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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

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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

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‘War Room’ Crusades Against ‘Compton’ & Treads On Zac Efron’s ‘Friends’ – Saturday AM Update

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4TH & 3RD UPDATE, Saturday 7:56AM after 12:14AM: In a weak penultimate Friday to the summer box office, moviegoers gave it up to God today instead of the church of N.W.A. Affirm/Sony’s faith-based title War Room looks to have inched out Universal/Legendary’s Straight Outta Compton$3.87M to $3.85M at Friday’s B.O. Last night, War Room looked like it had some distance from Compton, but morning figures show the F. Gary Gray film with more dough. War Room is the fifth film… Read

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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

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NBCUniversal Heading To Trial In Age Discrimination Case From Award-Winning Ex-KNBC Producer

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It's looking more and more certain that Frank Snepp is going to get the trial he wants against NBCUniversal and Comcast. A L.A. Superior Court Judge today refused the media giant's best efforts to have the Emmy and Peabody-winning journalist's nearly 2-year old age discrimination case thrown out. That means the November 2 jury trial start date is still on the calendar – and approaching probably too fast for Comcast. The former CIA analyst first filed suit on October 1… Read

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ABC Nabs Dramedy From Liz Heldens Based On ‘Big Ballet’ UK Reality Series

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In a competitive situation, with multiple networks pursuing, ABC has landed  ballet-themed dramedy written/executive produced by Deception and Mercy creator Liz Heldens and executive produced by Sue Naegle. The project, which has received a script commitment with a significant penalty, hails from Sony Pictures TV’s recently relaunched TriStar TV label. The British reality series, which had a brief run on Channel 4 last year, featured 18 amateur, plus-sized dancers, many… Read

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Steven Pasquale Cast As Male Lead In CBS’ New ‘Doubt’ Pilot

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Steven Pasquale (The Good Wife) is set as the male lead opposite Katherine Heigl in CBS‘ new pilot for legal drama Doubt. The project, from writers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, CBS TV Studios and Timberman/Beverly Prods, centers on Sadie Ellis (Heigl), a smart, chic, successful defense lawyer at a boutique firm who shockingly gets romantically involved with one of her clients, the decent, altruistic pediatric surgeon Billy (Pasquale), who may or may not be guilty of… Read

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Richard Pryor Pic Set; Oprah Winfrey To Play His Brothel-Owner Grandma, Eddie Murphy “Uncle” Buck, Mike Epps And Kate Hudson As Pryor And Wife Jennifer

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EXCLUSIVE: The Weinstein Company is ready to greenlight its Richard Pryor biopic, and my, have Harvey Weinstein and Lee Daniels put together a terrific cast. The new additions: Oprah Winfrey will play Pryor’s grandmother, who ran a brothel and raised the iconic comic there; Eddie Murphy will play Pryor’s father, Leroy “Buck Carter” Pryor. Kate Hudson is set to play Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor. And Mike Epps is now locked to play Pryor, a role coveted by a lot of… Read

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‘The Jury’ Legal Drama Produced By Carol Mendelsohn Sold To ABC With Big Penalty

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ABC is developing The Jury, a drama project written by Justified writer-producer VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli (MTV pilot Self Promotion) and executive produced by CSI alumna Carol Mendelsohn. The project, from Sony Pictures TV, where Mendelsohn is under an overall deal, landed at ABC with a significant penalty. While the network is stopping short of categorizing it as a put pilot, I hear the size of the penalty is in a high-six-figure range that regularly qualifies as a… Read

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‘We Are Your Friends’ Review: Zac Efron Takes On Sex, Drugs And Dance Music But Does He Score?

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Sex, drugs, dance music, parties, girls and Zac Efron are the recipe for We Are Your Friendsa late-summer box office entry from Warner Bros that might find a hard time gaining traction (especially with a terrible title that is hard to remember) but is a likable-enough diversion before fall and more serious movies start bombarding us. As I say in my video review (click the link above), this film, thanks to Efron’s sincere performance and adeptness at convincing us he is… Read

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‘Complications’ Cancelled By USA After One Season

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USA Network has opted not to order a second season of Complications, its freshman drama starring Jason O’Mara. I hear the options on the cast had recently expired, but the network brass, still on the fence about a pickup, secured a four-day extension while pondering the show’s fate. It came down to the wire but, after lengthy deliberations, the network ultimately decided against a second season. Complications, which finished its summer run earlier this month, comes from… Read