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Global Showbiz Briefs: ITV’s ‘Breathless’ Adds Cast; K5 International; Reprieve For Bollywood’s Sanjay Dutt; ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ In Finland; A+E UK & More

By | Wednesday April 17, 2013 @ 7:14pm PDT

ITV’s ‘Breathless’ Rounds Out Cast
Six-part ITV drama Breathless has added cast to join the previously announced Jack Davenport-starrer. Natasha Little (Vanity Fair), Oliver Chris (One Man Two Guvnors), Zoe Boyle (Downton Abbey, Sons Of Anarchy), Joanna Page (Gavin & Stacey), Shaun Dingwall (Above Suspicion) Catherine Steadman (The Tudors, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen), Sarah Parish (Hatfields & McCoys), Pippa Haywood (Mr Selfridge) and Iain Glen (Game Of Thrones) have all boarded the ITV Studios drama about a group of doctors and nurses working in a London hospital in the 60s. Shooting is underway this month on Breathless which is produced by Jolyon Symonds with Kate Bartlett and director Paul Unwin exec producing. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Bollywood Star Prison Term; Stone Roses Documentary; Greg Dyke & English Soccer; Oz Media Reforms; ‘Jews In Egypt’

By | Thursday March 21, 2013 @ 10:26pm PDT

Bollywood Actor Ordered To Prison For Role In Mumbai Attacks
India’s Supreme Court has ruled that Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt must return to prison for his connection with the 1993 Mumbai blasts. The actor has been on bail since 2007 when he appealed his sentence of 6 years. Today the Supreme Court reduced it to 5 years. Dutt was convicted in 2006 of buying weapons from bombers who attacked Mumbai. He spent 20 months in jail. The serial bombings killed 257 people and wounded 713 others. The actor and producer has figured in some of the biggest Hindi-language films of the past three decades and the sentence comes as there are reportedly anywhere from $37M-$65M at stake on projects in which he is involved. Among them are understood to be Peekay, Policegiri, Ungli, Zanjeer – a remake of the 1970s blockbuster that starred Amitabh Bachchan — and the latest in the popular Munnabhai crime caper franchise, although some are said to be near completion. Dutt is best known for playing gangsters, thugs and police officers in action movies. He was also the host of the fifth season of Bigg Boss, the Indian version of Big Brother, in 2011. He has 3½ years remaining to serve on today’s sentence and four weeks to surrender. He is expected to file to have the verdict reviewed. Read More »

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