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Patricia Norris Dies: Costume Designer And David Lynch Collaborator Was 83

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Patricia Norris, a six-time Oscar-nominated costume designer including last year for the Best Picture winner 12 Years A Slave, died February 20 of natural causes, according to her publicist. She was 83. Norris was the only person to receive lifetime achievement awards from both the Costume Designers Guild and the Art Directors Guild. Her Oscar noms included for Sunset (1988), 2010 (1984), Victor, Victoria (1982), The Elephant Man (1980) and Days Of Heaven (1978). She… »

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Funny Or Die Heading To SXSW With Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart & More

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Funny Or Die is holding “The Funny or Die Hideout” at SXSW this year on March 15-16. The humor website’s lineup includes that Sunday’s world premiere party for Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart’s Warner Bros. comedy Get Hard, which is bowing at the fest ahead of its March 27 release. The Sunday event includes The Super Serious Show With James Adomian featuring Nick Kroll, Kurt Braunohler, Beth Stelling, John Early, Kyle Mizono, Red Bastard with a special appearance by Ferrell… »

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‘White Guy Talk Show’ & DJ Skee-Hosted Series On Fuse Media’s 2015 Slate

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Fuse Media today unveiled its 2015-16 programming slate that includes two new series, the return of Big Freedia: Queen Of Bounce, a new season of docu-series boxing competition Knockout, several comedy specials and several series in development, including an unscripted show from Jennifer Lopez' Nuyorican Prods. New series White Guy Talk Show is a daily pop culture pop show hosted by comedians Grace Parra and Saura Choksi. It premieres this week, airing weeknights at 10:30… »

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Chase Carey: Online Video Services Are A “Big Priority” For Fox

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Fox plans to be part of the procession of programmers offering shows directly to consumers online. “I think it’s great, and there are a lot of plans we’re working on,” COO Chase Carey told investors today at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference. “It’s a big priority for us.” He didn’t go into detail, but said that “consumers want this choice, and we have to play a direct role.” This is partly a response to cable and satellite companies’ failure to… »

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‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Ratings Return Down, ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D’ & ‘Voice’ Steady, ‘Chicago Fire’ Surges

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There was a lot starting to boil, some spies and Inhumans, a few tunes and a bit of ratings blaze on primetime last night. The cooking reference is of course to the Season 14 premiere of Hell's Kitchen (1.4/4) on Fox. That's down 30% among adults 18-49 from the March 13, 2014 Season 12 debut of the Gordon Ramsay-led show, which was a Thursday. Last night's Hell's Kitchen return was pretty steady with from the previous season opener on Wednesday September 10 last year with… »

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Michael Hirst Signs First-Look Deal With A+E Studios

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A+E Studios has inked a development deal with another top showrunner behind a signature A+E Networks scripted series, Vikings creator Michael Hirst. Under the multi-year first-look pact, Hirst will develop new drama projects for the A+E portfolio of networks, including A&E, Lifetime and History, as well as outside buyers. "My experience working with the History Channel on Vikings has been altogether positive, enjoyable and collaborative,” Hirst said. “I now look forward… »

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BBC Rape Documentary Causes Uproar In India

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India’s Daughter, a hard-hitting BBC documentary about the brutal gang rape of a young woman in India that generated global headlines in 2012, is causing a storm of controversy in India. Based on the rape in December 2012 of 23-year-old student Jyoti Singh, who died from the horrific internal injuries she received from her attackers, the film reputedly offers an uncompromising portrait of attitudes among some sectors of Indian society toward women. One interview, in… »

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Kris Lemche To Star In ‘Tales From The Darkside’ CW Pilot

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Kris Lemche has been cast as the lead in the CW drama pilot Tales From The Darkside, a remake of the 1980s horror/fantasy/thriller anthology series that hails from writer Joe Hill and producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The anthology series will feature only one regular character, Newman (Lemche). A weathered and tortured young man, Newman is the guide to the unsuspecting who come across The Darkside. Newman – a man with his own desperate, wrenching secrets – knows… »

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Katherine Nelson Named Svp Communications For Syfy & Chiller

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Katherine Nelson moves to Syfy and Chiller from NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment sister Esquire Network, where she had served as Svp Communications since January 2013. In her new role, Nelson is responsible for overall communications strategy for Syfy and Chiller, including corporate communications, program publicity and talent relations. Based in New York, she will oversee the networks' teams in both New York and Los Angeles, reporting to Dave Howe, President, Syfy and… »

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New ‘Jesse Stone’ Movie Ordered By Hallmark; Tom Selleck Returns As Star

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Jesse Stone fans’ prayers have been answered — after a three-year break, the popular Jesse Stone TV movie franchise will resume with its signature star, Tom Selleck, on a new network, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Hallmark has picked up Jesse Stone: Lost In Paradise, a ninth movie in the detective series, which is in pre-production in Halifax, Nova Scotia for a fall 2015 premiere. The previous eight movies aired on CBS, which opted not to order more after No. 8, Jesse Stone… »

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Sling TV Folds IFC, Sundance TV, And Epix Into Its Program Offerings

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This is the shoe that had to drop after Dish Network’s $20 a month live streaming service announced that it had struck carriage deals with AMC Networks and Epix, the premium service co-owned by Viacom, Lionsgate, and MGM. Sling TV says today that it added IFC to its basic package, with no change in price. It has already folded in AMC. So subscribers can watch series including Better Call Saul, Mad Men and, now, IFC’s Portlandia. VOD content from the channels will be… »

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Who Wins Most With Andy Lack Back At NBC News?

