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Netflix’s Shepperton Studios Deal Is Stretching the U.K.’s Production Limits

  • Variety
Netflix’s huge new hub at Shepperton Studios outside London is a further fillip for Britain’s booming production sector. Amid jitters over Brexit and its effects on the economy, the streaming giant’s commitment is a vote of confidence in the U.K. entertainment industry and a continuing source of local jobs.

But the decision by Netflix to set up shop in Shepperton will also have an unwanted ripple effect by putting major pressure on space and skills already in high demand, with the latest figures showing film and high-end TV spending topping $4 billion a year in Britain. The U.K. will need to move fast to remain an international sweet spot for U.S. studios to produce film and TV projects — and a place that nurtures the next generation coming through the independent sector.

“Location U.K. has a lot going for it,” says Daniel Battsek, head of
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Alicia Keys, ‘La La Land’ Trio & Kyle Jarrow Team On Musical Drama Series For Showtime

  • Deadline
Alicia Keys, ‘La La Land’ Trio & Kyle Jarrow Team On Musical Drama Series For Showtime
Showtime has given a series commitment to an untitled musical drama executive produced by multiple Grammy winner Alicia Keys and the Oscar, Tony and Grammy winning team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Pasek and Paul also will contribute music to the series, produced by Fox 21 Television Studios. Kyle Jarrow (SpongeBob SquarePants musical) will write the series and executive produce with Oscar-nominated producer Marc Platt, Emmy winner R.J. Cutler, and Emmy winner Adam Siegel (Grease: Live!)

The as-yet untitled series traverses generations to tell an emotionally complex family story that interweaves modern-day and 1959 Detroit, centering on a mystery uncovered by a young musician who moves back to her childhood home.

“We have always been intrigued by the prospect of doing a Showtime musical series,
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Harry Styles in talks to play Prince Eric in ‘The Little Mermaid’

Harry Styles seems to have left behind his days in ‘One Direction’ in favour of the movies after getting a taster in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’. Styles has now entered into negotiations to play the character of Prince Eric in Disney’s live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid’.

Mary Poppins Returns’ helmer Rob Marshall is in the director’s chair for the live-action re-imagining. Disney and the production team behind it are looking to make contemporary and compelling casting choices, while still paying homage to the beloved animated original.

Melissa McCarthy is currently in talks to play Ursula while Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina have already joined the cast in undisclosed roles. R&b singer Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel.

Also in news – Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ to open 63rd BFI London Film Festival

The film will use some of the original songs from
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The Little Mermaid Remake Eyes Harry Styles as Prince Eric

David Crow Jul 16, 2019

The Little Mermaid remake is in talks with Harry Styles to play Prince Eric, the young man Ariel saves from a shipwreck.

If you need someone to play a prince so dashing that a teenage girl might be willing to sell her soul to dance with him, it’s easy to see why you’d think of Harry Styles. The former One Direction front man is in early talks, according to Variety, to play Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid remake. This bit of news follows the major internet-breaking revelation that Halle Bailey was cast as Ariel, the aquatic princess with a song in her heart.

Styles is best known for his musical bonafides, including as a solo artist, however he has proven himself on screen already, memorably appearing in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk in 2017. If cast, The Little Mermaid will be his first major acting role since that movie.
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‘Avengers: Endgame’, ‘Game Of Thrones’ Lead Saturn Award Nominations

The Avengers rule the day as Marvel and Disney’s box office juggernaut Avengers: Endgame picked up 14 Saturn Award nominations, along with another couple for Avengers: Infinity War.

Read the full list of nominees here.

It was by far the biggest individual total for a film, followed by Disney’s Aladdin with nine, Universal’s Us (eight) and Warner Bros Aquaman and Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns (six each).

On the TV side HBO’s Game of Thrones grabbed nine noms, followed by The Haunting of Hill House and The Walking Dead with six each. Disney leads the studio count with 44 nominations across all of its related companies, while Netflix dominated the television side with 27 nominations.

