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Tom Hardy Event TV Series Lands Director

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Tom Hardy event series “Taboo” has landed a director. Kristoffer Nyholm — the Danish filmmaker who directed the original Scandinavian version of crime drama “The Killing” — has signed on to direct the first four episodes of the eight-part dramatic miniseries, a representative for the filmmaker told TheWrap on Thursday. The period drama will follow Hardy (“Mad Max: Fury Road”) as rogue adventurer James Keziah Delaney, who returns from Africa in 1813 with 14 ill-gotten diamonds and is bent on avenging his father’s death. Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, Delaney sets out to build his own trade. »


- Greg Gilman

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U2 to Headline Two HBO Specials

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HBO will air two specials featuring the rock band U2, the cable network announced Thursday. First a behind-the-scenes documentary following the band and the team behind their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE world tour will air on Nov. 7. A week later, on Nov. 14, the network will air the band’s concert special, recorded the same day at the Bercy Arena in Paris. “U2 continues to take risks, which has made them one of the most consistently exciting forces in rock’n’roll,” said Michael Lombardo, President of HBO Programming. “The one-two combination of this documentary special, followed by the concert, will provide viewers with the ultimate look. »


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‘Vacation’ Sequel Hits Road With So-So $3.8 Million First Day at Box Office

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Vacation,” the raunchy sequel to the 1983 comedy road trip classic, took in $3.8 million in its first day at the box office, Warner Bros. said Thursday. There’s still a long trip ahead, but with Ed Helms and Christina Applegate in the front seat of the station wagon, the New Line update took off Wednesday in a style befitting the Griswolds. They may eventually get to the box-office Wally World this weekend — in this case the $35 million or so analysts are projection over the five days — but could lose a hubcap or two along the way. Also Read: »


- Todd Cunningham

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Sean Malone, ‘Gone Baby Gone’ and ‘The Fighter’ Actor, Dead at 54 After Drowning Accident

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Sean Malone, known for his roles in “Gone Baby Gone” and “The Fighter,” has died due to a drowning accident, the Boston Fire Department confirms. He was 54. Malone had been in a coma since July 20, after firefighters raced to rescue the actor, who had swam out too far at a South Boston beach and had proceeded to alarm an off-duty firefighter, Chris Flaherty. By the time Flaherty got to Malone, he was already under the water. The firefighter brought Malone to the shore before the actor was taken to a nearby hospital. Sean Malone succumbed to his injuries this evening. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Tina Fey, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski Lip Sync to Beyonce’s ‘Flawless’ (Video)

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star Tituss Burgess entertained his Twitter followers with a lip sync rendition of a Beyoncé song, and got co-star Jane Krakowski and the Netflix sitcom’s co-creator Tina Fey in on the action, too. The three actors, who all scored Emmy nominations for their performances in the sitcom nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series, moved their lips along to the 2013 hit single “Flawless” before cracking up. “Kimmy Schmidt,” which stars Ellie Kemper (“The Office”) as the eponymous lead, follows the survivor of a doomsday cult trying to live a normal life in New York City. Also read: Tituss Burgess Blasts 'Idiots'. »


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‘Top Gear’ Crew Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May Sign Three-Season Deal With Amazon

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Former “Top Gear” hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have signed a three-season deal for a new show on Amazon. Amazon beat out Netflix in the negotiations, who was initially interested in picking up the trio behind one of the world’s most successful and popular shows for car fanatics. The show is still untitled, but will be produced by former “Top Gear” executive producer, Andy Wilman. Also Read: 'Top Gear' Taps Chris Evans as Host After Jeremy Clarkson Ouster Clarkson and Hammond tweeted the news on Thursday morning. I’m very excited to announce that Hammond, »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Netflix Sets Theatrical Dates for Cary Fukunaga’s ‘Beasts of No Nation,’ Releases First Trailer (Video)

