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Comcast Mocks Critics Of Its Time Warner Deal Ahead Of FCC Comment Deadline

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UPDATE, 7:03 PM:  Comcast EVP David Cohen's comments about Discovery seem to have gotten under its skin. "It is very unfortunate that Comcast is trying to divert attention away from the real issue and chooses to not talk about their current substantial program discounts, or what they would do post-merger to demand extreme discounts from cable programmers or block the launch of new networks and brands,” the programmer's Chief Communications Officer David Leavy says in a… Read

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‘Gotham’ & ‘Scorpion’ Off To Solid Start, ‘Forever’ Preview Decent, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ & ‘The Blacklist’ Return Strong, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Down: Ratings Rat Race

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UPDATE 2 PM: The Live+Same Day ratings are in, and ABC got a pleasant surprise, a .2 lift for both Dancing With The Stars (to a 2.2 rating in 18-49) and the preview of new drama Forever (to 1.7), which is proving to be the DVR player its online awareness suggested it could be. The surprising uptick also bodes better for the drama's L+3 and L+7 projections, just revised up by ABC to 2.3 and 2.6, respectively, so I've adjusted the qualifier for Forever's premiere in the… Read

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AMC Pilot ‘White City’ Casting: Tim Peper, Mercedes Mason, Josh Pence Join

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Tim Peper (Complications) is set as the lead and Mercedes Mason (666 Park Avenue) and Josh Pence (The Dark Knight Rises) will co-star in White City, AMC's geopolitical drama pilot directed and exec produced by Stephen Gaghan. The project, about Western diplomats and journalists living in Afghanistan, centers on Jon Liston (Peper), a war junkie who has spent the better part of the last decade in Kabul with a front-row seat to the carnage. Mason, who sometimes is credited… Read

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Disney Infinity 2.0 Aims To Go Beyond With Marvel Characters

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Disney Interactive is shooting for another huge hit with version 2.0 of its Disney Infinity hybrid toy/game franchise, launching today with more than 20 new characters based on some of its biggest Marvel superheroes. Disney has reason for optimism: Infinity v.1.0 raked in more than $500 million (according to Disney executives back in April) and was one of the year's 10 best-selling games (according to NPD Group). And the sets and characters being released today — other… Read

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Adaptation Of Telenovela ‘La Reina Del Sur’ Ordered To Pilot By USA Network

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USA Network has given a pilot order to The Queen Of The South, an English-language adaptation of Telemundo's blockbuster 2011 telenovela La Reina del Sur. Frequent USA collaborator Fox TV Studios (White Collar, Graceland) is producing. In his TV debut, feature producer David T. Friendly (Little Miss Sunshine), who brought the project to the studio, is executive producing. Based on the bestselling book of the same by Arturo Perez-Reverte, Queen Of The South is a serialized… Read

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‘True Detective': Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn Confirmed As Season 2 Stars & Justin Lin As Director By HBO

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HBO finally has officially confirmed the first new auspices for Season 2 of True Detective: cast members Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn and director Justin Lin, who is set to helm the first two episodes. We also have the first official logline: “Three police officers and a career criminal must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.” Farrell will play one of the three cops, Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his… Read

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Dinesh D’Souza Sentenced To 8 Months “Confinement” & Probation For Campaign Finance Law Violation

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Conservative filmmaker and author Dinesh D'Souza was sentenced today in New York to eight months in a community confinement center and five years of probation for violating federal campaign finance laws. D'Souza, co-director and star of 2016: Obama's America, the second-most-successful political documentary in U.S. box office history, was indicted in January on charges he illegally donated more than $20,000 to the unsuccessful 2012 GOP Senate campaign of Wendy Long… Read

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Rocsi Diaz To Exit ‘Entertainment Tonight’

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Rocsi Diaz is set to depart Entertainment Tonight after a two-year stint as weekend co-host and daily correspondent. She is expected to leave the entertainment newsmagazine in January. “As both Rocsi and ET have grown and evolved over the years, she has elected to pursue hosting opportunities that are available to her at the start of next year," a rep for the program said in a statement to Deadline. “Until then, she will continue to bring her usual brand of Rocsi-style… Read

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‘Rosie Project’ Has Lord & Miller Circling To Helm Neustadter & Weber Script

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EXCLUSIVE: The benefit of paying big for a hot book is that sometimes it draws the top-drawer talent. Sony Pictures optioned screen rights to the global breakout Graeme Simsion novel The Rosie Project for Sony-based producers Matt Tolmach and Michael Costigan, and the studio now has the 22 Jump Street and Lego Movie team of Phil Lord & Christopher Miller developing the book to potentially direct, and the (500) Days Of Summer and The Fault In Our Stars scribes Scott Neustad… Read

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J.J. Abrams To Receive VES Society’s Visionary Award

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The Visual Effects Society has tapped J.J Abrams as the next recipient of its Visionary Award which it will present to the Star Wars helmer during the 13th annual VES Awards on February 4. The honor recognizes an individual who has uniquely and consistently employed the art and science of visual effects to “foster imagination and ignite future discoveries by way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work.” Previous winners include Christopher Nolan, Ang Lee and… Read

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Hoping To Score NFL Cash, Fox Says It Will Cut Tribune Media’s TV Affiliation In Seattle

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The companies are negotiating potential deals after Rupert Murdoch's company told Tribune Media that on January 17 Fox will withdraw its affiliation agreement with Tribune's KCPQ-TV in Seattle. Fox has longed to have its own station in the city, or at least more lucrative financial terms with a broadcaster in the home of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks — the winner of the 2014 Super Bowl. The companies have been “conducting ongoing discussions” about the local affiliation… Read

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Vuguru, Killer Content Release Mo Ogrodnik ‘Deep Powder’ Drama Online At FilmBuff

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Vuguru and Killer Content will release romantic drama Deep Powder across multiple on-demand sites beginning today through digital distributor FilmBuff. The feature is directed by Mo Ogrodnik (Ripe), and stars Haley Bennett (The Equalizerand Shiloh Fernandez (White Bird In A Blizzard). The film is largely set in Ecuador, where a privileged boarding-school student and her townie partner are making a drug run for the student's senior class. The online release is a first… Read

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