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  1. Purging of history from school textbooks in India.



    A number of scholars on the Mughal empire have reacted strongly to the move. Simon Schama, a British historian, tweeted, “This is another preposterous war on history – the Mughals were a magnificent civilisation producing transcendent art, music, architecture”.

    Katherine Schofield, who is a historian of music and listening in Mughal India, tweeted, “This RIDICULOUS. The Mughals ruled over much of India for over 200 years (technically over 300) and left behind an enduring legacy.

    Love them, loathe them, or really not care — leaving the Mughals out of school history textbooks won’t magic them away.”

    Author and historian Audrey Truschke said that the move marks another “chapter in the embrace of ignorance over knowledge that is increasingly common in Indian society under Hindu nationalist rule”. She tweeted, “Indian history remains untouched by such censorship. Modern ignorance thereof is another matter.”


  2. Sarah Pinborough novel Insomnia adapted by Paramount+



    Streaming service Paramount+ is to adapt best-selling novelist Sarah Pinborough’s Insomnia.

    The story follows successful career woman Emma Averill, who fears she might be losing her mind when her hard-won dream life starts to turn into a nightmare. A couple of weeks before her 40th birthday Emma stops sleeping — just as her mother had done at the same age and right before she suffered a violent psychotic break on the night of her own fortieth birthday. Emma’s mother always told her she’d go the same way, that she had the same “bad blood,” and now Emma’s terrified it’s true.


    ‘Man On Fire’ TV Series Adaptation Ordered By Netflix

    Netflix has ordered Man on Fire, a drama series adaptation based on A.J. Quinnell’s Man on Fire and The Perfect Kill, the first two books in Quinnell’s five-book series. The project hails from writer/executive producer Kyle Killen (Fear Street: Part One – 1994, Halo), New Regency Productions, producer of Tony Scott’s classic 2004 film starring Denzel Washington, and Chernin Entertainment.

    Written and executive produced by Killen, the eight-episode series tells the story of John Creasy, the role played by Washington in the 2004 film and by Scott Glenn in a 1987 Italian feature, a broken ex-mercenary on a mission to avenge the death of his only friend, while protecting his fallen comrade’s daughter from the forces that destroyed her family.  

    Netflix’s Limited Series ‘The Perfect Couple’


     EXCLUSIVE: Omar Epps (Power Book III: Raising Kanan) has closed a deal to join the star-studded ensemble of Netflix‘s limited series The Perfect Couple, based on the New York Times bestseller by Elin Hilderbrand.

    In the six-episode murder mystery drama, he’ll be playing Chief of Police, Dan Carter. Nicole Kidman, Liev Schreiber, Meghann Fahy, Dakota Fanning, Eve Hewson and Jack Reynor are also set to star, as we told you first.

    ‘The Diplomat’: Keri Russell-Led Political Thriller Drama Gets Netflix Premiere Date

     Netflix has set a spring premiere date for The Diplomat, a political thriller drama series starring Keri Russell. The eight-episode, one-hour series will launch April 20 on the streamer.

    Created by Debora Cahn (Homeland, The West Wing), The Diplomat is a high-stakes, contemporary political drama about the transcendence and torture of long-term relationships between countries and people. It centers on Kate Wyler (Russell), the new U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom. She was supposed to go to Afghanistan. She’s great in a crisis zone. In a historic home … less so. War is brewing on one continent and boiling over on another. Kate will have to defuse international crises, forge strategic alliances in London and adjust to her new place in the spotlight — all while trying to survive her marriage to fellow career diplomat and political star Hal Wyler (Rufus Sewell).

    David Gyasi, Ali Ahn, Rory Kinnear and Ato Essandoh also star.

    ‘The Deliverance’ Lee Daniels Netflix Movie

    The Deliverance is an upcoming American horror thriller film directed by Lee Daniels and written by Daniels, Elijah Bynum and David Coggeshall. The film stars Andra Day with Mo'Nique, Aunjanue Ellis, Rob Morgan, Tasha Smith, Caleb McLaughlin, Omar Epps, and Glenn Close. This film is based on the Latoya Ammons family possession.

