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FCC Takes Aim at Time Warner Cable in Dodgers Dispute

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Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler has a message for Time Warner Cable: Get the Dodgers back on the air. In a stern letter to Time Warner Cable chairman and CEO Rob Marcus on Tuesday, Wheeler urged TWC to end its carriage dispute with various subscription-tv providers, a dispute that has left approximately 70 percent of the Los Angeles market without televised access to Dodgers games this baseball season. According to Wheeler's letter, Time Warner Cable has set up a long-term contract with the Dodgers-owned SportsNet La, and is demanding that the network be carried on the basic service tier at. »


- Tim Kenneally

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CW's Arrow Finds Its Wildcat in J.R. Ramirez

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CW's “Arrow” producers just told fans at San Diego Comic-Con that it would be adding new hero Wildcat to the show on Season 3. Just days later, we know who's playing the character. J.R. Ramirez has been cast in the potentially recurring role, a show representative told TheWrap. During this past weekend's San Diego Comic-Con, executive producer Marc Guggenheim revealed that the hero would be joining the show, but he didn't reveal any casting news. See video: ‘Arrow’ Season 3 First Trailer Teases Brandon Routh And a Big First Date Wildcat's name is Theodore “Ted” Grant. He was a championship boxer who got entangled. »


- Jethro Nededog

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Brad Pitt Role in SyFy's '12 Monkeys’ Goes to… a Lady

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“Cosmoplis” star Emily Hampshire has been cast in SyFy's “12 Monkeys” in a role previously played by Brad Pitt. “Hell on Wheels” actor Tom Noonan, meanwhile, will play a mysterious villain. Both will appear in recurring roles, SyFy announced Tuesday. The network also announced the show will commence production on its 13-episode first season next week in Toronto. Also read: Syfy Exec by Day, Playwright by Night: From ‘Sharknado’ to an Ayn Rand Orgy Based on the 1995 Terry Gilliam film, “12 Monkeys” follows a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in the present day to destroy the source of »


- Tim Molloy

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DreamWorks Animation Loses $15.4 Million in Its Latest Quarter

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DreamWorks Animation reported a loss of $15.4 million in its most recent fiscal quarter, the second of 2014. Its earning per share of -$0.18 is worse than analysts had expected, and has sent the company's stock down in after-hours trading. DreamWorks Animation did not lose as much money this quarter as it did in the most recent quarter, when they took a a $57 million write-down due to the poor box office performance of “Mr. Peabody and Sherman.” The company has not yet reaped the benefits of “How to Train Your Dragon 2”, its lone film released in the second quarter. »


- Lucas Shaw

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Fxx's ‘The League’ Gets Season 6 Premiere Date

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Get ready, “The League” fans: your favorite fantasy-football league is returning in September. “The League” will return for its sixth season Sept. 3 at 10 p.m. on Fxx, the network said Tuesday. Also read: FX's John Landgraf Talks More ‘Fargo,’ ‘The Strain,’ Fxx and the Agony of Comedy The 13-episode season will be followed by episodes of Sacha Baron Cohen‘s “Ali G Rezurection” at 10:30 p.m. The comedy stars Stephen Rannazzisi, Katie Aselton, Mark Duplass, Jon Lajoie and Nick Kroll as a tight-knit group of friends in a fantasy football league who use every opportunity to make each other's lives miserable. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Horror Movie ‘Inner Demons’ Acquired by IFC Midnight

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IFC Midnight is acquiring U.S. rights to Schorr Pictures’ “Inner Demons,” which premiered last month at the Los Angeles Film Festival, the distributor announced Tuesday. Robin Schorr produced the movie, which Seth Grossman directed from a script by Glenn Gers. Also read: ‘Exorcist’ Star Linda Blair to Host Premiere of ‘Inner Demons’ at La Film Festival (Exclusive) The film stars Lara VosburghMorgan McClellan, Colleen McGrann, Kate Whitney and Brian Flaherty. “Inner Demons” follows an ‘Intervention'-style reality show crew filming an episode about a 16-year old girl (Vosburgh) who is fighting addiction, but may in fact be suffering »


- Jeff Sneider

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Bryan Singer Tried to Settle Michael Egan Sex Abuse Lawsuit for $100,000

