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‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Producer “Horrified” Seeing Video Of Dog Almost Drowning On Set; PETA Calls For Boycott Of Film

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Updated 6:29 PM with statement from Amblin (below): Gavin Polone, the producer of A Dog’s Purpose who is also an animal rights activist and has actually written publicly about making sure animals are treated properly in the entertainment field, told Deadline today that he was “horrified” about what happened in a second unit shoot on the set of his upcoming Universal film. PETA is asking moviegoers to boycott A Dog’s Purpose (read its statement below) after video emerged… Read

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Sundance Women’s March: Connie Britton, Aisha Tyler & Maria Bello Among Speakers

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Glamour Women of the Year Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 14 Nov 2016

More details are emerging for the Chelsea Handler-organized Women’s March on Main, an event Saturday in Park City during the Sundance Film Festival coinciding with post-inauguration marches being held nationwide including the March on Washington. On the list of speakers for the event, which will start at 9 AM local time at 220 Main St.: Aisha Tyler, Connie Britton, Mary McCormack, Dolores Huerta, Peter Bratt, Benjamin Bratt, Laurie David, Jessica Williams, Maria Bello and… Read

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‘Great News’ EPs On How This Workplace Comedy Differs From ’30 Rock’ (Hint: It Stars An Overbearing Mom) – TCA

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Tracey Wigfield, Briga Heelan, Tina Fey, Nicole Richie and Robert Carlock
NBC's 'Great News' Panel, TCA Winter Press Tour, Pasadena, Los Angeles, USA - 18 Jan 2017

In a primetime TV schedule where there is a longstanding hole left by the absence of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s Emmy-winning workplace comedy 30 Rock, along comes their next 9-to-5 high jinks, Great News The NBC show, which follows a news producer (Briga Heelan) whose overbearing mother (Andrea Martin) comes to work as an intern in her newsroom, is inspired by the mother-daughter relationship of the show’s EP Tracey Wigfield. “It’s a funny with a fast-paced dialogue… Read

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NBC Boss Would Love For Jimmy Fallon To Return As Golden Globes Host

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Numbers don’t lie. While critics’ reviews were mixed, ratings for the Golden Globes ceremony hosted by The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon were up year-to-year, averaging a 5.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 20.0 million viewers in Live+same day. “I give Jimmy credit for raising the ratings this year and broadening the ratings: 60+ and teens and kids went up, and the 18-49 demo was strong,” NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt told Deadline at TCA. There is no deal in place for Fallon… Read

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Fox & DeVon Franklin Set Miracle Tale ‘The Impossible’

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EXCLUSIVE: 2oth Century Fox and Miracles From Heaven producer DeVon Franklin have preemptively acquired The Impossible, a book proposal by Joyce Smith that tells the inspiring true story of John Smith. When he was 14, Smith drowned in Lake St. Louis and was dead for nearly an hour. According to reports at the time, CPR was performed 27 minutes to no avail. Then the youth’s mother, Joyce Smith, entered the room, praying loudly. Suddenly, there was a pulse, and Smith came… Read

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Dick Wolf FBI Drama On Pause, ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Eyes New Love Interest For Benson

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At the summer 2016 TCA, NBC executive and Chicago franchise executive producer Dick Wolf revealed plans for a new New York crime drama set in the world of the FBI. "It's one of the greatest brands in the world," Wolf said at the time. "Everyone knows what the FBI is." The project, which was to be introduced as a planted spinoff from Wolf’s current New York crime drama, Law & Order: SVU, has now been on temporary hold. Part of the reason is the current situation, with the… Read

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‘Days Of Our Lives’: NBC Executives Hopeful Daytime Drama Will Return Next Season

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 Days Of Our Lives, NBC’s sole daytime drama, is in its 51st season, and discussions are underway for a 52nd, which I hear could be the series’ last. Days‘ future had been thrown into question by the recent hire by NBC News of Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, whose contract includes an NBC daytime talk show. While Kelly has been rumored to take over the 9 AM or 10 AM hour of Today, Days of Our Lives was brought into the conversation since it occupies a daytime hour owned by the… Read

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‘Shades Of Blue’ Panel Cautiously Handles In-The-News Cop Question– TCA

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NBC's 'Shades of Blue' Panel, TCA Winter Press Tour, Pasadena, Los Angeles, USA - 18 Jan 2017

Shades of Blue star Ray Liotta, star/EP Jennifer Lopez, and EP Jack Orman got sucked into a question about news reports questioning "whether cops are either heroes or creepy murderers," during their TCA Q&A, by a journalist who wondered how making their NBC drama series might have changed how they participate in that conversation. Lopez, who plays a single-mom NYPD detective forced to work in the FBI's anti-corruption task force, in the NBC drama,  answered cautiously… Read

Business

Fox Promotes Salil Mehta To Head Up Newly-Created Gaming & VR Division

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20th Century Fox is streamlining the overseeing of its video gaming, location-based entertainment, virtual and augmented reality productions through the newly-created FoxNext, and has named Salil Mehta as President of the new division, effective immediately. Mehta joined Fox in 2013 and most recently served as President, Content Management for Twentieth Century Fox Film. In his new role, he’ll report jointly to Peter Rice, Chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group, and… Read

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‘Powerless’ EP: Bruce Wayne Puts Dim Cousin In Charge Of Company, Like Donald Trump And “Idiot Sons” – TCA

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NBC's 'Powerless' Panel, TCA Winter Press Tour, Pasadena, Los Angeles, USA - 18 Jan 2017

Set in the DC Comics universe, Powerless is a workplace comedy set at Wayne Security, run by Van Wayne, dim-bulb cousin of billionaire crimefighter Bruce Wayne. Van is angling for a job closer to Bruce at mothership company Wayne Enterprises in Gotham. EP Justin Halpern likened it to the Rockefellers and all the hangers-on relatives they’d employed, or how “You’ve got Trump and then you’ve got the idiot sons.” “Is that a secret?” he asked, when some onstage gasped, as did… Read

Business

Manager Admits He Embezzled $4.8M From Alanis Morissette

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Jonathan Todd Schwartz, an entertainment and sports manager, admitted in court papers today that he embezzled more than $6.5 million from his clients – including $4.8 million from singer Alanis Morissette. Schwartz, a former partner at GSO Business Management in Sherman Oaks, CA, admitted in a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney's office that he took clients' money for himself and falsified account records to conceal the embezzlement of client funds. He's been charged… Read

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‘The Affair’s Ruth Wilson On ‘Hedda Gabler,’ Thinking Big & How “Hollywood Is No Longer The Top”: Q&A

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As Alison in Showtime's The Affair, currently running through its third season, Ruth Wilson is creating the kind of character most actors must dream of. With the story told from the subjective perspectives of multiple characters, Alison can turn on a dime. Sometimes confident, sometimes not. Sometimes together, sometimes broken. The show rightly won Wilson a Golden Globe in its first season, and she can add The Affair to a body of work that has developed over the past 10… Read