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‘Focus’ Still Staring At $21M-23.6M Weekend – Friday Afternoon Box Office Update

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UPDATE, 3:24 PM: Industry sources see Will Smith’s R-rated romance noir Focus doing between $7.5M-$8M tonight, putting the Warner Bros. film with a FSS between $21M-23.6M at 3,323 venues in the top spot.  This is according to mid-day estimates. Focus’ Friday includes Thursday previews of $839K (updated). Relativity/Blumhouse/Mosaic’s The Lazarus Effect is showing $3.8M for today, inclusive of $344K Thursday previews, which would put the horror title on a course to do… Read

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Lily Bedrossian Is New DGA Spokeswoman

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EXCLUSIVE: The Directors Guild of America has a new spokeswoman. Lily Bedrossian, who spent nearly nine years in the corporate and interactive media relations divisions at the Walt Disney Company, has been named the DGA's Director of Media Relations. She will report to Morgan Rumpf, the guild's Associate Executive Director of Communications. Bedrossian replaces Sahar Moridani as the guild's spokesperson. Moridani, who is well known for promptly returning reporters' phone… Read

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Dominic Pagone Upped To SVP Communications At FX Networks

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FX publicity vet Dominic Pagone has been promoted to the newly created position of SVP Communications for FX Networks. In his new role, Pagone will oversee Trade Communications, Talent Relations, Public Affairs and Photo Publicity for FX, FXX, FXM, and FXP. He’ll continue to report to John Solberg, EVP Communications, FX Networks and FX Prods. As part of his transition, Pagone will vacate his consumer media relations responsibilities. FX Networks' VPs of Media Relations… Read

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Kelly Osbourne Exits ‘Fashion Police’

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The E! snark show is down one cop today. “Kelly Osbourne is departing E!s Fashion Police to pursue other opportunities, and we would like to thank her for her many contributions to the series over the past five years, during which time the show became a hit with viewers,”said E! Entertainment today. “Fashion Police will return, as scheduled, on Friday, March 30th at 9:00 p.m. and no decisions have been made on her replacement.” Osbourne’s departure from the show comes… Read

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Chris Meloni & 3 Others Cast, Kanye West Eyes Music Involvement As ‘Underground’ Gets WGN America Series Order

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WGN America is moving forward with its Akiva Goldsman-produced drama Underground, giving the Underground Railroad project a 10-episode straight-to-series order with Christopher Meloni, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge and Jessica De Gouw set to star. The pickup comes weeks after NBC at TCA announced Freedom Run, an eight-hour miniseries set against the background of the underground railroad, which was put on a fast track with Stevie Wonder executive producing and writing… Read

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Ving Rhames Joins ABC NBA Pilot

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Ving Rhames (Mission Impossible franchise) is taking a comedic turn with a co-starring role in ABC’s untitled NBA buddy comedy pilot, executive produced by Galavant creator Dan Fogelman, Mandalay Sports Media's Peter Guber & Mike Tollin and Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan. Written/executive produced by Casey Johnson and David Windsor, the single-camera NBA project, from ABC Studios, is a buddy comedy about Mo (Blondy Baruti), an NBA rookie who doesn't speak English… Read

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JoAnna Garcia Swisher To Star In Tommy Johnagin CBS Comedy Pilot

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JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Better With You, Once Upon A Time) is set as the female lead opposite Tommy Johnagin in CBS’ untitled CBS comedy pilot inspired by the comedian’s life. The pilot, from writers Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker, WBTV and Bill Lawrence's studio-based Doozer, stars Johnagin as Tommy, a stand-up comic raising a family in a small Midwestern town. Garcia Swisher, repped by WME and John Carrabino, plays Michelle, an accomplished pediatrician married to… Read

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Obama On Leonard Nimoy: “I Loved Spock”

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The death the Star Trek actor today has left one fan in particular proclaiming his devotion to the cool, calm and collected Vulcan. President Barack Obama publicly noted the death of Leonard Nimoy on Friday: "Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy." —President Obama #LLAP — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 27, 2015 Besides the tweet, the White House also released a long statement from the president about Nimoy's death and the effect the actor… Read

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Tarak Ben Ammar, Dominique Delport Proposed To Join Vivendi’s Supervisory Board

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Franco-Tunisian media mogul Tarak Ben Ammar and Havas Media Group France chief exec Dominique Delport have been proposed to join the supervisory board of French media giant Vivendi. The moves, expected to be ratified and confirmed at the Vivendi shareholders’ meeting in May, represent a further consolidation of chairman Vincent Bollore’s vision for the group. The duo will almost certainly have an impact on the future direction of Vivendi, which finds itself sitting on a… Read

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Robert Townsend Re-counting ‘Brewster’s Millions’

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The last time we checked on Brewster’s Millions, Richard Pryor and John Candy were rolling in it. That was 1985. Now Robert Townsend has signed on to direct a remake scripted by Michael William Schmidt and produced by Joseph and Jack Nasser. The story, based George Barr McCutcheon’s 1902 novel, centers on Monty Brewster, who is set to inherit $1 billion, with one key caveat: He must spend $100 million in one week or end up right back where he started – with nothing more… Read

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Eric Mabius Joins NBC’s ‘Chicago Fire’

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Ugly Betty alum Eric Mabius has landed a major recurring role on NBC firefighter drama Chicago Fire. He’ll play Tom Nesbitt, a high-end strip club owner. Mabius recently wrapped Signed, Sealed, Delivered, an original limited series for Hallmark Channel. His feature credits include indie Price Check, which premiered at Sundance in January, Welcome To The Dollhouse, Resident Evil and Where The Road Meets The Sun. He’s repped by ICM and Geordie Frey at GEF… Read

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 5 Key Art Unveiled – New Horizons

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In a just over a month and a half, fans of the blockbuster HBO series will finally be back on the fictional continents of  Westeros and Essos. But while Game Of Thrones fans wait for the Season 5 debut on April 12, the premium cabler today released another look at what is to come. Following on his escape from King's Landing, Peter Dinklage's Tyrion Lannister is now on the run across the Narrow Seas – as this image shows to some extent. And, of course, there are dragons on… Read