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Cheryl Boone Isaacs on the ‘Passion’ Behind Governors Awards Choices

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Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs on Thursday praised the passion of the board members in choosing the three honorees for Governors Awards. The board had been given suggestions made by Academy members before they convened Aug. 25. Boone Isaacs said there is “a lot of good conversation” as various names are discussed. “It’s one of… Read more »

SAG-AFTRA Reaches Deal With Recording Industry

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SAG-AFTRA has reached a tentative three-year successor deal with the recording industry, covering session singers, royalty artists, announcers, actors, comedians, narrators and sound effects artists. The deal covers work by performers for Sony Music Entertainment, affiliates of Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group, Capitol Records LLC and Hollywood Records for recordings in all new and traditional… Read more »

Sam Worthington, Ruth Wilson to Star in ‘The Titan’

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In a pre-Toronto International Film Festival development, Sam Worthington, Ruth Wilson and Sofia Boutella have come on board to star in science-fiction adventure “The Titan.” Shooting is set to begin in Europe in January. Producers are Brian Kavanaugh-Jones’ Automatik, Ben Pugh, Rory Aitken’s 42 and Arash Amel. Voltage Pictures will introduce the project to buyers at… Read more »

‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Producers Developing Horror Film

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Red Granite Pictures (“The Wolf of Wall Street”) is developing an untitled psychological horror film based on an idea from co-topper Joey McFarland, Variety has learned exclusively. The film is centered around a young medical technician as he begins to experience disturbing and unexplainable events while treating a mysterious female patient who suffers from night… Read more »

Andrew Schneider & Diane Frolov to Helm ‘Chicago Med’ After Showrunner Shift

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“Chicago Med” has found new showrunners in Andrew Schneider and Diane Frolov, Variety has learned. The duo steps in following Andrew Dettmann’s exit. The “CSI” alum was set as showrunner on the pilot, but will not continue with the Dick Wolf medical drama as it goes into series, though he will continue to develop with NBC… Read more »

A&E and LMN to Revisit O.J. Simpson Trial With Anniversary Specials

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Marking 20 years since viewers sat around their televisions to watch the verdict of the “trial of the century,” LMN and A&E will pair up to revisit the criminal and civil trials against O.J. Simpson in two event specials. The networks will air two consecutive documentaries about the high-profile trial: “The Secret Tapes of the O.J. Case:… Read more »

Ratings: Fox News Hits 4-Month High With Megyn Kelly Interviews, Shooting Coverage

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Coverage of the Virginia shooting resulted in increased viewership for the cable news networks on Wednesday, especially Fox News, whose regular lineup produced its largest primetime viewership in the key news demo since April. Boosted by Megyn Kelly’s exclusive interview with the family of slain television reporter Alison Parker, as well as a sit-down with… Read more »

SoundCloud Faces Legal Action from British Songwriters Group

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A British songwriters’ agency is taking legal action against music streaming site SoundCloud, claiming that the service was not paying royalties and securing licenses from its artists. The New York Times reports that PRS for Music said in a letter to its members that it had initiated legal proceedings, but that its filing was not… Read more »

SundanceTV Renews ‘Behind the Story with the Paley Center’

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SundanceTV has renewed interview-style program “Behind the Story with the Paley Center” for a second season, the cable channel announced Thursday. Season two will consist of six episodes, with each one spotlighting a show such as “The Good Wife,” “Scandal,” “Girls,” “Modern Family,” “Jane the Virgin” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The series will include in-depth… Read more »

Animators Ratify 3-Year Deal with Producers

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The members of the Animation Guild have ratified a three-year successor deal to its master contract with producers. The guild, which operates as Local 839 of the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, negotiated with animation studios represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and reached a tentative deal on July 1…. Read more »

Michelle Pfeiffer Joins Robert De Niro in HBO Films’ Bernie Madoff Project

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More big names have joined HBO Films’ Bernie Madoff project, Variety has learned. Michelle Pfeiffer will play Ruth Madoff and Alessandro Nivola will play Mark Madoff in “Wizard of Lies.” Robert De Niro is attached to play Madoff himself in the film that promises to look behind the scenes at the former investment adviser’s massive… Read more »