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UPDATE: Jeff Robinov Details Studio 8’s Plans For 24 Pics Over 5 Years; Fosun Chairman Says It Was ‘Love At First Sight’

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UPDATED, 8:25 PM: The first project from Studio 8 should be announced in four to six weeks, with preproduction starting between January and March, Jeff Robinov said at a news conference tonight on the Sony lot in Culver City. Plans call for two movies the first year, four in the second and six in each of the next three, with budgets ranging from $45 million to $100 million-plus. In the meantime, he is staffing up the new company with 14-16 people including development… Read


Eva Longoria Eyes TV Return As Star On NBC Comedy Series As ABC Project Also Vies For Her

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EXCLUSIVE: Eva Longoria became a household name as a breakout star on ABC's Desperate Housewives. Two years after the hit dramedy ended its eight-season run, Longoria is looking to return to the small screen as star of a half-hour, single-camera comedy series. In an unusual situation that underscores how sought after Longoria is as a TV leading lady, two projects are vying for her at two different networks – Telenovela at NBC and an untitled comedy at ABC. Originally, the… Read


No ‘Midnight Rider’ Death Responsibility, Say Open Road, Landowner

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Both the distributor of Midnight Rider and the owner of the land where camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed Feb. 20 denied responsibility in court filings this week for her death. The landowner even blames Jones in its filings for not exercising “ordinary care for her own safety.” Jones' parents are suing distributor Open Road, landowner Rayonier Performance Fibers and a dozen others for their daughter's Feb. 20 death when a train blew through a film set on a… Read


‘Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel’ To Discuss Link Between NFL Head Injuries, Domestic Violence: Video


Tonight on HBO's Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, correspondent Jon Frankel will preview a segment that will air October 21 about the domestic violence scandal plaguing the NFL and a possible link to repeated head injuries sustained playing the game. Frankel sits down with the widow of former San Diego Chargers safety Paul Oliver to discuss her husband's acts of domestic violence and how, following his suicide a year ago, experts from Boston University discovered Oliver… Read


Patrick Carman Kids Book ‘Floors’ To Disney With Jason Filardi Writing


EXCLUSIVE: Walt Disney Pictures has closed a deal for Floors, a pitch that Jason Filardi made to give movie treatment to the children's book series by Patrick Carman. Filardi, who scripted Bringing Down The House for the studio, will write the script. In the vein of Night At The Museum and Willy Wonka, pic tells the story of an emotionally stunted son who inherits the coolest and craziest hotel in the world from his estranged and eccentric father. He must go on a… Read


NBC Buys Celebrity Pediatrician Comedy Produced By Craig Zadan & Neil Meron


NBC has put in development a multi-camera comedy inspired by the book Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide To Your Baby's First Year by Beverly Hills pediatrician Dr. Scott W. Cohen, which he penned during his first year as a father. Written by The King Of Queens alum David Bickel, the project centers on a celebrity pediatrician who is top of the line and revered at work but is not as good practicing what he preaches with his wife and kids at home. Bickel executive… Read


Screen Gems Buys ‘Pride And Prejudice And Zombies,’ Pic Adds ‘Game Of Thrones’ Stars

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EXCLUSIVE: Two major developments on Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, the Burr Steers film that mixes the mannered, brain-challenging prose of Jane Austen with brain-eating corpses from hell. Screen Gems has closed a deal for U.S. distribution rights, and Game Of Thrones' Charles Dance and Lena Headey have joined the cast. The film stars Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcoate, Jack Huston, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, and Suki Waterhouse. Screen Gems seems a strong match… Read


‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Scribes To Adapt iPhone Game ‘The Drowning’

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EXCLUSIVE: Olympus Has Fallen and The Expendables 3 writers Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt have been tapped to adapt video game The Drowning for Radar Pictures. The iOS mobile first-person shooter was published last year by Tokyo-based publisher DeNA. The best-selling game is being envisioned for the big screen as an ecological horror tale about a deep-sea oil-drilling accident that causes ancient micro-organisms to be released into the water supply of an… Read


Ellen DeGeneres Clocks Biggest Opening Week Yet For Her Daytime Talk Show


Ellen DeGeneres delivered her biggest debut week audience in her syndicated talk show's 12-year history. Ellen's opening week clocked a 2.8 household rating, up from last season's debut 2.6 rating which, in turn, was up from previous year's 2.5. This season, Ellen kicked things off with the coaches of NBC's Warner Bros.-produced The Voice. The rest of the week included appearances by Kim Kardashian West, Iggy Azalea, Channing Tatum, Nicki Minaj, David Spade, Meghan… Read


Syfy Orders ‘Hunters’ Series From Gale Anne Hurd Based On ‘Alien Hunter’ Book


Syfy continues the rapid expansion of its original slate with a 13-episode, straight-to-series order to Hunters (working title), an alien drama from The Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd that is slated to premiere in 2016. Written by Natalie Chaidez (Heroes), the series is based on Whitley Strieber's best-selling novel Alien Hunter. It chronicles the disappearance of a decorated Philadelphia cop's wife, which leads him to a secret government unit assembled to… Read


Simon Helberg’s ‘We’ll Never Have Paris’ Acquired By Orion Releasing

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Orion Releasing has taken North American rights to We'll Never Have Paris, the directorial debut of The Big Bang Theory's Simon Helberg. Orion, recently revived by MGM as a multi-platform distribution arm, will open We'll Never Have Paris on January 22 in a limited theatrical run ahead of a premium VOD debut. Helberg wrote the story based on his real-life romance with wife Jocelyn Towne, who also co-directed. Helberg plays a neurotic man whose quarter-life crisis explodes… Read


Comcast Mocks Critics Of Its Time Warner Deal Ahead Of FCC Comment Deadline

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UPDATE, 7:03 PM:  Comcast EVP David Cohen's comments about Discovery seem to have gotten under its skin. "It is very unfortunate that Comcast is trying to divert attention away from the real issue and chooses to not talk about their current substantial program discounts, or what they would do post-merger to demand extreme discounts from cable programmers or block the launch of new networks and brands,” the programmer's Chief Communications Officer David Leavy says in a… Read


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