Deadline reported exclusively last week that the 45th annual Saturn Awards — which prides itself in honoring genre entertainment since 1973 when it was started by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films — will
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If Lin-Manuel Miranda wins Emmy for ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ guest spot, it would be his first major award as an actor

If Lin-Manuel Miranda wins Emmy for ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ guest spot, it would be his first major award as an actor
Lin-Manuel Miranda has three Tonys, three Grammys, an Emmy and a Pulitzer Prize, so it might be easy to overlook the fact that the awards magnet has yet to win a major award for his acting. But he’s an Emmy contender this year for guest-starring on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and one of the Expert journalists we’ve polled think that’ll finally do the trick.

Miranda appeared on “Brooklyn” in the episode “The Golden Child” as David Santiago, who needs his sister Amy (Melissa Fumero) to help clear his name. Most of our Experts predict he’ll be nominated for the role, but Kelly Lawler (USA Today) is currently the only one who thinks he’ll win. Most of the other Experts are divided between Peter MacNicol (“Veep”) and John Mulaney (“Saturday Night Live”).

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“Brooklyn” has never been fully embraced by the television academy,
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10 Disney Films That Actually Deserve A Remake

In this age of reboots and sequels dominating the box office, it was just a matter of time before Disney began adapting their greatest hits for the big screen again. With the upcoming release of The Lion King, Disney will have remade nine of their animated classics, not including Pete's Dragon or Mary Poppins Returns.

Related: All The Live-Action Disney Remakes In Development

Although many love the originals, the reactions to these live-action adaptions have been less than stellar. While The Jungle Book, Cinderella, and Christopher Robin received praise, other releases such as Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast were not so lucky. The core to many of the complaints steep in confusion over unoriginality and necessity of these remakes. That being said, Disney shows no signs of slowing down, with The Little Mermaid, Mulan, and more soon to come. Looking ahead, here are some Disney classics that are actually deserving of adapting.
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Original ‘Little Mermaid’ Actress Defends Halle Bailey Against Racist Casting Backlash

Original ‘Little Mermaid’ Actress Defends Halle Bailey Against Racist Casting Backlash
Jodi Benson, the original actress who voiced Ariel in Disney’s 1989 animated fantasy film “The Little Mermaid,” is speaking out against the recent backlash over the studio’s upcoming live-action adaptation. Disney announced July 3 singer and actress Halle Bailey had been cast in the title. The casting marked a breakthrough as Bailey is a black woman and Disney’s animated Ariel is white. While many celebrated Disney for the casting, others were quick to criticize the studio for changing the skin color of the beloved Disney princess. The hashtag #NotMyAriel started trending on social media not long after the casting was announced.

Speaking to fans at Florida Supercon (via USA Today), Benson defended Bailey’s casting by saying, “I think the most important thing is to tell the story. We have, as a family, raised our children and for ourselves that we don’t see anything that’s different on the outside.
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Here’s How Terry Crews Could Look As The Little Mermaid’s King Triton

Disney’s live-action adaptations of their classic animated features continue to be wildly successful, with Aladdin recently crossing the $900m mark at the box office and The Lion King set to easily eclipse that number. One of these projects that has been rapidly picking up steam is The Little Mermaid, even though it doesn’t have an official release date yet.

Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda were confirmed to be working on the music over three and a half years ago but it wasn’t until last December that Rob Marshall, who’s becoming one of Disney’s go-to directors following Into the Woods and Mary Poppins Returns, was officially confirmed to helm.

Even though The Little Mermaid doesn’t start shooting until 2020, there have been a flurry of casting announcements in the last few weeks that have brought a surprising amount of backlash. Melissa McCarthy entering talks to play Ursula certainly got people talking,
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Halle Bailey is Ariel in live-adaptation of ‘The Little Mermaid’

R&b singer Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel in Disney’s forthcoming live-adaptation of ‘The Little Mermaid’ after an extensive search of young talent.

Mary Poppins Returns’ helmer Rob Marshall is in the director’s chair for the live-action reimagining. Disney and the production team behind it are looking to make contemporary and compelling casting choices, while still paying homage to the beloved animated original.

“After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance — plus a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role,” says Marshall.

Melissa McCarthy is currently in talks to play Ursula while Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina have already joined the cast in undisclosed roles.

