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‘American Horror Story': ‘New Girl’ Star Max Greenfield Joins ‘Hotel’

12 hours ago

Add Max Greenfield to the list of those checking into “American Horror Story: Hotel.”

The “New Girl” star is joining the cast of the fifth season of the horror anthology, creator Ryan Murphy announced on Twitter on Monday.

This October, Max Greenfield (like you've never seen him) is checking in to the hotel….but not checking out. #AHSHotel

Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) May 25, 2015

While Murphy did not indicate any plot details or how many episodes Greenfield has been booked for, he does hint in the tweet that things might not go so well for his character.

Greenfield joins previously announced cast members Lady Gaga, Matt Bomer, Wes Bentley, Cheyenne Jackson, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Chloe Sevigny, Evan Peters and Angela Bassett.

American Horror Story: Hotel” comes from 20th Century Fox and production will begin this summer. It’s set to debut on FX in October.

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- Alex Stedman

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Charter Nears Deal to Acquire Time Warner Cable for $55.1 Billion

14 hours ago

Charter Communications is closing in on an agreement to acquire Time Warner Cable in a deal valued at $55.1 billion in cash and stock, sources confirm.

The deal comes a month almost to the day that Comcast abandoned its bid to acquire Tw Cable, the nation’s second-largest cable operator. And it comes nearly two years after Charter initiated an unsolicited takeover bid for Tw Cable that quickly turned hostile, with Charter going so far as to propose an independent slate of directors for election at Tw Cable’s 2014 board meeting.

Comcast’s stealth bid for Tw Cable, unveiled in February 2014, thwarted Charter’s aggressive efforts. But from the moment Comcast withdrew its $45 billion bid on April 24, all eyes were on Charter’s next move. The St. Louis-based cable operator has the backing of John Malone’s Liberty Broadband, which owns a minority interest but is known to be the driving »


- Alex Stedman and Cynthia Littleton

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Czech Television’s Nazi Era Reality Show Accused of Insensitivity

17 hours ago

London — Criticism is mounting of a reality show on air on public broadcaster Czech Television that purports to recreate life under the Nazis in a mountainous region in the Nazi Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia from 1939 to 1945.

“Holiday in the Protectorate,” which runs over eight episodes until June 13, takes ordinary Czech folk and asks them to play the part of a three-generation family living in a farm during the Nazi occupation. The family, which will receive 1 million Czech Koruna ($40,000) for their two-month “holiday,” have to contend with such challenges as intimidation from Nazi soldiers, interrogation by the Gestapo, fear of informers and blackmailers, food shortages and Allied bombing raids.

To ensure authenticity, the program-makers employed historians and a psychologist to advise on the recreation of events.

The show’s director Zora Cejnkova told the Ctk news agency: “The authors are aware that it is controversial to return to so turbulent a period. »

- Leo Barraclough

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