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12 Fresh Tips From Top Women Executives on Climbing the Entertainment Industry Ladder

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“Never equate kindness with weakness.” – Iris Grossman, Agent, Paradigm “Do your job as though you're not scared to be fired.” – Susan Cartsonis, Producer, Storefront Pictures ”Better to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission” – Ghen Laraya Long, VP Mandalay Digital Group Those were just three of the hundreds of pieces of advice handed out at Women In Film's “Speed Mentoring” program at the Montage Thursday night. What LinkedIn is to Tinder, “Speed Mentoring” is to “Speed Dating.” Twenty handpicked mentees starting out their industry careers got the equivalent of 20 general meetings, all in a night. “I had no mentors, »


- Mikey Glazer

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Penguin Helps Detective Gordon, Wreaks Havoc on ‘Gotham’ in Latest Fox Trailer (Video)

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Penguin stands between Detective Jim Gordon and a murder charge in a new clip from Fox's “Gotham.” In the premiere episode of the Batman-inspired series, Jim (Benjamin McKenzie) pretended to put a bullet in the aspiring super-villain's head to curry favor with criminals. But on Monday's episode, “Alive & Well,” the truth finally comes out. See photos: 19 Best and Worst Superheroes to Hit TV: What's Flown? What's Blown? Penguin — a.k.a. Oswald Cobblepot — bursts through the front doors of the Gotham Police Department just as Jim is about to be charged with his murder, and makes a grand declaration. “I'm Oswald Cobblepot, »


- Travis Reilly

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‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ Prequel ‘Leatherface’ Eyes French Directing Team

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Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, the French filmmakers behind cult hit “Inside,” are in talks to direct the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” prequel “Leatherface” for Millennium Films, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap on Halloween. Up-and-coming genre scribe Seth M. Sherwood wrote the screenplay, which is expected to serve as an origin story that follows Leatherface's early years in the 1970s. Also read: ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ Prequel ‘Leatherface’ Draws Blood List Writer (Exclusive) Carl Mazzocone is producing “Leatherface,” while Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman will serve as executive producers, having successfully resurrected the “Texas Chainsaw” franchise last year. »


- Jeff Sneider

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Weinstein Co.'s Stephen Bruno to Join Netflix as VP of Originals Marketing

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Stephen Bruno will join Netflix as vice president of originals marketing, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. Bruno worked a total of seven years at The Weinstein Company and served as head of marketing for the past three years after a brief stint at HBO. See Photos: ‘Marvel's Daredevil’ First Looks Released by Netflix (Photos) He will likely continue to work closely with TWC as the company recently announced that it would partner with Netflix to release the sequel to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” simultaneously in IMAX theaters and on the online streaming service in late 2015. The film is to. »


- Gina Hall

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Uma Thurman Replaces Mary-Louise Parker in NBC Miniseries ‘The Slap’

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Mary-Louise Parker has been knocked out of “The Slap.” “Weeds” star Parker has dropped out of the upcoming NBC miniseries, and has been replaced by Uma Thurman, an individual familiar with the recast told TheWrap on Friday. Also read: Thandie Newton, Melissa George Join NBC Miniseries ‘The Slap’ Parker had to bow out of the miniseries, which was written by “Brothers & Sisters” alum Jon Robin  Baitz due to health issues. The actress is recovering from a bout of pneumonia. Thurman will now play the role of Anouk, a close friend of Hector's (Peter Sarsgaard) who's the head writer on a TV. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Kevin Reilly, Turner Broadcasting Returned to Talks This Week

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Former Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly has re-entered talks with Turner Broadcasting this week, a person with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. Reilly, who parted ways with Fox in June after seven years, is up for the top programming job at the Time Warner company, which houses TBS and TNT, as well as TruTV. That role, which belonged to Michael Wright until August, is to be combined with former Turner Entertainment Networks President Steve Koonin's old job. Koonin left in April. Ongoing discussions for the merged role had stopped cold a few weeks ago. Both sides presumed the deal was dead, »


- Tony Maglio

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Howard Gordon Developing Presidential Drama ‘Potus’ for Fox

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Howard Gordon is heading to the White House for Fox yet again. Gordon and his “24” cohorts Manny Coto and Evan Katz are developing a presidential drama, “Potus,” for Fox, which has given a script order to the project. See photos: Halloween on Morning, Daytime TV: George Clooney and His Bride the Hottest Costume This Year (Photos) The project, produced by Teakwood Lane Production and Twentieth Century Fox Television, is described as a topical and high-intensity drama that follows an American President frustrated with politics as usual, who decides to play by his own rules. Part wish-fulfillment and part cautionary tale, »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘What's the Deal?’ With Jake Gyllenhaal and ‘Nightcrawler's’ Oscar Chances (Video)

