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Ovation TV Acquires ‘Versailles’ Season 2; ‘Taboo’ Sells To Multiple Territories – NATPE

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Hoping to build on the success of Season 1, arts network Ovation TV has acquired U.S. premiere rights to the second season of hit series Versailles, from Banijay Rights, the international distribution arm of Banijay Group. The series follows the reign of King Louis XIV, a monarch who will stop at nothing to achieve his vision of creating the most-beautiful palace in Europe and seizing absolute control of France and his enemies. Season one of Versailles debuted on October… Read

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‘Hidden Figures’ Calculates $27.5M Weekend, ‘Rogue’ Passes $500M, Other Movies Bomb Over MLK – Box Office Final

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FINAL UPDATE, TUESDAY, 4:23 PM: This morning saw director Ted Melfi’s Hidden Figures get a nice boost on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with this wisely timed rollout of what is now being seen nationwide by both sides of the equation as a patriotic film. 2oth Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment’s Hidden Figures and Lionsgate/Black Label Media’s musical La La Land, which are vying for Best Picture Oscar nominations, are both expected to ultimately end up above the… Read

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Popular Japanese Title ‘Attack On Titan’ Eyed By Warner Bros. For ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Producer David Heyman

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EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros. is negotiating to get the feature rights for the Japanese manga IP Attack on Titan, which was written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama and has been churned out for both TV and films in Japan. The project is for its Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them producer David Heyman. The story follows humans living behind a wall through generations to keep themselves safe from the alien Titans. However, curious as to what is beyond the wall, they form a… Read

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Harris Dickinson To Star In Fox’s YA Adaptation Of ‘Darkest Minds’

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EXCLUSIVE: Beach Rats star Harris Dickinson has landed a lead role opposite Amandla Stenberg in Fox’s upcoming adaptation of Alexandra Bracken's popular young-adult novel series, Darkest Minds. Harris will play Liam, who, along with Ruby Daly (Stenberg), develops superpowers after surviving a deadly pandemic that kills the vast majority of children in the country. Jennifer Yuh Nelson is directing the adaptation from a script penned by Chad Hodge, who also co-created and… Read

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CBS Picks Up Dana Klein/Mark Feuerstein Comedy, Andy Weir NASA Drama To Pilot

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CBS has made its first pilot orders this season, giving the green light to 9J, 9K, And 9L, a multi-camera family comedy from the husband-and-wife team of Dana Klein and Mark Feuerstein, toplined by the former Royal Pains star; and NASA-themed drama Mission Control, from The Martian author Andy Weir, The Martian producer Simon Kinberg and veteran showrunner Charles Eglee (Dexter). Both projects hail from CBS TV Studios. 9J, 9K, And 9L, produced by Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital… Read

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‘Dayveon’ Clip: First Look At Sundance NEXT Opener From First-Time Director Amman Abbasi

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EXCLUSIVE: Amman Abbasi’s Dayveon is making its world premiere as the opening-night film of the Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT sidebar. It’s Abbasi’s first feature, and he’s flanked by executive producers David Gordon Green and James Schamus who backing the play of Abbasi, a Little Rock, AR native who wrote, directed, edited and composed the music for the movie. The pic centers on 13-year-old Dayveon (Devin Blackmon) who is initiated into a local gang of Bloods in his… Read

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Team Trump Fires Back At Ex-‘Apprentice’ Contestant’s “Absurd” Lawsuit Over His Denial Of Her Sex Assault Claim – Update

Summer Zervos, right, reads a statement alongside her attorney Gloria Allred during a news conference in Los Angeles, Friday Oct. 14, 2016. Zervos, a former contestant on "The Apprentice" says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made unwanted sexual contact with her at a Beverly Hills hotel in 2007. Zervos is among several women who have made sexual allegations against the Republican nominee. He has strenuously denied them. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

UPDATE, 3:09 PM: Donald Trump’s transition team has struck back at Gloria Allred and her client Summer Zervos, who sued the President-elect in New York court today. "More of the same from Gloria Allred," spokeswoman Hope Hicks said. "There is no truth to this absurd story." PREVIOUS, 1:25 PM: Three days before his inauguration, President-elect Donald Trump has been sued by a former contestant on The Apprentice, who in October accused him of sexually assaulting her in a… Read

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Paul Dano Set In Drama ‘7500,’ Marks Feature Helming Debut Of Patrick Vollrath

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EXCLUSIVE: Paul Dano has just been signed to 7500, a drama that takes place only in the cockpit of a plane that is being taken over by terrorists. The film which has a visual concept similar to Room in that all the action and psychological terror takes place in one space, will be directed by Patrick Vollrath who was nominated for an Oscar last year for his live-action short Everything Will Be Okay. Filming is scheduled to begin this summer in Germany.  The film is being… Read

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Nexstar Completes $4.6B Acquisition Of Media General

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That’s a wrap for Media GeneralNexstar Broadcasting completed its $4.6 billion cash-and-stock acquisition of the TV station owner today, just 10 days shy of the one-year anniversary of when they announced the deal. Nexstar — now calling itself Nexstar Media Group — also announced that it fulfilled terms of an agreement with Justice Department antitrust officials by selling 13 TV stations, for which it will collect $548 million. The company is now the No. 2 independent… Read

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‘Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee’ Moves To Netflix As Part Of Big Jerry Seinfeld Deal That Includes Specials & Series

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Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is on the move. Jerry Seinfeld has made Netflix the new home of his Emmy-nominated series. The massive exclusive Netflix comedy deal, which starts this year, also includes two new Seinfeld stand-up specials as well as the development of scripted and non-scripted comedy programming for the Internet network. The first special will be released this year. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee launched on Sony’s Crackle in 2012 and just premiered… Read

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‘Wish Upon’, Broad Green’s Horror Film, Gets Summer 2017 Release Date

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Wish Upon, the horror film headlined by Conjuring actress Joey King, Ryan Phillippe and Ki Hong Lee, has been slated for release June 30 of this year by distributor Broad Green Pictures. Directed by Annabelle‘s John R. Leonetti and written by Barbara Marshall, the horror film follows 16-year-old misfit Claire who finds a magic box that promises a chance at the life she's always wanted. But with each wish comes a deadly payment. The release date for the film is on the same… Read

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Networks Unveil Plans For Donald Trump Inauguration Day

The West Front of the U.S. Capitol is dressed in red, white and blue the day before President Obama's public inauguration ceremony, in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. President Obama took the official oath of office at the White House at noon Jan. 20, as mandated by the Constitution. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Refresh for updates… Three days ahead of the Ball on the Mall, the TV network are solidifying their plans to cover the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. And the expected protests. CBS This Morning and an expanded hourlong edition of CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley will originate from the nation’s capital, with all anchors on deck. Following the newscast at 8 PM ET will be Change and Challenge: The Inauguration of Donald Trump, a… Read