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‘Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip’ Trailer: Alvin, Simon & Theodore Hit The Road For NYC

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“Alv!!!!!!n!” The first trailer has dropped for the Fox four-quel Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip. Walt Becker is directing the animated/live action pic that sees Alvin, Simon and Theodore hitting the road for NYC. Seems some misunderstandings have led the trio to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in the Big Apple …and dump them. They have three days to stop it. Screenplay is penned by Adam Sztkiel, based on the characters Alvin and the… Read

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SXSW Winner ‘A Brave Heart’ Gets September Release; Gerilyn Shur Joins Allied

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Cinedigm said that its SXSW Audience Award pickup A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story will be released in select theaters September 25. The plan is to make the anti-bullying film find as wide an audience as possible, with the docu going day and date on Digital HD and On Demand. It will also be available immediately on pre-order via Tugg.com for educators, communities and organizations that want to host screenings. A Brave Heart centers on Lizzie and her journey from… Read

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Bill Cosby Drug Admission “A Game Changer”, Janice Dickinson’s Lawyer Says; Bounce TV Drops Sitcom

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Bill Cosby could find a now-unsealed deposition from a decade ago playing a big role in a current lawsuit from former America's Next Top Model judge Janice Dickenson. "His admission is a game changer," Dickinson's attorney Lisa Bloom said today about the revelations that Cosby admitted in 2005 having seven prescriptions for Quaaludes in the 1970s and that he intended to give those pills to women he wanted to have sex with. "Mr. Cosby now acknowledges that he procured… Read

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‘Spring Awakening’ Broadway Revival Books Brooks Atkinson, Sets Dates

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As Deadline reported exclusively last week, a revival of Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s musical will move from Los Angeles to Broadway in the fall. Ken Davenport, producing the transfer with Cody Lassen, Hunter Arnold and Deaf West Theatre (Artistic Director, David J. Kurs), said Tuesday morning that the 2007 Tony best musical winner will begin an 18-week run on September 8 at the Nederlander-owned Brooks Atkinson Theatre. (The Atkinson currently is home to It Shoulda Bee… Read

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Mediacom Petitions FCC To Limit TV Blackouts As Retransmission Prices Rise

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Mediacom’s  CEO Rocco Commission couldn’t have picked a better day to petition the FCC  to rein in broadcasters’ retransmission consent price hike demands — as he also blasted Chairman Tom Wheeler for “refusing to get involved at the very time when consumers most need your help.” As fate would have it, Mediacom launched its campaign the same day research firm SNL Kagan updated and increased its retransmission consent forecast: It expects station owners to collect  $10.3… Read

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Chernin Group Taps Former Yahoo Exec Mike Kerns To Lead Digital Initiatives

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Silicon Valley denizens have been waiting to see where Mike Kerns would wind up after April when he left Yahoo. He had been in charge of the company’s home page and video verticals, reporting CEO Marissa Mayer. Now they know: He’s the new President of Digital for The Chernin Group. He’ll work with Chairman Perter Chernin and President Jesse Jacobs to, as the company puts it, “build upon [its] successful track record of investing in, acquiring and building digital media… Read

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‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot Finds Its Bad Guy: Neil Casey

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 14:  Actor Neil Casey attends Yahoo Screen Launch Party For Paul Feig's "Other Space" at The London West Hollywood on April 14, 2015 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Yahoo)

EXCLUSIVE: Neil Casey has been set to play the villain in Ghostbusters, Sony’s female-driven reboot of the comedy franchise that is being directed by Paul Feig from a script by Feig and Kate Dippold. Shooting is already underway. Casey is a writer and actor whose scribe credits include Saturday Night Live, where three of the film’s leads — Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones — came from. (The fourth, Melissa McCarthy, has been one of SNL‘s best guest hosts over… Read

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‘Bachelorette’ Ratings Top Monday, ‘SYTYCD’ Rises, ‘The Island’ Ends Down

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On a night dominated by unscripted shows the amorous revelations of The Bachelorette (2.0/7) ruled the roost. While the 2-hour ABC romance series only rose 5% among adults 18-49, it was the highest-rated and most-watched (6.92 million) show of Monday night. That audience was the best the series has done since its Season 11 premiere on May 18. All of which meant, even with lead-out freshman drama The Whispers (0.8/3) even with last week's low, that ABC won the night in… Read

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Netflix Dates First Feature Film Slate With Idris Elba, Cary Fukunaga, Adam Sandler, Harvey Weinstein, Paul Reubens & Judd Apatow

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EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has firmed plans to release its first batch of theatrical-quality films. The streaming service’s feature film initiative begins with the October 16 release of Beasts Of No Nation, the drama about a child soldier torn from his family and pressed into fighting a civil war in an African country. The film is directed by True Detective‘s Cary Fukunaga and starring Idris Elba as a warlord who mentors the young man (played by Abraham Attah). Based on the novel… Read

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Comic-Con: Universal Cable Prods. Inks First-Look Deal With Dark Horse

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Universal Cable Productions is getting into business with the comic book company behind such titles as HellboyThe Mask and R.I.P.D. Just a couple of days before this year’s Comic-Con kicks off, UCP has signed a first-look deal with Dark Horse Entertainment. The new agreement will focus on developing and producing scripted programming from Dark Horse’s comic book library as well as new material. Not wasting anytime, the companies already have four projects in… Read

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‘Chrisley Knows Best’ Renewed For Season 4 By USA

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USA's breakout reality series Chrisley Knows Best has been picked up for a fourth season ahead of the Season 3 finale. The 30-minute unscripted comedy follows the life of Atlanta-based self-made millionaire Todd Chrisley and his eccentric Southern family, which includes his wife Julie, five kids and two grandchildren. The news comes on the heels of a spinoff pilot commitment for a potential late-night talk show hosted by the family patriarch, as the network is looking to… Read

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Showtime’s Stand-Alone Online Service Goes Live

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You don’t need a cable or satellite subscription any more to subscribe to Showtime. The CBS-owned premium network says its stand-alone online service, announced last month, is now open for business — beating its deadline to be up before this Sunday’s premieres of the new seasons of Ray Donovan and Masters Of Sex. The price varies a bit depending on what platform you use to subscribe. It costs $10.99 a month on Apple, and Sony PlayStation Vue. But those who pay $7.99 for… Read