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Johnny Depp As Jack Sparrow Makes Surprise Appearance At Pirates Of the Caribbean Disneyland Ride

The Pirates of the Caribbean Disney movie franchise originated with the popular Disneyland ride, which served as a basis for the first film. And today, a month before the U.S. release of the fifth installment in the franchise, Dead Men Tell No Tales, the films’ star Johnny Depp made a surprise visit to the place that started it all. Dressed as his character Jack Sparrow, Depp popped up in several places of The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in Disneyland, California… Read

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’13 Reasons Why’ Nears Season 2 Renewal At Netflix

It’s not official yet but word is that 13 Reasons Why, Netflix’s adaption of the bestselling 2007 YA book by Jay Asher, would be getting a second-season renewal soon. That wouldn’t be a surprise — executive produced by Selena Gomez, 13 Reasons Why has been well received by critics and has created buzz on social media, quickly developing a following. There had been talks about how to extend the premise beyond Season 1. The series follows teenager Clay Jensen (Dylan… Read

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‘The Simpsons’ Looks At Donald Trump’s First 100 Days In Office

The Simpsons is giving its take on President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office — and it’s not a pretty picture. It is a dark and stormy night. A lifeless Sean Spicer hangs from the rafters next to his podium. Kellyanne Conway flees in terror — at the prospect of replacing him. A pair of White House inner-circle power players are attacking each other. And POTUS is sitting in bed, phone in hand, books at his sides (including Florida on $10 Million a Day), audibly… Read

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Dish Network & Hearst TV End Blackout With New Deal

Dish Network and Hearst Television have reached a deal on a new multiyear carriage agreement, ending an impasse that has left satellite customers in 26 markets unable to watch the broadcaster's stations since March 3. Terms of the new contract were not disclosed. Hearst has 15 ABC affiliates and 12 with NBC along with a handful of CBS and the CW outlets in markets including Baltimore, Boston, Kansas City and Pittsburgh. Per usual, the companies had disagreed about price… Read

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‘Singularity’: Amanda Lund To Star In FX Comedy Pilot

Amanda Lund is set as a female lead opposite Damon Wayans Jr. in Singularity, FX's futuristic comedy pilot from Sonny Lee (Silicon Valley) and producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Conceived by Lee, the comedy is set in a future when artificial intelligence greatly surpasses human intelligence, resulting in profound changes to our society. Lund will play Anna, an unfailingly optimistic, sweet, book-smart Ph.D. graduate who no longer has use for her degree and finds joy… Read

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Broadway Review: 1940s-Style ‘Bandstand’ Has A Blindspot

The final musical of the 2016-2017 Broadway season, Bandstand opened tonight at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre with a swinging look back at 1946. It’s about the post-WWII era and the conflicted welcome rolled out for returning veterans (think William Wyler’s The Best Years of Their Lives) and the music that swept across the U.S. during that period. Bandstand, staged with breathtaking originality by director-choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton), swings in a… Read

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ESPN Layoffs: Jayson Stark & Trent Dilfer Among Several Big Names Let Go By Sports Giant – Update

UPDATED, 4:50 PM: Longtime baseball guy Jayson Stark and veteran NFL analysts Ed Werder and Trent Dilfer are among the dozens of on-air talent and writers laid off by ESPN today. Also out are such familiar names as NHL analyst Scott Burnside, legal analyst Roger Cossack and Dodgers reporter Doug Padilla, along with SportsCenter anchors Jade McCarthy, Jaymee Sire, Chris Hassel, Jay Crawford and Darren Hayes. ESPN did not release a list people who were laid off — including… Read

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‘Downton Abbey’ Global Exhibition Set To Kick Off In June

NBCUniversal International Studios and Imagine Exhibitions are set to launch Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, a fully immersive experience that takes visitors inside the global TV phenom. The multi-year international tour will begin on June 17 in Singapore and then travel throughout the U.S. in 2018 and beyond. The exhibition will connect fans with their favorite characters, costumes and locations, and feature never-before-seen footage. It will also offer a look at the… Read

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Kevin Spacey Will Appear In (Tennis) Court As Clarence Darrow

Kevin Spacey will star in Clarence Darrow, a one-man play about the famed “Monkey Trial” lawyer by David. W. Rintels and directed by Thea Sharrock. First presented at the Old Vic Theatre in London, it will now come to New York for a two-night event at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, NY, on June 15-16. Darrow was a legendary civil rights attorney from the first decades of the last century, best known for representing substitute teacher John Scopes, who was accused of… Read

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Vince Vaughn-Produced ‘Fearless With Tim Ferriss’ Gets Premiere Date On Audience Network

AT&T Audience Network has set a May 30 premiere date for its new original series, Fear(less) with Tim Ferriss, featuring self-help guru Tim Ferriss. Fear(less) features in-depth, long-form conversations between bestselling author, entrepreneur, and investor Ferriss and top performers, focusing on how they've overcome fears and made hard decisions, embracing discomfort and thinking big. Ferriss will kick off the series, which airs at 8 PM, with renowned illusionist David… Read

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‘Fate Of The Furious’ Drives Toward $1B Global As Rest Of Stateside Biz Idles Ahead Of ‘Guardians 2’ – Box Office Preview

No shocker here: Universal’s The Fate of the Furious will own the weekend for the third time in a row in U.S/Canada with $24M-$25M, and by Saturday, around the world, it will rank as the 30th title ever to cross $1 billion at the box office. For Universal, F8 will rep the seventh time this year out of 17 weekends that the studio has led the weekend box office. Previous runs at No. 1 for Uni include three weeks of Split, the weekend that Get Out opened, and the last two… Read

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California Bill To Boost Funding For Hollywood Job Training Passes Committee

UPDATE, 3:30 PM: AB 1664 has passed the Assembly Arts and Entertainment Committee by a 7-0 vote. The proposed bill would expand and increase funding by $1 million for current hands-on training programs geared towards high school and community college students that are run by entertainment unions. PREVIOUS, MARCH 8 PM: California state Assemblymen Raul Bocanegra and Ian Calderon today introduced legislation aimed at building the state's below-the-line workforce by… Read