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ABC Nabs ‘Family History’ Genealogy Drama From Deborah Schoeneman & Mandeville As Put Pilot

  • Deadline
In a competitive situation, ABC has landed Family History, giving a put pilot commitment to the drama project from writer Deborah Schoeneman, ABC Studios and studio-based Mandeville Television.

Penned by Schoeneman, the hourling family drama is inspired by the recent explosion in genetic genealogy testing. It follows a young tech reporter in the Bay area whose life changes when she discovers a family secret via a DNA-testing web site. The show explores nature versus nurture and how technology has caught up to our secrets. We may be the last generation to have secrets.

The number of people who have had their DNA analyzed with direct-to-consumer genetic genealogy tests more than doubled during 2017. 1 in 25 American adults now have access to personal genetic data. People use it to track down relatives they didn’t know existed or had lost touch with, and law enforcement use the databases to solve cases,
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Jane Fonda: One of Hollywood’s Strongest Leading Ladies

Jane Fonda: One of Hollywood’s Strongest Leading Ladies
It might sound contradictory, but perhaps the greatest testament to Jane Fonda’s six-decade career is how many people are unfamiliar with every facet of it. Not everyone who grew up with Fonda as the face of 1980s workout culture is immediately aware of the ambitious artistic extremes of her screen acting career; younger viewers getting to know her through her breezy, Emmy-nominated work in Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie” may not all be aware of her serious Hollywood history of political and feminist activism. Fonda’s name means different things to different people, though one hopes her most enduring reputation — and certainly the one netting her a career Golden Lion at Venice last year and now a Lumière Award — will be as one of Hollywood’s strongest, most spikily intelligent leading ladies: gifted at her craft, yes, but an actor who also brought her progressive personal politics to bear in her work,
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Regina King Celebrates the ‘All-Inclusive Sisterhood That’s Happening Right Now’

  • Variety
Regina King Celebrates the ‘All-Inclusive Sisterhood That’s Happening Right Now’
“You can’t feel and understand real power unless you feel and understand what it means to empower,” Regina King said to a room full of beaming onlookers at Variety‘s annual Power of Women event, held Friday at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

As one of Variety‘s five Power of Women honorees, King began her speech by recognizing fellow honorees Emma Gonzalez, Lena Waithe, Tiffany Haddish, and Natalie Portman, and the women who helped her get to where she is today.

“I wouldn’t be standing here right now if I didn’t have a mother who encouraged me and my sister to dream beyond the sky,” she said.

An Emmy Award-winning actress, King is known for her roles in “American Crime,” “Seven Seconds,” and “Southland.” Besides acting, she is also a director and producer. When she’s not wearing any of those three hats,
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Despite Box Office Misses and a Stalled Ipo, Stx Presses On

  • Variety
Now was supposed to be a happy time indeed for Stx Entertainment. If all had gone according to plan, “The Happytime Murders” would have been a smash summer hit and the studio would be laughing all the way to the bank with a successful Ipo under its belt.

But the Melissa McCarthy movie tanked at the box office, pulling in only $25 million worldwide despite costing $40 million to make. And the planned Ipo on the Hong Kong stock exchange is stuck in limbo, with the soonest a listing could take place pushed back to November, well past its end-of-summer target date.

Those setbacks have conspired to cloud the picture for Stx as the company tries to make good on its promise to usher in a new way of doing business in Hollywood. Founded in 2014 and touted as a fully baked content and distribution engine, the studio has seasoned U.S. executives
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Unprecedented Entertainment Industry Access For Auction On Charitybuzz.com

This year’s Charitybuzz entertainment-themed auction is offering insider industry access like never before.

Want a meeting with Aaron Sorkin? Or to go bowling with Paul Rudd? Dine with Al Pacino, Jeffrey Katzenberg or maybe Norman Lear? Want to hang out with Mariska Hargitay on her Svu set? What about a dinner with power couple Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy?

All of these and many more high-profile, exclusive experiences are available for auction on Charitybuzz.com through October 11th, with the high bids benefiting a variety of non-profit organizations: Charitybuzz.com/Entertainment2018.

