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Broadway’s ‘Motown’ Tuner Will Shutter In January, Possibly In Profit

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Motown The Musical, the tuner loosely based on label founder Berry Gordy's memoir, will play its final performance at Broadway's Lunt Fontanne Theatre on January 18, 2015, a few months shy of its second anniversary. The musical has yet to recoup its $18 million capitalization but will, according to a New York Times report, “in the next few weeks.” Show — featuring many of the hits from the Motown catalogue and impersonations of the Jackson Five, the Supremes, the… Read

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Berlin Sets Wim Wenders Homage; BBC Two Orders ‘Stonemouth’ & UK’s First Transgender Series; More

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The 65th Berlin International Film Festival will dedicate an homage to Wim Wenders and present him with an Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement. Since his 1970 debut Summer In The City, the Germany native has made about 50 films including Alice In The Cities (1973), Kings of the Road (1976), Paris, Texas (1984) Wings Of Desire (1987), The State Of Things (1982), The Million Dollar Hotel (2000) and PINA (2011). Ten films from Wenders' feature and documentary… Read

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UPDATE: ‘Survivor’ Editors Ratify IATSE Contract With Mark Burnett Company

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UPDATE 9:08 PM: Editors and other postproduction staff on Survivor have voted unanimously to ratify their IATSE contract tonight, sources tell me. PREVIOUSLY, August 20 PM: You can be pretty sure most of the Survivor crew will vote to stay on this newly unionized island. The Motion Picture Editors Guild and Mark Burnett's Island Post Productions have finalized an agreement in principle to unionize postproduction staff on the veteran CBS reality show, a deal that comes… Read

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‘Dating Naked’ Lawsuit Seeks To Strip Viacom Of $10M For Showing Too Much

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Jessie Nizewitz willingly signed up to be on VH1's Dating Naked, but she didn't realize that would mean that she would actually be seen naked from the waist down on national TV. Why did she not know that? Because the 28-year-old contestant didn't read the fine print? Nope, it's because despite the show's name, it wasn't supposed to happen on the series that is actually more tease than triple XXX. Having been left unblurred in a beach scene on the freshman unscripted… Read

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Ving Rhames Boards ‘Operator'; ‘Threshold’ Ramps Up; Five Join ‘Clavius’

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Ving Rhames has joined the cast of the beat-the-clock indie Operator, directed by sibling duo Obin and Amariah Olson (Unknown Caller). Mischa Barton, Michael Pare, and Luke Goss also star in the action-thriller about a 911 operator and her estranged cop husband whose daughter is abducted, forcing them to dispatch the city's police and fire units to remote locations at the kidnappers' bidding. Timothy Woodward Jr. and Larry Olson are producers. Story is by the Brothers… Read

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Bill O’Reilly Cuts Short Vacation, Puts Fox News Back On Top

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Bill O'Reilly came back just in the nick of time, boosting Fox News Channel back on top in primetime ratings after a rare news demo win by CNN on Tuesday. The O'Reilly Factor was the night's highest-rated cable news program with 615,000 news demo viewers, besting Anderson Cooper's 346,000 on CNN, Chris Hayes' 135,000 on MSNBC and Nancy Grace's 186,000 on HLN. For the night, FNC averaged 540,000 demo viewers, beating CNN (362,000) and MSNBC (156,000) combined. Related: News… Read

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Boston Teamsters’ ‘Top Chef’ Threats Become Statewide Campaign Issue

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Thuggish threats and racist and homophobic taunts by picketing members of Boston's Teamsters Local 25 against the cast and crew of Top Chef have become a campaign issue in the race for governor of Massachusetts. Related: 'Top Chef' Host Padma Lakshmi And Crew Flambéed By Boston Teamsters In January, the Democrats' leading candidate, Massachusetts attorney general Martha Coakley, accepted a $14,999 campaign contribution from the Teamsters local. A day after Deadline's… Read

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CBS Buys Medical Drama From Sarah Watson & Jason Katims As Put Pilot

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In a very competitive situation, CBS has landed a medical drama project from the Parenthood duo of Jason Katims and Sarah Watson. The project, from Universal TV and Katims' studio-based True Jack Prods, is set at a high-tech Silicon Valley hospital with a cutting-edge approach to medicine. Watson will write the script and executive produce with True Jack's Katims and Michelle Lee. Related: CBS Buys Adaptation Of British Comedy 'Friday Night Dinner' As Put Pilot Medical… Read

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Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘Love Is Strange’, ‘Are You Here’, ‘To Be Takei’, ‘Winter In The Blood’, ‘The Olivia Experiment’, ‘Expedition To The End Of The World’

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There was a time when two veteran straight actors such as John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, taking on the roles of a gay couple and their subsequent travails at married life would have been the tabloid equivalent of shock and awe. It still might raise some eyebrows, but Ira Sachs' Love Is Strange is a testimony to societal progress in terms of storytelling. Now it will face the box office as the Specialty title platforms this weekend via Sony Classics. A real-life gay… Read

WME Signs Joel Kinnaman

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WME has signed The Killing's Joel Kinnaman, the agency said in a wide announcement. The Stockholm-bred thesp crossed over stateside as the street-tough Detective Holder on AMC's cop show and starred in MGM and Sony's RoboCop reboot earlier this year. The Killing was revived for a fourth season on Netflix this month. Kinnaman, previously with CAA, stars opposite Liam Neeson in WB's 2015 crime actioner Run All Night and has Summit/Lionsgate's Child 44 with Tom Hardy, Gary… Read

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Finance & Production Shingle Vega, Baby! Expands Into Distribution

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EXCLUSIVE: Vega, Baby!, the feature film finance and production company that debuted last fall at AFM, has added a boutique North American acquisitions and distribution arm to its LA-based operation. Vega, Baby! Releasing will be headed by CEO and Co-President Sheldon Brigman and Everly producer Adam Ripp, who will serve as Chief Creative Officer and Co-President. The company will release up to ten films a year across multiple platforms starting with docu The Magic Of Hein… Read

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