Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander Join Freddie Mercury Biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’  [LINK]
Aidan Gillen and Tom Hollander have joined the cast of Bohemian Rhapsody, the Freddy Mercury biopic being directed by Bryan Singer. Gillen will play John Reid, Queen’s manager from 1975 to 1978 while Hollander will play Jim Beach who took over as manager from Reid in 1978 and stayed on for yea... [Read More]
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Fox & ‘Who Shot Biggie and Tupac?’ Producers Say Sorry Over Wrong Cop Photo Shown In Docu  [LINK]
With the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department seeking an apology over one of their officers incorrectly being seen in Fox’s September 24 airing Who Shot Biggie & Tupac? documentary, the network has now said it “regrets the error.” "In Who Shot Biggie & Tupac? a pho... [Read More]
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‘Young Sheldon’ & ‘Good Doctor’ Debut To Strong Ratings As New TV Season Starts  [LINK]
Snapshot: New series premieres: Young Sheldon (CBS, 3.7 in 18-49, 16.6 million viewers in preview), The Good Doctor (ABC, 2.4, 11.8 million, will be adjusted down in the finals because of NFL pre-emptions), Me, Myself & I (CBS, 1.7, 7.4 million), The Brave (NBC, 1.4, 6.2... [Read More]
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Pinewood Television JV Fully Acquired By Peter Gerwe’s StoryFirst  [LINK]
Launched as a joint venture in early 2016, Pinewood Shepperton Studios' Pinewood Television has been acquired by media investment company StoryFirst, an initial 50% partner in the enterprise. StoryFirst will buy out the studios’ 50% interest for an undisclosed sum. The TV company then wil... [Read More]
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‘Fixer Upper’ To End After Fifth Season On HGTV  [LINK]
HGTV’s highest-rated series Fixer Upper will wrap after its fifth season. The show’s stars Joanna and Chip Gaines confirmed Tuesday on their home-design business website Magnolia that the hit remodeling series will end. "It is with both sadness and expectation that we share the news that... [Read More]
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Barry Dennen Dies: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’s Pilate And Barbra Streisand Mentor Was 79  [LINK]
Barry Dennen, who played Pontius Pilate in the original stage and film versions of Jesus Christ Superstar and earlier played a key role in Barbra Streisand’s emergence from cabaret unknown to superstar diva, died Tuesday morning in Burbank, where he was in hospice care. He was 79. Dennen ... [Read More]
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Chloe Castellón & Ridgeway Wilson Set To Adapt Universal’s ‘City Of Saints & Thieves’, Melina Matsoukas Directing  [LINK]
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has tapped scribes Chloe Castellón and Ridgeway Wilson to adapt the screenplay for the upcoming film City of Saints & Thieves, based on Natalie C. Anderson’s debut novel. Insecure‘s chief director and exec producer Melina Matsoukas is officia... [Read More]
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‘Pretty Woman’ Heads To Times Square As Broadway Musical With Samantha Barks, Steve Kazee  [LINK]
Writer and director Garry Marshall didn’t live to see his final project to completion, but producer Paula Wagner has set dates for the musical adaptation of Marshall’s best-known blockbuster, Pretty Woman, to be reborn as Pretty Woman: The Musical 27 years after the film made Julie Rober... [Read More]
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Jordan Klepper Bows Before “Glistening Slab Of Texas Truth” Alex Jones In ‘The Opposition’ Launch  [LINK]
“This is the first minute of the fist episode of  The Opposition. I’m not going to lie to you. I’m not some guy who is going to butter you up and tell you you’re too smart. No, you’re too smart for that,”  Jordan Klepper told viewers as he unveiled his n... [Read More]
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Stephen Colbert: Donald Trump, Like NFL Protest, Has ‘Everything To Do With Race’  [LINK]
Stephen Colbert kicked off his week on Late Show trashing Donald Trump’s decision to attack NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem at last Friday’s base-baiting campaign rally in Alabama. “For the last year some NFL players have been kneeling to protest institutional ... [Read More]
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Bill O’Reilly Set To Return To Fox News As Guest On ‘Hannity’  [LINK]
Bill O’Reilly has been booked as a guest on Sean Hannity’s program on Tuesday. This marks his return to Fox News after he was let go in Apr after 21 years. O’Reilly joins a slate of guests for the week that includes tonight’s guest Steve Bannon as well as House Spea... [Read More]
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‘The X-Files’ Stars Gillian Anderson And David Duchovny Take A Knee While On Set  [LINK]
Who would have thought that Colin Kaepernick’s gesture of taking a knee would start a “woke” movement to protest injustice (and not the flag as many people think)? As we have seen, NFL, MLB, and even tennis players have been taking a knee during the national anthem, but the gesture... [Read More]
