‘A Midsummer’s Nightmare’: Dominic Monaghan To Star, Gary Fleder To Direct Lifetime’s Shakespearean Pilot

The Lord of the Rings and Lost alum Dominic Monaghan has signed on for a key role in Lifetime’s psychological thriller pilot A Midsummer’s Nightmare, a modern-day take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Gary Fleder (Kingdom, Zoo) is set to direct and executive produce the hourlong scripted pilot, from A+E Studios and The Firm.
Written by Anthony Jaswinski, A Midsummer’s Nightmare introduces four young lovers who steal off into the woods in pursuit of their…

The Lord of the Rings and Lost alum Dominic Monaghan has signed on for a key role in Lifetime’s psychological thriller pilot A Midsummer’s Nightmare, a modern-day take on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Gary Fleder (Kingdom, Zoo) is set to direct and executive produce the hourlong scripted pilot, from A+E Studios and The Firm. Written by Anthony Jaswinski, A Midsummer's Nightmare introduces four young lovers who steal off into the woods in pursuit of their…

Donald Trump Is Wildly Wrong About the Central Park Five, Even by Donald Trump Standards

The Central Park Five have become a textbook case of young, black and Latino suspects being falsely accused and imprisoned.

After they were accused in the brutal rape of a jogger in 1989 and sent to prison, DNA evidence identified the real rapist — who confessed — and the city of New York paid them $40 million for their ruined lives.

But Donald Trump — who 28 years ago took out newspaper ads in response to the attack calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty — told CNN this week that he still thinks they’re still guilty.

Also Read: ‘The Central Park Five’ Agree to $40 Million Settlement From New York City

“They admitted they were guilty,” Trump said in a statement. “The police doing the original investigation say they were guilty. The fact that that case was settled with so much evidence against them is outrageous. And the woman, so badly injured, will never be the same.”

Here’s a little background, from Bloomberg:

Prosecutors sought in 2002 to throw out the convictions when DNA tests on semen from the victim’s socks linked Matias Reyes, a convicted murderer and serial rapist, to the attack. A state judge overturned their convictions and Reyes confessed. In 2014, the city settled the defendants’ civil-rights claims.

CNN notes that the five black and Hispanic youths — who were aged 14 to 16 when they were arrested — said police denied them sleep and food over two days, and that none of them confessed to rape during police interrogations, but instead pointed the finger at others in their group. The jogger, who was left comatose after the attack, had no memory of it.

Also Read: Ken Burns ‘Thrilled’ About Central Park Five Settlement

So here are the people who agree the Central Park Five were innocent:

The Central Park Five

The prosecutors 

A judge

New York City

And here are the people who think they’re guilty:

Donald Trump

If you’re looking for a good movie this weekend, check out Ken and Sarah Burns’ 2014 film “The Central Park Five,” which lays out this miscarriage of justice in horrifying detail — and includes Trump’s newspaper ad.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Donald Trump Tombstone Appears in New York’s Central Park (Photo)

Ken Burns ‘Thrilled’ About Central Park Five Settlement

‘The Central Park Five’ Agree to $40 Million Settlement From New York City

The Central Park Five have become a textbook case of young, black and Latino suspects being falsely accused and imprisoned.

After they were accused in the brutal rape of a jogger in 1989 and sent to prison, DNA evidence identified the real rapist — who confessed — and the city of New York paid them $40 million for their ruined lives.

But Donald Trump — who 28 years ago took out newspaper ads in response to the attack calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty — told CNN this week that he still thinks they’re still guilty.

“They admitted they were guilty,” Trump said in a statement. “The police doing the original investigation say they were guilty. The fact that that case was settled with so much evidence against them is outrageous. And the woman, so badly injured, will never be the same.”

Here’s a little background, from Bloomberg:

Prosecutors sought in 2002 to throw out the convictions when DNA tests on semen from the victim’s socks linked Matias Reyes, a convicted murderer and serial rapist, to the attack. A state judge overturned their convictions and Reyes confessed. In 2014, the city settled the defendants’ civil-rights claims.

CNN notes that the five black and Hispanic youths — who were aged 14 to 16 when they were arrested — said police denied them sleep and food over two days, and that none of them confessed to rape during police interrogations, but instead pointed the finger at others in their group. The jogger, who was left comatose after the attack, had no memory of it.

