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Oh, Baby: Lax Labor Laws (Or None At All) Leave Working Infants On Sets Vulnerable


Protecting Kids On Sets: Third In A Series Finding film and television work for newborn and prematurely born babies is big business. Project Casting, a popular casting website, put out a call for the CW's The Originals, which was shooting in New Orleans. "Casting for Caucasian babies to play our lead character's baby for our final season episode," the April casting notice said. "Newborns or older that are the size of newborns. Babies that were premature are ideal!" That… Read


‘New Day’ Executive Producer Matt Frucci Among CNN Layoffs As Part Of Turner 2020


Add New Day executive producer Matt Frucci to your list of CNN contributions to Turner's massive workforce cut, aka Turner 2020.  Frucci joined CNN in October 2012 as executive producer in charge of program development, where he helped develop and launch new shows for the cable news net, including The Lead With Jake Tapper, before being named exec producer of New Day in late March 2013. Frucci was one of several people poached from ABC News by CNN chief Jeff Zucker as he… Read


OSCARS: Eight Documentary Shorts On 2014 Shortlist

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has narrowed its field of Documentary Short Subject contenders to eight films from a field of 58 submissions. Of those, three to five will earn Oscar nominations, which will be announced January 14. The Oscars are February 22 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland and will be televised live on ABC. Here is the shortlist in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: "Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1,"… Read


Apple Beats Earnings Expectations With Help From iPhones, But Not iPads

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Apple's share price is just up about 1% in post-market trading even though it reported financials for the September quarter that handily beat most forecasts. The company generated net income of $8.47B, +12.7% vs the period last year, on revenues of $42.12B, +12.4%. The top line exceeded the Street's expectation of $39.85B. And diluted earnings at $1.42 a share were well above the consensus prediction of $1.31 for the fiscal Q4. The year “was one for the record books… Read

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‘Fury’ Wins Box Office War With $23.7M; ‘Book Of Life’ At $17M; ‘Gone Girl’ $100M+; ‘Best Of Me’ $10M – B.O. Final

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FINAL UPDATE, 1:32 PM: Fury ended the weekend at $23.7M for Sony and QED, so it underperformed all the tracking (gee what a surprise), social media metrics, and expectations just a little. But it will likely still make money all in after its domestic, international and home entertainment run. I understand that there were significant profit participations on this one. Fox and Reel FX's The Book Of Life closed the weekend on the high end of our estimate with $17M and will… Read

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Broadway Box Office: ‘Dog’ Barks, Sting Bites, ‘Play’ Wows In $26M Week


Although the Broadway box office was off 4% in post-Columbus Day ticket sales, there were several indicators of good news for the holiday season. Coming off a slew of rave reviews, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time — the early season's prestige London import — continued to build in a week when many shows were off from the previous stand's spending spree. For the week ending Sunday, the National Theatre production took in $848.2K at the Barrymore. That's… Read


Oscars: ‘Birdman’ Flew Sky High In Theatres But How Did It Play With The Academy?


There can be no question that one of this year's most anticipated films, Oscar-wise,  flew high in its limited platform break at the boxoffice this weekend.  With an estimate exceeding $400,ooo at just four theatres in NY and LA , the $103,000 per screen figure indicates strong want-to-see on the coasts. I had expected this totally unique and original film, with its orgiastic critical and Venice/Telluride/NY film fest response, and general must-see status would be huge on… Read


Wanda Sykes Signs With UTA

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UTA has signed multi-hyphenated Wanda Sykes in all areas. Sykes, who was at WME, is among the top-grossing female touring comedians; she is an Emmy-winning writer-producer (The Chris Rock Show) and had her own late-night talk show. As an actress, she headlined her own primetime sitcom.  Sykes executive produces NBC's reboot of Last Comic Standing, which has been renewed for next summer. She also is reprising her voice-over role in Fox's animated feature Ice Age 5. Her… Read


Bella Thorne Joins Animated ‘Underdogs’

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EXCLUSIVE: Disney Channel star Bella Thorne has joined the voice cast of Underdogs, the animated Weinstein Co. release hitting theaters April 10, 2015. The Argentine-Spanish family flick from director Juan J. Campanella tracks a shy but talented foosball player who defends his town and his girl from a nefarious soccer player with the help of his foosball table figurines, who come magically to life. The film is undergoing a Hollywood revision and Ariana Grande, Nicholas… Read


Roger Howarth Joins ‘The Flash'; Ryan Hurst In ‘Bates Motel’

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Roger Howarth (General Hospital)  has landed a recurring role on CW's superhero series The Flash, based on the DC comic. The project, from Warner Bros TV and Berlanti Productions, is an origin story about Barry Allen, aka The Flash (Grant Gustin), a Central City assistant police forensics investigator who arrives in Starling to look into a series of unexplained robberies that may have a connection to a tragedy in his past. Howarth, repped by Gersh and McGowan Management… Read


‘The Walking Dead’ Ratings Solid In Week 2 Against Peyton Manning & ‘SNF’ Rebound

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It might be the Denver Broncos' quarterback breaking records this week instead of The Walking Dead, but the zombie apocalypse series still has significant bite. After a record-smashing Season 5 debut on October 12, AMC's blockbuster based on the Robert Kirkman co-created comics pulled in 15.143 million total viewers and 9.796 million adults 18-49 on Sunday night. That comes as the 10 PM Walking Dead just avoided a surge on NBC's Sunday Night Football as the Broncos'… Read


Literary Manager Stephen Marks Exits Evolution For Rain Management Group

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Veteran literary manager Stephen Marks is joining Rain Management Group effective November 1. He comes from Evolution Management, where he has been a partner. Marks is bringing with him a client list that includes showrunners Chris Case (Legit) and Adam Small (Mad TV) and directors David Grossman (Desperate Housewives) and Jonathan Judge (Big Time Rush).  In the reality space, Marks reps New Screen Concepts (Extreme Makeover) and Eddie Schmidt (Catfish). As a producer… Read


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