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Uma Thurman Exits CAA

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Uma Thurman Exits CAA
Exclusive: Uma Thurman, who is making her Broadway debut starring in Beau Willimon’s The Parisian Woman, has just discharged CAA as her agency. She had been at CAA for the past two years. We were told that she has not chosen another agency. The Parisian Woman, for which Thurman is in previews now, is a 2013 political drama by the House of Cards creator. Directed by Pam MacKinnon (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), it is set in D.C. and follows socialite Chloe (Thurman)…
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Scotland Yard Investigating New Sexual Assault Allegation Against Kevin Spacey

UK police are investigating new accusations of sexual harassment made against Kevin Spacey.

The alleged incident took place in 2005, when Spacey was still serving as artistic director of London’s Old Vic theater. This new allegation was brought to the attention of Scotland Yard mere days after the Old Vic posted results from its own internal investigation, confirming 20 personal testimonies of alleged inappropriate behavior. Neither Kevin Spacey nor his representatives have responded at press time.

Similar to the 2008 assault, this new claim alleges an assault took place on a man in Lambeth back in 2005, which is just a stone’s throw away from the Old Vic. Scotland Yard has since confirmed officers from the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command are looking into the complaint.

In its statement last week, the renown theater said it “truly apologizes” for not creating a safe, stable work environment:

We are now actively engaged
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Murdoch Sale Talks Underscore Digital’s Effect in Disrupting Hollywood

Murdoch Sale Talks Underscore Digital’s Effect in Disrupting Hollywood
Industry veterans are struggling to wrap their heads around a notion that would have seemed laughable a year ago: Rupert Murdoch, a seller?

The heightened level of activity around the possible sale of some big 21st Century Fox assets is forcing Hollywood to confront the harsh reality of what some are calling the “Faang” effect: Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google have plowed into the content and distribution business and are reinventing it on their own terms.

The tech giants are fearsome competitors not only because they have far more ready cash than traditional media players to invest in the hunt for audiences. Facebook, Apple and Amazon in particular operate in fundamentally different businesses from NBC, HBO, Paramount Pictures, Comcast and the like. They have balance sheets enormous enough to make spending a few billion dollars a year on content a loss leader to fuel other strategic and financial goals — such as selling iPhones or Amazon Prime memberships
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Scotland Yard Investigates Second Allegation Against Kevin Spacey

Scotland Yard Investigates Second Allegation Against Kevin Spacey
Scotland Yard has launched an investigation into a second alleged sexual assault by Kevin Spacey that took place in London, this time dating back to 2005, Variety has learned.

The new allegation was made last week, shortly after London’s Old Vic theater said it had received 20 complaints of inappropriate behavior by former artistic director Spacey after it appealed to people to come forward with concerns and complaints. The theater said it had advised more than a dozen of the complainants to go to the police with their allegations, but it is not clear whether the new investigation launched by Scotland Yard is a result of that advice.

Police had already begun investigating an alleged assault on a young man that took place in 2008 in Lambeth, the London borough where The Old Vic is located and where Spacey had a residence. The alleged victim in that incident is believed to have been an aspiring actor who sought career
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Film News Roundup: Dominique McElligott, Beau Bridges Join Boyd Holbrook’s ‘Two/One’

Film News Roundup: Dominique McElligott, Beau Bridges Join Boyd Holbrook’s ‘Two/One’
In today’s film news roundup, “House of Cards” star Dominique McElligott joins the surreal drama “Two/One,” Faith Media Distribution generates $1.2 million in box office for “True to the Game,” and Sony’s teamed with WWE Studios on “The Marine 6.”

Castings

House of Cards” star Dominique McElligott, Beau Bridges, Zhu Zhu, and Song Yang have joined Boyd Holbrook in the cast of Juan Cabral’s drama “Two/One.”

The movie is currently in production in Canada and explores the idea that while we sleep in one place, we are awake somewhere else — in this case, a world-class ski jumper in Canada and a corporate executive in Shanghai, China.

