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TECH Bits: Google Searching For Huge New Space in Playa Vista? 

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The Playa Vista area of Los Angeles already is home to significant portions of Electronic Arts, the X Prize Foundation, Facebook and YouTube, among other media and tech firms. Now rumbles are that YouTube parent company Google may come there in a big way too. The online giant's Los Angeles operations have been largely based in the old Chiat Day offices in L.A.'s Venice neighborhood (with the giant binoculars out front, all designed by Frank Gehry). But now Google is… Read


Protagonist Makes Key Hires; Kickstarts U.S. Production/Acquisition Activities

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London-based Protagonist Pictures is restructuring as it stretches to fit increased ambitions. The company has had a strong year with Sundance and Berlin hits Frank and '71, and a number of films in the pipeline. Part of the ramp up includes key appointments just ahead of bringing three titles to Toronto. 3311 Productions' Eddie Vaisman is joining the company as head of production, kickstarting its U.S. business. He'll look to strengthen Protagonist's Stateside profile… Read


‘Friends’ Stars Reprise Their Roles On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’


As we mark the 20th anniversary of the Friends premiere, three of the stars of the hugely popular NBC comedy joined Jimmy Kimmel for a skit on his ABC late-night show tonight.  They reprized their roles, with Kimmel as another friend, in a fan-fiction scene played out in Monica's kitchen from the show. Earlier today, Friends producer Warner Bros. TV announced its 20th anniversary initiative —  a pop-up replica of the series' signature Central Perk coffee shop, which will… Read


Netflix Gets Into French Originals Business With ‘Marseille’

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The streaming service has plenty of original series stateside, but this political thriller is its first Gallic effort. Netflix said today that it will premiere Marseille, an eight-episode tale of power, corruption and redemption in the French port city, late next year in all territories. Created and written by Dan Franck and produced by Federation Entertainment, it centers on Robert Taro, the 25-year mayor of Marseille who will face in the coming elections the man he… Read


Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Beloved Sisters’ Gets Germany’s Nod For Oscar Race; BAFTA Sets David Fincher Retrospective; More

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German Films said today that its nine-person jury has selected Dominik Graf's Beloved Sisters as Germany's official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. The film tells the little-known true story of a ménage-à-trois among  Friedrich Schiller and the von Lengefeld sisters, a utopia on the eve of the French Revolution. Florian Stetter, Hannah Herzsprung and Henriette Confurius have the lead roles. "This designation is for me the greatest joy and the… Read


Family Man Comedy From Bill Wrubel Gets CBS Pilot Production Commitment

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EXCLUSIVE: In his first sale since moving to Warner Bros TV with an overall deal at the end of last season, former Modern Family executive producer Bill Wrubel has landed a pilot production commitment at CBS for a multi-camera comedy project. Titled The Good Life, it centers on a family man who struggles with the fact that everyone around him is pursuing their dreams and enjoying life more than he is — but who ultimately realizes he has everything he's ever wanted. He… Read


Diane Sawyer Signs Off As Anchor Of ‘World News’ (Video)

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Tonight, ABC News' Diane Sawyer signed off for the last time as anchor of World News, wrapping her five-year tenure on the program. ABC News noted this morning that she took the newscast to back-to-back sweep wins in the news demo — in May and July — for the first time in seven years. The show ranked No. 1 in the news demo for her final full week. Related: ABC News Anchor Shuffle: Who, What, When, Where, And Why In June, ABC News announced that Sawyer has “decided to step… Read


Fox Buys Sci-Fi Drama ‘Nod’ From Jason Richman & Chernin Co.


Nod, a drama series adaptation of the novel by Adrian Barnes, has been set up at Fox with a script commitment with penalty. Jason Richman (Bad Company) will write the project for 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Chernin Co. Nod is set at a time when most of humanity loses the ability to sleep and scientists are at a loss to explain why no one is tired. It revolves around Tanya and Paul, an "inter-somnial" couple - she, Awakened and flourishing, and he, one of the… Read


Disney Faces More Heat As Autistic Kids Lawsuit Looks To Expand

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EXCLUSIVE:  Walt Disney Parks and Resorts could be facing a lot more angry families of children with developmental disorders if the plaintiffs in the ongoing American With Disabilities Act lawsuit get their way. In fact, the discrimination suit over access at Disneyland and other theme parks filed back in April against the media giant could nearly triple. "After the initial Complaint was filed, undersigned counsel received an outpouring of phone calls and emails from… Read


Four Join ‘One & Two’ For Sundance Winning ‘Rich Hill’ Director; ‘Total Frat Movie’ Taps Tom Green

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Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), Timothy Chalamet (Homeland, Interstellar), Grant Bowler (True Blood, Defiance), and Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight, True Detective) will star in One & Two, the next feature from director Andrew Droz Palermo. Palermo, a DP whose credits include You're Next, V/H/S, and Hannah Fidell's A Teacher, made his helming debut with co-director Tracy Droz Tragos on Rich Hill, the 2014 documentary about youngsters growing up in an impoverished Midwestern town… Read


Rila Fukushima Joins ‘Arrow’, Riley Voelkel Cast In ‘Point Of Honor’


Rila Fukushima (Wolverine) has landed a major recurring role on the hit CW drama Arrow. She will play Tatsu Yamashiro, a character that first appeared in the Green Arrow origin series graphic novels published by DC Comics. She is a Japanese martial arts expert who wields a deadly sword, a blade from which her codename Katana is derived. In Arrow, Tatsu will be one of Oliver's mentors in the flashbacks and a critical influence on his journey to eventually become The Arrow… Read


‘Sons Of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam Is Guy Ritchie’s Choice For King Arthur


EXCLUSIVE: Going into his seventh and final season as the prince of the motorcycle club in Sons Of Anarchy, Charlie Hunnam will next have the opportunity to rise to king. Hunnam is director Guy Ritchie's choice to play King Arthur in the epic Warner Bros project hatched by Joby Harold and intended to span six films. Harold wrote the first script and Akiva Goldsman is producing through Weed Road with Harold and Tory Tunnell through Safehouse Pictures, and Ritchie's partner… Read


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