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Oscars: Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs On Governors Awards Winners’ Reactions – “They Always Take My Call”

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When I talked to Cheryl Boone Isaacs today, she was excited about the list of the latest Oscar winners of the seventh annual Governors Awards that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this morning. The Academy president was particularly pleased to note that there was a real “independent spirit” running through the two choices for Honorary Oscars: Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands. And as for Debbie Reynolds, named this year’s recipient of the Jean Hersholt… Read

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‘Caesar’ Drama From Matt Lopez & John Glenn Gets ABC Put Pilot Commitment

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In a highly competitive situation, Caesar, a sprawling contemporary drama from Matt Lopez and John Glenn, has landed at ABC with a put pilot commitment. The project, which reimagines Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar in modern-day Los Angeles, is described as a tale of power, sex and revenge — themes right in ABC’s drama wheelhouse. On the show, the murder of the powerful Hispanic mayor sends shockwaves through the city’s elite circles — and launches the search for a… Read

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Sam Worthington And Ruth Wilson To Star In ‘The Titan’

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Sam Worthington and Ruth Wilson are set to star in The Titan, an elevated sci-fi feature produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones' AutomatikBen Pugh and Rory Aitken's 42 and Arash Amel. Lennart Ruff directs the project, based on a original story by Amel (Grace Of Monaco). Max Hurwitz (Hell On Wheels) has written the screenplay. Set in a not too distant future, the story tracks the journey of a military family who are relocated in order to take part in a ground-breaking… Read

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Fox News Channel Tops Primetime As Cable News Nets React Variously To On-Air Shooting

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CNN's flood-the-zone strategy with its on-air coverage of the Virginia TV crew killing yesterday brought it a 47% primetime news demo spike compared to its calendar year to date average. The cable news net jumped in primetime from 198,000 news demo viewers to 292K. But Fox News Channel, with a non-flood-the-zone news strategy in prime, jumped 48%, from 422K to 626K. FNC beat CNN and MSNBC (up 19% to 155K) combined. Similar story in overall audience, where Fox News was… Read

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Trevor Noah’s ‘Daily Show’ Hires Baratunde Thurston To Oversee Original Digital Production

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The Daily Show with Trevor Noah has hired Baratunde Thurston to oversee creation and production of original content for digital and social outlets. Calling it “this evolution of The Daily Show under new host Trevor Noah,” Comedy Central today announced Thurston will spearhead the creation and production of platform-specific original content that’s “organic to The Daily Show mission while expanding the series footprint across all digital and social platforms.” Thurston… Read

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Open Road Ramps Up TV Biz With ABC Family Exec Hire

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Open Road Films has named former ABC Family executive Lynn Stepanian its EVP of Television as the primarily film company begins to dip its toe in the TV waters. The announcement was made today by CEO Tom Ortenberg, to whom Stepanian will report. In the new role, she will focus on acquisitions and managing output deals, but she also will be mining programming opportunities and TV series based on Open Road’s film library. "As our business continues to expand globally and… Read

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Amazon’s Roy Price On “Eventizing” & How TV Is Like The Record Biz – Edinburgh

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Clad in a motorcylce jacket and flat-soled sneakers, Amazon Studios chief Roy Price awed, amused and edified the Convention Center house this evening at the Edinburgh Television Festival. The disruptive Amazon’s vision from the beginning, he said, was that “If you’re going to add value, you have to create something that is really distinctive, that is worth talking about, that is going to be sustainable…. You just want to get the most interesting people who are passionate… Read

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‘Narcos’ Review: Netflix’s Pablo Escobar Series Chopped Up & Non-Addictive

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The story of the crimes, life and death of Pablo Escobar has long been a pop culture mini-industry unto itself. Even before the Colombian drug warlord died in a shootout in 1993, he and his multibillion-dollar cocaine-supplying Medellín cartel had taken hold of the media and the public's imagination in both South and North America. One day the definitive tale of Escobar will hit the small or big screen, but, as I say in my video review above, the August 28 debut of Netflix… Read

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Mads Mikkelsen Talks To Join ‘Doctor Strange’ In Very Early Stages

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Will Mads Mikkelsen be adding another Disney tentpole to his resume soon? The Hannibal star is in talks to join Marvel's Doctor Strange pic as one of the baddies, that much is true. But those talks are at a very very preliminary stage, sources tell Deadline. In fact, right now, Mikkelsen, who is also in the next year’s Star Wars: Rogue One, is but one of a number of actors being considered for the unspecified villianous role. Long story short – this may be a long shot at… Read

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‘Rock The Kasbah’ Trailer: Music Manager Bill Murray Represents The U.S. In Afghanistan – And Wants 20%

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Here’s the first full trailer for Barry Levinson’s pic starring Bill Murray as a washed-up — except in his mind — music manager who finds a potential career savior in an unexpected place. After he is dumped in Afghanistan by his only remaining client (Zooey Deschanel), Richie Lanz makes a discovery. Local teenager Salima Khan (Leem Lubany) has a stellar voice — “She’s the best I ever heard,” Lanz raves — and wants to be the first woman to compete on the Afghan version of A… Read

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‘Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist, ‘Outlander’s Sam Heughan Set For Screen Gems Love Story ‘Oxford’

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EXCLUSIVE: Screen Gems has set two of the hottest stars on television for its feature film Oxford. Melissa Benoist, who’ll soon be starring as the title character in the CBS fall series Supergirl, will team with Sam Heughan, who plays the male lead role of Jamie Fraser on the Starz hit series Outlander. Oxford has a script by Allison Burnett, and Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing. Soon after arriving at Oxford U, an American Rhodes Scholar student… Read

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Chris Cuomo, Megyn Kelly Interview Father Of Killed-On-Air Reporter About Gun Control

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Andy Parker, father of WDBJ reporter Alison Parker, spoke to CNN's Chris Cuomo this morning about her on-air murder. Her father, like relatives of victims of other shootings over the years, spoke about the need for greater gun control measures but predicted that the media will treat this as “a great story for a couple of days and then it goes to the back burner and nothing happens,” as has been the case in the past. Last night, he shared a similar observation with Fox… Read