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NBC News Fetes Tom Brokaw’s 50 Years At Network With Two-Hour Special

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NBC News is feting Tom Brokaw again. This time, it will celebrate the 50th anniversary at the network of the former anchor, and these days special correspondent. And it will include appearances of celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Jon Stewart, Lin-Manuel Miranda, David Letterman, Lorne Michaels as well as Bill Gates, Nikki Haley, Colin Powell, Sheryl Sandberg, Jim Webb, Wes Moore, Thomas Friedman and Maria Shriver. Lester Holt, who now anchors NBC Nightly New… Read

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‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Gets A Title

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Disney has just unveiled the name of the eighth movie in the Star Wars franchise, following 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The new chapter, which has a December 15, 2017 release date, will be called Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Rian Johnson wrote and directed the latest movie, which continues the saga of Luke Skywalker, who was found at the end of Force Awakens. That pic, which restarted Lucasfilm’s iconic franchise under Disney’s new ownership, made a tidy $2.068… Read

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‘The Coroner’ Renewed For Season 2 By Investigation Discovery

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Investigation Discovery has picked up a 10-episode second season of forensic series The Coroner: I Speak For The Dead for premiere this summer. The Coroner features the work of Graham Hetrick, who has served as Coroner of Dauphin County, PA for more than 25 years. The series follows Hetrick and his team as they help homicide detectives determine how and perhaps why someone died. Each episode reconstructs one homicide case pulled directly from Hetrick’s files. Production… Read

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Carnival Films Hires BBC Studios’ Jessica Pope As Executive Producer

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Drama veteran Jessica Pope has joined NBCUniversal’s Carnival Films as Executive Producer. Based in London, she will report to Carnival Managing Director Gareth Neame and will develop her own programming as well as working with fellow exec producers Nigel Marchant and Richard Fell on the company's growing production slate. Pope joins Downton Abbey maker Carnival from her role as Exec Producer at BBC Studios. Prior to that, Pope held roles at BBC Drama London and then… Read

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‘Underground’ EP On Responsibility Of Citizenship In New Season Of WGN America Series – Sundance Studio

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"This season we talk a lot about what it means to be a citizen versus a solider and being active about your activism," said Underground co-creator Misha Green at the Sundance Film Festival. "This was the first integrated civil rights movement and this was people who were saying I see something that's wrong and I'm going to do everything in my power to make sure that we move towards a better world," the executive producer added of the March 8-debuting Season 2 of the rating… Read

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FranceTV Opens Feature Sales Unit With ‘The Red Collar’; Finland’s Aito Formats ‘Fake News’- Global Briefs

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FranceTV Distribution, the commercial arm of French national broadcaster France Televisions, is launching a feature sales division. The unit will kick off with The Red Collar, the next film from Les Enfants Du Marais helmer Jean Becker. Produced by ICE3, the drama stars The Intouchables‘ François Cluzet and Polisse‘s Nicolas Duvauchelle. It’s an adaptation of the WWI novel by Jean-Christophe Rufin — a founder of Doctors Without Borders and a former Ambassador of France in… Read

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Trio Launches Secret Engine Production Shingle With ‘Beach Rats’ – Sundance

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EXCLUSIVE: Drew Houpt, Lucas Joaquin and Alex Scharfman are teaming to launch Secret Engine, a New York-based indie production company. Beach Rats, the Eliza Hittman pic that bows later today in the U.S Dramatic Competition lineup at the Sundance Film Festival, will be the first film under the collaboration. Other upcoming projects under the new banner include Russell Harbaugh's Love After Love starring Andie MacDowell and Chris O'Dowd and now in post; Stewart Thorndike’s… Read

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Dick Clark Productions Partners With Twitter For Red Carpet Coverage Of Billboard Awards, ACMs And AMAs

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dick clark productions is teaming up with Twitter once again to offer live streamed red carpet coverage of the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards, 2017 Billboard Music Awards and 2017 American Music Awards exclusively on the social media platform. Produced by dick clark productions and dcp partners, the red carpet content will be available globally for all logged in and logged out users on all devices supporting Twitter. The 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards will be… Read

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AMC Entertainment To Acquire Nordic Cinema Group For $929M

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Exterior view of AMC movie theaters in Santa Clara, Calif., . A Chinese conglomerate announced Monday it will buy a major U.S. cinema chain, AMC Entertainment Holdings, for $2.6 billion in China's biggest corporate takeover in the United States to date. AMC operates 346 cinemas, mostly in the United States and Canada, and says it has 23 of the 50 highest-grossing U.S. outlets
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AMC Entertainment, the world's largest exhibition chain, is moving in on the Nordic region. The U.S.-exhibitor has reached an agreement to acquire the Stockholm-based Nordic Cinema Group, the largest cinema chain in the Nordic and Baltic regions for a cool $929M (SEK8.15M). AMC is purchasing Nordic from European private equity firm Bridgepoint and Swedish media group Bonnier Holding in an all-cash transaction, conditional upon antitrust clearance from the European… Read

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Actor Fatally Shot While Filming Music Video In Brisbane, Australia

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A young actor has been shot dead during the filming of a music video in Brisbane, Australia. According to reports, Johann Ofner, who was in his mid-20s, suffered a chest wound inside the Brooklyn Standard bar in Brisbane's city center while shooting a scene for Australian rap group Bliss N Eso's new music video. Queensland police said several firearms had been discharged during the filming on Monday afternoon just before 2pm local time. Police have launched a criminal… Read

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Sky Acquires Majority Stake In True North, Invests In Chrysalis Vision

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Sky is growing its international production and distribution business with a majority stake in British factual producer True North and an investment in drama producer Chrysalis Vision. The moves are part of Sky’s expansion strategy under the Sky Vision banner which has stakes in such firms as Love Productions, Jupiter Entertainment, Blast! Films and Talos Films. True North was founded in 2001 and is run by Jess Fowle and Andrew Sheldon. The largest factual indie in the… Read

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The Orchard Lands Sam Elliott Drama ‘The Hero:’ Sundance

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EXCLUSIVE: In a deal worth around $3 million for North American rights, The Orchard has acquired the Brett Haley-directed The Hero, the drama that stars Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Krysten Ritter, Nick Offerman, and Katherine Ross. Haley, who helmed I’ll See You In My Dreams, wrote the script with Marc Basch. The Orchard will do a big fall theatrical push for the film, a real showcase for Elliott in a role that is a glove fit for him. He plays a former Western film icon… Read