Priyanka Chopra Jonas will star opposite Richard Madden in the U.S. edition of "Citadel," a drama series to be produced in conjunction with programs from several other countries.
"The idea is to create a truly global, action-packed spy series," Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke said. "It's a totally innovative, multifaceted international approach to storytelling, and we can't wait to tell you more as it comes together."
Local-language productions are being done in Italy and India, with another announced Tuesday in Mexico. Amazon called the U.S. version the "mothership" of the project, with production set to begin this summer.
Film star Chopra Jonas was in the ABC TV series "Quantico." Madden starred in the award-winning BBC and Netflix series "Bodyguard."
The other "Citadel" productions will "enhance the experience of engaging with the show," Salke said. Further details and release dates were not announced.
Also announced by the streaming service during its presentation at a TV critics meeting:
— Meagan Good is among the stars of an upcoming Amazon comedy from "Girls Trip" creator Tracy Oliver.
The untitled, half-hour series revolves around four African American college friends in pursuit of their dreams, the streaming service said.
Good ("Star," "Think Like a Man") plays the "stylish, sunny" Camille, who teaches an anthropology course on sex and love at Columbia University. Also starring are Grace Byers ("Empire"), Jerrie Johnson ("Good Trouble") and Shoniqua Shandai ("I Am the Night").
Byers plays trust-fund baby and fashion designer Quinn; Shandai portrays aspiring singer Angie and Johnson plays Tye, described as "an alpha fierce, queer successful app developer."
The series reunites Oliver with "Girls Trip" director Malcolm D. Lee, who will direct the first two episodes. Pharrell Williams is joining the show's executive producers, which include Oliver and Amy Poehler,
— Amazon is touting the cast of a new "The Lord of the Rings" series as multi-generational actors "from around the globe," including British-Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi and Australian actor-musician Tom Budge.
But the streaming service declined to say which characters — or the races — they or other cast members announced Tuesday will be playing. Other details of the production also are being kept under wraps but "everything is moving forward," Salke said.
The series will "explore new storylines" preceding J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Fellowship of the Ring," Amazon said.
Other actors in the series based on Tolkien's works include Joseph Mawle, who played Benjen Stark on "Game of Thrones," Morfydd Clark ("His Dark Materials") and Ismael Cruz Cordova ("Ray Donovan," Mary Queen of Scots").
ZEE5, the digital entertainment destination, is going to start local production in Bangladesh with the release of a new movie, web series and a talent hunt event.
The official announcement was made at a programme held at a city hotel on Tuesday.
Archana Anand, chief business officer of ZEE5 Global, one of the biggest online-based platforms, shared some of their plans and initiatives taken especially for Bangladesh in deep collaboration with key local partners.
She said the launch of ZEE5's first Bangladeshi originals (a web series and movie being produced in partnership with local production house Asiatic's Good Company and to be released within few months and will have all local star cast.
Bangladesh is in fact the very first market in which ZEE5 is rolling out its local content production, she said.
A romantic movie titled 'Jodi..Kintu..Tobuo' directed by Shihab Shaheen will take the audience on a journey of what happens when a groom gets cold feet before his weeding day while the web series 'Contract' based on a novel written by Mohammad Najim Uddin is another original series directed by Kriahnendu and Tanim and will be a cat and mouse thriller about a contact killer, a police cop and an underworld don.
Alongside, ZEE5 also shared details of its upcoming talent hunt titled Bangladesh's Global Superstar to be launched within January while this talent hunt will give an opportunity to conquer the OTT entertainment industry with a chance to feature in ZEE5 originals.
Participants will have to upload their audience auditions on the brand's website www.global-superstar along with some basic details about themselves.
The platform is also planning to open an office in Bangladesh to reach the local talent in the global stage, Archana Anand said.
Commenting on the announcement, CEO of ZEE International and ZEE5 Global said localisation is a very key part of their agenda this year as they look to establish deeper relationship with markets.
The platform launched across 190+ countries in October, 2018 and has content across 17 languages.
ZEE5 also offers 60+ popular Live TV channels.
Pop TV has ordered a comedy pilot focused on the most irresponsible and lazy person getting impregnated by immaculate conception.
"Mother Mary" co-stars Rachel Bloom, who won a Golden Globe for "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," which ended last spring after four seasons. She plays the mother of the Antichrist.
