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Alicia Keys Returns To NBC’s ‘The Voice’

Fifteen-time Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys will return to the 14th season of NBC's musical competition series The Voice. Keys joins Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson, who will be making her coaching debut. This will mark Keys' third time as a coach. Her artist Chris Blue was named "The Voice" when she last coached in season 12. "We are thrilled to welcome back Alicia's positive energy, competitive spirit and sheer talent. She brings unparalleled expertise… Read

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‘Titans’: Ryan Potter Cast As Beast Boy In Live-Action Series For DC Digital Service

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Ryan Potter (Big Hero 6) has been cast as a lead opposite Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop and Teagan Croftin the new live-action series Titansfrom Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros TV, which is slated to premiere in 2018 as part of the inaugural slate of a new DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service. He will play the series regular role of Garfield "Gar" Logan (aka Beast Boy). Written by Goldsman, DC Entertainment's Johns and… Read

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Melanie Liburd Cast In ‘The Brian Banks Story’

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EXCLUSIVE: Melanie Liburd, who co-stars on Netflix’s Gypsy, has been set to join the cast of The Brian Banks Story starring Adlis Hodge and Greg Kinnear. The Tom Shadyac-directed biopic tells the story of Banks (Hodge), an All-American high school football player committed to USC whose life was upended in 2002 when he was falsely accused of rape. Despite maintaining his innocence, Banks was railroaded through the system and sentenced to a decade of prison and… Read

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Twitter Policy Changes Under Review: Glorification Of Violence, Unwanted Sexual Advances Targeted

Protests and boycotts followed Twitter’s blundering overreaction to Rose McGowan last week – the social media platform temporarily suspended the actress’s account when she posted a phone number during her ongoing campaign against sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood. Now, CEO Jack Dorsey is going public with a slew of pending policy and enforcement changes. After pledging to “take a more aggressive stance in our rules and how we enforce them,” Dorsey has confirmed… Read

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Average Movie Ticket Price In 3Q At $8.93; +3% Over 2016 Average

The National Association of Theater Owners reports this morning that the average movie ticket price during the third quarter came in at $8.93. While that’s +3% over the national average of $8.65, it’s down two cents from Q2 and +1% from Q1’s $8.84 when a slew of box office hits were in play Disney’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, La La Land, Split, Hidden Figures and Get Out. NATO reports that five of the top 10 movies released in the quarter were R-rated and skewed toward… Read

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‘White Dave’ Comedy From David Talbert, LeBron James & Gabrielle Union Set At ABC

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ABC has put in development White Dave, a single-camera comedy from filmmaker David E. Talbert (First Sunday, Almost Christmas), LeBron James and Maverick Carter of SpringHill Entertainment (Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse, NBC’s The Wall) and actress Gabrielle Union (BET’s Being Mary Jane). Written by Talpert based on his real-life experiences, White Dave is about a young African-American teenager, who has grown up in an all-white suburb, suddenly moves to an all-black… Read

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The Lonely Island’s ‘Alone Together’ Gets Season 2 Renewal Ahead Of January Premiere On Freeform

Freeform’s Alone Together doesn’t debut until next year, but the cable net today ordered a second season of the comedy about L.A. millennials. The series exec produced by The Lonely Islanders Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone premieres January 10. Alone Together stars stand-up comedians Esther Povitsky and Benji Aflalo as overlooked millennial misfits from different backgrounds trying to make their way in the vain and status-obsessed culture of Los Angeles… Read

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Francie Calfo Promoted To Chairman of Imagine Television Group

Francie Calfo has been promoted to Chairman of Imagine Television Group, the growing television operation of Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s now-independent Imagine Entertainment. Francie Calfo, who will oversee Imagine Television production and Imagine Television Studios, has served as Imagine Television President since joining the company in 2010. She is an executive producer on Empire on Fox, now in its fourth season on Fox, and Genius, renewed by NatGeo for a second… Read

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Nicole Sexton Is New Entertainment Industry Foundation CEO

Nicole Sexton has been named the new CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, a charitable organization that has been around 75 years and was founded by many Hollywood powerhouses, including Jack Warner, Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart. In addition, Regina Miller, who has had considerable successes rallying support for everything from global charities to innovative start-ups, will join EIF as a special consultant. These moves comes after… Read

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Zac Brown Bands Together With Propagate For Film & TV Deal, Eyes Reality Series

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Country music star Zac Brown of Zac Brown Band fame is teaming with Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens’ Propagate on a deal with Brown’s Southern Reel production company. The plan is to develop and produce projects for TV, film and digital that speaks to Brown’s vision of life in the South. Among the projects in the early stages of development moving forward is a reality series focused on Southern Ground, Brown’s lifestyle brand headquarters. The show will follow the team… Read

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‘Mary And The Witch’s Flower’ Sets Special One-Night Event For Nationwide Premiere

Studio Ponoc is pulling out all the stops for their debut feature Mary and the Witch’s Flower. On January 18, 2018, Studio Ponoc will team with Fathom Events and Gkids for a one-night special event for the film’s national premiere prior to its wide theatrical release. The premiere event will be nationwide in select theaters with showings at 7 PM (dubbed in English) and 8 PM (subtitled in English) local time. The event will also feature additional content including an… Read

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CBS Directors Initiative Sets 2017-18 Class

Five helmers are set to participate in the 2017-18 CBS Directors Initiative. Jennifer Derwingson, Paige Morrow Kimball, A. Laura James, Maria Burton and Kevin Berlandi will take part in the program, which gives experienced directors access to showrunners, executives, managers and agents and allow the opportunity to shadow CBS Television Network and CBS Television Studio shows throughout the year. In its 14th year, the program helps directors develop strategic objectives… Read