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Netflix-Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’ Taps Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker

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Netflix and Marvel Television has selected Cheo Hodari Coker to serve as showrunner and executive producer on the upcoming series “Luke Cage.” Coker will also write the first two episodes of the series. Most recently, Coker served as a co-executive producer on the second season of “Ray Donovan,” and prior to that was a supervising producer on the fourth season of the drama “Southland.” Coker was a part of the “Southland” team that earned the show a 2012 Peabody Award. Coker also garnered a 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing for a Dramatic Series for his work on that show. Coker’s feature film. »


- Joe Otterson

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TheWrap Partners With Asian World Film Festival for Inaugural Year

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The Asian World Film Festival (Awff) has joined forces with digital entertainment and news leader TheWrap as its official media partner in its debut year. Awff brings the best of a broad selection of Asian World cinema to Los Angeles in order to draw greater recognition to the region’s wealth of filmmakers from 48 countries across Asia, spanning from Turkey to Japan and Russia to India, strengthening ties between the Asian and Hollywood film industries. The festival will be held Oct. 27- Nov. 2, 2015, at Landmark Theaters. “I created the Asian World Film Festival to fill a void that I »

- Wrap Staff

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CAA Shakeup: 5 Agents Exit to Become Partners at UTA

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Former CAA agents Jason Heyman, Martin Lesak, Gregory McKnight, Greg Cavic and Nick Nuciforo have joined UTA as agents and partners of the agency, TheWrap has learned. Representatives for CAA and UTA did not immediately respond to requests for comment, which quickly prompted an official announcement from UTA. Heyman will also serve as a Special Advisor to UTA’s Board of Directors, while Nuciforo will head the agency’s comedy touring division. Also Read: Kanye West Drops Longtime CAA Agent Cara Lewis for UTA (Exclusive) As a group, Heyman, Lesak, McKnight, Cavic and Nuciforo represent leading artists working in film, »


- Jeff Sneider

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Agent Mulder Sings! David Duchovny to Release Album in May

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Here’s a truth that’s really out there. David Duchovny, known for his roles on “The X-Files” and “Californication,” will release his debut solo album, “Hell or Highwater,” on May 12. The album, which will include 12 songs written by the actor, will be released via ThinkSay Records and distributed via the Caroline/Universal Music Group. Also Read: David Duchovny Talks ‘X-Files’ Return: Mulder Was the ‘Worst FBI Agent of All Time’ The title track, which serves as the album’s first single, is available Tuesday. The album is available for presale now via Amazon and iTunes. According to a release for the album, »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Furious 7’ Reviews: Is Paul Walker’s Last Ride Alongside Vin Diesel the Best Yet?

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Furious 7,” the latest in a long line of Universal blockbusters starring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, is getting a warm welcome from critics ahead of its release this weekend. The sequel co-stars Jason Statham as a new villain, while Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson returns to help a familiar crew execute impossible action sequences directed by franchise newbie James Wan — a filmmaker best known for horror films including “Saw,” “Insidious” and “The Conjuring.” The highly anticipated PG-13 release, which also happens to be Walker’s final film following his death in 2013, has garnered an impressive 83 percent approval rating from »


- Greg Gilman

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Fox Renews ‘New Girl’ for Season 5

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“New Girl” may not be that new anymore, but it’s sticking around — at least for another run: Fox has renewed the ensemble comedy for its fifth season. The sitcom will celebrate its 100th episode during the upcoming 2015-16 season. “Four seasons in, ‘New Girl’ continues to be one of the smartest and most relatable comedies on television,” said David Madden, president, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “The writing is razor-sharp, the ensemble is consistently hilarious, and we couldn’t be more proud of Liz (Meriwether), Brett (Baer), Dave (Finkel) and the entire ‘New Girl’ team. We absolutely love this show and we’re so. »


- Tony Maglio

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‘Naked and Afraid Xl’ Leads Discovery Channel’s New Series Slate

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Discovery Channel’s 2015-16 upfront slate is highlighted by the introduction of Elevation Weekend and super-sized new series “Naked and Afraid Xl.” Other new shows include “Treasure Quest,” “Pacific Warriors,” “Lunar XPrize,” “Killing Fields” and “Cuban Chrome.” Returning series are: “Deadliest Catch,” “Alaskan Bush People,” “Gold Rush,” “Bering Sea Gold,” “Dual Survival,” “Mythbusters,” “Naked and Afraid,” “Alaska: The Last Frontier” and “Fast N’ Loud.” Also Read: Discovery International and Animal Planet Team Up for ‘Predators Up Close’ Series, Special (Exclusive) “Discovery Channel is going from strength to strength this coming year. We’re adding new documentaries, scripted series and themed »


