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‘This Is Us’ Renewed For Second & Third Seasons By NBC

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NBC has ordered two minimum 18-episode seasons of its Tuesday night drama sensation This Is Us. "We all got our wish that this is a hit show," said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. "'This Is Us' is as good as anything we've ever had, we're thrilled to renew it for two seasons and there's no doubt it will have a long life on NBC. On behalf of everyone at NBC, we're grateful for the artistry of the cast, crew, and producers assembled by our gifted creator, Dan… »


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‘Will & Grace’ to Return to NBC for 10-Episode Run

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NBC is officially bringing back “Will & Grace” for a 10-episode limited run next season, the broadcaster revealed Wednesday during the Television Critics Association press event. Emmy winners Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally are all back for the 2017-2018 run, and original series creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan will act as showrunners and executive producers. James Burrows, who directed every episode of the show during its initial eight-year run, is set to direct and executive produce. Universal Television will produce and distribute the new episodes. “We’re thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and most defining comedies in NBC. »


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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Delayed Again, Casts James Frain

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Star Trek: Discovery” will likely miss its previously announced May premiere target, Variety has learned. The series has also cast James Frain as Spock’s father.

CBS released a statement regarding the possible delay:

“Production on ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ begins next week. We love the cast, the scripts and are excited about the world the producers have created.  This is an ambitious project; we will be flexible on a launch date if it’s best for the show.  We’ve said from the beginning it’s more important to do this right than to do it fast. There is also added flexibility presenting on CBS All Access, which isn’t beholden to seasonal premieres or launch windows.”

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- Oriana Schwindt

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Viacom’s Telefe Clinches Deals on ‘Educating Nina,’ ‘Love After Loving,’ ‘Dear Daddies’

21 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Chilevision, Turner Broadcasting System’s Chilean broadcast network, has acquired “Educating Nina,” one of the two big fiction hits last year on Argentina’s No. 1 free-to-air broadcaster Telefe, acquired in November by Viacom.

Bowing out with a bang on Dec. 1 when it punched an 18.9 rating, identity comedy “Educating Nina” is produced by Telefe and Sebastian Ortega at top Argentine production house Underground, the company behind Netflix acquisition “El Marginal.”

Chilevision will launch “Educating Nina” in 2017. It stars Griselda Siciliani (“Patito Feo”) as a rough-at-the-edges chanteuse who impersonates her identical twin, a refined but duplicitous woman (also Siciliana), but falls for her supposed husband’s brother (Esteban Lamothe, “The Student”), a brilliant writer who has been swindled by his own brother.

“Educating Nina’s” sale to Chile builds on licensing deals for Argentina’s comedy of the year with Ecuador’s Teleamazonas, Parguay’s Unicanal and Colombia’s Caracol TV.

In further international sales deals announced at Miami »


- John Hopewell

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Amazon Greenlights Neil Gaiman Limited Series Adaptation of ‘Good Omens’

23 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s novel “Good Omens” will debut in 2018, Amazon Studios announced on Thursday.

Gaiman adapted all six episodes of the series and will also serve as showrunner.

The show is set in 2018 on the brink of an apocalypse as humanity prepares for a final judgement. But foibles ensure — Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a demon aren’t enthusiastic about the end of the world, and can’t seem to find the Antichrist.

“Almost thirty years ago, Terry Pratchett and I wrote the funniest novel we could about the end of the world, populated with angels and demons…” Gaiman said. “Three decades later, it’s going to make it to the screen. I can’t think of anyone we’d rather make it with than BBC Studios, and I just wish Sir Terry were alive to see it.”

