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Sidney Poitier Documentary in the Works at Studio Sidecar Productions

Sidney Poitier Documentary in the Works at Studio Sidecar Productions
An authorized documentary about Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier is among the diverse slate of projects in the works at the downtown L.A.-based Studio Sidecar Productions, the company announced Tuesday.

Michael Dunaway (“21 Years: Richard Linklater”) is directing and producing the untitled Poitier doc, which is sanctioned by the star’s family and co-produced by Studio Sidecar founder and president Glenn Kalison.

Reginald Poitier, Jeffrey Poitier, The Mass Appeal, Barbara Kopple and Danny Glover are also producing. The film, about the first black performer to win the Academy Award for Best Actor (for 1963’s “Lilies of the Field”), is currently in production and is expected to be released in 2019.

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Studio Sidecar is an offshoot of Studio School Los Angeles, which leverages strategic partnerships, production infrastructure and emerging talent via its training programs to develop and produce innovative content.

“Our production capabilities and industry reach is vast, which lends itself to interesting partnering opportunities and great entry-level opportunities for Studio School students and recent graduates,” Kalison said.

In addition to the Poitier doc, other titles on the production company’s slate include:

• Director Jenni Gold’s “Aaah Roach,” a horror film now in postproduction about flesh eating killer cockroaches that attack a college campus that stars Jason Mewes, Barry Bostwick, Casper Van Dien, Grace Van Dien and Robert David Hall. 21 Rivers and Gold Pictures teamed up with Studio Sidecar Productions to produce.

• Director William Kirkley’s untitled doc about Questa, New Mexico, a town on the brink of extinction after the closing of Chevron mine three years ago. The story follows a group of former miners as they train to become below-the-line film technicians.

• “Esl,” a fact-based thriller developed with Matt Taylor and Ikumi Yoshimatsu’s Rim Entertainment. Set in an international boarding school in Pennsylvania, it follows a group of students who uncover urban legend and expose dark local lore still alive underneath the small town that unleashes a dark evil.

• A multi-digital platform hip-hop dance series from Cameron McLeod, a Radio Disney host known on social media sites as CamdogFX.

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Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars – Would You Like To Know More?

  • HeyUGuys
Author: Dave Roper

This month Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars gets its home entertainment release with Casper Van Dien and Dina Meyer returning from Paul Verhoeven’s original to add their voices to the latest entry in the series. The release of this new animated movie marked the twentieth anniversary of the original film, and, more than any other entry in the series, aims to recapture the magic and mayhem of Verhoeven’s 1997 classic.

Things have moved on a great deal since the days of Rico’s Roughnecks and Neil Patrick Harris’s wonderful military uber-scientist. The war with the bugs is still ongoing, and bloodier than ever. Each of the movie sequels has broken off from the main events of the first film and taken a more intimate look at the ravages of constant war. Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars and its predecessor Invasion bring us back to the
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Sundance 2018 Ushers In the Age of Independent TV With Indie Episodics Line-Up

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Sundance 2018 Ushers In the Age of Independent TV With Indie Episodics Line-Up
At the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, TV is invading the schedule in a whole new way. The Park City film fest has previously dabbled in what’s possible on the small screen, but this year marks the launch of the Indie Episodics section — which will spotlight TV pilots that mostly lack mainstream distribution.

The selections include “America to Me,” a new docu-series by “Hoop Dreams” director Steve James; as well as “The Mortified Guide,” a screen adaptation of the popular stage show “Mortified,” spotlighting the most embarrassing true stories of adolescence. There’s also “This Close,” showcasing star/creators Josh Feldman and Shoshannah Stern (both of whom are deaf), and “Franchesca,” featuring digital star and “The Nightly Show” writer/contributor Franchesca Ramsey.

This marks a major change for Sundance, and a renewed commitment to independent television. While Sundance has featured TV programming since the premiere of “Top of the Lake” in
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‘CSI’ Farewell Panel Talks How DNA, Hair Fibers & Plushies Changed TV & Society

‘CSI’ Farewell Panel Talks How DNA, Hair Fibers & Plushies Changed TV & Society
Actors, writers, producers and creators of CBS hit show “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” gathered Wednesday night for a panel to mark its series finale at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. The Q&A concluded the 2015 PaleyFest Fall TV Previews.