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Bryan Singer, his lawyers and the lawyer of his accuser Michael Egan agreed to an out-of-court settlement for $100,000 in June, according to documents obtained by Buzzfeed. In the “memorandum of settlement,” the documents appear to be signed by Singer, his attorney Martin Singer (no relation) and Egan's attorney Jeff Herman, but not Egan himself. The documents also call for confidentiality and non-disparagement from all parties and lawyers. Also read: ‘X-Men’ Director Bryan Singer Accused of Sexually Assaulting Underage Boy Herman told TheWrap Tuesday in a statement, “We are in the process of withdrawing from representing Mr. Egan in all his cases and. »


- Linda Ge

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CW to Honor Dogs With Glitzy Awards Show

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CW is going to the dogs… for one night in January, that is. The network will be airing The World Dog Awards in January 2015. It promises to bring all the Hollywood glitz it can fetch for the two-hour program. Also read: CW Pulls ‘Seed,’ ‘Backpackers’ From Schedule Held at the… wait for it… Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, Calif., the event will honor dogs from all walks of life — “entertainment, health services and the military, along with everyday dogs who found fame on the internet.” The event kicks off with a green carpet where stars share the spotlight with their own. »

- Jethro Nededog

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‘Southland’ Slapped With $5 Million Lawsuit Over Autopsy Photo in Opening Montage

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The gritty police drama “Southland” isn't on the air anymore, but it's just found itself in the middle of a real-life legal battle. The canceled series has been named in a lawsuit alleging that the show's opening montage made unauthorized use of an autopsy photo. In the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, Hilda Abarca and Jessica Abarca, claim that the show's montage included an image of their son/brother Andy Nelson Abarca, who was murdered in Los Angeles in 2005. Also read: ‘Southland's’ Ben McKenzie to Play Young Commissioner Gordon on Fox's Batman Prequel ‘Gotham’ The Abarcas claim they first became. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Peyton Manning Dances, We Think, to ‘Rocky Top’ at a Denver Broncos Practice (Video)

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Good thing you can throw, Peyton. The Denver Broncos star quarterback should absolutely stick to his day job after footage of him dancing during a summer practice to Lynn Anderson's 1970 version of the modest hit, “Rocky Top,” surfaced online this week. Also read: 9 Things You Didn't See on the ESPYs Telecast: An Iggy Azalea Diss, Drake's Flatliners and Floyd Mayweather Missing To be fair, Manning has shown some better rhythm on “Saturday Night Live,” but he probably wishes that training camp was closed to cameras. Punter Britton Colquitt can also be seen showing off some less-than-stellar moves in the below clip. »


- Tony Maglio

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Why Isis Makes ‘Al-Qaeda Look Like the Boy Scouts’

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The Isis jihadists appeared seemingly out of nowhere, waving black flags, robbing banks and ammunition dumps, and killing those they considered the wrong ethnicity or faith. After the attacks last month, David Petraeus and Ryan Crocker didn't necessarily want to say “I told you so,” but they wanted to say something. Petraeus had led the U.S. forces in Iraq, and Crocker had served as the U.S. ambassador there. They join other American leaders who bluntly explain what went wrong in Frontline's new “Losing Iraq.” Also read: How Inexperience Helped Iraq's Prime Minister Get the Job (Exclusive Video) Crocker says in the film, »


- Tim Molloy

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‘Agents of Shield's’ Elena Satine to Join ‘Revenge’

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“Revenge” is bringing on a new rich girl who's expected to cause some waves in the Hamptons. Elena Satine has been cast to play the recurring role of Louise, a show representative told TheWrap. Also read: ABC Fall Premiere Dates: ‘Scandal,’ ‘Grey's,’ ‘Shield’ and ‘Revenge’ Returns Louise is described as a disgraced member of her wealthy Southern family with a minor mental issue, though she has the best intentions. In line with her character, Louise will meet one of the show's current characters in a very out-of-the-box way. Viewers last saw Satine as Lorelei, who hales from Thor's planet Asgardia. »


- Jethro Nededog

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Guillermo del Toro Tells Robert Rodriguez He Learned Set Design by Watching Opera (Exclusive Video)

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When you own a network, you can pretty much do whatever you want. Robert Rodriguez is clearly taking advantage of that fact on his El Rey Network. “The Director's Chair” is an hour-long intimate conversation between Rodriguez (“Sin City”) and another top director, which has the two sitting in chairs and talking about directing, obviously. In the below clip, exclusive to TheWrap, Rodriguez welcomes Guillermo del Toro (“Pacific Rim”) to the program, with a little assist from Francis Ford Coppola (“The Godfather”). Also read: Robert Rodriguez, Bob Orci and Gabriel Luna on Gauging ‘Matador's’ Success Without Ratings Coppola asked »


- Tony Maglio

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How ‘Boyhood’ Editor Sandra Adair Stitched 12 Long Years Into the Year's Best Movie

