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Kurt Sutter Drama ‘Bastard Executioner’ Picked Up To Series By FX For Fall Launch

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Kurt Sutter’s follow-up drama to mega hit Sons Of Anarchy is officially a go at FX. The cable network has picked up Sutter’s gritty Late Middle Ages drama pilot The Bastard Executioner to series with a 10-episode order. The pickup to the project, from Imagine TV, Fox 21 TV Studios and FX Prods., comes just as the the pilot wrapped production in Wales. Filming on the series will resume there in the summer. A period drama, The Bastard Executioner tells the story of a… Read

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Michael Nyqvist Logs On For Indie Thriller ‘I.T.’ – Cannes

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EXCLUSIVE: Michael Nyqvist has joined the cast of I.T., the indie revenge thriller that Pierce Brosnan is toplining and producing. He joins a cast that’s shaping up to be a good one, with Brosnan, Stefanie Scott, James Frechville and Anna Friel already aboard. In the John Moore-directed pic, Brosnan plays a self-made man who has it all: A gorgeous wife, a beautiful teenage daughter and a sleek, state-of-the-art smart home. His company is on the verge of changing the… Read

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Ava DuVernay & Eli Roth Added To PGA’s Produced By Conference

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EXCLUSIVE: Ava DuVernay and Eli Roth are the latest additions to PGA's Produced By Conference, set for May 30-31 on the Paramount lot in Hollywood. The Selma producer-director will sit for A Conversation With Tyler Perry, and the horror veteran is set to moderate a panel on Blumhouse Productions. DuVernay is collaborating with Oprah Winfrey on Queen Sugar, an OWN series about a medical student who reinvents herself after her husband is sent to prison. She's also working… Read

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Giuseppe Tornatore Composing Ennio Morricone Documentary – Cannes

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EXCLUSIVE: Mandragora Group (Beyond The Hills) and Piano B Produzioni are teaming with helmer Giuseppe Tornatore for a documentary feature based on the life and work of legendary composer Ennio Morricone. Bobby Păunescu, Dragoṣ Săvulescu, George Shu and Serena Menarini are producing. Principal photography starts in August. Tornatore first collaborated with Morricone on Oscar winner Cinema Paradiso. He is shooting interviews for the doc in several locales and filming a… Read

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‘Wayward Pines’ Ratings Rise, ‘500 Questions’ Down, NBA Playoffs Up For ESPN

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The first night after the 2014-15 season, which of course ended Wednesday, was packed with encores, but there was also some very good intentions and a couple of second chances as well. The first of those second chances was the second week of Wayward Pines (1.2/4), which had a double-digit good night. Without the dramatic competition of the Scandal and The Blacklist season finales its premiere faced, the second episode of Fox’s 10-episode limited series saw a rise of 20%… Read

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LA Screenings: Which Were The Hot Titles

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After months of developing and producing pilots in a vacuum beyond internal and test screenings to small groups, the broadcast pilots just picked up to series got their first wide exposure this week when they were shown to hundreds of international buyers in town for the annual LA Screenings. Like everything in the TV business, the LA Screenings also have evolved — once devoted entirely to sampling the new broadcast product unveiled at the upfronts the prior week, they… Read

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‘Serial Thriller’ Trailer: ID’s First Original Scripted Drama Tracks A Sadistic Killer

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EXCLUSIVE: True-crime channel Investigation Discovery is getting into the original scripted drama business with Serial Thriller: Angel Of Decay, and here’s a first look at the three-night miniseries premiering in June. Seems a “magnetic, charming” guy is dispatching lovely young women in the Pacific Northwest in the 1970s. The terrorized community looks to a pair of local police investigators to examine some gory crime scenes and figure out who is behind the bloodshed… Read

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‘Mad Men’ Series Finale Hits Viewership & 25-54 Highs In Live+3 Results

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AMC said that they weren't going to be talking ratings for the end of the Matthew Weiner drama until the Live+3 numbers came in. And despite that very serious look on Don Draper’s meditating face, they are probably really glad today that they did. While May 17 finale of Mad Men hit season-ender demo and viewership highs in Live+Same Day results, the Live+3 numbers have the much hyped and very heavily promoted departure jumping double-digits and breaking viewership and… Read

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CBS’ ‘Supergirl’ Latest Superhero Project To Leak Online

LOGLINE: Focuses on Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El, who shares his super powers and vulnerability to Kryptonite. She is just beginning to use her abilities. Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

A high-quality copy of the pilot for CBS' new drama series Supergirl leaked to pirate sites early this morning according to German all-things-piracy-tracking firm Excipio. The news immediately made CBS look 15 years younger/hipper. Piracy is a serious issue and don’t try it at home. CBS and Warner Bros Television decline to comment. The leak comes about six months before the series is set to debut in November on Monday nights, according to the primetime schedule CBS unveil… Read

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Memorial Service Set For Barbara Dreyfus

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UPDATED with memorial information: A celebration of life memorial for Barbara Dreyfus, who died May 15, is set for May 27 at 10 AM at the Wilshire Ebell Club in Los Angeles. In lieu of flowers, her family later will name a charitable organization for donations. PREVIOUSLY, May 15: Barbara Dreyfus, a longtime agent who left UTA last year to join filmmaker Will Packer as the head of his production company, was found dead at her home this morning. Details are sketchy, but… Read

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‘Tomorrowland’ Limited Release While ‘Poltergeist’ Grabs Strong $1.4M – Box Office Thursday

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UPDATE, Friday 7:52 AM: Disney just reported for Tomorrowland with $725K from its limited run in what they’ve been calling 701 “premium/palace locations” (which means IMAX and PLF screens) with a nice $1,077 per screen average. Had they played the film on a greater number of screens — in the 2,500 to 3,000 range — they would have ended up with a nice Thursday preview in the millions of dollars. But they didn’t. So the if-they-had scenarios ($2.7M to $3.2M is being tossed… Read

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Joel McHale Drafted To Host ESPYs

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The one-time footballer will emcee the July 15 fundraiser, ESPN’s annual that-was-the-year-in-sports event to be broadcast live by ABC for the first time. Maura Mandt and MaggieVision Productions are exec producing the 23rd annual trophy show. Best known as lawyer-turned-student Jeff Winger from Community and last year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner ringmaster, McHale will be joined by top athletes and celebrities to commemorate the past year in sports by… Read