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Seville Int’l Brings ‘Sleeping Giant’ To Cannes; Series Mania Fest Boosts Attendance: Global Briefs

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Seville International, the boutique sales outfit of eOne, is set to handle sales on Cannes Critics' Week selection Sleeping Giant. It’s the feature directorial debut of writer-director Andrew Cividino, which is in competition for the Caméra d'Or at Cannes. Newcomers Nick Serino and Reece Moffett star alongside Jackson Martin, David Disher and Erika Brodzky. The story follows Adam, a teenager who is spending his summer vacation with his parents on Lake Superior. His dull… »

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Paul Ryan Dies: Actor, TV Host & ‘Et’ Correspondent Was 69

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Paul Ryan, an actor, TV host and former Entertainment Tonight correspondent, has died. He was 69. Ryan died April 23 of leukemia at Providence Saint Joseph Hospital in Burbank. He hundreds of celebrity interviews as Et‘s Hollywood correspondent, co-hosted the local Mid-Morning Los Angeles and most recently produced web series A BraveHeart View. Ryan also authored the 2007 book The Art Of Comedy: Getting Serious About Being Funny. His acting career included more than two… »

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Peter Hoffman “Stunned” By Guilty Verdict In Louisiana Tax Fraud Trial – Updated

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2nd Update, 5:46 Pm: Peter Hoffman told Deadline he is “stunned” by the verdict but would have no other comment until he moves to have it set aside. Updated, 4:51 Pm: Peter Hoffman, Hollywood's once-highflying guru of exotic tax breaks, has been found guilty on tax fraud in federal court in New Orleans. Hoffman was convicted on 21 counts of conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud as part of a scheme to defraud the state of Louisiana out of $1.13 million in tax credits to… »

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Viola Davis To Star In Harriet Tubman HBO Movie From Kirk Ellis, Doug Ellin & Amblin

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HBO Films has teamed with writer Kirk Ellis, producer Doug Ellin and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV for a project about Harriet Tubman, with Oscar nominee Viola Davis set to portray the famous abolitionist. Based on the biography Bound For The Promised Land by historian Kate Clifford Larson, the film, now in development, tells the story of American hero Tubman. Born a slave, she escaped and, via an intricate escape network of secret routes and safe houses known as the… »

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Bruce Jenner Interview Hits 17.1M In Final ‘20/20’ Viewership Results – Update

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Updated, 3:28 Pm: The final numbers are in, and the viewership gold medal is shining a little brighter for Friday’s 20/20: Bruce Jenner – The Interview. While the two-hour Diane Sawyer sit-down with the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion and the Keeping Up With The Kardashians stepdad stayed the same among adults 18-49 with a 5.2/17, the highly promoted conversation about Jenner’s transition to becoming a woman bopped up a bit from its fast nationals in total viewers. With a… »

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‘Unauthorized Full House’ Movie In The Works At Lifetime

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On the heels of The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story, Lifetime has given a green light to The Unauthorized Full House Story (working title), based on the long-running Full House ’90s sitcom that made John Stamos a household name. Unauthorized Full House will look at the rise of the cast and the pressure on them to balance the idyllic family life on the show with the more complicated reality of their own lives outside the series, but it will also look at the warm bond… »

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Ellen Pompeo On Patrick Dempsey’s ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Exit — How Meredith Will Go On

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For the first time since Patrick Dempsey’s surprise exit from Grey’s Anatomy last week, his onscreen wife, Ellen Pompeo (Meredith), is speaking out. In a Twitter post titled “Happy Monday,” she says she is “excited to tell the story of how Meredith goes on in the face of what feels like the impossible.” Apparently the veteran ABC show’s fans aren’t nearly as excited. They’ve launched a petition to bring Dr. Derek Shepherd back. It’s already collected more than 29,000… »

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‘Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown’ Ratings Steady With 2014, ‘High Profits’ Fizzles In Week 2

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There was a lot of drinking last night on the Kitchen Confidential author's latest season premiere on CNN, and today brought a bit of a ratings reality check both for Anthony Bourdain and his lead-out about pothead profit seekers. With a trip to South Korea as its Season 5 opener, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown snagged 575,000 total viewers with 301,000 among the news demo of adults 25-54 at 9Pm. While down 34% in total viewers from the audience that time-slot rival Fox… »

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Famke Janssen Signs With ICM Partners

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Famke Janssen, who is just wrapping up the third and final season of Netflix’s original series Hemlock Grove, has signed with ICM Partners. The model-turned-actress who got her start as Bond girl Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye had been with CAA. On the film side, Janssen starred in the X-Men trilogy playing Jean Grey/Phoenix and in the Taken trilogy opposite Liam Neeson. On the TV side, she co-starred in Ryan Murphy’s FX series Nip/Tuck. In 2011, Janssen wrote and made her… »

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Daytime Emmy Awards Nabs 900,000 Viewers On Pop

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The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards logged nearly 900,000 viewers on Pop last night. That’s a small number for the trophy ceremony that clocked 14-22 million viewers back in the ’90s, and 5.5 million as recently as 2011. But it’s the most-watched live event on Pop in eight years, dating back to when the network premiered Live On The Red Carpet With Joan And Melissa at the Academy Awards. The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards did well on social media, becoming the second… »