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Now that the mysterious, so-called “12 Year Project” has hit theaters under the name “Boyhood,” Richard Linklater is very deservedly receiving all the plaudits in the world for successfully shepherding such a daunting, ambitious and ultimately touching project to fruition. After all, he had to cast, finance, write and direct the years-long tale of a young Texan millennial — all while keeping all participants engaged and involved, which may have been the hardest part of all. It was, indeed, an amazing accomplishment — but it may not have been possible without a trusted editor to make sense of all those »


- Jordan Zakarin

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‘Sons of Anarchy’ Clip: Watch Charlie Hunnam Get Rubbed Out (Video)

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Brace yourselves, “Sons of Anarchy” fans; the following video might be a little disturbing to you. “Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam couldn't make the show's panel at this year's Comic-Con convention, and as he explains in the video, there's a shocking reason for his absence. Also read: ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Creator Kurt Sutter Signs New Overall Deal With 20th TV Stop reading now if you can't handle the raw, naked truth of it all. “I hate to miss Comic-Con on the final season of the show, but for the future and the safety of America, my presence is required elsewhere, »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ 9/11 Poster Shell Shocks Social Media

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Paramount Australia is facing harsh criticism Tuesday after sharing a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” poster that invoked memories of 9/11. “Check out the official poster for #Tmnt in cinemas September 11,” read the Twitter and Facebook message, which included an image of the cartoon turtles jumping from an exploding skyscraper. See video: Kids Aren't Impressed By ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Trailer, But Kinda Dig Old Cartoon True to form, social media quickly responded with outrage, pointing out similarities between the image and message combination alongside the real life horrors that occurred on September 11, 2001. The offending tweet and Facebook messages were soon deleted without. »


- Travis Reilly

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Ice Cube, Dr. Dre Find Their Mc Ren, DJ Yella for N.W.A. Biopic

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Universal and director F. Gary Gray have found the remaining members of gangster rap group N.W.A, as Aldis Hodge and Neil Brown Jr. have been cast as Mc Ren and DJ Yella, respectively, in “Straight Outta Compton,” TheWrap has learned. Brown Jr. (above) and Hodge (left) join O'Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube), Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre) and Jason Mitchell (Eazy-e). Original N.W.A. members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre are producing the drama with Matt Alvarez and Tomica Woods-Wright, while Gray is executive producing with Will Packer and former Universal exec Scott Bernstein. Also read: Ice Cube's Son, »


- Jeff Sneider

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Star Zoe Saldana Poses Nude for Women's Health UK (Photo)

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Guardians of the Galaxy” star Zoe Saldana appears to be as comfortable naked as she is being green. The actress stripped down for the Women's Health UK “nude issue” and discussed how her body image affects her happiness. See photo: Nicki Minaj Flaunts Air Jordans and Her Assets for Racy ‘Anaconda’ Cover “I'm exactly where I want to be. I do feel beautiful in a way that even when I was working out a whole lot, I sometimes didn't,” Saldana said. “Because there have been times that I was really slender and I didn't like that I sometimes looked a little too muscular. »


- Greg Gilman

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VH1 Renews ‘Hit the Floor’ for Season 3

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Here's something to cheer about, “Hit the Floor” fans. VH1 has renewed the scripted series, which delves into the treacherous and tempting world of NBA cheerleading, for a third season. See video: VH1's New Reality Star Linda Perry on Finding Raw Talent: ‘I Can Help Them Go to the Next Level’ The series — which follows  Ahsha (Taylour Paige), who joins the Los Angeles Devil Girls cheerleading squad — will wrap its second season on Aug. 11. “‘Hit The Floor’ delivered again with fantastic ratings and social media engagement in season two, especially among women,” VH1's Evp of Original Programming and Production Susan. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Politico Editor Rachel Smolkin Jumps to CNN as Executive Editor, Politics

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Politico managing editor Rachel Smolkin will be joining CNN Digital as the new executive editor of politics. At the end of August, Smolkin will take over CNNPolitics.com and assist CNN's Ed O'Keefe, Meredith Artley, Sam Feist, Andrew Morse and David Chalian in the network's efforts to revamp its political coverage. Also read: CNN's Fareed Zakaria Says Jon Stewart Might Be His ‘Future Boss’ (Video) Smolkin said that she hopes to bring “a passion for politics in the digital space.” “The 2016 presidential race is going to be fascinating, and it will challenge all of us to deliver the smartest, sharpest and most entertaining. »


- Alex Reed

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