The Charitybuzz entertainment auction is full of unique opportunities for bidders to advance their careers and network with industry game-changers, while giving back to charitable organizations doing important work. For example, writer and producer Liz Sczudlo is offering a night out with her and fellow writer Beth Padden, to benefit the California Southland Chapter of the Leukemia
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George Carlin Biopic Will Be Scripted By ‘Moneyball’ Writer

Today it was announced that The Jackal Group has acquired rights to produce the official George Carlin biopic and have attached screenwriter Stan Chervin to write and produce. Hit the jump to learn more about the George Carlin biopic. Stan Chervin is an Ocar-nominated screenwriter credited with the story for Moneyball alongside Aaron Sorkin and Steven […]

The post George Carlin Biopic Will Be Scripted By ‘Moneyball’ Writer appeared first on /Film.
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Amazon Studios confirms push into bigger budget films, promotes Julie Rapaport

Slate includes Lucy And Desi, Union.

Seeking to broaden its reach and champion bigger budget films with broader appeal alongside the existing art house slate, Amazon Studios has promoted Julie Rapaport to co-head of movies.

In her role, Rapaport will work alongside fellow interim co-heads Ted Hope and Matt Newman. All three report to head of Amazon Studios, Jennifer Salke. Meanwhile the search goes on to replace Amazon Studios worldwide head of the motion picture group Jason Ropell, who left the company recently.

Rapaport will lead a new division focused on expanding the current film slate with higher budget films
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Amazon Studios Goes Mainstream with Julie Rapaport, New Co-Head of Movies

Amazon Studios Goes Mainstream with Julie Rapaport, New Co-Head of Movies
Under new management after the scandal-tainted departure of film and television leader Roy Price, Amazon Studios is now run by ex-NBC executive Jennifer Salke, who has wasted no time overhauling Amazon’s television content. She is now addressing the direction of the movie side. After pushing out Jason Ropell, whose duties have been jointly shared by production head Ted Hope and Matt Newman, head of strategic initiatives and international distribution, Salke is adding a new co-head of movies, promoting Julie Rapaport from within.

Three-year-Amazon veteran Rapaport will lead a new division focused on films appealing to wider audiences as she works alongside fellow Co-Heads Ted Hope and Matt Newman, with all three reporting to Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios.

Arthouse veteran Hope, who had been running the overall movies division with Newman in the interim, will continue to oversee the prestige titles from emerging filmmakers and established auteurs.
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Amazon Studios Goes Mainstream with Julie Rapaport, New Co-Head of Movies

  • Indiewire
Amazon Studios Goes Mainstream with Julie Rapaport, New Co-Head of Movies
Under new management after the scandal-tainted departure of film and television leader Roy Price, Amazon Studios is now run by ex-NBC executive Jennifer Salke, who has wasted no time overhauling Amazon’s television content. She is now addressing the direction of the movie side. After pushing out Jason Ropell, whose duties have been jointly shared by production head Ted Hope and Matt Newman, head of strategic initiatives and international distribution, Salke is adding a new co-head of movies, promoting Julie Rapaport from within.

Three-year-Amazon veteran Rapaport will lead a new division focused on films appealing to wider audiences as she works alongside fellow Co-Heads Ted Hope and Matt Newman, with all three reporting to Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios.

Arthouse veteran Hope, who had been running the overall movies division with Newman in the interim, will continue to oversee the prestige titles from emerging filmmakers and established auteurs.
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Amazon Studios confirms push into bigger budget films, hires Julie Rapaport

Slate includes Lucy And Desi, Union.

Seeking to broaden its reach and champion bigger budget films with broader appeal alongside the existing art house slate, Amazon Studios has promoted Julie Rapaport to co-head of movies.

In her role, Rapaport will work alongside fellow interim co-heads Ted Hope and Matt Newman. All three report to head of Amazon Studios, Jennifer Salke. Meanwhile the search goes on to replace Amazon Studios worldwide head of the motion picture group Jason Ropell, who left the company recently.

Rapaport will lead a new division focused on expanding the current film slate with higher budget films
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Amazon Ups Julie Rapaport To Co-Head Of Movies As Studio Looks To Build Wide Audience Feature Slate

  • Deadline
Amazon Studios has promoted Julie Rapaport to Co-Head of Movies in which she’ll lead a new division that will focus on building a slate of movies geared toward wider audiences. While Amazon Studios vice president Ww head of motion pictures Jason Ropell exited this summer, we understand Amazon is still looking for a replacement for him.

Rapaport will oversee a slate of pics with larger budgets, keeping in Amazon’s wheelhouse for singular cinematic voices.

Upcoming projects for the new division include the Aaron Sorkin-scripted Lucille Ball feature Lucy and Desi, and Union scripted by Robert Schenkkan, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt attached to produce, about the head of the post-Civil War infantry tasked with fighting the rise of the Ku Klux Klan.

