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OWN Orders Drama Series From ‘Moonlight’ Co-Writer, Michael B. Jordan
The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has given a straight-to-series order to a new drama from “Moonlight” co-writer and executive producer Tarell Alvin McCraney with Michael B. Jordan also executive producing, Variety has learned.
Marking his first television series, McCraney will create, write, and executive produce the new coming-of-age drama, with Mike Kelley and Melissa Loy also serving as executive producers under their Page Fright production banner. Jordan will executive produce through his Outlier Productions. The series, which is yet to be titled, will be produced for OWN by Page Fright and Outlier Productions in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. It follows a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects haunted by the death of his closest friend who must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that may offer him a way out. Set in South Florida at the end of the Obama era, the series was inspired by events in McCraney’s own life. »
- Joe Otterson
‘Rizzoli & Isles’ Creator Developing Female Police Drama at Fox (Exclusive)
Currently titled “Smoke and Mirrors,” the series would follow a seasoned former detective who is now a mom stuck behind a desk and raising two kids. She is unexpectedly pulled back into the field to cover for a sick colleague and work alongside a young rookie female detective who has been deep undercover.
Fox has ordered a script for the project with a penalty attached. Tamaro will write and executive produce. 20th Century Fox Television is producing. »
- Joe Otterson
'Suits' Spinoff With Gina Torres Set for Season 7 Finale
The NBCUniversal-owned cable network on Wednesday confirmed that the backdoor pilot will air as the Aaron Korsh-created procedural's season seven finale and is slated to air in the first quarter of 2018.
The episode will reunite Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman), Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty) and Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle) with their old friend Jessica Pearson (Torres) as she adjusts to her new life in the Windy City. When she is forced to enter the dirty world »
- Lesley Goldberg
Tribeca Enterprises Launches New TV Festival, Initial Lineup Includes ‘Will & Grace,’ ‘Queen Sugar’
Tribeca Enterprises, the parent company of the Tribeca Film Festival, will launch a new standalone TV festival this fall, Variety has learned.
”Ten years ago we wouldn’t have needed a TV festival. Now, with the change in the TV landscape, both the quality and quantity of shows, it makes sense,” Robert De Niro, co-founder of Tribeca, said in a statement. “As the Tribeca Film Festival has done, the Tribeca TV Festival will act as a curator in bringing people together for this emerging experience.”
The inaugural Tribeca TV Festival will present curated shows and conversations with the cast and creators from numerous shows. It will take place September 22-24, 2017 in New York City. Like the Film Festival, the TV Festival will highlight highly-anticipated new premieres, and also draw attention to under-the-radar work and talent. It will feature programs from broadcast, cable, streaming, digital, and Vr.
“We’re launching a new standalone, but »
- Joe Otterson
Another ‘Game of Thrones’ Episode Hits Piracy Sites Before Premiere
HBO’s summer of cyber-woes continues: Episode six of “Game of Thrones” season seven has been leaked to internet piracy sites, four days ahead of Sunday’s premiere.
This time, it wasn’t hackers or rogue employees at a production facility: The “Game of Thrones” episode evidently leaked out after it was inadvertently published by HBO Nordic and HBO España services. According to HBO, the leak appears to have stemmed from a mistake by a third-party vendor in those territories.
Links to the leaked “Got” episode were posted to Reddit, with the copy shared via YouTube, Twitch and other streaming services. The Reddit posts were swiftly taken down. However, the segment has already been snatched and shared via torrent networks, according to U.K. newspaper the Independent, which reported that it verified the authenticity of what it said was an HD copy.
