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Union Accuses Wanda Of Using Foreign Cash To Influence Beverly Hills Ballot Initiative

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A union representing hotel workers at the Beverly Hilton has accused the Wanda Group, the Chinese multinational conglomerate that owns AMC, the world's largest cinema chain, of using foreign money to influence the outcome of a local ballot initiative in Beverly Hills. Read the press release here. The allegation is the latest development in a long-running dispute between Wanda and the Hilton over who should develop a piece of property next to the hotel. Hilton bypassed the… Read

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Emmett Till HBO Miniseries From Jay-Z, Will Smith & Aaron Kaplan Finds Writer

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On the heels of his successful feature debut The Land, Steven Caple Jr. has been tapped to write HBO’s high-profile Emmett Till miniseries from an A-list producing team that includes Jay-Z, Will Smith, Casey Affleck and Aaron Kaplan. The untitled mini, now in development, will tell the tragic story of 14-year-old black teen Emmett Till, who was brutally murdered after allegedly flirting with a white woman in Mississippi in 1955, with his savage murder galvanizing the… Read

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‘Mr. Robot’s Carly Chaikin Joins ‘F*cking People’

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EXCLUSIVE: Having just appeared in last night’s Season 2 finale of Mr. RobotCarly Chaikin is boarding Theresa Bennett’s indie film F*cking People. The pic follows a young woman (Noel Wells) and her friends, who are struggling with both a failing business and love lives. Chaikin plays a strong-willed music manager and the young woman’s best friend who finds herself having relationship struggles of her own. Ash Christian is producing. Mason Novick and Michelle… Read

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History Repeating: Dolores Gavin Returns To Cable Net As Senior Executive, Development & Production

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Dolores Gavin, who spent nearly a decade at History, is returning to the fold in the newly created post of Senior Executive, Development & Production. She was with the cable net from 2000-09, most recently as VP & Head of Programming. Based in A+E Networks headquarters in New York City, Gavin ' New York City, Gavin will lead a team focused on developing and executing new nonfiction franchises and formats. "Dolores has an unparalleled track record of success in nonfiction… Read

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El Rey Launches Short Film Anthology Series With Premiere Hosted By John Carpenter

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EXCLUSIVE: Robert RodriguezEl Rey Network has announced the launch of The People’s Network Showcase, a new series of specials featuring short films from emerging independent filmmakers all over the world. The series, set to air quarterly with new two-hour episodes curated by genre or central story theme, marks the first time El Rey will feature select filmmakers and their work. Legendary horror mastermind John Carpenter will kick things off, hosting the premiere… Read

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Hulu Developing ‘Postal’ Series Based On Comics From Matt Tolmach & Legendary

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In a competitive situation, Hulu has landed Postal, a TV series adaptation of the Top Cow comics, from Matt Tolmach Productions and Legendary TV. The project, now in development, is being written by The Walking Dead co-executive producer Seth Hoffman. Based on the Postal comic series by Matt Hawkins (Think Tank) and Bryan Hill (Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box), it centers on Eden, a unique town populated and run by fugitive criminals. In Eden, everyone has a secret past… Read

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Roadside Attractions Picks Up ‘Tommy’s Honour’; Golf Pic Set For March Release

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Roadside Attractions has acquired U.S. rights to Tommy’s Honour, a film about the real-life founders of the modern game of golf. Directed by Jason Connery, the pic will bow theatrically March 24 followed by its debut on Golf Channel. Set against the early days of the sport, it centers on the fractured relationship between Scotland's golf royalty, Tom and Tommy Morris, the dynamic father-son team who ushered in the modern game. Matching his father's success by winning his… Read

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Legendary Taps James Ngo As SVP Franchise Management

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Legendary has hired James Ngo as SVP franchise management, a new post where the executive will develop additional revenue opportunities for the studio’s IPs, including Godzilla and Pacific Rim. In addition Ngo will oversee the company's brand collaborations on established IPs across film, TV, digital, VR and live events. He will report to Legendary's chief marketing officer, Emily Castel. Prior to Legendary, Ngo managed licensing and branding over the last decade at… Read

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‘Tower’ Trailer: A Look At Horror & Heroism During 1966 Austin Attack

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The August 1, 1966 sniper massacre perpetrated by Charles Whitman from the clock tower on the University of Texas’ Austin Campus remains a particularly gruesome milestone in modern American history. There have certainly been far worse mass public killings in the decades since, but the Austin attack was for decades the defining example of such tragedies. 18 people, including Whitman himself, ultimately died, and it remains a defining moment for the University of Texas. The… Read

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Margot Robbie To Host ‘SNL’ Season Opener

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Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie will host the season premiere of Saturday Night Live on October 1. The Weeknd will be musical guest as the NBC late-night staple launches its 42nd season. SNL is adding three new featured players for the upcoming season: improv performer Alex Moffat and America's Got Talent finalist Melissa Villaseñor, as well as Mikey Day, who has been a writer on the show since 2013. The trio would be filling the void left from the recent exit of three… Read

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Scott Pelley, John Dickerson To Lead CBS News Debate Coverage

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CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley and the network’s Face the Nation anchor John Dickerson will lead CBS News’ live coverage of Monday’s first presidential debate, 9-11 PM ET.  CBS News correspondents Nancy Cordes and Major Garrett will provide original reporting on the network's primetime debate coverage, post-debate analysis on all CBS News broadcasts and platforms, including CBSN, CBS News' 24/7 streaming news service. CBS News contributor Bob Schieffer, who… Read

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‘Better Late Than Never’ Reality Series Renewed For Season 2 By NBC

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Better Late Than Never was an appropriate title for NBC’s globe-trotting reality series featuring AARP stars. After sitting on the shelf for a while, the show got a big launch after the Summer Olympics and, following a solid freshman run, it has been renewed for a second season. In Season 1, Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw, George Foreman and Jeff Dye embarked on a trip to Asia in search of an intimate life-changing experience. Winkler, Shatner, Bradshaw… Read