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Fox Pulling ‘Utopia’ From Tuesdays After 4 Low-Rated Weeks, Will Continue to Air on Fridays

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Fox is pulling its ratings-challenged reality series, “Utopia,” from Tuesdays after five weeks on-air. On Nov. 4, “MasterChef Junior” will premiere its second season in the Tuesday at 8 p.m. slot. Fox's move for “Utopia” comes one week shy of the show's previously scheduled run on Tuesdays and Fridays for the first six weeks of airing. The initial plan for the show was that it would continue on Tuesdays. Instead, it will continue to air on just Fridays after this week. Immediately, the Tuesday at 8 p.m. timeslot will be filled by a rerun of the “Family Guy”-”The Simpsons” crossover event. »


- Jethro Nededog

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Gop Mocks Democrats in Parody of TLC's ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ (Video)

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Democrats are “expensive and a little outdated” while Republicans “have new ideas that won't break your budget,” according to a new digital ad parodying TLC's “Say Yes to the Dress” created by The College Republican National Committee. In a bid to sway young voters in Florida's tight gubernatorial race, the ad portrays incumbent governor Rick Smith as a dress designer who's fresh and full of new ideas on a budget, while democratic opponent Charlie Crist is a frumpy dress that's “outdated” and “comes with additional costs.” See video: Jon Stewart Slams ‘Elementary School’ Education of Republicans Denying Climate Change After trying on both. »


- Jethro Nededog

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NFL, DirectTV Extend Sunday Ticket in Multi-Year Deal

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The National Football League and DirecTV have extended the network's exclusive rights to carry NFL Sunday Ticket and its package of every Sunday afternoon out-of-market game through a new multi-year agreement, it was announced on Wednesday. The agreement, worth an estimated $1.5 billion annually over eight years according to Espn's Darren Rovell, also expands DirecTV's rights to stream NFL Sunday Ticket live on mobile devices and via broadband. Also read: FCC Spikes NFL Broadcasts Blackout Rule “We are pleased to continue our partnership with DirecTV,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in the statement. “DirecTV and NFL Sunday Ticket have served our »


- Debbie Emery

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Boston Herald Apologizes for ‘Watermelon’ Cartoon Mocking President Obama (Photo)

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The Boston Herald and one of its cartoonists issued separate apologies Wednesday hours after the newspaper published a political strip in its print and online versions about President Barack Obama that drew widespread criticism. Also read:  NY Newspaper Under Fire for Calling President Obama the N-Word in Headline The cartoon (pictured above) shows the President brushing his teeth while a White House intruder sits in a bathtub behind him and makes a comment about “watermelon toothpaste.” The cartoon's caption read: “White House Invader Got Farther Than Originally Thought.” But critics said it reinforced the stereotype that African-Americans are especially fond of the fruit. »


- Travis Reilly

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Amazon Prime Slaps ‘Tom and Jerry’ With Racism Warning

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It seemed innocent when we were kids, but now “Tom and Jerry” is under fire for possibly being racist. The classic cat and mouse cartoon from the 1940s is coming with a warning on Amazon Prime Instant, saying that the animated series may contain scenes of “ethnic and racial prejudice.” “Tom and Jerry shorts may depict some ethnic and racial prejudices that were once commonplace in American society,” the disclaimer states. “Such depictions were wrong then and are wrong today.” Amazon has not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment. »


- Ryan O'Connell

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Benedict Cumberbatch Wears a Fur on a Horse as Richard III on ‘The Hollow Crown’ (Photo)

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Benedict Cumberbatch is ready to get Shakespearean in the first photo released from “The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses,” which commenced principal photography in the United Kingdom on Wednesday. “The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses” is a three-film series adaptation of Shakespeare's plays “Henry VI” (in two parts) and “Richard III.” It's also a continuation of 2012's “The Hollow Crown” series, which featured Tom Hiddleston as King Henry V. Also read: TCA: Tom Hiddleston on Move from ‘Avengers’ to Shakespeare – Loki Is ‘Quite a Shakespearean Villain’ The new films also star Judi Dench as Cecily, »


- Linda Ge

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10th Annual New York Television Festival Lineup Unveiled

