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Safdie Brothers, Elara Pictures Set First Look TV Deal With HBO

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Safdie Brothers, Elara Pictures Set First Look TV Deal With HBO
Josh and Benny Safdie and Elara Pictures have signed a two year first look deal with HBO, Variety has learned.

The Safdies formed Elara with their long time collaborators Sebastian Bear-McClard and Ronald Bronstein in 2014. Dani Bernfeld is joining the company as partner to produce across film and TV.

A24 will executive produce all projects under the deal and partner with Elara on select projects outside the deal. A24 previously partnered with the Safdies on their critically-acclaimed films “Uncut Gems” and “Good Time.” The company also currently produces the HBO series “Euphoria,” which has been renewed for a second season.

Should anything be produced under the deal, it would mark the Safdies’ first TV project, though they both appeared onscreen in the same episode of the HBO series “Togetherness” in 2016. The brothers are known for their film work, most recently “Uncut Gems.” The film, which starred Adam Sandler as a
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HBO TV Show Ratings (updated 5/19/20)

HBO TV Show Ratings (updated 5/19/20)
While HBO execs aren't tied to the ratings like regular commercial channels, they have to air programs that will keep viewers subscribed. Which of their shows will be cancelled or renewed? We'll have to wait and see.

Scripted HBO shows listed: Animals, Avenue 5, Ballers, Big Little Lies, Boardwalk Empire, The Brink, Camping, The Comeback, Crashing, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Deuce, Divorce, Eastbound & Down, Euphoria, Game of Thrones, Gentleman Jack, Getting On, Girls, Hello Ladies, Here and Now, High Maintenance, His Dark Materials, I Know This Much Is True, Insecure, Jonah from Tonga, The Leftovers, Looking, Mosaic, Mrs. Fletcher, The New Pope, The Newsroom, The Night Of, The Outsider, The Righteous Gemstones, Room 104, Run, Sally4Ever, Sharp Objects, Silicon Valley, Succession, Togetherness, Tracey Ullman's Show, True Blood, True Detective, Veep, Vinyl, Vice Principals, Watchmen, Westworld, and The Young Pope.

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Mark Duplass to Direct First Film Since 2012 With A Horse Walks Into a Bar

Mark Duplass to Direct First Film Since 2012 With A Horse Walks Into a Bar
After helping to reinvigorate the indie film scene in the aughts with his particular brand of mumblecore, Mark Duplass helmed Cyrus, Jeff, Who Lives at Home, and The Do-Deca-Pentathlon in consecutive years but hasn’t directed a movie since 2012. With Togetherness and Room 104, not mention a plethora of acting projects, he’s stayed busy since then but he’s now set to finally return to feature filmmaking.

THR reports he’s set to direct an adaptation of A Horse Walks Into a Bar, David Grossman’s 2014 short novel, which won the Man Booker International Prize. A Village Roadshow Pictures production, the story tells the life of a stand-up comic, as revealed in the course of one evening’s performance. In the dance between comic and audience, with barbs flying back and forth, a deeper story begins to take shape — one that alters the lives of many of those in
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Final Season of Anthology Series Room 104 to Premiere July 24th on HBO

Final Season of Anthology Series Room 104 to Premiere July 24th on HBO
Almost one month after the June 24th premiere of the new season of The Twilight Zone on CBS All Access, another mind-bending anthology series, Room 104, will return for its fourth and final season on HBO:

Press Release: Room 104 returns for its fourth and final season Friday, July 24 at 11:00 p.m. Et/Pt, exclusively on HBO. Created by Mark and Jay Duplass (HBO’s “Animals.” and “Togetherness”), the late-night, half-hour anthology series returns with 12 new episodes, each telling a unique and unexpected tale of the characters who pass through a single room of a typical American chain motel. While the setting stays the same, every episode of the series features a different story, with the tone, plot, characters, and even the time period, changing with each installment.

The series will also be available on HBO Now, HBO Go, HBO On Demand and partners’ streaming platforms.

