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ABC’s 2017 Talent Competition Kicks Off; Expands To UK

ABC's annual search for new acting talent is underway. The 2017 ABC Discovers: Digital Talent Competition is accepting submissions beginning Monday, June 26 through Sunday, July 9. Actors 18 and older can submit a video performing one of the comedy or drama scenes posted on ABCdiscovers.com. Performers are judged on the quality of performance, potential star power and technical skill set. The prize is a one-year $25,000 talent deal with ABC. Based on the success of prior… Read

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BET Awards Winners: Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Chance The Rapper Lead Way

Beyoncé was the big winner Sunday at the 2017 BET Awards, taking a total of five trophies at the music-rich event in Los Angeles. She won for Female R&B/Pop Artist, Album Of The Year for Lemonade, and Viewers Choice, Video Director Of The Year and Video Of The Year for “Sorry,” the latter honor shared with Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic.” Mars also won Best Male R&B/Pop Artist. Chance The Rapper was named Best New Artist, while Kendrick Lamar and Remy Ma won the male and female… Read

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Report Exonerates SAG-AFTRA Execs Accused Of Miseeds

SAG-AFTRA has come out swinging against charges its leaders committed a laundry list of financial misdeeds. On Sunday, the union's national board of directors released the findings of an independent investigation into the allegations, which wholly exonerated the accused executives. The allegations were looked into by the union's outside counsel Bush Gottlieb and by Cohen Weiss & Simon, which retained the Bond Beebe accounting firm to conduct a review. The accusers, a… Read

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John Oliver: Donald Trump’s Tape Admission “Extraordinarily Stupid” Confirmation Of James Comey Testimony

Last Week Tonight host John Oliver reveled in last week’s admission by President Donald Trump that he did not, as he had suggested on Twitter, tape his conversations with FBI director James Comey before sacking him. "James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Trump tweeted back in May. On Thursday, Trump tweeted that he had no idea if someone taped conversations with Comey, but he did not have any such… Read

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SAG-AFTRA Contract Talks Hit Major Roadblock

Decrying management's demand for "outrageous rollbacks," the leaders of SAG-AFTRA say they’ll call for membership to authorize a strike if a "fair and equitable" deal on a new film and TV contact isn't reached by Friday. Contract talks began on May 31, and have definitely hit a major roadblock. "Your SAG-AFTRA negotiating team has been hard at work bargaining with the major studios and networks represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers for a… Read

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Michelle Obama Makes Surprise BET Awards Cameo Honoring Chance The Rapper

“Barack and I are so sorry that we can’t be there tonight in person,” said Michelle Obama tonight to a surprised and roaring BET Awards via pre-tape video for Chance The Rapper. The Grammy winner was being honored with the Humanitarian Award for his philanthropic efforts in his and the former First Lady’s hometown of Chicago. “But please know we are there with you in spirit and we are so incredibly proud of you Chance.” Called “our forever First Lady” by BET CEO Debra Lee… Read

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Review: ‘Hamilton’s Revolution Still Shoots Fireworks Over Broadway

It’s rare enough to experience the shiver of revelation that comes in the first few minutes of a great show; rarer still to be blasted above the ordinary the second time around. That’s something great plays and musicals do: They expand with our consciousness. So it is with Hamilton, which turns two on July 13. The original cast members, led in the title role by the show’s author, composer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda, have long since departed on a wave of recognition… Read

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‘Power’ Season 4 Review: ‘Fast & Furious’ Sung Kang Brings More Pedal To Metal

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Premiering on June 25 on Starz, the fourth season of Power is a sobering tale of truth and interconnected consequences. Intoxicated simultaneously by new castmembers and higher stakes than before, the Courtney Kemp-created series executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson sees the looming threats that have always hung over the New York City-set drama come crashing down to reveal a world of the worst possible situations – which makes for pretty great television. Power… Read

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‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Dawns With $196M Overseas; $265M Global – International Box Office

UPDATE, writethru: Launching in 41 offshore markets, Paramount's Transformers: The Last Knight opened to $196.2M at the international box office. That's a big number and is towards the higher end of the pre-weekend range. But it’s also a swing from where we saw this coming in yesterday — partially the result of an unexpected 31% drop in China from Saturday to Sunday. The debut FSS cume there is $123.4M (63% of the full offshore bow). Factoring in domestic, the global… Read

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Bill Cosby Publicist Says Upcoming Tour Not About Sexual Assault; Tells CNN That Media Is To Blame

Bill Cosby’s publicity team is now saying that the comedian’s upcoming town hall tour most definitely is not about sexual assault, but rather about “the restoration of his legacy.” And they’re blaming the media for getting it wrong in the first place. On this morning’s CNN New Day Weekend, Cosby publicist Ebonee Benson told New Day co-host Christi Paul, “The town hall meetings are not about sexual assault. I will repeat. These town hall meetings are not about sexual… Read

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‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Trailer: First Look At Final Sing-Off With Rebel Wilson, Anna Kendrick

“We don’t do anything with dignity, okay?” Rebel Wilson’s “Fat Amy” (her ball cap reads “Make America Eat Again”) says in this first trailer for Pitch Perfect 3, and fans wouldn’t expect otherwise. Having graduated from college and finding the non-singing world a depressing place – service jobs and bull-tending apparently not being all they’re cracked up to be – the a cappella Bellas reunite for a USO competition in Europe, where they’ll once again sing off against snooty… Read

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‘The Big Sick’ Nabs Year’s Highest Theater Average; ‘The Beguiled’ is Sofia Coppola’s Best Debut Average – Specialty Box Office

The Big Sick

Amazon Studios/Lionsgate's The Big Sick went into the weekend with momentum and cashed in. The 2017 Sundance Fest title grabbed the year's highest opening weekend per-theater-average from a five-theater gross of $435K. But there was more box office wealth among the Specialties, especially for Sofia Coppola's Cannes debut The Beguiled with Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. The feature had a PTA of over $60K, the director's highest for an… Read