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The Weinstein Company Closing In On North American Deal For Mary Magdalene Biopic

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EXCLUSIVE: The Weinstein Company is closing in on a deal for U.S. and Canada on the Mary Magdalene biopic that Rooney Mara is being pursued for. Talks are still ongoing and a deal should close shortly, but has not closed yet. It would mark the Weinstein Co’s latest collaboration with producer See-Saw Films, following on from The King’s Speech, Macbeth and Lion. Mara is currently engaged in discussions to play Mary Magdalene in Garth Davis’ biopic of the figure. Universal… Read


Amazon Renews ‘Mozart In The Jungle’ For Third Season

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Amazon has renewed Golden Globe-winning Mozart In The Jungle for a third season. Production will begin later this year. Starring Gael García Bernal, Lola Kirke and Bernadette Peters, Mozart In The Jungle will continue the story of the talented, contentious musicians who perform (and live) with passion under the baton of its spirited single-name conductor Rodrigo (Bernal). Executive produced by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Alex Timbers and Paul Weitz, Season 3 will… Read


Philippe Dauman Blasts Viacom’s “Naysayers, Self-interested Critics, And Publicity Seekers”

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Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman’s frustration with the many critics of his performance — and appointment last week as Executive Chairman, following ailing controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone’s transition to Chairman Emeritus — bubbled over this morning in his quarterly earnings call with analysts. Wanting to “address the speculation about Viacom and our future,” Dauman said that “our outlook and the facts have been distorted and obscured by the naysayers, self-interested… Read


Protagonist Pictures Boards Dome Karukoski’s ‘Tom Of Finland’ – Berlin


Protagonist Pictures has come on board to handle worldwide sales on Dome Karukoski's latest project Tom Of Finland, a drama about the life and times of iconic Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen. Aleksi Bardy wrote the screenplay for the film which tells the life story a man who would become known around the world by his nom de guerre "Tom Of Finland". The cast of the film will be announced during in Berlin. Production is due to start in the Spring in Gothenberg, Sweden… Read


Stephen Colbert Makes Ben Carson Entrance On ‘Late Show’

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Stephen Colbert paid tribute to the opening moments of ABC News’ GOP debate in New Hampshire on the eve of that states’ first primary in the 2016 presidential race. That debate opening consumed TV coverage of the White House race yesterday. Making her debut half an hour before Colbert’s Late Show, TBS’s Full Frontal host Samantha Bee described it as a debate going off the rails  when “43% of Republican candidates failed an important presidential test: Can you walk… Read


Samantha Bee Trashes White House Race In ‘Full Frontal’ Debut

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Last month, appearing at TCA, The Daily Show’s longest-running correspondent Samantha Bee explained her highly anticipated new TBS late-night show will "take stories we don't think receive enough attention and stab them with the hot poker of comedy." Based on tonight’s Full Frontal launch, she appears to have meant stories no longer receiving enough attention on late night TV programs – politics. Her show was almost entirely devoted to catching up on the presidential… Read


Viacom Ended “Challenging Year” With Revenues Below Analyst Expectations

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Here’s one piece of good news in Viacom’s otherwise dreary financial report for the December quarter, released this morning: U.S. ad sales only declined 4% — an improvement from -7% in the September quarter and better than the -6% that some analysts expected. But CEO Philippe Dauman no doubt is glad to close the books on what he calls “a challenging year operationally” for the owner of MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, and Paramount Pictures. The company just… Read


Samantha Bee’s ‘Full Frontal’ With Turtle-Chomping Alligator Debuts On TBS – Review

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Yes, it really looked like that alligator was chomping on that flipper-flapping turtle standing in for Jeb Bush, as Samantha Bee tore through her first show. She announced at the outset of Full Frontal With Samantha Bee how tough it had been, being on the sidelines all these months during the run-up to the Presidential primaries or, as she put it, “the most deranged political sh!tshow” of all time. Of course, the former Daily Show With Jon Stewart correspondent has had… Read


Citing Health Condition, Lena Dunham To Sit Out ‘Girls’ Season 5 Press

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The fifth season of HBO’s Girls is fast approaching but as the network ramps up the press effort for the show’s return, its star has been forced to bow out. Lena Dunham confirmed this afternoon on her Facebook page that due to suffering from endometriosis, she’ll be taking some doctor-mandated rest in the coming weeks. Saying “I’m lucky enough to have support and backup from Jenni, Judd and the whole Girls gang,” she used the opportunity to draw attention to the fact that… Read


Oscar Nominees Luncheon: Contenders Told To Submit List Of “Thank Yous” In Advance As Event Draws Huge Crowd

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88th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon, Los Angeles, America - 08 Feb 2016

At today’s annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs blissfully took care of a question that may have been on lots of minds in the room filled with contenders and voters. That would be the recent controversy over diversity in the Academy membership ranks and among this year’s nominees which, unless you have been living under a rock, includes the fact that again the Oscars have a lineup of all-white acting… Read


Matt LeBlanc To Star In Jeff & Jackie Filgo CBS Comedy Pilot, James Burrows To Direct

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EXCLUSIVE UPDATED: This is a monster comedy package that has come together very fast and is looking to become one of the top prospects of Pilot Season 2016. Veteran comedy writers Jeff and Jackie Filgo (That ’70s Show) have been developing two comedy scripts at CBS through CBS TV Studios this season, but they also wrote a third on spec. It was that one that got everyone at CBS TV Studios and sister network buzzing. The script quickly got the attention of Friends alum Matt… Read


Robert Schwentke Exits ‘Divergent’ Finale ‘Ascendant’

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EXCLUSIVE: Robert Schwentke has dropped out of directing Divergent: Ascendant, the final installment of the Veronica Roth novel series that stars Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Theo James and Naomi Watts. Lions Gate will now scramble to find a director to keep the series on schedule, as it’s dated for June 9, 2017 release. Nothing sinister here. Schwentke just needed a break, after making Insurgent and Allegiant, back to back. He has a good relationship with Lionsgate… Read