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Jennifer Getzinger To Helm ‘Miranda’s Rights’, Only Female Director Hire On Drama Pilot This Season

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Jennifer Getzinger (Mad Men, The Big C) is set to direct NBC/Universal TV’s legal drama pilot Miranda’s Rights, written by Katie Lovejoy. Surprisingly, given the current push in the industry to open up the field to female directors, Getzinger is the only woman hired to direct a broadcast drama pilot this season with just 1-2 open assignment left. Out of about 40 broadcast drama pilots ordered, she is one of only two female directors total, along with Liz Friedlander, who… Read

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Universal Wins ‘The Grownup’; ‘Gone Girl’ Author Gillian Flynn Short Story Sells In High-Six-Figure Deal

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EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures is tying down a deal to make a movie out of The Grownup, a package built around the short story by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. Natalie Krinsky is attached to adapt the tale, and Mike De Luca and Flynn will produce together what is her first big project since Gone Girl became a big hit movie. Studios read the short story and were pitched the material earlier this week, and the bids are hitting the table today. Sources tell me the deal will… Read

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Leslye Headland To Direct ABC’s Gay-Straight Buddy Comedy Pilot

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Leslye Headland, the writer-director whose latest feature film was this summer’s Jason Sudeikis-Alison Brie romantic comedy Sleeping With Other People, is set to make her pilot directing debut. She has closed to helm ABC’s untitled Weeks/Mackay pilot, a lesbian-straight duo comedy from writers Ed Weeks and Hannah Mackay and executive producer Andrew Reich. The ABC Studios-produced pilot centers on an unapologetic lesbian and her best friend, a neurotic straight male, as… Read

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Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Oscar Voting Begins As Contenders Make Final Pitch

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A weekly column talking up the season with dispatches from the awards circuit. Final Oscar balloting begins today. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel with a deadline for voting by 5 PM PT on Tuesday, February 23, just days before Oscar Sunday. And so the final push for those votes also begins with endless TV ads and lots of double-truck color ads appearing in trades and newspapers for the likes of Open Road’s Spotlight, The Revenant, The Big Short and Mad Max: F… Read

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Bill Cosby Fights Again To Stop Sexual Assault Case Moving Forward

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Bill Cosby's team said earlier this month they were going to fight the criminal charges and try again to stop the sexual assault case moving forward in the Pennsylvania courts. and today the much accused actor-comedian did just that. "Notice is hereby given that Defendant William H. Cosby Jr., by and through his attorneys, hereby appeals …and to the exceptional circumstances doctrine applicable to appeals of orders denying petitions for writ of habeas corpus and motions… Read

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BAFTA Awards: London Teed Up For Royal Party Weekend

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The BAFTA Film Awards fall this year on Valentine's Day, Sunday February 14. While nominees wait to find out who will get the British Academy's biggest love, events and soirées have been in full swing this week – and will continue through the wee hours of Monday morning. A prestigious stop on the awards season circuit, BAFTA weekend is also the last major chance for nominees to rub shoulders and be seen ahead of Oscar ballots closing on February 23. There's at least a… Read

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‘Zoolander 2’ Review: Ben Stiller’s Misguided Sequel Is A Fashion Disaster

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I wanted to like Zoolander 2 so much. It has been 15 long years since the original made me laugh a lot and added another great character to star-director Ben Stiller’s canon of memorable comic creations — plus, the fact that he was directing gave me hope. Stiller’s Tropic Thunder was a gem, and he’s a very smart filmmaker. Not this time. Perhaps it was too many cooks in the kitchen (the script is credited to Stiller and Justin Theroux — another smart guy — & John Hamburg… Read

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Kevin James CBS Comedy Casts Ryan Cartwright; Andy Fickman Set To Direct

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Kevin James is re-teaming with Andy Fickman, director of his 2015 feature Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. Fickman is set to direct the opening episode of James’ multi-camera comedy series for CBS. Additionally, Ryan Cartwright (Alphas, Bones) has been set as a regular opposite James in the project, from Sony TV and CBS TV Studios. The untitled show centers on newly retired police officer Kevin (James) who looks forward to spending more quality time with his wife and three kids… Read

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Oscars: Third Group Of Presenters Includes Cate Blanchett, Michael B. Jordan & Louis C.K.

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2ND UPDATE, 3:25 PM: Sixteen more folks suddenly have plans for two weeks from Sunday. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just unveiled the latest batch of presenters for the 88th Annual Academy Awards. Newly set to dole out hardware are Abraham Attah, Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, Louis C.K., Common, Russell Crowe, Chris Evans, Jennifer Garner, Louis Gossett, Jr, Michael B. Jordan, Rachel McAdams, Dev Patel, Eddie Redmayne, Daisy Ridley, Sarah Silverman and… Read

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Jake Tapper Snags First TV Interview With Actress In Pulled Ted Cruz Attack Ad

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CNN’s Jake Tapper landed the first TV interview with the actress who caused the Ted Cruz campaign to pull a new ad attacking Marco Rubio. "As if we were not already in the middle of the most bizarre presidential race in modern history,” Tapper began giddily, noting the ad got pulled yesterday when Daily Caller revealed one of the actors in the spot had done adult films. Amy Lindsay is the one who delivered the line to the actor playing the disillusioned Rubio fan, “Maybe… Read

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‘Hart Of Dixie’s Wilson Bethel Joins A&E Pilot ‘The Infamous’

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Former Hart Of Dixie star Wilson Bethel has landed a co-starring role on A&E Network’s hip-hop crime drama pilot The Infamous. It revolves around two complicated men on a collision course: an ambitious reformed gangster (Bokeem Woodbine) poised to break out of South Central and the LAPD detective hell-bent on taking him down. It will be set against real events in turbulent 1990s Los Angeles leading up to the L.A. riots. Bethel, repped by WME, LINK, Zero Gravity and Morris… Read

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‘Twin Peaks’: Ashley Judd Joins Reboot

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I have learned of another big name that has quietly joined Twin PeaksDavid Lynch's upcoming new installment of his groundbreaking 1990 supernatural mystery series. I hear Ashley Judd will be in the new season, slated for premiere on Showtime in early 2017. Additionally, in addition to Lynch reprising his role from the original series as Gordon Cole and fellow co-creator/executive producer Mark Frost reportedly doing a cameo, I hear Frost’s dad, 90-year-old actor Warren F… Read