‘Shades Of Blue’ Creator Adi Hasak On How He Got ‘Eyewitness’ On The Air In 2 Weeks & Being His Own Studio

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Adi Hasak has the rare distinction of going from a writer with no TV credits and no agency representation to back-to-back straight-to-series orders for dramas Shades Of Blue at NBC and Eyewitness, which is set to debut on USA this Sunday, October 16. The latter, a crime thriller adapted from the Norwegian drama Øyevitn, follows two small-town teenage boys who, while hooking up in a cabin, witness a murder that is being investigated by the local sheriff, played by Julianne…

‘Blue Jay’ Gets Unique Look From Army Camera

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“Blue Jay,” a quiet, two-handed drama starring Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson as high-school sweethearts who bump into each other years later, boasts at least a couple of firsts. It’s the first narrative feature from director Alex Lehmann, who is also the DP on the project (Duplass is the writer). And it’s the first film… Read more »

‘Bonfire Of The Vanities’ Series From Chuck Lorre & Margaret Nagle Being Developed At Amazon

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Amazon has put in development a small screen version of The Bonfire of the Vanities, an event series based on Tom Wolfe’s 1987 book, from Chuck Lorre, Red Band Society creator Margaret Nagle, and Warner Bros. TV. for launch on Amazon Prime Video.
Nagle will write and will also executive produce alongside Lorre. Mother Jones’ Washington bureau chief David Corn is serving as a consultant. The project hails from Chuck Lorre Productions in association with Warner Bros. TV…

Newswire: Dumbledore will be apparated into the Fantastic Beasts series

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Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is set about seven decades before the events of the Harry Potter series, so there aren’t many well-known characters who can make appearances in the five-part prequel film series. The events of this film probably even predate the birth of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. However, there is one beloved confirmed bachelor who very well might pop up in future future installments: Albus Dumbledore.

BBC News reports that J.K. Rowling—who has apparently already sketched out the final four films—told crowds at a fan event in London that in next month’s Fantastic Beasts, “We do talk about Dumbledore and Grindelwald.” That second weird-sounding name is a reference to Gellert Grindelwald, a one-time close friend of Dumbledore who went on to become a powerful dark wizard and master of the Elder Wand, one of the fabled Deathly Hallows that feature prominently in the final …

‘DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow’ Ratings Return Down, Chargers’ Win Scores For CBS

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In what was a very long and sometimes thrilling game, Thursday saw the Los Angeles Dodgers win the National League Division Series 4-3 over the Washington Nationals and advance one step closer to a possible MLB World Series spot. Last night also saw a couple of debuts on the CW and a resurrection of sorts for Thursday Night Football (3.0/11) on CBS after the fall of last week.

While adjustments are expected, in early numbers the San Diego Chargers’ 21-13 crushing of the…

ICM Shows Off New Digs Which Includes Almost 400 Works Of Art

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“We really look at this office as a great symbol of renewal and evolution for ICM Partners,” said agency founding partner Chris Silbermann as he introduced the agency’s new digs on Constellation Boulevard to clients and the press Thursday night in an opening celebration cocktail party. While ICM had been at the 10250 Constellation address for a while, they switched offices and moved to a new space on the top five floors. The move was a Herculean effort which had to be…

This Latest Oculus Acquisition Could Kickstart Its Standalone Headset Plans

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Facebook-owned Oculus has acquired Irish display technology startup InfiniLED. The acquisition was first reported by local news outlets and has since been confirmed by Oculus. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. InfiniLED has been working on low-power LED screens for smart phones and other mobile devices. There’s no official word on what Oculus is going got… Read more »

Santa Barbara Film Festival to Give Virtuosos Awards to Ruth Negga, Dev Patel, Naomie Harris

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will give its 2017 Virtuosos Awards to actors Aaron Taylor Johnson, Dev Patel, Janelle Monae, Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Ruth Negga, Simon Helberg and Stephen Henderson, SBIFF organizers announced on Friday.

The Virtuosos Award is designed to salute performers who have had a breakthrough year, with past recipients including Alicia Vikander, Chadwick Boseman, David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. The awards will be presented on Feb. 4, 2017, at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, as part of the 12-day Santa Barbara Film Festival, which will run from Feb. 1-11.

