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Curt Schilling’s ESPN Season Is Over After Tweet Comparing Muslim Extremists To Nazis – Update

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UPDATED, 8:50 PM: ESPN has told Curt Schilling to clean out his locker for the year. The sports giant said today that the former Major League star pitcher won’t appear on any of its baseball telecasts for the rest of the 2015 season. “At all times during the course of their engagement with us, our commentators are directly linked to ESPN and are the face of our brand,” the company said in a statement today. “We are a sports media company. Curt’s actions have not been… Read

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John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein Comedy Lands At Fox With Penalty

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Hot feature writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses) are venturing into television with a single-camera comedy project for Fox, which has received a script commitment plus penalty. The project hails from 20th Century Fox TV and Chernin Entertainment. Written by the Daley and Goldstein, the single-camera comedy, described as a mix of adrenaline and heart, follows a group of adult underdogs as they try to ignite a spark in their lives and stand up… Read

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DGA: Minority Women Got Only 2% Of First-Time Episodic TV Helming Jobs Last Season

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During the 2014-15 TV season, 128 directors got their first shot at helming an episodic TV show. Of those, only one is an African-American woman, two are Latina and none is Asian-American. According to the DGA's latest data, 18 of those first-timers are Caucasian females, while 83.6% of the jobs went to men. But the job market was particularly squeezed for minority women. Here’s how the numbers break down: Women of color make up nearly 19% of the U.S. population… Read

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Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’ Casts Stephen Rider As New Regular For Season 2

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Daredevil will be introducing another character from the Marvel comic book universe in Season 2. I have learned that Stephen Rider (Lee Daniels’ The Butler) will be joining the Netflix superhero series as a new regular. I hear he will play Blake Tower, a District Attorney for New York City who helps Charlie Cox’s Daredevil — a lawyer in his civilian identity as Matt Murdock — with information to help track down and capture criminals. Rider is repped by WME and One… Read

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Colm Feore Joins ‘House Of Cards’ As Recurring

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Colm Feore (The Borgias) has booked a recurring role on the upcoming fourth season of Netflix’s House Of Cards. Feore will a high-profile new character in the White House drama, opposite Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. The series is filming in and around Baltimore for a 2016 release. Feore was cast in HBO’s Utopia and next will be seen in indie feature Reversion. He is repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency and The Coronel… Read

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Matt Hubbard/Michael Schur Interracial Family Comedy Gets Production Commitment At NBC

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Another big comedy commitment at NBC, which has been a very aggressive buyer this summer. The network has given a production commitment to an untitled single-camera comedy from former 30 Rock co-executive producer Matt Hubbard and Parks & Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator/executive producer Mike Schur. The project from Universal TV, where Schur and Hubbard are under deals, revolves around Andrew and Josie, a happily married interracial couple whose lives take a… Read

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Showtime Developing ‘The Life And Times Of Teddy Roosevelt’ As Limited Series

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Showtime has put in development The Life And Times Of Teddy Roosevelt as a limited series. David McKenna (S.W.A.T., Blow) is writing the script, and Electus and Authentic Entertainment is producing. The project centers on the 26th President of the United States, who served two terms from 1901-09. Taking office at age 42 after the assassination of President McKinley, Roosevelt remains the country’s youngest POTUS. His progressive agenda included trust-busting, conservation… Read

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Broadway Follies: Roth & Gerard On ‘Grey Gardens’, ‘Spring Awakening’, Ticket Lotteries And Political Correctness

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Jeremy Gerard has covered the shifting fortunes of Jujamcyn Theatres since it became a formidable competitor to the larger Shubert and Nederlander organizations in the late 1980s. In 2013 producer Jordan Roth became Jujamcyn's majority owner and the Street's youngest power broker. In this weekly email conversation they talk about the state of the industry, the only stipulation being no holds barred. GERARD: Our ships passed each other last weekend in Sag Harbor where you… Read

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‘Beasts Of No Nation’: Netflix’s Grim, Gritty Experiment Recruits Lido – Venice

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Cary Fukunaga's Beasts Of No Nation premiered here tonight in Competition, marking the first high-profile title in the section and a first for Netflix which acquired the film in March for a reported $12M. Previously having toiled in original documentaries, the streaming giant's drama is the first narrative feature the company is launching as a major presence in awards season. From Venice, it will travel to Telluride and then to Toronto — Netflix CCO, Ted Sarandos, who has… Read

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Steve Jobs Makes His Big-Screen Debut In Alex Gibney’s ‘The Man In The Machine’: Specialty Preview

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Summer is nearly over and swaths of industry and press are already looking to this fall’s releases (and Awards madness) at Venice and this weekend’s Telluride Film Festival, followed, of course, next week by Toronto. This weekend’s overall slate of newcomers is fairly thin with a couple of notable exceptions, particularly, a new doc about a maverick of Silicon Valley. Nearly four years after his death, the public fascination with Steve Jobs continues into perhaps mythical… Read

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‘The Mindy Project’ Review: New Hulu Home Sees Comedy In Top Form

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A little more than five months after The Mindy Project ended its third and final season on Fox, the comedy is back on September 15 for a fourth season – now on Hulu. Unlike some cancelled network shows that have made the move online, the Universal Television-produced series, as my video review above says, hasn't lost any of its strengths in translation. On Hulu, as previously on Fox, TMP is funny, witty and hitting its high marks. The fact is, as fans of the series likely… Read