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‘Nikita’ Star Lyndsy Fonseca Joins ‘Agent Carter’

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Nikita” star Lyndsy Fonseca has joined ABC and Marvel’s “Agent Carter” in a recurring role, Marvel announced Friday.

The actress will play Angie Martinelli, an aspiring actress who befriends Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) in the midseason “Captain America” spinoff.

“‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’ opens up an exciting world of new characters for us,” said Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s head of TV. “Lyndsy brings a warmth and humanity to Angie, who’ll be the friend Peggy needs if she’s to survive the dangers that lie ahead.”

Fonseca joins other recently announced “Agent Carter” cast additions James D’Arcy, Enver Gjokaj and Chad Michael Murray. The series stars Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter as she attempts to balance routine office work for the Strategic Scientific Reserve with the secret missions she undertakes with inventor Howard Stark, played by Dominic Cooper.

In addition to her series regular role on The CW’s “Nikita, »


- Laura Prudom

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Samantha Harris Is 'Elated' to Be Cancer Free

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Difficult doesn't begin to describe the past six months for Samantha Harris. But now that she is officially cancer free, she can get back to work - for herself, and for others. "When I officially got past my second stage of reconstruction surgery, which was the third surgery I'd had this year, and I reached that six-week mark after surgery, that was when I got the all clear," the former Dancing with the Stars and Entertainment Tonight host told People Thursday. Harris, 40, underwent a double mastectomy in May after being diagnosed with breast cancer a month earlier. "I could do whatever I wanted, »


- Tim Nudd, @nudd

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Samantha Harris Is 'Elated' to Be Cancer Free

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Difficult doesn't begin to describe the past six months for Samantha Harris. But now that she is officially cancer free, she can get back to work - for herself, and for others. "When I officially got past my second stage of reconstruction surgery, which was the third surgery I'd had this year, and I reached that six-week mark after surgery, that was when I got the all clear," the former Dancing with the Stars and Entertainment Tonight host told People Thursday. Harris, 40, underwent a double mastectomy in May after being diagnosed with breast cancer a month earlier. "I could do whatever I wanted, »


- Tim Nudd, @nudd

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‘Haven’ Star Emily Rose Talks Mara-Audrey Aftermath and ‘Orphan Black’ Comparisons

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Syfy's “Haven” pulled off a twist no one saw coming when it separated its leading lady into two distinct — but identical — characters. Series star Emily Rose, who now plays both Audrey Parker and her evil counterpart Mara, told TheWrap that she's glad she gets to keep both personalities for the foreseeable future. See photos: ‘American Horror Story’ to ‘True Detective': 8 Anthology Series That Are Changing TV “I was a little scared to let Mara go,” Rose said. “Fortunately, I didn't have to do that.” Mara and Audrey are now running around Haven, Maine, at the same time, though Audrey has. »


- Linda Ge

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Abu Dhabi: Empire Will Release ‘From A to B’ in the Middle East

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Pan-Arab film distributor Empire Intl. will release Abu Dhabi fest opener “From A to B,” by Ali Mostafa, in the Middle East, starting on Jan. 1.

Empire has a close rapport with “A to B” co-financer Image Nation, having successfully released Image Nation-produced chiller “Djinn,” by Tobe Hooper, in 2013.

The Lebanese company sub-distributes for both Sony and Twentieth Century Fox across the Arab world.

Young Emirati director Mostafa has broken new ground with “From A to B,” a pan-Arab road movie in which three Western-educated youths from different Arab countries travel 1,500 miles from Abu Dhabi to Beirut, amid the region’s turbulence, in memory of their deceased best friend.

Mostafa spoke to Variety‘s Nick Vivarelli about the challenges of getting the tone right.

Q: You’ve taken a typical Hollywood genre, the road movie, and transposed it to an Arab setting. Was that difficult?

A: I love road films. I always wanted to make one. »


- Nick Vivarelli

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Abu Dhabi: Image Nation Sets Doc Slate for Tyro Division

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Abu Dhabi’s Image Nation is delving into documentary production with pics on strong societal topics, such as “Every Last Child,” pictured above, by U.K. director Tom Roberts, which examines efforts to fight the polio epidemic in Pakistan, where the Taliban have imposed a ban on the vaccine. “Child” is set to have its world premiere at the Doc NYC fest in November.

