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Lily James & Sam Claflin Clock In For Lone Scherfig’s ‘Their Finest Hour And A Half’

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EXCLUSIVE: Lily James (Disney's Cinderella) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) are circling to star in Lone Scherfig's Their Finest Hour And A Half. James, currently filming Burr Steer's Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, is one of Britain's hottest young actresses and is also attached to the plum role of Natasha in The Weinstein Company's War And Peace miniseries. Their Finest Hour And A Half, based on Lissa Evans' 2009 novel that was nominated for Britain's… Read

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‘Thursday Night Football’ Ratings Score For CBS, ‘Bad Judge’ Falls, ‘Scandal’ & ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ Steady, ‘Reign’ Up

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Maybe it's the new normal - at least for now. Five weeks into the season and still everyone's standing - at least for now. Of course, last night being Thursday, the primetime trophy will be held by CBS and Thursday Night Football (4.8/15). With Peyton Manning now the NFL's all time record holding touchdown pass quarterback as of October 19,  it's no wonder that CBS' broadcast last night of the Denver Broncos impressive team effort 35-21 win over the San Diego Chargers was… Read

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Tracy Katsky Lines Up Six Comedy Sales, Extends Deal With Kapital Entertainment

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Five months into her one-year pod deal with Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment, Tracy Katsky has sold six comedies to broadcast and cable networks, including a half-hour starring comedian Pete Correale at CBS and projects from Ajay Sahgal and Claudia Lonow. On the heels of their successful first selling season together, Katsky and Kaplan have extended their deal for a second year. The pact with KatCo marked the first pod deal for Kapital Entertainment which has been… Read

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Samsung Sign UHD Short-Film Deal

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt will direct a digital video short in 4K ultra-high-definition, using a moderately priced new Samsung camera under a deal announced this morning by the electronics giant. Former child star Gordon-Levitt has become something of a mini-media empire as an adult with his music, film, TV and online efforts. He has previously directed several projects, mostly shorts, but also the 2013 comedy feature film Don Jon, with Scarlett Johansson. That film, with an… Read

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‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ Canceled As TLC Wrings Its Hands Over The Children: UPDATED

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UPDATE with Mama June's new statement: TLC has pulled the plug on its reality series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo after reports the tot's mother was again seeing a former boyfriend convicted of child molestation. “Supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority,” the network said in its statement  — which, in order to underscore the seriousness of its concerns, it gave exclusively to tabloid TV show TMZ. “TLC is faithfully committed to the… Read

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When Will Big Hollywood Studios Aggressively Produce Original Shows For Digital TV?

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That could start to happen soon based on some of the trends that RBC Capital Markets' David Bank identifies in a new report exploring the traditional and digital syndication markets — the latest in his must-read “Deep Dive Series.”  He notes that Netflix likely will spend around $3.3B next year on content, while Amazon ponies up $1.7B, and Hulu follows with $1.5B. And they're hungry for original productions; they'll probably account for 10% of Netflix's outlay. Yet except… Read

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‘Ouija’ Box Office Starts With $911K, ‘John Wick’ $870K – B.O. Late Nights

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Ouija opened last night at 8 PM in 2,061 houses and scared in $911K to start its weekend off in what is expected to be a spirited opening for the micro-budgeted Blumhouse horror film. It is expected to best the other newcomer, the Lionsgate actioner John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves, which pulled $870K in over 2000 locales. A couple of comps to look at for this violent, R-rated film is last year's Escape Plan (also R-rated and also opened in October), which ended up… Read

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TBS Orders ‘Wrecked’ Deserted Island Comedy Pilot That Echoes ‘Lost’

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As we mark the 10th anniversary of the Lost premiere, TBS is heading back to the island, comedy-style. The cable network has given a pilot order to Wrecked, a single-camera comedy from up-and-coming writers Justin Shipley & Jordan Shipley and producer Jesse Hara. Wrecked is one of several comedy projects that had been heating up for pilot orders at TBS, along with a Jason Jones and Samantha Bee family vacation anthology series and Quality Time, which remain in serious… Read

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Peter Jacobson, Alex Neustaedter & Gonzalo Menendez Join USA Pilot ‘Colony’

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House alum Peter Jacobson is set to co-star in Colony, USA Network's drama pilot from Carlton Cuse. Additionally, Alex Neustaedter also has been cast as a regular and Gonzalo Menendez (The Dark Knight Rises) as recurring. 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. Jacobson will play Alan Snyder, the savvy proxy governor of occupied Los Angeles… Read

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Stephen Hawking Joins Facebook

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Stephen Hawking is doing his part to get the word out into the universe about The Theory Of Everything, the Hawking biopic starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones that is gearing up for a November 7 release and an awards-season run.  Hawking joined Facebook today with a kickoff note to his potential friends — and maybe even potential moviegoers: “I have always wondered what makes the universe exist. Time and space may forever be a mystery, but that has not stopped my… Read

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‘Madam Secretary’ Coming To U.K. On Sky Living; NBCUniversal International Television Production Pacts With TV3 Group Ireland: Global Briefs

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CBS Studios International and Sky have inked a deal for the exclusive U.K. broadcast rights to the new drama series Madam Secretary, which will premiere in the coming months on Sky Living. Téa Leoni stars as Elizabeth McCord, the shrewd, determined, newly appointed U.S. Secretary of State who drives international diplomacy, battles office politics and circumvents protocol as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home. Bebe Neuwirth… Read

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Gretchen Mol Tackles Brutal ‘Disgraced'; Winning New Musical Is ‘Found': NY Stage

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Timely dramas on Broadway are in very short supply, and that alone makes the bow of Disgraced an event worth applauding. Ayad Akhtar's play — a fleet, furious, 85-minute descent into politics, identity and identity politics, all on the dark side — won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2013; he co-wrote and starred in the indie feature The War Within. Disgraced stars Hari Dhillon, an American actor who has made much of his career in UK theater and film, as Amir, a… Read

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