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Showtime Casts Rachel Bloom’s ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Pilot; Dominic Cooper Joins ‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’

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Santino Fontana, Michael McDonald, Donna Lynne Champlin and Vincent Rodriguez III have been cast as potential series regulars on Showtime's comedy pilot Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, starring Rachel Bloom. The project centers around Rebecca (Bloom), a successful, driven and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything - her partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan - in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in that… Read

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Suddenlink To Drop Viacom Channels In Dispute Over Contract Terms

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Here's the latest sign of Viacom's fraying relationship with small cable operators: Due to a contract impasse, at midnight Suddenlink will become the second cable company — following Cable One — that doesn't carry the entertainment power's channels including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV and VH1. Viacom wanted “a nearly 50% increase in payments, even though viewership has decreased in the last several years for their main channels, some by almost 30%,” the St… Read

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‘The Killer’ Movie: Alex Holmes Set To Adapt For Pierre Morel, Studiocanal

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EXCLUSIVE: Studiocanal has hired Alex Holmes to adapt The Killer for Pierre Morel to direct. This comes after Studiocanal acquired rights to Tom Wood's critically acclaimed Victor The Assassin book franchise, with Morel attached along with The Picture Company to produce with Sentient Entertainment. Studiocanal and Morel collaborated on The Gunman, the action thriller starring Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Idris Elba and Ray Winstone that Open Road Films will release in… Read

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China’s ‘Breakup Buddies': Follow-Up To Smash ‘Lost In Thailand’ Palling Around At Home & Abroad (Video)

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With China's National Day holiday officially kicking off Wednesday, the Middle Kingdom box office is poised for an extra boost with today's timely release of Breakup Buddies. The comedy is a sort of follow-up to smash hit Lost In Thailand. That film was key to a surge in local box office at the end of 2012 and made headlines around the globe. Breakup Buddies, which is particularly racy as far as Chinese releases go (check out the trailer above), has the added cachet of… Read

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Fox News Channel Tops Cable Primetime Ratings In Third Quarter

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Fox News Channel finished No. 1 in primetime among all cable networks for  the third quarter — the first time it has done so since the Iraq war in the first quarter of '03. In FNC's so-called “extended” primetime, 7-11 PM, the cable news network finished first in a quarter for the first time ever — besting ESPN, USA and TNT, though those networks don't typically extend their primetime to 7 PM. FNC finished No. 3 for the quarter among cable networks for total day viewing… Read

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After Moving Slow As Corpse, ‘Zombieland 2′ Gets Writer And Urgency

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EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures looks to be getting more serious about mounting another installment of Zombieland. Studio just hired Dave Callaham to write the sequel under the supervision of Ruben Fleischer, who'll return to direct. Callaham has been scripting The Expendables films, and he had story credit on Legendary's revival of Godzilla. Insiders at the studio said no deal with Fleischer, but that of corpse they are getting serious about mounting the sequel of a 2009 cult… Read

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ABC Nabs 1970s Female Cop Drama From Fake Empire & Kapital Entertainment As Put Pilot

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In their first collaboration, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage's Fake Empire has teamed with Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment for Broad Squad, a period female cop procedural, which has received a put pilot commitment from ABC. ABC Studios, where Fake Empire is under a deal, is producing. Set in 1978, the series is described as a fictionalized account of the graduating class of Boston's first female patrol officers. Dubbed “The Broad Squad” by the local press, they… Read

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Jai Courtney Joins Dito Montiel’s ‘Man Down’

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EXCLUSIVE: Jai Courtney has joined the cast of Man Down, the psychological thriller from helmer Dito Montiel that's ramping up to begin filming next month in Louisiana. The A Good Day To Die Hard and Divergent actor joins Shia LaBeouf, Gary Oldman, Kate Mara and Toby Kebbell in the story of Gabriel Drummer, a haunted Afghanistan war veteran who attempts to come to terms with his past while searching for his family in a post-apocalyptic America. Courtney will play the role… Read

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Benjamin Walker Joins ‘The Choice’, Nicholas Sparks Adaptation From Lionsgate

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The man who played the 16th president in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is shifting genres a bit. Benjamin Walker has landed the male lead in The Choice, Lionsgate's adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel. He'll play Travis Parker, who meets neighbor Gabby Holland in a small coastal town. The story spans a decade of their love affair, which is ultimately tested by life's most defining events. Bryan Sipe wrote the screenplay. It's the first independent feature from… Read

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Is the Movie Business Healthy Or Hurting? Deadline’s Fleming and Busch Duke It Out In DeadlineNow Video

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Is the movie business doing well, or is it in trouble? After a summer that was down double digits from 2013, rampant runaway production, and layoffs at multiple major studios, some would argue it's been a bad year in the middle of a long, slow decline. On the other hand, there are new investors, bringing lots of money and optimism to the game, including former Warner Bros. executive Jeff Robinov and and his overseas backers, and Robert Simonds' STX. Who's… Read

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‘Rush Hour’ To Be Remade As Action Series From Bill Lawrence & Brett Ratner

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A big series project is about to hit the markeplace — an hourlong action comedy based on the blockbuster movie franchise Rush Hour. I've learned that Warner Bros TV has closed deals for the project, which will be co-written/executive produced by one of studio's top showrunners, Bill Lawrence. The movie franchise's director Brett Ratner and producer Arthur Sarkissian will serve as executive producers. Written by Cougar Town co-creator Lawrence and the series' executive… Read

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AMC Joins Opposition To ‘Crouching Tiger 2′; IMAX Chief Urges Theaters To Reconsider

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The No. 2 chain, AMC Entertainment, just joined other major exhibitors that say they won't offer Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend on their IMAX screens next year when it simultaneously debuts on Netflix. “We license just the technology from IMAX,” AMC says. “Only AMC and [its parent company] Wanda decide what programming plays in our respective theatres. No one has approached us to license this made-for-video sequel in the U.S. or China, so one must assume… Read

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