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Sundance: HBO Acquires ‘3 1/2 Minutes’ Doc on Jordan Davis Shooting

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HBO has licensed U.S. television rights to director Marc Silver’s “3 1/2 Minutes” following its premiere in documentary competition at the Sundance Film Festival.

The film centers on the 2012 shooting death of black teenager Jordan Davis at a Florida gas station and the subsequent trial of his killer, Michael Dunn.

Dunn was convicted on three counts of attempted second-degree murder for firing at three other teenagers who were with Davis and one count of firing into a vehicle. He was sentenced in October to life without parole.

HBO will air the film in the fall after its theatrical release.

“I am grieved that these continuing stories are everyday matters swept away,” said Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films. “By bringing this powerful film to HBO audiences, we hope to elevate the national conversation around these tragic issues.”

“3 1/2″ Minutes” is a production of the Filmmaker Fund / Motto Pictures, in association »

- Dave McNary

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Performer of the Week: Kerry Washington

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A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars

The Performer | Kerry Washington

The Show | Scandal

The Episode | “Run

The Airdate | January 29, 2015

The Performance | Even when grabbed from her home and (seemingly) whisked off to a dingy destination unknown, Olivia Pope has it handled. On-screen for nearly the entirety of the midseason premiere’s 43 minutes, Washington walked the fine line between fierce fixer and Marvel-caliber hero, as Liv slowly took stock of her environs and abductors, never acting too hastily and, for better or worse, never superhumanly seeing too many steps ahead.

Even when Olivia taunted Otto about his obvious No. »

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Whitney Houston’s Daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown Found Unconscious in Bathtub

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Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, was found unconscious in a bathtub in her home in Roswell, Ga., on Saturday morning.

The 21-year-old was rushed to the hospital, where doctors stabilized her breathing. She is now in the intensive care unit at North Fulton Hospital. Georgia’s CBS affiliate first reported the news.

Police responded to a 911 call after Brown’s husband, Nick Gordon, and Brown’s friend found her in the tub at 10:30 a.m. Et.

The two then performed CPR on her unresponsive body until the police and paramedics arrived, providing life-saving care.

Police told the Associated Press that the incident is still under investigation. The Roswell Police Department announced the news on its Facebook page, along with a photo of Brown’s residence.

The circumstances of the incident are eerie considering that Houston was found dead in a bathtub following a drug »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Watch: Key & Peele Talk Oscar Snubs in Super Bowl Sketch

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Friday night’s “Key & Peele Super Bowl Special” on Comedy Central takes on Hollywood’s version of the Big Game.

The comedic duo of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele reprise their roles as Seattle Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman (as seen in their “East/West Bowl” sketches) for an NFL press conference on a nontraditional topic: the Academy Awards.

Sherman can’t help but rant about Ava DuVernay’s Oscar snub for best director. After all, her Civil Rights drama “Selma” was nominated for best picture. On that note, why did Bennett Miller get a director nom if “Foxcatcher” was going to be left out of the best picture race, he asks, marveling at the “backwards” Academy.

Lynch, on the other hand, doesn’t have much to contribute as he repeated the phrase “biscuits and gravy” over and over again.


- Maane Khatchatourian

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TVLine Mixtape, Parenthood Edition: Your Fave Songs From All 6 Seasons

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May God bless and keep you always, and may your wishes all come true. If one of those wishes is a special TVLine Mixtape dedicated to the music of Parenthood, we’ve got just the thing for you!

What follows is an assortment of songs sprinkled throughout Parenthood’s six seasons, including artist and album information in case you want to add them to your personal collection.

Spoilers abound, and we chose songs that made us laugh and cry — but we always love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. They might even come in handy if we ever feel the »

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Ratings: Shark Tank Slips, Dixie Drops, CBS and NBC Dramas Tick Down

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CBS’ Undercover Boss (with 8.1 million total viewers and a 1.3 rating), Hawaii Five-0 (10.4 mil/1.4) and Blue Bloods (11.9 mil/1.3) all dropped a few eyeballs and a tenth in the demo this Friday night.

Blue Bloods, however, as usual commanded the night’s largest total audience.

Over on NBC, Constantine (3.3 mil/0.8) and Grimm (4.8 mil/1.2) both dipped in audience and in the demo.

ABC’s Last Man Standing (7.5 mil/1.3) and Cristela (5.7 mil/1.1) each added some viewers while steady in the demo; Shark Tank (7.9 mil/1.9) slipped 8 and 14 percent from its recent season highs but led the night in the demo.

Fox’s Funniest Fails (3.1 mil/1.1) inched up a tenth, »

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Best 'Glee' Quotes from 'The Hurt Locker, Part 2'

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Attention Gleeks: Here are the best and funniest quotes from McKinley in the fifth episode of season 6 of Glee, ?The Hurt Locker, Part 2.? Also, check out our recap of this episode.

