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Breeders: FX Orders New Comedy Starring Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard

Breeders: FX Orders New Comedy Starring Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard
Martin Freeman is coming to FX. This week, the network announced they've ordered a new TV show with the Sherlock star called Breeders.

The comedy "exposes the parental-paradox that it is possible, in the very same moment, to love your child to the horizon of the universe, while being apoplectically angry enough to want to send them there." Daisy Haggard also stars.

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Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Dies At 65

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Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Dies At 65
Paul Allen, who launched Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975 and went on to produce documentaries, own professional sports teams and dedicate time to philanthropy, died today at age 65.

Allen died this afternoon of complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much-loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend. Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern,” Allen’s sister said in a statement to CNBC. “For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends. At this time of loss and grief for us – and so many others – we are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated every day.”

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John Cena to Star in ‘Playing With Fire’ for Paramount Players (Exclusive)

John Cena to Star in ‘Playing With Fire’ for Paramount Players (Exclusive)
John Cena is in final negotiations to star in the Paramount Players movie “Playing With Fire,” sources tell Variety.

The family comedy revolves around a group of rugged wildfire fighters who meet their match when they rescue a trio of rambunctious children.

Todd Garner and Sean Robins of Broken Road Productions are on board to produce “Playing With Fire.” Paramount Players bought the spec script from Dan Ewen this past February and hired Matt Lieberman to pen a rewrite. Paramount executive VP Matt Dines is overseeing for the studio.

Paramount Pictures launched Paramount Players in June, with veteran producer and executive Brian Robbins at the helm. Robbins is working with Viacom’s Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, and Bet to generate projects, while the new division focuses on contemporary properties.

Cena’s latest big-screen role was alongside Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz in the Universal comedy “Blockers,” which ended its theatrical run with $94 million worldwide.
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First teaser image arrives as filming begins on HBO's Watchmen series

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First teaser image arrives as filming begins on HBO's Watchmen series
Who watches the Watchmen, you ask? Apparently, it's a bunch of rabid fans who're foaming at the mouth for details, that's who. On Monday afternoon, the official Watchmen Instagram account shared a first look at the upcoming series from Lost and The Leftovers creator Damon Lindelof. The brief video footage, which depicts an officer of the law with their face…
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Peter Dinklage Teases Tyrion’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Series Finale Fate: ‘Death Can Be a Great Way Out’

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Peter Dinklage Teases Tyrion’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Series Finale Fate: ‘Death Can Be a Great Way Out’
Brace yourselves, Halfman fans, because Tyrion Lannister may be one of the remaining “Game of Thrones” characters who doesn’t make it out of the series alive.

In an interview with Vulture published Monday, the “My Dinner With Herve” star revealed just how he felt about where his character was left come of the end of the eighth and final season of David Benioff and D.B. WeissHBO fantasy series.

And when he was asked to do so “without giving anything away,” he may (or may not) have given a lot away.

“I feel very, very — I’m trying to find the right word,” Dinklage said. “I think he was given a very good conclusion. No matter what that is — death can be a great way out.”

Interviewer David Marchese noted
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‘Veronica Mars’: Enrico Colantoni Set To Return For Revival Limited Series At Hulu

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‘Veronica Mars’: Enrico Colantoni Set To Return For Revival Limited Series At Hulu
Enrico Colantoni is set to join Kristen Bell in Hulu’s eight-episode Veronica Mars revival. He will reprise his series regular role from the original of Keith Mars, Veronica’s (Bell) father and head of Mars Investigations.

The hourlong limited series, slated to premiere in 2019, hails from Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas, who will pen the first episode. In the revival, spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town’s lifeblood tourist industry. After Mars Investigations is hired by the parents of one of the victims to find their son’s killer, Veronica (Bell) is drawn into an epic eight-episode mystery that pits the enclave’s wealthy elites, who would rather put an end to the month-long bacchanalia, against a working class that relies on the cash influx that comes with being the West Coast’s answer to Daytona Beach.

Thomas executive produces with Bell, Diane Ruggiero-Wright and Dan Etheridge.
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‘Pennyworth': Jack Bannon to Star as Alfred in Bruno Heller’s Batman Prequel Series on Epix

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‘Pennyworth': Jack Bannon to Star as Alfred in Bruno Heller’s Batman Prequel Series on Epix
Gotham” boss Bruno Heller has found his butler. Jack Bannon has been cast in the titular leading role in “Pennyworth,” Epix’s upcoming Batman prequel series.

The 10-episode, one-hour drama series will follow Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, a former British Sas soldier in his 20s, who forms a security company and goes to work with a young billionaire Thomas Wayne, who’s not yet Bruce’s father, in 1960s London.

