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Esquire Network To End Linear Service & Become Digital-Only Brand Following Carriage Losses

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Death by a skinny bundle. The men-focused Esquire Network, a partnership between NBCUniversal and Hearst Magazines, will no longer be a linear TV network. The digital-only brand will still feature original programming, including new series Borderland USA (working title) and Edgehill, which will now launch in the spring on the direct-to-consumer product Esquire.com. The move follows AT&T DirecTV and U-Verse’s decision in December to drop Esquire, which lost 15 million… Read

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Margot Robbie’s ‘I, Tonya’ Adds Julianne Nicholson

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August: Osage County actress Julianne Nicholson has joined the cast of I,Tonya, the biopic starring Margot Robbie as disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding along with Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney and Paul Walter Hauser. Filming commenced today on the Craig Gillespie-directed film that centers on Harding’s sensationalized involvement in the 1994 assault on rival Nancy Kerrigan, exposing the absurd, tragic and funny story-behind-the-story of the most infamous tabloid… Read

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How ‘Redemption’ Will Coexist In ‘The Blacklist’ Universe – TCA

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James Spader’s “Red” won’t be pulling the strings, that’s for sure, when NBC’s The Blacklist: Redemption premieres at 10 PM Thursday, February 23. While The Blacklist is “a cop show in many ways, this is a spy show,” EP John Eisendrath said about the series’ latest spin. Redemption follows Ryan Eggold’s operative character Tom Keen as he begins to learn facets about his past, specifically his mother, military intelligence op Susan Hargrave (Famke Janssen), who lost him… Read

International

Alibaba’s Jack Ma On Hollywood Ambition & Donald Trump: “Give Him Time, He’s Listening” – Davos

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Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's executive chairman Jack Ma said the company's ambitions to link up with Hollywood remain strong and also urged people to give President-Elect Donald Trump "some time” because “he’s listening.” Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday, the Chinese billionaire said Alibaba had a debate five years ago about what Chinese people want. "Happiness and health," he said. "We believe the movie industry brings… Read

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Adam Brody & Sophie Nelisse Find ‘The Kid Detective’ For Brightlight And Myriad Pictures

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Adam Brody and The Book Thief‘s Sophie Nelisse are aboard to help develop and star in Evan Morgan's The Kid Detective from Brightlight Pictures and Myriad Pictures. They are eyeing a 2017 production start. Written and directed by Morgan, the feature is described as “a darkly satirical murder mystery based on the demoralization of a wholesome American icon. A once-celebrated kid detective (Brody), now 29, continues to solve the same trivial mysteries between hangovers and… Read

Business

CAA Signs Former U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

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Former California U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer has signed with CAA. The agency will work closely with the former four-term U.S. Senator to develop and execute a post-office strategy that furthers her life's work and the issues she has passionately advocated for throughout her career, CAA says. Boxer served as a U.S. Senator in California from 1993-2017. During her time in office, she was a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where she chaired the… Read

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‘The Belko Experiment’ Trailer: A Chilling Message From Subhuman Resources

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“All employees, lend me you full attention,” the soulless voice says. “There are currently 80 of you in the building. In two hours, we want 30 of you dead. If 30 of you are not dead, we will end 60 of your lives ourselves.” And you thought you were having a crummy day at the office. Here’s a new trailer for The Belko Experiment, a chilling killed-or-be-killed film from Orion Pictures written and produced by Guardians of the Galaxy helmer James Gunn. A company’s high-rise… Read

Business

Party Time Deja Vu For Big Agencies At Sundance

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Al Gore will be having a shindig for his An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power on the opening night of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, but like last year the big agencies are keeping their party powder dry. Once again, UTA and CAA will be not be holding big parties at the Robert Redford-founded fest that begins tomorrow. Starting on Friday, WME | IMG will be holding court again at its lodge, which is on Park City's Main Street this year. UTA will have a Sunday Brunch… Read

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‘The Beach House’ From Prolific Author Jane Green Acquired By Good Deed

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EXCLUSIVE: The rights for the New York Times bestselling book The Beach House by Jane Green has been acquired by Good Deed Entertainment, marking the first time any of the author’s work will be adapted for either film or TV. She has written 18 novels and 17 of them went onto the bestsellers list. Her books have been translated into 25 languages. Her latest is Falling which, yet again, also made it onto the Times’ list. The Beach House, which will be made as a feature… Read

Awards News

Casey Affleck, Keegan-Michael Key And Nicole Kidman Join Presenters For PGA Awards

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Casey Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow, Common, Robert DeNiro, Taraji P. Henson, Hugh Jackman, Al Jean, Keegan-Michael Key, Nicole Kidman, Rami Malek, Janelle Monae, Thandie Newton, Ryan Reynolds, Martin Scorsese, Octavia Spencer and Kerry Washington have signed on as presenters for the 28th Annual Producers Guild of America Awards on January 28 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Previously announced special honors will be presented to Tom Rothman (Milestone Award)… Read

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DGA National Executive Director Jay Roth To Step Down After Two Decades

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DGA national executive director Jay Roth is retiring after leading the directors’ guild for more than two decades. Roth said he'll be stepping down later this spring. A succession plan will be announced in February following the next DGA national board meeting, and he will transition to a senior adviser role. "The DGA has been, and continues to be, a tremendous part of my life," he said. "I joined not only because it is a top-notch organization with proud traditions and… Read

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Dick Wolf’s ‘Chicago Justice’ To Preview On March 1 As Part Of Windy City Crossover Night

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BREAKING: NBC will preview Dick Wolf’s Chicago Justice, the newest installment of the producer’s successful Chicago franchise, on Wednesday, March 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The preview will immediately follow a crossover event between Chicago Fire at 8 p.m. and Chicago P.D. at 9 p.m. that is set to introduce a storyline which seamlessly flows into Chicago Justice. "Crossovers are a pain in the ass," Wolf told TV critics today at TCA. But, he added, "the results have been… Read