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‘The Deep’ Pilot Casts Eline Powell & Rena Owen; ‘Claws’ Adds Jason Antoon

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Eline Powell (Game of Thrones) and Rena Owen (The Last Witch Hunter) are set as series regulars on Freeform drama pilot The Deep. Based on a story by Eric Wald and Dean White, The Deep is set in Bristol Cove, a coastal town known for its legend of once being home to mermaids. When the arrival of a mysterious girl proves this folklore all too true, the battle between man and sea takes a very vicious turn as these predatory beings return to reclaim their right to the ocean… Read


Amy Pascal Nails Down Attica Prison Riot Book For TriStar; Second Project In Works About 1971 Uprising

Inmates at Attica State Prison in Attica, N.Y., raise their hands in clenched fists in a show of unity, Sept. 1971, during the Attica uprising, which took the lives of 43 people.  (AP Photo)

Blood in the Water, a book about the Attica prison riot, was just plucked away by producer Amy Pascal who will be developing the project for TriStar Pictures. Written by Heather Ann Thompson, the nonfiction tome about the 1971 riot in New York’s Attica State Prison just hit the street via Pantheon/Penguin Random House. The news comes two months after Good Fear Film’s Chris Bender and Jake Weiner acquired life rights to Elizabeth Fink and Frank "Big Black" Smith to tell… Read


Marketing EVP Loren Schwartz Leaving Warner Bros

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EXCLUSIVE: After a little over a year at the studio, EVP Loren Schwartz is leaving Warner Bros, where he held the title of EVP Genre Marketing and Advertising as the studio decided to integrate genre marketing duties across its team. He had been reporting directly to president of worldwide marketing Blair Rich. The position will be re-integrated back into the wider group, we are told, and the position will not be filled. The move to bring Schwartz was to have a dedicated… Read


Britney Spears TV Movie In Works At Lifetime; Natasha Bassett To Star

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Britney Spears
Billboard Music Awards, Arrivals, Las Vegas, America - 22 May 2016

Lifetime has greenlighted Britney (working title), a two-hour TV movie about Britney Spears starring Natasha Bassett (Hail, Caesar!) as the pop icon. Production begins next month in Vancouver for a 2017 premiere on Lifetime. The project details the tumultuous story of Spears’ rise to fame, her fall from grace and eventual triumphant resurrection. It will follow Spears’ story, beginning as a young girl from Louisiana trying to make a name for herself in the music scene… Read


Jon Favreau To Direct Seth MacFarlane’s Space Comedic Drama Series For Fox

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Iron Man and The Jungle Book helmer Jon Favreau has signed on to direct and executive produce the first episode of Fox’s untitled live-action hourlong comedic drama created by and starring Seth MacFarlane. Favreau then will stay on as a consultant on the project, which has a straight-to-series order. Set in space 300 years in the future, the show follows the adventures of the Orville, a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth's interstellar fleet. MacFarlane… Read


Double Emmy Nominee Derek McLane on ‘Hairspray Live’, Lady Gaga And ‘The Wiz!’

Derek McLane design for the 2016 Academy Awards.

When I sat down early this week with Derek McLane, nominated for his sets for both the 2016 Academy Awards and NBC's presentation of The Wiz Live!, I took out my camera to shoot some candids as we conversed. McLane suggested we switch places, explaining that the overstuffed bookshelves behind me would be much more interesting than the blank wall behind him. There may be no better illustration of the difference between a writer and a set designer than this. McLane is among… Read


Viceland Taps Ex-NBC Late-Night PR Exec Marc Liepis As Head of Communications

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TV veteran Marc Liepis has been named VP Communications for Viceland. He will oversee communications for the recently launched cable channel, reporting to Alex Detrick, Chief Communications Officer of Vice Media, and Viceland General Manager Guy Slattery. Liepis served over a decade as Senior Director of Media Relations for NBC Late Night, specifically Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Saturday Night Live, as well as serving as a VP for ID PR. Liepis left the NBC PR job… Read


‘Don’t Breathe’ Review: Don’t Go

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You can certainly tell it’s not only getting to be the dog days of summer but also the summer movie season, which is going out with a whimper — at least as far as this year’s obligatory cheapie Screen Gems end-of-August release goes. Don’t Breathe is a pretty good title for an ultra-violent, ultra-derivative and ultra-nauseating suspense thriller in which a blind old ex-military man (Stephen Lang) squares off against a trio of young thieves out to rob him in a movie, but… Read


‘Nashville’: Connie Britton No Longer Regular; Will She Leave Country Drama?

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It was a coup when Nashville producers Lionsgate TV and ABC Studios were able to secure the return of stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere when the series moved from ABC to CMT. But there will be less of Britton in the cable version of the country music drama. Britton has committed to only a limited number of episodes of Nashville‘s 22-episode Season 5 order. The number is still in flux, but she is expected to end up doing a little more than half of the episodes. As… Read


‘Battlefield’-Inspired Live-Action Digital Series To Premiere On Go90

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Rush: Inspired by Battlefield, a live-action digital series from ProSiebenSat.1 Group’s Studio71 inspired by the Battlefield video game franchise, will be available on Verizon’s go90 beginning September 20. From Corridor Digital sci-fi filmmakers Sam Gorski and Niko Pueringer, Rush: Inspired by Battlefield, focuses on a battle between squads of good and evil. Both are ex-military, both are guns for hire, but only one is in it for profit. It's a story that questions being… Read


Aisha Hinds To Star As Harriet Tubman In ‘Underground’ Season 2

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Aisha Hinds (All The Way) has been cast in the starring role of Harriet Tubman in the upcoming second season of WGN America’s hit drama series Underground. Tubman was the Underground Railroad’s most famous conductor — revered for her grit, perseverance and unrelenting will to help scores of enslaved people reach freedom. Born a slave, Tubman was a devout Christian who, after escaping herself, risked her life again and again to free her family members and lead anyone… Read


Michael Phelps Dives Into ‘America’s Got Talent’ Co-Hosting Gig Tonight

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United States' Michael Phelps walks with his national flag during the medal ceremony for the men's 4 x 100-meter medley relay final during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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The Rio Games are over, but NBC isn’t done with Michael Phelps — or vice versa. The network said today that the most-medaled athlete in Olympics history will co-host tonight’s edition of America’s Got Talent. Based on his 23 first-place finishes, someone should give him access to the golden buzzer. And here’s hoping some less-than-stellar act prompts the Phelps Face. Phelps, who won another five gold medals in Brazil this month and was the flag bearer for Team USA in the… Read