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Pedro Almodovar Unveils Cast For New Pic ‘Silencio’

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Iconoclastic Spanish director and Oscar winner Pedro Almodovar unveiled today the cast of his new feature Silencio. The film will see Emma Suarez (The Red Squirrel) and Adriana Ugarte (3some) play the same character, Julieta, in a drama that focuses on the director’s familiar themes of destiny, guilt and what makes people abandon those they love. While Suarez previously won a Goya for The Dog In The Manger, both actresses have far lower profiles internationally than… Read

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HBO & Vice To Launch Daily Newscast As Part Of Major New Content Deal

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In its most expansive content deal ever, HBO has closed a four-year pact with Vice that will dramatically increase the network’s current events coverage. The deal includes the launch of a daily Vice newscast, consisting of five half-hour shows per week, 48 weeks a year. The deal also extends the Vice series through 2018, increasing from the current 14 episodes to 35 episodes a year. It also includes a four-year commitment for an increased number of Vice-produced specials… Read

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‘Downton Abbey’ Ending After Season 6: “Good To Quit While You’re Ahead”, Producer Says

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UPDATED with press conference, more details: NBCUniversal-owned Carnival Films, the producer of Downton Abbey, today announced that Season 6 will be the final season of the worldwide hit TV drama. The news isn’t entirely surprising, given that last January NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt told TV critics Julian Fellowes long awaited NBC period drama The Gilded Age had been put on the front burner – disturbing news for Downton fans, given that he writes every episode of the PBS… Read

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British Election Campaign Kicks Off With First Televised Leaders Debate

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The British General Election campaign gets into full swing this evening with the first televised live debate between Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband. The event, which will be aired on Channel 4 and Sky News, comes after months of tortuous negotiations about what format the debates, if any, should take. The impact the debates will have on this year’s elections, however, looks set to be reduced from their oversized influence in 2010. Back… Read

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Rod Perth Re-Ups As NATPE President & CEO For Final One-Year Term

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Rod Perth has extended his contact as president and CEO of NATPE//Content First through February 2016, NATPE Board Chairman Jordan Levin said today. At that time he will join the non-profit’s Board of Directors and will help in the choice of a successor and continue to manage the business throughout the transition. "These actions we are taking reflect the culmination of a multi-year turnaround effort made possible by all of the success we've achieved during Rod's watch,"… Read

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Richard Rosenblatt Launches Whipclip Video App; Will 3rd Time Also Be A Charm?

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Serial entrepreneur Richard Rosenblatt thinks he’s found the next hot thing again: the mobile app Whipclip, launching today, that makes it easy for TV fans to snip and share pieces of video from more than 90 network shows. “Everybody is thinking forward, about how to share video,” Rosenblatt said in demoing the app to me. “The technology is finally here.” Rosenblatt was chairman of the early social-media success MySpace, selling it to Fox for $580 million in 2005, and… Read

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‘American Idol’ Ratings Fall Hard For Fox On ‘Empire’-Less Night, Steady CBS Wins Night

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First off, let's take a moment to recognize this first Thursday morning in months where we weren't talking about those amazing Empire ratings dominating Wednesday's primetime. Those dizzying heights of last week's finale of the Lee Daniels- and Danny Strong-created drama already seem so long ago. What didn't seem that long ago, at least on Fox last night, was the 1980s. With appearances by Salt-N-Pepa, David Hasselhoff and a mentoring Boy George, the music of the Reagan… Read

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Berlin Winner ‘The Pearl Button’ Acquired By Kino Lorber; XLrator Nabs ‘Time Lapse’

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Patricio Guzmán's The Pearl Button has the distinction of winning this year’s Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear prize for Best Script — as a documentary. A fall limited release is in the works for the follow-up to Guzmán’s Nostalgia For The Light. It uses water as a metaphor for the history of crimes against humanity in Chile: Aerial shots of Tierra del Fuego are juxtaposed with an investigation of state crimes by Chile's military junta and rare interviews with the last… Read

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‘Vikings’ Renewed For Fourth Season By History

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Five episodes into its third season run, History’s hit drama Vikings has been picked up for a fourth season. For the first five episodes of Season 3, Vikings is averaging 4.3 million total viewers, 2.2 million adults 25-54 and 2.0 million adults 18-49 in Live+3, ranking as the No. 1 cable series on Thursday nights in all key demos. Production on Season 4 will begin this spring in Ireland. "Vikings has raided the hearts of both audiences and critics, establishing itself as… Read

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NBCU International Inks First-Look With UK Writers Jim Keeble & Dudi Appleton

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NBCUniversal International Television Production is expanding its existing relationship with UK writing duo Jim Keeble and Dudi Appleton through the pair’s 87 Films banner. The partners first got into business with spec acquisition Effective Range, a co-production with Scott Free UK. The character-driven conspiracy thriller is currently out to directors and will be shopped as a straight-to-series international co-production. The new one-year first-look deal covers Keeble… Read

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Aaron Staton Joins Showtime Drama ‘Ray Donovan’

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Aaron Staton (Mad Men) has been cast in a heavily recurring role on the third season of Showtime drama Ray Donovan. Staton will play Mr. Donellen, a strict yet kind high school teacher with a tragedy in his past. The series stars Liev Schreiber as LA's best professional fixer, the man called in to make the city's celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls' most complicated and combustible situations go away. In Season 2, Ray's life erupted when the FBI, his… Read

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Michael Keaton & Taraji P. Henson To Host ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Michael Keaton will return to Saturday Night Live for the third time as host on April 4 with Carly Rae Jepsen as musical guest in her SNL debut. Keaton is coming off his Oscar-nominated role in Best Picture winner Birdman and will next star in upcoming features Spotlight and Minions. On April 11, Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson will make her SNL hosting debut with Mumford & Sons as musical guest for their second time. Henson stars as Cookie on hit Fox drama… Read