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Canal Plus CEO Rodolphe Belmer Out And Replaced By Maxime Saada

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Canal Plus CEO Rodolphe Belmer has been ousted from his post following a meeting today by the French pay TV giant’s Supervisory Board, on the recommendation of Bertrand Méheut, chairman of Canal Plus' management board. Belmer will be replaced by Maxime Saada, who joined Canal Plus in 2001 and previously served as Evp of the Canal Plus Group and and head of Pay-tv. The board also appointed Grégoire Castaing, Canal Plus CFO, to Canal Plus' management board. It promises to… »

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‘Hello Kitty’ To Be Turned Into Film For 2019 Release

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Iconic Japanese brand Hello Kitty, famous globally for the red-bowed cat with six symmetrical whiskers, is getting her own film adaptation. Japanese lifestyle company Sanrio is planning to finance and produce a feature based on the character and release it globally in 2019. The film will go through Sanrio’s recently established U.S. subsidiary. The project will have an expected budget of anywhere from $160 million-$240 million, including P&A, according to Sanrio… »

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Jon Stewart Leads Donald Trump Sing-Along

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Many people have weighed in at great length on Donald Trump and his Mexican Rapists Candidacy Announcement, since the real-estate mogul delivered the headline-making speech in the gold-plated halls of Trump Towers a couple weeks ago. The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart has not been one of them. His relative restraint in the days following the speech has surprised Stewart fans; it was as if raw meat has been thrown to a piranha and the fish had turned up its nose. This finally… »

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Conan Crashes ‘Magic Mike Xxl’ Girls Night

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Conan O’Brien always is at his best when he gets out of the studio. Remember when Conan secretly flew to Cuba to shoot Conan In Cuba, becoming the first American late-night host to do a show in that island nation in more than 50 years, learning the importance of the Cuban clave beat, wowing a band with his 8th grade Spanish skills, and visiting the famous waterfront promenade where Cuban youth shared with him their rum in a box and cigarettes, which Conan speculated had… »

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SAG-aftra Seeks Protection For TV News Teams After San Francisco Attacks

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In the aftermath of attacks on two TV news teams that were covering a shooting death in San Fransisco today, SAG-aftra said its local in the Bay Area “met with all major news stations and requested security measures for the protection of reporting teams.” Ktvu reporter Cara Liu was reporting live from Pier 14 (video below) on a Wednesday night homicide when a mugger ran up to Kntv’s team nearby and stole camera equipment and Kntv camera operator Alan Waples was… »

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Reelz CEO: Trump’s Comments “Ridiculous” But Miss USA Pageant A Tradition – And Cheap

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“I agree with everything NBC, Univision, Macy’s are saying – I think those comments are ridiculous, We couldn’t disagree with them more,” Reelz CEO Stan Hubbard said this afternoon of Donald Trump’s “rapists” immigration position, hours after announcing his network will televise Trump’s Miss USA Pageant on July 12 after it was dumped by NBC and Univision. “Our carriage of this event should not be construed as anything political. It is anything but – it is television, it… »

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Daniel Sauli Joins HBO Movie ‘Confirmation'; Jonathan Whitesell In ABC Family Pilot ‘Beyond’

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Daniel Sauli has landed a role in HBO Films’ upcoming movie Confirmation, toplined by Kerry Washington. The film details the Supreme Court hearings for Clarence Thomas (Wendell Pierce) that were rocked by testimony by Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill (Washington), which brought the country to a standstill and forever changed the way we think about sexual harassment, victims' rights and modern race relations. Cesd-repped Sauli will play Mark Paoletta, a lawyer with the… »


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Sonia Manzano, ‘Sesame Street’s Maria, Is Retiring After 45 Years

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Sesame Street is losing one of the neighborhood’s longtime residents. Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on the PBS show, is retiring after 45 years. Manzano, 65, revealed her retirement earlier this week at the annual conference of the American Library Association, which tweeted the news. Manzano retweeted the announcement and thanked her supporters but said “don’t be bummed!” After 45 years on Sesame Street, @SoniaMManzano will no longer appear on the next season. #alaac15… »

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ABC’s ‘This Week’ Wins 2Q In Demo, CBS’ ‘Face The Nation’ Takes Total Viewers

2 July 2015 1:18 PM, PDT

ABC’s Sunday Beltway show This Week won the second quarter of 2015 in the news demo with 875,000 viewers  – its first demo win during a second quarter in 21 years. CBS’ Face The Nation, meanwhile, won the quarter in overall audience with 3.212 million viewers, while This Week clocked 2.683 million. And what of “sleepy eyes Chuck Todd, who does Meet the Press, which is failing in the ratings,” as former NBC star/current Gop presidential candidate Donald Trump recently… »

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Marisa Tomei Joins ‘Empire’ As Recurring

2 July 2015 12:23 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Fox smash Empire is adding to the list of high-profile guest star/recurring players for Season 2. Marisa Tomei, whose Oscar-winning role as Mona Lisa Vito in My Cousin Viinny can rival Taraji P. Henson’s Cookie in the sass department, has signed on for a multi-episode arc on the hip-hop series. She will play Mimi Whiteman, a demanding venture capitalist who becomes involved in Lyon family drama. A Forbes list billionairess, Mimi is a lover of hip hop music… »

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America Ferrera Says “Thank You” Donald Trump For Sending “More Latino Voters To The Polls”

