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Andre Benjamin Cast in ‘American Crime’ Season 2

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Andre Benjamin has been cast in the second season of ABC’s anthology series “American Crime.” The move reunites Benjamin with the show’s creator and executive producer John Ridley. The two worked together on the 2014 film “All Is by My Side,” which Ridley wrote and directed and in which Benjamin starred as a young Jimi Hendrix. Benjamin will star opposite Regina King as Michael Lacroix, an architect who is married to King’s character, Terri. The two form a wealthy power couple who have the means to defend their son when he becomes embroiled in a scandal at an elite private school. »


- Daniel Holloway

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‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Showrunner Promises ‘Plenty of Encounters of the Walker Type’

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Fear the Walking Dead” is going to be pretty different from its “mothership,” AMC’s megahit zombie series “The Walking Dead,” according to cast and creators. Speaking onstage at the Television Critics’ Association’s summer press tour, showrunners Dave Erickson and Adam Davidson promised a much more “slow burn” of a story of how the human population disintegrates into a zombie apocalypse. “It is by design, we tried to slow burn the story,” said Erickson. “It’s as much about the anxiety and tension that goes along with this outbreak as it is about the confrontations with the zombies.” Also Read: The Scene at TCA:. »


- Linda Ge

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‘Into the Badlands’ Star Daniel Wu Talks ‘Walking Dead’-Size Ambitions

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“Into the Badlands” star and executive producer Daniel Wu, in talking up AMC as the appropriate home for his forthcoming martial-arts drama series, invoked the network’s signature genre show, “The Walking Dead.” “For us, that was the ambition of being on AMC — they elevated the zombie drama to something that was very artful,” Wu said Friday at a panel for the show during the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour. “That was sort of our ambition for this show, to take martial arts and create these fights,” Wu said, “but also create these characters that would be intriguing and have. »


- Daniel Holloway

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Why ‘Peanuts’ Needed an African-American Character 47 Years Ago Today

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Exactly 47 years ago, Charles M. Schulz’ “Peanuts” made history when he introduced Franklin, the first African-American character ever featured in a comic strip. In the animated “The Peanuts Movie,” due in theaters on Nov. 6, Franklin (voiced by rapper Mar Mar) will join Charlie Brown and the gang in new big-screen adventures. Franklin owes his existence to retired L.A. schoolteacher Harriet Glickman, who in the days following Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination wrote letters to Schulz to suggest that he diversify the gang surrounding his wispy-haired blockhead. Also Read: 'The Peanuts Movie' Trailer Shows Off Charlie Brown's Reinvention “Because he was so. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Raven-Symone Set to Return to Disney Channel

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Raven-Symoné is returning to Disney Channel, the network announced on Friday. The “That’s So Raven” star will make a guest appearance on the Sept. 7 episode of “K.C. Undercover,” the children’s network’s comedy series starring Zendaya as teen-aged spy K.C. Cooper. Raven-Symoné will play former spy and computer engineering expert Simone Deveraux (Raven-Symoné), who assists Zendaya’s character when her family’s sophisticated robot, Judy, runs away and is captured by enemy agents. Also read: 'The View's' Raven-Symone Says Caitlyn Jenner Is Moving Too Fast as Lgbt Advocate: 'You've Got to Learn It First' “K.C. Undercover” also stars Kadeem Hardison, »


- Reid Nakamura

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Alycia Debnam-Carey on ‘The 100’ Return: a Lexa, Bellamy and Clarke Love Triangle ‘Would Be Ferocious’

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The best-kept secret surrounding The CW’s post-apocalyptic drama “The 100” was let out at Comic-Con, when showrunner Jason Rothenberg confirmed Alycia Debnam-Carey, who played fan-favorite character Lexa on the show’s second season, would be returning for Season 3. The actress’ return had been in question because filming on the third season of the Eliza Taylor-led drama is happening at the same time as “Fear the Walking Dead,” on which Debnam-Carey is one of the leads. The actress, caught in the middle, said she had known for a while that she would return, and it was just a matter of working out. »


- Linda Ge

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AMC Renews ‘Making of the Mob,’ Orders ‘The West’ to Series

