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Entertainment Attorney Benjamin Adams Pleads No Contest to Lewd Conduct With 14-Year-Old Boy

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Benjamin Lawson Adams, an entertainment attorney and former director of business and legal affairs for The Weinstein Company, has pleaded no contest to one count of lewd or lascivious conduct with a 14-year-old boy.  Adams, 32, was arrested in May 2016 and charged nine felony counts, including oral copulation, sexual penetration and sodomy with a minor under the age of 16. The victim, who is now a 16-year-old transgender girl, said they met on Instagram and had sex at… Read

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Ralph Macchio Returns To The Dojo 30 Years Later With YouTube Red Series ‘Cobra Kai’ — Tribeca Studio

Forever associated with his iconic Karate Kid character Daniel LaRusso, Ralph Macchio is all grown up and back in the dojo with YouTube Red’s new comedy series, Cobra Kai. Set 30 years after the memorable events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, the series follows Karate Kid antagonist Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), setting out to reopen the Cobra Kai dojo, and finding himself butting heads with LaRusso once again. “It's been a long time since Daniel LaRusso's… Read

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Demetrius Shipp Leads Cast Of ‘Same Difference’; ‘No Good Deed’ Stars Haley Pullos, Haley Webb

Two indie films have pulled together its cast. First up is Demetrius Shipp Jr., who played the late Tupac Shakur in All Eyez on Me, who is starring along with Essence Atkins from NBC’s Marlon, Terrence Jenkins (Safe Word) and Edwina Findley (Black Lightning) in the indie mystery/drama titled Same Difference. Secondly, Haley Pullos, Haley Webb, and Bryce Durfee will star in another indie film, entitled No Good Deed. Produced by Datari Turner and written and directed by… Read

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Deadline Studio at Tribeca 2018 – Part 3: Christina Hendricks, Ansel Elgort, Karen Gillan, Michael Shannon & More

The Deadline Studio at the Tribeca Film Festival is up and running for five talent-filled days at the NYC fest; including visits by Christina Hendricks (Egg), Ansel Elgort (Jonathan), Karen Gillan (The Party’s Just Beginning), Michael Shannon (State Like Sleep), and many more. Photographer Mark Mann is behind the lens for our series of photo sessions and video interviews. Click on the image above to open the gallery, and follow Deadline for more photos and video… Read

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Consumer Advocates Say AT&T’s Planned ‘Skinny Bundle’ Falls Short Of Addressing Concerns

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AT&T plans to launch a “skinny bundle” of television channels for consumers at a cost of just $15 a month — a streaming TV service that would rank among the nation’s cheapest. Chief Executive Randall Stephenson revealed plans for the service, to be called AT&T Watch, in testimony last week in the high-profile antitrust case. The proposed offering, which appears intended to allay concerns that its ownership of Time Warner would hurt consumers and competition. AT&T Watch… Read

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‘Fast & Furious’ Animated Series Set At Netflix Based On Universal Movies As Deal With DreamWorks Animation TV Expands

An animated Fast & Furious series is headed to Netflix. It is the first series in an expansion of an ongoing multi-year deal between Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Television for original animated kids and family programming. The expansion, following Comcast-NBCUniversal's acquisition of the animation studio, includes a first look at DreamWorks Animation animated series based on Universal film properties. First off is Fast & Furious, based on Universal’s multi-billion… Read

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Seith Mann To Adapt ‘BLACK’ Comic In What Studio 8 Hopes To Be First In A Franchise

EXCLUSIVE: Marvel/Disney paved the way with Black Panther and Studio 8 is taking it further in a move created to inspire conversation and deconstruct the superhero genre. Seith Mann has been hired by Studio 8 to adapt the comic series BLACK which explores the idea if what only black people had superpowers? The company plans to franchise the IP and also develop the follow up comic BLACK [AF]: America’s Sweetheart which has a female lead. The series comes from… Read

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‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Stars Talk Trip To Paris For Season 2 — Tribeca Studio

In the midst of production on Season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel—a series which garnered two Golden Globes, two Critics’ Choice Awards and a PGA Award in its first run—stars Alex Borstein, Michael Zegen and Marin Hinkle stopped in at Deadline’s Tribeca Studio yesterday to tease a bit of what we can expect from the series’ second season. An Amazon original comedy series, Maisel follows a 1950s housewife (Rachel Brosnahan) who decides to channel her considerable energies… Read

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‘American Idol’ Recovers From Series Low On Sunday

ABC’s American Idol (1.5 demo rating, 7.37 million viewers), recovered Sunday from the previous week’s series low, suffered during dinging by CBS' ACM Awards in its timeslot. Idol was the night’s top-ranked show in the 18-49 age bracket. Meanwhile, CBS’ 60 Minutes  (0.7, 8.77M) fell 36% compared to previous week’s 1.1 demo rating when it enjoyed that ACM Awards lead-out, though the newsmag handily won its 7 PM time period in viewers with a 56% lead over closest… Read

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Ben Silverman & Howard T. Owens’ Propagate Invests In Edouard De Vesinne’s French Production Firm Incognita

Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens' TV studio Propagate is bolstering its business in Europe after investing in Incognita, the French production company run by former Europacorp Deputy CEO Edouard de Vesinne. Silverman tells Deadline that it is the first of a number of international investment deals that he hopes Propagate will make this year as it looks to create a “global content powerhouse”. Next up, he is targeting business in Latin America, Asia, India and the Middle… Read

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Dick Wolf’s ‘Cold Justice’ & ‘Criminal Confessions’ Renewed By Oxygen

Oxygen Media has picked up new seasons of reality series Cold Justice and Criminal Confessions from executive producer Dick Wolf. Both series are in pre-production and are set to return in 2018. "Cold Justice and Criminal Confessions have resonated with our audience as they share a common passion in seeing the journey of justice served," said Rod Aissa, EVP Original Programming and Development at Oxygen Media. "We're thrilled to bring fans new seasons of both shows and to… Read