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IM Global China Launches New Venture, Go Global

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IM Global China has announced the launch of Go Global, a new venture that aims to increase the exposure of Chinese cinema worldwide while also representing non-Chinese films inside the middle kingdom. Led by Clément Magar, the Go Global team will be based in Beijing and will offer a range of services to local producers, financiers and talent including festival strategy, festival booking, festival media promotion and event production. The new concern will also take… Read


Fox Hit With ‘Empire’ Class Action Suit Over Filming At Juvenile Detention Center

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With the Season 3 debut of Empire just weeks away, the first two episodes of the second season of the Fox blockbuster are today at the center of a potential big bucks class action lawsuit filed over filming at a Chicago juvenile detention center that left hundreds of underage inmates in "lockdown." "The Fox Defendants deliberately encouraged the Government Defendants to improperly place the JTDC on lockdown during the filming of Empire, for commercial benefit," says the… Read


CW Developing Martial Law Drama ‘Rise’ From ‘Vampire Diaries’ Exec Producers


With The Vampire Diaries coming to an end after its upcoming eighth season, three of the departing vampire drama’s executive producers — co-creator/showrunner Julie Plec and Chad Fiveash & James Stoteraux, are teaming for a new hourlong project at the CW and Warner Bros. TV. Rise, from WBTV and Plec’s studio-based My So-Called Company, is set following a terrorist attack. When martial law is declared, a disparate group of everyday people start to uncover that the attack… Read


Jimmy O. Yang, Adria Arjona Join Melissa McCarthy’s ‘Life Of The Party’; Jeremy Renner To Lead ‘Arctic Justice’ Voice Cast

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EXCLUSIVE: Melissa McCarthy’s upcoming Life of the Party continues to beef up its cast with Silicon Valley’s Jimmy O. Yang and True Detective‘s Adria Arjona signing on for the college-set comedy that begins filming this week in Atlanta. Described as in the vein of Rodney Dangerfield’s 1986 comedy Back to School, Life of the Party stars McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Gillian Jacobs, Jacki Weaver, Molly Gordon and Jessie Ennis and hits theaters May 11, 2018. Yang will play Tyler… Read


Sarah Jones Opportunity Internship Names Its Second Recipient

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Becca Bennett, a recent graduate from the University of Georgia, has been selected as the second recipient of the Sarah Jones Opportunity internship and training program, which is named after the 27-year-old camera assistant who was killed in Georgia in 2014 when she was struck by a freight train on the first day of filming on Midnight Rider. Jones' death sparked a renewed emphasis on safety throughout the industry, and the internship program is intended to create a… Read


Donald Trump Delivers Fox News Channel’s Second-Best Town Hall Demo Ratings

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Sean Hannity’s latest Donald Trump town hall clocked 2.7M viewers including 589K in the news demo, putting Hannity in the No. 1 spot for the night among cable news programs in the demo. It’s also FNC’s second-highest-rated town-hall performance in the demo ever. Trump’s Tuesday night Hannity hour sits behind Bret Baier’s town hall with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in Detroit back in March. Tuesday night’s Trump talk, in which the GOP nominee changed his position on… Read


‘The Deep’ Pilot Casts Eline Powell & Rena Owen; ‘Claws’ Adds Jason Antoon

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Eline Powell (Game of Thrones) and Rena Owen (The Last Witch Hunter) are set as series regulars on Freeform drama pilot The Deep. Based on a story by Eric Wald and Dean White, The Deep is set in Bristol Cove, a coastal town known for its legend of once being home to mermaids. When the arrival of a mysterious girl proves this folklore all too true, the battle between man and sea takes a very vicious turn as these predatory beings return to reclaim their right to the ocean… Read


Amy Pascal Nails Down Attica Prison Riot Book For TriStar; Second Project In Works About 1971 Uprising

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Blood in the Water, a book about the Attica prison riot, was just plucked away by producer Amy Pascal who will be developing the project for TriStar Pictures. Written by Heather Ann Thompson, the nonfiction tome about the 1971 riot in New York’s Attica State Prison just hit the street via Pantheon/Penguin Random House. The news comes two months after Good Fear Film’s Chris Bender and Jake Weiner acquired life rights to Elizabeth Fink and Frank "Big Black" Smith to tell… Read


Marketing EVP Loren Schwartz Leaving Warner Bros

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EXCLUSIVE: After a little over a year at the studio, EVP Loren Schwartz is leaving Warner Bros, where he held the title of EVP Genre Marketing and Advertising as the studio decided to integrate genre marketing duties across its team. He had been reporting directly to president of worldwide marketing Blair Rich. The position will be re-integrated back into the wider group, we are told, and the position will not be filled. The move to bring Schwartz was to have a dedicated… Read


Britney Spears TV Movie In Works At Lifetime; Natasha Bassett To Star

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Lifetime has greenlighted Britney (working title), a two-hour TV movie about Britney Spears starring Natasha Bassett (Hail, Caesar!) as the pop icon. Production begins next month in Vancouver for a 2017 premiere on Lifetime. The project details the tumultuous story of Spears’ rise to fame, her fall from grace and eventual triumphant resurrection. It will follow Spears’ story, beginning as a young girl from Louisiana trying to make a name for herself in the music scene… Read


Jon Favreau To Direct Seth MacFarlane’s Space Comedic Drama Series For Fox

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Iron Man and The Jungle Book helmer Jon Favreau has signed on to direct and executive produce the first episode of Fox’s untitled live-action hourlong comedic drama created by and starring Seth MacFarlane. Favreau then will stay on as a consultant on the project, which has a straight-to-series order. Set in space 300 years in the future, the show follows the adventures of the Orville, a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth's interstellar fleet. MacFarlane… Read


Double Emmy Nominee Derek McLane on ‘Hairspray Live’, Lady Gaga And ‘The Wiz!’

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When I sat down early this week with Derek McLane, nominated for his sets for both the 2016 Academy Awards and NBC's presentation of The Wiz Live!, I took out my camera to shoot some candids as we conversed. McLane suggested we switch places, explaining that the overstuffed bookshelves behind me would be much more interesting than the blank wall behind him. There may be no better illustration of the difference between a writer and a set designer than this. McLane is among… Read