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Cottonwood, Zdf, Zdfe, HBO Max, Globo Set ‘Indiana Jones’-Style Live-Action Kids Series ‘Theodosia’ (Exclusive)

  • 26 February 2021
  • by John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
  • Variety

Cottonwood, Zdf, Zdfe, HBO Max, Globo Set ‘Indiana Jones’-Style Live-Action Kids Series ‘Theodosia’ (Exclusive)In a powerful alliance, Paris-based premium kids content producer Cottonwood Media, German public broadcaster Zdf and its co-pro and distribution arm Zdf EnterprisesHBO Max and Brazil’s Globo are teaming to produce “Theodosia,” a big new live action kids adventure series targeting family audiences.

No budget is given for the 26-part half hour series. Its combination, however, of elements which make for high-end entertainment – period costume, action and foreseeable heavy Vxf – suggest this is another big play by two of Europe’s champions of ambitious live-action kids shows.

One is Cottonwood Media, the kids and family production company at Paris and L.A -based Federation Entertainment whose credits include Studiocanal’s Cannes 2019 pre-sales movie hit “Around the World in 80 Days,” to be screened at Berlin.

The other, Zdf and Zdfe, has a storied recent history in live action kids shows. “Theodosia” will “continue our successful Zdf live action productions such as ‘H2O,See full article at Variety »

‘The Last of Us’ HBO Series Casts Pedro Pascal as Joel, ‘Game of Thrones’ Breakout Bella Ramsey as Ellie

  • 11 February 2021
  • by Joe Otterson
  • Variety

‘The Last of Us’ HBO Series Casts Pedro Pascal as Joel, ‘Game of Thrones’ Breakout Bella Ramsey as EllieUpdated: The upcoming “The Last of Us” series adaptation at HBO has cast Pedro Pascal as Joel and Bella Ramsey in the role of Ellie, Variety has confirmed.

Neil Druckmann, a writer and creative director for “The Last of Us” video game and a co-creator of the series, confirmed the news about Pascal on Twitter, writing: “Aaaaand there’s the other half. Stoked to have Pedro aboard our show!”

Aaaaand there’s the other half. Stoked to have Pedro aboard our show! https://t.co/Etsjvfb2Wi

— Dr. Uckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) February 11, 2021

Pascal has seen great success as the star of Disney Plus’ “The Mandalorian.” He also recently appeared alongside Gal Gadot and Kristen Wiig as the villainous Maxwell Lord in “Wonder Woman 1984.”

Ramsey is best known for her role as Lyanna Mormont in fellow HBO series “Game of Thrones.” The character Ellie is a 14-year old orphan whoSee full article at Variety »

‘The Last Of Us’: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Breakout Bella Ramsey To Play Ellie In HBO Series

  • 11 February 2021
  • by Alexandra Del Rosario
  • Deadline

‘The Last Of Us’: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Breakout Bella Ramsey To Play Ellie In HBO SeriesHBO has found one of its leads for the upcoming The Last Of Us series. Deadline confirmed that Game of Thrones breakout star Bella Ramsey, known for appearing as the pugnacious but brave Lyanna Mormont, will play Ellie.

Though HBO has yet to announce who will appear as Ellie’s companion Joel, the series based off Neil Druckmann’s 2013 video game is getting into shape. In January the premiere cable network announced that Beanpole helmer Kantemir Balagov will direct the pilot. Druckmann will team with Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin to pen the television adaptation.

The Last Of Us takes place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed by a sickness that renders victims dangerous, blood-thirsty mutants. Hardened survivor Joel is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, breathtaking journey as unlikely duo depends on each other for survival.See full article at Deadline »

The Last of Us Taps Game of Thrones Vet Bella Ramsey to Star in HBO Series

The Last of Us Taps Game of Thrones Vet Bella Ramsey to Star in HBO SeriesHBO’s forthcoming The Last of Us series has found its star in Game of Thrones fan favorite Bella Ramsey.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Ramsey will portray Ellie in the popular, post-apocalyptic video game adaptation from Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin. Set two decades after the implosion of our society, the drama will follow Joel, a tough survivor, who is hired to smuggle a 14-year-old girl named Ellie out of an “oppressive” quarantine zone, reads the official synopsis. “What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse across the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.See full article at TVLine.com »

‘The Last of Us’ Lands ‘Game of Thrones’ Fan Favorite Bella Ramsey for Lead Role

  • 11 February 2021
  • by Umberto Gonzalez
  • The Wrap

‘The Last of Us’ Lands ‘Game of Thrones’ Fan Favorite Bella Ramsey for Lead RoleThe Last of Us,” HBO’s upcoming adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game, has landed “Game of Thrones” fan favorite Bella Ramsey in a lead role, according to an individual with knowledge of the project. Ramsey will play Ellie, a 14-year old orphan who has never known anything but a ravaged planet, struggles to balance her instinct for anger and defiance with her need for connection and belonging… as well as the newfound reality that she may be the key to saving the world.

