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Dissidents Vow To Take Actors Equity To Court Over Fate Of Small Theatre In La

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The gloves have come off in the ongoing battle that will decide the fate of small theatre in Los Angeles. A day after Actors' Equity announced that attempts to resolve the dispute had failed, a group of actors and local theatre owners said tonight that they will go ahead and serve the lawsuit they filed against the union last October to stop it from forcing small legit theaters in Los Angeles to pay their actors minimum wage. Under the current rules, many small theatre… »

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‘Nashville’: Connie Britton & Hayden Panettiere Set To Return For Season 5 On Cmt

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Nashville stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere are set to return for Season 5 on Cmt. The network and Lionsgate aren’t commenting, but sources tell Deadline it’s pretty much a done deal. The cast of the show is under contract for a couple of more seasons, but it was unclear when the show moved from ABC to Cmt that all regulars would continue full-time. Britton, Panettiere and others were expected to return, and it was just a matter of when the deals would formally… »

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Starz And Lionsgate Shares Soar On Report Of “Advanced Talks”

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Starz is up 9.1% in post-market trading, and Lionsgate is up 7.6%, after Bloomberg reported that the studio is in “advanced talks” to acquire the premium network owner. The conversations reportedly value Starz at more than $30 a share in a combination of cash and stock. Its shares closed today at $28.25. But negotiators are said to be vexed in trying to put a value on Starz before it negotiates a new carriage deal with At&T’s DirecTV. Starz shares rose last Thursday after… »

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Art Directors Guild Election: Chuck Parker Upsets 18-year Incumbent Scott Roth

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In a major upset, Chuck Parker has been elected executive director of the Art Directors Guild, beating longtime incumbent Scott Roth in a special election ordered by the U.S. Department of Labor. Roth's resounding defeat marks the first time in 18 years that the guild will be under new leadership. The final vote tally was wasn't even close, with Parker winning 547 to 322. Parker, a veteran production designer whose credits include Monk and Under the Dome, campaigned on… »

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‘Queen Of The South’ Composers Giorgio Moroder & Raney Shockne On Collaboration, Moroder’s Legacy &amp ‘Scarface’

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Italian dance music legend Giorgio Moroder has the almost unique distinction of twice changing the face of popular culture forever. First in the 1970s when he pioneered the the sound of disco and italo-disco both solo and with artists like Donna Summer and directly influenced the development of electronic music as a genre along with countless subsequent artists. And second, beginning in the late ’70s and early ’80s when his contributions to film soundtracks helped define… »

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‘The Night Of’ Review: HBO Miniseries Delivers The Procedural Goods

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Debuting on July 10, The Night Of is a well-crafted miniseries that comfortably takes you to some very uncomfortable places. In the manner of the best of upmarket procedurals and like a thick thriller paperback, Richard Price and Steve Zaillian’s eight-parter based on the UK series Criminal Justice might, as I say in my video review above, prove a perfect summer distraction. The HBO and BBC Worldwide co-production, which has had its first episode on HBO Go and on-demand… »

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‘Lost In Space’ Remake Picked Up To Series By Netflix

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I hear Netflix has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order to Lost in Space, a remake of sci-fi master Irwin Allen's 1965 cult TV classic, from Legendary TV. The streaming service landed the project for development in November in a competitive situation, with multiple bidders. It is eyed for a 2018 premiere. The new Lost in Space takes its cues from the original series, centering on the Robinson family, who is forced to come together in a time of crisis. Stranded… »

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‘12 Monkeys’ Renewed For Season 3 At Syfy

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Syfy has ordered a 10-episode third season of its time-travel thriller series 12 Monkeys. Based on the 1995 feature film, 12 Monkeys follows the journey of Cole (Aaron Stanford), a time traveler sent back in time from a dark, hellish future to prevent it from ever happening. Joining forces in the present with Dr. Railly (Amanda Schull), Cole must defeat a centuries-old malevolent organization known as the Army of the 12 Monkeys. As Cole, Railly and their unlikely allies… »

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Marc Lamont Hill To Host New Late-Night Live Talk Show On VH1

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VH1 is the latest cabler to move into the crowded late-night space, with a new live talker hosted by Marc Lamont Hill. VH1 Live, which will air weekly, will put a pop culture spin on entertainment news and gossip. It’s slated to premiere Sunday, July 17 at 10 Pm. Embassy Row (Watch What Happens Live, Talking Dead) is producing. Hill, a CNN commentator and host of Bet News, also is the author of Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint a… »

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‘Tallulah’ Trailer: Kidnapping, Coming Of Age And Accidental Parenthood

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Written and directed by Sian Heder (Orange is the New Black), the Netflix original film Tallulah tells the story of young drifter Lu (Ellen Page), who lives a fiercely independent hand-to-mouth life out of her van. When a chance encounter leads her to impulsively “rescue” — kidnap, in other words — a baby from a negligent mother, Lu turns for help to the only responsible adult she knows: Margo (Allison Janney), who mistakenly believes she’s the child’s grandmother. Lu… »

