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Mipcom: Jeffrey Katzenberg Leads Dreamworks ‘Very Aggressively’ into TV

Jeffrey Katzenberg has big plans for the smallscreen.

The DreamWorks Animation chief (and 2013 Mipcom’s Personality of the Year), who has successfully launched such hit film franchises as “Shrek,” “Kung Fu Panda,” “Madagascar” and “How to Train Your Dragon” and is ready to unleash a slate of new toons with sequel potential, seeks to make the company a more active player in TV.

While DreamWorks already has spun off characters from “Madagascar,” “Panda” and “Dragon” into their own shows on Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, the company is a making a more concerted effort to step up its TV efforts — using digital platforms to its advantage as it does.

“We are moving very aggressively,” Katzenberg said this summer as he unveiled plans for the company to become less reliant on films as its main source of income. “Television is a transformative line of business, and we expect going forward it will
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Then & Now: The Cast of "Home Improvement"

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Taran Noah Smith played youngest son Mark Taylor on “Home Improvement” from 1991-1999 -- and today, he turns 28!Smith’s had some legal troubles recently: Earlier this year he was charged with DUI and hash possession after an arrest in February.He'll be in court later this month, where he faces up to a year and a half in jail and $1,500 in fines. But how is the rest of the cast doing? See what they're up to now in the gallery above. Read more
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Home Improvement's Taran Noah Smith Charged With DUI and Drug Possession

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Home Improvement's Taran Noah Smith Charged With  DUI and Drug Possession
Former child star Taran Noah Smith has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs and possession of hash, TMZ is reporting. Smith, who has retired from acting after his hit sitcom ‘Home Improvement’ went off the air in 1999, on which he played youngest son Mark Taylor, was arrested by Burbank police on February 1, 2012. Police saw Smith illegally park a Honda Accord in front of a fire hydrant, and when they investigated, they discovered a strong odor of cannabis. If convicted, the 27-year-old former actor faces up to a year and a half in jail, and $1,500 in fines. He’s due to return to court in...
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'Home Improvement' star Taran Noah Smith arrested for DUI, drugs

'Home Improvement' star Taran Noah Smith arrested for DUI, drugs
Former child actor Taran Noah Smith has been arrested on drugs and DUI charges. The actor - who starred as youngest child Mark Taylor in Home Improvement for eight years - was arrested at around 1am local time in Los Angeles County, according to TMZ. Police told reporters that he was found to be under the influence of marijuana, while hash was also found inside his car. The 27-year-old (more)
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'Home Improvement' star Taran Noah Smith arrested for drug possession

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Former "Home Improvement" star Taran Noah Smith seems to be suffering from a delayed case of child-star-gone-bad.

The 27-year-old was arrested in Los Angeles County at 1 a.m. on Feb. 1 when a cop noticed his 1998 silver Honda Accord parked at an angle in front of a fire hydrant, TMZ reports. The officer who decided to investigate smelled a "strong odor" of marijuana and arrested Smith after finding hash in his car.

TMZ says the actor is still in custody, and being booked for a DUI and felony drug possession.

Smith has mostly kept out of the public eye since playing little Mark Taylor on the '90s Tim Allen sitcom, though took part in the cast's Entertainment Weekly reunion last fall. He's also been a talking head on shows like "E True Hollywood Story" and "Child Star Confidential."
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Home Improvement's Taran Noah Smith Arrested for DUI, Drug Possession: Report

Home Improvement's Taran Noah Smith Arrested for DUI, Drug Possession: Report
Taran Noah Smith, who played youngest child Mark Taylor on the '90s sitcom Home Improvement for eight years, was arrested early Wednesday for DUI and drug possession, according to a report. Smith, 27, was arrested around 1 a.m. in Los Angeles County, reports TMZ.com. Police say he was driving under the influence of marijuana and also had hash, a type of marijuana, in his car. After Home Improvement went off the air, Smith has mostly retired from acting and stayed out of the limelight. In 2001, he sued his parents over the money he made as a minor, alleging they were squandering his trust fund.
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'Home Improvement' Kid Taran Noah Smith -- Arrested for DUI and Drug Possession

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Taran Noah Smith, the youngest kid from "Home Improvement," was arrested early this morning for alleged DUI and possession of drugs -- hash, to be specific.Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... 27-year-old Smith was arrested in La County around 1:00Am. Cops believe he was under the influence of marijuana at the time of his arrest -- and we're told they also found a stash of hash ... a type of marijuana.Smith, best known for
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Disney gets their 'Den Brother' made-for-tv film going.

