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Larry Wilmore Defends Use Of “Colloquialism” At Correspondents’ Dinner

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Larry Wilmore kicked off The Nightly Show tonight explaining he had not called President Obama a “n**ger” at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Wilmore said he had called him a “n**ga.” After which, Wilmore then attacked Mail Online’s U.S. editor-at-large Piers Morgan for having failed to properly “conjugate the slur” in his column about Wilmore’s widely panned WHCD performance. “So how was your weekend? Mine was pretty good,” Wilmore began at the top of his show. “I… Read

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Tracy Scott Dies: Veteran Script Supervisor On Four Best Picture Oscar Nominees Was 46

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Tracy Scott, a script supervisor whose credits include four recent Best Picture Oscar nominees along with TV’s Happy Endings and Winfred, has died of cancer. She was 46. Annapurna’s Megan Ellison, for whom Scott worked on JoyFoxcatcher, American Hustle and Her, confirmed the news on Twitter: Rest in peace Tracy Scott. A stunning soul and talent, my prayers are with her family & loved ones. You are missed. pic.twitter.com/eYtOfEDK8m — Megan Ellison (@meganeellison) May… Read

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‘Dancing With The Stars’ Video: Viewers Can Take The Lead In Virtual Reality

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No couch potatoes allowed. ABC is jumping on the virtual reality bandwagon. For the first time, viewers can join the pro dancers and troupe members on the ballroom floor in VR on Dancing With The Stars. Produced in-house by ABC and Dancing With The Stars, the 360-degree video clip (see above) is available on ABC.com/VR, the Dancing with the Stars’ Facebook and YouTube pages, and via Littlstar’s app for headsets, mobile, Apple TV and the web. The opening number, set to… Read

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Patti Davis Novel ‘The Earth Breaks In Colors’ To Be Adapted As Movie By ‘Mr. Church’ Writer

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Mom writer/producer Susan McMartin is adapting Patti Davis’ 2015 novel The Earth Breaks In Colors for the screen as an original movie. Published by Huqua Press, the book tells a story of race and redemption in which a racially fueled incident exposes the fissures that sit beneath the surface of friendships and families, causing even more damage than the massive earthquake that separates them. Primary Wave’s Ben Press and Brad Kaplan are producing. McMartin penned the… Read

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Refinery29 Launches In-House VR Production Studio – Newfront

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Digital lifestyle media company Refinery29 is moving further into the world of virtual reality with the launch of VR29 Studios, a VR and 360 studio within the Refinery29 video department. It was announced as part of the company’s annual Newfront presentation to advertisers today in New York. The company says the virtual-reality and 360-focused programming and production studio will focus on the technical and narrative craft of multidimensional production, while creating… Read

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Studio 54 Docu In Works From ‘Valentino’ Helmer & ‘Listen To Me Marlon’ Producer

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Matt Tyrnauer has been set to direct a feature documentary about Studio 54 that will tell the no-holds-barred story of Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell and their 1970s-defining Manhattan nightclub. Shooting begins in May on the untitled project, which will be produced by Passion Pictures’ John Battsek as well as Tyrnauer and Corey Reeser’s Altimeter Films. Battsek’s London-based Passion Pictures was behind this past year’s Listen To Me Marlon and the 2012 Best Documentary… Read

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Sony’s Stage 6 Films Acquires Worldwide Rights To Vera Farmiga-Christopher Plummer Road Trip Pic ‘Boundaries’

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EXCLUSIVE: Vera Farmiga and Christopher Plummer will star in road trip pic Boundaries, with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions’ Stage 6 Films acquiring worldwide rights. Also in the cast is Lewis MacDougall, Bobby Cannavale and Kristen Schaal along with Peter Fonda, Christopher Lloyd and Dolly Wells. Shana Feste (Endless Love) writes and directs. Boundaries, currently shooting in Vancouver, is being produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones' Automatik and Chris Ferguson's… Read

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Bono Joins Lupita Nyong’o & ‘Eclipsed’ Cast On Behalf Of Kidnapped Girls

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U2 frontman and human rights activist Bono took to the stage of Broadway’s Golden Theater on Saturday afternoon following the matinee of Eclipsed. He lead an emotion-packed dedication of the performance to the abducted and still-missing 219 schoolgirls of Chibok, Northern Nigeria, taken in April 2014 by the terrorist group Boko Haram, and to abducted girls all around the world. Surrounded by the cast of Danai Gurira’s ferocious drama about women in civil-war torn Liberia… Read

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‘Captain America: Civil War’ Review: It’s Chris Evans Vs. Robert Downey Jr As Avengers Take Sides

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It’s superhero vs, superhero in the latest Marvel concoction, Captain America: Civil War — an apt title, though “Avengers” should be in there somewhere. The film from directors Anthony and Joe Russo is another comic book all-star gathering, even including none other than Spider-Man, who is borrowed from Sony’s top franchise for this fun effort. Although, as I say in my video review (click the link above to watch), I don’t think Civil War quite soars to the heights of the… Read

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‘Future Man’: Derek Wilson Cast In Hulu Comedy Pilot

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Derek Wilson (Preacher) is set to co-star opposite Josh Hutcherson and Eliza Coupe in Future Man, Hulu's half-hour comedy pilot from Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg & Sony TV, who also are behind Preacher. Wilson, who is a regular in the pilot, also is a regular on the first season of the upcoming AMC series, so the filming schedules for both projects had to be synched up. Written by Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir, Future Man is a high-concept comedy that centers on Josh… Read

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‘Waitress’ Is Looking Hit-like, Dramas Rising At Jumpy Broadway Box Office

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Patrons are finding the new Sara Bareilles musical Waitress tasty enough to recommend, and Broadway’s cloudy dramas saw some welcome sunshine during Week 49 of the 2015-2016 season. Both trends reinforce the one unchanging truth of the business, which is that enthusiastic word of mouth trumps your social media, your mega ad buys, your prayers… The rush to the 2016 Tony eligibility finish line ended with Thursday’s opening of Shuffle Along, or The Making of the Musical… Read

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Reena Ninan & Elaine Quijano Anchor Renamed ‘CBS Weekend News’

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Reena Ninan and Elaine Quijano will anchor CBS News’ evening newscasts on Saturday and Sunday, which are being rebranded as CBS Weekend News starting this weekend. Jim Axelrod, who has anchored the Saturday edition since 2012, and Jeff Glor, who has anchored Sundays, “remain in important roles in the organization,” CBS News said. Axelrod continues as senior national correspondent and Glor as national correspondent and 60 Minutes Sports contributor. Ninan and Quijano also… Read