Stephen Moyer To Helm ‘The Parting Glass;’ Anna Paquin Stars

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EXCLUSIVE: True Blood's Stephen Moyer will make his feature directorial debut with The Parting Glass. They embark on a journey to collect the remnants of her life. O'Hare wrote the drama, which   follows a family reeling with their sister’s death. The family members delve into past memories to piece together a portrait of the woman they lost. Anna Paquin will star with Denis O’Hare, Ed Asner, Cynthia Nixon, Melissa Leo, Rhys Ifans and Paul Gross. Production begins momentarily in Toronto.
Paquin and Moyer, who did seven seasons of HBO's True Blood, are repped by WME. Dan Beckerman of Scythia Films will executive produce and Lauren Grant of Clique Pictures will co-produce. Paquin will produce with Moyer through their CASM Films banner, with Cerise Hallam and Mark Larkin, and O'Hare. Paquin stars in two upcoming series, Alias Grace for Netflix, and Bellevue Canadian broadcaster CBC. Moyer next stars in the Fox miniseries Shots Fired, which premieres March 22, the ITV series Safe House in the UK.

‘House Of Cards’ Reveals Season 5 Premiere Date With Inauguration-Themed Video

Netflix has revealed the Season 5 premiere date for Washington political drama House of Cards, appropriately, with an Inauguration Day-themed video.

The series, starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, returns with new showrunners, HOC   senior writers Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese, following the exit of the show's creator Beau Willimon at the end of Season 4.” />
The Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series returns on May 30.

Global Media Gloms On To Donald Trump’s Inauguration; China? Not So Much

UK pubcaster BBC will be covering it from all angles with its flagship channel BBCOne and its News channel offering up a few more hours of coverage on either side. After the inauguration, BBC News will continue to report with a feature program 100 Days, which will air on the channel on Monday through April and will cover Trump’s first 100 days in office.
Sources told the FT that Chinese officials have ordered press to only use coverage of the ceremony based on reports written by state media. “It is forbidden for websites to carry out live streaming or picture reports of the inauguration,” a copy of censorship instructions seen by the Financial Times said.
And, RT, a government-backed international Russian TV network (which in 2012 agreed to air a talk show hosted by WikiLeaks' Julian Assange), is live on its website with what it calls "The Trumpening."” />
English-language Chinese online media currently have no major Trump stories leading save for Xinhua which is reporting on statements made by George Soros in Davos on Thursday with a headline: “U.S. President-elect Trump ‘going to fail’: Soros.”
A banner dropped across the capital city’s Tower Bridge read in big, pink letters: “Act now! Build bridges not walls.”
Extreme right-wing Trump supporter — and the first international politician to have offered him congrats on November 9 – Marine Le Pen tweeted this morning that Trump’s election “opens a new era of cooperation between nations.”
Another draped over Westminster Bridge read: “Migration is older than language” while one outside of the Houses of Parliament said: “Migrants welcome here.” The protests come after London’s mayor Sadiq Khan had urged Trump to recognize the value immigrants have made to American society.
Elyse Ribbons, an American who hosts a program on Chinese state-run radio, tweeted she wasn’t allowed to discuss Trump:
Meanwhile, ITV will focus on a special live program during the events and will feature more on its ITV News at Ten.
In the UK, helicopters buzzed around London all morning as anti-Trump protestors dropped banners from bridges across the city early Friday, criticizing the President-Elect’s immigration policies.
Both Corriere Della Sera and La Repubblica featured Trump’s inauguration but it took less prominence to the avalanche story. Italy's press was focused more on its major national news of the day: survivors who had been discovered buried under snow in an Abruzzo hotel two days after a deep avalanche buried it.
Germany daily Die Welt had blanket coverage of the U.S. inauguration while news magazine Der Spiegel didn’t lead with the inauguration but did feature a piece titled “Mr. Me: No One Loves the 45th President Like Donald Trump.”
The Financial Times says that Beijing censors have ordered media outlets to tone down reporting today. But in China, not so much. International 24-hour news channels are blanketing coverage of the impending swearing-in.
France’s national news-radio station, France Info, has been covering from on site and in the studio. Earlier today it cited a poll that said 80% of French respondents find Trump “aggressive, racist and dangerous.” All the local news nets are currently covering the inauguration live and Maison Blanche (White House) is trending on Twitter.
Instead of attending the inauguration, I will be planning and organizing for resistance.” In the UK, left-leaning newspaper The Guardian leads with a live blog saying “Donald Trump inauguration: ‘It all begins today’.” The paper featured an opinion piece from Barbara Lee, a representative for California’s East Bay in Congress, who told readers why her seat would be empty at the inauguration: “I will not be celebrating the swearing in of a president who rode racism, sexism, xenophobia and bigotry to the White House.
— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) January 20, 2017
"L'élection de Donald #Trump ouvre une nouvelle ère de coopération entre les Nations." #InvitéPol
English-language Russia outlet, The Moscow Times, is not leading with Trump, but scroll down a bit and there is a litany of stories from a few hours ago to a few months ago under the headline: "Russia Goes Crazy For Trump." Included therein is a report from yesterday that says a group of gunsmiths in Zlatoust has fashioned a two-pound coin dedicated to the next U.S. president.
Calling the concept “protectionism,” Wang said, “The main growth market of English-language films is China. government controls on Chinese investment. Also in Davos, Dalian Wanda Group Chairman Wang Jianlin voiced concern and a warning over potentially increased U.S. Trump has questioned the One-China policy and also talked of levying Chinese goods with a 45% tariff. This week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, China's President Xi Jinping warned that “no one emerges a winner” from a trade war. This comes amid the uncertain future of the Middle Kingdom’s relationship with the new administration. It is a major source of income… So, if China were to retaliate, it’s bad for both parties.”
Right-leaning The Telegraph was also live-blogging with pictures of Trump and his wife Melania begin greeted by President Barack and Michelle Obama while The Independent featured a picture of inauguration attendees standing with umbrellas under grey skies with the headline “’It all begins today!’: Trump supporters gather under grey clouds,” referring to Trump’s Tweet earlier today.
Global news today has been largely dominated by the countdown to Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States. From the UK to France, Germany, Italy and Russia (where one outlet has labeled it "The Trumpening"), the world's media is focused on DC.
In France, where the Socialist Party will hold its first presidential primary vote on Sunday, left-leaning daily Libération is leading with headlines such as “Donald Trump, A Bit Lost In Transition” and “Trump, It’s On!” Le Monde is running a live blog.
Meanwhile, the English version of Russian-state owned news agency Tass is leading with the inauguration, featuring a live stream of the event on its site.