Devoted fan and Entertainment Weekly writer Lynette Rice moderated the event and began with a question directed to creator Anthony E. Zuiker. Rice asked how he thought to redefine the television crime genre, singing the iconic theme song, “Who were you, who who who who?”

“I was watching a show called ‘The New Detectives’ on the Discovery Channel and saw a forensic docu-drama… about a cheerleader who was killed and they pulled a long blonde hair out of the headrest,” Zuiker started.

After a voice-over explained the cause of death from studying the strand, Zuiker said, “That’s when I learned that the body really is the perfect
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CSI Series Finale Cast: Melinda Clarke's Lady Heather and 11 Others Returning

CSI Series Finale Cast: Melinda Clarke's Lady Heather and 11 Others Returning
Ready or not, it’s almost time to say goodbye to CSI. The long-running CBS procedural’s finale is slated to air Sunday, Sept. 27, and TVLine can now confirm more than 10 vets returning to the fold for the farewell fete.

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Though we exclusively reported that George Eads will not return for the last hurrah, the following cast members — in addition to Marg Helgenberger and William Petersen — will appear in the finale:

* Paul Guilfoyle as Captain Jim Brass (original run: 2000–2014)

* Jorja Fox as Sara Sidle (2000–2015)

* Jon Wellner as
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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Network: CBS

Episodes: 335 (hour) + finale movie

Seasons: 15

TV show dates: October 6, 2000 -- September 27, 2015

Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, Laurence Fishburne, Ted Danson, Paul Guilfoyle, George Eads, Eric Szmanda, Robert David Hall, Gary Dourdan, Jorja Fox, David Berman, Wallace Langham, Archie Kao, Louise Lombard, Liz Vassey, Gerald McCullouch, Larry Mitchell, Joseph Patrick Kelly, Marc Vann, Sheeri Rappaport, Jon Wellner, Skip O'Brien, and Alex Carter.

TV show description:

This drama follows the cases of the Las Vegas Police Department's Crime Scene Investigation division (otherwise known as a crime lab).

The division solves crimes almost entirely through the means of forensics evidence and interesting procedures and equipment. The cases are sometimes bizarre and often reflect the series' unique setting but unlike many other dramas,
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CSI: CBS Series Ending with Two Hour Movie

The series was once CBS' top-rated show but those days are long gone and it's now time for the original CSI: Crime Scene Investigation TV series to end. There won't be a 16th season but there will be a conclusion.

Debuting in October 2000, CSI follows Las Vegas crime scene investigators as they try to solve bizarre cases. This season's castmates are Ted Danson, Elisabeth Shue, George Eads, Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda, Robert David Hall, Wallace Langham, David Berman, Elisabeth Hamois, and Jon Wellner.

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CSI Ending With 2-Hour Series Finale—Find Out Who's Coming Back!

CSI Ending With 2-Hour Series Finale—Find Out Who's Coming Back!
It's the end of an era for CBS: CSI has been canceled. The long-running drama's current season, its 15th, will be its last. Yep, after more than 300 episodes, the crime scene investigators are hanging up their rubber gloves and goggles. However, the series isn't going away without a proper goodbye. A two-hour series finale featuring original cast members William Petersn and Marg Helgenberger will return for the Sunday, Sept. 27 special to bid farewell. Over the years CSI starred Petersen, Helgenberger, Gary Dourdan, George Eads, Paul Guilfoyle, Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda, Robert David Hall, Louise Lombard, Wallace Langham, Lauren Lee Smith, Laurence Fishburne, Liz Vassey, David Berman, Ted Danson, Elisabeth Harnois,...
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CSI: Season 15 Ratings

CBS has moved CSI: Crime Scene Investigation to Sunday nights at 10pm this season -- typically a sign that a show is on its way out. But, could the ratings turnaround and start to rise? Will the venerable series be renewed for a 16th season or will this be the end? Stay tuned.

The original CSI continues to follow Las Vegas crime scene investigators as they try to solve bizarre cases. This season's castmates are Ted Danson, Elisabeth Shue, George Eads, Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda, Robert David Hall, Wallace Langham, David Berman, Elisabeth Hamois, and Jon Wellner.

The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually the next day, around
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CSI: CBS Cuts Season 15 Episodes

For the first time since the 2008 writers strike, veteran crime drama CSI won't have a full season of episodes. CBS has reportedly decided to cut season 15's order from 22 to 18 installments.