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The line-up for the 10th annual New York Television Festival was unveiled Wednesday. Also read: ‘Lost's’ Josh Holloway to Reunite With Carlton Cuse on USA's ‘Colony’ The highlights of the Oct. 20-25 event include conversations with top showrunners Carlton Cuse (“The Strain”), Jenni Konner (“Girls”) and Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”) as well as the U.S. premiere of “The Game,” which is an upcoming BBC spy drama about America's involvement in the Cold War. Other festival events include a pilot competition, screenings of over 60 different shows, and celebrity guests such as Zachary Quinto (from Starz’ “The Chair”) and »


- Travis Reilly

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Universal Pictures Names Nicholas Carpou President of Domestic Distribution

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Universal Pictures announced Wednesday that Nicholas Carpou will assume the role of president of domestic distribution for the studio starting at the beginning of 2015. He will assume the role formerly occupied by Nikki Rocco, who announced her retirement in April. Rocco will move into a senior advisory role and stay with Universal through 2016. Under Rocco's leadership in 2013, Universal celebrated its best year ever at the domestic box office, with total grosses of $1.42 billion, at the same time it crossed the $1 billion marker faster than any other time in its history. Also read: Nikki Rocco Retiring From Universal Pictures »


- Gina Hall

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Bethenny Frankel Developing TV Shows With Andy Cohen, In Talks for ‘Real Housewives of New York’ Return

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Reports that Bethenny Frankel is returning to Bravo's “Real Housewives of New York” are premature at this time, according to Frankel and an individual with knowledge of the situation who spoke to TheWrap. The media may have mistaken her visits to Andy Cohen as signs that she would be returning to the franchise. “Andy Cohen and Bethenny are working on a project together but for his production company, Most Talkative,” the insider said. Frankel also addressed the reports, which originated in Us Magazine, during a SiriusXM Radio interview with Jenny Hutt on Wednesday. See video: ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ Cast Shakeup: Porsha Williams Demoted, »


- Jethro Nededog

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‘Gone Girl’ Star Tyler Perry on Director David Fincher: His Eyes and Brain Should be Donated to Science

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David Fincher directed two actors who are directors in their own right in his new film “Gone Girl,” but Tyler Perry was more than happy to take the backseat and allow Fincher to do his thing. Lead star Ben Affleck may have won a best director Golden Globe and best picture Oscar for “Argo,” but Perry has over a dozen directorial credits under his belt — many of which are for films that also see him donning a fat suit or a dress — and he was still in awe of Fincher's style behind the camera. Also read: ‘Gone Girl’ Reviews: Does. »


- Linda Ge

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‘Tetris: The Movie’ – 5 Acclaimed Directors Who Could Knock It Out of the Park

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Threshold Entertainment has announced a Tetris movie is in the works, much to the chagrin of people everywhere with taste. Industry skeptics question if the movie will ever get made, but we figured it might be fun to play along anyway. Also read: Lionsgate Ups ‘Change of Control’ Threshold Considering the flop that was 2012's “Battleship,” we understand why many think another game-based movie is an awful idea. But Threshold was the company that adapted “Mortal Kombat” into a somewhat serviceable flick, so who's to say they couldn't do even better with a video game even more people enjoy? Also »


- Travis Reilly

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‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ Opening Credits Are a Stop-Motion Nightmare (Video)

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Are you wearing clean underwear? Well, you might want to take them off — because the following minute or so of video could very well change that. The opening credits for Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's FX drama “American Horror Story: Freak Show” hit the internet Wednesday, and it appears that the show has outdone itself with creepy opening sequences (which is no easy feat). See video: ‘American Horror Story’ Offers First Real Look at the ‘Freak Show’ in New Trailer The sequence weighs in at 1 minute and 11 seconds, but it packs plenty of chills into that time. As ominous music. »


- Tim Kenneally

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5 Things to Know About ‘Reign’ Season 2

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The CW's “Reign” returns for its second season on Thursday, and executive producer Laurie McCarthy and star Adelaide Kane were eager to spill some secrets about what's ahead for Mary, Queen of Scots. Season 1 of “Reign” left off on quite a cliffhanger as Francis (Toby Regbo) secretly killed his father and became the new King of France. He then promptly left his castle and his queen to tend to her best friend Lola (Anna Popplewell), who was about to give birth to his child. All this as a resurgence of the Black Plague was heading towards France, leaving Mary »


- Linda Ge

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CBS's ‘Stalker’ Blasted by Parents Television Council for ‘Torture Porn’ Scene