Exec producers on the series are Gaiman, Caroline Skinner »


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How Lost Leonard Cohen Doc 'Bird on a Wire' Finally Made It to Theaters

29 minutes ago | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Leonard Cohen's career was on the verge of complete disaster in late 1971. Songs of Love and Hate, his most recent record, peaked at #145 on the American charts – this despite containing future classics like "Famous Blue Raincoat" and "Joan of Arc." CBS was ready to cut their losses and drop him from the label. A tour would give him the chance to regain some momentum, though Cohen hated performing live; he only reluctantly agreed to a one-month run in Europe because Songs of Love and Hate found a much bigger »


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Watch Colbert, Kimmel, Corden Mock Betsy DeVos' Grizzly Bear Fears

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Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, provided late-night manna for Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and James Corden after suggesting schools might need guns to protect from grizzly bears during her confirmation hearing.

Colbert opened Wednesday's edition of The Late Show with a bit that featured security footage scenes of a big bear terrorizing students at an elementary school, firing spitballs, stuffing kids in lockers, smoking in the bathroom and dishing out atomic wedgies.

Kimmel went for a similar man-in-a-bear-suit gag on Jimmy Kimmel Live, filming some »


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New ‘Logan’ Trailer Offers Sneak Peek Into Bloody Family Road Trip (Video)

42 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The new trailer for “Logan” gives fans a much longer look into the relationship between the title character and Dafne Keen’s X-23. In the film, Logan is living in a self-imposed exile with Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart), with his mutant healing abilities in severe decline. As we saw in the first poster and trailer, he now bears several large scars due to the deterioration of his powers. But his solitude is interrupted by the arrival of a young girl (Keen), who possesses powers shockingly similar to Logan’s. When an army of mercenaries shows up to take her back, »


- Joe Otterson

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Amazon's Film Chief on Sundance Buying Plans, Rival Netflix and Apple's Possible Movie Play

42 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

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Just two years ago, Jason Ropell's job didn't exist. Now, as worldwide head of motion pictures for Amazon Studios, he oversees production, distribution and marketing for all of the streaming giant's original and acquired films, along with content licensed in the U.K., Germany and Japan. Since leaping into original film 18 months ago, Amazon Prime aggressively has built an ambitious slate, licensing tens of thousands of movies from all the major studios and partnering with theatrical distributors to first release in theaters — unlike its rival Netflix, which buys movies directly for its platform. Its slate has included more »


- Rebecca Ford

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BBC Partners with Britdoc Foundation to Fund Documentaries

46 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The BBC has formed a partnership with nonprofit organization Britdoc Foundation to fund up to four documentaries a year, primarily for the broadcaster’s renowned “Storyville” series.

The co-funding agreement is for three years, the BBC said Thursday. Kate Townsend, commissioning editor for “Storyville,” which normally airs on BBC Four, will serve as the editorial lead for the partnership.

“‘Storyville’ has a proud tradition of showcasing the very best in international film-making and I’m delighted that we will be working with Britdoc to develop a fantastic slate of new films for our audience,” Townsend said in a statement. “Britdoc’s collaborative approach is an opportunity to create new connections with documentary makers in the UK and around the world and bring fresh thinking to ways in which documentary films can reach audiences on new platforms.”

The deal recognizes the BBC as the exclusive U.K. broadcast partner of Britdoc and will allow the BBC to acquire »


- Robert Mitchell

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New ‘Power Rangers’ Trailer Offers First Look at Bryan Cranston as Zordon (Video)

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Lionsgate released the brand new trailer Thursday to Saban’s “Power Rangers,” offering the first look at Bryan Cranston as the Ranger’s mentor Zordon. The trailer (above) also features sneak peeks at Bill Hader’s Alpha-5, Goldar, the Putties, the Power Rangers’ Zords and a moneyshot of the Megazord. For the uninitiated, a Zord is a colossal assault vehicle that is often piloted by a Power Ranger. Some Zords can combine to form a humanoid robot known as a Megazord. Also Read: 'Power Rangers': Why Bryan Cranston Agreed to Star as Zordon In Dean Israelite’s reboot, »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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Sofia Vergara, Emiliano Calemzuk and Luis Balaguer Launch Latino-Focused Digital Media Company Raze

