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Global Showbiz Briefs: Tom Cruise, ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ Score Japan Cool Prizes; Bloomsbury Set Circled For ‘Life In Squares’

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The Japan External Trade Organization, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Consulate General of Japan are set to honor the Tom Cruise sci-fi action flick Edge Of Tomorrow with a pair of prizes at the second annual Japan Cool Content Contribution Awards Ceremony. On September 13 at the official residence of the Consul General of Japan in LA, Cruise will receive the J3C Acting Award and EOT helmer Doug Liman will be given the J3C Director Award… Read


Rookie Comedies ‘Selfie’ & ‘A To Z’ Hit Hulu Ahead Of Network Premieres (Video)

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Good news if you just can't wait another six weeks to watch ABC's Selfie or NBC's A To Z debut on TV. In the broadcast networks' latest outside-the-box promotion, the pilot episodes of the freshman comedies, both from Warner Bros TV, are available now on Hulu. Episode 1 of Thursday night rookie A To Z, starring Ben Feldman and Cristin Miloti as a mismatched couple who happen to fall in love, actually bowed last week on and its app as part of a promo aimed… Read


Turner CEO Says Plans For More “Streamlined, Nimble” Company Coming In Next Two Months

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Turner's “2020” plan moves  forward. CEO John Martin told staffers today that the company will unveil details of a new corporate structure “in the next two months.” In today's memo, Martin said the company would “start 2015 a more streamlined, nimble and efficient company focused on driving programming, monetization and innovation, in a culture that emphasizes and rewards continuous improvement.” Which, in rough numbers, means “layoffs,” most industry sources agreed. The… Read


Produced By Conference Unveils NYC Version

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The Producers Guild of America is taking its Produced By conference on the road to New York City in October, marking the first time the confab will be held outside of Los Angeles. The Weinstein Company's Bob and Harvey Weinstein will be among the speakers at the one-day event, which will be held October 25 at the Time Warner Center. "The Produced By conference has proven to be an industry-defining event which offers unparalleled networking opportunities, as well as a wide… Read


A ‘Sophie’s Choice': ‘Jaws’ Or ‘Goodfellas’?


We write about the film business cynically as a business, but we're a bunch of film geeks, really. I thought this when I experienced moments ago the closest thing a guy on his couch will face to a “Sophie's Choice.”  On Spike TV, there was the incomparable Roy Scheider slinging chum off the back of a boat, and a giant great white shark surfacing in Jaws, and Scheider telling Robert Shaw, “You're gonna need a bigger boat.” And on AMC, at the same time, there's Goodfellas,… Read


HBO Developing Musical Comedy From Bruce Eric Kaplan


Writer Bruce Eric Kaplan is further expanding his relationship with HBO with a new half-hour comedy project, Sing With Me. Written and executive produced by Kaplan, the musical comedy, now in development, revolves around three generations of women living in Los Angeles. At HBO, Kaplan most recently wrote and executive produced the half-hour comedy pilot People In New Jersey. Before that Kaplan, who is also a well-known cartoonist, served as a co-executive producer on… Read


Scott Adsit Joins AMC Pilot ‘We Hate Paul Revere'; Sibylla Deen & Kylie Bunbury in Spike TV’s ‘Tut’

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30 Rock alum Scott Adsit has been cast as Sam Adams in AMC's half-hour comedy pilot We Hate Paul Revere. Written, executive produced and starring Ethan Sandler and Adrian Wenner, the story revolves around two brothers living in Colonial Boston who are not fans of local industrialist and activist Paul Revere (Ron Livingston). Adsit, repped by APA and Truhett/Garcia Management, recently wrapped Ted Melfi's St. Vincent Of Van Wyck Street. Sibylla Deen (Tyrant) and Kylie Bunbu… Read


Zoe Cassavetes Ponders Plight Of The L.A. Actress In ‘Day Out Of Days’

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EXCLUSIVE: After her debut feature Broken English snagged distribution out of Sundance and a pair of Independent Spirit Award nominations, filmmaker Zoe Cassavetes linked up with actress pal Alexia Landeau to write her sophomore feature. Landeau, who appeared in Cassavetes' first film, the 2000 short Men Make Women Crazy Theory, now leads the Day Out Of Days cast as a 40-year-old actress struggling to make it in the cutthroat business of Hollywood while contending with… Read


Eva Longoria Joins Fox’s ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

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Desperate Housewives alum Eva Longoria has been tapped for a three-episode arc on the upcoming second season of Fox comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Longoria will play Sophia, a defense attorney who catches Jake's (Andy Samberg) attention when she faces off against him in court. Season 2 of the Golden Globe-winning series, set in the NYPD's 99th Precinct in Brooklyn, picks up with Captain Ray Holt (Andre Braugher) finding himself face-to-face with his longtime nemesis… Read


DigiTour Adds Two Execs, Investors Guy Oseary, Ben Silverman, Allen DeBevoise

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DigiTour Media, the live-event company specializing in concerts and events featuring prominent YouTube and Vine video creators, has named Erick Nordan as its chief financial officer and Diego Prats as chief growth officer, with both to be based in Los Angeles and report to CEO Meridith Valiando Rojas. The company also added to its roster of prominent entertainment-industry investors, with capital from music manager Guy Oseary (Madonna, U2), former NBC Entertainment… Read


Mark Burnett & Roma Downey Producing Guardian Angels Drama For NBC


Roma Downey became a household name with her role on CBS' Touched By An Angel as an angel bringing guidance and messages from God to people in trouble. Now she is producing another drama series project about angels helping mortals, this time at NBC. Downey and husband/producing partner Mark Burnett have brought to NBC a drama script written by John J. Sakmar and Kerry Lenhart (Boston Public). Tentatively titled Unveiled, the drama revolves around a group of guardian… Read


FX’s ‘Partners’ Hits New Low, Back Order Unlikely


Facing formidable preseason Monday Night Football on ESPN and a rising Hotel Hell on Fox last night, FX's Partners fell to its lowest result yet last night. Make that limbo lows for the struggling Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence sitcom. In its third week, the 10/90 series from Lionsgate TV and Debmar-Mercury drew just 380,000 total viewers for its 9 PM broadcast and 450,000 for its 9:30 PM airing. That's a drop of 55% among total viewers from last week's 9 PM show and… Read


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