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Independent Filmmaker Project Unveils Gotham Awards Nominees

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Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Love Is Strange and Under the Skin are up for the Best Feature prize in the 24th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards. The Independent Filmmaker Project calls this the “kick-off to the film awards season,” and highlights “worthy independent films.” The collection includes 15 films nominated for Best Feature, Best Documentary, and the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award. IFP members can vote online from November 19th to the 26th… Read


Netflix Series From ‘Damages’ Creators Unveils Title, First Teaser: VIDEO


KZK no more. Netflix's upcoming original series, created and executive produced by Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler, will be titled Bloodline and will be released in March, the streaming service said today. Netflix also released the first teaser trailer for the Sony TV-produced drama, about a close-knit family of four adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home. Kyle Chandler, Ben… Read


Ethan Hawke To Play Chet Baker In Trumpeter Biopic ‘Born To Be Blue’ – AFM

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Shooting has begun in Ontario on Chet Baker biopic Born To Be Blue with Ethan Hawke as the legendary jazz trumpeter. Written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Robert Budreau, the drama is inspired by Baker's rise, fall and eventual resurgence. The story will chart his comeback in the late 1970s and the tumultuous love affair that changed the way he played music and helped him on the road to redemption after his self-destructive ways had seemingly destroyed his career… Read


UPDATE: Comcast Says HBO And CBS Online Plans Won’t Upset TV Ecosystem: Live Blog

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UPDATE, 6:48 AM:  Two interesting disclosures, both from NBCU chief Steve Burke, during Comcast's quarterly call with analysts this morning. He says, without detail, that the company's thinking about "taking some of our existing sports on other channels and putting them on USA." Also, in response to questions, he says that he was surprised — but not especially concerned — by HBO and CBS' announcements last week about their streaming plans. “I don't think distributing… Read


Colin Callender’s Playground Names Louise Pedersen UK Managing Director

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Colin Callender has brought in All3Media executive Louise Pedersen as Managing Director of UK operations for his production company Playground Entertainment. Pedersen is being tasked with expanding Playground's existing footprint in the UK and overseeing day-to-day activities in the country, reporting to Callender. With Pederson on board, Playground will open offices in London in early 2015. Playground's portfolio includes two upcoming British projects, a six-part… Read


Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Top Gear’ Hosts Attacked In Argentina Over License Plate; Samantha Glynne Named VP Branded Entertainment At FremantleMedia; More

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Controversy doesn't just seem to follow Jeremy Clarkson and the Top Gear gang, lately it's been in hot pursuit. Three times in the past year the host and the show have come under fire for alleged inappropriate remarks or provocations. In May, Clarkson was accused of making a racial slur during an unaired episode whose footage leaked online. Prior to that, the BBC apologized for other comments Clarkson made in a Top Gear special filmed in Burma that did air. In 2011, the… Read


‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Trailer: Marvel Releases Early Peek After Online Leak

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After a low-resolution version of the first Avengers: Age Of Ultron trailer leaked today and caused a fanboy flurry online, Disney and Marvel reacted quickly by releasing the official version almost a week early. (Watch it above.) The original plan was to debut the trailer next week during ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. next Tuesday night. When the leaked video started going viral, Marvel smartly opted to put its higher-quality version online, taking the crisis in… Read


Create Advertising Group Ups Carrie Gormley & Jonathan Gitlin


Create Advertising Group has promoted two of its veteran executives. Carrie Gormley has been upped to President of Theatrical Advertising, and Jonathan Gitlin is the new President of Television and Gaming. The company, which specializes in film, TV, gaming and branding clients, has created campaigns for such recent hit features as The Lego Movie, Despicable Me 2, Skyfall, Alice in Wonderland, Iron Man and Iron Man 2 and TV hits including Modern Family, Sons Of Anarchy, Ora… Read


Karen Pittman Joins ‘The Americans'; Gloria Reuben In ‘Mr. Robot’

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Karen Pittman (Begin Again) has been tapped for a recurring role on the third season of FX's Cold War drama The Americans. She will play Lisa, a struggling mother and recovering alcoholic who works on the assembly line of a highly classified Defense Department project and just became the Alcoholic Anonymous sponsor of newly sober Michele. But what Lisa doesn't know is that Michele is actually an alias being used by covert KGB spy Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell), who… Read


‘Frankenstein’ Drama From Rand Ravich & Howard Gordon Set At Fox As Put Pilot

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Howard Gordon, Rand Ravich, Frankenstein. Fox has nabbed a drama project that links the three recognizable names with a put pilot commitment. Titled Frankenstein, the drama will be written and executive produced by Crisis and Life creator Ravich and executive produced by Homeland and Tyrant executive producer Gordon. Described as a grounded sci-fi drama, Frankenstein brings Gordon back to his genre roots of The X-Files, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel. Taking… Read


‘Hitch’ Comedy Series In Works At Fox


Fox has put in development Hitch, a half-hour series inspired by Will Smith's hit 2005 feature romantic comedy. The single-camera project hails from Will Smith and James Lassiter's Overbrook Entertainment, which produced the movie with Sony's Columbia Pictures, and Sony Pictures TV. Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Made Of Honor) will write the series adaptation, a workplace comedy that explores dating and sexual politics. They will executive produce with Overbrook's… Read


Steve Carell, Charlie Kaufman Lock ‘I.Q. 83′; Viral Outbreak Dumbs Down World

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EXCLUSIVE: Charlie Kaufman has been signed to do a page one rewrite of I.Q. 83, an adaptation of Arthur Herzog's classic 1978 science fiction novel that Paramount is now developing as a star vehicle for Steve Carell. Mad Chance's Andrew Lazar is producing with Walter Parkes. The plan is for Carell to play Dr. James Healey, who led a group of scientists that conducted DNA experiments that unleashed an airborne virus that ravages the population. The affliction isn't fatal… Read


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