ESPN Readies Launch of Deep-Dive Sports Series ‘Backstory’

Before the 2019 U.S. Open starts, ESPN wants to take viewers back to 2018’s. In the premiere episode of the new series “Backstory,” the sports-media giant will delve into tennis ace Serena Williams’ controversial skirmish with umpire Carlos Ramos last year. Her back-and-forth would result in a point penalty and a loss of game that […]

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Harley Quinn Series Premiere: “Pilot” Review

Note: this is a spoiler-free advance review of the series premiere of Harley Quinn, which screened at Comic-Con tonight. The series will debut on the DC Universe app in October.

DC Universe may not come close to rivaling Netflix or Amazon Prime Video in terms of the sheer amount of exclusive content, but there is quite a lot to be said for the “quality over quantity” approach. So far DCU’s selection ranges from solid (Titans) to excellent (Young Justice: Outsiders) to literally one of the best shows of 2019 (Doom Patrol). Harley Quinn keeps the hot streak going. It’s a far more slapstick and raunchy alternative to the rest of DC’s animated line, but one that also gets Harley in a way not every adaptation does.

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Chiara Ferragni Joins Heidi Klum’s New Amazon Fashion Series

BLONDE ADDITION: Influencer Chiara Ferragni has joined the cast of Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn’s new Amazon fashion show.
The Italian blogger and entrepreneur, aka The Blonde Salad, appears on “Making the Cut” as it alights in Tokyo as part of a series of challenges filmed in some of the world’s top fashion destinations. Ferragni has been posting images of her Tokyo trip, including a visit to the Sanrio Puroland theme park, on her Instagram account.
The show kicked off shooting in Paris last month on an open-air stage in front of the Eiffel Tower as an all-star cast of judges and guest judges looked on: model Naomi Campbell, designer Joseph Altuzarra, fashion editor Carine Roitfeld and Nicole Richie, actress and creative director of House of Harlow 1960.
The program brings together 12 entrepreneurs and designers from around the world who are competing for a $ 1 million prize and the chance to turn their fledgling businesses into global brands. Looks from the show, which will air on Amazon Prime Video early next year, will be shoppable on the online retail platform.
Klum and Gunn, the former host and mentor of “Project Runway,” are also executive producers of “Making the Cut.”

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Conquistador Series ‘Hernan’ Snagged by Azteca TV and History Channel Latin America

In the wake of its streaming rights acquisition by Amazon Prime, epic series “Hernan” has sold to Mexican broadcaster Azteca and pan-regional pay TV network, The History Channel, which have jointly acquired the series for their respective platforms. Produced by Mexico’s Dopamine, a Salinas Group unit, and Spain’s Onza Entertainment, the eight-episode mega-series marks the […]

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Diesel Teams with Netflix Series “La Casa de Papel”

JOINING THE HEIST: Let the binge-watching – and purchasing – begin. Diesel has revealed a partnership with hit Netflix series “La Casa de Papel,” also known as “Money Heist.”
Created by Álex Pina in 2017, the Spanish show revolves around a long-prepared, multi-day assault on the Royal Mint of Spain in Madrid conceived by a criminal mastermind and executed by eight thieves whose identities are undisclosed. Over the arc of just two seasons, the series gained worldwide popularity, with some of its signature elements becoming part of the pop culture, including the red uniforms; the Salvador Dalí-inspired masks worn by the protagonists during the heist; and the Italian anti-fascist song “Bella ciao” played multiple times in emblematic scenes as a metaphor of resistance and freedom.
For the third season of the show, which will be released on July 19, Diesel’s design team created the red hooded jumpsuits worn by the key characters. As part of the collaboration, the brand will also offer a limited number of jumpsuits worn on set to aficionados of the show and consumers through an online contest.

La Casa de Papel’s signature red jumpsuit uniform. 
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In addition, Diesel will release a limited edition capsule collection dedicated to the series. Offered in a color

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Berlinale Series Head, Solmaz Azizi, Stepping Down

Solmaz Azizi, head of the growing Berlinale Series event that takes place during the Berlin Film Festival, is stepping down. Berlinale Series coordinator Judith Klein is also exiting. The organizers of the film festival confirmed the departures and said that the Series event will continue in the same format. Azizi and Klein sent a joint […]

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‘Orphan Black’ Storyline Continues With Tatiana Maslany Voicing New Audio Series for Serial Box

Attention, Clone Club: “Orphan Black” is getting a post-TV afterlife. Temple Street Productions, the production company behind the sci-fi thriller, inked a deal with premium digital fiction startup Serial Box to create a brand-new installment, “Orphan Black: The Next Chapter” — continuing the story of the clone sisterhood and their allies (and enemies) after the […]

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Game of Thrones: How Jon’s Snow’s Fate Brings the Series Full Circle

Full spoilers for Game of Thrones’ series finale follow below.

