Global Deals Roll In for Agatha Christie Miniseries ‘Ordeal by Innocence’

A number of international broadcasters have snapped up “Ordeal by Innocence,” the BBC-commissioned Agatha Christie adaptation that was partially re-shot after actor Ed Westwick was accused of sexual assault. The three-part series just wrapped up over the weekend on the BBC’s flagship BBC One channel. Endeavor Content has closed several international deals for the show, […]

A number of international broadcasters have snapped up “Ordeal by Innocence,” the BBC-commissioned Agatha Christie adaptation that was partially re-shot after actor Ed Westwick was accused of sexual assault. The three-part series just wrapped up over the weekend on the BBC’s flagship BBC One channel. Endeavor Content has closed several international deals for the show, […]

Ben Affleck, Matt Damon to Adopt ‘Inclusion Rider’ in All Future Producing Projects

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck will be adopting an inclusion rider in all future projects, the head of strategic outreach for their Pearl Street Films production company announced on Twitter Monday.

Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni also thanked Michael B. Jordan for pledging to adopt the documentlast week. “@michaelb4jordan Thank you for always supporting broader representation in the industry. On behalf of Pearl Street Films, Matt Damon, @BenAffleck, Jennifer Todd, Drew Vinton & I will be adopting the #InclusionRider for all of our projects moving forward,” she tweeted.

While Hollywood has made some strides forward in recent years, the industry still struggles to achieve widespread diversity. Frances McDormand used her Best Actress Oscar win to encourage Hollywood to use “inclusion riders” in their contracts, which would require any production to interview a broad spectrum of diverse people for supporting roles and key jobs on set.

Also Read: Michael B Jordan Accepts Frances McDormand’s Invitation, Will Adopt Inclusion Riders

“In support of the women and men who are leading this fight, I will be adopting the Inclusion Rider for all projects produced by my company Outlier Society,” Jordan went on to announce via Instagram March 7.

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On Oscar night TheWrap obtained the inclusion rider document, which we wrote about and explained at length here.

Damon and Affleck will next produce — and Affleck will direct — “Witness for the Prosecution,” based on Agatha Christie’s novel.

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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck will be adopting an inclusion rider in all future projects, the head of strategic outreach for their Pearl Street Films production company announced on Twitter Monday.

Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni also thanked Michael B. Jordan for pledging to adopt the documentlast week. “@michaelb4jordan Thank you for always supporting broader representation in the industry. On behalf of Pearl Street Films, Matt Damon, @BenAffleck, Jennifer Todd, Drew Vinton & I will be adopting the #InclusionRider for all of our projects moving forward,” she tweeted.

While Hollywood has made some strides forward in recent years, the industry still struggles to achieve widespread diversity. Frances McDormand used her Best Actress Oscar win to encourage Hollywood to use “inclusion riders” in their contracts, which would require any production to interview a broad spectrum of diverse people for supporting roles and key jobs on set.

“In support of the women and men who are leading this fight, I will be adopting the Inclusion Rider for all projects produced by my company Outlier Society,” Jordan went on to announce via Instagram March 7.

On Oscar night TheWrap obtained the inclusion rider document, which we wrote about and explained at length here.

Damon and Affleck will next produce — and Affleck will direct — “Witness for the Prosecution,” based on Agatha Christie’s novel.

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Acorn SVOD Service Sets Australian Comedy ‘Sando’ as Next Original (EXCLUSIVE)

Best-of-English-language drama streamer Acorn TV will launch Australian comedy “Sando” as its next original show – one of 10 originals the service is planning for this year as it pushes more deeply into having its own content. Season 2 of Acorn’s detective series “Agatha Raisin” was recently announced. “Sando” recently wrapped in Sydney. It stars Sacha […]

Best-of-English-language drama streamer Acorn TV will launch Australian comedy “Sando” as its next original show – one of 10 originals the service is planning for this year as it pushes more deeply into having its own content. Season 2 of Acorn’s detective series “Agatha Raisin” was recently announced. “Sando” recently wrapped in Sydney. It stars Sacha […]

Ed Westwick Replaced in BBC’s ‘Ordeal By Innocence’ After Sexual Misconduct Accusations

Christian Cooke is replacing Ed Westwick in the BBC’s adaptation of the Agatha Christie drama “Ordeal By Innocence,” multiple outlets report.

