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‘High Profits': New CNN Series Profiles Colorado Pot Business Owners

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High Profits follows the owners of Breckenridge Cannabis Club as they build their marijuana business. Brian Rogers and Caitlin McGuire are described by the network as “two business-minded, dream-seeking, relentless visionaries with a plan unlike any other - to franchise marijuana.” The eight-part series will be produced by Austin-based Bat Bridge Entertainment. In the months since Colorado became the first state in the country to legalize the use and sale of recreational… Read


AMC Networks Pays $200M For 49.9% Of BBC America

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Start now with any jokes about the The Walking Dead meeting Dr. Who. This deal, which has been in the wind for months, is now official. AMC Networks paid $200 million and will receive 49.9% of the equity in BBC America and have operational control including affiliate and advertising sales. AMC says it will “run it consistent with BBC's editorial standards and policies” and will include financials in its quarterly results. BBC America will continue to be managed as a… Read


Aereo’s Last Legal Hope Dashed As Court Grants Nationwide Injunction

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Having pursued the Barry Diller-backed service through the courts for more than two years and beaten it at the Supreme Court in June, the broadcasters today basically TKO'd Aereo. “Following the Supreme Court's decision, this Circuit's law with respect to Aereo's live or near-live retransmission no longer conflicts with the law of its sister circuits,” Judge Alison Nathan ordered Thursday (read it here). “Plaintiffs are entitled to a nationwide injunction.” The U.S… Read


Ex-NBA Star Baron Davis Gets Comedy About His Life Produced By Jake Johnson


The story of former NBA all-star Baron Davis is heading to television as a single-camera comedy at Fox from 20th Century Fox TV and the Walcott Co., the studio-based shingle of New Girl's co-star Jake Johnson and director Max Winkler. The untitled project, written by Courtney Lilly (The Cleveland Show), is loosely based on Davis' life. It is about a kid from South Central who receives a scholarship to attend a prestigious suburban school and has to find a balance between… Read


Chiwetel Ejiofor Lands On ‘The Martian’

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Add 12 Years A Slave star Chiwetel Ejoifor to 20th Century Fox's The Martian, the Ridley Scott-directed film that stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels and Kristen Wiig in the saga of an astronaut marooned on Mars. Ejiofor plays Venkat Kapoor, the Director of the Mars Mission. Michael Pena, Kate Mara and Sean Bean also are cast. The script is adapted by The Cabin In The Woods' Drew Goddard from the book by Andy Weir, which sold to publisher Crown in 2013 after… Read


Kiernan Shipka, Meg Ryan Board Teen Comedy ‘Fan Girl’

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Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka has been joined by Meg Ryan and Moonrise Kingdom's Kara Hayward in Fan Girl, about a 15-year-old post-Millennial teen who lives for making movies and idolizing her favorite band. Given only a few days to complete a final film project, she comes up with an idea that could bring her two passions together. Pop punk band All Time Low lends its music to the Fan Girl soundtrack and will also appear as themselves. Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Big Hero 6)… Read


DirecTV Picks Up ‘Downton Abbey’ Parody Series ‘The Britishes’ From Electus Digital


Electus Digital's video content studio Big Breakfast, the production team of CollegeHumor Originals, has teamed with DirecTV for original comedy The Britishes starring Peter Serafinowicz and Will Sasso. A collection of eight sketches, The Britishes parodies the world depicted on hit British costume drama Downton Abbey in a style inspired by the absurdist sensibility of another staple of British television, comedy classic Monty Python's Flying Circus. The series, written… Read


Amazon Shares Fall After Q3 Losses Exceed Expectations

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UPDATE, 2:41 PM: Amazon's results include a $170 million charge mostly due to the anemic sales of its Amazon Fire phone, CFO Thomas Szkutak told analysts after the company's Q3 earnings release. He also says that the e-retailer suffered from a shift, especially in textbooks, to rentals from purchases. On original content, the CFO says that Amazon spent $100M in Q3 and is upbeat about Transparent. “We're still certainly in investment mode there but we like what we see and… Read


Electric Entertainment To Co-Fi Anthony Hopkins Pic ‘Go With Me’

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Dean Devlin's Electric Entertainment will co-finance and take world rights to Go With Me, a Daniel Alfredson-directed adaptation of the Castle Freeman Jr novel. The film will star Anthony Hopkins. Pic will be sold at AFM. Joe Gangemi and Gregory Jacobs wrote the script, and Rick Dugdale will produce with Lindsay Williams, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Gregory Jacobs. Hopkins  also will be a producer. It's a modern fable set in the Pacific Northwest logging community. A young… Read


‘Phantom Of The Opera’ Drama Set At ABC With Marc Cherry Producing


Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry is returning to ABC with Phantom Of The Opera, a contemporary reimagining of Gaston Leroux's gothic novel that was the basis for the famous musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The Phantom Of The Opera drama, from Cherry and Sabrina Wind's Cherry/Wind Prods. and ABC Studios, will be penned by Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner, writers of the musical First Date, which ran on Broadway last season and starred Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez… Read

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‘Ouija’ To Scare Up No. 1 At Box Office, ‘John Wick’ Another Test For Keanu – B.O. Preview

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Ouija, another micro-budget pic from Blumhouse Prods., is likely to take the weekend, despite Universal keeping this one away from the critics (Danger, Will Robinson!). It opens tonight at 8 PM in over 2,000 theaters before its Friday run of 2,857. Universal is thinking it could do high-teens, but the horror crowd comes out in force the first weekend and this one is appealing to teen girls and the Hispanic and African American sectors which tend to come out in groups to… Read


Archie Comics Drama Series ‘Riverdale’ Set At Fox With Greg Berlanti Producing


EXCLUSIVE: After Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl, Greg Berlanti is helping bring another set of iconic comic book characters to television: Archie, Betty and Veronica, Josie and the Pussycats. Riverdale, a live-action drama based on the characters from the Archie comics, has landed at Fox with a script deal plus penalty. Warner Bros TV is producing with with studio-based Berlanti Productions. Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Chief Creative Officer of Archie Comics, Riverd… Read


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