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Tao Okamoto Cast In ‘Hannibal'; ‘Complications’ Adds 2

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Tao Okamoto (Wolverine) is set for a major guest-starring arc on NBC drama series Hannibal. Okamoto will play the dark and mysterious Lady Murasaki, who possesses an alluring and classical beauty with a dark secret. Okamoto, repped by ICM Partners and Donna, Inc., is currently shooting the feature Batman Vs Superman for Warner Bros. Brent Sexton (The Killing) and Joseph Julian Soria (Fast & Furious) have booked recurring roles on USA Network's Complications. From Burn Noti… Read

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Management & Prod. Co LEIBO Launches In L.A.

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EXCLUSIVE: New full-service management and production company LEIBO has opened in Los Angeles anchored by Jason Leibovitch, who most recently served as VP Distribution and Development for California Pictures (Scavengers, A Warrior's Heart). Leibovitch's client roster includes WGA-winning screenwriter Bryce Zabel (Pandemic, M.A.N.T.I.S., Dark Skies, The Crow, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation), who served as Chairman and CEO of the TV Academy from 2001-2003. LEIBO is also… Read

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Netflix & Leonardo DiCaprio Team On ‘Virunga’ Documentary Release

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EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has teamed with Leonardo DiCaprio and his Appian Way Productions to release the Orlando von Einsiedel-directed documentary Virunga. The docu, which follows an embattled team of park rangers and the endangered mountain gorillas they protect in Africa, will be released simultaneously November 7  in New York and Los Angeles theaters, and on Netflix in all the territories where the pay service is available. The film is part investigative journalism and part… Read

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Melissa Rosenberg’s Tall Girls Productions Sells Projects To ABC & NBC

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Melissa Rosenberg and her producing partner Kate Schumaecker have set up two projects through their ABC Studios-based company Talls Girls Prods. — half-hour comedy The Mighty Camilla at ABC and drama The Zone at NBC. Additionally, Tall Girls is developing through ABC Studios' cable division, ABC Signature, a project with Mike Cahill (Another Earth, I-Origins) attached to write and  direct. It is targeted for premium cable networks. Comedy The Mighty Camilla, is based on… Read

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Space Race Drama From Eli Attie & Film 44 Lands At Fox With Penalty

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Fox is going for a new take on space race with a drama from writer Eli Attie (The West Wing), Pete Berg and Sarah Aubrey's Film 44 and 20th Century Fox TV. The untitled project, from 20th Century Fox TV where Attie is under an overall deal, has received a script commitment with penalty. It falls under a deal Film 44 inked with the Fox network at the beginning of the summer. Written by Attie, the present-day drama us about a space race — but between people instead of… Read

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Catalina Sandino Moreno Joins ‘Falling Skies’ On TNT

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Oscar-nominated actress Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full Of Grace) is set for a heavily recurring role on the fifth and final season of TNT's alien invasion drama Falling Skies. Moreno will play Isabella, a leftist-leaning academic prior to the invasion,but  now on the run and seeking sanctuary, she is a realist and canny survivor who poses as a nurse in order to win John (Colin Cunningham) approval and trust. Moreno currently recurs on Fox's Red Band Society. Her… Read

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Showtime Ratings: 2.5M Subscribers Watch ‘The Affair’ — Network’s Best Ever Series Debut Live + 3 Lift : UPDATE

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UPDATE, 3:05 PM: Showtime says 2.5 million subscribers have watched The Affair opening episode across various platforms, in what is its best Live + 3 lift ever for a Showtime series debut. With Live+3 for Sunday and replays, The Affair has been viewed by 1.68 million viewers on the linear network. With the addition of the 850,000 on-demand and authenticated platforms, the pilot has been viewed by 2.5 million subscribers to-date — with more linear, On-Demand, Showtime… Read

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Amy Poehler Producing Church Comedy For NBC

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As Parks And Recreation is gearing up for its upcoming seventh and final season, the series' star and executive producer Amy Poehler has teamed with the series' co-executive producer Aisha Muharrar for another single-camera workplace comedy at NBC. The project, now in development, hails from Universal TV, where Poehler has an overall deal, and 3 Arts Entertainment. Written by Muharrar, the untitled comedy centers on a young, agnostic woman who inherits a church and the… Read

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‘New Girl’ Copyright Suit Dismissed Against Fox, Peter Chernin & WME

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Nearly 10 months after it was first filed, a copyright infringement lawsuit over Fox's New Girl has been dismissed without prejudice. While the action this week frees series executive producer Peter Chernin, creator Elizabeth Meriwether, director Jake KasdanWME and Fox parent company 21st Century Fox for now, the judge has given writers Stephanie Counts and Shari Gold the ability to come back with a new complaint. Not that federal District Judge Stephen Wilson is… Read

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‘Fury’ Box Office Opens To Strong $1.2M; ‘Book Of Life’ To $300K – Late Nights; Friday Matinees Tumble In

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UPDATE, FRIDAY, 2:03 PM: With matinee grosses tumbling in, it appears at the moment that The Book Of Life is headed to a $4M-$5.2M Friday night with most of its audiences sure to come in on family moviegoing Saturday and Sunday for Fox. Currently, that puts it in the $11.5M-$15M range for the three-day week. Likewise, the Brad Pitt war movie Furywhich is expected to win the weekend — will see its R-rated audience come in later this evening and tonight for Sony and QED… Read

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