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Gravitas Ventures Elevates Julie Candelaria To SVP Marketing & Adds PR Topper

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EXCLUSIVE: Julie Candelaria has been upped to SVP Marketing at indie distributor Gravitas Ventures, which is bolstering its executive ranks. Nancy Sanchez joins as Marketing Manager from creative marketing industry firm InSync + BemisBalkind where she served clients including Universal, The Weinstein Company, Fox and HBO. In addition, the company has tapped AJ Feuerman as director of public relations, where her duties will include oversight of the company's social media… Read

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Chelsey Crisp Upped To Regular On ‘Fresh Off The Boat'; Frances De La Tour Joins ‘Outlander’

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After recurring in Season 1, Chelsey Crisp (Reconcilation, The Harvesting) has been promoted to series regular for the second season of ABC comedy Fresh Off The Boat. She plays the Huangs’ neighbor Honey. Based on Eddie Huang’s memoir, the 1990s-set series revolves around a Chinese family that moves to suburban Orlando. It centers on hip-hop-loving Eddie Huang, raised by an immigrant father (Randall Park) who is obsessed with all things American and an immigrant mother… Read

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Netflix Adds Three New Animated Series For Preschoolers

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Netflix is adding to its growing slate of original preschool content with three new animated series for premiere in 2016 and 2017. Word Party, Kazoops! and True & The Rainbow Kingdom join preschool original series Cirque du Soleil – Luna Petunia and Puffin Rock announced earlier this month. The new series feature elements of language acquisition, problem solving and critical thinking throughout each episode, according to Netflix. Here are descriptions of the new series: Wo… Read

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‘Secret In Their Eyes’ Trailer: First Look At A-List Cast Taking On Redo Of Oscar Winner

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STX Entertainment made this one of its first acquisitions as a new company when it snatched up U.S. rights from producer-financier IM Global to the remake of Juan José Campanella's 2009 film — the original won the Foreign Language Oscar. Billy Ray wrote and directed the new version, which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts along with Michael Kelly and Dean Norris. It centers on a tight-knit team of rising FBI investigators — Ray (Ejiofor) and Jess… Read

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Donald Trump Lightly Roasted In Late Night

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Donald Trump may not have commanded the late night attention he expected after a day of stout immigration-position defending, NBC-supports-lying-Brian-Williams-but-not-me-ing, and dayside headline grabbing. Some of the late-night shows that are dark on Fridays instead spent last night catching up on last week’s historic SCOTUS gay-marriage ruling. That’s not to say Trump ended his day barb-less: “Donald Trump has been running for president for just a little over a week… Read

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Amazon Nabs Exclusive Licensing Rights To ‘Wolf Hall’, ‘Grantchester’ & More

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Amazon and PBS have expanded their licensing agreement to bring several series from the Masterpiece franchise to Prime members. Under the multi-year deal, Amazon Prime will be the exclusive subscription streaming home for Masterpiece programs including drama Wolf Hall, adapted from Hilary Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, 1950s detective drama Grantchester, the romantic saga Poldark and drama Indian Summers, which focuses on the decline of the British… Read

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Patti LuPone, Michael Urie Put On A ‘Show’ At Lincoln Center – Review

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The life of a drama critic inevitably includes a confrontation with an angry playwright who insists that every character and situation in his or her very bad play is a 100-percent-guaranteed-true facsimile of real people and events in said playwright’s life. So it is with Shows For Days, Douglas Carter Beane’s self-portrait of the artist as a boy irresistibly attracted to the glamour and thrill of community theater. This is a familiar meme — think of Nicholas Nickleby’s… Read

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Alain de Greef Dies: Canal Plus Co-Founder Was 68

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French TV exec Alain de Greef, who co-founded pay TV giant Canal Plus, died Monday at the age of 68 of cancer. He was a pioneer of French TV, launching Canal Plus in the 1980’s along with Pierre Lescure and André Rousslet in the 1980s.  During his time at Canal Plus from 1986-2000, De Greef was in charge of Canal’s content firstly as director of production, then head of programs, and finally as director general. De Greef and Lescure first collaborated together on seminal… Read

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Sony To Raise Almost $3.6 Billion In New Shares And Bonds, Share Price Plunges

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Sony Corp plans to raise $3.6 billion via new shares and bonds to invest in new technologies such as image sensors and new growth business sectors. It would rep the first new share issue from Sony in 26 years, the conglom said on Tuesday. The unexpected move saw the company’s share price plunge by as much as 8% on investor fears the new stock will dilute per-share earnings. Sony expects to raise $2.62 billion from a public stock offering after a year in which its market… Read

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Justin Lin Goes Beyond Search For Spock With ‘Star Trek 3′ Title Reveal

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No one will be searching for Spock, but set phasers to “that’s actually kind of cool” anyway, because the third installment of the rebooted Star Trek series now has an official title: Star Trek Beyond. Lin revealed the name today via Twitter: Let the next Starfleet voyage begin! #StarTrekBeyond #LLAP pic.twitter.com/VZh9YvJgqAJustin Lin (@trailingjohnson) June 29, 2015 That hugely retro patch and Space Age workman uniform is a particularly nice touch; I’d believe… Read

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NeNe Leakes Moving Out Of ‘Real Housewives Of Atlanta’

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Real Housewives of Atlanta is losing it’s biggest star, as longtime cast member and undisputed fan favorite NeNe Leakes bas announced she is leaving the Bravo series after 7 seasons. Leakes broke the news to her fans on Twitter, linking back to a People Magazine report. This is so hard for me to type! I cry as I do so! After seven seasons I have decided not to return to #RHOAhttp://t.co/BDqiPwmNM2 — NeNe Leakes (@NeNeLeakes) June 30, 2015 A staple of the hit series… Read

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Three More SAG-AFTRA Local Elections Decided Without a Single Vote Being Cast

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Three more local SAG-AFTRA elections – this time in Colorado, New Mexico and the Twin Cities – have been decided "without the necessity of a membership vote." Similar non-voting elections were recently held at the union's Hawaii, Missouri Valley, and Arizona-Utah locals. In Colorado, local president Sheila Ivy Traister was returned to office without opposition. None of the local's other officers, board members and convention delegates faced opposition either, and were… Read