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Fox Boston Affiliate Goes Dark On Verizon FiOS Over Carriage Dispute With Cox

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Some football fans in Massachusetts and Rhodes Island had to scramble to find alternative ways to watch the Eagles-Cowboys Thanksgiving game as the Fox station in the area, WFXT-TV, which carries the matchup, went dark on Verizon FiOS at 3 AM Thursday, affecting 400,000 customers. The reason is awfully familiar – another retransmission fee dispute between Verizon and Cox Media Group, which bought the Boston-based station WFXT-TV from Fox in June and embarked on… Read

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Mike Leigh On Painting Timothy Spall Into ‘Mr. Turner:’ The Contenders

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Mr. Turner writer-director Mike Leigh, who has been nominated for Oscars five times, knew exactly who he wanted to play the lead role in his new biopic about the revered and irascible English Romantic painter J.M.W. Turner. That was, as he tells Deadline's Pete Hammond in this video clip from our recent Oscar showcase The Contenders, veteran character actor Timothy Spall. Spall was the only actor Leigh said he considered for the role, and he's perhaps best known for his… Read

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Frank Yablans, Former Paramount President, Dead At 79

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Frank Yablans was president of Paramount during some of the studio's most golden years from 1971 to 1975. Working under notorious owner Charlie Bludhorn, Yablans' tenure included such Oscar winners and nominees as The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Serpico, Paper Moon, Chinatown and Murder On The Orient Express. He died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes this morning, his son, ICM Partners' Eddy Yablans, told Deadline. Frank Yablans worked in his early years… Read

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Plan For Imposing Quota On Hollywood Movies Scrapped By Russian Parliament

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Proposed legislation that would've cut the current number of Hollywood films playing in Russian theaters by as much as half is dead, according to Leonid Levin, head of the information policy committee of the Russian Duma quoted by local media. He called regulating the features that hit Russian theaters by imposing a quote of foreign ones unnecessary. “If there are good Russian movies, people turn out to see them anyway,” he said. Levin's announcement comes on the heels of… Read

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P.D. James, Veteran British Crime Novelist & ‘Children Of Men’ Author, Dies At 94

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One of the most prolific and beloved of British crime novelists, P.D. James, passed away today in Oxford, England. Best known for her series of detective novels centering around Scotland Yard Commander/poet Adam Dagliesh, James was 94. Her non-Dagliesh book, Children Of Men, was the basis for Alfonso Cuaron's 2006 Oscar nominated film of the same name. She also recently was the impetus for Death Comes To Pemberley, a BBC and Masterpiece miniseries based on her novel that… Read

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Broadway-Bound ‘Finding Neverland’ Sings For ‘Good Morning America': Video

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Finding Neverland, the Harvey Weinstein-produced musical based on Miramax's 2004 movie starring Johnny Depp as Peter Pan creator JM Barrie, is due to open on Broadway in April. Bringing a bit of holiday cheer to Good Morning America earlier today, star Matthew Morrison (from the Paramount lot) introduced a live musical performance by his co-star, Laura Michelle Kelly, and the show's composer, Gary Barlow, singing a medley of tunes from Times Square alongside Jo Lawry… Read

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CBS Sets 2015 Greatest Super Bowl Commercials Special

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CBS' 15th annual special showcasing Super Bowl commercials will air Jan. 26 with hosts Boomer Esiason, analyst for CBS Sports' NFL pre-game show The NFL Today, and Katharine McPhee, co-star of CBS' breakout new drama Scorpion. As usual, Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2015 will feature an interactive element, allowing viewers to vote live here for their favorite Super Bowl Commercials. Fans can vote starting today, pitting 'Old School' commercials against 'New School'… Read

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‘Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’ Surges, ‘Red Band Society’ Hits 0.7 Rating Wednesday

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The networks closed the book on the November sweep on a quiet Thanksgiving eve. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is not acting its age. The 41-year-old cartoon extended its ratings streak with another impressive gain, helped by a move from Thursday to Wednesday. It tied CBS' Survivor as the No.1 program of the night with a 2.1 in adults 18-39, up +31% from last year. Over the last three years, the Peanuts classic has posted 1.1 (2012, Thanksgiving night), 1.6 (2013… Read

Box Office

‘Mockingjay’, ‘Penguins’ & ‘Horrible Bosses 2′ Cook Up T-Giving Box Office

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While the Penguins Of Madagascar have already been flapping their way through China for two frames, this is the weekend when Kowalski and crew will look to carve out a domestic niche. In their first full day of release on Wednesday, the DreamWorks Animation spin-off creatures waddled away with $6.25M at 3,654 locations, taking less than half of what Katniss Everdeen stuffed into the Hunger Games franchise quiver. Mockingjay Part 1 added an estimated $14.55M at 4,151 North… Read

International

Talking Turkey: Endemol Feasts On New Series In Bountiful Market (Video)

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Following a spate of recent format deals, today seems like the perfect day to talk Turkey — the country, not this afternoon's traditional table centerpiece. Last April, I wrote about the Balkan republic's potential as a fresh source of adaptable formats. That was spurred on by deals with the U.S. that at the time included drama Runner (formerly The End, and in Turkish, Son) being acquired by Fox, and CBS giving a pilot order to competition show In The Spotlight (Keep Your… Read

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‘Red Band Society’ Pulled From Schedule, Will Stop Production After 13 Episodes

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Fox has opted not to order more episodes of freshman Red Band Society beyond the original 13-episode order, which will wrap production in mid-December. The network has stopped short of cancelling the hospital teen drama starring Octavia Spencer, which will air two more episodes, tonight (Episode 9) and next Wednesday's fall finale (Episode 10), December 3, before getting off the schedule. It is unclear when the three remaining episodes will air. Red Band Society has… Read

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James Cameron On ‘Avatar’ Sequels: ‘You Will Sh*t Yourself With Your Mouth Wide Open’

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After blowing past his Titanic budget by 100% and watching that become history's highest-grossing film and then surpassing that budget and worldwide gross with Avatar, James Cameron routinely sets a high bar for himself. He's not letting up with the three Avatar sequels he's prepping in New Zealand, strangely predicting that viewers will experience Close Encounters Of The Turd Kind. Cameron told Empire magazine: “I can tell you one thing about them: They're gonna be… Read

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