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Kerry Washington is landing her next big drama series on Facebook

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Kerry Washington is executive producing a new show for Facebook

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Facebook just scored a big win in its effort to rule Hollywood. 

Kerry Washington, the star of Scandal, is among the executive producers for a new drama series in production for the social networking giant, Variety reported Tuesday. The news comes just a day after Netflix revealed its plan to release around 80 original movies in 2018. 

The show will be a part of Facebook Watch, the company’s initiative to host original shows (Mashable is a partner). The project formally launched in September. So far, media outlets like Group Nine, Tastemade, and Humans of New York have been debuting weekly episodes. The site’s new video tab for Watch also hosts live videos of sports games and other events. 

The series titled Five Points is about five high school students living on the South Side of Chicago. The cast includes Hayley Kiyoko of CSI: Cyber and former Disney Channel star Madison Pettis, according to Variety. Washington along with Jon Avnet and Jake Avnet of Indigenous Media will be executive producers.

“Five Points’ unique format, designed to engage the community in social conversation, makes it a perfect fit for Facebook’s new Watch platform,” said Avnet, COO of Indigenous Media, in a statement. 

Facebook has been after ambitious projects with star-studded casts and producers as it competes with the likes of HBO, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and traditional cable networks. These younger entertainment networks have been making a significant dent in Hollywood. Amazon has earned Emmy awards for Transparent. Hulu has won for The Handmaid’s Tale. Netflix has Stranger Things and The Crown among others.

Now, Facebook wants its own hit. The company reportedly plans to spend up to $1 billion on original content this year. Apple made a similar size commitment of $1 billion. 

There’s no premiere date for Five Points, yet. The series is going into production now, according to a Facebook spokesperson. 

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/10/17/kerry-washington-facebook-series-five-points/

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True Detective returns January 13, 2019 on HBO. From Creator and Executive Producer Nic Pizzolatto and starring Academy Award Winner Mahershala Ali, Stephen Dorff, Carmen Ejogo; the third season sees detectives investigating a grisly crime involving two missing children in the heart of the Ozarks.

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‘About Time’ may not be a holiday movie, but it’s perfect holiday viewing nonetheless

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“Each December, we bust out the holiday cheer, from obnoxious Christmas music to Love Actually on a loop. I’m all about this — I usually leave my tree up until my January birthday — but I start with a different movie: About Time.

From Love Actually writer-director Richard Curtis, About Time is comparatively trimmed down, following the life of Tim (Domhnall Gleeson), the young son in a family where the men can travel through time. There are no other sci-fi frills (and probably some plot holes as a result, but who cares!), since as Tim’s father (Bill Nighy) notes, they can’t change anything outside their own lives.

Instead, we watch Tim try to make the most of his existence, not with money or glory but with happiness, plain and pure.

I’ve loved About Time probably since I saw the trailer in 2013. It was the first movie I saw in theaters after moving to New York that fall, with an old friend and diehard movie buff who was seeing it for a second time. We saw it just after Thanksgiving, which gave it a built-in holiday association for me.

As with Curtis’ previous work, what that truly stands out is the writing – specifically the dialogue, which is unique a way that reflects, you know, how people actually talk, but remains memorable in its specificity (“She wasn’t like other mums. There was something solid about her, rectangular”).

Because Tim grew up by the sea in Cornwall, much of the film occupies its own world, and the parts that take place in London are evergreen, unencumbered by technology or pop culture references.

Like Love Actually, About Time has some issues. After a lovely meet cute with Mary (Rachel McAdams), Tim loses her number and has to meet her again for the first time…………………………………………”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/about-time-watch-of-the-week/

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