For even more on Game of Thrones, be sure to check out the finale’s biggest WTF questions, why Drogon did what he did in the end, or our side-by-side comparison of the characters from their first and last appearances. Or peruse every IGN Game of Thrones episode review ever, why Westeros’ new leader could be a terrifying choice, and why Drogon did what he did in the finale.

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It Didn’t Even Have to End That Way: Secrets About the How I Met Your Mother Series Finale You Probably Forgot

Josh Radnor, Cristin Milioti, How I Met Your MotherEnding a TV show is hard work.
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Series Mania: Freddie Highmore Talks ‘The Good Doctor,’ Arsenal, Norman Bates

LILLE, France —  God, Freddie Highmore’s good at crying. There’s a scene in “Neverland,” screened at his Series Mania masterclass, where he’s acting opposite Johnny Depp. His mother has just died. Highmore sits on a park bench, clutching a notebook, which she helped as tears well in his eyes, and he tries to keep in […]

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Series Mania: First Details on Co-Pro Pitching Project ‘Capturing Big Mouth’ (EXCLUSIVE)

LILLE, France — Belgian production company De Mensen, which has just been acquired by France’s Newen, has teamed with Reel One Entertainment on a new cross-continental thriller series, “Capturing Big Mouth. The series will be pitched Monday at this year’s Series Mania Forum Co-pro Pitching section. It chronicles the unlikely rise and eventual fall of […]

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Emily Weiss’s Glossier Play Will Be First in a Series of Brand Offshoots

Five years after founding beauty brand Glossier, CEO Emily Weiss launches its first spinoff—a color cosmetics line inspired by ’70s nostalgia and school supplies. She talks to WSJ. Magazine about the advantage she says she has over big beauty companies.
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NBC News Retools ‘Today’ Mobile App, Readies 7 New Digital Series

NBC News will continue its efforts to augment its flagship “Today” with digital-video series and other mobile extensions, the latest signal that TV’s morning-news wars are also being waged online. NBC News Digital is set to add seven new digital-video series featuring “Today” hosts and contributors to a larger roster of online programming built around […]

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Transformers Anime Prequel Series Headed to Netflix in 2020

Netflix has ordered a new Transformers anime prequel series, Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy, and it will premiere in 2020.

Netflix and Hasbro have partnered with Rooster Teeth to bring War For Cybertron to life and Polygon Pictures will act as the animation studio.

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“In this Transformers origin story, we will explore the expansive universe of Cybertron in a way that audiences have never seen before – to the delight of both existing fans and those coming to the franchise for the first time,” said John Derderian, Director of Anime for Netflix. “The Transformers brand is a global phenomenon and we are thrilled to partner with Hasbro, Rooster Teeth and Polygon to bring this exciting new anime series to our members around the world on Netflix.”

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‘Pokemon Go’ Developer Secures $245 Million in Series C Funding

Niantic, the developer behind “Pokemon Go,” finished its Series C financing with $ 245 million on Wednesday, according to a press release. The latest round of funding brings Niantic’s valuation to nearly $ 4 billion. The Series C funding was led by IVP, and additional investments came from aXiomatic Gaming, Battery Ventures, Causeway Media Partners, CRV, and Samsung […]

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Netflix Original Series Viewing Climbs, But Licensed Content Remains Majority of Total U.S. Streams

Is Netflix moving fast enough to bulk up on originals to offset programming that’s about to get pulled by studios like Disney, Fox and WarnerMedia? Original content accounted for 37% of Netflix’s U.S. streams in October 2018, up from 24% a year earlier (and just 14% in January 2017), per video-measurement firm 7Park Data. But […]

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‘The Umbrella Academy’ Superheroes Series Premiere Date Set on Netflix

The dysfunctional-family superheroes of “The Umbrella Academy” are landing on Netflix worldwide on Feb. 15, 2019. The live-action series is based on the “Umbrella Academy” comic books created and written by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá, published by Dark Horse Comics. The Netflix original series comprises 10 one-hour episodes. “The Umbrella Academy” stars […]

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Netflix to Order African Original Series in 2019

Netflix plans to order original series from Africa next year, on top of the shows it’s already producing in Europe, Asia and Latin America, said Erik Barmack, the streaming giant’s vice president of international originals. Netflix’s Europe team is “in the process of looking at opportunities in Africa. It’s definitely the case that we’ll commission […]

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Doctor Strange Director Leaves Snowpiercer TV Series

Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson has exited the Snowpiercer series due to creative differences with new showrunner Graeme Manson.

