‘Get Out’ Director Jordan Peele: Scaring Up Racial Dialogue By Fusing Genre With Polemic

While he built an Emmy-winning career in socially aware comedy, those who knew Jordan Peele weren’t surprised when he married a polemical theme to the horror genre for his feature directorial debut Get Out. Peele grew up a self-described movie nerd, with an encyclopedic knowledge of horror films, and after Get Out became one of the most wildly profitable films in memory, with a $253 million global gross on a $4.5 million budget, the film’s clever play on race relations in…

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NBC Buys Comedy From Joe Port, Joe Wiseman & Kapital Entertainment

NBC has put in development a relationship comedy from the Me, Myself & I team of co-executive producers Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Warner Bros. TV.
Written by comedy veterans Port and Wiseman, the comedy centers on a 20-something woman and a 40-something guy who get into a go-nowhere relationship that unexpectedly goes somewhere, bringing their generationally divided friends and family along for the ride.
Port and Wiseman executive…

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Jenji Kohan Inks Overall Deal With Netflix

Netflix has signed an exclusive multi-year deal with Jenji Kohan, who is behind two hit series for the Internet network, Orange Is the New Black and GLOW.
Weeds creator Kohan is the latest A-list showrunner to make Netflix her creative home, joining Shonda Rhimes. Under the pact, she will produce new original series and other projects.
Kohan created and executive produces Orange is The New Black, which helped put Netflix on the original series map and continues to be one…

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‘Mad Men’s Marti Noxon Speaks Out Against Matthew Weiner: “I Believe Kater Gordon”

Marti Noxon, who was a consulting producer on AMC’s Mad Men, says she believes the sexual harassment allegations made by Kater Gordon against Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner.
In a series of 12 tweets, Noxon outlined her case in support of Gordon. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer exec producer calls Weiner an “emotional terrorist” and that the Mad Men cast and crew “regardless of gender or position, was affected by this atmosphere.”
Last week, Gordon, an Emmy-winning Mad Men

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Viola Davis, Malcolm D. Lee and Universal Team on ‘I Almost Forgot About You’

In a competitive situation, Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to Terry McMillan’s bestselling novel “I Almost Forgot About You” with Viola Davis attached to star. “Girls Trip” helmer Malcolm D. Lee is on board to direct and produce along with Davis, who will produce with her husband Julius Tennon via their JuVee Productions banner. […]

Ben Affleck on Harvey Weinstein: ‘I Knew He Was Sleazy’

Ben Affleck sat down Friday morning with Savannah Guthrie on the “Today” show, where he discussed the sexual misconduct scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein, who was instrumental in launching his career. Affleck, who is making the rounds to promote “Justice League,” told Guthrie, “I knew [Weinstein] was sleazy and kind of a bully, but unfortunately, that […]

Raza Jaffrey Cast In ‘The Rhythm Section’

Code Black and Homeland actor Raza Jaffrey has enlisted in Paramount‘s female espionage thriller The Rhythm Section, starring Blake Lively and Jude Law. The studio is partnering with IM Global and James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli on the project. The Handmaid’s Tale director/exec producer Reed Morano is directing the first film of what they hope will become a franchise.
Written by Mark Burnell, the pic a woman who, after being told that the crash…

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ABC Buys Small-Town Family Comedy From ‘Life In Pieces’ Duo

ABC has given a script commitment to an untitled single-camera comedy from Life in Pieces duo Lesley Wake Webster and Jason Winer and his Small Dog Picture Company. 20th Century Fox TV, where Small Dog is based, is the studio.
Written by Wake Webster, the comedy is set in small-town Kentucky and centers on an overly idealistic young woman who experiences a delayed coming-of-age, guided by her freewheeling, larger-than-life father. It’s told in flashback as she testifies…

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Fox Buys Small-Town Family Comedy From ‘Life In Pieces’ Duo

Fox has given a script commitment to an untitled single-camera comedy from Life in Pieces duo Lesley Wake Webster and Jason Winer and his Small Dog Picture Company. 20th Century Fox TV, where Small Dog is based, is the studio.
Written by Wake Webster, the comedy is set in small-town Kentucky and centers on an overly idealistic young woman who experiences a delayed coming-of-age, guided by her freewheeling, larger-than-life father. It’s told in flashback as she testifies…

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