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Bill Hader Joins Steven Spielberg’s Giant Film ‘The BFG’

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EXCLUSIVE: Bill Hader has joined the case Steven Spielberg directed The BFG and will star as one of the giants in the tale about a little girl who leads a friendly giant and the Queen of England on an adventure to stop other mean giants from gobbling up others. The project is being co-financed by Walden Media and is co-producing with DreamWorks Studios. The project will shoot in Vancouver. The adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1982 kids novel of the same name was completed by… Read

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‘Happyish’ Gets Preview After ‘Shameless’ Finale On Showtime

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Showtime will sneak the pilot for its new comedy Happyish on Sunday, April 5, following the season finale of hit dramedy Shameless. The move should provide solid sampling for the new series as Shameless is one of the premium cabler’s highest-rated series and has a similar offbeat sensibility as the newcomer. Showtime is expected also to put the Happyish pilot on multiple digital platforms ahead of its premiere for additional sampling, something the network does with all… Read

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Katharine McPhee Signs With ICM Partners

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Katharine McPhee, who co-stars on CBS’ freshman spy drama Scorpion, has signed with ICM Partners. She had been with WME. McPhee was a runner-up on American Idol in Season 5 and got her big acting break in NBC’s Broadway musical drama Smash, the big-budget effort that was cancelled after two seasons despite lots of love from the network.  She has also done film (The House Bunny) and TV (Community, CSI: NY), and then hooked up with Scorpion, based on the life of genius… Read

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‘Big Bang’s Simon Helberg Is Meryl Streep’s Pianist In Stephen Frears-Directed ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’

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EXCLUSIVE: The Big Bang Theory star Simon Helberg has just been set to star alongside Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in Florence Foster Jenkins, the Pathe-financed film that Stephen Frears will next direct. It’s a true story and Streep plays the title character, a wealthy woman in high-society NYC in the early 2oth century who used her relationships and her fortune to gain traction as a singer. Trouble was, she couldn’t sing; she was plagued by terrible pitch and rhythm and… Read

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NBC Orders ‘First Dates’ Docu-Reality Series Produced By Ellen DeGeneres

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NBC has picked up First Dates, an eight-episode reality series based on a format from Shed Media’s Twenty Twenty banner. The hourlong series will be produced by Shed Media, which is part of Warner Bros. TV’s alternative department, and Ellen DeGeneres’ WBTV-based A Very Good Production. First Dates is described as an observational documentary series that takes an authentic look at a variety of real first dates happening over one night at the same restaurant. Casting is… Read

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Jon Stewart Sends Jason Jones On His Way To TBS

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Jon Stewart last night celebrated Jason JonesThe Daily Show career on the longtime correspondent’s final night with the Comedy Central late-night show. “The one thing that was always — nothing makes my job easier than knowing there is someone there who I can always go to, and always count on, and who’s going to deliver the funny, the smart, the everything,” Stewart said. “You were always that dude. I thank you very much.” (Watch the video above.) Last month, TBS… Read

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Bond Girl Lea Seydoux Signs With WME

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EXCLUSIVE: WME just signed Lea Seydoux, who went from starring in the racy Cannes Palme d’Or winner Blue Is The Warmest Color to shooting the next 007 film Spectre alongside Daniel Craig. She recently wrapped the Yorgos Lanthimos-diurected The Lobster alongside Rachel Weisz, Colin Farrell and John C. Reilly and last year starred in Bertrand Bonello's Saint Laurent, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and Christophe Gans' Beauty And The Beast. The French actress had… Read

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Hal Prince Will Stage New Musical World Premiere Next Season

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The all-time Tony-wining champ (21) will direct The Band’s Visit for off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company next spring. It’s based on Eran Kolirin’s award-winning 2007 film about an Egyptian police band stranded in a remote Israeli desert village before a concert meant to inaugurate an Arab arts center. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, the unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals as their lives become intertwined in unexpected ways. Among other… Read

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Gillian Flynn Joins Steve McQueen To Script New Regency Heist Thriller

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EXCLUSIVE: After she adapted her novel Gone Girl for New Regency, Gillian Flynn has been set by the financier/producer to join 12 Years A Slave helmer Steve McQueen to co-write a heist thriller that McQueen will direct. Deal was made by New Regency president/CEO Brad Weston, and the thriller is based on the 2002 British miniseries Widows, which was written by Prime Suspect‘s Lynda La Plante. That mini focused on a caper gone wrong, where four armed robbers get killed in a… Read

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‘Southpaw’ Trailer: Jake Gyllenhaal’s Gritty Boxing Pic Could Be A Knockout

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Here is the result of Jake Gyllenhaal’s hard work transforming his body into Junior Middleweight champ Billy “The Great” Hope for Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw, the Kurt Sutter- and Richard Wenk-scripted pic that the Weinstein Company will release July 31. Gyllenhaal dropped jaws in November when the first photo from the movie was released, showing he had gained 15 pounds of pure muscle to leave his Nightcrawler character — for which he earned a Golden Globe nom — well in the… Read

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‘Spectre’ Bonding With Imax In November

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The 24th James Bond film Spectre from Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures will be released in Imax when it hits theaters worldwide on November 6. The previous 007 pic Skyfall also received the Imax treatment and grossed $12.75M during its opening weekend in 320 U.S./Canada Imax hubs, which repped 14% of its $88.4M opening weekend. At that time, the actioner’s $40K theater average marked Imax’s best nonsummer opening… Read