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WE TV Orders ‘Sex Box’ Series About Couples Having & Discussing Sex

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British reality format Sex Box is getting on American television.  After piloting the  provocative concept earlier this year, WE tv has picked up the project to series with nine episodes set to air next year. In Sex Box, from Relativity TV, real couples whose relationships are on the rocks address their issues with a panel of experts before entering a soundproof, camera-free box to have sex and, upon exit, immediately discuss the experience with the experts. “Sex Box is… Read

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R.I.P. WME Global Music Maestro Peter Grosslight

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Longtime WME music agent and board member Peter Grosslight died today at age 68 after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer. He passed at home this morning surrounded by his family. Having served at the agency for over two decades, Grosslight was most recently global head of music at the talent agency. His clients included Joan Baez, Charlotte Church, the Eagles, Whitney Houston, Journey, Luis Miguel, Tom Petty, Brian Setzer, and Carly Simon, to name a few. He… Read

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Comedy Writer Lindsey Shockley Inks Overall Deal With ABC Studios

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The two-year pact marks the first overall deal for young comedy writer Lindsey Shockley who will develop new projects and staff on series for ABC Studios. She is joining the studio's new ABC comedy Blackish as a producer. The overall deal stems from Shockley's stint on ABC Studios' ABC comedy series Trophy Wife this past season. Shockley most recently served as co-producer on two series exec produced by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, Trophy Wife and HBO's Hello Ladies… Read

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David Yates In Talks For ‘Harry Potter’ Spin-Off ‘Fantastic Beasts’

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Warner Bros. is keeping Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows helmer David Yates in the director's chair as the studio moves forward with adaptation Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Yates is in talks to helm the first installment of a planned trilogy based on author J.K. Rowling's spin-off, set decades prior to the events of the Harry Potter saga. Fantastic Beasts takes its name from a Hogwarts textbook that appears on a reading list in the first Potter tome, Harry… Read

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Damon Lindelof Accepts Deadline’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Video

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The Leftovers showrunner has taken the chilly plunge. From a remote location in Italy and with a little help from a couple of friends, former Lost producer and creator of the HBO drama Damon Lindelof today accepted Deadline's ALS Ice Bucket challenge (well, sans ice but you'll see when you watch the video). He also nominated Leftovers' lead Justin Theroux and fellow cast members the Carver twins to be next to take up the challenge to raise awareness for the disease. Check… Read

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North Carolina Douses Film Incentives After Tea Party Pushback

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As California moves closer to quadrupling tax incentives for film production, North Carolina is moving in the opposite direction, cutting its program this week by two-thirds. The Tar Heel state joins a growing list of those that have scaled back their incentives programs or eliminated them altogether. Pushback from Tea Party ideologues who oppose all forms of tax incentives that favor one industry over another is largely responsible for the growing trend. That's… Read

International

Edinburgh: Channel 4 Boss David Abraham Says UK TV Biz Showing U.S. How It’s Done

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Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham delivered the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at The Guardian Edinburgh Television Festival in the Scottish capital this evening. And he came out swinging. He added the acquisitive John Malone to the “pool of MacTaggart bogeymen” and said, "In recent years we've seen a parade of Americans standing up here at the MacTaggart telling us how things ought to be done. But, how do you explain the number of U.S. entities queuing up to buy… Read

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Box Office Preview: Three Newcomers Hope To ‘Stay’ In Back-To-School Week

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This weekend, three newbies come into the fray against the holdovers Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy. All three — If I Stay, Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and When the Game Stands Tall – open tonight in late nights. But, it currently looks like If I Stay, the movie based on yet another YA novel which stars Chole Grace Moretz (Carrie, Kick-Ass 1 and 2), may end up taking this weekend. It is tracking in the low $20Ms an female-driven… Read

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Sony Pictures Taps ‘Iron Man 3′ Helmer Shane Black To Direct ‘The Destroyer’

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EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has set Iron Man 3 helmer Shane Black to direct The Destroyer, Fight Club scribe Jim Uhls' scripted adaptation of the adventure book series by Warren Murphy that will give framed New Jersey cop Remo Williams another shot at a movie franchise. Uhls wrote the script with James Mullaney, who co-authored books in the series and became the sole writer of The Destroyer series until it ended in 2008. The film will be produced by Charles Roven, Steven… Read

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EOne Acquires Liz Tuccillo’s SXSW Rom-Com ‘Take Care’

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Entertainment One Films has acquired North American rights to Liz Tuccillo's Take Care, the romantic comedy that stars Leslie Bibb and Thomas Sadowski. A late 2014 release is in the works. Tuccillo, who co-wrote the bestseller He's Just Not That Into You and wrote on HBO's Sex And The City, served as writer and producer and made her directorial debut on the romantic comedy, which premiered at SXSW this year. Bibb plays Frannie, who is immobilized after a car crash and she… Read

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TNT Nabs Rights To Lionsgate’s ‘Hunger Games’ & ‘Divergent’ Franchises

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TNT has inked a deal with Lionsgate for network television rights to The Hunger Games and Divergent movie franchises. The acquisition includes the network premiere windows for the next two Hunger Games movies, Mockingjay - Part 1, which opens in theaters this November, and Mockingjay - Part 2, set for theatrical release in November 2015. The deal also includes network premiere windows for all four Divergent movies, including the first one, which grossed over $150 million… Read

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ & ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’ Perk Up, ‘SYTYCD’ Slips

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CBS' Big Brother (2.3 in adults 18-49) was the big ratings gainer last night, up .3 (15%) from its fast national last Wednesday, .2 (+10%) from the final to once again top the competition in 18-49. There was no change on Extant (1.0), which expanded to two hours last night to accommodate its  earlier finale date. After holding onto its solid premiere demo rating of 0.5 for the past couple of weeks., the CW's Penn & Teller: Fool Us inched up a tenth to a new high of 0.6… Read

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