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Netflix Gets Into French Originals Business With ‘Marseille’

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The streaming service has plenty of original series stateside, but this political thriller is its first Gallic effort. Netflix said today that it will premiere Marseille, an eight-episode tale of power, corruption and redemption in the French port city, late next year in all territories. Created and written by Dan Franck and produced by Federation Entertainment, it centers on Robert Taro, the 25-year mayor of Marseille who will face in the coming elections the man he… Read


Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Beloved Sisters’ Gets Germany’s Nod For Oscar Race; BAFTA Sets David Fincher Retrospective; More

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German Films said today that its nine-person jury has selected Dominik Graf's Beloved Sisters as Germany's official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. The film tells the little-known true story of a ménage-à-trois among  Friedrich Schiller and the von Lengefeld sisters, a utopia on the eve of the French Revolution. Florian Stetter, Hannah Herzsprung and Henriette Confurius have the lead roles. "This designation is for me the greatest joy and the… Read


Family Man Comedy From Bill Wrubel Gets CBS Pilot Production Commitment

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EXCLUSIVE: In his first sale since moving to Warner Bros TV with an overall deal at the end of last season, former Modern Family executive producer Bill Wrubel has landed a pilot production commitment at CBS for a multi-camera comedy project. Titled The Good Life, it centers on a family man who struggles with the fact that everyone around him is pursuing their dreams and enjoying life more than he is — but who ultimately realizes he has everything he's ever wanted. He… Read


Diane Sawyer Signs Off As Anchor Of ‘World News’ (Video)

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Tonight, ABC News' Diane Sawyer signed off for the last time as anchor of World News, wrapping her five-year tenure on the program. ABC News noted this morning that she took the newscast to back-to-back sweep wins in the news demo — in May and July — for the first time in seven years. The show ranked No. 1 in the news demo for her final full week. Related: ABC News Anchor Shuffle: Who, What, When, Where, And Why In June, ABC News announced that Sawyer has “decided to step… Read


Fox Buys Sci-Fi Drama ‘Nod’ From Jason Richman & Chernin Co.


Nod, a drama series adaptation of the novel by Adrian Barnes, has been set up at Fox with a script commitment with penalty. Jason Richman (Bad Company) will write the project for 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Chernin Co. Nod is set at a time when most of humanity loses the ability to sleep and scientists are at a loss to explain why no one is tired. It revolves around Tanya and Paul, an "inter-somnial" couple - she, Awakened and flourishing, and he, one of the… Read


Disney Faces More Heat As Autistic Kids Lawsuit Looks To Expand

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EXCLUSIVE:  Walt Disney Parks and Resorts could be facing a lot more angry families of children with developmental disorders if the plaintiffs in the ongoing American With Disabilities Act lawsuit get their way. In fact, the discrimination suit over access at Disneyland and other theme parks filed back in April against the media giant could nearly triple. "After the initial Complaint was filed, undersigned counsel received an outpouring of phone calls and emails from… Read


Four Join ‘One & Two’ For Sundance Winning ‘Rich Hill’ Director; ‘Total Frat Movie’ Taps Tom Green

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Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), Timothy Chalamet (Homeland, Interstellar), Grant Bowler (True Blood, Defiance), and Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight, True Detective) will star in One & Two, the next feature from director Andrew Droz Palermo. Palermo, a DP whose credits include You're Next, V/H/S, and Hannah Fidell's A Teacher, made his helming debut with co-director Tracy Droz Tragos on Rich Hill, the 2014 documentary about youngsters growing up in an impoverished Midwestern town… Read


Rila Fukushima Joins ‘Arrow’, Riley Voelkel Cast In ‘Point Of Honor’


Rila Fukushima (Wolverine) has landed a major recurring role on the hit CW drama Arrow. She will play Tatsu Yamashiro, a character that first appeared in the Green Arrow origin series graphic novels published by DC Comics. She is a Japanese martial arts expert who wields a deadly sword, a blade from which her codename Katana is derived. In Arrow, Tatsu will be one of Oliver's mentors in the flashbacks and a critical influence on his journey to eventually become The Arrow… Read


‘Sons Of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam Is Guy Ritchie’s Choice For King Arthur


EXCLUSIVE: Going into his seventh and final season as the prince of the motorcycle club in Sons Of Anarchy, Charlie Hunnam will next have the opportunity to rise to king. Hunnam is director Guy Ritchie's choice to play King Arthur in the epic Warner Bros project hatched by Joby Harold and intended to span six films. Harold wrote the first script and Akiva Goldsman is producing through Weed Road with Harold and Tory Tunnell through Safehouse Pictures, and Ritchie's partner… Read


Hot Trailer: Kids’ Lives In Danger After Rummaging In Stephen Daldry’s ‘Trash’

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Don't be alarmed: That's not a real dump the children are picking through in the trailer for Stephen Daldry's Trash. That would be hazardous. So, the production reconstructed one while shooting in Brazil. The Oscar-nominated helmer's fifth directorial after 2011's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, which also nabbed a best pic nod, doesn't have a domestic distributor yet, nor a stateside release date, which is odd given how Daldry's titles have continually gained traction… Read


About 1 Million Watch Chelsea Handler Say So Long To E! As Gwen Stefani Nearly Fumbles Another TV Appearance: Video

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UPDATE:  Just over 1 million viewers watched Chelsea Lately bow out live on Tuesday night — the E! show's biggest audience in 2 1/2 years.  About 498,000 of them were demo viewers — the show's biggest haul in the 18-49 age bracket in a year. The live finale ranked No. 5 on the ad-supported cable chart (excluding sports) with 29.5K tweets. PREVIOUS, 8:21 AM: Miley Cyrus sang “It's Over” and a star-studded cast performed a “We Are The World”-esque group-sing as Chelsea Handl… Read


Hot Trailer: Jean Dujardin Takes On French Drug Mafia In ‘The Connection’

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Gaumont Film Company and Drafthouse Films have just released an international teaser for Cédric Jimenez's 1975-set crime thriller The Connection, starring The Artist Oscar winner Jean Dujardin. Inspired by true events and shot on 35mm, the film follows Dujardin as Pierre Michel, a young magistrate with a wife and kids who goes after the mafia-run French Connection drug organization and tangles with kingpin Gaetan Zampa (Gilles Lelouche of Mesrine: Killer… Read


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