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Michael Ian Black, Missi Pyle Join Indie Comedy ‘Slash’

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Michael Ian Black (The State, Wet Hot American Summer, They Came Together) and Missi Pyle (Gone Girl) have joined the indie comedy ‘Slash’, currently filming in Austin. The cast also includes Sarah Ramos (Parenthood), Peter Vack (Mozart In The Jungle), Jessie Ennis (Veep) and Matt Peters (Orange Is The New Black). Directed by Clay Liford (Earthling), who also wrote the screenplay, the coming of age drama focuses on a teenage erotic fan fic author; the title is a reference… Read

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‘American Odyssey’ Cancelled By NBC After One Season

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NBC is not commenting, but I’ve learned it’s now a done deal — low-rated freshman drama American Odyssey is over. I hear the series co-creator/director/executive producer Peter Horton, for whom the globe-spanning thriller had been a passion project, personally called the cast to give them the news. The decision comes two days after the midseason series aired its season – and now series – finale as the options on the cast expire tonight. The serialized drama starring Anna… Read

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FilmLA Sued By Hollywood Nightclub Over NBC’s ‘The Player’ Shoot

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The non-profit permitting group got a notice of its own today and it may see them set up shop in court. A Hollywood nightclub filed a complaint for unspecified damages Tuesday against FilmLA for some last minute production shooting that basically closed them down for two days in April. Time that left the owners of The Cosmos nightclub out some mid-week dough. And that's money they want to see some of now. "Upon the aforementioned notification at 10:00 p.m., on March 30… Read

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Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Jason Sudeikis Anchor Garry Marshall’s ‘Mother’s Day’ Package

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EXCLUSIVE: Here is a fresh movie package that will stir up some pre-July 4th fireworks among studios. Julia Roberts is set and Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, and Jason Sudeikis are in negotiations for Mother’s Day, a ensemble film that Garry Marshall is set to direct from a script by Anya Kochoff-Romano and Lily Hollander. The pic tells intertwining stories about the lives of several mothers as the title holiday approaches. It is the latest in Marshall’s holiday movie… Read

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Donald Trump To Bill O’Reilly: Reason NBC Dumped His Beauty Pageants Will Come Out In Litigation

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Updated throughout: Hours after suing Univision for $500 million for bailing on its broadcast of Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump indicated he will do same to NBC, telling Bill O’Reilly the reason NBC also cut ties to both pageants “will come out in ligitation.”  Trump already had said he may sue NBC as well. “Why do you think NBC pulled the plug on your beauty pageant. You had already resigned from Celebrity Apprentice,” the… Read

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‘The Goldbergs’ Hayley Orrantia Joins ‘God’s Not Dead 2′

SANTA MONICA, CA - OCTOBER 08:  Actress Hayley Orrantia attends the Vevo CERTIFIED SuperFanFest presented by Honda Stage at Barkar Hangar on October 8, 2014 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for VEVO)

The Goldbergs costar Hayley Orrantia is set to lead God's Not Dead 2, sequel to the hugely profitable 2014 religious drama. As with its predecessor, God’s Not Dead 2 depicts the debate between a skeptic and an evangelical Christian who come into conflict in an educational setting, but in this outing the roles will be reversed. Orrantia will star as "Brooke," a high school student whose teacher, played by Melissa Joan Hart, quotes bible verses in class, causing Brooke’s… Read

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Kevin Costner Walks Away From Amazon Drama ‘Trial’

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It wasn’t meant to be. After weeks of courtship and a week of negotiations, Kevin Costner has opted not to proceed with Trial, the Amazon Studios drama from The Practice, Ally McBeal and Picket Fences creator David E. Kelley. For a few days, it looked like Costner was well on his way to toplining his first TV series (Amazon has been eyeing a 10-episode straight-to-series order for Trial). But negotiations ultimately unraveled. Word is that Amazon is now moving on… Read

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‘Creed’ Trailer: Latest ‘Rocky’ Sequel Enters The Ring And This One Has Punch

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This is two minutes and forty three seconds of just pure sublimity. It’s Ryan Coogler’s Creed, the MGM/New Line film that Warner Bros will release this fall. This isn’t just another installment of Rocky. After Coogler and Michael B Jordan teamed on the Sundance sensation Fruitvale Station, each of these young guys had their pick of projects. Coogler used his currency on his dream to make Creed. Turns out that while he was growing up, Coogler’s father showed him the Rocky… Read

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‘The Whispers': No Decision On Season 2 As Cast Options Expire

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ABC is taking a wait and see approach with new drama series The Whispers. Not ready to make a renewal or cancellation call on the series five episodes into its run, ABC and producing studio ABC Studios are allowing the options on the cast of the midseason-turned-summer series to expire today. Before making a decision, the network is expected to take a few more weeks to sift through ratings data for the heavily DVR-ed series, particularly the important C3 ratings, which… Read

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‘Scream’ Review: MTV Series Goes Straight For The Entertaining Jugular

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Almost 20 years after the first witty and scary movie came out, Scream is back, this time on the small screen. Debuting on MTV tonight, Scream the TV series is, as my video review above says, a light but surprising shot of un-self-conscious summer entertainment. While updated from the 1990s with YouTube postings and smartphone stalkings, this Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein-executive produced series still distinctly has a bloodied foot or two in its origins. Yes, for… Read

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Parkes+MacDonald Names Owen Shiflett As Head Of TV, To Adapt ‘RASL’ Comic

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Producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have brought in former AMC executive Owen Shiflett as new head of television. He will shepherd TV development and production under Parkes + MacDonald’s first-look deal with Universal TV. One of the first projects Parkes, MacDonald and Shiflett are exploring is a TV drama adaptation of RASL, the black-and-white science fiction noir comic book by award-winning Bone creator Jeff Smith. Parkes+MacDonald are closing a deal for the… Read

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Broadway Follies: AIDS Changed Theater, The Supremes Changed Everything & Staging A Living

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Jeremy Gerard has covered the evolving fortunes of Jujamcyn Theatres since it became a formidable competitor to the larger Shubert and Nederlander organizations in the late 1980s. In 2013 producer Jordan Roth became Jujamcyn's majority owner and the Street's youngest power broker. Here they talk about the state of the industry, the only stipulation being no holds barred. ROTH: Everything is different now. As the President said, our union became a little more perfect… Read