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Alain de Greef, Canal Plus Co-Founder, Dies Aged 68

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French TV exec Alain de Greef, who co-founded pay TV giant Canal Plus, died Monday at the age of 68 of cancer. He was a pioneer of French TV, launching Canal Plus in the 1980’s along with Pierre Lescure and André Rousslet in the 1980s.  During his time at Canal Plus from 1986 to 2000, De Greef was in charge of Canal’s content firstly as director of production, then head of programmes, and finally as director general.  De Greef and Lescure first collaborated together on… Read

Business

Sony To Raise Almost $3.6 Billion In New Shares And Bonds, Share Price Plunges

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Sony Corp plans to raise $3.6 billion via new shares and bonds to invest in new technologies such as image sensors and new growth business sectors. It would rep the first new share issue from Sony in 26 years, the conglom said on Tuesday. The unexpected move saw the company’s share price plunge by as much as 8% on investor fears the new stock will dilute per-share earnings. Sony expects to raise $2.62 billion from a public stock offering after a year in which its market… Read

Film

Justin Lin Goes Beyond Search For Spock With ‘Star Trek 3′ Title Reveal

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No one will be searching for Spock, but set phasers to “that’s actually kind of cool” anyway, because the third installment of the rebooted Star Trek series now has an official title: Star Trek Beyond. Lin revealed the name today via Twitter: Let the next Starfleet voyage begin! #StarTrekBeyond #LLAP pic.twitter.com/VZh9YvJgqAJustin Lin (@trailingjohnson) June 29, 2015 That hugely retro patch and Space Age workman uniform is a particularly nice touch; I’d believe… Read

TV

NeNe Leakes Moving Out Of ‘Real Housewives Of Atlanta’

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Real Housewives of Atlanta is losing it’s biggest star, as longtime cast member and undisputed fan favorite NeNe Leakes bas announced she is leaving the Bravo series after 7 seasons. Leakes broke the news to her fans on Twitter, linking back to a People Magazine report. This is so hard for me to type! I cry as I do so! After seven seasons I have decided not to return to #RHOAhttp://t.co/BDqiPwmNM2 — NeNe Leakes (@NeNeLeakes) June 30, 2015 A staple of the hit series… Read

Film

Three More SAG-AFTRA Local Elections Decided Without a Single Vote Being Cast

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Three more local SAG-AFTRA elections – this time in Colorado, New Mexico and the Twin Cities – have been decided "without the necessity of a membership vote." Similar non-voting elections were recently held at the union's Hawaii, Missouri Valley, and Arizona-Utah locals. In Colorado, local president Sheila Ivy Traister was returned to office without opposition. None of the local's other officers, board members and convention delegates faced opposition either, and were… Read

Box Office

‘Jurassic World’ Cracks $500M, ‘Inside Out’ Pacing 35% Ahead Of ‘Up’ – Weekend B.O. Actuals

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Actuals are in with us seeing a wide enough margin between Universal’s Jurassic World and Disney’s Pixar’s Inside Out for the respective No. 1 and 2 spots after a fierce battle last weekend. The whole Uni-Disney duke out is a bit deja-vu, reminiscent of the holiday season when we saw two films within hairs of each other, battling for crossover family business: Uni’s Unbroken and Disney’s Into The Woods (granted we’re in a much higher B.O. stratosphere here… Read

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Jack Carter Dies: Actor & Comedian One Face In A Thousand Places

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A comic’s comic as familiar to television audiences across the decades as he was to Vegas rollers and Broadway denizens, Jack Carter died at home in Beverly Hills on June 28 of respiratory failure, according to his publicist, Jeff Sanderson. He had turned 93 on June 24. Carter’s seven-decade career took him from the legitimate stage through television’s golden age, which included hosting Cavalcade Of Stars and his own series on NBC, The Jack Carter Show, which originated… Read

Film

Gordon Gray’s Race For Miracle Batten Disease Cure Update: Jon Hamm Stepped Up. Who’s Next?

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On June 9, Deadline revealed how Miracle producer Gordon Gray was racing the clock to raise a minimum of $10 million to run trials for a treatment that could possibly stop the progression of a rare degenerative brain disease in his two daughters. Both 4-year-old Charlotte and her younger sister Gwenyth were diagnosed in March with the rare Late Infantile NCL Batten Disease CLN6, for which there currently is no cure. Rarely has a Deadline article received such an… Read

TV

BET Awards Viewership Dips From Chris Rock-Hosted 2014 Show

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28:  Recording artist Chris Brown (L) and co-host Anthony Anderson attend the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on June 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for BET)

The 2015 BET Awards drew 6.5 million viewers on Sunday for a simulcast on BET and Centric. Black-ish stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson hosted the event at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. For a third year in a row the awards show capped the BET Experience, which attracted 152,500 fans over the four-day event at the venue, a 36% increase from 2014‎. The show itself saw viewership dip from 2014, when Chris Rock rocked as host and an average of 7.9 million… Read

Business

‘Innocence Of Muslims’ Case Dismissed On Request Of Google & Actress

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Two and a half years after the short anti-Islam video became the center of an international and legal storm, the heated roller coaster ride ended today – which means YouTube, studios and networks can breathe a little easier copyrightwise. "Based on the parties' Stipulation for Dismissal of Action, the Court hereby dismisses this action with prejudice, with each party to bear its own fees and costs," said a federal judge Monday (read it here). The order from Judge Michael… Read

Film

‘Martyrs’ Acquired By Anchor Bay; ‘Shooting The Warwicks’ Gets Release Date

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Anchor Bay Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to the feature film Martyrs, from Wild Bunch. These rights include theatrical, Digital HD, Blu-ray/DVD and broadcast but do not include the first pay TV window. The revenge thriller follows a woman and her childhood friend who team up to exact payback from people who once victimized and abused them. It stars Troian Bellisario (Pretty Little Liars), Caitlin Carmichael (300: Rise Of An Empire), Kate Burton (127… Read