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Dean Jones Dies: Star Of Disney’s ‘The Love Bug’ And Sondheim’s ‘Company’ Was 84

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Dean Jones, the affable actor best known for leading roles in several family Disney films of the 1960s and ’70s including The Love Bug and That Darn Cat! — as well as creating one of Stephen Sondheim’s iconic leading roles on Broadway in Company — died Tuesday from complications related to Parkinson’s disease. He was 84. Born on January 23, 1931, in Decatur, AL, Jones began singing and acting after a stint in the Navy during the Korean War. He already was a veteran… Read

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‘Scream’ Ratings Raise The Volume For MTV In Season 1 Finale

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The mask came off and the killer was revealed last night on the MTV series based on the 1990s film franchise directed by Wes Craven, who died Sunday. No more spoilers here if you haven't seen the Season 1 finale of Scream, but we can tell you that the ratings saw a pitched rise for the Viacom-owned network. Last night's season ender for the renewed series was watched by 756,000 total viewers, with 434,000 among adults 18-49 for a 0.34 rating. That's up 21% over last… Read

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Wim Wenders’ ‘Every Thing Will Be Fine’ Finds Home At IFC Films – Toronto

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IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Wim Wenders' Every Thing Will Be Fine, the pic that stars James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel McAdams, Marie-Josée Croze, Robert Naylor, Patrick Bauchau and Peter Stormare. IFC plans a December 4 release date after the film makes its North American premiere in Toronto next month in the Masters section. It had its world premiere earlier this year in Berlin. The 3D drama centers on a tragic car accident links the lives of a… Read

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Ex-‘View’ Executive Producer Bill Wolff Joins Chelsea Handler’s Netflix Show

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That was quick. Two days after he exited ABC’s The View following a rocky one-season run as executive producer, Bill Wolff has been named executive producer of Chelsea Handler's new talk show for Netflix, set for a 2016 debut. The show, which will be produced in Los Angeles, will reflect Handler's unfiltered opinions on topical entertainment and cultural issues, as well as her signature guest interviews. "Bill is the visionary we have been looking for to create a dynamic… Read

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Rare VOD Glimpse: Radius Says ‘Before We Go’ Grosses $1.5M+ Ahead Of Theatrical Bow

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EXCLUSIVE: Chris Evans’ directorial debut, Before We Go from Radius-TWC, is coming off its ultra-VOD window with a notable $1.53M prior to its 15-city domestic opening on Friday. Since its July 21 availability on cable and digital platforms, Before We Go is the first pre-theatrical film this year to crack both the top 5 on iTunes and the top 10 on Rentrak’s weekly digital chart.  For three weeks in a row, the Chris Evans film has been in Rentrak’s top 20. Before We… Read

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‘Everest’ Team Talks Responsibility As Venice (After Hiccup) Officially Is Underway – Update

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UPDATE with details from gala screening: Jan and Sarah Arnold-Hall, Helen Wilton, David Breashears and Sherpa Ang Dorje were all on the Lido this afternoon, attending the press conference for Baltasar Kormakur’s Everest which opened the Venice Film Festival tonight (after a false start in the gala screening). Each of them is depicted in the Working Title film, with real and tragic events from their lives playing out on screen. Being true to them was one of the major… Read

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‘Star Wars’ Force Friday: How Disney Will Hit Hyperdrive With Global Sales Push

404356 03: Frank Lopez of Manhattan contemplates purchasing a Clone Trooper doll as the new line of Star Wars toys meant to coincide with the film "Star Wars: Episode II" were unveiled at midnight of April 23, 2002 at the Toys "R" Us store in New York City's Times Square. (Photo by George Best/Getty Images)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens won’t open until December 18. But this week the public will see the equivalent of a red carpet premiere for a key part of Disney’s effort to build Star Wars Inc. into a commercial force unlike anything Hollywood has ever seen. The entertainment giant will team with toy and merchandise manufacturers and retailers in an unprecedented collection of Internet and store-based events to introduce and sell consumer products. They’re calling it “Force… Read

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‘Survivor’s Remorse’ Renewed For Season 3 By Starz

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On the heels of strong ratings for its second season premiere on August 22, Starz has ordered a third season of original comedy series Survivor's Remorse, from executive producers Tom Werner, Maverick Carter, LeBron James, Mike O'Malley, Paul Wachter and Vic Levin. O'Malley has signed on again to serve as executive producer and showrunner. "We are thrilled to renew 'Survivor's Remorse' for a third season, " said Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director of Starz. "Since it began… Read

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Stephen Colbert Will Gab With J.J. Abrams For Montclair Film Festival

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It’s being billed as “Celebrity Nerd-Off” — Garden State trouper and ascender to the Late Show throne will host an evening with the Star Wars: The Force Awakens director on stage at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in downtown Newark on November 21. The event, promising “a wide-ranging on-stage discussion of their influences, ideas, and creative work,” will benefit the Montclair Film Festival. "We remain incredibly grateful to Stephen Colbert for his unwavering… Read

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‘Sneaky Pete’ Gets Amazon Series Order; More Scripts For ‘Casanova’

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It may have taken four months longer, but Bryan Cranston and David Shore’s hourlong pilot Sneaky Pete got where it was looking to get last spring — with a series order. I hear Amazon has picked up to series the Giovanni Ribisi-starring pilot, from Sony Pictures TV. It was one of two pilots Amazon put on its Instant Video platform for viewing on August 7, along with Casanova, starring Diego Luna as the famous playboy. I hear Casanova remains in contention with an order… Read

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‘American Pastoral’ Adds David Strathairn, Uzo Aduba & Others; ‘Friends And Romans’ To Bow In Fall

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Lakeshore Entertainment’s American Pastoral has beefed up its cast, adding David Strathairn, Uzo Aduba, Peter Riegert and Valorie Curry, who join Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, and Dakota Fanning in the Vietnam War drama, Based on the Pulitzer-winning novel by Phillip Roth, the film follows a family torn apart when a legendary former high school athlete’s seemingly perfect life is shattered after his rebellious daughter’s antiwar activism turns to violent political… Read

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Oscars: New Producers Reveal Show Plans Including Excitement & “A Little Hint Of Danger”

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Now that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced David Hill and Reginald Hudlin as producers of the 88th Academy Awards — with neither having any prior experience directly in producing the granddaddy of awards shows (that is always the instant target of critics) —  in what direction will they be taking the broadcast February 28 on ABC?  I talked to Hill late yesterday and Hudlin this morning to find out and how this first-time teaming came… Read