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Duncan Sheik’s ‘Spring Awakening’ Heads For Fall Broadway Reprise, May Set Stage For ‘American Psycho’

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UPDATE, 10:50 AM: News of the move that will bring a revival of Spring Awakening to Broadway in the fall renewed talk about Duncan Sheik’s new musical-in-waiting, American Psycho, based on the Bret Easton Ellis novel about New York in the throes of ’80s greed. Telsey & Co. has been casting that show, which had its premiere last year in the U.K., for Broadway, with plans to begin rehearsals in January, 2016 and previews mid-February in anticipation of a mid-March opening… Read

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Dulé Hill & Jacob Latimore Appear To Topline ‘Sleight’

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EXCLUSIVE: Dulé Hill, Jacob Latimore, rapper Tyga and Storm Reid have been cast in Sleight, a thriller pic from Diablo Entertainment. The film will mark the feature directing debut of music video helmer JD Dillard, who co-wrote the script with Alex Theurer. Diablo’s Eric B. Fleischman and Sean Tabibian, whose credits include Two-Bit Waltz and Carnage Park, are producing the feature, which is set to begin production this summer in Los Angeles. The film centers on a young… Read

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Disney Exec Moves To Creative Marketing Outfit Pongo

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Ron Pomerantz, currently VP Marketing and Creative at Disney Channel, is exiting to become VP Content & Strategy at Pongo, a creative marketing agency for entertainment industry clients. In his new role he will oversee the new creative content division for Pongo, which will develop and produce interstitial content, PSAs, commercials and business-to-business integration as the company expands its client offering to charitable and philanthropic arms. Pomerantz had his hand… Read

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TV Land Benches ‘Dukes Of Hazzard’

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TV Land already is getting angry calls from Dukes Of Hazzard fans after the network this week yanked the show out of rotation. The Viacom network had only begun airing repeats of the decades-old CBS series on June 10. “We have removed it from the schedule and have no further comment,” A TV Land rep told Deadline. The Viacom-owned network’s decision follows by about a week Warner Bros. Consumer Products’ announcement it would stop participating in Confederate flag… Read

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Alicia Silverstone Melts Down In ‘Of Good Stock’ – Review

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Chekhov meets Beth Henley in Of Good Stock, Melissa Ross’ melodramedy getting its New York premiere  at Manhattan Theatre Club’s off-Broadway MainStage (after a spring unveiling in an entirely different production this spring at South Coast Rep). We’re in the comfortably appointed Cape Cod cottage bequeathed by a famous novelist to Jess, the eldest of his three motherless daughters. As the lights come up on Santo Loquasto’s deluxe set, Jess, looking a little weary (uh-oh)… Read

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‘Fatal Attraction’ Getting Reboot From Paramount As Event TV Series At Fox

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EXCLUSIVE: Lock up your rabbits. Paramount is rebooting its iconic thriller Fatal Attraction into a one-hour event TV series with Maria and Andre Jacquemetton (Mad Men) exec producing and writing.  The series is being developed under the auspices of Paramount Television Production. Fox Broadcasting Network is on-board and has commissioned the script.  Stanley R. Jaffe and Anonymous Content’s Rosalie Swedlin are exec producing. Fox’s president of entertainment, David… Read

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‘Botched’ Renewed For Season 3 By E!

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Ahead of the Season 2 midseason finale of Botched on July 12, E! Entertainment has renewed the breakout hit plastic surgery reality series for a third season to premiere in Q1 2016. Botched‘s current second season is averaging 863K in adults 18-49 and 1.5 million total viewers in Live+3, recently hitting season highs with the June 14 episode (1.1M A18-49 and 1.8M total viewers). The series, from Evolution Media, also was among the main drivers, along with Keeping Up With T… Read

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Laurence Fishburne To Star In ‘Roots’ Remake On A+E Networks

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Laurence Fishburne will star as Alex Haley in A+E Networks scripted event series Roots, a remake of one of the most celebrated TV programs of all time. Fishburne, an Emmy and Tony winner currently co-starring on ABC’s Black-ish, will play Haley, author of the novel Roots: The Saga Of An American Family, an American family origin story based around the life of Kunta Kinte. The new version is described as an original, contemporary production, incorporating more material… Read

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Women’s World Cup Ratings Score For Fox, ‘Zoo’ Debuts OK, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Steady

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Victorious Americans, murderous animals and some Heavenly Joy were on the primetime plate last night and their courses certainly varied. First of all, it was a record night for Fox and the Women's World Cup as the USA thrashed top-ranked Germany 2-0 to move on to Sunday's final. Early numbers have the match from Montreal getting 3.3/13 rating and pulling in 9.04 million viewers between 8-9 PM. The top-rated show of the night, the USA-Germany game was up 70% in the key… Read

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ABC Family Pilot ‘Gorgeous Morons’ Casts Female Lead

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ABC Family has cast Lilah Richcreek as the female lead in its multi-camera comedy pilot Gorgeous Morons, from ABC Signature. The project, co-created by Lee EisenbergGene Stupnitsky and Danny Chun and written by Chun, focuses on Madison and AJ, two stunningly handsome but ridiculously simple brothers – one is a model, the other a personal trainer – who find their lives rocked by their brainy new roommate, American literature Ph.D. student Jane (Richcreek) whose looks… Read

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‘Steve Jobs’ Trailer: Michael Fassbender Takes Big Bite Of The Apple

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Universal Pictures’ Steve Jobs is based on Walter Isaacson’s bestselling biography of the iconic Apple founder. But the first trailer for the biopic that just dropped shows that Michael Fassbender is all-in on Aaron Sorkin’s script, about the sometimes flawed man that was one of the architects of the digital revolution. The first thought when watching Fassbender storming through these first-look scenes: Now we see why the filmmakers originally reached out to Christian… Read

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Alibaba Pictures Signs China’s First Ever Bundling Deal With DMG And Hunan TV

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Jack Ma’s internet giant Alibaba Group has struck a deal with Chinese film company DMG and Hunan TV to bundle subscription-based Internet, cable and mobile entertainment, along with gaming, film and TV content, to Chinese consumers for the first time. The service will be offered to Hunan TV's six million cable TV subscribers first and then roll out across China, according to a filing made to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Both DMG and Hunan are listed there.  The statement… Read