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AMC has renewed “Making of the Mob” for Season 2 and ordered “The West” straight to series, the cable channel said Friday during its Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour presentation. “The West” (working title) is executive produced by Stephen David Entertainment in association with Robert Redford’s Sundance Productions. Eight one-hour episodes will premiere in summer 2016; production is set to begin in early August. The limited-run series will take viewers into the violent world of cowboys, Indians, outlaws and lawmen to chronicle the intimate, little-known stories of Western legends such as Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, Crazy Horse and Sitting. »


- Tony Maglio

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Hillary Clinton’s Super Pac Gets $1 Million Checks From Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Haim and Cheryl Saban

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Priorities USA Action, the super Pac supporting Hillary Clinton’s presidential run, brought in $15.6 million in the first six months of 2015 — an impressive sum of money that includes a $2 million donation from mogul Haim Saban and his wife Cheryl, plus six other $1 million checks from George Soros, Steven Spielberg, Herb Sandler, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Donald Sussman and the Democratic Fair Share Action super Pac. Other donors included J.J. Abrams and his wife, Katie McGrath, who each gave $500,000. Friday was the deadline for Super PACs to file mid-year disclosure reports with the Federal Election Commission. Also Read: Hillary Clinton's Scathing Letter. »


- Itay Hod

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‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Showrunner Nixes ‘The Walking Dead’ Crossovers, Patient Zero Story

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AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead” is a prequel series to its megahit “The Walking Dead,” and being set in the same universe, the natural inclination has been for fans to clamor for some kind of crossover between the two shows. However, the people in charge of the zombie drama are in no hurry to do that at this point. “I think there is an instinct when you have two different storylines that are living in the same mythology, you want to see them conflate. I’d love to see them conflate,” showrunner Dave Erickson told TheWrap. “The first time I saw all. »


- Linda Ge

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Espn Analyst Chris Mortensen Cancels Boston Radio Interview in Wake of Deflategate Outcry

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Espn analyst Chris Mortensen was not keen to enter enemy territory on Friday. The NFL expert was scheduled to appear on Boston radio talk show “Dennis & Callahan” on Weei to discuss his January report about the New England Patriots that was later debunked, according to multiple media outlets. “You guys made a mistake by drumming up business for the show and how I would address my reporting for the first time,” Mortensen told Weei. “I will not allow Weei, Kraft or anybody to make me the centerpiece of a story that has been misreported far beyond anything I did in the first. »


- Debbie Emery

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Relativity Media Lands Modest $9.5 Million Loan in First Bankruptcy Hearing

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U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Michael Wiles granted Relativity Media a modest $9.5 million debtor-in-possesion loan on Friday, in the first hearing since the studio filed for Chapter 11 on Thursday. CEO Ryan Kavanaugh’s company entered the proceedings in a New York courtroom with designs on a $45 million loan to cover operational costs as it struggles to reorganize its finances. Judge Wiles only approved the smaller amount, with $4 million allocated to pay “critical vendors” related to current TV and film projects. A new hearing was set for August 14, when the judge will decide whether to grant access to the »


- Matt Donnelly

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‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper, Wrestling Legend, Dead at 61

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Wrestling legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper died Friday, the WWE said. He was 61. Piper died of cardiac arrest in his Hollywood home, according to TMZ. Piper (real name: Roderick George Toombs) rose to wrestling fame in the 1980s, and was admitted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. See photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2015 Piper was one of the wrestling league’s most popular villains, which played up Toombs’ Scottish heritage — he was actually born in Canada, though his character was billed as from Glasgow — with his signature kilt and the bagpipe music that would accompany him into the ring. Born in Saskatoon, »


- Tim Kenneally

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Disney Villains Become Raging Momsters in ‘Descendants’ Courtesy of ‘Runaway Bride’ Screenwriters

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The Disney Channel’s new original movie “Descendants” brings together the children of many iconic Disney characters, no easy feat for screenwriters Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriot. The writing duo behind “Runaway Bride” and the USA series “The Starter Wife” starring Debra Messing were approached to take on a story surrounding Disney’s second generation and relished the opportunity to re-imagine their favorite childhood characters 20 years later. In the TV movie, the sons and daughters of four classic Disney villains — Jafar from “Aladdin,” Cruella De Vil from “101 Dalmations,” the Evil Queen from “Snow White” and Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty” — »


- Reid Nakamura

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‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Review: Elizabeth Banks, Amy Poehler Stand Out in Wonderfully Weird Prequel

