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Expanded Filming Hours In Downtown L.A. Shelved Amid Opposition

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EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles is gearing up for a significant increase in film and TV production once the new California production tax incentives kick in next year, but one group that isn't so excited about the coming boom is the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, a private organization that represents downtown businesses and residents. In April, the City Council asked city officials to report on the possibility of expanding filming hours in downtown. The DLANC… Read

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Warner Bros To Remake ‘Who Am I’; Pic Is German Box Office Sensation

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EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has closed a deal to remake Who Am I, the latest film by German-based helmer Baran “Bo” Odar, who made his directorial debut on The Silence. Who Am I, which premiered in Toronto, is a visual thriller that stars Tom Schilling as a young man who gets pulled into the world of an Anonymous-like hacking group. Pic starts with him telling his story to Europol investigator after he and his cohorts perpetrated a crime spree that pissed off the Russian mob… Read

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FCC Postpones Auction Of Broadcast TV Spectrum To 2016

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Television station owners have more time than some probably ever imagined to decide whether to let wireless broadband providers buy airwave spectrum that they use to transmit programming. The FCC has been working on a voluntary auction for years with plans to have it take place in mid-2015. But today the agency says it will postpone the sale to early 2016 as it grapples with a lawsuit from the National Association of Broadcasters that says the plan will hurt stations that… Read

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Paul Giamatti & Damian Lewis To Topline Showtime Pilot ‘Billions’

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Emmy-winning Homeland star Damian Lewis is returning to Showtime with a lead role in another drama project. Lewis and fellow Emmy winner Paul Giamatti have been tapped as the two leads in Showtime's Wall Street drama pilot Billions, which will be directed by Neil Burger (Divergent). Written and executive produced by Brian Koppelman and David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin, Billions is a fictional drama that takes a close look at the world of high finance by tracking the… Read

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Film Independent Spirit Awards 2015 To Be Broadcast Live On IFC

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Those who can't make it to the 2015 Spirit Awards won't have to wait until later in the evening to watch a delayed broadcast. For the first time, the Film Independent-produced trophy show, which honors the best in independent film, will air live on IFC at 2 PM PT/ 5 PM ET on February 21. "We wanted to shake things up to mark the 30th anniversary," said Film Independent President Josh Welsh, "and I think by broadcasting live from the beach we'll do just that. I could not… Read

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Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor Joining DC Comics Pic ‘Suicide Squad’?

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EXCLUSIVE: On the DC Comics-heavy slate that Warner Bros laid out for Wall Street last week, the film Suicide Squad was the only one lacking a clear identification to the superhero-themed franchises that will dominate the slate through 2020. That might change. I hear that Warner Bros is in discussions with Jesse Eisenberg to take the Lex Luthor character he will unveil in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and transfer the villain character to Suicide Squad. As Deadline… Read

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‘Act Of Killing’ Helmer Joshua Oppenheimer Signs With UTA

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EXCLUSIVE: UTA has signed Joshua Oppenheimer, who burst on the scene as a major documentary directing voice for The Act Of Killing. The provocative and shocking docu featured interviews with members of death squads responsible for the mass killings of close to a million people during a military coup in Indonesia during the 1960s. Nominated for an Oscar and winner of the BAFTA and over 70 international awards, Oppenheimer got these architects of genocide to reenact their… Read

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Sebastian Stan Joins ‘The Martian’ And ‘Ricki And The Flash’

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In addition to returning in his Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier character in Captain America 3, Sebastian Stan has been set for two strong roles. On the heels of wrapping the Duplass brothers' film The Bronze, he will play NASA scientist Dr. Chris Beck in Ridley Scott's The Martian co-starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejoifor, Jeff Daniels and Kristen Wiig, a film based off of the pioneering e-book and bestselling novel by Andy Weir. Stan has also just been… Read

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Lyndsy Fonseca Joins ‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’

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Nikita alum Lyndsy Fonseca has landed a recurring role opposite Hayley Atwell and Shea Whigham on ABC's Marvel's Agent Carter. She will play Angie, an aspiring actress who befriends Peggy Carter (Atwell) on the new series, which will bridge the fall and spring editions of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Inspired by the feature films Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, along with the short Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter, the series is… Read

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Latest Los Angeles Traffic Mess Enables Taylor Swift To Boost ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Ratings: VIDEO

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Hey Los Angeles commuters! You'll be happy to know the latest traffic nightmare  — yesterday's closing of a stretch of Hollywood Boulevard so Taylor Swift could perform an outdoor concert on Jimmy Kimmel Live! — was for a good cause: JKL scored his largest edge to date over NBC's Tonight Show — which was a repeat —  and also beat CBS's David Letterman repeat despite its football lead-in. Makes it all worthwhile, right? Kimmel's usual Shonda Rhimes Thursday Bump… Read

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Jim Parsons To Star In Animated ‘Elf’ Holiday Special On NBC

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NBC has tapped The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons to topline its animated holiday special Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas set to air December 16 at 8 PM. Parsons will voice Buddy in the special based on the 2003 film Elf starring Will Ferrell and the hit Broadway show Elf: The Musical. Santa narrates the story of Buddy's travels to New York City to meet the father he never knew he had. Along the way his unrelenting cheer transforms the lives of everyone he meets and… Read

‘The Last Witch Hunter’ Starring Vin Diesel Gets 2015 Release Date

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The witching hour will begin a year from now. An October 23, 2015, release has been set for Summit Entertainment's supernatural actioner The Last Witch Hunter, from director Breck Eisner. The pic follows an immortal witch hunter (Vin Diesel) who partners with his natural enemy, a female witch, to stop the covens of NYC from unleashing a plague on humanity. The cast also includes Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood, Michael Caine and Julie Engelbrecht. Summit is releasing the film… Read

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