Petition: Boycott ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Unless ‘Significant Portion’ Of Proceeds Goes To Animal Welfare

The petition states:
Cut it!" It is not known how many takes the dog was put through prior to him slipping under the raging water. Later the dog is shows struggling to stay afloat as a handler tries to coax him to her and the dog goes under water as those around him panic to get to him and someone from the second unit is heard screaming, "Cut it! Cut it! After forced into the water, he is pulled up by his neck. The actions in the video, which have been condemned by the film's producer Gavin Polone, voiceover actor Josh Gad the film's director Lasse Hallstrom and even the voiceover artist for the Spanish-language trailer — Jane the Virgin's Anthony Mendez — shows an animal handler forcing a German Shepherd into rushing water after the dog tries to resist over and over again.
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The second unit shoot, where this particular scene with the dog took place, was done in Winnipeg last fall. American Humane safety rep has been put on leave pending an investigation and the Canadian Chief Veterinary Office is also looking into it. 27th. The video from the shoot only came out this week — only about two weeks before the launch of the film on Jan.
The director of the film tweeted that he is “disturbed by the video released today from the set of my film…"
The company that provided and handled the dog for the film was Birds & Animals Unlimited in Action, CA, an outfit that has been targeted for some time for the mistreatment of animals by PETA (People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
Please sign this petition to pledge to boycott "A Dog's Purpose" unless the creators make a significant donation   to animal welfare organizations!
In response to a video of "a dog being mishandled" on the set of A Dog’s Purpose, a Care2 petition is calling for a boycott of the film unless the movie’s creators donate a significant portion of the film’s proceeds to an animal welfare organization. The petition added 1,200 signatures over the past 20 minutes and is now over 13,000 signees. It doesn't name a particular organization as it seems any would do.
Donating to an animal welfare cause is the least he can do to make up for this act. If the director is so disturbed, he ought to do something about it.