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David Schwimmer To Play Robert Kardashian In FX’s ‘American Crime Story: People Vs. O.J.’

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FX has cast another key player in American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, the first installment of Ryan Murphy's new anthology miniseries, an offshoot of his hit American Horror Story FX franchise. David Schwimmer is set to star in the project based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson. The miniseries takes a look at the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers that explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and… Read

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‘Unbroken’ Review: Pete Hammond On Angelina Jolie’s Directorial “Triumph”

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It probably will be hard to break Unbroken's record for development time in getting to the screen. Universal had optioned World War II hero Louis Zamperini's own story  in 1957 as a vehicle for Tony Curtis, who was going to star but chose to do Spartacus instead. The project languished for decades until Laura Hillenbrand's eight-years-in-the-making best-selling book made Zamperini a hot film property again. Angelina Jolie took quick interest in the story, got to know… Read

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Historic 2.5 Million Watch Colbert Immortalized On Series Finale

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The series finale of The Colbert Report was the most-watched episode in its history with 2.5 million viewers. For comparison sake: Earlier this month, when Colbert rushed in where Democrats feared to tread — hosting President Obama not long after the midterm elections — he'd been rewarded with what was then considered a really big turnout, audience-wise. With POTUS as his guest (and The WORD anchor), Colbert's show jumped nearly 50 percent compared to its season average… Read

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HBO’s ‘The Normal Heart’ To Receive PGA’s Stanley Kramer Award

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The Producers Guild of America has chosen HBO's The Normal Heart to receive the 2015 Stanley Kramer Award, which honors a production, producer or other individual whose achievement or contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues. It will be presented at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards on January 24 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Here's today's release: LOS ANGELES (December 19, 2014) - The Producers Guild of America (PGA)… Read

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Sarah Jessica Parker Poised To Star In HBO Divorce Comedy Pilot

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A decade after the end of Sex And The City, series star Sarah Jessica Parker is nearing a return to HBO with a new half-hour comedy. HBO is finalizing deals for the single-camera project, which Parker is expected to star in and executive produce. Titled Divorce, the project, which is awaiting a formal pilot green light, is being written by British writer-actress Sharon Horgan. It tells the story of a very, very long divorce and is expected to be produced in New York where… Read

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Sony Responds To President Obama’s Criticism: “We Had No Choice,” Still Hope To Release ‘The Interview’

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UPDATE, 2:00PM: Following a very public rebuke from President Obama for caving to terrorist demands, Sony Pictures said today it is committed to getting The Interview seen by audiences. Two days ago, a studio spokesperson basically said the movie was dead, telling Deadline, “Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film." Here's the studio's official statement, on the heels of CEO Michael Lynton's defensive appearance on CNN (read his remarks below): “Sony… Read

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Ernie Hudson To Play Poseidon On ‘Once Upon a Time’

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Ernie Hudson has been cast as King Poseidon in ABC's Once Upon A Time. He will appear in episode 15 of the fairytale drama's current fourth season. In a twist, in addition to being the the powerful deity of legend, in the OUAT world, we will also discover that Poseidon is the father of the villainous Ursula, played by Merrin Dungey. The two will be joined by JoAnna Garcia Swisher, who will be reprising her role as… Read

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Christina Aguilera-Produced Dramedy, Twitter-Based Comedy, Shakespeare-Themed Drama On Prospect Park’s Slate

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Jeff Kwatinetz's Prospect Park has completed its 2014 television development slate with 10 sales to broadcast, cable and digital outlets. They include a soapy hourlong dramedy about Las Vegas entertainers executive produced by Christina Aguilera at ABC Family, half-hour dramedy at Amazon directed by Hysteria helmer Tanya Wexler, a horror anthology series based on the works of William Shakespeare at Lifetime, a comedy at CBS based on the @WeFoughtAbout Twitter feed, a… Read

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The Lucas Brothers To Topline & Co-Write Autobiographical Comedy For Fox

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Keith and Kenny Lucas, creators and voice stars of Fox/ADHD's animated series The Lucas Bros. Moving Co., are expanding their relationship with the network to live-action comedy. The sibling comedians are set to star in A Better Bushwick, a single camera comedy project for Fox. Written and co-executive produced by Christian Lander (Bordertown), Keith Lucas and Kenny Lucas, A Better Bushwick will mirror the real-life story of identical twin brothers Keith and Kenny… Read

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DGA Stands By ‘The Interview’ Directors, Calls On Feds To Protect Hollywood

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The Directors Guild of America has publicly thrown its support behind The Interview directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg after theater owners and Sony bowed to cyberterrorist threats and canceled the film's Christmas release. In a statement issued today, DGA President Paris Barclay called on the US government to protect Hollywood and its creatives from future hacking crimes like the one that devastated Sony Pictures. "As the events of the past weeks have made… Read

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Hugh Jackman’s Fish Tale `The River’ Recoups $3.2M Broadway Cost

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Sonia Friedman, the producer who brought Jez Butterworth's oddball one-acter to Broadway's intimate Circle In The Square Theater with arena-size star Hugh Jackman, announced today that the $3.2 million drama has recouped the costs of producing it. That means the rest of the run, which began on Halloween and ends February 8, should send plenty of cream into the pitchers of everyone sharing the profits of the mostly SRO stand. The show is the second newcomer of the season… Read

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North Korean Link To Sony Hack Shifts Legal Landscape For Studio

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UPDATES with fourth class action lawsuit filed: The FBI's confirmation today that North Korea was behind the vast hacking of Sony Pictures puts the class action lawsuits against the studio in a new context. "The law does not require companies to guarantee protection against a deliberate political act of criminal cyber terrorism by a foreign government," leading trial attorney Daniel Petrocelli told me. "This cannot be laid at the feet of Sony," the O'Melveny & Myers… Read