Producers of “Two/One” are Redrum Films’ Flora Fernandez Marengo and Chris Clark along with Dave Valleau of South Creek Pictures. Holbrook is an executive producer. Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales and CAA reps domestic rights.

McElligott’s credits include “The Astronaut Wives Club” and “Hell on Wheels.” [link
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Dominique McElligott, Beau Bridges, Zhu Zhu, Song Yang Join Boyd Holbrook In ‘Two/One’

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Dominique McElligott, Beau Bridges, Zhu Zhu, Song Yang Join Boyd Holbrook In ‘Two/One’
Exclusive: Dominique McElligott (House of Cards, The Astronaut Wives Club ), Beau Bridges (The Mountain Between Us, Masters of Sex), Zhu Zhu (Cloud Atlas, Marco Polo), and Song Yang (The Sword Identify, Wrath of Silence) have come aboard Argentinian director Juan Cabral's hypnotic drama Two/One. The trio joins Narcos and Logan actor Boyd Holbrook in the pic, which is currently in production in Canada. Written and directed by Cabral, it follows Kaden, a world-class ski…
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‘One Day She’ll Darken’: Carl Franklin Set To Direct 2 Episodes Of TNT Drama & Exec Produce

Carl Franklin (House of Cards, Homeland) has been tapped to direct two episodes of TNT's limited drama series One Day She'll Darken. He’ll also executive produce alongside Patty Jenkins, Michael Sugar, Sam Sheridan and Chris Pine Written by Sheridan, One Day She'll Darken tells the incredible story of Fauna Hodel (India Eisley), who was given away at birth. As Fauna begins to investigate the secrets to her past, she follows a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an…
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Norah O'Donnell, Gayle King Address 'Deeply Disturbing' Charlie Rose Allegations: 'He Does Not Get a Pass'

Norah O'Donnell, Gayle King Address 'Deeply Disturbing' Charlie Rose Allegations: 'He Does Not Get a Pass'
Following Charlie Rose‘s suspension from CBS and PBS for alleged sexual harassment, his CBS This Morning co-anchors are standing with the women who have spoken out against him.

On Tuesday’s edition of the morning news program, co-anchors Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King were solemn as they addressed a Monday report from The Washington Post, in which eight women came forward with similar stories about Rose, detailing how the veteran newsman made sexually inappropriate phone calls, exposed himself and groped women without their permission.

Though O’Donnell and King were clearly still reeling from the news about their colleague,
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Chicago Med: Season Three; Michel Gill (House of Cards) to Recur

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Michel Gill is headed to the Windy City. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the House of Cards star will recur on season three of the NBC series Chicago Med.The medical drama revolves around the doctors, nurses, and staff members who treat the most severe trauma cases at one of Chicago's state-of-the-art hospitals. The cast includes Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Nick Gehlfuss, Yaya DaCosta, Colin Donnell, Brian Tee, Torrey DeVitto, Rachel Dipillo, and Marlyne Barrett.Read More…
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Charlie Rose Suspended by PBS, CBS After 8 Women Accuse Him of Sexual Harassment — Read His Apology

Charlie Rose Suspended by PBS, CBS After 8 Women Accuse Him of Sexual Harassment — Read His Apology
Charlie Rose says he’s “greatly embarrassed” after multiple women accused the 75-year-old newsman of sexual harassment.

RelatedJeffrey Tambor Exits Transparent, Slams ‘Politicized Atmosphere’ on Set

In a shocking new report from the Washington Post, eight women have come forward with similar stories about the CBS/PBS anchor acting inappropriately; stories of his behavior include Rose making sexually inappropriate phone calls, exposing himself and groping women without their permission. The accusations range in date from the 1990s to 2011.

“In my 45 years in journalism, I have prided myself on being an advocate for the careers of the women with whom I have worked,
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The BBC Is Working On A Les Miserables TV Series

One of the biggest musicals of the decade is 2012’s Les Miserables, an adaptation of the hugely successful stage production featuring an all-star cast including Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham-Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen and many more. It was an awards magnet, too, achieving a whopping eight nominations at the Oscars that year and earning Hathaway a Best Supporting Actress gong.

