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‘Manhattan’ Cast Discuss The Moral Atomic Fallout Heating Up In Season 2 – TCA

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At this afternoon’s TCA panel for WGN’s Manhattanthe cast provided some hints in regards to where season 2 was headed for the World War II period drama which returns on Tuesday, October 13 at 9PM. Manhattan follows the residents and scientists at "The Hill" in Los Alamos, New Mexico during World War II. Frank Winter plays the brilliant physicist who designed the A-bomb and “his ambivalence this season comes more into play than ever” said actor John Benjamin Hickey… Read

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Broadway Follies: Gerard & Roth On ‘Amazing Grace’, Long Shots And ‘Significant Other’

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Jeremy Gerard has covered the evolving fortunes of Jujamcyn Theatres since it became a formidable competitor to the larger Shubert and Nederlander organizations in the late 1980s. In 2013 producer Jordan Roth became Jujamcyn's majority owner and the Street's youngest power broker. In this ongoing conversation they talk about the state of the industry — the only stipulation being no holds barred. GERARD: Shortly before I left for vacation, Amazing Grace opened at the… Read

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Ellen Barkin & Scott Speedman To Star In John Wells’ TNT Pilot ‘Animal Kingdom’

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Ellen Barkin (Sea of Love) and Scott Speedman (The Strangers) have been cast as leads in TNT’s drama pilot Animal Kingdom, from John Wells Prods. in association with Warner Horizon Television. The pilot, which is set to begin shooting next month in Los Angeles, centers on 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody who moves in with his wild, freewheeling relatives — grandmother (Barkin) and uncles — in their Southern California beach town when his mother ODs. He is pulled into their… Read

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Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer Made $6.8M In Fiscal 2015, Down From $66.3M

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No, Lionsgate didn’t just punish its CEO:  Jon Feltheimer’s compensation was unusually high in 2014 with huge slugs of stock and option awards from a new contract. And this year’s $6.8 million understates his 2015 compensation because a bonus of about $4 million in stock was awarded after the  fiscal year ended in March, and will be reported next year. This year’s tally includes $1.5 million salary, $1 million in stock awards, $4.1 million in non-equity incentives, and… Read

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Fidel Castro Special Teams American Heroes Channel, Discovery Latin America

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On the heels of Discovery Channel’s recently debuted Cuban Chrome, following antique American car enthusiasts in Cuba, and the first American TV series filmed entirely in Cuba, Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic and American Heroes Channel have lined up a global programming initiative to present Castro: The World’s Most Watched Man. The one-hour documentary looks at the life of Cuban leader Fidel Castro through the eyes of intelligence workers who observed him… Read

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Michael Gaston Joins NBC’s New Drama Series ‘Blindspot’

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Michael Gaston has landed a recurring role in NBC’s new thriller drama series Blindspot. Written by Martin Gero and directed by Mark Pellington, it centers on a mysterious Jane Doe (Jaime Alexander) who is found in a body bag in NYC’s Times Square with tattoos all over her body, including the address of the FBI agent Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) who found her. Gaston will play CIA Deputy Director Tom Carter, who assists the FBI team delving into the mystery, meaning… Read

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New York Film Festival: Pope’s Plan Prompts Petite Program Shift For ‘The Walk’ Debut

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The New York Film Festival announced Wednesday that the opening night screening of Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk has been moved back one day, from Friday, September 25 to Saturday, September 26, “for logistical and security reasons.” The earlier date coincides with the visit of Pope Francis. On Friday afternoon, according to the schedule posted by the Archdiocese of New York, His Holiness will be Pope-mobiling downtown from a 4 P.M. visit to a school in East Harlem to a Mass… Read

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Dan Fellman Retires As Was Announced In 2013; Sue Kroll Adds WW Distribution Title

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Warner Bros distribution exec Dan Fellman has pegged the end of the year for his long-expected retirement after 37 years that was announced in 2013 as part of the major restructure when Jeff Robinov left. Sue Kroll, who was elevated along with Greg Silverman and Toby Emmerich in a triumvirate, adds WW distribution head to her title as WW marketing chief. This followed rumors that chairman Kevin Tsujihara might make big changes; word was that Kroll had been unhappy and… Read

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Trevor Noah: “I’m Not In The News Business” As New ‘Daily Show’ Host – TCA

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“I’m not in the news business. I’m in the comedy business,” Trevor Noah said today about taking over Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, his comments coming the morning after that show’s current host Jon Stewart went on the air to discuss his two private visits to the White House to meet with President Obama about the program’s coverage of Obama’s administration. Stewart’s role in the country “became bigger and bigger in the media landscape because of what he was saying,”… Read

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Starz Blames Faulty Pay TV Reports For Confusion Over Its Q2 Sub Numbers

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How many subscribers does Starz have? Sometimes even Starz itself can’t be sure — as investors found out today. This morning the company reported that Starz had 23.5 million subs in Q2, down 200,000 from Q1, while Encore had 33.3 million, down 500,000. That surprise led some to wonder whether the premium networks company took a hit in a contract renewal dispute with AT&T’s U-verse, resolved last week when they signed a new multiyear deal. The sub number and lower than… Read

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John Legend & Get Lifted Board WGN America’s ‘Underground’ – TCA

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John Legend and his Get Lifted prods have signed on to WGN America’s straight-to-series drama Underground. Legend, with his Get Lifted partners Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius will executive produce, and oversee the score, soundtrack and all music aspects of the series. Kanye West had been in talks for a role on the music side of the series, but a deal never materialized. The announcement was made today by Matt Cherniss, President and General Manager, WGN America and… Read

Awards

DGA Honors: Ron Howard, Tyler Perry & More Set

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The DGA today has unveiled the four recipients to receive special recognition at the 2015 DGA Honors, the annual gala set for October 15 at the DGA Theater in New York. The honorees include Ron Howard, Teamsters Local 817 president Thomas J. O'Donnell, Tyler Perry, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and longtime Scorsese film editor Thelma Schoonmaker. Howard and Perry will be recognized for their vast contribution to film and television, O'Donnell for his efforts in labor rights… Read