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Aaron Taylor Johnson’s breakthrough performance this year came in Tom Ford‘s psychological thriller “Nocturnal Animals,” which has screened at film festivals and will be released later in the year. Dev Patel, who first made his mark in “Slumdog Millionaire” nine years ago, starred in Garth Davis‘ “Lion.” Ruth Negga played Mildred Loving, a black woman married to a white man in the South in the 1960s, in Jeff Nichols‘ “Loving.” “The Big Bang Theory” star Simon Helberg moved to the big screen and played Meryl Streep‘s long-suffering accompanist in “Florence Foster Jenkins.” Stephen Henderson moved from Broadway to film in Denzel Washington‘s adaptation of August Wilson’s “Fences,” which earned Henderson a Tony nomination.

Janelle Monae, Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris all made their mark in Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight,” with Monae also starring in the upcoming “Hidden Figures.”

Also Read: ‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins on ‘Honest, Organic’ Stories of Black Struggle (Video)

“This year has been monumental in the breadth of talent breaking through in distinct and emotional roles,” Santa Barbara Film Festival Executive Director Roger Durling said in a statement. “We are excited to honor both new and familiar faces, and look forward to celebrating them and their contribution to the craft.”

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which takes place in the coastal town 100 miles north of Los Angeles, presents a variety of special awards that are seen as ways for awards contenders to get a boost during the period between the announcement of Oscar nominations and the beginning of voting.

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‘Moonlight’ Debuts to Rapturous Applause, Tears in Emotional Screening at Toronto Film Festival

‘Nocturnal Animals’ Venice Review: Tom Ford Gambles Big and Wins on Second Feature

‘Loving’ Cannes Review: Ruth Negga Stands Out in Poignant Real-Life Drama

Why Erica Hill Returned to HLN: ‘It Really Does Feel Like Coming Home’ (Exclusive)

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Erica Hill returned to the new-look HLN this week after leaving the network in 2012. She made stops at both NBC and CBS News, but she’s back and says, “It really does feel like coming home.”

“I was very proud to say that I worked at CNN and it wasn’t an easy decision to leave, I don’t regret it. I’m really glad that I took that break, went to a couple of places and was afforded all these opportunities,” Hill told TheWrap. “But I was excited to come back here.”

“On the Story with Erica Hill,” kicked off Monday and is part of the redesigned HLN. Nancy Grace and Dr. Drew are out, while Hill, Michaela Pereira and Ashleigh Banfield are in. These days, HLN is run by CNN President Jeff Zucker and HLN boss Ken Jautz. While Hill worked with Jautz, this is his first time working with Zucker.

Also Read: Why HLN’s Robin Meade Isn’t Celebrating Her Work Anniversary

“I’ve heard wonderful things about him, both from my colleagues here and when I was at NBC. In my first meeting with Jeff I got a really good feeling from him. He came across as someone I would love to work for,” Hill told TheWrap.

She said it’s “different now that Jeff is in charge” but the overall values of HLN remain the same. “Present the facts to people and also bring them compelling stories they can either relate to or emphasis with in some way,” she explained.

The new daytime lineup features a unique triangle of locations, with Hill in New York, Pereira in Los Angeles and Robin Meade in Atlanta. Banfield’s show starts on Monday and will also be from New York, while a replacement for Drew has not been named.

Also Read: HLN’s Michaela Pereira Brings ‘Chillaxed’ LA Vibe to Morning News

Hill, who is a mother of two young boys, worked on essentially every show at NBC News and decided last summer that working around-the-clock wasn’t the right thing for her at this stage in her life. Family comes first for Hill, but her familiarity with Jautz combined with an afternoon timeslot was enough to convince the veteran broadcaster that she had time for both work and family.

“Ken said to me, ‘It’s really important, Erica, that you make sure you have a life outside of work,’” Hill said. “On the stress level for my entire family, not just me personally, I think it’s been better for my marriage. My husband and I actually see each other! It’s been better for my kids. They need their mom and dad around.”

Also Read: Nancy Grace Storms Out of Radio Interview After Accused of ‘Capitalizing on Dead Kids’ (Video)

Hill explained that the world has changed a lot since her first stint at HLN, so it’s reassuring to start a new gig and feel at home.

“Walking back in the building, there is something nice when you know where everything is. I know where the cafeteria is. I have friends in the makeup room. I know the producers. I know the staff on the floor,” Hill said. “There is something to be said for that.”

CNN is HLN’s sister network, but within the Midtown Manhattan building it’s all essentially the same thing. CNN talent such as Jake Tapper and Brian Stelter have already crossed over to appear on her show.

“CNN is always going to have a really special place in my heart,” Hill said. “That hasn’t changed.”

Her new show aims to present daytime news with a “why it matters” approach, saying, “We’re all focused on going back to our news roots and we’re really excited about that.”

“On the Story with Erica Hill” airs on HLN every weekday at 1 p.m. ET.

