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Fresh Face: Thomasin McKenzie Blazes A Trail With ‘Leave No Trace’

 WHO Thomasin McKenzie Age: 18 Hometown: Wellington, New Zealand  WHAT In Debra Granik's Leave No Trace, McKenzie is Tom, daughter to Ben Foster's PTSD-affected Will. Unable to cope with society, Will has carved out a subsistence off-grid life with Tom in wooded parkland outside of Portland, Oregon, until authorities intervene and threaten their isolated idyll. Those survival skills are also the real deal. "We learned about what things you can find in the forest to eat,"… Read

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First Lady Of The United States Drama Produced By Michael Weatherly & Eric Christian Olsen In Works At CBS

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Bull star Michael Weatherly and NCIS: Los Angeles co-star Eric Christian Olsen have teamed to produce First Lady, a provocative drama, which has been put in development at CBS. Written/executive produced by Jessica Grasl (Designated Survivor)First Lady centers around the beloved First Lady of the United States, who, determined to reclaim her life, does the unthinkable — she divorces her husband while he's still in office and uses her prominence to become an advocate for… Read

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Buchwald Adds Ryan Andrews As Agent, Promotes Four In New York & L.A.

Buchwald has brought on Ryan Andrews as a Branding/Digital Crossover Agent in the Los Angeles office, and promoted four to Agent in the New York and L.A. offices. Andrews moves to Buchwald from Untitled Entertainment, where he previously was a digital manager. In the New York office, coordinators Delsey Attardi, Casey Rabin and Courtney Walton were promoted to Agent. Attardi, who was recently featured in this year's issue of Variety Magazine's 10 Assistants to Watch, was… Read

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ATX Television Festival Teams With Southwest Airlines For Pitch Competition

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ATX Television Festival's seventh annual Pitch Competition has issued a call for submissions, and has a new wrinkle – sponsored transportation and accommodations for its Top 10 finalists. The event, being held June 6-9 in Austin, Texas, provides an opportunity for undiscovered writers to showcase their talent, along with providing access to TV's top decision-makers. ATX's focus is the celebration of the television medium – looking back at its history, where it is now, and… Read

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The Rosenzweig Group Signs Desmond Chiam, L. Scott Caldwell, Troy Gentile & Emily Coutts

Desmond Chiam (The Shannara Chronicles), L. Scott “Scotty” Caldwell (Lost), Troy Gentile (The Goldbergs) and Emily Coutts (Star Trek: Discovery) have signed with The Rosenzweig Group for management. Chiam played General Riga on The Shannara Chronicles, and will be seen in Now Apocalypse, Starz’s upcoming half-hour comedy series from from creator/executive producer Gregg Araki and Steven Soderbergh. Chiam is also a prolific writer who will work closely with The Rosenzweig… Read

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Fusing High Art With Compelling Genre Package, ‘Ruben Brandt, Collector’ Helmer Makes His Own Reality — Awardsline Screening Series

“Good evening, ladies and gentlemen,” writer/director Milorad Krstić said, greeting an audience last night, following a screening of his first full-length animated film. “I do hope the movie wasn't boring.” To be sure, it wasn’t. For the entirety of the evening’s panel on Ruben Brandt, Collector—his Hungarian Oscar entry in the category of Best Animated Feature—this suggestion of candor and self-effacing humor proved defining, to the Landmark audience’s… Read

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CBS Finally Schedules Long-Delayed Shareholder Meeting, Sets Vote On New Board Members

CBS has finally scheduled its twice-delayed annual shareholder meeting for the morning of December 11 at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. During the meeting, shareholders will be asked to vote on the company’s directors — the majority of whom have joined the board, or been nominated, since September. The unusual level of director turnover reflects a year of turmoil at CBS, which saw a high-stakes legal battle that pitted the media company against its controlling… Read

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Peter Farrelly On Why He Knew ‘Green Book’ Was An Instant “Home Run” And How It Launched A New Career Direction – Behind The Lens

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As one half of the Farrelly Brothers filmmaking team, Peter Farrelly has been responsible for the likes of such broadly entertaining comedies as There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber, Me Myself & Irene, Shallow Hal, Kingpin and many more. That makes it all the more surprising that his latest film is Green Book, a dramedy that is definitely sending him into unexpected directions — as well as into the heart of this awards season with a movie that is the toast of… Read

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Joey Diaz Sitcom Among 2 Comedies In Works At Fox From Lionsgate & 3 Arts

Fox has given a script commitment with penalty to two multi-camera semi-autobiographical comedies, Uncle Joey, toplined by comedian Joey Diaz and written by Sivert Glarum and Michael Jamin (King of the Hill, Maron), and Significant Brother, written by Scott King (Difficult People) and Moe Jelline (You Again). Both hail from Lionsgate and 3 Arts Entertainment, in their first broadcast development season six months after Lionsgate acquired a majority stake in the… Read

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ABC Shakeup: Channing Dungey Exits As Entertainment President, Karey Burke To Replace Her

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Channing Dungey is stepping down as President of ABC Entertainment after less than three years on the job. As usual, Disney has reached within its ranks for a replacement, naming Karey Burke, head of Freeform original programming development, as new ABC Entertainment president. The move comes ahead of the completion of the 21st Century Fox acquisition by Disney and following the announcement of the Disney-ABC post-merger TV leadership, that includes Fox’s Dana Walden… Read

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‘Be Natural’ Acquired By Zeitgeist Films & Kino Lorber; Docu About Alice Guy-Blaché Screened At Cannes & Telluride

EXCLUSIVE: Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber announced today that it has acquired North American rights for Pamela B. Green's documentary, Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché. Narrated by Jodie Foster, the film centers on the life and accomplishments of the world's first female filmmaker and had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in the Cannes Classics section, and also screened at the Telluride, New York, Deauville, BFI London film… Read

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‘The Orville’s J. Lee To Direct & Star In ‘Wednesdays’; Seth Green, Emmy Raver-Lampman Cast

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EXCLUSIVE: J. Lee, who serves as part of the main cast of Fox’s The Orville, will direct his first feature titled Wednesdays, a dark comedy he wrote and will also star in along with Seth Green (Family Guy), Emmy Raver-Lampman (The Umbrella Academy), Michael Mosley (Ozark) and Cooper Friedman (Girl Meets World). Loosely based on Lee's own experiences, he will play Gabe, a seemingly put-together, successful thirtysomething who has just discovered therapy. He sees his… Read