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Mark Ruffalo on Joss Whedon Backlash: ‘He’s a Deeply Committed Feminist’

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The press tour for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” has been quite the conversation-starter about gender politics on and off-screen. Just as fans were recovering from the Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner fiasco, Mark Ruffalo weighed in on all the hubbub during his Reddit AMA. The ever-affable Ruffalo, who plays Bruce Banner/The Hulk in the series, took… Read more »

‘Happyland’ Alum to Star in ABC Family’s ‘Shadowhunters’

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Katherine McNamara has been cast as the female lead in “Shadowhunters,” ABC Family’s saga series based on the “Mortal Instruments” book series. ABC Family announced the news on social media: It's official! @Kat_McNamara is going to play Clary Fray on #Shadowhunters! pic.twitter.com/LWECwPNnwR — Shadowhunters (@ShadowhuntersTV) May 6, 2015 The supernatural series focuses on McNamara’s Clary… Read more »

Justin Lin to Unveil New Short at Google I/O Developer Conference

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In the upcoming Google I/O Developer Conference, Justin Lin will unveil a new short he helmed in association with Google’s advanced technology and products group. The conference is at the end of the month and the spotlight story Lin helmed is described as a live-action short that will be displayed in “full 360 with 3D… Read more »

‘Midnight Rider’ Accident Victim Sarah Jones To Be Subject of Feature Documentary

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Filmmakers hoping to make a feature documentary about Sarah Jones, the camera assistant who died in an on-set accident during the making of the Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider,” have secured the support of Jones’s parents and their Sarah Jones Foundation. Eric Smith (“Boston’s Finest”) and Christopher Crescitelli (“Experience Montreaux 3D”) are aiming to direct and produce the… Read more »

Ehab Al Shihabi Out As Leader of Al Jazeera America

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Confronted Monday with questions about a wrongful-termination lawsuit, defections of senior executives and meager ratings, Ehab Al Shihabi, the leader of Al Jazeera America said, “I know what I’m doing.” On Wednesday, the backers of the network said he would be replaced as head of the troubled cable-news outlet. The Qatar-backed network said it would replace… Read more »

AMPTP Taps Former Republican Strategist as PR Chief

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Jarryd Gonzales, a veteran strategist for Republican party, has been selected as the new spokesman for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. “Jarryd is a skilled communicator with a proven track record as a spokesperson and trusted communications counselor, having previously worked for both large corporations and high-profile political leaders,” said AMPTP president… Read more »

‘Silicon Valley’ Creator Mike Judge Sheds Malibu Estate

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SELLER: Mike Judge LOCATION: Malibu, Calif. PRICE: $4.3 million SIZE: 3,696 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: A deep dive and a thorough perusal of publicly available property records reveals that a Malibu estate quietly owned for nearly a decade by animator-writer-producer-director-actor-musician Mike Judge has been sold at a substantial, $600,000-plus loss… Read more »

For ‘Epic’ Saxophonist Kamasi Washington, the Death of Jazz Has Been Largely Exaggerated

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“I’m a daydreamer,” says tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington, 34, reflecting on the creative process that led to his May 5 release, “The Epic.” The 17-song, three-CD concept album on the Brainfeeder label features Washington’s longtime core collaborators often heard at local venues like Hollywood’s Piano Bar as “The West Coast Get Down.” On Monday night, Washington’s regiment performed the entire work to an SRO audience at downtown L.A.’s Regent Theater, augmented by a string section and choir that crowded every square inch of an ample stage.

Jerusalem Unveils Plan to Build Studio to Attract Foreign Shoots

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Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat this week announced an ambitious plan to build in Israel’s capital a major film and TV production studio — which he hopes will attract a flurry of foreign shoots to the city. Barkat is a major supporter of film and television production in Jerusalem, and has partnered with media powerhouse Keshet to bring the… Read more »

TNT Tweaks Summer Schedule, Moves ‘Legends’ to the Fall

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TNT has made a slight change to its summer schedule, with newcomer “Public Morals” changing days and starting a week earlier and sophomore “Legends” pushed back to fall. The network said Wednesday that the 1960s-set police drama “Public Morals,” from writer, director, executive producer and star Edward Burns and executive producer Steven Spielberg, will now… Read more »