In her job as Senior Manager, Development, Production and Acquisitions, Rapaport co-managed the team under co-head Ted Hope and was responsible for overseeing the upcoming Beautiful Boy
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Amazon Studios Taps Julie Rapaport as New Co-Head of Movie Division

  • The Wrap
Amazon Studios on Wednesday announced that it has promoted Julie Rapaport to co-head of Movies, where she will lead a new division focused on films appealing to wider audiences.

Rapaport will work alongside fellow co-heads Ted Hope and Matt Newman, with all three reporting to Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios.

“Keeping in mind the diverse range of tastes of our Prime Video customers, we are focused on continually expanding our content offerings,” said Salke in a statement. “I want to stress that across series and movies, all divisions hold quality first and foremost as their bar. With Julie joining Ted and Matt, this clears the pathway to further expand our robust movies slate to include more widely engaging stories that audiences will connect with. Julie is a talented and highly respected creative executive and leader and we are thrilled to see her step into this expansive role.”

Salke is,
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Amazon Studios Names Julie Rapaport Co-Head of Movies

  • Variety
Amazon Studios has promoted Julie Rapaport to co-head of movies.

She will head the film division with Ted Hope and Matt Newman, but her portfolio will be different. Rapaport, who has been with Amazon since 2015, is being tasked with finding more broadly commercial films.

Her promotion comes at a time of change for the e-retailer’s entertainment division. The film unit has been floundering in recent months, fielding a string of flops that includes “Life Itself,” a critically reviled drama that premiered to a disastrous $2.1 million. It also struck out with the likes of “You Were Never Really Here,” “Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” and “Wonder Wheel,” a Woody Allen drama that premiered as the #MeToo movement brought renewed attention on sexual abuse allegations against the filmmaker. Amazon’s last major hit was 2017’s “The Big Sick,” an Oscar-nominated comedy that earned $56.4 million globally.

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‘Murphy Brown’ Review: A Crusty Comeback

Moments before the start of Murphy Brown’s return to the world of TV news — which comes late in Murphy Brown‘s return to the world of TV sitcoms (it premieres September 27th on CBS) — Candice Bergen’s eponymous heroine has a rare moment of self-doubt.

“What if nobody watches?” she asks. “What if it tarnishes our legacy?”

Murphy’s first concern proves unnecessary, as show-within-a-show Murphy in the Morning — which reunites Murphy with most of the old Fyi team from the Nineties(*), including cocky Frank Fontana (Joe Regalbuto), peppy
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Emmys 2018: In Memoriam remembers Anthony Bourdain, Burt Reynolds but who was left out?

Emmys 2018: In Memoriam remembers Anthony Bourdain, Burt Reynolds but who was left out?
The special “In Memoriam” segment on the 2018 Emmy Awards ceremony was tearful as beloved television legends Steven Bochco, Anthony Bourdain, Robert Guillaume, Monty Hall, John Mahoney, Jim Nabors, Charlotte Rae, Burt Reynolds, Neil Simon and Craig Zadan were part of the annual tribute.

SEEEmmy winners 2018: Full list of winners and nominees at the 70th Emmy Awards

But who was missing from the memoriam this time? Some of those surprising omissions included:

Marty Allen (actor/comedian)

Peter Baldwin (director)

Brent Briscoe (actor)

Dushon Monique Brown (actor)

Frank Buxton (writer/director)

Joseph Campanella (actor)

Olivia Cole (actor)

Vic Damone (actor/singer)

Bradford Dillman (actor)

Roy Dotrice (actor)

John Dunsworth (actor)

Harlan Ellison (writer)

Nanette Fabray (actor)

Dominic Frontiere (composer)

Michael Gershman (cinematographer)

Billy Graham (host)

Vanessa Greene (producer)

Doug Grindstaff (sound editor)

John Hillerman (actor)

Rance Howard (actor)

Tab Hunter (actor)

Earle Hyman (actor)

Anne Jeffreys (actor)

Margot Kidder (actor)

Louise Latham
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Emmys 2018: Amy Sherman-Palladino (‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’) looks to make history with triple wins on Sept. 17

Emmys 2018: Amy Sherman-Palladino (‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’) looks to make history with triple wins on Sept. 17
Amy Sherman-Palladino has largely been ignored by the TV academy except for a lone 1992 Emmy nomination shared with co-writer Jennifer Heath for the original “Roseanne” episode “A Bitter Pill to Swallow,” considered controversial since its subject was birth control. She then served for six seasons as the showrunner of “Gilmore Girls” before the WB series moved to the CW for its seventh and final season, but that popular series about a single mother and her daughter had to make do with a lone Emmy nomination and win for Best Makeup for a Series (2004).

