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Former WGA West President Patric Verrone to Run for State Senate

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 04:27
Former Writers Guild of America West president Patric M. Verrone, the leader of the WGA’s raucous 2007-08 strike, is seeking a seat in the California State Senate. Verrone is one of six Democratic candidates who have filed to succeed Democrat State Senator Ted Lieu, who is running for the Congressional seat of retiring Rep. Henry... Read more »

Comedian David Brenner Dies at 78

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 04:17
Comedian David Brenner, a staple of Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” in the 1970s and ’80s who was known for his observational humor, died Saturday at his home in New York City. He was 78. Brenner’s death was confirmed by his publicist, Jeff Abraham. The gangly, toothy comic made more than 150 appearances as a guest... Read more »

Hollywood Vendors Rally for Improved Tax Credits

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 03:50
Show business vendors have rallied in the San Fernando Valley in the middle of a warm weekend with promises to support legislation to sweeten California’s film tax credit program. Organizers said more than 600 attendees came to the rally at prop house Independent Studio Services in Sunland — three weeks after the introduction of Assembly... Read more »

‘Spider-Man’ Producers Reveal Spinoff Movie Details

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 03:29
With the first “Amazing Spider-Man” grossing $752 million worldwide and the follow-up swinging into theaters on May 2, it’s high time that we learned more about the growing franchise. After recently confirming the two upcoming still-undated spin-offs, producers Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad discussed the Venom and Sinister Six sequels with SFX earlier this week. Tolmach... Read more »

Bryan Singer Reveals ‘Apocalypse’ Will Be Most Destructive ‘X-Men’ Film to Date

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 02:07
“X-Men: Apocalypse” won’t hit theaters for another two years, but Bryan Singer is already spilling details. The director-writer-producer told Total Film magazine that “Apocalypse,” which will deal with the notion of ancient mutants, but be set in the 1980s, will be the most destructive movie in the franchise. “‘Apocalypse’ will have more of the mass... Read more »

‘Pretty Little Liars’ Alum Bryce Johnson Joins ‘Supernatural: Bloodlines’

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 01:23
After being killed off ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars,” Bryce Johnson is headed to The CW’s “Supernatural: Bloodlines.” He joins “PLL” alums Sean Faris and Nathaniel Buzolic for the “Supernatural” spin-off (previously titled “Supernatural: Tribes”). The pilot is currently being filmed in Vancouver. Johnson played Detective Darren Wilden on “PLL.” His character was murdered in... Read more »

Cepa, Epicentre Team for Julia Solomonoff’s ‘Nobody is Watching’

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 01:02
MIAMI – Argentina’s Cepa Audiovisual, which originated Ricardo Darin hit “7th Floor,” is teaming with France’s Epicentre Films to co-produce Julia Solomonoff’s first American film “Nobody’s Watching,” the now New York-based Argentine helmer’s follow-up to “Sisters” and “The Last Summer of la Boyita.” As part of its co-production deal, Epicentre will take French distribution rights.... Read more »

‘Masters of Sex,’ ‘Mixology’ Stars Join ‘How I Met Your Dad’

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 00:42
Nick D’Agosto and Andrew Santino will join Greta Gerwig in CBS’ comedy pilot “How I Met Your Dad.” The actors, who are best known for their work on “Masters of Sex” and “Mixology,” respectively, will round out the “How I Met Your Mother” spinoff’s primary cast, which also includes Drew Tarver and Krysta Rodriguez. The... Read more »

Movie Developing on Psychologist Who Treated ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Killer (EXCLUSIVE)

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 23:40
Independent producer Joe Lawless is developing a movie about the psychologist who delved into the mind of serial killer Gary Heidnik — a real-life inspiration for the Buffalo Bill character in “Silence of the Lambs.” Lawless has optioned the life rights to Jack Apsche via his GoingLong Prods. Apsche was involved extensively with Heidnik through... Read more »

SXSW Film Awards: ‘Cesar Chavez,’ ‘Before I Disappear’ Win Audience Prizes

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 23:13
Diego Luna’s biopic ”Cesar Chavez” (pictured), Shawn Christensen’s gripping drama “Before I Disappear” and the abortion doc “Vessel” were among SXSW’s big audience award winners on Saturday. “Vessel,” Diana Whitten’s film about a pro-choice activist, received a special jury recognition for political courage in the documentary competition earlier this week in addition to today’s documentary feature prize.... Read more »