In a separate incident two weeks ago, the fourth episode of the current season of »
- Todd Spangler
‘Deadlier Than The Male’: Chiara Aurelia Cast In TNT Drama Pilot
Chiara Aurelia is set for a series-regular role opposite Amy Brenneman, Lily Rabe and Enrique Murciano in Deadlier Than the Male (working title), TNT's drama pilot produced by Bruna Papandrea's Made Up Stories and Turner's Studio T. Written by Harriet Warner, Deadlier Than The Male follows a trio of characters, each with a mysterious and troubling past: a young woman who once looked into the eyes of a dangerous killer, a former serial predator desperate to find redemption… »
Five Things You Didn’t Know about Brooklynn Prince
There’s not much to be said so far other than she’s shown herself to be quite talented and should be one of the rising stars that we expect something of in the near future. Of course being this young you would kind of hope that her parents would take things slow and see how she really adjusts to a career. It would still be important to keep her in school or at least home school so as to remind her and an entire generation of kids that studying is still important as it can lead to better acting and a
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Yara Shahidi
The next generation of stars are growing up and coming out, and eventually they will be poised to take over from the old guard and continue the cycle. Yara Shahidi is just one among many, but she is doing her part to keep the traditions of show business alive. She’s been and still is a model and a TV star, but she definitely seems to aspire to more as she continues to take her career to new and more luxurious heights. The goal of anyone that has anything to do with acting and modeling is to one day be their
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America’s Got Talent: Live Results, Bottom Three, and Grace VanderWaal Returns to Perform.
We have been through this before. Acts fight hard to move on to the next round and then they wait nervously for the results. Tonight’s episode of America’s Got Talent, is no different. The night started off with the reveal of the bottom three. Christian Guardino, Yoli Mayor, and Just Jerk Crew are the ones in danger. The only thing that can save them is the Dunkin’ Save and the judges will choose one of the two remaining acts to move on to the semifinals. In the Stairwell is the first act to go through. Though I’m happy for them,
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- Tiffany C. Lockhart
Five Things You Didn’t Know about Felix Randau
Hollywood is filled to the brim with writers, directors, and many others that people don’t know. Traveling outside of those circles it is possible to find even more that have true talent and are still not known for whatever reason. It could be because they are not as inclined to follow the same path as those that seek fame, they don’t play by the same rules, or because they simply don’t play well with others. In many cases however it is because they want to do things their way and do not want someone else stepping on their toes, so
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Ginger Zee
Not all TV celebrities are actors, producers, or directors. Some of them are as down to earth as the average person and yet are so much more intelligent by dint of their job and what is expected of them. Maybe I should state that their intelligence is greater in certain fields, as Ginger Zee is a noted meteorologist for ABC News. She’s one of the most respected personalities on the show and has worked long and hard to get to her current position. Ginger has been active in her current role since around 2004 so she has a great deal
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HBO Suffers Social Media Hacks on Twitter, Facebook Pages
HBO continues to suffer from hacker attacks. Tonight, it was their social media pages on Twitter and reportedly Facebook. Hi, OurَMiَne are here, we are just testing your security ,HBO team please contact us to upgrade the security – ourmine .org -> Contact — Rick Sanchez (@Rickanchez) August 17, 2017 OurMine is a hacker who has previously exploited media company Twitter accounts… »
Jimmy Kimmel Hears From Donald Trump Voters; Kellyanne Conway Discusses Damage Control
One day after reaching out to speak directly to Donald Trump voters about his bonkers Tuesday press conference in defense of the fatal white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, ABC late-night star Jimmy Kimmel shared some of the many responses he received via social media. “Last night on our show, in case you missed it I had a message for those who voted for Donald Trump. I explained that I understood why they did it, but encouraged those who, deep down, feel… »
HBO Hacks Continue: New Group Takes Over Official Twitter and Facebook Accounts
HBO’s security continues to be attacked online — this time, by a so-called security group.
Late Wednesday night, the notorious hacking group OurMine sent messages over HBO’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts that read:
“Hi, OurMine are here, we are just testing your security ,HBO team please contact us to upgrade the security – ourmine .org -> Contact”
OurMine is well-known for infiltrating big-name accounts. In the past, the organization has taken over the social media accounts of Netflix, Marvel, and Google. They’ve hacked into YouTube, as well as other celebrity accounts.
