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Disney in talks to buy 21st Century Fox movie, TV properties (report)

A bombshell new report says Disney is in talks to buy a large portion of 21st Century Fox.

CNBC sources say negotiations began a few weeks ago about the Walt Disney Co. potentially buying Fox’s movie and TV properties, leaving the Murdochs to focus mostly on Fox News and Fox Sports. “People familiar with the situation” say there’s no certainty a deal will happen and talks have been on-again, off-again.

However, Fox is reportedly concerned about growing competition in entertainment  from Facebook, YouTube, Amazon, Netflix and other digital video content creators. Disney could take over the FX Networks, National Geographic television cable groups, Fox’s international channels and, perhaps most significantly, 20th Century Fox movie and TV production operations.

Popular 20th Century Fox releases this past year include “Alien: Covenant,” “The Boss Baby,” and the final Wolverine film “Logan”; the studio’s upcoming projects include “Deadpool 2,” “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” and four “Avatar” sequels.


Read more at: http://www.syracuse.com/tv/index.ssf/2017/11/disney_21st_century_fox_movie_tv_talks.html

Report: ‘American Crime Story: Katrina’ on track with new focus, drops intriguing Kathleen Blanco casting

FX’s “American Crime Story: Katrina” is back on track, according to a report by the Hollywood Reporter.

But there’ll be a new, more narrow focus, and the series will no longer feature acclaimed actress Annette Bening as former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco.

That intriguing casting announcement in February highlighted a star-studded group signed for the series, including Dennis Quaid as President George W. Bush.

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“Katrina” will now be based on the book “Five Days at Memorial,” which explores the hurricane aftermath at the New Orleans Memorial Medical Center and the decision by staff — including Dr. Anna Pou — to euthanize critically ill patients after being trapped in the hospital for days without power.

The Hollywood Reporter said producers were trying to find new characters for Bening, Quaid, Matthew Broderick and others.

Read the entire Hollywood Reporter story here.


An interim report on the state of New Zealand literature in 2017

A special investigation asks: Has much happened this year in New Zealand writing? Steve Braunias assesses the books of 2017 to date.

Nothing much has happened this year in New Zealand writing. It’s been pretty quiet. No new sensation, like Hera Lindsay Bird in 2016; a lot of stuff from Victoria University Press, some of it readable; trash from the mainstream publishers; an exciting anthology; and quite a bit of really good, really interesting work published on the outskirts of town.


A good book

Is Iceland, the debut novel by Dominic Hoey, the outstanding New Zealand novel of 2017? The nimble independent publisher Steele Roberts brought it out with very little fanfare but the book has caught on, especially in Auckland. Hoey’s book is set in Grey Lynn, and follows the goings-on of characters on the dole, characters on the game, characters on the needle. It’s kind of renegade literature – Hoey is outside

Read more at: https://thespinoff.co.nz/books/31-07-2017/an-interim-report-on-the-state-of-new-zealand-literature-in-2017/

Bubble Watch: Status Report On ‘Once’, ‘Elementary’, ‘2 Broke Girls’, ‘Exorcist’, ‘Timeless’ & Other Series In Limbo

While a number of broadcast series at all five networks already have secured early renewals a month before the upfronts, there are quite a few that are yet to hear, some of them heavily on the bubble. Here is rundown of the broadcast scripted series whose fate beyond this season has not been unveiled yet, along with my assessment of their chances. You can stay up to date with the status of the current TV series with Deadline’s Series Renewal Status Scorecard.

CBS  already has renewed 19 series for next season, including 16 comedies and dramas, leaving only several in limbo.

The highest profile CBS series yet to learn their fate are veterans Elementary and 2 Broke Girls. Elementary surprisingly did not make the list

Read more at: http://deadline.com/2017/04/bubble-watch-elementary-2-broke-girls-quantico-exorcist-timeless-oncwe-upon-a-time-blindspotseries-renewal-status-1202068661/