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Paramount TV, Anonymous Content Acquire 9-Year-Old Reporter’s Book Series

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Paramount TV and Anonymous Content have optioned the rights to 9-year-old reporter Hilde Lysiak's upcoming book series Hilde Cracks the Case, to be published by Scholastic in fall 2017. Inspired by true news stories that Hilde Lysiak has broken throughout her aspiring career as a journalist, the mystery series stars Hilde along with her older sister Izzy, her sidekick/newspaper photographer, as the two girls stop at nothing to uncover the truth. The deal also includes… Read

Business

Sumner Redstone: Granddaughter Lacks Standing To Challenge Viacom Settlement

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Sumner Redstone and his National Amusements (NAI) theater chain asked a Massachusetts court today to dismiss a plea by his granddaughter, Keryn, to investigate last week’s deal to settle lawsuits by former Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman. In filings ahead of a hearing tomorrow, the 93-year-old mogul’s team says that Keryn’s lawyers have “strived mightily (but unsuccessfully) to initiate their own settlement discussions through every avenue imaginable.” But the granddaughter… Read

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VH1 Taps Ad Industry Veteran Kevin Jordan As Creative Director

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After an extensive search, VH1 has appointed veteran graphic designer and ad industry executive Kevin Jordan as Creative Director for the network. Based at Viacom’s New York City headquarters, Jordan is the latest senior management hire for new VH1 president Chris McCarthy. He will be charged with overseeing the brand voice and visual identity of the channel. He’ll head a team of writers, producers and designers as the network prepares to launch several high profile… Read

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Comedy Central Buys Brothers Comedy Starring Zack Pearlman & Julian Sergi

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Comedy Central has put in development a brothers comedy series co-written, executive produced and staring Zack Pearlman (The Intern, Mulaney) and Julian Sergi (War Dogs, Key & Peele). Andrew Guest (Brooklyn Nine Nine, Community) will co-write the script with Pearlman and Sergi. Payman Benz (Last Man on Earth, Key & Peele) is set to direct the potential pilot and executive produces along with Principato-Young Entertainment. The show centers on brothers, George and Calvin… Read

Video

‘Better Things’ Review: Pamela Adlon’s FX Series Will Be One Of Best Things On TV

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Debuting on September 8 on FX, the Pamela Adlon-starring Better Things is the lead role the Emmy winner has long deserved. The smart and strong look at the perils of parenthood, parents, love and the chaos of modern life amid the constant notifications of smartphones will be one of the best things you'll see on TV this fall. Far more than a West Coast female version of Louie, which she has appeared on more than two dozen times, the semi-autobiographical series co-created… Read

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CBS Buys Michael Rauch Legal Drama Produced By Jennifer Lopez

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Following a five-year stint as executive producer/showrunner on USA’s Royal Pains, Michael Rauch is returning to the drama about two brothers arena with his new project as creator. CBS has bought an untitled drama written by Rauch, which centers on polar opposite identical twin brothers who duke it out in their personal lives but are at their best teaming up in the courtroom. Rauch is executive producing with Jennifer Lopez through her Nuyorican Productions, frequent… Read

Awards

Pete Hammond’s Emmy Handicaps: Here’s Who SHOULD Win

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What should win? It is always a problem at the Emmys to see so many repeat winners year after year.By now, I’ve run my handicaps for the key series and actor races, but I'm always up for going off the reservation, shaking things up and daring to do something a little different. Here are a few wildcard picks. In the DRAMA SERIES race, for instance, there are lots of good choices, and Game Of Thrones already won last year, so enough blood and guts. I might go with Better Cal… Read

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‘Lion’ Trailer: Pic Starts Awards Hunt Ahead Of Toronto Premiere

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If there’s one film this fall that will leave moviegoers reaching for their Kleenexes, it’s Weinstein Co.’s emotional drama Lion directed by Garth Davis. Based on Saroo Brierley’s 2013 memoir A Long Way HomeLion follows the 5-year-old Saroo (Sunny Pawar) who becomes separated from his family after falling asleep on a parked train, and winds up 1,000 miles from his village in Calcutta. After learning to survive in Kolkata, Saroo is ultimately adopted by an Australian… Read

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‘American Anarchist’: Charlie Siskel’s Doc Probes ‘Anarchist Cookbook’ Author – Venice

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EXCLUSIVE: American Anarchist is a documentary about William Powell who, at age 19, wrote one of the most infamous books ever published: The Anarchist Cookbook. From Oscar nominated filmmaker Charlie Siskel (Finding Vivan Maier, Tosh.0), the doc will world premiere out of competition at the Venice Film Festival which launches on August 31. Check out the trailer above in which Powell says he “grossly underestimated” the controversy his writing would provoke. The film has… Read

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David Tennant To Star In ‘Bad Samaritan’ Directed By Dean Devlin

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'Jessica Jones' TV series premiere, New York, America - 17 Nov 2015
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EXCLUSIVE: David Tennant has been tapped to star in Bad Samaritan, the next film from Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment that Devlin is set to direct himself. Brandon Boyce (Apt Pupil, Wicker Park) penned the screenplay for the thriller, which is lining up a shoot later this year in and around Portland, OR. The film centers on two young car valets who use their business as a front to burglarize the houses of their unsuspecting patrons. Life is good for the petty thieves… Read

International

Venice Film Fest Cancels Opening-Night Gala In Solidarity With Italy Earthquake Victims

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Following the devastating earthquake that has left at least 250 dead in central Italy, the Venice Film Festival has canceled its opening-night gala dinner and reception which were scheduled for next Wednesday. The festival said in a statement today, “La Biennale di Venezia shares in the bereavement, expresses its deepest sorrow for the victims, and its utmost solidarity and support to the communities struck by the earthquake.” The 6.2-magnitude quake hit in the early… Read

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Spy Dramedy Starring Toni Collette From ‘Black-ish’ Duo Lindsey Shockley & Kenya Barris Sells To ABC

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'Miss You Already' film premiere, London, Britain - 17 Sep 2015

Toni Collette is set to star in and executive produce Unit Zero, an action dramedy from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and supervising producer Lindsey Shockley, which has landed at ABC. The hourlong project hails from ABC Studios where Barris is under an overall deal. Unit Zero is based on an idea from Shockley who will write the script and will executive produce with Barris as well as Collette who has been closely involved in the project alongside the two… Read