Derrickson announced on Twitter he won’t be directing reshoots for the pilot as he disagrees with Manson’s vision for the show. Manson, who co-created Orphan Black, took over from Josh Friedman as showrunner earlier this year.

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Apple Orders ‘Calls’ English-Language Series Adaptation

Apple continues to fill out its series programming pipeline. The tech giant’s entertainment arm has given a series order to “Calls,” an English-language adaptation of the French short-form series Canal+. The new English-language series will be a co-production with Canal+. Created by Timothée Hochet, the original “Calls” allows audiences to experience short stories through real-life […]

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Rapha Releases a Series of Events in Anticipation of Tour de France

RIDE WITH ME: Rapha, the sportswear and lifestyle brand, has released its first brand campaign to promote cycling. A short film, produced in partnership with Mother LA, a Los Angeles-based production agency, will lead the campaign.
The film will highlight the many benefits of cycling such as improving personal health and reducing carbon emissions. To capture the spirit of cycling, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews will continue to be shown throughout the year.
Rapha’s campaign will be released a month before the Tour de France, the annual bicycle race, which starts on July 7. This year marks its 105 anniversary.
The campaign will run worldwide and it will be supported with events and ride programs including L’Etape du Tour training rides, Tour de France 101 and Bikepacking 101 classes across Rapha’s global clubhouse locations including London’s Soho and Spitalfields venues.
Since the launch of Rapha Cycling Club in 2015, the company has amassed over 7000 global members. In 2017, RZC Investments became Rapha’s major shareholder and they will continue to expand the company’s global reach, its product offering and strengthen its multichannel retail model.

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Crackle to Develop Sci-Fi Series Based on ‘Heart of Darkness’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Crackle is developing a series reimagining of the Joseph Conrad novel “Heart of Darkness,” Variety has learned exclusively. The project is set in the future where Earth is a distant memory. It is described as an exploration of what it means to be human on a space odyssey where the survival of the human race hangs in […]

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Marco Bellocchio to Direct Series on Kidnapping of Former Italian Leader (EXCLUSIVE)

Italian auteur Marco Bellocchio and FremantleMedia Italy are in advanced development on a limited TV series about the 1978 kidnapping and assassination of former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro by Red Brigades terrorists. The veteran helmer, who previously recounted Moro’s still-mysterious abduction in the 2005 film “Goodmorning, Night” from the viewpoint of one of his […]

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Elvis Duran Group’s Steven Levine to Produce Music Series for Cutting Edge Group

Elvis Duran Group media strategist Steven Levine is making the leap to the West Coast, where he will serve as an executive producer and talent coordinator for the Cutting Edge Group’s new episodic, hour-long TV show format based on the 12on12 music brand. Duran, the syndicated iHeartRadio personality, will host the show. Levine has been […]

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Discovery Orders Docu Series ‘Why We Hate’ From Steven Spielberg, Alex Gibney (EXCLUSIVE)

Filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney have teamed to produce a docu-series for Discovery Channel examining the origins and dangers of hate. The two Oscar winners will executive produce the six-part series tentatively titled “Why We Hate.” Spielberg’s Amblin Television partnered with Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions on the project, which began production earlier this year and will air on […]

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New Seasons of Italian Mob Series ‘Gomorrah,’ ‘Suburra’ To Hit Global Screens in 2019

ROME — New seasons of Italy’s high-profile mob shows, Sky’s “Gomorrah” and Netflix and Rai’s “Suburra: Blood on Rome,” are now set to hit global TV and streaming screens in 2019. Sky announced today that the 12-episode fourth season of “Gomorrah,” which is produced by Italy’s Cattleya and Fandango in partnership with Germany’s Beta Film, will […]

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HBO Europe, HBO Latin America Kick Off First Co-Production With Soccer Series

HBO Europe and HBO Latin America are taking subscribers inside soccer stars’ preparations for the World Cup with “Destino Russia,” the first-ever co-production between the premium cabler’s European and Latin American divisions. The 10-part series will follow players and their entourages on both continents as they get ready for the World Cup, which will be […]

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The Rocketeer is Getting an Animated Series Reboot

The Rocketeer is finally getting a reboot, but probably not the way you imagined.

Disney Junior has announced production on a new animated adventure series inspired by the 1980s Dave Stevens comic books and the 1991 film of the same name.

