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Eddie Murphy Says He’ll Be On ‘Saturday Night Live’ Anniversary Show

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Eddie Murphy hasn’t appeared on Saturday Night Live since the Reagan years, but he says he’ll be on the show’s anniversary show next month. The second-generation SNL castmember spilled the news in a phone interview with TV One today. “They are having a 40th anniversary, I think, in two weeks,” he told host Roland S. Martin. “I'm going to that. That will be the first time I have been back since I left." Murphy was a popular SNL regular from 1980-84, leaving the show as his… Read

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Nicolas Winding Refn Sets Abbey Lee To Star In ‘Neon Demon’

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EXCLUSIVE: Abbey Lee is Nicolas Winding Refn’s choice to star with Elle Fanning in his next film The Neon Demon, and she’s negotiating to play the role of Sarah. This comes after the Australian supermodel-turned-actress co-starred in George Miller’s Mad Max for Warner Bros and Gods Of Egypt for Summit/Lionsgate. In Neon Demon, she plays a cool ringleader that other girls want to follow. Envious, emotionally unstable and a tad delusional, she shows her true maniacal colors… Read

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Faith-Based Family Drama ‘War Room’ Set For August Premiere

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Sony’s Tristar Pictures has slotted faith-based drama War Room, the fifth film from Alex and Stephen Kendrick (Fireproof, Courageous) for an August 28 premiere. The film follows Tony and Elizabeth Jordan, a middle-class couple who seemingly have it all – great jobs, a beautiful daughter, their dream home. But appearances can be deceiving. In reality, the Jordan's marriage has become a war zone and their daughter is collateral damage. With the help of Miss Clara, an older… Read

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan To Co-Star On CBS Drama ‘Extant’

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Magic City alum Jeffrey Dean Morgan is set to co-star opposite Halle Berry on the CBS summer drama series Extant. Morgan is expected to play the male lead on the sci-fi series’ second season. His character, JD Richter, is a roguish womanizer and a cop of the future, a free-wheeling, hard-drinking and fearless, bordering on reckless mercenary/bounty hunter, mostly because he’s got nothing to lose. He is the everyman who thought he had seen everything until Molly Woods… Read

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‘Fortitude’ Review: Pivot’s Arctic Thriller Needs To Warm Up Says Dominic Patten

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There's going to be an Arctic chill tonight on TV with the 10 PM debut of Fortitude on Pivot. As my video review above says, the 12-episode series from Low Winter Sun creator Simon Donald has a lot of potential and some amazing cast members in Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston and Stanley Tucci plus polar bears. The flipside is it too often moves at a glacial pace. A co-production between Pivot and Sky Atlantic, the murder mystery Fortitude is the first scripted drama… Read

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Are Advertisers Getting Ready To Leave The Super Bowl Party?

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Yes, the Super Bowl also is the Super Bowl of advertising. And commercials are supposed to be part of the show, not an interruption. But there’s a discordant note amid the hoopla for Sunday’s match between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks: Some experts suspect that advertiser interest in the game and network pricing either has peaked or soon will. “Demand is clearly down for Super Bowl spots,” says Tim Calkins, a marketing professor at Northwestern University… Read

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Hot Super Bowl Ad – Summit’s ‘Insurgent’

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Less than two months before its big release, The Divergent Series: Insurgent is heading to TV’s biggest audience. The Summit Entertainment sequel will be one of the Hollywood studio ads showing during the Super Bowl this weekend. And as this clip, which debut on MTV earlier today, shows Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet have some very unresolved business to deal with – of what matter or another.The Robert Schwentke directed sequel comes out on March… Read

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Eclipse Television Taps Veteran Reality Exec Sergio Alfaro As CEO

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Reality production banner Eclipse Television is bolstering its executive ranks, naming veteran non-scripted TV exec Sergio Alfaro as CEO. Demarest Films and Kilburn Media announced in December they had have partnered to launch Eclipse, a full-service independent producer and financier of small-screen content. Prior to joining Eclipse, Alfaro served as President of Big Vida Entertainment and Open Water Studios, and SVP of Pink Sneakers Prods, where he oversaw all aspects… Read

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‘Problem Child’ Comedy Based On Movie Gets NBC Pilot Order

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NBC is going ahead with Problem Child, giving a pilot order to a single-camera comedy inspired by the 1990 Universal Pictures/Imagine feature that starred John Ritter and Amy Yasbeck as a couple conned into adopting a troubled 7-year-boy who wreaks havoc in their lives and leaves a path of destruction anywhere he goes. Scot Armstrong, writer on such R-rated feature hits as Old School and The Hangover Part II, wrote the adaptation of the PG comedy, described as a family… Read

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Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters Ink Pod Deal With ABC Studios

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Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, executive producers/showrunners on new midseason drama Marvel's Agent Carter and sophomore Resurrection, are expanding their relationship with the studio behind the two ABC series, ABC Studios, where they have been under an overall deal for the past two years. The duo have signed a pod deal for their Fazekas & Butters banner. Under the two-year pact, they will bring in a development executive and are looking to develop half-hour and… Read

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Oscar Nominee ‘Ida’ Triggers Hate Debate In Poland, Pawel Pawlikowski Responds

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EXCLUSIVE: Pawel Pawlikowski's Oscar-nominated Ida was released over a year ago in Poland, but with the increased international spotlight on the film, a controversy has erupted in its native land. The Polish Anti-Defamation League, Reduta Dobrego Imienia, has accused the film of failing to acknowledge the German occupation of Poland, calling it "anti-Polish" and saying audiences “especially unfamiliar with the history of Europe” may leave the film believing “the Holocaust… Read

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‘Fresh Dressed’ Filmmaker Sacha Jenkins Feeling The Love At Sundance

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Journalist and first-time filmmaker Sacha Jenkins certainly is enjoying his maiden voyage at Sundance. His documentary Fresh Dressed  will be shown on CNN later this year and he says it’s “overwhelming how much love and support I’m getting.” His film, which premiered January 24, is about the importance of fashion in NYC hip-hop culture — a topic not necessarily in the CNN audience’s wheelhouse. But he thinks the cable news net buying his movie is a nod to the future… Read