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April 2014 Archive

Jay Leno Gets A Street Of His Own At Universal Studios

Next time you’re on the Universal Studios lot, feel free to take a stroll down memory lane — also known as Jay Leno Lane. A gaggle of NBCUniversal execs were on hand with Jay Leno on Wednesday as the street was dedicated in honor of the longtime Tonight Show host, who bowed out in February. Leno might be tempted to cruise some of his myriad classic cars down the block, but Jaywalking obviously is encouraged. Read


CBS Sets ‘Judge Judy Primetime’ For May

Here comes the judge — in primetime. CBS plans a May 20 airdate for a one-hour special on the career of TV’s most powerful jurist ahead of the launch of her second syndication courtroom show. Judge Judy Primetime will trace Judith Sheindlin‘s career path from New York Family Court to Judge Judy, daytime’s No. 1 program. The special will include new cases and footage from a 1993 60 Minutes profile about then-unknown Sheindlin and another from 2003. The upcoming… Read


Cold Water Thrown On California Film & TV Tax Credit Expansion By Non-Partisan State Analyst

Efforts to expand California's $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program took a bit of a dousing today from the state's Legislative Analyst Office. While not explicitly recommending nor rejecting the current legislation that's moving through the state Assembly, today's report says that "if the Legislature wishes to continue or expand the film tax credit, we suggest that it do so cautiously." The 24-page report from the non-partisan office also takes a bigger-picture… Read


Michael McKean To Co-Star In ‘Breaking Bad’ Prequel Series ‘Better Call Saul’

I have learned that veteran actor Michael McKean (This Is Spinal Tap) is the first new cast member to join AMC’s upcoming series Better Call Saul, joining Breaking Bad alums Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks. The prequel to the Emmy-winning  Breaking Bad, from Sony TV, centers on Odenkirk's unflappable criminal lawyer Saul Goodman before he became Walter White's lawyer. Banks reprises his role as Saul’s trusted private investigator/fixer Michael "Mike" Ehrmantraut. McKean… Read


YouTube Touts New DreamWorksTV Channel As It Promotes Itself As An Ad-Friendly Platform

DreamWorks Animation will launch a YouTube family channel called DreamworksTV that will kick off this summer YouTube’s head of content and business operations Robert Kyncl told advertisers today at the company’s NewFront presentation in NYC. It was part of a campaign by the Google-owned company to promote itself as a place that’s safe for advertisers — with tons of data and, now, audience guarantees. The problem with YouTube as an ad medium is that it’s too vast, and has… Read


Solipsist Films Springs For Allan Topol Espionage Novel ‘Spy Dance’

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EXCLUSIVE: Solipsist Films has acquired Spy Dance, the best-selling novel from D.C. lawyer-turned-author Allan Topol. Alex Hollister (Shotgun Cinderella) has been tapped to adapt the tale of Greg Nielsen, an ex-CIA operative who reinvents his identity after the agency sets him up, only to be sucked back into action against his former employers when his stepdaughter is taken hostage years later. Topol has penned 10 thriller novels with geopolitical bents, including Dark Amb… Read


Theodore Bikel’s Associated Actors & Artistes of America Handing Its Reins To AFL-CIO But Staying In Business

The Associated Actors & Artistes of America, the 95-year-old labor organization through which all of the entertainment industry's performers unions once were affiliated to the AFL-CIO, will be turning over all of its administrative functions to the AFL-CIO beginning in June. The move puts the Four A's a step closer to going out of business, though that day might not be coming anytime soon. "Most of the functions of the Four A's will be turned over to the AFL-CIO's… Read


Clippers Game Clocks Big Ratings After NBA Announces Donald Sterling Ban

An average of 4.73 million people watched the LA Clippers beat the Golden State Warriors last night on TNT, just hours after the NBA slapped Clippers owner Donald Sterling with a lifetime ban and fined him $2.5 million in the wake of racist comments he made in a phone conversation with his mistress. That makes it the most watched game so far this playoff season, and about double the crowd playoff games were clocking at same point last post-season. Related: Fantasy League O… Read


Cécile De France Joins Vince Vaughn, Hailee Steinfeld In ‘Term Life’

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EXCLUSIVE: Belgian actress Cécile De France has rounded out the cast of Vince Vaughn starrer Term Life, which is being directed by Peter Billingsley. The pic, scripted by A.J. Lieberman from his own graphic novel with Nick Thornborrow, tracks a crook (Vaughn) who takes out a life insurance policy on himself before going on the run with his estranged daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) with mob bosses, contract killers, and dirty cops on their trail. De France plays Lucy, the down… Read


‘Underworld’s Patrick Tatopoulos To Helm Sci-Fi Fantasy ‘New Babylon’

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EXCLUSIVE: Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans director Patrick Tatopoulos has been tapped to helm New Babylon, an original science fiction fantasy pic from Hydra Entertainment. Tatopoulos’ background as a creature designer and production designer on films like 300: Rise Of An Empire, Total Recall, and the Underworld films will come in handy on the film, which is set in the Middle East in the near future when a war between angels and demons leads up to the building of a modern… Read