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Jonathan Crombie Dies: Actor Known For Canada’s ‘Anne Of Green Gables’ TV Series

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Actor Jonathan Crombie, best known for his role as the romantic lead in the Canadian TV series Anne of Green Gables, has died. He was 48. Crombie was adept at playing clean-cut characters of unexpected depth and warmth, and to generations of Canadians he’ll always be Gilbert Blythe to Megan Fallows’ Anne Shirley. Crombie, who died April 15, also appeared in followups to the series including telefilms Anne of Avonlea (1987) and Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story… Read

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‘The Messengers’ Off To Low Ratings Start, ‘Last Man’ & ‘Cristela’ End Seasons

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It was a night of endings, beginnings and a dip in primetime TV usage on Friday. With the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs as competition and a 4% slip among adults 18-49 in overall usage from last week, there was also a bit of some things remaining the same with ABC topping the night among adults 18-49 for the second week in a row. With a 1.3/5 rating and no original dramas on CBS last night, ABC also won Friday in total viewers with 5.950 million tuning in. Part… Read

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It’s Raining Paul Shaffer’s Greatest Hits, As Dave Letterman Ponders Grand Finale

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David Letterman said his friend Al Franken said he’d like the last show “to be mawkish or maudlin,” possibly leaning toward the former. (We think it’ll probably have a little of both.) Letterman asked bandleader Paul Shaffer for his insight, which was “I have no idea what it should be.” Letterman replied, “If we knew what to do with the last show, do you think the previous 6,000 would look the way they looked?” And then segued into a montage of some of Shaffer’s finest… Read

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Helen Hayes Theatre Sold For $24.7M, Adding Fourth Nonprofit To Broadway’s Bazaar

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UPDATE: SATURDAY MORNING: Adds information from Second Stage, plus press release, below story. Second Stage theater confirmed Saturday Deadline’s exclusive report that its purchase of the Helen Hayes Theatre was completed yesterday. Second Stage said that renovation of the theater will begin next year, under the direction of architect and designer David Rockwell. The company plans to present its first season at the Tony-eligible house in the 2017-2018 season. A major… Read

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Bill Maher Not Buying What Judith Miller Selling On ‘Real Time’

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

Former New York Times reporter Judith Miller stopped by Real Time with Bill Maher  as she sells her book The Story: A Reporter's Journey, to explain why she wasn't more skeptical while reporting in the walk-up to the Iraq War. She insisted she "couldn't have been more skeptical" in her reporting, but "politicians lie – you know that." But then she said real problem was "the intelligence community that is paid billions of dollars a year… totally got it wrong… and they… Read

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‘Furious 7′ Leads Pack, ‘Mall Cop 2′ Bags $22M+, ‘Unfriended’ Logs In With $16.5M

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UPDATED, Saturday, 7:13 AM: Furious 7 raced in with an estimated Friday gross of $8.28M to $8.4M on a three-day trajectory of what looks like $26M to $28M for Universal. The Vin Diesel-driven ensemble has paid off extremely well for the studio, which seems to be the only one in town who are opening their sequels higher than the original this year. Helluva marketing and distribution team there. Meanwhile, Sony’s sequel to Paul Blart Mall Cop bagged $7.3M yesterday… Read

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‘Cristela’ Creator & Star Cristela Alonzo Pens ‘Possible Goodbye’ Letter To Fans, Addresses Show’s Potential End & Legacy

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On the eve of the Season 1 finale of freshman ABC comedy series Cristela tonight, the series’ creator and star, standup comedian Cristela Alonzo, wrote an emotional entry in her blog addressing the possible end of her show, which is on the bubble for a second season renewal. In the lengthy post, titled “A Possible Goodbye,” Alonzo is open about the show’s uncertain future. “It worries me and not because I want to be on TV more. It worries me because I think this show… Read

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‘Married’s Kimiko Glenn Joins ‘Nerve'; Kino Lorber Acquires ‘Gueros’

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Kimiko Glenn, who has a recurring role on FX’s Married and appears in the Netflix hit Orange Is The New Black, has joined the Lionsgate feature Nerve, co-starring with Emma Roberts ​​and Dave Franco. Glenn plays the worried friend of a high school senior (Roberts) who’s enmeshed in an increasingly dangerous online game of dare. The project is directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman and produced by Allison Shearmur (Cinderalla). Her Orange Is The New Black character is… Read

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‘The Brink’ Trailer: HBO’s New Geopolitical Comedy

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HBO’s The Brink drops Jack Black into Pakistan where he plays a foreign service officer, one of secretary of state Tim Robbins’ minions on the ground amid an escalating geopolitical crisis. The unlikely trio of Black, Robbins and ace fighter pilot played by Pablo Schreiber will need to pull together to prevent the chaos from spiraling into World War III. Did we mention this is a comedy? HBO is rolling out The Brink and another rookie comedy following the season premiere… Read

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ESPN Says Verizon FiOS Contracts Don’t Permit Separate Sports Packages – Update

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UPDATE, 7:23PM: ESPN has thrown up a red flag to Verizon’s plan to allow FiOS TV subscribers to choose smaller “skinny” packages of programming bundles tailored a little more closely to individual consumer tastes — including splitting off ESPN and ESPN2 into sports bundles. The Re/code website reported late this afternoon that the Disney-owned sports network asserted that Verizon’s new packages “would not be authorized by our existing agreements. Among other issues, our… Read

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Michael Roark Joins ‘Finding Carter'; Alexandra Metz To Recur On ‘Chicago Fire’

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Michael Roark has joined the Season 2 of MTV’s Finding Carter. He will play Shay, the uncle of Crash (Caleb Ruminer). His recent credits include Stalker, Sleepy Hollow and Grey’s Anatomy. Roark next will be seen in the feature Wild For Night with Tommy Flanagan and James Maslow. He is repped by Amanda Glazer at The Kohner Agency and Principal Entertainment. Alexandra Metz is set to recur on NBC’s Chicago Fire. She returns to the series as Elise Mills, sister of Peter… Read

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Sony Attorney David Boies Warns Media After WikiLeaks Hacked E-Mail Rehash

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BREAKING, With An Update: One day after Julian Assange and WikiLeaks announced it had indexed and cataloged all the e-mails that were stolen from Sony Pictures by computer hackers in a cyber hacking assault the U.S. government attributed to North Korea to put teeth in a threat to blow up movie theaters showing The Interview, attorney David Boies once again has put media on notice. A letter has been sent to media outlets appealing to them not to wallow in the ill-gotten… Read