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NFL Mvp Cam Newton & Magical Elves Team To Launch Iconic Saga Productions

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Magical Elves and Carolina Panthers quarterback and reigning NFL Mvp Cam Newton, the team behind All In With Cam Newton on Nickelodeon, have partnered to launch Iconic Saga Productions. The 20-episode All In, executive produced by Newton and Magical Elves' Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz, features the Carolina Panthers quarterback pairing kids with unique mentors to help them reach their dreams. It premiered on June 3 to critical and audience praise. "As soon as we started… »

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‘Preacher’ Renewed For Second Season By AMC

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AMC has renewed its praised supernatural drama series Preacher for an expanded 13-episode second season, for premiere in 2017. The Sony Pictures Television-AMC Studios co-production is the #2 new series on cable this year among adults 18-49 and adults 25-54, and is currently averaging 3.3 million viewers per episode, including 1.9 million adults 25-54, in Live+3, according to Nielsen stats. "'Preacher' is a special television program and we're eager to share with fans the… »

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‘American Crime’: Felicity Huffman Set To Return For Season 3

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Felicity Huffman has joined Regina King as the second cast member to sign on for the upcoming third installment of John Ridley's praised ABC anthology series. In Season 3, American Crime will be set in North Carolina and will deal with labor issues, economic divides and individual rights. Huffman was nominated for an an Emmy for the first season of ABC's American Crime and is back in awards contention for Season 2. There is no deal yet for fellow star Timothy Hutton, but… »

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Comedy Perfect Storm: ‘The Big Bang Theory’ & ‘Modern Family’ Casts Gear Up For Contract Negotiations

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We have a rare situation heading into next season when the deals for the casts of the two top comedy series on television, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and ABC’s Modern Family, are both up. There is no movement on either but I hear talks with The Big Bang cast are expected to start soon, with progress likely made before the show goes back into production on August 10. Both casts are expected to ask for salary increases. Besides being their respective networks’ highest-rated… »

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‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 3 Trailer: And The Oscar Goes To …

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“I don’t know why it’s so hard for you to think that I can be happy.” BoJack Horseman was a TV star 20 years ago but fell off the Hollywood map. Suddenly his new movie is a hit, and he’s in line for an Oscar nom — so why the long face? Renewed fame has its trappings, and it’s sticking to our hero like, well, glue. Here’s a trailer for Season 3 of Netflix’s animated comedy starring Will Arnett as the sweater-clad title equine. He gets some “encouragement” from his… »

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Universal Cable Productions Ups Development Execs To Svp Roles

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Veteran development execs Kate Fenske and Elise Henderson have been promoted to Senior Vice President positions at Universal Cable Productions. Both report to Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President, Development, Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios. Fenske led the development of Syfy's drama series The Magicians, as well as USA's Colony – a co-production with Legendary, from Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal. Her current projects include Falling Water from… »

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TV Stations Set Surprisingly High Price To Sell Spectrum In FCC Auction

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TV stations set a startlingly high price in the FCC’s auction that could allow wireless broadband companies to buy some of the airwave spectrum now used for over-the-air programming. The FCC vowed to pay $86.4 billion for spectrum in the so-called reverse auction to determine the amount stations would accept to give up all or part of the airwaves they control. Analysts had expected anywhere from $35 billion to $60 billion. The outcome “creates a challenge” for the next… »

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HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’, ‘Vice Principals’ & More Headed To Comic-Con

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HBO is adding some comedy to its San Diego Comic-Con lineup this year with Mike Judge’s Silicon Valley and the new Danny McBride-Jody Hill series Vice Principals added to the mix. On Thursday, July 21 at 4Pm in the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront, Silicon Valley co-creator/Ep Judge will join Ep Alec Berg and cast members Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, Zach Woods, Martin Starr and Amanda Crew for a look back at season 3 and discussion of what lies ahead. Game o… »

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VH1 Appoints Paul Ricci As Head Of Alternative Programming

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MTV’s Svp Development Paul Ricci is moving to sister network VH1 where he has been named Svp, Head of Alternative Programming and Development, overseeing all comedy, studio based and topical series. Ricci, who will start in August and will continue to be based in New York, will report to Nina L. Diaz, recently elevated to Evp and Head of Reality Programming and Development. This is a new, more centralized structure for VH1’s reality/alternative operations under President… »

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Jessica Williams Leaving ‘The Daily Show’ After Inking Development Deal

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The Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams is exiting the late-night show. Comedy Central announced her move this morning on Twitter. The move comes after the Viacom-owned network signed the comedian to a development deal earlier this year, that included her headlining and producing a narrative pilot. The deal was announced in March as part of the network’s upfront slate. Comedy Central says she’s leaving the show to focus full-time on that pilot, which has not yet… »

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