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‘The End Of The Tour’ Review: Jesse Eisenberg & Jason Segel Bring Writers To Cinematic Life

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One of the breakout hits of the Sundance Film Festival, The End Of The Tour begins hitting theaters Friday, and as I say in my video review (click the link above), it is a literate and rewarding look at something that — on the surface at least — would not seem very cinematic. Based on a bestselling book by Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky, the movie recounts the five-day 1996 interview session Lipsky conducted with acclaimed author David Foster Wallace, whose massive… Read

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Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger Ink Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

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Comedy writer-producers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger (The Neighbors) have signed a two-year overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV Studios. Under the agreement, they will develop projects with the studio and join Fox’s fall comedy Grandfathered as supervising producers. It’s a reunion of sorts for the pair, who got their first professional writing gig at 20th on the Fox show Friends With Benefits and spent two seasons working with Grandfathered EP Dan Fogelman on ABC’s… Read

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Dan Fellman On His “Long Goodbye” To Warner Bros

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To hear retiring Warner Bros Domestic Distribution president Dan Fellman describe his last few years at the studio, he sounds a bit like Michael Corleone, the guy who wanted out but kept being drawn back in. “For me, this is the long goodbye,” said Fellman, who today formalized his expected exit in December after 37 years at the studio. “I attempted to do this after Alan Horn left, but Jeff Robinov came in and asked me to stay for a couple years to help through the… Read

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‘Little Women’ Series Produced By Michael Weatherly In Development At CW

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EXCLUSIVE: The CW is taking on a literary classic in one of its first script buys of the 2015-16 development season. The network has put in development Little Women, a drama from rising writer Alexis Jolly, NCIS co-star Michael Weatherly and CBS TV Studios. Written by Jolly, Little Women is described as a hyper-stylized, gritty adaptation of the 1868 novel by Louisa May Alcott, in which disparate half-sisters Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy band together in order to survive the… Read

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‘Manhattan’ Cast Discuss The Moral Atomic Fallout Heating Up In Season 2 – TCA

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At this afternoon’s TCA panel for WGN’s Manhattanthe cast provided some hints in regards to where season 2 was headed for the World War II period drama which returns on Tuesday, October 13 at 9PM. Manhattan follows the residents and scientists at "The Hill" in Los Alamos, New Mexico during World War II. Frank Winter plays the brilliant physicist who designed the A-bomb and “his ambivalence this season comes more into play than ever” said actor John Benjamin Hickey… Read

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Broadway Follies: Gerard & Roth On ‘Amazing Grace’, Long Shots And ‘Significant Other’

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Jeremy Gerard has covered the evolving fortunes of Jujamcyn Theatres since it became a formidable competitor to the larger Shubert and Nederlander organizations in the late 1980s. In 2013 producer Jordan Roth became Jujamcyn's majority owner and the Street's youngest power broker. In this ongoing conversation they talk about the state of the industry — the only stipulation being no holds barred. GERARD: Shortly before I left for vacation, Amazing Grace opened at the… Read

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Ellen Barkin & Scott Speedman To Star In John Wells’ TNT Pilot ‘Animal Kingdom’

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Ellen Barkin (Sea of Love) and Scott Speedman (The Strangers) have been cast as leads in TNT’s drama pilot Animal Kingdom, from John Wells Prods. in association with Warner Horizon Television. The pilot, which is set to begin shooting next month in Los Angeles, centers on 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody who moves in with his wild, freewheeling relatives — grandmother (Barkin) and uncles — in their Southern California beach town when his mother ODs. He is pulled into their… Read

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Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer Made $6.8M In Fiscal 2015, Down From $66.3M

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No, Lionsgate didn’t just punish its CEO:  Jon Feltheimer’s compensation was unusually high in 2014 with huge slugs of stock and option awards from a new contract. And this year’s $6.8 million understates his 2015 compensation because a bonus of about $4 million in stock was awarded after the  fiscal year ended in March, and will be reported next year. This year’s tally includes $1.5 million salary, $1 million in stock awards, $4.1 million in non-equity incentives, and… Read

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Fidel Castro Special Teams American Heroes Channel, Discovery Latin America

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On the heels of Discovery Channel’s recently debuted Cuban Chrome, following antique American car enthusiasts in Cuba, and the first American TV series filmed entirely in Cuba, Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic and American Heroes Channel have lined up a global programming initiative to present Castro: The World’s Most Watched Man. The one-hour documentary looks at the life of Cuban leader Fidel Castro through the eyes of intelligence workers who observed him… Read

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Michael Gaston Joins NBC’s New Drama Series ‘Blindspot’

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Michael Gaston has landed a recurring role in NBC’s new thriller drama series Blindspot. Written by Martin Gero and directed by Mark Pellington, it centers on a mysterious Jane Doe (Jaime Alexander) who is found in a body bag in NYC’s Times Square with tattoos all over her body, including the address of the FBI agent Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) who found her. Gaston will play CIA Deputy Director Tom Carter, who assists the FBI team delving into the mystery, meaning… Read

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New York Film Festival: Pope’s Plan Prompts Petite Program Shift For ‘The Walk’ Debut

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The New York Film Festival announced Wednesday that the opening night screening of Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk has been moved back one day, from Friday, September 25 to Saturday, September 26, “for logistical and security reasons.” The earlier date coincides with the visit of Pope Francis. On Friday afternoon, according to the schedule posted by the Archdiocese of New York, His Holiness will be Pope-mobiling downtown from a 4 P.M. visit to a school in East Harlem to a Mass… Read

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Dan Fellman Retires As Was Announced In 2013; Sue Kroll Adds WW Distribution Title

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Warner Bros distribution exec Dan Fellman has pegged the end of the year for his long-expected retirement after 37 years that was announced in 2013 as part of the major restructure when Jeff Robinov left. Sue Kroll, who was elevated along with Greg Silverman and Toby Emmerich in a triumvirate, adds WW distribution head to her title as WW marketing chief. This followed rumors that chairman Kevin Tsujihara might make big changes; word was that Kroll had been unhappy and… Read