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Sky To Invest $20M In Milan Hub For Arts; Fremantle Picks Up Jude Law’s ‘The Young Pope': Global Briefs

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Europe’s largest pan-continental pay TV platform Sky is setting up a dedicated Sky Arts Production Hub in Milan to bring new dedicated content its 21 million customers across Italy, Germany, Austria, Ireland and the UK.  The move, which carries with it a commitment of $20 million in new spending, is one of the first moves since BSkyB completed its acquisition in November last year of Sky Italia and majority interest in Sky Deutschland to create a European TV giant in a… Read

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Former MTV Exec Joins CMT As SVP Communications

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CMT has named Kurt Patat as SVP Communications. He reports to CMT President Brian Phillips, and his appointment is effective immediately. In his new role, Patat will oversee all media relations as well as internal communications for CMT, managing publicity teams in both Santa Monica and Nashville, where he will divide his time. He also will direct the publicity campaigns for CMT's original series, documentaries and tentpole events. Additionally, Patat will be responsible… Read

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‘How He Fell In Love’ Clip: Exploring Faithfulness And Betrayal

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EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles Film Festival entry How He Fell In Love is a drama about a young musician (Matt McGorry) who is coping with the death of his bandmate and begins an affair with a married yoga teacher (Amy Hargreaves). Their relationship tests her marriage and his ability to move forward. In the clip here, the two lead characters discuss their relationship, edging but then retreating from polyamory in favor of a kind of faithful infidelity. Written and directed by Mar… Read

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Utkarsh Ambudkar Joins ‘Barbershop 3′

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Utkarsh Ambudkar (Pitch Perfect) has joined the cast of Barbershop 3, the MGM sequel that New Line will distribute. He will play Samir, an extremely talented barber from Detroit who is picked on constantly for his Indian-American roots — though always taking the hits in stride with swag and humor. Ambudkar joins Ice Cube, Common and Cedric the Entertainer in the cast for director Malcolm D. Lee. Cube Vision is producing, and MGM will run production. Bob Teitel and George… Read

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‘A Walk In The Woods’ Trailer: Redford & Nolte Take A Hike

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Robert Redford decides it would be great idea to undertake a trek along the 2100-plus-mile Appalachian Trail with old high school buddy Nick Nolte in this Sundance 2015 entry. Before too long the two estranged chums discover the hike through 14 states from Georgia to Maine is going to be an uphill struggle. Literally and figuratively. The movie sparked heated bidding that upstart distributor Broad Green Pictures won with a whopping high-seven-figure P&A commitment… Read

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‘Halt And Catch Fire’ Season 2 Review: Series About Dawn Of Digital Era Returns With Way More RAM

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Get ready to travel back in time three decades on Sunday night with the debut of Season 2 of Halt And Catch Fire on AMC. Now the Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers-created series about the dawn of the digital revolution was one of my favorite new series of 2014 but, as my video review above says, the stronger Halt And Catch Fire 2.0 has a lot more bandwidth and ram. Picking up in 1985 in the middle of the Reagan Era, Cameron Howe, played by Mackenzie Davis… Read

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‘19 Kids And Counting’ Spinoff May Be Spawned As TLC Wades Through Duggar Mess

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As advertisers bail, petitions abound and the media feasts on the story, the odds of TLC being able to bring back its hit series 19 Kids And Counting without Josh Duggar just got a lot slimmer with a new report that patriarch Jim Bob Duggar initially might not have told that Arkansas state trooper the whole story as to what Josh had been doing at home. But with such a large cast to work with, and a hit franchise at stake, TLC is mulling the efficacy of plucking popular… Read

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Ex-Focus Head James Schamus Resurfaces In China First Look With Meridian Entertainment

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BREAKING: James Schamus, the longtime head of Focus Features, has set his production company Symbolic Exchange in a first-look and strategic cooperation agreement with Chinese start-up Meridian Entertainment. The agreement will provide development and production funding for Symbolic's English-language slate, while also providing for co-development of Chinese projects. Schamus will also serve as a chief creative and strategic advisor to Meridian as it seeks to widen its… Read

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George Takei’s Personal ‘Allegiance’ Sets Cast For Fall Broadway Bow

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Casting is complete for George Takei’s musical Allegiance, inspired by his experience as a Los Angeles-born boy whose family was imprisoned, along with 120,000 other Japanese-Americans, in internment camps after the U.S. entered World War II in December 1941. After three years, first in Arkansas and later in Northern California, they were able to return home, where they struggled to rebuild their lives. The musical follows a brother and sister whose political and romantic… Read

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Josh Meyers Upped To Series Regular On ‘Red Oaks’

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Josh Meyers, who appeared in the pilot episode, has been promoted to series regular in Amazon Studios' comedy Red Oaks, exec produced by Steven Soderbergh and exec produced/directed by David Gordon Green. Set in summer 1985, Red Oaks centers on 20-year-old David Myers (Craig Roberts), who takes a job as an assistant tennis pro at the predominantly Jewish Red Oaks country club in New Jersey and tries to figure out what kind of life he wants to lead. Meyers will reprise his… Read

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ESPN Drafts Chris Connelly To Replace Fired Bill Simmons As Grantland Chief

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Less than three weeks after ESPN parted ways with the popular and verbose Bill Simmons, the Worldwide Leader has named a temporary replacement for the multimedia brand he founded. Chris Connelly, the former MTV regular who has been with the Disney-owned sports giant since 2001, has been named interim Editor-in-Chief of Grantland. Connelly has contributed to ESPN’s E:60 and Outside The Lines as well as ABC and Grantland, the sports and pop culture website that launched in… Read

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Tracy Morgan Says Wal-Mart “Did Right” In Fatal Crash Settlement

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Almost a year after the New Jersey turnpike crash that left the actor in the hospital and killed his friend and fellow comedian James McNair, the legal battle between Wal-Mart and Tracy Morgan is over. With no details made public, attorneys for the parties have come to a proposed confidential settlement, a filing federal court in the Garden State today revealed. “Wal-Mart did right by me and my family, and for my associates and their families," said Morgan in a statement… Read