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Connie Britton Lands First Post-‘Nashville’ Role in Netflix’s ‘Land of Steady Habits’

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Connie Britton will play the lead role in Nicole Holofcener’s comedy-drama “The Land of Steady Habits” for Netflix, following her departure from CMT’s “Nashville.”

Britton is joining Ben Mendelsohn, Edie Falco and Thomas Mann in “Steady Habits,” based on the Ted Thompson novel. Anthony Bregman and Stefanie Azpiazu are producing through their Likely Story production company.

Holofcener is directing from her own script, based on a man in his fifties who implodes in the middle of affluent Connecticut life by leaving his wife. When the character — played by Mendelsohn — realizes he’s made a mistake, he tries to redeem his personal and professional missteps. Britton will play a divorcee who develops a connection with Mendelsohn’s character.

Britton has been nominated for four Emmys, including one for “Nasvhille” and two for “Friday Night Lights.” She appeared in »


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Bradley Whitford Joins Busy Philipps in NBC’s Tina Fey Pilot ‘The Sackett Sisters’

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The Sackett Sisters” is filling up its family tree.

The Tina Fey-produced comedy pilot at NBC has cast Bradley Whitford in a lead role, Variety has learned. Whitford joins previously announced star, Busy Philipps.

The Sackett Sisters” is a single-camera comedy about the Sackett family, which is reunited when two estranged sisters perform an act of public heroism and are forced to navigate the aftermath together. Whitford will play the character, Henry Sackett. Philipps will play one of the sisters, and the other sibling is still being cast, though insiders tell Variety a comic actress is in negotiations.

The pilot hails from “30 Rock” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” writer Luke Del Tredici, who will executive produce with Fey, Robert Carlock, and David MinerUniversal Television is producing with Fey’s Little Stranger shingle.

Whitford has courted a few pilot offers this season, both in comedy and drama. Lately, Whitford has earned critical praise for his role on Amazon »


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STX Weighing Legal Action Over Netflix Deal for Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ (Exclusive)

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Martin Scorsese’s upcoming mob movie “The Irishman” looks to be running into trouble as distributor STX is weighing legal action over Mexican producer Gaston Pavlovich’s pending deal with Netflix. STX bought all non-u.S. distribution rights to the Robert De Niro-starring movie last year in a $50-million deal that was the talk of the Cannes Film Festival.

But STX’s role in distributing the film was cast into doubt after Pavlovich and his Fabrica de Cine outfit tried to switch instead to a worldwide deal with Netflix. Meanwhile, “The Irishman” production budget is quickly ballooning to $125 million from its originally estimated cost of $100 million.

The studio released a terse statement through a spokesman.

“As a policy, STX does not comment on rumors or matters related to litigation,” the statement reads.

News of Netflix closing in on a global distribution deal for “The Irishman” has set off alarm »


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Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Scares Up $1.8 Million on Thursday

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Jordan Peele’s horror-thriller “Get Out” has opened with an impressive $1.8 million at 2,240 sites in Thursday night preview screenings starting at 7 p.m.

Universal-Blumhouse’s thriller about a young African-American man’s visit to his white girlfriend’s estate is coming into the market amid strong critical support with a rare 100% “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes. “Get Out” expands to 2,773 North American theaters on Friday, where it’s expected to gross $18 million on its opening weekend and challenge the third weekend of “The Lego Batman Movie” for box office leadership.

The film, starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford, is the feature directorial for Peele, best known for his Comedy Central series “Key & Peele.” The Fandango online ticket service reported that “Get Out” was accounting for a leading 32% of its sales Friday.

Get Out” should be highly profitable, given its modest $4.5 million price tag. Low-budget horror specialist »


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Freddie Highmore to Star in ABC Pilot ‘The Good Doctor’

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Freddie Highmore has found his next project — the “Bates Motel” star has been cast in the lead role in ABC’s drama pilot, “The Good Doctor,” Variety has learned.

