Focus Features acquires Wright & Lawrance-led Silent TwinsFocus Features has successfully acquired the rights to director Agnieszka Smoczynska’s upcoming biopic thriller drama titled Silent Twins, based on the real-life story of identical twins June and Jennifer Gibbons, led by Black Panther‘s Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrance (The Long Song), which recently wrapped production in Poland. On top of starring, Wright and Lawrance are also serving as producer and executive producer, respectively.RELATED: Focus Features Sets July Release for Matt Damon-Led Stillwater“Aga is a visually stunning and fantastically sensitive filmmaker who treats the twins, so harshly judged, as ordinary girls with extraordinary imaginations,” Focus Features President of Production and Acquisitions Kiska Higgs said in a statement. “She’s created a luminous, magical world for her stars, in which they explore the themes of love, longing, identity and what it truly means to have an ‘other half.’”Based on author Marjorie Wallace’s 1986 novel, Silent Twins is set in the 1970s and 1980s where it follows the haunting story of June and Jennifer Gibbons, twins from the only Black family in a small town in Wales. Feeling isolated from that unwelcoming community, the pair turn inward and reject communication with everyone but each other, retreating into their own fantasy world of artistic inspiration and adolescent desires. After a spree of vandalism inspired by an American boy they both idolize, the girls, now teenagers, are summarily sentenced to Broadmoor, an infamous psychiatric hospital, where they face the choice to separate and survive or die together.Pick up a copy of the novel here!The film adaptation is directed by Smoczynska (The Lure) in their English-language debut from a script written by Andrea Seigel, with Madant’s Klaudia Smieja-Rostworowska producing alongside Extreme Emotions’ Ewa Puszczyńska, 42’s Ben Pugh, Joshua Horsfield, Kindred Spirit’s Anita Gou and Alicia van Couvering while 30WEST’s Katie Anderson, Jake Carter and Trevor Groth, Andrea Seigel, Charlie Morrison and Marjorie Wallace are executive producing.RELATED: Profile Trailer: The Profile is Fake, The Danger is Real in Screenlife ThrillerSilent Twins was co-financed by Kindred Spirit, Polish Film Institute, Moderator Inwestycje and Cofiloisir. Focus Features will handle the film’s U.S. release while Universal Pictures is handling the international disribution.(Photo Credits: Getty Images)
Queer as Folk reboot gets series order at PeacockIt’s been 21 years since Queer as Folk aired its final episode, but now Peacock has officially given a straight-to-series order to Stephen Dunn’s reboot of the British drama, which was led by Game of Thrones alum Aidan Gillen. The project hails from Universal Content Productions, who has been developing the new reboot since 2018. This isn’t actually the first time that the short-lived British series was remade in the U.S. as Showtime previously adapted Queer as Folk back in 2000 which ran on-air for five seasons.RELATED: Poker Face: Natasha Lyonne to Star in Rian Johnson’s First TV Series at Peacock“It is a surreal honour to adapt the notoriously groundbreaking series by Russell T. Davies,” Dunn said in a statement. “When the show originally aired, the idea of unapologetic queer stories on TV was so provocative that I felt I could only watch Queer as Folk in secret. But so much has changed in the last 20 years and how wonderful would it be if the next generation didn’t have to watch Queer as Folk alone in their dank basements with the sound muted, but with their family and friends and the volume cranked all the way to the max.”Created and written by Dunn, the reboot will be set in New Orleans and will follow a diverse group of friends whose lives are transformed in the aftermath of a tragedy. The series is described as vibrant reimagining of the groundbreaking UK series.Click here to purchase the original UK series!“Queer as Folk was more than just a show, it was a ground-breaking and necessary voice for so many people,” Lisa Katz, President of Scripted Content at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, said in a statement. “Stephen’s new version for Peacock arrives at yet another pivotal moment in our culture. Alex Sepiol, EVP of drama programming, and his team have championed this project from the first moment it landed on their desks, working to ensure the script became the series we’re announcing today. The entire team is so excited to be a part of introducing a new generation to this type of authentic and affirming storytelling.”In addition to writing, Dunn is also set to direct the pilot and executive produce alongside Lee Eisenberg, Emily Brecht, NENT Studios UK’s Richard Halliwell and original series producers Russell T. Davies and Nicola Shindler.RELATED: Wild Cards: George R.R. Martin’s Series Adaptation Moving From Hulu to PeacockCreated by Russell T. Davies, the original series only ran on-air for 10 episodes from 1999-2000. It starred Gillen, Craig Kelly and Charlie Hunnam, who portrayed the roles of Stuart, Vince and Nathan, respectively. The series centers around the lives of three gay men in Manchester.
