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Refinery29 Distills $50 Million From Scripps Interactive, WPP In Series D Round

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Refinery29 – the female-centric online-media company – has raised another $50 million in a Series D round of funding from Scripps Networks Interactive and the WPP Ventures arm of giant advertising and marketing holding company WPP, the company announced. The round, which brings to $80 million the total raised by Refinery29, will be used to expand its video and entertainment programming targeting Millennial generation women, to expand internationally, and to build more… Read

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Saville Int’l Brings ‘Sleeping Giant’ To Cannes; Series Mania Fest Boosts Attendance: Global Briefs

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Seville International, the boutique sales outfit of eOne, is set to handle sales on Cannes Critics' Week selection Sleeping Giant. It’s the feature directorial debut of writer-director Andrew Cividino, which is in competition for the Caméra d'Or at Cannes. Newcomers Nick Serino and Reece Moffett star alongside Jackson Martin, David Disher and Erika Brodzky. The story follows Adam, a teenager who is spending his summer vacation with his parents on Lake Superior. His dull… Read

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China “More Capitalistic Than U.S.,” Ryan Kavanaugh Says At Execs’ Milken Panel

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At today Milken Institute Global Conference panel on “Can Hollywood Speak Chinese,” a number of film industry execs who have overcome hurdles and succeeded doing business in China — IM Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford, Relativity founder and CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, STX Entertainment CEO-Chairman Robert Simonds and Lionsgate Co-COO Brian Goldsmith — shed light on how they’ve obtained financing, released films and essentially navigated the culture’s business… Read

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Paul Ryan Dies: Actor, TV Host & ‘ET’ Correspondent Was 69

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Paul Ryan, an actor, TV host and former Entertainment Tonight correspondent, has died. He was 69. Ryan died April 23 of leukemia at Providence Saint Joseph Hospital in Burbank. He hundreds of celebrity interviews as ET‘s Hollywood correspondent, co-hosted the local Mid-Morning Los Angeles and most recently produced web series A BraveHeart View. Ryan also authored the 2007 book The Art Of Comedy: Getting Serious About Being Funny. His acting career included more than two… Read

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‘Deadpool’ Scribes Wernick & Reese Uncap Pic On Disastrous New Coke Launch

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EXCLUSIVE: Paul Wernick & Rhett Reese, the scribes behind Zombieland and the X-Men spinoff Deadpool, next will craft a movie about the disastrous launch of New Coke, perhaps the worst product introduction since the Edsel. Last week marked the 30th anniversary of when Coca-Cola veered from the secret formula that had been around since the 1890s to unveil what the company hoped would be a new and improved drink for a younger generation. It went so flat it imperiled its… Read

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Peter Hoffman “Stunned” By Guilty Verdict In Louisiana Tax Fraud Trial – Updated

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2nd UPDATE, 5:46 PM: Peter Hoffman told Deadline he is “stunned” by the verdict but would have no other comment until he moves to have it set aside. UPDATED, 4:51 PM: Peter Hoffman, Hollywood's once-highflying guru of exotic tax breaks, has been found guilty on tax fraud in federal court in New Orleans. Hoffman was convicted on 21 counts of conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud as part of a scheme to defraud the state of Louisiana out of $1.13 million in tax credits to… Read

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Yahoo NewFront Touts New News, Music & Comedy Offerings

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Yahoo kicked off NewFront week in NYC today by stepping up its effort to blur, if not erase, the line befween online and TV programming. It unveiled 18 series, including a Simon Cowell-produced DJ talent show, a daily news show hosted by Katie Couric, a live weekly business news show, and magazine-related series including one featuring model Naomi Campbell and another with actress Michelle Rodriguez. "We know that advertisers want to tap into premium video content that… Read

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New Line Acquires Rolling Stone True Crime Saga ‘Dukes Of Oxy'; Michael De Luca, Ansel Elgort Attached

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EXCLUSIVE: In what will be his first collaboration at New Line in a very long time, Michael De Luca is at the center of a deal for Dukes Of Oxy, an article in the April 23 issue of Rolling Stone about a pair of teen high school wrestlers from Florida who built a multimillion-dollar business smuggling OxyContin and other painkillers. The deal is coming together quickly for De Luca to produce the film with Ansel Elgort and Emily Gerson Saines (Temple Grandin). The hope is… Read

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Viola Davis To Star In Harriet Tubman HBO Movie From Kirk Ellis, Doug Ellin & Amblin

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HBO Films has teamed with writer Kirk Ellis, producer Doug Ellin and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV for a project about Harriet Tubman, with Oscar nominee Viola Davis set to portray the famous abolitionist. Based on the biography Bound For The Promised Land by historian Kate Clifford Larson, the film, now in development, tells the story of American hero Tubman. Born a slave, she escaped and, via an intricate escape network of secret routes and safe houses known as the… Read

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Bruce Jenner Interview Hits 17.1M In Final ‘20/20’ Viewership Results – Update

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UPDATED, 3:28 PM: The final numbers are in, and the viewership gold medal is shining a little brighter for Friday’s 20/20: Bruce Jenner – The Interview. While the two-hour Diane Sawyer sit-down with the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion and the Keeping Up With The Kardashians stepdad stayed the same among adults 18-49 with a 5.2/17, the highly promoted conversation about Jenner’s transition to becoming a woman bopped up a bit from its fast nationals in total viewers. With a… Read

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Hailee Steinfeld To Star In ‘Break My Heart 1,000 Times’

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Hailee Steinfeld is set to star in supernatural romantic thriller Break My Heart 1,000 Times for Gold Circle Films. Based on the YA novel by Daniel Waters, Break My Heart is described as a combination of The Fault In Our Stars and The Sixth Sense and is considered a springboard for a possible franchise. Jason Fuchs will adapt the screenplay and Scott Speer is attached to direct. It’s set following a cataclysmic event that has torn the barrier between our world and the… Read

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‘Unauthorized Full House’ Movie In The Works At Lifetime

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On the heels of The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story, Lifetime has given a green light to The Unauthorized Full House Story (working title), based on the long-running Full House ’90s sitcom that made John Stamos a household name. Unauthorized Full House will look at the rise of the cast and the pressure on them to balance the idyllic family life on the show with the more complicated reality of their own lives outside the series, but it will also look at the warm bond… Read