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Ethan Hawke To Play Chet Baker In Trumpeter Biopic ‘Born To Be Blue’ – AFM

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Shooting has begun in Ontario on Chet Baker biopic Born To Be Blue with Ethan Hawke as the legendary jazz trumpeter. Written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Robert Budreau, the drama is inspired by Baker's rise, fall and eventual resurgence. The story will chart his comeback in the late 1970s and the tumultuous love affair that changed the way he played music and helped him on the road to redemption after his self-destructive ways had seemingly destroyed his career… Read


UPDATE: Comcast Says HBO And CBS Online Plans Won’t Upset TV Ecosystem: Live Blog

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UPDATE, 6:48 AM:  Two interesting disclosures, both from NBCU chief Steve Burke, during Comcast's quarterly call with analysts this morning. He says, without detail, that the company's thinking about "taking some of our existing sports on other channels and putting them on USA." Also, in response to questions, he says that he was surprised — but not especially concerned — by HBO and CBS' announcements last week about their streaming plans. “I don't think distributing… Read


Colin Callender’s Playground Names Louise Pedersen UK Managing Director

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Colin Callender has brought in All3Media executive Louise Pedersen as Managing Director of UK operations for his production company Playground Entertainment. Pedersen is being tasked with expanding Playground's existing footprint in the UK and overseeing day-to-day activities in the country, reporting to Callender. With Pederson on board, Playground will open offices in London in early 2015. Playground's portfolio includes two upcoming British projects, a six-part… Read


Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Top Gear’ Hosts Attacked In Argentina Over License Plate; Samantha Glynne Named VP Branded Entertainment At FremantleMedia; More

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Controversy doesn't just seem to follow Jeremy Clarkson and the Top Gear gang, lately it's been in hot pursuit. Three times in the past year the host and the show have come under fire for alleged inappropriate remarks or provocations. In May, Clarkson was accused of making a racial slur during an unaired episode whose footage leaked online. Prior to that, the BBC apologized for other comments Clarkson made in a Top Gear special filmed in Burma that did air. In 2011, the… Read


‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Trailer: Marvel Releases Early Peek After Online Leak

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After a low-resolution version of the first Avengers: Age Of Ultron trailer leaked today and caused a fanboy flurry online, Disney and Marvel reacted quickly by releasing the official version almost a week early. (Watch it above.) The original plan was to debut the trailer next week during ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. next Tuesday night. When the leaked video started going viral, Marvel smartly opted to put its higher-quality version online, taking the crisis in… Read


Create Advertising Group Ups Carrie Gormley & Jonathan Gitlin


Create Advertising Group has promoted two of its veteran executives. Carrie Gormley has been upped to President of Theatrical Advertising, and Jonathan Gitlin is the new President of Television and Gaming. The company, which specializes in film, TV, gaming and branding clients, has created campaigns for such recent hit features as The Lego Movie, Despicable Me 2, Skyfall, Alice in Wonderland, Iron Man and Iron Man 2 and TV hits including Modern Family, Sons Of Anarchy, Ora… Read


Karen Pittman Joins ‘The Americans'; Gloria Reuben In ‘Mr. Robot’

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Karen Pittman (Begin Again) has been tapped for a recurring role on the third season of FX's Cold War drama The Americans. She will play Lisa, a struggling mother and recovering alcoholic who works on the assembly line of a highly classified Defense Department project and just became the Alcoholic Anonymous sponsor of newly sober Michele. But what Lisa doesn't know is that Michele is actually an alias being used by covert KGB spy Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell), who… Read


‘Frankenstein’ Drama From Rand Ravich & Howard Gordon Set At Fox As Put Pilot

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Howard Gordon, Rand Ravich, Frankenstein. Fox has nabbed a drama project that links the three recognizable names with a put pilot commitment. Titled Frankenstein, the drama will be written and executive produced by Crisis and Life creator Ravich and executive produced by Homeland and Tyrant executive producer Gordon. Described as a grounded sci-fi drama, Frankenstein brings Gordon back to his genre roots of The X-Files, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel. Taking… Read


‘Hitch’ Comedy Series In Works At Fox


Fox has put in development Hitch, a half-hour series inspired by Will Smith's hit 2005 feature romantic comedy. The single-camera project hails from Will Smith and James Lassiter's Overbrook Entertainment, which produced the movie with Sony's Columbia Pictures, and Sony Pictures TV. Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Made Of Honor) will write the series adaptation, a workplace comedy that explores dating and sexual politics. They will executive produce with Overbrook's… Read


Steve Carell, Charlie Kaufman Lock ‘I.Q. 83′; Viral Outbreak Dumbs Down World

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EXCLUSIVE: Charlie Kaufman has been signed to do a page one rewrite of I.Q. 83, an adaptation of Arthur Herzog's classic 1978 science fiction novel that Paramount is now developing as a star vehicle for Steve Carell. Mad Chance's Andrew Lazar is producing with Walter Parkes. The plan is for Carell to play Dr. James Healey, who led a group of scientists that conducted DNA experiments that unleashed an airborne virus that ravages the population. The affliction isn't fatal… Read


‘Below Deck’ Renewed For Third Season By Bravo


A day after Below Deck's Season 2 finale broke a series season ratings record, Bravo has re-upped the yachting yarn for a third go-round. The reality series from 51 Minds, which follows the professional and personal lives of the crew of a luxury yacht as they deal with their wealthy charter guests, scored its best numbers of the season last night. It earned the highest-rated episode of the season among all key demos, with 1.4M total viewers and 710,000 P18-49, according… Read


DGA Board Approves New Commercials Contract


The DGA's national board of directors has unanimously approved the terms of a new three-year contract covering directors and members of the directorial team working on TV commercials. The new pact, which includes pay raises of 2.75% in the first year and 3% in each of the second and third years, now goes to the guild's members for final ratification. "Members working in commercials represent a strong and steady portion of the DGA membership, and this contract will secure… Read


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