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‘The Danish Girl’ Review: Eddie Redmayne & Alicia Vikander Turn Transgender Tale Into Universal Love Story

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Talk about hitting the zeitgeist. The Danish Girlwhich details the story of the first known transgender in the 1920s, opened over the weekend to very good box office numbers in its limited platform release in New York and Los Angeles. Some of that might be attributable to its hot-button topic, which has made headlines recently with among others Caitlyn Jenner and the Emmy-winning Amazon series Transparent. But make no mistake about it, at its heart, The Danish Girl is… Read


Danny Pino To Star In CBS Summer Series ‘BrainDead’ From ‘Good Wife’ Creators

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Cold Case alum Danny Pino is returning to CBS with a starring role opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead in BrainDead, CBS' upcoming summer series from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King. The comic thriller, from CBS TV Studios, centers on Laurel (Winstead), a young, fresh-faced Hill staffer whose first job in Washington, D.C., leads her to discover two things: The government has stopped working, and alien spawn have come to Earth and eaten the brains of a growing… Read


Indie Producer Big Beach Opens L.A. Outpost

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EXCLUSIVE: Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf’s New York-based indie production and finance company Big Beach is opening a Los Angeles office, to be led by executive Dani Melia. The new outpost will be headquartered at the Venice offices of Big Beach’s micro-budget producer Beachside, and the move will give the company an increased in-person connection to Hollywood-based agencies and creatives. Melia, an eight-year veteran of Big Beach who most recently served as an… Read


Sumner Redstone Wins Round One Of Competency & Health Care Agent Lawsuit

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Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone is in charge of his facilities said a judge today, and can decide who he wants his health care agent to be. “I find no urgency,” said Superior Court Judge Clifford Klein Monday, blunting an immediate examination of the media mogul as requested by his former health care agent. Judge Klein cited no emergency in the matter due in great part to Redstone’s around the clock care plus the fact that his current designated health care agent is an… Read


‘Shallow Hal’ Actor Joshua Shintani Dead At 32

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Joshua Shintani, known his ukulele performance in a scene in the 2001 movie Shallow Hal, has died. His mother tells TMZ Shintani died of pneumonia last Wednesday in his native Hawaii. He was 32. Shintani was discovered by Shallow Hal‘s co-director Peter Farrelly as Shintani strummed his ukelele outside a library in Hawaii. Farrelly immediately cast him in the film starring Gywneth Paltrow and Jack Black. Shintani went on to become a local legend following his performance… Read


Craig Zadan & Neil Meron Look To Recapture ‘The Wiz’ Wow Factor

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EXCLUSIVE: The Wiz was a wow — that’s what you read on every bus and Broadway poster back in the mid-1970s (the ubiquitous pitch line came from Marilyn Stasio’s review in the long-gone Cue magazine). An urbane R&B reinterpretation of L. Frank Baum’s tale of Dorothy’s tornado’ed trip to the Land of Oz, her companions the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow and the Tinman; her benefactress Glinda and her nemesis, the Wicked Witch of the West, not to mention old flim-flam himself… Read


Chrissy Metz Joins Dan Fogelman NBC Pilot; Shaun Ross In Amazon’s ‘The Man In The High Castle’

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American Horror Story: Freak Show alum Chrissy Metz has been cast as a series regular in Dan Fogelman’s pilot at NBC. Written on spec by Fogelman, the untitled dramedy is made up of a unique ensemble of characters all born on the same day. Metz will play Kate, who, like many women, struggles with her eating habits and body image. She uses Post-­It notes throughout her apartment as discipline aids to remind herself of her dietary actions. Kate is Kevin’s twin sister, but… Read


‘The Lion Guard’ Movie Roars In Disney Channel Premiere

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Disney Channel's premiere of The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar last week drew the biggest primetime cable numbers of 2015 in the kids 2-5 demo. The 44-minute pilot episode of the Lion King spinoff series set to premiere next year also was the No. 2 show overall in the target demo and the most-watched animated program across all kid-targeted cable nets with 5.4 million total viewers. Set to premiere early next year, Disney Junior’s The Lion Guard series introduces Kion… Read


Christmas Pic ’12/24′ Moves Forward With ZAG Joining 1492 & Ocean Blue


Family entertainment company ZAG is joining Chris Columbus1492 Pictures and Ocean Blue Entertainment to finance and produce the live-action/hybrid Christmas pic 12/24. Matt Lieberman penned the script based on an original idea by David Guggenheim. 1492 and Ocean Blue pre-emptively purchased the spec by Lieberman (Mr Toad’s Wild Ride) in June 2013. The logline: When some old home video is discovered, two brothers set out to prove Santa Claus is real, setting an elaborate… Read


Deadline’s The Contenders: Saoirse Ronan & Director John Crowley On How ‘Brooklyn’ Became A Personal Movie For Them

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The Irish spirit came to our big awards-season event The Contenders Presented By Deadline, which took place earlier this month in front of a packed DGA theater full of AMPAS and guild members. Director John Crowley, producer Fiona Dwyer and star Saoirse Ronan joined me for a conversation about their luminous and romantic drama Brooklynwhich Fox Searchlight brought as part of their Contenders presentation. The movie, which details the choice a young woman must make… Read


‘Meet The Press’ Sweeps November Derby For First Time In Four Years


NBC‘s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd won the November sweep across the board. It’s the franchise’s first No. 1 finish in all categories for the November sweep in four years; in the news demo, MTP’s win is a first in three years. The pugnacious goateed newsman took over as host of the long-running franchise on September 7, 2014. ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos ranked No. 1 on Sunday, November 22, in both total viewers (3.43M viewers)  and in the news demo… Read


CBS Opens Wednesday Comedy Block With ‘Mike & Molly’ And ‘2 Broke Girls’, Sets Midseason Premiere Dates


CBS is relaunching a Wednesday 8-9 PM comedy block as a bridge between the fall and spring cycles of Survivor. Veterans Mike & Molly and 2 Broke Girls, which aired together as part of CBS’ now-defunct Monday comedy block, will reunite on their new night starting Jan. 6. For 2 Broke Girls, this will be a second new time slot this season. The sitcom, which didn’t make the fall schedule for the first time in its run, recently relocated to Thursday, launching its fifth season… Read