The Last of Us” will be written by “Chernobyl” writer Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, the game’s creator. Russian filmmaker Kantemir Balagov, who broke out at Cannes with 2019’s “Beanpole” will direct the pilot.

Mazin and Druckmann will write and executive produce the project with Carolyn Strauss and Evan Wells, the president of “The Last of Us” developer Naughty Dog. The project is aSee full article at The Wrap »

Last of Us Gets Game of Thrones Star Bella Ramsey as Ellie

Last of Us Gets Game of Thrones Star Bella Ramsey as EllieHBO’s The Last of Us TV series has reportedly found its Ellie in Bella Ramsey. The Hollywood Reporter has broken the news that Bella Ramsey, best known for her breakout role as fan favorite Lyanna Mormont on Game of Thrones, has signed on to play the part of Ellie, a “14-year-old orphan who has never known anything but a ravaged planet who struggles to balance her instinct for anger and defiance with her need for connection and belonging … as well as the newfound reality that she may be the key to saving the world.”

Ramsey’s debut role in Game of Thrones instantly made her a favorite with viewers of the popular HBO series. She has since taken on the lead voice role in the animated Netflix series Hilda, which released its second season in December. She also had a recurring role on the BBC One and HBO series His Dark MaterialsSee full article at MovieWeb »

His Dark Materials Now Has One Very Obvious Thing in Common With Game of Thrones

His Dark Materials Now Has One Very Obvious Thing in Common With Game of ThronesThis article contains spoilers for the His Dark Materials Season 2 premiere.

In this age of an increasingly fractured viewing audience, it’s unlikely that a TV show will reach the heights of Game of Thrones, but HBO does seem to be intentionally courting the same fantasy-loving audience with His Dark Materials. So far, it doesn’t seem to be working, and there are many, many differences between the two series that could explain U.S. viewers’ hesitance to tune into the Philip Pullman adaptation. That being said, with the His Dark Materials Season 2 premiere, the two HBO fantasy dramas do have one very explicit thing in common: actress Bella Ramsey.

While many British audiences may recognize Ramsey from children’s show The Worst Witch, Ramsey became a Game of Thrones fan favorite in later seasons for her performance as Lyanna Mormont, the zombie giant-killing noblewoman who never met a conversationSee full article at Den of Geek »

The Craft: 5 Reasons Fans Are Excited For The Reboot (& 5 Why It’s Unnecessary)

The Craft: 5 Reasons Fans Are Excited For The Reboot (& 5 Why It's Unnecessary)The 1996 film The Craft is the perfect blend of horror, camp, and a high school story. With news that the movie is getting a reboot/sequel called The Craft: Legacy, fans are equal parts skeptical and interested.

Related: The Craft: 10 Films & Shows On Netflix For Fans To Binge Watch

The ladies of The Craft are different from the young witches in The Worst Witch, sweet Cassie Nightingale on Hallmark’s Good Witch series, and the Sanderson sisters from Hocus PocusSarah Bailey and her three friends are tough, spirited, and in a lot of pain. It makes sense that Hollywood would want to bring this scary back, but is it a good idea?See full article at Screen Rant »

Netflix Added 74 New Movies And 31 New TV Shows This Week

Netflix Added 74 New Movies And 31 New TV Shows This WeekWhen it comes to adding new content, the biggest haul for any given streaming service is typically found on the first of the month, and that’s no different with Netflix.

Indeed, thanks to a huge day for new movies/TV shows on October 1st, the past week has seen the current leader in the industry add a whopping 74 films and 31 television series, ensuring that subscribers have plenty to entertain themselves with. From hidden gems to all-time classics and a few underrated titles that definitely deserve another look, there’s much to get excited about here and the full list of every new release that arrived this week can be found below.

74 New Movies

28 Days (2000) A Chaster Marriage (2016) A Toot-Toot Cory CarsonHalloween (2020) Netflix Original A.M.I. (2019) Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) All Because of You (Pasal Kau) (2020) Netflix Original Along Came a Spider (2001) Amandla! A Revolution in Four PartSee full article at We Got This Covered »

Netflix Added 45 New Movies/TV Shows Today

Netflix Added 45 New Movies/TV Shows TodayIt’s a brand new month, and that means that the cycle of Netflix content drops begin anew, with a wide selection of original programming and classics headed our way. And with the first day always bringing the biggest new collection of movies and shows to enjoy, there’s some great stuff that can be checked out right away.

For instance, comedy fans are sure to appreciate that they can now watch the beloved Jim Carrey sequel Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls and Dane Cook’s underrated Employee of the Month. Meanwhile, the 1996 classic black comedy Fargo is available, too, and though it has loose connections to the popular FX show of the same name, it’s a great standalone film that’s very much worth a watch.

