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Uma Thurman to Replace Mary-Louise Parker in NBC’s ‘The Slap’

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Uma Thurman will replace Mary-Louise Parker in the NBC miniseries “The Slap,” a remake of an Australian hit. Thurman was recruited at the last minute because Parker is recovering from pneumonia, according to a report on TV Line.  NBC has ordered eight episodes of the family drama about the fallout when a man slaps another… Read more »

‘Midnight Rider’ Filmmakers Say They Believed There Was ‘No Danger Present’ In Filming on Tracks

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“Midnight Rider” director Randall Miller and producer Jody Savin, who are facing involuntary manslaughter charges in the Feb. 20 death of camera assistant Sarah Jones, reiterated their belief that they had permission to shoot on the tracks and that there was no danger to the cast and crew as they shot on the trestle. In… Read more »

AFM: Ryan Kwanten-Mickey Rourke’s ‘Blunt Force Trauma’ Heads to Voltage

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Nicolas Chartier’s Voltage Pictures is on board the just-completed action film “Blunt Force Trauma,” starring Ryan Kwanten, Freida Pinto and Mickey Rourke. Voltage will launch sales at the American Film Market next week. Filming wrapped earlier this month in Colombia. In the film, Rourke portrays a champion of underground gunfights, while Kwanten’s character seeks the… Read more »

‘Nightcrawler’ Creeping to $13 Million Halloween Weekend

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Jake Gyllenhaal’s thriller “Nightcrawler” is providing the only spark of life amid an otherwise deadly Halloween box office, heading for a finish in the $12 million to $13 million range. The Open Road release, buoyed by a combo of strong reviews and lack of competition, dominated on its opening day with an estimated $3 million… Read more »

TNT Gives Series Order to Sharon Stone Drama ‘Agent X’

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TNT has given a series order to “Agent X,” the secret agent action-drama starring Jeff Hephner, Sharon Stone and Gerald McRaney with a pilot penned by “The Bourne Identity’s” William Blake Herron. The show focuses on a top secret agent named John Case (Hephner) who is trained and ready to serve, deployed only at the… Read more »

Digital Tracking: ‘Nightcrawler’ to Slither its Way to $12 Million Opening

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Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? Moviepilot — which studies social data and box office trends — analyzes this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in… Read more »

Ratings: Fox’s ‘Gotham’ Debut Draws 22 Million With Help of VOD, Online Viewing

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Fox’s new drama “Gotham” generated impressive sampling for its premiere last month — including about 5 million viewers who viewed outside of any traditional Nielsen ratings window. The network on Friday released 30-day multi-platforms for its fall premieres, with “New Girl,” “Red Band Society” and “Sleepy Hollow” joining “Gotham” in more than doubling their previously… Read more »

Off Broadway Review: ‘Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts I, II & III)’

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Suzan-Lori Parks’ ambitious play cycle about the historical journey of African-Americans from the years of slavery to the present day gets off to a strong start in “Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts I, II & III).” Borrowing freely from sources ranging from Greek epic poetry to regional folk tales, the highly stylized dramatic… Read more »