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‘Shadowhunters’ Trailer: First Look At ‘The Mortal Instruments’-Inspired Series

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We’re getting the first look at ABC Family’s (Freeform beginning in January) Shadowhunters drama series, based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare premiering in 2016. In the sequence of clips posted the show’s snapchat account, we get our first glimpse of Clary (Katherine McNamera) and Jace (Dominic Sherwood), Alec (Matthew Daddario), his sister Isabelle (Emeraude Toubia), Clary’s best friend Simon (Alberto Rosende)… Read


John Williams First Composer To Score AFI Life Achievement Award

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Cue the fanfare: Five-time Oscar winner John Williams will be the recipient of the 44th AFI Life Achievement Award at its gala Tribute on June 9 in Los Angeles. It’s the first time that the AFI is honoring a composer. "John Williams has written the soundtrack to our lives," Howard Stringer, Chair of the AFI Board of Trustees, said in a statement. "Note by note, through chord and chorus, his genius for marrying music with movies has elevated the art form to symphonic… Read


‘Arrow’ Inches Up In Return, ‘Black-ish’ Has Small Rebound As ‘Code Black’, ‘Empire’ & Everyone Else Slip In Ratings

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UPDATE 1:30 PM: As projected, Fox’s Empire (5.1) and Rosewood (1.8) each went up a tenth in the finals, as did CBS’ Code Black (1.2), ABC’s The Middle (2.0)  and NBC’s Law & Order: SVU (1.6), while Nashville (1.0) slipped a tenth. There have been updates added to the story. PREVIOUS 9:30 AM: Barely two weeks into the broadcast season, do we already have viewers fatigue? This is a second consecutive morning of depressing overnight ratings with virtually every series… Read


‘Brooklyn’s Saoirse Ronan On Choosing Irish Role “Carefully”; Chantal Akerman Screenings – New York Film Festival

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“I thought very carefully about what my first Irish film would be,” Saoirse Ronan told an appreciative Alice Tully Hall audience at Wednesday night’s screening of Brooklyn. The 21-year-old New York City native and star (Atonement, The Lovely Bones) chose well with John Crowley’s elegiac romance, adapted by Nick Hornby (Wild) from Colm Toíbín’s novel. Fox Searchlight picked up the film at Sundance for a cool $9 million and plans to release it in November. Ronan (first name… Read


Starz Sinks Its Teeth Into Jason Bateman Film ‘The Family Fang’

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Starz has snapped up all U.S. distribution rights to the Jason Bateman-directed family drama The Family Fang with plans of a 2016 theatrical release through its multiplatform label Starz Digital.  Following a theatrical play and home entertainment release, Family Fang will play exclusively on Starz.  Family Fang premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was in the mix among those titles that would eventually land acquisition. Bateman’s feature directorial debut Bad Words … Read


Nicholas Hoult, Luke Evans & Henry Cavill Suit Up For War Drama ‘Sand Castle’; Mark Gordon Co, Treehouse Producing

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EXCLUSIVE: Luke Evans and Henry Cavill have joined Nicholas Hoult in Sand Castle, the war drama being directed by Fernando Coimbra (Narcos) based on the screenplay by Chris Roessner. Roessner was previously Mark Gordon’s assistant and his former boss is producing with Treehouse Pictures’ Justin Nappi and 42’s Ben Pugh. Shooting is now set to start November 2. Set in Iraq circa 2003, the pic is based on Roessner's experience as a machine gunner in Iraq’s Sunni… Read


‘American Horror Story: Hotel’ – 5.81 Million Check In For Unveiling

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Lady Gaga’s debut on American Horror Story: Hotel clocked 5.81 million viewers Wednesday night at 10 PM on FX and a 3.0 rating in the demo (3.8 million viewers). The 90-minute premiere is down a tick from last October, when American Horror Story: Freak Show — featuring a bearded lady played by Kathy Bates, a two-headed killer, a David Bowie tune performed by Jessica Lange and a crazed clown among its offerings — drew 6.13  million viewers in Live+Same Day stats and a 3.1… Read


Peter Mensah To Haunt ‘Sleepy Hollow’; Elle McLemore Knows ‘Grease Live’ Is The Word


Peter Mensah is traveling to Sleepy Hollow this year, taking on a pivotal recurring guest starring role beginning in November and lasting through the end of the current season. He’ll play the Hidden One, an ancient, desiccated god who returns to the mortal world revived as a handsome, powerful menace with eyes that entrance and torment. His first appearance will be in the season’s seventh episode, airing November 12. Mensah is known for portraying the Persian messenger in… Read


‘Impractical Jokers’ Renewed For Season 5 By TruTV

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TruTV has greenlighted a 26-episode fifth season of prankster show Impractical Jokers. It comes on the heels of the series’ successful Live Punishment Special on September 3 that celebrated the show’s 100th episode. The special episode that featured a high-wire walk at South Street Seaport aired live, drawing 3.7 million total viewers in L+3, making it truTV’s most-watched telecast in 19 months. Ever since they were in high school together, the four friends at the center… Read


Dafna Linzer Upped To Managing Editor Of Politics At NBC News & MSNBC

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Memo to staff this afternoon from NBC News president Deborah Turness and MSNBC chief Phil Griffin: All, As we head into this exciting and important election year, we continue to build up our political coverage across both NBC News and MSNBC. To that end, we’re pleased to announce that Dafna Linzer will be the Managing Editor of Politics for NBC News and MSNBC, playing a key role in driving coverage across the two networks. In this newly-created position, she will help… Read


HBO Hires Film Producer & Executive Nora Skinner As SVP Drama Programming


HBO is bringing another executive/producer from the feature world to its drama team. Nora Skinner has joined HBO as SVP, HBO Programming, reporting to the network’s head of drama, EVP HBO Programming Michael Ellenberg, who also came from a feature background. Based in HBO’s Santa Monica office, Skinner will oversee the development and production of current and new original drama series, working alongside drama execs David Levine and Francesca Orsi. "Nora brings a wealth… Read


Academy Museum Gets $5M+ Donation From Shirley Temple Black Estate

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The young Shirley Temple was Hollywood’s top box-office draw for four consecutive years in the 1930s, and now her estate has made a toe-tapping donation to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Her family has gifted the future facility with more than $5 million and some key artifacts from her early career as the child star who danced, sang and dimpled her way into film lore. The Academy Museum's education center will be named The Shirley Temple Education Studio. "Shirley… Read