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The new CBS drama “Stalker” hasn't even premiered yet — but that's not stopping the Parents Television Council from condemning the show as “torture porn” and warning parents about the show, which debuts Wednesday at 10 p.m. Et. The PTC takes particular issue with the premiere episode's opening scene, which the organization characterizes as “a graphically violent scene featuring a woman being tortured and murdered.” Also read: ‘Stalker’ Review: CBS Drama Does Not Hate Women, It Loves Torture The watchdog organization cites TheWrap‘s own review of the series, which reads in part, “The first two minutes of CBS's new crime »

- Tim Kenneally

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Nick Shumaker Joins UTA as Agent in Independent Film Group

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Film executive Nick Shumaker has joined United Talent Agency as an agent in the Independent Film Group, the agency announced Wednesday. Shumaker will focus on film packaging, co-production, finance and sales strategies for the agency's clients and will be based in UTA's New York office. Also read: Are Toronto's Big Deals, ‘Top Five’ and ‘While We're Young,’ Worth the Money? “Nick brings vast knowledge and insight from his career as an executive working in both production and international distribution, and those assets will be invaluable to our business on a worldwide basis,” said Rena Ronson, head of UTA Independent Film Group. »


- Jeff Sneider

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Ben Affleck in Negotiations to Play Assassin in WB's ‘The Accountant’

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Ben Affleck is in negotiations to star in “The Accountant” for Warner Bros., an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Bill Dubuque wrote the script, which follows a mild-mannered accountant who moonlights as a deadly assassin. Gavin O'Connor (“Warrior”) is circling the director's chair, though there is no deal in place yet. Will Smith was previously attached to star, as Warner Bros. has long believed the project to be worthy of an A-list actor. After doing press for “Gone Girl,” Affleck will finish filming “Batman. »


- Jeff Sneider

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‘Gone Girl’ Advance Sales Explode – Can It Dunk-a-Doll at Box Office?

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David Fincher and Ben Affleck‘s “Gone Girl” and the horror film “Annabelle” are both looking powerful going into what should be an exciting box-office race this weekend. Bet on the dark thriller about a man who becomes a suspect in his wife's murder say the analysts, who project an opening in the $30 million range for Fox and New Regency's “Gone Girl, and see a three-day total of around $25 million for Warner Bros.’ “Annabelle.” It's a tricky race to call. For weeks, the spin-off from last year's breakout hit “The Conjuring” has been tracking ahead of the mature-skewing thriller based. »


- Todd Cunningham

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Ben Affleck Breaks Down the ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Batman v Superman’ Social Media Rivalry

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Zac Snyder can't put a Stormtrooper in his movie “Batman v Superman” but he was able to put one of the “Star Wars” soldiers in a tweet he posted earlier this month. Now Ben Affleck is explaining why Snyder and “Episode VII” director J.J. Abrams have been going back and forth sharing crossover photos from the two movies for months now. Also read: Zack Snyder Spots a Stormtrooper on the Set of ‘Batman v. Superman’ and Has Him Arrested (Photo) “I think it was started because J.J. and Colin Anderson sent me a picture of the two of them wearing cheap Batman masks, »


- Ryan O'Connell

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James Franco to Produce Frat Hazing Movie ‘Goat'; Andrew Neel to Direct (Exclusive)

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James Franco has come on to produce “Goat,” an adaptation of Brad Land's acclaimed memoir that “King Kelly” filmmaker Andrew Neel will direct for Killer Films and Rabbit Bandini Productions, TheWrap has learned. Neel will direct from a screenplay by David Gordon Green, with revisions by Neel and Mike Roberts. Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa of Killer Films will produce with Rabbit Bandini's Franco and Vince Jolivette. John Wells will serve as executive producer. Also read: James Franco's ‘SNL’ Documentary to Air on Hulu Ahead of Season Premiere (Photo) Reeling from a terrifying assault, a 19-year-old boy enrolls »


- Jeff Sneider

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William Hurt Joins Jason Sudeikis in Focus’ Jesse Owens Biopic ‘Race’

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Oscar winner William Hurt has joined the cast of Focus FeaturesJesse Owens drama “Race,” the studio announced on Wednesday along with a new release date of April 8, 2016. Stephan James stars as the Olympic hero, and the film co-stars Jeremy Irons, Jason Sudeikis and Carice van Houten. “Race” is directed by Emmy winner Stephen Hopkins and is currently being filmed in Montreal and on location at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, where Owens won a record-breaking four Olympic gold medals in 1936. The new film has the support of the Owens family, the Jesse Owens Foundation, the Jesse Owens Trust, and the. »


- Jeff Sneider

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