You’d think that no one would attempt to top this surely definitive version of the story so soon then, but actually, you’d be wrong. According to industry insider The Knowledge, the BBC is working on a new TV series based on the original 19th century novel written by Victor Hugo. Screenwriter Andrew Davies – whose past credits include House of Cards and Bridget Jones’ Diary (so he’s clearly versatile) – is set to adapt the book, and the hunt for a cast has now begun.
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The 20 Best Film Directors Who Came to TV in the 21st Century

The 20 Best Film Directors Who Came to TV in the 21st Century
While in recent years we’ve seen plenty of crossover between the film and television worlds, there have been a number of film directors whose engagement with this quasi-new medium has been truly groundbreaking, as they’ve found TV to be a far more creatively satisfying place than film. Thus, while they still may actively work in film from time to time, their TV efforts have proved unforgettable.

For the record, because we limited this to the 21st century, directors Nicole Holocenfer, Mimi Leder, David Lynch, and Tommy Schlamme were ineligible. But their accomplishments cannot be undersold.

Susanne Bier

Oscar winner Susanne Bier made her American television debut with the stylish and sexy John le Carré miniseries “The Night Manager.” Unlike Tomas Alfredson’s barren aesthetic for the Carré film “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy,” Bier opted instead to bring a golden-hued sensuality to nearly every frame of her Carré vision.
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The 20 Best Film Directors Who Came to TV in the 21st Century

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The 20 Best Film Directors Who Came to TV in the 21st Century
While in recent years we’ve seen plenty of crossover between the film and television worlds, there have been a number of film directors whose engagement with this quasi-new medium has been truly groundbreaking, as they’ve found TV to be a far more creatively satisfying place than film. Thus, while they still may actively work in film from time to time, their TV efforts have proved unforgettable.

For the record, because we limited this to the 21st century, directors Nicole Holocenfer, Mimi Leder, David Lynch, and Tommy Schlamme were ineligible. But their accomplishments cannot be undersold.

Susanne Bier

Oscar winner Susanne Bier made her American television debut with the stylish and sexy John le Carré miniseries “The Night Manager.” Unlike Tomas Alfredson’s barren aesthetic for the Carré film “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy,” Bier opted instead to bring a golden-hued sensuality to nearly every frame of her Carré vision.
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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Review: Gilmore Girls Banter Meets Vintage Woody Allen, With a Feminist Twist

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Review: Gilmore Girls Banter Meets Vintage Woody Allen, With a Feminist Twist
Amy Sherman-Palladino’s characters are always so casually witty, it’s about time one of them actually tried being funny for a living, right?

The Gilmore Girls creator’s sparkling new Amazon comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — debuting Wednesday, Nov. 29 — is set in the burgeoning stand-up comedy scene of 1958 New York City, and that time period is such a perfect fit for Sherman-Palladino’s old-Hollywood, rat-a-tat-tat dialogue, you wonder why she ever set anything in modern times. The pilot introduces us to Midge (Rachel Brosnahan), a quirky, quippy Jewish spitfire in the Lorelai Gilmore mold. (She’s the type who
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Al Franken Cut From PBS' Kennedy Center Tribute to David Letterman

Al Franken Cut From PBS' Kennedy Center Tribute to David Letterman
If there was a Top 10 list of reasons to scrub a celebrity’s appearance from an upcoming TV special, a sexual harassment scandal would surely come in at number one.

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken has been edited out of PBS’ David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize special (airing Monday, 8/7c), TVLine has confirmed. The decision to cut him from the broadcast comes just days after the Saturday Night Live alum became the latest politician to be accused of sexual harassment. The network on Sunday released the following statement to TVLine:

PBS will air David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize on Monday evening.
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Morrissey Defends Kevin Spacey, Calls the Accusations Against Him ‘Ridiculous’

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Morrissey Defends Kevin Spacey, Calls the Accusations Against Him ‘Ridiculous’
Kevin Spacey is all but done for after being accused of sexual harassment and worse by several men in recent weeks, having been fired from “House of Cards” and removed entirely from “All the Money in the World.” Few have come to the Oscar-winning actor’s defense, but he now has one notable ally in Morrissey. Speaking to Spiegel Online (and translated on Morrissey Solo), the singer calls the allegations against Spacey “ridiculous.”

