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Scandal Season 5: The Strain’s Mia Maestro Cast in Mystery Role

Scandal is about to get injected with The Strain. Mia Maestro, who stars in the FX vampire drama, has joined Season 5 of the Kerry Washington-led series. As Deadline reports, details regarding Maestro’s character (like all new ones on Scandal) are being kept under wraps, but the role is described as “major recurring,” which means that she should have a pretty big impact in the show’s upcoming fifth season. No other information about when she will make her Scandal debut or how many episodes she will recur in is available at this time. As mentioned above, Maestro is currently a series regular on FX’s The Strain, portraying the character of Nora Martinez. Her other TV credits include Alias, The Summit, Person of Interest, and, most recently, Hannibal. Maestro’s casting comes on the heels of two of Scandal‘s recurring players from last season, Portia de Rossi
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Paramount buys Chris Rock's Top Five

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Paramount buys Chris Rock's Top Five
Paramount Pictures has secured worldwide distribution rights to Chris Rock’s Top Five. The comedy – written, directed by and starring Rock – received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last Saturday.

The studio reportedly paid in the region of $12.5m for the film, the only available title at the festival to earn near unanimous acclaim and create buzz in what has been a low-key Toronto for acquisitions.

Review: Top Five

Top Five also stars Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J B Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che and Jay Pharoah.

Scott Rudin and Eli Bush produced and Barry Diller and Scott Rudin’s Iacf financed. Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter and Kanye West are co-producers and Questlove is the executive music producer. UTA negotiated the deal on behalf of the Iacf and the filmmakers.

Elsewhere, Saban Films acquired its third film since launching prior to Cannes. The distributor
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Par buys Chris Rock's Top Five

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Par buys Chris Rock's Top Five
Paramount Pictures has secured worldwide distribution rights to Chris Rock’s Top Five. The comedy – written, directed by and starring Rock – received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last Saturday.

The studio reportedly paid in the region of $12.5m for the film, the only available title at the festival to earn near unanimous acclaim and create buzz in what has been a low-key Toronto for acquisitions.

Review: Top Five

Top Five also stars Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J B Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che and Jay Pharoah.

Scott Rudin and Eli Bush produced and Barry Diller and Scott Rudin’s Iacf financed. Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter and Kanye West are co-producers and Questlove is the executive music producer. UTA negotiated the deal on behalf of the Iacf and the filmmakers.

Elsewhere, Saban Films acquired its third film since launching prior to Cannes. The distributor
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Paramount to distribute Chris Rock's Top Five

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Paramount to distribute Chris Rock's Top Five
Comedy written and directed by Chris Rock received its world premiere in Toronto at the weekend.

Paramount Pictures has secured worldwide distribution rights to Chris Rock’s Top Five. The comedy - written, directed by and starring Rock - received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last Saturday.

Review: Top Five

Brad Grey, chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, said: “Chris and I go back decades, both personally and professionally, and so I am particularly proud to have watched his career grow to its highest heights over many decades.

“This film showcases brilliantly how talented Chris is as a filmmaker and storyteller and we are thrilled to be partnering with him, [producer] Scott Rudin and my longtime friend, the legendary Barry Diller and Iacf for its worldwide launch.”

Top Five tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen (Rock), whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy
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'Under the Dome': Rachelle Lefevre wants to be buried with 'She Comes Undone'

On CBS' summer hit "Under the Dome," Rachelle Lefevre plays Julia, who, like many of the other characters she's played, is fearless.

Julia is a reporter, and like Lefevre's other recent TV roles as doctors, she is a strong, determined woman. This time, however, Lefevre didn't shadow a journalist to inform her character.

"Normally when I am playing a certain profession, I do spend time with cops and doctors," she tells Zap2it from Wilmington, N.C., where the show was shooting. "There is something about playing a journalist, as a solo mission, and it is something one can excel at or be bad at. I was less interested in the skill and more interested in what kind of person becomes a journalist."

Julia is a doctor's wife, or as the audience knows from the show's beginning, a doctor's widow, so Julia would have more money than most print reporters working on a small-town daily.
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Winners at the 25th Gemini Awards

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Yesterday, the winners at the 25th Gemini Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Emmy Awards, were revealed as Corey Monteith (Glee) was hosting that night. Moreover, Degrassi Junior High/Degrassi: The Next Generation was crowned by the public as the best Canadian TV series of the last 25 years.

Without further ado, here's the list of winners.

Best Animated Program or Series:

Glen Martin, Dds

Best Children or Youth Fiction Program or Series:

Overruled!

Best Children's or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series:

Canada's Super Speller

Best Comedy Program or Series:

Less Than Kind

Best Cross-Platform Project - Children’s and Youth:

Taste Buds

Best Cross-Platform Project - Fiction:

Being Erica Webisodes

Best Cross-Platform Project - Non-Fiction:

Kraft Hockeyville 2010

Best Documentary Series:

Licence To Drill

Best Dramatic Mini-Series:

The Summit

Best Dramatic Series:

The Tudors

Best General/Human Interest Series:

Tosca: Flexing at 49

Best History Documentary Program:

Paris 1919

Best Original Program or
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Nominations for the 2010 Gemini Awards

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Today, the Canadian Academy revealed the nominees for the 25th Gemini Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Emmy Awards. So without further ado, let's reveal those who have graced our land of television in fall 2009 and winter 2010.

