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Roberto Orci’s ‘Star Trek 3′ Commitment Knocks Him Out Of ‘Power Rangers’ Pic

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EXCLUSIVE: Roberto Orci has dropped out of Power Rangers because his Star Trek 3 directing obligation has created a scheduling conflict. He'll no longer be exec producer of the film. It doesn't change Lionsgate and Haim Saban's intention to release Power Rangers worldwide on July 22, 2016. Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, who penned the screenplays for X-Men: First Class and Thor, will continue to write the script. Saban, who hatched the Power Rangers franchise, is… Read

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Duo Of Writers Sell Assassin & Auto-Theft Dramas Produced By Chris Morgan To Fox

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Chris Morgan is backing two feature writers — Patrick Aison and Greg Russo — in their first network sales. Fox has bought both drama projects, from 20th Century Fox TV and Morgan's studio-based Chris Morgan Prods. The untitled Patrick Aison project centers on a vengeful young woman and a master assassin who form an unlikely partnership; as he teaches her the art of the kill, their personal lives become entangled. The Greg Russo project is set in the underground world of… Read

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Shonda Rhimes Flames NYTimes TV Critic For “Angry Black Woman” Reference

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New York Times TV critic Alessandra Stanley learned today that when you suggest that How To Get Away With Murder exec producer Shonda Rhimes call her autobiography How To Get Away With Being An Angry Black Woman because of Rhimes' ability to embrace  "the trite but persistent caricature of the Angry Black Woman, recast it in her own image and [make] it enviable" — Rhimes will not simper like a flattered schoolgirl. She will torch you on Twitter: Confused why @nytimes… Read

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Aussie Thriller ‘Kill Me Three Times’ Sells To Magnolia: TIFF

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EXCLUSIVE: Magnolia is closing a low-seven-figure deal on Kill Me Three Times, the Kriv Stenders-directed genre film that premiered at Toronto in the Contemporary World Cinema section. The James McFarland-scripted film has a strong cast. It stars Alice Braga, Luke Hemsworth, Teresa Palmer, Simon Pegg, and Sullivan Stapleton. Magnolia's plan is for a big theatrical push for a pic that's a raucous and violent ride in the spirit of films like Seven Psychopaths. The tale… Read

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Academy Unveils Finalists For Nicholl Fellowships In Screenwriting

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About half of the finalists for the 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting are from the Los Angeles area, but the rest span four states and three continents. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today released its list of 10 screenplays whose writers are on the shortlist for as many as five $35,000 fellowships. The winners, judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, will be announced during a November 13 ceremony and live read at the… Read

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Brian Williams Corrects NBC’s Bridgegate Coverage: Video

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NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams tonight dialed back his Thursday report about the U.S. Justice Department investigation into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's alleged role in the September 2013 George Washington Bridge lane closures, in which Williams mistakenly said investigators have “ruled out” charges against Christie. “We may have added confusion to some complex reporting last night — and it has to do with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and the multiple… Read

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Charles Manson Book ‘The Family’ To Become Movie With ‘American Psycho’ Screenwriter Penning It

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Roxwell Films has optioned rights to produce Ed Sanders' 1971 book The Family, which described the arc of Charles Manson's life leading to the notorious 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders. Roxwell's Jeremy Rosen and Kevin Shulman are producing and already are into development of the pic, which will be adapted by Guinevere Turner and is set to start preproduction this year. Turner co-wrote with director Mary Harron the film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel American Psycho,… Read

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‘Simpsons’ Duo Adapting Spanish Blended Family Comedy ‘Los Serrano’ For Fox

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On the heels of the premiere of Red Band Society, based on the praised Spanish drama, Fox has put in development another adaptation of a successful Spanish series, multi-camera comedy Los Serrano. The single-camera Fox version will be written by The Simpsons veteran Mike Scully and his wife, former Simpsons writer-producer Julie Scully. 20th TV, where Mike Scully has been based for more than two decades, is producing. Created by Daniel Écija Bernal and produced by… Read

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Bravo Advertisers Targeted In ‘Shahs Of Sunset’ Strike

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EXCLUSIVE: The labor battle between the Ryan Seacrest Productions series and the Motion Picture Editors Guild has moved into a whole new arena. While still manning the picket line in front of RSP's Miracle Mile offices, the IATSE Local 700 has now set its sights on Bravo's bottom line by focusing on advertisers and sponsors of Shahs Of Sunset, I've learned. "We encourage you to advise your clients that we retain our right to communicate with our members, members of… Read

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TNT Makes ‘One Giant Leap’ Into Miniseries With Neil Armstrong Project

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EXCLUSIVE: For years last decade, miniseries were an essential part of TNT's programming mix with such projects as Into The West, Salem's Lot and The Company. As the genre lost popularity, TNT, like many other networks, pulled away from longform, cutting back on original movies and minis. Miniseries have enjoyed a comeback in the past couple of years, following the success of History's Hatfields & McCoys. TNT is joining the trend with One Giant Leap, a four-hour event… Read

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‘Midnight Rider’ Location Manager: No Plan “To Film A Scene On Active Railroad Tracks”

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EXCLUSIVE: Midnight Rider location manager Charles Baxter today denied having anything to do with the railroad trestle shoot on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic, which was the setting of the February 20 death of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones. In fact, in a court filing made by his lawyer Kirk Schroeder on Friday (read it here), Baxter revealed publicly for the first time that he was unable to get permission from property owner CSX to conduct filming on the… Read

Business

Alibaba’s Big Day Shifts Focus To Yahoo

China-Based Internet Company Alibaba Debuts On New York Stock Exchange

Here's guessing Yahoo has about 3 billion reasons to wish it had sold its piece of Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba today rather than yesterday. That superhot IPO debuted today and took over the NYSE, rising 38% to $93.89. That's well above the $68-a-share offering price, the price at which Yahoo agreed to sell enough stock to lower its stake from 22.4% to 16.3% and collect about $8.3B. Yahoo's shares closed today down 2.74%, but even with that dip the company's stock… Read

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