Official Synopsis from Fox: "Sue is at it again, trying to mend relationships that she thinks need mending. Meanwhile, Kitty helps Rachel find the perfect set list to win the invitational and Sam recruits football player Spencer to join the glee club." »

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‘Boyhood’, ‘Grand Budapest’, ‘Lego Movie’ Score Big At 65th Ace Eddie Awards — Complete Winners List

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Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel took the respective top prizes for drama and comedy tonight at the 65th American Cinema Editors Awards. Oscar snubee The Lego Movie continued to rack up awards-season wins, scoring the trophy for Best Edited Animated Feature Film, while Citizenfour added the Ace Eddie to its winning streak for documentary feature. The ceremony, hosted by 24 actress Mary Lynn Rajskub at the Beverly Hilton, saw Grand Budapest check in with the upset win… »

- Ross A. Lincoln

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Pilots: CBS Adds David Shore/Bryan Cranston Drama, James Patterson Riff

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CBS on Friday night ordered another two drama pilots, each with interesting pedigrees.

Having already made a production commitment to the project, CBS officially greenlit a pilot for Sneaky Pete, which is being written and exec-produced by House creator David Shore and Breaking Bad Emmy winner Bryan Cranston.

The series follows a thirtysomething con man who upon leaving prison assumes the identity of a cellmate and then hides from debtors by toiling for his “new” family’s bail bond business. There, he uses his prowess to take down bad guys worse than himself, all while his pretty “cousin” grows suspicious of his motives. »

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CBS Orders Drama Pilots from Rene Balcer, David Shore

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CBS has picked up two more drama pilots, “For Justice” and “Sneaky Pete,” both of which have big star power behind the camera.

“For Justice,” from CBS TV Studios, has veteran showrunner Rene Balcer of “Law & Order” at the helm as writer and exec producer. Robert De Niro is also attached to exec produce, along with Jane RosenthalJames PattersonBill RobinsonLeopoldo Gout and co-exec producer Berry Welsh. The drama centers on a female FBI agent working in the Criminal Section of the Department of Civil Rights Division who finds herself caught between her radical real family and her professional family. The project is based on James Patterson’s novel “The Thomas Berryman Number.”

Sneaky Pete” comes from “House M.D.” creator David Shore, who will pen the project, along with co-writer Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad.” The series follows a thirty-something conman who takes the identity of his past cellmate upon leaving jail. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Pilots: ABC Orders Comedies About Johnny Knoxville, NBA Odd Couple, Genius Kids, Plus 4 Others

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ABC on Friday night ordered a whopping seven comedy pilots, including the real-life story of a young Johnny Knoxville, an NBA rookie with translation issues and three couples who (shockingly) are staying married in America.

The projects are as follows:

Untitled Johnny Knoxville Pilot | Courtesy of narration from the man himself, Johnny Knoxville recalls life growing up in the “outlaw culture” of Knoxville, Tenn., and how it shaped him into one of the most notorious pranksters of our time. Written by Victor Fresco (Better Off Ted).

Delores & Jermaine | Based on comedian Jermaine Fowler’s real-life experience, this comedy finds lazy-yet-inventive »

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ABC Orders Seven Comedy Pilots Including Johnny Knoxville Project

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ABC has picked up seven comedy pilots, including an untitled Johnny Knoxville project.

Hailing from ABC Studios, the family comedy based on Knoxville’s life will follow a 12-year-old Johnny in his hometown of Knoxville, Tenn.; The series, which Knoxville will narrate, will expose the childhood experiences that inspired him to become the prankster that he is today. Knoxville will also exec produce with Michael Rotenberg and Dave Becky of 3 Arts. Comedy vet Victor Fresco wrote the pilot and is exec producing.

The net also ordered a pilot for multicamera comedy “Delores & Jermaine,” based on the life of comedian Jermaine Fowler. Fowler stars as a millennial who moves in with his strict estranged grandmother, a football-loving former cop who needs Jermaine’s youthful enthusiasm just as much as he needs her parenting. Rotenberg (3 Arts) will also produce this laffer through ABC Studios, along with Fowler, Danny Chun and Avi Gilbert. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Ground Floor Cancelled at TBS

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Ground Floor is taking the stairway to heaven.

TBS has cancelled Bill Lawrence’s underrated workplace sitcom, TVLine has learned exclusively.

The show’s Feb. 10 Season 2 closer will now serve as its series finale.

Interestingly, Ground Floor — which stars Skylar Astin and Briga Heelan — opened its sophomore run in December with 1.4 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating, and at last count pulled 1.7 mil/0.7 (leading into Cougar Town’s 1 mil/0.5). Season 1 averaged 1.8 million weekly viewers, with Live+& DVR playback factored in. (Translation: Huh?)

Update: A TBS rep maintains that Ground Floor has not been officially cancelled.

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Glee Recap: Love in an Elevator

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What the world… needs now… is Klaine… sweet Klaine.

