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Broad Green Boards ‘Brain On Fire’ With Chloe Moretz Starring

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Broad Green Pictures is teaming with Charlize Theron’s Denver & Delilah and Foundation Features to produce and finance Brain On Fire, the film based on Susannah Cahalan's bestselling memoir. Chloë Grace Moretz has been tapped to play the lead role of a young woman's terrifying descent into insanity. When Denver & Delilah acquired rights to the book back in May 2014, it had Dakota Fanning attached. Gerard Barrett (Glassland) will direct the pic, which still co-stars Jenny… Read

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Harry Shearer Staying With ‘The Simpsons’ After All

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UPDATED with Fox’s statement: Harry Shearer has agreed to return to The Simpsons fold after less than two months ago saying he quit the show when his contract negotiations broke down. It amounted to a virtual Twitter snit between Simpsons producers and Shearer, but now all is back to normal for the actor to return to the show he’s been a key part of for 26 years as a slew of characters including Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner and many more. The deal means all… Read

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Cartoon Network Re-Ups ‘Adventure Time’, ‘Regular Show’, 3 More

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Cartoon Network has renewed five original series, Adventure Time, Regular Show, Steven Universe, Uncle Grandpa and Clarence. The network picked up an eighth season of Peabody-winning Adventure Time and Emmy-winning Regular Show. Adventure Time features unlikely heroes Finn and Jake, two buddies who traverse the mystical Land of Ooo and encounter its colorful inhabitants. Adventure Time was created by Pendleton Ward and is produced at Cartoon Network Studios. Regular Show… Read

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‘Minions’ To Recharge Box Office With Well Over $100M Weekend – Preview

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To say Universal Pictures is on a roll is an understatement. With Jurassic World already having pounded away at most box office records, the dinosaurs are handing this weekend off to the minions. Already released overseas, the little critters have logged in over $125M in 26 markets and was No. 1 in 15 of those. This weekend they will take control of the domestic box office with an easy No. 1 opening and, by all accounts, will vault well over the $100M for Illumination Ente… Read

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Johnny Depp & Richard Branson Among Group Teaming On ‘Muscle Shoals’ TV Series

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Johnny Depp's Infinitum Nihil, Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Produced, and City Entertainment's Joshua Maurer and Alixandre Witlin have partnered to produce a series based on the award winning feature documentary Muscle Shoals. Greg Camalier, who directed and produced the documentary, will also produce the television adaption. Virgin Produced Executive Vice President of Production Rene Rigal brought the project into the company and will be overseeing with Infinitum Nihil's… Read

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‘Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip’ Trailer: Alvin, Simon & Theodore Hit The Road For NYC

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“Alv!!!!!!n!” The first trailer has dropped for the Fox four-quel Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip. Walt Becker is directing the animated/live action pic that sees Alvin, Simon and Theodore hitting the road for NYC. Seems some misunderstandings have led the trio to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in the Big Apple …and dump them. They have three days to stop it. Screenplay is co-penned by Adam Sztykiel and Randi Singer, based on the… Read

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SXSW Winner ‘A Brave Heart’ Gets September Release; Gerilyn Shur Joins Allied

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Cinedigm said that its SXSW Audience Award pickup A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story will be released in select theaters September 25. The plan is to make the anti-bullying film find as wide an audience as possible, with the docu going day and date on Digital HD and On Demand. It will also be available immediately on pre-order via Tugg.com for educators, communities and organizations that want to host screenings. A Brave Heart centers on Lizzie and her journey from… Read

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Bill Cosby Drug Admission “A Game Changer”, Janice Dickinson’s Lawyer Says; Bounce TV Drops Sitcom

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Bill Cosby could find a now-unsealed deposition from a decade ago playing a big role in a current lawsuit from former America's Next Top Model judge Janice Dickenson. "His admission is a game changer," Dickinson's attorney Lisa Bloom said today about the revelations that Cosby admitted in 2005 having seven prescriptions for Quaaludes in the 1970s and that he intended to give those pills to women he wanted to have sex with. "Mr. Cosby now acknowledges that he procured… Read

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‘Spring Awakening’ Broadway Revival Books Brooks Atkinson, Sets Dates

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As Deadline reported exclusively last week, a revival of Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s musical will move from Los Angeles to Broadway in the fall. Ken Davenport, producing the transfer with Cody Lassen, Hunter Arnold and Deaf West Theatre (Artistic Director, David J. Kurs), said Tuesday morning that the 2007 Tony best musical winner will begin an 18-week run on September 8 at the Nederlander-owned Brooks Atkinson Theatre. (The Atkinson currently is home to It Shoulda Bee… Read

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Mediacom Petitions FCC To Limit TV Blackouts As Retransmission Prices Rise

The FCC Holds Open Internet Roundtable

UPDATED: Mediacom’s  CEO Rocco Commisso couldn’t have picked a better day to petition the FCC  to rein in broadcasters’ retransmission consent price hike demands — as he also blasted Chairman Tom Wheeler for “refusing to get involved at the very time when consumers most need your help.” As fate would have it, Mediacom launched its campaign the same day research firm SNL Kagan updated and increased its retransmission consent forecast: It expects station owners to collect… Read

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Chernin Group Taps Former Yahoo Exec Mike Kerns To Lead Digital Initiatives

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Silicon Valley denizens have been waiting to see where Mike Kerns would wind up after April when he left Yahoo. He had been in charge of the company’s home page and video verticals, reporting CEO Marissa Mayer. Now they know: He’s the new President of Digital for The Chernin Group. He’ll work with Chairman Perter Chernin and President Jesse Jacobs to, as the company puts it, “build upon [its] successful track record of investing in, acquiring and building digital media… Read

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‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot Finds Its Bad Guy: Neil Casey

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 14:  Actor Neil Casey attends Yahoo Screen Launch Party For Paul Feig's "Other Space" at The London West Hollywood on April 14, 2015 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Yahoo)

EXCLUSIVE: Neil Casey has been set to play the villain in Ghostbusters, Sony’s female-driven reboot of the comedy franchise that is being directed by Paul Feig from a script by Feig and Kate Dippold. Shooting is already underway. Casey is a writer and actor whose scribe credits include Saturday Night Live, where three of the film’s leads — Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones — came from. (The fourth, Melissa McCarthy, has been one of SNL‘s best guest hosts over… Read