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ITV Closes Curtain On ‘Rising Star'; UK Version Will Not Go Forward

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In a fairly shocking development, the UK's ITV has elected not to proceed with its version of interactive singing competition Rising Star. The network won the rights to the format in November with plans to make the local take a a co-production of ITV Studios and Keshet International UK. Other versions have launched thus far in Brazil, Portugal, the U.S. and Germany. Although Brazil reupped for a second season and Portugal saw strong ratings, the ABC series that aired this… Read


Craig Ferguson Tells Seth Meyers Late-Night Hosting Will Drive Him Crazy: VIDEO

Craig Ferguson visited his NBC late-night competitor Seth Meyers, to plug his new game show Celebrity Name, Game,  but the talk naturally turned to his soon-to-end CBS late night program. Ferguson noted everyone on Meyers' show is “young and beautiful.” Meyers noted Ferguson works with a skeleton. Meyers said he's jealous how relaxed Ferguson is on his late-night TV program, as well he might. Ferguson said modestly it's a jadedness that comes with time.  Meyers joined the… Read


Publishing: Joan Rivers Biography Planned For 2016

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Little, Brown & Co. announced Tuesday plans to publish a biography of Joan Rivers in 2016 to be written by veteran journalist Leslie Bennetts. Little, Brown editor in chief Judy Clain called Rivers "an icon and a role model to millions." The acid-tongued comedienne, a prolific author and memoirist, died on September 4th at 81. "Joan Rivers' life story was…characterized by triumphant highs and devastating lows, one that is both wildly entertaining and deeply moving,”… Read


Global Showbiz Briefs: Rome Film Festival Reveals First 5 English-Language Titles; Soda Pictures Bringing ‘Phoenix’ To UK; More


The Rome Film Festival announced Tuesday the first five English-language pics for its upcoming ninth edition. The Cinema Today section will present the European premiere of Oren Moverman's Time Out Of Mind, starring Richard Gere and Jena Malone. The Gala section will screen the international bows of Stephen Daldry's Trash, starring Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen, and Christian Ditter's Love, Rosie, starring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin. That section also will show the Euro… Read


NFL Hangs Tough At Top Of Twitter TV Ratings Despite Miss America, Obama

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Miss New York Nina Davuluri won this year's Miss America competition, and the week's Twitter TV ratings too, according to Nielsen. The most tweeted-about program of the week, however, was the NFL Thursday night matchup featuring the Baltimore Ravens, only days after its star running back was cut by the team after new video surfaced of his assault on his now-wife in a casino elevator. In fact, despite one of the worst weeks ever for the NFL, the league's slate of games… Read


Former WB Exec Robert Brassel Joining Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8

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Former Warner Bros EVP Production Robert Brassel is joining Jeff Robinov's newly formed Studio 8, in one of Robinov's first major hires under the new entity. Jon Silk, who worked as EVP Production at Mythology Entertainment, also will join the company as the former Warner Bros Motion Picture Group President shores up his production ranks. Studio 8 set up house at Sony Pictures Entertainment this month to distribute up to six features worldwide. The company was founded… Read


Animation Studios Lawsuit Wants Judge Who Scuttled Apple Settlement To Preside

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If DreamWorks Animation, DisneyPixarSony Pictures Animation, Sony Pictures Imageworks and Lucasfilm thought they could bog down the class-action lawsuit that a former DWA effects artist has brought against the toon studios, they'd better think again. A week after Robert Nitsch Jr launched his legal missile against the combo for an anti-poaching and wage-suppression deal they supposedly had, he's now looking to bring in what could be their judicial nightmare… Read


Ben Kingsley, Brie Larson Head For ‘Brooklyn Bridge'; Revolver Takes ‘Bhopal’ Disaster Drama

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Ben Kingsley and Short Term 12's Brie Larson are joining Daniel Radcliffe in Killer Films' Brooklyn Bridge. The Douglas McGrath-helmed drama is inspired by the true story of Washington Roebling, the civil engineer responsible for overseeing the construction of the iconic NYC bridge. Kingsley will play Roebling's father, the original designer whose passing leaves Washington in charge of the mammoth project. Larson will play Emily, his charming and shrewd wife. McGrath… Read


Shawn Ryan Top Vote-Getter in WGA West Board Election; Incumbents Keep Seats


TV writer and producer Shawn Ryan was the top vote-getter in the WGA West's board election, which saw a dismal turnout of less than 10% of the guild's members casting ballots. Ryan, creator and showrunner of The Shield and The Chicago Code, got more votes than all of the incumbents in the race, with his name appearing on nearly 67% of the 1,835 ballots cast. The guild has more than 21,000 members, according to its latest filing with the Department of Labor. All five… Read


‘Ben-Hur’ Remake: ‘Boardwalk Empire’s Jack Huston Lands Title Role

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EXCLUSIVE: MGM and Paramount have found Ben-Hur. The studios are setting Jack Huston, and you just knew he was going to get a big, star-making film role after his portrayal of the masked, war-scarred assassin Richard Harrow on HBO's Boardwalk Empire. It would be hard to imagine a bigger-scale picture than Ben-Hur, with Timur Bekmambetov directing the epic remake in Europe next year. Huston joins Morgan Freeman, whom Deadline broke will play the role of Ildarin, the man… Read


Peter Facinelli’s A7SLE Films Hires ‘Cropsey’ Scribe

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EXCLUSIVE: Adam Robitel has been tapped to script horror feature Cropsey for Peter Facinelli and Rob DeFranco's A7SLE Films. The picture takes a fresh look at the mythology of the Cropsey Maniac, the boogeyman of campfire lore who has terrorized the minds of youngsters for decades. The Cropsey urban legend also inspired a 2009 documentary. Further details of the A7SLE Films project are under wraps, but it joins true-tale horror project The Devil's Rooming House on A7SLE's… Read


Nathan Parsons To Topline Amazon Pilot ‘Point Of Honor’, Luke Benward To Co-Star


True Blood alum Nathan Parsons is set as the lead in Point Of Honor, Amazon's Civil War family drama pilot from Carlton Cuse and Randall Wallace. Luke Benward (Ravenswood) co-stars in the project, which centers on best friends and brothers-in-law, John Rodes (Parsons) and Robert Sumner, who find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. Benward, repped by CESD and Fred Tozceck, plays Garland Rhodes, the dashing black sheep brother of the Rhodes family. Australia-born… Read


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