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Sean Penn Plugs Mysterious “Author” Pappy Pariah On HBO’s ‘Real Time With Bill Maher’

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So who is Pappy Pariah and why is Sean Penn saying all those nice things about him? Little or no light was shined on the not particularly difficult mystery Friday when the actor appeared on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher. The guest spot was the two-time Oscar-winner’s second Pappy plug this week – he appeared Tuesday on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert – to promote the oddly-named author’s “mem-noir” Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff. Penn narrates a free audiobook of the… Read

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‘Archer’ Creator Looking To End Series With 10th Season

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The end is nigh for the staff of International Secret Intelligence Service/unnamed drug running crew/Figgis Detective Agency. Archer creator Adam Reed has revealed his intent to bring the FX cult hit animated series about extremely incompetent spies to an end… in approximately three years. Appearing this week on Modern Film School's Murmur podcast, Reed explained his loose plan for the show’s tenth season to be its last: The plan is to end Archer after season 10. I don't… Read

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‘Legends Of Chamberlain Heights’ Duo Josiah Johnson & Quinn Hawking Sign With UTA

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Exclusive: UTA has signed Josiah Johnson and Quinn Hawking, co-creators of Comedy Central’s Legends of Chamberlain Heights. They continue to be repped by MGMT Entertainment and Ellie Altshuler. The adult-oriented animated series premiered September 14 on Comedy Central following South Park, two months after receiving a rare early second-season renewal from the network during Comic-Con. Johnson and Hawking developed the series with co-creators Brad Ableson, Mike Clements… Read

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Funk Legend George Clinton Joins Flying Lotus’ ‘Kuso’; Thomas Q. Jones Locked In ‘Choke Hold’

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Legendary funk musician George Clinton and comedians Byron Bowers and Anders Holm have joined the cast of Kuso, the debut directorial feature from acclaimed rapper and DJ Flying Lotus. It’s the first movie from Brainfeeder films and is currently filming in Los Angeles. The story follows the aftermath of Los Angeles’ worst quake nightmare. Broadcasting through a makeshift network of discarded televisions, travel between screens and between aftershocks into the twisted… Read

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‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ Review: Eccentric Family Movie Is Tim Burton’s Perfect Match

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If ever there was a perfect combination of director and material, it is the blending of Tim Burton and Ransom Riggs’ 2011 YA novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. You could swear Riggs wrote it knowing that Burton would turn it into a film. This is just the kind of eccentric, oddball stuff Burton has been serving up for 30 years, and as I say in my video review (click the link above to watch), it has the advantage of being a pretty damn good entry in the era… Read

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Sarah Carter Scores High In ‘Business Ethics’ As Comedy Rounds Out Cast

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EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Carter has signed on as the female lead opposite Larenz Tate in Business Ethics, the indie dark comedy from Innis Lake Entertainment and Skylight Picture Works. Jessica Parker Kennedy, Laysla De Oliveira have also joined the cast, as has Gil Bellows, who starred in the original short film. Nick Wernham is directing the pic from his short, about a man who sets out to run a Ponzi scheme. Kurtwood Smith, Lance Reddick & Angus Macfadyen have already joined… Read

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Can CBS And Viacom Investors See Eye-To-Eye On Merger Numbers?

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Sumner Redstone is accustomed to lavishly overpaying executives who work for him. But board members at CBS and Viacom may justify their compensation if they can figure out terms to unite the companies that will satisfy the mogul and his daughter, Shari — who control 80% of the votes — as well as independent shareholders. Investors have widely disparate ideas about how much the companies are worth. That suggests any deal terms will displease some owners who might argue… Read

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Gloria Reuben To Adapt Dean Koontz Novel ‘Dark Rivers Of The Heart’ For TV

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Mr. Robot‘s Gloria Reuben is teaming with Cathy Konrad's Tree Line Film and Ashok Amritraj's Hyde Park Television to adapt Dean Koontz's bestselling book Dark Rivers of the Heart for television. The psychological thriller centers on an ex-Marine, haunted by a tortured past, who is on the run with a mysterious, troubled woman who witnessed the murder of her husband and parents. The lethal servant of a black ops government agency, corrupt in mind and deed, is their… Read

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Orion Pictures And Gunpowder & Sky Nab Robert Schwartzman Pic ‘Dreamland’

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EXCLUSIVE: Orion Pictures and Gunpowder & Sky have acquired world rights to the Tribeca Film Festival film Dreamland in the first deal since Gunpowder & Sky’s purchase of FilmBuff earlier this month. Orion Pictures and Gunpowder & Sky will release the pic in U.S. theaters and on demand on November 11. The film marks the directorial debut of Robert Schwartzman, front man for the rock band Rooney, who also produced and wrote the score and original song "Sad But True" — the… Read

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Hollywood & Broadway To Put On Big-Money Show For Hillary Clinton

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Tinseltown and the Great White Way are stepping onstage to help Hillary Clinton in the final weeks of the campaign with a star-studded Harvey Weinstein co-produced fundraiser on October 17 in NYC. The former Secretary of State herself will not be in attendance for the Billy Crystal hosted Stronger Together event for the Hillary Victory Fund but daughter and much travelled surrogate Chelsea will be at the St. James Theatre that evening Tickets for the long time HRC supporte… Read

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‘Girls’: Lena Dunham, Cast & Crew Say Goodbye As Final Episode Wraps

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“It's 2 am on Friday morning and we just finished shooting Girls. Forever.” Those words came from the hit HBO series’ creator and star Lena Dunham as the show wrapped its final episode Thursday. Dunham, fellow star Allison Williams and director Jenni Konner took to Instagram to document their thoughts as Girls completed shooting its sixth and final season. In a goodbye message on Instagram, Dunhan thanks fans who “have blown our minds.” She goes on to say: “You have made… Read