Olivia Colman in talks for Sam Mendes’ romance drama Empire of LightOver a year after the critical and box office success of 1917, acclaimed director Sam Mendes has finally found his next major directing project in the form of a romantic drama film titled Empire of Light. Searchlight Pictures has officially boarded the project, with Academy Award-winning actress Olivia Colman in negotiations to lead the feature.Should the deal push through, Empire of Light will be the British actress’ latest collaboration with Searchlight after 2018’s The Favourite. In addition, this will also mark the reunion project between Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins, who earned his second Oscar for his work on 1917.“I have long been an admirer of Searchlight and the dynamic way they have produced and released some of my favorite theatrical releases of recent years,” Mendes said in a statement (via The Wrap). “This project is very close to my heart, and I couldn’t be more delighted that it has found its ideal home.”RELATED: Searchlight Pictures Announces Release Dates for Antlers, Nightmare Alley & MoreEmpire of Light is being described as a love story that will be set in and around a beautiful old cinema on the South Coast of England. The film will be directed by Mendes from a screenplay he wrote. The studio is currently planning to release the film in the fall of 2022.“Sam has written an exquisite cinematic drama that captured our hearts from page one. He is a masterful filmmaker, and we look forward to working with him, Pippa, and Roger and to reunite with the great Olivia on this truly special film,” Searchlight’s David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield said.Mendes and Pippa Harris are set to produce through their Neal Street Productions. The project will be overseen by Searchlight’s Presidents of Production, Film and Television Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum along with Searchlight Pictures UK’s Head of Development & Production, Katie Goodson-Thomas.RELATED: Joyride: Olivia Colman to Star in New Feel-Good Drama Film Olivia Colman first gained recognition for her critically-acclaimed performances in TV shows such as The Night Manager and Fleabag with the first one earning her, her first Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Miniseries. For her performance in Yorgos Lanthimos’ black comedy film The Favourite, she won her first Oscar Award for Best Actress and her second Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy.She will next be seen in drama films such as Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter and the Eva Husson’s Mothering Sunday as well as Netflix and Sony’s animated film, The Mitchells vs. the Machines which is set to premiere later this month.(Photo Credit: Getty Images)
After being handed a series of antitrust fines over its apparent abuse of power, Qualcomm is now facing a consumer lawsuit that could see it forced to compensate UK phone owners. The country's leading consumer association Which? is suing the Snapdragon chip maker to the tune of £482.5 million ($683 million) in damages for allegedly breaching competition law. Which? claims Qualcomm used its dominance in the patent-licensing and processor markets by charging Apple and Samsung inflated fees for its tech licenses, which were then passed on to consumers in the form of higher smartphone prices. It estimates that individuals who purchased Apple or Samsung handsets since 2015 could be entitled to between £17 to £30 ($24 to $42) depending on the number and type of smartphones they bought. Qualcomm has rubbished the allegations. "As the plaintiffs are well aware, their claims were effectively put to rest last summer by a unanimous panel of judges at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the United States," a company spokesman told BBC News, referencing the FTC suit for unfair practices from 2017 that was dismissed last year. The latest challenge echoes the legal actions that have haunted the beleaguered chip giant over the past several years. While $683 million represents little more than 2.8 percent of Qualcomm's revenue in 2020, the company has struggled to free itself from the resulting bad publicity of fines and litigation woes. In Asia alone, it has previously been slapped with antitrust penalties in China, Korea and Taiwan that amounted to over $2.6 billion. Meanwhile, the European Commission fined it €997 million ($1.23 billion) in 2018 for paying Apple to secure an exclusive modem deal. And again in 2019, when it was struck with a €242 million fine ($271 million at the time) for alleged price dumping on 3G chips.