That was Sue’s mantra throughout Friday’s Glee as the couple’s ultimate ‘shipper took drastic measures to get Kurt and Blaine back together. And it worked! (Well, sort of.)

Channeling her inner Jigsaw — no, seriously, she actually constructed an animatronic doll of herself based on the iconic Saw villain — Sue trapped Kurt and Blaine in a (fake) elevator with one simple ultimatum: Get down to business or get comfortable. And although the exes initially resisted temptation, instead opting to pass the time with flirty conversation, they eventually caved, going »

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Pilots: ABC Orders College Conspiracy, Modern Oil Boom Dramas, Others

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ABC on Friday night ordered four more drama pilots, revolving around a healthcare advocate, a secret college society, a modern-day oil boom and a family of lawyers.

The projects are as follows:

Kingmakers | When his sister is found dead during her freshman year at an Ivy League university, a young man adopts a new identity to infiltrate the school and its century-old secret society — populated by privileged students, ambitious faculty, and high-profile alums — to investigate. Written by Sallie Patrick (Revenge).

The Advocate | Penned by Sheldon Turner (Straight Outta Compton ), this follows a type-a businesswoman who experiences firsthand the hazards of our healthcare system, »

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Drama From ‘Revenge’ Producer Among ABC Pilot Orders

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ABC has ordered four drama pilots, “Boom,” “The Adversaries,” “The Advocate” and “Kingmakers” from “Revenge” producer Sallie Patrick.

Written and exec produced by Patrick for ABC Studios, “Kingmakers” takes place at an elite Ivy League university that is rocked by a student’s sudden death, prompting Her brother to take on a new identity to infiltrate the school and its century-old secret society, consisting of privileged students, ambitious faculty and high-profile alums, in order to investigate the young woman’s death.

“Boom,” from ABC Studios, centers on the biggest oil discovery in American history, which has triggered a geopolitical shift and an economic boom in North Dakota — the greatest since the American Gold Rush in 1849. Set in a modern-day “Wild West,” the drama, written by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne, tracks the pilgrimage of a young, ambitious couple, seeking a better life, to the oil fields of the Bakken, where they come across roughnecks, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Sundance: Jennifer Lopez and Viola Davis on Hollywood Diversity, TV Careers and ‘Lila & Eve’

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This year’s Sundance Film Festival closes with “Lila & Eve,” a gritty crime drama starring Jennifer Lopez and Viola Davis as two moms who lose their children to crime, and take vigilantism into their own hands. The two actresses, who first worked together on 1998’s “Out of Sight,” share other common ground. Both of the leading ladies juggle television (Lopez on “American Idol,” Davis on “How to Get Away With Murder”) with film careers. They talked to Variety separately by phone this week about their new movie, diversity in Hollywood and why it’s still so hard to get financing for a project with two female leads.

Viola, when did you first meet Jennifer?

Davis: “Out of Sight” was my second film. I was so excited — I thought, “I’ve made it. I’m going to be a star.” I only had three days on it, but we clicked immediately. »

- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 5 First Looks – Photo Gallery

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In anticipation of the upcoming Season 5 premiere of Game Of Thrones on April 12, HBO today threw out not only a trailer but also some visual breadcrumbs to keep fans of the blockbuster series guessing about what's next. Click on the photo to launch our gallery. The photos don't really reveal what’s in story for Arya Stark and Sansa Stark — both of who were in some very new situations, to put it mildly, at the end of last season — but we know they still have a role to… »

- Dominic Patten

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Fox’s Lines Up Super Bowl Ad For ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ – Video

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Here’s a look at the spot for Fox’s Kingsman: The Secret Service that will air during pregame for Sunday’s Super Bowl. The stylishly comic espionage actioner follows a veteran secret agent (Colin Firth) who leads a young protege (Taron Egerton) into the shadowy business. The kid gets into the agency's ultra-competitive training program just as a twisted tech genius threatens the world. Samuel L. Jackson also stars. Fox shifted the release date a few times before settling o… »

- The Deadline Team

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'NCIS' Episode 12.14 Photos: A Case Causes Tony to Flashback to His Days in Military School

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Official photos for NCIS Season 12.

From CBS: NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), a former Marine gunnery sergeant whose skills as an investigator are unmatched, leads this troupe of colorful personalities. Gibbs, a man of few words, only needs a look to explain it all. The team includes NCIS Special Agent Anthony Dinozzo (Michael Weatherly), an ex-homicide detective whose instincts in the field are unparalleled and whose quick wit and humorous take on life make him a team favorite; NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee (Sean Murray), an MIT graduate whose brilliance with computers far overshadows his insecurities in the field; and the newest member of the team, Probationary Agent Eleanor ?Ellie? Bishop (Emily Wickersham), a mysterious mixture of analytic brilliance, fierce determination and idealism who specializes in international threat assessment and global preparation. Assisting the team is the youthful and energetic forensic specialist Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette), a »

- editor@buddytv.com

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