the screenplay and is producing alongside his brother, Anthony Russo. Re-teaming them with Hemsworth, who plays Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, makes this an impressive package deal.
Sam Hargrave, a longtime stunt coordinator who has worked on quite a few massive blockbusters in his day, including Captain America: Civil War with the Russo brothers, is making his feature directorial debut. Hargrave also worked on Atomic Blonde, The Hunger Games series and Suicide Squad, as well as a few other MCU titles like Thor: Ragnarok. So he knows his way around a big...
The cancelation of the film's Feb. 16 theatrical release is another sign that Beijing insiders believe cinemas in China could remain closed for weeks, making streaming services a rare winner amid the dire health crisis.
With China's vast network of cinemas all closed amidst the growing coronavirus epidemic, a second major Chinese-language film is canceling its theatrical release to cash in on a streaming deal.
Donnie Yen's action comedy tentpole Enter the Fat Dragon was scheduled to open nationwide in China on Feb. 16., but production company Bona Film Group said Friday that the movie would instead be made available on leading streaming platforms Tencent Video and iQiyi on Feb. 1.
Enter the Fat Dragon is an update and a remake of the classic Hong Kong martial arts comedy film of the same name from 1978. The new version, written and directed by genre mainstay Wong Jing, follows a skilled crime fighter Yen who loses none of his martial arts prowess despite becoming heavily overweight after having his heart broken.
The decision to stream the film is another blow to China's exhibitors, which have been left uniquely exposed to the financial damage caused by the country's coronavirus crisis.
The epidemic began gathering momentum shortly before China's Lunar New Year holiday, which usually becomes the biggest box office week in the world. After health officials advised the public to avoid congregating in crowded places, studios canceled all of their upcoming holiday tentpole film releases, and the bulk of China's 70,000 movie screens began going dark shortly after. Nearly all movie theaters in China remain closed.
Analysts estimate that well over $1 billion in ticket revenue has already been lost. Most Beijing industry insiders expect theaters to stay shuttered at least through February, which could soon begin impacting the planned releases of several Oscar-nominated Hollywood films, such as Searchlight's Jojo Rabbit on Feb. 12, Sony's Little Women on Feb. 14 and Road House's Marriage Story on Feb. 28.
With most of the Chinese populace anxiously stuck at home avoiding public spaces, online video platforms have emerged as a rare winner of an otherwise economically devastating health crisis.
Chinese studio Huanxi Media was the first company to respond to the situation by shifting valuable product from cinemas to online. On Jan. 23, the company announced that its comedy tentpole Lost in Russia, which had been set for a nationwide theatrical release on Jan. 25 — the first day of Chinese New Year — would instead be made available online for free. The move generated a way of attention on Chinese social media, thanks to the popularity of the Lost In franchise. Directed by and starring local comedy superstar Xu Zheng, the first two films in the series grossed a combined $473 million at Chinese cinemas in 2012 and 2015 — at a time when China's box office was much smaller than it...
SPOILER ALERT: If you are among the few who haven’t actually watched Netflix’s Tiger King docuseries, this review contains a lot of details about what goes down in the sad big cat saga.
With Netflix poised in the coming days to cash in and crank the base up a notch with more Tiger King, it's time to come out and say it: I hate the Red State porn that is the crash and burn of Joe Exotic
The initial seven episodes of this septic and shallow patchwork of trademark infringement, sex, guns, labor exploitation, song, drugs, mullets, betrayal, animal activism, revenge, and a lot of big cats may be much binged over these weeks of coronavirus lockdown, but that doesn't mean it's actually worth watching.
Now, I get it, I sound like I'm just a dour critic who hates anything that isn't prestige premium cable or aspirational. C'mon man, you want to say, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is just so unbelievable, I can't look away.
I respectfully disagree, and in fact, propose Tiger King isn't just bad, but dangerous in a divided America persistently looking to reduce the other side to caricature.
In a presently ailing nation where TV is more voluminous and vital than ever, the truth is the March 20 launched Tiger King is a clawed white trash misery index. Gawking at some clearly fragile and damaged people like would-be reality TV star Exotic and their below the Mason-Dixon line antics, the series subsequently provides a cultural circus for those smug bicoastals under stay at home orders and screaming to rise up in moral superiority.
Essentially, the tale of big cat collector, self-styled Oklahoma zoo proprietor and 2016 Presidential candidate Exotic AKA Joseph Maldonado-Passage and his ultimately unsuccessful attempt to have rival Carole Baskin knocked off by a hitman hired for $3,000, Tiger King is in that context more a zero-sum game, literally and figuratively, than hitting the zeitgeist.
Obviously, Netflix are pretty damn good at gauging and dragging the public mood over the years, as the likes of the then phenomenon of 2015's Making A Murderer or 2018’s Wild Wild Country prove. Yet, for all the attention it has drawn, this unfocused murder for hire exploration of sorts emerges as a bastard child of Cops, a million Dateline segments from the 1990s and Fox’s short-lived Murder in Small Town X reality show from 2001.
Not exactly the prestige product that the home of Roma, The Irishman and American Factory likes to brag about at award shows. Then again, with the knowledge that the Romans sold out the Colosseum every night feeding Christians to the lions, the bottom line based House of Hastings surely loves the subscription sign up that the currently incarcerated Maldonado-Passage and the accompanying motley gaggle of...