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CBS Sets Summer Premiere Dates, Marg Helgenberger Joins ‘Under The Dome’

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CBS has set the bulk of its summer schedule. Under The Dome has added CSI alumna Marg Helgenberger, who will do an extensive arc starting with the Season 3 premiere on June 25. The Stephen King adaptation will move from Monday to Thursday. Extant is staying put on Wednesdays, with Season 2 launching on July 1. CBS’ newest summer original drama series, Zoo, will air on Tuesdays, starting June 30, with NCIS repeats as a lead-in. CBS summer staple Big Brother will kick off… Read

Ray Liotta, Drea de Matteo, Others Cast In Jennifer Lopez NBC Drama ‘Shades Of Blue’

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Ray Liotta, Drea de Matteo, Vincent Laresca and Warren Kole are set to co-star opposite Jennifer Lopez in NBC’s straght-to-series drama Shades Of Blue, directed by Barry Levinson and executive produced by Ryan Seacrest.  Written by Adi Hasak, Shades Of Blue follows a tight-knit crew of police officers who are effective at keeping the streets safe but also corrupt when it comes to lining their pockets and protecting their own. When one of the officers (Lopez) is forced to… Read

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Darrin Prescott & Wade Allen ‘Live!’ In Feature Helming Debut For The Solution

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EXCLUSIVE: The Solution Entertainment Group acquired Jeremy Drysdale's action spec script in late 2013 and has now greenlit Live! which it will produce and fully finance. Darrin Prescott and Wade Allen will make their feature directorial debut on the high-concept actioner. The Solution’s Myles Nestel (The November Man) is producing with Skip Williamson (Underworld, Gamer, Crank) of 5B Artist+Media. The project is currently casting with principal photography eyed for the… Read

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‘Rolling Papers’ At SXSW: Hot (Roach) Clip Of Colorado Pot Documentary

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Ricardo Baca became the nation’s first national newspaper marijuana editor when he got the job running the The Denver Post's The Cannabist after pot officially became legal in Colorado on January 1, 2014. The gig got him some airtime on The Colbert Report and The View, among other outlets. Now comes Mitch Dickman’s Rolling Papers, which looks back over the first 12 months of Baca’s job spent inventing a way to cover a nascent industry for a major daily newspaper, a… Read

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‘Salem’ Key Art Season 2 Unveiled — Witch War

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WGN America has just released some pretty provocative key art for Season 2 of drama series Salem, which picks up at the dawn of a violent Witch War (hence the featured tagline). It finds Salem’s most powerful witch, Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery), forced to face off against adversaries old and new who are vying for her throne, as the disease and devastation unleashed by a deadly supernatural ritual spread through the war-torn village. Among the images — Mary Sibley… Read

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‘Spectre’ Director Sam Mendes On Why He Came Back To Bond After ‘Skyfall’

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This is the second video blog from the set of Spectre, the 24th film in the official James Bond series. After a glimpse at Daniel Craig’s superspy in the Austrian Alps a few weeks ago, we now hear from director Sam Mendes, talking about why he decided to return to for another run helming the film after the massive successes of his ‘Skyfall,’ the biggest in the franchise’s history. There’s more behind-the-scenes footage in this segment than in the previous one. Serious… Read

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Net Neutrality Vote: Reactions From The Industry And Interest Groups

Activists Rally At FCC Headquarters In Support Of Net Neutrality

Seems like everybody has something to say about the FCC’s net neutrality vote today. Here’s an edited sampling, which we’ll update throughout the day. Comcast EVP David Cohen:  “Comcast alone has invested tens of billions of dollars in our network, increased broadband speeds 13 times in 13 years, and now offers speeds up to 505 Mbps down. We know that our business has grown and thrived because consumers want access to everything that the Internet makes possible, and we… Read

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FCC Adopts Vigorous Net Neutrality Rules, Presaging Fight With ISPs – Update

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UPDATED with vote results: The FCC just handed an historic victory to net roots activists — one that seemed politically beyond the pale a year ago. Chairman Tom Wheeler and two fellow Democrats on the commission voted to classify the Internet as a public utility in support of new rules that bar Internet service providers from blocking or throttling any content company’s transmissions. The reclassification and net neutrality rules will take effect 30 days after they’re… Read

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Megan Hilty To Star In Judah Miller Pilot

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Broadway star Megan Hilty will be playing one on TV. Hilty has signed on as the female lead in ABC’s untitled Judah Miller comedy pilot. The single-camera project centers on a Tony Award-winning mother (Hilty) and a risk-averse, cerebral father who are blessed with a son who is a natural-born competitive athlete. They are forced outside their parental comfort zones and into the high-octane world of youth sports. Hilty’s Irene is described as a laud, flamboyant diva… Read

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‘Midnight Rider’s Hillary Schwartz Separated From Colleagues’ Trial; Could Be Called As Witness

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Midnight Rider‘s first assistant director Hillary Schwartz, who was seeking to have the criminal trespass and manslaughter charges against her dismissed in the on-set death of Sarah Jones, will have to wait until a later date to find out if that will be possible; her pre-trial hearing on that motion was continued. However, her lawyer succeeded in having her case severed from that of her former colleagues who have also been charged, which means that she could be called as… Read

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‘The Killing’ Producer Tells FCC That Net Neutrality Will Protect Competition

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Veena Sud told regulators this morning that her experience with The Killing illustrates how an open Internet promotes media diversity. The AMC series almost didn’t make it to a third season until Netflix offered to help finance. “We were resurrected” and went on to tell “some of our best stories” including ones involving the death penalty, teenage homelessness and drug addiction. She added that streaming services including Netflix and Amazon offer different points of… Read

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‘Insurgent’ Tracking To Post $57M March Opening At Domestic Box Office

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Tickets just went on sale yesterday at Fandango and MovieTickets.com for Lionsgate’s sequel The Divergent Series: Insurgenthowever, sources tell Deadline that the film is heading for a $57M three-day box office opening during its March 20-22 weekend. The estimate does not take into account advance ticket sales, but is based off industry tracking. Total awareness is high across men and women, however, females under 25 are showing the strongest interest at 83%. Total… Read