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Matthew Glave Cast In NBA Pilot, Gia Mantegna In ‘Cheerleader Death Squad’

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Matthew Glade is rounding out the regular cast of ABC's untitled NBA buddy comedy pilot, executive produced byGalavant creator Dan Fogelman, Mandalay Sports Media's Peter Guber & Mike Tollin and Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan. Written/executive produced by Casey Johnson and David Windsor, the single-camera NBA project, from ABC Studios, is a buddy comedy about Mo (Blondy Baruti), an NBA rookie who doesn't speak English, and a translator, Jason (Skylar Astin), who… Read

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Screenwriter-Director Allison Burnett Signs With Paradigm

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EXCLUSIVE: Allison Burnett, who has been behind such screenplays as Autumn in New York starring Richard Gere and Winona Ryder as well as the Kate Beckinsale vampire warrior sequel Underworld: Awakening has inked with Paradigm Talent Agency. Among Burnett’s projects in development are Oxford, which he sold on spec to Screen Gems with Temple Hill producing, as well as A Beautiful Disaster, which he is writing for EuropaCorp. Other Burnett writing credits include Feast of Lov… Read

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Kim Raver To Topline ABC Drama Pilot ‘The Advocate’

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24 and Grey’s Anatomy alumna Kim Raver has been tapped as the lead of the ABC drama pilot The Advocate, from Sheldon Turner and Jennifer Klein's Vendetta Prods. and Warner Bros TV. Written by Turner and directed by Michael M. Robin, The Advocate was inspired by the real story of former talent agent Byrdie Lifson-Pompan who teamed with Valerie Ulene, a medical doctor and a health education specialist, to launch a healthcare consulting and case management company. It… Read

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‘Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson Blames Hippies For STDs In CPAC Speech

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Phil Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynastywho is also known for his controversial comments on gay sex, delivered a lengthy speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in which he faulted the hippies for those 110M people battling sexually transmitted diseases. "It's the revenge of the hippies! Sex, drugs, and rock & roll have come back to haunt us!” exclaimed Robertson.  He cribbed the figure from a 2008 CDC study. The full near 30 minute speech is above. "I don't… Read

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‘Battle Creek’ Review: Vince Gilligan’s Old Script Witty Addition To CBS’ Sunday, Says Dominic Patten

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You can keeping on being one of the many who are calling Saul, but there's another new Vince Gilligan series coming to TV on Sunday night with the debut of Battle Creek on CBS. As my video review above says, the crime drama starring Dean Winters and Josh Duhamel as a mismatched local cop and an FBI agent who are truly as different as night and day is an engaging, witty and sometimes idiosyncratic addition to the network's schedule. Based on a more than decade-old pitch… Read

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Snow, Ice Impact ‘Focus’, ‘Lazarus Effect’ On Friday – Saturday AM Update

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Saturday Update, 10:24AM: Theaters throughout the south, midwest and east were under-indexing no thanks to ice and snow yesterday, which impacted crowds turning out for newcomers Focus and The Lazarus Effect.  This weekend’s box office is projected to be down as much as 20% from the same frame a year ago which totaled $123.7M.  Focus from Warner Bros. which came in at $6.47M at 3,323 theaters in Saturday morning estimates looks to get a bump of at least 25% tonight. The… Read

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Topless Tabloid In Winless War—NY Daily News Is For Sale: Media

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UPDATE Saturday AM with more information, below: Billionaire real-estate man Mortimer B. Zuckerman told the already demoralized, thinned-out staff of the New York Daily News on Thursday that the wheezing tabloid, currently bleeding as much as $20 million a year, is up for sale. The response inside the paper’s West Side headquarters, according to reports, was a collective yawn of resignation. In a memo to the staff of the traditionally liberal paper, which has survived… Read

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Briga Heelan To Star In NBC Comedy Pilot ‘How We Live’

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Ground Floor star Briga Heelan will play the female lead opposite Sam Huntington in NBC's single-camera comedy pilot How We Live, written by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley and directed by Gail Mancuso. The project centers on Russell (Huntington), a blogger, and his bubbly, full of energy wife Holly (Heelan) who move to the suburbs where he begins writing about marriage and the family lives of his suburban friends and neighbors in the style of an anthropologist who's… Read

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Dave Annable & Melissa George Cast In NBC Pilot ‘Heart Matters’

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Melissa George has been tapped for the lead and Brothers & Sisters alum Dave Annable for a co-starring role in NBC’s drama pilot Heart Matters. Inspired by the life of Dr. Kathy Magliato, the medical soap follows the outspoken Alex Panttiere (George), one of the rare female heart-transplant surgeons. Alex brings an innovative eye to treating patients week to week while also balancing the complications of her professional and romantic life. CAA-repped Annable plays Alex’s… Read

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Daniel Stern To Star In ‘Strange Calls'; Colm Feore Joins ‘The Kingmakers’

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Daniel Stern is set as the co-lead opposite Danny Pudi in NBC’s comedy pilot Strange Calls, from Kapital Entertainment, Hoodlum and 20th TV. Also cast in the pilot, written by Blake McCormick, are Allison Miller and Aliyah Royale. Based on an Australian format, Strange Calls centers on Toby (Pudi), an affable but down-on-his-luck young police officer. He is transferred to a rural town where — with the help of Gregor (Stern), a peculiar, elderly nightwatchman — he starts… Read

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ABC Pilots ‘Boom’, ‘Mix’ & ‘46 Percenters’ Add To Casts

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Rebecca Rittenhouse (Red Band Society) and India de Beaufort (Jane By Design) have booked series regular roles on ABC drama pilot Boom, from producer Tony Krantz. Written by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne and produced by ABC Studios, Boom examines the biggest oil discovery in American history — bigger than Texas and as big as Saudi Arabia — which has triggered a geopolitical shift and an economic boom in North Dakota on a scale not seen since the 1849 California Gold Rush… Read

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Julianne Moore Leads ‘Maps To The Stars’ Into Theaters: Special B.O. Preview

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In the wake of awards season, the specialty arena is revving up with a diverse and numerous slate. Focus World’s Maps To The Stars by David Cronenberg features its own bevy of named talent. Oscar winner Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson star in the Hollywood-set drama. The film will screen in a surprisingly large number of theaters for a day-and-date release. Pantelion/Lionsgate is heading out with romantic-comedy A La Mala, which will… Read