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DVR Gains Raise Renewal Prospects For Sunday Newbies ‘Secrets & Lies’, ‘Last Man On Earth’ & ‘The Royals’

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TV network executives have long said that they don’t rely on Live+Same day ratings when making renewal decisions. And for good reason. Three new Sunday midseason series have performed so-so to OK in Live+Same Day but with solid ratings gains after 3 days of DVR viewing they all look pretty hopeful for a second season pickup. That includes ABC mystery drama Secrets & Lies, Fox comedy Last Man on Earth and E! soapy dramedy The Royals. Secrets & Lies, which, like Last Man on… Read

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Bill Maher To PC Liberals: “Shut Up”

Bill Maher Advises Hillary Clinton to Go Away Before U.S. Presidency Bid

After nicking Sen. Ted Cruz who signed up for Obamacare, and grilling Gov. Mike Huckabee on his Christian persecution complex, HBO Real Time host Bill Maher scolded liberals for their internecine. "What is the point of attacking people who are 95 percent on your side?"  he wondered. "How deeply stupid has the far left become when gay designers can't get along with gay musicians, when vegans attack vegetarians for not being pure enough…I see agnostics and athiests bitching… Read

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DWA Poised For A ‘Home’ Run With $53M Weekend; ‘Get Hard’ Gets Rich With $33M

Weekend Box Office: 'Home' Beating 'Get Hard'

Update, Saturday 3:30AM: DreamWorks Animation has of late been a field of gloom and doom. The studio posted close to $300M in losses last year from pics that failed to perform. The Glendale, California campus was sold and 500 people were given their walking papers. However, this weekend is looking a little brighter for DWA as its sole 2015 feature toon Home, via 20th Century Fox, is leading the charge at the box office with an estimated $15M Friday and a $52.7M… Read

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Trevor Noah’s Fast Track To Replace Jon Stewart On ‘The Daily Show’

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Finally! Someone who wants to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. Trevor Noah, the relatively new correspondent addition to Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, now is considered the most likely candidate to replace Stewart as show host, a source told Deadline today. Contacted for comment, Comedy Central reiterated, “We are not commenting or providing guidance on any speculation about any individuals.” The news about Noah is welcome for those who, like us, are exhausted… Read

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Helen Mirren Film ‘Woman In Gold’ Aims For New Respect After Critical Brickbats At Berlin Film Festival

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Director Simon Curtis’ terrific new film, Woman In Gold opens April 1st and I will have a full video review of it on Monday. But the movie actually had its World Premiere February 9th at the Berlin Film Festival and critics came gunning for it. “A stodgy crusade for justice directed with minimal flair,” said one. “Heavy handed,” said another. “For a while I wasn’t quite sure why I hated Woman In Gold  so very, very much,” was another opinion.  With only seven reviews… Read

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Aimee Teegarden Joins Paramount’s ‘Rings'; Clemens Schick To Menace ‘The Lake’

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Aimee Teegarden has joined Matilda Lutz and Alex Roe in Paramount’s Rings, the third installment in the horror franchise about a cursed video tape that unleashes a demonic horror which kills the unwitting viewer within seven days. Formerly called The Ring 3D, Rings began principle photography in Atlanta this week. It’s directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez from a script by David Loucka, Jacob Aaron Estes, and Akiva Goldsman. The former Friday Night Lights star will next be seen… Read

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‘Furious 7′ Stars Take Over ‘Kimmel’ Next Week; NBC Late-Nighters Slim On Guests From Universal Pic

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This is a rather unusual cross-conglom promotion: Disney-owned ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live will have four of the biggest stars from Universal’s biggest tentpole of the year, Furious 7, next week. Also in a rare setup, Jimmy Kimmel will have one Furious 7 leading man every night Monday through Thursday, leading to the film’s April 3 opening: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Kurt Russell. Meanwhile, there will be two Furious 7 cast members on the late-night shows… Read

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Ernie Hudson Cast In ‘Delores And Jermaine'; Corbin Bernsen In ‘Living On Video’, ‘Uncle Buck’ Adds Young Co-Star

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Ernie Hudson is set for a recurring role in ABC's multi-camera comedy pilot Delores & JermaineWritten by comedian Jermaine Fowler based on his life, it stars Fowler as a millennial with big ideas, but very little drive, who moves in with his estranged grandmother (Whoopi Goldberg), a strict, football-loving, former D.C. cop who needs his youthful enthusiasm in her life as much as he needs her old-school parenting. Hudson will play the grandmother’s love interest. The… Read

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Lolita Davidovich & David Clennon Among Cast Additions To ‘Dr. Del’ Indie Pilot

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Lolita Davidovich and David Clennon (Gone Girl) have joined the cast of Katie Jacobs and Nick Wechsler’s independently produced medical drama pilot Dr. Del, inspired by Peter Hessler's New Yorker piece "Dr. Don." Written by John Sayles and directed by Jacobs, Dr. Del follows Del Canyon (John Hawkes) as he reluctantly returns to his small hometown of Isotope to run his family's apothecary, the only source for medical attention for hundreds of miles. There, he emerges as… Read

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Tom Wheeler Inks 2-Script Deal At Sony Pictures Television In TV Return

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After focusing exclusively on features for the past few years, writer Tom Wheeler is returning to television with a sizable two-script deal at Sony Pictures TV. The studio and Wheeler are already zeroing in on ideas for the two projects, which I hear both will likely be one-hour originals, one with horror elements and the other possibly touching upon science fiction. Wheeler wrote several projects back-to-back that went to pilot: The World According To Barnes (2007), Capta… Read

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‘Spectre’ Trailer: Daniel Craig’s 007 Catches Up With His Past

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If you like your trailers suspenseful, not shaken, here’s the first full extended look at Spectre, the 24th James Bond film and fourth starring Daniel Craig. The word “anticipated” is as overused in showbiz as “superstar” is in sports, but this is the follow-up to 007’s most lucrative adventure. By far. Chances are you remember the 2012 film Skyfall, which is a) Sony’s biggest film ever, b) the UK’s highest grosser and c) No. 9 on the all-time list with $1.11B worldwide… Read

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‘Serena’ Hits Box Office After Ultra-Strong VOD Start – Specialty B.O. Preview

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Serena, the third feature starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, may be taking some sacking by critics, but it has found zest in its ultra-VOD release where it is nearing $1 million in grosses since its February 26 debut, according to Magnolia Pictures. The distributor is rolling it out in 60 theaters nationwide this weekend. It will be joined on the specialty box office front by Noah Baumbach’s latest While We’re Young. The A24 feature starring Ben Stiller, Naomi… Read