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Stan Lee, Carnival Films Team On Superhero Drama ‘Lucky Man’ For Sky1

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Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films is pairing with comic book icon Stan Lee on UK drama series Lucky Man. The 10-part hourlong project commissioned by Sky1 is Lee’s first foray into British drama and will star The Missing‘s James Nesbitt. He’ll play Harry Clayton, a cop from Central London's notorious Murder Squad, who’s given a charm that seems to confer upon the wearer the ability to control luck. Also starring are Eve Best (Nurse Jackie, The Honourable Woman)… Read


Cannes In Focus On Femme Filmmakers; BAFTA Seeks Comedy Scripts: Global Briefs

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The Cannes Film Festival is partnering with luxury and sport brand group Kering to launch the first Women in Motion program at this year's event in May. The aim is to "celebrate the talent of women in cinema and encourage reflection on their contribution to and role in the film industry," Kering said. The partners will also launch two special awards from 2016, one recognizing a significant contribution to the cause of women in cinema, and the other celebrating a young… Read


Justin Bieber Apologizes For Bad Boy Ways At Roast: “I’m Disappointed In Myself”

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After being hysterically whupped tonight at his Comedy Central Roast, Justin Bieber showed he could dish it back to Martha Stewart and comedienne Natasha Leggero with some dirty jokes. He even told roast guru Jeffrey Ross, “You look like the emoji you send when you want to tell someone you have food poisoning.” But then Bieber got serious and apologized to the crowd for his bad boy shenanigans throughout the years. The dais arrested Bieber tonight for such hijinks as… Read


Ron Burgundy On Justin Bieber: “This Kid Has Spunk, Moxie, And Probably A Few Other STDs”

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Trying to decide what the most riotous moment was from Comedy Central’s Roast of Justin Bieber is like choosing your favorite cupcake at Sprinkles in Beverly Hills. You can’t settle on one.  While the roast is a prime platform for stand-ups to bare their best fangs, rarely — if ever — do you see comedic alter egos take the podium. But that’s what happened during tonight’s broadcast when Will Ferrell’s Anchorman Ron Burgundy took a break from “hosting SpikeTV’s Your Mother… Read

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‘Cinderella’ Counts $337.3M At Global Ball; ‘Insurgent’ Secures $178.2M Worldwide – Int’l B.O. Update


UPDATE, 8:15 PM Monday: DreamWorks Animation’s Home and Disney’s Cinderella both pulled in better than expected grosses from their overseas markets this past weekend, with Home tipping its worldwide take just past $100M. Despite better-than-expected numbers on its international frame, Wall Street continues to be wary of endorsing DreamWorks Animation stock given that the company’s box office numbers have not been in line with analysts’ expectations. That, despite the… Read


iHeartRadio Music, Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Top Week’s Twitter TV Ratings

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Two made-for-TV shows – the iHeartRadio Music Awards and the Kids’ Choice Awards – snagged the top spots on Nielsen’s Twitter TV ratings for the week ended Sunday. Apparently, Nick Jonas in chains (singing Chains) proved irresistible to the twittering masses, who posted nearly 1.6 million tweets seen by 7.2 million people during and around the show. The No. 2 awards show had very different set of numbers, perhaps reflecting the much-smaller followings of those talking… Read

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‘Pride And Prejudice And Zombies’ Scares Up A Release Date

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Screen Gems has scheduled its corset-clad fighting femme film, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, for a Feb. 19, 2016 release.  The film will face off against EuropaCorp’s thriller Shut In starring Naomi Watts.  Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is based on the 2009 Seth Grahame-Smith novel which mixes the zombie genre with the famed Jane Austen title. Story follows a zombie apocalypse that has been raging for 70 years, however, the Bennet sisters have just about had enough… Read


Want Full California Tax Credit? Bill Says Keep The Music Scoring Local

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A bill introduced in the California Assembly seeks to change the state's pending $330 million film incentives program by requiring that more of a film project's music scoring be performed in California to qualify for the full amount of the rebates being offered. Assembly Bill 1199 is being applauded by Musicians Local 47, but it remains to be seen if it has the backing of the MPAA or by state and local politicians, who might see it as a disincentive to film here. An MPAA… Read

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‘Vacation’ Cruises Out Of October & Into Crowded Summer Frame


Warner Bros/New Line has just announced that its reboot of Vacation starring Ed Helms as Clark Griswold’s grown-up son Rusty is moving off its October 9 release date and into the busy July 31 frame. That’s a fierce weekend: Vacation will go up against three other wide entries led by Paramount’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Also bowing are Weinstein Co.’s Jake Gyllenhaal pugilist drama Southpaw and STX Entertainment’s thriller The Gift, which marks actor Joel… Read


Arrow/Flash Spinoff Enlists Arthur Darvill To Play Rip Hunter

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Another superhero is joining the ranks of the CW’s Arrow/Flash spinoff. British actor Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who) is set to play Rip Hunter in the superhero team-up show, from Arrow creators Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim. Rip Hunter, described as a roguish time traveler who hides the strains of being responsible for history itself behind a facade of charm and wit, is the first of 3 DC characters that previously have not been exploited in TV, to join… Read


Nickelodeon Hires SVP To Boost Preschool Division Following Layoffs


Nickelodeon has appointed Jennifer Dodge to the newly created position of SVP West Coast Development and Production for Nickelodeon Preschool. The move comes almost two weeks after the kids cable network began layoffs as part of broader reductions at parent Viacom. Among those pink-slipped were Emmy winner Teri Weiss, Nickelodeon's EVP Preschool Programming, and Kay Wilson Stallings, SVP Production & Development atNickelodeon Preschool, Nick Jr. and NickMom. This… Read


Paramount Whistleblower: Emails Reveal Studio Officials Tried To “Freak Her Out”


EXCLUSIVE: The Paramount Pictures whistleblower who accused the studio's longtime labor relations chief of embezzling union funds claims that the studio engaged in a "cover-up" and then terminated her in retaliation for reporting him. The studio denies it, but internal Paramount emails reveal that shortly after she blew the whistle, Paramount officials devised a plan to "try to freak her out," apparently in the hope that she'd accept a severance package and leave the… Read