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‘I’m Dying Up Here’: Xosha Roquemore Set To Recur In Season 2 Of Showtime Series

The Mindy Project alum Xosha Roquemore has booked a season-long arc on the upcoming second season of Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here. Roquemore will play Dawn Lima, an in-your-face, sexy and fearless comedian who will talk about anything except who she really is. Dawn recently arrived in Los Angeles to try standup at Goldie's after performing in Detroit and Chicago. Daughter of a preacher, she feels judged not only by her father but by the world at large. A “friend with… Read


Diane Warren & Melissa Leo Among L.A. Italia Festival Honorees

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Oscar nominee Diane Warren and Oscar winner Melissa Leo will be among the honorees of the L.A. Italia Film, Fashion and Music Festival, the Italian-focused event that this year kicks off February 25 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Warren, nominated for her song “Stand Up For Something” from Marshall, will receive the fest’s Best Song of the Year Award, while Leo will be bestowed the Italian-American Artist of the Year. The honors are a part of the female focus of… Read


The Black List & Women In Film Set Writers, Mentors For Inaugural Feature Lab

The Black List and Women in Film’s inaugural Feature Lab has its participants and mentors. Each writer in the weeklong residential lab will workshop one screenplay through a peer workshop and one-on-one sessions with professional screenwriting mentors. They also will attend a series of events and screenings that will further expose them to the realities of a life as a professional screenwriter. The participating writers and their scripts are Déjà Bernhardt (Half Angels)… Read


‘The Rookie’: Alyssa Diaz Cast In Nathan Fillion’s ABC Light Drama Series

Alyssa Diaz (Ray Donovan) has booked a series regular role in ABC’s straight-to-series light crime drama The Rookie, starring and executive produced by Castle alum Fillion. Written by former Castle executive producer/co-showrunner Alexi Hawley, The Rookie stars Fillion as John Nolan, the oldest rookie in the LAPD. At an age where most are at the peak of their career, Nolan cast aside his comfortable, small town life and moved to L.A. to pursue his dream of being a cop… Read


Time’s Up Turns Down Deven MacNair’s Plea For Help In Fighting Sex Discrimination In Stunt Biz

The Time's Up movement has turned its back on Deven MacNair, the Hollywood stuntwoman who launched a one-woman crusade against "wigging" – the age-old practice of stuntmen donning wigs and women's clothes to double for actresses. MacNair asked for the group’s assistance but was turned down in a form letter that said that her fight for gender equality in the stunt industry "is outside the scope of our work." "Really? It's outside the scope of their work?" Deven told… Read


Oscars: A Look At The Nominees For Best Animated Feature Film


Like Lee Unkrich's vibrant Day of the Dead-themed Coco and Nora Twomey's The Breadwinner, the annual Academy Awards are an affair marked by the collision of two worlds. In Coco, there's contemporary Mexico and the land of the dead; in The Breadwinner, early 2000s Afghanistan and a world of imagination. At the Oscars, there are waves upon waves of contenders passing through, and those precious few who make it all the way to the big show. Once again, the Oscar fields have… Read


NRA’s Dana Loesch, Sitcom Star? ‘NCIS’ Producer Says He Got The Pitch

Dana Loesch, the conservative radio host who spoke for the NRA at this week’s CNN town hall on gun violence – and got a laugh-free response of hisses, boos and groans – once wanted to be a sitcom star. Yes, the woman who told CNN it “loves mass shootings” and that “crying white mothers are ratings gold” apparently sees herself as some sort of right-wing Mary Richards. Paul Guyot, whose production credits include NCIS: New Orleans, The Librarians, and Leverage and who… Read


Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick & Matt Lucas Join Mads Mikkelsen In The Action-Thriller ‘Polar’

High School Musical alum Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick of the History Channel series Vikings, and Matt Lucas (Alice In Wonderland) have signed up to co-star in Polar, an action-thriller directed by Swedish filmmaker Jonas …kerlund and starring Mads Mikkelsen. The pic, based on the Dark Horse action noir graphic novel Polar: Came From the Cold by Victor Santos, hails from Constantin Film and Netflix, which will distribute it sometime next year. Written by Jayson… Read


‘Stand Up For Something’ Being Used As Rallying Call For Gun Violence Prevention Movement

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For the last couple of months, the Oscar-nominated song from Diane Warren and Common “Stand Up For Something,” sung by Andra Day for the movie Marshall, has taken on a life of its own. The powerful song about standing up for what you believe in, with the message “you can’t just talk the talk, you have to walk the walk,” has been adopted by several organizations. It has now become a rallying cry song for the gun violence prevention movement, having played during the recent… Read


StudioCanal Launching French TV Production Unit


European biggie StudioCanal is launching a new TV production unit in France, with an aim to develop and produce series for the market. It will be headed by Arielle Saracco, who will remain in her position as head odf CANAL+ Création Originale. Executive Creative VP of StudioCanal’s TV unit Dominique Jubin will be deputy general manager. The France outlet will jon StudioCanal’s seven European production companies in the UK, Germany, Spain and Denmark. “By combining the… Read


‘Vida’ Showrunner Tanya Saracho Inks Overall Deal With Starz

Vida showrunner and executive producer Tanya Saracho has signed a three-year overall deal with Starz. Under the pact, Saracho will develop new projects for the network and continue as showrunner and executive producer on the upcoming Latinx drama series Vida, set for premiere May 6 on the premium cabler. "Tanya Saracho's unique voice brings a fresh and real perspective to Latinx programming," said Starz President of Programming Carmi Zlotnik. "We're thrilled to have an… Read


Matthew Baker Short Futuristic Story ‘Life Sentence’ Creates Bidding Stampede

EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood is hot and bothered over Life Sentence, a short story by Matthew Baker that has at least eight bids on the table. Baker first came on the scene when his first short story, Transition, sold to Amazon in a bidding war with Noah Hawley producing and Joe Epstein adapting. His second short story, The Appearance, sold to Makeready with The Picture Company producing. It looks like the author is just getting warmed up. The names I’m hearing that are in the… Read