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The film will use
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Halle Bailey cast as Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Disney has found its Ariel, with the studio announcing that R&b singer Halle Bailey of Chloe x Halle has been cast in the title role in the upcoming live-action reimagining of the animated classic The Little Mermaid.

“After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance — plus a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role,” said director Rob Marshall.

The official press release from Disney states that “additional announcements regarding The Little Mermaid are expected in the coming weeks”, offering nothing in the way of confirmation of the recent reports linking Melissa McCarthy, Awkwafina and Jacob Tremblay to the roles of Ursula, Scuttle and Flounder respectively.

The post Halle Bailey cast as Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid appeared first on Flickering Myth.
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Disney’s Live-Action Little Mermaid Movie Has Found Its Ariel

You can go ahead and add The Little Mermaid to the long list of live-action Disney fairytales in development at the House of Mouse.

Two weeks (and change) out from the long-anticipated arrival of The Lion King, and the Powers That Be have officially cast singer-actress Halle Bailey as Ariel, the rebellious daughter of King Triton who longs to live on dry land. To do so, she must journey ‘under da sea,’ where Bailey will join a who’s who of Hollywood talent, including Melissa McCarthy, Jacob Tremblay, and Awkwafina, all of whom are said to be in the final stages of negotiation.

Rob Marshall, fresh off his stint on Disney’s Mary Poppins sequel – the aptly titled Mary Poppins Returns – steps behind the camera to direct this one, with production on The Little Mermaid expected to commence in the early stages of 2020. In a statement, the director welcomed Bailey’s casting with open arms,
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The Little Mermaid Remake Finds Its Ariel in Halle Bailey

David Crow Jul 3, 2019

Disney has found its Ariel for the Little Mermaid remake with Halle Bailey, a newcomer praised for her amazing singing voice.

Disney has found its Ariel, the beloved princess from under the sea, and it is most definitely an unexpected choice. Despite social media stans pushing hard for the casting of Zendaya, Disney and director Rob Marshall have selected relative newcomer Halle Bailey to play the mermaid who introduced Broadway style to Walt Disney Studios Animation.

“After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses the rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance—plus a glorious singing voice—all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role,” Marshall said in a statement. Indeed, it is Ariel’s otherworldly voice that becomes the very center of the film after Ursula, the octopi-sea witch, convinces her to sell her voice in exchange for a pair of legs.
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‘The Little Mermaid’: Halle Bailey Is Ariel in Huge Breakthrough for Colorblind Casting

‘The Little Mermaid’: Halle Bailey Is Ariel in Huge Breakthrough for Colorblind Casting
In a big win for audiences eager to see more colorblind casting in Hollywood, R&b singer Halle Bailey has been tapped to play Ariel in Disney’s live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid,” the studio announced today. Bailey is best known as one half of the musical duo Chloe x Halle, which she formed with her sister in 2015. The project will mark her feature film debut.

She joins a cast that includes recent additions Jacob Tremblay as Flounder and “Crazy Rich Asians” breakout Awkwafina. Earlier this week, Variety also reported that Melissa McCarthy was in talks to play the infamous villainess, Ursula the sea witch.

Loosely based on a Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, the 1989 animated classic follows a red-headed mermaid princess who longs to be where the people are. Alan Menken wrote the original music, including the Oscar-winning tunes “Under the Sea,” “Part of Your World,” and “Kiss the Girl,
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Netflix Creates U.K. Film and TV Production Hub at Shepperton Studios

  • Variety
Netflix has created a new production hub in the U.K., with a 14-stage studio space close to London. The first Netflix show to use the new facilities will be Charlize Theron’s upcoming film for the streamer and Skydance, “The Old Guard.”

The new hub will be situated at the iconic Shepperton Studios, which is in Surrey. It is part of the Pinewood Group, and was recently the base for “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” and “Mary Poppins Returns.” Pinewood recently bought land near the existing site and has set plans in motion to expand the studio space further, as first reported by Variety.

