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Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’ Casts Simone Missick In Key Role


Netflix's Marvel series Luke Cage has rounded out its core cast. I’ve learned that Simone Missick has landed the younger female lead opposite Mike Colter, Alfre Woodard and Theo Rossi in the third series in Marvel's four-series package for Netflix. She will play what is listed on the breakdown as Missy, a woman with a strong sense of justice. I hear the actual character is Marvel’s Misty Knight, a former NYPD officer who gets a new bionic arm by Tony Stark after losing… Read


Stephen Colbert Mocks Jeb Bush Plan To Run Campaign Contest Off ‘Late Show’ Debut

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UPDATED with Jeb Bush response: The GOP candidate took to Twitter tonight to make the best of the dressing down Stephen Colbert gave him for not checking with Colbert first before launching a contest to raise money off his first night hosting The Late Show: .@StephenAtHome I'm in. See you September 8th my man — Jeb Bush (@JebBush) September 3, 2015 PREVIOUSLY: Stephen Colbert is pretty steamed that Jeb Bush’s campaign has launched a raffle to… Read


‘Hand Of God’ Review: Amazon Loses Faith With Weak New Series

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When the Hand Of God pilot went up on Amazon last year, I thought the Ben Watkins written and Marc Foster helmed drama was a work in progress. As my video review above says, the September 4 debut of the whole first season reveals the series to be one of the weakest offerings by the streaming service yet. The 10-episode Hand Of God launches from the premise of a vengeful, vision obsessed and crazed corrupt Judge Pernell Harris played by Ron Perlman, seeking out the man who… Read


Paul Haggis On Sweating Awards Season: “It’s So Childish”


We all hate being judged — or, at least I do — but most of us don’t have that as a months-long requirement. If you’re a filmmaker though, that’s half your year. Double Oscar winner Paul Haggis (Crash) has some experience with that, and in an exclusive clip from this week’s episode of Colaborator’s ongoing Gatekeepers series, he spills on the awards-season rat race and (politely) poxes the whole thing. Calling the trophy-show crush “childish,” Haggis makes it clear he’s… Read


Skylar Astin, Chris Lowell & Angelica Maria Join Epix’s ‘Graves’

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Pitch Perfect‘s Skylar Astin, Chris Lowell (The Help, Veronica Mars) and Angelica Maria (Qué Bonito Amor, Sea Of Dreams) have been cast opposite Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon in the Epix original series Graves, a single-camera half-hour political satire produced by Lionsgate. Production is scheduled to begin this fall for premiere on Epix in autumn 2016. In Graves, 25 years after his presidency, former Commander in Chief Richard Graves (Nolte) has the epiphany that his… Read


FCC Votes To Review Rules That It Says Help Broadcasters In Retrans Disputes

Federal Communications Commission Proposes New Open Internet Rules

The FCC took another step today toward helping cable and satellite companies negotiate retransmission deals with broadcasters — something that Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed last month. Regulators voted to review their so-called "totality of the circumstances test" to determine whether station owners, cable and satellite operators are negotiating in good faith — something that Congress ordered the FCC to assess when there’s an impasse over retransmission consent terms… Read

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Michael Feinstein Links With 54 Below, Returning To New York Cabaret Scene

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Feinstein, the one-time assistant to lyricist Ira Gershwin and impresario of his own high-end club at the tony Upper East Side Regency Hotel, has settled on a new perch in the Theater District. Actually, grotto is more apt than perch, as Feinstein has joined forces with 54 Below, the cabaret and restaurant below Studio 54 that has become a favorite hangout for Broadway stars, would-be stars, star-struck fans and Patti LuPone. Feinstein lost his lease at the Regency in… Read


Sony Hacking Class Action Lawsuit Reaches Settlement

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EXCLUSIVE: Ten months after the studio was ripped apart by a massive hack attack and thousands of employees’ personal information ended up exposed online, Sony Pictures has reached a tentative deal to end the lawsuits stemming from the breach. "On September 1, 2015, Plaintiffs and SPE reached an agreement in principle to settle all of the claims of the putative class against SPE, subject to final documentation, which will be submitted for the Court's approval in… Read


Cate Blanchett Attached To Lucille Ball Biopic With Aaron Sorkin In Talks To Write; Who Should Play Desi?

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Cate Blanchett is putting her red locks to good use, boarding a Lucille Ball biopic project to star as the iconic comedic actress in a script that would be written by Steve Jobs scribe Aaron Sorkin. We’re hearing there is no deal yet for Sorkin, but it would be Sony-based Escape Artists behind the movie that is in early development. It would center on the marriage of Ball and Desi Arnaz, her co-star on the seminal sitcom I Love Lucy and partner in powerhouse Desilu… Read


Dean Jones Dies: Star Of Disney’s ‘The Love Bug’ And Sondheim’s ‘Company’ Was 84

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UPDATE Thursday morning: Larry Kert was Tony-nominated, but didn’t win for Company. Dean Jones, the affable actor best known for leading roles in several family Disney films of the 1960s and ’70s including The Love Bug and That Darn Cat! — as well as creating one of Stephen Sondheim’s iconic leading roles on Broadway in Company — died Tuesday from complications related to Parkinson’s disease. He was 84. Born on January 25, 1931, in Decatur, AL, Jones began singing and… Read


‘Scream’ Ratings Raise The Volume For MTV In Season 1 Finale

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The mask came off and the killer was revealed last night on the MTV series based on the 1990s film franchise directed by Wes Craven, who died Sunday. No more spoilers here if you haven't seen the Season 1 finale of Scream, but we can tell you that the ratings saw a pitched rise for the Viacom-owned network. Last night's season ender for the renewed series was watched by 756,000 total viewers, with 434,000 among adults 18-49 for a 0.34 rating. That's up 21% over last… Read


Wim Wenders’ ‘Every Thing Will Be Fine’ Finds Home At IFC Films – Toronto

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IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Wim Wenders' Every Thing Will Be Fine, the pic that stars James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel McAdams, Marie-Josée Croze, Robert Naylor, Patrick Bauchau and Peter Stormare. IFC plans a December 4 release date after the film makes its North American premiere in Toronto next month in the Masters section. It had its world premiere earlier this year in Berlin. The 3D drama centers on a tragic car accident links the lives of a… Read