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‘Alpha House’ Review: Dominic Patten Welcomes Back Amazon’s D.C. Boys

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Just in time for the midterm elections, Season 2 of Amazon Studios' political comedy Alpha House has arrived, and it gets my vote. The Garry Trudeau-created series debuts all 10 episodes of its second season Friday on Amazon Prime Instant Video. Watch my video review of the p, Alpha House has gotten sharper and more importantly funnier with a sophomore season of real laughs, sturdy stories and great cameos and additions to a cast led by John Goodman, Mark Consuelos, Clark… Read

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Amanda Righetti Joins Carlton Cuse’s USA Pilot ‘Colony’

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In her first regular role since The Mentalist, Amanda Righetti has been cast opposite Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies in Colony, USA Network's drama pilot from Carlton Cuse. A co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Prods., Colony is a family drama/thriller about life in Los Angeles after a mysterious "foreign" occupation. Righetti will play Madeline, younger sister of Katie (Callies) and the mother of a diabetic child in need of insulin. She… Read

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‘Red Band Society’ Gets Order For Four More Scripts

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Fox is keeping its freshman drama Red Band Society in contention for a back episodic order with a pickup of four additional scripts. The  hospital drama launched to solid reviews but has been soft in the ratings. Still, a couple of weeks in, its numbers stabilized, and last Wednesday the series (1.0 among adults 18-49 in Live+SD) actually logged a one-tenth week-to-week uptick. Additionally, the drama starring Octavia Spencer has been a major DVR gainer, getting 70-80%… Read

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‘Sirens’ Star Jessica McNamee Signs With Inspire

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Inspire Entertainment has signed Jessica McNamee, star of the USA Network comedy Sirens. She is currently shooting the second season and grabbed attention playing the sister of Rachel McAdams' character in The Vow opposite Channing Tatum. She made her film debut in Sean Byrne's The Loved Ones, a film that won the Midnight Madness prize at 2009 Toronto. McNamee's breakthrough came playing Sammy Rafter for the first three seasons on Network Seven's family drama Packed To The… Read

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Plagues Be Damned: Ridley Scott’s Moses Movie ‘Exodus’ Seeks Egyptian Release

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EXCLUSIVE: Where Noah failed, Moses is trying to get past Egyptian censors. Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods And Kings might be facing a tough fight with Egypt's highest religious authority Al-Azhar to get approved ahead of the film's planned December release in the Arab world's most populous country, but help could be at hand from an unlikely ally. Minister of Culture Gaber Asfour is leading the charge to ensure that the film is released in Egyptian cinemas despite objections… Read

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‘The Gambler': Mark Wahlberg In Remake’s First Redband Peek

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Mark Wahlberg has a few NSFW words for John Goodman in Paramount's first reveal of The Gambler, the remake of the 1974 drama that nabbed James Caan a Golden Globe nomination and jumpstarted screenwriter James Toback's career. Given his reaction a few years back when the remake was announced, Toback might share the sentiment. This Gambler stars Wahlberg as a college professor struggling with a crippling gambling addiction, with Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael K. Williams and… Read

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Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Closes $450M Credit Facility, Triples Financing Ability

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EuropaCorp, the French mini-major co-founded by Luc Besson in 2000, signed a five-year, $450M credit facility during the Cannes Film Festival in May to finance a slate of English-language films. At the time, the studio said it also had a $100M accordion that would be used to finance its existing credit facility of $132.8M. Today, the studio says it has closed on a $400M credit line, plus a $50M second credit facility and a $150M accordion. The existing credit facilities… Read

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Steve Coogan To Succeed Philip Seymour Hoffman In Showtime Comedy ‘Happyish’

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Eight months after the sudden death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, Showtime has found an actor to replace him in the network's dark comedy project Happyish. British actor-writer-comedian Steve Coogan (Philomena) is set to topline a new pilot for Happyish, which will be filmed in New York this December. Happyish's original pilot starring Hoffman had just been picked up to series last January when Hoffman passed away. Showtime took time after the shocking news before… Read

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‘Shark Tank’ Spinoff ‘Beyond The Tank’ Ordered At ABC

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ABC has officially ordered the Shark Tank spinoff Beyond The Tank, a companion series that will focus on what happens to entrepreneurs after they have struck deals with the sharks on the mothership show. Currently those types of updates and revisits are done as interstitials on the network's Emmy-winning hit that airs Friday nights. ABC will air the 10 episodes ordered for producers Sony Pictures TV and United Artists Media Group. No airdate for the companion series has… Read

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‘Cold Justice’ Spinoff Greenlit By TNT

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TNT is expanding its real-life investigation series Cold Justice into a franchise. The network has ordered 10 episodes of an untitled spinoff from Wolf Reality and Magical Elves, slated to launch in spring 2015. Like its predecessor, the new series will follow a pair of crime experts as they travel the country to assist local law enforcement in closing long-unsolved cases. Rather than tackling homicides, however, the new series will focus on sex crimes. Cold Justice… Read

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Nick Frost To Topline ABC Comedy From Ben Karlin

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In a competitive situation, ABC has bought The Finger, a single-camera comedy written by Ben Karlin (Modern Family) and starring British writer-actor Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun Of The Dead). The project, from ABC Studios and 3 Arts, will have Frost star as Nick Ferguson aka The Finger, the world's most famous jewel thief who wants to quit his life of crime, open up a humble sandwich shop and do right by his 9-year-old son — and all of that is really hard to do. Karlin… Read

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Why Did Stephen Hawking Film ‘Theory Of Everything’ Take A Decade? Scribe Anthony McCarten Explains

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EXCLUSIVE: Eddie Redmayne looked a bit misty eyed as he emerged from the MOMA screening room after the rousing applause that followed a teary-eyed New York premiere of The Theory Of Everything from Focus Features. Redmayne's reaction is understandable, given the outsized performances he and Felicity Jones turned in as physicist Stephen Hawking and his first wife Jane. Redmayne's portrayal humanizes that iconic image of the genius frozen in a ruined body, and the Like Crazy… Read

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