1. Best Animated Program or Series:

* Glenn Martin, Dds

* Guess With Jess

* Johnny Test

* Kid Vs Kat

* Wapos Bay

2. Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series:

* Degrassi: The Next Generation

* Overruled!

* Pillars of Freedom

* That's So Weird!

* Total Drama Action

3. Best Children's or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series:

* A World of Wonders

* Canada's Super Speller

* Survive This

* Tvokids: Mark's Moments

4. Best Comedy Program or Series:

* Dan for Mayor

* Less Than Kind

* Little Mosque on the Prairie

* Pure Pwnage

* The Rick Mercer Report

5. Best Dramatic Miniseries:

* Alice

* The Phantom

* The Summit

6. Best Dramatic Series:

* Durham County

* Flashpoint

* Republic of Doyle

* Stargate Universe

* The Tudors

7. Best Music, Variety Program or Series

* 2009 Much Music Video Awards
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Winners at the 14th Wgc Awards

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Yesterday, the ceremony of the Writers Guild of Canada Awards was hosted by comedian Debra Digiovanni. During that night, the winners, who work either in the film or television industry, were revealed.

Dishing out the awards were special guest presenters including Yannick Bisson (Murdoch Mysteries), Kristin Booth (Crackie, Young People Fucking), Inga Cadranel (The Bridge, Rent-a-Goalie), Enrico Colantoni (Flashpoint), and screenwriters Mark Farrell (Corner Gas, Dan for Mayor), Michael McGowan (Saint Ralph, One Week), Jennifer Pertsch (6Teen, Total Drama Island), Christin Simms (Captain Flamingo, Dino Dan), Shelley Eriksen (ReGenesis) and Leila Basen & David Preston (Heartland).

Now, without further ado, let's present the winners.

Animation:

Total Drama Action - “The Sand Witch Project”

Written by Shelley Scarrow

Children & Preschool:

Max and Ruby - “Max Says Goodbye”

Written by Kate Barris

Documentary:

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet – 40 Years of One Night Stands

Narration written by Robert Lower

Episodic half-hour:

Less Than Kind -
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Finalists at the 2010 Wgc Screenwriting Award

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The Writers Guild of Canada (Wgc) just announced the finalists for the Wgc Screenwriting Awards. Those finalists come from the industry of television, filmmaking and web series. Besides, comedian Debra Digiovanni will host the 14th Annual Wgc Screenwriting Awards on April 19, 2010.

So, the finalists are...

Animation:

* Grossology - "New Recruits." Written by Richard Clark.

* Total Drama Action - "Crouching Courtney, Hidden Owen." Written by Alex Ganetakos.

* League of Super Evil - “Glory Hog." Written by Philippe Ivanusic-Vallee and Davila LeBlanc

* Total Drama Action - "The Sand Witch Project." Written by Shelley Scarrow.

Children & Preschool

* Max and Ruby - "Max Says Goodbye." Written by Kate Barris.

* Max and Ruby - "Ruby's Good Neighbor Report." Written by Shelley Hoffman & Robert Pincombe.

* Zigby - "Zigby's Collection." Written by Louise Moon

Documentary:

* Malls R Us (Feature Version). Written by Helene Klodawsky.

* The Royal Winnipeg Ballet - 40 Years of One Night Stands. Narration Written by Robert Lower.
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New Clip From The Twilight Saga: New Moon

MTV has debuted this new clip from the Chris Weitz-directed The Twilight Saga: New Moon , opening in theaters on November 20th. The clip is from the scene featuring Bella's birthday. The Summit Entertainment sequel stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Rachelle Lefevre, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Michael Sheen and Dakota Fanning. You can watch the clip using the player below. International visitors can download the clip in QuickTime here .
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'Twilight' and 'New Moon' star Rachelle Lefevre: what has been, and what will be

No, the sun has not set for Twilight and The Twilight Saga: New Moon star Rachelle Lefevre. Lefevre, whose replacement in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse by Bryce Dallas Howard caused a bit of an uproar yesterday, has a lot to look forward to - and it appears Twilight fans will be following her career very closely. Obviously, Lefevre will appear in Barney's Version. Barney's Version ... Rachelle Lefevre will also appear in Casino Jack, with Barry Pepper Kevin Spacey ... Lefevre's film The Pool Boys is set to be released ... She began her work in films about ten years ago in 1999's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. ... Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, Life In The Balance, Dead Awake, Abandon, Deception, Hatley High .. television shows, including Big Wolf On Campus, Life On A Stick, Bones, Veronica Mars, Four Kings, What About Brian, How I Met Your Mother, The Closer, CSI: NY, Swingtown, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,
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Twilight star Rachelle Lefevre sticks to her Canadian roots

Born in Montreal, Twilight and The Twilight Saga: New Moon star Rachelle Lefevre has apparently made it a self-mission to keep to her Canadian roots, professionally. According to an article by the Canadian Press, Lefevre has been quoted to state that when she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career, she made a promise to herself that she would return to a Canadian film set at least once a year. The Canadian Press say that she has, so far, been successful in that endeavor between her work on The Summit...
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