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Donald Trump: “I Have Watched Ted Cruz Become More Unhinged” – Update

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UPDATE 2, 11 AM, Donald Trump campaign response:Donald Trump has responded to GOP rival Ted Cruz’s hail Mary attack on its candidate this morning in Indiana, caling him “a desperate candidate trying to save his failing campaign.” “Over the last week I have watched Lyin’ Ted become more and more unhinged as he is unable to react under the pressure and stress of losing, in all cases by landslides, the last six primary elections – in fact, coming in last place in all but one… Read

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‘Chopped’ Creators Ink First-Look Deal With eOne

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EntertainmentOne has closed a first-look deal for unscripted programming with Chopped creators Cleve Keller and Dave Noll under their Keller/Noll banner. Through the pact, Keller and Noll will develop and produce original unscripted programming with eOne. Keller/Noll’s formats have included Food Network's Chopped, GSN's new game show Winsanity!; AMC's FilmFakers and Movies 101. They join other first-look deals with eOne including Chris Deaux's Two Fifteen West… Read

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Disney Swingin’ As ‘The Jungle Book’ Beats $700M Global; ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Rises To $224.3M Offshore

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Disney’s big swings at the global box office continue with The Jungle Book passing $700M worldwide on Monday. At the same time, Captain America: Civil War continued its offshore campaign yesterday with $24M on what was a holiday for many markets, bringing its cume to $224.3M ahead of the domestic, Chinese and Russian bows. It had already grossed a Captain fantastic $200.4M out of the gate in its overseas debut this weekend. Along with Zootopia, Disney is proving it’s not… Read

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Jack Huston & Emilia Clarke To Star In Phillip Noyce’s ‘Above Suspicion’ – Cannes

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Jack Huston and Emilia Clarke have been set to star in Phillip Noyce's Above Suspicion, a thriller that has been adapted from the book by New York Times columnist Joe Sharkey. Mississippi Burning scribe Chris Gerolmo is penning the script of the thriller, which is now heading for a production start date this month. Sierra/Affinity will launch international sales the upcoming Cannes market, while Gersh will rep U.S. rights. The book tells the true story of a newly married… Read

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Rosie Perez, Ron Livingston Among Five Cast In TBS’ Search Party’

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TBS is building out the cast of its comedy series Search Party. Rosie Perez (Pineapple Express, Fearless), Ron Livingston (Office Space, The Conjuring), Parker Posey (Best in Show) and Christine Taylor (Zoolander) have joined as recurring and Brandon Micheal Hall (Broad City, The Characters) has signed on as a series regular. Slated to premiere in late 2016, Search Party is a dark comedy about four self-absorbed 20-somethings who become entangled in an ominous mystery… Read

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Tom Harper To Direct ‘The Son’ On AMC

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British director Tom Harper (War & Peace) is set to direct the opening episode of AMC's straight-to-series drama The Son, from Sonar Entertainment and AMC Studios. The series stars Sam Neill whom Harper directed in the BBC series Peaky Blinders.  Based on the book by Philipp Meyer, The Son is a multi-generational epic tale of the story of America's birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas family. Meyer, Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy wrote the… Read

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SXSW Pic ‘Rainbow Time’ Lands At The Orchard

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The Orchard has acquired worldwide theatrical and ancillary distribution rights to Linas Phillips' Rainbow Time, the drama executive produced by the Duplass brothers that bowed in March at SXSW. Phillips, Melanie Lynskey, Timm Sharp, Artemis Pebdani, Jay Duplass and Tobin Bell starred in the pic, about a mentally challenged 40-year-old man named Shonzi (Phillips) who is sent to live with his brother Todd ( Sharp). When Shonzi develops a crush on Todd’s new girlfriend… Read

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Skydance Media Buys Game Developer The Workshop And Launches Interactive Division

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EXCLUSIVE: Skydance Media, which in March raised $700 million in new financing to grow its company, has moved aggressively in the area of interactive entertainment. David Ellison’s production/financing company has acquired leading game developer The Workshop Entertainment, Inc. He will use that as the beachhead to launch Skydance Interactive, LLC, a subsidiary that will create and own original video games and virtual reality experiences. The deal gives Skydance Media the… Read

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ESPN, Vice Partner On Production & Distribution Deal

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Vice Media and ESPN are teaming up on sports programming deal in which Vice Sports will produce new original series to air exclusively in ESPN properties. In addition, select films from ESPN’s documentary series 30 for 30 will air on Viceland, the new cable network from Vice. Vice Sports and ESPN Films will create short-form series to run across both ESPN and Vice properties. The two companies say original shows in development “will take audiences around the world to look… Read

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‘NCIS: LA’ Ratings Steady In Finale, ‘Houdini & Doyle’ Opens Soft, ‘DWTS’ Even

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Another Monday and another round of debuts and departures on the primetime midseason schedule, with among them NCIS: Los Angeles (1.3/4) wrapping its seventh season. The Odd Couple (1.3/4) meanwhile made its new time-slot premiere and Houdini & Doyle (0.7/2) started its run. On one level, it was a pretty steady season ender for the CBS spinoff, with a rise of 8% among adults 18-49 from last week and a dip of 7% from its Season 6 finale on May 18, 2015. However, in the… Read

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El Rey Names Daniel Tibbets As GM, A New Role

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El Rey Network founder Robert Rodriguez is still in charge of the English-language network that targets young Latinos, which he jointly owns with FactoryMade Ventures — along with Univision, which has a 5% stake. But he has created a new role there for a GM and given it to Daniel Tibbets, a familiar name in traditional and new media circles. Tibbets is not directly replacing Scott Sassa, who had been El Rey’s vice chairman since 2013 and left at the end of last year. Read

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Financiers Spark To Edison-Westinghouse Pic ‘The Last Days Of Night’; Graham Moore & Morten Tyldum To Reteam

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EXCLUSIVE: Sparks are commencing and bids are expected to start coming in today on a hot package sent out to financiers earlier this week. Graham Moore has adapted his upcoming novel The Last Days Of Night, and Morten Tyldum has attached himself to direct. Moore won the Oscar for scripting and Tyldum was Oscar nominated for directing The Imitation Game. Moore adapted the Andrew Hodges book on Enigma code cracker Alan Turing on that other movie. Here, Moore has adapted his… Read