The “All the Money in the World”-like switch comes after three women have accused Westwick of sexual assault. Reshoots are planned for later this month.

Representatives for BBC One and Westwick did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Also Read: BBC Pulls Ed Westwick Drama ‘Ordeal by Innocence’ Amid Rape Accusations

The premiere of the drama was canceled amid the sexual assault claims in November, and the show was pulled from BBC’s schedules. Filming for another BBC drama featuring Westwick, “White Gold,” was also stalled at the time.

Westwick has been accused of sexual assault by three women. The LAPD opened an investigation into actress Kristina Cohen’s claim, who said in a lengthy Facebook post that Westwick forced himself on her three years ago, sexually assaulting her while she was napping at his house. Former actress Aurélie Wynn and creative producer Rachel Eck have since come forward with their own allegations.

Westwick has denied these claims.

Also Read: Ed Westwick Says He’s ‘Cooperating With Authorities’ to Clear His Name Amid Rape Accusations

“It is disheartening and sad to me that as a result of two unverified and provably untrue social media claims, there are some in this environment who could ever conclude I have anything to do with such vile and horrific conduct,” the actor wrote via Twitter. “I have absolutely not, and I am cooperating with the authorities so that they can clear my name as soon as possible.”

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Christian Cooke is replacing Ed Westwick in the BBC’s adaptation of the Agatha Christie drama “Ordeal By Innocence,” multiple outlets report.

The “All the Money in the World”-like switch comes after three women have accused Westwick of sexual assault. Reshoots are planned for later this month.

Representatives for BBC One and Westwick did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

The premiere of the drama was canceled amid the sexual assault claims in November, and the show was pulled from BBC’s schedules. Filming for another BBC drama featuring Westwick, “White Gold,” was also stalled at the time.

Westwick has been accused of sexual assault by three women. The LAPD opened an investigation into actress Kristina Cohen’s claim, who said in a lengthy Facebook post that Westwick forced himself on her three years ago, sexually assaulting her while she was napping at his house. Former actress Aurélie Wynn and creative producer Rachel Eck have since come forward with their own allegations.

Westwick has denied these claims.

“It is disheartening and sad to me that as a result of two unverified and provably untrue social media claims, there are some in this environment who could ever conclude I have anything to do with such vile and horrific conduct,” the actor wrote via Twitter. “I have absolutely not, and I am cooperating with the authorities so that they can clear my name as soon as possible.”

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‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Leaves Station With $1.6 Million at Thursday Box Office

“Murder on the Orient Express” grossed $1.6 million in previews from 2,755 locations on Thursday night.

Thursday’s estimates compare to those of “Arrival,” which earned $1.45 million at the previews last year ($24 million opening weekend), as well as 2016’s “Girl on the Train,” which made $1.23 million and went on to earn $23.5 million its opening weekend.

“Murder on the Orient Express” is projected to earn around $25 million this weekend. Reviews have been mixed so far — on Rotten Tomatoes, the films holds a score of 65 percent.

Also Read: ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Movie Review: Kenneth Branagh Only Has Eyes for Himself

Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic mystery has an all-star cast that includes Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr., and “The Force Awakens” star Daisy Ridley. Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer and Josh Gad also star.

“Murder on the Orient Express” was adapted for the screen by Michael Green, who also co-wrote “Logan” and “Blade Runner 2049,” with Branagh directing. Its budget was $55 million.

“Daddy’s Home 2” took in $1.5 million on Thursday, and the comedy is also expected to gross $25 million, based on a budget of $69 million. The first “Daddy’s Home” made $1.2 million in previews before opening to $38 million two years ago.

“Daddy’s Home 2” sees Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell return as reformed dad Dusty and responsible but wimpy step-dad Brad as they struggle to raise their kids together during the holidays while dealing with their own fathers (Mel Gibson and John Lithgow) and the newest dad in the family, Roger (John Cena). Sean Anders returns to direct the film, co-writing the screenplay with John Morris.

Also Read: ‘Daddy’s Home 2’ Film Review: Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell Listlessly Pack This Stocking With Coal

“Daddy’s Home 2” has gotten slammed by critics — on Rotten Tomatoes, the comedy holds a score of 7 percent.

