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Geoff Stults To Write, Possibly Star In Comedy For CBS Produced By Will Gluck

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From an Army solder to a firefighter. Enlisted star Geoff Stults is set to co-write a multi-camera comedy for CBS as a potential starring vehicle for himself. This marks the first writing gig for the actor, who will co-pen the script with his writing partner, Dave Whatley. Comedy veterans Joe Port and Joe Wiseman will supervise the script and serve as showrunners. The four will executive produce with Will Gluck and Richie Schwartz for Sony TV, Gluck's Sony-based Olive… Read

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Seth MacFarlane To Host Breakthrough Prize Ceremony

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Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, but also, executive producer of Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odysseywill host the Breakthrough Prize - honoring some of the world's best scientists in physics, math and life sciences with $3 million awards funded by some of technology's biggest names - during its November 9 ceremony in Silicon Valley. The event will be televised simultaneously by the Discovery Channel and the Science Channel on November 15, and BBC World News will air the ceremony… Read

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John Boorman’s Last Film Picked Up By BBC Worldwide North America

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The last film from the director of Deliverance has found a domestic partner. BBC Worldwide North America said today that it has acquired rights to John Boorman's Queen And Country. Not to be confused with the Ellen Page spy starrer Queen & Country from Chernin Entertainment, Boorman's pic is a portrait of post-WWII England, a time of National Service and continued rationing. David Thewlis, X-Men First Class' Caleb Landry Jones and Ripper actor Callum Turner star. In many… Read

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CBS Buys Public Health Director Drama From Neal Baer & Dan Truly

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With Ebola fears gripping the nation, the importance of public health officials is rising fast. Under The Dome showrunner Neal Baer and the series' consulting producer Dan Truly will tackle the subject with a drama project at CBS. Co-written by Baer and Truly, the untitled drama centers on LA's female Director of Public Health who handles everything from large scale health scares from bad drugs or bio terrorism to irate celebs getting bad health ratings on their vanity… Read

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Dominique Tipper, Wes Chatham, More, Round Out ‘The Expanse’

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Syfy and Alcon TV have finalized the cast for upcoming 10-episode space drama The Expanse. Dominique Tipper (Vampire Academy), Cas Anvar (Olympus), and Wes Chatham (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) have signed on as series regulars. Additionally, Jonathan Banks (Community, Breaking Bad), Paulo Costanzo (Royal Pains), and Jay Hernandez (Nashville, Gang Related) will appear as guest stars in the thriller's first season, which has begun shooting in Toronto. They join previously… Read

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XES Toppers Nancy Tellem & Jordan Levin Out In Microsoft’s Last Wave Of Layoffs

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Time ran out for XBox Entertainment Studios President Nancy Tellem and EVP Jordan Levin in their efforts to keep Microsoft's entertainment unit alive by finding another partner. The final wave of layoffs at Microsoft today, in which 3,000 positions were eliminated, included Tellem, Levin and their skeleton crew left at XES. The shutdown of XES was announced in July, when Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella outlined the company's plans to cut 18,000 jobs for the largest layoffs in… Read

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‘Dragon 2′ Helps DreamWorks Animation Beat Q3 Earnings Expectations – Live Blog

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DreamWorks Animation shares are up about 5.5% post-market after it delivered a mixed, but for the most part upbeat, Q3 earnings report. The studio generated $11.9 million in net income, +18.5% vs. the period last year, on revenues of $180.9 million, +17%. Revenues were short of the $182.7 million that analysts forecast. But earnings per share, at 14 cents, were well ahead of projections for 8 cents. “Driving the Company's third-quarter results is the blockbuster… Read

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George Clooney’s ‘Hack Attack’ To Be Adapted By ‘Theory Of Everything’ Scribe Anthony McCarten

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EXCLUSIVE: The Theory Of Everything writer-producer Anthony McCarten is in talks to adapt the Nick Davies bestseller Hack Attack for Sony Pictures, George Clooney and his Smoke House partner Grant Heslov. Clooney, the son of a journalist who helmed the high-water-mark-in-journalism Edward R. Murrow film Good Night, And Good Luck, plans to direct a film that looks at the seamy side of the craft. The film focuses on the scandalous practice of how British tabloids routinely… Read

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Metallica To Rock The ‘Late Late Show’ House For A Week

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The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson is starting its final sweep period in a few days. What would boost the CBS show in its final weeks? Enter Metallica. The veteran metal band will do a weeklong residency as the program's musical guest from November 17-21, and the quartet will sit for an interview with Craig Ferguson on Night 1. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group is plugging the 10-year anniversary reissue of its documentary Some Kind Of Monster along with a new… Read

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Mike White’s ‘Mamma Dallas’ Pilot Script Moving Forward At HBO

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EXCLUSIVE: Mike White is back in business with HBO. I'm told the payweb has picked up the pilot script Mamma Dallas, which White wrote and will direct. The plan is to shoot first quarter of next year, and no cast is yet attached. HBO would not comment. White's previous HBO series was the critically beloved Laura Dern starrer Enlightened. UTA-repped White is scribbling on numerous films, and perhaps the highest-profile effort is his adaptation of Silver Linings Playbook… Read

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L.M. Kit Carson Is Dead: ‘Paris, Texas’ Writer, USA Film Fest Co-Founder

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An iconoclast in the worlds of independent film and journalism who embodied — and celibrated — Texas individualism, Carson died October 20 in Dallas following a long battle with osteoporosis and other illnesses. He was 73. A Dallas native whose career took him to Austin, Houston, New York, Los Angeles and many places far afield and in between, Lewis Minor Carson was best known as co-author with Sam Shepard of the Wim Wenders film Paris, Texas (Carson's official credit was… Read

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