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‘Horace And Pete’: How Louis C.K. Landed An All-Star Cast – Emmys

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Horace and Pete was one of 2016’s nicer surprises, a bittersweet, working class dramedy made in secret by creator-star Louis C.K. and debuted to almost no fanfare on his website earlier this year. But one of the biggest surprises was the stellar cast he assembled to star with him, including Steve Buscemi, Alan Alda, Edie Falco, Steven Wright, Kurt Metzger, and Jessica Lange. Not bad for a production C.K. funded himself. At a recent Awardsline screening for Horace and Pete… Read


Bill Cunningham Dies: The New York Times Fashion Photographer Was 87


Bill Cunningham, the New York Times‘ ubiquitous man-on-the-street photographer whose life and work was the subject of Richard Press’ acclaimed 2010 documentary Bill Cunningham New York, died Saturday in New York at 87. His death was confirmed by the Times, which disclosed that he’d recently been hospitalized following a stroke. Though technically a fashion photographer, Cunningham’s tireless work for the newspaper’s Style section was noted – and loved – for its social… Read


‘Hamilton’ Raises Benjamins For Hillary

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Lin-Manuel Miranda won’t be in the house in the title role but Hamilton is once again lending the Democrats a Broadway hand with a July 12 fundraiser for Hillary Clinton. With the ex-Secretary of State’s campaign having bought out the Richard Rodgers Theatre for the unusual Tuesday matinee, tickets are going from $2,700 to $100,000 a pop (for event co-chairs). Presumptive nominee Clinton will be in attendance for the fundraiser, which comes two-weeks before the Democrats… Read

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‘Dory’ Swallows ‘Resurgence’; ‘Shallows’ Rides $16M Wave; ‘Free State Of Jones’ & ‘Neon Demon’ Wounded

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4TH WRITETHRU, Saturday 8:15AM: 20th Century Fox's UFO movie Independence Day: Resurgence is getting crushed by Disney/Pixar's animated sequel Finding Dory, with the latter tearing up its projections for a huge second weekend that's estimated at $75.4M, dipping an amazing -44% and flying past $288M by Sunday. Resurgence is landing below expectations with $43.4M this weekend after a $16.8M Friday. That’s disastrous for a 20-year-old beloved blockbuster franchise that Fox… Read


‘NCIS’: Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, Rocky Carroll & David McCallum Close New Deals For Seasons 14 & 15


EXCLUSIVE: There will be no other NCIS cast departures besides Michael Weatherly this year. I have learned that co-stars Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, Rocky Carroll & David McCallum all have signed new two-year deals to continue on CBS’ flagship drama series, which returns for Season 14 in the fall. Like Weatherly, who toplines CBS’ new drama series Bull, and NCIS star/executive producer Mark Harmon, Perrette, Murray, Carroll and McCallum’s contracts were up at the end of… Read


J.J. Abrams & Bridget Carpenter On ‘11.22.63’: “It’s The Ultimate What If” – Awardsline

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When Stephen King first approached J.J. Abrams to adapt his novel 11/22/63 for the screen, King had a film in mind. Abrams had other ideas. "When he asked, my first reaction was, 'Yes.'" Abrams says. "My second reaction was, 'Would you be open to doing this not as a film, but for television, in whatever form?’" The limited series that emerged from this collaboration was thanks in no small part to exec producer and writer Bridget Carpenter who adapted the book. Carpenter (F… Read


Wild West Adds Allison Janney & Michael Kenneth Williams To ‘F Is For Family’, Gets ‘Undeniable With Joe Buck’ Renewal

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Allison Janney and Michael Kenneth Williams have joined the second season cast of Netflix animated series F Is For Family, from Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Television and Gaumont Television. Created by Bill Burr and Emmy winner Michael Price (The Simpsons) F Is For Family follows the Murphy family in the 1970s — a time when you could smack your kid, smoke inside and bring a gun to the airport. Janney and Williams join a cast that includes Burr, Laura Dern, Justin Long, and… Read


‘Masters of Sex’ Adds David Walton For Season 4


About a Boy alum David Walton has been tapped for a major recurring role on the upcoming fourth season of Showtime’s drama series Masters of Sex Season 4 of Masters of Sex, starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as real-life pioneers of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson, kicks off in 1968 and will chronicle the "swinging '70s." Walton will play Abe Perlman – Masters and Johnson’s high-powered attorney in a case that pits science against the State. A… Read


‘Suicide Squad’s Jared Leto On The Joker As “Role Of A Lifetime”, Interviewing Edward Snowden & Creative Freedom – Awardsline

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EXCLUSIVE: "I found it a real honor to be asked to continue the tradition," Jared Leto says of playing Batman's decades-long archenemy The Joker in Warner Bros’ upcoming Suicide Squad. An Oscar winner, a musician with his band 30 Seconds To Mars and a documentarian, Leto also has been trying his hand as an interviewer with the hefty likes of Edward Snowden, Jeff Koons and ex-VP Al Gore through his AOL Build series Beyond The Horizon. Having debuted October 6 last year… Read


Brexit Reactions: Late-Night Comics And Pals Race To Keep Pace With Donald Trump

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Donald Trump doesn’t have the corner on Brexit reactions that made people sit up and take notice today. Late-night TV hosts and other comics contributed energetically. Trump set the bar pretty high when, flying to Scotland for the opening of Trump Turnberry, he forecast the vote would be great for his golf resort’s business: “Look, if the pound goes down, they’re gonna do more business,” the presumptive GOP nominee enthused. “You know, when the pound goes down, more… Read


VH1 Series ‘Barely Famous’ Retitles & Tweaks Episode After Orlando Tragedy

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Barely Famous, VH1’s reality series parody created by and starring Sara and Erin Foster, has changed the title of its upcoming episode and slightly tweaked its content in the wake of the Orlando shooting that took the lives of 49 people at a gay nightclub. The episode, which airs on June 29, was originally titled “What Happens in Orlando… .” Filmed months ago, it chronicles the Foster sisters’ exploits as they go to Orlando for vacation and visit Universal Studios. In… Read


‘The Shallows’ Review: Blake Lively Makes For Lovely Shark Bait In Zillionth Ripoff Of ‘Jaws’

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You have to give director Jaume Collet-Serra and the producers of this exploitative shark vs. surfer-woman movie credit — they know how to do it for a price. You can just imagine the pitch meeting on Columbia Pictures’ The Shallows. “Hey let’s plug a summer release hole with this cheap shark movie where we only have to hire one star, keep it in one location, and bring it in under 90 minutes for maximum showtimes!” And that is what they have done by casting Blake Lively as… Read