Also coming out this weekend in limited release is Fox Searchlight’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which is written and directed by Martin McDonagh and stars Frances McDormand as the mother of a raped and murdered teenage daughter who challenges the town’s police chief (Woody Harrelson) with three billboards demanding he find her daughter’s killer. The film has received critical acclaim with a 97 percent RT score and is expected to be in contention for several Oscars. Sam Rockwell, Lucas Hedges, Caleb Landry Jones, and Peter Dinklage also star.

After continuing Marvel’s hot streak with a $122.7 million opening, “Thor: Ragnarok” is expected to easily hold on to the No. 1 spot with a second weekend total in the $50 million range.

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“Murder on the Orient Express” grossed $1.6 million in previews from 2,755 locations on Thursday night.

Thursday’s estimates compare to those of “Arrival,” which earned $1.45 million at the previews last year ($24 million opening weekend), as well as 2016’s “Girl on the Train,” which made $1.23 million and went on to earn $23.5 million its opening weekend.

“Murder on the Orient Express” is projected to earn around $25 million this weekend. Reviews have been mixed so far — on Rotten Tomatoes, the films holds a score of 65 percent.

Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic mystery has an all-star cast that includes Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr., and “The Force Awakens” star Daisy Ridley. Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer and Josh Gad also star.

“Murder on the Orient Express” was adapted for the screen by Michael Green, who also co-wrote “Logan” and “Blade Runner 2049,” with Branagh directing. Its budget was $55 million.

“Daddy’s Home 2” took in $1.5 million on Thursday, and the comedy is also expected to gross $25 million, based on a budget of $69 million. The first “Daddy’s Home” made $1.2 million in previews before opening to $38 million two years ago.

“Daddy’s Home 2” sees Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell return as reformed dad Dusty and responsible but wimpy step-dad Brad as they struggle to raise their kids together during the holidays while dealing with their own fathers (Mel Gibson and John Lithgow) and the newest dad in the family, Roger (John Cena). Sean Anders returns to direct the film, co-writing the screenplay with John Morris.

“Daddy’s Home 2” has gotten slammed by critics — on Rotten Tomatoes, the comedy holds a score of 7 percent.

Also coming out this weekend in limited release is Fox Searchlight’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which is written and directed by Martin McDonagh and stars Frances McDormand as the mother of a raped and murdered teenage daughter who challenges the town’s police chief (Woody Harrelson) with three billboards demanding he find her daughter’s killer. The film has received critical acclaim with a 97 percent RT score and is expected to be in contention for several Oscars. Sam Rockwell, Lucas Hedges, Caleb Landry Jones, and Peter Dinklage also star.

After continuing Marvel’s hot streak with a $122.7 million opening, “Thor: Ragnarok” is expected to easily hold on to the No. 1 spot with a second weekend total in the $50 million range.

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A perfect mystery jumps the rails in the star-studded Murder On The Orient Express

Shot on 65mm, the new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic Murder On The Orient Express is diverting and glitzy; one should expect no less from a locked-room mystery set on board a luxury train in the mid-1930s. But suspense remains a foreign concept for actor-director Kenneth Branagh. His erratic direction—more…

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Shot on 65mm, the new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic Murder On The Orient Express is diverting and glitzy; one should expect no less from a locked-room mystery set on board a luxury train in the mid-1930s. But suspense remains a foreign concept for actor-director Kenneth Branagh. His erratic direction—more…

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Can ‘Daddy’s Home 2’ and ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Escape Thor’s Shadow?

After continuing Marvel’s hot streak with a $122.7 million opening, “Thor: Ragnarok” is expected to easily hold on to the No. 1 spot with a second weekend total in the $50 million range, leaving this week’s new entries, Fox’s “Murder On The Orient Express” and Paramount’s “Daddy’s Home 2” to aim for returns of half that amount.

Both films are projected by independent trackers to make openings of around $25 million, with studio projections set slightly lower in the $21-$23 million range. “Murder” has a production budget of $55 million, while “Daddy’s Home 2” has a budget of $69 million, the same as its 2015 predecessor.

Also Read: ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Movie Review: Kenneth Branagh Only Has Eyes for Himself

For “Daddy’s Home 2,” which is releasing on 3,570 screens, an opening in this range would be a substantial step down from the $38 million the first “Daddy’s Home” made two years ago a week after the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The sequel will try to have the same legs that the first film had, making $242.7 million worldwide with $150.3 domestic. But next weekend will provide another wave of tough competition in the form of “Justice League,” which could mean  this comedy gets squeezed out in a movie market that will get more and more crowded with each passing week after a sparse October.

