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Big Names Perform Unproduced Scripts By Welles, Hitchcock & Others On BBC Radio – Global Briefs

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James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie and David Suchet are among the big-name cast that's been set to perform a series of unproduced screenplays under the Unmade Movies banner for the BBC’s Radio 4. The collection, which airs over the next three Saturdays, includes works from Arthur Miller, Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock. Unmade Movies producer Laurence Bowen tells Deadline that though there is no fixed plan for the stagings to air in the U.S., a release is being worked on for… Read


Playboy Goes PG (Will No Nudes Be Good News?) And The Village Voice Changes Hands, Again

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Two icons of 1950s print media, Playboy magazine and The Village Voice, once a beacon of muckraking investigative news and alternative criticism, announced significant changes Monday. First, from the land of Hugh Hefner: Pull those puckered issues of Playboy out from under the bed and stash ’em away somewhere safe: They’re collector’s items. Beginning in the spring, Miss March and all the monthly Misses to follow — not to mention the brainy girls of the Daisy Chain, the… Read


Snapchat To Shut Down Snap Channel, Laying Off Team, Changing Content Plans

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Underscoring the complicated relationship between the tech world and traditional entertainment, Snapchat has done a course correction on its original content strategy, opting to shut down its Snap Channel permanently, leading to the departure of a number of employees, including Marcus Wiley, Head of Program Planning and Development. Launched in January, Snap Channel had marked Snapchat’s foray into self-generated original content. The fast-growing social network made a… Read

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Marlo Thomas’ Comic Chops Fuel ‘Clever Little Lies’ – Review

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Marlo Thomas is funny, sleek and engaging in Clever Little Lies, a four-hander that’s made its way from suburban New Jersey to off-Broadway with a detour last summer on Long Island. That itinerary makes sense, because Joe DiPietro’s comedy — about a wayward young father and the parents who are hellbent on saving his marriage — would only need to shed a few F-bombs and references to incomparable blow jobs to replicate those halcyon days when Broadway was tailored to the… Read


Men Have Most Fun Discussing ‘The Affair’ — New York PaleyFest

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Sarah Treem’s biggest surprise to date as to viewer reaction to her Showtime drama The Affair has been about the “general outrage” that the series is about an affair. “It was kind of surprising,” she acknowledged to New York PaleyFest attendees this evening. The series tackles an affair between a schoolteacher/frustrated novelist (Dominic West) and a waitress (Ruth Wilson) grieving over the death of her child, from each of their perspectives. This second season, the… Read


‘Truth’ Review: Not A False Note In Film That Puts ‘60 Minutes’ Under The Knife


It was a momentous time in journalism when a 2004 60 Minutes II piece questioning the military record of then-President George W. Bush blew up in everyone’s face and caused a mini-earthquake at CBS. And now the whole affair has been turned into a feature film based on 60 Minutes producer Mary Mapes’ bestseller, Truth And Duty: The Press, The President And The Privilege Of Power. It has been 10  years since the book was published, but as I say in my video review (click the… Read

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‘Martian’ Still Has Fuel In Its Second Frame; ‘Pan’ Walks Plank; ‘Steve Jobs’ Popular In NY & LA – Monday Postmortem

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6TH UPDATE, Final Monday report, 5:23 PM: There weren’t any earth-shattering changes between reported actual B.O. figures in the top 10 and Sunday morning estimates. While that might not sound so exciting, it always comes as good news to the studios: Nobody is getting dinged. 20th Century Fox’s The Martian arrived on target with $37M in its second weekend. RelishMix reports that social activity for Martian continues to soar, with the film’s YouTube views adding 3.4M… Read


Felicity Huffman To Produce & Possibly Star In ABC Fashion Biz Comedic Drama


ABC given a put pilot commitment to House Of Moore, a darkly comedic one-hour project set in the fashion world, which is executive produced by Felicity Huffman. The project, from creators Daniel and Ben Barnz, ABC Studios and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, is designed as a starring vehicle for American Crime leading lady Huffman. Written and to be directed by Daniel Barnz, House Of Moore is said to be similar in tone to The Devil Wears Prada and to… Read


Charlize Theron Prompts Protagonist Gender Change For Sony’s ‘The Gray Man’

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How convincing was Charlize Theron’s action-star work in this summer’s Mad Max: Fury Road? Sony Pictures is in talks with her to come aboard The Gray Man, an adaptation of the Mark Greaney novel that at one time had Brad Pitt ready to star with James Gray directing. Sony has been pushing me off this since July, and they still say it’s early, but I’ve confirmed that Theron is in the process of attaching herself as the star, with her Denver and Delilah label coming aboard… Read


Donald Trump Wins Stephen Colbert’s Third Week As ‘Late Show’ Host In L+7

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Donald Trump won Stephen Colbert’s third week as host of CBS' The Late Show in overall audience, according to Live+ 7 viewing stats. After winning his first week hosting CBS' program in L+7, Colbert finished second in total viewers for Week 2. But Week 3, which also was the first week of the official TV season, Colbert climbed back on top, gaining 930K viewers when delayed viewing for up to 7 days is factored in, to total 4.15M, passing Fallon's 4.04M. Not coincidentally… Read


‘American Horror Story: Hotel’ Premiere Grows To 12.17M Total Viewers In Live+3

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The season premiere of FX’s latest AHS franchise, American Horror Story: Hotel, has delivered 12.17 million viewers on linear and non-linear platforms, according to the network today. That’s a big bump from the 5.81M viewers who watched the first showing at 10 PM Wednesday. The 90-minute episode garnered 3.7M of those viewers in the key adults 18-49 demo, placing it only behind Fox’s Empire in Live+3 numbers in the time period. Wednesday’s Live+SD numbers on premiere… Read

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‘The Martian’ Crosses $118.5M Offshore; ‘Pan’ Serves Up Est. $20.4M – Intl B.O. Final


3rd UPDATE, Monday, 3:02 PM: Finals are in for weekend The Martian from Fox and Sony’s The Walk and a big expansion on Warner Bros.’ Hugh Jackman-led Pan and the Michael Fassbender-starring Macbeth, which bowed in the UK and landed a big $6,915 per screen. The Shakespearean film was directed by Justin Kurzel, who is helming the video game-based Assassin’s Creed starring Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, which comes out December 2016. Ridley Scott’s sci-fi drama starring… Read