2 July 2015 10:56 AM, PDT

America Ferrera has penned an open letter to Donald Trump, sarcastically “thanking’ him for his “incredibly ignorant and racist” remarks he made during his speech announcing his candidacy for president. Trump has sparked a universal firestorm with his comments about building a wall along the southern U.S. border to keep out Mexican “rapists”, drug dealers, etc. “I’m writing to say thank you,” writes the actress in the letter posted on Huffington Post Latino Voices. “You… »

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Emmys 2015: Louis J Horvitz Back To Direct Fox Telecast

2 July 2015 10:54 AM, PDT

Louis J. Horvitz will return to direct his 17th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20, the TV Academy said today in announcing the production staff for the Fox broadcast. Danette Herman is also back for a 26th year with the Emmy telecast as co-producer for Don Mischer Productions, which has set Mischer, Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare as executive producers. Bob Dickinson (Peter Pan Live!) is also returning as lighting designer for the live telecast. Newcomer Baz Halpin… »

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Trevor Noah To Jerry Seinfeld: Jon Stewart Leaving ‘Daily Show’ At Just “Right” Time

2 July 2015 10:16 AM, PDT

“Let’s talk about when you became new host of The Daily Show,” Jerry Seinfeld says to Trevor Noah on this week's episode of  Crackle’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. As Seinfeld and Jon Stewart’s replacement cruise the streets of New York in a 1985 white Ferrari 308 GTBi, Noah says, “I was, like, ‘Who’s going to get the show?’ It was crazy. Jon announcing he’s leaving the show…throws everybody off, because Jon does what no one seems to do, and that’s leave when the… »

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Melissa Leo To Play Lady Bird Johnson In HBO’s Lbj Movie ‘All The Way’

2 July 2015 10:09 AM, PDT

Melissa Leo will star opposite Bryan Cranston in All The Way, HBO’s adaptation of the Tony-winning Robert Schenkkan play. Directed by Jay Roach and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, the film covers Lbj (Cranston) from the moment the assassination of John F. Kennedy made Johnson the 36th president of the United States, and through a turbulent first year that included leveraging his power to pass Civil Rights legislation in Congress, up to his landslide re-election… »

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Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Lee Stanfield & Zazie Beetz To Co-Star In Donald Glover Comedy Pilot ‘Atlanta’

2 July 2015 10:00 AM, PDT

FX Networks has found its leads for Donald Glover’s comedy pilot Atlanta. Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Lee Stanfield and Zazie Beetz will co-star with Glover, who created and wrote the pilot. Community alum Glover grew up in Atlanta and has an active music career as a hip-hop artist, stage name Childish Gambino. Atlanta revolves around two cousins on their way up through the Atlanta rap scene whose opposing views on art versus commerce, success and race will make their… »

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‘Extant’ Ratings Down Sharply In Return

2 July 2015 9:42 AM, PDT

The retooling didn’t help much. The second-season premiere of CBS’ sci-fi drama Extant last night drew a paltry 0.7 Live+Same Day rating in adults 18-49, down -56% from last summer’s series debut to a series low. In total viewers, it logged 5.2 million, down -46%. Since the get-go, Extant has been a heavily DVR-ed show, and under the CBS summer drama series model established by Under The Dome, is said to be profitable regardless of its linear performance on CBS thanks to… »

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Comic-Con Staying In San Diego Through 2018

2 July 2015 9:32 AM, PDT

Update with more info from news conference: San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer this morning is making official what had been expected for some time — that his city is keeping the annual Comic-Con convention through 2018 in a new deal just finalized. The previous contract with Comic-Con International was due to expire after this current year’s confab, which kicks off next week. The two-year extention, being unveiled now at a press conference, comes after months of… »

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‘Good Morning America’ Wins 2Q, ‘Today’ Takes Another Week In Demo

2 July 2015 8:58 AM, PDT

ABC’s Good Morning America has won its third consecutive 2Q. It’s the morning show’s 12th consecutive quarterly win in overall audience and 11th in the news demo. But NBC’s Today won the week of June 22 in the news demo, making it five of the past 10 weeks, and four of the past seven. Gma finished in first place in total viewers the week of June 22, winning all 40 weeks of the season to date. Today did have the largest overall audience on Thursday of last week … »

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Disney Xd Greenlights Hidden-Camera Comedy Pilot ‘Epic Offenders’

2 July 2015 8:30 AM, PDT

Disney Xd has given a pilot green light to Epic Offenders, a single-camera comedy that combines unscripted hidden camera pranks with live-action scripted comedy. Adam Small (Mad TV, Jamie Kennedy Experiment) and Trevor Moore (Whitest Kids U Know) penned the pilot and Tom Gianas (Tenacious D) is directing. Newcomer Cody Veith stars as Chance, the charismatic leader of a team of four young pranksters, known as “The Epic Offenders,” who host a fictitious popular online… »

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Rockmond Dunbar Cast In Hulu Series ‘The Way’

2 July 2015 8:12 AM, PDT

Rockmond Dunbar is set to co-star opposite Aaron Paul and Michelle Monaghan in the Hulu original drama series The Way from Jason Katims' True Jack Prods. Created by Jessica GoldbergThe Way examines a couple, Eddie (Paul) and Sarah Cleary (Monaghan) at the center of a controversial movement struggling with relationships, marriage and power, with each episode taking an in-depth look at what it means to choose between the life we live and the life we want. Dunbar will play… »

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