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Lester Holt Trumps David Muir And Pope Francis In Early Ratings

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Lester Holt outstripped David Muir’s virtual audience with Pope Francis last night in preliminary ratings.  Holt-anchored NBC Nightly News clocked a timeslot affiliate stat of 8.51 million viewers, besting ABC World News Tonight (7.65M) which Muir anchored from the Vatican, having snagged a very big “get” on the eve of his his first anniversary as host of the newscast. The evening newscast included portions of a Muir-moderated satellite audience with Pope Francis, in… Read

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‘Everest’: Baltasar Kormakur, Tim Bevan & Jason Clarke on Mounting An Epic – Venice Q&A

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SPOILER ALERT: While Everest is based upon real events which made headlines around the world in 1996 and spawned numerous accounts, the following includes details that may be unfamiliar to those who didn’t follow the original news. Mounting Working Title's Everest, which opens the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday, was a climb that Sisyphus wouldn't have envied. A long development period came with financing issues and the inherent challenges of shooting in a decidely… Read

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Zachary Levi Replaces Josh Radnor in Broadway’s ‘She Loves Me’ Revival

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The Chuck and Tangled star has taken over the lead role of Georg opposite the Amalia of Tony winner Laura Benanti (Gypsy) in a revival of the 1963 romantic musical about shop clerks in love. The show, scheduled for a limited run in the spring, also stars René Auberjonois, Gavin Creel, Michael McGrath and Jane Krakowski; Scott Ellis is directing, with choreography by Warren Carlyle and musical direction by Paul Gemignani. The Roundabout earlier announced Josh Radnor (How I… Read

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‘River’ Teaser: In Toronto Thriller Prognosis Not Good For Rossif Sutherland

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Bad times for a do-gooder abound in River, a new thriller from first time feature director Jamie M. Dagg. The film follows an American volunteer doctor in Laos who, after refusing the orders of a senior surgeon is forced to take a leave of absence. Heading to a remote island in the south of Laos, his solace is shattered after he intervenes in the sexual assault of a young Laotian woman, accidentally killing her assailant. Horrified and panicked, he flees, soon finding… Read

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‘Lost City Of Z’ Adds ‘Turn’s Angus Macfadyen

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EXCLUSIVE: From the American Revolution to the jungles of the early 20th century, the adaptation of David Grann's bestseller has another explorer. Angus Macfadyen has joined the cast of The Lost City Of Z. Best known for his role as Robert The Bruce in Braveheart and currently playing Major Robert Rogers on AMC's Turn, Macfadyen will play James Murray in the James Grey helmed film. The real-life explorer Murray went into the jungles of South America with Percy Fawcett… Read

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Analeigh Tipton To Star In Thriller ‘Sadie’

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02:  Actress Analeigh Tipton attends the 22nd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party on March 2, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Up and comer Analeigh Tipton (Crazy Stupid Love, Warm Bodies, Mississippi Grind) will star in filmmaker Craig Goodwill's psychological thriller Sadie from a script with and written by Brian Clark. Goodwill, whose feature Patch Town recently bowed, will helm the story that centers on a young female novelist (Tipton) who, along with an enigmatic woman named Charlotte, are enticed by an ex-lover to join him at his Italian villa for a weekend celebration being held to honor… Read

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‘The Whispers’ Ratings Rise In Finale, ‘SYTYCD’ Down, ‘Running Wild’ & ‘Whose Line’ Jump; NBC Wins Night

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The Season 1 finale of The Whispers (0.7/2) last night saw blue lights in the sky, a visit to FBI HQ and nuclear detonations – among other things. Still no word yet on whether the summer Amblin TV-produced drama is coming back for a Season 2 but it certainly went out on a bang and a strong note. Up 17% among adults 18-49 from last week, DVR-friendly Whispers hit a 4-week high among the key demo. The show also had its best viewership result in 4-weeks too, with 2.8 million… Read

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Michael J. Fox Lends His Voice To Family Friendly Film ‘A.R.C.H.I.E.’

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Michael J. Fox will voice the dog Archie who is the main character in the family friendly film A.R.C.H.I.E. from writer/director Robin Dunne (Just Friends, Sanctuary). Dunne is marking his feature film debut in the film in which he will also co-star. The project, about a robotic canine, is being financed by Clairwood Capital Management. The film also stars Katherine Isabelle (American Mary) and Dunne. The project, produced by Shayne Putzlocher, Glenn Paradis and Sara… Read

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FilmRise Will Release ‘Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans’ In NYC, LA & VOD

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FilmRise has acquired select U.S. rights to the Cannes Classics documentary Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans, shot during the production of the film that nearly destroyed him. The Brooklyn-based distributor licensed the rights from Content Media and plans to release the film in New York and Los Angeles on November 13, as well as day-and-date on Internet VOD, Download to Own platforms and DVD and Blu-ray. Here’s a rundown of the film, from FilmRise: By 1970, Steve McQueen… Read

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Funny Or Die Promotes Chris Bruss, Hires Gary Sanchez’ Owen Burke

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Funny Or Die is expanding its content creation operation, announcing this morning that exec Chris Bruss has received a promotion to President of Digital Content, while Gary Sanchez Creative Director Owen Burke has been hired as the company’s first-ever Editor in Chief of Content. Bruss joined Funny or Die in 2009, serving as Vice President of Branded Entertainment and President of Gifted Youth, Funny Or Die's commercial production and creative services company. Over his… Read

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Alchemy Hires Former Sony Home Entertainment Exec Jack Talley In Physical Distribution

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Alchemy has hired Jack Talley as the Exec VP of Physical Distribution to oversee sales and the overall strategy of the company’s division. He will report to Alchemy CEO Bill Lee. Talley most recently worked for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment for 10 years, most recently as the Exec VP. Prior to joining SPHE, Talley oversaw MGM's Grocery and Drug sales division and played an integral role in the strategic development and implementation of the Scan Based Trading business… Read

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‘Miss You Already’ Trailer: Toni Collette & Drew Barrymore Are BFFs Facing Big Changes In Toronto Pic

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“When life falls apart, friends keep it together.” Here’s the first trailer for Miss You Already, starring Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore in a tale of best-friendship and life’s roughest moments. Milly and Jess have been inseparable since childhood. They’ve done lots of crazy stuff, but bonds are tested when one faces a life-threatening disease and the other has a life-affirming pregnancy. Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine, Frances de la Tour and Jacqueline Bisset co-star… Read