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Peter Gallagher & Olivia Thirlby Join Fox Pilot ‘Detour’ Inspired By Rivers Cuomo

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Peter Gallagher and Olivia Thirlby will co-star opposite Ben Aldridge in Fox's single-camera comedy pilot Detour, from 20th Century Fox TV. Inspired by the real-life story of Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo, Detour centers on Michael Sturges (Aldridge), a charming rock star who made the unexpected choice at age 30 to quit his band and go back to college. Gallagher plays the notorious Professor Zaring, while Thirlby plays Gabrielle, his confident teaching assistant. The… Read

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Jack Cutmore-Scott To Play Title Role In ‘Cooper Barrett’s Guide’ Fox Pilot

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Jack Cutmore-Scott, who starred in the Fox comedy pilot Cabot College last year, has been cast by the network as another comedy pilot lead. The young Broadway actor has landed the title role in the Fox single-camera pilot Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Your 20s, from 20th Century Fox TV and Gail Berman's the Jackal Group. Written by Jay Lacopo, Cooper Barrett's Guide celebrates the mistakes and misadventures of post college life. It centers on 26-year-old Cooper… Read

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Murder Case Involving Texas Justice of the Peace To Be Developed As HBO Film

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The shocking story of a former Texas Justice of the Peace-turned-convicted murderer will be the subject of Preserve, Protect, And Defend, a movie in development at HBO Films. It is being written by Big Love creators Mark V. OlsenWill Scheffer as well as filmmaker Craig Zobel (Complience), who is set to direct. Preserve, Protect, And Defend tells the true story of 47-year-old Eric Williams, a disgraced Texas Justice of the Peace who enlisted the help of his wife to plot… Read

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‘Nightline’, ‘Late Night’ Claim February Sweep Victories

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ABC this morning boasted  Nightline  had won its first ever February sweep in its later timeslot in total viewers, clocking ABC’s largest overall February sweep crowd in the slot in eight years.  It was, ABC noted,  the late-night newsmag’s second consecutive win in overall audience and its third of the last four. ABC’s accounting has Nightline beating NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers by 144,000 viewers and CBS’s Late Late Show With Various Fill-In Hosts by 499,000. NBC… Read

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Tribeca Film Festival Sets Spotlight, Midnight & Special Screening Sidebars

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The Tribeca Film Festival has unveiled its slates in the Spotlight, Midnight and Special Screenings sections for the 14th edition of the NY-based fest, which runs from April 15-26. Among the highlights are a slew of world premieres including the documentary Mary J. Blige: The London Sessions, followed by a concert from the R&B icon at the Beacon Theatre. Also premiering is writer-director William Monahan’s Mojave and Maggie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail… Read

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Ex-Deputy L.A. Film Czar Wants Your Vote

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A day after exiting his post at Los Angeles’ Office of Motion Picture and Television Production, Rajiv Dalal has thrown his hat into the political ring. California state politics to be specific. The former Time Warner executive today declared as a candidate for a seat in the 43rd California Assembly District, which will come open in 2016 when current Assemblyman Mike Gatto is termed out. Coming off his old job as Deputy Film Czar for LA, Dalal's pivotal role in the more… Read

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‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Whips Past $500M At Worldwide Box Office

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Breathlessly crossing thresholds since its worldwide rollout began on February 11, Fifty Shades Of Grey has now passed the $500M global box office mark. The milestone came today with the worldwide to-date total at $502M ($150M domestic/$352M international). This is the latest in the book-to-screen transfer’s multiple high points. Last weekend, it became Universal’s biggest R-rated film of all time internationally. (And that’s without China.) The Sam Taylor-Johnson-helmed… Read

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Griffin Gluck Joins NBC’s ‘Cuckoo'; Mia Serafino In Suzanne Martin Pilot, ‘Mama Dallas’ Adds 2

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Griffin Gluck (Red Band Society, Back In The Game) has been cast opposite Flula Borg in NBC’s comedy pilot Cuckoo, an adaptation of the breakout BBC Three comedy series, which starred Andy Samberg. NBC's Cuckoo is the story of a middle-class family whose daughter comes back from a summer abroad married to a charming but infuriating eccentric named Cuckoo (Borg), much to her father's annoyance. Gluck, repped by Paradigm and Leslie Allan Rice Management, will play… Read

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Jenny Slate Eyes Own FX Pilot As ‘Married’ Adds New Series Regular

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There will be less of Jess on Season 2 of FX’s Married. I have learned that co-star Jenny Slate is switching from a regular to recurring role on the comedy series and is expected to appear in four of the 10 episodes of Season 2. I hear that is because the Saturday Night Live alumna is being eyed by FX to topline her own pilot. Details about the potential pilot are sketchy, but I’ve learned it is being written by two of the co-writers behind the 2014 Sundance comedy Obvious… Read

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UTA Signs Helmer Gavin Hood

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EXCLUSIVE: Gavin Hood, who won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for Tsotsi, has signed with UTA. The South African-born helmer has directed X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ender’s Game and Rendition. He’s in post-production on the thriller Eye On The Sky, which stars Aaron Paul and Helen Mirren. He had been at WME, and continues to be managed by manager Michael Sugar and lawyered by David… Read

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Giancarlo Esposito Joins George Clooney & Julia Roberts In ‘Money Monster’

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Giancarlo Esposito, who will next be seen in Fox’s second film in its YA franchise The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, has joined the cast of Jodie Foster’s Money Monster with George Clooney and Julia Roberts. He will portray Captain Marcus Powell, the NYPD lead officer in charge of the situation with a gunman holding a TV stock tip announcer named Lee Gates (Clooney) hostage. The  project was scooped up in 2014 by TriStar in one of its biggest deals of the year. Esposito… Read

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‘When Marnie Was There’ Nabs A-List Voice Cast, Sets Summer Release Date

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Studio Ghibli and GKIDS, the producer and distributor of several Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations – second only to Disney — has lined up another impressive English voice cast for their next outing: When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Marnie). Hailee Steinfeld, John C. Reilly, Vanessa Williams, Geena Davis, Kathy Bates, Ellen Burstyn and Catherine O’Hara join Kiernan Shipka, Grey Griffin, Ava Acres and Raini Roodriguez in the story about a girl who arrives at her… Read