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AT&T Boss In Wake Of DOJ Lawsuit: Any Deal Harming CNN Is “A Non-Starter”

During a news conference after the U.S. Department of Justice filed suit to block AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner, company CEO Randall Stephenson sought to address the “elephant in the room”: the notion that President Donald Trump’s rancor at CNN had threatened the deal. “Frankly, I don’t know” if the reports are true, he said. “But nobody should be surprised that it keeps coming up.” As to any potential settlement that lets AT&T keep CNN but implements any controls on… Read

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Seth Meyers In Talks To Host Golden Globe Awards

Seth Meyers is in negotiations to host the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, sources say. The deal is not yet closed. The choice is not a surprise, given the show airs on NBC, home to Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Meyers would follow fellow NBC late-nighter, Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, who emceed the trophy show last year. Meyers would become the fourth person/team to host the awards show, following Fallon, Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey & Amy Poehler. Meyers has hosted Late Ni… Read

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Supernatural Thriller Produced By Blumhouse Television Gets Pilot Order By NBCUniversal Cable

NBCUniveral Cable Entertainment’s Entertainment Networks Group, composed of USA and Syfy, have ordered a pilot for supernatural thriller Run for Your Life, from Universal TV and Blumhouse Television. Run for Your Life is centered on the last night of Dia de Los Muertos (aka Day of the Dead), when a grieving detective is thrust into a deadly game to bring someone back from the dead. Should the pilot be ordered to series, the network on which it would air would be… Read

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Alexandra Shipp In Final Negotiations To Join Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree In ‘Shaft’

EXCLUSIVE: Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse, Straight Outta Compton) is in final negotiations as the female lead in the reboot of Shaft from director Tim Story and producers John Davis and Kenya Barris. Shipp joins Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree (who starred in the original) and Jesse T. Usher. The production goes before the cameras next month. New Line and Netflix are partnering on this film with Netflix financing more than half the film's high $30M budget for… Read

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‘Mother!’ Director Darren Aronofsky: Why His Home Invasion Thriller Is Like Kindergarten

Darren Aronofsky’s motheris that rare movie that comes along every once in a while, a completely polarizing event that you have to experience, even if you ultimately think it is a train wreck. Count me among the admirers of a movie that is 69% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes but drew an 'F' on CinemaScore. The director of such films as The Wrestler, Black Swan, The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream, Noah and others doesn't care about either group, but wears the disparate opinions… Read

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Relativity School Re-branded To Studio School; Move Distances Itself From Failed Company

Relativity School — the four-year entertainment-focused college based at LA Center Studios — has officially re-branded as Studio School, Los Angeles. In making the announcement it said, “the name change is intended to more accurately reflect the breadth and depth of programs offered by the school” but what they didn’t say is that it is clearly an attempt to distance themselves from Ryan Kavanaugh and his failed company, Relativity. Kavanaugh was instrumental in beginning… Read

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Medical Marijuana Heist Spec ‘Green Rush’ Lands At New Republic In Brian Oliver & Will Packer Team-Up

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EXCLUSIVE: Brian Oliver, the Oscar-nominated producer of Black Swan and Hacksaw Ridge, is teaming with Girls Trip, Ride Along and Think Like a Man producer Will Packer on Green Rush, a spec screenplay from Matt Tente that Oliver’s New Republic Pictures has acquired in a mid-six-figure preemptive deal. The script made the rounds at studios late Friday and New Republic responded quickly to a rights battle that involved Will Packer Productions and others. Oliver and Packer… Read

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‘Designated Survivor’: Breckin Meyer Set To Recur In Season 2

Men at Work creator and former Franklin & Bash star Breckin Meyer is set for a recurring role opposite Kiefer Sutherland in the second season of of ABC's drama series Designated Survivor, from the Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios. Meyer will play Trey Kirkman, the polar opposite of his older brother, Tom Kirkman (Sutherland), in temperament and life choices. Trey is smart, outgoing, a bit of a free spirit but grounded enough to have forged a successful career in the… Read

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21st Century Fox Implements Workplace Professionalism And Inclusion Council

As part of its efforts to resolve sexual harassment claims at Fox News–and as a component of one $90 million insurance payout–21st Century Fox has formed the Fox News Workplace Professionalism and Inclusion Council. Six workplace and inclusion experts will serve on the council, with four of them coming from outside the company. The new body will, in the words of the company’s official announcement, “advise Fox News and its senior management in its ongoing efforts to… Read

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Warner Bros Sets Up Sci-Fi Feature ‘Red Star’ With Hot British Writing Duo

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros is getting into business with two hot young British writers. The studio has picked up a feature pitch from Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan and Marlon Smith. The pair have sold Red Star, an original sci-fi pitch to the Justice League studio. It's understood that Warner Bros beat out a number of other studios to win the pitch. The pair have teamed up with Braden Aftergood, the producer behind Eighty Two Films' Taylor Sheridan's Wind River, to produce the… Read

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Lizzy Caplan In Talks To Co-Star In Fox’s ‘Gambit’

Masters of Sex alum Lizzy Caplan is in talks to join Channing Tatum in Gambit, the X-Men spinoff that has Gore Verbinski directing from a script by Josh Zetumer. 20th Century Fox is releasing the film February 14, 2019. Created by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee in 1990, Gambit/Remy LeBeau has the ability to charge matter with volatile kinetic energy, causing the object in question to explosively release its charge on impact. He had a brief appearance in 2009's X-Men Origins… Read

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TV & Film Casting Biz Disrupted: Fox’s Decision To Drop Breakdown Services For Casting Networks & Its Fallout

UPDATED: There is a potentially seismic shift underway in the theatrical casting software business, which for decades had been dominated by Gary Marsh’s Breakdown Services. The casting community was shocked last week when Fox — 20th Century Fox TV and its division Fox 21 TV Studios, as well as movie studio 20th Century Fox  — dropped Breakdown and replaced it with Casting Networks, a primarily commercial casting service known by its operating brand LA Casting, which is… Read