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New UTA Venue Giving Artists Some Space

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UTA is putting the finishing touches on UTA Artist Space, a 4,500-square-foot exhibition venue in downtown Los Angeles. The plan is to use it to showcase artists, musicians, filmmakers, writers and more — some from the agency’s client roster, and some not — and will feature readings, performances, screenings, and large-scale exhibitions often in collaboration with other galleries. First up: a presentation of 50 works of artist and director Larry Clark including film… Read

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Jim Gaffigan & Olivia Thirlby Join ‘Chappaquiddick’

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Jim Gaffigan and Olivia Thirlby have joined the cast of Chappaquiddick, the indie drama being directed by John Curran from Andrew Logan’s Black List script. The pair join Jason Clarke, who plays Ted Kennedy, and Kate Mara, who plays Mary Jo Kopechne, in the based-on-real-life tragedy tale. Ed Helms and Bruce Dern co-star. Shooting is now set to start September 7 in Boston. WME serves as the film's North American sales agent, and Sierra/Affinity has come on board to rep… Read

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‘Max Steel’ Trailer: Mattel’s Action Figure Line Gets Live Action Treatment

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About his role in the infamously terrible Jaws 4: The Revenge, Michael Caine once said “I have never seen the film, but by all accounts it was terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific.” In unrelated news, a new trailer for Max Steel launched earlier today, co-starring the great Andy Garcia in a supporting role for which it looks like he had a lot of fun. The Open Road YA action pic stars Ben Winchell as Max McGrath, a teen just moved to a… Read

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Chastity Dotson To Recur On Amazon’s ‘Patriot’ & Fox’s ‘Pitch’

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Chastity Dotson, who is going into her third season recurring as Keisha Russell on Amazon’s Bosch, is adding two more recurring roles to her resume, on Amazon’s political thriller Patriot, as well as Fox’s baseball drama Pitch. Written and directed by Steven Conrad, Patriot follows the complicated life of intelligence officer John Tavner, whose latest assignment is to prevent Iran from going nuclear. Dotson will play Carol, a veterinarian, who’s smart, charismatic, and… Read

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ABC Buys Iranian-American Family Comedy From Andrew Reich & Reza Aslan

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ABC continues its quest to tell the stories of the diverse families that make up America. The latest effort is a single-camera comedy from former Friends executive producer/co-showrunner Andrew Reich and author, scholar and TV host/producer Reza Aslan. The project, from ABC Studios, is part of a new overall deal Reich has signed with the studio. Written by Reich and Aslan, the untitled single-camera comedy centers on an Iranian-American family from San Jose, CA, who each… Read

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CBS Nabs Dan Kopelman Comedy About Man’s Life With Production Commitment

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In a very competitive situation with several networks bidding, CBS has landed Me, Myself and I, a single-camera comedy from writer Dan Kopelman and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. The comedy, whose storyline spans five decades, has received a pilot production commitment. Warner Bros. TV, where Kopelman is under an overall deal, is the studio. Written by Kopelman, Me, Myself & I examines one man’s life over a 50-year span, somewhat in the vein of Boyhood. The show… Read

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Donald Trump Doesn’t Mention Wall Payment In Meeting With Mexico President; TV News Nets Pounce

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Donald Trump legally crossed the border into Mexico today for a meeting with the country’s president but declined to break it to him that he would be paying for Trump’s Great Wall. The man who launched his presidential bid a year ago vowing to create a deportation force that would stop Mexico from sending its “rapists,” criminals and drug dealers into the United States today described Mexicans as being “beyond reproach,” respectful, hard-working people with strong values… Read

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Peter Facinelli & Others Pump ‘Heartthrob’; Chloe Lukasiak Digs ‘Loophole’

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Peter Facinelli, Keir Gilchrist, Aubrey Peeples, Ione Skye, Jimmy Bennett, Felicity Price and Taylor Dearden are cast in Heartthrob, an indie from writer-director Chris Sivertson. The film is described as a teen romance that spirals out of control and becomes a teen thriller, but details of the plot and the characters were not provided. Production is under way on the feature from Citizen Skull Productions, which also features Jimmy Bennett. Mark Myers and Michael Moran… Read

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G.O.O.D. Music Star Teyana Taylor Joins ‘The Breaks’ On VH1

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Teyana Taylor, actor, G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings artist, and breakout star of Kanye West's "Fade" video, has joined VH1’s hip hop drama series The Breaks in a recurring role. Inspired by The Big Payback, a narrative history of the hip-hop business written by journalist Dan Charnas, The Breaks is executive produced by Seith Mann (The Wire) and John J. Strauss (Mozart in the Jungle). The series, a follow to VH1’s original film which aired earlier this year, will… Read

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Adds Jim Broadbent For Season 7

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Oscar winner Jim Broadbent is checking off a crucial box on his respected British character actors bingo card, joining the cast of HBO’s Game of Thrones for the show’s seventh season in an as-yet unspecified role. As is traditional for the long running show, details about Broadbent’s character have not been revealed except that the role is confirmed to be significant. Casting descriptions sent out in recent months for season 7 have been vague. Complicating things further… Read

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Mall Giant Westfield Corp. Acquires Broadway’s ‘Purple’ Producer Scott Sanders Productions

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Attention shoppers! Tony-winning Broadway producer Scott Sanders has sold his self-named company to Westfield Corporation, which builds and operates malls from Los Angeles’ Century City to the redeveloped World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan. New York-based Westfield announced today that Sanders, who won a best musical revival Tony Award in June for The Color Purple, has been named Westfield's first-ever Creative Head of Global Entertainment. Scott Sanders… Read

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‘The Tap’ USA Drama Pilot From Rob Reiner & Andrew Lenchewski Sets Cast; Simon Cellan Jones To Direct

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USA Network’s The Tap drama pilot from Rob Reiner and Royal Pains co-creator/executive producer Andrew Lenchewski, has set its cast and hired Simon Cellan Jones (Boardwalk Empire) to direct. Colin Woodell, Erinn Westbrook, Ginny Gardner and David Corenswet will play the lead roles. Written by Lenchewski and Aaron Tracy (Sequestered), The Tap is set at the most famous secret society in American college history, Yale's Skull and Bones. The drama takes place around 1969… Read