- Tony Maglio

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Animal Planet Unveils 4 News Series and Specials, Full Slate

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Animal Planet unveiled four new projects at its Tuesday Upfront presentation: “Sheriff of Cross River,” “America Builds A Shelter,” “Restoration Wild” and “Living With Maneaters.” It also shared in one place its full 2015-16 programming slate, which is highlighted by popular returning projects “Puppy Bowl Xii,” “Finding Bigfoot,” Pit Bulls & Parolees,” “River Monsters” and “Treehouse Masters,” among others. Previously announced new series and specials include: “Last North,” “Fish or Die,” “Bigfoot Found,” “Curse of the Frozen Gold” and “Animal Black Ops,” as well as additional shows and one-offs. Also Read: Own Orders Evelyn Lozada Reality Series, ‘Iyanla: Fix My Life’ Spinoff “Animal. »


- Tony Maglio

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TLC Greenlights ‘What Not to Wear’s’ Clinton Kelly Return, Best Friends’ Marriage Pact Series, Quinceanera Show

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TLC presented another ambitious 2015-16 slate during its Upfront presentation to advertisers on Tuesday. Of the cable’s planned 500 hours of original programming, which includes 50 new and returning shows over the next year, are new offering in its three content areas: Family, style and life’s milestones. After the successful return of “What Not to Wear” co-host Stacy London’s makeover show “Love, Lust or Run,” TLC has greenlit a new series for her former co-host Clinton Kelly. On “Swipe Right (Working Title),” Kelly and co-host Devyn Simone consider the new world of dating via apps like Tinder and not only look. »


- Jethro Nededog

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Barbara Walters Returns to TV With Investigation Discovery’s ‘American Scandal’

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Barbara Walters returns to series television for Investigation Discovery’s 2015-16 season, which also boasts a show from Joel Schumacher and the network’s first-ever scripted series. Walters, who retired from ABC’s “The View” in May 2014, will reveal personal stories and never-before-seen footage from her coverage of crimes committed by Jean Harris, Jim Bakker, Mark David Chapman and others. The six-part series is produced by ABC’s Lincoln Square Productions. Investigation Discovery’s upcoming slate also introduces the network’s first scripted series. “Serial Thriller,” a three-part original mystery, follows characters in a community terrorized by one of America’s most notorious serial killers. »


- L.A. Ross

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Google Maps Turns Hollywood Blvd. Into Pac-Man Board

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Hollywood denizens can take out their traffic frustration on little blue ghosts now that Google Maps has created a playable Pac-Man version. The tech giant hasn’t explained why the game popped up early Tuesday, although the company has been known to create April Fool’s Day jokes (though this bit of fun comes a day early). Google Maps Pac-Man works best on the Chrome browser, according to some very un-scientific testing. No word on whether the feature is available on mobile apps. Also Read: Reddit Bans ‘Involuntary Pornography’ on Heels of Google’s Blogger Crackdown In 2010, the folks at »

- L.A. Ross

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Cablevision Expected to Make $1 Offer to Buy New York Daily News

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Cablevision is expected to make a $1 offer to buy the troubled New York Daily News, according to Reuters. The offer comes after the Daily News’ owner Mort Zuckerman revealed he was considering selling the paper and had hired banker Lazard to help find takers. The paper has had shrinking advertising revenue for years; the low offer comes amid the Daily News reportedly losing $30 million annually and having declining circulation that hinges on newsstand sales instead of subscription sales. Also Read: New York Daily News Is Not Having a Good Day Cablevision, owned by James Dolan, has also lost some important viewership, »


- Jordan Chariton

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Trevor Noah Quickly Deletes Vague Response to Twitter Firestorm Over Women, Jewish Comments

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New “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah responded to Twitter backlash against his prior comments about Jews and women Tuesday morning, but then quickly deleted the tweet. Noah’s deleted tweet was responding to people on Twitter who, in response to his appointment to host of “The Daily Show” Monday, pointed out past tweets he’s penned offensive to Jews and women. “South Africans know how to recycle like Israelis know how to be peaceful,” Noah says in one tweet from 2010. Also Read: Trevor Noah Already Under Fire Over Controversial Tweets About Jews, Women In another tweet, he pokes fun at overweight women: “Oh yea, »


- Jordan Chariton

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Nicole Kidman, Ava DuVernay, ‘Transparent’ Creator Jill Soloway to be Honored at Crystal + Lucy Awards

