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‘Furious 7′ Leads Pack, ‘Mall Cop 2′ Bags $23M+, ‘Unfriended’ in Third

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UPDATED Saturday, 11:22 PM: Furious 7 had a nice Saturday uptick for Universal and will likely race in with around $28.7M for the three-day to push its cume to around $294M. Sony’s sequel comedy Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 is now expected to nab around $23M+ while Universal/Blumhouse’s horror flick Unfriended as expected had a Saturday night drop (the way genre usually does) and could have a three-day of anywhere between $15.8M and $16.5M depending on what tomorrow brings. Here… Read

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MTV’s ‘Eye Candy’ Cancelled After First Season

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The first season of MTV’s technothriller series Eye Candy will be the only one. The network has cancelled the freshman series, as confirmed today on Twitter by star Victoria Justice. “I wanted you guys to hear it from me first, that the cast and I received news that Eye Candy will not be returning for season 2.  Even though a lot of you are going to feel sad/angry, please know that playing Lindy Sampson, is something that I loved and I will hold dear to my heart,” Justice… Read

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Ben Powers Dies: ‘Good Times’ Actor Was 64

Ben Powers

Ben Powers, best known for his role as Keith Anderson on the Good Times sitcom that aired on CBS in the middle to late 1970s, has died. Powers was 64 and died April 6 in New Bedford, MA. His character was the football player husband of Thelma Evans, who was played by BerNadette Stanis on the hit series from producers Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin. Powers also played the character Moochie on another CBS series The New Mike Hammer that starred Stacey Keach. He also appeared in… Read

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Deadline Studio @ Tribeca Film Festival Day Three: Jason Sudeikis, Rebecca Hall, Dianna Agron And More

The Tumbledown cast and crew: Rebecca Hall, Jason Sudeikis, writer Desi Van Til, director Sean Mewshaw, Dianna Agron and Griffin Dunne

Day Three at the Deadline Studio at the Tribeca Film Festival got off to a cool, quick start when Backtrack thesp Robin McLeavy and her director Michael Petroni arrived an hour early, clearly pumped for the premiere of their film tonight. More energy ensued when the young cast and crew of King Jack—Charlie Plummer, Cory Nichols, Christian Madsen—piled into our studio for a fab photo sesh. Photographer Drew Wiedemann kept things moving in the afternoon when he shot the… Read

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Pete Rose Hired As Fox Sports Guest Analyst, Commentator

Pete Rose Manages the Bridgeport Bluefish

Pete Rose may be banned from baseball, but that isn’t standing in the way of the all-time hit king’s serving as a guest studio analyst for Fox Sports. Rose will provide commentary and analysis for pregame and postgame shows during regular-season Major League Baseball games on Fox and Fox Sports 1, including “America’s Pregame,” “MLB Whiparound” and “Fox Sports Live.” "It's obvious that Pete has a vast knowledge of baseball history,” said Fox Sports EVP of production and… Read

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Harvey Weinstein Talks ‘Hateful Eight’, Sony Hack, Gut Instincts & Socially Aware Oscar Campaigns At Tribeca

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A packed house gathered today at the SVA Theatre for the Tribeca Film Festival’s A Conversation With Harvey Weinstein, in which the The Weinstein Co. film chief canvassed an array of topics including the Sony hacking, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and Oscar campaigns. While Shia LaBeouf’s discussion on his doc production Love True only drew a half-filled house on Thursday afternoon at the SVA, ushers today were pulling out extra folding chairs to accommodate… Read

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Jonathan Crombie Dies: Actor Known For Canada’s ‘Anne Of Green Gables’ TV Series

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Actor Jonathan Crombie, best known for his role as the romantic lead in the Canadian TV series Anne of Green Gables, has died. He was 48. Crombie was adept at playing clean-cut characters of unexpected depth and warmth, and to generations of Canadians he’ll always be Gilbert Blythe to Anne Shirley as played by Megan Follows (currently Queen Catherine on the CW’s Reign). Crombie, who died April 15, also appeared in followups to the series including telefilms Anne of Avonlea… Read

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‘The Messengers’ Off To Low Ratings Start, ‘Last Man’ & ‘Cristela’ End Seasons

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It was a night of endings, beginnings and a dip in primetime TV usage on Friday. With the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs as competition and a 4% slip among adults 18-49 in overall usage from last week, there was also a bit of some things remaining the same with ABC topping the night among adults 18-49 for the second week in a row. With a 1.3/5 rating and no original dramas on CBS last night, ABC also won Friday in total viewers with 5.950 million tuning in. Part… Read

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It’s Raining Paul Shaffer’s Greatest Hits, As Dave Letterman Ponders Grand Finale

Paul Shaffer on tribute Letterman

David Letterman said his friend Al Franken said he’d like the last show “to be mawkish or maudlin,” possibly leaning toward the former. (We think it’ll probably have a little of both.) Letterman asked bandleader Paul Shaffer for his insight, which was “I have no idea what it should be.” Letterman replied, “If we knew what to do with the last show, do you think the previous 6,000 would look the way they looked?” And then segued into a montage of some of Shaffer’s finest… Read

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Helen Hayes Theatre Sold For $24.7M, Adding Fourth Nonprofit To Broadway’s Bazaar

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UPDATE: SATURDAY MORNING: Adds information from Second Stage, plus press release, below story. Second Stage theater confirmed Saturday Deadline’s exclusive report that its purchase of the Helen Hayes Theatre was completed yesterday. Second Stage said that renovation of the theater will begin next year, under the direction of architect and designer David Rockwell. The company plans to present its first season at the Tony-eligible house in the 2017-2018 season. A major… Read

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Bill Maher Not Buying What Judith Miller Selling On ‘Real Time’

Bill Maher Advises Hillary Clinton to Go Away Before U.S. Presidency Bid

Former New York Times reporter Judith Miller stopped by Real Time with Bill Maher  as she sells her book The Story: A Reporter's Journey, to explain why she wasn't more skeptical while reporting in the walk-up to the Iraq War. She insisted she "couldn't have been more skeptical" in her reporting, but "politicians lie – you know that." But then she said real problem was "the intelligence community that is paid billions of dollars a year… totally got it wrong… and they… Read

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‘Cristela’ Creator & Star Cristela Alonzo Pens ‘Possible Goodbye’ Letter To Fans, Addresses Show’s Potential End & Legacy

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On the eve of the Season 1 finale of freshman ABC comedy series Cristela tonight, the series’ creator and star, standup comedian Cristela Alonzo, wrote an emotional entry in her blog addressing the possible end of her show, which is on the bubble for a second season renewal. In the lengthy post, titled “A Possible Goodbye,” Alonzo is open about the show’s uncertain future. “It worries me and not because I want to be on TV more. It worries me because I think this show… Read