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Word that NBCUniversal is in talks to bring back Andrew Lack as news chief in hopes of restoring the division’s stature — and ratings — set industry observers to talking about who’d be the big winners in this development, and who not so much. Brian Williams, for instance, will now have another pal in the place, as the company mulls whether his imaginative renderings of his role in events he covered for the division, including that helicopter attack in the early days of… »

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ITV Sees Strong Growth In 2014 Revenues; Production Arm At Nearly £1B

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The home of Broadchurch and Downton Abbey, ITV this morning reported strong revenue growth for the full year ended December 31. Pre-tax profit was up 23% to £712M ($1.09B), beating analyst estimates. There was a 6% hike in net advertising revenue to £1.63B and expectation is that the trend will continue with an 11% jump in the first quarter of 2015. The production division, ITV Studios, saw 9% revenue growth to £933M and a 22% increase in profits to £162M. That trajectory… »

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How Warner Bros And Andrew Lazar Won War Photog Book Scrum

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Exclusive: How did Warner Bros win the most hotly contested book auction in a long time, closing a deal last night for It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life Of Love And War, the memoir of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Lynsey Addario? I’m hearing they were in a dead heat with several other suitors, until they executed the equivalent of a Hail Mary pass to get Steven Spielberg. Warner Bros, led by Greg Silverman, Racheline Benveniste and Julia Spiro, was squarely in… »

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Lina Esco Hellbent For ‘Lucifer'; Elliot Knight Joins ‘The Advocate’

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Lina Esco (Cane) has booked a role in Fox’s drama pilot Lucifer, from Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Warner Bros TV. Based on the characters from the DC Entertainment's Vertigo, the show centers on Lucifer (Tom Ellis) who, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the Lapd punish criminals. Esco will play Lucifer’s best friend Maze, a fierce demon in the form of a beautiful young woman… »

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Luis Guzman To Star In CBS’ ‘Code Black'; Cody Horn In ABC’s ‘Broad Squad’

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Veteran Luis Guzman is set as a lead opposite Maggie Grace in CBS pilot Code Black, a medical drama written by Michael Seitzman and directed by David Semel for ABC Studios. Based on Ryan McGarry's feature documentary of the same name, the show is set in the busiest and most notorious ER in the nation and revolves around four residents who are getting their first taste of ER medicine and the medical staff who mentor, teach and terrify them. Guzman, repped by Gersh… »

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‘CSI: Cyber’ Review: Patricia Arquette Plugs In Franchise, Says Dominic Patten

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Debuting Wednesday on CBS, the newest installment in the CSI franchise features Oscar-winning actress Patricia Arquette. Yet, despite being the fourth series in the franchise the show is, as I say in my video review above, surprisingly fresh. And make no mistake about it, CSI: Cyber is truly the Patricia Arquette show. The first CSI to be led by a woman, this latest incarnation is very 2015 while not trying any sort of genre or franchise overreach in what has obviously… »

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Jon Cassar To Executive Produce Brazil-Set Comedy Series ‘Rio Heat'; Victor Webster To Star

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Action comedy series Rio Heat, produced under a co-production treaty between Brazil and Canada, is described as a cross between Hawaii 5-0, Miami Vice, Magnum Pi and Moonlighting. Emmy-winning 24 producer/director Jon Cassar will executive produce and direct multiple episodes of the 13-episode series, which will be filmed entirely in Brazil. Rio Heat was co-created by Canadian TV producer Ken Gord and Dean Borenstein. Gord is the writer and executive produces with… »

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Peter Riegert Joins Fox’s Dana Klein Pilot; Dana Davis Added To ‘Unveiled’

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Peter Riegert is rounding out the cast of Fox's untitled Dana Klein comedy pilot, from 20th Century Fox TV and Kapital Entertainment. Written/exec produced by Klein and directed by Pam Fryman, it is told from the point of view of Ellen (Jenna Elfman), a working mom who is in constant competition with her perfect, stay-at-home sister-in-law Amy (Liza Lapira). Riegert, repped by Don Buchwald & Associates, plays Ira, the two brothers’ impatient… »

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Ben Aldridge To Play The Lead In Fox Pilot ‘Detour’ Inspired By Rivers Cuomo Story

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In his first U.S. pilot gig, British actor Ben Aldridge has landed the lead in Fox's single-camera comedy pilot Detour, from 20th Century Fox TV. Also cast in the pilot, written by Psych creator Steve Franks and directed by The Wedding Ringer’s Jeremy Garelick, is Joey Morgan. Inspired by the real-life story of Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo, Detour centers on Michael Sturges (Aldridge), a charming rock star who made the unexpected choice at age 30 to quit his band and… »

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