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TV News Roundup: ‘Shameless’ Season 7 Trailer, Zach Braff’s ABC Comedy Return

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In today’s TV news roundup, Zach Braff is developing a comedy with ABC, plus Showtime has released a new trailer for “Shameless” Season 7. Watch here. DEVELOPMENT Zach Braff is eyeing his broadcast TV return, as he’s put into development a single-camera comedy “Start Up” in which he’s attached to star, direct and executive produce. ABC nabbed the project… Read more »

Gene Wilder Talks ‘Willy Wonka’ Remake, Why He Stopped Acting in Last Major Interview

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Gene Wilder lived out of the spotlight and evaded the media up until the end of his life, making his interviews few and far between. Wilder, who died on Monday at age 83 from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease, gave his last major interview on June 12, 2013, to Turner Classic Movies. The iconic interview, which took place… Read more »

BMG Promotes Thomas Scherer to EVP US Publishing

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BMG had upped Thomas Scherer’s roles as EVP of International Writer Services to EVP BMG US Publishing, responsible for BMG’s LA and New York-based publishing creative teams. This announcement comes after Zach Katz took the reins as President, U.S. Repertoire and Marketing, for BMG U.S., overseeing both music publishing and recordings. “We are delighted to promote Thomas… Read more »

‘Donnybrook’ Movie in the Works from ‘Dark Night’ Director

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David Lancaster’s Rumble Films has signed “Dark Night” writer/director Tim Sutton to adapt and direct the crime thriller “Donnybrook,” Variety has learned exclusively. “Dark Night,” which premiered at Sundance in January, will screen at the Venice Intl. Film Festival. The film focuses on the lives of six strangers intersecting at a suburban multiplex where a… Read more »

Viceland Sets Late-Night Talk Show, New Series Orders and Eddie Huang Renewal

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Viceland is marking its six-month anniversary by unveiling plans for a late-night franchise, plus two new series orders and renewals for two other series. “Desus & Mero” is set to premiere in late-night in October. The half-hour show, to air Monday-Thursday, will be hosted by the Bronx-reared comedic duo Desus Nice and the Kid Mero,… Read more »

Actors’ Equity Association Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

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Hillary Clinton has been endorsed by the Actors’ Equity Association, marking the first time in the union’s 103-year history that it has backed any political candidate. “Our union has historically chosen to remain non partisan and above the fray,” said Kate Shindle, president of the association. “But at such a critical time in our country’s… Read more »

‘The Ardennes’ to Represent Belgium in Academy Awards Race

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Belgium will be submitting “The Ardennes” as its official selection for the best foreign-language film Academy Award. The film, by Robin Pront, stars Veerle Baetens (“The Broken Circle Breakdown”), Jeroen Perceval (“Bullhead”) and Kevin Janssens. “The Ardennes” is produced by Savage Film’s Bart Van Langendonck, who produced Michaël R. Roskam’s 2012 Academy Award-nominated “Bullhead.” Roskam is also an associate… Read more »

Breaking Glass Grabs North American rights to Argentine Feature Debut ‘Esteros’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Breaking Glass Pictures has snagged North American rights to LGBT Spanish-language drama “Esteros,” the feature debut of Argentina’s Papu Curotto. An expansion of Curotto’s 2015 short “Matias and Jeronimo,” “Esteros” follows two male childhood friends who reconnect as adults, and struggle with long-repressed feelings for each other. Drama preemed at the Toronto Inside Out LGBT… Read more »

Colin Kaepernick’s Anthem Protest Set to Draw Attention From NFL Broadcasters

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Saturday’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers was not the first in which the San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick remained seated during the performance of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Kaepernick also stayed seated during two previous games, but observers failed to notice because the quarterback was inactive for both games as he recovered from injuries. So… Read more »

Ava DuVernay Celebrates Minorities Behind the Camera at ‘Queen Sugar’ Premiere

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Ava DuVernay made it clear that casting minorities in front of and behind the camera was a conscious effort on her part at the premiere of OWN’s newest family drama, “Queen Sugar.” “We had a majority women and people of color writer’s room,” the creator-producer-director told the crowd after introducing her team. She then waved… Read more »