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Andrew Lloyd Webber Will Bring ‘School of Rock’ Musical To Broadway

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Cuba-U.S. detente has nothing on the hotly competitive Shubert and Nederlander organizations. Broadway's two biggest landlords are suddenly looking like BFF's as co-producers on hoped-for blockbuster shows (not for the first time, it should be noted; in 1981 they famously co-produced The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby, among others. But still…). They're teaming with Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group and the Warner Music Group for the world premier of a new… Read

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Fox News Should Air All Of ‘The Interview,’ Says Jimmy Kimmel In “Campaign” – Video

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Fox News Channel rising star Megyn Kelly was ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel's guest last night when the big news was about the Justice Department's upcoming announcement the Sony hack, and movie-theater threat ,were the work of the North Korean government in retaliation for the studio's movie The Interview. Kelly and Kimmel agreed Sony needed to get the movie — a comedy about a bumbling talk show host and his producer recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korean… Read

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Emerson Stone, Long-Time CBS News Radio Executive, Dies At 86

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Former CBS News Executive Emerson Stone, a two-time Peabody Award winner, has died at the age of 86, from complications of a fall in his Greenwich, Conn., home on Sunday. He died Monday at Greenwich Hospital. Stone worked for CBS News nearly 35 years, first in radio, where he brought Charles Osgood to the network, and led it to 24-hour news coverage. He also oversaw the 1977 radio broadcast of Ask President Carter, a live two-hour program hosted by Walter Cronkite. Stone… Read

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Sarah Silverman To Star In HBO Pilot From ‘Secret Diary Of A Call Girl’ Creator

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On the heels of Sarah Silverman's Emmy win for writing her HBO special We Are Miracles, the actress-comedian is headlining a half-hour comedy pilot for the premium cable network. Written by Secret Diary Of A Call Girl creator Lucy Prebble, the untitled project is described as a comic look at a pathologically honest woman having a modern mid-life crisis. Prebble and Silverman executive produce with Ash Atalla, Amy Zvi and Dan Hine. If the pilot goes to series, it… Read

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Hulu Inks Streaming Deal For FX Series, Including ‘Tyrant’, ‘The Strain’ & ‘AHS’

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In one of Hulu's biggest content deals to date, the multi-year licensing agreement with 20th Century Fox TV Distribution will grant the streaming service exclusive SVOD rights to new and upcoming FX and FXX primetime comedy, drama and miniseries produced or co-produced by FX Prods. Under the deal, the first seasons of FX and FXX primetime titles including Tyrant, The Strain, Married, and You're The Worst, will be available exclusively on Hulu Plus ahead of their second… Read

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Byron Pitts Replacing Dan Abrams As ‘Nightline’ Anchor

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Byron Pitts is replacing Dan Abrams as Nightline anchor; Abrams will remain ABC News' chief legal analyst, news division chief James Goldston announced this morning. Pitts came to ABC News in 2013, after serving as chief national correspondent for CBS Evening News and a 60 Minutes contributor. The memo: Team, I want to share big news for two of our key players, Dan Abrams and Byron Pitts. Earlier this year Dan came to talk to me about taking on a new role at ABC News and… Read

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Stephen Colbert Sells Michael Stipe And Other Props As ‘The Colbert Report’ Comes To A Close – Video

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Stephen Colbert  and Comedy Central last night began winding down The Colbert Report in a big way. Colbert sold off his 9-year accumulation of “meaningful keepsakes” in a yard sale — including his shelf decoration Michael Stipes, who wound up going for 25 cents. Colbert raised $312,470 for two charities, raffling off his set's "iconic desk and legendary fireplace"; the rest of the set is being sold as industrial meat filler to a national fast-food chain, Colbert… Read

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‘Hobbit’ $24.5M Bow Fires Up Holiday B.O. In Wake Of ‘Interview’ Theater Threats

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The holiday box office is off to a fantastic start with Warner Bros.'s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies making a spectacular $24.5M off 3,875 theaters yesterday (including $11.2M in previews), making it the third highest opening Wednesday behind the Wednesday bows of Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King($34.5M) and Two Towers ($26.2M). Five Armies' solid returns come as an early sign for the distribution and exhibition community, that moviegoers haven't slowed… Read

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Graham Norton, ‘Modern Family’ Lead British Comedy Awards; Sony TV Ad Sales Inks With Jewish Life TV

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Graham Norton scored a pair of awards and Jack Whitehall was named King of Comedy for a third straight year at the British Comedy Awards in London. Norton took home the trophies for Best Comedy Entertainment Personality and Best Comedy Entertainment Program for The Graham Norton Show, which airs on BBC America in the U.S. Modern Family was named Best International Program, and Moone Boy scored Best Sitcom. The Inbetweeners 2 won for Best Comedy Film. And now for something… Read

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‘The Interview’ A No-Go Internationally As Well

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Deadline can confirm that international audiences won't get to see The Interview either.  Sony's statement Wednesday that the studio was pulling the U.S. Christmas Day release of the Seth Rogen-James Franco picture did not explicitly mention the film's international roll-out, which had been set for after the New Year. We have now learned that Sony has no plans to release the film anywhere for the foreseeable future. The news comes despite the lack- at least in public- of… Read

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‘Hollywood Divas’ Renewed For Second Season On TV One

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TV One has picked up its hit reality series Hollywood Divas for a second season. "The strong social media and viewer response to Hollywood Divas made renewing this insider's look at Black Hollywood a no-brainer," said D'Angela Proctor, SVP of Programming and Production for TV One. The first season followed Golden Brooks, Countess Vaughn, Lisa Wu, Paula Jai Parker and Elise Neal as they came together to write, shoot and star in their own short film, “The White Sistas". Holl… Read