57 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara has teamed up with former Shine Americas CEO Emiliano Calemzuk and Latin World Entertainment Founder Luis Balaguer to launch Raze, a digital media company focused on the multicultural younger generation, with a heavy emphasis on Latinos. Raze currently develops programming for traditional networks and digital providers, such as Univision, and will be introducing its own mobile video focused destination containing news, lifestyle and beauty content. The Raze founders also announced they have closed a Series A investment round from Greycroft Partners, Raine Ventures and UTA. Brent Weinstein, a partner at UTA and its head of digital. »


- Matt Pressberg

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Sofia Vergara, Luis Balaguer and Emiliano Calemzuk Launch Latino Digital-Media Startup Raze

57 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Sofia Vergara, media entrepreneur and star of ABC’s “Modern Family,” together with her longtime business partner Luis Balaguer and Emiliano Calemzuk, former president of Fox Television Studios, have formed Raze: a digital media company dedicated to producing “Latin-centered” content spanning scripted and unscripted formats on multiple platforms.

UTA and entertainment law firm Ziffren Brittenham Llp are founding partners and advisers for the Beverly Hills-based startup. Raze has closed a round of Series A funding from UTA, Greycroft Partners and Raine Ventures. With the investments, Brent Weinstein, partner and head of digital media at UTA, and Greycroft partner Mark Terbeek have joined the board of Raze.

Calemzuk, who is Raze’s CEO, declined to provide the funding amount but said it was in the mid seven figures. Raze, whose website is at raze.tv, plans to launch later this year as a mobile- and video-first destination that will be a hub for news, lifestyle »


- Todd Spangler

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Rapid Round: Edgar Ramirez on McConaughey’s 'Gold' Diet and Netflix's Groundbreaking 'Bright' (Q&A)

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Edgar Ramirez calls himself "the hunky geologist" in Gold, the Weinstein Co. mining drama in which he teams with Matthew McConaughey to excavate the jungles of Indonesia for the titular metal.

But long before he played the mysterious therapist in The Girl on the Train, the boxing legend in Hands of Stone or the risky thrill-seeker in Point Break, the Venezuelan actor pursued political journalism and hoped to become a diplomat. Though he has no regrets — "I have an amazing platform as an actor to try to help as much as I can," he said — politics remains »


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Karga Seven Expands Into Turkey With New Production Venture

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L.A.-based production company Karga Seven Pictures has launched a new production venture in Turkey, opening a permanent production office in Istanbul, parent company Red Arrow Entertainment Group announced Thursday.

Karga Seven Turkey will produce original content, including feature films, scripted and factual television, documentaries, game shows, and branded content for mobile and digital platforms. The new operation will be headed by Tamer Uner as president, Ozer Sata as CEO and Todd Cohen as chief creative officer. Cohen previously served with the company as Karga’s executive vice president of development.

“We have a strong and passionate connection to Turkey,” said Karga founding partner Emre Sahin. “I grew up in Turkey, and we’ve produced two feature films there [2015’s “Takim: Mahalle Askina!” and “The Team,” both directed by Sahin] as well as commercials and several non-fiction shows. With the country being the second-largest producer of television dramas in the world, it’s the perfect opportunity for us to enter the Turkish market.”

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Karga Seven Expands Into Turkey With New Production Venture

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L.A.-based production company Karga Seven Pictures has launched a new production venture in Turkey, opening a permanent production office in Istanbul, parent company Red Arrow Entertainment Group announced Thursday.

Karga Seven Turkey will produce original content, including feature films, scripted and factual television, documentaries, game shows, and branded content for mobile and digital platforms. The new operation will be headed by Tamer Uner as president, Ozer Sata as CEO and Todd Cohen as chief creative officer. Cohen previously served with the company as Karga’s executive vice president of development.

