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Global Showbiz Briefs: Endemol Pacts With Mam Tor; Cannes Looks East; ‘For The Dogs’ Becomes ‘Hunter’s Prayer’

Sam Worthington Court Appearance
Endemol has entered an exclusive first-look development and distribution deal with UK drama producer Mam Tor Productions Limited. The Big Brother producer will provide development funding and deficit financing during the three-year deal in return for exclusive first-look distribution rights to Mam Tor’s output. Mam Tor was founded in April by former film and TV agent Tally Garner who previously ran Curtis Brown’s in-ho ...
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WGA West Brass Use Fox-TW Drama To Hit Up Members For PAC Money

2014 Writers Guild Awards L.A. Ceremony - Red Carpet
WGA West President Chris Keyser sent a “private” email today to select members of the guild in a pitch for money to support the WGA political action committees’ lobbying efforts. Guild leaders, who oppose virtually all media mergers, used Fox’s proposed takeover of Time Warner as the drumbeat to scare up money to support its PAC’s ongoing political activities. According to the guild’s latest filing ...
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‘Retreat’ Helmer Boards Sci-Fi Pic ‘Timeless’

EXCLUSIVE: UK director Carl Tibbetts (Retreat, Black Mirror) is now in the director’s chair on Timeless, the science fiction project scripted by Bill Kelly (Enchanted, Premonition). Story tracks a twentysomething surfer who sets out to build a time travel machine after his wife dies in an accident. He taps a young Harvard physicist to help make the impossible a reality. Kelly first sold the spec in ...
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Universal Announces 2016 Date For ‘The Best Man’ Threequel

2014 Essence Music Festival - Seminars - Day 2
Malcolm D. Lee is back to write and direct the third film in the series, which Universal has titled and slated for April 15, 2016. The studio says the ensemble cast is returning for The Best Man Wedding, which features the group getting back together for a most unexpected nuptials. The previous film in the franchise, $17 million sequel The Best Man Holiday, was a hit right out of the gate, scoring a $30 million opening in November. It was the fifth-largest bo ...
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Woody Allen’s ‘Bullets Over Broadway’ Closing Next Month

"Stars In The Alley" Outdoor Concert
Here’s the second announcement in a week about a movie-to-Main Stem musical closing. Six days after news surfaced that Rocky The Musical was KO’d comes word that Bullets Over Broadway will go dark August 24. During the week that included the Fourth of July holiday, the show grossed just 33% of its potential, dropping more than $110,000 from the week before. The new musical comedy penned by Woody Allen, based on his 1994 film, will close afte ...
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TCA: Ken Burns’ Talks ‘The Roosevelts: An Intimate History’ And Whether FDR, Teddy Roosevelt Could Get Elected President In Cable News Era

Cable news networks would not allow for Teddy Roosevelt or Franklin Delano Roosevelt to become POTUS today, the creators of PBS’s new Roosevelt family documentary suggested this afternoon. Teddy Roosevelt was too eccentric and FDR was stricken with polio. “I’m not sure they could have been president now,” Geoffrey Ward, an authority on FDR and longtime Ken Burns collaborator, told TV critics at Summer TV Press T ...
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Aly Michalka, AJ Michalka Topline Own LA-Set Indie Dramedy

EXCLUSIVE: Aly Michalka and AJ Michalka have wrapped on an untitled indie dramedy for first time feature writer-director Stephen Pierce Ringer. The musician-actress siblings known as Aly & AJ, who perform together as the musical duo 78violet, produced and starred in the film as two sisters on the cusp of adulthood spending their last week in their LA hometown before embarking on their next tour. The ...
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Anthony Hopkins & Evan Rachel Wood To Star In HBO Pilot ‘Westworld’, From J.J. Abrams & Jonathan Nolan

After True Detective, toplined by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, the casting bar for HBO’s new drama series is pretty high. Enter the pay cable network’s drama pilot Westworld, which has locked in Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins and Even Rachel Wood for lead roles. The project, inspired by Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi movie set at an amusement park, hails from from J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot,  Person Of Interest ...
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TLC Unveils New Brand Campaign And Tagline

TLC is rolling out a new multi-million dollar brand campaign and tagline, “Everyone needs a little TLC”, via print spreads and on-air spots across key media outlets nationwide, the network said today. They include People magazine, US Weekly, USA, E!, A&E, TNT, TBS, ABC Family, Dish and Direct TV as well as Discovery Communications’ portfolio of networks. The tagline “’Everyone needs a little TLC’ speaks to our mission of bringing viewers the con ...
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‘Frozen’ Tops Digital Sales And Rentals For 2014′s First Half

Frozen, already the all-time animation box-office champ and an Oscar winner, has added another jewel to its icy crown: Rentrak says the Walt Disney Animation feature topped the charts for the first half of 2014 in digital movie purchases and rentals on VOD and electronic sell-through. With only a couple of exceptions, nearly all the other films in the top 10 were Oscar nominees too, even the Jackass-produced comedy Bad Grandpa, which snagged a nomination for best makeup and ...
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