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Global Showbiz Briefs: Showtime Buys ‘INXS’; Sundance Channel Expands In Latin America; More

Showtime Buys Aussie Docudrama ‘INXS: Never Tear Us Apart‘ For U.S.
Shine International has sold the two-part miniseries INXS: Never Tear Us Apart to premium cable channel Showtime in the U.S. The two-hour project from Shine Australia tells the uncensored story of the multiplatinum band’s rise to international stardom through the death of lead singer Michael Hutchence in 1997. Band members and insiders collaborated with the producers on the show, which aired Down Under in…

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NBC ‘A To Z’ Fall Series Gets An Early Debut On iHeartRadio

NBC will be premiering its new Thursday night romantic comedy A to Z on Aug. 14 on iHeartRadio.com and its mobile app, seven weeks before its October 2 broadcast airdate.  By working with iHeartRadio, NBC is hitting the comedy series’s millennial demo, which typically watches content online before TV. Music is a vital component on A to Z, and Alexandra Patsavas, who has served as the music supervisor for Gossip Girl, Twilight and The Hunger Games, will be overseeing the…

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EMMYS Q&A: Cat Deeley’s Secrets To Hosting ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance has garnered 45 Emmy nominations over 11 seasons, with host Cat Deeley now up for her fourth nomination for emceeing the popular dance competition. The UK-born Deeley started her career across the pond before joining the show in 2006 and wears many hats on the program – wrangler of judges, audience ambassador, and big sister to the aspiring SYTYCD hoofers who pour their hearts and souls onto the stage each week.
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‘American Horror Story’ Adds World’s Smallest Woman To Season 4 Cast

Ryan Murphy took to Twitter today to announce the newest, and smallest, cast member of American Horror Story‘s fourth season, the world’s shortest woman, Jyoti Amge.
The Indian-born Amge is 20 and just over 2 feet tall. She is considered the world’s shortest woman by both the Guiness and Limca books of world records. Amge is not a newcomer to entertainment, however, having appeared both in a 2009 documentary about her called Body Shock and on an Indian reality TV show…

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Comedy Central Orders Kurt Braunohler Late-Night Talk Show Pilot

Comedy Central, which recently made two major moves in late-night, successfully launching @midnight, which was just renewed for a second season, and finding a replacement of the departing Colbert Report in Larry Wilmore’s Minority Report, continues to explore new lete-night franchises. The cable network has given a pilot order to Gettin’ Some Strange with Kurt Braunohler, a late-night talk show, in which comedian Braunohler, a regular guest on @midnight,  covers the…

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Alanna Ubach Joins Bravo’s ‘Girlfriends Guide To Divorce’, Matthew Glave & Virginia Williams To Recur

Meet The Fockers alumna Alanna Ubach has joined the cast of Bravo’s first original scripted series Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce and Matthew Glave (Growing Up Fisher) and Virginia Williams (Fairly Legal) have been tapped for recurring roles. It centers on Abby (Lisa Edelstein), a self-help book author who hides the fact that she’s separated from her husband as she starts to navigate her life as a single woman in her early 40s in Los Angeles. Ubach will play Jo, a blunt…

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EMMYS: From ‘Orange County’ To ‘Fargo’, Colin Hanks’ Journeyman Thespian Career

There are some actors who earn their successes in Hollywood by bare-knuckling it through auditions, and then there are those few who are lucky enough to be handed opportunities. As the son of two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks, one would assume that Colin Hanks has been blessed with nepotism. However, truth be told, the actor has roughed it like so many men reading sides in front of casting directors day in and day out. During his youth, rather then throw himself in the…

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Injunction Against Terry Gilliam’s ‘Zero Theorem’ Sought Over Copyrighted Street Art Mural

A trio of street artists are claiming that the Terry Gilliam directed The Zero Theorem has copied a mural they did in Buenos Aires and they’ve taken legal action to stop the upcoming release of the sci-fi pic. “In violation of U.S. and international law, Defendants–a crew of longstanding Hollywood ‘insiders’ led by repeat infringer Terry Gilliam–have blatantly and intentionally infringed, and are continuing to infringe, Plaintiffs’ intellectual property in the…