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Netflix’s original film, “Beasts of No Nation” will play at 19 Landmark markets, the theater chain announced with the streaming service and Bleecker Street on Thursday. The film, written and directed by Emmy winner Cary Fukunaga (“True Detective”), stars Idris Elba, and will debut in chosen Landmark theaters, as well as worldwide on Netflix, on Oct. 16. Landmark theater markets include New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Detroit, Philadelphia, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, Boston, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, San Diego and St. Louis. Also Read: 'Fuller House' Spinoff Welcomes Back Twins to the Cast “Beasts of No Nation” is based on. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Power’ Star Omari Hardwick Talks ‘Empire’ Comparisons: ‘Dig Deeper, They’re Very Different’

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Power” has already been renewed for a third season by Starz and series star Omari Hardwick admits he saw the good news coming. During a new episode of TheWrap’s “Drinking With the Stars,” Hardwick said he had been given a heads up since he’s the lead on the show, but it wasn’t made officially official until about two months ago – right before the premiere of the show’s second season. The success of the show has drawn comparisons to Fox’s “Empire,” fueled in part by “Power” producer 50 Cent’s own social media postings. So is there a real feud or is. »


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Tom Cruise’s ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ on Target With Critics, Box Office

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What happens if a supposedly “review-proof” summer action film gets good reviews? Paramount is about to find out with “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” the fifth installment in Tom Cruise’s spy-caper series, which opens Friday in more than 3,800 theaters across North America with some of the strongest raves of the season. Critics have the $150 million action film at a glossy 91 percent positive on Rotten Tomatoes and 77 percent on tougher-grading MetaCritic. Also Read: 'Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation' Review: Tom Cruise Saves the World (Again) in Slightly Exhausting Adventure But good reviews may only go so far to boost box office »


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Donald Trump Dominates in New Republican Poll

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Donald Trump opened a dominating lead in Republican presidential polls on Thursday, sitting seven points above the rest of the field. The Qunnipiac poll showed the real estate mogul at 20 percent, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at 13 percent and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at 10 percent. Trump’s number was the highest one in seven polls the university has distributed so far this campaign season. Four candidates tied for fourth place with six percent: Dr. Ben Carson, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and Florida Senator Marco Rubio. Also Read: Donald Trump Delivers Mouthful on Breast-Pumping Lawyer: She's a. »


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Blaze Editor Reports on Coca Cola Experiment ‘I’m Starting to Feel the Crash’

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A new study of what happens to your body an hour after drinking a Coca Cola is causing buzz online, and an editor from The Blaze decided to find out about the Coke effect for herself on Wednesday. Responding to an infographic from  U.K. pharmacist Niraj Naik that shows the effect of Coke in your body in the first hour after drinking it, science and technology editor Liz Klimas tried it out for herself. “Knowing full well that I would be destined for a sugar crash and that I would probably be guilted into foregoing my nightly scoop of ice cream to. »


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Bill O’Reilly Thinks Black Lives Matter Is Pulling ‘Radical Gestapo Tactics,’ Says He’s Covered Black Murder the Most (Video)

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Bill O’Reilly teed off on the growing Black Lives Matter movement on Wednesday, and accused the group of trying to intimidate reporters with “gestapo tactics.” “Their message means nothing if they do these gestapo tactics — they lose all credibility,” the Fox News primetime host said to guest Jehmu Greene. O’Reilly was peeved by an event where organizers of the group told a white reporter to move to the back. Greene said she understands the group’s anger, as the media and politicians don’t focus an equal amount of attention on black people who are murdered, compared to white people. »


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Time Warner Cable Misses Earnings Expectations; Strongest Q2 Subscriber Growth Since 2008

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Time Warner Cable Inc (TWC) unveiled its second quarter 2015 financials on Thursday morning before the stock markets opened, falling well below Wall Street expectations as subscriber additions saw a seven-year A2 high. The cable company delivered Eps of $1.54 on $5.93 billion in revenue. Wall Street analysts had forecast Eps of $1.81 on $5.94 billion in revenue, according to Yahoo Finance. Profit dropped to $466 million, down from $499 million year-over-year; an eight percent drop. In the second quarter, the U.S. cable operator had its strongest Q2 subscriber increase since 2008, adding 172,000 high-speed data customers. This comes after a first quarter that »

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Sony Movie Division Posts Loss in Q1

