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Government Poised To File Suit To Block At&T-Time Warner Deal

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Updated: The U.S. Department of Justice plans to file a lawsuit tomorrow to block the At&T-Time Warner merger, and the companies plan to address the action within the hour on during a joint . The action would officially draw a line in the sand that the government has been threatening for months. Makan Delrahim, head of the Doj’s antitrust division  has recently articulated a philosophy that calls for added scrutiny of the “behavioral remedies” that allowed comparable… »

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Art Directors Guild Sets Norm Newberry For Career Award

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Norm Newberry, who has worked on such films Avatar, War of the Worlds and The Polar Express, Jaws and The Sting along many TV shows, as is set to receive the Art Directors Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award during the Adg Awards on January 27 at Hollywood & Highland. Newberry has worked as a set designer, art director and production designed during a career that has spanned five decades. A motion-capture specialist who has embraced the cutting edge of digital technology… »

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‘One Day She’ll Darken’: Connie Nielsen Cast In Patty Jenkins’ TNT Series

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Connie Nielsen (Wonder Woman) has been tapped for a key role opposite Chris Pine in One Day She’ll Darken, TNT's limited drama series directed by Patty Jenkins. Written by Sam Sheridan, One Day She'll Darken tells the incredible story of Fauna Hodel (India Eisley) who was given away at birth. As Fauna begins to investigate the secrets to her past, she follows a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an infamous Hollywood gynecologist, Dr. George Hodel (Jefferson Mays)… »

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Syfy’s ‘The Magicians’ Gets Season 3 Premiere Date & Trailer

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Syfy has slotted Wednesday, January 10 at 9 Pm for the Season 3 premiere of Syfy’s hit series The Magicians and released the official trailer. You can watch it above. Based on Lev Grossman's bestselling novels, The Magicians centers on Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) and his 20-something friends as they are thrust into the unfamiliar world of the beautifully enchanting yet mysteriously dangerous Fillory – and places beyond – where they must draw upon their novice skills… »

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NBC Sets Golden Globes 75th Anniversary Special

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NBC said today it will air Golden Globes 75th Anniversary Special on Wednesday, December 13 at 9 Pm Et/Pt, a two-hour special hosted by Will & Grace stars Eric McCormack and Debra Messing to celebrate the best moments in the history of the awards. It will feature highlight clips from past shows, exclusive interviews and a countdown of the top Globes-winning movies of all time as selected by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The special hails from Globes… »

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E! Buys ‘Juicy Stories’ Dramedy From Michael Patrick King, Amy Harris & Juicy Couture Founders With Pilot Commitment

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Exclusive: E! has given a pilot commitment to Juicy Stories, an hourlong inspired by Juicy Couture founders Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor, from Sex and the City alums Michael Patrick King and Amy B. Harris, Warner Horizon Scripted TV and Universal Cable Productions. Juicy Stories is the story of how two women in their 20s created the iconic "Juicy" tracksuit and turned their $200 investment into a billion-dollar business — and a life-long friendship. Inspired by… »

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CBS And Dish Network Warn Of Potential Blackout If No Deal By Tonight

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Ah, the start of holiday season. Time for turkey and trimmings … and TV carriage disputes. CBS and Dish Network are the latest sparring partners in an increasingly fraught pay-tv distribution landscape unsettled by cord-shaving and multiplying entertainment options. Both companies warned today that if they can’t reach an agreement by tonight, CBS programming will go dark at 10:59Pm Pt. That news would hit football fans especially hard, given the network’s Thanksgiving… »

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YouTube Red Sets Jay Williams Docuseries ‘Best Shot’; LeBron James Among EPs

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YouTube Red has ordered Best Shot, a documentary series on Jay Williams, the newly minted College Basketball Hall of Famer who was chosen second overall in the 2002 NBA Draft but whose career was ended by a motorcycle accident a year later. The series will debut in 2018. Watch a trailer above. The eight-episode series will chronicle the Espn analyst’s journey from his championship college career at Duke to his post-crash loneliness and unsuccessful attempts at an NBA… »

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‘The Indian Detective’ Trailer: First Look & Premiere Date For Netflix’s Canadian Series Starring Russell Peters

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We’re getting an exclusive first look at The Indian Detective, a four-part comedy series developed by Frank Spotnitz and Smita Bhide (Transporter: The Series) for comedian Russell Peters in his first toplining role. Following its initial run on Bell Media’s CraveTV and CTV, it’s set to premiere on Netflix on December 19. Peters, a Canadian of Indian descent, plays Doug D'Mello, a Toronto cop who unexpectedly finds himself investigating a murder in his parents' Indian… »

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Della Reese Dies: Music Legend & ‘Touched By An Angel Star’ Was 86

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Updated with CBS statement: Della Reese, the iconic jazz, gospel and pop singer who later moved into television and film, and starred as Tess on Touched By An Angel, has died. She was 86. Her former Touched By An Angel co-star Roma Downey released a statement on her passing. “On behalf of her husband, Franklin Lett, and all her friends and family, I share with you the news that our beloved Della Reese has passed away peacefully at her California home last evening… »