The Good Doctor” tells the story of Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism who relocates from a quiet country life to join a prestigious hospital’s surgical unit. Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, Shaun uses his extraordinary medical gifts to win over his skeptical colleagues and save the lives of the patients he deeply cares for.

Highmore will play the central character, Dr. Shaun Murphy, who is described as being awkward at the best of times, not good with social interaction, but possessed of an engaging honesty and directness. A medical savant, Shaun has survived a troubled childhood to become a talented doctor. Unable to access emotions but brilliant and intuitive when it comes to medicine, Shaun »


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‘Captain Fantastic’s’ Matt Ross to Direct ‘Tomorrow and Tomorrow’ for TriStar

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After helming the Oscar-nominated “Captain Fantastic,” Matt Ross will direct an adaptation of Tom Sweterlitsch’s debut novel “Tomorrow and Tomorrow” for TriStar.

Mark Gordon will produce via The Mark Gordon Company along with Entertainment 360 and Lynette Howell Taylor.

Published in 2014, the novel is set in a near future world where humanity’s relationship with evolving virtual environments becomes isolating.

“‘Tomorrow and Tomorrow’ is prescient,” Ross said. “It posits a world not so dissimilar from today, a direction we are all clearly headed where technology has altered the ways in which we interact with each other and the world around us.”

He continued, “I hope to examine, following the book’s lead, the degree to which our lives are enhanced and deeply compromised by the technology that is already an inseparable part of our daily existence. Lynette and I couldn’t be more excited to collaborate with Hannah to translate »


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The Batman: Matt Reeves Will Officially Direct and Produce

23 February 2017 11:39 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

After an initial rumor, then having the negotiations break down entirely, Warner Bros. has officially hired Matt Reeves to direct The Batman, which will give the newest incarnation of the Caped Crusader a standalone story.  Come inside to check out the announcement!  

The film industry, like any other business, will go back and forth.  We've seen people attached to movies drop out at the last minute, and "done deals" entirely fall apart.  A couple weeks ago, after Ben Affleck dropped The Batman directing gig, word came out that Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes) was in talks to direct.  

The internet exploded at the possibility as he's a fantastic storyteller...but then last week, news came out that the negotiations had fallen apart and it looked like the WB would have to keep searching.  So imagine our surprise today when they revealed, »


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Lauren Graham to Star in Fox Comedy 'Linda From HR'

23 February 2017 11:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Lauren Graham is returning to broadcast television.

Fresh off Netflix's Gilmore Girls revival and NBC's gone but not forgotten family drama Parenthood, the actress has booked the lead role in the Fox comedy pilot "Linda From HR," The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The pilot was picked up pending casting, with Graham's commitment to the single-camera comedy lifting the contingency. Graham had received multiple offers this pilot season — all for comedies.

"Linda From HR" is a high-concept family comedy that explores the one bad decision that throws Linda's monotonous, unfulfilled life into an exciting but dangerous tailspin of »


- Lesley Goldberg

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Christine Dolce, MySpace Star ForBiddeN, Dies at 35 (Report)

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Christine Dolce, a former MySpace phenomena, has died, TMZ reported Friday. She was 35. Known as ForBiddeN on the early social media platform, Dolce amassed over 2.1 million friends on the site, making it one of its biggest stars. According to TMZ, she had been hospitalized since December after battling with alcohol-related issues and died from liver failure. The website states that she was surrounded by family and friends, and that her funeral was last week. More to come … »

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Oscars: Lapd Plans for ‘Multiple Scenarios’ With Three Tiers of Security

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The greatest suspense surrounding Sunday’s Academy Awards may surround questions of not “if” but “when.” When will the traffic backups near Hollywood Boulevard begin? When will “La La Land” win its first Oscar? When will the first statuette-holder unload on President Trump?

The 89th edition of Hollywood’s most important celebration comes during a time of unusual political turmoil and stark challenges for the entertainment industry. For one, the bulk of ticket sales are going to fewer films, the blockbuster sort that almost never get awarded on Oscar night.

