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Bww TV Exclusive: Swing Nation Steps Up to the Mic at Broadway Sessions!

Swings are the super heroes of Broadway, plain and simple. This last week at Sessions, we put the spotlight on these magical unicorns of Broadway. You'll be blown away by performances from Dear Evan Hansen's Garrett Long, Book of Mormon's Matthew Marks and Keziah John-Paul, Cats and Newsies alum Aaron J. Albano, Aladdin's Lauryn Ciardullo, Beautiful and Motown's Nicholas Ryan, Miss Saigon's Viveca Chow, Avenue Q's Jed Resnick and Imari Hardon, Anastasia's Kathryn Boswell and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's Michael Williams. We also enjoyed performances by Rising Stars Mackenzie Messick and Jose Plaza. Enjoy these incredible talents
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'Queer Eye' Creator Inks Exclusive Deal With ITV America

ITV America is staying in business with Queer Eye for the Straight Guy creators Scout Productions.

The production houses announced an exclusive pod deal on Wednesday, a few months after they teamed up for a new version of Queer Eye at Netflix. Scout's David Collins and Michael Williams will work to create new series, across genres, under the ITV America banner.

“David and Michael have carved a successful and memorable place in television history by delivering something truly groundbreaking to viewers around the globe," said ITV America CEO Adam Sher and ITV America president David George in a joint statement....
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‘Queer Eye’ Producer Scout Prods. Inks Deal With ITV America

ITV America has signed Scout Productions, the company behind Queer Eye For the Straight Guy, to an exclusive pod deal. Under the pact, Scout Productions founders David Collins and Michael Williams will create and produce new reality, lifestyle, docuseries, competition shows and other content for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms under the ITV America banner. Collins and Williams, along with Scout Production's Chief Creative Officer Rob Eric, are currently…
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Rocco the Dog Is Every Bit the Arborist After Getting Stuck Inside Tree Trunk (Photos)

Rocco the Dog Is Every Bit the Arborist After Getting Stuck Inside Tree Trunk (Photos)
Rocco couldn’t make like a tree and leave.

You see, the small dachshund was found trapped inside a tree trunk in Salem, Kentucky, on Thursday, and it took a handful of dedicated rescuers to get him out.

Kentucky State Police Sergeant Michael Williams and Trooper Gerick Sullivan first heard the dog barking from a wooded area and came upon Rocco after several minutes of looking.

“The dog had gotten inside the tree through a nearby groundhog hole and was unable to get out,” said a press release shared on the Kentucky State Police’s Facebook page.

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Netflix Revives ‘Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’

Netflix Revives ‘Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’
Netflix has ordered eight new episodes of seminal ’00s hit “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” The new season will begin production in the spring, bringing on a new Fab Five to replace original stars Carson Kressley, Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, and Jai Rodriguez.

Per Netflix, the revival will move far beyond the confines of New York City to “turn red states pink…one makeover at a time,” and promises some tough missions for the not-yet-cast new Fab Five. Scout ProductionsDavid Collins, creator and executive producer of “Queer Eye,” along with executive producing partners Michael Williams and Rob Eric, are once again at the helm, in association with ITV Entertainment. David Eilenberg will executive produce for ITV Entertainment.

Queer Eye” was an instant hit when it premiered in 2003 on Bravo, running for five seasons and spawning international versions in countries like Australia, Chile, and Sweden, and snagging itself an Emmy for outstanding reality series
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Netflix Reboots ‘Queer Eye For The Straight Guy’ For New Season

Netflix has been touting a huge ramp-up of reality series in 2017. One of the first shows announced as part of that is a new version of Bravo’s 2003 makeover series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Netflix said Tuesday that it has ordered eight episodes of the reboot, to begin production in the spring. Back are Queer Eye co-creators David Collins and Michael Williams of Scout Productions, who will executive produce with the company’s Rob Eric. There is no casting…
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Cannes Ramps Up Robust Security Measures Ahead of Miptv, Film Fest

Cannes Ramps Up Robust Security Measures Ahead of Miptv, Film Fest
Paris — Following a series of terror attacks across Europe, Reed Midem has ramped up security for its upcoming Miptv confab which is due to kick off April 3 — less than two weeks after the Brussels’ attacks.

The stakes are high for Miptv as the creme de la creme of the TV biz including execs from Disney, Vivendi and Sky and many stars, including the cast of A+E Studios’ historical drama miniseries “Roots,” are all expected to attend.

“The security of our clients is the top priority for the Reed Midem team. We are in constant contact with local and regional authorities around Cannes and we follow every instructions regarding security measures,” said Michael Williams at Reed Midem.