If you’re looking for solid dramas to get wrapped up in, you can now catch the emotional Clint Eastwood pic Gran TorinoSee full article at We Got This Covered »

Netflix in October: Here’s Everything Coming and Going (Video)

  • 01 October 2020
  • by Margeaux Sippell
  • The Wrap

Netflix in October: Here’s Everything Coming and Going (Video)Netflix has a whole lot of spooks up its sleeve for the month of October.

From Adam Sandler’s “Hubie Halloween” (Oct. 7) to the “Hill House” follow-up “The Haunting of Bly Manor” (Oct. 9), the Halloween-themed goodness is in high supply next month. Watch Netflix’s little teaser reel above.

If you want a gory horror film, try “Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight” (Oct. 28). Other new creepy flicks include “His House” (Oct. 30) “Cadaver” (Oct. 22) and Spanish-language film “The Day of the Lord” (Oct. 30).

For a younger audience, there’s “Vampires vs. the Bronx” (Oct. 2) and “The Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting” (Oct. 15).

In terms of TV, get ready for Volume 2 of Netflix’s “Unsolved Mysteries” reboot series (Oct. 19), and also check out Season 1 of CBS’ “Evil” (Oct. 1) about a forensic psychologist who comes face to face with evidence that challenges her disbelief in supernatural phenomena.

For some non-Halloween-themed content,See full article at The Wrap »

Everything Coming To Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max, Hulu And Amazon Prime In October

Everything Coming To Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max, Hulu And Amazon Prime In OctoberIt’s almost spooky season, and the various streaming services are making sure that subscribers have got plenty of great horror content for all ages available to watch this Halloween. Given the current state of the world, this All Hallow’s Eve will see more folks staying in than ever before, so we’ll need as much choice when it comes to finding a perfect movie or TV show to dive into as possible. Thankfully, Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO MaxHulu and Amazon Prime Video have got us covered.

Of course, there’s much more beyond just horror content arriving across the streaming world this October, with the first day of the month launching hundreds of new titles on all the various sites. There are also a few key highlights scattered throughout the month. Arguably the biggest is Aaron Sorkin’s much-anticipated all-star drama based on real events, The Trial of the Chicago 7,See full article at We Got This Covered »

Netflix Is Adding Over 100 New Movies/TV Shows This Week

Netflix Is Adding Over 100 New Movies/TV Shows This WeekThe theatrical industry is still struggling to return to normal, and matters aren’t helped as the studios continue to pull major releases from the calendar and send them to next year. There might not be a lot of content available on the big screen, but luckily the streaming wars remain in full swing, and as the market leaders, Netflix are constantly updating their library to retain their position at the front of the pack.

Enola Holmes has become the latest of the platform’s originals to dominate the conversation, but the usual array of forgotten titles have also been posting a strong showing as subscribers occupy their downtime with a variety of movies and TV shows, not all of which need to be the subject of critical acclaim or even good reviews.

Next week takes us into October, meaning that the first day of the month brings a hugeSee full article at We Got This Covered »

Tamara Smart in Trailer for ‘A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting’

Tamara Smart in Trailer for 'A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting'“Let’s get monster hunting!” Netflix has unveiled the first official trailer for a fun adventure horror comedy called A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting, a new movie from the director of Tank Girl! Adapted from the popular scary book series of the same name. A young babysitter is recruited into a secret monster hunting society and embarks on a mission to bring back a child she is babysitting who’s been abducted by monsters. Tamara Smart (seen in Artemis Fowl and “The Worst Witch“) stars in this as Kelly, and the full cast includes Oona LaurenceAlessio ScalzottoIan HoTamsen McDonoughTroy Leigh-Anne JohnsonLynn Masako ChengTy ConsiglioAshton ArbabCrystal BalintRicky He, along with Indya Moore and Tom Felton. This is described as an “action-packed adventure about working together to overcome your fears” and looks like Harry Potter + Men in Black + monsters. Which seems like good fun.See full article at FirstShowing.net »

Neflix Is Adding A Ton Of Great Horror Movies/TV Shows In October

Neflix Is Adding A Ton Of Great Horror Movies/TV Shows In OctoberForget Netflix and chill, next month it’s all about Netflix and chills. The streaming service is making sure there’s more than enough Halloween-themed content to keep you occupied this spooky season, with a load of horror movies and TV shows releasing throughout October.

Included in the usual haul of newly licensed titles on the first day of the month are a few new chillers, like classic Robert De Niro flick Cape FearNicolas Cage supernatural superhero movie Ghost Rider and Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses. On the TV side of things, meanwhile, there’s German series Oktoberfest: Beer & Blood, children’s show The Worst Witch season 4 and CBS’ recent supernatural drama Evil.

