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Cilla Black, UK Singer & TV Host, Dies; Remembered By Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr

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Cilla Black, English recording artist, host of two of Britain’s longest-running entertainment shows and Cavern Club favorite of The Beatles, has died at the age of 72. “Such a shock to hear about Cilla's passing,” Paul McCartney tweeted. “She was a lovely girl who infected everyone with her great spirit. From first meeting her as a cloakroom girl at the Cavern in Liverpool, to seeing her many times since, she always had a fun loving dignity that made her a great pleasure… Read


Bart & Fleming: Spy Pics And Tom Cruise; Adult Films And Meryl Streep; Why Most Films About Journalists Don’t Work

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Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business. BART: Nine years ago I was invited to a lavish cocktail party to celebrate the appointment of Tom Cruise as the new production chief of that once-proud company, United Artists. When I walked over to congratulate him, Tom remarked that he'd been studying UA's troubled history and asked… Read


‘Downton Abbey’ Movie: No Script Or Plan *Yet*, Gareth Neame Says – TCA

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March 26, 2015 will be marked as a dark day for PBS, given that Downton Abbey single-handedly put the network’s Masterpiece franchise back on the map and in the black. Masterpiece EP Rebecca Eaton that morning acknowledged the series has "been a game-changer" for the franchise that struggled for years to find a corporate sponsor, until Downton came along and made it once again the prettiest frock in the shop. Ending Downton with Season 6 set in 1925, rather than taking… Read


RADiUS-TWC Pacts With Amazon Prime For Early VOD On ‘Macbeth’


The Weinstein Company’s multi-platform distribution sibling RADiUS-TWC has made a deal that gives Amazon Prime limited exclusive streaming rights to Justin Kurzel’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth relatively quickly after the movie’s theatrical opening in December. Michael Fassbinder stars as the title character and Marion Cotillard plays Lady Macbeth. The Weinstein Company hasn’t set a specific theatrical date for Macbeth other than it will be in December, and the… Read


Norman Lear Updates ‘One Day At A Time,’ ‘Good Times’ Reboots – TCA

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Norman Lear updated reporters this afternoon on reboot plans for his hit sitcoms One Day At A Time and Good Times.  Lear was at TCA to talk about his profile on PBS’s American Masters franchise, in which filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady were given unprecedented access to his work and personal archives to track his turbulent childhood through his record-setting TV successes and social activism. PBS says it will air in fall of ’16. Asked if he was interested in, or… Read


Non Story Of The Weekend: Channing Tatum And ‘Gambit’

Channing Tatum, long touted to star in the X-Men spinoff Gambit, closed his deal. Is that a story? The only qualification was that one outlet, hearing the same rumor as every other outlet, ran a big misleading headline saying Tatum would drop out of the film, though in the story got only as concrete as saying “something’s up” in his deal making. Fox business affairs is a nightmare in any deal, and the rumor was that Tatum’s deal wasn’t making easily. Nobody really thought… Read


‘Mercy Street’ Very Contemporary In Subject And Facial Hair – TCA

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PBS’s first original American drama in more than a decade, Mercy Street follows doctors, nurses, contraband laborers and Southern loyalists in Union-occupied Alexandria, VA in the early years of the Civil War,  but could not be more relevant, co-creator David Zabel told journalists at TCA this afternoon. “This show is not a political show – we’re trying to capture a cross-section of characters, as the War is just getting going,”  Zabel said in response to a question about… Read


‘Descendants’ Draws 6.6 Million Viewers In Disney Channel Premiere


How long before Disney Channel greenlights a sequel? The cable channel has another potential hit movie franchise on its hands with Descendants, a modern-day coming-of-age tale about the teenage sons and daughters of Disney’s most infamous villains. In its premiere at 8 PM Friday night, the movie drew strong 6.6 million total viewers, including 3.0 million Kids 2-11. Additionally, the movie set a record with 1.4 million views on the WATCH Disney Channel app since Friday… Read


‘Sherlock’ Victorian-Set Special Remains Shrouded In Mystery After Q&A – TCA


Sherlock EP Steven Moffat and PBS’s Masterpiece chief Rebecca Eaton worked like gangbusters this morning, for the better part of an hour, making sure to convey no actual information about the Sherlock one-off special, which will be set in the Victorian era. Though it’s been widely reported the program will be a Christmas special in the UK, and a trailer of what has been described as such was screened at Comic-Con (watch it below), Eaton and Moffat steadfastly declined to… Read


Salon Accepts WGA East As Staff Union

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Salon Media has agreed to recognize the Writers Guild of America East as the collective bargaining unit for its editorial staff, whose vote to unionize was unanimous. “We are very pleased” with management’s decision, WGAE executive director Lowell Peterson said in a statement. Negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement are expected to begin promptly. Salon’s announcement follows the staff’s decision a month ago to unionize with WGA East. Salon’s vote came less… Read


PBS Sets Michael Jackson Tribute, “Show Boat,” Chita Rivera and Danny Elfman Concerts For Fall Fest: TCA

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A Latin musical tribute to Michael Jackson, concerts by Chita Rivera and Danny Elfman, and productions of Show Boat and Billy Elliott The Musical are among this year’s line-up of the PBS Arts Fall Festival, the network announced at Saturday’s TCA. The fifth-annual fest kicks off October 9 with Unity – The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson, hosted by Sheila E and featuring Latin artists performing Jackson’s hits. Along with a 37-piece orchestra, the various performers will… Read


‘Downton Abbey’ Will Ride Rose Parade Float To Launch Final Season On PBS; ‘Finding Your Roots’ Season 3 In Works – TCA

2015 Winter TCA Tour - Day 13

Downton Abbey will get its own float at the Rose Bowl Parade on January 1, to plug the PBS hit drama’s final season debut two nights later on January 3. PBS chief Paula Kerger, announcing the Season 6 kickoff stunt this morning at TCA, called it a “beautiful sendoff” but declined to give any more details except that “it’s a float and will have a lot of flowers on it and it will be a Downton Abbey theme. Sometimes at public television we are accused of not having a sense… Read