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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: Alexis Bledel To Return As Series Regular In Season 2

Alexis Bledel will be back for Season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale. Gilmore Girls alumna Bledel, who guest-starred in Season 1, will return as a series regular in Season 2, reprising her role as Ofglen. The 13-episode second season is scheduled to go back into production this fall and will premiere in 2018. Created by Bruce Miller, the drama series, based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was… Read

Business

HBO Defends John Oliver Over Lump Of Coal Lawsuit From Mocked Mine Owner

John Oliver knew perfectly well on June 18 when he ridiculed the CEO of Murray Energy Corporation as a "geriatric Dr. Evil" and more that there could be legal blowback, but the Last Week Tonight host drilled in anyway. Now, with a defamation suit filed in West Virginia yesterday against Oliver, HBO and Time Warner by Robert E. Murray and a number of his coal companies, the host's bosses are staking their own claim in his defense. “We have confidence in the staff of Last W… Read

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Leaner ‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Resumes Production Next Week

Production on the stalled season of Bachelor In Paradise will resume next week, according to various cast members’ tweets confirming their participation. ABC will announce a new premiere date in the next few days, informed sources say. And this season is likely to run for two fewer hours to compensate for the halt of production, the sources say. Contacted for comment, a Warner Bros rep declined. The reality series was on track to debut its fourth season August 8, until pro… Read

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Kilburn TV Acquires Global Rights For Human Head Transplant Docuseries

Kilburn Television, the TV production arm of Kilburn Media, has acquired global rights to develop and produce a docuseries that will chronicle the first human head transplant surgery, to be performed later this year. The docuseries will take an in-depth look at the scientific, ethical, human and religious issues that follow Dr. Sergio Canavero and an international team of doctors and scientists as they prepare for and execute the most controversial surgery of all… Read

Business

Altice USA Shares Rise As It Goes Public On Anniversary Of Cablevision Deal

Investors gave Altice USA a warm — although not exuberant — welcome this morning exactly one year after it became the nation’s No. 4 cable operator with its acquisition of Cablevision. New shares in Altice USA that sold for $30 apiece in yesterday’s $1.92 billion IPO are up about 5.9% in mid-day trading. This was the year’s second biggest IPO, trailing Snap which raised $3.4 billion in March. The trading price suggests that the market values Altice USA at about $23.4… Read

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‘Graves’ Casts Joanna Sanchez; Victor Turpin Joins ‘Shades Of Blue’

Joanna Sanchez (The League, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) is set for a recurring role opposite Nick Nolte in Season 2 of Epix comedy series Graves, from Lionsgate TV. After a year of public protests against his presidential legacy, Season 2 finds former POTUS Richard Graves (Nolte) turning inward in search of the man he used to be before he was president. Sanchez will play Julia Martinez, the Graves’ new housekeeper, with a dry sense of humor and “been there, done… Read

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Netflix Sets Gillian Jacobs, Vanessa Bayer & Phoebe Robinson For Gary Sanchez Comedy ‘Ibiza’

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Netflix has set an August production start in Europe for Ibiza, a comedy that will star Gillian Jacobs (Love), exiting Saturday Night Live cast member Vanessa Bayer, and Phoebe Robinson (2 Dope Queens). Alex Richanbach will direct a script by Lauryn Kahn, and Gary Sanchez Productions’ Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick are producing with Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake, and Erin Westerman. The comedy originally took root at Sony which bought Kahn’s R-rated… Read

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Samuel Goldwyn & Orion Acquire SXSW Pic ‘Maya Dardel’

Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films have teamed for their second pickup of a SXSW film this week, acquiring North American rights to Maya Dardel, the drama co-written and co-directed by Zachary Cotler and Magdalena Zyzak and starring Lena Olin. It bowed in Austin this year under the title A Critically Endangered Species. Olin stars as Maya Dardel, an internationally respected poet and novelist who lived until 2016 in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. That’s when… Read

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TV Tax Credit Linking Diversity to Hiring Passes NY Legislature

A first-of-its-kind tax incentive to boost women and minority TV writers and directors has made it through the New York state Legislature. The bill, which received the backing of the DGA and the WGA East, calls for a new tax credit of up to $5 million to be allocated in the state's next budget to be allocated toward TV shows that employ writers and directors who are women and/or people of color. To become law, it has to be signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and then… Read

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The Guardian Sets Storied Media Group To Broker Film & TV Deals

EXCLUSIVE: British newspaper company The Guardian has signed with Storied Media Group to package its articles — both new and archived over the last two centuries — for feature and TV projects. This gives the publisher (which has the UK newspapers The Guardian and The Observer) a stake in projects based on the IP it generates. Most recently, that has included the Edward Snowden saga and the London Hatton Garden Heist. The Guardian continues its relationship with Tavistock… Read

Business

Exhibition Stocks Drop Following Analyst Downgrades Citing Box Office Concerns

Exhibition company stocks are off to a rocky start today. U.S. chains continue to swoon after two analysts lowered their outlooks for key players — mostly due to this quarter’s weaker than expected box office. In addition to the U.S. drops Chinese trading in Wanda Film was halted after the share price fell 9.9%. Parent company Wanda Group said that that someone had “viciously speculated” on the internet that banks, including China Construction Bank, might dump Wanda’s… Read

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Los Angeles Area Emmys: KMEX Leads Crafts Winners With 5, Spectrum Sportsnet LA Nabs 3

The Television Academy has announced Los Angeles Area Emmy winners in individual achievement categories for outstanding crafts in news and programming. KMEX leads the pack with five, including outstanding sports reporting, hard news reporting, feature reporting, outstanding editor programming and outstanding videographer news. Spectrum Sportsnet LA followed with three – outstanding writer programming, as well as videographer single camera programming and videographer… Read