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‘Magnum P.I.’ Casts Stephen Hill; ‘Dead Inside’ Adds Myles Bullock

Stephen Hill (Law & Order: SVU) is set as a series regular opposite Jay Hernandez and Perdita Weeks in CBS' Magnum P.I. pilot from Peter Lenkov, Davis Entertainment, CBS TV Studios and Universal TV Studios. Co-written by Lenkov and fellow Hawaii Five-0 executive producer/co-showrunner Eric Guggenheim and directed by Justin Lin, the reboot of the classic 1980s Tom Selleck series will feature the same central quartet of characters as the original, but instead of four guys… Read


On Eve Of AT&T-DOJ Trial, Media Business Weighs The Stakes

AT&T-Time Warner

After one more delay (as a snowstorm pushed back opening arguments), Thursday’s unofficial kickoff to the United States v. AT&T in federal court in Washington means the heavy cloud of uncertainty shrouding the media business gets closer to dissipating. The legal fight over the AT&T-Time Warner merger hasn’t brought deal flow to a halt, as many initially predicted, but it has ushered in a period of profound disorientation for everyone from creative talent to the executive… Read


‘60 Minutes’ Flashes Silent Stormy Daniels In 10-Second Tease Of Sunday Sit Down

Talk about a tease! Not Stormy Daniels. 60 Minutes! CBS’ Sunday newsmag sent out a 10-second clip of the porn star by way of teasing Sunday’s interview with Anderson Cooper about her claims of having had a consensual relationship with Donald Trump back when he was a goofy reality TV star. Yes, the ad before the clip is longer than the clip. And, if you thought you’d get to hear Daniels say anything in those 10 seconds – wrong! Instead viewers get a full five seconds of… Read


Melina Kanakaredes To Co-Write & Produce Film Based On Life Of ‘On Death & Dying’ Author Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Melina Kanakaredes (The Resident) has teamed with Das Films for an indie feature on the life of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, inspired by Kübler-Ross’ book The Wheel of Life: A Memoir Of Living and Dying. Kanakaredes will co-write the project, with Immortals scribes Vlas and Charley Parlapanides, and will produce via her Melpa Productions shingle. Kanakaredes acquired the rights to the 1997 book The Wheel of Life, as well as Kübler-Ross’ life rights. The project has the support… Read


Kyra Sedgwick, Jeffrey Donovan Join Dark Comedy Film ‘Villains’

EXCLUSIVE: Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick and Burn Notice alum Jeffrey Donovan have signed on for the darkly comedic thriller Villains, from Dan Berk and Robert Olsen. The pic stars Bill Skarsgård and Maika Monroe as a pair of amateur criminals who, after breaking into a suburban home, stumble upon a dark secret and two sadistic homeowners who will do anything to keep it from getting out. Berk and Olsen wrote the screenplay which made the 2016 Black List. Tim and Trevor White… Read


Rosario Dawson, Rubén Blades Contribute To Comics Anthology ‘Ricanstruction’ Benefiting Puerto Rico Relief Efforts

Graphic novelist Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez has announced that his original superhero La Borinqueña, will team up with comic book characters from DC Comics in Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico a comics anthology created to benefit ongoing relief efforts in Puerto Rico. The story will contain stories from Puerto Rican and Latinx celebrities including Rosario Dawson (Luke Cage), Rubén Blades (Fear the Walking Dead), Javier Muñoz  (Hamilton), Sonia Manzano… Read


Liza Chasin Starts 3dot Prods., Inks First-Look TV Deal With Anonymous Content

Five months after Liza Chasin exited as Working Title Films’ President of US Production to segue to producing, she has launched 3dot productions and has signed a first-look television production deal with Anonymous Content. Under the pact, she will focus on developing and producing scripted programming for TV networks and streaming platforms. Additionally, Chasin will continue to develop and produce existing and new film projects. "We could not be happier to be partnering… Read


‘Unsane’ Review: Claire Foy Is Superb In Steven Soderbergh’s Frightening And Timely Stalker Thriller


Steven Soderbergh, who supposedly “retired” from filmmaking a few years ago, turns out to have done nothing of the sort. He simply is changing things up, and that includes shooting his latest movie, Unsaneon a schedule of less than two weeks using an iPhone. But those who might fear for the quality of this Oscar-winning filmmaker responsible for the likes of Traffic, Erin Brockovich, the Ocean’s trilogy, sex, lies and videotape and so on should rest comfortably: As I… Read


Hallmark Channel Upfront Presentation Canceled Due To Storm; Net Makes Announcements, Including ‘When Calls the Heart’ Renewal, At Central Park Event

Crown Media Family Networks got creative when its upfront was canceled Wednesday due to the arrival of Winter Storm Toby in New York City. Big snowstorms in March certainly aren’t unheard of — Toby is the fourth nor’easter this month alone — but this might be the first time a storm forced the cancellation of an upfront event. Undeterred, president/CEO Bill Abbott and EVP ad sales Ed Georger, along with Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' fan favorites… Read


Triple Threat Alexandria Bombach Signs With UTA

EXCLUSIVE: Another capable female filmmaker has been signed by a top agency. Director, cinematographer and editor Alexandria Bombach, who debuted her feature doc On Her Shoulders at Sundance this year, has signed with UTA. That film took home the award for Best Directing in the U.S. Documentary competition. On Her Shoulders was about the life of 23 year-old Nadia Murad who survived genocide and sexual slavery at the hands of ISIS only to become the courageous voice of her… Read


Andrew McCabe Investigated Jeff Sessions About Russian Contacts Months Before Sessions Sacked Him: ABC News

Jeff Sessions

Nearly a year before Attorney General Jeff Sessions sacked former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, for “lack of candor,” McCabe oversaw a federal criminal investigation into whether Sessions lacked candor when he testified about his contacts with Russian operatives, ABC News reports Wednesday. Democratic lawmakers repeatedly had accused Sessions of misleading them in congressional testimony and called on federal authorities to investigate, ABC News noted. But McCabe’s… Read


Disneyland’s Pirates Of The Caribbean Ride Makes Some Changes To Controversial Bride Auction Scene

Ever since Disneyland first opened the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in 1967, the attraction has become blockbuster movie franchise and a must-see for all who enter the gates of any of the Disney parks around the world. However, there has been one part of the ride that has remained controversial: the bride auction scene. What may have been okay in the ’60s is now a bit insensitive and — let’s be honest — very misogynistic. Now that Disney has become aware of this, the… Read