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Shawn Ryan, Chip Johannessen Win Seats for WGA West Board

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Showrunners Shawn Ryan and Chip Johannessen have won two-year board seats for the Writers Guild of America West. Ryan, creator and exec producer of “The Shield” and other shows, becomes a first-time member of the board after serving on the guild’s negotiating committee at recent bargaining with producers. He was the top vote-getter among the… Read more »

MGM and Paramount Tap Jack Huston to Play ‘Ben-Hur’

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MGM and Paramount Pictures seem to have found the man to take over the reigns of biblical character Judah Ben-Hur in the remake of the 1959 classic. Sources tell Variety that Jack Huston has been tapped to star in “Ben-Hur” that Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”) is directing. The script was written by Oscar-winning “12 Years a… Read more »

Ready for O’Malley: Maryland Governor Seeks Showbiz Support for PAC

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Plenty of donors may be urging Hillary Clinton to run for president 2016, but a different Democratic presidential prospect, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, will be courting showbiz support later this month when he raises money for his political action committee. O’Malley’s O’Say Can You See PAC has scheduled a fundraiser for Sept. 28 at Osteria… Read more »

Security Guard Killed on the Set of ‘Falling Skies’

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A Teamsters security guard working on TNT’s “Falling Skies” in Vancouver was killed by an unattended truck Monday night on the set, Variety has confirmed. The accident, which happened in Vancouver suburb Burnaby, took place while production was preparing for the next day’s shoot. According to reports, Scott McCloy, a spokesperson for British Columbia’s Workers’… Read more »

‘Dolphin Tale 2’ Surges Back, Again Rules the Week in TV Advertising Spend

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In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by iSpot.tv, “Dolphin Tale 2” leads in spending with an estimated outlay of $6.2 million for spots that have aired 1,563 times across 48 networks through September 14. That’s an unusual return engagement — “Dolphin” also topped our chart in late August — given… Read more »

James D’Arcy to Co-Star With Hayley Atwell in Marvel’s ‘Agent Carter’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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James D’Arcy is set to join the cast of Marvel’s ABC drama series “Agent Carter” opposite Hayley Atwell. Enver Gjokaj and Chad Michael Murray are also aboard. Inspired by the feature films “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” the series stars Captain America’s Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter. It’s 1946,… Read more »

Andrew Garfield’s ’99 Homes’ Acquired by Broad Green Pictures for U.S.

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Broad Green Pictures has bought all U.S. rights to Ramin Bahrani’s drama “99 Homes,” following screenings at the Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals. The recently launched distributor said it will release “99 Homes,” which stars Andrew Garfield, in the spring of 2015 and launch an Oscar campaign. Hyde Park-Image Nation financed, produced and is… Read more »