Exploring a variety of genres,
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‘Room 104’ to End After Season 4 on HBO

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‘Room 104’ to End After Season 4 on HBO
The HBO anthology series “Room 104” will conclude after its upcoming fourth season.

The premium cabler revealed the new season would be the last in announcing the season premiere date Monday. The 12-episode fourth and final season of “Room 104” will bow on HBO on July 24 at 11 p.m. Et/Pt.

Created by Mark and Jay Duplass, the half-hour series tells the stories of an assortment of characters who pass through a single room of a typical American chain hotel. Season 4 will feature the series’ first ever animated episode, with the premiere episode marking the first time in the series that Mark Duplass stars, writes, directs and performs original music.

The season four cast includes (in order of appearance): Mark Duplass, Hari Nef, Logan Miller, Jillian Bell, Jon Bass, Dave Bautista, Melissa Fumero, Vivian Bang, Finn Roberts, Adam Shapiro, Breeda Wool, Kevin Nealon, Erinn Hayes, Ron Funches, Sadie Stanley,
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Jay Duplass Has Seen the Future, and Honestly It’s Not So Bad

Jay Duplass Has Seen the Future, and Honestly It’s Not So Bad
Creators who wonder what their new working worlds have in store might take comfort in Jay Duplass. However unintentional, he and his brother Mark have spent their 18-year careers preparing for this moment.

“We could be among the first people back on track and shooting,” he said. “For us to make a small movie, we could take 17 people to a special rural location. We didn’t invent this model, but we’ve gotten good at it, knowing where to spend our time, energy, and resources. Actors can do their own hair and makeup and socially distance, not stacked on top of each other. That isn’t a big incubation risk.”

From “Transparent” and “The Morning Show” to “Room 104” and “Togetherness,” the Duplass Bros. are renowned for juggling multiple film and TV projects as writers, directors, producers, or actors. When even their scrappy indies became a challenge, they pivoted to TV and streaming.
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Jay Duplass Has Seen the Future, and Honestly It’s Not So Bad

Jay Duplass Has Seen the Future, and Honestly It’s Not So Bad
Creators who wonder what their new working worlds have in store might take comfort in Jay Duplass. However unintentional, he and his brother Mark have spent their 18-year careers preparing for this moment.

“We could be among the first people back on track and shooting,” he said. “For us to make a small movie, we could take 17 people to a special rural location. We didn’t invent this model, but we’ve gotten good at it, knowing where to spend our time, energy, and resources. Actors can do their own hair and makeup and socially distance, not stacked on top of each other. That isn’t a big incubation risk.”

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From “Transparent” and “The Morning Show” to “Room 104” and “Togetherness,” the Duplass Bros.
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Ginger Gonzaga Joins ‘The Cleaning Lady’ Fox Drama Pilot

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Ginger Gonzaga Joins ‘The Cleaning Lady’ Fox Drama Pilot
Ginger Gonzaga is set as a series regular opposite Shannyn Sossamon in The Cleaning Lady, Fox’s drama pilot based on the Argentinian series, from Miranda Kwok, Melissa Carter, Shay Mitchell’s Amore & Vita Productions, Warner Bros TV and Fox Entertainment.

Written by Kwok and directed by Michael Offer, The Cleaning Lady is a one-hour darkly aspirational character drama about a whip-smart Filipina doctor, Reyna Salonga (Sossamon), who comes to the U.S. for a medical treatment to save her ailing son. But when the system fails and pushes her into hiding, she refuses to be beaten down and marginalized. Instead, she becomes an on-call cleaning lady for the mob. Willing to do anything to save her son, Reyna walks the tightrope of morality, breaking the law for all the right reasons — and eventually forges her own path in the criminal underworld as
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‘The Republic Of Sarah’: Izabella Alvarez, Nia Holloway & Hope Lauren Join CW Drama Pilot; Kat Candler Directs

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‘The Republic Of Sarah’: Izabella Alvarez, Nia Holloway & Hope Lauren Join CW Drama Pilot; Kat Candler Directs
Izabella Alvarez (Westworld), Nia Holloway (Hawaii Five-o) and Hope Lauren (Supergirl) are set as series regulars opposite Luke Mitchell and Stella Baker in the CW drama pilot The Republic of Sarah, from Jeffrey Paul King, Marc Webb, CBS TV Studios and studio-based Fulwell 73. Additionally, Kat Candler is set to direct and executive produce the pilot.

