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‘Time To Choose’ Clip: Charles Ferguson’s Telluride Docu On Climate Change Spotlights Solar In Kenya

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“Most of Kenya’s 40 million people don’t have access to conventional electricity.” It’s an attention-getting quote from a new documentary on climate change that screens tonight at the Telluride Film Festival. Oscar-winning Inside Job filmmaker Charles Ferguson’s Time To Choose outlines the broad range of global climate challenges and focuses on the race against time to implement existing solutions. Spanning five continents, it focuses on the innovators, leaders and… Read

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NBC Developing Comedy ‘By The Book’ From Dava Savel, Tim Sullivan & Storyline Entertainment

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NBC has put in development By The Book, a single-camera comedy from Dava Savel (Will & Grace) & Tim Sullivan (Letters To Juliet) and Craig Zadan and Neil Meron’s Storyline Entertainment. The project explores the question: What do you do when your wife dies, leaving two kids to raise and you haven't a clue how to do it? Simple – follow the instructions she left for you in a book. Savel and Sullivan will write the pilot, an adaptation of Sullivan’s screenplay of the same… Read

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Stephen Colbert To Describe Playing TV Pundit To CBS News’ Former ‘Daily Show’ Correspondent Mo Rocca

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CBS News is pitching in to launch Stephen Colbert as new host of The Late Show with a segment about the former Comedy Central star airing on CBS Sunday Morning. In an interview, Colbert explains to former Comedy Central correspondent-turned-CBS News correspondent Mo Rocca how Colbert spent a decade playing a Comedy Central newsman. He was so successful that people mistook him for “an actual pundit or newsman, eventually, over the years,” Colbert says in the Sunday… Read

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Anabelle Acosta Upped To Regular On ABC’s ‘Quantico’

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Anabelle Acosta (Ballers) has been promoted to series regular on ABC’s new drama series Quantico. She was initially cast as a recurring in the role of Nathalie Vazquez and bumped up to regular ahead of the September 27 premiere. A former cop from Laredo, Texas, Nathalie is driven, kick-ass, and fiercely competitive. She's almost mercenary in her focus, more interested in always coming out on top than being a team player. The ABC Studios-produced Quantico revolves around a… Read

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‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Ratings Score In Week 2 With 11.7M Total Viewers In Live+3

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L+3 ratings results are in, and Sunday night’s episode of Fear The Walking Dead pulled in 11.7 million total viewers, up 43% from Live+Same Day, and 7.6 million adults 18-49, up 46% from Live+SD. AMC’s The Walking Dead spinoff smashed cable ratings with its August 23 premiere in L+3, pulling in 13.3 million total viewers and 8.5 million adults 18-49. That pushed it ahead of AMC's other recent successful and previous record holding spinoff Better Call Saul in the key… Read

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NFL Pre-emptions Inflate Nationals Ratings; ESPN Scores With College Football

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There was a lot of football around on Thursday. For one, Tom Brady saw his four-game Deflategate suspension overturned by a federal judge – though the NFL says it will appeal. Then there were those preseason games all over the TV schedule. The Seattle Seahawks ended their preseason run with a 31-21 win over the Oakland Raiders, and CBS won the night with a 1.9/7 rating and 7.22 million viewers. The net had the night’s top-rated show in Big Brother (2.4/8) and matched as… Read

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Asian Actors In Hollywood: Increased Roles Mark Industry Sea Change

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Asian-American actors and those representing them are experiencing a sea change in the number of roles available to them. The revolution is happening in a segment of the acting population that has been widely underserved for years, they say. Perhaps it is the concerted effort on the part of the networks and film studios, the writers who are growing up with a different perspective, and the influx of international  money into the marketplace, but several people interviewed… Read

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Broadway & Film Dancer Vivien Eng Dies At 51 In Hell’s Kitchen Fire

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UPDATE, 1 P.M.: Elena Brunn, another neighbor of Eng’s on the 33rd floor of the Manhattan Plaza building, tells Deadline that she smelled smoke and that the FDNY arrived “within minutes” of an alarm sounding. “Here on her floor, a particularly close-knit one, we're in shock,” Brunn said. “Viv was an exceptionally fine human being. The frailest middle-aged woman I've ever seen, she never complained. When she went out of the house, it was with eye make-up and some emblem of… Read

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Telluride: Benicio Del Toro Joins ‘Viva’ As Executive Producer Ahead Of World Premiere Today

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EXCLUSIVE: Although he is not here in Telluride, Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro’s presence will be felt as the official start of the film festival gets under way in the early evening hours  in the Rockies. Del Toro has come aboard as Executive Producer of Vivadirector Paddy Breathnach’s new film having its World Premiere here at 5 PM (MT). An Irish production shot in Cuba in the Spanish language, the movie is about Jesus, a young man  growing up in Havana who works as a… Read

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‘Black Mass’: Johnny Depp On Playing Whitey Bulger & Transforming For The Audience – Venice

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The Lido has been clogged since before 6 AM local time with fans waiting to catch a glimpse of Johnny Depp. Some of them must have snuck into the afternoon press conference for Black Mass because it was wall-to-wall SRO; the most tightly-packed assembly I've seen across the years in Venice. Depp was joined by co-stars Joel Edgerton and Dakota Johnson along with director Scott Cooper to speak to reporters about the movie which was met enthusiastically by the press this… Read

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‘Transporter Refueled’ Puts $375K In The Tank From Thursday Previews

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EuropaCorp’s Transporter Refueled collected $375K from 2,200 theaters in previews last night. The movie marks the French studio’s foray into domestic distribution in a joint venture with Relativity labeled RED. The fourth film in the action franchise is expected to ring up $7M-$8M over four days according to industry projections. Transporter 2 opened during Labor Day weekend 2005, minting $20.1M. 10% of all guys are saying that Transporter Refueled is their first option… Read

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‘Beasts Of No Nation’ Trailer: Idris Elba As Warlord, Recruiter Of Child Soldiers – Venice

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Here’s a new trailer (above) for Netflix’s child soldier drama Beasts Of No Nation which is hitting the trio of fall film festivals. The Cary Fukunaga-helmed pic debuted in competition here in Venice on Thursday and has received very positive reviews. Idris Elba stars with newcomer Abraham Attah in the story that’s based on the book by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala. In the film, a boy named Agu is torn from his family to fight in the civil war of an unnamed African… Read