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Oscar-Winning ‘Dances With Wolves’ Author/Screenwriter Michael Blake Has Died

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After a long illness, Dances With Wolves author and screenwriter Michael Blake died today in Tucson, Arizona where he and his family lived for many years.  He was 69. His passing was confirmed by his manager and producer Daniel Ostroff, who is working on a Dances With Wolves sequel, The Holy Road. Blake’s best known novel sold over 3.5 million copies, and was translated into 15 languages. The 1990 film, which Kevin Costner directed and starred in, won seven Oscars… Read

Business

Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight Delayed By Widespread Cable & Satellite Outages – Update

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UPDATED 9:01PM:  Massive cable and satellite service outages have forced the delay of the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao championship fight. Service outages or connection problems have occurred in many parts if not most of the country.  Pay-per-view customers who have forked over $90-$100  for the privilege of watching the bout are themselves in a fighting mood over problems with Time Warner Cable, Comcast, DirecTV, Dish, Cox, Charter and AT&T, to name a few. Some… Read

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Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight Nets $400M For HBO/Showtime; Hollywood Big Ringside

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Understandable, since the event has overwhelmed cable systems, but even so, the staggering take from tonight’s Mayweather-Pacquiao fight is, well, staggering. Estimates are now holding that the event will bring in an amazing $400 million from PPV revenues. With fight fans paying as much as $100 in the U.S. to watch the bout, #MayPac is looking to bring in what might be the biggest haul in pay per view history. More than 3 million individual PPV buys are being reported by H… Read

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Controversy Dogs #MayPac: Were Reporters Banned For Criticizing Mayweather?

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Are sports journalists being punished for criticizing Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s history of domestic abuse? That’s the question with only hours to go before tonight’s Mayweather championship bout with Manny Pacquiao. Numerous reports and overnight tweets contend that ESPN/HBO reporter Michelle Beadle, USA Today’s Martin Rogers, and CNN/TNT reporter Rachel Nichols have been either denied press credentials or had them revoked due to pressure from the Mayweather camp. Beadle, a… Read

Business

David Goldberg Dies: Silicon Valley Entrepreneur, SurveyMonkey CEO, Husband Of Facebook COO

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Silicon Valley entrepreneur David Goldberg died suddenly Friday night, members of the family said in Facebook posts. Goldberg, 47, was CEO of SurveyMonkey and husband of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Cause of death was not announced. A self-described serial entrepreneur, Goldberg also served previously as vice president and general manager of Yahoo Music, after the company acquired his music service Launch Media in 2001. Also known for his sense of humor and easy… Read

Film

New ‘TMNT 2′ Set Pic Reveals First Look At Classic Character

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Continuing the gradual trickling out of images from the currently shooting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, producer Michael Bay yesterday tweeted out a set pic that gives fans their first glimpse at a classic TMNT character. Stephen Amell as Casey Jones https://t.co/3EszI6nT26 #TMNT2 pic.twitter.com/IQmHR7s5j8 — Michael Bay (@michaelbay) May 1, 2015 In the comics, Jones is an apartment building handyman who turns vigilante and cobbles together his costume and tools… Read

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‘Beyond The Tank’ Ratings Strong In Debut, ‘Blue Bloods’ Finale Steady With 2014, ‘Grimm’ Down

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With May sweeps in full bloom, there have been a number of finales peppered around the Big 4 the past week and last night was no exception. However, as Blue Bloods (1.3/5) ended its fifth season on Friday, there was also a debut on the primetime landscape too with ABC's Beyond The Tank (1.5/6) at 9 PM. Once again, the 10 PM Tom Selleck-led CBS series was the most watched show of Friday with 11.02 million tuning in last night and therefore CBS once again claimed the most… Read

International

A New Princess: U.S., International Media Welcome #RoyalBaby

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“It’s a princess!” U.S. and foreign media proclaimed this morning in breathless coverage of the arrival of the latest member of the British royal family. #RoyalBaby was top trender on Twitter as social media muscled into the scene. Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and their newborn daughter subsequently have left St. Mary’s Hospital. U.S. media don’t necessarily treat the royal family like the 24/7 soap opera that usually unfolds in Britain, but… Read

Box Office

‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Takes Overseas Cume To $340M; Goes Global With $425M

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Dominating the globe, Avengers: Age Of Ultron has now reached $425M at the worldwide box office. Of that, the Disney/Marvel superhero sequel thundered to $340M internationally through yesterday which was a holiday in many overseas markets. The day was worth $53M, a mere 17% drop versus last Friday. Jumpstarting summer with a bang, Ultron began its international rollout on April 22, hulking out to $200.2M in 44 territories through last Sunday. It’s now playing in 88… Read

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Bill Maher: Obama And W Embody ‘Romper Room’s Do Bee/Don’t Bee

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In his weekly New Rule editorial, HBO’s Real Time host Bill Maher exhumed the old Romper Room "Do Bee/Don't Bee" motif, to illustrate why May 1 should be declared National Do This Not That Day, and the difference between presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Romper Room, he explained to millennials, is the TV show that people used to use to bore pre-schoolers into taking a nap in the days before Ritalin. Doo Bee, he explained, was always doing everything right… Read

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PILOT SEASON 2015: The Latest Buzz

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We are officially in the series pickup stage of pilots season as NBC today kicked things off with orders to Chicago Med, Blindspot and Heartbreaker. Other frontrunners may soon follow suit, like Minority Report at Fox, the Jenna Bans drama at ABC and Cordon at the CW. Here is one final roundup of pilot buzz ahead of the onslaught of series orders (and passes) next week. Even with the three series orders, I hear the NBC drama field is still wide open, with multiple other… Read

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‘Legend’ UK Teaser With Tom Hardy As London Gangsters The Krays

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Tom Hardy seems to figure in multiple threads of information tonight. Here’s the UK teaser for Legend, which has Hardy as both of the infamously ruthless Kray twins Ronnie and Reggie who dominated London’s criminal underworld in the 1950s and ’60s. Brian Helgeland is writing and directing the StudioCanal-financed/Working Title-produced project, which Universal Pictures is releasing in the U.S. Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Christopher Eccleston, Chazz Palminteri, Tara… Read