Per the official character description, “Alfred Pennyworth is a boyishly handsome, cheerful, charming, clever young man from London. Honest, open-faced and witty; you’d never take him for an Sas killer. Alfred doesn’t know how to reconcile the kind-hearted boy he used to be with the cold, calculated killer he was forced to become. He’s a man on the make, who doesn’t know what to make of himself yet.”

Bannon’s previous notable credits include “The Imitation Game” and “Ripper Street.”

Pennyworth” hails from executive producer/writer Heller and executive producer/director Danny Cannon. The series is based on DC characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger

Production on the series begins Oct. 22 at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, in the UK.

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‘Dracula’ Mini-Series From ‘Sherlock’ Duo Coming to Netflix, BBC One

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‘Dracula’ Mini-Series From ‘Sherlock’ Duo Coming to Netflix, BBC One
BBC One and Netflix have staked a new project from “Sherlock” creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. The UK-based network and streamer have ordered “Dracula,” a TV adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic novel.

The three-part 90-minute mini-series is written, executive produced and created by Moffat and Gatiss, and will re-introduce the world to Dracula, the vampire who made evil sexy. Per Netflix, “In Transylvania in 1897, the blood drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.”

“There have always been stories about great evil,” Moffat and Gatiss said. “What’s special about ‘Dracula,’ is that Bram Stoker gave evil its own hero.”

The series was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama. Moffat and Gatiss executive produce alongside Sue Vertue for Hartswood Films,
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Sheryl Crow, Dierks Bentley, Martina to Honor Loretta Lynn at ‘Cmt Artists of the Year’

The coal miner’s daughter will be serenaded by some spiritual daughters and also a son on Cmt’s “Artists of the Year” program Wednesday night. The network has announced that the evening’s all-star tribute to Loretta Lynn, who’ll be receiving the Artist of a Lifetime reward, will feature Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride and Dierks Bentley.

In the case of Bentley (who just wrapped up his 2017 tour Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl), this represents a sort of honor of his own: So far, the “It’s Different for Girls” singer is the only male artist announced as singing on the show.
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Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Electric Ladyland’: 10 Things You Didn’t Know

Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Electric Ladyland’: 10 Things You Didn’t Know
“We’ve been doing new tracks that are really fantastic and we’ve just been getting into them,” Jimi Hendrix told Rolling Stone in February 1968, right after he and the Experience had played San Francisco’s Fillmore West. “You have these songs in your mind. You want to hurry up and get back to the things you were doing in the studio, because that’s the way you gear your mind….We wanted to play [the Fillmore], quite naturally, but you’re thinking about all these tracks, which is completely different from what you’re doing now.
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Joe Scarborough Says Trump Is ‘Not Man Enough’ to Stand Up to Saudi Arabia: ‘He’s Kowtowing’

The set of “Morning Joe” didn’t take kindly to President Trump’s suggestion Monday that Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi might have been murdered by “rogue killers” — with both Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski in turn suggesting that Trump was weak.

“Just like he did in Helsinki. You have a guy who is scared of Kgb agents, not man enough to stand up to former Kgb agents and not man enough to stand up to Saudi sheikhs. That’s what we have in a president?” Scarborough asked.

“I thought he was going to be a strong leader. Instead he’s kowtowing and letting these people, letting these autocrats, letting these tyrants kill journalists in the light of day,” he continued.

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Brzezinski was in complete agreement.

‘This is vintage Trump. Sowing doubt, propping up dictators
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Watch Jon Hamm Dodge ‘Hamm-aconda’ Question By Eating Bull Penis on ‘Corden’

Watch Jon Hamm Dodge ‘Hamm-aconda’ Question By Eating Bull Penis on ‘Corden’
Jon Hamm is the latest celebrity to tackle James Corden’s recurring (and stomach churning) segment “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts.” In the clip, the actor is confronted with a table full of gross-out items like fish eyes, bird saliva, tarantulas and bull penis. Hamm and Corden have to choose between indulging in one of the “food” choices or answering a deeply personal question in a series of rounds.

First, Hamm poses a query to Corden, selecting tarantulas as the punishment for a non-response. “Who’s your least
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Stephen Colbert on Elizabeth Warren’s DNA Test: Trump Is ‘100 Percent Douche’

Stephen Colbert on Elizabeth Warren’s DNA Test: Trump Is ‘100 Percent Douche’
Last night Stephen Colbert had a lot to say about President Trump’s ongoing feud with Elizabeth Warren over her Native American heritage. The Democratic senator, whom Trump often refers to as “Pocahontas,” confirmed via DNA testing that she does, in fact, have Native American ancestry, to which Trump has responded, “Who cares?”

