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‘Magnificent Seven’s $35M Opening Is A Career Best For Director Antoine Fuqua; ‘Storks’ At $21.8M – Sunday AM B.O. Update

Denzel Washington;Chris Pratt;Ethan Hawke;Byung-hun Lee;Vincent D Onofrio;Manuel Garcia-Rulfo;Martin Sensmeier

6TH Update, Sunday AM: Refresh for updates, chart coming The Magnificent Seven are now riding off with $35M as of this morning according to Sony, still director Antoine Fuqua’s best opening of his career at the domestic B.O. besting The Equalizer ($34M.1M), actor Denzel Washington’s third best and the second best debut for a western after Cowboys & Aliens ($36.4M). With its A- CinemaScore, Magnificent Seven is looking forward to a domestic sunset in the 3x mutliple… Read


Jane Pauley Named Anchor Of ‘CBS Sunday Morning’; Will Succeed Charles Osgood


Jane Pauley has been named the new anchor of CBS Sunday Morning, succeeding Charles Osgood. Osgood announced last month he was retiring September 25, after 22 years as anchor of the award-winning broadcast and after nearly 50 years at CBS News. Pauley's first broadcast in the new role will be October  9, when she'll become only the third anchor in the history of CBS Sunday Morning. Pauley joined CBS Sunday Morning in 2014 as a contributor. Since then she's been a… Read


Donald Trump Takes Mark Cuban’s Pre-Debate Bait; Campaign Manager Says No Trump Ticket For Gennifer Flowers – UPDATE

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UPDATED SUNDAY MORNING Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told George Stephanopoulos that Gennifer Flowers won’t be getting a debate ticket, at least not from Conway’s boss. “She has not been invited by the campaign,” Conway said on This Week With George Stephanopoulos. “She has a right to be there if somebody else gives her a ticket.” Asked by Stephanopoulos why Trump put out the tweet, Conway, after first sniping at Mark Cuban, said that Trump “wants to… Read


California Enacts Law Preventing IMDb From Listing Actors’ Ages


In a move hailed by SAG-AFTRA as a major advance for working actors, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill today that will require IMDb Pro to remove the ages of actors and others listed on the site if asked by them to do so. The bill was pushed by SAG-AFTRA as a way to combat age discrimination, but is almost certain to face a First Amendment challenge. The bill was narrowly crafted to apply only to "commercial online entertainment employment providers" that… Read


Courtney Cox & Lisa Kudrow Are There For Each Other For ‘Friends’ Quiz

The Friends reunion fans have been clamoring for since the series ended its 10-season run in 2004 is probably never going to happen (or, isn’t happening anytime soon anyway). But it’s always nice when two or more of the old gang get together, for instance when real life friends Lisa Kudrow and Courtney Cox appeared on Celebrity Name Game (which Cox co-executive produces) for a game of Friends trivia. You probably know how the game is played: the answers appeared on a… Read


Bill Nunn Dies: ‘Do The Right Thing’ And ‘Spider-Man’ Trilogy Actor Was 62

Actor Bill Nunn attends a screening of "Do The Right Thing" at BAMcinemaFest 2014 on Sunday, June 29, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

Character actor William G. “Bill” Nunn, III, best known for his acclaimed turn as Radio Raheem in Spike Lee’s groundbreaking 1989 film Do The Right Thing, as well as for playing Daily Bugle editor Robbie Robertson in the Sam Raimi-directed Spider-Man trilogy, died today in Pittsburg from undisclosed causes. He was 62. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1953, Nunn was a 1976 graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia who came to acting relatively late. His first… Read


‘Big Bang’, ‘Gotham’, ‘Lucifer’, ‘Good Place’ Lead Premiere Monday L3 Ratings Gains

"The Conjugal Conjecture" -- Pictured: Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), Penny (Kaley Cuoco), Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons). After Sheldon's mother and Leonard's father share an evening together, everyone deals with an awkward morning the next day. Also, Penny's family arrives for the wedding ceremony, including her anxiety-ridden mother, Susan (Katey Sagal), and her drug dealing brother, Randall (Jack McBrayer), on the 10th season premiere of THE BIG BANG THEORY, Monday, Sept. 19 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Dean Norris guest stars as Colonel Williams, an Air Force Representative from the Department of Materiel Command. Christine Baranski, Laurie Metcalf, Judd Hirsch and Keith Carradine return. Photo: Monty Brinton/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. © 2016 WBEI. All rights reserved.

