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ICM Partners’ Interns Lawsuit Mediation Set For December

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UPDATE, 5:08 PM: Two days after NBCUniversal settled a potential class action lawsuit by former Saturday Night Live interns for $6.4 million, ICM Partners has moved one step closer to possibly resolving its own labor issue. As expected, the agency and representatives for ex-interns Kimberly Behzadi and Jason Rindenau have agreed to mediation, now scheduled for December 15. ICM Partners attorney Steven Herd said in a letter from both sides sent to U.S. District Court Judge… Read

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Brody Jenner & Stevie Ryan Relationship Talk Show Ordered By E! As Presentation

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Reality star Brody Jenner, Stevie TV's Stevie Ryan and sex and relationship therapist/TV personality Dr. Mike Dow are set to host an untitled live weekly relationship call-in talk show for E!, which will be filming a development presentation in Los Angeles this month. Described as an updated take on Dr. Drew Pinsky's Loveline, the show will tackle love and sex through a celebrity and pop culture lens. Joined by a celebrity guest, Jenner, Ryan and Dow will discuss hot and… Read

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‘Zeroville’ Adds Seth Rogen, Megan Fox & More; Brad Carter Lands ‘The Revenant;’ Noah Segan Enlists In ‘War Pigs’

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James Franco has recruited a cabal of pals for his “proto-punk Forrest Gump goes to 1970's Hollywood” lit adaptation Zeroville, now filming in LA. Joining Franco and the recently announced Jacki Weaver are Franco's The Interview co-star Seth Rogen, Megan Fox, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King, and Horatio Sanz. Franco is directing and stars as a naive loner who's drawn to the film business, becomes mistaken for a Manson family member and gets hired as… Read

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Adam Davidson To Direct Pilot For ‘The Walking Dead’ Companion Series

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AMC has tasked Adam Davidson with creating the visual world of The Walking Dead companion series. The veteran TV helmer has been tapped as director of the high-profile pilot, slated to film late this year. Co-created by Robert Kirkman, on whose graphic novel The Walking Dead was based, and Dave Erickson (Marco Polo), the spinoff takes place during the same zombie apocalypse depicted on The Walking Dead but in a different location. Executive producing the companion series… Read

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‘Two & Half Men’ Co-Creator Lee Aronsohn & Marcus Wiley Sell Comedy To ABC

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After a break, Two And A Half Men co-creator Lee Aronsohn is returning to TV with a new multi-camera comedy project, Totally Illegal, which has been set up at ABC with Marcus Wiley producing through ABC Studios. Totally Illegal takes a different spin on the idea of assimilation and immigration experiences in the framework of a family show. It is based on the real-life exploits of producer Kelly Slattery (Breaking Wind), who arrived in the U.S. from rural Canada as an… Read

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Does Alibaba Plan To Take Control Of Lionsgate?

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Lionsgate shares rose 5.3% to $33.00 today after The New York Post reported that the Chinese e-retail giant is eager to buy Mark Rachesky's 37.4% stake in the independent studio. Although Lionsgate isn't commenting, there's enough in the wind to make the scenario plausible. Alibaba is flush with cash after its record-setting $25B IPO last month — and founder Jack Ma will be in Hollywood next week to talk with different studios. He already knows Lionsgate: Alibaba… Read

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Starz Ballet Drama ‘Flesh And Bone’ To Become Limited Series

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With filming on the upcoming eight-episode Starz drama series Flesh And Bone completed, the pay cable network has decided to air the project as a limited series. The format switch will require no script changes, reshoots or additional footage, with the eight episodes airing as originally written and the current finale standing as a suitable conclusion to the limited series. Created/executive produced by Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad) and executive produced by Lawrence… Read

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‘Ouija’ Review: Pete Hammond On Hasbro’s Stiff Board Game Pic

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Just in time for Halloween comes the latest attempt by Hasbro to turn one of its iconic board games into a hit movie after previous failures including mega-bomb Battleship and Clue. But now, after dialing down plans and budgets for a more elaborate version with Michael Bay attached, Hasbro — again with the help of Universal Pictures as well as Jason Blum's Blumhouse — is unleashing a cheapo scream version of Ouija, based on its game that purports to raise spirits from… Read

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‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Trailer Smashes Viewing Record; More Footage Coming

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Despite scrambling to post its Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer a week early after a leaked version went viral Wednesday, Marvel broke viewing records with the first peek at its 2015 summer blockbuster. The company said today the Avengers 2 trailer notched 34.3 million views globally in its first 24 hours. Over 26.7 million of those came after the initial leak when Marvel responded by posting a high-resolution HD version to its official YouTube channel. The previous Marvel… Read

Business

Terry Keenan Dead: Longtime Business Reporter-Anchor At CNN, CNBC & Fox News

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Terry Keenan, a veteran business journalist who worked at CNN, CNBC and Fox News during nearly a nearly quarter-century TV career, died Thursday in New York of a cerebral hemorrhage. She was 54. For the past five years, Keenan had written a weekly business column for The New York Post; her final column was posted just days ago, on October 19. She learned the ropes in the 1980s working on Louis Rukeyser's PBS series Wall Street Week and then on Lou Dobbs' Moneyline at CNN… Read

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‘Ouija,’ ‘John Wick,’ Lead Top Five In Matinees: Box Office Weekend

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Matinee numbers are coming in with Universal/Blumhouse's PG-13 rated horror film Ouija leading the pack for what looks now like an $8M Friday (which includes the late night grosses of $911K) on its way to a $19.2M weekend and it may struggle to get to $20M+. The horror crowd doesn't really arrive in theater until this evening and tonight. These horror films do best on the front-fan-loaded Fridays which might be the case here as well and then falling a bit flat on Saturday… Read

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Dark Sky Dips Into Postapocalyptic Thriller ‘The Well’

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EXCLUSIVE: MPI Media Group has acquired U.S. rights to Tom Hammock's The Well, a postapocalyptic thriller starring Haley Lu Richardson (MTV's Awkward, Ravenswood). The Federighi Films pic is set in a once-lush Oregon valley turned dry by a decade-long drought, where a teenage girl fights to protect the last working well from a greedy water baron. Twilight co-stars Booboo Stewart (X-Men: Days Of Future Past) and Michael Welch (Z Nation), Jon Gries (Napoleon Dynamite) and… Read

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