“Shepperton has been synonymous with world class film for nearly a century and it’s an important production hub for the U.K. creative community today,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix. “We’re incredibly proud to be part of that heritage.
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Awkwafina and Jacob Tremblay in talks for Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Following hot on the heels of the news that Melissa McCarthy is in talks to portray the villainous Ursula, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that two more actors are in negotiations with Disney to join the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

As per the site, Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) is in talks to lend her voice to the eccentric seagull Scuttle, with Jacob Tremblay (The Predator) set to portray Ariel’s best friend, the tropical fish Flounder.

Based on Disney’s animated adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, The Little Mermaid follows Ariel, a mermaid who strikes a deal with the sea witch Ursula in order to fulfil her dreams of walking on land and falling in love with a prince.

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Rob Marshall is directing The Little Mermaid, while Alan Menken and
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Disney's Little Mermaid Remake Wants Jacob Tremblay as Flounder & Awkwafina as Scuttle

Things are starting to heat up for Disney's the Little Mermaid live-action remake, as both Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina are being eyed to join the cast in a couple of key roles. Should things move forward as planned, Tremblay will star as Ariel's fish buddy Flounder, with Awkwafina set to portray Scuttle the seagull. This is a project we've been hearing about for a long time but it appears that things are finally moving, somewhat rapidly, in the right direction.

According to a new report, both Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina are in talks with the studio currently for The Little Mermaid. The deals haven't closed just yet but it sounds very much like things are heading that way. Should the deals make, they'll join a cast that very well may include Melissa McCarthy, who is also being eyed for a key role in the remake as the villain Ursula.
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Netflix: Everything Coming and Going for July 2019

There are some big changes coming to Netflix in July.

From new shows and movies, to shows and movies leaving the service, it's becoming increasingly difficult to keep up to speed on all the movers and shakers.

That's why we'll be running this monthy article with all the information you need about these changes.

The biggest premiere on the streaming giant in the month of July will likely be Stranger Things Season 3, which is getting a Thursday launch on July 4th.

The extra long weekend should give viewers ample time to binge the eight-episode third season of the sci-fi drama.

Related: Stranger Things Season 3 Gets Premiere Date at Netflix

Orange is the New Black is also back in July, but it will be the final season. The streamer confirmed last year that it was time to bring the groundbreaking series to a close.

13 new episodes remain, and they debut July
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Netflix schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in July 2019

Netflix has confirmed that 44 new original series, movies and specials will be debuting on the streaming service in Ju;y including: season 3 of “Stranger Things”; season 4 of “Queer Eye”; season 7 of “Orange is the New Black”; and season 11 of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

Among the new films on offer are: several installments of “Bangkok Love Stories”; a remake of “Point Blank” starring Anthony Mackie; the documentary “The Great Hack”‘; and the mockumentary “Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein.”

Below is the full schedule of everything that is coming and leaving Netflix in July 2019.

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Available July 1

“Designated Survivor: 60 Days” (Netflix Original)

Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room” (Netflix Original)

“Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”

“Astro Boy”

“Caddyshack”

“Caddyshack 2”

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (2005)

“Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke”

Cloverfield

“Disney’s Race to Witch Mountain”

Frozen River

Inkheart
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Melissa McCarthy in Talks for Live-Action ‘The Little Mermaid’ as Ursula

Melissa McCarthy in Talks for Live-Action ‘The Little Mermaid’ as Ursula
Melissa McCarthy is in talks to play the villain Ursula in Disney’s live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Rob Marshall will direct the live-action film based on the 1989 animated musical, which grossed $84.5 million in its initial theatrical run. Original song and score writer Alan Menken will team up with Lin-Manuel Miranda on the new version.

The film will incorporate the original hits from the 1989 original as well as new songs from Menken and Miranda. Miranda, who also worked with Disney on 2016’s “Moana” and starred in “Mary Poppins Returns,” will produce “The Little Mermaid” along with Marshall, Marc Platt and John DeLuca. David Magee (“Mary Poppins Returns”) wrote the script.

Also Read: Disney's Live-Action 'Little Mermaid' Scores Lin-Manuel Miranda as Producer, Story Advisor

The project has been in development for a while and the potential cast for the
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