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Obamageddon Hits Westside With POTUS Fundraisers & Road Closures

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President Barack Obama is back in town tomorrow for some pre-Halloween Hollywood trick-or-treats courtesy of J.J. Abrams and the Tinseltown ATM. In a whirlwind 6 1/2-hour visit to Los Angeles on Saturday, the fundraiser-in-chief will hit a trio of deep-pocket events — which means, of course, there will be traffic snarls and road closures all over the city’s Westside (see the full list of closures from LAPD below). After landing at LAX around 1 PM, Obama heads over to the… Read


Bulgaria’s Oscar Entry ‘The Judgment’ Unexpectedly Timely Amid Europe’s Migrant Crisis


When Stephan Komandarev’s feature The Judgement was greenlighted at the end of 2011, Europe was just starting to see the first Syrian refugees displaced by the Civil War in their home country. The day The Judgement was voted as Bulgaria’s foreign-language Oscar submission, Sept. 4, 2015, was at the height of the European migrant crisis when footage of some 1,000 defiant refugees walking from Budapest to Germany led the news and the images of the Syrian toddler whose dead… Read


Tegna Blacks Out Dish Network Customers In 38 Markets

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The fight between Dish Network and Virginia-based Tegna, Inc. heated up today as Tegna rejected Dish’s contract extension offer, which included ‘true-up’ for new rates, and moved to black out Dish customers in 38 Markets. The move comes as part of what Dish characterizes as a plan to double Dish Network’s current rate. The extension would have spared customers a service interruption while negotiations between the two companies continues. In a statement, Dish SVP Warren… Read


‘Minority Report’ Order Cut By 3 Episodes


Following a slow start, Minority Report‘s original 13-episode order has been trimmed to 10 episodes. Fox is stopping short of canceling the futuristic thriller, though there will be no additional episodes ordered beyond the 10, with production slated to wrap after that. Fox had scheduled Minority Report for a 10-episode fall run, with the remaining 3 episodes of the original order (and presumably backup episodes) set for later in the season. Episode 10 had been designed… Read


‘Steve Jobs’ Review: A Smart And Complex Movie That Perfectly Fits The Man Himself

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Movies haven’t often been described necessarily as a writer’s medium, but in the case of Universal’s Steve Jobsthere can be no question that the real star of this show is screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. The Oscar-winning writer of The Social Network has pulled together another real-life tech story but in this case has created what I might call the anti-biopic. As I say in my video review (click the photo above), this is about as unconventional as movie biography gets… Read


‘Key & Peele’ Showrunners Developing ‘The Romeos’ Buddy Comedy At ABC

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With Key & Peele recently ending its five-season run, the hit sketch series’ executive producers/showrunners Ian Roberts and Jay Martel have sold another half-hour comedy with a male duo at the center — this one a little older. Titled The Romeos, the single-camera comedy has been set up at ABC and ABC Studios. Written and executive produced by Roberts and Martel, The Romeos (stands for Retired Older Men Eating Out) has a Grumpy Old Men vibe and revolves around two… Read


Gene Allen Dies: Ex-Academy President & ‘My Fair Lady’ Oscar Winner Was 97

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Gene Allen, a production designer who won an Oscar for My Fair Lady and was a former President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, died Wednesday of natural causes at his home in Newport Beach, CA. He was 97. The Academy announced the news today. His was one of eight Academy Awards for My Fair Lady in 1965, including Best Picture. Allen also scored Oscar noms for A Star Is Born (1955) and Les Girls (1958). He was a three-term Academy President (1983-85)… Read


Greg Berlanti Dramas From Chris Fedak & Jennifer Johnson Set At CBS As Put Pilots

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On the heels of a strong launch for Greg Berlanti Prods.’ current drama series, the company has set up two more hight-profile hourlong projects for next season. CBS has given put pilot commitments to Out Of Body, written by Jennifer Johnson, and an untitled project from Chuck co-creator Chris Fedak. Both hail from Berlanti Prods. and Warner Bros. TV, where the company and the two writers are based, with Berlanti and Sarah Schechter executive producing. Written/executive… Read


‘Blindspot’ Gets Full-Season Order By NBC


NBC’s Blindspot, already the fall season's top-rated new series in adults 18-49, has become the first freshman series to get a Back 9 pickup, bringing its first-season order to a full-season 22 episodes. The order follows the network’s recent pickup of nine backup scripts for the thriller about a woman with no memories whose tattooed body holds the key to her past and to a vast and complex mystery. Through three weeks, Blindspot has averaged a 2.7 rating in adults 18-49… Read


Francois Arnaud Joins NBC Drama ‘Blindspot’; LisaGay Hamilton In ‘The Wilding’

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UPDATED: The Borgias‘ alum Francois Arnaud has booked a recurring role on NBC’s thriller drama series Blindspot, which just received a full-season order by NBC.  Written by Martin Gero and directed by Mark Pellington, Blindspot centers on a mysterious Jane Doe (Jaime Alexander) who is found in a body bag in NYC's Times Square with tattoos all over her body, including the address of the FBI agent Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) who found her. Arnaud will play a mysterious… Read


Marvel’s ‘Agent Carter’: Wynn Everett, Lotte Verbeek, More Join Season 2 Cast

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Marvel’s Agent Carter is bulking up its cast as the series heads to Hollywood for Season 2. The Newsroom alumna Wynn Everett, Lotte Verbeek (The Fault In Our Stars), Currie Graham (Pompeii) and Reggie Austin (Devious Maids) have joined as regulars for the second season of the ABC action-drama series. In addition, Dominic Cooper and Bridget Regan, who recurred last season, both will be back for Season 2. Cooper will reprise his role as Howard Stark and Regan will be back… Read