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CAA Signs ‘Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer

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EXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed Ruben Fleischer, the director of the comedies Zombieland and 30 Minutes Or Less, and the drama Gangster Squad. Fleischer, who had been at UTA, also started the TV production company The District with Dave Bernard. They have a two year overall deal with Universal Television and NBC picked up their half hour comedy Superstore to pilot. Fleischer will direct that pilot. He remains lawyered by Warren… Read

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Biz Strategist Victor Antonio Helps Families In Financial Crisis In New Spike TV Series

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Spike TV has greenlit ten one-hour episodes of Family Takeover, a new reality series aimed at helping families in financial crisis, featuring Fortune 500 business strategist Victor Antonio. It’s slated for debut in the fall. In each episode, Antonio will meet a different family who is facing a fiscal calamity. With a mix of expert guidance and tough love, Antonio will work tirelessly to help the family out of their monetary pit. "Family Takeover is extremely relevant to… Read

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Starz’s ‘Blunt Talk’ Begins Production In LA – First-Look Photos

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Starz has released a couple of first-look photos from its original series Blunt Talk that began production on its first season this week in Los Angeles. The half-hour scripted comedy is greenlit for a two-season, 20-episode commitment, with the 10-episode first season set to premiere this summer. Patrick Stewart stars as Walter Blunt, a British import intent on conquering the world of American cable news and the fallout from his well-intentioned but mostly misguided… Read

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Mercedes-Benz’s Super Bowl Ad Directed By Robert Stromberg – Video

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Mercedes-Benz USA collaborated with Robert Stromberg –  Maleficent director and a two-time Academy Award winner for Best Art Direction for Alice In Wonderland and Avatar –  for its Super Bowl ad this year. It’s Stromberg’s advertising directorial debut. "We tend to think of fables as things of the past," Stromberg said, in re the ad, which is based on the Aesop fable about the tortoise and the hare. "It's fascinating for me to render a classic tale with modern tools, yet… Read

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Lionsgate In Talks On Film Finance & Distribution Deal With China’s Hunan TV

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Lionsgate is in advanced discussions with China’s Hunan TV, the country’s second largest broadcaster, to partner on film production and distribution. Reuters first reported the talks after Hunan TV made a statement on the Shenzhen stock exchange. We hear that Hunan would come in to provide financing on Lionsgate’s $1.5B slate over a three-year period. We also understand that the companies are examining working together on local production and distribution in China, as… Read

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Gore Vidal Vs. William Buckley Docu ‘Best Of Enemies’ Acquired By Magnolia & Participant – Sundance

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EXCLUSIVE: One of the hot Sundance documentaries is spoken for. Magnolia Films has teamed with Participant to make a high-six-figure acquisition of Best Of Enemies. This is a behind-the-scenes account of the explosive 1968 televised debates between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley Jr. They disagreed on everything from politics to religion and sex. The pic was directed by Morgan Neville, whose last docu 20 Feet From Stardom won the 2014 Best… Read

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Henry Lloyd-Hughes Conjures Role In ‘Now You See Me: The Second Act’

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EXCLUSIVE: Fast-rising British actor Henry Lloyd-Hughes has been set to play tech whiz kid Allen Scott-Frank in Lionsgate’s heist sequel Now You See Me: The Second Act. Production is underway on the Jon M Chu-helmed pic that stars returning cast Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, and Michael Caine along with Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan and Jay Chou who are new to the franchise. Scripted by Pete Chiarelli and Ed Solomon, the sequel picks up a year after the… Read

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Maya Rudolph & Jaden Smith To Appear In Diallo Riddle/Bashir Salahuddin HBO Pilot

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HBO has given a formal go-ahead to Brothers In Atlanta, a new comedy pilot written by and starring former Late Night With Jimmy Fallon writers/performers Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin and executive produced by Lorne Michaels. Saturday Night Live alumna Maya Rudolph and actor-musician Jaden Smith are set as guest stars opposite Riddle and Salahuddin in the pilot, which will be directed by Tim Story. Brothers In Atlanta is a comedy about struggling entertainers and… Read

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‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’ & ‘MasterChef Jr’ Ratings Down, Special ‘CSI’ Hits Season High, ‘Flash’ Slips

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It was a mixed night of encores and originals on the networks last night with a loss of traction in the superhero worlds. Almost halfway through its eight-episode run and last week's State of the Union preemption, Marvel's Agent Carter (1.3/4) really started extending its reach into the greater Marvel Universe last night with the return of Howard Stark, a bloody discovery, some surprising moves by a neighbor, and an inevitable Stan Lee cameo. Compared to its last original… Read

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Snapchat Scripted Series ‘SnapperHero’ Launches From AT&T, Astronauts Wanted

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It may seem like the most unlikely social-media platform to host a scripted superhero series, but Snapchat, the evanescent mobile-messaging app, will be getting just that from AT&T and its digital-media unit Fullscreen in collaboration with digital-media production house Astronauts Wanted. The series, SnapperHerolaunches today on Snapchat, best known for its tens of millions of young users who appreciate that the images and text they send through the service… Read

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Fox Searchlight Confirms Deal For Irish Tale ‘Brooklyn’ – Sundance

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UPDATE, 8:50 AM: Fox Searchlight today officially announced what I scooped yesterday — that it has made a deal for the John Crowley-directed Brooklyn, its second big buy at the Sundance Film Festival after its team-up with Indian Paintbrush on Me And Earl And The Dying Girl. The studio says it plans a 2015 release for the Irish tale Brooklyn,  written by Nick Hornby based on Colm Toibin's novel. See the full release below the original story. PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, TUESDAY… Read