For the second straight year, Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Dolby Theatre will be tented. While last year’s spring-like temperatures made the covering merely cosmetic, this year’s expected sub-60-degree temperatures and and possibly drizzling conditions will make the roof a welcome addition.

Before they get to the red carpet, the 3,300 guests will have to make their way through a three-tiered security perimeter. Though »


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Oscars: Lapd Plans for ‘Multiple Scenarios’ With Three Tiers of Security

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The greatest suspense surrounding Sunday’s Academy Awards may surround questions of not “if” but “when.” When will the traffic backups near Hollywood Boulevard begin? When will “La La Land” win its first Oscar? When will the first statuette-holder unload on President Trump?

The 89th edition of Hollywood’s most important celebration comes during a time of unusual political turmoil and stark challenges for the entertainment industry. For one, the bulk of ticket sales are going to fewer films, the blockbuster sort that almost never get awarded on Oscar night.

For the second straight year, Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Dolby Theater will be tented. While last year’s spring-like temperatures made the covering merely cosmetic, this year’s expected sub-60-degree temperatures and and possibly drizzling conditions will make the roof a welcome addition.

Before they get to the red carpet, the 3,300 guests will have to make their »


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8 Times Donald Trump Used Anonymous Sourcing, Which He Now Wants to Ban (Photos)

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President Trump said Friday that news outlets “shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name.” Which is strange, because he’s used a lot of anonymous sources himself. Here are some examples. In one three day period in August 2012, Trump posted three separate tweets citing an anonymous source, as The Daily Beast’s Colin Jones noted. Trump said one of the sources “called my office.” In you didn’t trust the “many people” or the “reliable source” cited in the previous tweets, Trump took care to describe this one as “extremely credible.” Two years after »


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CNN, NY Times Fire Back at White House’s ‘Unacceptable’ Exclusion From Press Briefing

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CNN and the New York Times have responded to the White House’s decision to block their reporters and those of other major news organizations from attending a press briefing on Friday. “This is an unacceptable development by the Trump White House. Apparently this is how they retaliate when you report facts they don’t like,” CNN said in a statement. “We’ll keep reporting regardless.” New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet issued his own statement, saying, “Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties. We strongly protest the exclusion of. »


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Oscars 2017 by the Numbers

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The 89th Academy Awards take place this Sunday, a day expected to be dominated by awards darling “La La Land,” which has earned a record-tying 14 nominations. The Oscars have a long history of upsets and shocking moments though, so this weekend could have its share of surprises.

Coming on the heels of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, perhaps the most heartening aspect of 2017’s “Oscar numbers” are that they suggest a more promising year for people of color. Black actors were shut out of the acting categories the last two years in a row.

Here are a few of the many compelling statistics about this year’s Oscars, courtesy of personal finance website WalletHub.

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First year in which black actors were nominated in every acting category. Denzel Washington is up for best actor in “Fences,” Ruth Negga for actress in “Loving, »


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Film Independent Spirit Awards Still a Showcase for New Talent

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In its earliest days, the Film Independent Spirit Awards’ choices appeared to emanate from a parallel universe to those of the Academy Awards. In its first decade, the fledgling organization’s best picture winner lined up with the Oscars only once, but the distinction went even further that that: Aside from both awards bodies naming “Platoon” best picture in 1986, there was not a single overlap between the Academy and the Indie Spirits’ nominees for the latter’s first nine editions.