Written by King, in The Republic of Sarah, faced with the destruction of her town at the hands of a greedy mining company, rebellious high school history teacher Sarah Cooper (Baker) utilizes an obscure cartographical loophole to declare independence. Now Sarah must lead a young group of misfits as they attempt to start their own country from scratch.

Alvarez will play Maya. After her mother’s imprisonment in Los Angeles, Maya is sent to Greylock to live with her estranged father. She struggles to adapt to life in rural New England at first,
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Sandra Oh to Lead Netflix Dramedy From Amanda Peet, GoT Creators

Sandra Oh to Lead Netflix Dramedy From Amanda Peet, GoT Creators
Sandra Oh is heading to Netflix. The Killing Eve star will play the titular role in The Chair, a six-episode dramedy about the chair of an English department at a major university.

Amanda Peet (Togetherness) co-created the series and will write, executive-produce and serve as showrunner. Game of Thrones creators David Benioff (Peet’s husband) and D.B. Weiss, Thrones veteran Bernie Caulfield, and Oh will also have Ep titles.

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Sandra Oh to Star in Netflix Series ‘The Chair’ From Amanda Peet, ‘Game of Thrones’ Duo

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Sandra Oh to Star in Netflix Series ‘The Chair’ From Amanda Peet, ‘Game of Thrones’ Duo
Sandra Oh is set to star in and executive produce “The Chair,” a six-episode Netflix series from “Game of Thrones” duo David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and showrunner Amanda Peet, the streamer announced Friday.

The “Killing Eve” star will topline the series as the chair of an English department at a major university. She’ll be joined by Jay Duplass.

Peet will serve as writer and executive producer on the series, the pilot of which she co-wrote with Annie Julia-Wyman. Weiss and Benioff, who recently signed a major overall deal at Netflix, will also serve as executive producers alongside Bernie Caulfield.

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The project marks Peet’s first turn as showrunner after previously starring in shows like “Togetherness,” “Brockmire” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.” As a playwright, Peet has penned “The Commons of
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Sandra Oh to Star in Netflix Dramedy Series From Amanda Peet, David Benioff, D.B. Weiss

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Sandra Oh to Star in Netflix Dramedy Series From Amanda Peet, David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
Sandra Oh is set to star in a new Netflix dramedy series that hails from Amanda Peet, Variety has learned.

The six-episode half-hour series is titled “The Chair” and centers on the Chair of an English department at a major university, who will be played by Oh. Jay Duplass is also attached to star in an unspecified role. Peet will serve as writer, executive producer, and showrunner on the series, while Annie Julia-Wyman co-wrote the pilot. David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, and Bernie Caulfield will serve as executive producers along with Oh.

Oh currently stars in the critically-acclaimed BBC America series “Killing Eve,” for which she has been nominated for three Emmy Awards — two for acting and one for co-executive producing. She won a Golden Globe for the series in 2019 in the best actress in a drama series category. Oh is also known for her roles in shows like “Grey’s Anatomy.
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Sandra Oh To Star In ‘The Chair’ Dramedy Series From Amanda Peet, ‘Game Of Thrones’ Creators At Netflix

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Sandra Oh To Star In ‘The Chair’ Dramedy Series From Amanda Peet, ‘Game Of Thrones’ Creators At Netflix
Netflix has ordered The Chair, a new six-episode half-hour dramedy starring and executive produced by Killing Eve‘s Sandra Oh and co-starring Jay Duplass. It hails from Amanda Peet (The Romanoffs) and Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

Written and executive produced by Peet, who also serves as showrunner, The Chair centers on the chair of an English department at a major university. Annie Julia Wyman co-wrote the pilot.

