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‘General Hospital,’ Ellen DeGeneres, CBS Lead Daytime Emmy Nominations

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ABC’s “General Hospital” leads the pack in the 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards with 28 nominations, including multiple mentions in the lead actor and actress races and a bid for best drama. “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” once again was the pace-setter among talk shows, with 10 bids, while the “The Wendy Williams Show” landed its… Read more »

‘Midnight Rider’ Filmmakers Challenge $75,000 in Safety Violations

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Attorneys for the “Midnight Rider” filmmakers appeared at a Savannah, Ga., hearing on Tuesday to challenge almost $75,000 in fines for willful safety violations cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). At issue is the extent to which Film Allman, set up by director Randall Miller and producer Jody Savin to make a… Read more »

San Francisco Film Festival to Host 12 Premieres

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A dozen premieres are set for the 58th San Franciso Intl. Film Festival, including North American launches of Ian McKellen’s “Mr. Holmes” and Andrei Konchalovsky’s “The Postman’s White Nights,” which won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival. The festival had already set “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” as the opening film… Read more »

Jonah Hill Re-Lists Manhattan Loft at Lower Price

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SELLER: Jonah Hill LOCATION: New York City, NY PRICE: $3,500,000 SIZE: 2,000 square feet 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: The New York City property gossip columns were the first to go on about the lower Manhattan loft that Hollywood hot shot Jonah Hill re-listed with a new and lower asking price of $3.5 million…. Read more »

‘Daily Show’ Twitter Controversy: Comedy Central Should Defend Host’s Right to Offend

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Comedy Central was probably expecting some public debate Tuesday about the boundaries of irreverent humor. The surprise was which of the network’s properties was the subject of that debate. Instead of the usual discussion about whether the “Comedy Central Roast” franchise crossed the line in the wake of Monday night’s special with Justin Bieber, which… Read more »

Netflix, Marvel Pick ‘Luke Cage’ Showrunner, Cheo Hodari Coker

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Netflix and Disney’s Marvel Television announced that Cheo Hodari Coker (“Ray Donovan,” “Southland”) will serve as exec producer and showrunner of “Luke Cage,” the street-hero series slated to premiere next year. The companies previously announced that Mike Colter (“The Good Wife,” “American Horror Story: Coven”) will play Luke Cage in the series. Colter is slated to appear… Read more »

Linda Lavin Heads Back to Broadway to Play a Parent with a Past

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Linda Lavin, the Broadway favorite (“The Lyons,” “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife”) who’s also well-known to TV audiences (“Alice,” “Sean Saves the World”), will return to Broadway next season in a Manhattan Theater Club production of “Our Mother’s Brief Affair,” the Richard Greenberg play to be directed by MTC artistic director Lynne Meadow. Lavin will… Read more »

Rachel Kushner Set as Telluride Film Fest Guest Director

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The Telluride Film Festival has selected novelist Rachel Kushner as its guest director to select a series of films to present at the 42nd festival running over Labor Day weekend on Sept. 4-7. The festival is also teaming with the San Francisco International Film Festival for Kushner to present Barbara Loden’s 1970 film “Wanda” on… Read more »

UTA Lands Five Major CAA Agents in Shakeup

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After spending several years running CAA’s comedy department, talent agents Jason Heyman and Martin Lesak are heading back to UTA as partners. Former CAA agents Greg McKnight, Greg Cavic and Nick Nuciforo also heading to UTA as partners with Heyman and Lesak. As a group, Heyman, Lesak, McKnight, Cavic and Nuciforo represent leading artists working… Read more »