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‘Shark Tank’ Ratings Hit Season High, ‘Amazing Race’ Steadyish, ’20/20′ Surges

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In some ways the unofficial soundtrack to Shark Tank (1.7/6) should be Diana Ross's Upside Down. Not as a nod to the multiple Grammy winner on Grammy weekend but to the fact that the ABC reality entrepreneurial series' ratings fortunes shift so suddenly. Maybe it was the sweetener that tasted like honey pitch last night but after a double digit drop last week from its previous season high, Shark Tank surged 21% among adults 18-49 to hit a new Season 7 high. Up 25% overall… Read


Nigel Lythgoe To Exec Produce Dance Pic ‘Tackling Romeo’ – Berlin

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Exclusive: Choreographer, producer and reality dance judge Nigel Lythgoe (So You Think You Can Dance, American Idol) has signed on to executive produce the dance feature Tackling Romeo, which will be introduced during this year’s Berlin Film Festival. Aimed at fans of films like Pitch Perfect, Tackling Romeo follows East Coast prep school senior Bobby Sherwood, a star Rugby player who sets about trying to become a ballet dancer in secret. As he juggles his life at school… Read


Focus Features Makes Big Berlin Deal; $9 Million For Interracial Marriage Drama ‘Loving’

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UPDATE: I’m now told that the deal was worth $9 million for North America and most international territories by Focus, which sees the Loving’s struggle through racism as a love story for the ages. EXCLUSIVE: In its first statement acquisition since Focus Features was overhauled, the Universal-based specialty label has won an auction for Loving, the Jeff Nichols-directed drama that stars Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga and Michael Shannon. The deal was made off of promo footage… Read


Rob Cohen’s ‘Category 5’ Sees Storm Of Sales Action For Foresight – Berlin

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EXCLUSIVE: Disaster action thriller Category 5 has sold out the majority of the world for Mark Damon’s Foresight Unlimited here at the EFM. Announced just before the market with Rob Cohen (The Fast And The Furious, xXx) directing, it’s eyed as a franchise-starter and has drawn keen interest as a theatrical offering. Foresight is showing a promo reel that sets the tone of the action which takes place during the storm of the century. Cohen has been in town talking to buyers… Read


Paul Rudd, Steve Coogan To Share ‘An Ideal Home’ – Berlin

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Ant-Man and Alan Partridge are moving in together, sort of. Fortitude International has added dramedy An Ideal Home to its EFM slate with Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan starring. Andrew Fleming (Hamlet 2, The Craft) wrote and is directing. Pre-production is currently underway with Remstar Studios and National Bank of Canada co-financing. UTA Independent Film Group and WME are repping U.S. rights. Rudd and Coogan play a bickering couple leading an extravagant life. Coogan’s… Read


Charlotte Rampling To Star With Josh Hartnett In ‘Valley of the Gods’ – Berlin

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Charlotte Rampling and John Rhys-Davies will star alongside Josh Hartnett in Lech Majewski's sci-fi pic Valley of the Gods. Rampling, Academy Award-nominated for her role in Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, will play Amanda Joyce. She will next be seen in Ritesh Batra's The Sense of an Ending with Jim Broadbent and Emily Mortimer. Rhys-Davies is next set to star in MTV's fantasy epic, The Shannara Chronicles. Valley of the Gods intertwines the stories of the richest man on earth… Read


Angus Sampson Joins Hulu Drama ‘Shut Eye’; Manny Montana Cast in ABC’s ‘Conviction’


Angus Sampson has landed a regular role in Shut Eye, Hulu's original series from creator Les Bohem, TriStar Television and Mark Johnson's Gran Via Productions. It takes a darkly comedic look at the underground world of Los Angeles storefront psychics and the organized crime syndicate that runs them. Sampson will play Fonzo, a macho and powerful Romani kingpin with a taste for the finer things in life. A single father still mourning the loss of his wife, he appears affable… Read


NBC’s Matt Hubbard Comedy Pilot Adds Three To Family

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Francois Chau, Susan Chuang and Concetta Tomei have landed series regular roles on NBC’s untitled Matt Hubbard single-camera comedy pilot starring Elizabeth Ho, Chris Smith and Jack McBrayer. Written/executive produced by 30 Rock alum Hubbard based loosely on his life, the story revolves around Andrew (Smith) and Josie (Ho), a happily married interracial couple whose lives take a turn when they move close to Josie's family in Missouri. Chau (Lost) and Chuang (Cold Case)… Read


‘Kill Me, Deadly’ Trailer: ‘Criminal Minds’ Crew’s Noir Comedy Gets April 1 Release Date

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Indican Pictures has acquired Kill Me Deadly, a spoofy noir comedy based on playwright Bill Robens’ staged satire. Robens adapted the feature which was directed by Darrett Sanders and produced by the group behind the NOTE theater, which originally produced the play in 2009. The indie distributor plans an extremely on-the-nose April 1 theatrical release in the top five U.S. markets, Canada and the UK followed by a nationwide digital/VOD platform bow April 26. Criminal Minds… Read


Natalie Martinez To Star In Fox Drama Pilot ‘A.P.B.’


Natalie Martinez (ABC’s Secrets & Lies) has been cast as the female lead in Fox’s drama pilot A.P.B., from writer David Slack and Sleepy Hollow co-creator/executive producer Len Wiseman. Inspired by the July New York Times Magazine article "Who Runs the Streets of New Orleans," A.P.B. explores what happens when an enigmatic tech billionaire purchases a troubled police precinct in the wake of a loved one's… Read


Film Movement Bringing France’s ‘My King’ To U.S.


Film Movement has usurped U.S. rights to My King, director Maïwenn’s pic that is up for eight Cesar Awards including Best Film. The company plans a 2016 theatrical release for the drama, which premiered at Cannes and will make its Stateside bow at NYC’s Rendez-vous with French Cinema in March. In My King, Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot) is recovering from a skiing accident at a rehabilitation center that heals the physical body as well as emotional psyche. During this time, she… Read


Maya Rudolph-Martin Short Variety Show Finally A Go At NBC


NBC confirmed today it has greenlighted a Maya Rudolph-hosted variety show, an idea that had been in the works since a primetime special The Maya Rudolph Show aired back in May 2014. The new show will be co-hosted by Rudolph and Martin Short and be executive produced by their old SNL boss Lorne Michaels. Our sister pub Variety broke the news today, saying the network is targeting a late May premiere for the tentatively titled Maya And Marty In Manhattan. No word on the… Read