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HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’ Gets Sunnier Makeover For Title Theme

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The most ominous musical chord on TV is no more, as HBO’s The Leftovers gets a plucky alt-country opening title sequence to replace the grim, spooky (but quite wonderful) bombast of its debut season. The new main title song, Iris DeMent’s spry, winsome 1992 bluegrass tune “Let The Mystery Be,” kicks off with Sunday’s Season 2 debut at 9 PM. No spoiler alerts needed here — I haven’t seen the new episodes — but the Season 2 title sequence suggests an optimism that might be… Read


Fox News Channel Leads Cable News Nets As Oregon Community College Shooting News Breaks

Shooting At Umpqua Community College In Oregon Leaves Multiple People Dead

Fox News Channel was the most watched cable news network during 2-4 PM ET coverage of breaking news out of Oregon on Thursday, averaging 1.7 million viewers and 294K news demo viewers. That’s up 46% and 151%, respectively, compared with same day last year. CNN clocked 1.04M viewers, with 240K of them news demo viewers, as it covered the shooting at Umpqua Community College. CNN was up 107% and 67%, respectively, compared with same day in 2014. MSNBC’s Brian… Read


20th Century Fox Names Sirena Liu As Head Of China Office

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BREAKING: Sirena Liu has been hired by Twentieth Century Fox to the newly created position of Managing Director, China. She most recently ran entertainment marketing company FilMworks China, which she founded in 2010 and sold two years later to global advertising conglomerate WPP. She will be based in China and will supervise the studio's Beijing office. She begins her position on October 5th. The announcement was just made by Fox Chairman and CEO, Jim Gianopulos, to whom… Read


Grant Show Joins ABC Drama Series ‘The Family’

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EXCLUSIVE: Devious Maids star Grant Show has been cast in a recurring role opposite Joan Allen in ABC’s new midseason drama series The Family. Written by Jenna Bans, The Family follows the return of a politician's young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier. As the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his family suspicions emerge — is he really who he says he is? Show will play Charlie Lang, the ego-driven, blue blood Democratic… Read


‘MacGyver’ Series Remake Set At CBS, James Wan & Henry Winkler Producing


Another classic action-adventure TV series is getting a reboot. CBS is developing MacGyver, a reimagining of the 1985 series about a resourceful and ingenious agent who improvises his way out of sticky situations using everyday items like rubber bands, chewing gum and a Swiss Army knife. The new series, which comes from Saw and Furious 7 director James Wan, the original’s executive producer Henry Winkler and NCIS: LA executive producer R. Scott Gemmill, will feature a… Read


Trudie Styler To Direct Bette Midler, Others In LGBT Film ‘Freak Show’


EXCLUSIVE: Trudie Styler will produce and direct the film adaptation of James St. James best-seller Freak Show which already has Bette Midler, AnnaSophia Robb, Ian Nelson and Lorraine Toussaint on board. The film is in pre-production and is expected to roll before the cameras at month’s end. The lead role has not yet been set … wish we were a fly on the wall for that casting session. Would be fun. The book was nominated for the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT… Read


Kodak Names Cinematographer-in-Residence at UCLA; Tribeca Shortlist, New SVOD Service Launched

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Kodak has named Bradford Young as the 2015 Cinematographer-In-Residence at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Young, whose credits include Pawn Sacrifice, A Most Violent Year, Selma, and Ain't Them Bodies Saints, is the 16th recipient of the honor, which aims to to “enhance the learning experience of students with insight from renowned cinematographers”. His residency begins in December with hands-on workshops for students, and will continue through the end… Read


Marvel’s ‘Jessica Jones’: S.J. Clarkson Directs First Two Episodes

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Marvel just announced that UK director S.J. Clarkson helmed the first two episodes of Jessica Jones. Clarkson, who has directed shows including Vinyl (HBO), Orange Is The New Black (Netflix) and pilots Dig (USA) and Hunted (BBC/HBO/Cinemax) also served as an executive producer on the premiere episode. Based on the Marvel Comics series Alias, the second installment of Marvel’s line of Netflix shows stars Krysten Ritter as title character Jessica Jones. A former superhero… Read


‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Hammering Out Director Deal With Taika Waititi

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We’re hearing that Taika Waititi, the New Zealand-born director whose credits include the indie Eagle Vs Shark and last year’s Sundance vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows, is in negotiations with Marvel to direct Thor: Ragnarok, the third pic in Disney/Marvel superhero franchise. Marvel declined comment. Disney has already staked out a November 3, 2017, release date for Thor 3 amid its Marvel catalog. Of course Thor is part of The Avengers so Chris Hemsworth’s… Read


Marvel Comics ‘Damage Control’ Adapted As Comedy TV Series By ABC


Sometimes the most important super heroes are the ones behind the scene. Marvel Television is heading to the half-hour live-action comedy arena with Damage Control, a single-camera comedy project based on the Marvel Comics books, which has received a put pilot commitment from ABC. Developed for TV by former Daily Show and Colbert Report executive producer Ben Karlin, Damage Control follows the overworked, underpaid, clean up crew of the Marvel Universe. Specializing in… Read


‘Lethal Weapon’ TV Series From ‘Forever’ Creator Set At Fox As Put Pilot


After rebooting Rush Hour as a series last year, Warner Bros TV is doing the same with another blockbuster buddy action movie franchise about mismatched cops. A Lethal Weapon hourlong series based on the films that starred Mel Gibson and Danny Glover has landed at Fox with a put pilot commitment. It will be written by former Chuck executive producer Matt Miller, who most recently created and executive produced the ABC drama Read


Alek Skarlatos Leaves ‘DWTS’ Rehearsal After Oregon College Shooting But Expected Back Monday


Expect increased ratings for Dancing With The Stars this coming Monday. A source says competitor Alek Skarlatos is planning to return to the series in time for Monday’s broadcast, despite his abrupt departure from rehearsal Thursday after learning of the mass shooting at the community college where he’d been enrolled this semester. Heading home to roseburg tonight. Everyone send thoughts and prayers to the families — alek skarlatos (@alekskarlatos) October 2, 2015 DWT… Read