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Byron Mann Joins ‘Hell On Wheels’ On AMC

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Byron Mann (The Man With The Iron Fists, Rise Of The Legend) has joined the cast of AMC's Hell On Wheels as a series regular. Mann will play Chang, a powerful businessman and main Chinese labor contractor vying for power in the building of the Central Pacific Railroad. Chang controls the flow of Chinese workers along with their specialized food and sundries, which has allowed him to build a small empire in Truckee's Chinatown. Hell On Wheels began production on its… »

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Jayne Meadows Allen Dies: Broadway Actress Wooed And Won TV & Film Audiences

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Jayne Meadows Allen, a gifted comedian in the Lucille Ball vein who became familiar to TV audiences as a longtime panelist on CBS’ I’ve Got A Secret, died April 26 of natural causes at her home in Encino, CA. She was 95. Her death was announced by her son Bill Allen, CEO of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp, who was with her in her final hours along with his wife Marie and Jayne’s grandchildren Bradley, Robert and Amanda. She had lived in the San Fernando… »

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SAG-aftra Puts Two Reality Shows About Comedians On “Do Not Work” List

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Non-union comedy shows are no laughing matter for SAG-aftra, which has put two upcoming reality shows – Esquire Network's Comedians Of L.A. and Oxygen's Living With Funny – on its "Do Not Work" list and warned its members that they will be disciplined if they perform on the cable shows. Both programs, which focus on the lives of stand-up comedians, are produced by L. Plummer Media, which bills itself as "an African-American-owned full-service production company based in… »

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Jenny Slate & Ari Graynor To Topline FX Comedy Pilot From ‘Obvious Child’ Duo

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FX Networks has officially ordered a comedy pilot co-created by Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm (Obvious Child), which will be starring Jenny Slate and Ari Graynor. Robespierre will direct the pilot from the script from her and Holm, with the two executive producing along with Ravi Nandan and John Hodges of A24 Films and Slate for FX Productions. The pilot is described as an honest comedy exploring the adult female friendship of two creative partners — Lou (Slate)… »

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Thom Beers To Step Down As CEO Of FremantleMedia North America, Jennifer Mullin & Craig Cegielski Named Co-CEOs

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Thom Beers will be stepping down as CEO of FremantleMedia North America at the end of his contract this summer. Beers, founder of one of the most prolific unscripted production companies, Fmna-owned Original Prods., became Fmna CEO in September 2012, succeeding Cecile Frot-Coutaz, who left to become CEO of FremantleMedia. Beers, who had been dealing with a family matter, remains a shareholder in Original and is expected to continue to be involved in the company as an… »

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Bladesmiths Cut To The Chase In New Competition Series On History

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Production has begun in Brooklyn, NY on Forged In Fire, a new competition series in which bladesmiths from around the world will test their mettle. Hosted by weapons expert Wil Willis, a former Army Ranger and decorated Air Force para-rescue specialist, the series will feature world-class bladesmiths recreating many of history's most iconic edged weapons, from the Japanese katana to the medieval broadsword to ancient throwing blades like the Chakram. It’s set for premiere… »

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Bruce Jenner Interview: ABC News Unveils More Material This Week

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ABC News continued to roll out its Bruce Jenner transition story this morning on Good Morning America. The continuation of the reporting is no surprise – it’s the May sweep. ABC News had not said whether there’s still more coming but, to reiterate: May sweep. Already the Jenner interview has scored strong numbers for the network during the important ratings period for local TV stations, and bragging rights time for networks. Good Morning America has won the last two May… »

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‘Homeland’ Season 5 Will Shoot In Germany, Showtime Confirms

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Homeland Ep Alex Gansa said at PaleyFest last month that the Showtime drama was heading to Europe and would “probably” shoot in Germany, and now the pay cabler and Fox 21 TV Studios have made it official. Season 5 will begin production in early June at Studio Babelsberg in Berlin, becoming the first American TV series to shoot a full season entirely in Germany, according to Showtime. Homeland's 12-episode season will premiere this fall. Season five will pick-up two years… »

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Espn Sues Verizon For Breaching Contract With “Custom TV” Offering

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You knew this was coming, right? Espn just took Verizon to court, charging that FiOS’ new “Custom TV” offering — which gives subscribers an opportunity to buy a basic package without the sports channel — violates their carriage agreement. “Espn is at the forefront of embracing innovative ways to deliver high-quality content and value to consumers on multiple platforms, but that must be done in compliance with our agreements,” the company says in a statement. “We simply… »

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Don M. Mankiewicz Dies: Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter, Novelist Was 93

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Don M. Mankiewicz, who received an Oscar nomination for his screenplay I Want To Live and was the creator behind TV’s Ironside and Marcus Welby, M.D., died of congestive heart failure at his home in Monrovia, CA, Saturday, his son told The Los Angeles Times. He was 93. Born in Berlin, German, Mankiewicz began his career as a staff writer for the New Yorker, and novelist, publishing his first novel Trial in 1954, which was later made into a film starring Glenn Ford and… »

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