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‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’ Producer Colin Callender On Gala Opening And The Future – Deadline Q&A

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With the new two-part play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child getting ready to make its West End gala bow in London tomorrow night, producer Colin Callender is on jubilant form. He has every reason to be — the play is setting sales records and just announced an extension of its run through December 10 2017. From the very first previews of Part One and Part Two, the audience response to the play, which Callender produces alongside Sonia Friedman, has been ecstatic, and… Read

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John Cena’s ‘American Grit’ Renewed For Second Season By Fox

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Fox has ordered a second season of competition series American Grit, hosted and executive produced by WWE star John Cena. The series from Leftfield Pictures showcases competitors pushed beyond their limits in the ultimate test of strength, human spirit and  teamwork. Season 2 is currently casting. The series is looking for everyday individuals who have overcome great odds and are ready to confront their next challenge, according to Fox. The first season of American Grit… Read

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Vice President Joe Biden To Guest Star On ‘Law & Order: SVU’

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Vice President Joe Biden will guest star in an upcoming episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, playing himself. He’ll appear in a scene that involves a press conference, where he praises the SVU team for their work in clearing a rape kit backlog in New York City. Writer/exec producer Julie Martin and cast member Ice-T tweeted a couple of pics. So thrilled to meet Joe Biden. He made us all feel so validated about the good we do on #SVU Read

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‘Jason Bourne’ On Way To $55M To $60M; ‘Bad Moms’ Reaching For $30M; ‘Nerve’ Could Find $15M – Friday Matinees

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2nd UPDATE, 11:44 AM: No surprises this weekend so far in early box office returns as Universal’s Jason Bourne may end the day with around $21M (that would include the $4.3M from last nights previews) and is on track for a $57M gross so far. It is very early yet so depending on this evening’s shows, it has a shot at $60M for director Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon. Bad Moms, like we mentioned earlier today, has a potential of $30M and early results are showing a $12M day… Read

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‘Central Intelligence’ Reaches $200M Worldwide As ‘Jason Bourne’ Moves In

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Warner Bros.’ Central Intelligence, the buddy action comedy that stars Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, crossed the $200M mark at the global box office today. This comes prior to the global launch today of Universal’s Jason Bourne which is getting ready to open at around $50M to $60M domestically and unleashes in 46 territories this weekend, including Australia, Brazil, South Korea and the UK and Ireland. Bourne is expected to take all the air out of the marketplace. Central… Read

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‘Mercy Street’: First Look At Season 2 Of PBS’ Civil War Drama

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We're getting a first look at Season 2 of praised Civil War-drama Mercy Street, set to premiere January 22 at 8 PM on PBS. Mercy Street follows the doctors, nurses and soldiers, as well as free, enslaved and contraband African Americans and other residents of the war-torn city of Alexandria, VA, as they navigate the new world emerging from the most cataclysmic event in our country's history. Season 2 continues to explore life in the chaotic city of Alexandria, the… Read

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‘Astronaut Academy’ Rights Acquired With Aim To Blast Off In Film & TV

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EXCLUSIVE: Writer-producer ‎Vivek J. Tiwary has acquired TV and film rights to Astronaut Academy, the middle-grade graphic novel series from bestselling author-illustrator Dave Roman (Agnes Quill). The plan is to turn the books into both a live-action TV series and a film franchise, and talks are underway with writers, networks and studios to adapt the coming-of-age adventure story set at a fantastical space station school. It’s ‘Harry Potter in space,’ ” said Tiwary. “As… Read

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Delaware Judge Clears Way For Sumner Redstone Exam In Challenge To Viacom Board

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Delaware Chancery Court Judge Andre Bouchard has cleared the way for a medical examination of Viacom controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone in a case involving the company's governance that could go to trial the week of October 17. In a hearing today, the judge asked lawyers to confer on a "coordinated plan" to proceed and report back to him in a week. Their conversation should include “in the first instance” the possibility of a medical exam. A trial in October could… Read

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Donald Trump & RNC Top Hillary Clinton & Final Night Of DNC In Viewers

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(UPDATED WITH FINAL NUMBERS) It looks like Donald Trump is going to take the lead over Hillary Clinton this election – at least when it comes to how many people watched the last night of the Republican National Convention and how many watched the last night of the Democratic National Convention. With figures in from NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC, the ex-Secretary of State's historic acceptance speech as the first woman to be the Presidential nominee for a… Read

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Seth Meyers To Donald Trump: “You’re Broke!”

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NBC Late Night star Seth Meyers has loved needling GOP candidate Donald Trump, banning him from his show after Trump banned WaPo reporters over a headline, promising Trump his own NBC drama series in which he could play at being POTUS with none of the responsibilities, etc. So, when a couple big donors to Hillary Clinton’s campaign this week put a bounty on Trump’s still unreleased tax forms, which they think may show ties to Russia, Meyers pounced. “Trump, I think you… Read

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‘Scream Queens’ Season 2 Promo: Will These Med Students Bother To Learn About Anesthesia?

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Attention, hospital patients: If you see these three lurking outside your room, it’s probably time to pump that morphine drip. Fox has released a 15-second promo clip for Season 2 of Scream Queens, which sees Emma Roberts, Abigail Breslin and Billie Lourd strutting down the brightly lit hallway like it’s a catwalk. The horror comedy’s new season is set in a medical facility bought by Cathy Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) that will handle the most challenging medical cases. And… Read

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Henry Louis Gates Jr: Donald Trump’s Political Rise Directly Related To 8 Years Of Black Family In White House

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PBS 'Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise' Panel at the TCA Summer Press Tour - Day 2, Los Angeles, USA - 29 Jul 2016

Henry Louis Gates Jr. said there is no doubt in his mind the rise of Donald Trump as the GOP presidential candidate is about the fact that, for the past nearly eight years, there has been a black family in the White House, which has driven some people in this country to distraction. Gates came to TCA to discuss his new PBS series Black America Since MLK: And I Still Rise, exploring the last 50 years of African American history, debuting in November. The conceit of the… Read