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Richard Cabral On Reversing Latino Stereotypes In ‘American Crime’ – Emmys

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From the moment he stepped up to audition for John Ridley's anthology series American Crime, for a role that on paper was familiar to him, Richard Cabral hoped to bring new light to a Latino archetype often misaligned in the media. As Hector Tontz, the gang member implicated in a vicious, drug-related murder, Cabral did just that, and in the process earned a Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Emmy nomination. Hector is one of the few characters at the end of… Read

Box Office

‘Compton’ Fends Off ‘War Room’ From No. 1, But Alex Kendrick Film Overperforms At No. 2 – Sunday AM Update

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5TH UPDATE, Sunday 7:48 AM: Refresh for updates. Despite the holy B.O. threat of Sony/Affirm’s faith-based title War Room this weekendUniversal/Legendary’s hip hop biopic Straight Outta Compton continued to spin records at No. 1  with a studio reported figure of $13.2M, making it the third Uni film this year after Furious 7 and Jurassic World to hold the top B.O. spot for three weekends in a row. Overall, it’s the fourth film this year to complete that feat after America… Read

Business

Hackers Up Attacks On Media, Showbiz

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Computer hackers’ efforts to penetrate and disrupt media and entertainment networks were up sharply in the quarter that ended June 30, major Internet security company Verisign reported. Media and entertainment companies represented 20% of Verisign’s work in the quarter to thwart or minimize attacks such as the 2014 assault on Sony Pictures Entertainment, according to Rapid TV News. Verisign said the largest attack targeted online video services with denial-of-service… Read

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‘Community’ Stunt Coordinator Ben Scott On Choreographing Bits For Laughs – Emmys

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Stunt coordinator Ben Scott has followed up such SAG Award-winning work in X-Men: First Class with his now Emmy-nominated role in the stunts for Yahoo!'s Community. The comedy came with a certain set of challenges. "This one scene we did required one of our leads to wear six, good-sized bullet hits," Scott says. "I was telling him some information on the gag and he looked at me and said, 'What squibs are you talking about?' I had to laugh and take a breath." Laughing… Read

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William H. Macy On ‘Shameless’ Season 6: “It’s All About Pregnancy” – Emmys

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Playing ultimate drunk Frank Gallagher on Showtime's Shameless, William H. Macy has snagged, so far, noms for a Critics' Choice, a Globe and two Emmys. This past season, Macy had the added challenges of directing an episode–it included a sex scene and a shooting–and figuring out how to portray Frank in a rare phase of sobriety. This year he'll also be cheering on his wife Felicity Huffman at the Emmys, since she's nominated for her role in ABC's American Crime. Macy tells… Read

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Kyle Jean-Baptiste, Overnight History-Making Broadway Star at 21, Dies In Home Accident

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UPDATED SUNDAY MORNING  Kyle Jean-Baptiste, a 21-year-old New York actor who made his Broadway starring debut July 23 in Les Miserables as the youngest – and Broadway’s first African-American – Jean Valjean died Friday night in a home accident, falling from the fourth-story fire escape of his mother’s Brooklyn apartment. The accident occurred as Jean-Baptiste sat with a friend on the fire escape, then stood up, slipped and fell backwards. His performed his final turn in Le… Read

International

‘Downton Abbey’ Season 6 Trailer: UK Start Date Set For Final Sojourn At The Estate

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ITV has dropped a promo for the final season of its flagship period drama, Downton Abbey. The network also confirmed today that Season 6 will kick off on September 20 in the UK. Not much has been publicly revealed about the upcoming farewell, other than it being set in 1925. The teaser above does presage more change at the Abbey as Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville) tells Mr Carson (Jim Carter), “If I could stop history in its tracks, maybe I would. But I can’t, Carson, for… Read

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Emmys: Jon Hamm, Allison Janney, Christine Baranski And Other Double-Nominees – Photo Gallery

Jon Hamm in Mad Men and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Sometimes working double-time has its rewards. Five actors received multiple nominations this year, in some cases by segueing seamlessly between comedy and drama. Allison Janney became the queen of multitasking when she won two Emmys last year for the same two roles she's nominated for again this year. Will there be more double-wins come Emmy night on September 20?  Read

Film

Martin Scorsese Short ‘The Audition’ Won’t Be Ready For Venice Film Festival

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Martin Scorsese’s short film The Audition will not be screening at the Venice Film Festival next month after all. The festival said today that because of “unexpected technical problems” the roughly 17-minute short will not be ready in time for the September 2-12 fest. The film features Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in a promotion for a pair of casinos in Asia. Separately, the festival confirmed the screening of Heaven Can Wait by Ernst Lubitsch for… Read

TV

Bill Maher Slams Donald Trump’s “Go Back To Univision” Comment As Racist

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Bill Maher is taking Donald Trump more seriously these days. While continuing to use the Republican front-runner as an ever-ready punchline, the HBO host seemed more angry than bemused during last night’s Real Time with Bill Maher when talking about the increasingly amped-up anti-immigration rhetoric used by Trump and some of his supporters. Maher was particularly outraged by the recent dust-up between Trump and Jorge Ramos, news anchor for the Spanish-language… Read

TV

Trump To Sarah Palin: Jorge Ramos “Just Putting On A Show”

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If you haven’t watched One America News Network, you’re not alone. Available in only 12 million homes, the San Diego-based 24/7 news channel feels almost like a vlog rather than a huge journalism operation. Loose and conversational, and openly partisan, you can’t say it isn’t entertaining, especially if you’re politically conservative. This channel was launched expressly for people who think Fox News isn’t conservative enough. But even if you haven’t watched it, you’ve no… Read

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Jimmy Kimmel Reveals Vin Scully To Return For 67th Dodgers Season

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Jimmy Kimmel tonight helped announce that longtime Dodgers play-by-play announcer Vin Scully will indeed be coming back next baseball season, marking his 67th year in the job. The pleasant surprise was revealed on the Dodgers videoboard during the second inning of tonight’s Dodgers-Cubs home game. The short video showed Kimmel in his ABC studio, as he dropped cardboard signs saying that Scully “is back for one more year (at least). God bless us everyone.” The Dodgers… Read