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‘Frontline’s’ Michael Kirk on Breaking Down 8 Years of Politics in ‘Divided States of America’

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Award-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Kirk has been with “Frontline” since the PBS series’ inception in 1983. In addition to covering the 2008 financial crisis and numerous other major news events, he is a producer on the “Frontline” documentary “The Choice,” which profiles each candidate before every presidential election. This month, in addition to a profile… Read more »

‘Founder’ Production Designer Had to Reproduce McDonald’s Iconic Golden Arches

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Although the term Golden Arches is practically synonymous with McDonald’s, only people who were around before the early ’70s have actually seen a true Golden Arches-style restaurant. That’s because the chain altered its look at about that time, replacing the original design with mansard roofs. So when director John Lee Hancock asked production designer Michael… Read more »

Broadway Box Office: Healthy Numbers for Thinning Slate

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The Broadway lineup continued to thin out last week as three more shows — “Jersey Boys,” “The Humans” and “Holiday Inn” — played their final bows. But there still seemed plenty of demand for the titles that were still hanging around during the January chill, helping the Broadway box office keep warm. “Jersey Boys” ($1,325,582) wrapped… Read more »

TV Ratings: ‘This Is Us’ Still Strong, ‘No Tomorrow’ Finishes With a Whimper

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NBC’s “This Is Us” slipped a couple tenths from last week — though not if you don’t count the encore airing on the West Coast that NBC included in its final ratings — but still remains the best bang for one’s buck on the broadcast schedule. In the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, “This Is Us” pulled… Read more »

‘The Walking Dead’ Producers Toned Down Violence After Season Premiere Backlash

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MIAMI — “The Walking Dead” producers toned down some of the violence in the first half of season seven after the strong viewer backlash to a gruesome killing scene in the season opener. “Walking Dead” exec producer Gale Anne Hurd acknowledged Wednesday that the negative response to the bludgeon slayings of two key characters in… Read more »

Lisa Frank Live-Action, Animation Hybrid Movie in Development

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Lisa Frank, who specializes in merchandise with colorful psychedelic designs, is in development on a feature film about her world with producer Jon Shestack. Plans are for a live-action and animation hybrid film about the world of Lisa Frank, who has been selling a wide variety of stickers, stationery, backpacks, trapper keepers, puzzles, coloring books… Read more »

Sundance: Adaptive Studios Sells Short-Form Thriller Series ‘Pineapple’ to Blackpills

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Digital-video startup Blackpills has acquired rights to “Pineapple,” a short-form thriller from Adaptive Studios that will have its world premiere this week at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Paris-based Blackpills, which has maintained a stealthy profile, expects to launch its mobile-centric video platform in the first quarter of 2017 with “Pineapple” among its first original… Read more »

Matthew McConaughey on His 47-Pound Transformation for ‘Gold’

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Matthew McConaughey laughed off his 47-pound weight gain for his latest role of Kenny Wells at the New York City premiere of TWC-Dimension’s “Gold” Tuesday night at AMC Loews Lincoln Square. “I enjoyed getting into Kenny and doing my research and all of a sudden I looked in the mirror and was like, ‘You put on… Read more »

Long-time Los Angeles Home of Late Actress Patricia Barry Goes Up For Sale (EXCLUSIVE)

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SELLER: Estate of Patricia Barry LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA PRICE: $10,495,000 SIZE: 4,326 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: A Southern Colonial-style residence set behind gates at the head of a boxwood bordered circular drive on a prime block in the casually ritzy, exceedingly desirable and unquestionably expensive Brentwood Park neighborhood of… Read more »