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CAS Awards: ‘La La Land’, ‘Game Of Thrones’ Among Winners – Full List


The 53rd annual Cinema Audio Society Awards honoring outstanding achievement in sound mixing have wrapped, with La La Land taking home the top live action motion picture trophy, beating out other nominees Doctor Strange, Hacksaw Ridge, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Sully. Pixar’s Finding Dory was the big winner in the animated film category. And for the first time this year, CAS honored outstanding sound mixing for a motion picture documentary. The Music of Strangers: Y… Read


‘Hail, Caesar!’ Production Designer Jess Gonchor On His Appetite For An Old Hollywood Moviemaking Approach

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Working with the Coen Brothers over the course of six films, production designer Jess Gonchor has received Oscar nominations for two of these collaborations— 2010’s True Grit and last year’s Old Hollywood caper comedy Hail, CaesarA meticulously designed throwback to the Hollywood of yore, the noir-tinged film is an ambitious endeavor, emulating sets from various cinema classics, including Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, sword-and-sandal stapes and the canon of Esther… Read


‘Zootopia’s Jason Bateman On Pic’s “Medicine Goes Down Easy” Approach To Conveying A Pertinent Message

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An Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor, with two feature directing credits to his name, Jason Bateman checked off another item on his career wish list this year, lending his voice to the critical and box office smash Zootopiathe first Disney animated film he has ever worked on. The actor brings his dry wit and spot-on delivery to the role of Nick Wilde, a con-artist fox dragged into a buddy cop mystery, experiencing the burden of prejudice and stereotyping in… Read


‘Silicon Valley’ Season 4 Teaser: Richard Drops A Big Ol’ Bombshell

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“I need to build something else.” With those six little words, Richard Hendricks sends his Pied Piper friends and colleagues careening in a new teaser for Season 4 of HBO’s acclaimed comedy Silicon Valley. Well, actually, it probably was two other words he speaks in the promo: “I’m quitting.” Wait … what? (We agree, Gilfoyle.) The bombshell news signals an apparent shift for codemeister Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) and his not-always-merry band of uber-techies… Read


Amazon Developing ‘Late Bloomers’ Aging Comedy From Ben Stiller’s Red Hour


Amazon has put in development Late Bloomers, a half-hour comedy series from Ben Stiller & Nicky Weinstock’s Red Hour, Deb Spera and Maria Grasso’s One-Two Punch Productions, Survivor’ Remorse executive producer Victor Levin and ITV Studios. Created and written by Donal Lardner Ward (How to Make It in America), Late Bloomers follows a fortysomething couple that's randomly selected for a human trial of an experimental drug therapy that halts aging. In a culture obsessed… Read


Sarah Paulson As Linda Tripp? In Ryan Murphy’s Dreams, And Maybe On ‘American Crime Story’


The moment came and went pretty fast, but Ryan Murphy mentioned a dream casting to Andy Cohen on Bravo last night that’s just too good to let slip by: Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp, Monica Lewinsky’s blabbermouth friend who leaked some presidential gossip even the Russians would envy. On last night’s Watch What Happens Live, the American Crime Story producer was asked by a caller about his option on A Vast Conspiracy, Jeffrey Toobin’s 1999 bestseller about the Clinton sex… Read


‘Colossal’ Trailer: Anne Hathaway Is Monstrous In Godzilla-Type Sendup


“You don’t remember anything last night, huh?” Face it — no good conversation ever started with those words. And the more Anne Hathaway’s Gloria learns, the less she wants to know. But that’s the least of her problems in this first trailer for Colossal, a comedy that bowed at Toronto last year before heading to Sundance and next month to SXSW. Things aren’t going great for Gloria. The unemployed party girl has been given das boot from her boyfriend’s NYC apartment — “You… Read


IFC Orders ‘Living With Yourself,’ Scripted Comedy Series From ‘Daily Show’ Veteran

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IFC have given a series green light to Living with Yourself, a scripted comedy from longtime Daily Show producer Tim Greenberg. No cast was announced, but Emmy winner Jeff Blitz (The Office) is attached to direct and executive produce alongside Anthony Bregman and Jeff Stern of Likely Story. The eight-episode series will bow next year. The logline: George Elliot is burned out and facing an impasse in both his personal and professional life. When he undergoes a novel… Read


Jerry Seinfeld Adds NYC Dates; Sara Bareilles Will Take Over Title Role In Broadway’s ‘Waitress’

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Producers Barry & Fran Weissler announced today that singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles will make her Broadway acting debut beginning March 31 in Waitress, playing the lead role of Jenna Hunterson. Bareilles, who wrote the score for the hit musical, will appear for 10 weeks, through June 11, 2017. “Waitress has turned out to be one of the great, true loves of my life,” Bareilles said in the announcement, “and they simply can’t get rid of me. :) I consider it an incredible… Read


Tim Hincks, Peter Fincham Launch Expectation; UK Indie Backed By BBC WW


Former Edemol Shine Group President Tim Hincks and ex-ITV Director of Television Peter Fincham have officially launched UK-based indie Expectation. The multi-genre start-up, which was mooted at the end of last year, will work across scripted and non-scripted programming. It has now laid out six departments with a roster of creative executives in key positions. Expectation also has the backing of BBC Worldwide which has taken a 24.9% stake. This is a big addition to the UK… Read


Fox Exec Jason Simms Joining Sky Vision As Director Of Drama & Comedy


Sky Vision, the production and distribution arm of Sky, has hired Jason Simms as its new Director of Drama and Comedy. Simms joins from Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa where he is SVP for Global Acquisitions. At Sky Vision, he’ll spearhead drama and comedy acquisitions, deficit-funding and presales, reporting to Managing Director Jane Millichip. Simms joined FNG in 2004 and was part of the team responsible for developing the company’s global series strategy, which… Read


‘La La Land’ DP Linus Sandgren On The Challenges Of Capturing The Poetic LA Musical In Long, Fluid Takes

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Undoubtedly, award-winning Swedish cinematographer Linus Sandgren has worked with the best. With a resume comprised of collaborations with David O. Russell (American HustleJoy) Lasse Hallström (The Hundred-Foot Journey) and other auteurs, Sandgren found an exciting energy in wunderkind writer/director Damien Chazelle that inspired him to shoot a musical. The recipient of a record-breaking seven Golden Globes, Chazelle’s La La Land also recently received 11 BAFTA… Read