    Kaos: Netflix’s British Twist on Greek Myths Should Be On Your Radar
    Kaos has been a long-time coming. Netflix first announced it had commissioned this British dark comedy reimagining Greek mythology back in 2018, but the pandemic meant that filming only started last year, and there’s already been one major cast replacement.Covell wrote the critically acclaimed dark comedy drama The End of the F***ing World – an adaptation of Charles Forsman’s comics of the same name – for Channel 4 back in 2017

    Set over eight one-hour episodes, Kaos is a contemporary reimagining of Greek Mythology exploring themes of gender politics, power, and life in the underworld. The official synopsis describes how six humans will discover they’re part of an ancient prophecy:

    “Zeus has a wrinkle. He’s worried it might mean the end of the world and it might. Because on Earth, six humans unaware of their importance or their connection to each other learn that they are component parts of an ancient prophecy. Will they discover the truth about the gods, and what they’re doing to humans? And, if they do, will they be able to stop them?”

    Deadline reported further plot details, explaining that Zeus becomes deeply paranoid about his own downfall, causing trouble for Hera, Queen of the Gods, on Earth, and leaving his rebellious son Dionysus free to cause havoc.

    Elsewhere, Hades is losing his grip on the Underworld, and Poseidon – God of the Sea – is more concerned with partying. While the gods are distracted, people on earth are demanding change, and a group of mortals from different walks of life discover they might be destined to bring down Zeus.

    Speaking to the Radio Times, creator Charlie Covell describes Kaos as:

    “…a big show… hopefully with a kind of Game of Thrones scale – but tonally it should [feel] End of the World-y, in terms of its humour and its soundtrack and the look of it. One of the big steers for me was the Baz Luhrmann Romeo + Juliet as a look.”


        Jeff Goldblum as Zeus
        Janet McTeer as Hera
        Cliff Curtis as Poseidon
        David Thewlis as Hades
        Killian Scott as Orpheus
        Debi Mazar as Medusa
        Aurora Perrineau as Riddy
        Misia Butler as Caneus
        Leila Farzad as Ari
        Nabhaan Rizwan as Dionysus
        Rakie Ayola
        Stanley Townsend
        Billie Piper
        Fady Elsayed

    Lena Headey To Star In Kurt Sutter’s Netflix Series ‘The Abandons’


     Game of Thrones alumna Lena Headey has been tapped to headline Kurt Sutter’s Western action drama series The Abandons at Netflix.

    Created by Sutter, in The Abandons, a group of diverse, outlier families pursue their Manifest Destiny in 1850s Oregon, a corrupt force of wealth and power, coveting their land, tries to force them out. These abandoned souls, the kind of lost souls living on the fringe of society, unite their tribes to form a family and fight back. In this bloody process, “justice” is stretched beyond the boundaries of the law. The Abandons will explore that fine line between survival and law, the consequences of violence, and the corrosive power of secrets, as this family fights to keep their land.


    Guy Ritchie's The Gentlemen Netflix series

    Cast: Theo James, Vinnie Jones, Joely Richardson, Kaya Scodelario & Daniel Ings, Giancarlo Esposito, Peter Serafinowicz

    2019's The Gentlemen followed an American expat (Matthew McConaughey) trying to sell off his highly lucrative marijuana empire in London, leading plots, bribery and schemes against him from an all-star cast in order to steal his power from under him.

    Netflix's series will revolve around a new character, Eddie Halstead, who upon inheriting his late father's estate, realises he's sitting atop Pearson's weed empire. According to IMDB, the series' crux will follow the dilemma of “has this straight-up soldier got what it takes to master the dark arts of the British criminal underworld and take control of the entire operation?” as he dives headfirst into the world of London's drug cartels.

    The first casting news that was been announced was Theo James, who we last saw stripping off in the second season of The White Lotus. He'll be playing Eddie Halstead, who accidentally finds himself sitting on top of the marijuana empire left behind by Matthew McConaughey.

