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Viola Davis & Debra Martin Chase Produce Drama Based On Prosecutor Kym Worthy

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Viola Davis, who portrays tough-as-nails law professor/defense attorney Annalise Keating on ABC's breakout hit How To Get Away With Murder, is set to produce another ABC drama project about a powerful female lawyer, this time on the other side of the courtroom aisle. Davis and her producing partner Julius Tennon have teamed with producer Debra Martin Chase (Sparkle) for Conviction, a legal drama inspired by the life of Kym Worthy, the chief prosecutor of Wayne County, MI… Read

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Sony Hacker Paralysis Reaches Day Two – Update

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2ND UPDATE: This Sony computer hacking episode isn't over. The corporation's computers are still down, in New York, overseas and on the Culver City lot of Sony Pictures, for the second day. IT experts are still working to figure out how the breach happened, and to stop a repeat. It is never opportune for something like this to interrupt a corporation's hard work, but Thanksgiving week is probably not the worst time for it. Here's the official line: “Sony Pictures… Read

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Parminder Nagra & Jessalyn Gilsig To Co-Star In ‘Evil Men’ USA Pilot

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ER and Blacklist alumna Parminder Nagra and Glee and Vikings' Jessalyn Gilsig are set to co-star opposite Dallas Roberts and Clifton Collins Jr. in Evil Men, USA Network's supernatural drama pilot, from CBS TV Studios and Universal Cable Prods. Written by Daniel Taplitz and directed by Gary Fleder, the project follows Harry Killas (Roberts), an upstanding, middle-class family man whose life is turned upside down when he is approached by a frighteningly powerful entity and… Read

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‘Suits’, ‘Sirens’ January Premiere Dates Set On USA

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USA Network has announced its flagship drama Suits will return for the remainder of its fourth season on January 28 and the second season of half-hour comedy Sirens premieres on January 27 with two back-to-back episodes as part of the network's Tuesday night comedy block. Suits' midseason premiere picks up from the cliffhanger, with Louis (Rick Hoffman) gaining the leverage needed to finally achieve his ultimate goal -- becoming a partner of the firm. From Universal Cable… Read

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Ferguson Grand Jury Decision: CNN & Fox News Reporters Attacked On-Air; Networks Go Live To Obama Remarks Over No Indictment – Update

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4th UPDATE, 10:27 PM: It's after midnight in Ferguson now but looks like reporters are still fair game for some. In the middle of a talkback with CNN's Jake Tapper just a few minutes ago correspondent Sara Sidner was hit in the head by a rock that someone threw at her. "Sorry I just got hit by a rock," said the tough reporter before going straight into describing the burnt out scene around her. "I'm OK, I'm OK, I've been hit by much worse in my day." Sidner went on to… Read

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International Emmys: UK’s ‘Utopia’ Wins Best Drama Series

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The UK's Utopia was hailed as Best Drama Series tonight at the 42nd annual International Emmy Awards, and Belgium's What If? won Best Comedy. Game Of Thrones star Stephen Dillanewon Best Performance by an Actor for UK drama The Tunnel, and Bianca Krijgsman took the actress award for the Netherlands' The New World. The UK series won awards tonight; no other country took two. Not to be confused with the ill-fated social experiment reality format that was recently cancelled… Read

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Raul Bocanegra, Co-Author Of California Tax Incentives Bill, Officially Loses Assembly Seat

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The last votes finally have been counted, and Raul Bocanegra — who co-authored the bill to increase California's Film & Television Tax Credit Program this year — has gone down to defeat. The final tally in the race to represent California's 39th Assembly District shows political newcomer Patty Lopez receiving 22,750 votes to Bocanegra's 22,283. All that remains is for the Secretary of State to certify the election results, considered a mere formality.  On Election Night… Read

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Broadway’s Lesli Margherita Joins ‘One Shot'; Eddie Marsan Cast In ‘The Blunderer’ Adaptation

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EXCLUSIVE: Olivier Award-winning stage star Lesli Margherita has joined Taye Diggs and Topher Grace in One Shot, the movie musical about a failed performer-turned-stage manager (Grace) struggling to keep his latest show from imploding on opening night. Broadway and West End vet Margherita will play Brandy, a brassy resident chorus girl who makes a bet with the flamboyant Malcolm (Diggs) to see who'll bed a hunky new cast member first. Margherita is currently on Broadway… Read

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Katniss Hot With $154.3M, ‘Interstellar’ Logs $330.6M: Int’l B.O. – Update

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5TH UPDATE, MONDAY 6:05 PM PT: Actuals have poured in from the studios with the weekend's big bird Mockingjay — Part I whistling a fine $154.3 million. Worldwide, the third installment of YA rebel Katniss Everdeen stands at $276.2M. The other major global player, Interstellar, came up slightly higher after Sunday was officially tallied with $71.1M vs a projected $70M. There were no major fluctuations on the rest of the films in the marketplace apart from the usual… Read

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‘Cristela’ Gets Full-Season Order By ABC

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Cristela's Cinderella story continues with a Back 9 pickup by ABC, bringing the Latino family sitcom's freshman order to full-season 22. Cristela becomes only the second new comedy series this season to receive a full-season order so far, joining another ABC freshman ethnic family comedy, Black-ish. (NBC half-hour newcomer Marry Me received a partial back order.) Cristela was one of the surprises this past pilot season. Filmed on a shoestring budget, the multi-camera… Read

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Novel Fan Deal Sends ‘American Music Awards’ To Massive Twitter TV Ratings

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A novel fan-engagement deal with Twitter helped send the American Music Awards screaming to the top of Nielsen's Twitter TV charts this week, with a whopping 5.6 million tweets reaching nearly 10.3 million people. On the sports side of the ratings, the NFL returned to its usual chart hegemony after a down week, this time snaring eight of the top 10 spots. The numbers may not be a record but they far exceeded anything else happening not only in the past week but in the… Read

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Benderspink Plots ‘Drafted’ Sci-Fi Comic Book Movie

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EXCLUSIVE: Benderspink Productions has locked a long-in-the-making deal to develop Mark Powers' critically acclaimed comic series Drafted. The sci-fi epic feature project will follow the story of Earth's first contact with aliens who arrive to warn humanity of an impending intergalactic invasion. Men, women, and children are conscripted into the battle to save both races' existence, but just as the invaders are defeated, humans learn they may have been helping the wrong… Read

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