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Oscars: Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs On Governors Awards Winners’ Reactions – “They Always Take My Call”

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When I talked to Cheryl Boone Isaacs today, she was excited about the list of the latest Oscar winners of the seventh annual Governors Awards that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this morning. The Academy president was particularly pleased to note that there was a real “independent spirit” running through the two choices for Honorary Oscars: Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands. And as for Debbie Reynolds, named this year’s recipient of the Jean Hersholt… Read

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Entertainment Studios’ Justice Central.TV Expands To Verizon FiOS

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Indie producer-distributor Entertainment Studios has reached an agreement with Verizon FiOS to carry its Justice Central.TV, which is billed as the only 24/7 dedicated legal and news cable network. The deal takes effect immediately. This is the first major new carriage deal for the upstart network, which launched in 2012 on AT&T U-Verse. Justice Central.TV’s lineup includes Justice With Judge Mablean, America’s Court With Judge Ross, Justice For All With Judge Cristina Per… Read

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Jon Hamm in Talks For ‘Marjorie Prime’, Sci-Fi Drama Based On Pulitzer-Winning Play

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EXCLUSIVE: Mad Men star Jon Hamm is in talks to costar in science fiction dramedy Marjorie Prime, an adaptation of the 2015 pulitzer prize finalist for drama by Jordan Harrison. The story delves into themes of accepting loss and growing older, following an elderly, arthritic former violinist named Marjorie, staring headlong into the decline of old age as her memories begin to fail her. Availing herself of a service that provides holographic recreations of deceased loved… Read

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Faulty Connections Shower Sparks Across ‘Whorl’ & ‘John’ – New York Reviews

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Sherie Rene Scott is beautiful, blond and busty, an inspired comic actress with an air of practiced innocence that makes her not only irresistible but also believable — a dangerous thing for an artist with larceny on her mind. In her new play, Whorl Inside A Loop, co-written with her creative partner Dick Scanlan (who also directs, with Michael Mayer), she plays The Volunteer, an inspired, etc., comic actress sent to a maximum-security prison to conduct 12 weekly… Read

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‘Caesar’ Drama From Matt Lopez & John Glenn Gets ABC Put Pilot Commitment

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In a highly competitive situation, Caesar, a sprawling contemporary drama from Matt Lopez and John Glenn, has landed at ABC with a put pilot commitment. The project, which reimagines Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar in modern-day Los Angeles, is described as a tale of power, sex and revenge — themes right in ABC’s drama wheelhouse. On the show, the murder of the powerful Hispanic mayor sends shockwaves through the city’s elite circles — and launches the search for a… Read

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‘Chicago Med’ Taps Andrew Schneider & Diane Frolov As New Showrunners

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The Sopranos alums Andrew Schneider and Diane Frolov have been named executive producer and writing showrunners of NBC's upcoming drama series Chicago Med, the latest offshoot in Wolf Films/Universal TV's successful Chicago Fire franchise. They succeed Andrew Dettman who recently exited the new series after a brief stint. He will continue to develop projects for Universal TV. The appointment comes before Chicago Med is scheduled to go into production for a midseason bow… Read

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Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jason Schwartzman & Elisabeth Moss Pics Vie For Indie Crowds – Specialty Preview

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Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor heads to a postapocalyptic twist on the Garden of Eden in Z For Zachariah, the latest by indie vet Craig Zobel, which Roadside Attractions opens this weekend in two dozen markets. The title joins another hefty slate of limited releases heading to theaters this weekend. Screen Media Films opens 7 Chinese Brothers with Jason Schwartzman, Stephen Root and Olympia Dukakis in several cities, while Queen Of Earth starring Elisabeth Moss, Katherine… Read

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Sam Worthington And Ruth Wilson To Star In ‘The Titan’

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Sam Worthington and Ruth Wilson are set to star in The Titan, an elevated sci-fi feature produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones' AutomatikBen Pugh and Rory Aitken's 42 and Arash Amel. Lennart Ruff directs the project, based on a original story by Amel (Grace Of Monaco). Max Hurwitz (Hell On Wheels) has written the screenplay. Set in a not too distant future, the story tracks the journey of a military family who are relocated in order to take part in a ground-breaking… Read

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Fox News Channel Tops Primetime As Cable News Nets React Variously To On-Air Shooting

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CNN's flood-the-zone strategy with its on-air coverage of the Virginia TV crew killing yesterday brought it a 47% primetime news demo spike compared to its calendar year to date average. The cable news net jumped in primetime from 198,000 news demo viewers to 292K. But Fox News Channel, with a non-flood-the-zone news strategy in prime, jumped 48%, from 422K to 626K. FNC beat CNN and MSNBC (up 19% to 155K) combined. Similar story in overall audience, where Fox News was… Read

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Trevor Noah’s ‘Daily Show’ Hires Baratunde Thurston To Oversee Original Digital Production

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The Daily Show with Trevor Noah has hired Baratunde Thurston to oversee creation and production of original content for digital and social outlets. Calling it “this evolution of The Daily Show under new host Trevor Noah,” Comedy Central today announced Thurston will spearhead the creation and production of platform-specific original content that’s “organic to The Daily Show mission while expanding the series footprint across all digital and social platforms.” Thurston… Read

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Keegan-Michael Key On Ending ‘Key & Peele’ And Being Obama’s Anger Translator – Emmys

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Keegan-Michael Key received four Emmy nominations this year to add to the one he received last year, but in the mix is his first acting nom for his work on Comedy Central’s sketch series Key & Peele. (He has three writing noms and one for exec producing a Key & Peele short-format live-action program.) After three years and five seasons of relative obscurity—at least as far as the average Television Academy voter is concerned—it’s a nice milestone, coming quickly after an… Read

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Animation Guild Ratifies New 3-Year Contract

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Members of the Animation Guild have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new three-year contract with management. The new deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers includes 3% annual increases in contract minimums, no rollbacks and a 10% pension increase for those retiring after August 1, 2015. The contract covers some 3,100 members of IATSE Local 839 working in various aspects of the animation industry, including writers and directors, storyboard… Read