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‘Pretty Little Liars’: Creator Marlene King Talks Finale Mysteries, Reunions & What Might Have Been

By now, everyone who’s paid attention to Pretty Little Liars knows the big ugly truth: The evil twin did it. (And if you’re holding out and don’t want to know whose evil twin, stop reading here). But were there other possible solutions or alternate endings considered to cap the seasons-long mystery solved in last night’s Season 7 (and series) finale? Was the heretofore unknown Alex Drake (Troian Bellisario, pulling double duty as the sibling look-alike of her Spencer… Read

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Elvis Presley Prequel ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ Is Broadway Bound. Or Not.

EXCLUSIVE: Heartbreak Hotel, a new musical that follows Elvis Presley’s career from unknown singer to charts-busting star, will tryout this summer at the Ogunquit Playhouse, a venerable straw-hat-circuit venue in southern Maine. Then it will head south, aiming for Broadway. Or maybe not. It depends on which of the producers you ask. The show is the brainchild of Floyd Mutrux, who had an international moneymaker as co-author of Million Dollar Quartet, the jukebox musical… Read

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Court Frees Steven Mnuchin From Relativity Media-Related Fraud Case

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s off the hook in a fraud charge tied to his tenure on the board of Relativity Media in a seven-month period leading up to its 2015 filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The New York State Supreme Court yesterday granted his motion to dismiss fraud charges against him by RKA Film Financing. But the court rejected Mnuchin’s motion to slap sanctions on RKA. The bank consortium alleged in February that Mnuchin and 11 others at… Read

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Film Academy Invites Record 774 New Members, From Gal Gadot To Betty White

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have unveiled 774 new members invited to join the Oscars organization, bringing the total membership closer to 8,000. The invitees come from 57 countries, the organization says in unveiling its list, with the list comprising 39% female and 30% people of color, both number increasing overall totals in those categories which has been a focus of AMPAS over the past couple of years. Elle Fanning is the youngest invitee at 19… Read

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BFI Teams With EON & Lucasfilm To Launch $25.5M Plan To Support Future Film Skills In UK

The British Film Institute has joined forces with a raft of film industry leaders, including Eon Productions and Lucasfilm, to launch a new venture geared towards attracting new entrants into the UK film sector whilst also equipping them with the skills needed for the country's booming business. The new plan, called Future Film Skills – An Action Plan, has already earmarked £20 million ($25.5 million) of national lottery investment to kickstart proceedings. Speaking at… Read

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‘This Is Us’: Alexandra Breckenridge, & Jon Huertas Upped To Series Regulars For Season 2 Of NBC Drama

NBC’s breakout drama series This Is Us has handed its first major cast promotions, making Alexandra Breckenridge, who has recurred as Sophie, and Jon Huertas, who plays Miguel, series regulars. Breckenridge was introduced in the second half of This Is Us‘s first season as Sophie, Kate’s (Chrissy Metz) childhood best friend and Kevin’s (Justin Hartley) childhood crush and ex-wife. In one of the major plot twists of This Is Us‘ first season, Kevin knocked on Sophie’s door… Read

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Beau Willimon Will Be Next WGA East President

House of Cards creator Beau Willimon will be the next president of the WGA East. Michael Winship, the guild's president since 2007, isn't seeking re-election, and Willimon is running unopposed in the guild's upcoming officers and council election. Also running unopposed are incumbent Vice President Jeremy Pikser and incumbent Secretary-Treasurer Bob Schneider. In the council races, the 10 candidates vying for six open freelance seats are Amy Sohn, David Handelman, Stu… Read

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Kathy Baker & Greg Grunberg Join HBO’s Joe Paterno Movie About Penn State Scandal

Kathy Baker (The Ranch) and Heroes alum Greg Grunberg have been cast in lead roles opposite Al Pacino in HBO Films' untitled movie about the Penn State sexual abuse scandal, directed and executive produced by Barry Levinson. Written by Debora Cahn, John C. Richards and David McKenna, the film centers on legendary coach Joe Paterno (Pacino), who, after becoming the winningest coach in college football history, is embroiled in Penn State's Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse… Read

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Universal, Mike De Luca Win ‘Spiderwick Chronicles’ Holly Black Novel ‘The Cruel Prince’

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has won an auction for screen rights to The Cruel Prince, the new fantasy novel by The Spiderwick Chronicles author Holly Black. Michael De Luca will produce through his Michael De Luca Productions banner. The novel, which will be published in January by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, is the kick off to a fantasy novel series the author is calling Folk of the Air. The Cruel Prince follows the journey of a human girl who is abducted… Read

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Newbie Smith Global Media Acquires Animated Pics ‘Gnome Alone’ & ‘Charming’

Smith Global Media, the nascent distribution company founded by Will Smith’s brother Harry Smith, has acquired distribution rights to the animated family features Charming with a voice cast including Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama, and Gnome Alone. Both hail from Shrek producer John H. Williams and are financed and produced by 3QU Media in association with SC Films International. Fresh off inking a home entertainment deal at Sony, Smith Global Media plans a late 2017… Read

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‘Killing Eve’: Jodie Comer Cast As Lead In BBC America Series

Jodie Comer (The White Princess, Thirteen) has been cast in a lead role opposite Sandra Oh in Killing Eve, BBC America's eight-episode dramatic thriller series written by Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Killing Eve is based on the Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings and centers on two women; Eve (Oh) is a bored, whip-smart, pay-grade security services operative whose desk-bound job doesn't fulfill her fantasies of being a spy. Villanelle (Comer) is an elegant, talented… Read

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‘Better Things’ & ‘You’re The Worst’ Get Late-Summer Premiere Dates On FX, FXX

FX Networks has announced late-summer return dates for two its comedy series. Season 4 of You’re the Worst is set for 10 PM Wednesday, September 6, on FXX, and Pamela Adlon’s Peabody-winning Better Things bows at 10 PM Thursday, September 14. Better Things, which earned WGA and Critics’ Choice noms for its freshman season, centers on Sam Fox (Adlon), a single, working actor with no filter raising her three daughters (Mikey Madison, Hannah Alligood, Olivia Edward) in Los… Read