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Exit Hugh Jackman, Enter Josephine Baker: Cush Jumbo’s Changing Times

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One of the many things I never knew until I saw Cush Jumbo’s show Josephine And I is that Josephine Baker sang Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A Changin'” at Carnegie Hall in a triumphant 1973 concert. She didn’t shed her clothes, shake a banana skirt or summon African spirits. She sang the song with smoldering fury, ending every verse, “For the times they are a-change…changin’” You can watch Baker on the video here, and if you’re lucky enough to catch one of the last few… »

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Trevor Noah Fracas “Much Ado About Nothing,” Millennials Get Him, Says Aasif Mandvi, Quoting 451-Year-Old Playwright

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The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi told LinkedIn exec editor Dan Roth today the controversy over new host Trevor Noah is “much ado about nothing.” “The guy made some sort of, you know, off-color, irresponsible tweets, but he was trying to be funny,” Mandvi said, adding, “I think the millennials understand this more than the people who are sort of upset about this…” Asked how he thinks Noah will do as Jon Stewart’s replacement, Mandvi said, “great” because, “They wanted someone… »

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Citing ‘Greatest American Hero’ Case, Judge Rules ‘Three’s Company’ Parody Doesn’t Violate Copyright: Media

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In a significant free-speech victory, Loretta A. Preska, Chief United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York, ruled Tuesday that 3C, a play that parodies the 1970s sitcom Three’s Company, does not infringe on that copyrighted program. The ruling ends nearly three years of court tennis during which playwright David Adjmi was prohibited from publishing the script of his black comedy and pursuing new productions. And in her ruling, Judge Preska… »

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Netflix’s ‘Chef’s Table': How Genius Culinary Minds Tick – Trailer

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David Gelb sure loves good food. The filmmaker behind the 2011 doc Jiro Dreams of Sushi has the new series Chef’s Table debuting on Netflix on Sunday, April 26 at 12:01Am Pst.  As the trailer above shows, Chef’s Table explores the lives of six renowned chefs at various corners of the globe –Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy), Dan Barber (Blue Hill Restaurant at Stone Barns and in New York City),  Francis Mallmann (El Restaurante Patagonia Sur in Buenos… »

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HBO Scientology Documentary ‘Going Clear’ Clocks 1.65M Viewers In Premiere

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Going Clear, HBO’s docu profiling eight former Church of Scientology members, clocked 1.65 million viewers in its Sunday premiere. The film opened theatrically in L.A., New York and San Francisco ahead of its HBO premiere and, of course, HBO does not issue same-day stats because, the network accurately insists, the stats are a very poor reflection of the performance of its product even on its own schedule. Many other networks also have stopped issuing these early stats… »

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Bill O’Reilly’s ‘Legends & Lies’ Debuting April 12 On Fox News Channel

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Dermot Mulroney will be doing the voice-overs for Fox News Channel’s first crack at what it’s calling a “run of historical episodic specials,” Legends & Lies: Into The West. The 10 hour-long episodes will recount stories of well-known characters of this country’s Western expansion in the 19th century including Jesse James, David Crockett, Doc Holliday and Billy the Kid. Fnc promises the project will, in each case, “separate the legend from the lie.” Bill O’Reilly is exec… »

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‘The Blacklist’ Promotes Hisham Tawfiq To Series Regular For Season 3

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Dembe Zuma will not be leaving Raymond Reddington’s side anytime soon. Hisham Tawfiq, who has been recurring on The Blacklist, playing Red’s bodyguard and protector, has been promoted to a series regular for NBC drama’s recently picked up third season. Introduced in the first episode after the pilot, Tawfiq’s Dembe has appeared in virtually every episode since. His backstory revealed that he shares a special bond with Red who years before had saved him from the world of… »

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‘Bloodline’ Renewed For Second Season By Netflix

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Just days after releasing the first season of its latest original drama series Bloodline, Netflix has renewed the family thriller for a second season. The series, created by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler (Damages), will go back into production later this year for a 2016 release in all Netflix territories. In Bloodline, when the eldest brother and black sheep of the Rayburn family returns home, he exposes the emotional demons that lie at the core of the… »

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MSNBC Ratings Crater To All-Time Lows, Fox News Tops Q1 Results, CNN Up

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Talk about a tale of two cable news networks. With its 53rd consecutive quarter total audience win, Fox News Channel saw a 10% primetime rise among adults 25-54 in first-quarter 2015 over last year. In fact, with 321,000 on average among the 25-54s in primetime, Fox News thrashed rivals CNN (187,000) and MSNBC (132,000) with more news demo viewers than the other two combined, according to Nielsen. Contrast that to the fate of the NBCUniversal-owned MSNBC, which  not only… »

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Justin Bieber Roast Lures 4.4M Viewers On Comedy Central, Sets Social Aflutter

