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100th Annual White House Correspondents' Association DinnerObama Rips Cable News & Joel McHale Bombs At White House Correspondents’ Dinner
By Dominic Patten
If last year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner with headliner Conan O’Brien was white bread bland, tonight’s event was just painful. In way way over his head, Joel McHale stumbled and sputtered through a routine that got more moans and groans from the packed Washington Hilton ballroom than laughs.

PILOTS 2014: Strong Year For Drama & Latest Pilot Buzz
By Nellie Andreeva
A second consecutive season failed to produce a breakout new comedy series, that despite the fact that there was excitement at a number of broadcast networks last spring about their comedy pilots.

Thief Los Angeles premiere - ArrivalsWill Yun Lee Joins HBO’s ‘True Blood’
By Nellie Andreeva
EXCLUSIVE: Meet one of the last major additions to HBO’s True Blood. Will Yun Lee (Total Recall) has been tapped for a major recurring role on the upcoming seventh and final season of the vampire drama.

Michael McKean To Co-Star In ‘Breaking Bad’ Prequel Series ‘Better Call Saul’
By Nellie Andreeva
EXCLUSIVE: I have learned that veteran actor Michael McKean (This Is Spinal Tap) is the first new cast member to join AMC’s upcoming series Better Call Saul, joining Breaking Bad alums Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks. The prequel to the Emmy-winning Breaking Bad, from Sony TV, centers on Odenkirk‘s unflappable criminal lawyer Saul Goodman before he became Walter White’s lawyer. Read More »

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‘Project Greenlight’ Returns To HBO For New Season With Ben Affleck & Matt Damon

By | Wednesday April 30, 2014 @ 9:33am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

project_greenlightHBO seems to be going through the list of shows it may have short-shrifted for being ahead of their time and giving them a second chance. With a new installment of cult 2005 comedy The Comeback in final negotiations, the pay cable network announced this morning that it will be bringing back 2001 filmmaking documentary series Project Greenlight for a new season. It will be executive produced by damonaffleckBen Affleck and Matt Damon, executive producers of the original two seasons. “Project Greenlight was ahead of its time,” Affleck said. “Now that technology has caught up to the concept, we thought it was a perfect time to bring it back. A whole new generation of filmmakers has grown up sharing everything, and the next big director could be just an upload away.”hbo45__130924185923-275x112 It is worth noting that when the first two seasons of Project Greenlight were done more a decade ago, Affleck and Damon were actors-writers. Now Affleck also is a respected feature director. “Project Greenlight works,” Damon said. “Careers have been launched and sustained as a direct result of this contest. Pete Jones, John Gulager, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan are just a few of the PGL alums who’ve gone on to do great things in Hollywood, and Ben and I are really proud of that.” Read More »

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Starz Orders Filmmaking Docuseries From ‘Project Greenlight’ EP As First Unscripted Series

By | Thursday April 10, 2014 @ 9:29am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

starzFourteen years after he greenlighted Project Greenlight at HBO, Chris Albrecht has picked up a followup as Starz‘s first original unscripted series. The pay cable network will air the 10-episode The Chair, created by Project Greenlight executive producer Chris Moore. The competition documentary series follows two directors through the process of bringing their first feature to the screen. The up-and-coming directors, Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci, are provided with an identical screenplay How Soon Is Now, which they must craft as their own film using the same budget and filming in the same city. The series documents the creation, marketing and theatrical release of both adaptations, which will also air on Starz. Read More »

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