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‘Jump Start’ Comic Strip To Be Adapted As Family Comedy For Fox

Black-ish's The Johnsons may be joined by another Black family in primetime next season. Fox is developing JumpStart, a single-camera comedy based on Robb Armstrong's long-running comic strip. Co-written by Armstrong and Andrew Orenstein...Show More Summary

Lionsgate Shares Drop on Fears Latest 'Hunger Games' Will Open Short of $150 Million

One Wall Street analyst told clients to buy shares of the studio if the stock drops again Monday read more

Resolution’s Cynthia Booth & Emma Lewis Join Don Buchwald & Associates

Veteran agent Cynthia Booth and manager-turned-agent Emma Lewis have joined Don Buchwald and Associates in Los Angeles. Both come from now shuttered Resolution. Booth, most recently head of the TV/talent division at Resolution, began her career at CAA and subsequently worked at Writers and Artists. Lewis began at ICM working for Leigh Brillstein. Show More Summary

Hobbit Sings Sweet Farewell To Middle Earth

Billy Boyd, who played the precocious hobbit Pippin in The Lord of The Rings, has sung a swan song for Peter Jackson's Middle Earth obsession that ends after six films with The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies. It certainly brings back memories. Show More Summary

‘Mockingjay Part I’ Preys Upon $33M In 2-Day Overseas Debut: Int’l Box Office

Lionsgate earlier today reported that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I was tracking 5% over last year's Catching Fire overseas. In 2013, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire did slightly better abroad than domestically at about $440M vs $425M. Show More Summary

Charles Sipkins Exiting Sony As Corporate PR Head

Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO Michael Lynton just issued an internal notice that SVP Communications Charles Sipkins has resigned to pursue other opportunities. “We thank him for his contributions and wish him success the...Show More Summary

Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Moves From NBC To Netflix With 2-Season Pickup

Netflix has stepped in to cancel cancelled series — The Killing and most recently Longmire. Now the streaming service is taking over a series that has not yet premiered, midseason NBC comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Netflix has doubled the 13-episode order the series had at NBC. Show More Summary

Exhibitors Agree To ‘Landmark’ ADA Compromise On Closed Captioning

Complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act could have cost movie exhibitors as much as $275 million for equipment and services. That burden may lighten, however, as a result of a compromise proposed today by the National Association...Show More Summary

WME Signs ‘Starry Eyes’ Directing Duo

EXCLUSIVE: Writing and directing partners Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer have signed with WME as their dark thriller Starry Eyes continues to climb the iTunes charts. The partially crowdfunded indie about a wannabe Hollywood actress...Show More Summary

Court Blocks FCC On Content Deals, Cutting Outsiders’ Access To Program Terms

The deals that CBS, Fox, Disney, and Time Warner have with Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, AT&T and DirecTV will remain private, at least for now. The U.S. Court of Appeals in DC today granted an emergency stay that...Show More Summary

Jean-Marc Vallee To Direct Amy Adams In Janis Joplin Biopic

BREAKING: Dallas Buyers Club helmer Jean-Marc Vallee is signing on to direct Amy Adams as Janis Joplin in the untitled biographical film that has a script by Ron and Theresa Terry script and will shoot mid-2015. It will be the next film by Vallee, who just helmed Reese Witherspoon in Wild. Show More Summary

‘NSYNC’s JC Chasez Cast In Topher Grace Movie Musical

EXCLUSIVE: Topher Grace's musical comedy One Shot has added another crooner to its cast. Singer-songwriter and record producer JC Chasez, a founding member of the seminal boy band NSYNC, will join Grace and Taye Diggs in the film about...Show More Summary

Ellen Barkin To Guest Star In Showtime’s ‘Happyish’ Pilot

Emmy and Tony winner Ellen Barkin is set to guest star in Showtime comedy pilot Happyish. She'll play Dani Kirschenbloom, a headhunter who works closely with Thom Payne (Steve Coogan). Dani harbors no illusions about the advertising industry, or life, and is best described as the sardonic prophet-philosopher of the project. Show More Summary

‘Queen Latifah Show’ Cancelled After Two Seasons

Sony Pictures TV has cancelled its syndicated talker The Queen Latifah Show after two seasons. It will continue airing originals until the end of March. Said SPT: “We want to thank Dana, the producers and the entire staff of The Queen Latifah Show for creating a program that we are all very proud of. Show More Summary

Brandon Thwaites Boards ‘Pirates 5? Ship For Disney

We reported on Halloween that Brandon Thwaites was among  a handful of heartthrobs Disney was courting for the role of British soldier Henry in the fifth Pirates Of The Caribbean romp. Now the studio in is final negotiations with the young Aussie, who played Prince Philip in the studio's Maleficent this year. Show More Summary

UTA Signs Theater Director Benedict Andrews

The Australian native will direct his first film, starring Rooney Mara, next summer read more

Finding The Kid Who Could Stand Up To Bill Murray: Ted Melfi On ‘St. Vincent’

'St. Vincent' writer/director/producer Ted Melfi talks at Deadline's The Contenders event about, literally, first having to track down the notoriously elusive Bill Murray. That task behind him, Melfi then had to find, as he puts it in this video shot at Deadline's Oscar showcase The Contenders, a kid who could stand up to Bill Murray. Show More Summary

Katee Sackhoff Gets ‘Girl Flu’

EXCLUSIVE: Katee Sackhoff has been set to join Jade Pettyjohn, Jeremy Sisto, Heather Matarazzo, Judy Reyes and Isaiah Mustafacast in the indie dramedy Girl Flu. Directed by Dorie Barton, Girl Flu focuses on Bird (Pettyjohn), a 12 year old in crisis. Show More Summary

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