The original CSI continues to follow Las Vegas crime scene investigators as they try to solve bizarre cases. This season's castmates are Ted Danson, Elisabeth Shue, George Eads, Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda, Robert David Hall, Wallace Langham, David Berman, Elisabeth Hamois, and Jon Wellner.

The ratings are understandably down year-to-year, thanks to CSI's move to Sunday nights when start-times often get pushed thanks to football over-runs. Still, the numbers aren't bad compared to previous year's timeslot occupants.

The episode trim is supposedly due to the network having too much programming waiting in the wings. New series CSI: Cyber will take over the Sundays at 10pm timeslot later
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Media Access Awards Honor Noah Hawley, Margaret Nagle

Media Access Awards Honor Noah Hawley, Margaret Nagle
Noah Hawley, creator of the “Fargo” mini, and Margaret Nagle, “Red Band Society” creator and “The Good Lie” screenwriter, will be among the honorees of the 2014 Media Access Awards, to be held Oct. 16 at the Beverly Hilton.

The event honors showbiz individuals who promote awareness of the disability experience, access for people with disabilities, and the accurate depiction of characters with disabilities.

Honorees are Hawley (in photo above), who will receive the Producers Guild of America George Sunga Award; Nagle, Writers Guild of America West Evan Somers Memorial Award; Susan Bluestein and Jason Kennedy, Casting Society of America award; Christopher Reeve, Norman Lear-Geri Jewell Humanitarian Award; Jamie Brewer, Rj Mitte Award; Kathy Buckley, SAG-aftra Disability Awareness Award; and Danny Murphy, SAG-aftra Harold Russell Award.

The event’s host is Robert David Hall, who appears on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” Hall lost both legs in a 1978 car accident; he
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Media Access Awards Honor Noah Hawley, Margaret Nagle

Media Access Awards Honor Noah Hawley, Margaret Nagle
Noah Hawley, creator of the “Fargo” mini, and Margaret Nagle, “Red Band Society” creator and “The Good Lie” screenwriter, will be among the honorees of the 2014 Media Access Awards, to be held Oct. 16 at the Beverly Hilton.

The event honors showbiz individuals who promote awareness of the disability experience, access for people with disabilities, and the accurate depiction of characters with disabilities.

Honorees are Hawley (in photo above), who will receive the Producers Guild of America George Sunga Award; Nagle, Writers Guild of America West Evan Somers Memorial Award; Susan Bluestein and Jason Kennedy, Casting Society of America award; Christopher Reeve, Norman Lear-Geri Jewell Humanitarian Award; Jamie Brewer, Rj Mitte Award; Kathy Buckley, SAG-aftra Disability Awareness Award; and Danny Murphy, SAG-aftra Harold Russell Award.

The event’s host is Robert David Hall, who appears on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” Hall lost both legs in a 1978 car accident; he
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CSI: Season 14 Ratings

With CSI: NY and CSI: Miami both having been cancelled, the original CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is the last of franchise on the air. After many years in the same Thursday timeslot, CBS has moved it to Wednesdays. Will the viewers follow the series or let it go? Will CSI be renewed for a 15th season? Time will tell.

The original CSI follows crime scene investigators as they try to solve cases as part of the Las Vegas Police Department. This season's castmates are Ted Danson, Elisabeth Shue, George Eads, Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda, Robert David Hall, Wallace Langham, David Berman, Jon Wellner, and Paul Guilfoyle.

The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings
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CSI: Season 13 Ratings

How long can the original CSI continue to be a ratings success for CBS? CSI: Miami was the first of the franchise to be cancelled. Will the Las Vegas version be the second? We'll have to wait to find out.

The 13th season of CSI typically airs on Wednesday nights at 10pm on the CBS network. The cast includes Ted Danson, George Eads, Elisabeth Shue, David Berman, Elisabeth Harnois, Eric Szmanda, Jorja Fox, Paul Guilfoyle, Robert David Hall, and Wallace Langham.