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Newswire: Thanks, Obama: You can now bring more Cuban rum and cigars back to the U.S.

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As of today, trying to get your hands on some Cubans will no longer lead to three Dominicans sleeping on your parents’ couch. The Obama Administration has announced that, starting Monday, U.S. citizens who travel to Cuba will no longer be limited to bringing back goods worth up to $400. That previous limit included a $100 cap on tobacco and alcohol, but instead of using special quotas for Cuba, the normal limits on the importation of foreign products for personal use will apply.

This marks the sixth round of amendments to U.S. sanctions on Cuba in the past two years; on the sixth round, President Obama said “let there be rum and cigars!” Per the new rules, American travelers in Cuba will soon be able to bring back as many as 100 cigars and several bottles of rum from the island. Granted, enforcement of the $100 rule dropped …

Rosemarie DeWitt to Star in Paul Lieberstein’s Directorial Debut ‘Song of Back and Neck’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Rosemarie DeWitt and Brian d’Arcy James will star in Paul Lieberstein’s feature film directorial debut “Song of Back and Neck.” The dark comedy also stars Robert Pine, Sam Anderson and Paul Feig, director of “Ghostbusters,” “Spy” and  “Bridesmaids.” The film follows the life of the repressed Fred Trolleycar, played by Lieberstein, on a journey to… Read more »

Chuck Lorre’s ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’ Series in Development at Amazon

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Chuckle-slinger Chuck Lorre is getting into the drama business. Amazon, Warner Bros. TV and Lorre are developing an event series based on “Bonfire of the Vanities,” Variety has confirmed. Currently, the project is being conceived as a single run of eight episodes for Amazon Prime Video. Margaret Nagle, most recently of “Boardwalk Empire” and Fox’s “Red Band… Read more »

‘Mogadishu, Minnesota’: Thea Sofie Loch Næss Cast In HBO Drama Pilot

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Up-and-coming Norwegian actress Thea Sofie Loch Næss has landed a key role in HBO’s drama pilot Mogadishu, Minnesota, written, directed and executive produced by rapper K’naan Warsame and executive produced by Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker‘s Kathryn Bigelow.
Mogadishu, Minnesota is a family drama that grapples with what it means to be American – among the Somalis of Minneapolis. Loch Næss will play Lacy, Sameer’s (Ezana Alem) girlfriend who is in search of a deeper…

How Director Tim Story Helped Kevin Hart Come Up With the Idea for ‘What Now?’

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When Kevin Hart was brainstorming ideas for his third concert film, “Kevin Hart: What Now?,” “Ride Along” director Tim Story was the person he turned to.

“He told me to come to the first show which was in San Antonio, Texas, and I saw his intro, which was a 007 thing and I said, ‘Why don’t we expand on that? A spoof of James Bond,” Story told TheWrap he suggested to the comedian.

Kevin Hart: What Now?” is based on the actor’s 2015 comedy stand up tour. Leslie Small directed the comedy portion of the film, while Story helmed the skit of the film — a spoof of James Bond, which featured the ultimate modern day Bond girl, Halle Berry.

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All in all, “Kevin Hart: What Now” took just eight days to shoot.

Story and Hart, however, go way back. The two have worked on projects like the “Ride Along” and “Think Like a Man” movies, and it all started with Hart reaching out to Story.

Story’s next films include “Ride Along 3,” which is in script stage, and “Humbug,” a contemporary story telling of “Scrooge,” which will star Ice Cube.

Also Read: Kevin Hart and Ice Cube’s ‘Ride Along 3’ in the Works (Exclusive)

Read TheWrap’s Q&A with Story below.

TheWrap: How did this movie come about? What kind of production goes into a film like this?

Tim Story: It’s fun, knowing that I kind of stick to my same guns, because I do the skit and Leslie [Small] did the concert part so it’s a little easier. This is our third time. The idea came out of what Kevin had already created in his stand up show. He told me to come to the first show, which was in San Antonio [Texas] and I saw his intro, which was a 007 thing and I said, “why don’t we expand on that? A spoof of James Bond.”

Why was the production budget so high?
I always love to tell people the movie was shot in like eight days but that’s including the concert, helicopter and car stuff. When I look at that, we definitely got the bang for our buck.

How did Halle Berry come on board?
Once we decided to do the spy spoof, immediately, we started talking about Bond girls and one of the most famous Bond girls is Halle Berry. We both knew her, but Kevin just said, “I’m gonna call Halle Berry.” I was like “c’mon man, you’re not gonna get Halle Berry.” But he did — he knows everyone in the world and can talk to people and how he can get people to do things is a testament of his talent.

