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Showtime To Adapt U.K. Mini ‘The Driver’ As Drama Series Starring David Morrissey

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Showtime is developing an American drama series version of the three-part BBC One thriller miniseries The Driver. David Morrissey, who starred in and executive produced the UK mini, is set to reprise his role and topline the Showtime project, which he also will executive produce. Justified executive producer Taylor Elmore will pen the adaptation with the original’s writer Danny Brocklehurst. CBS TV Studios, where Elmore is under an overall deal, is the studio. Co-created… Read

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Comedy Central’s Digital Development Studio Unveils 2015 Slate

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Comedy Central’s CC: Studios – the in-house creative division for the development of original digital comedy — today unveiled its 2015 slate, including a new series premiere, two returning series and five shows in development. The slate includes renewals of Six Guys One Car from YouTube stars Dormtainment, and New Timers, following two low-key friends that remain unchanged and unfazed by a post-apocalyptic Brooklyn. New series include projects featuring Matt Braunger as… Read

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UTA Signs ‘Imitation Game’s Matthew Beard

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EXCLUSIVE:  He helped crack the almost uncrackable Enigma Code in the Morten Tyldum directed Oscar nominee and now he's taking a big crack at Hollywood with some heavyweight help. Having signed with agency, Matthew Beard will now be joining fellow The Imitation Game actor Benedict Cumberbatch at UTA. Having also recently also signed up with Perri Kipperman at Kipperman Management, the BAFTA and recent SAG Awards nominee will continue to repped by Troika in the UK. It's… Read

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Disney Junior Launching ‘Sofia The First’ Spinoff ‘Elena Of Avalor’ In 2016

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The animated spinoff from Sofia The First, Elena Of Avalor centers on Princess Elena of Avalor, a confident and compassionate teenager in an enchanted fairytale kingdom inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore, Disney Junior said today. The title character will be introduced in a special episode of mothership series Sofia The First, in a story arc that will usher in the 2016 launch. Princess Elena will be voiced by ABC Family’s Young & Hungry star Aimee Carrero… Read

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Producer Ash Atalla Inks First-Look Deal With HBO

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British TV producer Ash Atalla and his production company Roughcut Television have signed a two-year first-look deal with HBO. Under the pact, Atalla already is working on his first project, serving as an executive producer on the pay cable network’s comedy pilot starring Sarah Silverman as a pathologically honest woman having a modern midlife crisis, which was written by Secret Diary Of A Call Girl creator Lucy Prebble. Additionally, Roughcut will develop new projects… Read

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‘Ted 2′ Trailer: Sequel Seems To Have The Bear Necessities

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Universal Pictures and MRC’s first Ted in 2012 created a bull market with Seth MacFarlane’s teddy bear with a mouth of a truck driver, with a global gross of $549.4 million easily securing a sequel. Now comes the first look at Ted 2, which features Ted marrying his sweetheart and taking on the U.S. justice system to prove he’s human so they can adopt (this after a failed sperm bank visit with his best buddy Mark Wahlberg). Amanda Seyfried and Jessica Barth… Read

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Sam Waterston To Play Prospero In Central Park; Will Katherine W. Play Miranda?

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Probably not, but how cool would it be for the recently departed The Newsroom‘s recently-deceased Charlie Skinner to play magician-dad to his real-life daughter and Inherent Vice star playing his love-struck spawn in the Shakespeare valedictory this summer in Central Park? Sam Waterston, long identified with the New York Shakespeare Festival and most recently King Lear in a production there, will play Prospero this summer in The Tempest, the first of two free Shakespeare… Read

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Crowd-Funders Laud ‘Dear White People’ Gross But Guess What? Tchotkes Make Distribs Groan

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Crowd funder Indiegogo is claiming that a film it helped birth, the Sundance award winner Dear White People, is now the top crowd funded grosser with $4.4 million, besting the $3.6 million gross by Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here. At the same time, I am hearing more and more from the distributors that buy these films that they hate crowd funded fare, because when they buy a film, they inherit the fulfillment responsibilities of promises made by filmmakers to benefactors… Read

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‘Terminator Genisys’ Trailer: Super Action Ahead Of Super Bowl

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Paramount Pictures and Skydance are planning a big splash with a Super Bowl ad for its “reset” of the Terminator franchise. Here’s the trailer that just dropped for Terminator Genisys starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (young and older), Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney as new versions of the Machine-Sarah Connor-Kyle Reese trio, as well as Jason Clarke, and J.K. Simmons. Alan Taylor directed. Check it out and let’s see how they cut this up Sunday for the 30-second… Read

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Mindy Kaling Signs With CAA

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CAA has signed writer-actress Mindy Kaling. The creator, executive producer and star of Fox's The Mindy Project had been without agency representation since leaving UTA in April. Kaling was a breakout on NBC's The Office, where she started in the writers room at age 24, before segueing to create her own series. Her recent features include This Is The End, Wreck-It Ralph, The Five-Year Engagement and the upcoming Inside Out. She wrote best-selling memoir Is Everyone Hanging… Read

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‘Empire’ Viewership Hits High, ‘Mentalist’ & ‘Idol’ Down, ‘The 100′ Rises

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There was more drama, more Mommy issues, more Naomi Campbell and more lack of brotherly love on Empire (4.3/12) last night. All of which meant there were a lot of eyeballs on the Lee Daniels and Danny Strong-created freshman hit. Not only was Empire almost right on the money of last week's demo high with just a 2% dip, but it actually hit a viewership high with 11.3 million tuning in. That made it the most watched show of the night with a 4% rise over last week. Among… Read