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Pilot Season 2018: Breakthrough For Female Directors, Modest Gains In Director Diversity

Regina King Julie Plec Sanaa Hamri

Last year’s broadcast pilot season was dismal for female directors — out of the 41 drama pilots ordered, only one, ABC’s Las Reinas, was directed by woman. A total of four women were hired to direct 10 of 70 broadcast pilots in 2017. It was a low point, and a turning point. This year, out of 41 broadcast drama pilots, 14 are directed by women. The haul sharply reverses the downward trend of the past three years (four drama pilots in 2015, two in 2016, one in 2017) and is… Read

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‘Three Rivers’: John Larroquette To Star In ABC Family Comedy Pilot

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Emmy winner John Larroquette has been tapped to star opposite Annaleigh Ashford in ABC's Three Rivers single-camera comedy pilot, from I Hate My Teenage Daughter creators Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer and ABC Studios. Written and executive produced by Bilsing-Graham and Kreamer and directed by Tristram Shapeero, Three Rivers centers on Rebecca Watts (Ashford), who left her family's Texas ranch years ago to work at an upscale hotel in New York, but after being… Read

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Nanette Fabray Dies: Stage And TV Comic Actress Was 97

UPDATED with SAG-AFTRA statement: Nanette Fabray, a Tony Award winner at 28 and the TV moms of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and One Day at a Time in the 1970s, died Thursday at her Palos Verdes, CA home. She was 97, and her death was confirmed by her son, Dr. Jamie MacDougall. Fabray’s stage successes were many and spanned decades. She won the Tony at 28 for the Alan Jay Lerner/Kurt Weill show Love Life, followed by Jule Styne/Sammy Cahn’s High Button Shoes. Other stage… Read

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‘Charmed’: Sarah Jeffery Cast As A Lead In The CW Reboot Pilot

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EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Jeffery (NBC’s Shades of Blue) has been cast as one of three sisters at the center of the CW's dramedy pilot Charmed, from Jane the Virgin creator-showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman and CBS TV Studios. She joins Melonie Diaz, who recently was cast as another sister. Penned by Jessica O'Toole and Amy Rardin and created with Urman, the Charmed reboot centers on three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches. Between vanquishing supernatural… Read

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Netflix, Matt Reeves To Win Auction For Matthew Baker Futuristic Short Story ‘Life Sentence’

EXCLUSIVE: Netflix is closing a deal for Life Sentence, the short story by Matthew Baker, sources said. Matt Reeves and his 6th & Idaho banner will develop the project as producers. Reeves, who’ll next direct the stand-alone iteration of Batman, recently moved his deal from Fox (where he made two Planet of the Apes films) to Netflix. The deal is six figures against seven figures if the film gets made. That seems a strong likelihood given the ravenous bidding that took… Read

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Notes On The Season: Russian & Syrian Politics Invade The Oscars, But Will It Affect The Vote?; Pasek And Paul Put On A Show

A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit And you thought Washington D.C. was bad! It is nothing compared to the Oscars when every vote is on the line. With voting going on in force, it seems it is prime time for political controversy and headline-grabbing attempts at making a last-minute stab to get the attention of Academy members. In some ways, particularly in the intersection of the Documentary Feature and Foreign-Language Film races, it… Read

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Octavia Spencer, Isabela Moner, Tig Notaro Cast In Paramount’s ‘Instant Family’ Comedy

Octavia Spencer, who is vying for her second Oscar win for her performance in The Shape Of Water, is on board for Paramount’s Instant Family, along with rising star Isabela Moner (Transformers: The Last Knight), and comedian Tig Notaro. Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne star in the film directed by Daddy's Home helmer Sean Anders from a script he wrote with John Morris. It follows a couple who decide to adopt through the foster-care system and find themselves in over their… Read

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Three Questions: A Conversation With This Year’s Best Foreign Language Film Nominees

Oscar's five nominated directors in the Best Foreign Language Film race this year include one returnee to the category and four newcomers. They're each seasoned filmmakers who've had their fair share of festival and awards success, and each has told a story that, despite years in the making, is somehow entirely relevant to today. They've spent an awards season talking up their movies, and we wanted to find out what they've learned in the process as well as give them a… Read

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Anthony Hemingway To Direct CBS Drama Pilot ‘Murder’

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Prolific helmer Anthony Hemingway is set to direct and executive produce CBS’ drama pilot Murder, from producer Dan Lin. Written by Amanda Green based on the BBC miniseries, this new take on the investigative drama explores crime through the unique and often-conflicting perspectives of cops and killers, witnesses and victims, friends and family. Shot like a true-crime documentary, the series invites the audience inside the emotional journey of an investigation, allowing… Read

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NBC Tweaks Thursday Night Schedule: ‘A.P. Bio’ Moves To Earlier Timeslot

NBC is making a small change to its Thursday night schedule. Beginning Thursday, March 8, A.P. Bio will air at 8:30 PM ET/PT, and Champions, which premieres that night, will air at 9:30 PM ET/PT. A.P. Bio aired in the 9:30 PM ET/PT slot on its premiere night February 1. That preview telecast earned a 1.3 rating in 18-49 and 4.3 million total viewers in Live+7. A.P. Bio will next air on Sunday, February 25 at 8:30 PM ET/PT after the Olympics closing ceremony. It will air… Read

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Ed Sheeran Teases His Next Movie – Berlin

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Ed Sheeran made a surprise visit to the Berlin Film Festival on Friday to talk up the documentary Songwriter, a special out-of-competition entry at the fest which wraps tomorrow. The singer-songwriter phenom, who made a much-hyped appearance in Game Of Thrones last year, and in Bridget Jones's Baby playing himself, told the assembled press he is prepping for another film next year and that he's already written the soundtrack. “I'm going to make one movie in my lifetime,”… Read

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For Christopher Nolan’s Producer And Partner Emma Thomas, Maintaining A Winning Streak Is Essential

There must be no more terrifying a job in Hollywood than to be Christopher Nolan’s producer. With an unbroken run of critically acclaimed cinema that started with his Hollywood debut, Memento, in 2000, the Nolan brand has become synonymous with the kind of scale and ambition scarcely seen in a world which favors cheap digital trickery to conjure big images. Nolan, to his eternal credit, still prefers to create them himself, wherever possible. Even if they might at first… Read