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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 5: Hot TV Teaser

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“It's not over till they're all dead.” Sinister thought. It's T-minus 20 days until the return of cable's biggest scripted series, and here's a look at Season 5 of AMC's zombie drama. The new half-minute teaser is chock-full of wary faces, whispered worry, anguished yells and gun-cocking sound effects. The Season 4 finale in March drew a rotted-head-turning 15.7 million viewers, including a literally eye-popping 10.2 million in the adults 18-49 demo. The Walking Dead… Read

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Shea Whigham To Co-Star On ‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’

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With Boardwalk Empire winding down its final season, co-star Shea Whigham has lined up his next series gig, a starring role opposite Hayley Atwell in Marvel's Agent Carter, ABC's new series, which will bridge the fall and spring runs of Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Whigham will play what is considered the male lead in the series, inspired by the feature films Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, along with the short Marvel One-Shot… Read

Business

‘Dancing With The Stars’ Tops Twitter TV Ratings; ‘Red Band Society’ Makes Promising Debut

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Dancing With The Stars pirouetted to the top of Nielsen's Twitter TV ratings for the week (and placed a second night of competition at No. 5), waltzing past Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, two nights of the WWE and the HBO broadcast of concert doc On the Run Tour: Beyonce and Jay Z. In a promising bit of news for its long-term prospects, Fox's Red Band Society made the top 10 with its debut episode. Read

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Newbie Picture Company On The Case For ‘Tracking Of A Russian Spy’

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EXCLUSIVE: Studiocanal has snapped up rights to journalist Mitch Swenson's true-story novella The Tracking Of A Russian Spy that will be produced by Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman's The Picture Company. It marks the second deal for the new shingle since its formation; earlier this month, Studiocanal acquired rights to Tom Wood's Victor The Assassin books for Pierre Morel to helm and Picture Company to produce with Sentient Entertainment. Russian Spy, first published on the… Read

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Joan Rivers Tribute Nabs ‘Fashion Police’ Biggest Audience Ever

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A record 1.1 million total viewers tuned in to remember Joan Rivers Friday during E!'s 90-minute special Fashion Police: Celebrating Joan.  That's more than double the year ago time period (127%) average. The special was preceded by "Joan Day," an all-day marathon of Fashion Police episodes that started at 7 AM and wrapped at 7 PM. The Rivers package propelled E! to its most-watched and highest-rated Friday in more than two years. E! has said Fashion Police will return in… Read

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UPDATE: Michelle Yeoh, Others Join Cinemax’s ‘Strike Back’ For Fourth & Final Season

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UPDATE: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon's Michelle Yeoh is heading to Cinemax's action series Strike Back along with Will Yun Lee and other new cast members, the network just announced. Filming on the fourth and final season is underway, following the injury that sidelined star Sullivan Stapleton and pushed the series' schedule. Also joining Stapleton are returning stars Philip Winchester, Robson Green, Michelle Lukes, and Milauna Jackson. New cast members include Dustin… Read

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‘Shark Tank’ Star Kevin O’Leary Signs With UTA

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Kevin O'Leary, one of the original sharks on the popular ABC reality series Shark Tank, has signed with UTA. He was with WME. The Canada-born businessman and investor also appeared on the Canadian version of the British unscripted format Dragon's Den for eight seasons. He is a fixture on business TV news both in the U.S., where he appears regularly on CNBC, and Canada. Additionally, O'Leary is chairman of O'Leary Funds, a mutual fund company with $1 billion under… Read

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Hamptons Fest Gets ‘St. Vincent’ Opener; Now They Pray For St. Bill

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EXCLUSIVE: The Hamptons Film Festival just got a good one for its opening night on October 9. It will premiere St. Vincent, the Ted Melfi-directed comedy that had a rousing opening-night World Premiere at Toronto, was just slotted into the first night of the Long Island festival. This fest launch fit nicely into The Weinstein Company's release strategy that begins October 10. Now, of course, the question becomes whether the Hamptons is fortunate enough to get a dose of… Read

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Jacki Weaver To Co-Star In Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Blunt Talk’ Series On Starz

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Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) is set as the female lead opposite Patrick Stewart in Starz's live-action comedy series Blunt Talk, from Seth MacFarlane and Bored To Death creator Jonathan Ames, which has a 20-episode, two-season, straight-to-series order. Also cast in the MRC-produced series is British actor Adrian Scarborough (The King's Speech). Blunt Talk is a character-driven comedy revolving around Walter Blunt (Stewart), an infrequently sober but legendary… Read

Box Office

‘The Admiral: Roaring Currents’ Becomes Top Grossing Korean Film In U.S.

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I bet we can guess which picture will be submitted from South Korea for this year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. After taking that country by storm, The Admiral: Roaring Currents — the story about the real-life battle of Myeong-Nyang in 1597 when the Japanese invaded Korea — broke an eight-year record to become the highest-grossing Korean-language film ever in North America. This comes after it whipped up 17M admissions to become the most-watched film of all… Read

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‘Maze Runner’ Adds $38M Internationally With No. 1s In 50 Countries; ‘Apes’ Crosses $100M In China

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UPDATED, Monday, 12:47 PM: We have all 29 films' final totals updated so far, including this weekend's big box office king, The Maze Runner. Updated so far (besides Maze Runner) are Universal's The Boxtrolls and Lucy, Disney/Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy, and the Fox titles Let's Be Cops, How To Train Your Dragon 2 from DreamWorks' Animation, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Paramount's newly revamped franchises Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Hercules, Fox's YA… Read

International

R.I.P. Dutch Filmmaker George Sluizer

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The Dutch filmmaker best known stateside for The Vanishing and the River Phoenix Western Dark Blood died Saturday in Amsterdam. George Sluizer was 82. He won a Silver Bear at Berlin for his 1961 debut, the documentary short Hold Back The Sea, and returned to the festival four more times in the ensuing decades. Three of Sluizer's films were nominated for the Golden Bear: The Commissioner (1998), John, The Knife And The River (1972) — both of which he also scripted — and Utz… Read

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