Bloom also serves as an executive producer along with her husband, Dan Gregor, who is a writer on the pilot. The couple is expecting their first child.
Betsy Sodaro, who developed the character, stars as a reimagined version of Mary in the pilot that will shoot in February. Sodaro also works as a writer and an executive producer.
Reactions from some of the nominees for the Academy Awards:
"Ultimately, I've been able to be fortunate enough to get to work with some pretty great filmmakers. That's always been the driving force with me. First, of course, the story and character, from an actor's perspective. I feel like we see films through the eyes of the director. The director's medium. I've been able to work with some amazing directors. Quentin is in the lineage of one of the best of our times. It's amazing to be a part of this film that's a celebration of our actors and a celebration of the countless people behind the scenes," — Leonardo DiCaprio, nominated for best actor for his role in "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood," which was nominated in just about every category including best film, directing and supporting actor and screenplay.
"It makes me feel very, very, very young." – Antonio Banderas said in an interview about being a first-time nominee at age 59. He earned a best actor nomination for his role in "Pain and Glory."
"I feel a little giddy. It's so crazy. I was on a plane to Japan, so I found out after everyone else. I was able to log into Wifi and suddenly my phone started going crazy, with all the messages coming in. I had to recalibrate my entire brain. ... I don't think I expected any of it. To actually have realized it is just a dream. I actually HAD a dream where there were no nominations." - Cynthia Erivo, a double nominee for her acting and singing in "Harriet," in an interview.
"I think they're probably more interested in me taking them to the park with their scooters, or making a fort, or playing in a teepee. I'd be worried if my 4-year-old was thinking, 'What are we going to do about these Nazis?" – "Jojo Rabbit" director Taika Waititi, on whether his daughters are old enough to be aware of his film on intolerance in Hitler's Germany and its Oscar nominations.
"We never thought we would be in the awards conversation. This is so meaningful because this nomination comes during such a strong year of writing. It's surreal." - Rian Johnson, director of "Knives Out," which was nominated for best original screenplay, said in an interview.
"I didn't expect to be quite as emotional as I was when I heard the news. To be acknowledged by your peers is just the best thing. I am so grateful to them. I am thrilled too for my fellow pope Anthony Hopkins. We had such a good time together. We both thrived on Anthony McCarten's superb script and the inspirational direction of Fernando Meirelles. Huge thanks for the support of Netflix and Tracey Seaward and everyone who worked on the production of this very special film," — Jonathan Pryce, nominated for best actor for his role in "The Two Popes," said in a statement.
"This movie was a labour of love for many people — myself included — so to see it recognized in this way is very moving for all of us. I would like to thank the Academy on behalf of my fellow producers, and on behalf of every single person who put their heart and soul into this film. Thank you," — Sam Mendes, director of "1917," earning three Oscar nominations for best picture, director and original screenplay, said in a statement.
"I'm just so thrilled that our Little Women has been recognized by the Academy. Greta made something so special that I'm just thankful to have been a part of, let alone nominated for. Thank you to my academy peers for loving and appreciating this film that is so close to my heart," — Saoirse Ronan, nominated for best actress for her role in "Little Women," said in a statement.
"You gotta believe," - director Matthew A. Cherry, whose "Hair Love" was nominated for best animated short film, said on Twitter. The film delves into a story about an African-American father who learns how to style his daughter's hair for the first time.
"Making BOMBSHELL is one of the great highlights of my career. I wish that the story in this film never needed to be told, but I am so proud of the entire team on this film for telling it with such grace, sensitivity, and humanity. Thank you to my fellow producers, our incredible director Jay Roach and our brilliant screenwriter Charles Randolph, and a multi-talented group of actors and artists who gave 100% of themselves and their craft in making this film. I feel really lucky and blessed to do what I do and work with the people I get to work with, and I am ever thankful to the Academy," - Charlize Theron, nominated for best actress in a leading role in "Bombshell," said in a statement. ___
"I hope our Little Women does for another generation of girls and women what it did for me: lights a fire to write your book, make your movie, sing your verse. From all of us Little Women and Men, thank you to the Academy," - Greta Gerwig, director of "Little Women" that was nominated for best adapted screenplay, said in a statement.
"The biggest thing was telling this full story and bringing Woody's story to a close. That's what stands out the most. We concluded Woody's arc. This was a character that a lot of people grew up with. That's why this film stood out." - "Toy Story 4" director Josh Cooley said in an interview. The film is nominated for best animated feature and original song.
