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Dwayne Johnson Comments On Hulk Hogan’s Racist Rant; Talks HBO Docu ‘Rock In A Hard Place’ – TCA

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“I was pretty disappointed with what I heard.” Such was Dwayne Johnson’s response today at TCA during HBO’s Ballers session when asked about the latest headlines about his WWE colleague Hulk Hogan aka Terry Bollea and his racially charged comments arising out of a 2012 sex tape; an incident which has cost Hogan his career at WWE. “I’ve known Terry for years. My dad help trained him in Florida in the 1970s, and even my uncle. I come from a long line of professional… Read

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HBO’s Michael Lombardo Optimistic About New David Chase Series, Another Season of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ – TCA

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There are a couple of questions asked at every HBO TCA executive session: Will we see a new show from The Sopranos creator David Chase, and how about a new season of Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm? There was some encouraging news on both fronts today. The network six years ago started to develop a new series with Chase, A Ribbon Of Dreams, about the early Hollywood film industry. “I’ve seen pages,” HBO President of Programming Michael Lombardo reported. "He showed us… Read

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SAG-AFTRA Election: Challenger Patricia Richardson Calls For Sweeping Changes

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EXCLUSIVE: SAG-AFTRA presidential candidate Patricia Richardson is calling for sweeping changes in the way the union does its business and deals with its diverse membership, vowing to heal the infighting and to take the fight to the producers for better wages and working conditions. Perhaps just as important, she's calling for greater transparency inside a union that some wags have come to call the Secret Actors Guild. Running atop her Membership First slate of… Read

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HBO’s Michael Lombardo Defends ‘True Detective’ Season 2, Talks Potential Season 3 – TCA

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There has been backlash from critics and fans to the second season of True Detective, the sequel to Nick Pizzolatto’s runaway pop culture phenom. At TCA today, HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo was repeatedly asked about the response to Season 2. Lombardo stressed that he was very pleased with the new installment starring Colin Farrell. "I think you need to watch the entirety of it," he cautioned. "I think the season’s ending is as satisfying as any series… Read

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Greg Louganis Remembers Bruce Jenner At HBO Session For Docu ‘Back On Board’ – TCA

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 30:  Olympic diver Greg Louganis speaks onstage during the 'Back On Board: Greg Louganis' panel discussion at the HBO portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 30, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Was four-time Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis privy to Bruce Jenner’s identity struggle during the height of their athletic fame? Louganis was at HBO’s TCA session this afternoon as he’s the subject of the August 4 documentary Back On Board: Greg Louganis. In comparison to the turmoil that Louganis weathered, today’s society has by and large accepted and embraced Jenner’s decision to become Caitlyn. Louganis didn’t have a similar experience when it was revealed that… Read

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Julia Ormond Joins Syfy Pilot ‘Incorporated'; Federico Dordei in ‘Gorgeous Morons’

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Julia Ormond (Sabrina, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button) has been tapped for a starring role in Incorporated, an espionage thriller set in a dystopian future where companies have unlimited power. It centers around Ben Larson (Sean Teale), a young executive who risks everything to infiltrate an all-controlling corporate world and save the woman he loves. In the process, he will take on the entire system — with deadly consequences. Ormond, repped by Gersh and Creative… Read

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David Fincher HBO Pilot ‘Utopia’ In Jeopardy Over Budget Issues

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Prospects appear grim for Utopia, HBO’s drama pilot from David Fincher, an adaptation of the Channel 4 series created by Dennis Kelly. The issue I hear is budgetary, as the director and the pay cable network are yet to agree on a budget for the high-profile, big-scope project. The pilot already has cast a number of actors, including Fincher’s Girl With The Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara, though all deals are contingent on a budget agreement, which has not been reached… Read

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Skeet Ulrich & Mia Vallet Join ABC Family Drama Pilot ‘Stay’

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Jericho alum Skeet Ulrich and Mia Vallet (Believe, Mysteries Of Laura) have been cast as series regulars in ABC Family drama pilot Stay. Described as an edge-of-your-seat thriller, Stay centers on a recently widowed police detective and his two daughters who are stranded at a foreboding hotel during a storm and must unravel the hotel's mysteries to escape. Ulrich, repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, will play Shane Brenner, a recent widower who’s… Read

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Regal Rejects Paramount Film Test That Might Shorten The Theatrical Window

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The No. 1 theater chain says it won’t show Paramount’s Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (to be released October 23) and Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse (October 30) — rejecting the studio’s experiment with AMC Entertainment that might cut into the 90-day period when exhibitors want exclusivity. Paramount said this month it will put the films on digital home video outlets 17 days after each dips below 300 domestic theaters. At that point, exhibitors that show… Read

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‘Knock Knock Live’ Pulled From Fox Schedule

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Fox has just notified its affiliates that it has pulled the Ryan Seacrest-hosted Knock Knock Live from its schedule after two low-rated episodes. A one-hour encore of The Last Man On Earth is set to air in its Tuesday 9 PM time slot next week, and encores of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Last Man On Earth will fill the spot going forward. The Ryan Seacrest-hosted Knock Knock was an attempt at a live show where the host and crew traveled the country rapping on people's front… Read

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‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Review: Raunchy Netflix Prequel Kicks Ass

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Some people have nothing but good memories of summer camp — I will never be one of them. However, when it comes to Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp, I have almost nothing but good things to say. Debuting on Netflix on July 31, the eight-episode series is a prequel to the 2001 flick of almost the same name from David Wain and Michael Showalter. Even though it flopped at the time, the Wain-directed film has achieved significant cult status. Flash forward to today… Read

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‘The Knick’ Digital Marathon Set; ‘Banshee’ Creators Considered Fifth Season – TCA

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In advance of The Knick launching its second season on October 16 on Cinemax, the entire first season will be a special presentation on the HBO digital platforms HBO Now, HBO Go and HBO On Demand, as well as online affiliate portals, for a limited 10-week period, starting Friday, August 14. Non-HBO and Cinemax subscribers will have a chance to catch up on Season 1 of  The Knick during a free trial period currently being offered on HBO Now. In addition, HBO2 will present a… Read