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Bryan Cranston “Congratulates” Florida Mom On Anti-‘Breaking Bad’ Doll Campaign

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Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has tweeted his amazement/amusement upon learning Toys R Us was taking his action figure off its shelves in response to an online petition created by a Florida housewife.  Toys R Us, meanwhile, has learned about the downside of the media's deep and abiding love of all things Breaking Bad, when a flood of late-night gags and morning-infotainment-show hand-wringers turned a puny 8,000 signature-strong petition protesting the dolls into a… Read

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WGA PAC Endorsements Heavy On California Incumbent Democrats

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With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, the WGA West's political action committee has endorsed California Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris for re-election. The guild's PAC also endorsed seven candidates for the U.S. Senate — all incumbent Democrats — and nine Democratic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives. "These candidates have demonstrated support for the Writers Guild's public policy priorities," the WGA West's PAC said in a… Read

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Modern VideoFilm Under New Management As Corporate Restructuring Veterans Step In

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Deloitte Corporate Restructuring Group, which specializes in reorganizing troubled companies, has taken over day-to-day operation of Modern VideoFilm. Scott Avila, a principal of Deloitte CRG, has been named CEO of the postproduction facility. He replaces Moshe Barkat, the company's founder, who was ousted as CEO and President by the board of directors in September. Cooper Crouse, a director of Deloitte CRG, has been named President of Modern Video/Film. Avila and… Read

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Streaming Cash: Redbox Reports Losses From Its Joint Venture With Verizon

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It's become fashionable - especially since last week when HBO and CBS announced their online plans - to look at Internet streaming as a digital gold rush. But the folks at Redbox tell a different story, in an SEC filing today, about their experience with their  now-defunct joint venture: Redbox Instant by Verizon. Parent company Outerwall says that it contributed $77M to the venture, and received $70.5M — including disc rentals tied to the subscriptions and a $16.8M… Read

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Lifetime Orders ‘Lizzie Borden’ Limited Series Starring Christina Ricci

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Following the success of its original movie Lizzie Borden Took An Ax, Lifetime had picked up a follow-up six-episode limited series, Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles, with Christina Ricci set to reprise her role as the notorious murderess. Also returning for the series is the movie's Clea DuVall, who will also reprise her role as Lizzie Borden's sister, Emma. The series, from Sony Pictures TV, which produced the movie, will debut in 2015. Lifetime has turned… Read

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Matthew McConaughey Gets A ‘Stellar’ Tribute From American Cinematheque

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How ironic it was that American Cinematheque, this bastion of all things honoring the history of film, would choose  to give Matthew McConaughey its highest honor, at a warm, funny and revealing tribute last night at the Beverly Hilton, because among other things McConaughey revealed he had actually only even seen two movies – ever -before the age of 18:  King Kong  and Orca.  And though this non-cineast didn't specify which King Kong I would be willing to bet it was the… Read

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Alcon Worldwide Marketing President Richard Ingber To Exit

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Alcon marketing exec Richard Ingber is departing his post after 14 years with the WB-based company and seven years as its President of Worldwide Marketing & Distribution. Ingber, who also produced Alcon's family hit Dolphin Tale, will resume his eponymous Richard Ingber Entertainment marketing firm while staying on as consultant on Alcon's Hillsong – Let Hope Rise and their Point Break reboot. Ingber first joined Alcon as a marketing consultant in 200 on family pic My Dog… Read

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‘Bewitched’ Followup Series Lands At NBC With Pilot Production Commitment

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In a very competitive situation, Bewitched, a new take on the classic supernatural sitcom, has landed at NBC with a pilot production commitment. Sony Pictures TV took out the comedy, penned by The Vow writers Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, last week, garnering interest from multiple networks that created a bidding situation between NBC and ABC, the network, which aired the original series from 1964-1972. Coming on the 50th anniversary of Bewitched's debut, the new… Read

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Warner Bros Says “No Merit” To ‘Conjuring’ Producer’s “Money Laundering” Charge Against New Line

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Tony DeRosa-Grund really brought some big guns to his war with Warner Bros and its New Line Cinema division today. Already battling the studio in the courts, The Conjuring producer has now charged NLC and its Biz and Legal Affairs head Craig A, Alexander with violating federal racketeering laws. “The case has no merit and we will vigorously defend it,” a WB spokesperson told me today. That's what the studio says but DeRosa-Grund has a lot more to say. "As a result of… Read

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Brad Silberling Inks Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios

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After directing the pilots for the two most recent CBS TV Studios-produced CW series to go beyond the original 13-episode orders, Brad Silberling has been signed by the studio in a two-year overall deal. The last two pilot seasons, Silberling directed the CW/CBS Studios pilots Reign and Jane the Virgin. Both went to series, with Reign currently in Season 2 and freshman Jane recently given a full-season order. The pilot for Jane was among the best reviewed this… Read

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‘Alpha House’ Review: Dominic Patten Welcomes Back Amazon’s D.C. Boys

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In this year of midterm elections, Season 2 of Amazon Studios' political comedy Alpha House has my vote. The Garry Trudeau-created series debuts all 10 episodes of its second season Friday on Amazon Prime Instant Video. As my video review today says, Alpha House has gotten sharper and more importantly funnier with a sophomore season of real laughs, sturdy stories and great cameos and additions to a cast led by John Goodman, Mark Consuelos, Clark Johnson and Matt Malloy… Read

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Amanda Righetti Joins Carlton Cuse’s USA Pilot ‘Colony’

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In her first regular role since The Mentalist, Amanda Righetti has been cast opposite Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies in Colony, USA Network's drama pilot from Carlton Cuse. A co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Prods., Colony is a family drama/thriller about life in Los Angeles after a mysterious "foreign" occupation. Righetti will play Madeline, younger sister of Katie (Callies) and the mother of a diabetic child in need of insulin. She… Read

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