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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Spinoff ‘Station 19’: How Creator Stacy McKee Is Stoking The Fire

SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details about Station 19’s second episode tonight on ABC., “Invisible to Me.” Station 19 arrives punctually in the Time’s Up movement, shedding a light on female firefighters. Yes, this is a Grey’s Anatomy spinoff, with the initial spark for this series being former Grey Sloan surgical resident Ben Warren (Jason George), who has traded his scalpel in for an axe. However, he’s second banana to the real combustion that’s brewing here: In… Read


“Frivolous” AMC Ripped In ‘Walking Dead’ Suit By CAA & Frank Darabont, Again

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It’s under a month before The Walking Dead wraps up its eighth season. But over four years into the legal apocalypse of CAA and Frank Darabont's all-out war lawsuit of nearly $300 million against AMC over profits from the blockbuster series, "frivolous" is the term the former are now repeatedly utilizing to lambast the latter. “AMC has filed a blatantly frivolous motion that is, as this Court predicted, ‘a distraction’ from the Court’s ruling on the pending motions for… Read


‘Frozen’ Review: Broadway Lets It Go With Full-Throated Adaptation

Just before the start of a recent performance of Frozen, Disney’s winter blast in a two-decade flurry of remaking Broadway in its own animated image, a tiny girl a row back explained to the adult next to her that the blue and purple lights washing the stage weren’t just any blue and purple lights. “They’re the Northern Lights,” she explained with considerable authority. “It’s in the movie.” Talk about expectations. More than a billion of ’em, if you’re measuring by… Read


‘Sherlock Gnomes’ Review: It’s No Mystery Why This Lazy Animated Sequel Is Just For Kids

Executive producer Elton John’s imprint is all over Sherlock Gnomes, the sequel to his 2011 animated effort, Gnomeo & Juliet, a cutesy toon take on Shakespeare that inevitably has sparked another literary-inspired sequel riffing on the legend on Britain’s most famous investigator, Sherlock Holmes. You can almost see the committee meeting to decide where to go next: "Hey, what rhymes with gnomes? Oh wait. Holmes! Let’s do it and just figure out some sort of story to go… Read


NBC’s Diverse Late Night Writers Program Names 2018 Class

NBC has named the 2018 class for its Late Night Writers Workshop, an initiative dedicated to discovering and developing late night and sketch comedy writers of diverse backgrounds. Chosen from among more than 1,000 applicants, Alyssa Feller, Jonathan Giles, Michael Hartney, John Mahone, Cameron Smith, Natasha Vaynblat and Bryan Yang will participate in an intensive six-day program this month that will ready them to be staff writers on late-night and sketch-comedy… Read


Magnolia Pictures Taps OwnZones Media Network To Help Power Its Digital Strategy

Magnolia Pictures partnered with a Beverly Hills-based technology company, OwnZones Media Network, to power its recently re-launched streaming video app for its genre films. Mark Cuban’s entertainment group hired the firm to help manage the distribution of its library across multiple platforms. Magnolia tapped into OwnZones’ cloud-based media and logistics platform to manage the digital distribution of its content through a single web-based interface. Though the software… Read


Margot Robbie To Produce Female-Focused Shakespearean Drama Series With ‘Secrets & Lies’ Producer & ABC Studios Int’l

Margot Robbie and her LuckyChap Entertainment (I, Tonya) is partnering with the Australian Broadcasting Company, Aussie production company Hoodlum (Secrets & Lies) and ABC Studios International on a new ten-part series, retelling the work of Shakespeare from female perspectives. The project, currently in development, will be produced in Australia, with filming expected to begin in 2018. The untitled project will be led by a female creative team who will produce ten… Read


DOJ’s Lead Witness Against AT&T Knocks Time Warner Deal But Gets Grilled: “You Should Have Done Some Homework”

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The government's lead witness in the Department of Justice lawsuit against AT&T derided an arbitration offer designed to show good faith to cable programmers as it looks to close its $85 billion acquisition of Turner parent Time Warner. In his relentless cross-examination, defense attorney Daniel Petrocelli scoffed that she “should have done some homework” before testifying. Suzanne Fenwick, VP of content acquisition for Cox, said an offer to allow any carriage disputes… Read


Actor Anton Yelchin’s Family Settles Wrongful Death Suit Against Fiat Chrysler

Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin’s parents have settled their lawsuit against the makers of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV that crushed and killed their son in 2016. Terms were not disclosed on the settlement, which was filed this week in Los Angeles Superior Court. There are reports that the settlement will go to the Anton Yelchin Foundation and to the filming of a documentary on the young actor’s life. Victor and Irina Yelchin sued Fiat Chrysler because the Cherokee model… Read


‘Bless This Mess’: Ed Begley Jr. To Star In Fox Comedy Pilot From Lake Bell & Liz Meriwether

Ed Begley Jr. has been tapped for a lead role opposite Lake Bell and Dax Shepard in Bless This MessFox's single-camera comedy pilot from New Girl creator Liz Meriwether, which has Bell attached to star, co-write and direct. Written by Meriwether and Bell, Bless This Mess centers on a newlywed couple — Rio (Bell) and Mike (Shepard)  — that gives up their drab and unfulfilling lives in NYC and moves to Nebraska to live a simpler life. It doesn't work out like they… Read


‘Major Crimes’ Kearran Giovanni Lands Lead In NBC Drama Pilot ‘Suspicion’

Former Major Crimes star Kearran Giovanni has landed a lead role opposite Derek Luke, Jeri Ryan, and Paula Newsome in NBC's drama pilot, Suspicion, from creator Jessica Goldberg, Universal TV and Keshet Studios. Created/written by Goldberg based on the book by Joseph Finder and directed by Brad Anderson, Suspicion is described as a Hitchcockian thriller about how far one man will go to save the people he loves. After Danny Goldman (Luke) accepts a handshake loan from his… Read


Donald Trump Sacks National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster; FNC Analyst John Bolton To Replace

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Updated with more details: Another TV personality has been added to President Donald Trump’s entourage. Exactly six days after White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders ordered reporters not to look at H.R. McMaster in the Trump Tumbril, the president tweeted Thursday afternoon that McMaster, Trump’s National  Security Adviser No. 2, is out and will be replaced by Fox News analyst John Bolton. Hopefully, you had your money on FNC getting the first crack at a… Read