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CBS Orders Military Family Drama Pilot ‘Four Stars’ Directed By RJ Cutler

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CBS has ordered Four Stars, a drama pilot from playwright/TV writer Becky Mode, CBS TV Studios, and studio-based Timberman/Beverly Productions. RJ Cutler is set to direct the pilot, written by Mode. Four Stars centers on two powerful rival families in the military community of Tampa, Florida who make decisions at the highest levels in the interest of national security. Mode and Cutler executive produce alongside Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly. Mode, Timberman and… Read

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Fox Orders Workplace Comedy Pilot

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Fox has given a pilot order to an untitled single-camera workplace comedy from writer-actress Laura Steinel (Red Oaks). The League co-creator Jeff Schaffer has been tapped to direct. The project, from 20th Century Fox TV, enters around Jane, who is caught between trying to manage her charmingly incompetent human resources department and a new eccentric CEO who dreams of bringing the New Jersey plastics plant into the future. Steinel penned the script in her pilot writing… Read

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‘Chappaquiddick’ Filmmakers Option ‘Woman Who Shot At Gerald Ford’ Book

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EXCLUSIVE: Producers Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan, who are developing the indie feature Chappaquiddick, just optioned the film rights to Geri Spieler's award-winning book, Taking Aim At The President: The Remarkable Story Of The Woman Who Shot At Gerald Ford. Spieler's book is the true account of Sara Jane Moore, who unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate President Ford and remains the only woman in U.S. history to fire a bullet at a sitting president. Lynette “Squeaky”… Read

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‘Southbound’ Exclusive Clip: Sins, Fear & Strangers Haunt The Open Road

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The anthology horror pic Southbound has been making waves on the festival circuit since its TIFF debut in September, but it finally sees theatrical release Friday from The Orchard. That’s good news for horror fans but terrible news for the film’s protagonists, whose mistakes and bad actions come back to haunt them in a series of five interlocking morality plays set on a desolate stretch of desert highway. Part Tales From The Crypt and part Twilight Zone, the film features… Read

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‘Spotlight’ Kicks Off Vatican Clerical Sex Abuse Commission

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As the Tom McCarthy-directed Spotlight heads toward $40 million U.S. gross and rolls out overseas, the Best Picture nominee continues to have an impact on the disclosure of predator priests. Dioceses in Australia, Minneapolis and Washington State are among those that have made public the kinds of records that the Boston Globe Spotlight team won a Pulitzer Prize exposing in Boston. Today, a Vatican commission on clerical sex abuse started the proceedings with a private… Read

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Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Making $10 Million+ HarperCollins Memoir Deal

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EXCLUSIVE: Who said there is no upside being on the wrong side of Donald Trump? Fox News Channel star Megyn Kelly is closing on a deal with HarperCollins to write a book at what sources said is in the range of a whopping $10 million for world rights. Her reps are denying that number — I heard it’s closer to $11 million — but they confirm she has made the deal for a book to be published in the fall. They’re not calling it a memoir, but that’s what I heard on the book… Read

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Dave Mirra Dies: X Games Legend & Former MTV Host Was 41

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Updated with statement from Mirra’s family. David Michael “Dave” Mirra, a legend in the extreme sports world as a BMX athlete who hosted two seasons of MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge and later became a business owner and rally car driver died today in Greenville, North Carolina. Local law enforcement have confirmed Mirra was found earlier this afternoon in his truck, dead from a gunshot wound in an apparent suicide. He was 41. Mirra received medals in every X Game… Read

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‘The Interestings’: Jessica Collins & Corey Cott Join Amazon Drama Pilot

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Jessica Collins (Rubicon, Zero Dark Thirty) and Corey Cott (Public Morals) have booked series regular roles on Amazon pilot The Interestings, from Sony TV's TriStar Television. Written by Nip/Tuck alums Lyn Greene and Richard Levine and directed by Mike Newell, The Interestings is described as a grounded. character-driven drama based on Meg Wolitzer's novel about a group of friends who meet at an arts camp when they're 15 in 1974. The series chronicles their relationships… Read

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Scott Mann To Direct Thriller ‘Final Score’; Mr Smith Boards ‘Ain’t No Half Steppin’ & More – EFM Briefs

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A general view of the stadium before the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Everton played at The Boleyn Ground, London on November 7th 2015
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UPDATE with more news: Scott Mann (Heist) has been attached to direct Final Score, an action thriller set during a major sporting event when the stadium is seized by a group of heavily armed criminals demanding ransom. An ex-soldier must save the 35,000 in the crowd — one of which is the daughter of his fallen comrade. The script is from the Brothers Lynch. Highland Film Group will executive producer and handle international sales rights at the upcoming European Film… Read

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Peter Bart: Would Studio Titans Of Old Be Bewildered By Coen Brothers’ Hollywood Frolic?

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At a climactic moment in Hail, Caesar! — the droll new comedy (or almost comedy) by Joel and Ethan Coen set in vintage Hollywood — a studio chief (Josh Brolin) shouts at a struggling George Clooney, "Go out there and be a star." The problem is that Clooney plays the star both of Hail, Caesar! and of the absurd Biblical epic that takes place within Hail, Caesar! (the movie-within-a-movie), but he has been kidnapped by a band of Communist intellectuals…well, I'm not going… Read

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Viacom Reinforces Culture Of Cronyism With CEO As Chairman: Commentary

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Every time you think Viacom’s board couldn’t be more indifferent to the people it’s supposed to represent, along comes a day like today. With the company’s ailing 92-year-old controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone stepping aside as executive chairman, the board had a chance to acknowledge Wall Street and employees’ concerns about Viacom’s prospects by giving the job to an independent director. That would have signaled that board members might entertain fresh ideas about… Read