Here’s everything you’ll want to check out across the month that falls in or around the horror genre:

October 1

Oktoberfest: Beer & Blood *Netflix Original

Cape Fear

Evil: Season 1

Ghost RiderSee full article at We Got This Covered »

New on Netflix: October 2020 Releases

New on Netflix: October 2020 ReleasesNetflix was ahead of the game for October, releasing its “Netflix and Chills” horror lineup in anticipation of the Halloween season. Now the streaming giant has unveiled its full lineup for October, and believe it or not: horror remains at the forefront of its strategy.

The biggest release this month is undoubtedly The Haunting of Bly ManorMike Flanagan’s long-awaited followup to terrifying Haunting of Hill House. That arrives on Oct. 9. The film side of things is where most of Netflix’s other horror originals reside, with Hubie Halloween (Oct. 7), A Babysitters’ Guide to Monster Hunting (Oct. 15), and Rebecca (Oct. 22) all making their debut.

Some non-horror originals of note this month include high school drama Grand Army (Oct. 16) and the Anya-Taylor Joy-starring chess story The Queen’s Gambit (Oct. 26). Aaron Sorkin’s latest film, The Trial of the Chicago 7, arrives on Oct. 16.

Netflix is adding new library movies like Fargo,See full article at Den of Geek »

Netflix Announces Over 100 New Movies And TV Shows For October

Netflix Announces Over 100 New Movies And TV Shows For OctoberThe full list of everything that’s coming to Netflix in October has been released today and as we’re facing the prospect of a Halloween spent at home, the streaming site is making sure that we’ve got more than enough spooky content to keep us occupied. In fact, there’s a huge amount of new movies and TV shows arriving on the service next month as part of the “Netflix and Chills” season.

October 1st also delivers a lot of great newly licensed content, too, which you won’t want to miss. Sticking with the Halloween theme, though, the haul features a few horrors/thrillers including Cape FearHouse of 1000 Corpses and You Have Always Lived in the Castle. Then, on the 2nd, new original movie Vampires vs. the Bronx lands. And skipping ahead to the 7th, be sure to catch Adam Sandler’s latest comedy, Hubie Halloween.See full article at We Got This Covered »

Netflix Announces Over 25 New Movies/TV Shows For October

Netflix Announces Over 25 New Movies/TV Shows For OctoberIt’s time to take our first look at what’s coming to Netflix in October. As it’s only early September, the full line-up hasn’t been revealed as yet, but numerous titles have already been scheduled for release throughout the month. We’re expecting the complete list to be announced by the streaming giant in either the third or final week of September, but for now, here’s what we know is going up on the site next month. And it already promises much to enjoy.

First of all, a few titles have yet to be dated, but they’re due in October all the same. The most notable of these is David Fincher’s Mank, his much-anticipated biopic about the creation of Citizen Kane, focusing on the battles between director Orson Welles and writer Herman J. Mankiewicz that plagued the classic’s production.

October 1st kicks offSee full article at We Got This Covered »

The Worst Witch: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About The 1998 TV Series

The Worst Witch: 10 Things You Didn't Know About The 1998 TV SeriesThere have been many witches on television in recent years, from Willow Rosenberg on Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Sabrina Spellman on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Fans of magical stories might remember the 1998 TV show The Worst Witch. It aired until 2001 and was adapted from the novel series by Jill Murphy. A reboot started airing in 2017.

Related: Top 10 90s Witches, Ranked

As the title suggests, the witches at the show’s school weren’t very good at magic, which was part of why it was so much fun to watch these young characters. Just like it’s enjoyable to watch Harry Potter and dream about all of the spells, it’s cool to imagine what it would be like to attend a magical school. There are many fascinating facts that even die-hard fans of this old series might not realize.See full article at Screen Rant »

Meet Tamara Smart, the 15-Year-Old British Actor Who’s Starring Alongside Judi Dench and Tom Felton

Meet Tamara Smart, the 15-Year-Old British Actor Who's Starring Alongside Judi Dench and Tom FeltonTamara Smart‘s career is off to an impressive start. The young British actor has already worked with the BBCNetflix, and Disney, before even reaching her 16th birthday. Tamara most recently played the role of Juliet Butler in the Disney+ adaptation of Artemis Fowl, alongside Judi Dench and Colin Farrell. While excited for her Disney debut, Tamara took a moment to chat with Popsugar about her love for fantasy films, favorite beauty products, and what she thinks about the current cultural climate.

“Now more than ever, we have the opportunity to change, have hope, change the narrative, examine your responsibility, be willing to be uncomfortable, and educate ourselves.”

Before we got into our chat, it was important for Tamara to make clear that she’s “really horrified and devastated by the killing of George Floyd and the stories we’ve heard over the years of countless others.” She continued, “I standSee full article at Popsugar »

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