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Scotland Votes To Remain In The UK: Political Changes Loom, Effect On Film & TV Biz Uncertain

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There are 31 of 32 districts reporting on the Scottish vote for independence. A phenomenal 86% voter turnout is estimated, and the result saw 1.6M voters in favor of separating from the United Kingdom — curiously Glasgow was pro, Edninburgh was con. But the vote is split at 45% Yes and 55% No, a far closer result than was expected when the referendum was initially floated. In the run-up to the vote, I ran down the potential effects of a Yes. While the fate of the BBC… Read


‘Red Band Society’ Bus Ads Pulled Over Offensive Language Referring To Octavia Spencer


Here's the latest flap involving marketing for a new TV show that has offended some L.A. citizens. Metro Los Angeles today yanked ads for Fox's Red Band Society from its buses today after activists complained about offensive language. The ad features the cast of the hospital drama with mini-captions like “Coma Boy” and “The Player.” But the one that rankled folks was next to the photo of Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, labeling her “Scary Bitch.” So they've been pulled… Read


Hot Trailer: Christoph Waltz & Amy Adams In Tim Burton’s ‘Big Eyes’

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Here's the first trailer for Tim Burton's biopic about the couple whose paintings became one of the first mass-marketed art sensations in the 1950s and early '60s. Two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz and five-time nominee Amy Adams star as Walter and Margaret Keane, whose paintings of large-eyed children were hawked in gas stations and just about every five-and-dime store. He got all the fame, but she was the real artist of the family. Scott Alexander and Larry… Read

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Nick Cave, Terry Gilliam, Kevin Smith Films Among 14 Specialty Debuts

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Films from notables Nick Cave, Kevin Smith and Terry Gilliam, and another featuring Downton Abbey vet Dan Stevens are helping fill this weekend's box office, despite studio blockbuster debuts for The Maze Runner and This Is Where I Leave You. In all, 14 specialty films are debuting this weekend, at the front edge of awards season and the time of year when “serious” films hit the screens left and right. We have The Guestwith Stevens; The Zero Theorem by Gilliam; Smith's T… Read


Study Deems Broadcast Networks Mostly Mediocre When It Comes To Latino Inclusion


Like a progressive public school from the '70s, the National Latino Media Council this year dropped A-F grades it has been giving broadcast networks for Latino inclusion efforts in front of and behind the camera, opting instead for a grading scale of Good, Mediocre or Bad. Today's report rated the diversity performances of ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC in the 2013-14 TV season in primetime (the CW is not included). The four networks were graded based on employment of Latino… Read


Shark Spec Script ‘In The Deep’ Won By Sony


EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has won a vigorous bidding battle pegged at high-six figures for In The Deep, a spec script by Tony Jaswinski that had created feeding frenzy all day. The film will be produced by former Warner Bros executive Lynn Harris; it is the first project she has put together with Matti Leshem in the new producing shingle Weimaraner Republic Pictures. Shark week in September? Bidders included Sony Pictures and Warner Bros, both of which had Harris set up as… Read


Ian Sander & Kim Moses Ink First-Look Deal With 20th TV, Set Biblical Drama At Amazon

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Ian Sander and Kim Moses have signed a first-look deal with 20th  Century Fox Television Studios to develop and produce new series for the studio through their Sander/Moses Prods. The deal stems from Sander and Moses' collaboration with 20th TV on the drama Runner. The project, based on the Turkish series Son, was sold to Fox last season to mark the first Turkish TV format to be set up in Hollywood by American producers. The 20th TV-produced drama just received a… Read


‘Godzilla’ Sequel To Be Scripted By Max Borenstein

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EXCLUSIVE: Legendary Pictures has closed a deal for Max Borenstein to write the screenplay for the sequel to Godzilla, which Gareth Edwards will direct. It is the latest example of how Borenstein is becoming a go-to guy for Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni's event-film factory. Borenstein wrote the first installment that relaunched the reptile and also penned Skull Island. The latter was teased at Comic-Con and just got Tom Hiddleston starring and Jordan Vogt-Roberts directing… Read


Jada Pinkett Smith Circling ‘Magic Mike’ Sequel

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EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros seems determined to turn Jada Pinkett Smith into a nightclub-owning magnate. She already is the linchpin of Warner Bros TV's DC Comics origin series Gotham, playing the imposing, hotheaded and notoriously sadistic gangster boss and nightclub owner Fish Mooney. The series starring Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue premieres September 28 on Fox. Now I hear Pinkett Smith is in talks to join the cast of Magic Mike XXL, next year's sequel to the hit 2012… Read


Legal Drama From Jerry Bruckheimer & Rick Eid Gets CBS Put Pilot Commitment

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One of the most successful combinations in network drama has been CBS, Jerry Bruckheimer and crime procedural. Now the ingredients are back together in a new hourlong project — this time on the legal side — which has received a put pilot commitment from CBS. Acquittal, which hails from Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Warner Bros TV, where the company is based, will be written by one of JBT's go-to writer-producers, Rick Eid. It is based on the nonfiction book  Acquittal: An Insid… Read


‘Fargo’s Noah Hawley To Adapt His Novel ‘Before The Fall’ In Sony Pic Deal

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EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has acquired Before The Fall, a novel written by Noah Hawley, who shared the Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries for hatching the FX television transfer of Fargo. That series also brought Emmy nominations for Billy Bob Thornton and  Martin Freeman. Hawley will adapt his novel and he will produce the feature with John Cameron. The book tells the story of a mysterious private-plane crash, starting in Martha's Vineyard, and focuses on the two… Read


James Schamus On Screenwriting: “124 Pages Of Begging For Money & Attention”


When James Schamus is on a bill, he can generally be trusted to deliver an intellectual reality check to the motion picture business. That's just what he did tonight in London as the first guest of BAFTA's 2014 Screenwriters' Lectures series. Introduced as "renowned autodidact and multihyphenate," the former Focus Features boss and the author of dozens of screenplays in 25 years of making movies used his 60 minutes at the lectern to reject the use of the word "art" as… Read


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