MARK WAHLBERG, PETER BERG AND DAZN TEAM UP: Mark Wahlberg’s Unrealistic Ideas and Peter Berg’s Film 45 have set a multi-series partnership with the sports streamer DAZN, Deadline reports. Wahlberg and Berg are boxing enthusiasts and have decided to kick the venture off by creating an edition of 40 Days, pegged to Gennadiy "GGG" Golovkin’s fight with Steve Rolls at Madison Square Garden on June 8. Additional projects will be announced in the coming months.
PATRICK MELROSE SEASON 2? The creative team behind the BAFTA-winning Benedict Cumberbatch-fronted Patrick Melrose are in talks for a second season. The series was slated for a five-episode order based on each one of Edward St. Aubyn’s novels which detailed his experience growing up in aristocratic England, raised by abusive parents; the team is hoping to extend the story.
TWICE AS MANY MALE CRITICS: Men comprised 66% of film critics working for print, broadcast and online outlets in the spring of 2019, while women comprised 34%, the latest Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego University finds. That’s a slight improvement over 2018, when men made up 68% of the pool, and women made up 32%. "Male film critics outnumber female critics by almost 2 to 1, and continue to dominate the conversation about film across every type of media outlet and about every film genre. In this gender myopic movie world, not only do men comprise the majority of our filmmakers, they are also more likely to have the last word on the quality of our films," Dr. Martha Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, said in a statement.
LEE DANIELS SHOPS STAR: Star co-creator Lee Daniels says he’s "fighting" to find a new home for Star, which was canceled by Fox. A spinoff of Empire, Star ran for three seasons. BET and OWN are reportedly considering making a home for Star.