Aimed at kids aged 2-7 and their young-at-heart relatives, The Rocketeer will follow Kit, a young girl who receives a surprise package on her birthday revealing she’s next in line to become the Rocketeer, a legendary superhero who has the ability to fly with the help of a rocket-powered jet pack. She’ll be joined in her new mission with her gadget-minded best friend, Tesh, and airplane mechanic uncle, Ambrose.

The announcement was made by Joe D’Ambrosia, senior vice president of Original Programming at Disney Junior, who said, “We are very excited to introduce The Rocketeer to our young Disney Junior audience. The vast storytelling found in the original comic books provides the perfect opportunity to create an exciting new adventure series told from a young girl superhero perspective that the whole family can enjoy together.”

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Warner Bros. TV Alum Tammy Golihew to Head PR for Amazon Original Series

Amazon Studios has recruited Warner Bros. TV alum Tammy Golihew to head all publicity for Amazon original series. The appointment of Golihew, a highly regarded industry veteran, is a signal to the creative community that the entertainment arm of the digital giant is beefing up its programming, development and marketing infrastructure. It comes as Amazon […]

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Altered Carbon Had Joel Kinnaman Naked and Covered in Strange Goo for 2 Days (It Is a Sci-Fi Series After All)

Altered CarbonAltered Carbon, Netflix’s new ambitious science fiction series, required its stars to do things they’ve never done before, including warn their families about certain scenes. To say the…

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Get Out Studio Producing Horror Anthology Series for Hulu

Hulu and Blumhouse, the studio behind Get Out, Split, and The Purge, are partnering for a monthly horror anthology series, with the first episode expected to be released in October.

The 12-episode Hulu original will air over the course of a year, with a new episode premiering each month. While each installment in the currently untitled series will have a self-contained story, “some narrative device or structural device is expected to connect them,” according to Variety.

“At the heart of the deal is an extremely passionate audience and an extremely activateable audience in terms of horror,” said Hulu Chief Content Officer Joel Stillerman. “It’s not even the larger bucket of ‘genre.’ I would say this falls squarely into the horror bucket.”

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George Kotsiopoulos to Host Wedding Makeover Series on TLC

Stylist, fashion editor and on-air personality George Kotsiopoulos has been tapped as host of a new TLC wedding makeover series, “Say Yes: Wedding SOS.” The reality show premieres on the cable network Jan. 20 at 9 p.m. and is part of a Saturday night block of programming built around TLC’s wedding franchise “Say Yes to the Dress.”
Each hour-long episode will focus on transforming couples who may have gotten too comfortable in their old clothes. Kotsiopoulos will work with the bride and groom on everything from wardrobe and hair to veneers and tattoo removal in the days prior to the wedding. Viewers will go along for the ride as the couples go through custom suit and gown fittings, liposuction, corrective eye surgery, micro-blading and laser hair removal, among other improvements.
“I love this show because it’s sweet and 100 percent positive, particularly in these times when there is so much negativity out there,” said Kotsiopoulos, who previously was a host on E Network’s “Fashion Police.” “People love makeover shows in general because they provide hope and, when done well, enough realistic takeaways for them to apply to their own lives. This was my main goal while shooting the show by sharing tips

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Connect3 Productions, Boutique Filmes Link for Nazi Hunters Scripted Series ‘The Chase’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Montreal-based Connect3 Productions and Sao Paulo’s Boutique Filmes, producer of hit Netflix Brazilian original series “3%,” have forged a co-production partnership to develop and produce “The Chase,” a high-end scripted series about Nazi hunters. Inspired by true events, the English-language series turns on the extraordinary covert operations carried out by a small group of Israel’s […]

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Mediapro, IMG, Film45 Producing Amazon Prime Video Manchester City Series

MADRID — Mediapro, IMG and Film45 will team with Amazon Prime Series and Manchester City to produce Amazon’s awaited and exclusive doc series tracking the manager, stars and boards of the English soccer club over its 2017-18 season. Announced last month, and launching in 2018, the as-yet-untitled series comes at a time when Manchester City, […]

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Amazon Scores Manchester City Soccer Series

Amazon will take viewers behind the scenes at high-flying English soccer team Manchester City in a series following the Premier League club over a season. The as-yet-untitled series will follow the club over the current 2017/18 season. City are managed by charismatic former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola and currently sit atop the league, and are […]

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Netflix, Prodigo Films Team for Fourth Brazilian Original Series, ‘Coisa Mais Linda’

Netflix’s push into original localized content in Latin America was bolstered today with the announcement that the streaming giant has secured the services of Brazil’s Prodigo Films to produce “Coisa Mais Linda,”(“So Beautiful”) a period romance set during Rio’s rich Bossa Nova movement of the late ’50s and early ’60s. The series will be the […]

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Porter Magazine Brings Incredible Women Series to U.S.