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Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” feels and operates a little bit like a joke shop. Fart jokes? Just over here, sir! Dry whimsy? Why, our clerk Janeane Garofalo can help you with that! The result is a predictable mishmash that can be simultaneously stale, nostalgic and hilarious. The outcome just depends on what you’re shopping for. The biggest joke of the entire Netflix prequel to the 2001 film is, of course, that the movie’s cast of then-30-somethings is even less eligible to play teenage camp counselors as 40-somethings. The series has great fun with that, »


- Mark Peikert

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Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford’s Dan Rather Drama ‘Truth’ Gets Fall Release

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Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford’s “Truth” will spread in limited release on October 16, Sony Pictures Classics said Friday. Based on the nonfiction book “Truth and Duty” by Mary Mapes, the drama tells of the real-life relationship between newsman Dan Rather (Redford) and his producer Mapes (Blanchett) over several major news stories the pair broke — and one erroneous report that would blemish their reputations and that of the CBS News. “Truth” will roll out nationally after an starting run in New York and Los Angeles. Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss and Dennis Quaid co-star led by director James Vanderbuilt. Also Read: Cannes: Cate. »


- Matt Donnelly

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‘Flesh and Bone’ Cast and Creators on Getting to the Underbelly of Ballet: ‘We Ripped the Band-Aid Off’

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Starz’s “Flesh and Bone” purports to “rip the band-aid” off of the ballet world, showing the truth behind the grueling art, according to showrunners and cast members. “This is the first time we’ve seen the underbelly of a ballet company,” said executive producer Moira Walley-Beckett onstage during the show’s panel at the Television Critics’ Association’s summer press tour. “I feel like a lot of those movies have catered to the very glossy, ethereal optical illusion that is ballet. We ripped the band-aid off.” The show’s star is Sarah Hay, a professional ballet dancer who’s »


- Linda Ge

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Lynn Anderson, ‘Rose Garden’ Singer, Dead at 67

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Lynn Anderson, the country singer best known for her 1970 hit “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden,” died Thursday night at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after suffering a heart attack, the Tennessean reports. She was 67. According to the paper, Anderson had been hospitalized for pneumonia after traveling to Italy. Born in 1947 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Anderson was raised in California by songwriter parents. Her debut single, “For Better of  for Worse,” was released in 1966 but failed to crack the charts, though later that year she would score a Top 5 hit with “If I »


- Tim Kenneally

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Why Hollywood Is Punch-Drunk on Boxing Movies From ‘Southpaw’ to ‘Hands of Stone’

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Jake Gyllenhaal‘s gritty indie “Southpaw” is punching above its weight at the box office, grossing $22.5 million in its first week, but the ring is about to get very crowded. There are four more high-profile boxing movies going to the mat over the near year and a half, from Warner Bros.’ “Rocky” spinoff “Creed” to Robert De Niro’s return to the genre in “Heart of Stone.” “This is the first time that I can think of where there were so many that it’s threatened to be overkill,” Fandango chief correspondent Dave Karger told TheWrap. “I don’t envy whichever the last one. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’ Star Bruce Campbell Says Franchise Fans ‘Need Eight More Movies’

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Bruce Campbell says his new show “Ash vs. Evil Dead” could lead to more “Dead” movies. “This series will force us to make more movies,” Campbell told the crowd at Friday’s TCA session. He added, “We need eight more movies …. making a fourth movie would work.” Based on the cult classic horror movies, the 10-episode, 30-minute Starz series debuts on Halloween. Campbell reprises his role as Ash, the chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility. When a plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is forced to step up and face his demons. Lawless, »


- Itay Hod

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Salma Hayek on Donald Trump’s Immigration Remarks: ‘I Cannot Be Insulted by Stupidity’

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Salma Hayek, who was born in Mexico but moved to Los Angeles in 1991, isn’t going to let Donald Trump‘s controversial remarks about immigrants put her down. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times on Friday, the “Frida” actress opened up on her thoughts about Trump’s comments, saying that “it’s a very simple tactic for self-promotion. What’s sad is how easily people are manipulated. I’m not insulted because I cannot be insulted by stupidity.” Moreover, Hayek says she will not easily be manipulated by uninformed people. Also Read: Rupert Murdoch Slams Donald Trump's »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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