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‘Midnight Rider’s Hillary Schwartz Separated From Colleagues’ Trial; Could Be Called As Witness


Midnight Rider‘s first assistant director Hillary Schwartz, who was seeking to have the criminal trespass and manslaughter charges against her dismissed in the on-set death of Sarah Jones, will have to wait until a later date to find out if that will be possible; her pre-trial hearing on that motion was continued. However, her lawyer succeeded in having her case severed from that of her former colleagues who have also been charged, which means that she could be called as… Read


‘The Killing’ Producer Tells FCC That Net Neutrality Will Protect Competition

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Veena Sud told regulators this morning that her experience with The Killing illustrates how an open Internet promotes media diversity. The AMC series almost didn’t make it to a third season until Netflix offered to help finance. “We were resurrected” and went on to tell “some of our best stories” including ones involving the death penalty, teenage homelessness and drug addiction. She added that streaming services including Netflix and Amazon offer different points of… Read

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‘Insurgent’ Tracking To Post $57M March Opening At Domestic Box Office


Tickets just went on sale yesterday at Fandango and for Lionsgate’s sequel The Divergent Series: Insurgenthowever, sources tell Deadline that the film is heading for a $57M three-day box office opening during its March 20-22 weekend. The estimate does not take into account advance ticket sales, but is based off industry tracking. Total awareness is high across men and women, however, females under 25 are showing the strongest interest at 83%. Total… Read


BAFTA Los Angeles Names Chantal Rickards To New CEO Post

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BAFTA's Los Angeles chapter has appointed Chantal Rickards as the organization's first Chief Executive Officer. Rickards' takes up her post on April 14 after relocating from London to LA. She will report to the BAFTA LA Board of Directors. The move to elect an LA CEO comes at a time when British film and television are on a high and British talent is flourishing. Notably, Rickards is a former TV exec who spent the last 27 years in senior positions in channel management… Read


Nick Nolte Comedy Nears Series Order At Epix, Ushering In Scripted Originals

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Epix is about to become an original series player. I have learned that the premium TV network/VOD service, backed by Viacom, Lionsgate, and MGM, is in negotiations for a 10-episode straight-to-series order for Graves, a half-hour comedy starring Nick Nolte as a former President of the United States. The project, created, executive produced and to be directed by Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) and executive produced by Oscar-winning producer Greg Shapiro (The Hurt… Read


‘Odyssey’ Crew Members Attacked And Hospitalized Filming In Morocco

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EXCLUSIVE: Two crew members working on NBC’s drama Odyssey have been attacked and hospitalized while filming in Morocco, Deadline has learned. A first assistant director and make-up artist were leaving a restaurant late at night near their apartment in Marrakech Plaza when a group of youths attempted to rob them. When the crew members defended themselves, a fight is believed to have broken out, leading to injuries that required medical treatment. “They had to go to… Read


‘CSI’ Goes Worldwide For Shot At The Guinness Book Of Records


Call this project CSI: Earth. CBS said today it will attempt on March 4 to break the Guinness World Record for Largest Ever TV Drama Simulcast. It plans a worldwide airing of the CSI episode "Kitty," which premiered in April 2014 as the planted spinoff for CSI: Cyber. The episode will air at 4 PM Pacific time in more than 150 countries and will be streamed in the U.S. on from 4 PM to midnight PT. The current record holder is the special 50th anniversary episode of… Read


Jon Stewart On Why He’s Leaving ‘Daily Show': Conservatives “Killing Me”

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Jon Stewart finally explained at length why he is leaving The Daily Show. He started by showing clips of reaction to his announcement from the right — mostly Fox News Channel, where Megyn Kelly is seen talking about how “nasty” Stewart got, with “no foothold in the facts.” He challenged FNC to a Lie Off. “Your distortions and lack of fact foothold against mine.” He presented a clip he called 50 Fox News Channel distortions and lies in a 6-second Vine and invited viewers… Read


Conan Tells Jon Stewart Why He Went To Cuba

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“President Obama announced that we were going to try and warm up relations a little bit with Cuba and I thought, ‘This is my chance! I want to get in before The View,” Conan O’Brien told Jon Stewart last night of his recent visit to the island nation where Conan shot an episode of his TBS late-night show. Cubans did not know who he was, but the Canadian and European tourists who’ve been coming to Cuba for years did recognize him, Conan said. “I wanted to go and do my… Read


AMC Networks International Operations Help It To Beat Q4 Earnings Expectations

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There are a lot of moving pieces in AMC Networks’ report, following its acquisitions of Chellomedia and BBC America. Still, investors likely will be pleased by the basic numbers at the home of popular series include Walking Dead and Better Call Saul : The programming company reported net income of $77.62 million, up 119% vs the last three months of 2013, on revenues of $609.4 million, up 40%. Analysts expected the top line to hit $602.4 million. Earnings from continuing… Read


‘A Little Chaos': Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet Stroll Versailles Gardens – Trailer


Alan Rickman directs and stars in A Little Chaos with Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Stanley Tucci and Jennifer Ehle. Rickman also co-wrote the story with Alison Deegan and Jeremy Brock. Winslet plays Madame Sabine De Barra, an unlikely candidate for landscape architect of the still‐to-be-completed Palace of Versailles. She has little time for the classical, ordered designs of the man who hires her, the famous architect Le Nôtre (Schoenaerts). However, as she works… Read


Amazon Prime In UK Deal For ‘Outlander'; Season 1 To Premiere March 26 – Video

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Although it’s already got a sizable fan base in the UK — and a production base in Scotland — Outlander has not previously been available to British viewers. Celebrating its first anniversary, Amazon Prime Instant Video has now made a deal for the sci-fi/fantasy hit. The first eight episodes of Season 1 will premiere on the service on March 26. The remaining episodes will then launch weekly beginning April 5, just hours after broadcast on Starz in the U.S. Amazon acquired O… Read