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Lauren Ambrose To Star In ABC’s ‘Broad Squad'; Michael Gaston, Others Also Cast

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ABC has set the four leads in its period female-cop procedural drama pilot Broad Squad, with the last one going to Lauren Ambrose, currently seen in USA’s limited series DIG. Also cast in the pilot, written by Bess Wohl and directed by Coky Giedroyc, are Michael Gaston (The Mentalist), Kenneth Mitchell (Jericho) and Alberto Frezza. Broad Squad, from Kapital Entertainment, Fake Empire and ABC Studios, is a fictionalized account of the graduating class of Boston's first… Read

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‘Dating Naked’ $10M Lawsuit Stripped By Judge

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EXCLUSIVE: Almost six months after Jessie Nizewitz took Viacom and the producers of the VH1 series Dating Naked to court for some big bucks for showing too much of her skin, the reality show contestant's case has been left in its own birthday suit. A New York State Supreme Court judge has granted the defendants' motion for dismissal against the former model (read it here). In a hearing Wednesday, Judge Anil Singh not only dispensed with the August 19, 2014 filed complaint… Read

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Next Year’s Oscar Race Is Already On: Will Redmayne & Inarritu Return For Round 2?

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With the 2014 Oscar race fading further into memory, I say it’s never too early to look ahead to what’s in store for the nascent 2015 contest. It should start coming into the beginnings of focus when Cannes starts in May, or maybe even at CinemaCon in late April (though that National Association of Theatre Owners confab usually highlights more obviously commercial stuff, not necessarily Oscar bait). It’s interesting to note that by this time last year, three of the eight… Read

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‘Chappie’ Tracking For A $16M Weekend – Friday Box Office

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UPDATE, 2:46 PM: According to mid-day industry estimates, Sony/Media Rights Capital’s Chappie from director Neill Blomkamp is tracking above studio weekend estimates of $14M, looking at $16M with an eye on a $5.5M Friday at 3,201 theaters. Sure, that’s lower than opening days of the director’s previous two films — 2009’s District 9 (opening day $14.16M, weekend $37.4M) and 2013’s Elysium (opening day $11M, weekend $29.8M) — but both those titles were August launches when… Read

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Relativity Sets Adam Targum To Adapt SEAL Team Six Hero Tale ‘Fearless’

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Relativity Studios set Banshee exec producer Adam Targum to adapt Fearless, the Eric Blehm bestselling book about SEAL Team Six operator Adam Brown, who overcame personal demons including drug addiction and jail time, to fulfill his dream of making the SEAL squad. With the support of his wife and family, and drawing on his faith, Brown persevered through relapses and injuries that should have been career ending, but ultimately earning a spot on the elite SEAL Team Six. In… Read

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Melanie Griffith To Star In ABC Comedy Pilot About Family With Genius Kids

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Melanie Griffith is set to co-star in ABC’s untitled Molyneux comedy pilot (formerly The Brainy Bunch), from Imagine TV and 20th TV. The single-camera project, written/executive produced by Wendy & Lizzie Molyneux and directed by Jamie Travis, is inspired by the book by Kip and Mona Lisa Harding. Through a combination of genetics and dynamic home schooling, Kip and Mona Lisa Mitchell find themselves raising extraordinarily intelligent kids. Griffith will play Mona Lisa’s… Read

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‘Happyish’ Trailer: Steve Coogan’s Search For Happiness — And An Erection

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Showtime has dropped the first full trailer for its new half-hour comedy Happyish ahead of its April 26 premiere. Steve Coogan stars as Thom Payne, a 44-year-old whose world is thrown into disarray when his 25-year-old wunderkind boss arrives, saying things like "digital," "social" and "viral." Is he in need of a "rebranding," or does he just have a "low joy ceiling?" Check out the trailer above in which we see the troubled Payne mulling the idea of happiness with… Read

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‘Veep’ Season 4 Trailer: President Meyer Is In Charge – Kinda

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“I feel like I’m on a life-support machine and they keep pulling the plug to charge their phones.” That insightful gem comes from Presidential aide Amy Brookheimer, played by Anna Chlumsky, on HBO’s Veep. Fans of the award-winning Armando Iannucci-created satire can see where she’s coming from as they watch this first full trailer from the show’s upcoming Season 4. Like Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood on Netflix’s House Of Cards, Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ ubervain Selina Meyer… Read

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‘Aquarius’ & ‘Hannibal’ Get Slotted As NBC Announces Summer Premiere Dates

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NBC has set the first batch of summer premiere dates, which include new Charles Manson drama Aquarius starring David Duchovny, and Season 3 of Hannibal. Aquarius is slated to premiere with a two-hour opener on May 28 at 9 PM. It will air regularly on Thursdays at 9 PM beginning June 4, taking over the slot currently held by The Blacklist. The series explores the cat-and-mouse game between Manson and the police in those turbulent years leading up to the infamous… Read

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‘Gotham’s Jada Pinkett-Smith Signals She’s Gone Next Season – Update

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Updated with statement from producers: Gotham co-star Jada Pinkett-Smith told Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan not to hold their breath on her character returning to Fox’s Batman prequel next season. “I signed for a year, and the year is up,” the actress who plays Fish Mooney said this morning on ABC’s daytime talker Live With Kelly & Michael. Asked if she was returning, she added coyly, “I don’t think so,” triggering an avalanche of online reportage by The Reporters Who… Read

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Melissa Benoist As Supergirl: First Look

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CBS and Warner Bros. TV have released the first images of Supergirl star Melissa Benoist as the super heroine. Gone are the bleach blonde locks and the skimpy, midriff-baring cheerleader outfit from the Supergirl comics. The more conservative mesh garb in muted colors is very similar to what Henry Cavill wears in the Warner Bros. Supeman movies — maybe DC and the studio are eying a potential crossover of the cousins in matching outfits? The CW also is going for… Read

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Anna Paquin To Star In ‘Madame X’ Mini In Works At HBO With Jack Black Producing

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I have learned that HBO is in negotiations for Madame X, a period miniseries based on Kate Manning’s book My Notorious Life, which would be toplined by True Blood star Anna Paquin. She would be executive producing with her True Blood co-star/producing partner Stephen Moyer through their production company CASM and actor Jack Black through his Electric Dynamite banner. Written by Julia Hart (The Keeping Room) and to be directed by Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’s Sister), Madame… Read