After playing a clip of Warren’s video confirming the test results, where she speaks with Carlos Bustamante, a professor of genetics at Stanford University, Colbert affirmed that this tells us something very important. “You heard them right,
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Watch Eminem Spit ‘Venom’ Atop Empire State Building on ‘Kimmel’

Watch Eminem Spit ‘Venom’ Atop Empire State Building on ‘Kimmel’
Eminem delivered a ferocious performance of his new song “Venom” atop the Empire State Building to mark the start of Jimmy Kimmel Live‘s week-long stay in Brooklyn on Monday. In the clip, Eminem spits on the observation deck of the skyscraper as its giant lights flash behind him. The dramatic sequences are interspersed with sprawling aerial shots and footage of fans watching the filming from the street below.

Halfway through the clip, “Venom” cuts out and Eminem shares an awkward elevator ride with Jimmy Kimmel’s sidekick, Guillermo. As muzak drones in the background,
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Why Republicans Are Suppressing Black Votes

Why Republicans Are Suppressing Black Votes
Not long after losing its second presidential election to Barack Obama, the Gop, so the story goes, operated on itself. Like a lung-cancer patient declaring that it’s time to quit smoking, the Republican National Committee declared in a 2013 “autopsy” report that “the Republican Party must be committed to building a lasting relationship within the African-American community year-round, based on mutual respect and with a spirit of caring.”

A few months later, Republicans cheered a Supreme Court decision that maimed the Voting Rights Act. Three years after that — in the
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AMC Networks Chief Josh Sapan Talks International Growth, ‘Killing Eve’ and ‘Precious’ Content

Cannes — AMC Networks has tripled in size during the past few years since it began expanding overseas with international channels and a revved-up studio operation. But the company has worked hard to maintain its focus on quality over quantity, AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan told the Mipcom audience on Tuesday.

“We’ve always believed that content is precious and storytelling can’t be compromised,” Sapan said during his keynote address at the international TV sales conference.

The conversation among Sapan, “Fear the Walking Dead” star Colman Domingo and moderator Anna Carugati touched on the massive shifts in the global media marketplace,
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Dave Grohl, Jim James, Grace Potter Lead Warren Haynes’ 2018 Christmas Jam

Dave Grohl, Jim James, Grace Potter Lead Warren Haynes’ 2018 Christmas Jam
Dave Grohl, Jim James, Grace Potter, Phish’s Mike Gordon, Gov’t Mule and Eric Church will lead Warren Haynes’ 2018 Christmas Jam, set for December 7th and 8th at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, North Carolina. The 30th annual event, now expanded into a two-night affair, will benefit the local area Habitat for Humanity.

Grohl and unspecified “friends” will perform his 23-minute prog-rock epic, “Play,” at the all-star show. Dark Side of the Mule (the Pink Floyd tribute act from Haynes’ band, Gov’t Mule), Jamey Johnson, Marco Benevento
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Federation Entertainment Acquires Majority Stake in Italy’s Fabula Pictures (Exclusive)

Pascal Breton’s Paris-based Federation Entertainment has acquired a 51% stake in Fabula Pictures, Nicola and Marco de Angelis’ leading Italian production company.

Founded five years ago by the de Angelises, the Rome-based company boasts a strong track record in TV and in film. Their latest project, “Baby,” which is Netflix’s second Italian-language original series, will bow Nov. 30. The series was inspired by a 2014 prostitution scandal involving upper-class Italian schoolgirls and powerful men in Rome.

“Nicola and Marco have quickly grown into one of Italy’s top producers of premium series, both for Italian broadcasters and digital platforms, and they
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'Suspiria' Director Luca Guadagnino on Family Dynamics, Psychoanalysis, What Scares Him

'Suspiria' Director Luca Guadagnino on Family Dynamics, Psychoanalysis, What Scares Him
Luca Guadagnino’s horror film Suspiria has its U.K. premiere Tuesday evening at the London Film Festival. The remake of Dario Argento’s beloved film is transformed to 1977 Berlin against the backdrop of the German Autumn terrorist attacks.

Dakota Johnson stars as Susie Bannion, a young talented dancer who escapes her Mennonite family in Ohio to star in a famed German dance school. It soon becomes apparent that things are not what they seem, and the head of the school, Madame Le Blanc (Tilda Swinton) has other plans in store for Susie.

The Hollywood Reporter spoke to Guadagnino about his ...
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Vice, Mediapro Alliance Kicks-Off With ‘Border Republic’ TV Series Project

Spanish TV giant Mediapro Group and Vice Studios have sealed an alliance to co-develop and co-produce original scripted TV series, kicking-off with project “Border Republic.”

“Republic,” as recounted by Vice, is set on the border between U.S. and Mexico, in Matamoros and Brownsville, two cities that share the same culture, being in different countries.

In the context of the construction of the U.S.-Mexico wall, the series will narrate “the transformation of a character that gives us hope that this community and culture won’t be split in half,” both companies said in a statement.

The series production
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