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NY Gov. Cuomo Extends State’s Film Incentives Program

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tonight unveiled a state budget that includes a three-year extension of the state's film production tax credit. Launched in 2004 and extended by Cuomo in 2013, the $420 million-a-year program isn't set to expire until 2019 but was expected to run out of money later this year without the additional funding provided for in the new state budget. An economic impact report conducted for Empire State Development, the state's economic development arm… Read

Film

Jimmy Kimmel Talks Oscars, Politics & What He’d Ask A Certain President-Elect

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After taping tonight’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Jimmy Kimmel reflected on his upcoming Oscar hosting duties and his plans for his late-night program in the wake of Donald Trump’s surprise victory. Taking on the Oscar hosting gig for the first time, Kimmel doesn’t seem fazed, despite finding himself at a potential turning point in the #Oscarssowhite controversy. “I'm mostly focused on myself. I just want to be funny,” Kimmel laughed. “My guess is that it's going to… Read

TV

Keegan-Michael Key On ‘Playing House’ & Voicing Presidential Anger – TCA

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Keegan-Michael Key welcomed TCA reporters to the set of USA’s Playing House to talk about the show’s upcoming third season, but the comic who gave voice to President Barack Obama’s angry side couldn’t ignore the GOP elephant standing around. When asked whether he could offer the president-elect something similar to his “Luther, The Anger Translator” character, Key quipped, “He has Twitter for that.” With just a few days left for Obama’s presidency, Key reflected on his… Read

Film

New ‘Wilson’ Trailer Gives Glimpse Of Woody Harrelson’s Fatherly Faux Pas

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Craig Johnson’s Wilson makes its world premiere this Sunday, January 22, at the Sundance Film Festival, with a Fox Searchlight theatrical release March 24, but here’s a little taste. This new trailer for the Woody Harrelson-starrer lays out the premise and tone quickly, and fans of Daniel Clowes’ original graphic novel should be pleased with the fidelity to the author’s comically neurotic take on family values. (Shouldn’t come as a surprise: Clowes wrote the… Read

Business

WME | IMG Exec Chris Liddell Leaving To Join Donald Trump’s Team

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Chris Liddell, the global CFO at WME | IMG, is exiting that post for a D.C. gig with soon-to-be-President Donald Trump. The New Zealander who previously served as CFO at General Motors and Microsoft has been named an assistant and director of strategic initiatives for the new administration. Liddell, who joined WME | IMG in August 2014, had been advising the former Apprentice in Chief on appointments during the post-election transition. Trump said in a statement today… Read

Film

Ira Deutchman Gets First Spotlight Cinema Laurels For Lifetime Of Indie Service

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Indie films icon Ira Deutchman tonight received the inaugural Spotlight Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his service and accomplishments in a 40-years-plus career devoted to making, distributing and exhibiting independent films. The award was created by Spotlight Cinema Networks in partnership with the Art House Convergence. Deutchman, founder of Cinecom and Fine Line Features, was chosen by the Provisional Board of the Art House Convergence, which promotes… Read

TV

Brian Grazer On Indie Imagine TV, ‘Legacy’ Timing & Why ‘24’ Movie Didn’t Happen

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Imagine TV, which is behind hit Fox series Empire, has three new dramas on the midseason schedule – 24: Legacy, a reboot of the company’s signature drama 24; limited series Shots Fired on Fox; and Genius on sibling National Geographic. They are the last series to come out of Imagine TV’s series of overall deals at 20th Century Fox TV. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard took their company Imagine Entertainment indie last year with a $100 million+ investment from The Raine Group… Read

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Ovation TV Acquires ‘Versailles’ Season 2; ‘Taboo’ Sells To Multiple Territories – NATPE

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Hoping to build on the success of Season 1, arts network Ovation TV has acquired U.S. premiere rights to the second season of hit series Versailles, from Banijay Rights, the international distribution arm of Banijay Group. The series follows the reign of King Louis XIV, a monarch who will stop at nothing to achieve his vision of creating the most-beautiful palace in Europe and seizing absolute control of France and his enemies. Season one of Versailles debuted on October… Read

Box Office

‘Hidden Figures’ Calculates $27.5M Weekend, ‘Rogue’ Passes $500M, Other Movies Bomb Over MLK – Box Office Final

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FINAL UPDATE, TUESDAY, 4:23 PM: This morning saw director Ted Melfi’s Hidden Figures get a nice boost on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with this wisely timed rollout of what is now being seen nationwide by both sides of the equation as a patriotic film. 2oth Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment’s Hidden Figures and Lionsgate/Black Label Media’s musical La La Land, which are vying for Best Picture Oscar nominations, are both expected to ultimately end up above the… Read

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Popular Japanese Title ‘Attack On Titan’ Eyed By Warner Bros. For ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Producer David Heyman

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EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros. is negotiating to get the feature rights for the Japanese manga IP Attack on Titan, which was written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama and has been churned out for both TV and films in Japan. The project is for its Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them producer David Heyman. The story follows humans living behind a wall through generations to keep themselves safe from the alien Titans. However, curious as to what is beyond the wall, they form a… Read

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Harris Dickinson To Star In Fox’s YA Adaptation Of ‘Darkest Minds’

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EXCLUSIVE: Beach Rats star Harris Dickinson has landed a lead role opposite Amandla Stenberg in Fox’s upcoming adaptation of Alexandra Bracken's popular young-adult novel series, Darkest Minds. Harris will play Liam, who, along with Ruby Daly (Stenberg), develops superpowers after surviving a deadly pandemic that kills the vast majority of children in the country. Jennifer Yuh Nelson is directing the adaptation from a script penned by Chad Hodge, who also co-created and… Read

TV

CBS Picks Up Dana Klein/Mark Feuerstein Comedy, Andy Weir NASA Drama To Pilot

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CBS has made its first pilot orders this season, giving the green light to 9J, 9K, And 9L, a multi-camera family comedy from the husband-and-wife team of Dana Klein and Mark Feuerstein, toplined by the former Royal Pains star; and NASA-themed drama Mission Control, from The Martian author Andy Weir, The Martian producer Simon Kinberg and veteran showrunner Charles Eglee (Dexter). Both projects hail from CBS TV Studios. 9J, 9K, And 9L, produced by Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital… Read