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‘Girlboss’ Comedy Series Canceled By Netflix After One Season

Netflix has opted not to renew freshman comedy series Girlboss for a second season. The show, inspired by Sophia Amoruso's popular autobiography, starred Britt Robertson and Ellie Reed. Its 13-episode first season debuted on April 21. Written/executive produced by Pitch Perfect scribe Kay Cannon and directed by Christian Ditter, Girlboss hailed from Charlize Theron's Denver & Delilah production company. It centered on Sophia (Robertson), a rebellious, broke anarchist who… Read

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CNN Retracts Russian Investment Fund Story; Trump Ally Accepts Apology

CNN has retracted its story about a Russian investment fund and possible ties to associates of Donald Trump, and apologized to entrepreneur and Trump transition team member Anthony Scaramucci. “Classy move,” tweeted Scaramucci in response. “Apology accepted.” The CNN report by Thomas Frank, posted to the network’s website Thursday, alleged that Senate investigators were tracking down ties between Scaramucci, founder of investment firm SkyBridge Capital, and a Russian… Read

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Thomas Schlamme Elected Directors Guild President – Complete Election Results

Thomas Schlamme has been elected president of the Directors Guild of America. The Emmy-winning West Wing director had been the guild's 3rd vice president, and co-chaired the DGA's last two film and TV contract negotiating committees. "It is a tremendous honor to be chosen by my peers to lead our guild, and I greatly look forward to taking on the challenges facing our membership and industry,"  Schlamme said after being elected by the delegates to the DGA's biennial… Read

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Viral ‘Toy Story’ Origin Tale Debunked By Pixar Exec: No Polio For Andy’s Dad

Well, it did sound a little too good – and too sad – to be true. A viral video explaining the tragic backstory to Pixar’s 1995 hit Toy Story is fake, says Pixar’s Andrew Stanton, who co-wrote all three Toy Story films. “Complete and utter fake news,” Stanton tweeted today, signing off with the hashtag “iwasthere.” Stanton’s tweet came in the wake of a video posted on the SuperCarlinBrothers Youtube page (watch it below) in which a product designer named Mike Mozart says… Read

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Dan Harmon Epic-Tweets About ‘Rick And Morty’ Return: No Feud With Star

In a many-part Twitter epic that must have consumed as much energy as a feud with Chevy Chase, Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon today laid out exactly why the Adult Swim animated series is taking so long to return for Season 3. “Because it took long to write,” sort of sums it up but hardly does justice to Harmon’s storytelling skills. The series about the misadventures of mad scientist Rick and grandson Morty has unspooled over two seasons since its 2013 premiere, and… Read

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Donald Trump Video Puts “Minors” To Work, And ‘Galaxy Quest’ Gets Last Laugh

No one really thinks the Trump Administration wants to send kids to the factories and sweatshops, but last night’s Minorgate was good for more than a few social media laughs anyway. In case you missed it, a now-deleted video posted on the president’s official Facebook page included a clip of Donald Trump’s speech from Friday’s rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, during which Trump extolled the virtues of “clean, beautiful coal” and boasted of “putting our miners back to… Read

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Marion Goldin Dies: Longtime ’60 Minutes’ Producer Was 76

Marion Goldin, the 60 Minutes producer who partnered with journalist Mike Wallace on a 15-year stretch of award-winning reports beginning in the Watergate era, died June 15 at her home in Palm Springs, California. She was 76. News of her death was first reported last night by The New York Times. Born September 5, 1940, in Brooklyn, Goldin graduated from Barnard College and earned a master's degree from Harvard before becoming an assistant to CBS’s Eric Sevareid, according… Read

Box Office

‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Rises To $93M In China – International Box Office

2ND UPDATE, SATURDAY AM: Contrary to domestic, Paramount’s Transformers: The Last Knight is on track to top the opening of Transformers: Age Of Extinction at the international box office. Although the studio is not providing an update today, as Friday estimates came in late yesterday (see below), the unofficial Saturday in China puts the Michael Bay pic at about $93M there so far. That sets it up for an FSS Middle Kingdom bow of around $130M (including previews)… Read

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Actor & Stage Managers Approve Pact With Non-Profit Theater Troupes

Actors' Equity Association members have ratified a five-year contract with the League of Resident Theaters, which represents 72 non-profit theaters across the U.S., including major companies including New York’s Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company and Lincoln Center Theater, and California’s Center Theatre Group and the Old Globe. The contract, negotiated earlier this year and voted on during a 10-day period that ended June 23,  covers actors and stage… Read

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‘Transformers’ Still Rusty At $63M+; ‘Wonder Woman’ Soars Past $300M – Saturday AM Update

Transformers The Last Knight

Saturday AM writethru after Friday 3rd UPDATE: Paramount is seeing slightly better numbers on a film that opened this past Tuesday in previews and has been stuck in second gear. The latest pic in its franchise —Transformers: The Last Knight is on track to take in about $40M+ for the three-day and is looking at a $63.9M five-day, which would be the lowest opening in the series of five films. The last time out, Transformers: Age of Extinction grabbed $100M in its opening… Read

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‘Real Time’: Bill Maher Pledges Contribution To Activist Labeled “Anti-Muslim Extremist”

UPDATED With Video Bill Maher and the Southern Poverty Law Center seem to be on opposite sides with regard to Maajid Nawaz, a British activist described by HBO’s Real Time host as the founder of the “world’s first counter-extremism think tank.” The SPLC has included Nawaz on a list of anti-Muslim extremists. On Friday’s Real Time with Bill Maher, the host offered to contribute to a crowd-funded defamation suit that Nawaz said he plans to file against the SPLC. Saying he… Read