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Donald Trump Finally Tweets About Puerto Rico: “Broken Infrastructure, Massive Debt”  [LINK]
President Donald Trump took some heat on cable news today for tweeting about the NFL, NBA and “#FakeNews” CNN — but he got even more guff for not tweeting about the terrible situation in Puerto Rico. The U.S. territory was shredded by Hurricane Maria, and its millions of American c... [Read More]
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‘The Big Bang Theory’ Premiere: EP On Proposal Outcome, New Twist & Possible ‘Young Sheldon’ Crossovers In Season 11  [LINK]
Spoiler Alert: The story includes details about the Season 11 premiere of The Big Bang Theory. CBS flagship comedy series The Big Bang Theory opened its 11th season tonight by picking up exactly where the show left off in May, with Sheldon popping the question to Amy. Fans were not left hanging for ... [Read More]
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‘Veep’ Creator Armando Iannucci Gets HBO Pilot Order For Space Comedy  [LINK]
EXCLUSIVE: As his creation, the Emmy-winning HBO political comedy Veep, is heading to its final season, Armando Iannucci is making a return to the premium cable network while staying away from Washington (and mostly Earth altogether). HBO has greenlighted a pilot and picked up backup scripts for Ave... [Read More]
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Fox News Channel Signs Gianno Caldwell As Political Analyst  [LINK]
Fox News Channel has signed Gianno Caldwell as a political analyst; he will appear on FNC and Fox Business Network in daytime and primetime. A post-Charlottesville August appearance on the network by the frequent guest went viral. In the segment, network host Abby Hunstman queued up Caldwell with th... [Read More]
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‘Moonlight’ Writer Tarell Alvin McCraney & David Oyelowo Join Forces On New Disney Musical ‘Cyrano The Moor’  [LINK]
EXCLUSIVE: Walt Disney Pictures is now in business with Moonlight Oscar-winning writer Tarell Alvin McCraney to script a musical idea for David Oyelowo to star. Details are under wraps on what is being titled Cyrano the Moor, but we know it’s some kind of musical mash up of two classic st... [Read More]
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‘The Haunting Of Hill House’: McKenna Grace & Violet McGraw Join Netflix Series  [LINK]
Netflix’s upcoming The Haunting Of Hill House has added a pair of young actresses as McKenna Grace and Violet McGraw have been cast in the series adaptation of Shirley Jackson's classic 1959 novel from Amblin TV and Paramount TV. The re-imagining draws from the original classic ghost stor... [Read More]
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‘The Affair’: Sanaa Lathan Set To Recur On Season 4 Of Showtime Series  [LINK]
Shots Fired star Sanaa Lathan is set for a recurring role opposite Dominic West on the upcoming fourth season of Showtime’s The Affair. Winner of three Golden Globes, including best drama series, The Affair explores the emotional and psychological effects of an affair that destroyed two marria... [Read More]
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Facebook Watch ‘Working Spectacularly’ for Discovery-backed Group Nine—Ad Week  [LINK]
Facebook's new video platform, Watch, is "working spectacularly for us," said Ben Lerer, CEO of Group Nine Media, the Discovery-backed owner of Thrillist, Now This and The Dodo. “We’ve done well over 100 million video views and 100 million minutes of viewing, which is important. So peopl... [Read More]
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‘Grown-ish’: Abraham D. Juste Set To Recur In Freeform’s ‘Black-ish’ Spinoff  [LINK]
Abraham D. Juste has joined the cast of Grown-ish in a recurring role. He'll play Cassius "Cash" Mooney, the top-ranked shooting guard in the nation with a megawatt smile and a freshman at California University with Zoey (Yara Shahidi). Freeform’s spinoff from ABC's Black-ish, which hails... [Read More]
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Voltage Bests Director In Battle Over Mel Gibson’s ‘The Professor & The Madman’  [LINK]
The multi-front legal battle between Voltage Pictures and seemingly everyone else over the Mel Gibson and Sean Penn starrer The Professor and The Madman saw a federal judge stop the efforts of the film's director to stop the pic from going forward. "Plaintiff fails to satisfy the necessary four-pro... [Read More]
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John Oliver Feasts On Donald Trump’s Declaration Of War Against NFL  [LINK]
John Oliver kicked off Last Week Tonight describing a frantic week in which a “new and terrible” health care bill was pushed in the Senate, President Donald Trump called Kim Jong-un “Rock Men” at the United Nations, and Robert Mueller’s Russia probe lurched ahead. But, ... [Read More]
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‘Star Trek Discovery’ Fuels Record Sign-Ups For CBS All Access  [LINK]
Tonight's premiere of Star Trek: Discovery on CBS All Access drove a record number of single day sign-ups for CBS’ digital streaming subscription service. While no specific numbers were reported, the network claims that today’s record outstrips the previous one spurred by the 2... [Read More]
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