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Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne Will Take ‘Long Day’s Journey’ To Broadway

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Just don’t call it an American horror story. Lange and Byrne will play the grandiose aging matinee idol James Tyrone, famed as the Count Of Monte Cristo, and his morphine-addicted wife Mary in Jonathan Kent’s new revival of the Eugene O’Neill modern classic. The production, slated for next spring, will be a Roundabout Theatre Company presentation, with enhancement funding from Read

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Dylan Bruce Joins NBC’s ‘Heroes Reborn’

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SPOILER ALERT: This story contains information about Saturday’s episode of Orphan Black. On the heels of the shocker involving his character on Orphan Black, Dylan Bruce has been tapped for a recurring role in NBC's upcoming event series Heroes Reborn. Slated for a fall Thursday run, the project from Heroes creator/executive producer Tim Kring will revolve around a new group of everyday people with extraordinary abilities. Details about Bruce’s character are being kept… Read

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ITV Walking Away From Weinstein Co. TV Deal; What Now For Bob And Harvey?

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ITV appears to be walking away from a potential deal to acquire the Weinstein Company’s TV division, though neither side will confirm. The two companies were believed to be in talks over a staggered deal worth anywhere from $300 million to a top rate of more than $950 million if all benchmarks were achieved. It now appears, however, that concerns over how the deal would move forward in practice, given TWC’s ongoing film commitments, has led to ITV look elsewhere. ITV… Read

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‘Deadbeat’ Renewed For Season 3 On Hulu

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Hulu has renewed half-hour original comedy series Deadbeat for a third season with a 13-episode order. A premiere date will be announced at a later time. Tyler Labine stars (Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, Reaper) as Kevin Pacalioglu, a hapless but gifted medium who will go to any lengths to help New York's ghosts settle their unfinished business. Brandon T. Jackson, Cat Deeley, and Lucy DeVito co-star. Deadbeat is produced by Lionsgate TV. Cody Heller and Brett Konner (Wilfred, T… Read

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Reactions To Charter-TWC Deal: Comcast Applauds, Activists Prepare To Fight

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Will Charter Communications’s mega deal for Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks polarize the media world as much as Comcast did with its aborted TWC transaction? Wall Street is betting it won’t — but you wouldn’t necessarily know that from some of the initial reactions. At least one major public interest group has already raised concerns, although Comcast CEO Brian Roberts — a fan of media mergers — was magnanimous. We’ll compile here some of the most interesting… Read

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SallyAnn Salsano Steps Down From ‘The Real’ As Showrunner, Will Be Consultant

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There will be a change at the helm of daytime panel talk show The Real for its upcoming second season. The show’s creator SallyAnn Salsano will step down from her day-to-day responsibilities as executive producer and showrunner to focus her attention on her production company 495 Productions. She won’t be leaving the talker — hosted by Tamera Mowry-Housley, Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Adrienne Bailon — staying on as consultant for Season 2. Search is… Read

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Michael Gambon Is Winston Churchill In ITV Drama Headed To PBS’ Masterpiece

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To the pantheon of PBS projects about the Churchills, add Churchill’s Secret, which will star Michael Gambon as Sir Winston Churchill.  Lindsay Duncan co-stars as Clementine Churchill in this ITV project, based on Jonathan Smith's recently published book, The Churchill Secret: KBO. Stewart Harcourt (Love & Marriage, Treasure Island, Poirot) is adapting and it’s scheduled to air on PBS in 2016. Churchill’s Secret is told from the point of view of Churchill’s nurse Millie… Read

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Charter Agrees To Buy Time Warner Cable In $78.7B Deal

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UPDATED: The terms of the $78.7 billion cash and stock transaction are complicated, as you’d expect from any deal that involves a smaller company buying a larger one — and especially an agreement that involves Liberty Media’s John Malone. But if it comes to fruition, then Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge will control a cable and broadband powerhouse with 23.9 million customers in 41 states. It would rival Comcast in size and major markets, including much of New… Read

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‘Dope’ Red Band Trailer: Still Lives Up To Its Name

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In case you missed it the other day, prepare to have a much happier Memorial Day off. Sundance hit Dope has a new red band trailer. It’s similar to the previous trailer released in April, but with more details about the problem the film’s three young protagonists find themselves stuck with, and of course far more swearing, just so it’s clear this won’t be a PG-13 joint. Dope follows a trio of nerdy South Los Angeles high school students obsessed with the golden age of hip… Read

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Director Cary Fukunaga No Longer With Stephen King’s ‘It’

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Cary Fukunaga has left his gig directing New Line’s upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s It. New Line and the True Detective director are going their separate ways owing to conflicts over budget, derived at least in part from creative differences, sources say. This puts the production in an awkward place; shooting was scheduled to start in mid-June. To keep on track, the studio is going to have to find a new helmer soon. However, reports have it that the studio is… Read

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New ‘When Marnie Was There,’ Holdover ‘Dreams’ Solid – Specialty B.O.

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As with the major movie box office this Memorial Day Weekend the specialty market was more sluggish than usual. GKIDS’ Japanese anime, When Marnie Was There, had the strongest showing with a $16,295 per theater average from a pair of locations in New York and L.A. Samuel Goldwyn’s The Farewell Party and Sony Pictures Classics’ Aloft grossed weaker numbers. One standout title over the holiday is Bleecker Street’s I’ll See You In My Dreams, which held solid after a small… Read

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Max Greenfield Makes Reservation For ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’

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Max Greenfield has joined the cast of FX’s American Horror Story: Hotel, producer Ryan Murphy tweeted today, suggesting that Greenfield’s stay would likely be prematurely terminated. This October, Max Greenfield (like you’ve never seen him) is checking in to the hotel….but not checking out. #AHSHotel — Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) May 25, 2015 Murphy’s announcement of Greenfield (New Girl, Hello, My Name Is Doris) reinforce’s Murphy’s preference for Twitter a the producers… Read