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‘Still The King’ Billy Ray Cyrus Comedy Series Renewed For Season 2 By CMT

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Ahead of the Season 1 finale on August 14, CMT has ordered a 13-episode second season of its first original scripted series, comedy  Still The King, starring Billy Ray Cyrus. Season 2 will begin production this fall in Nashville for premiere next year. Still The King has been a breakout for CMT. The June 8 premiere marked the network's highest-rated original series premiere to date drawing more than 4.7 million total viewers in Live+3, with a 1.03 rating in adults 18-49… Read

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Berlusconi And Bollore Face Off As Vivendi Looks To Change Terms Of Mediaset Pay TV Deal

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French media giant Vivendi is looking to change the terms of its deal with Mediaset over the Italian company’s pay TV unit. Vivendi confirmed that it is no longer looking to take control of 100% of Mediaset’s loss-making pay TV unit, earning the chagrin of Mediaset execs, who have fired back and accused Vivendi of breaking a signed agreement. Back in April, when news of the deal closing was announced, the Vivendi-Mediaset alliance was being heralded as a game-changer for… Read

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Comcast Tops Analysts’ Q2 Expectations Despite Film Studio Downturn

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Comcast’s shares are up about 2% in pre-market trading after it reported Q2 results that, although mixed, were largely upbeat for the sprawling company. Its NBCUniversal — more specifically Universal’s film studio — was the glaring exception as releases including The Huntsman: Winter's War paled next to last year’s slate which included Jurassic World, Furious 7, and Pitch Perfect 2. Overall, Comcast’s net income of $2.03 billion was down 5.1% vs last year’s Q2 on revenues… Read

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ITV Plans To Cut Costs To Counter Brexit Impact; Enjoys Profit Increase Thanks To ITV Studios

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ITV boss Adam Crozier today announced the UK-based broadcaster-producer would be looking to cut up to $32.8 million in costs to counteract the anticipated economic fallout from Brexit and the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. "Against a backdrop of wider economic uncertainty following the E.U. referendum, we have put in place a robust plan to allow us to meet the opportunities and challenges ahead. As part of this we are targeting a £25 million reduction in… Read

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Stephen Colbert Interviews Cartoon Hillary Clinton After Her Historic Nomination

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One hundred years from now our grandchildren will look back on this night and ask why we weren’t more excited about Hillary Clinton’s historic nomination to become POTUS, Stephen Colbert forecast on his live Late Show tonight after the wrap of DNC Day 2. Maybe it’s Hillary Clinton’s personal style. Or perhaps we’ve heard so much about her, much of it negative, we don’t know who she is any more. “What do we have to do to get to know the real Hillary Clinton?” Colbert… Read

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Warner Bros Japan Names Masami Takahashi As President

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Kevin Tsujihara has a new top man in Japan. Masami Takahashi has been named President of Warner Bros Japan, effective September 1. Takahashi will have general oversight of Warner Bros’ businesses in the country, including theatrical distribution, television distribution, home entertainment, consumer products, games, and local production. He will work closely with in-place executives in each of these divisions as well as divisional management to fully optimize every… Read

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Seth Meyers To Bernie Or Busters: Quit Yer Belly-achin’ & Help Dems Beat Trump

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Seth Meyers has a message for those hardcore Bernie Sanders supporters who disrupted Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention: “Donald Trump is ahead in the polls. The house is on fire. Stop crying because we’re not putting out the fire with your hose.” The Late Show host debuted a new segment simply called “Hey!” by going a little rogue calling out the Bernie or Busters, chiding: “We are on the cusp of electing a racist demagogue, and that never ends well. I don’t… Read

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Elizabeth Banks, Mandy Moore, Idina Menzel, Aisha Tyler & Friends Sing ‘Fight Song’ For Hillary

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Elizabeth Banks’ Trump-mocking entrance at tonight’s Democratic National Convention wasn’t her only gift to Hillary Clinton today. In a nod to the Pitch Perfect films that she produces, Banks, along with Bruce Cohen and Mike Thompkins, recruited more Hollywood actors and singers than we can list here for this new, a cappella version of Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song.” Let’s see, we caught Kristin Chenoweth, Rob Reiner, Mandy Moore, Alan Cumming, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eva… Read

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Meryl Streep Tells DNC About Hillary Clinton & Other Pioneering Women: “Grit And Grace”

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Starting off with a scream that would curl Howard Dean’s hair, Meryl Streep took the stage at the Democratic National Convention tonight to talk about the party’s presidential nominee — and other barrier-smashing women in American history. With a veteran thespian’s upturned chin and deliberate cadence, the three-time Oscar winner championed Hillary Clinton and her pioneering predecessors. “What does it take to be the first female anything?” she asked. “It takes grit. And… Read

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Hillary Clinton Appears As Giant Talking Head After Shattering Glass “Ceiling” To Wrap DNC Day 2

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Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton appeared at the end of tonight’s DNC, via satellite, capping a “glass ceiling shattering” ceremony. At the end of a long set, Alicia Keyes pounded on a drum and delivered a message about love always prevailing, which did not necessarily make for the best segue to images of all of the country 44 – male – POTUS’s appearing, one by one, on screen, particularly when Nixon’s image popped up, though others were head scratchers too on the “love”… Read

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Bill Clinton Tells America Why He Chose Hillary Clinton – And Why America Should Too

Former President Bill Clinton speaks during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

He has spoken at every Democratic National Convention since 1980, including that 1988 ultramarathon that drew some boos but made sure voters would remember him when the next election rolled around. (Spoiler alert: They did.) But this time was different for Bill Clinton: He was making a case to Americans about why they should elect his wife as the next President of the United States. His thesis sentence: “She’s the real one.” POTUS 42’s 42-minute speech tonight at Wells… Read