Porter magazine is bringing its Incredible Women List of 50 entries, which was published last month in its winter issue, to life with two events in the U.S. Tonight editor in chief Lucy Yeomans will host a question-and-answer with Misty Copeland, who was featured on the list, in New York and on Nov. 1 the magazine’s second annual Incredible Woman Gala will take place in Los Angeles at NeueHouse, hosted by Yeomans and Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Pictures. Both events are done in partnership with Estée Lauder.
The talk with Copeland is the fourth in Porter’s series, which previously featured Serpentine chief executive officer Yana Peel, conservationist Saba Douglas-Hamilton, and film director Sofia Coppola. Last year’s gala was held at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and instead of staging a typical awards show, Yeomans enlisted a company called Letter’s Live to create a performance element in which Natalia Vodianova, Christiane Amanpour and Florence Welch read letters Patti Smith, Martha Gellhorn and Tina Fey. This year’s gala will feature a similar performance aspect. “We look to celebrate women who in the past year have done something to affect positive change for women either in their field, industry or the

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Roseanne Revival Looks Like a Happy Reunion: See What’s Happening Behind the Scenes of the ABC Series

Roseanne, Roseanne Barr, Roseanne RevivalRoseanne, Darlene, Jackie, Becky (No. 1 and No. 2), D.J. and even Dan (yes, somehow Dan has risen from the dead) are all back for Roseanne, 20 years after the show ended. The eight-episode revival…

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Roseanne Revival Looks Like a Happy Reunion: See What’s Happening Behind the Scenes of the ABC Series

Roseanne, Roseanne Barr, Roseanne RevivalRoseanne, Darlene, Jackie, Becky (No. 1 and No. 2), D.J. and even Dan (yes, somehow Dan has risen from the dead) are all back for Roseanne, 20 years after the show ended. The eight-episode revival…

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Lifetime and NeueHouse to Launch Luminaries Screening Series With ‘Flint’

Lifetime has partnered with NeueHouse Madison Square Women’s Forum on a screening and panel series that will showcase the network’s upcoming movies from “Flint” to “I Am Elizabeth Smart.” Dubbed the “Luminaries” screening series, the goal is to showcase a slate of films that celebrate women and their impact on today’s world. “Women are powerful […]

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The Power of Lorelai & Rory: More Viewers Finished Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life in 24 Hours Than Any Other Netflix Series

Gilmore Girls, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the LifeAre you a binge racer? Apparently there are 8.4 million Netflix binge racers around the world. What is a binge racer? According to Netflix, a binge racer is a new type of fan, one who finishes a…

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Check Out Brand New Posters for 4 New Marvel TV Series

Marvel Television is bringing a huge lineup of its major shows — from returning favorites like Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD to new breakouts like Marvel’s The Punisher and Marvel’s Runaways. But the House of M is also teasing some of its most anticipated upcoming shows in a cool way that will likely make you wish you were in New York City to reap the benefits.

IGN is debuting your first look at the four New York Comic Con-exclusive posters Marvel will be handing out at NYCC during their signings. In addition to awesome, stylized posters for SHIELD and Runaways, you also have the chance to get an early look at promotion for Jessica Jones: Season 2 and the upcoming Cloak & Dagger adaptation. Take a look at all four posters below:

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Natascha McElhone to Exit ‘Designated Survivor,’ Joins Hulu Mars Series ‘The First’

“Designated Survivor” star Natascha McElhone will depart the ABC drama after its second season to join the upcoming Hulu series “The First,” Variety has confirmed. McElhone will star opposite Sean Penn in “The First.” More to come…

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Kyle Ng of Brain Dead on Red Bull TV Series

Kyle Ng belies the predominant streetwear designer persona.
Ng, who cofounded Brain Dead with Ed Davis in 2014, is gregarious, inclusive and good-humored, and his personality is on full display for “Social Fabric,” a 12-episode Red Bull TV series that’s streaming online now. Ng hosts the series.
“Streetwear is so pretentious and so cool guy, and I would say I am less fronting guy and more goofy guy,” Ng said. “I think at the end of the day the brand is very different from the show, but for me it doesn’t matter. I say the brand is its own kid. I’m not the brand.”
On the series, Ng travels around the world to learn about the culture behind plaid, sneakers, the leather jacket, the suit and cowboy boots.
“We were really interested in the cultural history of style and not from a fashion perspective but more from the side of ‘Where does it come from? Why do people wear what they wear and how does that communicate to different cultures?’” Ng said. “How does one item transcend different people and connect with different people.”
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Scripted Series Snub Seniors, Study Says

