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Imagine Entertainment Takes Controlling Interest In Comedy Series Producer Jax Media

EXCLUSIVE: Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment is expanding its footprint in scripted TV comedy by acquiring a controlling stake in Tony Hernandez’s Jax Media to develop, produce, and finance film and scripted television projects in the comedy space. The strategic investment, whose size has not been disclosed, gives Imagine a pipeline to up-and-coming comedic talent as well as access to Jax Media's physical production infrastructure in Los Angeles and New… Read

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California’s IMDb Age Law Violates First Amendment, Federal Court Rules; SAG-AFTRA “Extremely Disappointed” – Update

UPDATED with SAG-AFTRA statement, 3:31 PM: A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that the State of California’s SAG-AFTRA-backed law making it illegal for the entertainment news site IMDbPro to publish actors' ages is unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds. A year ago this week, Judge Vince Chhabria granted IMDb an injunction to stop enforcement of AB 1687, which went into effect January 1, 2017. "It's difficult to imagine how AB 1687 could not violate the First… Read

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New Survey Reveals 94% Of Women In Hollywood Say They’ve Experienced Sexual Harassment or Assault

A new survey reveals just how pervasive the problem of sexual harassment and assault is in Hollywood. Virtually every woman working in the entertainment industry who was contacted for the poll has a #MeToo story. Ninety-four percent of the 843 women surveyed by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center said they’d been subjected to some type of harassment or abuse by an older individual in a position of power. The women reported a range of unwanted behavior — sexual… Read

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Donald Trump Signs Memorandum Directing AG Jeff Sessions To “Propose Regulations” Banning Bump Stocks

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Moments after White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she had no news on President Donald Trump signaling willingness to consider some measure of gun control, Trump announced he signed a memorandum directing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to take steps to ban bump stocks. A bump stock, which turns a semi-automatic into a fully-automatic killing machine, enabled a gunman to slay 58 concert-goers and injure another 851 in Las Vegas last October. “After the… Read

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Netflix’s Sabrina The Teenage Witch Series Casts Miranda Otto As Aunt Zelda

Netflix's upcoming Sabrina the Teenage Witch series has cast another key character from the comic books as a lead opposite Kiernan Shipka. Miranda Otto (Homeland) has been tapped to play Zelda Spellman on the show from Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. TV. She also joins Lucy Davis who was cast play Hilda Spellman. Based on the Archie Comics characters, the untitled project reimagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch… Read

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Oprah Winfrey Answers Call & Joins Clooneys, Katzenbergs, Spielberg And Capshaw In Donating $500,000 To March For Our Lives: Who’s Next?

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3RD UPDATE: Oprah Winfrey has added her name to the list of Hollywood heavyweights to donate $500,000 to March For Our Lives, the gun-protest march being organized by students at Parkland, FL’s Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, where a former student opened fire last week and killed 17 students and teachers and wounded 16. Winfrey announced the donation on her social media channels just now, with a hat-tip to George and Amal Clooney who started the donation charge… Read

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Disney Channel’s ‘Zombies’ Premiere Beats Friday Olympics In Kid Demos

When Zombies attacked, kids watched. Disney Channel said today that Friday’s premiere of its original telefilm drew 1.14 million viewers and a 4.8 rating in the kids 6-11 demo — beating that night’s Winter Olympics coverage — and went on to lure 10.3 million combined viewers over eight airings through Monday. The musical’s premiere was the No. 1 cable TV telecast among kids 6-11 and girls 6-11 (752,000 viewers, 6.4 rating) since Disney Channel’s Descendants 2 in July. It… Read

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Olympics Snare 18.6M Viewers, Down Double Digits From Last Week & Sochi – Update

UPDATE, 2:30 PM: A big spotlight is being put by NBC on Lindsay Vonn's final Olympics downhill race tonight in primetime but they might want to look away from last night's final results While Team USA's resounding men's hockey win over Slovakia was the second most watched game on ice in NBC Sports Network's over 12-year history, the total audience delivery for the President's Day primetime was a middling 18.6 million. Granted, that's up a hair from the TAD of 18.2 million… Read

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‘Ismael’s Ghosts’ Trailer: Marion Cotillard Haunts A Former Lover In Arnaud Desplechin Drama

In the new trailer for the drama Ismael’s Ghosts, Oscar winner Marion Cotillard teams up with writer-director Arnaud Desplechin in a drama where a filmmaker is revisited by a former lover after he thought she was dead for nearly 20 years. The movie, which opened the Cannes Film Festival last year, marks a reunion between Desplechin and Cotillard who previously worked together in 1996's My Sex Life… Or How I Got Into An Argument. The film stars Mathieu Amalric as Ismael… Read

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‘Marvel’s Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur’ Animated Series Produced By Laurence Fishburne In Works At Disney Channels

EXCLUSIVE: A new pint-size superhero is looking to join Marvel’s superhero TV universe. Disney Channels Worldwide is developing  Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (working title), an animated series based on the popular comic book series. It hails from black-ish and grown-ish executive producers Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland via Cinema Gypsy Productions and Marvel Animation. Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur follows the adventures of nine-year-old… Read

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‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’ Adds ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Scribe Eric Pearson

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EXCLUSIVE: Eric Pearson has been set to rewrite Cowboy Ninja Viking, the Universal Pictures film that will star Chris Pratt with Michelle MacLaren directing. Pearson is coming off Thor: Ragnarok. The attitude-laced hard-edged actioner is based on the Image Comics graphic novel by AJ Lieberman and illustrator Riley Rossmo. Pearson takes over an earlier draft written by Craig Mazin, who rewrote the original by Paul Wernick & Everett David Reese. Pratt stars as an assassin… Read

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‘L.A. Confidential’: Walton Goggins To Co-Star In CBS Drama Pilot; Anna Fricke Joins As Co-Showrunner

Justified and Vice Principals alum Walton Goggins is set for a lead role in CBS drama pilot L.A. Confidential, based on James Ellroy's classic noir novel, from Arnon Milchan, producer of the acclaimed 1997 L.A. Confidential movie; CBS TV Studios; New Regency; and Lionsgate TV. In addition, Anna Fricke (Being Human) has signed on as executive producer and co-showrunner alongside Jordan Harper. Written by Harper and directed by Michael Dinner, L.A. Confidential follows… Read