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Mike White’s ‘Mamma Dallas’ Pilot Script Moving Forward At HBO

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EXCLUSIVE: Mike White is back in business with HBO. I'm told the payweb has picked up the pilot script Mamma Dallas, which White wrote and will direct. The plan is to shoot first quarter of next year, and no cast is yet attached. HBO would not comment. White's previous HBO series was the critically beloved Laura Dern starrer Enlightened. UTA-repped White is scribbling on numerous films, and perhaps the highest-profile effort is his adaptation of Silver Linings Playbook… Read

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L.M. Kit Carson Is Dead: ‘Paris, Texas’ Writer, USA Film Fest Co-Founder

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An iconoclast in the worlds of independent film and journalism who embodied — and celibrated — Texas individualism, Carson died October 20 in Dallas following a long battle with osteoporosis and other illnesses. He was 73. A Dallas native whose career took him to Austin, Houston, New York, Los Angeles and many places far afield and in between, Lewis Minor Carson was best known as co-author with Sam Shepard of the Wim Wenders film Paris, Texas (Carson's official credit was… Read

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Rupert Murdoch Says Hollywood Needs Hulu To Compete With Netflix And Amazon: Video

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Actually, Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch says that the industry needs Hulu to be “a serious competitor” to the two leading subscription streaming services. The effort to build Hulu was delayed as Fox and Disney bickered over its mission, leading to an aborted auction last year. But the companies finally are “on the same page,” he told an audience today at the Wall Street Journal's WSJDLive confab in Laguna Beach, CA. They plan to “drive that as hard and as fast… Read

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Parker Davis Pranked, Minted Verve Agent

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EXCLUSIVE: Lit agency Verve has made it a tradition that when it mints new agents, the promotion comes right after a prank that is increasingly elaborate. Parker Davis, who started as intern in 2011 and had been assistant to Adam Levine, Bill Weinstein and others, was upped to agent on Friday. This after being utterly convinced that he was in for a long wait to be a commissioning deal maker. Davis was told two weeks ago that he needed to learn the international sandbox… Read

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Emile Hirsch & Zoë Kravitz Embrace Violent Love Story ‘Vincent-N-Roxxy’ – AFM

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Emile Hirsch and Zoë Kravitz have signed on to star in Vincent-N-Roxxy, an action crime drama written and to be directed by Gary Michael Schultz. Unified Pictures developed and will produce the pic, which follows two down-on-their-luck rebels who fall in love and fall apart when their violent pasts catch up with them. It begins shooting in December in Louisiana. WME is repping the pic's domestic rights, while Fortitude International will handle overseas sales at the… Read

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Jimmy Kimmel Going Full Hologram For CMA Awards Crossover

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Jimmy Kimmel is looking to capitalize on his network's broadcast of the CMA Awards, the same way he has with the Oscars. The late-night host said today that his November 5 show, following ABC's airing of the music trophy show, will feature Hologram Kimmel appearing on the CMAs stage in Nashville — as well as a hologrammed guest and musical act Florida Georgia Line, from Nashville, appearing at Kimmel's Hollywood studio. Hologram USA is doing the tech work on the episode… Read

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‘American Gigolo’ Series In Works At Paramount TV With Jerry Bruckheimer

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Paramount Television is pulling another marquee title from Paramount's movie library for a series adaptation with top original auspices attached. The company is developing a television adaptation of the film noir classic, American Gigolo, with Jerry Bruckheimer, who was a producer of the 1980 movie with Richard Gere and Lauren Hutton, executive producing. The film's director and writer, Paul Schrader, will serve as an executive consultant. "With its signature noir… Read

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‘Richie Rich’ Comedy Series Picked Up By Netflix For 2015

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Richie Rich, AwesomenessTV's live-action comedy series based on the classic cartoon character, has landed at Netflix. The streaming service will release the 21-episode series in the U.S., Canada and Latin America beginning early 2015. Richie Rich whose pilot was directed by Phill Lewis, is about the richest kid in the world. After making $1 trillion by inventing and selling a cool new green technology, Richie moves into a decked-out mansion and instantly starts living the… Read

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‘The Man Who Killed Usama Bin Laden’ Reveals Identity Of Shooter On Fox News Channel

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Fox News Channel will debut The Man Who Killed Usama Bin Laden, on November 11 and 12, described as an exclusive interview with the Navy SEAL who fired the shots that killed the terrorist leader. In the special, the man's identity will be revealed, and he will describe the events leading up to and during the raid that took place on May 1st, 2011. FNC says the Navy SEAL, known as "The Shooter," will share his story of training to be a member of America's elite fighting… Read

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Peter Pan Drama ‘The League Of Pan’ Set At Fox With Imagine TV & Andrew Miller

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League Of Pan, a modern day twist on Peter Pan, has landed at Fox with a script commitment plus penalty. The mystery drama hails from 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Imagine Television. Written by Andrew Miller, developer/executive produced of CW's The Secret Circle, League Of Pan is described as a grounded, edgy, soapy thriller featuring updated versions of all favorite Neverland characters. It picks up the Lost Boys fifteen years after they left Neverland. Now men… Read

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Roma Downey, Mark Burnett Land ‘The Women Of The Bible’ On Lifetime

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Add Lifetime to the rapidly growing list of TV networks ordering Bible projects from Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. Downey will narrate the two-hour special The Women Of The Bible, which Lifetime will debut leading into its December 7 world premiere of the network's biblical miniseries The Red TentThe Women of The Bible will retell stories from the Bible and feature interviews with “high profile women in the faith community,” the network said. The newly announced special… Read

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‘Ghost Hunters’, ‘Paranormal Witness’ Nail New Season Orders From Syfy

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Syfy has picked up a 10th season of Ghost Hunters and is bringing Paranormal Witness back for a fourth season.  Both paranormal series received 13-episode orders and will return in 2015. To date, Season 9 of Ghost Hunters has averaged 1.7 million total viewers, 841,000 demo viewers,  and 983,000 viewers in adults 25-54.  The two-hour, 200th reunion episode, which aired October 22, was watched by 1.3 million total viewers and was the No. 1  rated unscripted show of the… Read

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