Box Office: ‘Mr. Peabody and Sherman’ Slowing Down Friday Winner ‘Need for Speed’

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 22:06
It looks like the dog days aren’t over, after all. Fox-DreamWorks Animation’s “Mr. Peabody and Sherman,” which trailed Disney-DreamWorks’ racecar actioner “Need for Speed” on Friday, is ready to take a bite out of the No. 1 spot with an estimated $22 million weekend. The toon, after finishing in second place last weekend behind “300:... Read more »

Israeli TV Game Shows Raise the Stakes at MIP

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 21:58
TEL AVIV – Israel is upping its game ahead of April’s MIPTV, with two new game show formats set to be shopped at the content market. Media goliath Keshet, which dominated October’s Mipcom with its interactive talent show “Rising Star,” will unveil “BOOM!,” a trivia game in which teams of four must correctly answer a... Read more »

‘Orange Is the New Black’ Talks Sex, Love and Women at PaleyFest

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 21:05
Let’s go to Litchfield. The second night of PaleyFest Friday at the Dolby sounded off with the cast of “Orange is the New Black.” To some disappointment, fans did not get to see any unseen clips of the second season, and the actors were mum on what they could reveal. But we were able to... Read more »

PaleyFest: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Gang Talks Season 2

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 17:50
Jenji Kohan and the cast of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” charmed fans Friday night at PaleyFest. The gang from the femme prison drama talked up plans for season two — get ready for much more backstory on key characters and a different pacing for the episodes, per exec producer Kohan. The panel was... Read more »

‘Breath,’ ‘Kimuru’ and ‘Mundial’ Set For MEETS

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 17:34
MIAMI – Alfonso Alcosta’s “The Wolf’s Breath,” Aldo Valderrama’s “Kimuru” and Carlos Morelli’s “Mi mundial” feature among a first 11 projects announced for the Panama Film Festival’s inaugural MEETS Latin American Film Market. Unspooling April 7- during the 3rd edition of the Panama Fest, MEETS reps a pioneering attempt to begin building more of a... Read more »

‘Veronica Mars’ Donors Beset by Digital Download Glitches

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 14:34
It’s a Marshmal-tdown! Fans who donated $35 to get Warner Bros.’s “Veronica Mars” into theaters this weekend in exchange for perks including a free digital download of the film complained loudly enough about technical problems receiving the movie that the film’s director acknowledged the difficulties Friday. “Please know that Warner Bros. have given Customer Support... Read more »

Young ‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Joins ‘San Andreas’

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 07:22
“Game of Thrones” actor Art Parkinson has come on board opposite Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino and Alexandra Daddario in New Line’s earthquake actioner “San Andreas.” The Irish thespian will portray Ollie, a precocious 10-year-old fleeing for his life as a 10.0 quake hits California. Brad Peyton directing is directing from a script by  “The Conjuring”... Read more »

Reese Witherspoon, Lionsgate Teaming on Fantasy Trilogy ‘The Outliers’

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 07:03
Lionsgate has acquired feature film rights to Kimberly McCreight’s upcoming trilogy “The Outliers” with Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman, Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea producing. Lionsgate touted the deal as marking another move into becoming a dominant player the young-adult genre following the successes of “The Twilight Saga” and “The Hunger Games.” Story centers on a... Read more »

Nancy Lenehan Joins CBS Pilot from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 06:17
Nancy Lenehan has been cast as the family matriarch in “More Time with the Family,” the CBS comedy pilot executive produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. The half-hour multicamera project produced by 20th Century Fox Television stars Tom Papa as a husband and father who decides to make a career change so he can,... Read more »

‘The Wire’ Actor Joins CBS’ ‘Odd Couple’ Pilot

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 06:16
Wendell Pierce has joined the cast of the CBS reboot of “The Odd Couple,” a multi-camera comedy pilot that stars Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon as the titular pair. Pierce, who is known for his work as Det. ‘Bunk’ Moreland on “The Wire” and jazz musician Antoine Batiste on “Treme,” will again play a cop... Read more »

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