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‘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 Politics At NBC News And 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


Green-Light Launches International Sales Arm Led By Christian De Gallegos – AFM

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Jeff Elliott and Chad Moore’s production company The Green-Light Group has launched Green-Light International, a new overseas sales, distribution and financing company. Former International Film Trust president and Voltage Pictures exec Christian de Gallegos has been appointed president of the new venture, which opens its doors just in time for next month’s American Film Market in Santa Monica. Three films are already on Green-Light’s slate exec produced by Elliott and… Read


Oscars: Academy Finalizes Foreign-Language Film Contenders

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Eighty-one countries have submitted official entries for the Foreign-Language Film Oscar race. The only first-time entrant this is Paraguay. Nominations for the 88th Academy Awards will be announced January 14 at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, and the hardware will be doled out February 29 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Here is the full list from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Afghanistan, “Utopia,” Hassan Nazer… Read


Murdoch Apologizes For “Real Black President” Tweet But Ben Carson Defends It

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Rupert Murdoch this morning scurried away from his radioactive President-Obama-not-a-real-black-president tweet: Apologies! No offence meant. Personally find both men charming. — Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) October 8, 2015 That after causing a major uproar yesterday when he tweeted this: Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide? And much else. — Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) Octob… Read


Focus Buys ‘Boomtown’ Spec With Marc Platt Producing


EXCLUSIVE: Focus Features has tapped the spec script Boomtown, an oil-soaked thriller from Matt King. Marc Platt is set to produce the story of a slick corporate investigator with a closely guarded secret who discovers a sinister criminal conspiracy in North Dakota oil boom country. The deal is in the six figures. It’s the first sale for King, a former journalist who has written for The Village Voice, American Lawyer and Focus Europe and worked with PBS’ Frontline. He is… Read


Matt Charman And Nina Jacobson Close Deal With Fox 2000 On ‘Wilderness’

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EXCLUSIVE: Screenwriter Matt Charman and Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson have closed a deal with Fox 2000 for Wilderness. The logline, which is believed to have a particularly original take and does have YA elements, is being kept closely under wraps. It is high concept enough for Fox to have moved so pre-emptively and decisively. Jacobson initially brought the idea to Charman, who fleshed it out enough for her to pitch- successfully- to Fox execs. Brad Simpson (World… Read


Hy Hollinger Dies: Longtime Hollywood Trade Reporter Was 97


Hy Hollinger, one of the last of the old-school Daily Variety "mugs," died late Wednesday at Olympia Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 97. A longtime reporter and editor, Hollinger was the one of the industry's longest-serving trade reporters, covering international news, first for Variety and then for The Hollywood Reporter, for close to 50 years. Hollinger worked for Variety in New York for many years – when its reporters were affectionately referred to as "mugs"… Read


‘Rosewood’ Gets Order For 3 More Scripts


Fox has ordered three backup scripts for freshman drama Rosewood. The crime procedural starring Morris Chestnut had flown largely under the radar, getting a fraction of the marketing budgets of high-profile new Fox entries like Scream Queens, Minority Report and starring comedy vehicles Grandfathered and The Grinder. Yet, with juggernaut Empire as a lead-out, Rosewood impressed with a strong launch, pulling in a 2.4 adults 18-49 for the premiere in Live+same day, rising… Read


‘American Horror Story’s Taissa Farmiga Joins Ed Harris, Amy Madigan In ‘Buried Child’ Revival

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EXCLUSIVE: I hear that Farmiga (FX’s American Horror Story: Murder House; 2011’s Higher Ground) will make her New York stage debut in The New Group's revival of Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize winner from 1978. Scott Elliott, artistic director of the first-rate off-Broadway company, is directing the offbeat drama about a near-destitute Illinois farm couple (Harris and Madigan, who recently co-starred in Beth Henley’s The Jacksonian) and their two grown sons. They’re visited… Read