You would think a show with dialogue that could give Aaron Sorkin a run for his money would have at least received a Best Comedy Writing nomination — but no, it wasn’t to be. Then there was poor “Bunheads,” a quirky charmer about a Las Vegas showgirl who becomes a small-town dance teacher, which barely got a
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Emmys 2018: In Memoriam to honor Burt Reynolds, Anthony Bourdain, Jim Nabors and over 50 more TV legends

Emmys 2018: In Memoriam to honor Burt Reynolds, Anthony Bourdain, Jim Nabors and over 50 more TV legends
The special “In Memoriam” segment on the 2018 Emmy Awards ceremony will be especially tearful this year. Beloved television legends Steven Bochco, Anthony Bourdain, Robert Guillaume, Monty Hall, John Mahoney, Jim Nabors, Charlotte Rae, Burt Reynolds, Neil Simon and Craig Zadan will certainly be just a few people honored with in a musical tribute.

Let’s take a look back at these TV icons as well as over 50 others who have died since mid-September last year. Many will be included in the memoriam for the live Emmys ceremony hosted by Michael Che and Colin Jost for NBC on September 17.

SEECelebrity Deaths 2018: In Memoriam Gallery

Bochco died on April 1 at age 74. The 10-time Emmy winner was the creator of such TV classics as “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” “NYPD Blue” and “Doogie Howser, M.D.” He was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1996.

Bourdain died in France on June
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Cynthia Nixon's Bid for NY Governor Gets Strong Celebrity Backing

  • TMZ
Cynthia Nixon's Bid for NY Governor Gets Strong Celebrity Backing
The stars are aligning with Cynthia Nixon in her bid to become the next governor of New York. Lee Daniels, Marisa Tomei, and Aaron Sorkin are just some of the Many celebs who cut checks totaling thousands of dollars ... this according to the NY State Board of Elections Campaign Finance Disclosure records. The list is impressive: -- Daniels $5,000 -- Tomei $1,500 -- Sorkin $1,000  -- "Sex and the City" creator Darren Star $5,000 -- 'Satc' costume designer Patricia Field
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How 21 Movies and TV Shows Portrayed 9/11 (Photos)

  • The Wrap
How 21 Movies and TV Shows Portrayed 9/11 (Photos)
United 93” (2006)

Paul Greengrass took a straight, fact-based approach to tell the story of the passengers who tried to take back the plane.

World Trade Center” (2006)

Oliver Stone‘s drama told the events from the perspective of first responders.

“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” (2011)

Stephen Daldry‘s adaptation of the Jonathan Safron Foer novel followed a kid who lost his father in the attacks.

Reign Over Me” (2007)

Adam Sandler played a man who was still struggling five years after the attacks killed his wife and daughter.

Remember Me” (2010)

The Robert Pattinson drama stirred controversy by having a twist ending that culminated in the 9/11 attacks.

The West Wing” (2001)

Creator and showrunner Aaron Sorkin wrote this special episode, about a fictional terrorist attack, and it aired just three weeks after the attacks.

Third Watch” (2001)

This drama about New York City first responders remembered 9/11 with a non-fiction episode, followed by two episodes putting
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Charter Picks Up Dark Comedy ‘E Is for Edie’ From Jeanie Bergen (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Charter has acquired the dark comedy series “E Is for Edie,” Variety has learned exclusively from sources.

The series begins when a single woman becomes the sole caregiver to her disabled sister. It is inspired by events in the life of series creator Jeanie Bergen, who will also executive produce the series. Kate Robin will serve as showrunner, with Abominable Picture’s Brittany Cope and Jonathan Stern also executive producing.

Bergen’s script for the series earned her one of five coveted spots in Aaron Sorkin’s Master Class on screenwriting. She previously wrote for the go90 series “Zac & Mia” and also worked on Tig Notaro’s Amazon series “One Mississippi.” She is repped by Verve, Mosaic and Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown.

Reps for Charter Communications declined Variety’s request for comment.

“E Is for Edie” is Charter’s latest move into the original content space. Under the Spectrum Original Content initiative,
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