Read More:Bryan Cranston Believes Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein Could Be Given a Second Chance

“As far as I know, he was in a bedroom with a 14-year-old,” Morrissey added. “Kevin Spacey was 26, boy 14. One wonders where the boy’s parents were. One wonders if the boy did not know what would happen.” Given Morrissey’s penchant for controversial remarks over the years, is it really so strange that he would go to bat for Spacey?
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‘The Problem with Apu’ Has A Few Problems Itself

Comedian Hari Kondabolu has had a problem with The Simpsons character Apu. So much so that he decided to make a documentary about it. The documentary is called The Problem with Apu and airs nationwide on truTV Sunday, November 19 at 10Pm Et/Pt and will be available on all VOD but there are somethings that you might want to know before going into it.

There’s a lot of opinion and some facts.

So obviously going into this, Kondabolu makes it clear that he has problems with Apu. I mean it’s pretty much the title. So you should be aware that there will be both opinions and facts in this doc. The facts are based off of what Kondabolu had to go through in his life as well as what some other actors, actresses, doctors etc. had to face when dealing with racism that they believe have to do
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Replacing Kevin Spacey with Kevin James in House of Cards

Can you imagine the funny, lovable Kevin James as the new Frank Underwood on the popular Netflix original show, “House of Cards?” Even if you chuckled a bit when you thought of it, don’t rule it out just yet. A group of Kevin James fans have taken to Twitter in an effort to get him as Kevin Spacy’s replacement on the show. The video found here highlights what a comical mash-up this could prove to be. What makes the entire idea even crazier is the number of people behind the movement, with over 30,000 people having signed the online petition

Replacing Kevin Spacey with Kevin James in House of Cards
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Reconsidering ‘Arrested Development’: Why Jeffrey Tambor and David Cross Could Ruin the Show — Opinion

Reconsidering ‘Arrested Development’: Why Jeffrey Tambor and David Cross Could Ruin the Show — Opinion
During a Nov. 15 appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Arrested Development” star Alia Shawkat revealed that Season 5 of the cult sitcom had just wrapped filming. Unfortunately, that announcement was sandwiched between two dark media scandals featuring members of the show’s ensemble cast.

The first was a series of tweets from comedian Charlyne Yi on Oct. 15, who accused David Cross (who plays eccentric Tobias Fünke) of making racist comments toward her. Cross’ apology was cynical, blaming the incident on playing a “southern redneck character” that she didn’t understand, and lashing out against social media followers who called him out on the incident. Then came two allegations of sexual harassment leveled against Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested’s” cruel patriarch George Bluth Sr.), one from a former assistant and the other from a fellow “Transparent” actress.

Arrested Development” has always been a gonzo comedic sandbox — even though it’s packaged like a semi-traditional sitcom,
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Reconsidering ‘Arrested Development’: Why Jeffrey Tambor and David Cross Could Ruin the Show — Opinion

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During a Nov. 15 appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Arrested Development” star Alia Shawkat revealed that Season 5 of the cult sitcom had just wrapped filming. Unfortunately, that announcement was sandwiched between two dark media scandals featuring members of the show’s ensemble cast.

The first was a series of tweets from comedian Charlyne Yi on Oct. 15, who accused David Cross (who plays eccentric Tobias Fünke) of making racist comments toward her. Cross’ apology was cynical, blaming the incident on playing a “southern redneck character” that she didn’t understand, and lashing out against social media followers who called him out on the incident. Then came two allegations of sexual harassment leveled against Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested’s” cruel patriarch George Bluth Sr.), one from a former assistant and the other from a fellow “Transparent” actress.

Arrested Development” has always been a gonzo comedic sandbox — even though it’s packaged like a semi-traditional sitcom,
See full article at Indiewire »
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