Peet and Oh executive produce with Benioff, Weiss and Bernie Caulfield.

Peet most recently was seen in The Romanoffs and Brockmire. The Chair reunites Peet with Duplass, with whom she worked in Togetherness, created by Jay and Mark Duplass. Her most recent play, Our Very Own Carlin McCullough, debuted in 2018 at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood. She recently wrapped production on Season 2 of USA network’s anthology series Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story and
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HBO Signs First-Look Deal With Mark and Jay Duplass

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HBO has signed a first-look deal with Mark and Jay Duplass, the network announced on Tuesday.

Under the four-year agreement, Duplass Brothers Productions will create original projects for film, television, and digital media.

The deal extends a relationship between HBO and Dbp which saw the duo create and executive produce the anthology “Room 104,” and the 2015 dramedy “Togetherness.” Duplass Brothers Productions also produced the animated series “Animals,” which ran for three seasons. They were previously under an overall deal with HBO.

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In addition to their work at HBO, Duplass Brothers Productions’ TV credits also include the Netflix docuseries “Wild Wild Country,” “Evil Genius,” and “On Tour With Asperger’s Are Us” for HBO.

On the film side, the company’s recent productions include “The One I Love,” “Tangerine,” the “Creep” franchise, “Paddleton” and the upcoming “Horse Girl.”

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Duplass Brothers Set First-Look Deal at HBO (Exclusive)

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Duplass Brothers Set First-Look Deal at HBO (Exclusive)
Brothers Mark and Jay Duplass have inked a four-year first-look deal at HBO, Variety has learned exclusively.

The deal further extends the relationship between the brothers’ company, Duplass Brothers Productions (Dbp), and the premium cabler, as they were previously under an overall deal at HBO. They currently produce the HBO anthology series “Room 104,” which debuted its third season back in September. A fourth season has not yet been officially confirmed but is expected to be announced soon.

Previously, the Duplass brothers created the HBO series “Togetherness,” which ran for two seasons. They also executive produced the series and directed nearly every episode, with Mark starring. The HBO animated series “Animals” was executive produced by the brothers and ran for three seasons, as was the HBO docuseries “On Tour with Asperger’s Are Us.”

Other TV projects for Dbp include “Wild Wild Country” on Netflix, which won the Emmy for best documentary series,
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Arthur Marks Dies: Producer And Director Of ‘Perry Mason’ & Blaxploitation Films Was 92

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Arthur Marks Dies: Producer And Director Of ‘Perry Mason’ & Blaxploitation Films Was 92
Arthur Marks, a writer, producer and director best known for his work on CBS series Perry Mason and for directing blaxploitation films, has died at age 92, his family confirmed to Deadline.

Marks was born August 2, 1927 in Los Angeles. His grandparents acted in silent pictures and his father Dave Marks was an assistant director and production manager at MGM.

Arthur Marks began his film career as a background actor and in bit parts on such films in the 1930s and ‘40s as Boys Town, The Good Earth and the Andy Hardy series.

Marks left Hollywood to join the United States Merchant Marines during World War II and served in the Navy during the Korean War.

He briefly attended Santa Monica College and the University of Southern California, before landing a job in the production department at MGM Studios. His career took off in the 1950s as an assistant director at Columbia.
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Arthur Marks, ‘Perry Mason’ and Blaxploitation Director, Dies at 92

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Arthur Marks, ‘Perry Mason’ and Blaxploitation Director, Dies at 92
Prolific producer and director Arthur Marks, who worked on “Perry Mason” and blaxploitation movies including “Detroit 9000” and “Friday Foster,” has died. He was 92.

Marks died Nov. 13 at his home in Woodland Hills, Calif. His son, “Narcos” producer Paul Marks, confirmed his passing to Variety.

