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Keira Knightley Sets Broadway Debut As Thérèse Raquin At Roundabout Theatre Co.

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Score a huge one for Todd Haimes, longtime artistic director of the nonprofit Roundabout empire. The company, which operates three Broadway venues, will launch its 50th anniversary season next October with Keira Knightley as Emile Zola's adulterous heroine, in Thérèse Raquin, perennial catnip for playwrights and screenwriters. Haimes commissioned the latest adaptation, by Helen Edmundsen. It was first presented in summer 2014 at the U.K.'s Bath Theatre Royal (Knightley… Read

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TWC Acquires April Prosser Script ‘Plus One’

The Weinstein Company acquired rights to Plus One, the April Prosser scripted comedy that is being produced by Gloria Sanchez Productions, the division of Gary Sanchez Productions dedicated to female-driven film and TV projects. Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are lead producers. Prosser's script The One That Got Away made the 2012 Black List and got bought by Amazon Studios. Julie Rapaport and Melissa Wells will oversee Plus One for TWC. The script is about a… Read

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Kyle Killen Inks First-Look Deal With Paramount TV

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Paramount Television, in tandem with Anonymous Content, has signed a two-year, first-look deal with Kyle Killen, creator of Lone Star, Awake and Mind Games, and his recently launched company Chapter Eleven. The pact stems from a three-year first-look deal Paramount TV inked in May with True Detective producer Anonymous Content, which manages Killen. Under the pact, Paramount TV will have first crack at producing and distributing scripted series developed by Chapter… Read

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Brad Pitt Squirms ‘Between Two Ferns': Video

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Brad Pitt, out promoting The Fury, is the latest celeb to suffer interviewer Zach Galifianakis in his Funny Or Die interview series Two Ferns. This series seems to have been borne out of that wonderful skit done by the late Chris Farley, where he interviewed the likes of Martin Scorsese and Paul McCartney on Saturday Night Live. That skit worked because he was such a self deprecating lovable bumbler–strangely, he channeled the worst suspicions of every person who… Read

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‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ Future In Question With Possible Sex Offender Connection

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TLC says it's mulling its options after a report surfaced that Here Comes Honey Boo Boo's Mama June has rekindled a romance with a man who was convicted of molesting a child.  The man, now a registered sex offender in Georgia, was released from prison in March. Season 4 of Honey Boo Boo wrapped in August. “TLC is not currently in production on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. We are very concerned about this new information and are reassessing the future of the series,” a… Read

Awards

Gotham Awards Nominees Announced: ‘Boyhood’ & ‘Birdman’ Lead Way

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Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Love Is Strange and Under The Skin are up for the Best Feature prize in the 24th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards. The Independent Filmmaker Project calls this the “kickoff to the film awards season,” and highlights “worthy independent films.” The collection includes 15 films nominated for Best Feature, Best Documentary, and the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award. IFP members can vote online from November 19-26. The ceremony… Read

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Netflix Series From ‘Damages’ Creators Unveils Title, First Teaser: Video

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KZK no more. Netflix's upcoming original series, created and executive produced by Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler, will be titled Bloodline and be released in March, the streaming service said today. Netflix also released the first teaser trailer for the Sony TV-produced drama, about a close-knit family of four adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home.Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn… Read

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Ethan Hawke To Play Chet Baker In Trumpeter Biopic ‘Born To Be Blue’ – AFM

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Shooting has begun in Ontario on Chet Baker biopic Born To Be Blue with Ethan Hawke as the legendary jazz trumpeter. Written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Robert Budreau, the drama is inspired by Baker's rise, fall and eventual resurgence. The story will chart his comeback in the late 1970s and the tumultuous love affair that changed the way he played music and helped him on the road to redemption after his self-destructive ways had seemingly destroyed his career… Read

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UPDATE: Comcast Says HBO And CBS Online Plans Won’t Upset TV Ecosystem: Live Blog

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UPDATE, 6:48 AM:  Two interesting disclosures, both from NBCU chief Steve Burke, during Comcast's quarterly call with analysts this morning. He says, without detail, that the company's thinking about "taking some of our existing sports on other channels and putting them on USA." Also, in response to questions, he says that he was surprised — but not especially concerned — by HBO and CBS' announcements last week about their streaming plans. “I don't think distributing… Read

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Colin Callender’s Playground Names Louise Pedersen UK Managing Director

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Colin Callender has brought in All3Media executive Louise Pedersen as Managing Director of UK operations for his production company Playground Entertainment. Pedersen is being tasked with expanding Playground's existing footprint in the UK and overseeing day-to-day activities in the country, reporting to Callender. With Pederson on board, Playground will open offices in London in early 2015. Playground's portfolio includes two upcoming British projects, a six-part… Read

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Top Gear’ Hosts Attacked In Argentina Over License Plate; Samantha Glynne Named VP Branded Entertainment At FremantleMedia; More

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Controversy doesn't just seem to follow Jeremy Clarkson and the Top Gear gang, lately it's been in hot pursuit. Three times in the past year the host and the show have come under fire for alleged inappropriate remarks or provocations. In May, Clarkson was accused of making a racial slur during an unaired episode whose footage leaked online. Prior to that, the BBC apologized for other comments Clarkson made in a Top Gear special filmed in Burma that did air. In 2011, the… Read

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‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Trailer: Marvel Releases Early Peek After Online Leak

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After a low-resolution version of the first Avengers: Age Of Ultron trailer leaked today and caused a fanboy flurry online, Disney and Marvel reacted quickly by releasing the official version almost a week early. (Watch it above.) The original plan was to debut the trailer next week during ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. next Tuesday night. When the leaked video started going viral, Marvel smartly opted to put its higher-quality version online, taking the crisis in… Read

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