“We have a strong and passionate connection to Turkey,” said Karga founding partner Emre Sahin. “I grew up in Turkey, and we’ve produced two feature films there [2015’s “Takim: Mahalle Askina!” and “The Team,” both directed by Sahin] as well as commercials and several non-fiction shows. With the country being the second-largest producer of television dramas in the world, it’s the perfect opportunity for us to enter the Turkish market. »


- Robert Mitchell

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English-language ‘Anthropoid,’ ‘A Prominent Patient’ Dominate Czech Lion Nominations

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Anthropoid,” an English-language film based on the assassination of a Nazi officer in wartime Prague, and local biopic “A Prominent Patient” (“Masaryk”) dominated the Czech Lion Awards nominations, earning 12 and 14 nods respectively, including best film. Both films were eligible for nominations in 14 of 15 categories overall.

Anthropoid’s” British director, Sean Ellis, personally received nominations in four categories: best director, best screenplay (shared with co-writer Anthony Frewin), best photography and, as he also served as a producer, best film.

Cillian Murphy was nominated for best actor for his performance as Czech resistance fighter Josef Gabcik, and Jamie Dornan was nominated as best supporting actor playing Gabcik’s comrade in arms Jan Kubis. Both actors are Irish.

Anthropoid” (pictured) only missed out on nods in the best actress and supporting actress categories, with no recognition for Czech actress Anna Geislerova or Canada’s Charlotte Le Bon who play the female leads, and in the best documentary category, »


- Robert Mitchell

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Palm Springs Film Review: ‘Center of My World’

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Andreas Steinhofel’s prize-winning 1998 novel “The Center of the World” is considered an unusually ambitious and ornate work for Young Adult fiction — but one that proved so popular that the German author published a 2001 sequel. Still, the more complex a work, the trickier the adaptation into another medium. Its title — now “Center of My World” — isn’t the only thing that’s diminished in translation in Austrian director/writer Jakob M. Erwa’s third feature, which finds the book’s magical-realist air morphing into something a bit more cloyingly artificial.

Equal parts swoony Ya romantic fantasy and misfit-coming-of-age chronicle a la Xavier Dolan (and Jean-Marc Vallee’s “C.R.A.Z.Y.”), this deliberately over-the-top exercise will intoxicate some viewers while striking others as over-directed and overwrought. Its shiny bravado should heighten commercial prospects, however, and deals already in place for several territories assure the film’s status as one »


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Synergetic Distribution Acquires North American Rights to ‘Sami Blood’ (Exclusive)

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Los Angeles-based outfit Synergetic Distribution has picked up North American rights to critically acclaimed Swedish-Sami drama “Sami Blood” in the run-up to Sundance, where the movie will play in the Spotlight section.

“Sami Blood” was acquired from Scandinavian outfit LevelK, which represents the film in international markets.

Written and directed by first-time helmer Amanda Kernell, the film sheds light on Sweden’s colonial oppression of the indigenous Sami folk in the 1930s through the coming-of-age tale of a young reindeer-herding Sami girl who breaks free from her family and culture.

“It’s rare to come across a movie that is as honest and as universally loved as ‘Sami Blood,’ and I think this movie, though set in a specific time and place, speaks to anyone that has questioned their history or identity, or has felt out of place,” says Anatol Chavez, Synergetic Distribution’s head of acquisitions. “We’re excited »


- Elsa Keslassy

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Tartikoff Awards Celebrate TV’s Innovators and Influencers

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Miami — “Between Two Ferns” made a surprise appearance at this year’s Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards ceremony.

Josh Sapan, AMC Networks’ president-ceo, delivered a delightfully unconventional spin on a tribute video as he was honored Wednesday night along with YouTube’s Susanne Daniels, Univision’s Randy Falco, multihyphenate Eva Longoria and Fox’s Gary Newman and Dana Walden.

Sapan’s reel for the ceremony, held at the Fontainebleau Hotel as part of the annual Natpe conference, featured the veteran cable executive sitting for an offbeat interview with Zach Galifianakis on the mock talk show that has become a staple of Funny or Die. (AMC just bought a minority stake in the digital comedy service.)

Gale Anne Hurd, exec producer of AMC’s smash hit “The Walking Dead,” presented the kudo to Sapan, calling him a rare example of an executive who combines “a first-rate business mind with the heart of a creative.” Sapan »


- Cynthia Littleton

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