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UK Government Delays Decision On Fox-Sky Deal

Rupert Murdoch's recent attempt to acquire the long-coveted remainder of pay-TV giant Sky looks set to face further delay as the UK government continues to mull over whether the deal should be subjected to a full competition probe. On Thursday morning, culture secretary Karen Bradley told the House of Commons that she was "still minded" to refer 21st Century Fox's bid to take full ownership of Sky to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on media plurality concerns… Read

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Comic-Con: ‘Professor Marston & The Wonder Women’ Director Angela Robinson On Bondage And The Iconic Superhero

In Professor Marston & The Wonder Women, writer-director Angela Robinson brings the fascinating — and provocative — life of the titular Harvard psychologist and creator of the superhero Wonder Woman Dr. William Moulton Marston to the big screen. Amidst the bells and whistles of CG-laden, fantastical Hollywood blockbusters and fanfare at Comic-Con, Robinson’s film brings a different side to the hero experience that strips away the flash and cuts deep into the social psyche… Read

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Evan Helmuth Dies: ‘The Devil Inside’ Actor Was 40

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Evan Helmuth, the film and TV actor who played a priest in William Brent Bell’s 2012 horror movie The Devil Inside, died Monday of complications from a stroke. He was 40.  Also among his film credits, he appeared opposite Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore in the Farrelly Brothers’ Fever Pitch, playing Fallon’s Red Sox-loving sidekick, and was in Joshua Michael Stern’s 2013 Steve Jobs biopic Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher. On the TV side his credits spanned the likes of ABC’s A… Read

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Lena Dunham Joining ‘American Horror Story’ Season 7

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UPDATED with more details: American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy just tweeted out that Girls star Lena Dunham is joining the latest installment of the FX anthology series. We’re hearing that the gig is for one episode. Thrilled that my talented friend Lena Dunham is joining the AMERICAN HORROR STORY family. Always wanted to work together, and now we r! — Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) July 20, 2017 Murphy has been dropping hints on social media about the new season of… Read

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Red West Dies: ‘Road House’ Actor, Stuntman & Songwriter Was 81

Red West, best known as an actor for his role as Red alongside Patrick Swayze in Road House, and a longtime friend and songwriting partner of Elvis Presley, has died. West died Tuesday at a Memphis, TN hospital after suffering an aortic aneurysm, his wife, Pat, told The Commercial Appeal newspaper. He was 81. The Bolivar, TN native befriended Presley in high school, and went on to appear in small roles in several of Presley’s films in the 1960s. As a songwriter, he… Read

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TV Producer Deb Spera Sells Period Novel

Veteran TV producer Deborah Spera (Criminal Minds) has sold her first novel. Titled Alligator, the novel is set in 1924. It revolves around three women struggling to survive in economically depressed rural South Carolina — a first generation free black woman, a poor white woman, and the wealthy white woman who employs them both — and the lengths they go to protect their children, and themselves. The book has been picked up by Liz Stein at Park Row Books. Spera and her… Read

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Sen. John McCain Diagnosed With Brain Cancer, CNN Reports

UPDATED with POTUS statement: Arizona's Sen. McCain has been diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma, a type of brain tumor, CNN's Sanjay Gupta was first to report Wednesday afternoon. After speaking to the senator and getting his permission, Gupta said he spoke to McCain’s doctors, who had operated on Friday, revealing the aggressive type of brain cancer. President Donald Trump has issued a statement after the diagnosis was revealed: “Senator John McCain has always been a… Read

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Christopher Nolan Tells New York Crowd He Prefers Blu-ray To Netflix

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Admitting that every film is a "big gamble," Christopher Nolan today sat down after a mid-day screening of his Dunkirk hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The discussion on the eve of the release of his World War II epic also featured the staunch supporter of theaters admitting he "rarely" uses Netflix when watching movies at home — he prefers Blu-ray — while he continued his long-standing mantra extolling the virtues of making movies with film. "Is this a… Read

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Suranne Jones To Star In Sally Wainright Drama Series For HBO & BBC One

Suranne Jones is set to star in Gentleman Jack (fka Shibden Hall), HBO and BBC One’s eight-episode drama series from BAFTA-winning writer Sally Wainwright (To Walk Invisible, Happy Valley). Filming will begin next year. Set in 1832 Halifax, Gentleman Jack focuses on landowner Anne Lister (Jones) and her determination to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall, by marrying well. The story examines Anne's relationships at home with her family, her… Read

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‘The X-Files’: Mitch Pileggi Set To Return For Season 11 Of Fox Series

Mulder and Scully will continue to have their trusted ally Walter Skinner by their side. The X-Files veteran Mitch Pileggi has closed a deal to return for the recently picked up 10-episode eleventh season of the Fox sci-fi drama and second as an event series. He will reprise his role as Walter Skinner, an assistant director at the FBI, which he played on the original Fox series as well as the 2016 six-episode event series revival, both from creator Chris Carter. Pileggi… Read

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NYC Unveils ‘CreateNYC’ 10-Year Plan To Expand And Diversify Arts & Culture

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl released Wednesday what they dubbed the city’s first-ever comprehensive culture plan. Enfolded in a glossy, 175-page manifesto called CreateNYC, the ambitious, 10-year plan addresses issues ranging from increasing access to arts and culture programing to the farthest reaches of the five boroughs to making the upper ranks of New York cultural institutions more reflective of the city’s… Read

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White House Reporter Dares To Stream Audio Of White House Press Briefing Live; Republic Still Standing

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The Washington press corps was a'twitter Wednesday afternoon with word that one brave White House correspondent had dared to stream live the audio of the day’s no-cameras-allowed White House press briefing held by Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. That is in violation of White House rules that only allow audio of the briefing to be used after the event has wrapped, on the thinking that messing with rabbit-like reporters is a terrible thing to waste. Since… Read