    James will be joined by Skins star Kaya Scodelario who'll play the as-yet-unknown character of Susie Glass. The cast will also be rounded out by Joely Richarson, Geoff Seacombe, Daniel Ings, Alexis Rodney and Vinnie Jones (because it wouldn't be a Guy Ritchie property without Vinnie Jones).


    Netflix Orders Western Limited Series ‘American Primeval’ Starring Taylor Kitsch From Mark L. Smith, Peter Berg, Eric Newman

     Netflix has ordered a six-episode limited series titled “American Primeval” with Taylor Kitsch set to star, Variety has learned.It stars Taylor Kitsch, Alex Fine, Betty Gilpin, Jai Courtney, Dane DeHaan, Shea Whigham, Joe Tippett, Olivia Taylor and Clint Obenchain.

    The drama series hails from writer Mark L. Smith, whose past writing credits include the Oscar-winning film “The Revenant” and the Netflix feature “The Midnight Sky.” Peter Berg will direct all episodes as the first project under his first-look deal with Netflix, with Eric Newman executive producing under his Netflix overall deal.

    “American Primeval” is described as “a raw, adventurous exploration of the birth of the American West. The violent collisions of cultures, religions and communities as men and women fight and die for control of this new world – for a land they truly believe is their destiny. The ensemble tells a story of the sacrifice all must pay when they choose to enter a lawless and untamed wilderness.”


    ‘The Dirty Squad’: ‘Britannia’ Trio Sets Next Project About First Exposé Of Corruption Within London Metropolitan Police

    XCLUSIVE: Vertigo Films is partnering with its ‘Britannia’ team Tom Butterworth and David Morrissey for The Dirty Squad, a new original drama series on based on the first exposé of corruption within the London Metropolitan Police.

    The Dirty Squad, which is written by showrunner Butterworth (Gangs of London) from an idea of Morrissey’s (The Walking Dead), will examine corruption at the heart of the Met Police during the porn boom of the 1970s. Morrissey will also star in the series.  

     While London was swinging, the Met Police was busy becoming the biggest criminal gang in the country, turning new freedoms of the times into hard cash through bribes, extortion and theft and, as law enforcers, they made themselves ruthlessly untouchable. In response, the newly-appointed Met Police Commissioner Sir Robert Mark sets up the first police anti-corruption unit dubbed A10.

    The Dirty Squad is the story of why it didn’t work, based on true stories of police dealings with porn barons, judges, politicians and media.

  3. The Day of the Jackal: Eddie Redmayne to Star in Sky & Peacock Original Series


    Academy Award®, Tony Award, and BAFTA Film Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Good Nurse, Trial of The Chicago Seven, The Theory of Everything) is set to star in the new original television series The Day of the Jackal in the lead role of the Jackal. He will also serve as executive producer on the project.


    Based on the seminal Frederick Forsyth thriller and subsequent award-winning 1973 film adaptation of the same name from Universal Pictures, The Day of the Jackal is a bold, modern reimagining of the beloved and respected novel and film. While staying true to the DNA of the original story, this contemporary drama will delve deeper into the chameleon-like antihero at the heart of the story in a high octane, cinematic, globetrotting cat-and-mouse thriller, set amidst the turbulent geo-political landscape of our time.

    BAFTA nominee Ronan Bennett (Top Boy, Gunpowder) is attached as writer and showrunner, with BAFTA nominee Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones, Luther) set to direct the series.




  4. Based on the best-selling novel Damage by Josephine Hart, Obsession stars Richard Armitage (Stay Close, The Stranger) as William, a London surgeon who seemingly has it all — a beautiful wife and family, respect amongst his colleagues, and a life that many people dream of having for themselves.

    Except for William, it isn’t all that and a bag of crisps. So he embarks on an affair with his son’s fiancée (Charlie Murphy, Happy Valley, Peaky Blinders) — a steamy situation that turns into an erotic infatuation which threatens to change their lives forever.

    Costarring Indira Varma (Game of Thrones), Pippa Bennett-Warner (Gangs of London), and Rish Shah (Ms. Marvel), Obsession, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Thursday, April 13, exclusively on Netflix.



