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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Ballers’ Renewed for Season 3 on HBO

28 July 2016 9:02 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s comedy “Ballers” has been renewed for a third season at HBO, Variety has confirmed.

Johnson broke the news via his Instagram.

While not necessarily a critical darling, “Ballers” finished out its first season as the network’s most-watched comedy in six years, once viewership from all airings and streaming were tallied. According to HBO, 8.8 million people watched each episode within seven days. The Season 1 finale garnered 1.43 million viewers in Nielsen’s live-plus-same-day count.

In its first two episodes of Season 2, ratings have settled into the 1.3-million range in L+Sd, with a .6 rating in the 18-49 demographic, with 5.7 million having checked out the second season premiere since July 17. While that kind of viewership lift through delayed viewing and streaming could be troublesome for ad-supported networks, since HBO’s business depends on subscribership, when people watch is less important than the mere fact of them watching (and subscribing).

In addition to Johnson, the »

- Oriana Schwindt

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HBO's 'Ballers' Renewed for Season 3

28 July 2016 8:51 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Ballers is staying in the game. HBO has renewed the football comedy starring Dwayne Johnson for a third season, the star announced Thursday on social media. Shortly thereafter, HBO confirmed the pickup, which comes just two episodes into the second season. “Dwayne Johnson, Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg and the rest of the Ballers team have once again delivered a winner for our viewers,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys said. “We look forward to another great season of Ballers next year.” In addition to headlining the series, Johnson exec produces with creator Stephen Levinson as well as Mark Wahlberg, Dany Garcia, Peter Berg, Evan Reilly, Rob Weiss, Julian

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IndieWire Turns 20: An Oral History of Supporting Filmmakers and Partying at Sundance From Those Who Lived It

14 July 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

On July 15, 1996, IndieWire launched as an e-mail newsletter providing “the daily news service for independent film.” (See the first newsletter here.) The original iteration of the site was the brainchild of Cheri Barner, Eugene Hernandez and Mark Rabinowitz, three recent college students obsessed with the movies. In the ensuing years, IndieWire grew and changed hands many times over. Barner now works as a talent manager in Los Angeles, Hernandez is the deputy director of the Film Society Lincoln Center, and Rabinowitz is a freelance publicist, consultant and programmer.

But they have remained a part of our close-knit community. As IndieWire arrives at its 20th anniversary, the trio gathered together for their first joint interview to recall the early days of IndieWire — as well as the thriving American independent film scene that inspired the publication. 

Eugene Hernandez: IndieWire was an outgrowth of something that Mark, Cheri and I had started in 1995. At the time, »

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'American Psycho' at 25: Bret Easton Ellis on Patrick Bateman's Legacy

31 March 2016 7:52 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Before American Psycho came out, 25 years ago this month, it was already the most controversial novel of the Nineties. Its vivid depictions of gruesome murders of women, men, children and animals preceded wherever it went. The original publisher dropped it and told author Bret Easton Ellis to keep the money — but to please go away. The New York Times titled its book review "Snuff This Book!" On the opposite coast, Los Angeles Times begrudgingly wrote that "Free Speech Protects Even an 'American Psycho.'" The National Organization of Women attempted to organize boycotts. »

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'Ballers' Season 2 Trailer: Dwayne Johnson Has a New Enemy

27 February 2016 9:57 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

'You're no one until you have enemies!' That's the tagline for Ballers as it prepares to unleash all-new episodes. Dwayne Johnson returns as Spencer Strasmore for Season 2 this summer on HBO. And it looks like he's not making new friends as much as he is setting up a bitter rivalry with a soon to be enemy, played by Andy Garcia. About continuing this hit drama, HBO Programming president had this to say.

"The charismatic and hugely talented Dwayne Johnson, along with the rest of the Ballers cast, has truly struck a chord with the HBO audience. We are thrilled with the overwhelming response the series has received and look forward to another exciting season."

A superstar during his football playing days, Spencer Strasmore tries to find the same success as a financial manager for current players in sun-splashed Miami. Heeding his boss Joe's instruction to "monetize his friendships," Spencer »

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