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‘Shades Of Blue’ Starring Jennifer Lopez Renewed For Season 2 By NBC

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Strong time-shifted viewing has helped new NBC drama Shades of Blue, starring Jennifer Lopez, to land a second-season renewal five episodes into its freshman run. The pickup underscore how less and less relevant Live+same dayTV ratings are in networks’ renewal decisions, also illustrated by NBC’s second-season pickup of Aquarius and Fox’s of Scream Queens — both soft in linear TV but strong in digital ratings performance. While Shades of Blue slipped another two tenths to… Read

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FanDuel & DraftKings See Citigroup “Block” Transactions In NY State

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Just two days before the Super Bowl, FanDuel and DraftKings suffered a major blow today as Citigroup announced that they would no longer process financial transactions for the fantasy sports sites in the Empire State. This action by one of the largest banks in the nation comes as the sites are engaged in a legal battle with the New York Attorney General, who wants to shut them down for illegal gambling. “We have taken steps to block transactions at DraftKings and FanDuel… Read

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Watch LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Slow-Jam The 101 Freeway Closure

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Sometimes you just gotta roll with whatcha feel. You dig me, Los Angeles? Ladies and gentlemen, allow us to introduce Eric Garcetti, mayor of the City of Angels, who’s out to remind everyone about this weekend’s shutdown of portions of the 101 Freeway. The major artery is being closed around downtown while workers demolish the 6th Street Viaduct, the 84-year-old bridge that has appeared in countless films, TV shows and music videos. A replacement bridge (pictured at… Read

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Lionsgate Plans 17 Films For 2017, Says ‘Star Wars’ Grabbed $50M-$100M From ‘Mockingjay 2’; Stock Falls 27%

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UPDATE with Lionsgate’s closing share price: Lionsgate is increasing its 2017 film slate by four films next year, from 13 to 17 films in wide release with lower overall film costs as they focus on “discipline production spends and a diverse portfolio,” executives said in a call early this morning with Wall Street analysts. The subject of Mockingjay 2‘s underperformance loomed large in the call as it affected the quarter. Wall Street reacted sharply to yesterday’s earnings… Read

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Mandalay Sports Media Teams With OBB Pictures For Sports Projects; 76ers’ Joel Embiid First In Lineup

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Mandalay Sports Media and Michael D. Ratner's OBB Pictures have entered into a co-production agreement to develop and produce a slate of sports-themed films, TV projects and multiplatform programming. Their first series project is Embiid, a documentary that centers on Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid's journey from Cameroon to Kansas, and ultimately the NBA. MSM's Mike Tollin is producing and Ratner is directing and producing. Ratner will also direct six episodes of Ride… Read

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‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ Casts Ben Vereen; ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Adds Veronica Diaz

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Ben Vereen has joined the cast of Fox's TV remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which will air in the fall. He’ll play Dr. Everett Scott, played by Jonathan Adams in 20th Century Fox's 1975 cult classic. Scott is the uber intelligent, ex-science teacher who’s now working for the Bureau of Investigation looking into UFOs. He ends up at the castle while searching for his nephew, Eddie. On the film side, Vereen most recently appeared in Top Five. His TV credits include Ho… Read

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Worldwide Production Agency Names Five As Partners

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EXCLUSIVE: Worldwide Production Agency has just named four agents and the company’s controller as partners in the six-year old firm. New partners are Kristen Billings, Molly Bruns, Brian Goldberg, Trevor Kossack, and Louiza Vick. This is an agency that keeps growing through acquisitions and adding agents. In 2010, founding partner Steven Jacob merged his Jacob & Kole Agency with Richard Caleel’s The Caleel Agency in 2010 to initially create WPA. Two years ago, Frank… Read

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Pics With Jason Sudeikis & Rebecca Hall, Ethan Hawke & Emma Watson Battle Horror Fare – Specialty Preview

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Oscar hopefuls continue to dominate the specialty space, though counterprogramming is in full swing as some distributors hope to tap awards-weary audiences. Rebecca Hall and Jason Sudeikis star in Tumbledown from Starz Digital. The company is opening the date movie in New York and L.A. before a fairly hefty expansion into about three dozen new markets the following week. TWC is opening Regression with Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson in about a hundred locations Friday, the… Read

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Fox Orders ‘The Enforcers’ Female Buddy Comedy Pilot, Chris Case Family Comedy

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Fox has greenlighted two more single-camera comedy pilots, The Enforcers, from I Hate My Teenage Daughter creators Sherry Bilsing-Graham & Ellen Kreamer and Warner Bros. TV; and an untitled half-hour from Sin City Saints co-creator Chris Case and 20th Century Fox TV. Written by Bilsing-Graham & Kreamer and to be directed by Gail Mancuso, Emmy winner for Modern Family, The Enforcers is a female buddy comedy about two wildly different single mothers with dreams of being… Read

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Channing Tatum & Joseph Gordon-Levitt Comedy Musical Pitch Set Up At Universal

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Universal Pictures has acquired an untitled comedy musical pitch based on an original idea from 21 Jump Street scribe Michael Bacall and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum are attached to star, and Bacall will write the screenplay. The plot is under wraps. This is for Marc Platt Productions which is coming off producing Fox’s musical Grease Live. Its Marc Platt and Adam Siegel are producing with Tatum, Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan of Free Association… Read

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Ethan Hawke To Star In ‘24 Hours To Live’ For Fundamental Films And Thunder Road Pictures

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Ethan Hawke will star in thriller 24 Hours To Live, which will mark the feature directing debut of second unit director Brian Smrz. Chinese distributor and financier Mark Gao’s Fundamental Films and Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Pictures will produce. Fundamental international chairman Gregory Ouanhon is also producing. The Chinese company, which recently set Harald Swart to direct Keanu Reeves-starrer Rally Car, will fully finance the film. Fundamental's Gary Glushon and… Read

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‘Half Life’ Trailer: Epic Pictures Lands Sci-Fi Thriller Along With SXSW Hit ‘Uncle Kent 2’

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EXCLUSIVE: For those who like their science fiction deeply unsettling, the upcoming thriller Half Life combines echos of the Chernobyl disaster with paranoia about hidden conspiracies as well as modern worries about fuel scarcity. Set in the near future, Half Life follows a safety inspector sent to find out why a remote nuclear power plant has suddenly gone offline. Once there, she encounters the sole employee at the plant, a paranoid, distrustful recluse, along with an… Read