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‘Last Man Standing’ & ‘Cristela’ Ratings Up, ‘Hawaii Five-O’ Down,’ ‘Glee’ Even

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There were good deeds and gifted programs on ABC's comedies last night and some nice upticks too. Last Man Standing (1.3/4) and Cristela (1.0/4) were up 8% and 11% respectively among adults 18-49. A welcome change from the even and the drop the former and the latter were hit with on February 20 from the week before. LSM was the top scripted show of the night. With a Shark Tank (1.2/4) repeat on last night, the real top spot of Friday's primetime was 20/20 (1.3/4). While… Read

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Snow, Ice Impact ‘Focus’, ‘Lazarus Effect’ On Friday – Saturday AM Update

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Saturday Update, 10:24AM: Theaters throughout the south, midwest and east were under-indexing no thanks to ice and snow yesterday, which impacted crowds turning out for newcomers Focus and The Lazarus Effect.  This weekend’s box office is projected to be down as much as 20% from the same frame a year ago which totaled $123.7M.  Focus from Warner Bros. which came in at $6.47M at 3,323 theaters in Saturday morning estimates looks to get a bump of at least 25% tonight. The… Read

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Topless Tabloid In Winless War—NY Daily News Is For Sale: Media

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UPDATE Saturday AM with more information, below: Billionaire real-estate man Mortimer B. Zuckerman told the already demoralized, thinned-out staff of the New York Daily News on Thursday that the wheezing tabloid, currently bleeding as much as $20 million a year, is up for sale. The response inside the paper’s West Side headquarters, according to reports, was a collective yawn of resignation. In a memo to the staff of the traditionally liberal paper, which has survived… Read

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Briga Heelan To Star In NBC Comedy Pilot ‘How We Live’

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Ground Floor star Briga Heelan will play the female lead opposite Sam Huntington in NBC's single-camera comedy pilot How We Live, written by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley and directed by Gail Mancuso. The project centers on Russell (Huntington), a blogger, and his bubbly, full of energy wife Holly (Heelan) who move to the suburbs where he begins writing about marriage and the family lives of his suburban friends and neighbors in the style of an anthropologist who's… Read

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Power Rangers Bootleg Fan Film Returns To YouTube, Vimeo

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EXCLUSIVE: The Power Rangers fan film dispute has been settled. Following an agreement late Friday, the fan video is back on YouTube and Vimeo after a legal chest bumping between lawyers for franchise copyright holder Haim Saban and film fan producer Adi Shankar. Both hosting sites had pulled the video due to copyright concerns. Vimeo came down first on its own, and then Saban’s lawyers notified YouTube that director Joseph Kahn’s bloody take on the children’s show was in… Read

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Dave Annable & Melissa George Cast In NBC Pilot ‘Heart Matters’

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Melissa George has been tapped for the lead and Brothers & Sisters alum Dave Annable for a co-starring role in NBC’s drama pilot Heart Matters. Inspired by the life of Dr. Kathy Magliato, the medical soap follows the outspoken Alex Panttiere (George), one of the rare female heart-transplant surgeons. Alex brings an innovative eye to treating patients week to week while also balancing the complications of her professional and romantic life. CAA-repped Annable plays Alex’s… Read

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Paramount In Talks To Acquire Rights To Sci-Fi Classic ‘The Stars My Destination’

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EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures is talks to acquire the feature film rights for the classic sci-fi novel The Stars My Destination for producer Mary Parent. Written by Alfred Bester, the story (which often is referred to as Tiger! Tiger!) follows a man who is shipwrecked in space for years when one day a rescue crew passes him by. Angered, he channels his energies into seeking revenge and begins scheming. The key art of the book is enough to get anyone intrigued. The Stars My… Read

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Daniel Stern To Star In ‘Strange Calls'; Colm Feore Joins ‘The Kingmakers’

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Daniel Stern is set as the co-lead opposite Danny Pudi in NBC’s comedy pilot Strange Calls, from Kapital Entertainment, Hoodlum and 20th TV. Also cast in the pilot, written by Blake McCormick, are Allison Miller and Aliyah Royale. Based on an Australian format, Strange Calls centers on Toby (Pudi), an affable but down-on-his-luck young police officer. He is transferred to a rural town where — with the help of Gregor (Stern), a peculiar, elderly nightwatchman — he starts… Read

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ABC Pilots ‘Boom’, ‘Mix’ & ‘46 Percenters’ Add To Casts

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Rebecca Rittenhouse (Red Band Society) and India de Beaufort (Jane By Design) have booked series regular roles on ABC drama pilot Boom, from producer Tony Krantz. Written by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne and produced by ABC Studios, Boom examines the biggest oil discovery in American history — bigger than Texas and as big as Saudi Arabia — which has triggered a geopolitical shift and an economic boom in North Dakota on a scale not seen since the 1849 California Gold Rush… Read

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Julianne Moore Leads ‘Maps To The Stars’ Into Theaters: Special B.O. Preview

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In the wake of awards season, the specialty arena is revving up with a diverse and numerous slate. Focus World’s Maps To The Stars by David Cronenberg features its own bevy of named talent. Oscar winner Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson star in the Hollywood-set drama. The film will screen in a surprisingly large number of theaters for a day-and-date release. Pantelion/Lionsgate is heading out with romantic-comedy A La Mala, which will… Read

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Josh Duhamel, Ernie Hudson Suit Up For ‘The Wrong Stuff’

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EXCLUSIVE: Josh Duhamel and Ernie Hudson, who last worked together opposite Hilary Swank and Loretta Devine in the ensemble drama You’re Not You from eOne, are coming together again in the baseball drama The Wrong Stuff, based on the bestselling memoir by ex-pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee and Richard Lally. The film is being directed by Brett Rapkin and produced by Stephen Nemeth, co-produced by Betsy Stahl and executive produced by Ron Shelton (White Men Can’t Jump) and… Read

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Kristen Stewart Joins Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project

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EXCLUSIVE: Kristen Stewart has joined Michelle Williams and Laura Dern in the hot indie drama known as the Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project. Written and directed by Reichardt, the film is a series of vignettes that revolve around the lives of people in small-town Montana. Stewart will play a young lawyer from Boise who takes a teaching job several hours from her house. Despite her nerves about teaching, she's determined to prove to herself that she can do it. Soon after… Read