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BET Confirms Quincy Jones Special, Unveils Guest List

BET has closed deals for Q 85: A Musical Celebration For Quincy Jones, a music special celebrating the life and legacy of legendary producer and musician Quincy Jones. As we reported, the special, which will mark Jones’ 85th birthday, will tape on September 25 at the Microsoft Theatre LA Live. Joining honoree Jones at the celebration will be his daughter, actress-producer Rashida Jones, Brian McKnight, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Meghan Trainor, LL Cool J, Ludacris… Read

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Geoffrey Owens Joins Hilary Swank In ‘Fatale’ Thriller

Geoffrey Owens is on a roll. After Hollywood came to his defense when media outlets attempted to shame the former Cosby Show actor for his job as a Trader Joe’s cashier,  Owen has landed yet another role, this time opposite Hilary Swank, Michael Ealy, and Mike Colter in the noir thriller Fatale, which is being directed by Deon Taylor. David Loughery penned the screenplay, which centers on a married man who is tricked into a murder scheme by a seductive female police… Read

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‘Chicago Fire’: Annie Ilonzeh Upped To Series Regular For Season 7

Annie Ilonzeh, who recurred as paramedic Emily Foster in Season 6 of Chicago Fire, has been promoted to series regular for the seventh season of the NBC drama. Ilonzeh’s Emily is an intelligent, easy-going and confident new paramedic. New to the Chicago Fire Department, but a quick and effective worker. She may have a chip on her shoulder from the previous bumps in the road, but she takes everything in stride. Ilonzeh appeared in two episodes in Season 6. Ilonzeh joins… Read

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SAG-AFTRA Strikes Bartle Bogle Hegarty Ad Agency

SAG-AFTRA has called a strike against Bartle Bogle Hegarty, claiming that the ad agency is "illegally attempting to abandon its union contract." Guild members now are prohibited from accepting any work for BBH and must stop working on any BBH projects currently underway. A strike authorization was approved unanimously by the guild's national board of directors. "The integrity of good business is based upon parties adhering to their mutual contracts," said SAG-AFTRA… Read

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Netflix Lands Jeff Ross-Starring ‘Historical Roasts’ From OBB Pictures As Original Series

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EXCLUSIVE: Netflix is going old-school, ordering six episodes of Historical Roasts, a half-hour comedy series from Comedy Central roast star Jeff Ross and OBB Pictures. The project stems from the popular live Los Angeles comedy club show that has been running since 2014. OBB (Kevin Hart’s Cold as Balls) optioned rights to the show and then secured the deal with Netflix which beat out multiple bidders. Production begins this fall and the show launches next year. Each… Read

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MGM Ups Brian Edwards To President TV Operations

Brian Edwards is expanding his responsibilities at MGM with a promotion to President, Television Operations. Edwards will continue to report to Mark Burnett, Chairman, Global Television Group. Edwards' employment contract has been extended through mid- 2022. In his new role, Edwards will oversee all business aspects of MGM's television and digital productions. In addition, Edwards will join MGM's Corporate Development team, reporting in this capacity to Chris Brearton… Read

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Gabriel Bateman To Star As Andy In MGM’s ‘Child’s Play’ Remake, Joining Aubrey Plaza & Brian Tyree Henry

Young actor Gabriel Bateman (Lights Out, American Gothic), Parks and Rec alum Aubrey Plaza, and Atlanta star Brian Tyree Henry are set to star in MGM’s Child’s Play remake for Orion Pictures. Bateman will take on the role as Andy, Plaza will play Andy’s mom Karen, and  Henry is Mike. Those characters originated in the 1988 version which went on to gross $44 million worldwide, spawned six sequels,  and created one of the most well-known characters in the horror genre. Polar… Read

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Fox Developing Tech FBI Drama ‘Switch’ From ‘Underground’ Duo & Len Wiseman

Fox has put in development Switch, an hourlong drama from former Underground executive producers Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell, Len Wiseman and Warner Bros. TV. Written by Harold and to be directed by Wiseman, Switch asks the question, what if you could quite literally drive the body of another human being? Welcome to the world of Switch – an adrenaline-fueled procedural detailing the exploits of the FBI's newest undercover unit, the Switch Division, a task force created… Read

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Chris Evans To Star In ‘Defending Jacob’ Apple Limited Series From Mark Bomback & Morten Tyldum

Apple has given an eight-episode straight-to-series order to drama Defending Jacob, headlined and executive produced byCaptain America and The Avengers star Chris Evans. Created and written by Mark Bomback (Planet of the Apes trilogy) based on William Landay’s bestselling novel, the limited series comes  from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. Oscar-nominated Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game, Counterpart, Jack Ryan) is attached to direct the series and executive… Read

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Julie Chen Moonves Set To Stay Hosting ‘Big Brother’ Until Fall 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Her sexual misconduct-accused husband may have been knocked off his lofty perch as CBS CEO, but Julie Chen Moonves intends to stick around fronting Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother, at least for now. Heading towards next week's Season 20 finale, the ex-The Talk co-host has told individuals at the network that she wants to keep her 18-year gig hosting the reality competition series. Additionally, sources close to Julie Chen Moonves say she will continue to… Read

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‘Men In Black’ Spinoff First-Look Photo: Chris Hemsworth & Tessa Thompson Will Neuralyze You, Pal

It’s been more than 20 years since veteran fed Tommy Lee Jones recruited outsider Will Smith to join his secret governmental agency that keeps an eye on aliens living as humans in New York City. Fast-foward to 2018, and the Men in Black franchise is spinning off with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson leading the way — and now we have our first look at the pair on the set ofin F. Gary Gray’s film. Have a look below (not above). Hemsworth took to Instagram to post an image… Read

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Amazon Debuts Dozens Of New Fire, Alexa, Echo Devices And Features

A few days after Apple held its high-profile unveiling of new iPhones and watches, streaming it on Twitter, Amazon responded by … sending out several press releases. Contained in those releases, however, was significant news of more than 70 new devices, features and tools for its Fire, Alexa and Echo systems, all of which will be major holiday season items for the tech giant. One of the most notable new offerings is called Fire TV Recast, a DVR companion that enables the… Read