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Aaron Sorkin Still In Bed With John Edwards Exposé ‘The Politician’

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EXCLUSIVE: Aaron Sorkin is reconfirming his dedication to chronicling the rise and scandalous fall of a presidential candidate. The Newsroom and West Wing creator, one of Hollywood's most outspoken voices in the recent Sony hacking attack, has extended his option on NYT bestseller The Politician, Andrew Young's explosive 2010 tell-all about the adultery scandal that ended former North Carolina Senator John Edwards' 2008 Democratic Presidential campaign. Young exposed… Read

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David Fincher & James Ellroy Developing 1950s Los Angeles Drama For HBO

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Following months of speculation, I've learned that HBO has closed deals for a noir drama series project from Gone Girl director David Fincher and L.A. Confidential writer James Ellroy. Written by Ellroy, Shakedown, now in development, is set in the tabloid world and the underbelly of Los Angeles in the 1950s and centers on a real-life private detective.  It is inspired by the life of legendary 1950s Hollywood vice cop-turned-private eye Fred Otash. This is an… Read

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Russell Simmons’ GlobalGrind Online Site Bought By Interactive One

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Interactive One, the online unit of Radio One, has bought Russell Simmons-founded GlobalGrind, an online site focused on hip hop culture that will anchor iOne's collection of websites targeting urban millennials. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition cements a previous partnership covering sales, content, tech, product and marketing between the two companies that began in April 2013. Since then, GlobalGrind says its reach has jumped 60 percent to a… Read

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Al Sharpton Meets With Amy Pascal: Will Work To Address Hollywood’s “Cultural Blindness”

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Embattled Sony chairman Amy Pascal had a “very pointed and blunt exchange” with Reverend Al Sharpton today in New York to discuss her racially insensitive jokes about President Obama that were exposed this month by Sony hackers. According to Sharpton, Pascal committed to working together on a way to address the “cultural blindness” displayed in her emails with producer Scott Rudin. In the private exchange that was leaked online last week, the two joked that the… Read

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Fox Business Network Will Receive ‘Strange Inheritance’ In January

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Jamie Colby is set to host Strange Inheritance, a story-driven primetime reality series premiering at 9 PM January 26 on Fox Business Network. The show, which examines real-life stories of unconventional inheritances, will air back-to-back half-hour episodes Mondays through Thursdays, with new episodes bowing Mondays and Tuesdays. Fox News reporter and America's News Headquarters co-anchor Colby will look into unusual circumstances ranging from a family trying to keep a… Read

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Q&A: Adopt Films’ Tim Grady On Getting Americans To See Foreign-Lingo Movies

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Tim Grady and October Films co-founder Jeff Lipsky co-created New York-based Adopt Films in 2011. Since banding together, the pair has been savvy in their foreign language pick-ups, pouncing on four fims in Berlin in 2012, for example, with each going on to win prizes there — and three ending up as their respective countries' submission for the Foreign Language Oscar. Last year, they were in the potentially hot-potato situation of having both the entry from Palestine… Read

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Microsoft’s Xbox One Holiday Sales Pass Sony’s PS4

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It was a rugged first year for Microsoft's newest videogame console, the Xbox One, but the company finally had a November to remember, beating archrival Sony's PS4 in several sales and user measurements. Credit goes to aggressive discounting and the halo effect of, well, Halo, the blockbuster franchise returning with a rebooted collection of old games and a new title just around the corner. "It's been a great year and a great time for everyone in the industry,” a… Read

Sundance 2015: Edgar Wright, Cary Fukunaga & Jonathan Nolan Among Fest’s Jury Members

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Just over a month after all the action kicks off in Park City, the Sundance Film Festival announced today that directors Edgar Wright and Cary Fukunaga plus Person of Interest co-creator Jonathan Nolan will be among the jury members. Winona Ryder, IMDb founder Col Needham and Brit Marling are also on the six juries the Robert Redford founded fest has in the U.S. and World Cinema dramatic and documentary categories plus Short Film and Alfred P. Sloan for Science in… Read

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Anthony Mackie, Helmer Justin Simien ‘Make A Wish’ At Paramount

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EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has acquired a spec package with Captain America star Anthony Mackie, Dear White People helmer Justin Simien and the 2013 Black List comedy script Make A Wish at its center. The studio has acquired the script by first-timer Zach Frankel as a star vehicle for Mackie, directed by Simien, whose Sundance prize-winning film got Independent Spirit and Gotham Award nominations for Best Director. Robert Teitel and Jason Spire will produce it and… Read

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Charlie Sheen To Reprise His ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ Role On ‘The Goldbergs’

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Charlie Sheen channels his leather-jacketed Bad Boy in the Police Station role from the 1986 classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off in an upcoming episode of ABC's The Goldbergs. The episode, to air early next year, will follow the story line of the film that starred Matthew Broderick and Jennifer Grey. Grey's role is played by actress Hayley Orrantia on The Goldbergs. The casting was first reported by… Read

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Barbie Kligman Inks Overall Deal With ABC Studios

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ABC Studios has signed an overall deal with Secrets & Lies executive producer/showtunner Barbie Kligman. Under the two-year pact, Kligman will continue on Secrets & Lies if the mystery drama goes to a second season while also developing new projects for the studio where she has been for four years. This marks the first overall deal for Kligman, who comes from the Shonda Rhimes school of showrunning. She spent three years on Rhimes' Private Practice, rising to executive… Read

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‘Survivor’ Finale On Par, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Closer Slips From Last Season

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TV networks continue to switch to a holiday mode, with more fall finales and holiday specials last night. CBS' Survivor ended its 29th season with a closer that spilled well into the 10 PM hour. In the 8-10 PM time period, which didn't include the winner announcement, Survivor averaged a 2.4 rating in adults 18-49. That is even with last week and down two-tenths from the finales of last season's two installments, currently the lowest ever for the veteran reality… Read