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‘Rogue Nation’ Posts Record $20M Opening Day For ‘Mission: Impossible'; Gray Clouds For ‘Vacation’ – Latenight B.O.

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3RD UPDATE, Saturday 1AM: This weekend is the tale of two franchises. One of them, Mission: Impossible, has been active, churning out five films during the course of its 19-year existence with the same leading star, Tom Cruise. The second, Vacation, is a 32-year old comedy series that has been dormant for nearly the same number of years that Mission Impossible has been alive. Vegas Vacation, the fourth title in the franchise, bombed 18 years ago in 1997 making $36.4M. The… Read

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Starz’s Chris Albrecht On Why ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ Was Cancelled & How It Will End

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Starz recently announced that the upcoming third season of Da Vinci’s Demons will be the period drama’s last. The series, which has been off the air for almost year and a half, has been a respectable performer, so the decision to end it before seeing how Season 3 does was somewhat of a surprise. It came down to having stronger shows that appeal to the same demographics, CEO Chris Albrecht said. “We really believe in serving underserved audiences in the premium cable… Read

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Relativity Owes Money On Movies Going Back At Least 8 Years

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At least 10 movie productions appear among 145 debtors listed in Relativity’s bankruptcy filing so far. The limited companies’ names mimic titles of the films in question. The movies vary from specialized fare such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s feature directing debut Don Jon to major releases like Mirror Mirror, Relativity’s Snow White story that came out ahead of Universal’s more successful Snow White And The Huntsman back in 2012. Specific creditors are not listed for… Read

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Stefania Owen Is ‘All We Had’ For Katie Holmes

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Stefanie Owen has joined Katie Holmes’ directorial debut, All We Had, set to play the daughter of the main character, portrayed by Holmes. Based on the novel by Annie Weatherwax, the coming of age story set during the worldwide financial crisis of 2008 concerns a single mother and her teenage daughter, who find a new home and hope for their future when they move to the small town of Grand River, Ohio. Holmes optioned the book prior to publication in 2014. The script is… Read

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André Benjamin Joins ABC Drama Series ‘American Crime’

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Jimi: All Is By My Side star André Benjamin has been cast opposite Regina King on the second season of John Ridley’s ABC drama series American Crime. Benjamin will play architect Michael Lacroix. He and his wife, Terri, are prominent members of the community in which they reside. A true power couple, they have both the financial means, as well as the acumen needed to fiercely defend their son when he becomes entangled in a scandal at an elite private school. In addition… Read

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Valerie Harper Is Recovering From Health Scare, “Has Never Been In A Coma”

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The television and stage actress, who has been waging a forthright public battle with cancer that spread from her lungs to her brain, is resting comfortably at an undisclosed location, according to a statement released tonight by Bradford Kenney, executive artistic director of the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine. Best known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spinoff Rhoda, Harper has been performing in a summer stock production of the… Read

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‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Producer Teases Link To ‘Walking Dead’ As Season 2 Episode Order Set – TCA

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 31:  (L-R) Executive producer/writer Dave Erickson, executive producer/director Adam Davidson and executive producer Dave Alpert speak onstage during the 'Fear the Walking Dead' panel discussion at the AMC/IFC Networks portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 31, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

UPDATED with more panel info: The spinoff to the most popular show on television will be back for 15 episodes in its second season, AMC told the TCA today. The first six-episode season of Fear The Walking Dead is set to debut August 23 with a 90-minute episode, as was announced at Comic-Con. The second season will premiere in 2016. The L.A.-set Fear The Walking Dead centers on a blended and often broken family of schoolteachers in the early days of what would become the… Read

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Zendaya’s ‘K.C. Undercover’ Probed For Using White Stunt Double For Star

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On Disney Channel's K.C. Undercover, 18-year-old actress Zendaya plays K.C. Cooper, the daughter of African American spies. On the show, K.C. is black; her mother is black; her father is black; her nerdy brother is black; her robot sister is black; and her grandfather is black. But her main stunt double for Season 1 was white. Several black stuntwomen have told Deadline that they want the show to hire black stuntwomen for the job when the show begins production on its… Read

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How Martial Arts Series ‘Into the Badlands’ Kicked Its Way Onto AMC; Debuts Nov. 15 – TCA

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UPDATED, 5:01 PM: AMC finally has nailed down a date for its martial arts drama series Into The Badlandswhich will make its debut on November 15 at 10PM, right after The Walking Dead. The news was announced at TCA today after it was revealed at Comic-Con that the show would be premiering in November. The six-episode series was created by EPs/writers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, based loosely on the Chinese tale Journey To The West. Daniel Wu, who also serves as EP… Read

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‘Gigi Does It’ Star David Krumholtz Loves Being His Grandmother – TCA

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David Krumholtz spends about 4 1/2 hours getting the prosthetic makeup required to turn him into the elderly widow Gertrude Rotblum, who has discovered her dead husband had a secret bank account and now is living large in IFC’s Gigi Does It. Asked about his initial reaction to seeing himself in the makeup for the first time, he told journalists at TCA: “We didn’t know what it was going to look like – there was no design. My grandmother had passed away … and when the… Read

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“Rowdy” Roddy Piper Dies: Pro Wrestling Icon & Veteran Actor Was 61

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“Rowdy” Roddy Piper, a wrestler and actor who was one of the kings of the squared circle during the WWF’s go-go days in the 1980s, died overnight at his home in Hollywood. He was 61. His agent Jay Schachter told Deadline that Piper, whose real name was Roderick George Toombs, died peacefully in his sleep. No cause of death was given. Piper had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2007 but said last year that he was cancer-free. “I am shocked and beyond devastated,”… Read

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ABC Family Ups Jennifer Gerstenblatt To VP Current As Kelly Goode Exits; Brooke Bowman Segues To Consulting

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ABC Family is making executive changes. Kelly Goode, who had been running the network’s current department as VP Current Programming, has left. She will be succeeded by one of her executives, Jennifer Gerstenblatt, who has been upped from Executive Director to VP Current Programming. She will oversee ABCF’s current programming team and cover current and digital series. Meanwhile, Brooke Bowman has stepped down from her post as SVP Original Programming but will continue to… Read