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How Gov. Jerry Brown Was Convinced to Spend $1.65 Billion on Film/TV Incentives

By Alex Ben Block After months of keeping his distance from legislation to extend and expand California’s movie/TV tax credit program, Gov. Jerry Brown took a hands-on role in working out the final deal that provides $1.65 billion in incentives over five years. “He took a personal interest in this,” says Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-L.A.), co-author of the bill with Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-L.A.). ...

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‘Cops’ Show Crew Member Killed By Omaha Cops

By Soo Youn AP Images The crime scene from the Wendy’s where ‘Cops’ crew was killed late Monday A crew member embedded with Omaha police while filming the TV show Cops was fatally shot by police during a robbery Monday night. Bryce Dion, a sound technician for the long-running show, was shot during the course of an armed robbery at an Omaha Wendy’s. He ...

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Donald Sweeney, Father of Disney-ABC Executive Anne Sweeney, Dies at 88

By THR Staff Courtesy of The Walt Disney Company Donald Sweeney, the father of top Disney-ABC executive Anne Sweeney who as an educator in the Kingston, N.Y., school system achieved breakthroughs in the integration of intellectually challenged children, has died. He was 88. He began his 38-year career in education as a teacher in the Baldwinsville (N.Y.) Central School and then as a principal ...

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Jason Bateman’s Aggregate Banner Re-Ups Film, TV Deal With Universal

By Lesley Goldberg AP Images/Invision Jason Bateman Jason Bateman and James Garavente’s Aggregate Films is staying put at Universal. The production company has inked a new first-look film and TV production with Universal Pictures and Universal TV, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The new two-year pact keeps the company in business with Universal, where Aggregate has been based for the past four years. Additionally, ...

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Billy Crudup in Talks for Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal Film ‘Spotlight’ (Exclusive)

By Tatiana Siegel, Borys Kit Billy Crudup is in talks to join Participant Media’s Catholic Church sex abuse scandal film Spotlight. Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci have already boarded the ensemble drama. Based on a true story, the film chronicles the Catholic Church’s decades-long cover-up of pedophile priests in Massachusetts that came to light thanks to a yearlong ...

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Forget Kryptonite — Superman’s New Weakness Is the Ice Bucket Challenge

By Graeme McMillan 11:48 AM PDT 8/26/2014 by Graeme McMillan Warner Bros. Pictures You will believe a man could freeze. Henry Cavill and Amy Adams are the latest heroes to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge — with Cavill living up to the hero tag by not only wearing his revised Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Superman costume while being drenched with freezing ...

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Netflix Renews Will Arnett’s ‘BoJack Horseman’ (Exclusive)

By Lesley Goldberg Courtesy of Netflix “Bojack Horseman” Just days after its debut, Netflix has renewed BoJack Horseman. The animated comedy will return for another round of 12 episodes on the streaming service, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The series features a voice cast that includes Will Arnett as BoJack, a failed legendary star from a 1990s family sitcom Horsin’ Around trying to navigate ...

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Participant Teams With DreamWorks on Steven Spielberg’s Cold War Spy Thriller

By Rebecca Ford Participant Media is teaming up with DreamWorks Studios and Fox for Steven Spielberg‘s upcoming cold war spy thriller, starring Tom Hanks. Written by Joel and Ethan Coen, the currently untitled project is based on an original script by Matt Charman and centers on the true story of James Donovan, an attorney who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold ...

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‘Full House’ TV Revival in the Works

By Lesley Goldberg Courtesy Everett Collection “Full House” “You got it, dude.” That’s what the Full House cast and creators may soon say to bringing back the family sitcom. Studio Warner Bros. Television is in the early stages of reviving the John Stamos, Bob Saget and Dave Coulier comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. As first reported by TV Guide Magazine, star Stamos (Uncle ...

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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ‘Maggie’ Sells to Lionsgate, Won’t Go to Toronto

By Pamela McClintock In a high-profile deal for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin‘s zombie film Maggie, Lionsgate has scooped up North American rights to the movie on the eve of the Toronto Film Festival, where the film was set to make its world premiere. As a result of the preemptive pact, the apocalyptic thriller will no longer make an appearance at the festival since ...

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