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‘American Crime’ Review: John Ridley Drama Guilty Of Being Very Good, Says Dominic Patten

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A year after he won the Adapted Screenplay Oscar for 12 Years A Slave, John Ridley returns with American Crime, an ABC drama which premieres at 10 PM Thursday in the spot formerly occupied by How To Get Away With Murder. As I say in my video review above, the 11-episode limited series marks a resounding flag planting by network television and tells cable that it doesn’t own poignant drama on our small screens. Everything starts on American Crime with a brutal home… Read

Damon Dayoub Joins ABC Pilot ‘The Catch'; Andy Mientus In ‘LFE’

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Damon Dayoub has landed a regular role opposite Mireille Enos in ABC pilot The Catch, from ABC Studios and Shonda Rhimes' Shondaland. Written and executive produced by Jennifer Schuur based on the novel by Kate Atkinson, The Catch centers on Alice (Enos), who is about to get married to Kieran (Dayoub) and about to get conned. Unbeknownst to her slippery fiancé, our heroine — who investigates fraud for a living — is not all she claims to be. And when Kieran's expertly… Read

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Andrew Lack Announces Exit From Broadcasting Board Of Governors

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The Broadcasting Board of Governors, where Andrew Lack has worked just since January, has announced his departure. NBCUniversal yesterday was wrapping up talks to bring back Lack as news chief in hopes of restoring the division's stature. “The Broadcasting Board of Governors announced today that CEO and Director Andrew Lack will be departing the agency. The agency will now begin work to attract an equally talented executive to help continue to transform our agency. Andrew… Read

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MGM Options ‘Mrs. Frisby & The Rats Of Nimh;’ Sets ‘Ice Age’s Michael Berg To Hatch Family Franchise

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EXCLUSIVE: MGM has acquired the award winning Robert C. O’Brien children’s book Mrs. Frisby & The Rates Of Nimh, and has set Ice Age 5 scribe Michael Berg to write the script. Daniel Bobker and Ehren Kruger will produce through their Bobker/Kruger label. The film will be done as a live-action/CGI hybrid, and Berg is focusing on an origin story in which an imperiled mouse protagonist befriends a comical crew of lab rats as they turn hyper-intelligent. They escape a secret… Read

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‘Chappie’, ‘Unfinished Business’ Enter Crowded R-Rated Market – Box Office Preview

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In the wake of Fifty Shades Of Grey and Focus, the term R-rated is becoming an even bigger force at the multiplex. Two more titles with restrictive ratings, Sony/Media Rights Capital’s sci-fi robot film Chappie and 20th Century Fox/New Regency’s Vince Vaughn comedy Unfinished Business, are opening with the box office top 10 slotting six R-rated titles. After Warner Bros.’ Focus underperformed last weekend with a $18.69M opening drawing a predominantly over-25 crowd at… Read

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Anika Noni Rose To Topline ‘For Justice’ CBS Civil Rights Pilot Directed By Ava DuVernay

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Anika Noni Rose has been tapped for the lead in CBS’ civil rights crime drama drama pilot For Justice, written by Law & Order veteran Rene Balcer and directed by Selma helmer Ava DuVernay. The project, from CBS Television Studios, James Patterson Entertainment and Tribeca Productions, is based on James Patterson's debut crime novel, The Thomas Berryman Number. It centers on Special Agent Natalia "Nat" Chappel (Rose), a cool, laser-focused, tough as nails FBI agent who… Read

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‘Tosh.0′ Sold To Fox Stations In Syndication Deal With Debmar-Mercury

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More than a decade ago, Mort Marcus’ Debmar Studios made waves with its move to pick up broadcast syndication rights to raunchy Comedy Central series South Park. The gamble paid off, with South Park remaining a part of the portfolio of Marcus and Ira Bernstein’s Lionsgate-owned Debmar-Mercury. Now the production-distribution company has taken to the market another signature Comedy Central program, Tosh.0, landing a deal with the Fox Television Stations. Under the barter… Read

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‘Sharknado 3′ Strike Day Two: Syfy Sequel Could Be “Pushed Back”

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EXCLUSIVE: There may be blood in the water for the latest installment of Syfy's kitsch flick series. As the strike on Sharknado 3 by production and post crew goes into a second day, concerns are mounting that the TV pic won't be finished in time for its July broadcast."CGI takes time and Sharknado 3 will have to be pushed back by Syfy,” a production insider told me. "If this thing goes on for more than a week, there is no way all the effects will get done in… Read

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Lincoln Center As OK Corral? David Geffen Will Face Down David Koch Across $200 Million Plaza

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Call ‘em the Dueling Daves. They may not sling guns, but ultraconservative activist and philanthropist David Koch will soon be glaring directly into the defiant face of liberal-cause supporter David Geffen. In a manner of speaking. Lincoln Center For The Performing Arts announced Wednesday that Geffen, the onetime music entrepreneur turned billionaire entertainment mogul and philanthropist, will donate $100 million toward the half-billion cost of renovating and… Read

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TNT Orders More ‘Cold Justice’ For Spring Premiere

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Ahead of the show’s winter finale on March 6, TNT has ordered 12 additional episodes of real-life investigative series Cold Justice for premiere on April 10. Additionally, the network has ordered two new Justice Served specials hosted by John Walsh (America’s Most Wanted). The specials will update viewers on victims’ families and the status of cases as they have wound their way through the legal system. The spring edition of Justice Served also will include a look at Cold… Read

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Campus Rape Docu ‘The Hunting Ground’ Prompts He Said, She Said Dialogue On Alleged Assault By FSU Star Jameis Winston

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The Kirby Dick-directed documentary The Hunting Ground premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to strong reviews about its investigation of sexual assaults on campus, and the difficulty victims encounter when school bureaucrats try to handle disputes internally. Radius-TWC just opened it in limited release on Friday, and the docu has already created a he-said-she-said dialogue between Florida State University, the school where standout quarterback Jameis Winston, the… Read

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Patricia Norris Dies: Costume Designer And David Lynch Collaborator Was 83

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Patricia Norris, a six-time Oscar-nominated costume designer including last year for the Best Picture winner 12 Years A Slave and a frequent collaborator of David Lynch and Mel Brooks, died February 20 of natural causes, according to her publicist. She was 83. Norris was the only person to receive lifetime achievement awards from both the Costume Designers Guild and the Art Directors Guild. Her Oscar noms included for Sunset (1988), 2010 (1984), Victor, Victoria (1982)… Read