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Christopher Walken On Playing Captain Hook In ‘Peter Pan Live!’: “It’s Intimidating”

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NBC dropped a making-of featurette for their upcoming December 4 musical juggernaut, Peter Pan Live! and for any Christopher Walken fan out there who gets giddy whenever the serious actor hams up and breaks out in song, this is for you.  Talking about his role as Captain Hook, Walken says in his paused cadence, “I dance a little, I sing a little — ya know, that's what I do” while the whole notion of performing a musical on live network TV is “frankly, intimidating.” While… Read

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‘Constantine’ Ratings Rise, ‘Last Man Standing’ Down, ‘Shark Tank’ Up, ‘Blue Bloods’ Even; ABC Wins Night In Demo

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There were no Hollywood Film Awards or other disruptions to the Big 4 primetime schedule last night. Which meant everything clocked back into its regular Friday pattern with ABC (1.6/5) winning the night among adults 18-49 while CBS took the viewership top spot (9.19 million) on the final Friday of the November sweep. The surprise of the night was actually over on NBC with sometimes flailing freshman Constantine (1.1/4). After taking a big dive last week on a night of… Read

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Bill Cosby Defends Silence Amid Sex Scandal: “People Shouldn’t Answer To Innuendos”

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It seems that there are still places in America that still adore Bill Cosby. Amid Cosby's numerous sexual allegations which prompted Netflix to delay the comedian's Thanksgiving Day special and NBC to ax his family comedy pilot, the stand-up received two standing ovations at the beginning and end of his Melbourne, Florida set as well as screams of encouragement from a packed house, CNN reports. Speaking to the sexual allegations at hand, Cosby told a Florida… Read

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‘Mockingjay Part I’ Wings Way To $67.5M After 3-Days: Int’l Box Office Update

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UPDATE SATURDAY AM PT: With an estimated $55M at the domestic box office on Friday, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I fell about 22% shy of Catching Fire's $70.95M first day in 2013. However, the international rollout is providing some serious wind beneath Mockingjay's wings. It's playing on 17,000 screens in 85 overseas markets, including key European and Latin American dates. It won't hit China until 2015, but Asia has not been a massive bullseye for Katniss & Co over… Read

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‘Mockingjay’ Sings High Abroad, But Why Is Katniss Shooting Low At Stateside B.O.?

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8:50AM: The domestic opening day estimate for Mockingjay  - Part 1 looks to be $55M, the highest opening day of 2014 and the sixth highest single day bow in November. 2009′s Twilight Saga: New Moon owns the month's record at $72.7M. Again, that's a healthy number.  Exhibs should be happy, seeing spillover into concession sales. 2:49AM: Late night industry domestic B.O. estimates for Friday show Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 with $55.5M from 4,151 screens… Read

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SVP Alternative Among Several Eliminated Positions At CW As Part Of TW Layoffs

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The CW SVP alternative programming Kristen Connolly Vadas is exiting the network as her position is being eliminated, one of several being cut at the network. I hear none of the others are in programming. I hear the cuts are part of  the ongoing layoffs at Time Warner's Warner Bros. Entertainment, which co-owns the CW with CBS. Vadas was one of two alternative executives at the CW, leading the network's unscripted efforts since previous CW top unscripted executive… Read

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Nora Arnezeder To Co-Star In ‘Zoo’; Christian Campbell Joins ‘True Detective’

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French actress Nora Arnezeder (Safe House) is set to co-star opposite James Wolk in CBS' new summer drama series Zoo. Based on the novel by James Patterson, Zoo is a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans sweeping the planet. It centers on Jackson Oz (Wolk), a renegade American zoologist running safaris in the wilds of Africa who is thrust into a race to unlock the mystery of the pandemic. Arnezeder will play Chloe Tousignant, a French… Read

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‘CNN Original’ Roger Strauss Retires; Directed Tiananmen Square Live Coverage

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The man who directed CNN's live coverage of the Tiananmen Square protest, including the heart-stopping footage off the guy who singlehandedly stopped a column of tanks, called it a career today. Roger Strauss was one of the few remaining “CNN Originals,” folks who have been at the cable news network since its 1980 launch. He started directing in 1982 and ran the control room for more than 19,000 live shows. “This is someone who has truly had a front-row seat to history —… Read

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Paul Dano To Co-Star In Steve McQueen’s HBO Pilot ‘Codes Of Conduct’

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12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen has recruited the film's co-star Paul Dano for his HBO drama pilot Codes Of Conduct. Dano will co-star opposite Devon Terrell in the project -- a provocative exploration of a young black man's experience entering New York high society. Co-written by McQueen and World War Z co-writer Matthew Michael Carnahan, Codes Of Conduct, centers on Beverly Snow (Terrell), a young man from Queens as talented as he is ambiguous. His… Read

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‘Jump Start’ Comic Strip To Be Adapted As Family Comedy For Fox

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Black-ish's The Johnsons may be joined by another Black family in primetime next season. Fox is developing Jump Start, a single-camera comedy based on Robb Armstrong's long-running comic strip. Co-written by Armstrong and Andrew Orenstein (Malcolm In The Middle), the project, from 20th Century Fox TV and Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment, follows a Philadelphia cop who finds it harder to “serve and protect” at home than on the streets. Armstrong, Orenstein and Kaplan… Read

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Resolution’s Cynthia Booth & Emma Lewis Join Don Buchwald & Associates

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Veteran agent Cynthia Booth and manager-turned-agent Emma Lewis have joined Don Buchwald and Associates in Los Angeles. Both come from now-shuttered Resolution. Booth, most recently head of the TV/talent division at Resolution, began her career at CAA and subsequently worked at Writers and Artists. Lewis began at ICM working for Leigh Brillstein. She segued to Brillstein Entertainment and spent time on both the talent and literary sides before being brought in as an agent… Read

Film

Hobbit Sings Sweet Farewell To Middle Earth

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Billy Boyd, who played the precocious hobbit Pippin in The Lord Of The Rings, has sung a swan song for Peter Jackson's Middle Earth obsession that ends after six films with The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies. It certainly brings back memories. While I've heard sentiments that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, like Twilight Saga, need not have stretched its final book into two films–it's all about profit–the trailer for the Hobbit finale indicates that audiences as… Read

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