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Oscar winner Nicole Kidman, “Selma” director Ava DuVernay and “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway will be among the Hollywood stars honored by Women In Film, Los Angeles at the Crystal + Lucy Awards this year. Celebrating creative and groundbreaking women who excel at their chosen fields, the fundraising dinner to benefit educational and philanthropic programs will take place on Tuesday, June 16, in the Los Angeles Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City, California. “The Martian” actress Kate Mara, Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution for Warner Bros. Pictures, and Toni Howard, partner at ICM Partners will »


- Debbie Emery

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Ratings: CBS’s ‘Scorpion’ Slips Below a 2.0 Demo for the First Time

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CBS’s primetime lineup dipped across the board on Monday, with standout series “Scorpion” falling below a 2.0 in the key demographic for the fist time. The network finished third in both the demo and in total viewers. NBC won the demo pretty easily thanks to “The Voice,” while ABC danced away with a viewer victory. NBC was first in ratings with a 2.5 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 9.6 million, according to preliminary numbers. Also Read: Comcast, CFO Pledge $4.1 Billion to Fund New Investment and Operating Company ABC was second in. »


- Tony Maglio

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Seth Meyers Rips Indiana Governor Over ‘Terrible Job’ Defending Anti-lgbt Law (Video)

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Seth Meyers ripped Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Monday for doing a “terrible job” defending the state’s controversial anti-lgbt law to the media. “Governor Pence appeared on ABC’s ‘This Week’ yesterday to clarify the law, and ensure everyone it wasn’t discriminatory, and he did what could only be described as a terrible job,” Meyers said. The late-night host first spliced up a montage of George Stephanopoulos grilling the embattled politician on the show by focusing on Pence starting multiple answers with: “George.” See video: CNN’s Chris Cuomo Grills Anti-lgbt Indiana Law Defender: ‘You Cannot Fix Gay, »


- Jordan Chariton

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Indiana Governor Flip-Flops on Anti-lgbt Law Amid Hollywood, Media Backlash

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During a press conference Tuesday, Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced he will work to craft new legislation this week that outlaws businesses from discriminating against Lgbt customers. “I abhor discrimination,” the Governor said, announcing after much thought and consultation with people in his state, he decided to spearhead new language in the legislation that will make it clear businesses can’t deny services to anyone. The Governor criticized the media: “Some of the national reporting on this has been ridiculous,” saying the media has misrepresented the law since it was passed and have been irresponsible. Also Read: CNN’s Chris Cuomo Grills Anti-lgbt Indiana. »


- Jordan Chariton

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Denis Leary Hockey Comedy ‘Benders’ Ordered to Series at IFC

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The Denis Leary-produced hockey comedy “Benders” has been ordered to series at IFC, the network announced Tuesday. The show follows several friends bound by an irrational obsession for their beer-swilling amateur hockey league. Their skills may be limited but their passion is not, as evidenced by the chaos hockey creates in their everyday lives. This isn’t fast-paced, brawler-style hockey; it’s the slow motion, falling-down version. IFC has ordered eight half-hour episodes that will be produced by Apostle, with Jim Serpico, Tom Sellitti and Denis Leary serving as executive producers. Serpico and Sellitti created and will write the series. »


- Joe Otterson

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Vin Diesel Debuts ‘Furious 7’ Clip Featuring Paul Walker on ‘Kimmel,’ Teases ‘XXX’ Sequel (Video)

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Furious 7” star Vin Diesel appeared on Monday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and debuted a new clip from the upcoming action film. In the clip, Diesel and co-star Paul Walker find an incredibly rare car locked in a vault, which leads Dom to say, “Nothing sadder than locking a beast in a cage.” Later in the interview, Diesel talked about meeting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Diesel apparently asked Zuckerberg to help him clean up the spam on his official Facebook page. See Photos: Evolution of ‘The Fast and the Furious’ Franchise “You treated him like an I.T. guy basically, »


- Joe Otterson

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Zayn Malik’s First Solo Song Goes Online a Week After Quitting One Direction (Video)

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Zayn Malik’s first solo song has hit the web less than a week after the singer announced he was leaving One Direction. “I Won’t Mind” is an acoustic ballad produced by UK producer Naughty Boy. The soulful, and bare tune suggests Malik is ready to launch his solo career a lot sooner than fans expected, since he recently said in an interview that his immediate plans after leaving the chart-topping boy band were to “write, relax and chill.” Naughty Boy tweeted a link to the song on his Soundcloud account late Monday, but the file has since been removed. »


- Joe Otterson

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