The first Image Nation doc out of the gate is “As One: The Autism Project,” directed by Tricia Regan (“Autism: The Musical”), which will launch Saturday at the Abu Dhabi fest with a red carpet gala. It’s about how the UAE’s multi-ethnic society is contending with autism, which in the Arab world, is viewed by some as a shameful condition.

“The (documentary) division was started to tackle issue that are important locally and also globally,” said Image Nation’s Danielle Perissi, who is head of marketing and doc productions. »


- Nick Vivarelli

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Google Executive Breaks Daredevil Felix Baumgartner's Outer Space Freefall Record

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Alan Eustace, senior vice president of knowledge at Google, free-fell from 135,890 feet up in the stratosphere and broke the world altitude record in the process. The executive made the jump in the New Mexico desert on Friday after he was lifted into space by a balloon filled with 35,000 cubic feet of helium to an altitude of over than 25 miles, before being cut free by a small explosive device. See photos: Moguls Converge on Sun Valley for Allen & Co. Retreat (Photos) “It was amazing,” Eustace, 57, told The New York Times after his magnificent leap. ”It was beautiful. You could see the. »

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ABC's ‘Manhattan Love Story’ Is First Cancellation Casualty of New Season

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ABC's romantic comedy chronicling the courtship of two New Yorkers has been canceled. The Tuesday night sitcom, which was paired with fellow freshman sitcom “Selfie,” failed to resonate with audiences in its 8:30 timeslot. Jake McDorman and Analeigh Tipton star in the half-hour comedy as a pair of young people who are set up and then awkwardly fumble their way into a romance. The show was characterized by the duo's internal dialogue layered over each of their scenes. See photos: Fall TV Preview: 85 New and Returning Shows “Manhattan Love Story” debuted to a 1.3 rating, which marked a 55 percent slide from. »


- Linda Ge

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ABC's 'Manhattan Love Story' Canceled

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ABC has pulled the plug on freshman comedy Manhattan Love Story.  The network made the decision late Friday and will replace the comedy with back-to-back original episodes of fellow rookie Selfie on Tuesdays starting Nov. 4. ABC already planned to preempt the series next week. The Analeigh Tipson and Jake McDorman comedy from Jeff Lowell and ABC Studios opened to a paltry 4.3 million total viewers and a 1.3 in the all-important adults 18-49 demographic, down from its Selfie lead-in. Week two of the rom-com slipped to 3.2 million total viewers

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Sarah Hyland Talks Overcoming Adversity: People "Have to Go Through Things" to Become Who They Are

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Sarah Hyland is finding plenty of reasons to smile again—and the adorable dog she was sitting with on The Meredith Vieira Show was only one of them. But the Modern Family star, who told E! News this week that she's doing great, recently went through an incredibly hard time with her last relationship, which ultimately ended with her obtaining a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, alleging he had been violent and threatened her. Vieira herself recently opened up about a past abusive relationship, and she asked Hyland in an interview airing Monday how she managed to overcome the adversity she faced in her personal life to get to the place she's in now. "There are two quotes »


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Oscar experts predict 'Birdman' will get 10 nominations

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"Birdman" lands in movie theaters as a formidable Oscar contender with strong support from critics (93% at Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences (A- Cinemascore), too. Happily, it also received a warm welcome when shown to voters at its official academy screening last week. According to our Experts' predictions, "Birdman" will reap 10 nominations: Best Picture, Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), Actor (Michael Keaton), Supporting Actor (Edward Norton), Supporting Actress (Emma Stone), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design and Music Score. Possibly, visual effects, too. -Break- Currently, it's ahead to win in two races (Best Actor, Cinematography) and is within striking distance (top three slots) in six more: Director, Supporting Actor (Edward Norton), Supporting Actress (Emma Stone), Original Screenplay, Editing and even Best Picture. Keaton has a commanding lead in the Best Actor contes »