"I would like to say MERCI to the Academy. I always dreamt to say this sentence one day! Thank you to all of you who voted for international movies and for France and for us. We are all MISERABLES in the sense that we are all immigrants. But we can all do the revolution, me I am doing it with my camera. I believe in the power of cinema as a tool to challenge the politics and even sometimes to inspire revolution and above all bring real lasting changes. Walt Disney had a saying: 'All our dreams can come true . . . if we have the courage to pursue them.' We had a dream and now it's time to make it true. THE MISERABLES need you, the world needs you to continue to have dreams ... that's also what we call the magic of cinema! Be ready THE MISERABLES are coming to Hollywood," — director/co-writer Ladj Ly of "Les Misérables," nominated for best international feature film, said in a statement.
"I stayed up literally all night waiting for the nominations. Some people say they don't wake up for them. I don't believe them. I had friends over, we had a sleepover party, we had pizza and hung out, it was so much fun. It doesn't get old, I assure you." -- Diane Warren, nominated for the 11th time for best original song.
The Italian National Fashion Chamber is promoting a diversity agenda among Milan's major fashion houses, a year after several top Italian brands faced criticism for designs and remarks seen as culturally and racially insensitive.
Its manifesto backed by major Italian fashion brands aims to increase racial and gender diversity in key roles in Milan's fashion houses, which fashion chamber president Carlo Capasa acknowledged was lagging in a recent interview with The Associated Press ahead of Milan Fashion Week.
''We have been speaking for many years against discrimination based on gender, religion, skin color and physical ability. But we must acknowledge that this has not been truly implemented,'' Capasa said. ''We looked at our industry and we saw there is disparity. We saw that a disparity of gender persists, that there are conditions not favorable to women in the workplace and in some cases there is discrimination.''
While Capasa resisted framing the manifesto as a direct reaction to the scandals involving blackface designs by Gucci and Prada, and a Chinese backlash that forced fashion house Dolce&Gabbana to cancel a major Shanghai show, the incidents show the cultural blind spots that can arise when a fashion house is too homogeneous.
Capasa said the Milan fashion world must work harder to attract people of color. "If global companies want to represent the world they are targeting, they must welcome diversity and look beyond their own borders,'' he said, citing the relative homogeneity of Italian society.
Milan has lagged the other main fashion cities of Paris, New York and London in racial diversity on the runway, according to season diversity reporting by the Fashion Spot. Capasa said the stories that fashion houses want to tell are often linked to their Italian roots, and that runway choices are linked to model agencies' offerings since not all models come to Milan.
While many Milan fashion houses take their creative direction from women -- including Miuccia Prada, Donatella Versace, Silvia Venturini Fendi and Angela Missoni -- and more women than men work in the fashion industry, Capasa said efforts are needed to get more women into decision-making roles.
''If we look at the boards, at the CEOs, at other key roles, there might be an advantage for men,'' Capasa said. ''But we don't want to introduce quotas obligating companies to promote women. We want to create the conditions so that women can have the same chances.''
The chamber's manifesto does not include hard commitments. Instead, it presents concepts that ''will serve as a model for a radical reform in terms of diversity and inclusion.''
They were adopted by the chamber's more than 100 members, which include most major Milan fashion houses with the notable exception of Dolce&Gabbana, and will be monitored every year for progress.
They call for changing representations of the standards of beauty on runways and in magazine campaigns, acknowledging that ''canons of physical beauty and harmful psychological models have spread throughout the industry.'' They also present inclusion as a business opportunity that can boost financial results while improving trust with clients.
Gucci and Prada have independently made efforts to address the scandals. Gucci's efforts include launching a scholarship program to reach students who have been underrepresented in the fashion industry, while Prada announced a diversity council headed by two Americans, artist Theaster Gates and film director Ava DuVernay.
Capasa put the fashion chamber's initiatives in the context of an ever more globalized industry where 2.5 billion people follow the fashion world on social media accounts and can, with a single post, shift a fashion company's fortunes.
Meanwhile the center of fashion's commercial gravity has shifted to Asia, with Chinese consumers accounting for 90% of luxury sales growth last year, according to a study by the consultancy Bain & Co.
"The push to speak about diversity of inclusion comes directly from the fact that globalization made us understand that you cannot speak in the same way that you spoke before," Capasa said. "The audience has become much bigger.''