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‘Grace And Frankie’ Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix

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Comedy series Grace And Frankie has gotten a second season on Netflix. It will debut in 2016. The news was revealed tonight on an FYC panel at the Pacific Design Center that included series co-creators and executive producers Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris, along with series stars Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Martin Sheen. “Let me say, it’s so awesome to do a show on Netflix,” said Kauffman, series co-creator and exec producer, “because two and a half weeks after we… Read

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‘League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ To Be Rebooted By Fox

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20th Century Fox is taking another stab at turning Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen into a film franchise, it was reported today. The studio is producing a new film based on the influential graphic novel series, to be overseen by Ira Napoliello and Matt Reilly, and produced by John Davis of Davis Entertainment. The graphic novel series was previously adapted to film by Fox in 2003. That movie debuted at number 2 behind the first Pirates… Read

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Jimmy Smits To Star In Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix Music Drama ‘The Get Down’

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Jimmy Smits has been tapped for a key role in Baz Luhrmann's music-driven drama for Netflix The Get Down. Set in 1970s New York City, the series — a long-time passion project for Luhrmann — revolves around a ragtag crew of South Bronx teenagers who are wild in the streets — nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them, except one another. Smits will play Francisco Cruz, aka “Papa Fuerte,” a South Bronx political boss who delivers services the City fails to provide &ndash… Read

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New ABC Drama ‘Oil’ Recasts 2 Roles

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Add Sunday drama Oil to the list of newly picked-up ABC/ABC Studios drama series that will be undergoing recasting. Toplned by Don Johnson and Chace Crawford, the series examines the biggest oil discovery in American history, which has triggered a geopolitical shift and an economic boom in North Dakota on a scale not seen since the 1849 California Gold Rush. The series will be recasting two series regular characters played in the pilot by Caitlin Carver and Yani… Read

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‘Aquarius’ Review: David Duchovny Dominates In Manson-Era Drama

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Debuting on May 28, NBC's Aquarius really is a case of the more things change, the more they stay the same. Despite its entire 13-episode season going up on the network's website for four weeks, Netflix-style, and despite the 1960s-set John McNamara-created show's storyline of the real-life rise of the murderous Charles Manson, Aquarius, as my video review above says, is at its heart a damn good network cop drama. It takes awhile to achieve liftoff but is on a solid… Read

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‘Tomorrowland’ Slightly Better In Actuals, But Memorial Day Frame Was Still A Downer – Tuesday B.O. Update

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6th UPDATE, Tuesday 4:15 PM: Disney’s Tomorrowland came in slightly higher than what was reported with $42.679M for the 4-day. With a global weekend of $74.7M, the B.O. for Tomorrowland reps anywhere from 39% to 42% of its lofty $180M-$190M budget. Not a good start. Furthermore, among Memorial Day bows, it’s way down there. In fact it’s not that far above Disney’s Memorial day opening clunker Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time, which opened to $37.8M, cost $200M, and… Read

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‘Point Break’ First Trailer: Johnny Utah Rides Again

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The first trailer for the Point Break remake finally has dropped, bringing with it a combination of nostalgia and extreme sports sure to warm the hearts of people still pining for the Kathryn Bigelow-directed original starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. As in the original, Point Break centers on a novice FBI agent named Johnny Utah, who goes undercover with a group of rebellious thrill-seekers led by the charismatic Bodhi, to investigate a series of daring crimes… Read

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‘Texas Rising’ Premieres To 4.1 Million Viewers On History

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History’s 's 10-hour event series Texas Rising drew 4.1 million total viewers and 1.1 million adults 25-54 for its two-hour opener last night. That is a solid Live+same day performance in this day and age, though it fell short of the previous History miniseries from the same producers that launched on Memorial Day three years ago — the ratings record-breaker Hatfields & McCoys, which drew 13.9 million viewers and 5.8 million adults 25-54 for its premiere. Texas Rising… Read

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Vox Media Acquires Tech Site Re/Code

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Vox Media has purchased Revere Digital, parent company of tech-focused website Re/Code, in an all-stock deal whose financial terms have not been publicly disclosed. Though Vox already owns competing tech site The Verge, Re/Code will continue to operate as an independent site under the Vox umbrella, Re/Code heads Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher said in a statement confirming the deal. “We will continue to publish under the same name and leadership, with editorial… Read

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Rapper Azealia Banks To Star, RZA To Direct Lionsgate/Codeblack Feature ‘Coco’

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EXCLUSIVE: Azealia Banks, the provocative hip-hop artist who made her debut last year with the album Broke With Expensive Taste, has just landed her first starring role in a feature film. She’ll play the title character in Coco, a drama for Lionsgate and Codeblack Films that will be directed by Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA. She stars with Common, Jill Scott, Lucien Laviscount, Lorraine Toussaint and Hana Mae Lee. It has a script from Nicole Jefferson Asher and will be produced by… Read

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‘Tomorrowland’s $74.7M Global Bow; ‘Pitch Perfect 2′ Singing $190.4M Cume; ‘Mad Max’ Smokin’ $227.7M – Wwide B.O. Update

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Updated with latest Disney, Warner Bros, Uni and Fox figures, Tuesday 3:51PM: Walt Disney's sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland came in first among new releases overseas with a $32.1M from 65 territories representing roughly 56% of the international marketplace. Combined with its North American 4-day tally of $42.6M that brings the Brad Bird-directed movie to a global debut total of $74.7M. Tomorrowland‘s overseas figure couldn’t compete against returning favorite Avengers: Age… Read

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HBO Developing VA Hospital Limited Series From Eric Roth & Denis Johnson

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HBO has in the works Unarmed, a limited drama series from Oscar winner Eric Roth and writer Denis Johnson, set at an Armed Forces medical center. Warner Bros. TV and Timberman/Beverly are producing the project, now in development, which is looking for a director in anticipation of a pilot order. Unarmed centers on Amos Searl, a civilian psychiatrist new to his practice at an Armed Forces medical center that specializes in treating amputees and burn victims, critically… Read