Seniors characters are dramatically underrepresented on popular television, according to a new study from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Looking at a sampling of 72 shows — a mix of the most popular series according to Nielsen ratings in the 18-49 demo and with viewers 65 and older — the study, titled “Seniors… Read more »

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Kyle Ng of Brain Dead on Red Bull TV Series

Kyle Ng belies the predominant streetwear designer persona.
Ng, who cofounded Brain Dead with Ed Davis in 2014, is gregarious, inclusive and good-humored, and his personality is on full display for “Social Fabric,” a 12-episode Red Bull TV series that’s streaming online now. Ng hosts the series.
“Streetwear is so pretentious and so cool guy, and I would say I am less fronting guy and more goofy guy,” Ng said. “I think at the end of the day the brand is very different from the show, but for me it doesn’t matter. I say the brand is its own kid. I’m not the brand.”
On the series, Ng travels around the world to learn about the culture behind plaid, sneakers, the leather jacket, the suit and cowboy boots.
“We were really interested in the cultural history of style and not from a fashion perspective but more from the side of ‘Where does it come from? Why do people wear what they wear and how does that communicate to different cultures?’” Ng said. “How does one item transcend different people and connect with different people.”
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BBC Commissions New Drama Series From ‘Wolf Hall’ Writer, ‘Victoria’ Producer

The BBC has commissioned two new eight-part drama series for its flagship channel BBC One, the pubcaster announced Friday. “The Three,” based on a trilogy of novels by Sarah Lotz and described as an international conspiracy thriller with a supernatural edge, has been adapted by Peter Straughan. Straughan won a BAFTA and was Oscar-nominated for… Read more »

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Carine Roitfeld, CR Studio Curate Latest Veuve Clicquot Widow Series

WIDOW DRESSING: Carine Roitfeld and her content team at CR Studio will curate the third Veuve Clicquot Widow Series in London in October. Roitfeld follows Nick Knight, who worked on the inaugural series, and FKA Twigs who oversaw last year’s creative and cultural event.
The series honors the house’s founder Madame Clicquot, who was widowed in October 1805. She took on her late husband’s Champagne business and pioneered several industry innovations. Each year, the series taps a creative type who has “an unfulfilled desire or passion project” they want to bring to life.
“I’m a storyteller, that’s my job as an editor and stylist. This opportunity is completely different, and now my team at CR Studio and I have the opportunity to tell a story with the viewer actually experiencing the story as we tell it,” Roitfeld said. “It’s not a party, it’s a truly immersive experience, a different way of thinking.”
Jean-Marc Gallot, president of Maison Veuve Clicquot, said the house wanted Roitfeld for her “artistic yet audacious aesthetic” and fashion leadership over the decades. “We welcome another empowering woman into the house of Veuve Clicquot.”
Last year, FKA Twigs let her imagination run wild and curated “Rooms,” an immersive experience featuring 12

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Tomorrow Studios to Develop Japanese Comic ‘One Piece’ As Live-Action TV Series

The best-selling manga series in history is coming to TV. Marty Adelstein has inked a deal for the adaptation of Japanese comic series “One Piece” through Tomorrow Studios. “I’ve been a fan of ‘One Piece’ for 20 years. I am so honored that Shueisha and Oda-san have entrusted me with such a cherished iconic property,” said… Read more »

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Richard Dreyfuss to Guest Star on Jason Alexander Audience Network Series ‘Hit the Road’

Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss will guest star on the upcoming Jason Alexander Audience Network comedy series “Hit the Road,” Variety has learned. Dreyfuss will play James, Alexander’s character’s father. He is described as “a gruff, grizzled dysfunctional jerk of a dad who doesn’t have a single kind word to say about his son.” Dreyfuss won… Read more »

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LGBTQ People Share How They Came Out In Powerful Photo Series

A striking and emotional photography project is pairing photos of LGBTQ individuals with their personal stories of coming out.

Photographer Alejandro Ibarra was inspired to shoot the “Coming Out Stories” photo series after a friend came out to his family and relayed the experience.

It was then that Ibarra realized that no matter how someone identifies or what their experience was like, “coming out” is a universal rite of passage that all LGBTQ people who open up about their sexuality or gender identity share.

Each account, while brief, captures a pivotal and cornerstone moment in the lives of LGBTQ people Ibarra photographed ― memories filled with a mixture of pain, liberation, joy and sorrow.