To ensure the most efficient security and centralize the access to the TV market, Reed Midem has moved the security checks 20 meters from the Palais, opposite the stairs, so that the area surrounding
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Actors and fans pay tribute to Roger Rees after death at 71

Welshman best known on television for his roles in Cheers and The West Wing died at his home in New York

Tributes have been paid to the stage and screen actor Roger Rees, whose death at the age of 71 was announced by his agent in New York on Saturday.

On television, Rees was best known for his part in the 1980s sitcom Cheers as Robin Colcord, the millionaire who pursued Kirstie Alley as Rebecca, and as British ambassador Lord John Marbury in the political drama The West Wing. Rees also had recurring roles in sitcom Singles, and recently appeared in Grey’s Anatomy and The Good Wife.

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Woke to the sad news of Roger Rees's death. Here he is w/ Michael Williams in Trevor Nunn's 1976 RSC Comedy of Errors pic.twitter.com/yFoHaLSnS8

Brilliant actor,
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CBS, PBS and ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ Lead Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Winners

CBS and its soap “The Bold and the Beautiful” led the pack of winners at the 42nd annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

CBS and PBS scored 17 trophies apiece. “Bold and the Beautiful” led the program winners with a total of eight.

Winners at Friday’s ceremony, hosted by Alex Trebek and Florence Henderson at the Universal Hilton, included a three-way tie for guest star in a drama series among Donna Mills (for ABC’s”General Hospital”), Fred Willard (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) and Ray Wise (CBS’ “The Young and the Restless”).

Discovery Family Channel (formerly known as the Hub) won the children’s series award for “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.” Nickelodeon’s “Dino Dan: Trek Adventures” got the nod for preschool children’s series.

Digital nets got into the fray this year with Amazon’s “Tumble Leaf” recognized for preschool animation series while Netflix’s
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Another 'Brewster's Millions' Film Adaptation in Development, With Robert Townsend Directing

There have been at least 5 film adaptations of "Brewster's Millions" - the 1902 novel by George Barr McCutcheon. But maybe the one most are familiar with is the 1985 comedy film starring Richard Pryor and John Candy, which was directed by Walter Hill (who was not really known for comedies. He got this job after directing Eddie Murphy in "48 Hours").  The movie received mixed reviews en route to a $40+ million domestic box office. Now the story will be revisited again, for the umpteenth time, in a feature film that will be directed by Robert Townsend, from a screenplay penned by Michael Williams Schmidt. The novel revolves around Montgomery...
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The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World Museum of Modern Art, NYC December 14, 2014-April 5, 2015

Between 1942 and 1963 Dorothy Canning Miller was the curator of the influential Americans shows at the Museum of Modern Art. Beginning with Americans 1942: 18 Artists From 9 States and ending with Americans 1963, Miller presented the work of artists such as Hyman Bloom, Robert Motherwell, Jay DeFeo, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Lee Bontecou, and Frank Stella -- artists who would ultimately be the defining contributors to the mid-century American art historical canon. After a gap of nearly a half-century, MoMA once again is reviving this tradition with Laura Hoptman’s The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemoporal World, an exhibition of seventeen painters representing current trends in painting.

In contrast to the U.S-centric exhibitions of the past, Forever Now emphasizes the concept of "a-temporality," a phenomenon of culture defined by the science fiction/cultural theorist William Gibson,
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‘The Quest’ Producers Launch Social Campaign to Save ABC Show

‘The Quest’ Producers Launch Social Campaign to Save ABC Show
While the producers of “The Quest,” ABC’s critically hailed, ratings-challenged summer reality series, are waiting to hear whether it’s been picked up for a second season, they’ve come up with a unique way to make their case to the network that’s close to the program’s core concept: They’re asking the show’s large social media fanbase to be heroes themselves.

While the hybrid scripted-unscripted show, which put 12 unsuspecting contestants into a scripted fantasy story to find the “One True Hero,” never did much better than 0.5 in the ratings from its premiere on July 31 to its finale on Sept. 12, it amassed a strong and loyal social media following that continues to grow.

One fun fact: According to Nielsen, 6,000 tweets were sent during the show’s premiere and 15,000 were sent during it’s finale.

And now the producers have given the fans a new quest.

The Quest
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Win Tickets To The Advance Screening of Kill The Messenger in St. Louis

Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Bourne Legacy”) leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation’s streets…and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua.

Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C. – and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life.

