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Tatiana Maslany & Thomas Sadoski Set To World Preem Neil LaBute’s ‘The Way We Get By’

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Tatiana Maslany and Thomas Sadoski will play a couple of free-wheelers who spend a drunken night together and awaken to a bunch of post-coital challenges from one another and their nearest and dearest. Maslany, star of the BBC America series Orphan Black, will be making her New York stage debut in the Second Stage off-Broadway production. Sadoski, whose final season of The Newsroom is about to begin on HBO, is a New York stage vet, having most recently appeared off- and… Read

Business

BET Hip Hop Awards Dance To Top Of Twitter TV Ratings

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The BET Hip Hop Awards danced past last week's Twitter TV ratings champ, The Walking Deadand American Horror Story: Freak Show to lead the week in online audience for broadcast show. In all, more than 2.6 million tweets about the music awards show reached more than 7 million unduplicated audience members, far and away the biggest online crowd for any non-sports show of the week. On the sports side, Peyton Manning's setting of an NFL career record in touchdown passes… Read

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Roma Downey, Mark Burnett Sell Divine Intervention Series To TLC

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TLC has ordered a six-part series about people who claim they've experienced “divine intervention,” from Jesus whisperers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. Downey will host the series TLC says explores “the stories of people who claim that they've experienced modern-day miracles, incredible twists of fate, and phenomena that logic and science cannot explain.” TLC brags the series “will leave even the most skeptical viewers considering if a divine force was at work.” TLC is… Read

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Barbara Walters’ ‘10 Most Fascinating People’ Resurrected

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“Never mind,” ABC  said — or words to that effect — about last year's announcement Babs Walters was ending her 10 Most Fascinating People Of Fill In The Year franchise. This morning, the network said it has decided to bring back Babs and her long-running special and that this year she will interview Neil Patrick Harris — who just happens to have been named host of the next Oscarcast which will be broadcast by ABC — as well as Chelsea Handler, Scarlett Johansson and — you… Read

Film

Meryl Streep & Hugh Grant Tune Up For Stephen Frears’ ‘Florence’ – AFM

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Philomena director Stephen Frears is reteaming with Pathé for another project about an eponymous real-life female protagonist. Currently in pre-production, Florence is the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress and socialite who coveted a career as a great opera singer, but who lacked any real ability. Meryl Streep is attached to play the title role with Hugh Grant also attached for the role of her partner and manager St Clair Bayfield. Bayfield was an… Read

International

Comedy Central Int’l Moves Ahead With ‘Brotherhood’ Sitcom From UK’s Big Talk

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As part of Comedy Central International's initiative to commission multi-camera sitcoms for a global audience, the Viacom-owned broadcaster is going into production on UK series Brotherhood, the first to come through its development pipeline. Formerly known as Mummy's Boys, an unaired pilot was shot last year and eight half-hour episodes have been confirmed. ITV-owned Big Talk Productions (A Young Doctor's Notebook, Ant Man) is shooting Brotherhood on location and in… Read

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Powerful ‘Klinghoffer’ Premiere Starts With Protests, Ends With Cheers

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Police barricades surrounded the plaza at Lincoln Center, helicopters buzzed overhead and several hundred protesters, at one point led by former mayor Rudy Giuliani, denounced the Metropolitan Opera on Monday evening for presenting The Death Of Klinghoffer. Brandishing placards that read “Shame On Peter Gelb” — a reference to the Met's general manager — and “The Met Opera Glorifies Terrorism,” the marchers sang “Hatikvah,” the Israeli national anthem, and listened to… Read

Business

Hillary Clinton Raises Record $2.1M At Jeffrey Katzenberg Co-Hosted Hollywood Fundraiser

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Hillary Clinton tonight told a room full of Hollywood heavyweights that the midterm elections are very important to make sure the Democrats retain the Senate so they can move forward on “important issues like immigration reform.” What she also told the 60 or so guests in attendance is, to use some of  the introductory remarks by co-chair Jeffrey Katzenberg, is “the amazing drawing power” of the former Secretary of State. A fact not lost on anyone as tonight's event raised… Read

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UTA & ‘Trouble With The Curve’ Writer Hit With New $5M Lawsuit Over Clint Eastwood Pic

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EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Brooks is proof that if at first you don't succeed in Hollywood, try, try again - especially in the courts. Just over eight months after his first multimillion-dollar Trouble With The Curve copyright infringement lawsuit was tossed, Brooks and his Gold Glove Productions launched today a new $5 million breach of contract complaint over the pic in LA Superior Court (read it here). With different lawyers than last time, Brooks isn't claiming now that Warner Br… Read

Video

‘John Wick’ Review: Pete Hammond on Keanu Reeves’ Killer Film

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Watch my video review above of Keanu Reeves's new action film, John Wickwhere he plays a one-time hit man goaded back into action by (as I mentioned in an earlier column) the heinous acts of some completely expendable (and soon-to-be expended) Russian mobsters. Reeves, now 50, returns to the action genre years after his heyday in The Matrix trilogy, and he's in fine form. I think fans will love his work here. That said, I'm less certain about the rest of the movie… Read

Box Office

Int’l Box Office Final: ‘Guardians’ Now 3rd Biggest Marvel Movie Ever

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3rd UPDATE, 2:45 PM (PT): Finals are in for Guardians Of The Galaxy, the No. 1 Bollywood movie this year stateside Bang Bang, director David Fincher's thriller Gone Girl (which passed $100M stateside), the Denzel Washington action/drama The Equalizer, the animated The Boxtrolls, the YA hit The Maze Runner, Luc Besson's Lucy, Universal's Dracula Untold, Fox's sequel Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Ice Age: The Meltdown In 3-D which debuted in China this weekend to $3.2M… Read

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Broadway Box Office: ‘Dog’ Barks, Sting Bites, ‘Play’ Wows In $26M Week

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Although the Broadway box office was off 4% in post-Columbus Day ticket sales, there were several indicators of good news for the holiday season. Coming off a slew of rave reviews, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time — the early season's prestige London import — continued to build in a week when many shows were off from the previous stand's spending spree. For the week ending Sunday, the National Theatre production took in $848.2K at the Barrymore. That's… Read

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