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Starz’s ‘Blunt Talk’ Begins Production In LA — First Look Photos

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Starz has released a couple of first look photos from its original series Blunt Talk that began production on its first season this week in Los Angeles. The half-hour scripted comedy is greenlit for a two-season, 20-episode commitment, with the 10-episode first season set to premiere this coming summer. Patrick Stewart (X-Men franchise, Ted) stars as Walter Blunt a British import intent on conquering the world of American cable news and the fallout from his… Read

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Mercedes-Benz’s Super Bowl Ad Directed By Robert Stromberg – Video

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Mercedes-Benz USA collaborated with Robert Stromberg –  Maleficent director and a two-time Academy Award winner for Best Art Direction for Alice In Wonderland and Avatar –  for its Super Bowl ad this year. It’s Stromberg’s advertising directorial debut. "We tend to think of fables as things of the past," Stromberg said, in re the ad, which is based on the Aesop fable about the tortoise and the hare. "It's fascinating for me to render a classic tale with modern tools, yet… Read

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Lionsgate In Talks On Film Finance & Distribution Deal With China’s Hunan TV

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Lionsgate is in advanced discussions with China’s Hunan TV, the country’s second largest broadcaster, to partner on film production and distribution. Reuters first reported the talks after Hunan TV made a statement on the Shenzhen stock exchange. We hear that Hunan would come in to provide financing on Lionsgate’s $1.5B slate over a three-year period. We also understand that the companies are examining working together on local production and distribution in China, as… Read

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Gore Vidal Vs. William Buckley Docu ‘Best Of Enemies’ Acquired By Magnolia & Participant – Sundance

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EXCLUSIVE: One of the hot Sundance documentaries is spoken for. Magnolia Films has teamed with Participant to make a high-six-figure acquisition of Best Of Enemies. This is a behind-the-scenes account of the explosive 1968 televised debates between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley Jr. They disagreed on everything from politics to religion and sex. The pic was directed by Morgan Neville, whose last docu 20 Feet From Stardom won the 2014 Best… Read

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Henry Lloyd-Hughes Conjures Role In ‘Now You See Me: The Second Act’

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EXCLUSIVE: Fast-rising British actor Henry Lloyd-Hughes has been set to play tech whiz kid Allen Scott-Frank in Lionsgate’s heist sequel Now You See Me: The Second Act. Production is underway on the Jon M Chu-helmed pic that stars returning cast Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, and Michael Caine along with Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan and Jay Chou who are new to the franchise. Scripted by Pete Chiarelli and Ed Solomon, the sequel picks up a year after the… Read

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Maya Rudolph & Jaden Smith To Appear In Diallo Riddle/Bashir Salahuddin HBO Pilot

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HBO has given a formal go-ahead to Brothers In Atlanta, a new comedy pilot written by and starring former Late Night With Jimmy Fallon writers/performers Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin and executive produced by Lorne Michaels. Saturday Night Live alumna Maya Rudolph and actor-musician Jaden Smith are set as guest stars opposite Riddle and Salahuddin in the pilot, which will be directed by Tim Story. Brothers In Atlanta is a comedy about struggling entertainers and… Read

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‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’ & ‘MasterChef Jr’ Ratings Down, Special ‘CSI’ Hits Season High, ‘Flash’ Slips

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It was a mixed night of encores and originals on the networks last night with a loss of traction in the superhero worlds. Almost halfway through its eight-episode run and last week's State of the Union preemption, Marvel's Agent Carter (1.3/4) really started extending its reach into the greater Marvel Universe last night with the return of Howard Stark, a bloody discovery, some surprising moves by a neighbor, and an inevitable Stan Lee cameo. Compared to its last original… Read

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Snapchat Scripted Series ‘SnapperHero’ Launches From AT&T, Astronauts Wanted

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It may seem like the most unlikely social-media platform to host a scripted superhero series, but Snapchat, the evanescent mobile-messaging app, will be getting just that from AT&T and its digital-media unit Fullscreen in collaboration with digital-media production house Astronauts Wanted. The series, SnapperHerolaunches today on Snapchat, best known for its tens of millions of young users who appreciate that the images and text they send through the service… Read

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Fox Searchlight Confirms Deal For Irish Tale ‘Brooklyn’ – Sundance

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UPDATE, 8:50 AM: Fox Searchlight today officially announced what I scooped yesterday — that it has made a deal for the John Crowley-directed Brooklyn, its second big buy at the Sundance Film Festival after its team-up with Indian Paintbrush on Me And Earl And The Dying Girl. The studio says it plans a 2015 release for the Irish tale Brooklyn,  written by Nick Hornby based on Colm Toibin's novel. See the full release below the original story. PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, TUESDAY… Read

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Oscars: Rita Ora To Perform Best Song Nominee “Grateful”

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British singer, songwriter and actress Rita Ora has been tapped to perform Oscar-nominated song “Grateful” from film Beyond The Lights at the 87th Oscars. This is songwriter Diane Warren’s seventh nomination in the category. “Grateful” joins the four other nominated songs – "Everything Is Awesome" from The Lego Movie, "Glory" from Selma, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me and "Lost Stars" from Begin Again. Ora dominated the UK charts with her first and… Read

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Jon Stewart Pounds Don Lemon For Blizzard Coverage – Video

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Don Lemon got frickaseed last night on The Daily ShowJon Stewart mocked all New York-based TV news orgs’ coverage of Blizzapocalypsegeddon '15, noting that when the storm largely missed Manhattan, it left them with some tough choices –  “acknowledge that conditions have changed, ease up on the breathless hype, focus your attention on New England where it was actually really snowing, or cling desperately to the original narrative like dingleberries on a sheep's ass.”… Read