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Animation Show of Shows Reaches $100,000 Kickstarter Goal

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The Animation Show of Shows made its Kickstarter goal of $100,000 and then some, reaching $107,528 on Monday. The funds will help pay for the upcoming 17th annual showcase of global animated shorts curated by Acme Filmwork’s topper, Ron Diamond. The extra dough, meanwhile, will help the new nonprofit pay for the restoration of the… Read more »

Netflix, Amazon Pass on More ‘Hannibal,’ Says Bryan Fuller

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Netflix and Amazon have passed on ordering a fourth season of “Hannibal,” series’ executive producer and creator Bryan Fuller tweeted Monday. Hopes were high among the critically acclaimed drama series’ fans that one of the subscription VOD services would rescue it after NBC canceled it earlier this month. “I’m sorry to report Amazon and Netflix… Read more »

Jerry Weintraub Dies: George Clooney, Don Cheadle, Ralph Macchio React

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Legendary producer Jerry Weintraub, best know for “The Karate Kid,” “Nashville” and “Ocean’s Eleven” franchise, died on Monday at 77. The three-time Emmy winner’s most recent project was exec producing the HBO political comedy “The Brink.” George Clooney was among the actors who paid tribute to his “Ocean’s Eleven” producer. “In the coming days there… Read more »

SAG-AFTRA and NPR Reach Contract Deal

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National Public Radio and SAG-AFTRA have reached a tentative agreement on terms for a two-year successor deal to the network’s master contract. The new contract, the terms of which were not disclosed, must still be ratified by NPR employees represented by SAG-AFTRA in order to go into effect. “NPR and SAG-AFTRA, the union representing NPR’s… Read more »

Broadway Box Office: Few Fireworks for Fourth of July

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The Fourth of July holiday threw a wrench into the Broadway box office last week, prompting declines at almost every single production but for a few exceptions — including, notably, “The King and I.” Independence Day often wreaks havoc on summertime sales, what with fireworks, barbecues and other festivities keeping most folks outdoors instead of… Read more »

Katie Holmes Rents New York City Penthouse

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RENTER: Katie Holmes LOCATION: New York City, N.Y. PRICE: $25,000 per month SIZE: (approx.) 2,400 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: The lady property gossip at the New York Post reports that actress Katie Holmes has secured a modern-minded and fully furnished penthouse rental in New York City’s centrally located Chelsea nabe… Read more »

Veteran Hollywood Producer Brian Witten to Head Heavy Metal

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Veteran Hollywood producer and exec Brian Witten has been named president of Heavy Metal. He will oversee the magazine-turned-media company’s film and TV business. Witten will attend Comic-Con, where Heavy Metal’s panel is set to disclose its future plans. Witten’s producer and executive producer credits include an upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s “Cell,” with Samuel… Read more »

Man Who Died Shooting Fireworks Off Head Was Former Disney World Performer

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Former Disney World performer Devon Staples died Saturday in a fireworks mishap during a Fourth of July celebration in Calais, Maine. He was 22. Staples, who played Gaston from “Beauty and the Beast” and Goofy at Disney World, was killed instantly when he attempted to launch fireworks from his head. “Apparently, he thought that was… Read more »

Michael K. Williams Lands Key Roles in ‘Assassin’s Creed,’ ‘Ghostbusters’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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With “Boardwalk Empire” having ended its run last fall, Michael K. Williams is finding ways to stay busy on the bigscreen. Williams, who played Chalky White on “Boardwalk,” is in negotiations for supporting roles in two upcoming tentpoles: Sony’s “Ghostbusters” and New Regency’s “Assassin’s Creed.” He will first shoot “Ghostbusters,” which is currently in production…. Read more »

Box Office: ‘Inside Out’ Edges ‘Jurassic World’ in Final Fourth of July Figures

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Disney/Pixar’s “Inside Out” has edged Universal’s “Jurassic World” at the three-day Independence Day holiday box office with $29.8 million in the U.S. — reversing estimates that had placed the dino thriller in first. The fourth weekend of “Jurassic World” wound up with $29.2 million for the Friday-Sunday period, ending its three-week stay in first place…. Read more »

‘Rosewood’s’ Temple Hill Signs Overall with 20th Century Fox TV

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Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey have moved their shingle Temple Hill from ABC Studios to 20th Century Fox Television Studios, where they have signed a two-year overall deal. The deal allows the producers, whose TV credits include the upcoming Fox drama “Rosewood” and the recently departed ABC drama “Revenge,” to develop new projects for the… Read more »