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Damien Chazelle Joins Twitter To Voice Opinion About Trump Administration, Political Climate

Twitter just added another civic-minded and socially aware voice to its feed of tweets. Academy Award-winning director Damien Chazelle joined the social media platform with the specific intention to share his views on the current political climate. Decided to join Twitter because I feel a responsibility to add my voice to the chorus. (1/10) — Damien Chazelle (@DSChazelle) August 16, 2017 The La La Land director didn’t hold back as he debuted his presence on Twitter… Read

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Shawn Christian, Lou Ferrigno Jr., Sabina Gadecki & More Cast In Indie Film ‘Trapped’

EXCLUSIVE: Shawn Christian (Days of Our Lives), Lou Ferrigno Jr. (CBS’ upcoming series S.W.A.T.), Sabina Gadecki (Entourage), Allison Gregory (Rotten), and Ava Capri (Little Rituals) will star in LGBTQ indie drama Trapped, along with Brigitte Nielsen (Beverly Hills Cop II) and Gordon Thomson (Dynasty) The film is written by Katerina Gorshkov, who will also direct. The pic follows Scarlet (Gregory), as she's sent to a wilderness camp for difficult teenagers, where she… Read

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Brings #Ham4Ham Live Performance For ‘Hamilton’ Opening Night In L.A.

A swarm of Hamilton fans gathered in front of the Pantages Theatre on closed-down Hollywood Boulevard hoping to snag $10 tickets to opening night of the Tony-winning hip-hop-infused historical Broadway musical — and to catch the first and only live #Ham4Ham lottery performance  in L.A. hosted by the show’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. The pre-show #Ham4Ham live performances started in New York when Miranda would bring out special guests and perform to crowds waiting for… Read

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L.A. Film Czar Ken Ziffren Says Premium VOD For Studios Still In Limbo

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The major Hollywood studios’ flirtation with Premium VOD and their talks with exhibitors has been akin to “tip-toeing up to the edge of the ocean water, and tip-toeing back” Los Angeles film czar Ken Ziffren said today at his ninth annual state of the entertainment industry address before the Beverly Hills Bar Association. “It’s one thing you don’t do with the major (theater) circuits,” advised Ziffren. “If it happens,” said Ziffren about studios’ yearning for PVOD, “it’s… Read

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ABC Nabs FBI Darkly Comedic Drama From Regina Corrado, Felicity Huffman & NBCU International Studios As Put Pilot

In a competitive situation, ABC has landed Kristy Kottis, a comedic hourlong drama, from The Strain executive producer Regina Corrado, American Crime alumna Felicity HuffmanDallas Buyers Club producer Rachel Winter and Working Title. NBC Universal International Studios is the studio. Written by Corrado, Kristy Kottis is inspired by the real-life Vespa riding, shit kicking, former New York City public school teacher-turned-FBI agent, Kristy Kottis. The is a darkly… Read

Awardsline

Emmy Predictions: Actress In A Drama Series

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Just like the lead actor race, this one is ripe for a shakeup since last year's surprise winner, Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black, hasn't returned due to the show not being eligible this year. That leaves room for a winner from two years ago, a couple of perpetual nominees, someone on their last chance and a newbie to the race. A survey of the field, though, comes up with two distinct front-runners. Viola Davis How to Get Away with… Read

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Paramount Lands Blake Lively Spy Thriller ‘The Rhythm Section’ By 007 Producers & IM Global

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EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures just landed itself a potential new global franchise. The studio will team with IM Global and James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for The Rhythm Section, a female global espionage thriller to star Blake Lively, with The Handmaid's Tale director/exec producer Reed Morano to helm the first of what they hope will become a franchise. Paramount acquired the film and will release it in most world territories. Both Paramount… Read

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Abramorama Acquires ‘Bending The Arc’; Comedy Dynamics Nabs ‘Ear Buds: The Podcasting Documentary’

Abramorama has picked up the U.S. theatrical rights to Bending the Arc, a documentary by directors Kief Davidson (The Ivory Game) and Pedro Kos (The Square), and plans a limited release beginning October 6 in New York. The film, which premiered at Sundance in January, revolves around three Harvard med students — Jim Kim (current President of the World Bank), Paul Farmer and Ophelia Dahl — who became pioneers of global health, literally inventing an international framework… Read

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Emmy Predictions: Actor In A Drama Series

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series There will be a rather large shakeup in this race, even though four of the seven nominated actors are returning from last year. None of them (Bob Odenkirk, Matthew Rhys, Liev Schreiber and Kevin Spacey) has won before in the category, but they have a real shot this year in the absence of reigning champ Rami Malek, whose work on Mr. Robot this season didn't draw a nomination after criticism of the show's sophomore outing. But for… Read

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‘Deadlier Than The Male’: Chiara Aurelia Cast In TNT Drama Pilot

Chiara Aurelia is set for a series-regular role opposite Amy Brenneman, Lily Rabe and Enrique Murciano in Deadlier Than the Male (working title), TNT's drama pilot produced by Bruna Papandrea's Made Up Stories and Turner's Studio T. Written by Harriet Warner, Deadlier Than The Male follows a trio of characters, each with a mysterious and troubling past: a young woman who once looked into the eyes of a dangerous killer, a former serial predator desperate to find redemption… Read

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Good Universe, Point Grey Board Adolescent Comedy ‘Good Boys’ From ‘The Office’ Team

Seth Rogen’s Point Grey Pictures is teaming with Good Universe to produce the R-rated comedy Good Boys from The Office alums Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, both of whom wrote the script and will also be making their feature directorial debut. Said to be in the vein of Sausage Party and Superbad, the film follows four 12 year olds caught between childhood innocence and lewd teenage corruption, who embark on an epic quest from Tarzana to the Sherman Oaks Galleria to… Read

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OWN Orders Coming-Of-Age Drama Series From ‘Moonlight’s Tarell Alvin McCraney

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network continues to ramp up its slate with a series green light to an hourlong coming-of-age drama from Moonlight co-writer/executive producer Tarell Alvin McCraney and Warner Horizon Scripted Television, the studio behind the network’s hit drama series Queen Sugar, from Ava DuVernay. The yet-to-be-titled series is created, written and executive produced by McCraney, with Revenge and Swingtown creator Mike Kelley, his producing partner Melissa Loy and… Read