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Julie Delpy’s ‘Lolo’ Added To Venice Fest; Chinese Viewers Love ‘Diamond Lover': Global Briefs

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The Venice Days section of the Venice Film Festival has added Julie Delpy's Lolo to the competition lineup. Delpy wrote, directed and stars in the bittersweet comedy alongside French megastar Dany Boon, Asterix And Obelix: God Save Britannia's Vincent Lacoste and Cesar-winning actress Karin Viard. Delpy plays Violette, a neurotic Parisienne who meets her soulmate on vacation in the South of France. Back home, though, they have to deal with Violette's brainy and tyrannical… Read


Fox Sports Sued For Religious Bias By Fired Analyst Craig James, Who Is Anti-Gay

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Here’s a different angle in the continuing run of sackings and suspensions over on-air comments made by sports personalities. Former NFL running back Craig James is suing Fox Sports over his firing by the network two years ago, claiming religious discrimination. In a lawsuit filed today in Dallas County, James — who ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 2012 — claims he was fired days after joining the company because of his opposition to gay marriage. He is seeking a… Read


Amy Schumer Tells Jon Stewart She Was “Legit Heartbroken” Over ‘Trainwreck’ Shooting

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 03:  Comedian Amy Schumer (L) and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speak at a press conference calling for tighter gun laws in an effort to stop mass shootings and gun violence on August 3, 2015 in New York City. A gunman killed two women last month in Louisiana during a showing of Schumer's movie "Trainwreck."  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Amy Schumer visited Jon Stewart on his final week hosting The Daily Show to plug her new movie Trainwreck and also mention, uncomfortably, a morning news conference at which she’d plugged new legislation that would attempt to keep mentally unstable people from purchasing guns. "This horrible thing. This crazy shooting that happened, must have rocked you to your core," Stewart said of the two women shot to death while watching Schumer’s movie on July 23 by a man with a… Read


Trevor Jackson Joins ‘American Crime'; Jenna Dewan-Tatum Cast In ‘Supergirl’

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Trevor Jackson has booked a series-regular role on Season 2 of John Ridley's ABC drama series American Crime. He plays Aaron Lacroix, a standout student at an elite private school who finds himself at the center of a scandal involving the sexual assault of a fellow student, which brings suspicion upon himself and his entire family. His parents (André Benjamin, Regina King) are prominent members of their community. Actor-singer Jackson co-starred in the Disney Channel… Read


Billy Crudup Lands Lead In ’20th Century Women’

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EXCLUSIVE: Hot off starring in The Stanford Prison Experiment, Billy Crudup has just been set for the male lead in 20th Century Women, the film that Beginners helmer Mike Mills wrote and will direct for Annapurna. Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig play the female leads. Annapurna and Anne Carey are producing. The pic is set in 1979 and follows a single mother named Dorothea (Bening) as she struggles to raise her troubled teenage son. Crudup plays one of her… Read


Kathleen Robertson Writing Dramedy For Lionsgate TV With Christina Applegate Attached To Star


Murder In The First star Kathleen Robertson has been steadily carving out a parallel second career as a writer. In a competitive situation, she has sold to Lionsgate TV the dramedy project Your Time Is Up, which has sought-after actress Christina Applegate attached to star. Written by Robertson and produced by Oscar-nominated producer Gil Netter (Life Of Pi, The Blind Side), Your Time Is Up is described as a family saga in the vein of Six Feet Under centering around… Read


Marg Helgenberger Tweets Behind-The-Scenes Photos Of ‘CSI’ Finale

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The gang is back for the CSI finale. Marg Helgenberger has tweeted behind-the scenes pics from the set of the 2-hour CSI: Crime Scene Investigation finale, which will air on Sunday, September 27. Above is Helgenberger with fellow original star William Petersen. Helgenberger’s second tweet below shows five original characters: Catherine Willows (Helgenberger), Dr. Gil Grissom (Petersen), Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox), Greg Sanders (Eric Szmanda), and Jim Brass (Paul… Read


Ian McShane & Max Von Sydow Join ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 6

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Deadwood‘s Ian McShane and Max von Sydow (Minority Report, The Exorcist) are the latest to sign on to Season 6 of Game Of Thrones, HBO has confirmed. McShane’s role is being kept under wraps, but Von Sydow will play the Three-Eyed Raven, the mystical tutor of Bran Stark who was seen briefly in the Season 4 finale (played by a different actor). HBO President of Programming Michael Lombardo said last week at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that the… Read


‘Pirates’ Scribe Terry Rossio Hit With Commissions Non-Payment Lawsuit

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Dead men tell no tales, to riff off the title of the next Pirates Of The Caribbean pic, but old managers certainly can – and they can sue too. And that is exactly what Dodie Gold Management and Dodie Herskovitz has done to its former client Terry Rossio over 10% commissions they say they are owed the past two years for his writing and other work on the Pirates pics, Instant Karma, The Lone Ranger and more. These cases come up all the time in Tinseltown and usually get… Read


ABC Nabs Monsters Drama From ‘Saw’ Writers & Aaron Kaplan As Put Pilot


In one of the first big drama sales this development season, a genre-themed project from Saw IV and V writers Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan and producer Aaron Kaplan sparked a bidding before landing at ABC with a big put pilot commitment. The intention is to lay off the project, tentatively titled Monstropolis, at ABC Studios. In Monstropolis, monsters are real, living amongst the humans in the city of New Manhattan (aka Monstropolis).  But now someone is killing… Read


Norman Lear Comedy ‘All That Glitters’ Sparks Reboot Interest


It has been a transformative year for transgender people on television, from Orange Is The New Black’s Laverne Cox becoming the first transgender performer to earn an acting Emmy nomination to Transparent earning star Jeffrey Tambor accolades to Bruce Jenner unveiling his transition to Caitlyn in a high-rated TV special on ABC, followed by an E! reality series. But long before Cox's Sophia on OITNB and Tambor's Maura on Amazon's Transparent — and before Rebecca Romijn’s… Read


Tanc Sade Joins Showtime Pilot ‘Roadies'; Scottie Thompson In Syfy’s ’12 Monkeys’

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Australian actor Tanc Sade (Matador, Gilmore Girls) has booked a lead role in Showtime’s hourlong comedy pilot Roadies, from Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams. Roadies follows the day-to-day life of a successful rock tour as seen through the eyes of music's unsung heroes – the crew members who get the show on the road. Sade, repped by Untitled Entertainment and Don Buchwald & Associates, will play Christopher House, the tortured songwriter and guitarist for the Staton-House… Read