“Even though [my friend’s coming out experience] was very different from mine, I really related to it: to him, his emotions, his concerns,” Ibarra told HuffPost. “It was almost like it had happened to me. I knew then that it would have the same effect on pretty much most of the community because, whatever you happen to identify as ― this is one thing we all have in common.”

Ibarra explained that he knows how terrifying coming out can be for LGBTQ people and that some people may not even have the option to come out due to issues related to safety and survival. But, for him, coming out of the closet is a choice that he has never regretted.

“It’s the best decision I ever made,” he told HuffPost. “No more staying up at night worrying if anyone suspects; no more overthinking how you’re behaving around people because you’re afraid they’ll notice; and no more depriving yourself of the opportunity to put yourself out there and fall in love and have a real and acknowledged relationship if you want one. If you need support prior to coming out, you can find it either over the phone or at LGBTQ community centers if your city or town has one.”

As a creative pursuit, Ibarra wants “Coming Out Stories” to be both a testament of the power of storytelling and also perhaps a way to relieve some anxiety for LGBTQ people that may still be in the closet.

“I’m hoping that people who are struggling to come out can find comfort in seeing these stories by people from all over the world,” he continued. “When I came out, I had one friend who had come out a few months before me, and even just that made me feel so much more comfortable and confident and allowed me to gather the strength to just do it. With this project, people can hopefully be inspired by dozens of other people’s stories and realize they’re not alone.”

As for allies and those who aren’t in the LGBTQ community, Ibarra says this project is for them too.

“For people who don’t identify as LGBTQ+, I’m hoping this will give them some insight into what we go through, and hopefully turn them into allies of the community if they aren’t already,” he said. 

Check out more of the “Coming Out Stories” project below and head to Ibarra’s website to see more of his work.

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Netflix’s New True Crime Series ‘The Keepers’ Searches For Answers In 47-Year-Old Cold Case

There were a lot of things for true crime junkies to get excited about when Netflix released the teaser for its new series “The Keepers”: an unsolved murder, a missing nun, corruption, a possible Catholic school cover-up.

For all its promises, the series — from documentary veteran Ryan White, who also directed “The Case Against 8” and “Good Ol’ Freda” — delivers. The seven episodes center around the 1969 disappearance and death of Sister Cathy Cesnik, a young nun who taught English at a Baltimore-area Catholic high school and was beloved by students. Two months after Cesnik failed to return home from a routine shopping trip, her body was found by hunters in a remote wooded area five miles from her apartment. Investigations revealed she had suffered a mortal wound to her head. Her killer was never found.

“The Keepers” is as addictive and compelling as “Making a Murderer,” the documentary series that ran on the streaming network in late 2015, spurring theories, sprawling message board discussions and an acute hunger for more true crime stories. (The docuseries are entirely different, of course, but comparisons will be inevitable.)

Any good documentary needs narration, especially for one as layered, and with as many individuals involved, as this. While some of the key players in the story that unfolds surrounding Cesnik’s death have also since died, many are still around to keep the story alive — namely, a group of students at Archbishop Keough High School where the nun taught. It’s been more than 40 years, but the women are able to recount their memories of their former teacher as though they had just graduated.

Perhaps their sharpness is a result of running through those formative years over and over in their heads, trying to search their memories for anything that could explain Cesnik’s abrupt disappearance. Years after graduating, her former students have created a circle of amateur detectives, knocking on doors, looking up records and sharing information. They want to find out something, anything, about who killed their teacher.

Leading the crew are Gemma Hoskins and Abbie Schaub, a retired teacher and nurse, respectively. In the series, we meet Hoskins sitting down at a restaurant and inquiring about their chardonnay. When she discovers that they serve Yellow Tail, she answers with a laugh, “Oh, that’s fine, that’s what I drink at home. Only.”

Meanwhile, we are introduced to Schaub as she waits in line at a local library, stack of papers in hand. “We’ve been using your excellent services for about two years,” she tells the librarian in a high, warm voice when it’s her turn. “We’ve been looking into an unsolved murder case.”

It’s not the kind of thing you’d immediately expect to hear from Schaub, who comes off as a studious, cheerful grandmotherly type. She and Hoskins make an unlikely team, but one that easily becomes central to the series. In the first episode, Hoskins recalls her excitement upon walking into Cesnik’s class at 13 to learn they’d be reading The Scarlet Letter, describing her wonder that “a cool nun” would be teaching the somewhat scandalous classic. Cesnik, we learn, was supportive and eager to listen to her students, a rare source of comfort in a strict religious and academic environment.

“Gemma’s been the Nancy Drew, I think,” Schaub tells the camera while she and Hoskins are sitting side-by-side at a kitchen table, discussing their efforts to find more information about those fateful months in 1969. “She’s good at getting people to talk to her.”

