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‘Broken City’ Fraud & Breach Of Contract Suit Settled

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The producers of the 2013 film Broken City have settled a $6.2 million fraud and breach of contract suit brought by the film's investor Nemesis Finance. The Allen Hughes-directed film stars Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones, who were not party to the dispute. Filed in June, the suit claimed Nemesis faced losing $1.6 million after producers Randall Emmett and George Furla allegedly misrepresented the amount of debt owed to investors so that they could… Read

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A24’s ’20th Century Women’ Sets Christmas Debut

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EXCLUSIVE: A24’s 20th Century Women from Beginners director/writer Mike Mills is getting a Christmas day release in New York and Los Angeles before going wide on Jan. 20.  Set in Santa Barbara, the movie follows three women played by Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig who raise an adolescent boy (newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann) during a pivotal summer in 1979. Billy Crudup also stars. 20th Century Women is also premiering at the New York Film Festival on Saturday… Read

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NBC Buys Two Comedies Produced By Seth Meyers & Broadway Video

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NBC has put in development two single-camera comedies from Seth Meyers, Lorne Michael’s Broadway Video and Universal TV. Both are written by writers from Broadway Video-produced NBC late-night shows. AP Bio, written and executive produced by Saturday Night Live’s Michael Patrick O’Brien, focuses on a former philosophy professor who takes a job teaching AP biology and uses his students to get back at the people in his life who have wronged him. Meyers, Mike Shoemaker and… Read

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CBS Nabs ‘S.W.A.T.’ Drama Inspired By Movie From Shawn Ryan, Justin Lin, Neal Moritz & ‘FNL’ Alum With Big Commitment

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EXCLUSIVE: CBS has landed S.W.A.T., a drama series loosely inspired by the 2003 Sony movie that was based on the 1975 TV series produced by Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg. The project, executive produced by The Shield creator Shawn Ryan, Neal H. Moritz (Preacher), Justin Lin (Scorpion) and Aaron Rahsaan Thomas (The Get Down, Friday Night Lights), has received a pilot production commitment from the network with series penalty behind it. S.W.A.T. hails from Sony… Read

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Lifetime Ups Mariana Flynn To SVP Unscripted Development & Programming

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Veteran reality TV exec Mariana Flynn has been promoted to SVP Unscripted Development and Programming for Lifetime. Flynn joined the network in 2013 as VP to develop and oversee production of nonfiction projects. Based in Los Angeles, she reports to Liz Gateley, EVP and Head of Programming for the network. Her appointment rounds out Gateley's core programming team that includes SVP Scripted Development Joanna Klein, SVP Unscripted Development and Programming Mary Donahue… Read

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Alan Cumming To Star In ‘Dr. Death’ CBS Crime Drama From James Patterson, Michael Rauch & Alex Kurtzman

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EXCLUSIVE: Another fan favorite from a long-running CBS series is back at the network as star of a new project. CBS is developing Dr. Death, a drama series starring and executive produced The Good Wife standout Alan Cumming. It is based on the upcoming book of the same name by James Patterson who is executive producing with former Royal Pains executive producer/showrunner Michael Rauch and Alex Kurtzman. Written by Rauch, Mr. Death centers on a former CIA operative… Read

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Bainframe Acquires Allen Steele’s ‘Coyote’ Sci-Fi Book Series For TV Adaptation

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EXCLUSIVE: Allen Bain's sci-fi label Bainframe has made its latest acquisition with Hugo Award-winning author Allen Steele's Coyote series of books. The company will develop the fictional imagining of a journey to a near Earth-like planet as a TV series which Bain will exec produce. Coyote is set in the not-too-distant future, in an America that has slipped steadily into fascism. The stories kick off when a group of revolutionaries hijack Earth's first interstellar… Read

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‘Channel Zero: Candle Cove’ Premiere, More Set For Syfy’s ’31 Days Of Halloween’

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It’s that time of year again. Syfy has set the lineup for its 31 Days of Halloween annual October spook-a-thon. Among the highlights: The six-episode first installment of Syfy's original anthology series Channel Zero: Candle Cove premieres Tuesday, October 11 at 9/8c. It’s based on an unnerving tale written by Kris Straub that gained notoriety online as a popular "creepypasta" (user-generated horror stories that are published and passed around the internet). The… Read

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Disney Exploring A Possible Twitter Bid: Report

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Is Disney preparing an offer to buy Twitter? Seems so, according to a Bloomberg report that says the entertainment giant has hired a financial adviser who’s exploring a possible bid for the embattled social network service. Twitter shares, which had been down, jumped 3.6% after the report. Others believed to be interested in the company include Salesforce.com and Google. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has been a member of the Disney board since 2013, and serves on its Governance… Read

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TNT Orders Suburban Drama Pilot ‘Hinges’ From Janine Sherman Barrois & John Wells

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EXCLUSIVE: TNT has given a pilot pickup to Hinges, a drama from John Wells Prods. Warner Horizon Television and Turner’s Studio T. The network landed the project, written by former Criminal Minds executive producer Janine Sherman Barrois based on her short story “The Boom”, in a competitive situation. Anthony Hemingway (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Underground) is set to direct the pilot, which centers on two middle-class families of different races… Read

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Adam Brody And Amanda Crew To Star In ‘The Wanting’

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Adam Brody and Amanda Crew have been set to topline psychological thriller The Wanting from Filipino director Yam Laranas (The Road). Shooting for the film began today in Toronto. Said to be in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, and based on a short story by Gin de Mesa and Yam Laranas, The Wanting is about an all-American couple whose dream of starting a family is shattered after they move into the perfect New England neighborhood. Once settled, they soon… Read

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‘Son Of Joseph’ Acquired By Kino Lorber Ahead Of NY Film Festival Bow

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EXCLUSIVE: Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights to Son of Joseph, French writer-director Eugène Green’s rebooted nativity story that is having its North American premiere at the upcoming New York Film Festival. A January release is planned for the pic that world premiered this year at Berlin. Kino Lorber also teamed with Green to release his 2014 drama La Sapienza. In Son of Joseph, newcomer Victor Ezenfis stars as a discontented Parisian teenager in search of a… Read