So here are the people who agree the Central Park Five were innocent:

The Central Park Five

The prosecutors 

A judge

New York City

And here are the people who think they’re guilty:

Donald Trump

If you’re looking for a good movie this weekend, check out Ken and Sarah Burns’ 2014 film “The Central Park Five,” which lays out this miscarriage of justice in horrifying detail — and includes Trump’s newspaper ad.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Donald Trump Tombstone Appears in New York's Central Park (Photo)

Ken Burns 'Thrilled' About Central Park Five Settlement

'The Central Park Five' Agree to $40 Million Settlement From New York City

‘Homeland’: Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin Talk Quinn’s Fate and Season 6 Details

Back-to-back “Homeland” panels in New York this week offered a few tidbits about plans for season six and insight into the behind-the-scenes vibe on the set as Carrie Mathison and Co. settle in for the NYC-based season that bows Jan. 15. Here’s what we learned after spending quality time Oct. 5-6 with actors Claire Danes,… Read more »

Back-to-back “Homeland” panels in New York this week offered a few tidbits about plans for season six and insight into the behind-the-scenes vibe on the set as Carrie Mathison and Co. settle in for the NYC-based season that bows Jan. 15. Here’s what we learned after spending quality time Oct. 5-6 with actors Claire Danes,... Read more »

‘Newtown’ Opens Ahead of November Event Screenings; Mark Duplass Bows ‘Blue Jay’: Specialty B.O. Preview

Sundance feature documentary Newtown, which focuses on the extended aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy, makes its bow via Abramorama in limited Los Angeles and New York runs this weekend ahead of extensive event screenings in hundreds of theaters across the country on November 2. The film will also air on Independent Lens early next year. Newtown joins a typically crowded early fall weekend. Vertical Entertainment and XYZ Films will bow Farsi-language horror Under The Sha…

Sundance feature documentary Newtown, which focuses on the extended aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy, makes its bow via Abramorama in limited Los Angeles and New York runs this weekend ahead of extensive event screenings in hundreds of theaters across the country on November 2. The film will also air on Independent Lens early next year. Newtown joins a typically crowded early fall weekend. Vertical Entertainment and XYZ Films will bow Farsi-language horror Under The Sha…

‘Gears of War 4’ Soundtrack Features Score by ‘Game of Thrones’ Composer (EXCLUSIVE)

Ramin Djawadi has gone from Westeros to Sera. The composer, best known for his work on “Game of Thrones,” has lent his talents to the video game “Gears of War 4.” His score will be featured on “Gears of War 4 — The Soundtrack,” out today exclusively on Microsoft’s Groove streaming service. It will be released via digital and streaming outlets on Sumthing.com and… Read more »

Ramin Djawadi has gone from Westeros to Sera. The composer, best known for his work on “Game of Thrones,” has lent his talents to the video game “Gears of War 4.” His score will be featured on “Gears of War 4 — The Soundtrack,” out today exclusively on Microsoft’s Groove streaming service. It will be released via digital and streaming outlets on Sumthing.com and... Read more »

‘Justice League’ New Footage Teased in Behind-the-Scenes Video From Zack Snyder

The “Justice League” cast jokes around, punches baddies, and occasionally acts in a new, behind-the-scenes video tweeted by director Zack Snyder on Friday morning. Last day filming in the UK. It has been an amazing shoot. Big thanks to everyone involved! #JusticeLeague pic.twitter.com/TEjEdlo81u — Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) October 7, 2016 Snyder also tweeted “Last day filming… Read more »

The “Justice League” cast jokes around, punches baddies, and occasionally acts in a new, behind-the-scenes video tweeted by director Zack Snyder on Friday morning. Last day filming in the UK. It has been an amazing shoot. Big thanks to everyone involved! #JusticeLeague pic.twitter.com/TEjEdlo81u — Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) October 7, 2016 Snyder also tweeted “Last day filming... Read more »

Fed Officials Question UFC Financial Projections In Sale To WME-IMG -Report

Did a banking group led by Goldman Sachs exaggerate Ultimate Fighting Championship’s financial prospects to entice lenders to help fund a WME-IMG-led group’s $4 billion acquisition of the mixed martial arts operation?
Federal Reserve bank supervisors apparently think it’s possible, Bloomberg reports. Regulators recently warned Goldman Sachs that it might have made too many rosy assumptions about UFC’s potential earnings when it sold about $1.8 billion in debt for the…

Did a banking group led by Goldman Sachs exaggerate Ultimate Fighting Championship’s financial prospects to entice lenders to help fund a WME-IMG-led group’s $4 billion acquisition of the mixed martial arts operation? Federal Reserve bank supervisors apparently think it’s possible, Bloomberg reports. Regulators recently warned Goldman Sachs that it might have made too many rosy assumptions about UFC’s potential earnings when it sold about $1.8 billion in debt for the…