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‘Peppa Pig’ & TV Drive Entertainment One Results But Movie Revenues Slow

Entertainment One’s full-year results for 2017-18 show that revenues for the group’s family division rose by 56% to £139m, boosted by the continued success of the Peppa Pig franchise and that of other family animations such as superhero cartoon PJ Masks. Group profit before tax doubled to £78m, the company said, while pre-tax profits climbed 11% to £144m. The company said it is on track to double the size of the business over the next five years. Flagship show Peppa Pig… Read

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Gina Rodriguez And David Thewlis Join Pubescent Animated Comedy ‘Big Mouth’

Netflix’s Big Mouth has added two noted actors to join the hormonally driven — and hilariously inappropriate — animated comedy. Gina Rodriguez (Jane: The Virgin) and David Thewlis (Fargo, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) will lend their voices to the series about the awkwardness and glorious nightmare that is teenaged puberty. Rodriguez will conveniently voice the character of Gina, a girl on Missy (Jenny Slate) and Jessi's (Jessi Klein) soccer team who shakes up the… Read

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Inspiring Dave Annable Post Sheds Light On Agony Of Network Series Recastings

The broadcast upfront has always been a rollercoaster, with the highs of series pickups sometime followed by the lows of actors on newly ordered shows being replaced. While recastings are virtually inevitable when the networks rush to cast and film 70+ pilots within a two-month window, competing for talent with the other broadcasters as well as cable and streaming networks, 2018 was particularly brutal, with major recastings on three new CBS series, The Code, F.B.I and The… Read

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‘LA To Vegas’ Comedy Series Canceled By Fox After One Season

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Fox’s single-camera airplane comedy series LA To Vegas has been permanently grounded as the network has opted not to renew it for a second season. As Deadline exclusively reported last week, Fox had been looking to get LA to Vegas executive producer Will Ferrell to appear in the Season 2 premiere in order to create buzz around the comedy’s return. I hear Ferrell was open to possibly guest starring in an episode next season but would not commit to doing the Season 2… Read

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Obie Awards Complete Winners List: Rajiv Joseph’s ‘Describe The Night’ Among Honorees

The American Theatre Wing’s President and CEO Heather Hitchens and The Village Voice President and CEO Peter Barbey revealed the winners of the 63rd Annual Obie Awards Monday night. Rajiv Joseph's Describe the Night,  produced by Atlantic Theater Company, was honored as Best New American Play while Tony Award-nominated and three-time Obie Award-winning actress Kathleen Chalfant received a special Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement. Hosted by Emmy and Obie-winning actor… Read

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Charlize Theron To Play Megyn Kelly In Fox News Movie At Annapurna

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Charlize Theron has been set to play Megyn Kelly in Annapurna Pictures’ untitled movie that will focus on the women of Fox News Channel who worked there during the tenure of Roger Ailes, the chairman and network architect who resigned in 2016 amid a sexual and workplace harassment scandal. Jay Roach is directing the pic written by The Big Short scribe Charles Randolph in a project that has been in the works since before Ailes’ death a year ago. It will feature an ensemble… Read

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Sheaun McKinney Joins Joe Carnahan’s ‘Boss Level’; McKinley Belcher Cast In ‘The Art Of Racing In The Rain’

Sheaun McKinney (HBO's Vice Principals, FX’s Snowfall) has been cast, Boss Level, joining Frank Grillo, Mel Gibson, Naomi Watts, and Ken Jeong. Joe Carnahan is directing the film, which was financed by Emmett/Furla/Oasis and recently picked up by Entertainment Studios to be released sometime next year. Written by Carnahan and Chris and Eddie Borey, the pic centers on Roy (Grillo), a retired Special Forces veteran who is trapped in a never-ending loop resulting in his… Read

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Writer-Director Antonio Campos Signs With WME

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EXCLUSIVE: Antonio Campos, the writer-director-producer whose credits include the Cannes Un Certain Regard pic Afterschool and the Sundance films Simon Killer and Christine, has signed with WME. Campos has been busy on the TV side of late, directing and executive producing USA’s The Sinner starring Jessica Biel in addition to Netflix’s The Punisher, on which he directed an episode in Season 1 and is helming the first two episodes of Season 2. As a producer, his credits… Read

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‘Black Panther’s’ Michael B. Jordan To Star In Rooster Teeth Animated Series ‘gen:LOCK’

Michael B. Jordan, who portrayed the tortured villain Erik Killmonger in Black Panther and will reprise the title role in Creed II, will join Rooster Teeth's animated series gen:LOCK to voice the main character, Julian Chase. The actor, whose star has been on the rise since his critically acclaimed performance in NBC’s Friday Night Lights and the indie breakout Fruitvale Station, will lend his considerable talent — though, alas, not his arresting physique — to the sci-fi… Read

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‘Deadpool 2’ Review: Ryan Reynolds Earns His ‘R’ For Raunchy Bliss In Frenetic LOL Sequel

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Having been away at the Cannes Film Festival for the past two weeks, the one biggie I missed (due to the fact that 20th Century Fox didn’t screen it until I was in France) was Deadpool 2. But like many others, I caught the Marvel sequel in a real theater with real people, not critics, over the weekend, and now in this post-opening review I get to do a little Monday morning quarterbacking. As I say in my video review above, Deadpool is the funniest, raunchiest and most… Read

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‘The Expanse’: Amazon In Talks To Pick Up Space Series After Syfy Cancellation

There is hope for The Expanse beyond its upcoming third season, which will be the sci-fi drama’s last one on Syfy. I hear Alcon Television Group, which fully finances and produces The Expanse, is in conversations with Amazon about picking up the critically praised series for Season 4. Sources stress the talks are still ongoing. Reps for both companies declined comment. Amazon, along with Netflix, have been main targets for the fans behind the #SaveTheExpanse campaign. The… Read

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Felicity Huffman Takes On A New Role: Girl Boss

Felicity Huffman has portrayed overwhelmed mom Lynette Scavo on Desperate Housewivesthe bigoted mother of a young war veteran who was brutally killed in a home invasion robbery in American Crime, and an astute headmaster Leslie Graham dealing with troubling allegations concerning the school’s basketball team in American Crime: Season 2. Now she’s taking on a new role: “girl boss.” Huffman acquired rights to The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats, the 2009 novel by Hesh Kestin… Read