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Uni Brands New Monster Movies As ‘Dark Universe’; Bill Condon’s ‘Bride Of Frankenstein’ Up Next In Feb. 2019

Universal Pictures’ relaunch of its classic monster movie characters, starting with the Tom Cruise feature The Mummy on June 9, will be known as the “Dark Universe” franchise. In addition the studio confirmed today what Deadline exclusively reported last month: Beauty and the Beast‘s Bill Condon is locked in to direct The Bride of Frankenstein which will be the next Dark Universe title following The Mummy, set for release on Feb. 14, 2019,  a day that Uni had already… Read

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‘Ben 10’ Renewed For Season 2 By Cartoon Network

The Ben 10 universe is expanding. Cartoon Network has ordered a second season of its hit series and will launch accompanying new console and mobile games, along with other immersive experiences during the new season. In Season 2, Ben Tennyson, his cousin Gwen and Grandpa Max will embark on their greatest summer vacation ever. The heroic adventures will continue as Ben meets new aliens, friends and foes while discovering exciting twists and surprises within his… Read

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Katharine McPhee & Daniel Gillies To Topline Lifetime’s ‘The Lost Wife Of Robert Durst’

Lifetime has given the green light to original movie The Lost Wife of Robert Durst, with Katharine McPhee and Daniel Gillies set to star as Kathie and Robert Durst. Based on Matt Birkbeck's book, A Deadly Secret: The Strange Disappearance of Kathie Durst, the movie centers around  the wife of Robert Durst, subject of HBO's documentary The Jinx. Young and wide-eyed, Kathie (McPhee) falls in love with charming, yet quirky real estate scion Robert Durst (Gillies), only to… Read

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Bob Beckel Accuser Retains Lawyer Behind Fox News Discrimination Suits

A Fox News Channel IT department employee who was the target of racially insensitive remarks from The Five co-host Bob Beckel that eventually led to his firing, has joined the roster of a legal firm repping several current and former employees in racial discrimination and sexual harassment cases against the network. Wigdor LLP said today that it is now repping the unnamed IT worker, and filed three more complaints on behalf of three other women today in the U.S. District… Read

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‘Friends From College’: Netflix Sets Premiere Date For Comedy Starring Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders & Fred Savage – Update

UPDATE, 9:40 AM:  Netflix has slotted Friday, July 14 for the premiere of its anticipated new comedy series Friends From College and dropped the first teaser. You can watch it above. PREVIOUS, May 8: Netflix has released the first images of Friends From College, its comedy series from Neighbors franchisee Nick Stoller that stars Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Fred Savage, Annie Parisse, Nat Faxon and Jae Suh Park. Check them out below. The eight-episode series… Read

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Billboard Music Awards Eyes Ratings Declines, Still Dominates, As Most Finales Slip

The Billboard Music Awards aired live across the country, so accurate fast-national ratings won’t be available until later this morning, but in the non-time-zone-adjusted early numbers, the three-hour ceremony logged a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating, down 20% from the comparable preliminary rating last year. Still, the music special dominated a quiet Sunday night, giving ABC a nightly win and likely putting a dent on a number of season finales, which trended down. CBS’ Elementar… Read

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Weinstein TV Acquires ‘Guantanamo’ Series From Oliver Stone & Daniel Voll

Oliver Stone is making his first foray into directing for scripted television with Guantanamo, a multi-season dramatic series. Weinstein Television has acquired the series and plans to shop it in upcoming weeks. Created by Daniel Voll (The Unit), who will also serve as showrunner, Guantanamo focuses on the detainees held in the world's most controversial prison, and those who defend and condemn them. Alexandra Milchan (The Wolf of Wall Street) will produce with Weinstein… Read

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‘Star Wars’ & Films Drove 4.4% Licensed Merchandise Sales Bump In 2016

Star Wars and other entertainment properties helped to lift global spending on licensed merchandise by 4.4%, to $262.9 billion, in 2016, according to an annual tally released today. The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (known as LIMA) released its “Annual Global Licensing Industry Survey” to coincide with the Licensing Expo confab taking place this week in Las Vegas. The U.S. and Canada accounted for 57.9% of global retail sales, up from… Read

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‘Angry Birds 2’ Will Fly In 2019 With New Creative Team

Columbia Pictures and Rovio Entertainment will launch The Angry Birds Movie 2 on September 20, 2019, a date that will coincide with the 10th anniversary of the original game about birds being flung at egg-stealing pigs. This time around, the sequel will be directed by Disney and Sony Pictures Animation vet Thurop Van Orman (The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Adventure Time) and co-directed by John Rice (Rick and Morty, King of the Hill), who served as lead… Read

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Cirrina Studios Launches, Sets Up Equity Fund – Cannes

EXCLUSIVE: Jim Pesoli, Karine Martin, David Lipman and Jeff Stentz have launched Cirrina Studios, a new entertainment finance, development and production outfit based in Santa Monica. The new studio will focus on creating commercially viable film and TV projects, as well as other media. The banner, inspired by the octopus after which it is named, will be a collection of companies with numerous business arms that will emanate from a common center. Said veteran… Read

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‘Uncharted’ Reconfigured: ‘Spider-Man Homecoming’s Tom Holland To Play Young Nathan Drake For Shawn Levy

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EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures is bullish enough on its upcoming Spider-Man Homecoming star Tom Holland that the studio is doubling down on the young actor by building a second major franchise around him. Holland is attaching to star in Uncharted, in what will be redrafted as a prequel to the treasure hunting action story line in the Naughty Dog video game for PlayStation. Shawn Levy is directing a film that will take its inspiration from a sequence in the third iteration of… Read

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John Oliver: Donald Trump’s Last Seven Days “Absolutely Insane”

UPDATED with video: Last week in “Donald Trump” was so nuts that John Oliver was forced to devote virtually all of Last Week Tonight to talking about it. “The last seven days have been absolutely insane – so much so that, by Friday night, it may have broken Anderson Cooper,” Oliver acknowledged. He’s of course referring to Cooper’s Friday show, during which the host interrupted Trump surrogate Jeffrey Lord as he defended yet another indefensible Trump statement, saying… Read