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YouTube Red Sets Jay Williams Docuseries ‘Best Shot’; LeBron James Among EPs

YouTube Red has ordered Best Shot, a documentary series on Jay Williams, the newly minted College Basketball Hall of Famer who was chosen second overall in the 2002 NBA Draft but whose career was ended by a motorcycle accident a year later. The series will debut in 2018. Watch a trailer above. The eight-episode series will chronicle the ESPN analyst’s journey from his championship college career at Duke to his post-crash loneliness and unsuccessful his attempts at an NBA… Read

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‘The Indian Detective’ Trailer: First Look At Canadian Series Starring Russell Peters; Gets Netflix Premiere Date

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We’re getting an exclusive fist look at The Indian Detective, a four-part comedy series developed by Frank Spotnitz and Smita Bhide (Transporter: The Series) for comedian Russell Peters in his first toplining role. Following its initial run on Bell Media’s CraveTV and CTV, it’s set to premiere on Netflix on December 19. Peters, a Canadian of Indian descent, plays Doug D'Mello, a Toronto cop who unexpectedly finds himself investigating a murder in his parents' Indian… Read

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Olga Kurylenko Inks With UTA

EXCLUSIVE: Olga Kurylenko, who co-starred in Sony/MGM’s 2008 James Bond sequel, Quantum of Solace opposite Daniel Craig, has signed with UTA for agency representation. Kurylenko, who was previously with WME, has an upcoming film slate that includes the Terry Gilliam-directed film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, with Adam Driver and Stellan Skarsgård and Universal Pictures' Johnny English 3 opposite Rowan Atkinson Past credits include in IFC Films' The Death of Stalin… Read

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Della Reese Dies: Music Legend & ‘Touched By An Angel Star’ Was 86

Della Reese, the iconic jazz, gospel and pop singer who later moved into television and film, and starred as Tess on Touched By An Angel, has died. She was 86. Her former Touched By An Angel co-star Roma Downey released a statement on her passing. “On behalf of her husband, Franklin Lett, and all her friends and family, I share with you the news that our beloved Della Reese has passed away peacefully at her California home last evening surrounded by love. She was an… Read

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‘The L Word’ Sequel Taps Marja-Lewis Ryan As Showrunner At Showtime

Marja-Lewis Ryan (The Four-Faced Liar, 6 Balloons) has been tasked to spearhead the sequel to The L Word, currently in development at Showtime, as executive producer and showrunner. Mothership series creator Ilene Chaiken also is executive producing, along with Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig and Leisha Hailey, who all starred in the premium network’s original series. “Ilene and the original L Word made me believe that my voice mattered," said Ryan. "I am beyond excited… Read

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Camera Operator Mark Milsome Dies Filming Stunt On BBC/Netflix Drama; Production Shut Down – Update

UPDATED, 9:36 AM: The BBC has halted production on the drama The Forgiving Earth in the wake of cameraman Mark Milsome’s on-set death. “We are deeply shocked and saddened to hear this terrible news,” the UK pubcaster said in a statement. “Mark Milsome was hugely talented and a much respected colleague. Our thoughts are with Mark’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.” PREVIOUSLY, 7:35 AM: Veteran film and TV camera operator Mark Milsome has died while… Read

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Comcast Brings ‘Voice’ Voting To X1 Remotes In Interactive TV Viewing First

Viewers of NBC reality mainstay The Voice will be able to vote for their favorite performers by using their Comcast Xfinity X1 remote, thanks to a new venture by NBC and its corporate parent that the companies call an industry first. About 52% of Comcast’s industry-leading 22.5 million U.S. cable subscribers have the souped-up X1 platform, an advanced interface the company has been rolling out in recent years. X1 features enhanced discovery tools, voice recognition and a… Read

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NAACP Image Awards Nominees: Netflix, OWN Lead In TV; Universal, Annapurna, Open Road Top Film

Netflix and OWN lead the television selections, while Universal Pictures, Annapurna and Open Road Films are the leading motion picture contenders in the nominations the 49th NAACP Image Awards, set for January 15, 2018. In TV, Netflix has 23 nominations, while OWN has 17. Universal Pictures has 10 nominations, while Annapurna and Open Road each have five bids. The two-hour special will air live on TV One on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and will be hosted… Read

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New York Times Suspends Star Reporter Over Harassment Allegations

The New York Times said this morning that it has suspended a star reporter in its Washington bureau in the wake of published allegations that he had sexually harassed younger female colleagues. The Times also said the reporter, Glenn Thrush, would enter a substance abuse program, with the paper’s support. The moves come in the wake of a report on Vox detailing a history of inappropriate behavior, typically connected to meetings in bars, initiated by the correspondent… Read

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‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Creator Among Juried Annie Award Winners

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Organizers of the 45th annual Annie Awards have unveiled their annual jury awards, recognizing career achievement and exceptional contributions to animation. Those include the Winsor McCay Award for career contributions to the art of animation, which will be presented to British character animator James Baxter, SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg, and Canadian animation duo Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis. ASIFA-Hollywood also said today it will bestow the Ub… Read

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Ovation Rolls Out The Red Carpet For Duo Of International Fashion Titles

Cable net Ovation has acquired two high-end fashion documentary series after striking a deal with distributor Cineflix Rights. The arts and culture has picked up Inside Dior and Style Factory from the London-based sales unit of the Canadian company. Inside Dior, which is produced by Scottish production company Finestripe Productions, is a two-part behind-the-scenes look at the billion dollar luxury fashion label. The doc marks the fashion house's 70th anniversary and… Read

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UK Talent Agency Troika & Management Firm James Grant Group To Merge

EXCLUSIVE: With a talent roster that includes Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey, Daniel Kaluuya, Graham Norton and Nick Frost, British agency Troika is merging with management firm James Grant Group. The two companies will keep their respective names. JGG has offices in London, New York and Los Angeles and over 30 years experience in the integrated management space, working across the entertainment, music, sports, literary and social talent sectors. JGG’s portfolio counts… Read