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Gov. Brown Adds IATSE VP & PMK*BNC Boss To Film Commission

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Just over a month after signing a big expansion of California's $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program to $330 million, the Governor has picked a Democrat labor leader and a Republican PR CEO to the state film commission's board. The announcement of IATSE VP Thomas Davis and PMK*BNC boss Michael Nyman to the board of the Californian Film Commission comes as big change and big bucks are about to hit the state organization. Next year will see not just an influx of… Read

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Lisa Ling’s ‘This Is Life’ Latest CNN Show Pushing Network Definition To Early Viewer Approval

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Lisa Ling's This Is Life continues CNN's encouraging preliminary ratings results with programs that push the news network's definition. In its first telecast, on September 28, the documentary series clocked 235,000 demo viewers and 598,000 total viewers, handily winning both metrics, and a big uptick compared to the 10 PM time slot's prior four-week average with repeats of such programs as The Hunt, Death Row Stories and Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown. The new series'… Read

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Quartet Cast In HBO’s ‘Crime’ Miniseries

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Michael Kenneth Williams, Amara Karan, Jeannie Berlin and Glenne Headly have joined the cast of HBO's eight-hour miniseries Crime (formerly Criminal Justice). The project's executive producer Steve Zaillian, who helmed the original pilot co-starring the late James Gandolfini, is set to direct multiple episode, with James Marsh (The Theory Of Everything) tapped to direct one. The New York crime story, a passion project of  Gandolfini, centers on Jack Stone  — played by… Read

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‘John Wick’ Partners PalmStar, Thunder Road Make $200 Million Slate Financing Deal

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BREAKING: On the eve of the opening of their Keanu Reeves-starrer John Wick, PalmStar Media Capital and Thunder Road Pictures have made an overall financing deal that will give Basil Iwanyk's production company over $200 million in equity to fully finance and produce five to six star-driven films with budgets between $20 million and $50 million. On bigger budget films, PalmStar has the option to finance or co-finance those. Iwanyk's company will also have over $5 million… Read

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ABC Nabs Fortune Feimster Comedy From Matt Hubbard, Tina Fey & Robert Carlock

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The Cabot College team of creator/executive Matt Hubbard and executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock have reunited for another multi-camera project. It will be headlined by Cabot College co-star, actor-comedian Fortune Feimster. Hubbard again will write the script for the project, which has landed at ABC with penalty in a competitive situation. Set in North Carolina, the untitled multicamera comedy is based on the family life and stand-up of Feimster, who grew up… Read

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Bryan Cranston “Congratulates” Florida Mom On Anti-‘Breaking Bad’ Doll Campaign

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Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has tweeted his amazement/amusement upon learning Toys R Us was taking his action figure off its shelves in response to an online petition created by a Florida housewife.  Toys R Us, meanwhile, has learned about the downside of the media's deep and abiding love of all things Breaking Bad, when a flood of late-night gags and morning-infotainment-show hand-wringers turned a puny 8,000 signature-strong petition protesting the dolls into a… Read

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WGA PAC Endorsements Heavy On California Incumbent Democrats

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With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, the WGA West's political action committee has endorsed California Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris for re-election. The guild's PAC also endorsed seven candidates for the U.S. Senate — all incumbent Democrats — and nine Democratic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives. "These candidates have demonstrated support for the Writers Guild's public policy priorities," the WGA West's PAC said in a… Read

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Modern VideoFilm Under New Management As Corporate Restructuring Veterans Step In

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Deloitte Corporate Restructuring Group, which specializes in reorganizing troubled companies, has taken over day-to-day operation of Modern VideoFilm. Scott Avila, a principal of Deloitte CRG, has been named CEO of the postproduction facility. He replaces Moshe Barkat, the company's founder, who was ousted as CEO and President by the board of directors in September. Cooper Crouse, a director of Deloitte CRG, has been named President of Modern Video/Film. Avila and… Read

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Streaming Cash: Redbox Reports Losses From Its Joint Venture With Verizon

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It's become fashionable - especially since last week when HBO and CBS announced their online plans - to look at Internet streaming as a digital gold rush. But the folks at Redbox tell a different story, in an SEC filing today, about their experience with their  now-defunct joint venture: Redbox Instant by Verizon. Parent company Outerwall says that it contributed $77M to the venture, and received $70.5M — including disc rentals tied to the subscriptions and a $16.8M… Read

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World Series Ratings: Game 1 Strikes Out With New Low

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UPDATE, 1:57 PM: The final stats are in for last night's World Series Game 1 and it looks like there were two losers: The Kansas City Royals, obviously, after falling to the San Francisco Giants 7-1, and Fox. The opening game got a 3.4/11 rating between 8-11 PM with 12.19 million viewers. That's a drop of 19% from the first game between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals on October 23 last year. Last night's game dipped 6% from the previous all-time World… Read

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Lifetime Orders ‘Lizzie Borden’ Limited Series Starring Christina Ricci

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Following the success of its original movie Lizzie Borden Took An Ax, Lifetime had picked up a follow-up six-episode limited series, Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles, with Christina Ricci set to reprise her role as the notorious murderer. Also returning for the series is the movie's Clea DuVall, who will also reprise her role as Lizzie Borden's sister, Emma. The series, from Sony Pictures TV, which produced the movie, will debut in 2015. Lifetime has turned… Read

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Matthew McConaughey Gets A ‘Stellar’ Tribute From American Cinematheque

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How ironic it was that American Cinematheque, this bastion of all things honoring the history of film, would choose to give Matthew McConaughey its highest honor at a warm, funny and revealing tribute last night at the Beverly Hilton. Because among other things, McConaughey revealed he had actually only even seen two movies — ever — before the age of 18:  King Kong and Orca. And though this non-cineaste didn't specify which King Kong, I would be willing to bet it was the… Read

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