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‘The L Word’ Sequel Taps Marja-Lewis Ryan As Showrunner At Showtime

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Marja-Lewis Ryan (The Four-Faced Liar, 6 Balloons) has been tasked to spearhead the sequel to The L Word, currently in development at Showtime, as executive producer and showrunner. Mothership series creator Ilene Chaiken also is executive producing, along with Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig and Leisha Hailey, who all starred in the premium network’s original series. “Ilene and the original L Word made me believe that my voice mattered," said Ryan. "I am beyond excited… »

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Camera Operator Mark Milsome Dies Filming Stunt On BBC/Netflix Drama; Production Shut Down – Update

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Updated, 9:36 Am: The BBC has halted production on the drama The Forgiving Earth in the wake of cameraman Mark Milsome’s on-set death. “We are deeply shocked and saddened to hear this terrible news,” the UK pubcaster said in a statement. “Mark Milsome was hugely talented and a much respected colleague. Our thoughts are with Mark’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.” Previously, 7:35 Am: Veteran film and TV camera operator Mark Milsome has died while… »

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Comcast Brings ‘Voice’ Voting To X1 Remotes In Interactive TV Viewing First

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Viewers of NBC reality mainstay The Voice will be able to vote for their favorite performers by using their Comcast Xfinity X1 remote, thanks to a new venture by NBC and its corporate parent that the companies call an industry first. About 52% of Comcast’s industry-leading 22.5 million U.S. cable subscribers have the souped-up X1 platform, an advanced interface the company has been rolling out in recent years. X1 features enhanced discovery tools, voice recognition and a… »

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‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Creator Among Juried Annie Award Winners

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Organizers of the 45th annual Annie Awards have unveiled their annual jury awards, recognizing career achievement and exceptional contributions to animation. Those include the Winsor McCay Award for career contributions to the art of animation, which will be presented to British character animator James Baxter, SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg, and Canadian animation duo Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis. Asifa-Hollywood also said today it will bestow the Ub… »

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Ovation Rolls Out The Red Carpet For Duo Of International Fashion Titles

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Cable net Ovation has acquired two high-end fashion documentary series after striking a deal with distributor Cineflix Rights. The arts and culture has picked up Inside Dior and Style Factory from the London-based sales unit of the Canadian company. Inside Dior, which is produced by Scottish production company Finestripe Productions, is a two-part behind-the-scenes look at the billion dollar luxury fashion label. The doc marks the fashion house's 70th anniversary and… »

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UK Talent Agency Troika & Management Firm James Grant Group To Merge

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Exclusive: With a talent roster that includes Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey, Daniel Kaluuya, Graham Norton and Nick Frost, British agency Troika is merging with management firm James Grant Group. The two companies will keep their respective names. Jgg has offices in London, New York and Los Angeles and over 30 years experience in the integrated management space, working across the entertainment, music, sports, literary and social talent sectors. Jgg’s portfolio counts… »

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New Yorker Cover Revisits Sexual Harassment At Thanksgiving Day Parade

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After publishing several of Ronan Farrow's investigative features on sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood this fall, the New Yorker is returning to the topic this week with a provocative cover image. Titled "Nowhere to Hide," the cover by Barry Blitt (see the full-size version below) shows a giant Betty Boop balloon passing by an apartment window. As a concerned Betty looks into the apartment, an unidentified man spreads open his bathrobe, presumably showing her his… »

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‘Sunday Night Football’ Ratings Surge As Eagles Claw Cowboys; Trump Says NFL Should “Suspend” Marshawn Lynch

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As the various dramas surrounding Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones whirl around the NFL and Donald Trump today called for the suspension of the Oakland Raiders' Marshawn Lynch for not standing for “The Star-Spangled Banner” during a league game against the New England Patriots in Mexico City yesterday, Sunday Night Football seemed almost a low-key affair. Going distinctly not low-key, the President got going early this morning and once again centered his social media… »

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‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’: Amazon Sets January Premiere

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Amazon has revealed the U.S launch date for its big-budget sci-fi co-production Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams. The streaming service will launch all 10 episodes of the Sony Pictures Television-produced drama January 12. You can watch the official trailer above. The launch comes after Channel 4 began airing the anthology series in the UK in October. The dystopian drama has been averaging between 600,000-1 million viewers in the UK since its launch, behind similarly… »

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‘Peaky Blinders’ Season 4 Gets Netflix U.S. Release Date

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Exclusive: Season 4 of Peaky Blinders got up and running in the UK last week, and now has a U.S. airdate. Netflix will make all episodes of the return of the epic period gangster series available in the States on December 21, I’ve learned. When it began airing on BBC Two last week, Season 4 of the Steven Knight-created drama scored its best opening ratings in the overnights since the top-ranked September 2013 start. Reviews for the S4 opener coming out of the UK are… »

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