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Sony Corporation’s profits tripled in the first quarter but the motion pictures division suffered a $96 million loss, according to the company’s latest earnings report. From April to June 30, the company had unchanged revenues of $14.8 billion (JPY1.81 trillion) and net profits of $676 million (JPY70.5 billion), according a financial statement released by Sony. The motion pictures segment, which includes Sony Pictures Entertainment, TV productions and media networks, saw a 12 percent drop in revenue to $1.41 billion (JPY171 billion). Operating income dropped year over year from $78 million in profit to a loss of $96 million. Also Read: Sony Exec Leaves Studio Post to Run Amy Pascal's. »


- Debbie Emery

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Jon Stewart Mocks Media Obsession Over ‘Secret’ White House Meetings With Obama

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Jon Stewart proved that fiction is more interesting than fact on Wednesday night, dishing about his “secret” meetings at the White House with President Obama. “Oooh! That sounds so much more awesome than what happened,” Stewart said, referring to multiple media reports following the Politico story that Stewart had visited the White House for clandestine meetings with the president. “Basically, the President of the United States called my office and asked  — twice — if I would come meet with him, and I did,” Stewart said on Wednesday’s episode of the “Daily Show.” In fact, Stewart claimed that the private meetings were very similar to. »


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Jason Segel Gets Schooled by Jimmy Fallon in Word Sneak Game (Video)

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Jason Segel dropped in on Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday’s “Tonight Show,” and the pair soon got embroiled in a goofy game of Word Sneak. Each player got cards with random words, such as frankfurter or Norway, and then had to work them into a casual conversation, which is a lot easier said than done. The “Sex Tape” actor first had to tackle the word “mongoose,” which he managed to merge into a chat about the hot New York summer, but blundered by blurting out “mongoose” instead. Also Read: Jimmy Fallon Details His Severe Finger Injury: 'It Looked Like a Cheap Horror Movie' Meanwhile, »


- Debbie Emery

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Rolling Stone Managing Editor Will Dana to Step Down Following Botched Rape Story

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Will Dana will step down as Managing Editor of Rolling Stone early next month. His exit from the magazine comes just months after a controversial article about a supposed gang rape at the University of Virginia was retracted. “After 19 years at Rolling Stone, I have decided that it is time to move on,” Dana said in a statement Wednesday, according to The New York Times. “It has been a great ride and I loved it even more than I imagined I would. I am as excited to see where the magazine goes next as I was in the summer of »

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Jimmy Kimmel’s Cecil the Lion Plea Rakes in Over $150,000 in Donations

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Millions of viewers saw Jimmy Kimmel get emotional over the killing of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe, and thousands of them took action at his urging. On Tuesday night, the late-night host delivered an uncharacteristically serious account of how the country’s most famous lion was killed, which involved American dentist Walter Palmer paying two local guides $50,000 to track and shoot the beloved animal. Cecil’s death has since sparked outrage, especially as he was part of a study being conducted by Oxford University and was wearing a Gps tracking collar, which helped authorities determine who the guides were, and eventually led them to Palmer. »


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PETA Says Cecil the Lion’s Killer Should Be ‘Hanged': ‘Hunting Is a Coward’s Pastime’

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is calling for the death of Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who hunted down and killed Cecil the Lion. “Hunting is a coward’s pastime,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement Wednesday. “If, as has been reported, this dentist and his guides lured Cecil out of the park with food so as to shoot him on private property, because shooting him in the park would have been illegal, he needs to be extradited, charged, and, preferably, hanged.” Zimbabwe’s most famous and beloved lion was found skinned and decapitated outside a national park on. »


- Debbie Emery

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Cate Blanchett’s ‘Carol,’ Bradley Cooper’s ‘Burnt’ Get New Release Dates

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The Weinstein Company did some release date juggling Wednesday on two films likely to be in this year’s awards conversations —  and gave one a new title. The name of the comedy starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller formerly known as “Adam Jones” has been changed to “Burnt,” and it has a new October 23 release date, TWC said. John Wells directs the tale of a chef struggling to rebuild a promising career he’s thrown away, which is written by Steven Knight. That new date became more attractive Wednesday when Stx Enterainment shifted the Julia Roberts-Nicole Kidman thriller »


- Todd Cunningham

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