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‘The Bridge’s Diane Kruger Sets Indies ‘Maryland’ & ‘Sky’

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EXCLUSIVE: With her FX series The Bridge wrapping its second season tonight, Diane Kruger has set two indie features to fill her winter schedule. German-born Kruger (Wicker Park, Inglourious Basterds, The Host) will first head to the south of France to film Maryland for director Alice Winocour, the helmer who made her debut two years ago with the Cannes entry Augustine. The film tracks an ex-soldier with PTSD who is hired to protect the wife and child of a wealthy… Read

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‘Selfie’ & ‘Manhattan Love Story’ Start Soft, Edge Fox Comedies; ‘New Orleans’ Holds, ‘Forever’ Drops – Ratings Rat Race

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UPDATE 2:40 PM: What is wrong with ABC's Nielsen fast nationals sample? Once again, there were major upward adjustments for the network's Tuesday fast nationals — good news for new comedy series Selfie and Manhattan Love Story, each going up two-tenths to a 1.6 and 1.5 Live+Same Day rating among adults 18-49, respectively. That is an encouraging sign for the two newbies, which widened their margin of victory over Fox's New Girl (1.3, up a tenth) and The Mindy Project… Read

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Justin Bieber & Nicolas Cage, Come On Down — The Actors Fund Has Your Dough!

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Attention Justin Bieber! The Actors Fund is trying to find you — and you, too, Haley Joel Osment, Abigail Breslin, Taylor Lautner and Shia LaBeouf. Not to mention  thousands of others who have unclaimed money awaiting them from their days working as child performers. The Actors Fund is also looking for Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, and for Sarah Hyland, who plays older daughter Haley Dunphy on ABC's Modern FamilyThe Lovely Bones' Saoirse Ronan and The Way, Way Back's… Read

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DirecTV Secures Renewal Of NFL Sunday Ticket With Added Streaming Rights

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DirecTV's been saying for months that it was close to an agreement — and it was important: AT&T could have ditched its acquisition agreement for the No. 1 satellite company if it did not renew NFL Sunday Ticket. But today the satcaster made it official, giving DirecTV shares a modest 1.3% lift in after market trading. Although the companies did not disclose official terms, the deal is believed to run at least through 2021. DirecTV will continue to offer the Red Zone… Read

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Media Stocks Swoon As Wall Street Frets Over Factory Activity And Ebola

Dow Jones Industrial Average Approaches 17,000 Milestone

CBS, Discovery, Liberty Media and Viacom shares touched 52-week lows today as the fourth quarter began with a thud on Wall Street. Investors were glum over a weaker-than-expected report of factory activity in September and concerns that yesterday's first reported case of ebola in the U.S. would keep many people from flying. The benchmark Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.4%, while the Standard & Poor's 500 dropped 1.3% and tech-heavy NASDAQ slipped 1.6%. Media stocks… Read

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Universal Ups Nicholas Carpou To President Of Domestic Distribution

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No surprise here: Universal Pictures has found its replacement for the retiring Nikki Rocco: As expected, 32-year company man Nicholas Carpou has been promoted to president of Domestic Distribution. The exec, who as co-president has been overseeing the company's theatrical sales in North America since 2011, will step into the new gig January 1. Rocco, a 47-year studio veteran of the studio who announced her retirement in April after 18 years in the top post, will segue to… Read

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K.J. Steinberg Inks Overall Deal With Sony TV, Sells Female Cop Drama To CBS

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On the heels of her ABC drama Mistresses getting renewed for a third season, K.J. Steinberg has sold a cop drama to CBS with penalty. It marks the first project under a two-year overall deal Steinberg has signed with Sony Pictures TV after a four-year stint at ABC Studios that resulted in two pilots, Mistresses and Gilded Lilys, and one series. Steinberg will write and serve as showrunner on CBS' C.H.A.O.S. — Downtown Division. The project revolves around Nic Fontana and… Read

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‘Stalker’ Video Review – McDermott, Q Star In Kevin Williamson’s CBS Procedural

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Stalker, CBS' newest, and creepiest, police procedural, debuts tonight with Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott playing detectives dedicated to stalking the stalkers out there. The show is executive produced by Kevin Williamson, the man behind the Scream franchise, The Vampire Diaries, The Following and much else. Deadline's Dominic Patten reviews the results, and, well, it may be enough to make him scream, even if Q and McDermott look fabulous in their trench coats. Are you… Read

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UTA Independent Film Group Adds Memento Films’ Nick Shumaker

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Film exec Nick Shumaker has joined UTA's Independent Film Group as an agent after departing his post at Paris-based Memento Films International. Shumaker will focus on film packaging, co-production, finance, and sales based out of UTA's New York outpost. He left Memento earlier this month after working on acclaimed indies including Compliance, Short Term 12, and Still Alice. “What both Memento and UTA have in common is a commitment to directors and director-driven… Read

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Kevin Falls Inks Overall Deal With 20th TV, Sells University Drama To Fox

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After a six-year stint at Sony Pictures TV, Kevin Falls is returning to his previous studio home, 20th Century Fox TV, with a two-year overall deal that has an option for a third. Under the pact, he already has sold a drama project, Castlebar,  to Fox with penalty. At Sony TV, Falls co-created with Bill Chais and has been co-showrunning the TNT legal dramedy Franklin & Bash. Falls completed his duties on the show's fourth season, which is currently airing. The network is… Read

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Jesse Owens Biopic ‘Race’ Release Date Set For April 2016; William Hurt Joins Cast

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Focus Features said today it has dated its Jessie Owens biopic Race for April 8, 2016. It also has added William Hurt to the cast opposite Jeremy Irons, Jason Sudeikis, Carice van Houten and Stephan James as Owens. Hurt will play Jeremiah Mahoney, president of the Amateur Athletic Union, who led efforts to boycott the 1936 Olympics. The casting comes after Hurt was circling the basketball pic Men Of Granite as a possible lead role. He just wrapped The Moon And The Sun… Read

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Joy Behar Goes Solo; Next Stop, Greenwich Village

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Me, My Mouth And I, Joy Behar's one-woman tour through the life and times of Joy Behar, will begin previews November 6 at the historic, intimate (i.e. small) Cherry Lane Theatre in the NYC's West Village. It's slated to open November 23 and run through December 21. The Brooklyn-bred comedian, who recently concluded hosting duties on ABC's The View after 17 years, spent her salad nights in New York comedy clubs including Caroline's and Catch a Rising Star. She's also taken… Read

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