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‘The Departed’ TV Series Based On Oscar-Winning Movie In Works At Amazon

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The Departed, the Oscar-winning 2006 Martin Scorsese movie, is getting a TV series reboot. In a competitive situation, the project has landed at Amazon for development. The Departed crime drama series is being produced by Amazon Studios as well as Vertigo Entertainment, Initial Entertainment Group and Plan B Entertainment — all of whom also produced the 2006 movie — in association with Warner Bros TV whose sibling feature studio was behind the film starring Leonardo… Read

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‘Ninja Warrior’, ‘Running Wild’, ‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Ratings Rise Post Olympics

AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR -- "Philadelphia Finals" -- Pictured: Jamie Rahn -- (Photo by: Mitchell Leff/NBC)

After 16 nights dominated by Olympics coverage on NBC, the broadcast networks’ primetime returned to its normal pattern last night. NBC’s unscripted series American Ninja Warrior (1.9 among adults 18-49, 7.0 million viewers in the fast nationals) and Running Wild with Bear Grylls (1.3, 4.1 million) rode post-Olympics momentum after getting promoted during the network’s Olympics programming. Ninja Warrior was up +19% in the demo from its last pre-Olympics telecast to match… Read

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‘La La Land’ Trailer: It’s Emma Stone’s Turn To Sing

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Like the earlier first look at Lionsgate/Summit’s La La Land, a star is singing over a dialogue-free trailer. Last time it was Ryan Gosling, so this time Emma Stone takes center stage, singing the song “Audition” from the pic, which is now ramping up ahead of its world premiere August 31 at the Venice Film Festival. The pic tells the story of Stone’s Mia (Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet… Read

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‘Narcos’: New Season 2 Trailer & Key Art Unveiled

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“Your days are numbered Pablo.” Netflix has dropped the second trailer for Season 2 of drama series Narcos ahead of its September 2 premiere, and this one is even more intense than the first as the search for the drug kingpin continues. The internet TV network also released new key art (below). Wagner Moura stars as drug kingpin Escobar alongside Boyd Holbrook and Pedro Pascal as real-life DEA agents Steve Murphy and Javier Peña. The series chronicles the real-life… Read

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‘Mulholland Drive’ Leads Intriguing BBC Critics Poll On 21st Century’s Top 100 Films

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In response to the outcome of a 2015 poll of the 100 Greatest American Films of All Time, BBC Culture recently threw critics a different question. Finding that last year’s results included only six films made since 2000, editors at the arts pages of the venerable broadcaster commissioned a new poll to determine the 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century. The results are expansive — and intriguing. To get to the consensus favorite, critics reached all the way back to 2001… Read

Business

“Sex-Fueled” Fox News & Roger Ailes Hit With $50M Lawsuit By ‘The Five’ Co-Host Andrea Tantaros

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Roger Ailes may be gone and Fox News Channel may be cleaning house and aiming for new leadership, but the fallout from the claims of sexual harassment under the old CEO’s regime continues. Former The Five co-host Andrea Tantaros is now hitting the cable news network and Ailes with a nearly $50 million lawsuit. “Fox News masquerades as defender of traditional family values, but behind the scenes, it operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in… Read

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Doug Stanhope’s Johnny Depp-Produced Stand-up Special Gets Seeso Premiere Date

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Ad-free streaming channel Seeso has set a September 15 launch date for No Place Like Home, the latest concert special from veteran stand-up comic Doug Stanhope. The list of executive producers includes Johnny Depp, along with Christi Dembrowski, Brian Hennigan, Sam Sarkar and Brian Volk-Weiss of Comedy Dynamics. Brian Hennigan directed and produced the special. Taped in November in Stanhope’s hometown of Bisbee, AZ, near Tucson, No Place Like Home is not exactly a love… Read

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Idris Elba To Train As Pro Kickboxer For Discovery’s ‘Fighter’ Limited Series

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Idris Elba is stepping into the ring. The actor and producer is buffing up for Idris Elba: Fighter, a limited series that will extend the Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee’s relationship with Discovery Networks International following their collaboration on racing program No Limits. The three-part hourlong factual will see Elba undertake the physically and mentally demanding task of training to become a professional kickboxer — ultimately competing against a seasoned… Read

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Ryan Lochte For President?

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2016, file photo, United States' Ryan Lochte checks his time after a men' 4x200-meter freestyle relay heat during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A Brazilian police official told The Associated Press that Lochte fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro.   (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

UPDATED with video: While ABC’s late-night host Jimmy Kimmel welcomes Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton back to his show tonight in Hollywood, in New York, CBS Stephen Colbert wonders if U.S. Olympian Ryan Lochte did not demonstrate in Rio, and on NBC’s Today this morning, that his talents are wasted on in the pool, and better suited for Washington. The day after the Rio Olympics officially wrapped – and hours after Today aired the final bits of Matt Lauer… Read

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Philippe Dauman To Receive $58 Million In Severance Under Settlement Deal

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A regulatory filing this morning by Viacom confirms and reveals details of Philippe Dauman’s $72 million-plus settlement package with controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone. The deal includes a severance payment of $58 million, with $46.4 million of that “payable on the release date,” with the rest “paid in accordance with Viacom's regular payroll practices over a period of approximately 29 months.” He’ll also receive “for fiscal year 2016 based on his Target Bonus of… Read

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Jimmy Kimmel Has Hillary Clinton Open Jar Of Pickles To Demonstrate Her State Of Health

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Updated with video: “Who would have thought this audience would be so excited about the co-founder of ISIS,!” ABC late-night star Jimmy Kimmel enthused when Hillary Clinton walked out on his stage tonight. Turns out, preparing to interview Hillary Clinton on a late night show is not so hard these days what with Donald Trump’s camp writing so much good comedy. Like that ongoing storyline Clinton is very ill. Clinton played along, though mostly she tried to stay… Read

International

Wanda’s Wang Jianlin In Pair Of $1B+ Hollywood Deals; Next He’s Interested In “All Big Six Studios”: Report

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Dalian Wanda Group chairman Wang Jianlin has not been one to shy away from a splashy deal and some candid talk since he began doing serious business in Hollywood a few years ago. Today is no different. China’s wealthiest man has told Reuters that he expects his real estate and entertainment conglomerate to close two film-related deals valued at $1B+ each in the U.S. this year. After that, he says, it’s on to owning a studio — and he’s not just interested in Read