Tell me about your first-ever meeting with Kevin
My agents called me and said, “this guy Kevin Hart wants your number.” I said, “Give it to him immediately!” but they were like, “Wait a second, who is this guy? Should we know him?” I told them they shouldn’t know him but they will know him, that he’s probably the next star. Me and Kevin met at a breakfast place in Santa Monica and sat there and immediately got along.

How has he changed as a performer?
We always laugh at this — we are starting to see he knows my job too well and it makes me mad. He knows about my camera and lenses, and he’s just a student of that. I know without a doubt that Kevin will be directing his own [movie]. He’s too busy to do many, but he’s definitely going to be directing one or two of his own. He’s just become so savvy … and he’s learning more and more about filmmaking process to the point where he’s an expert.”

Do you have anything else lined up with Kevin? What are your other upcoming projects?
We’re always working on stuff. There are the obvious things like “Ride Along 3” and we’ve talked everywhere from whether we should extend this skit to be a feature too, and we’ve got smaller indie films that we’re looking at doing. [But] right now, we don’t have anything we are doing immediately.

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What’s the update on “Ride Along 3?”
We’re writing the script right now, I’m waiting to see some pages and we’re excited for the idea and bringing Kevin and Ice Cube back together. I’m impatiently waiting for a script. We have some great ideas.

Is there a role for Kevin Hart in “Humbug?”
It’s funny, we messed around for a second. We talked about him being the ghost. There’s a chance that Kevin might show up in it …

Would you ever direct another superhero movie after “Fantastic Four” and “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”?
I don’t know … I liked what I went through with the first. At the center of it was a family, that’s what brought me to that project, but I’m not an action director. I like comedy, I like people and I like those situations. I’m not sure if I will find another property that brings that type. Would I like to? Of course. But I’m not sure if I will. I kind of like where I am.

When Gisele [Bundchen] walked across the stage at the Olympics, were you like, “yeah she was in my movie”
I always kind of smile a little bit because to have worked with Gisele [in “Taxi”]. She was so freaking cool. She’s like a guys’ girl. I remember working with her and how much fun she was. She was so game to do whatever. One time, a stunt driver was supposed to come around a corner in an M3 [BMW] and the guy wasn’t going fast enough and Gisele was like “let me do it, I own a couple of them.” She grabs the M3 and just whips around the corner — so she’s also a stunt driver! This girl is just so talented, and so cool to work with, so I do kind of smile to myself. It is one of the highlights of my career just working with her.

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The Ken Bone Backlash: 5 Reasons America Fell Out of Love (Photos)

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The internet sensation held a Reddit discussion Thursday night, but Bone forget to delete old messages on his account, which fans quickly resurfaced.

Four months ago, Bone called Trayvon Martin’s death “justified.”  In the same post, he called Martin’s shooter, George Zimmerman, a “big old s— bird.”

One user wrote, “We’re gonna find out Ken Bone is a 26 year long Klan member aren’t we?” Another joked, “A lot of rappers are probably deleting tracks titled Ken Bone right now.”

Also Read: Internet Turns on Debate Hero Ken Bone, Who Called Trayvon Martin’s Shooting Justified

Bone once chimed in on a Reddit thread called “PreggoPorn” and he referred to pregnant women as “beautiful human submarines.”

Bone discussed the benefits of a vasectomy, writing, “I had mine done 2 years ago. Sexual satisfaction is way up.” He said his wife “loves it too” and he “can’t recommend it enough.”

In another post, he admitted to forging insurance documents so he could keep his pizza delivery job.

“I forged documents to make it look like I had car insurance so I wouldn’t get fired,” he wrote. “Can’t say how I did them, I don’t know how long the statute of limitations is on that.”

On Thursday, news also broke that Bone had made a deal with Uber to advertise its new “Uber Select” service.

Fans quickly accused him of being a sellout.

“It took Ken Bone less than a day to sell out,” Tristian Biaocco wrote on Twitter. Smita Prakash added, “Undecided voter he was but sure knew how to butter his bread. Sell out in 48 hours.”

Rainforest Charity Says Leonardo DiCaprio Should Step Down From UN

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A rainforest preservation charity has called upon Leonardo DiCaprio to step down from his role as a UN Messenger of Peace for climate change unless he cuts ties with Red Granite co-founder Riza Aziz and Malaysian financier Jho How, who are linked to an international money laundering scheme.
Speaking at a press conference in London, Lukas Straumann, director of Switzerland-based charity Bruno Manser fund said that DiCaprio had “consistently refused” to explain his ties…