Marks was a native of Los Angeles who was born in 1927 into a show business family. His grandparents were actors in silent pictures and his father, Dave Marks, worked as an MGM assistant director and production manager who worked on “The Wizard of Oz” and “Easter Parade.” Arthur Marks worked as a child actor, getting work as an extra and bit player on “The Good Earth” (1937), “Boys Town” (1938) and Mickey Rooney’s Andy Hardy series.

Marks joined the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy during World War II and served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He began working in the production department at MGM,
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CBS Studios’ James Comey Series Casts Its Obama

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CBS Studios’ James Comey Series Casts Its Obama
The James Comey miniseries has cast Kingsley Ben-Adir to play former president Barack Obama, a spokesperson for CBS Studios confirmed to TheWrap.

The series also set Brian d’Arcy James (“Spotlight”) to play former FBI Deputy Director Mark Giuliano; Steve Zissis (“Togetherness”) will to play former FBI General Counsel Jim Baker, and Shawn Doyle (“House of Cards”) will play the assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division Bill Priestap.

Ben-Adir’s previous roles include series like “Peaky Blinders” and “The Oa,” as well as in the Disney+ film “Noelle” with Anna Kendrick. He will next be seen alongside Zoe Kravitz in “High Fidelity.”

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Jeff Daniels will play former FBI director James Comey in CBS Studios’ upcoming miniseries based on his memoir, “A Higher Loyalty.” Other previously announced cast include Brendan Gleeson asDonald Trump, Holly Hunter asActing Attorney General Sally Yates,
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James Comey Miniseries Finds Its Barack Obama In Kingsley Ben-Adir; Brian D’Arcy James, Steve Zissis & Shawn Doyle Also Set

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James Comey Miniseries Finds Its Barack Obama In Kingsley Ben-Adir; Brian D’Arcy James, Steve Zissis & Shawn Doyle Also Set
Exclusive: Billy Ray has found his Barack Obama for the CBS Studios miniseries adaptation of the James Comey bestseller A Higher Loyalty, which began production last week in Toronto and DC. Kingsley Ben-Adir has been set to play the former U.S. President; Spotlight‘s Brian d’Arcy James will play Mark Giuliano, the former FBI Deputy Director; Steve Zissis (HBO’s Togetherness) is set to play Jim Baker, the former FBI General Counsel, and Shawn Doyle (House of Cards and Fargo) will play Bill Priestap, the assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division.

Ben-Adir has starred in The Oa, Peaky Blinders and Deep State and next stars opposite Zoe Kravitz in High Fidelity. He’s also part of the ensemble cast for Noelle for Disney +.

The quartet joins Jeff Daniels (Comey), Brendan Gleeson (Donald Trump), Holly Hunter (Acting Attorney General Sally Yates), Michael Kelly (Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe), Jennifer Ehle
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‘Four Good Days’: Rodrigo Garcia Drama Starring Glenn Close & Mila Kunis Adds Supporting Cast, Rolls In La

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Exclusive: Writer-director Rodrigo Garcia’s drama Four Good Days, starring Glenn Close, Mila Kunis and Stephen Root, is underway in Los Angeles with latest supporting cast additions including Chad Lindberg (Security), Rebecca Field (A Star Is Born), Joshua Leonard (Togetherness), Michael Hyatt (Snowfall) and Sam Hennings (Hypnotized).

Pic charts the story of a mother helping her daughter work through four crucial days on the road to recovery from substance abuse.

Launched at Cannes this year, Garcia (Albert Nobbs) directs from his script, co-written by Washington Post 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner Eli Saslow, based on Saslow’s article.

Productivity Media and Oakhurst are financing. Jon Avnet (Fried Green Tomatoes), Garcia and Jake Avnet are producing for Indigenous Media. Marina Grasic and Jai Khanna are producing under their Oakhurst Entertainment banner. Capstone Media is handling international sales and are serving as executive producers.

Lindberg is repped by manager Beth McIntosh at Creative Partners Group.
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