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‘O.G.’ Star Jeffrey Wright On The Experience Of Shooting In Maximum Security Prison — Tribeca Studio

Dating back almost five years ago now, Emmy-winning director director Madeleine Sackler found herself compelled by the notion of shooting a film (or two) within a maximum security prison, collaborating with the incarcerated in her filmmaking pursuits. Cultivating a relationship with the people at Indiana’s Pendleton Correctional Facility, Sackler was able to do just that, working with hundreds of inmates over an extended period. The unique creative partnership resulted in… Read

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MTV Orders ‘Too Stupid To Die’ Prank Series From Former MTV Chief Van Toffler

EXCLUSIVE: Three years after Van Toffler exited as President of MTV Networks Music & Logo Group after a 28-year career at Viacom, he is returning to MTV as a producer. The cable network has given an eight-episode series order to Too Stupid To Die, a reality show from Van Toffler’s Gunpowder & Sky. It is set for a June premiere. In the tradition of MTV 2000s staple Jackass, which aired on Van Toffler’s watch, Too Stupid To Die is packed with bizarre pranks and outrageous… Read

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William Friedkin Revisits Demons With ‘The Devil and Father Amorth’; Godard In Focus – Specialty B.O. Preview

Oscar nominee William Friedkin's 1973 classic The Exorcist grossed nearly $233M stateside, spawned follow ups and imitations and is still a standard-bearer in horror. Now Friedkin is taking a look at real-life exorcisms in the documentary The Devil and Father Amorth, which The Orchard is opening Friday. Friedkin's latest will be decidedly different from his narrative thriller, but will nevertheless be “unnerving,” according to the distributor, which will combine the film… Read

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Geena Davis Returns To Reprise Dr. Herman Role

Dr. Nicole Herman is returning to Grey’s Anatomy. Oscar winner Geena Davis, who portrayed the character over a 12-episode arc in 2014-2015, will reprise the role in the penultimate episode of Grey‘s Season 14 on May 10. Per the logline for the episode titled “Cold As Ice”, one of Grey Sloan Memorial's own is seriously injured, making the team reflect on what is truly important to them. Meanwhile, Nicole Herman (Davis) pays a visit to Grey Sloan and talks to Arizona about… Read

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‘Scandal’ So-Long Builds On Last Year’s Season Wrapper To Dominate 10 PM

The swan song of ABC’s much-ballyhooed Washington-set political soap Scandal improved on last season’s wrapper and won its timeslot, but broke no records. The one-hour Scandal  scored 5.4 million viewers and a 1.3 in the demo in the 10 PM timeslot. That tops its year–ago season closer. Last May, the two-hour Scandal Season 6 wrapper averaged 5.2 million total viewers and a 1.2 demo rating which matched its season-finale demo low. But, as was to be expected, the wrapper… Read

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Outgoing ‘Arrow’ Co-Showrunner Wendy Mericle Inks ABC Studios Overall Deal

Coming off a six-season stint on the CW’s Arrow, the last three as executive producer/co-showrunner, Wendy Mericle has signed an overall deal with ABC Studios. Under the multi-year pact, Mericle, a sought-after drama writer, will develop new projects for broadcast, cable, and streaming services. "Wendy is one of the most talented storytellers working in television and we're thrilled to have her on the ABC Studios team," said ABC Studios president Patrick Moran. This marks… Read

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Jimmy Kimmel ‘Scandal’ Wrapper-Themed Show Scores Demo High

Jimmy Kimmel’s all-things-Scandal-finale late show broadcast topped the demo derby Thursday night. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, Jimmy Kimmel Live clocked a 0.6 demo rating – matching its highest demo rating since early March.  Same timeslot on Thursday, NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Kimmel logged a 0.5 rating, as did CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, Kimmel averaged a 2.2 household rating, to Colbert’s… Read

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‘I Feel Pretty’ Takes In $1M, ‘Super Troopers 2’ Tickets Strong $1.35M, ‘Traffik’ With $225K In Thursday Previews

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UDPATED writethru, 7:51 AM: The preview numbers are in for the three new films debuting this weekend at the domestic box office: the Amy Schumer comedy I Feel Pretty Super Troopers 2 and the human-trafficking thriller Traffik about. The Amy Schumer comedy I Feel Pretty from STXfilms danced to a Thursday night preview take of $1 million after releasing into roughly 2,600 theaters last night at 7 PM. For comps, the Schumer-led comedy Snatched grabbed $650,000 in previews… Read

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Jimmy Kimmel: ‘Scandal’ Marks First Time Show Ended Because World Jumped The Shark

UPDATED with more video: Scandal premiered in 2012, “back when the idea that a president would need a crisis manager seemed fantastic,” obsessed Scandal fan Jimmy Kimmel said at the top of his late-night show that followed the series finale. CAUTION: Spoiler Alert ahead. “That is obviously not the case any more. Trump getting elected while you’re writing a fictional show about the White House really isn’t fair,” Kimmel said. “It’s like what would happen to Game of Thrones… Read

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Josh Stamberg To Portray Arthur Miller In Boston Premiere Of New Play ‘Fall’; Escape Artists Producing

Josh Stamberg (The Affair, Parenthood) will take on the role of playwright Arthur Miller in Fall, a new play written by Bernard Weinraub, the former film reporter for The New York Times, and produced by Todd Black and Steve Tisch of Escape Artists, the film production company behind such movies as Southpaw and The Pursuit of Happyness. A co-presentation with Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company, where the play will have its world premiere in a May 18-June 16 engagement, Fal… Read

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Natalie Portman Criticized By Israeli Government For Pulling Out Of Awards Ceremony

Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev has denounced Natalie Portman’s decision not to come to Israel to receive an award by the Genesis Prize Foundation. Regev said Portman had "fallen into the hands" of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign that aims to isolate the Jewish state. “Portman, a Jewish actress born in Israel, joins those who tell the successful, wondrous founding of the State of Israel as ‘a tale of darkness and darkness’,” he said. Regev’s reference… Read

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‘Safe’ Trailer: First-Look At Michael C Hall’s Netflix Crime Drama

Michael C Hall, best known for playing serial killer Dexter, is running around the British countryside looking for his daughter in the first trailer for Netflix's forthcoming drama Safe. Hall stars alongside Sherlock's Amanda Abbington in the eight-part drama, which is produced by Red Production Company, the Studiocanal-backed producer behind Happy Valley, for Netflix and France's Canal+. Written by by Shameless' Danny Brocklehurst, Hall plays Tom, a pediatric surgeon who… Read