Passengers arriving in the UK from high-risk countries should and must quarantine compulsorily in government-managed hotel rooms for 10 days starting Monday. This is to ensure that to check the spread of the new coronavirus strain from entering the country. To ease the plans of the third lockdown and to keep away the vaccine-resistant variants of Covid-19, is crucial for the Prime Minister as lockdown in the country will once again affect businesses and schools which are still reeling with the deepest slump in three centuries. With 15 million people vaccinated in the UK alone, there are plans to reopen the economy as the PM wants children to go to school from March 08 onwards. The PM has also announced that there would be a road map plotting out the restrictions on February 22. These new quarantine measures will be taken for passengers who are visiting from 33 countries that are under the UK travel ban list and it is applicable for visitors who have landed in the country for the previous 10 days. This country list is where the South Africa variant is prevalent. Anyone who attempts to conceal visits from these red-zone countries can face a maximum of 10 years in prison. Matt Hancock, UK Health Secretary said in a press meet, “As this deadly virus evolves, so must our defenses, The rules coming into force today will bolster the quarantine system and provide another layer of security against new variants at the border.” The government has struck a deal with 16 hotels which has agreed to provide 4,963 rooms for the new quarantine system and further 58,000 rooms on standby. For an individual traveler, the cost of stay would be around 1,750 Pounds. Non-UK residents from these red-zone countries are banned from entering the kingdom and UK residents who wish to return to the country need to produce a Covid-19 negative certificate and isolate for 10 days mandatorily. Add to Bookmarks
Guy Pearce joins Kate Winslet in HBO’s limited series Mare of Easttown Golden Globe nominee and Emmy winner Guy Pearce (Memento, L.A. Confidential) is reuniting with his Mildred Pierce, Oscar-winning co-star Kate Winslet (The Reader, Steve Jobs) in HBO’s upcoming limited series Mare of Easttown, replacing Ben Miles after the actor left the project due to scheduling conflicts (via Deadline). RELATED: Mandatory Streamers: HBO Max’s The Head Introduces an Exciting New Thriller Mare Of Easttown stars Winslet as Mare Sheehan, a small-town Pennsylvania detective whose life crumbles around her as she investigates a local murder. Pearce will play Richard Ryan, a visiting creative writing professor who wrote a dazzling novel that won the National Book Award 25 years ago, but he has never lived up to his early promise. The series also stars Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart, Angourie Rice, Evan Peters, Cailee Spaeny David Denman, John Douglas Thompson, Patrick Murney, James McArdle, Sosie Bacon, Joe Tippett, and Neal Huff. Mare of Easttown is written and executive produced by Brad Inglesby who also serves as showrunner on the series. RELATED: Game of Thrones Composer Ramin Djawadi Returning for House of the Dragon Winslet, Inglesby, and Craig Zobel will executive produce with Gavin O’Connor along with Gordon Gray through Mayhem Pictures as well as Paul Lee and Mark Royball for wiip. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
On Thursday, the Indian government issues Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for those who are arriving from the United Kingdom, this new SOP has been provided as there is a spike in cases of the new strain Coronavirus which has been found in the UK. India has also announced a temporary ban on flights from the United Kingdom to India. This temporary ban is placed from December 23 to December 31, 2020. Releasing the SOP, The Union Health Ministry stated that the new strain according to the European Center of Disease Control (ECDC) is more transmissible and has the capability to affect a younger population. As per the statement, the ministry had said “This variant is defined by a set of 17 changes or mutations. One of the most significant…changes…may result in the virus becoming more infectious and spreading more easily between people.” Here are the set of guidelines. All international travellers will need to provide self-declaration forms and declare their travel history from past 14 days. Those who arrive to India from the UK between November 25 and December 08, 2020 need to undergo RT-PCR test. Those who are tested positive need to mandatorily undergo institutional quarantine facilitated by respective state authorities. Samples of the swab tests will be collected and sent for genome sequencing, those tested positive with new strain will be administered as per latest protocol. Necessary action will be taken to send to home isolation or treatment at the facility level depending on the severity of the cases. If anybody found positive with new strain of coronavirus will be given treatment is separate isolation unit. State government will have to make sure that people who travel or transit through airports in the UK and disembark in India need to undergo RT-PCR test. Those who have arrived in India from November 25 – December 8 will be contacted by District Surveillance Officers and advised to self-monitor their health. Add to Bookmarks