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Open Road Films’ thriller “Nightcrawler” speeds its way into theaters Friday, and in honor of its Halloween release, TheWrap‘s film reporter Jeff Sneider weighs in on Jake Gyllenhaal‘s bold performance and the film's awards hopes. Dan Gilroy‘s directorial debut features Gyllenhaal's best performance and Sneider rattles off his Top 10 to give that claim context. Also read: ‘Nightcrawler’ Review: Jake Gyllenhaal Astonishes in Extraordinary Thriller While Rene Russo is every bit as deserving of an Oscar nomination as Gyllenhaal, Sneider also argues on behalf of Robert Elswit's striking cinematography, James Newton Howard's haunting score and Gilroy's original screenplay. »


- Jeff Sneider

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TNT Greenlights Sharon Stone Action-Drama ‘Agent X’

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Sharon Stone‘s action-drama “Agent X” was given a 10-episode order by TNT on Friday. The series co-stars Jeff Hephner (“Interstellar”) and is set to debut in the second half of 2015. The show's plot centers around the United States’ first Female Vice President Natalie Maccabee (Stone), who promises to protect the country “against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” After assuming office she's paired with John Case (Hephner), a well-trained operative codenamed Agent X who will help her keep that promise. See photos: TNT's ‘Dallas’ Stars Strip Down, Oil Up in Sexy Season 3 Teasers Gerald McRaney (“House of Cards”) co-stars as Malcolm Millar, »


- Travis Reilly

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NBC Canceling Comedies ‘A to Z’ and ‘Bad Judge’

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NBC has decided not to go forward on full seasons of freshman comedies “A to Z” and “Bad Judge,” an individual with knowledge of the decision told TheWrap. Currently, they'll finish their original episode orders of 13 episodes each. “Bad Judge” has shot 10 episodes so far while “A to Z” has shot 11 episodes. They will both stay in their current Thursday night at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. timeslots and will not be pulled from the schedule. See photos: Halloween on Morning, Daytime TV: George Clooney and His Bride the Hottest Costume This Year (Photos) Thursday's episode of “Bad Judge »


- Jethro Nededog

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NBC Undecided Over Future of Richard Branson's ‘Space Race’ Series After Fatal Virgin Galactic Crash

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NBC is reassessing the future of its planned series with Richard Branson‘s Virgin Galactic after Friday's fatal crash of SpaceShipTwo, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. A decision has yet to be made on the series announced in October 2013 under the title “Space Race.” Produced by Mark Burnett‘s One Three Media, “Space Race” was intended to be an elimination competition series where everyday people compete for the ultimate prize of a trip into space on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo. The series was to have unprecedented access to Virgin Galactic's home at Spaceport America in New Mexico, »


- Jethro Nededog

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FCC Could Craft a Net Neutrality ‘Grand Bargain,’ Analyst Says

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will eventually conclude his review of the agency's open Internet rules with a net neutrality plan tougher than he first proposed, predicts a top Wall Street analyst. Craig E. Moffett of MoffettNathanson LLC made his prediction in a blog note Friday, saying he thinks Wheeler will get his way by avoiding a regulatory stance that infuriates Internet service providers. Obama, FCC Chairman ‘On the Same Page’ Regarding Net Neutrality Wheeler has indicated that the FCC is likely to consider an open Internet proposal stronger than the one he offered early this year. It remains unclear how strong and whether the revised. »


- Ira Teinowitz

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Google Play Launches on Roku

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Google Play has partnered with Roku in a bid to step up the competition with Apple and Amazon, it was announced on Friday. The service is now available in the Roku channel store in the U.S., U.K., Ireland and Canada. Taking on Amazon Fire TV and AppleTV, Google Play is granting Roku users access to its on-demand library, which currently has over 75,000 titles. The move will create additional brand awareness for Google Play outside its Android user fan base. See Photos: TheWrap's 2014 ShortList Film Fest Rocks YouTube Space La (Photos) The new Roku feature includes Google Play's Info Cards, »

- Gina Hall

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Universal Studios Makes Reforms After Worker Calls 13-Year-Old Girls ‘Sluts,’ ‘Whores’ and ‘Hookers’

