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IFC Films to distribute ‘Blithe Spirit’ in North America

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IFC Films is set to distribute Dan Stevens' Blithe Spirit in North America.  File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI

IFC Films is set to distribute Dan Stevens’ “Blithe Spirit” in North America.  File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

June 13 (UPI) — IFC Films said it has acquired the North American distribution rights to a new screen adaptation of Noel Coward‘s classic comedy, Blithe Spirit.

No official release date has been announced.

The movie was helmed by Downton Abbey and Restless director Edward Hall.

The cast includes Leslie Mann, Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher, Julian Rhind-Tut, Emilia Fox, Adil Ray, Dave Johns, James Fleet and Judi Dench.

Writers Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard and Piers Ashworth adapted the play.

Blithe Spirit is about recently remarried novelist Charles, who is suffering writer’s block and, seeking inspiration, hires a medium to conduct a seance at his home.

The mystic unexpectedly summons the ghost of his first wife, who isn’t happy to see another woman married to her husband and living in her home.

“I am delighted that IFC will be bringing this re-imagining of Blithe Spirit to American audiences. Elegant, escapist and anarchic, a testament to the enduring appeal of Noel Coward’s unique and clever comedy,” Hall said in a news release.

Famed filmmaker David Lean previously adapted the 1941 play as a 1945 movie, starring Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings, Kay Hammond and Margaret Rutherford.



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Peacock acquires Stephen King crime drama ‘Mr. Mercedes’

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Sept. 21 (UPI) — NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service has acquired Stephen King crime drama series Mr. Mercedes.

The first two seasons of Mr. Mercedes will stream exclusively on Peacock starting on Oct. 15. The premiere of Season 3 will be announced at a later date.

Mr. Mercedes aired on AT&T’s Audience Network before the station ceased operations.

Mr. Mercedes, based on King’s bestselling Bill Hodges trilogy of novels, stars Brendan Gleeson as a retired detective who is tormented by a serial killer, portrayed by Harry Treadaway.

Kelly Lynch, Jharrel Jerome, Mary-Louise Parker, Holland Taylor, Justine Lupe, Breeda Wool, Scott Lawrence, Ann Cusack, Jack Huston, Tessa Ferrer, Maximiliano Hernandez and Nancy Travis also star.

King wrote the series, alongside David E. Kelley, who also serves as executive producer and Sophie Owens-Bender. Jack Bender serves as director.

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Watch: The Boyz aim for the heart in ‘The Stealer’ video

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Sept. 21 (UPI) — South Korean boy band The Boyz is back with new music.

The K-pop group released a new EP, Chase, and a music video for the title track, “The Stealer,” on Monday.

In “The Stealer” video, The Boyz aim for the heart as they sing about chasing the elusive object of their affection.

Chase also features the songs “Shine Shine,” “Insanity,” “Whiplash,” “Make or Break” and “Checkmate (Stage Ver.). The EP is The Boyz’ first music since the album Reveal, released in February.

“Please give this comeback lots of love!! #forTheB,” the group tweeted Monday.

The Boyz consists of Sangyeon, Jacob, Younghoon, Hyunjae, Juyeon, Kevin, New, Q, Ju Haknyeon, Sunwoo and Eric. The group made its debut in 2017.

The Boyz is known for the singles “Boy,” “Giddy up,” “No Air,” “Tattoo” and “Reveal.”

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Famous birthdays for Sept. 22: Scott Baio, Tommy Lasorda

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Sept. 22 (UPI) — Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo.

They include:

— English chemist/physicist Michael Faraday in 1791

— Actor Allan “Rocky” Lane, B-movie cowboy star/TV voice of Mr. Ed, in 1909

— Co-founder of Amnesty International Eric Baker in 1920

— Baseball Hall of Fame member Bob Lemon in 1920

— Baseball Hall of Fame member Tommy Lasorda in 1927 (age 93)

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— Boxing champion Ingemar Johansson in 1932

— Basketball Hall of Fame member Lute Olson in 1934

— Former NBA Commissioner David Stern in 1942

— Singer Toni Basil in 1943 (age 77)

— Actor Paul Le Mat in 1945 (age 75)

— Singer Debby Boone in 1956 (age 64)

— Singer Nick Cave in 1957 (age 63)

— Singer Joan Jett in 1958 (age 62)

— Tenor Andrea Bocelli in 1958 (age 62)

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— Television commentator Neil Cavuto in 1958 (age 62)

— Actor Scott Baio in 1960 (age 60)

— Actor Bonnie Hunt in 1961 (age 59)

— Actor Catherine Oxenberg in 1961 (age 59)

— Actor Ruth Jones in 1966 (age 54)

— Rapper Mystikal, born Michael Lawrence Tyler, in 1970 (age 50)

— Actor Billie Piper in 1982 (age 38)

— Actor Tatiana Maslany in 1985 (age 35)

— Actor Tom Felton in 1987 (age 33)

— Actor Michael Rainey Jr. in 2000 (age 20)

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