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NFL Teams With China’s Tencent In Three-Year Streaming Deal

The National Football League and China’s Tencent Holdings have entered a three-year pact to make Tencent Sports the exclusive digital streaming media partner of the NFL in the Middle Kingdom. The deal gives the Chinese giant rights to air pre- and regular-season games as well the playoffs, the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl from this year through the 2019 season. While basketball and soccer are high-profile sports in China, American football has traditionally found less… Read

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‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri’ To Close London Film Festival

The 61st BFI London Film Festival has set Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri as its closing night gala. The dark comedy will screen on October 15 at the Odeon Leicester Square with McDonagh and stars Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell in attendance. The LFF slot marks the film’s UK premiere after it launches in Venice and then heads to Toronto. Fox Searchlight has set an October 13 domestic release date. McDormand plays Mildred Hayes, a mother who… Read

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Hollywood Studios Prevail In China Copyright Infringement Case

The Hollywood studios scored a piracy victory in China on Monday when the Shenzhen Nanshan District People's Court found Shenzhen Xunlei Networking Technologies Co, a large online content and service provider, liable for copyright infringement. The decision stems from civil actions launched back in 2015 by the MPAA member companies. Xunlei was judged to have infringed copyright by providing 28 studio titles to the public on two of its websites without authorization. The… Read

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CSA Members Speak Out in Support of Casting Directors Accused of Charging Actors for Auditions

More than 90 members of the Casting Society of America have signed an open letter decrying the LA City Attorney's "misguided" prosecution of the operators of five local casting workshops – and 18 casting directors – accused of charging actors for auditions in violation of the state's Talent Scam Prevention Act of 2009. If convicted of the misdemeanor, each could face up to a year in jail and a $10,000 fine. The City Attorney brought the charges in February, and in March… Read

TV

Donald Trump Lays Out Plans For “Win” In Afghanistan

American strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia will change dramatically, President Donald Trump vowed tonight in his first major policy address to the nation since his address to the joint session of Congress in February. Trump said his strategy to move the country forward in its longest war marks a shift from a time-based approach to one based on conditions. He blasted as “counterproductive” previous administrations’ love of announcing in advance the dates it intended… Read

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New York Talent Agent Who Vanished A Week Ago Still Missing

Authorities remain baffled over the disappearance of talent agent Mark Schlegel, who last was seen leaving his New Jersey home more than a week ago. “There’s been no contact from him or with anybody who knows his possible whereabouts,” Oradell Sgt. Derek Kahill tells nj.com. “There’s a lot of concern in general.” Schlegel, 57, who works for CornerStone Talent Agency in Manhattan, has a client list that includes Brandon Flynn (13 Reasons Why), Daniel Sunjata (The Dark Knigh… Read

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Alicia Silverstone, Tommy Dewey & Katie Aselton Cast In ‘Book Club’

EXCLUSIVE: Alicia Silverstone, Casual star Tommy Dewey and Katie Aselton are set to appear in June Pictures’ upcoming film Book Club, joining Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson, Richard Dreyfuss, Ed Begley Jr and Wallace Shawn. The pic is from first-time director Bill Holderman, who co-worte the screenplay with Erin Simms. It follows four lifelong friends in their 60s — Keaton, Fonda, Bergen and… Read

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‘Grace And Frankie’ Emmy-Nominated Production Designer Devorah Herbert Brings Warmth To Odd Couple Comedy

Crew Call Podcast: In a very short time in Hollywood, production designer Devorah Herbert has left an everlasting visual impression in film and television. She brought a gritty, South Central L.A. authenticity to David Ayer’s crime dramas such as End Of Watch and Harsh Times, and she boldly established a red palette in the pilot of ABC’s Revenge — emphasized so greatly during its murder-on-the-beach wedding scene — a motif that continued throughout the series’ first… Read

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Leslie Zemeckis Joins Untitled Robert Zemeckis Project Based On Docu ‘Marwencol’

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Leslie Zemeckis has joined Steve Carell, Diane Kruger and Leslie Mann in her husband’s Untitled Robert Zemeckis Project, set to release for Universal on November 21, 2018. The film is based on Jeff Malmberg's 2010 documentary Marwencol and directed by Robert Zemeckis from a script he wrote with Caroline Thompson. The story follows a man (Carell) who recovers from an assault by building a miniature World War II-era village in his backyard. It’s being produced through… Read

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ABC Nabs ‘Romeos & Juliets’ CIA Light Drama From Julie Anne Robinson, Jay Scherick & David Ronn As Put Pilot

ABC has given a put pilot commitment to Romeos & Juliets, a light one-hour from writers Jay Scherick and David Ronn (The Smurfs, Zookeeeper), Julie Anne Robinson and her production company CannyLads Productions. Universal TV, where Robinson inked an overall deal in May, is the studio. Written by Scherick and Ronn and to be directed by Robinson, Romeos & Juliets centers on a badass, tough-as-nails female CIA operative who is forced to partner with a handsome, self-absorbed… Read

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SAG-AFTRA Presidential Candidate Peter Antico Has Plan To Reshape Union

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EXCLUSIVE: Peter Antico is fighting an uphill battle to become the next president of SAG-AFTRA, but he believes he has enough support from members to push him over the top when votes are counted Thursday. His supporters include Sylvester Stallone, Cuba Gooding Jr, Mickey Rourke, Andrew Dice Clay and Morgan Brittany. Long an outspoken critic of the union's current regime, he split from the main opposition group, Membership First, because he said they weren't doing enough… Read

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‘Flip Or Flop Atlanta’ Renewed For Season 2 By HGTV

Five episodes in to its first season, Flip or Flop Atlanta has renewed for a second go-round. HGTV has ordered a 14-episode Season 2 for premiere in 2018. The second spinoff in the network’s popular Flip or Flop franchise has attracted more than 7.9 million viewers since its July 20 premiere and helped HGTV rank as a top three cable network among upscale women 25-54 in the Thursday 9-9:30 PM time slot. The series follows Ken Corsini, a licensed contractor, and his wife… Read