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Showtime Renews ‘Ray Donovan’ & ‘Masters Of Sex’ For Third Season

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Showtime has given 12-episode third-season orders to both of its sophomore dramas, Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex, to begin production in early 2015. After getting strong launch pads in Season 1 with the final season of Dexter (Ray Donovan) and Season 3 of Homeland (Masters of Sex), the two series were paired together for their second seasons. "Both Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex are quintessentially Showtime: bold, provocative, premium television with production values… Read

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Alan Cumming Ain’t Going As Emma Stone Signs On For Broadway’s ‘Cabaret’

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It's official: Emma Stone will make her Broadway debut in Cabaret beginning November 11th and hanging around Studio 54 as B-grade chanteuse Sally Bowles through February 1, 2015. Michelle Williams, who opened in this revival of Sam Mendes's Tony Award winning production in the spring, will play Sally for the final time on November 9th. Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man franchise) stars with Zack Galafianakis, Michael Keaton and Edward Norton in Birdman, opening October… Read

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘America’s Got Talent’ & ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ Down, ‘Food Fighters’ Rises As NBC Wins Night

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There wasn't any original scripted television on primetime Tuesday but there was still a lot of drama. As almost meanie Howie Mandel pointed out, tiny trio Dom The Bom's Triple Threat didn't give one of their best performances on America's Got Talent (1.9/6) last night but the live 2-hour quarterfinals show didn't suffer much for it. For one thing, 12-year old singer Quintavious Johnson "tore the roof off the place," as Nick Cannon said, so the kids were well represented… Read

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Toronto Finds Bill Murray And Gives Him A Day

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Bill Murray has been found! Deadline told you July 30 that the Toronto Film Festival angled to premiere Bill Murray's new film St. Vincent and wanted to turn it into a big shebang for the great comic actor. The only trouble was, they were having trouble locating him to be sure he was going to be there to preside over the festivities. Well, today Toronto has announced that Murray will indeed get his day. Here's the announcement: RELATED: Paging Mr. Bill Murray: Toronto Want… Read

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BAFTA Sets Key Dates, Timeline For 2015 Film Awards

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has unveiled the key dates and timeline for its 2015 EE British Academy Film Awards. The nominations will be announced January 9, a week before the Oscar noms are revealed. As in previous years, the awards will be held two weeks prior to the Oscars, on Sunday, February 8. The Oscars are set for Sunday, February 22. Here are the key dates: 2014 Wednesday 20 August: Entry opens Wednesday 29 October: Deadline for entry and… Read

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UPDATE: Al Gore’s “Celebrity Lawyer” Trying To Grab Headlines With Lawsuit Says Al Jazeera

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UPDATE, 7:15 AM: “The lawsuit and statement simultaneously issued by Al Gore's celebrity trial lawyer were designed to grab headlines with misleading accusations like 'fraud' and 'price discount,'" Al Jazeera said in a statement over the former Veep's fraud suit against the Qatari-owned news outlet over its purchase last year of Current TV .  "This is an ordinary commercial dispute, of the type that courts decide all the time,” added AJ about the August 15 suit. In a… Read

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AMC Renews ‘Halt And Catch Fire’ For A Second Season

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The quest for the future of computing continues. AMC is bringing Halt And Catch Fire back for a second season. "This is a show about invention, experimentation, and the inherent risks in trying to break new ground - themes that really resonate with us as a network and attracted a passionate audience," said Charlie Collier, AMC president today. "We have a history of demonstrating patience through the early seasons of new shows, betting on talent and building audience over… Read

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Orange Is The New Green: Schilling, Dinklage Head To ‘A Month In The Country’

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Peter Dinklage (Game Of Thrones)  and Taylor Schilling (Orange Is The New Black) will headline a revival of Ivan Turgenev's A Month In The Country, off-Broadway's Classic Stage Company announced Tuesday. The show, staged by Erica Schmidt (co-incidentally Dinklage's wife), is slated to begin performances January 9 for a limited engagement through Sunday, February 15 at the company's home base on East 13th Street. The dark comedy is set on an otherwise quiet country estate… Read

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Tom Cruise, ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ Score Japan Cool Prizes; Bloomsbury Set Circled For ‘Life In Squares’

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The Japan External Trade Organization, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Consulate General of Japan are set to honor the Tom Cruise sci-fi action flick Edge Of Tomorrow with a pair of prizes at the second annual Japan Cool Content Contribution Awards Ceremony. On September 13 at the official residence of the Consul General of Japan in LA, Cruise will receive the J3C Acting Award and EOT helmer Doug Liman will be given the J3C Director Award… Read

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Rookie Comedies ‘Selfie’ & ‘A To Z’ Hit Hulu Ahead Of Network Premieres (Video)

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Good news if you just can't wait another six weeks to watch ABC's Selfie or NBC's A To Z debut on TV. In the broadcast networks' latest outside-the-box promotion, the pilot episodes of the freshman comedies, both from Warner Bros TV, are available now on Hulu. Episode 1 of Thursday night rookie A To Z, starring Ben Feldman and Cristin Miloti as a mismatched couple who happen to fall in love, actually bowed last week on iHeartRadio.com and its app as part of a promo aimed… Read

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Turner CEO Says Plans For More “Streamlined, Nimble” Company Coming In Next Two Months

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Turner's “2020” plan moves  forward. CEO John Martin told staffers today that the company will unveil details of a new corporate structure “in the next two months.” In today's memo, Martin said the company would “start 2015 a more streamlined, nimble and efficient company focused on driving programming, monetization and innovation, in a culture that emphasizes and rewards continuous improvement.” Which, in rough numbers, means “layoffs,” most industry sources agreed. The… Read

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