During Wednesday night’s breach, they accessed accounts for “Game of Thrones,” “The Leftovers,” “Silicon Valley,” “Veep,” “Last Week Tonight,” “Girls,” “Ballers,” “The Knick,” “The Comeback,” “Real Sports,” “Looking,” “Vinyl,” “Outcast,” “Any Given Wednesday,” Cinemax, HBO Docs, HBOboxing, HBO Now, HBO Now Help, HBOGo Help, and HBO Careers.
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- Ben Travers
HBO Social Media Accounts Hacked (Exclusive)
Way to kick HBO while it’s down.
As if the Time Warner-owned cable network didn’t have enough problems to worry about with cyberattacks, a notorious hacking group took over the company’s Twitter and Facebook accounts Wednesday night.
“Hi, OurَMiَne are here, we are just testing your security ,HBO team please contact us to upgrade the security – ourmine .org -> Contact,” read a message on both social platforms at approximately 8 p.m. Pt.
OurMine is well known for taking over Twitter accounts of a wide range of media accounts in recent years including Netflix, Marvel and Google. The damage doesn’t seem to ever extend beyond just demonstrating the group’s ability to take over the account.
In addition to taking over the main accounts at HBO, the Twitter account for “Game of Thrones” was also exploited. HBO managed to scrub the offending tweets shortly after they were posted.
- Andrew Wallenstein
Broadchurch Finale: Wobbly Rape Case Resolution Caps a Solid Final Season
Broadchurch wrapped its third and final season this Wednesday on BBC America, a full four months after the series did so “across the pond.” Were you, the Stateside viewer, able to avoid spoilers for the Axehampton rape case resolution?
Leading up to and with its final hour, the UK drama dangled a few more red herrings before us — by identifying cab driver Clive’s DNA on the football sock, having Ed find and clumsily contaminate the blood-stained twine used to restrain Trish, detailing Jim’s dicking around on the very night of »
The Top Uses of Taylor Swift Songs in Movies
Remember at one point when everyone was caught up in the innocence of Taylor Swift? I think everyone’s still kind of wondering just where that sweet little girl went, but are hanging on because she is still one heckuva good singer and a popular name and pretty face. She’s not everyone’s cup of tea but there’s no way to deny that she’s got talent and is one of the biggest stars in music today. Here are some of her biggest hits that have made it into the movie industry. 5. Fifty Shades Darker – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (w/Zayn)
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Drew Powell
Drew Powell is an American actor from the state of Indiana. Over the course of his career, he has appeared in a fair number of movies and TV shows, with examples ranging from Straw Dogs to Malcolm in the Middle. However, he might be most familiar to most people as Butch Gilzean on Gotham, which is a character that has received some attention in recent times because of some surprising revelations. Here are five things that you may or may not have known about Drew Powell: Set a Record When He Was Born When Powell was born, it is interesting
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- Nat Berman
Ric Reitz Re-Elected President Of SAG-aftra Atlanta Local, Continues Run Of Wins For Gabrielle Carteris Supporters
Ric Reitz has been re-elected president of SAG-aftra’s Atlanta local, handily defeating challenger Scott Hunter by 326 votes to 181. Reitz, who is something of a colorful character, is not only a busy actor but a broker of Georgia film tax credits. As Deadline reported two weeks ago, he's also advised producers on a "magic formula" to employ movie stars on the cheap. "Here's the magic formula," he said on a 2014 podcast. "For them to qualify annually for insurance… »
Our Favorite Fictional Fast Food Brands in Movies
Fictional fast food joints don’t always take as much effort and planning as you might think to put up, but they are still an important part of the movie. They tend to add an air of legitimacy that might otherwise be lacking and, most importantly, they don’t add any type of exorbitant royalty to the cost of making the movie that corporations might want for the mere mention of their names. Seriously, if you want to include McDonald’s or Burger King or Taco Bell into your movie there’s a good chance that they’re going to be asking for a hefty
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