Below are the TV show's ratings for the 2012-13 season, the best way to tell if CSI is going to be cancelled or renewed for season 14.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

Episode 13-22: Wednesday, 05/15/13

2.0 in the demo (-9%
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CSI Finds Renewal and Ted Danson’s Contract is Up

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CSI received its inevitable renewal – it’s the No. 1 show in its Wedneday 10 p.m. timeslot – taking it to Season 14, and with that extension comes the need to make sure all the cast are signed on to continue their roles. In particular, Ted Danson’s original two-year deal is up, so he needed to renegotiate his contract to ensure his future on the series. Thankfully, it appears as though all the deals have gone through smoothly. No drama; no fuss. Everyone is returning for Season 14 and likely beyond. It’s a good time to be a part of the original CSI crew.

The particulars of Danson’s new deal aren’t all that interesting. According to Deadline, he signed on for another two years and his salary is well over $200,000 per episode. Also returning is Elisabeth Shue – she came on board with Danson as the new co-leads – as well as George Eads,
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CSI: CBS Show Renewed for Season 14

Though we still don't know if CSI: NY will be cancelled for renewed for a 10th season, we do know there will be at least one CSI show on the air next season. CBS has renewed the original, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, for a 14th season.

Ted Danson has extended his contract to stay on the series and Elisabeth Shue, George Eads, Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda, Paul Guilfoyle, Robert David Hall, Wallace Langham, Elisabeth Harnois, David Berman and Jon Wellner will return as well.

Here's the network's press release:

CBS Announces New Contract Extension For "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" Star Ted Danson

"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," the Most Watched Show in the World, Renewed for 2013-2014 Season

Series Stars Elisabeth Shue, George Eads, Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda, Paul Guilfoyle, Robert David Hall, Wallace Langham, Elisabeth Harnois,
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CSI Renewed for Season 14, Ted Danson on Board

  • TVfanatic
Sorry, criminals of Las Vegas. You won't be getting away with very much for the next year or so.

CBS announced today that it has renewed CSI for a 14th season, while also confirming that Ted Danson has signed a new contract to remain as lead investigator.

He will be joined in 2013-2014 by Elisabeth Shue and original cast members George Eads, Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda, Paul Guilfoyle and Robert David Hall.

“The writers and producers have done an amazing job evolving CSI, reinventing the show around an incredible leading man in Ted Danson, the acclaimed Elisabeth Shue and our beloved and talented core of original cast members,” CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler said in a statement.

For the season to date, CSI remains number-one in overall viewers for Wednesday nights at 10 p.m.

It airs an episode tonight based around a deadly high school reunion and you can read
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CBS renews 'CSI' mothership, extends Ted Danson's contract

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CBS renews 'CSI' mothership, extends Ted Danson's contract
Another of the key staples of CBS' schedule has been renewed for the 2013-2014 season.   CBS announced on Wednesday (March 20) that "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" has been renewed for a 14th season and that series star Ted Danson has received a contract extension to remain with the long-running drama.    In addition to Danson, CBS announced that Elisabeth Shue and longtime cast members George Eads, Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda, Paul Guilfoyle and Robert David Hall will also be back, along with Wallace Langham, Elisabeth Harnois, David Berman and Jon Wellner.   "'CSI' is synonymous with CBS, and we are...
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"CSI" has been renewed!

Ted Danson, Elisabeth Shue and original cast members George Eads, Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda, Paul Guilfoyle and Robert David Hall will all be back for Season 14, CBS has announced. Wallace Langham, Elisabeth Harnois, David Berman and Jon Wellner will also return next season.

“'CSI' is synonymous with CBS, and we are so proud of the series’ creative and commercial legacy and its continued success on our Network,” Nina Tassler, president of CBS Entertainment, said in a statement. "The writers and producers have done an amazing job evolving 'CSI,' reinventing the show around an incredible leading man in Ted Danson, the acclaimed Elisabeth Shue and our beloved and talented core of original cast members."

According to Deadline, Danson renewed his contract with "CSI" for two more years so fans of the series could very well also see a Season 15.

The renewal of "CSI" comes as no
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'CSI' renewed; Ted Danson to return

'CSI' renewed; Ted Danson to return
CBS has renewed CSI and closed a new deal with Ted Danson to continue starring in the drama for its 14th season.

Elisabeth Shue and original cast members George Eads, Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda, Paul Guilfoyle and Robert David Hall, along with Wallace Langham, Elisabeth Harnois, David Berman and John Wellner will also return in the fall.

“CSI is synonymous with CBS, and we are so proud of the series’ creative and commercial legacy and its continued success on our Network,” said Nina Tassler, CBS Entertainment president in a statement. “The writers and producers have done an amazing job evolving CSI,
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