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UPDATE: LA Mayor Says Film & TV Tax Credit Expansion Is A Matter Of How Much Not If

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UPDATE, 3:40 PM: Eric Garcetti said today that there will be an expansion of California's $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program, it is only a question of how much it will be. The remark from the LA Mayor this afternoon came after Garcetti and several other California Mayors met with Gov. Jerry Brown and other state politicians in Sacramento. The current thinking, as Deadline reported last week, is that the program will be upped to around $400 million. That will… Read

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‘Big Bang Theory’ Stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki & Kaley Cuoco Close Big New Deals

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EXCLUSIVE: CBS' The Big Bang Theory is a big step closer to making the new Aug. 6 production start date for Season 8 — I've learned that stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco have agreed to new three-year contracts. The deals for Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco came after marathon negotiations between Big Bang producer Warner Bros TV and reps for the actors over the weekend, with Parsons' pact closing first on Sunday, followed by the Galecki and Cuoco under “most… Read

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L.A. Officials Probe Shakedown Claims On Downtown Shoots

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First in a series EXCLUSIVE: Downtown developer Tom Gilmore was irate. "What's this goddamn thing here I had to pay for?" he fumed. It was noontime, June 16, and L.A.'s powerful downtown developer stood on the corner of 4th and Main Street accosting a FilmLA monitor as a crew arrived. The monitor tried to assure Gilmore that the commercial shoot would be fast and there'd be no disruption to his businesses, but Gilmore wasn't buying it. "I know what you've done for the… Read

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‘Boyhood’ By The Numbers: What Else Happened Over 12 Years

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After it debuted last week to the second-best opening of any specialty film in 2014, Richard Linklater's Boyhood is already considered an early Oscar contender that has a chance to cross over as it broadens its run to 10 markets today. It is unprecedented for a narrative film to be shot like this one was. It proved to be a time-lapse process that allows viewers to watch Ellar Coltrane and his castmates age naturally from age 6 to 18 and believably go through the joys and… Read

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Noël Wells & John Milhiser Also Leaving ‘SNL’, Michael Patrick O’Brien Future Unclear

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EXCLUSIVE: Saturday Night Live is going through the first phase of annual cast changeover, which involves not bringing back some existing players. As usual, most affected are first-year actors. I've learned that the contracts of Noël Wells and John Milhiser, who joined SNL as featured players last September, are not being renewed, joining fellow rookie Brooks Wheelan, who announced his dismissal yesterday on Twitter. Things are murkier about Michael Patrick O'Brien, who… Read

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Jodie Foster On ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Directing Emmy Nom: ‘Dramedy Is What I Do’

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Jodie Foster is carving out a nice, new career as a TV director.  Though she hit a bump with her last feature directorial, the Mel Gibson drama, The Beaver ($971K) she rebounded today with an Emmy nomination for her comedy series helming work on the third episode of Jenji Kohan's Orange Is the New Black entitled “Lesbian Request Denied”. It's actually Foster's second Emmy nod overall, her first being for the Showtime 1999 movie she executive produced, The Baby Dance,… Read

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EMMYS Q&A: Conan O’Brien On Rediscovering His Mojo In A Social Network World

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Watching the classy late-night transition from Jay Leno to Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman to Stephen Colbert, it is hard not to feel a little badly for Conan O'Brien and the way he was set on fire several years ago when Leno grudgingly handed off the Tonight Show torch to him — and then refused to go away. NBC's unwillingness to commit to O'Brien despite his lengthy tenure in the 12:30 slot created the biggest bungle in late-night history. A large financial settlement… Read

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NBC Developing Event Series About The Beatles From ‘The Tudors’ Team

EXCLUSIVE: The team that brought to the small screen the story of King Henry VIII is taking on another English royalty, this time in the world of rock & roll. I have learned that NBC is in early stages of development of an eight-episode event series about the Beatles that would tell the story of the greatest band of all time. The series will be written by The Tudors creator/executive producer Michael Hirst who will executive produce with Tudors executive producers Ben… Read

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EMMYS: Lorne Michaels On ‘SNL’s Rebuilding Year & NBC’s Latenight Reboot

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There is no one who has had more success and holds more influence in late-night at the moment than Lorne Michaels. Next season will mark the 40th anniversary of the Canadian native's signature series, Saturday Night Live, which redefined variety shows. He has executive produced NBC's Late Night since 1993 and last year added oversight of The Tonight Show, which he helped bring back to New York. Hosted by his SNL pupils Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers, the new Tonight Show… Read

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‘Hells Angels’ Feature Rides Over To Writer-Producer Rob Weiss

EXCLUSIVE: Writer-producer Rob Weiss (Entourage) is taking over Fox 2000's Hells Angels feature about legendary member Sonny Barger, who has long been considered the undisputed godfather of the motorcycle club. Barger helped found the Oakland chapter in 1957 when he was only 18 and became instrumental in its rise as an international organization. Weiss will co-write with Jeff Santos and direct the story of Barger's life, which has been a controversial one so he has a lot… Read

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Cannes: ‘Expendables 3′ Cast Storms Croisette; Sly, Arnie, Mel, Harrison & More Riff “We Are Children With Arthritis”

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When I exclusively reported earlier this month that Millennium Films was planning a massive stunt with the cast of The Expendables 3 storming the Croisette today, I had a feeling it would be rather extraordinary — but I didn't know it would end up to be one of the most entertaining events I've attended in 17 years in Cannes. The action brigade rolled into town this morning - on tanks no less - giving throngs of onlookers something to gawk at, and journalists inside a… Read

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