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‘Milton’s Secret’ Sneak Peek: First Film Based On An Eckhart Tolle Book Challenges The Young Mind

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EXCLUSIVE: Here is a clip from the coming-of-age drama Milton’s Secret, a film based on the YA novel from bestselling author and spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle and Robert Friedman. This marks the first book-to-film adaptation for a Tolle book. The man the New York Times calls “the most popular spiritual author in the United States” also has a strong following among Hollywood execs, so it might not be the last. Barnet Bain directed the pic, which he penned with Donald… Read

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Kevin Kline Back On Broadway To Star In Noël Coward’s ‘Present Laughter’

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Two-time Tony winner Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda, In And Out) will return to Broadway after a decade-long absence to star in Present Laughter, the Noël Coward comedy that will open a limited engagement April 5 at the St. James Theatre. That’s where Kline won his first Best Featured Actor in a Musical Tony, in 1978 for On the Twentieth Century. In 1981 he won Best Actor in a Musical for The Pirates of Penzance. Producer Jordan Roth, who owns the St. James and four… Read

TV

AMC & SundanceTV Set Int’l Programming Team Headed By Kristin Jones

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Kristin Jones, who has been running international programming for AMC since 2014, has added SundanceTV to her purview, and now will oversee international programming and co-productions across both AMC and SundanceTV in an SVP role. She continues to report to Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV. In addition, Chris Loveall has joined as vice president, international programming for AMC and SundanceTV, reporting to… Read

TV

Donald Trump Debates Hillary Clinton, Breaks Social Records

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The Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton fracas dominated social media. That includes 18.6 million people throughout Facebook in the U.S. generating 73.8 million likes, posts, comments and shares related to the debate. Facebook’s top social moment of the debate came when Trump started to fulminate about having the better “temperament” of the two candidates, insisting it was his strongest asset as though daring Clinton to say otherwise. Top  debate issues in the Facebook… Read

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‘The New Edition Story’ Gets BET Premiere Date: First-Look Video

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BET’s six-hour event series The New Edition Story about the iconic R&B boy band will air over three nights on January 24-26, the network said today. The biopic follows the group — Ronnie Devoe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Mike Bivins, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill — from their humble beginnings in Boston to global stardom, weathering the highs and lows of controversy, personnel changes, and the cost of fame. Empire‘s Bryshere Y. Gray, The Wiz Live‘s Elijah Kelley, Luke… Read

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Curtain Rises On Date For 71st Tony Awards On CBS

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CBS said today that it will air the 71st annual Tony Awards on June 11, 2017. Broadway’s trophy show will be live at 8 PM in the East and delayed in the West. The Hamilton-free nominations for the 2016-2017 season will be announced May 2. A venue has not yet been announced; last year’s show was at the Beacon Theatre. CBS has aired the Tonys every year since 1978. The ceremony is presented by Tony Award Productions, a joint venture of the Broadway League and the American… Read

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Annapurna Pictures Launches TV Division Headed By Former HBO Executive Sue Naegle

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Annapurna Pictures has launched Annapurna Television, a production that will be led by former HBO president of entertainment Sue Naegle. She recently ended a production deal at the network that followed her executive stint. Annapurna’s new division will focus on building out the label's TV slate for broadcast, cable and digital platforms. Naegle will run the new enterprise alongside Annapurna founder Megan Ellison and will spearhead Annapurna's TV production and… Read

Business

Smokey Robinson, BlackRock Team With Primary Wave To Promote “Iconic” Tunes

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Primary Wave Music Publishing made two announcements today that could position it to dominate the market for film, TV, digital and advertising rights to the most popular songs of the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s. The independent publishing and talent management firm unveiled a partnership with Smokey Robinson allowing to market his likeness as well as hits including “My Girl,” “Tears of a Clown” and “Crusin’.” “Smokey's music has resonated in people's lives for over five… Read

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‘The Strain’ Renewed For Fourth & Final Season By FX

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The Strain, the vampire thriller drama from Carlton Cuse, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, will conclude its run on FX next year. The cable network has given the series, which is midway through airing its third season, a renewal for a fourth and final season to air in summer 2017. "We sincerely thank Carlton Cuse, Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan and their creative team as well as the fantastic cast for three exciting seasons of The Strain," said FX Networks president… Read

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CNN Wins Cable News Debate Demo Derby, Fox News Channel Takes Total Viewers

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CNN was No. 1 in cable news among adults 25-54 during the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, with 4.43 million viewers in the news demographic. CNN tallied 26% more news-demo viewers than Fox News' 3.53 million, which was up 20% compared with the first general election presidential debate in the 2012 cycle. CNN’s news-demo tally turned up 181% more viewers than MSNBC's 1.58 million. FNC bagged the biggest overall audience for the debate… Read

Film

Anaïs Nin Short Stories Optioned To Hook Up With Film & TV

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Executive producer Brandon Milbradt has optioned 50 short stories from erotica novelist Anaïs Nin’s including the collections: Delta of Venus, Waste of Timelessness, Under A Glass Bell, and Cities of the Interior— Ladders to Fire, Children of the Albatross, The Four-Chambered Heart, A Spy in the House of Love, and Seduction of the Minotaur. Tree L. Wright, the author's rep at the Anaïs Nin Trust, stated "We were looking for a partner who could do justice to Anaïs’s… Read

International

‘Das Boot’: Sonar Acquires Rights To Event Series; Boards As Co-Producer

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Sonar Entertainment has come on board eight-episode event series Das Boot, joining Germany’s Bavaria Fernsehproduktion and Sky Deutschland as co-producer and distributor. The series is set to begin production in 2017 for premiere worldwide in 2018. Sonar holds all global distribution rights to the series, with the exception of Sky's five European territories, which include Germany, Austria, UK, Ireland and Italy. “This is Sonar's first non-English speaking co-production… Read