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‘Top Puppet’: NBC Orders Reality Special From ‘The Voice’ Producers, Muppet Creators & Craig Ferguson

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Puppet acts have been a staple on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, including ventriloquists Terry Fator, who won season two and has gone on to be a very successful headliner in Las Vegas, and Season 10 winner Paul Zerdin. The network now is putting puppets in the spotlight, teaming with The Voice producer Talpa Media, Muppet creators The Jim Henson Company, comedian and Celebrity Name Game host Craig Ferguson and Universal Television Alternative Studios for Top Puppet, a new… Read

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Terry George’s ‘The Promise’ Lands At Open Road, Gets April Release Date

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EXCLUSIVE: Open Road Films has acquired U.S. rights to The Promise, the new film from Terry George about the Armenian genocide that had its world premiere in the fall at Toronto. Open Road, which acquired and distributed last year’s Best Picture Oscar winner Spotlight, has set an April 28, 2017 wide release date for the pic. Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon and Christian Bale star alongside Shohreh Aghdashloo, Angela Sarafyan, Jean Reno, James Cromwell, Daniel Giminez Cacho… Read

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Peter Bart: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Taking Aim At Hollywood

'Star Trek Beyond' film premiere, Arrivals, Comic-Con International, San Diego, USA - 20 Jul 2016

Jeff Bezos was holding court last weekend and there could have been a sign on his sprawling Beverly Hills mansion that announced "new mogul in town." The formidable chief of Amazon hosted a large, star-laden party promoting his company's slate of awards contenders and the billionaire was working the room with fervor. Bezos had appeared at previous Hollywood events, of course, but standing side by side with his friend and co-host Matt Damon his intent this weekend was… Read

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Kellyanne Conway Defends Donald Trump’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Credit, Suggests Salary Might Go To Charity

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Comparing President-elect Donald Trump’s continued Celebrity Apprentice role with President Barack Obama’s golf hobby, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway defended her boss today on CNN. She suggested Trump might give his Apprentice salary to charity or decline to take it, but insisted she hadn’t spoken to him of the matter. “Presidents have a right to do things in their spare time,” Conway told CNN New Day host Alisyn Camerota. After calling Trump “a very transparent guy,”… Read

Box Office

‘Office Christmas Party’ Gets Louder With $17M+, Though ‘Moana’ Still Has Leading Luau; ‘La La Land’ Huge – Noon Update

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UPDATE, Noon: Projecting off matinees, Paramount/DreamWorks-Reliance’s holiday bacchanal Office Christmas Party is just getting warmed up, barreling toward a $7M Friday and an estimated weekend of $17.5M at 3,210 venues, which is better than what tracker and Paramount were expecting. Hopefully, this doesn’t decline and that ticket sales increase with late night shows. Earlier this weekend, Fandango noticed that Office Christmas Party was outpacing this year's R-rated… Read

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‘Power’ Casts Mike Dopud; Jess Salgueiro Joins ‘The Strain’

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Mike Dopud (X-Men: Days of Future Past) has booked a recurring role on the fourth season of Starz drama Power. He’ll play Jason Micic, a handsome, vicious and powerful man who is the leader of a large cartel. The series, created by Courtney Kemp and produced by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, tells the story of James "Ghost" St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), a wealthy New York City nightclub owner who caters to the city's elite. Dopud has a lead role in feature Virtual Revolution… Read

Business

DGA Ups Mayra Ocampo To Assistant Executive Director

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Mayra Ocampo has been promoted to Assistant Executive Director of the DGA. She joined the guild as a field rep in 2014 and was promoted to special assignments executive in 2015. In her new role, she’ll continue to report to Associate Western Executive Director Lisa Layer. "Since joining the DGA, Mayra has helped to grow our organizing and expand our services to address the unique needs of our members working in non-dramatic categories including reality television," said… Read

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SAG-AFTRA Wins Battle With Video Game Companies Over Domain Name

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EXCLUSIVE: SAG-AFTRA has won its first tangible victory in its seven-week-old strike against the video game industry: it's gotten the companies to take down a strike news website the union says infringed its trademark. The companies' old website included "sagaftra" in its domain name – sagaftravideogames.com. Hours after it went up on October 28, the union fired off an angry response demanding the companies "immediately cease infringing" on the union's trademark and… Read

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Belgium Heads To The Underground Crime World With Its Oscar Entry ‘The Ardennes’

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No, not the Dardennes, but The Ardennes is Belgium’s Oscar entry this year. The feature directorial by Robin Pront about punk criminal brothers who teeter on the edge of a not-so legit life earned the country’s thumbs up this year as its Academy Awards contender beating out The Unknown Girl, the latest movie by the country’s perennial go-tos Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes.  Many thought Unknown Girl was a given as Belgium’s entry since it premiered at Cannes. Despite the… Read

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Gravitas Ventures Takes Swing With Bronson Pinchot Comedy ‘The Strike’

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EXCLUSIVE: Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights to The Strike, a female-driven comedy-drama starring Erin Fogel and Bronson Pinchot. The film will be released worldwide on all major digital platforms December 13. Pinchot is working himself back into acting after a hiatus, recently inking with Bohemia Group and Stone Manners Salners Agency. “The Strike has a multi-cultural and eclectic cast which carries all the humor and funnies of a great comedy film,” said… Read

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‘Sicario’ Sequel ‘Soldado’ Adds Isabela Moner

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EXCLUSIVE: Isabela Moner has joined Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, and Catherine Keener in Soldado, the Stefano Sollima-directed sequel to the 2015 film Sicario.  Taylor Sheridan penned the screenplay for both installments. The follow-up focuses on Alejandro Gillick (Del Toro), the shadowy, Man on Fire-like protagonist and CIA agent Matt Graver (Brolin), who in the first film established themselves as hellbent on hunting down cartel kingpins, no matter what. Moner plays… Read

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‘Big Short’ Scribe Charles Randolph Sets Sex Harassment Pic; Roger Ailes Figures In The Plot

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The Big Short scribe Charles Randolph has set up a movie at Annapurna Pictures that is a fact-based drama on the hot-button subject of sexual harassment in the workplace, specifically at Fox News. He has been pitching the project around town for the past two weeks, and sources say recently deposed Fox News chief Roger Ailes is a substantial character in the film, along with the newswomen who lobbed accusations at him, which he has denied. The controversy began when… Read