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Oscar experts give 'Birdman' great odds in 10 top races

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"Birdman" lands in movie theaters as a formidable Oscar contender with strong support from critics (93% at Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences (A- Cinemascore), too. Happily, it also received a warm welcome when shown to voters at its official academy screening last week. According to our Experts' predictions, "Birdman" will reap 10 nominations: Best Picture, Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), Actor (Michael Keaton), Supporting Actor (Edward Norton), Supporting Actress (Emma Stone), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design and Music Score. Possibly, visual effects. -Break- Currently, it's ahead to win in two races (Best Actor, Cinematography) and is within striking distance (top three slots) in six more: Director, Supporting Actor (Edward Norton), Supporting Actress (Emma Stone), Original Screenplay, Editing and even Best Picture. Keaton has a commanding lead in the Best Actor contest wit »


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Paul Greengrass Directing Berlin Wall Drama ‘The Tunnels’ (Exclusive)

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FilmNation Entertainment has acquired film rights to Greg Mitchell’s book proposal for Berlin Wall drama “The Tunnels” and attached “Captain Phillips” director Paul Greengrass to helm.

Mark Gordon (“The Messenger,” “Saving Private Ryan”) will produce the escape drama with FilmNation, which is continuing to amplify its production and financing activity on high-profile projects.

“The Tunnels” is the untold true story of a great escape before the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. The story focuses on a group of West Germans trying to get their loved ones out of East Berlin, with the unlikely help of American news networks, who funded their expedition.

The deal was brokered by Aaron Ryder and Alison Cohen on behalf of FilmNation, and CAA, which will represent the film’s domestic distribution rights.

“Finding an untold true story of this caliber is such a rarity,” Ryder said. “Greg’s proposal will make for a very human and cinematic experience. »


- Dave McNary

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‘Grimm’ Star David Giuntoli on the Loss of Nick's Powers: ‘He Grieves It’

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It's a new chapter for “Grimm” as it launches its fourth season on Friday. Its hero, a member of a class of humans who are able to see demons among us, has lost his superhuman abilities. “He deals with loss the same as every other person,” star David Giuntoli, who plays Nick Burkhardt, told TheWrap. “He grieves it.” On the Season 3 finale, Nick's powers were stolen from him via a spell cast by witch aka hexenbiest, Adalind (Claire Coffee). But, the loss doesn't mean the demon-fighting is over. See photos: Fall TV Preview: 85 New and Returning Shows “He has to remember why he. »


- Jethro Nededog

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Taylor Swift's 1989 Leaks Online—but Prepare to Face the Wrath of Her Fans If You Listen to It

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'Cause the leakers gonna leak, leak, leak, leak, leak... Unfortunately, Taylor Swift's fear of having her highly anticipated pop album 1989 leaked online came true just a few days before it's official release (it hits stores this Monday). The first song to hit YouTube was "Blank Space," which was yanked by her label Big Machine Records within hours. New York magazine reports that some of the leaks could have stemmed from Target because hackers nabbed not only the 13 main tracks off 1989, but the 19 songs crafted exclusively for the Target edition. Meanwhile, those over at Vulture are pointing fingers at France, or at least somewhere French-speaking. "If you downloaded the »


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Tokyo Festival and Japan Foundation Reach Out to Asian Region

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Tokyo — A link up with the Japan Foundation arts and education institute is being pitched as a key plank of the Tokyo International Film Festival’s outreach program to the Asian region.

The festival has struck a multi-year deal with the Japan Foundation’s recently created Asia Center to help it bring in Asian films and film-makers to Tokyo and also to expand Japanese cultural influence in Asia.

The most visible impact at the 2014 edition of the festival is the new ‘Crosscut Asia’ section will showcase the hidden gems of Thai cinema.

“We are creating the occasion to screen and showcase Asian films, one country at a time. This year is Thailand, next year it could be Indonesia or The Philippines,” said Yasushi Shiina, the Tokyo festival’s director. “The ultimate aim is to show more Japanese films in those countries too. Perhaps in six months time we can take »


- Patrick Frater

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