The San Francisco International Film Festival has set Alan Rudolph's "The Secret Lives of Dentists" as its opening night film and selected Mark Decena's "Dopamine" to close the fest.
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The Walt Disney Co. and DirecTV have opened hostilities over the renewal of Disney's ABC Family Channel.
Robert Forster will play dad to "Karen Sisco," while Kathryn Morris has nabbed a lead for "Cold Cases" and Hector Elizondo and Nestor Carbonell are going to "Century City."
One TV vet -- programming consultant Fred Silverman -- has reupped his relationship with ABC, while another --Alphabet marketing topper Steve Sohmer -- has left the web.
Author Michael Connelly has scored a mid-six against seven-figure deal to script "Angel City Bullet," an adaptation of his short story "Two Bagger."
CNN has canceled its long-running afternoon show "Talkback Live," which had originated from the Atlanta mall outside of the CNN offices.
Academy Awards producer Gil Cateshas tapped Cameron Diaz as a presenter for the 75th anniversary Oscar ceremony.
Nathan Fillion is joining the cast of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," taking on a key role in the final five episodes of the about-to-wrap skein. Fillion, who most recently toplined "Buffy" creator Joss…