Toby Melville / Reuters Facebook’s dedicated News tab, first seen in the US, will launch in the UK with a promise to pay UK news sites to license articles, the social media giant announced. It’ll arrive in January 2021 with partner sites including The Guardian, The Economist and The Mirror, along with lifestyle sites owned by Conde Nast, Hearst and others. “With Facebook News, we will pay publishers for content that is not already on the platform, help publishers reach new audiences and bring more advertising and subscription opportunities,” Facebook wrote in a blog post. As with the US News section, the UK tab will offer a mix of personalized and curated top stories. Facebook will normally show top headlines and stories, but will add news digests with original and “authoritative” reporting during major news cycles. The tab will build on the success of the US site, Facebook said, “where we’ve found more than 95 percent of the traffic Facebook News delivers to publishers is new audiences that have not interacted with those news outlets in the past.” Stepping Up Our Investment in News in the UK https://t.co/fvtAhbE4os — Facebook Newsroom (@fbnewsroom) December 1, 2020 Facebook didn’t say how much it would pay publishers, but some expect millions of pounds each year from multi-year details, The Guardian reported. That means Facebook could be paying tens of millions in the UK alone, much-needed revenue for struggling news outlets. It may also feature smaller local sites that have not struck deals, provided they meet certain standards, and Facebook plans to add more major news providers down the road. Along with Google, Facebook has been heavily criticized for drawing ad dollars away from dedicated news sites. That has contributed to the failure of a quarter of US news sites over the last 15 years, according to Poynter. In the UK, 198 local newspapers have shuttered since 2005, the Press Gazette reported in 2016. Meanwhile, the professional journalism vacuum has often been filled by false or misleading news on Facebook. Facebook has attempted to stem that criticism in the UK and ward off potential government regulation with several measures. For instance, it spent £4.5 million ($6 million) training 80 journalists to cover smaller communities and recently extended that program for a year with an additional £2.3 million ($3.1 million). Last month, Google also pledged $1 billion for publishers to curate content for a new product called the Google News Showcase. Google has taken even more heat than Facebook, with publishers in Australia, France and elsewhere saying it has contributed to the decline of local journalism and should be forced to pay to show news “snippets.” However, both sites will be under further pressure and scrutiny in the UK from a new regulatory agency called the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). That body will set new limits on tech’s biggest platforms and create rules that level the playing field for smaller rivals. In this article: Facebook, UK, media, content, stories, payments, news, gear All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Mandatory Streamers: The Walking Dead Returns for “A Certain Doom” Welcome to Mandatory Streamers, our column covering the best new streaming content coming your way every week! For the week of September 28, The Walking Dead is back for its Season 10 “finale” as The Whisperer War comes to an end and we find out who is left standing. Check out the best shows debuting and returning online this week as well as the latest renewal announcements below, and be sure to visit our mother site Mandatory by clicking here! AMC/AMC+ The Walking Dead, Season 10 Finale: In the episode, “A Certain Doom,” Beta engages the final battle of the Whisperer War. The episode will premiere on Sunday, October 4, and will be available to stream on AMC’s platforms. The episode is now streaming on AMC+. Season 11 will air in 2021 and it was also announced that Season 10 will be getting six additional episodes in its tenth season which will air early next year. [embedded content] The Walking Dead: World Beyond, Series Premiere: The new spinoff series expands the universe of The Walking Dead, delving into a new mythology and story that follows the first generation raised in a surviving civilization of the post-apocalyptic world. Two sisters along with two friends leave a place of safety and comfort to brave dangers, known and unknown, living and undead on an important quest. Pursued by those who wish to protect them and those who wish to harm them, a tale of growing up and transformation unfurls across dangerous terrain, challenging everything they know about the world, themselves, and each other. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. But all of them will find the truths they seek. The series will premiere on Sunday, October 4, with episodes available to stream on AMC’s platforms. The first episode is streaming now on AMC+. [embedded content] Gangs of London, AMC+ Season 1 Premiere: Set in the heart of one of the world’s most dynamic and multicultural cities, the series tells the story of a city being torn apart by the turbulent power struggles of the international gangs that control it and the sudden power vacuum that’s created when the head of London’s most powerful crime family is assassinated. Gangs of London’s critically acclaimed first season was a huge success in the UK as it took audiences on an immersive journey into the hidden heart of the capital. The 10-episode first season of the action-packed thriller debuts on AMC+ this fall for US audiences and has been renewed for a second season with the network on board to co-produce. The first three hours are available now on AMC+ with episodes rolling out weekly. The series will debut on AMC early next year. Soulmates, AMC+ Season 1 Premiere: From AMC Studios, sci-fi drama is set fifteen years into the future, when science has made a discovery that changes the lives of everyone on the planet – a test that unequivocally tells you who your soulmate is. In a first-ever format for AMC, each of the six episodes will feature a different cast and explore an entirely new story around discovering (or opting not to discover) the results of this new test and the impact of those results on a myriad of relationships. The first episode is now streaming on AMC+ and will premiere on AMC on Monday, October 5. Showtime The Good Lord Bird, Series Premiere: Starring Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke as abolitionist John Brown and based on the National Book Award-winning novel by James McBride, the series is told from the point of view of Onion (Joshua Caleb Johnson), a fictional enslaved boy who becomes a member of Brown’s motley family of abolitionist soldiers during Bleeding Kansas – a time when the state was a battleground between pro- and anti-slavery forces – and eventually finds himself participating in the famous 1859 raid on the U.S. Armory at Harpers Ferry. Brown’s raid failed to initiate the slave revolt he intended, but was the event that started the Civil War. The limited series adaptation will premiere on Sunday, October 4. Episodes will be available to stream on Showtime’s platforms. Hulu Monsterland, Series Premiere: Based on the short stories from Nathan Ballingrud’s North American Lake Monsters, the series is a horror anthology which will follow the story of broken people driven to desperate acts in an attempt to repair their lives and will feature encounters with mermaids, fallen angels, and a variety of other mythical creatures and horrors. All ten episodes are available now on Hulu. Cinemax Warrior, Season 2 Premiere: The gritty, action-packed crime drama set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late 19th century. The series follows Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), a martial arts prodigy who emigrates from China to San Francisco under mysterious circumstances. After proving his worth as a fighter, Ah Sahm becomes a hatchet man for the Hop Wei, one of Chinatown’s most powerful Tongs (Chinese organized crime family). Season two follows rival Chinatown Tongs as they fight for dominance amidst the growing anti-Chinese fervor that threatens to destroy them all. The battle continues to rage on in the second season, premiering tonight on Cinemax. The episodes will be available to stream on Cinemax’s platforms and through Amazon. Netflix Emily in Paris, Series Premiere: Created and executive produced by Darren Star, the series focuses on Emily (Lily Collins), an ambitious twenty-something marketing executive from Chicago, who unexpectedly lands her dream job in Paris when her company acquires a French luxury marketing company — and she is tasked with revamping their social media strategy. Emily’s new life in Paris is filled with intoxicating adventures and surprising challenges as she juggles winning over her work colleagues, making friends, and navigating new romances. The series is available to stream now. Epix Britannia, Season 2 Premiere: The Romans are here and set to stay. Two years on from his invasion of Britannia, with the help of Celt Queen Amena, General Aulus is romanising willing Celt tribes and crushing those who try to resist. Aulus’s behaviour raises suspicions that he has another agenda; one that raises ghosts in Amena’s past and makes his threat to the Druids ever more critical. The only form of hope for the Druids and Celts is Cait – a young girl being trained by outcast Druid Divis – to fulfil a prophecy that would save Britannia from the Romans. But when a dead man wakes, two Druid brothers begin an epic battle of wills that divides the Druids and puts the prophecy in jeopardy. In a world where the gods hold power over everyone, the question is how much agency does anyone have over their own actions? But while the gods don’t deal, men do. The Dead Man says ‘hello’. Season 2 will premiere on Sunday, October 4. Renewals Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers have both been picked up for two more seasons at Fox, with Family Guy now running through Season 20 and Bob’s Burgers’ renewal taking the show to its 13th season! Both animated series are available to stream on Hulu. Billions, Season 6: Showtime has officially renewed its brilliant drama Billions for a Season 6 while also bumping up Corey Stoll as a series regular! The first four seasons, as well as the first half of Season 5, are available to stream on Showtime’s platforms or Amazon.
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