Needless to say, things have changed. The American indie film movement managed to break its way into the august halls of the Academy in the 1990s, gradually took over, and the Spirit Awards have never seemed quite so radical since then. For the past three years in a row, the Spirits and the Oscars have lined up in the best pic category, and only three times in the current millennium »


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Street Artist Takes Aim at Oscars With Mocking Posters in Hollywood

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Los Angeles street artist Sabo, who took on “Birth of a Nation” director Nate Parker last year with modified movie posters saying “Rapist?,” unveiled a new, wide-ranging installation ahead of Sunday’s Oscars. The artist put up his real-looking posters overnight, with a large concentration at the intersection of Hollywood and Highland, where the ceremony is held. One poster, using a line from Quentin Tarantino’s “True Romance,” includes the quote, “All those a–holes make are unwatchable movies from unreadable books” next to an image of an Oscar. Also Read: Fake 'Birth of a Nation' Posters Tag Director-Star Nate Parker as 'Rapist? »


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ABC Marketing Head Marla Provencio to Exit Network After 35 Years

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ABC marketing chief Marla Provencio will depart the network after more than 35 years, TheWrap has confirmed. Network president Channing Dungey broke the news to staff on Friday in a memo. “Marla’s DNA is in ABC and it is hard to think about the brand without her,” Dungey wrote. “Her contributions to our success and what we stand for are limitless.” Provencio has held the title of executive vice president of marketing and chief marketing officer for ABC Entertainment since Nov. 2011. In that role, she oversaw all marketing activities for ABC’s primetime, daytime and late-night lineups. Also Read: Lea Michele »


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‘This Is Us,’ ‘The Comeback,’ ‘thirtysomething’ Panels Added to Atx TV Festival

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This Is Us” is coming to Austin. The next round of Atx Television Festival panels have been announced, and they include a “This Is Us” discussion, Lisa Kudrow’s “The Comeback,” and a “thirtysomething” reunion.

NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke will join “This Is Us” creator Dan Fogelman, executive producer Ken Olin, and stars Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore for a panel about the biggest success story of the 2016-17 TV season, which recently received a rare two-season renewal.

On the reunion side, “thirtysomething” cast members Ken Olin, Patricia Wettig, Peter Horton, Melanie Mayron, Timothy Busfield, and David Clennon — many of whom directed episodes of the series when it was on the air and have gone on to direct and produce several other series over the years — will be getting together to mark the 30th anniversary of the series.

Lisa Kudrow’s “The Comeback” is getting the reunion treatment as well. Co-creator »


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Sandrine Holt Books Female Lead in ABC’s Drama Pilot ‘The Crossing’

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Sandrine Holt will co-star in ABC’s pilot “The Crossing,” Variety has learned.

The “House of Cards” alum has been cast as the female lead in the drama, which is nearing a deal with her male co-lead, sources say.

In “The Crossing,” refugees from a war-torn country start showing up to seek asylum in an American town. Only the country these people are from is America and the war they are fleeing is 250 years in the future. The local sheriff with a past, a federal agent, and a mother in search of her missing refugee daughter drive the conspiracy-centered story.

The pilot was written by Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie, who will executive produce with Jason Reed. ABC Studios is producing the pilot.

Aside from “House of Cards,” Holt is known for AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead,” Crackle’s “The Art of More,” USA’s “Mr. Robot” and the CBS reboot of “MacGyver.”

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ABC Marketing Chief Marla Provencio to Depart Network

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Longtime ABC marketing chief Marla Provencio will leave the network after 35 years. Her exit was announced internally Friday in a memo to staff from Provencio and ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey.

Provencio was promoted to executive vice president, marketing, and chief marketing officer, ABC Entertainment, in November 2011, overseeing marketing for the network’s entertainment programming across all dayparts. She first began her career at ABC working in on-air promiotions in 1979. She was named executive vice president of marketing for ABC Entertainment in 2007, and had led the ABC’s marketing for many years prior.

Among the series she helped launch as the network’s marketing chief are “Modern Family,” “Once Upon a Time,” “How To Get Away With Murder,” “Resurrection,” “The Middle,” “Black-ish,” “Revenge,” “Castle,” “Marvel’s Agents of Shield,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Lost,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Scandal,” “Dancing with the Stars,” and “Shark Tank.”

A search for Provencio’s replacement is set to begin in the near future »


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