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Warriors Win Push NBA Playoffs Series Ratings Up, ‘Bachelorette’ & ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Return Down

On a night of finales across many of the networks, specials and The Bachelorette (1.8/7) debut on ABC, it was an end and a beginning for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Playoffs on Monday. With a 129-115 win over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, the Bay Area team are heading to the NBA Finals for the third year in a row. Facing either current champions the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Boston Celtics on June 1, depending who wins the… Read


22 Dead After Explosion At Ariana Grande Concert In UK; Suicide Bomber Suspected

UPDATE TUESDAY PM: Police have identified the suicide bomber behind the Manchester terror attack as 22-year-old Salman Abedi. Greater Manchester police chief constable Ian Hopkins revealed his identity in a media briefing outside the force headquarters on Tuesday afternoon. According to a report on the BBC, Abedi was born in Manchester and has "at least three brothers and sisters." His family are believed to be Libyans originally and they lived at more than one address in… Read


Broad Green To Release ‘The Good Catholic’ In Select Theaters

Broad Green Pictures is releasing the first feature film from three year-old Indiana-based production company Pigasus Pictures with The Good Catholic. The romantic comedy will bow on September 8 in select theaters at the same time it his VOD. The Good Catholic, from writer/director Paul Shoulberg's follows a priest who suffers a crisis of faith when he falls for a young woman and is inspired on a true story — that of Shoulberg’s own family. His father, Donald (who has… Read


‘Watergate’: History Sets Documentary Series On That Other Presidential Scandal

'Watergate' History Channel miniseries

As political journalists take a bit of a breather with President Trump on foreign soil, History has seized on the opportunity to make a headline of its own. The cable channel has ordered Watergate, what it calls the “definitive” documentary series about the scandal and cover-up that forced President Richard Nixon out of office. Produced and directed by Oscar winner Charles Ferguson (Inside Job), the series will look into the granddaddy of American disgraces that started… Read


Barbet Schroeder On His Trilogy Of Evil & Being “Profoundly Scared” In Trump Era – Cannes Studio

Oscar-nominated Reversal Of Fortune director Barbet Schroeder has sort of completed his “Trilogy of Evil” documentary series with The Venerable W. The Official Selection title here in Cannes is a look at Burma’s Venerable Wirathu, a highly respected and influential Buddhist monk whose Islamophobia and hate speech have led to violence and destruction. But Schroeder, whose narrative films include Single White Female, Kiss Of Death, Murder By Numbers and Barfly, says he’s… Read


Bob Shaye On Helming Return ‘Ambition’ & Festival Stunts Of Yore – Cannes Studio

Former New Line Cinema co-chief Bob Shaye recently took a two-year break from the Cannes Film Festival, but is back in town this year to tubthump his latest directing project, Ambition. The story, Shaye tells me in the video above, is about a young woman “who is extremely ambitious as a musician and she gets herself into really, really big trouble and then there's a twist in the end.” Shaye and his Unique Features partner Michael Lynne are producing the previously-titled G… Read


‘DC Super Hero Girls’: Cartoon Network Sets Toon Series For 2018

The world knows them as Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl, but the three stars of Cartoon Network’s upcoming toon series are teenage girls trying to balance superpowers and secret identities with, like, managing a social life. Warner Bros. Animation has kicked off production on DC Super Hero Girls, which follows not-so-typical teenagers Diana, Kara and Barbara. Alongside their superhero friends, they have much more to deal with than just protecting the citizens of… Read


‘Hanna’ TV Adaptation Gets Straight-To-Series Order At Amazon From NBCU Int’l Studios

Amazon Studios has given a straight-to-series order to Hanna, a drama based on Focus Features’ offbeat 2011 assassin pic, from David Farr, who co-wrote the feature, and NBCUniversal International Studios. Emmy-nominated Farr, who most recently adapted John Le Carre’s The Night Manager for BBC/AMC, will pen the adaptation. Farr had been developing the project with NBCUniversal's International Studios' L.A. scripted team, headed up by JoAnn Alfano, and Tomorrow ITV Studios'… Read


‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Season 12 Set For 2019 On Nickelodeon

Are you ready, kids? Hold on to your spatula because Nickelodeon has booked another return trip to Bikini Bottom with a Season 12 greenlight for pop culture phenom SpongeBob SquarePantsThe new episodes will premiere in 2019 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the series, which has Nick says has been the most-watched animated program with kids for more than 15 years. The veteran voice cast is set to return including Tom Kenny as SpongeBob, Bill Fagerbakke as Patrick… Read


‘Twin Peaks’ Debut Soft For Showtime In Linear Viewership

Back on the small screen after a 26-year absence, Twin Peaks' Showtime debut was surrounded in "exposure but not too much exposure," to quote cable boss David Nevins, and secrecy ahead of its Sunday premiere. With that, 506,000 viewers watched the two-hour, two-episode 9 PM premiere of the David Lynch and Mark Frost series Sunday, according to Nielsen. Among adults 18-49, the return of Agent Dale Cooper, Laura Palmer and more of the mystery of the Pacific Northwest town… Read


Focus Features Acquires Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘The Little Stranger’ – Cannes

Focus Features has picked up worldwide rights to Lenny Abrahamson's The Little Stranger, excluding the UK, France and Switzerland, where it will be distributed by Pathé. The chilling ghost story, which will begin production in the UK this summer with a planned 2018 release, stars Charlotte Rampling, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson and Will Poulter. Abrahamson, who directed the 2015 Oscar-nominated pic Room, will direct. Lucinda Coxton, who wrote the screenplay adaptation… Read


Dina Merrill Dies At 93: American Heiress, ‘BUtterfield 8’ Actress And Philanthropist Was Quintessence Of Elegance

The family of Dina Merrill Hartley confirmed Tuesday morning that the actress and philanthropist, an icon of taste and sophistication in both worlds, died at home Monday in East Hampton, NY, surrounded by her family. The cause was Lewy Body dementia, the family said. She was 93. Merrill’s remarkable career – it could aptly be described as exquisitely curated – spanned more than half a century and included memorable roles in films from the serious (Daniel Mann’s 1960 BUtter… Read