“Abby does amazing research, like no one I’ve ever met,” Hoskins adds. Hoskins likes to pick up the phone and talk to people, which Schaub says is perfect — she does not. It’s hard not to fall in love with the idea of two old high school acquaintances teaming up to solve a long-cold case, proving that the yearning to solve a grisly crime is not confined to whatever notions of detectives we typically see on screen. Other former classmates, journalists and retired law enforcement join the two women in their search for answers.

Hoskins and Schaub’s passion for justice is inspiring, a torch through the darkness that will emerge most pointedly in the series’ second episode. It’d be inaccurate to paint the series solely as a thrilling caper — real traumas occurred within the halls of Archbishop Keough, the effects of which carry through to the present day. The pair of women leading the amateur search for answers provides a framework for the rest of the shocking narrative to reveal itself, a positive and endearing aspect of a tale with much abuse of power and darkness, where the possibility for true justice feels as long buried as its subject.

“The Keepers” begins streaming on Netflix Friday, May 19.

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Nick Graham Dressing Bill Nye for Netflix Series

Nick Graham has expanded his relationship with Bill Nye and is dressing the scientist and educator for his new Netflix series, “Bill Nye Saves the World.”
The 13-episode show started on Friday.
“Bill is one of those rare personalities that combines a strong compassionate message with his slightly irreverent, but always brilliant observations of the world,” Graham said. “Besides that, he has always had an enormous sense of style that he has made his own, and so all I had to do was take a bit further.”
Nye said: “Nick is incredibly creative and it’s reflected in his clothes. I love wearing his suits. And besides, they fit me right off the rack.”
On each episode of the Netflix show, Nye will take on a specific science-related topic or concept with panel discussions and correspondent reports. The set, which is designed as a modern science lab, is an extension of his popular series in the Nineties, “Bill Nye the Science Guy.”
Nye also walked in Nick Graham’s fall men’s show, titled “Life on Mars,” in January, which garnered over 1 billion impressions and 385,000 likes for Nye on Instagram, according to Graham.
The designer collaborated with Nye on a limited-edition collection of quirky, science-themed bow ties in November of 2015,

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Artist Shares Poignant Portrait Series On #BeingBlackAndMuslim

A portrait series inspired by a Twitter hashtag on being black and Muslim is exploring the challenges many people face at the intersection of two marginalized identities. 

Visual artist Bobby Rogers published the powerful portrait series Wednesday night on his website and social media accounts. The project was inspired by #BeingBlackAndMuslim, a Twitter conversation initiated in 2014 by the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC). 

”My #BeingBlackandMuslim series was created to challenge the mainstream meaning of what it is to be ‘Muslim,’” Rogers, who identifies as Muslim, said in an email to The Huffington Post. “There is, and always has been, an erasure of Black Muslims from our historical teachings in America, just as there is an erasure of Black and Muslim cultures worldwide.”

There are more than 1.8 billion Muslims in the world, according to Pew Research Center. Muslims make up roughly 1 percent of the U.S. population, at more than three million.

American Muslims make up one of the most ethnically diverse faith communities in the country. A 2017 poll by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding found that a quarter of Muslims in the U.S. are black, with slightly smaller percentages of white, Asian and Arab Muslims.

Some of the earliest Muslims in the U.S. were African slaves, at least 10 to 15 percent of whom are believed to have been followers of Islam. But despite this long history, many black Muslims feel like their converging identities are overlooked in conversations about both racism and Islamophobia.

“The erasure of Black American Muslims undermines efforts towards developing a unified front in the face of our greatest threat,” wrote black Muslim activist Margari Hill in a 2015 HuffPost blog. “Groups working in the field must take into account the ways in which their anti-Islamophobia work alienates Black American Muslims.”

Anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. spiked after the September 11 attacks and has surged again in the wake of terrorist attacks at home and abroad. Much of the work being done to combat Islamophobia has centered around promoting tolerance of immigrant communities, Hill noted, which ignores the experiences of black Muslims “whose Muslim identity is homegrown.”

“With my series I want to show society that Black Muslims have always been an integral part of American history, as well as, Islamic history,” Rogers said.

The artist said his project aims to bring awareness to challenges black Muslims face “as a result of occupying the axes of two of the most marginalized groups in society.” But through exploring these challenges, Rogers said he hopes “for others to understand the true beauty & resilience of being Black and Muslim.”

“When we speak about Islam we should recognize Blackness as an equal and integral part of the conversation, and additionally, truthfully acknowledge the scope of Black Muslims throughout history.”

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