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Executives at Universal Studios Hollywood have promised to revise the company's complaint procedure,  after a cast member at Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights allegedly called two 13-year-old girls “sluts,” “whores” and “hookers,” attorney Gloria Allred said Wednesday. Allred, who is representing the girls and their mothers, said at a news conference the Universal representatives “acknowledged that what happened to our clients was wrong and against their policy” and “apologized a number of times for what our clients experienced.” Also read: Kanye West Blasted by Gloria Allred Over ‘Kimmel’ Remarks: You Disgrace Your Profession! The girls, Kayla Beals and Roxy Fisher, »


- Tim Kenneally

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Sebastian Junger Talks BitTorrent Partnership: ‘You Go Straight From the Filmmaker to the Viewer’

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Award-winning war journalist and filmmaker Sebastian Junger is no stranger to risk-taking. After venturing to Afghanistan and Nigeria for film projects, he is now taking a daring and unconventional approach to marketing and distribution with his latest documentary, “Korengal.” See photos: 20 of Denzel Washington and Liam Neeson's Biggest Box Office Hits (Photos) While the film is available to stream via more traditional services including iTunes and Amazon, Junger and his partners at indie company Goldcrest Films are also releasing a series of extras to potential viewers via BitTorrent's Bundle streaming service. Also read: Facebook Members Memorialize ‘Restrepo’ Director “We don't have a distribution partner, »


- Linda Ge

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Ian Fraser, 11-Time Emmy Winner and TV Academy Music Peer Group Governor, Dead at 81

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Ian Fraser, an 11-time Emmy winning composer, died on Friday at his Los Angeles home. He was 81. Fraser, who is survived by his wife Judee Morton, their children Neal and Tiffany and their grandchildren, served 10 terms as the Television Academy's Music Peer Group Governor. The composer was also the musical director for the 1984, 1993 and 2002 Emmy Awards, as well as for several TV Academy Hall of Fame programs. Fraser holds the distinction of being the most Emmy-honored composer/conductor in TV history. In addition to his 11 wins for Outstanding Music Direction, Fraser was nominated a whopping 32 times. His »


- Tony Maglio

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Watch ‘Today’ Show's Top-Notch ‘SNL’ Halloween Homage (Video)

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“Live from the ‘Today’ show's Rockefeller Plaza, it's Friday morning!” NBC's a.m. show provided a slight Halloween trick — but mostly a treat — Friday morning, when the “Today” personalities paid homage to 40 years of “Saturday Night Live” in celebration of the pagan dress-up holiday. Willie, Matt, Tamron, Al and the gang were joined by some very special guests in their pursuit to set a new standard for morning shows on Halloween. See photos: Halloween on Morning, Daytime TV: George Clooney and His Bride the Hottest Costume This Year First, real “SNL” cast member Kenan Thompson took a break from writing and. »


- Tony Maglio

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Richard Branson Spaceship Explodes Over Mojave Desert, Kills at Least One

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One of Richard Branson‘s Virgin Galactic spaceships exploded Friday over the Mojave Desert after suffering from a major malfunction. The California Highway Patrol says at least one person was killed and another was injured, according to The Associated Press. “During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo,” Virgin Galactic tweeted later Friday. See photos: Moguls on a Boat 2014: Where Rupert Murdoch, Ryan Kavanaugh, Clive Davis, Puff Daddy Had Fun in the Sun According to the same report, the SpaceShipTwo rocket is manned by two pilots and was in the testing phase at Mojave Air and Space. »


- Travis Reilly

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‘The Showrunners’ Review: Engaging Look Behind-The-Scenes With J.J. Abrams, Bill Prady and Co.

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“The Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show” is a dream come true for TV fanatics, packed with powerful TV producers sharing insights about what it takes to get and keep a series on the air. J.J. Abrams, “Big Bang Theory's” Bill Prady, Joss Whedon and “The Good Wife” power duo Michelle and Robert King are among the many contributing to Des Doyle's documentary, screening at the Arena Theater in Hollywood and available on demand Friday. “The Showrunners” can be bittersweet — several of the shows tracked are no longer on air — and sags a bit toward the »


- Diane Garrett

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Matt Taibbi Returns to Rolling Stone After Nasty Split From First Look Media

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Well, that didn't take long. A day after news broke that Matt Taibbi bolted start-up First Look Media eight months after joining, Taibbi is back at Rolling Stone. He made a name for himself at Rolling Stone for over 15 years for his biting and rebellious writing, often at Wall Street's expense. “I can confirm that he has written a piece for the next issue of Rolling Stone,” a Rolling Stone spokesperson confirmed to TheWrap. Also read: Matt Taibbi Quits First Look Media 8 Months After Joining Taibbi left Rolling Stone in February to head one of First Look Media's digital magazines. »


- Jordan Chariton

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