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Alex Pettyfer Discusses His Transition To Directing With ‘Back Roads’ — Tribeca Studio

Long dreaming of stepping behind the camera, actor Alex Pettyfer (I Am LegendElvis & Nixon) made his directorial debut of recent with the Tribeca-premiering Back Roads, in which he also stars. Based on a novel by Tawni O’Dell, Back Roads centers on Harley (Pettyfer), a young man living in backwoods Pennsylvania who is forced to become the caretaker for his three sisters after his father is murdered and his mother (Juliette Lewis) is sent to prison. Reading the script… Read

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‘A Quiet Place’ Still Noisy With $21M+; ‘I Feel Pretty’ $18M; ‘Super Troopers 2’ Arrests $16M – Saturday Update

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UPDATE, Saturday AM: Paramount’s A Quiet Place in its third week prevails with $21.1M over a weekend filled with comedy both for women with STXfilms/Voltage/Wonderland Sound and Vision’s I Feel Pretty ($18M) and stoners with Fox Searchlight’s surprise sequel Super Troopers 2 ($16M). While I Feel Pretty is ahead of its $11M-$14M tracking, Super Troopers 2 is really ahead, besting its $5-7M projection. Said one happy Fox insider, “You can never tell with fan-based… Read

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Bill Maher Asks Michael Avenatti If He Will Run For Office

Update, with video Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti is interested in running for office, or so it seemed on Friday night's Real Time with Bill Maher. These days you can’t throw a dead cat without hitting an Avenatti TV appearance. The attorney shows up all over MSNBC and CNN, and has appeared on ABC’s The View and now Maher’s HBO late-night show. The celebrity lawyer is scheduled to be the guest of the Associated Press at the White House Correspondents… Read

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Renewed For Season 15 By ABC

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Grey’s Anatomy continues its march through ABC’s history books. The veteran medical drama has been officially renewed for a 15th season. That makes it ABC’s longest-running primetime scripted series, eclipsing sitcom 1952 sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriett, which aired for 14 seasons. ABC’s second longest-running primetime drama is NYPD Blue (12 seasons). I hear Grey’s renewal was revealed to the cast and crew at the show’s Season 14 wrap party tonight. "Grey's An… Read

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Roberta Flack Falls Ill At Apollo Theater, Rushed To Hospital

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Roberta Flack, the songstress and sometimes-actress, cut short an appearance Friday night at New York’s famed Apollo Theater because of illness. She was taken to Harlem Hospital. The 81-year-old Flack, best known for her monster 1970s hit Killing Me Softly, was appearing at a benefit for the Jazz Foundation of American when she fell ill.  She exited the stage on her own. No immediate update on her condition was available. Flack has appeared on numerous TV shows and… Read

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Amazon.com Limiting Reviews Of James Comey’s ‘A Higher Loyalty’

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Reviewers who wish to post a review on former FBI director James Comey’s new book, A Higher Loyalty, may have to find a venue other than Amazon.com. Only “verified buyers” of the book via Amazon are allowed to post, and some online chatter suggests that low ratings of the book will not make it onto the site. The restrictions apply to print and Kindle book editions. Those who try to post a review and didn’t buy the book through Amazon receive an error message: “Sorry, we… Read

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The Weinstein Co. Names Executive With Experience In Restructuring To Board Of Directors

The Weinstein Co. has appointed Ivona Smith, an executive with experience in corporate restructuring and working with distressed assets, as an independent director. The Board made the decision to add an additional independent director as part of its ongoing discussions with the Unsecured Creditors Committee in the company’s chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. “We are delighted to welcome Ms. Smith to our Board,” said Chairman Robert Weinstein. “Ms. Smith brings not only… Read

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‘Jane the Virgin’ Finale’: Series Creator On That Shocking Twist, ‘Dallas’-Inspired Cliffhanger, Season 5 & Show’s Endgame

SPOILER ALERTt: The story includes details about the Season 4 finale of Jane the Virgin on the CW. What??? That was probably the reaction of every Jane the Virgin fan watching the Season 4 finale after the final scene. The show is known for loading its season finales with big twists and cliffhangers in the final minutes but tonight’s was the mother of all twists —  Jane, walking into Rafael’s apartment expecting a wedding proposal from him instead came face to face with a… Read

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Universal Answers Call To Make A ‘Tommyknockers’ Movie, Wins Bidding For Stephen King Novel

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EXCLUSIVE: Universal has stepped up to the plate to acquire Tommyknockers, a feature film package centered on Stephen King’s 1987 sci-fi horror novel. This is the project that has James Wan producing under his Atomic Monster banner with an eye to direct. Also producing is Roy Lee, Larry Sanitsky, the latter who executive produced the hit 1993 ABC miniseries based on King’s book, Michael Clear and Jon Berg. The deal was struck in a bidding battle between Uni, Netflix and… Read

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AMBI Distribution CEO Andrea Iervolino Sued For Sexual Battery

A woman is suing AMBI Distribution founder and CEO Andrea Iervolino for sexual battery, claiming that he made unwanted sexual advances during a 2015 meeting and later touched her inappropriately. According to the suit filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here), Anna Jane Edmonds was working as a development executive and focusing on a film-funding deal when a director she had worked with introduced her to AMBI Distribution and Iervolino. Edmonds said that… Read

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UTA Promotes Eight To Agent Status

UTA has promoted eight coordinators to agents, and 20 assistants have been upped to coordinators in the agency’s divisions ranging from Music to Television Literary, Digital, Speakers, Theatre, Tour Marketing, Books, Corporate Services and UTA IQ, the latter the agency’s data and analytics slot. The moves come across UTA’s Los Angeles, New York and London offices. Promoted to agent level are Brett Duchon and Sarah Kowaney in Licensing, Branding and Endorsements; Kellen… Read

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TriStar To Distribute ‘Happiest Season’ Comedy From Clea DuVall & Mary Holland

TriStar Pictures has obtained the worldwide distribution rights to the holiday romantic comedy Happiest Season, directed by Veep actress Clea DuVall, marking her first studio project. The screenplay hails from DuVall and comedian Mary Holland with Marty Bowen and Isaac Klausner producing. The story follows a young woman whose plan to propose to her girlfriend while at her family's annual holiday party is upended when she discovers her partner hasn't yet come out to her… Read