How The Power-Broker Koch Brothers Are Killing The Florida Film Business

Florida’s film and TV industry is in a free-fall after the state scrapped its film incentives program earlier this year. Productions are leaving, vendors are fleeing, and workers are moving to Georgia in the wake of a concerted and well-financed campaign by the billionaire Koch brothers and their conservative allies in the state legislature to kill the Sunshine State’s incentives. It’s an exodus of epic proportions, but if a movie were ever to be made about it, it would…


James Patterson Teams With David Marshall Grant For ‘Stingray’ FBI Drama At CBS, Sells ‘NYPD Red’ Adaptation To ABC

CBS is developing Stingray, a thriller drama from James Patterson, David Marshall Grant (Code Black) and Timberly-Beverly Prods. (Elementary), based on Patterson’s upcoming book. Additionally, James Patterson Entertainment has sold a cop drama based on Patterson’s best-selling book series NYPD Red to ABC with writer Michael Horowitz (Burn Notice).
Written by Grant based on the upcoming BookShot — thrillers 150 pages or less that sell for under $5 — which Patterson wrote…


Imogen Heap’s The Happy Song Tops iTunes Children’s Songs Charts

Hey, baby. Don’t be sad. Here’s a happy song from Imogen Heap to cheer you up. Imogen Jennifer Heap, better known as just Imogen Heap has plenty of reasons to smile. The Grammy award-winning artist’s song, The Happy Song, has reached first place in the iTunes Children’s Music Song Charts. The Happy Song is the […]

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Max Landis on ‘Dirk Gently,’ ‘Ghostbusters’ and Elijah Wood’s ‘Straight-Man’ Qualities

Max Landis read his first Douglas Adams book when he was a preteen at summer camp. A survey of the camp library revealed few books physically intact. Among them was Adams’ “The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul,” the second of the British sci-fi humor writer’s two “Dirk Gently” novels, about a so-called “holistic detective”… Read more »

watch Butch Walker talk about losing everything in a fire (in clip from new episode of ‘Ernie Ball: In Pursuit of Tone’)

Singer-songwriter Butch Walker had his home destroyed in the 2007 fires in Malibu, CA. In a new episode of the series Ernie Ball: The Pursuit of Tone, Butch talks about the effects of that fire on his life and how it sparked a creative rebirth for him…

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‘The Ivory Game’ Trailer: First Look At Netflix’s Latest Leonardo DiCaprio-Produced Docu

EXCLUSIVE: The ivory-poaching scourge in Africa is the topic of Netflix’s original documentary The Ivory Game, which premieres November 4 day-and-date in select theaters and on streaming service. The docu comes on the heels of Netflix’s success with Virunga, which earned an Oscar nomination in the Feature Documentary category last year for its look at the fight to preserve the mountain gorilla population in the Congo. And like that docu, this one’s also executive produced…


‘Narcos’ Adds Arturo Castro & Kerry Bishé As Regulars In Season 3

Broad City‘s Arturo Castro and Halt and Catch Fire‘s Kerry Bishé have booked series regular roles on the third season of Netflix’s drug cartel drama series Narcos.
Season 3 picks up after the death of drug lord Pablo Escobar and the hunt for the Cali Cartel, which was the opposing cartel to Escobar.
Castro will play William Rodriguez, Miguel’s oldest son, although he is reluctant at first to take a leading role in the cartel structure, as his Uncle and Father are…


Michel’le Signs Overall Deal With Thinkfactory Media

Michel’le is expanding her relationship with Thinkfactory Media. The platinum recording artist has signed an overall deal that includes future television and film projects and her music, as well as an upcoming autobiography.
The recently aired Thinkfactory biopic for Lifetime, Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le, was a ratings blockbuster for the network with an average of 2.3 million total viewers, making it cable’s No. 1 entertainment telecast of the night among…


‘A Midsummer’s Nightmare’: Five Cast In Lifetime’s Shakespearean Pilot

Lifetime is rounding out the cast for its psychological thriller pilot A Midsummer’s Nightmare, a modern-day take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Australian newcomer Ellie Gall, Jake Robinson (American Odyssey), Eric Balfour (Haven), Chelsea Gilligan (Starcrossed), and Paul Walter Hauser (Kingdom) have been cast in series regular roles opposite Dominic Monaghan.
Written by Anthony Jaswinski, A Midsummer’s Nightmare introduces four young lovers who steal off…