As for “Murder,” which is going out on 3,374 screens, reviews have been fairly positive with a 64 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic mystery will try to lure moviegoers in with its all-star cast that includes Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr., and “The Force Awakens” star Daisy Ridley. It will be interesting to see how “Murder” performs in the crowded market, as mid-budget adult dramas are becoming increasingly rare in wide release.

“Daddy’s Home 2” sees Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell return as reformed dad Dusty and responsible but wimpy step-dad Brad as they struggle to raise their kids together during the holidays while dealing with their own fathers (Mel Gibson and John Lithgow) and the newest dad in the family, Roger (John Cena). Sean Anders returns to direct the film, co-writing the screenplay with John Morris.

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“Murder on the Orient Express” was adapted for the screen by Michael Green, who also co-wrote “Logan” and “Blade Runner 2049,” with Branagh directing. Branagh also stars with Cruz, Dafoe, Dench, Ridley, Josh Gad, Johnny Depp, Derek Jacobi, Judi Dench, and Michelle Pfeiffer; and is producing with Ridley Scott.

Also coming out this weekend in limited release is Fox Searchlight’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which is written and directed by Martin McDonagh and stars Frances McDormand as the mother of a raped and murdered teenage daughter who challenges the town’s police chief (Woody Harrelson) with three billboards demanding he find her daughter’s killer. The film has received critical acclaim with a 97 percent RT score and is expected to be in contention for several Oscars. Sam Rockwell, Lucas Hedges, Caleb Landry Jones, and Peter Dinklage also star.

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After continuing Marvel’s hot streak with a $122.7 million opening, “Thor: Ragnarok” is expected to easily hold on to the No. 1 spot with a second weekend total in the $50 million range, leaving this week’s new entries, Fox’s “Murder On The Orient Express” and Paramount’s “Daddy’s Home 2” to aim for returns of half that amount.

Both films are projected by independent trackers to make openings of around $25 million, with studio projections set slightly lower in the $21-$23 million range. “Murder” has a production budget of $55 million, while “Daddy’s Home 2” has a budget of $69 million, the same as its 2015 predecessor.

For “Daddy’s Home 2,” which is releasing on 3,570 screens, an opening in this range would be a substantial step down from the $38 million the first “Daddy’s Home” made two years ago a week after the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The sequel will try to have the same legs that the first film had, making $242.7 million worldwide with $150.3 domestic. But next weekend will provide another wave of tough competition in the form of “Justice League,” which could mean  this comedy gets squeezed out in a movie market that will get more and more crowded with each passing week after a sparse October.

As for “Murder,” which is going out on 3,374 screens, reviews have been fairly positive with a 64 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic mystery will try to lure moviegoers in with its all-star cast that includes Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr., and “The Force Awakens” star Daisy Ridley. It will be interesting to see how “Murder” performs in the crowded market, as mid-budget adult dramas are becoming increasingly rare in wide release.

“Daddy’s Home 2” sees Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell return as reformed dad Dusty and responsible but wimpy step-dad Brad as they struggle to raise their kids together during the holidays while dealing with their own fathers (Mel Gibson and John Lithgow) and the newest dad in the family, Roger (John Cena). Sean Anders returns to direct the film, co-writing the screenplay with John Morris.

“Murder on the Orient Express” was adapted for the screen by Michael Green, who also co-wrote “Logan” and “Blade Runner 2049,” with Branagh directing. Branagh also stars with Cruz, Dafoe, Dench, Ridley, Josh Gad, Johnny Depp, Derek Jacobi, Judi Dench, and Michelle Pfeiffer; and is producing with Ridley Scott.

Also coming out this weekend in limited release is Fox Searchlight’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which is written and directed by Martin McDonagh and stars Frances McDormand as the mother of a raped and murdered teenage daughter who challenges the town’s police chief (Woody Harrelson) with three billboards demanding he find her daughter’s killer. The film has received critical acclaim with a 97 percent RT score and is expected to be in contention for several Oscars. Sam Rockwell, Lucas Hedges, Caleb Landry Jones, and Peter Dinklage also star.

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