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‘SNL’s Michael Che Pontificates About Catcalling Video As Cable News Talks It Out (Video)

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A video posted to YouTube by an organization that fights street harassment against women became a talker on TV today. 10 Hours Of Walking In NYC As A Woman, in which a woman walking city streets is catcalled and harassed by men more than 100 times, including one who walks close by her side and makes comments about her for at least five minutes, had been viewed 11 million times by this afternoon. The video also has generate more than 40,000 comments, including rape and… Read

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‘The Wedding Planner’ Writers Team With Adam Shankman & Ellen Pompeo For Projects At Fox & ABC

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Pamela Falk and Mike Ellis, writers of the 2001 feature The Wedding Planner, have reunited with the film's director, Adam Shankman, for Marsha Goes To Jail, a half-hour comedy project that has sold to Fox. Additionally, the duo have sold American Marriage, an ensemble drama soap to ABC, produced by Ellen Pompeo. Described as a comedic Dangerous Minds, Marsha Goes To Jail is inspired by the life of Ellis' mother, also named Marsha, as a substitute teacher assigned to a… Read

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Drama Inspired By LA Defense Attorney Shawn Holley Set At NBC & Working Title

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Shawn Holley, the Los Angeles trial attorney best known for representing Lindsay Lohan during her recent legal troubles, serves as inspiration for an hourlong drama project at NBC from Universal TV and Working Title. Written by Power co-executive producer Lauren Schmidt, the untitled project delves into the life of a larger-than-life lawyer who possesses the unique ability to look beyond the first impressions and social biases against her clients and fight for their… Read

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Michael Bay In Talks To Helm Benghazi Pic

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Michael Bay is in negotiations to potentially helm 13 Hours at Paramount, based on the book Thirteen Hours: The Inside Account Of What Really Happened In Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff, which follows the true story of the events on September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked a U.S. State Department Special Mission Compound and a CIA station in Benghazi, Libya. A source close to the project said, “Bay read a first draft of the script and liked it.” There is no contract at… Read

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Kyra Sedgwick To Topline & Produce Kari Lizer Comedy For HBO

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In a power pairing, The New Adventures Of Old Christine creator Kari Lizer has teamed with The Closer star Kyra Sedgwick for a half-hour single-camera comedy project set up at HBO. Sedgwick is set to star and Lizer will write the untitled comedy, which the two will executive produce for Warner Bros. TV and Lizer's studio-based Kari's Logo Here banner. It centers on Kate (Sedgwick) who was a nun in the order of the Sisters of Mercy, San Mateo Chapter, but disillusioned by… Read

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Jill Duggar Wedding Drives Record 4.4M Viewers To ’19 Kids And Counting’

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TLC, still wiping the ick off its image — left there by the whole Here Comes Honey Boo Boo child molester storyline —  got some much-needed good news this afternoon. A series-record average of 4.4 million people tuned in last night to see 19 Kids And Counting's crazy-in-love virgins, Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard, get hitched — and perform their very first kiss and first fully sanctioned frontal hug. It was the No. 1 cable network of the night in total viewers and among… Read

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Coen Brothers’ ‘Hail, Caesar!’ To Bow February 2016

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Universal Pictures has slotted Joel and Ethan Coen's 1950s-set Hollywood film Hail, Caesar! for release February 5, 2016. Right now, it has the date to itself. Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill star in the pic that follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix. The Coen brothers wrote, direct and are producing under their Mike Zoss Prods banner… Read

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‘Nightcrawler’ Review: Pete Hammond On Jake Gyllenhaal’s Local News Creep

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo star in 'Nightcrawler,' about an unscrupulous videographer trolling the streets of Los Angeles for bloody crime-scene footage he can sell to a local TV news operation. It also stars Bill Paxton, James Huang and a raft of current and former Los Angeles TV news anchors and reporters, including Kent Shocknek, Pat Harvey and Sharon Tay. Watch my video review above for more about the film, but know that I think it features Gyllenhaal's best… Read

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‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Perks Up In Ratings Against Game 6 Of World Series, NBC Lineup Slips

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UPDATE PM: Person Of Interest (1.7 in 18-49) indeed rose a tenth in the finals, tying Chicago Fire for No.1 at 10 PM. The Flash also was adjusted up a tenth to hold steady with last week. Also getting upward adjustment of .1 were NCIS (2.6) and The Voice (2.9), while The Voice lead-out, new comedy Marry Me (1.5), slipped a tenth over a minute of Voice overrun to widen its Week 3 decline to 20%. PREVIOUS AM: The baseball gods finally smiled on Fox this fall. Saddled with a… Read

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‘Ex Machina’ Acquired By A24 For April 2015 Release

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A24 has acquired U.S. rights to Alex Garland's directorial debut Ex Machina and has set a release date of April 10, 2015. Garland, who penned 28 Days Later and Sunshine, also wrote the thriller, which stars Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander. The plot centers on a programmer (Gleeson) at an Internet-search giant who wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company's brilliant and reclusive CEO (Isaac). Upon his arrival, he… Read

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James Roday Signs with ICM Partners

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ICM Partners has signed Psych star James Roday. He is best known for his eight-season turn playing the lead, fake psychic Shawn Spencer, on the USA crime dramedy created by Steve Franks, also an ICM client.  The show and Roday developed a big following on social media and also were a top draw at Comic-Con. In addition to starring, Roday wrote and directed several episodes of Psych. Following the end of the series earlier this year, he wrote and directed Shoot The Moon for… Read

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