The first Live+3 results for the 2016-17 season are in, and the DVR+VOD lifts are on par with last year. Like last year, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory logged the largest absolute L+3 gain, +1.6 rating in 18-49 and +4.43 million viewers. That was in line with last fall’s premiere increases, +1.7 and +4.29 million. Year vs. year, Big Bang‘s opener is down -16% in the demo and -10 in viewers. Still, with 20 million+, in its 10th season Big Bang is drawing a massive audience that… Read


‘MacGyver’ Off To Strong Ratings Start On Friday, ‘The Exorcist’ Modest In Debut


Snapshot: New series premieres: CBS’  MacGyver (1.7 in 18-49, 10.9 million), the highest-rated and most watched program of the night; Fox's The Exorcist (1.0, 2.9 million). Returning series: MacGyver-boosted Hawaii Five-0 was up, and ABC’s Last Man Standing and Blue Bloods were even; everything else was down.  Do the broadcast networks need extensive development season and pilots? In May, CBS put MacGyver on the fall schedule on a title, wing and a prayer after discarding… Read


Antoine Fuqua On ‘Magnificent Seven,’ ‘Scarface’ And How One Black Director Made The A-List

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Denzel Washington, Antoine Fuqua (Director)
Special New York Screening of MGM & Columbia Pictures 'The Magnificent Seven' Presented by American Express, USA - 19 Sep 2016

EXCLUSIVE: As he was readying a classic Western reboot that this weekend heads toward a magnificent opening weekend, director Antoine Fuqua sat twice with Deadline to discuss his journey, and a breadth of hot button issues. Our first encounter came while he was editing the film, when the Oscar diversity controversy burned white hot. The collective fall-on-the-sword apologetic attitude felt hollow to The Magnificent Seven director. After all, he worked himself up from the… Read


Bruce Springsteen Talks Elvis, Beatles And Trump On Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’


Bruce Springsteen visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to reminisce about being inspired to pick up a guitar by performances of Elvis and The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, in the very theater where Colbert’s show is broadcast. The rocker also credited his Catholic upbringing with influencing his work, and picked his Top 5 Springsteen songs. Colbert interviewed “the master American troubadour of my lifetime” across all four segments of his show, coinciding with… Read


ABC Developing ‘Cagney & Lacey’-Esque Female Police Drama

ABC Upfronts 2016

ABC has put in development a drama procedural from British writer-actress Lizzie Mickery (The Bill) and Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner’s Bad Wolf production company. Written by Mickery, the untitled drama is about a team of female detectives. Here is the official description: Law and Justice. You can’t always have both. Billie Law and Martha Lee will fight to make sure you get what you deserve. Mickery executive produces with Tranter and Gardner. ABC Studios is the… Read


Hot Spec Script ‘American Rebel’ Acquired By Amy Pascal

Gen. George Washington leads his troops across the Delaware River in this painting by Emmanuel G. Leutze, Dec. 1776, during the Revolutionary War.  (AP Photo)

EXCLUSIVE: A major pre-emptive spec-script deal has just closed, with Amy Pascal’s Pascal Pictures acquiring Christopher Cosmos’ American Rebel. It is based on the true story of Deborah Sampson, who risked her life during the Revolutionary War by disguising herself as a man and joining the Continental Army. We’re hearing that the deal is for high-six figures for the tale that reads like an American version of Mulan; the spec was a buzzy item around town this week that has… Read