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Matt Hubbard/Michael Schur Interracial Family Comedy Gets Production Commitment At NBC

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Another big comedy commitment at NBC, which has been a very aggressive buyer this summer. The network has given a production commitment to an untitled single-camera comedy from former 30 Rock co-executive producer Matt Hubbard and Parks & Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator/executive producer Mike Schur. The project, from Universal TV where Schur and Hubbard are under deals, centers on a happily-married interracial couple, Andrew and Josie, whose lives take a… Read

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Showtime Developing ‘The Life And Times Of Teddy Roosevelt’ As Limited Series

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Showtime has put in development The Life And Times Of Teddy Roosevelt as a limited series. David McKenna (S.W.A.T., Blow) is writing the script, and Electus and Authentic Entertainment is producing. The project centers on the 26th President of the United States, who served two terms from 1901-09. Taking office after the assassination of President McKinley, the 42-year-old Roosevelt became the country’s youngest POTUS. His progressive agenda included trust-busting… Read

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Broadway Follies: Roth & Gerard On ‘Grey Gardens’, ‘Spring Awakening’, Ticket Lotteries And Political Correctness

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Jeremy Gerard has covered the shifting fortunes of Jujamcyn Theatres since it became a formidable competitor to the larger Shubert and Nederlander organizations in the late 1980s. In 2013 producer Jordan Roth became Jujamcyn's majority owner and the Street's youngest power broker. In this weekly email conversation they talk about the state of the industry, the only stipulation being no holds barred. GERARD: Our ships passed each other last weekend in Sag Harbor where you… Read

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‘Beasts Of No Nation’: Netflix’s Grim, Gritty Experiment Recruits Lido – Venice

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Cary Fukunaga's Beasts Of No Nation premiered here tonight in Competition, marking the first high-profile title in the section and a first for Netflix which acquired the film in March for a reported $12M. Previously having toiled in original documentaries, the streaming giant's drama is the first narrative feature the company is launching as a major presence in awards season. From Venice, it will travel to Telluride and then to Toronto — Netflix CCO, Ted Sarandos, who has… Read

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Steve Jobs Makes His Big-Screen Debut In Alex Gibney’s ‘The Man In The Machine’: Specialty Preview

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Summer is nearly over and swaths of industry and press are already looking to this fall’s releases (and Awards madness) at Venice and this weekend’s Telluride Film Festival, followed, of course, next week by Toronto. This weekend’s overall slate of newcomers is fairly thin with a couple of notable exceptions, particularly, a new doc about a maverick of Silicon Valley. Nearly four years after his death, the public fascination with Steve Jobs continues into perhaps mythical… Read

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‘The Mindy Project’ Review: New Hulu Home Sees Comedy In Top Form

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A little more than five months after The Mindy Project ended its third and final season on Fox, the comedy is back on September 15 for a fourth season – now on Hulu. Unlike some cancelled network shows that have made the move online, the Universal Television-produced series, as my video review above says, hasn't lost any of its strengths in translation. On Hulu, as previously on Fox, TMP is funny, witty and hitting its high marks. The fact is, as fans of the series likely… Read

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Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’ Casts Its Cottonmouth

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Marvel’s Luke Cage has found its Cottonmouth. Mahershala Ali (House Of Cards, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) has landed the role of Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes in the third series in Marvel's four-series package for Netflix. A Harlem nightclub owner, Stokes will become an unexpected foe in Luke's life when Stokes' criminal activities threaten Luke's world. In Luke Cage, Mike Colter plays Cage, a wrongly accused man who, granted superstrength by a sabotaged experiment… Read

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Alix Madigan Joins Broad Green Pictures From Anonymous Content

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EXCLUSIVEAlix Madigan is joining Broad Green Pictures as head of creative affairs, becoming a key player for the ambitious indie film company. The well-respected Madigan is joining from Anonymous Content, where she was working most recently as a staff producer. Prior to that. Madigan had stints at Propaganda Films, Skouras Pictures and Avenue Entertainment. She currently serves on the board of Film Independent. "Alix has years of industry experience, and we are thrilled… Read

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Palm Springs Fest Taps Ex-LAFF Exec David Ansen As Lead Programmer

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David Ansen is moving back East, SoCal-style. After four years as Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival, he will head down the 10 Freeway to the desert to become Lead Programmer for the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Working with a half-dozen other programmers under Artistic Director Helen du Troit, the former Newsweek movie critic will be tasked with acquiring films for the upcoming festivals from U.S.-based distribution outlets and international… Read

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‘Mr. Robot’ Ratings Steady In Season 1 Finale

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Pushed for a week because of similarities to the on-air slaying of two journalists in Virginia, the USA Network cyberpunk series Mr Robot ended its first season last night with cliffhangers galore. With that unexpected break in mind, Mr. Robot wrapped its 10-episode first run pretty much on par with its last original two weeks ago. The Sam Esmail-created show was watched Wednesday by 1.210 million total viewers with 589,000 in the 18-49 demo for a 0.5 rating, according to… Read

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Harriet Lane Novel ‘Her’ Gets Film Treatment; Abramorama & HBO Nab Docu ‘Heart Of A Dog’

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Harriet Lane’s novel Her is getting the film treatment. Jesse Peyronel (Siren) has been set to adapt and direct the psychological thriller about a struggling mother who encounters a sophisticated woman who thinks it is a chance meeting but is far from it. The story is told from both women's alternating points of view, and a past grudge carefully unfurls into a riveting revenge drama. David A. Stern and D. Matt Geller are producing. Peyronel is currently writing the Fox… Read