The film stars Jeremy Renner,
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'The Quest' and ABC's summer reality problem

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'The Quest' and ABC's summer reality problem
For the third summer in a row, ABC is airing a high-quality, well-produced, genre-bending reality competition series. Two years ago it experimented with the highly interactive "Big Brother" knock-off called "The Glass House," and followed that with last summer's reality version of a murder mystery dinner theatre, "Whodunnit," which was produced by CSI creator Anthony Zuiker. ABC didn't give either a second chance: the former was officially cancelled and the latter didn't return for a second season. This summer introduced "The Quest," which is the most fully realized hybrid of a scripted series and reality competition yet. It sent contestants into a scripted world populated by actors and governed by an original mythology that tightly integrates reality competitions and eliminations, but also allows contestants to be entirely unscripted and keeps the game pure. The series comes from six world-class producers (Emmy-winning "Amazing Race" producers Elise Doganieri and Bertram Van Munster,
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Fantasy Meets Reality TV in ABC’s ‘The Quest’

Fantasy Meets Reality TV in ABC’s ‘The Quest’
If you’ve helped make “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and the indie film landscape just isn’t big enough, where do you go? For producer Mark Ordesky, the answer is reality TV.

Ordesky is among a handful of creatives responsible for the “The Quest,” which premieres Thursday, July 31, on ABC, and marries a mostly scripted environment with real people dropped into a fantasy world — Everealm, replete with actors who play villagers, villains and ogres — as they vie to be the “one true hero” who defeats the great evil.

The show, billed as “immersive reality,” is the brainchild of an exec producer combo of feature film pros and reality hitmakers. Ordesky had worked with his Court Five partner Jane Fleming at New Line; Rob Eric and Michael Williams (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”) and Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri (“The Amazing Race”) cut their teeth on reality stalwarts.
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Matt Barnes -- Cops Capture Aunt's Alleged Killer ... Thanks to Citizen's Tip

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12:10 Pm Pt -- Matt Barnes tells TMZ Sports ... "We are so grateful to everyone who helped us -- from spreading the word thru social media to calling the Sacremento Pd with your citizen tips."He adds, "It was a citizen tip that led police to Michael Williams' very location late this morning.  Thank you again for allowing me to be my auntie's voice and to help bring this suspect in. Also, thank you to the Sac Pd!
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NBA Player Matt Barnes Asks Social Media Followers for Help in Finding His Aunt's Alleged Killer

Matt Barnes is going to use whatever resources he has right now, and that includes social media. The Los Angeles Clippers player, who has over 200,000 followers on both Twitter and Instagram, took to the popular social media websites in hopes of finding his aunt's alleged killer. "This dude stabbed my auntie in the neck last week & left her for dead on the sidewalk, she ended up dying on the way to the hospital in the ambulance," Barnes wrote. "If you hv any info on his where abouts contact the #SacPD #SacramentoWeNeedYourHelp #RIPTang." The photo accompanying his post shows two mugshots of an older man named Michael Williams, who "is still on the run" for the alleged murder...
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Matt Barnes -- Help Me Catch the Man Who Murdered My Aunt

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L.A. Clippers star Matt Barnes says his aunt was brutally murdered last week at the hands of a violent fugitive -- and now he's taken to social media in hopes of finding her killer. Cops say the man is 51-year-old Michael Williams -- who they believe is the victim's estranged husband. Investigators say the victim was going to see Williams on July 8 when she was stabbed. Officials believe Williams is a transient with a
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Mark Wahlberg Spotted on The Gambler Set

Mark Wahlberg was spotted filming director Rupert Wyatt's The Gambler in downtown Los Angeles yesterday, February 3rd. The film is a remake of the 1974 movie starring James Caan as an English professor with a gambling addiction. In the original, Caan's character falls into debt to the mob for $40,000 but seems to relish the thrill of gambling against the long shot. As a professor of literature at a New York University, he is in over his head, until his mother gives him some money which he quickly tries to increase in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, the odds never allow him to win or fully recover, so his future is in the mob's hands. Brie Larson, Leland Orser, Jessica Lange, John Goodman, Emory Cohen and Michael Williams (also pictured) co-star in the Paramount release.
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New NCIS Los Angeles Season 5,Episode 14 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By CBS

New NCIS Los Angeles Season 5,Episode 14 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By CBS. Recently,CBS released the new,official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "NCIS: Los Angeles" episode 14 of season 5. The episode is entitled, "War Cries," and it sounds like things will get pretty sticky for one of the members as major danger approaches, and more. In the new,14th episode press release: When the NCIS:La team investigates the murder of two former private military contractors, they are going to discover their suspect has put one of their own in grave danger. Press release number 2: When two private military contractors are murdered, the teams’ investigation will lead to a suspect who puts one of their own in serious danger. In the meantime, Sam is going to set up Callen on a blind date. Guest stars will feature: Erik Palladino (CIA Officer Vostanik Sabatino), Alexandra Holden (Elise Elena Jaeger), Dylan Bruno
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