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‘Captain America: Civil War’ To Break Out In The U.S.; Looks To Defeat ‘Ultron’s $191M+ Debut – Box Office Preview

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Summer starts on Thursday night at 7PM with Disney’s Captain America: Civil War set to send seismic waves through the box office. This is a Marvel superhero clash that fanboys and crowds have been waiting for, and unlike Warner Bros.’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Disney already has critics and auds on their side. The Rotten Tomatoes score off 115 reviews for Captain America: Civil War is at 94% fresh, which is higher than both 2012’s Avengers (92%) and last May’s Ag… Read

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Maddie Hasson & Cameron Monaghan Join Stephenie Meyer’s ‘Anna Dressed In Blood’ – Cannes

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Maddie Hasson (Freeform’s Twisted) and Cameron Monaghan (Showtime’s Shameless) have been set to star in Anna Dressed In Blood, the adaptation of Kendare Blake’s YA novel that Twilight creator Stephenie Meyer acquired and developed via her Fickle Fish Films. The supernatural romance will be produced by Meyer and Meghan Hibbett and The Solution Entertainment Group’s Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel, who are also financing the project. The Solution will introduce the film to… Read

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2016 Tony Nominations: The Good, The Bad, The Ecstatic, The Invisible

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Danielle Brooks has been crying all morning, she told me this morning, a couple of hours after learning she’d been nominated for a Tony Award. “The other day at the stage door there was a young black girl who looked sorta like me, and she saw me and just started bawling her eyes out,” Brooks said over the phone. “She said, ‘Thank you, your presence showed me I don't have to change any part of who I am.’ That’s what the show did for me, seeing people who look like me on… Read

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‘The Blues Brothers’ Animated Series With Dan Aykroyd In The Works At Bento Box

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Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi's widow Judy Belushi have teamed with Bento Box Entertainment (Bob’s Burgers) for The Blues Brothers, a primetime animated comedy series, which will be shopped it to television platforms beginning this month. Co-created and executive produced by original Blues Brother Aykroyd, Judy Belushi and Emmy-winning original Saturday Night Live writer Anne Beatts, the series will chronicle the music, mayhem and comedy adventures of Jake and Elwood… Read

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Donald Trump: “I Have Watched Ted Cruz Become More Unhinged” – Update

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UPDATE 2, 11 AM, Donald Trump campaign response:Ted Cruz is a desperate candidate trying to save his failing campaign. It is no surprise he has resorted to his usual tactics of over-the-top rhetoric that nobody believes. Over the last week I have watched Lyin’ Ted become more and more unhinged as he is unable to react under the pressure and stress of losing, in all cases by landslides, the last six primary elections – in fact, coming in last place in all but one of… Read

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‘Chopped’ Creators Ink First-Look Deal With eOne

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EntertainmentOne has closed a first-look deal for unscripted programming with Chopped creators Cleve Keller and Dave Noll under their Keller/Noll banner. Through the pact, Keller and Noll will develop and produce original unscripted programming with eOne. Keller/Noll’s formats have included Food Network's Chopped, GSN's new game show Winsanity!; AMC's FilmFakers and Movies 101. They join other first-look deals with eOne including Chris Deaux's Two Fifteen West… Read

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Disney Swingin’ As ‘The Jungle Book’ Beats $700M Global; ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Rises To $224.3M Offshore

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Disney’s big swings at the global box office continue with The Jungle Book passing $700M worldwide on Monday. At the same time, Captain America: Civil War continued its offshore campaign yesterday with $24M on what was a holiday for many markets, bringing its cume to $224.3M ahead of the domestic, Chinese and Russian bows. It had already grossed a Captain fantastic $200.4M out of the gate in its overseas debut this weekend. Along with Zootopia, Disney is proving it’s not… Read

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Jack Huston & Emilia Clarke To Star In Phillip Noyce’s ‘Above Suspicion’ – Cannes

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Jack Huston and Emilia Clarke have been set to star in Phillip Noyce's Above Suspicion, a thriller that has been adapted from the book by New York Times columnist Joe Sharkey. Mississippi Burning scribe Chris Gerolmo is penning the script of the thriller, which is now heading for a production start date this month. Sierra/Affinity will launch international sales the upcoming Cannes market, while Gersh will rep U.S. rights. The book tells the true story of a newly married… Read

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Rosie Perez, Ron Livingston Among Five Cast In TBS’ Search Party’

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TBS is building out the cast of its comedy series Search Party. Rosie Perez (Pineapple Express, Fearless), Ron Livingston (Office Space, The Conjuring), Parker Posey (Best in Show) and Christine Taylor (Zoolander) have joined as recurring and Brandon Micheal Hall (Broad City, The Characters) has signed on as a series regular. Slated to premiere in late 2016, Search Party is a dark comedy about four self-absorbed 20-somethings who become entangled in an ominous mystery… Read

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Tom Harper To Direct ‘The Son’ On AMC

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British director Tom Harper (War & Peace) is set to direct the opening episode of AMC's straight-to-series drama The Son, from Sonar Entertainment and AMC Studios. The series stars Sam Neill whom Harper directed in the BBC series Peaky Blinders.  Based on the book by Philipp Meyer, The Son is a multi-generational epic tale of the story of America's birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas family. Meyer, Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy wrote the… Read

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SXSW Pic ‘Rainbow Time’ Lands At The Orchard

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The Orchard has acquired worldwide theatrical and ancillary distribution rights to Linas Phillips' Rainbow Time, the drama executive produced by the Duplass brothers that bowed in March at SXSW. Phillips, Melanie Lynskey, Timm Sharp, Artemis Pebdani, Jay Duplass and Tobin Bell starred in the pic, about a mentally challenged 40-year-old man named Shonzi (Phillips) who is sent to live with his brother Todd ( Sharp). When Shonzi develops a crush on Todd’s new girlfriend… Read

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Skydance Media Buys Game Developer The Workshop And Launches Interactive Division

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EXCLUSIVE: Skydance Media, which in March raised $700 million in new financing to grow its company, has moved aggressively in the area of interactive entertainment. David Ellison’s production/financing company has acquired leading game developer The Workshop Entertainment, Inc. He will use that as the beachhead to launch Skydance Interactive, LLC, a subsidiary that will create and own original video games and virtual reality experiences. The deal gives Skydance Media the… Read