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‘The Mindy Project’ Casts Garret Dillahunt In Major Recurring Role

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Meet Dr. Mindy Lahiri’s (temporary) replacement. After two back-to-back drama turns post-Raising Hope, Garret Dillahunt is returning to comedy with a major recurring role on the upcoming fourth season of The Mindy Project at its new home, Hulu. He will play Jody, a new doctor who replaces Mindy while she goes on maternity leave. Jody is a charming southern gentleman with extremely traditional values who thinks that Mindy is a tacky idiot. Dillahunt, repped by D2… Read

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Ann Rule Dies: Prolific Crime Writer’s Friendship With Ted Bundy Basis For Book & TV Movie

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Ann Rule, the former co-worker and friend of serial killer Ted Bundy who went on to become a prolific true crime writer, has died. Several of her books were turned into TV movies, and she was a frequent guest on true crime TV shows, including 48 Hours. She died on Sunday after suffering a heart attack. She was 83. Rule was a budding author in the early 1970s, living in Seattle and working on a book about a local serial killer. She didn't know it then, but one of her… Read

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How Much Is ‘Pixels’ A Box Office Pickle For Adam Sandler? – Weekend Actuals

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Nancy Tartaglione contributed to this report.  Some reporters are writing Adam Sandler’s box office obituary today after the less-than-spectacular $24M bow for Sony’s Pixels which cost a reported net $88M.  If the budget was lower, we’d be raving about what a profitable success it is. Tracking was way off on this one heading into the weekend, with non-Sony analysts seeing a $30M-plus opening. It’s a bit much to sentence Sandler to movie jail; he’s shown more comebacks at… Read

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Larysa Kondracki Inks Directing Deal With Starz

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The Whistleblower helmer Larysa Kondracki has signed a one-year directing and first-look development deal with Starz. Under the pact, she will direct an upcoming episode of drama series Power. Kondracki co-wrote and directed the 2010 feature The Whistleblower starring Rachel Weisz. It was inspired by the story of Nebraska police officer Kathryn Bolkovac, who became a UN peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and ended up blowing the whistle on the peacekeepers' involvement in… Read

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Jon Stewart Discusses Life After ‘The Daily Show’ With Audience Before Taping

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Walking up to Jon Stewart’s exit as host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show next month, Comedy Central’s multi-platform team today posted video of Stewart taking questions from his audience before this afternoon’s taping, which appears to have happened over a period of time, given the number of different neckties, though all the suits look alike. Among the questions were the expected: What he likes least about the job, his biggest mistake on the show, what advice now… Read

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Focus Lands Action Film ‘Down To A Sunless Sea’ With Morgan Freeman

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EXCLUSIVE: Focus Features has landed Down To A Sunless Sea, a script by David Gleeson that has Morgan Freeman attached to play one of the leads. It’s a big action film in the vein of Air Force One. Bruce Cohen and Revelations — Freeman and Lori McCreary’s company — are producing. The deal just closed. Will tell you more when I know it. It’s another plum project for Focus, whose Peter Schlessel won the most coveted title at Cannes, the Tom Ford-directed Nocturnal Animals… Read

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Rachel McAdams In Early Talks For Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’

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Rachel McAdams has confirmed she is in early talks to play the female lead in Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Speaking to the LA Times, McAdams, who can currently be seen wielding a knife in Season 2 of True Detective, mentioned it was “early days” but that she is considering boarding the project opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. There is still some way for this deal to get set but it would make an interesting change of pace for McAdams. Scott Derrickson is directing Doctor Strange… Read

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‘Chicago Fire’ Casts Brian White As New Boss

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Brian White has been cast in a major recurring role on Season 4 of NBC firefighter drama Chicago Fire. He will play Captain Dallas Patterson, the new captain of the squad on the series, which returned to production in Chicago last week for an October 13 season premiere. The role adds to a busy portfolio for White who also is recurring on ABC’s Scandal and Mistresses. He is repped by Paradigm, Zero Gravity Management and attorney Eric… Read

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‘Minions’, ‘Ant-Man’ Grow In Actuals; ‘Pixels’ Powered By Latin America – Intl B.O. Final

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3RD UPDATE, MONDAY 3:45 PM PT: Actuals are in from the studios, with Sony’s Pixels confirmed at $21.03M, down slightly from the $21.4M projected yesterday, and performing solidly in Latin America with many markets (including China, a co-financier) still on deck. That film came in 6th overall at the international box office on Sunday, including local-language pics which continue their strong run in China. Monster Hunt, the biggest of them and the No. 1 movie overseas for… Read

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Fox Searchlight Conjures Haunted House Movie From 80-Year-Old New Yorker Article

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EXCLUSIVE: A nearly 80-year-old article in The New Yorker about the first documented haunted house has scared up a deal at Fox Searchlight. Searchlight will develop a movie from Voices Through The Trumpet, a two-part article written by Carl Carmer. JT Petty has been set to write, and Alison Greenspan is producing with Conde Nast Entertainment’s Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler. Denise DiNovi will be executive producer. Conde Nast Entertainment was set up partly to cull… Read

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‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ Review: Cruise In Control Of Best ‘M:I’ Yet

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I thought it would be hard to top Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, but this franchise just keeps getting better. The latest edition, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is not just the best movie of the summer, it is the best summer movie of the summer, with its smart script and direction from Christopher McQuarrie, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Usual Suspects who has a long-standing relationship with star Tom Cruise having penned Valkyrie, Edge Of… Read

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‘Gamers Guide To Pretty Much Everything’ Best Series Debut In Disney XD History With Boys 6-11

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The premiere of Disney XD's Gamer's Guide To Pretty Much Everything became the network's No. 1 series debut in the network's 15-plus-year history (including Toon Disney days) with Live + 3 Day ratings, in boys 6-11 (398,000/3.3 rating). In boys 2-11, it was No. 2 (442,000/2.2 rating), behind only the 2012 launch of Lab Rats. Gamer’s Guide opener was the network’s third best live-action launch of all time in total viewers (976,000), kids 6-11 (522,000/2.2 rating) and kids… Read