Disney Channel will move on with their made-for-tv movie "Den Brother" starring Hutch Dano ("Zeke and Luther," G Hannelius, Vicki Lewis, Debra Mooney, Kelsey Chow, David Lambert and Maurice Godin. "Den Brother" tells of a self-centered teen hockey star (Hutch Dano) who is suspended from his team. He must then serve as the substitute leader for his younger sister's Bumble Bee scouting troop. Will show on Disney Channel On Demand from August 6th before making its Disney Channel debut on August 13th. Mike Horowitz wrote the story, Jim Krieg penned the teleplay and Mark Taylor ("Hooking Up") directed. Filming took place in Salt Lake City.
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[News] Season 3 'Saving Grace' on DVD on July 13

For all the fans of Saving Grace, an original series from the American cable network TNT, the third and final season will be released on DVD on July 13, 2010.

In this season of this show created by Nancy Miller, Academy Award winner Holly Hunter (The Piano) plays Grace Hanadarko, a hard-drinking and also immoral detective from the Oklahoma City police. While she fights criminals, she also has to deal with her emotional crisis. Since she was told that she's headed straight to hell, Grace receives help from Earl (Leon Rippy), her "last chance" angel. Will she find peace and redemption in the final season?

The TV series also star Kenny Johnson, Laura San Giacomo, Bailey Chase, Gregory Norman Cruz, Lorraine Toussaint, Dylan Minnette, Yaani King, Tom Irwin and Mark L. Taylor.

Finally, note that the role of Det. Grace Hanadarko earned Holly Hunter Golden Globe, Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.
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Saving Grace: Holly Hunter TV Show Ending, No Season Five

TNT has announced that their Holly Hunter drama is coming to an end. Interestingly, it wasn't exactly the network's decision. But, regardless of who's responsible, the fans will have to wait quite awhile to see the story wrap up.

Saving Grace focuses on a police detective, Grace Hanadarko (Holly Humter), wo's great at her job but finds her personal life far more challenging. The series also features Leon Rippy, Kenny Johnson, Bailey Chase, Laura San Giacomo, Gregory Cruz, Lorraine Toussaint, Dylan Minnette, Bokeem Woodbine, Mark L. Taylor, and Tom Irwin.

The show debuted in July 2007 and attracted 6.4 million viewers, making it the highest-rated cable premiere so far that year.

Season two's debut attracted 5.2 million and, this past June, season three's return drew just 3.5 million. TNT remained very positive about the series, likely because it consistently rates
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Saving Grace: Holly Hunter TV Show Ending, No Season Five

TNT has announced that their Holly Hunter drama is coming to an end. Interestingly, it wasn't exactly the network's decision. But, regardless of who's responsible, the fans will have to wait quite awhile to see the story wrap up.

Saving Grace focuses on a police detective, Grace Hanadarko (Holly Humter), wo's great at her job but finds her personal life far more challenging. The series also features Leon Rippy, Kenny Johnson, Bailey Chase, Laura San Giacomo, Gregory Cruz, Lorraine Toussaint, Dylan Minnette, Bokeem Woodbine, Mark L. Taylor, and Tom Irwin.

The show debuted in July 2007 and attracted 6.4 million viewers, making it the highest-rated cable premiere so far that year.

Season two's debut attracted 5.2 million and, this past June, season three's return drew just 3.5 million. TNT remained very positive about the series, likely because it consistently rates first with adults 25-54.

  Last season, the network ordered a
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Funny People

Funny People

Directed by: Judd Apatow

Cast: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jason Schwartzman, Jonah Hill

Running Time: 2 hrs 20 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: July 31st, 2009

Plot: An actor/comedian (Sandler) enlists the help of a young talent (Rogen) to write jokes for him on what may be his last comedy tour ever.

Who’s It For? Anyone who has been hooked into the Apatow Universe by whatever Funny movie he previously helped create will certainly enjoy this one.

Expectations: Considering Apatow’s high track record, I was hopeful that this was going to be as humorous as it was touching, while also giving an honest look at the current state of comedy.

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Actors:

Adam Sandler as George Simmons: Helping to create the aura of honesty within Funny People, Simmons is vastly self-reflective of Sandler’s career path (Simmons even made comedy albums in
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Garland Winners 2009

We delightedly announce the 2009 Garland Awards, voted on by the Southern California theatre critics of Back Stage. Congratulations to the recipients. Your work touched us, made us think, made us proud to support the bustling, vibrant, inventive community that is Southland theatre. The critics who voted are Paul Birchall, Jeff Favre, Hoyt Hilsman, Travis Holder, Wenzel Jones, Iris Mann, Eric Marchese, Dany Margolies, Dink O’Neal, Brad Schreiber, Madeleine Shaner, Les Spindle, Neal Weaver, and Jennie Webb. Collectively we saw hundreds of shows in 2008, whether we were reviewing or not. This is true devotion to theatre. Under our voting system, each Garland winner was named on at least three critics' Best of 2008 lists. Each critic listed up to five nominees for each category except performance, up to 10 nominees for performance in musical productions and 10 for straight plays. Lists, minus the winners, are here Critics List. This year we present two
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