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Jesse Owens Biopic ‘Race’ Release Date Set For April 2016; William Hurt Joins Cast

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Focus Features said today it has dated its Jessie Owens biopic Race for April 8, 2016. It also has added William Hurt to the cast opposite Jeremy Irons, Jason Sudeikis, Carice van Houten and Stephan James as Owens. Hurt will play Jeremiah Mahoney, president of the Amateur Athletic Union, who led efforts to boycott the 1936 Olympics. The casting comes after Hurt was circling the basketball pic Men Of Granite as a possible lead role. He just wrapped The Moon And The Sun… Read

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Joy Behar Goes Solo; Next Stop, Greenwich Village

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Me, My Mouth And I, Joy Behar's one-woman tour through the life and times of Joy Behar, will begin previews November 6 at the historic, intimate (i.e. small) Cherry Lane Theatre in the NYC's West Village. It's slated to open November 23 and run through December 21. The Brooklyn-bred comedian, who recently concluded hosting duties on ABC's The View after 17 years, spent her salad nights in New York comedy clubs including Caroline's and Catch a Rising Star. She's also taken… Read

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Bill Burr To Star In FX Comedy Pilot From ‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’ Team

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After a lengthy gestational period, FX Networks has given a pilot green light to comedy Pariah starring Bill Burr. It was co-created by It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia writer-producers John Chernin and Dave Chernin, with Sunny creator Rob McElhenney set to direct. The project hails from FX Prods. and studio-based RCG Prods., the production company of Sunny masterminds McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton, who will executive produce alongside Burr, the Chernins and… Read

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‘Interstellar’ Trailer: Matthew McConaughey Will Save Us All

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The Interstellar marketing campaign is kicking into high gear today with a new trailer, hot on the heels of this morning's announcement that the Chris Nolan space drama will get a rare nationwide sneak release on celluloid. Paramount and Warner Bros. have partnered with Google to launch an immersive Interstellar website highlighted by a new third trailer that reveals some inkling of plot for the first time. After hooking Nolan fans with stunning imagery and vague story… Read

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New York Times Plans Staff Reduction, 86es NYT Opinion – UPDATE

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UPDATE, 10:45 AM with more information about Times Premiere. The New York Times today reported plans to eliminate 100 newsroom jobs through voluntary buyouts and, if necessary, staff layoffs. At the same time, the paper said it will eliminate or consolidate online sections that are underperforming or failing to attract enough viewers. First to go will be NYT Opinion, a recently introduced smartphone app dedicated to opinion content. NYT shares were up 6.9% Wednesday… Read

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‘Shameless,’ ‘House of Lies,’ ‘Episodes’ Return To Showtime On January 11

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Showtime announced new seasons of comedies Shameless, House of Lies and Episodes will debut on Sunday, January 11th.  The fifth season of Shameless, returning at 9 PM, stars William H. Macy as pickled patriarch Frank Gallagher and Emmy Rossum as daughter Fiona. Season 5 finds the Gallaghers dealing with both the upside and downside of personal and urban renewal.  As their neighborhood begins a move towards gentrifying, the Gallagher clan begins to reconcile their chaotic… Read

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Neil Diamond Signs With WME, First Agency In Three Decades

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Iconic singer Neil Diamond has become a client of WME, the first time he has been with an agent in 30 years. The agency's first call of duty is to work on the upcoming world tour that will coincide with the release of his new album, Melody Road. That album drops October 21. A Rock and Roll Hall Of Famer, Diamond has been recording music for five decades and sold over 125 million albums worldwide. Songs like “Sweet Caroline” have gotten a second wind everywhere from Fenway… Read

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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ To Open Two Days Early In 35mm, 70mm

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Paramount and Warner Bros. announced today that audiences nationwide can catch Christopher Nolan's Interstellar two days early – projected on film. Starting November 5, Interstellar will screen in advance showings in 240 locations across the U.S. and Canada in 70mm IMAX, 70mm, and 35mm. Two days later the film opens wide as previously announced in 4K and IMAX digital screenings. There were 189 35mm, 41 70mm IMAX, and 10 70mm prints struck for the special film release, a… Read

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Is The ‘Crouching Tiger 2′ Dispute A Brilliant PR Gambit For Netflix?

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That's Janney Capital Markets' Tony Wible's take in a shrewd report this morning about the controversy. The four leading theater chains said yesterday that they won't show Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend on their IMAX screens when it premieres in August: The film will also be immediately available on Netflix, and theaters want to maintain their exclusive access to major new films. That's great for Netflix. It “will get hype for a relatively low cost via a… Read

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Discovery Studios Signs Exec Producer Rob Kerr

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Discovery Studios has signed a production deal with Rob Kerr to develop and produce original programming for the studio. Kerr brings more than 25 years of experience to Discovery Studios, as a producer, director, writer and editor.  Most recently, he has served as executive producer for Velocity's Iron Resurrection and co-executive producer for American Heroes Channel's Secrets of the Arsenal.  Additionally, Kerr has worked on long-running series such as Discovery… Read

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Sony Pictures Wins ‘The West’, Mythology-Produced Pitch

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EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures won a bidding battle for The West, a pitch Michael Diliberti will write that will be produced by Mythology partners Brad Fischer and James Vanderbilt, along with William Sherak and Bryan Haas. Production president Michael De Luca won the deal. Pitch is a franchise play that reimagines characters from the Old West as modern-day thieves in a contemporary Los Angeles setting. Mythology is about to start shooting The Truth, which Vanderbilt is… Read

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