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‘Deepwater Horizon’ Review: Real-Life Disaster Movie Explosive But Not Compelling

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On April 20, 2010 the worst oil rig crisis and spill in American history happened in Louisiana on the Deepwater Horizon. Eleven workers died. 115 people on that rig struggled to survive. For the next 87 days, oil flowed uncontrollably into the Gulf Of Mexico. Since it was ruled to be responsible in 2014, BP has paid out billions in penalties, settlements and clean-up. Now, six years later, Hollywood is having its say with director Peter Berg’s straight-laced disaster… Read

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NBC Leads Early Debate Stats; Big Viewer Turnout Indicated – Update

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton spar during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y
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UPDATE, 9:44 AM: In early numbers, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox averaged a combined 42.4 million total viewers for last night’s first presidential debate from 9-11 p.m. NBC led with an average 15.6 million viewers, followed by ABC with 11.6 million, CBS with 10.2 million, and Fox with 5 million. Nielsen will release final stats later this afternoon. PREVIOUS: NBC snagged the biggest broadcast crowd for the first debate between the network's former reality TV show star Donald Trum… Read

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Austin Film Festival Adds ‘Bleed For This’ & ‘Edge Of Seventeen’

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Open Road Films’ boxing pic Bleed For This starring Miles Teller has been selected as the closing-night film at the Austin Film Festival, which runs October 13-20. The fest also said that STX’s Hailee Steinfeld pic The Edge Of Seventeen will serve as the Centerpiece selection after it recently closed the Toronto Film Festival. Both screenings come ahead of the films’ theatrical rollout. Bleed is due out November 4, and Edge Of Seventeen has set a November 18 release… Read

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YouTube To Live Stream 2016 Streamy Awards

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dick clark productions and Tubefilter are partnering with YouTube to exclusively live stream next month’s 6th Annual Streamy Awards. The awards show, which honors the best in online video and the creators behind it, will be hosted by television and online multi-hyphenate King Bach and will live stream on the official Streamy Awards YouTube channel on Tuesday, October 4 at 9 PM ET / 6 PM PT live from The Beverly Hilton. Flula Borg, Shay Carl, Yousef Erakat, HolaSoyGerman… Read

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Fox’s ‘The Empty Man’ Adds Aaron Poole

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EXCLUSIVE: Canadian actor Aaron Poole has been cast in Fox’s The Empty Man, a supernatural thriller based on Eisner Award-winner Cullen Bunn’s graphic novel from Boom!Studios. David Prior has been tapped to helm and write the film, which is the latest from Fox’s first-look deal with the studio. The pic centers on an ex-cop, plagued by the violent death of his wife and son, who battles to find a missing girl but soon discovers a sinister presence around him. Poole will… Read

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‘Kevin Can Wait’ Leads Strong Week 2 Ratings Retention; ‘Monday Night Football’ Hit Hard By Big Presidential Debate

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Snapshot: New series 2nd week: CBS’ Kevin Can Wait (2.7 in 18-49, 10.9 million vs. 2.6, 11.2 in Week 2), all returning 8-9 PM series hold well; NBC’s debate coverage would likely top the night in 18-49 and total viewers.  It was an atypical second Monday of the fall season, with the first presidential debate taking over two-thirds of primetime on the broadcast networks against Monday Night Football on ESPN. As expected, metered market results indicate a big viewer… Read

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‘20th Century Women’ Trailer: Annette Bening’s Bohemian Maternal Facets

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In 2010’s The Kids Are All Right, Annette Bening played a lesbian mother dealing with the crisis of her kids’ birth father re-entering their lives. In Mike Mills’ 20th Century Womenshe portrays a fiftysomething Bohemian single mom Dorothea, who is just trying to keep her life together, and her adolescent son intact, in 1979 Santa Barbara, CA. Helping her raise her son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) is the free-spirit who boards in their home, Abbie (Greta Gerwig), and Julie… Read

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‘Channel Zero: The No-End House’: Jeff Ward Cast As Male Lead In Syfy Series

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Jeff Ward (Manson’s Lost Girls) has been cast as the male lead opposite Amy Forsyth in the second installment of Syfy's anthology horror series Channel Zero: The No-End Houseset for premiere in 2017. Inspired by Brian Russell's "Creepypasta" tale, Channel Zero: The No-End House tells the story of Margot Sleator (Forsyth), a young woman who visits the No-End House, a bizarre house of horrors that consists of a series of increasingly disturbing rooms. When she returns… Read

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Peter Guber And Ted Leonsis Lead Buying Group For Esports Power Team Liquid

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Some of Hollywood’s better-known execs and financiers — led by Peter Guber and Ted Leonsis — have caught the esports bug: This morning they unveiled a deal to buy a controlling interest in Team Liquid, a major franchise with more than 50 players on 10 teams that compete in tournaments with games including StarCraft 2, League Of Legends, Dota 2, Hearthstone, CS:GO, Heroes Of The Storm, Overwatch, Halo, Street Fighter and SSBM. Guber, CEO of the Mandalay Entertainment… Read

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Trevor Noah Goes After Donald Trump Over Debate Crack About Third-World Airports

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Trevor Noah’s The Daily Show was among several late-night programs that went live after the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, but Noah’s show seemed to do it most ambitiously. The Daily Show seemed to have the most opening material reacting to the actual debate. That included Noah’s observation, supported by debate clips, that “The only way Trump can truly relate to any issue in America is whether or not he has a property in that… Read

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Disney Confirms Michael Grandage & Christopher Oram For Broadway ‘Frozen’

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Confirming reports earlier this week, Disney Theatrical Productions this morning said that Tony- and Olivier Award-winning director Michael Grandage and Tony- and Olivier Award-winning scenic and costume designer Christopher Oram are taking over the reins of Frozen. The new show, based on Disney's Oscar-winning animated musical film, will open at Broadway's St. James Theatre in spring 2018, following extensive renovations to the Jujamcyn Theatres house. Prior to that, Froz… Read