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Michael Shannon & Taylor Kitsch Topline Weinstein Co. Series ‘Waco’, Based On 1993 Siege

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The Weinstein Company is developing a TV series about the 1993 Branch Davidian siege in Waco, Texas, and has set Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch to star. Brothers John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle will write the series with the former directing. Shannon will play lead FBI negotiator Gary Noesner, and Kitsch is set as David Koresh, notorious leader of the religious group that was holed up in their compound for nearly two months. The pair will executive produce along with… Read

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$4.3 Billion Summer, +3% From 2015, To Go Out With A Whimper Over Labor Day – Box Office Preview

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Many expected last weekend to be the second lackluster one of 2016 where no title would exceed $20M at the box office. Scratch that, it’s actually this coming weekend. Unlike the weekend of Jan. 22-24 when tickets sales bottomed to a 2016 low of $66.2M due to Northeast theaters closing because of a brutal snowstorm, many theaters are actually open this weekend. It’s just that there’s not enough intriguing product out there to distract folks away from summer’s final… Read

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One World Sports Network Drops Off Dish; Sides Blame Each Other

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One World Sports, the Connecticut-based multiplatform sports network, said today that it will not extend a five-year agreement with Dish and its Sling platform, dropping off the platform immediately. Dish counters that it made the decision, not One World. According to a statement released by One World, the decision was “largely driven by Dish's desire for certain (most favored nations) provisions, which limit a network's ability to expand in a rapidly changing… Read

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CBS Developing New Adaptation Of UK Comedy Series ‘Friday Night Dinner’

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CBS has put in development Sunday Night Dinner, a single-camera comedy based on the British series Friday Night Dinner. The U.S. adaptation — about a couple with two grown boys who gather every week for a family dinner — will be written by The King of Queens co-creator Michael Weithorn and former Modern Family executive producer Dan O'Shannon. The two executive produce with the creator of the original series, Robert Popper, Kenton Allen and Matthew Justice. CBS TV Studios… Read

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Singer Chris Brown Arrested For Assault With A Deadly Weapon

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Singer Chris Brown was arrested late this afternoon in Tarzana, CA, and will be booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. The arrest comes after a long stand-off with police where the singer holed up inside his mansion while taking to Instagram in a rambling, profanity-laced denunciation of the police, protesting his innocence – and to promote his latest music video. The singer is in custody and being transported to the Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los… Read

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WME Vet Cliff Roberts Exiting; Will He End Up At CAA?

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EXCLUSIVE: This is unfolding in real time. Longtime WME agent Cliff Roberts has just parted company with the agency after 10 years there (with another six years spent as an agent at WMA after starting in the mailroom). The word is that CAA is his likely landing place, but that part hasn’t yet happened. Roberts has a stellar client list. His longtime clients include Oscar-winning The Big Short co-writer and director Adam McKay, Central Intelligence helmer Rawson Thurber, Th… Read

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ABC Buys Laura Krafft Family Comedy

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In a competitive situation, ABC has nabbed The Favorite, a single-camera multi-generational comedy from writer Laura Krafft, ABC Studios and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. The Favorite centers on a woman who comes home for a visit to help her siblings with their aging parents and ends up moving in to care for them full time. A comedic examination of the tricky but ultimately rewarding relationship between adult children and their parents, one of the rarely… Read

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Don Buchwald & Associates Expands Team With Four New Agents, Promotes Two

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Don Buchwald & Associates is bolstering its growing team, adding three new agents in its L.A. office, and a fourth in New York, and promoting two. In Los Angeles, Donyea Rochlin joins as an agent in DBA’s Literary department representing writers and directors in both television and film. Rochlin's diverse background includes stints at Dimension/Miramax Films, Revolution Studios, The Huffington Post and Storyline Entertainment. She most recently was Head of Development at… Read

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Josh Hartnett In Talks To Star In Indie ‘A Moment To Remember’

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EXCLUSIVE: Penny Dreadful star Josh Hartnett is in talks to star in A Moment to Remember, an indie drama to be directed by Ben Lewin (The Sessions)Lewin penned the screenplay with Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) about a young woman who falls in love with a brusque but sweet man, but their marriage is destroyed after she develops a rare case of early-onset Alzheimer’s. Production is set to begin in November. Jena Malone joined in May as the female lead and remains… Read

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‘The Blacklist’ Adds Leon Rippy; Phylicia Rashad Joins ‘Empire’

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Saving Grace alum Leon Rippy has booked a recurring role on the fourth season of NBC’s hit drama series The Blacklist. Rippy will play Hunter, a mysterious survivalist who stumbles upon a secret that will have dire consequences. He's an enigmatic character whose unhinged behavior makes him hard to pin down as friend or foe. Rippy, who starred in HBO’s Deadwood, most recently was seen on Hulu miniseries 11.22.63. He is repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency. The Cosby… Read

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EveryWhere Studios Taps Julia Eisenman As SVP Development

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Julia Eisenman has joined EveryWhere Studios as SVP, Development to produce and oversee development for the company. The newly-created position comes amid an expansion for EveryWhere, which recently partnered with the McLean Group's Vancouver Film Studios to launch 50° North Productions (50° North), a Canadian-based television and film studio now with full in-house production capability. EveryWhere also is producing the recently announced Who Killed JonBenet? original… Read

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NBC Buys Cop Family Drama From Nkechi Carroll & Matt Reeves As Put Pilot

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Family Honor, a drama series project from Rosewood co-executive producer Nkechi Carroll and Felicity co-creator Matt Reeves, has landed at NBC with a put pilot commitment. The project hails from 20th Century Fox TV, where both Carroll and Reeves are under overall deals, and Reeves’ 6th & Idaho production company. Written by Carroll, Family Honor is an ensemble police procedural explored through the eyes of four diverse foster sisters who fall on both sides of the law. The… Read