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Ryan Phillippe To Headline CBS’ Frankenstein Pilot ‘Alive’, Katrina Law & Aaron Staton Also Star

Former Shooter star Ryan Phillippe has been tapped as the lead in CBS' drama pilot Alive (fka Frankenstein)Katrina Law (The Oath) and Aaron Staton (Mad Men) are set as co-leads in the project, a modern interpretation of the classic Frankenstein tale in a cop procedural setting. Written/executive produced by Jason Tracey and directed/executive produced by Uta Briesewitz, Alive centers on Mark Escher (Phillippe), a San Francisco homicide detective who's mysteriously… Read

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Lucy Liu Developing ‘Unsung Heroes’ Female-Focused Anthology Series With ABC Studios International

Lucy Liu has teamed with Ruthanne Secunda Productions and ABC Studios International to develop Unsung Heroes, a female-focused scripted anthology series. Unsung Heroes is about the untold stories of incredible women who overcame adversity to become pioneers of their time. It will profile women who were highly accomplished in their fields, but did not receive the acknowledgment for their achievements and how their stories have impacted history. The first hero to be… Read

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Netflix Orders ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Limited Series From Scott Frank; Anya Taylor-Joy To Star

Netflix has ordered six episodes of The Queen’s Gambit, a limited series based on Walter Tevis' novel from two-time Oscar nominee Scott Frank (Godless, Logan), with Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, Glass, The Witch) set to star. Co-written by Frank, who also directs, and Allan Scott (Don't Look Now, The Preacher's Wife), The Queen’s Gambit chronicles the life of an orphan chess prodigy. Set during the Cold War era, the story follows Beth Harmon (Taylor-Joy), from the age of 8 to… Read

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‘The Twilight Zone’: Chris O’Dowd To Star In Episode Of CBS All Access Reboot

Get Shorty‘s Chris O’Dowd is set to star opposite Amy Landecker in “The Blue Scorpion” episode of CBS All Access' reboot The Twilight Zone. The actor joins previously announced host and narrator Jordan Peele and cast members including Ike Barinholtz, Zazie Beetz, John Cho, Taissa Farmiga, Betty Gabriel, Ginnifer Goodwin, Greg Kinnear, Luke Kirby, Sanaa Lathan, Kumail Nanjiani, Seth Rogen, Adam Scott, Rhea Seehorn, Alison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, Jessica Williams, DeWanda… Read

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CAPE Teams With Adele Lim, Daniel Chun, Walter Hamada And Others For Annual New Writers Fellowship

EXCLUSIVE: As people of color and marginalized continue to work to move the needle when it comes to equity and inclusion in Hollywood, the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) is doing its part for the culture with the eighth annual CAPE New Writers Fellowship. Today CAPE announced the emerging writers for the professional development program and unveiled some of the top industry players who will serve as mentors and speakers for the fellowship co-founded… Read

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Cheryl Hines Signs With ICM Partners

EXCLUSIVE: ICM Partners has inked multi-hyphenate and multi-Emmy nominated actress Cheryl Hines. The former Groundlings alum is best known for her role as Cheryl David, the foil and former wife to Larry David’s Larry David on HBO's Emmy winning series, Curb Your Enthusiasm which landed her two Comedy Supporting Actress Primetime Emmy noms and three SAG ensemble noms. Hines made her feature directorial debut with the 2009 pic Serious Moonlight which starred Meg Ryan… Read

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Wendy Williams Discloses Residence In Sober House, Struggle With Addiction

Talk show host Wendy Williams tearfully told her studio and TV audiences today that she currently is living in a sober house after seeking treatment for unspecified addiction issues. Her direct-to-camera address (watch it below) came just as a British tabloid was set to publish an article about Williams’ treatment, with photos of the talk host entering what it said was a New York area sober living residential facility. On Tuesday’s episode of The Wendy Williams Show… Read

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‘High Maintenance’ Renewed For Season 4 By HBO

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On the heels of the season 3 finale, HBO has renewed critically praised comedy series High Maintenance for a fourth season. Created by Katja Blichfeld (30 Rock) and Ben Sinclair (Home Again, Sisters), High Maintenance centers around The Guy, a marijuana dealer played by Sinclair, and tells a variety of stories about New York lives. The series, which made the leap from the web to TV, has been an unlikely success story. It paints a uniquely authentic portrait of New York… Read

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Corey Stoll & Brian d’Arcy James Join Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’

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On the eve of the Disney-Fox merger, Fox’s Steven Spielberg West Side Story has tapped Corey Stoll to play Lieutenant Schrank, the New York City detective charged with quelling civic unrest in his racially-torn precinct, and Brian dʼArcy James to play the iconic role of Sergeant Krupke, the cop whose beat includes the territories of warring street gangs, the Sharks and the Jets, and who is the target of a classic Stephen Sondheim musical put-down. Stoll and d'Arcy James… Read

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‘Midnight Rider’ Case: First AD Hillary Schwartz Denied Leniency By GA Court

Like Midnight Rider's director before her, the film’s first assistant director Hillary Schwartz asked for and was denied leniency by a Georgia court for her part in the death of her 27 year-old crew member Sarah Jones. Schwartz had motioned the court for a shortened sentence last year asking that her probation end. She was sentenced to 10 years probation in March 2015 for criminal trespass and felony involuntary manslaughter for her role in the camera assistant’s… Read

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Bethenny Frankel Makes Production Deal With MGM TV & Mark Burnett

EXCLUSIVE: MGM Television and Mark Burnett have made a multi-year deal with Bethenny Frankel to generate unscripted TV projects that she will produce, some of which will be star vehicles for her. Burnett, the MGM Worldwide Television Group Chairman, made the deal directly with Frankel and her attorneys at Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks. Frankel has turned herself into an unscripted brand since getting her start as a contestant on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart in 2005 and… Read

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Will Packer Productions Appoints Heather Washington To Director of Development

EXCLUSIVE: Will Packer Productions, the company behind 100+ million grossing comedies Girls Trip and Night School, has named Heather Washington as Director of Development, after previously serving a Creative Executive for the past two years. Washington’s new role involves identifying content, filmmakers, and talent for feature film development and production. She’ll report to James Lopez, President of WPP. "Heather is an integral part of our team and her input is… Read