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The first airing of Comedy Central’s Roast Of Justin Bieber was the No. 1 program on cable last night among the 18-49 demo, pulling a 3.3. The 10 Pm insult-a-thon drew 4.4 million total viewers and added 1.4 million in its repeat. The network said the show did best among the 18-24 crowd (5.8) and topped all of TV in a number of younger demos including 18-34, 18-24 and men and women of both age ranges. Another 420,000 folks dialed up the live stream, the cable net said… »

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Three More CAA Agents Join UTA – Update

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On the heels of the bombshell move of five top CAA comedy agents to UTA earlier today, three of their colleagues at CAA — agents John Sacks, Susie Fox and Joanna Scott — have followed them. That brings the number of agent defections in one of the biggest exoduses in recent memory to eight. And I hear there may be more, with the final tally of CAA agent departures rumored to be as high as 12-13. Sacks, Fox and Scott were among the names speculated about today as… »

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Trevor Noah Dismisses Controversial Tweets As Jokes That “Didn’t Land” – Update

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Update, 2:30 Pm: The new  host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show has issued a semi, sort-of apology for tweets he posted over the years that have offended Jews and women for their subject matter, and talented comedy writers for not being funny. In his latest tweet, he seemed to agree with the latter group, calling the tweets that the media uncovered this morning jokes that “didn’t land.” To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn't land is not a true… »

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CAA To Take Legal Action Against Five UTA Defectors

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Exclusive: More fallout following this morning’s bombshell exit of CAA agents Jason Heyman, Martin Lesak, Gregory McKnight, Greg Cavic and Nick Nuciforo, who all left to bolster the comedy department of UTA. CAA shortly will be filing legal action, charging that some if not all of those defectors left while under binding contracts and seeking redress. I am told that historically this is not unusual when major agents exit to a rival agency. It doesn’t undo what happened… »

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‘House of Lies’ Renewed For Fifth Season By Showtime

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On the heels of House Of Lies‘ fourth-season finale on Sunday, Showtime’s dark comedy has been renewed for a 10-episode fifth season to air in 2016. The Don Cheadle-starring series joins companion dramedy Shameless, which was renewed for a sixth season in January. The third series of Showtime’s comedy-themed Q1 original lineup, half-hour Episodes, is yet to be renewed, but a pickup is expected — with the question being whether it would be Hollywood satire’s final… »

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‘Ingress’ TV Series Based On Google Game In Works With ‘The Expanse’ Producer

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Google’s augmented reality game Ingress is eyeing a leap to television. I’ve learned that the web giant has teamed with The Sean Daniel Company, which produces Syfy’s upcoming space opera The Expanse, to develop a TV drama series based on Ingress, a game which uses real locations and social media interactivity to bring its 10 million players together in a global sci-fi mystery. This would mark Google’s first foray into television. The Sean Daniel Co. is meeting with… »

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History Eyeing Vietnam Series ‘The Boys Of ’67’ From ‘Die Hard’ Scribe

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History has gone into development on The Boys Of ’67, a potential scripted series about the First Platoon of Charlie Company, 9th Infantry Division, the only unit raised, trained and deployed en masse to service in Vietnam. Die Hard and The Fugitive scribe Jeb Stuart is reuniting with the network to write and executive produce the project, based on the book by Andrew Wiest. No other details are available, but among his recent credits Stuart just finished adapting The Liber… »

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UTA Lands Chris Pratt: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Star Moves From CAA With Longtime Agents

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Exclusive: The first big shoe has dropped after the exit of five senior CAA comedy agents to UTA. I’m told that Chris Pratt has followed his reps Jason Heyman and Martin Lesak to UTA. When Pratt began working with those agents, he was a comedy client, a cast member on Parks And Recreation. That series has just finished its run, and now Pratt has become so much more than that. He has emerged as perhaps the brightest leading man to come along in a long time. He starred in Gu… »

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CBS, ‘General Hospital’ Lead Daytime Emmy Noms

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Nominations for the 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards are out today, and CBS and PBS are way ahead of the field network-wise. The Eye scoring 62 nominations to lead the field, with the pubcaster landing 50. ABC is third with 35, and NBC has 20. Nickelodeon tops the cable field with 18. While there’s no denying that the face of daytime TV has changed dramatically during the past decade, it’s still the soap operas that attract the most attention from the National Academy of… »

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‘The Americans’ Renewed For Season 4

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Philip and Elizabeth may keep going all the way to the end of the Cold War. FX has ordered a 13-episode fourth season of its praised 1980s Russian spy drama The Americans. The pickup comes four episodes remaining in the current third season, which will conclude with the finale on April 22. "Remarkably, this season of The Americans has achieved even greater acclaim than that of its first two seasons,” FX’s Nick Grad said. “The series has cemented it status with critics as… »

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‘Longmire’ Producers Implement Safety Measure Following Accident

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Exclusive: Netflix and Warner Horizon Television has undertaken new measures on the set of their wildly popular crime drama series Longmire to help ensure the safety of their production crew by providing charter buses to take the crew to and from remote shooting locations. The decision is welcome news to crew members. The move follows the death last year of 48-year-old Longmire crew member Gary Joe Tuck. He fell asleep at the wheel and rolled his car on a New Mexico… »

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