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Universal Changes Course On International Stewardship; Duncan Clark To Head Ops From London

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A few months after Universal announced a restructure of its international operations that intended to see a then-unnamed head of international theatrical operations located in Los Angeles, the studio has decided to keep the point person for overseas in London. Duncan Clark, who has been President of Distribution for Universal Pictures International since June 2011, will expand his role to lead the international team from his current perch in the British capital. The… Read

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Box Office FINAL: ‘Maze Runner’ Finds $32.5M; Liam’s ‘Walk’ Limps In With $12.7M; ‘Where I Leave You,’ $11.5M

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FINAL UPDATE, Monday, 2:12 PM: The fall season is off to a good start, thanks to Fox's The Maze Runner which opened nicely to $32.5M for the three-day weekend. The next installment of the film, The Maze Runner 2: Scorch Trials, is already set to bow September 18, 2015. While Fox has created another franchise for the industry, Liam Neeson and Universal weren't so lucky with A Walk Among The Tombstones. The picture didn't appeal to the female audience — that same demo which… Read

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Casting Society Artios Awards Nominees Announced; Rob Marshall, Ellen Lewis To Receive Special Honors

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The Casting Society of America has announced nominees for its 30th annual Artios Awards, including “special honors” for director Rob Marshall and casting director Ellen Lewis. The awards honor casting achievements in film, TV and theater, and for the first time, in a web series. The awards are set for January 22 with dual ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and New York City's 42West nightclub. Here's the list of honorees and nominees: New York Apple Award for special… Read

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Insists No Decision On Kenan Thompson After Report Says He’s Out At Season End

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A Saturday Night Live spokesperson tells Deadline a report Kenan Thompson will leave at the end of this season “is inaccurate as the season hasn't even started and cast decisions aren't made until the end of the season.” But the TMZ report did not say the show had  made the casting decision that Thompson would bow out at the end of this season. The report said Thompson intended to leave, citing an unnamed source described as being close to the long-running cast member of… Read

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Taylor Louderman & Alanna Saunders Join ‘Peter Pan Live!’

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Taylor Louderman and Alanna Saunders have been cast opposite Allison Williams, Kelli O'Hara and Christian Borle in NBC's Peter Pan Live! Louderman will play Wendy Darling, one of the three Darling children and the daughter of George (Borle) and Mary Darling (O'Hara). Saunders will play Tiger Lily, the Native American who rules her "islanders" on Neverland and is captured by Captain Hook, only to be rescued by Peter Pan (Williams). She returns the favor by joining forces… Read

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Bryan Cranston In ‘The Great Wall’ Talks

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EXCLUSIVE: Heisenberg, on the Great Wall of China? Bryan Cranston is in early talks to co-star in The Great Wall, the Legendary Pictures film the great Chinese helmer Zhang Yimou signed on to direct. This development closely follows Deadline's Saturday scoop that Legendary and Matt Damon are trying to see if they can work out his busy schedule (he shoots Ridley Scott's The Martian and likely follows with the Paul Greengrass-directed Bourne Identity sequel) so that he can… Read

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DeadlineNow Reviews: ‘Gotham’ (Video)

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DeadlineNow restarts with a mission to deliver content you cannot read on Deadline Hollywood. We've never run a print review; if you've got two minutes and want to know what Pete Hammond, Dominic Patten and others think about the quality and Oscar and Emmy prospects of new films and TV, click the button. The scope will broaden, but we think this is a good beginning.  Read

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Ken Burns’ ‘The Roosevelts’ Docu His Most Streamed To Date

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More than 7 million viewers watched Ken Burns' The Roosevelts docu-series each night, PBS says, citing preliminary ratings projections based on Nielsen Live + Same Day metered market ratings. That number is expected to go up with delayed DVR viewing, etc. Meanwhile, the 14-hour The Roosevelts is on track to be Burns' most streamed series to date on PBS. PBS made all 14 hours of The Roosevelts available for streaming though PBS stations' video sites, pbs.org/theroosevelts… Read

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CW’s ‘The Flash’ & ‘Jane The Virgin’ Get Backup Script Orders Ahead Of Premieres

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With the CW's two freshman series, The Flash and Jane The Virgin, garnering some of the best reviews for new series this fall, the network is already looking forward to the second part of the season, ordering three additional scripts from each of the two shows. The vote of confidence comes two weeks before the October 7 debut of The Flash and three weeks ahead of the series premiere of Jane The Virgin, whose star Gina Rodriguez is touted to be one of this season's… Read

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‘Lavalantula': Lava-Spewing Tarantulas Attack Los Angeles In Syfy’s Latest Schlock-athon

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From deep within the Santa Monica Mountains they come — and they're pissed. Syfy, the channel that brought you Sharknado, Ghost Shark and so much other Emmy bait, is unleashing Lavalantula next summer. The original telepic sees a defenseless Los Angeles under attack by a swarm of — wait for it — giant lava-breathing tarantulas that roast their quarry alive! Adding to the mayhem is a reunion of three key cast members from the Police Academy canon: Steve Guttenberg —… Read

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Broadway B.O. Steady At $22.3 Million As Newbies Gather Steam

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UPDATE 1:45 p.m.: Fixes Kinky Boots, which was up, not down: Broadway stayed the course last week as five new shows played previews and the Mia Farrow/Brian Dennehy revival of Love Letters opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre to rapturous reviews. The A.R. Gurney two-hander, which also won praise for keen staging by Gregory Mosher, will prove an interesting test of the  theatergoing public's mood this fall. With different pairings on stage for four-to-six week runs… Read

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