  5. 17 minutes ago, Zorral said:

    I’ve hardly watched anything since early in February. The Night Agent (2023) Netflix Original is the first thing I’ve watched since Return. Quite preposterous, though not the part that is traitors in the White House, and other services.  So we’re trying throughout to figure who it is; the first, i.e. most obvious suspect, is murdered before the end of the second episode.  Since it is so ridiculous – o lordessa the dialogue! – its dumbness is equal to my jetlag dullness, thus it was good for priming watching again, and, watching, hopefully, better stuff.

    The best thing, maybe the only good thing, about this series is the actor, D.B. Woodside, playing a Secret Service agent, who once took bullets meant for a POTUS, and who got hooked on painkillers via recovery. Most of us saw him first as Principal Wood in Buffy, and later, as the angel Amenadiel, the brother of the series's titulary Lucifer.  Here he’s Agent Monks, a joy as always to see on the screen, and as sexy-swoony as ever.

    I watched the whole thing for my sins!:P

    Dear God,but the main male lead is the worst young actor i have seen recently.:ack:


    The Good Mothers is a 2023 British-Italian crime drama streaming television series directed by Julian Jarrold and Elisa Amoruso. Adapted from the eponymous novel by Alex Perry, which is based on true events, the series depicts how the three courageous women inside the notorious Calabrian 'Ndrangheta mafia worked with newly minted female prosecutor, to bring down the criminal empire.

    It won the Berlinale Series Award in the festival, the first time by any series. The Good Mothers will be available for streaming on 5 April 2023 internationally on Disney+ and on Hulu in the United States.

  7. New Rebus revealed!



    We’ve known for some time that Viaplay – the Nordic streaming service that recently launched in the UK – has been working on a new version Sir Ian Rankin’s Rebus.

    Now we know who is going to play the revered Detective Inspector.

    Outlander and Trust Me star Richard Rankin is stepping into the hallowed shoes, once occupied by Ken Stott and John Hannah.

    Based on Rankin’s novels, Viaplay says that the series opens with 40-year-old police officer John Rebus (Richard Rankin) at a personal crossroads after a fight with a notorious mobster in Edinburgh.


  8. International Booker prize announces longlist to celebrate ‘ambition and panache’



    The list includes books from Ukrainian writer Andrey Kurkov as well as Indian novelist Perumal Murugan who declared himself ‘dead’ after protests against his workOne of Ukraine’s best known writers, a novelist back from the “dead”, and an author who dictated her book are among the long listed writers for this year’s International Booker prize.The list, said French Moroccan novelist and chair of judges Leïla Slimani, “celebrates the variety and diversity of literary production today”.This year’s 13-strong longlist contains three languages – Bulgarian, Catalan and Tamil – that have never appeared before. In total, the list comprises 11 languages with three writers – GauZ’, Zou Jingzhi and Amanda Svensson – whose work has appeared in English for the first time.

    The shortlist of six books will be announced at London Book Fair on 18 April, with the winner announced at a London ceremony on 23 May.



    The 2023 prize is being judged by Leïla Slimani (chair), Uilleam Blacker, Tan Twan Eng, Parul Sehgal and Frederick Studemann.


  9. https://ew.com/tv/ciaran-hinds-becomes-latest-game-of-thrones-veteran-to-join-the-rings-of-power/?utm_campaign=entertainmentweekly_entertainmentweekly&utm_content=new&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_term=64187b4c85f51e000144c12e

    "In addition to Hinds, Amazon also announced on Monday that Rory Kinnear and Tanya Moodie are joining the cast. Kinnear is perhaps best known for his role on the very first episode of Black Mirror, in which he played a beleaguered British politician who's blackmailed into having sex with a pig on live television, and just last year portrayed the shapeshifting embodiment of patriarchal oppression in Alex Garland's Men. Moodie, meanwhile, recently appeared in Sam Mendes' film Empire of Light and Showtime's TV adaptation of The Man Who Fell to Earth."

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