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‘Good Trouble’: Molly McCook & Josh Pence Set To Recur In Freeform’s ‘The Fosters’ Spinoff

Molly McCook (The Ranch) and Josh Pence (La La Land) have joined the recurring cast of Good Trouble, Freeform’s The Fosters spinoff. Production has begun in Los Angeles for premiere in 2019. The series follows Callie (Maia Mitchell) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) as they embark on the next phase of their young-adult lives in Los Angeles. McCook will play Rebecca, a fellow law clerk with Callie, whose grandfather is a Republican U.S. Senator and comes from a political… Read

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Imax Gives Thumbs Up To AMC’s New $20/Month Subscription Program

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While there were questions in the industry whether a monthly movie ticket subscription service from a major exhibitor might take dollars out of the pockets of studios and 3D and large format exhibition partners, Imax reports today that business is going to be just swell under AMC’s new Stubs A-List $19.95 per month program. “Imax Corporation believes this program will greatly expand the Imax audience,” read a statement today from the large format exhibition partner. The… Read

Business

Disney’s Bob Iger On Need For Fox Deal: “The Consumer Is Voting — Loudly”

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UPDATED with analysis Disney CEO Bob Iger said changes in consumer habits are driving the company’s aggressive pursuit of 21st Century Fox studio and network assets. Facing historic levels of competition from Netflix and other digital players, traditional media powers have no choice but to act, he said in a conference call this morning with Wall Street analysts. "Direct-to-consumer distribution has actually become an even more compelling proposition in the six months… Read

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NBC Easily Wins Tuesday Primetime In Ratings On Steady Night For ‘AGT’

Summer 2018 is officially here tomorrow but it is already hot for NBC once again with America's Got Talent (2.1/9) back to dominate primetime for the Comcast-owned network. Yes, even with the early hours for most matches, the World Cup is scoring solidly for Fox but when you look at ratings like what NBC got on Tuesday, it was a Tuesday blowout. Even with AGT dipping a tenth from its fast affiliates of June 12 (which went up a tenth in the final numbers), NBC's overall… Read

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‘Awakening: After Parkland’ Short Doc Bows From ‘Science Fair’ Filmmakers & First Look Media’s Topic Studios

EXCLUSIVE: “A part of me, like, wants to go back to being a normal teenager again, but I just feel like how can you go back when all of this is happening?” wonders 16 year-old Sawyer Garrity who is one of the students featured on the short documentary Awakening: After Parkland. The play, and the doc, follows young actors — which includes students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — as they stage a play through Barclay’s Performing Arts to try to bring a semblance… Read

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HBO Taps Charlamagne Tha God For Series Of Interview Specials

HBO has ordered The Gray Area with Charlamagne Tha God, a series of four interview specials hosted by the radio and TV personality. The first of the hourlong specials is set to debut later this year. Guy Code alum Charlamagne Tha God will executive produce The Gray Area with Karen Kinney. Currently there is no information on the guests and topics Charlamagne Tha God plans to tackle in the specials. Charlamagne Tha God is co-host of the nationally syndicated hip-hop… Read

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‘Kansas City’: Andrew Caldwell, Jade Pettyjohn & Anthony Keyvan Cast In Hulu Comedy Pilot

Andrew Caldwell (iZombie), Jade Pettyjohn (School of Rock) and Anthony Keyvan (Fresh Off The Boat) are set as series regulars opposite John Slattery, Rafe Spall and Allison Tollman in Hulu's political, dystopian half-hour comedy pilot Kansas City, from Amblin TV and Sony Pictures TV. Set in Kansas City, the single-camera project, which has yet to get a formal pilot greenlight but already is in production, was written by Zev Borow (Lethal Weapon), with Rhys Thomas (Comrade… Read

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Apple Teams With Sesame Workshop On Children’s Programming Slate

Apple is establishing a footprint in children’s programming, handing a multi-series order to Sesame Workshop for a slate of new children’s programs. This marks the first kids programming deal for Apple’s Worldwide Video division run by Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht. Under the pact, Sesame Workshop — the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street and a host of other programs — will produce live-action and animated series, and will develop a puppet… Read

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‘Welcome To Marwen’ Trailer: Steve Carell Weaponizes Art In Robert Zemeckis Pic

“I have my art, and I have my friends. I’ll be OK.” So says Mark Hogancamp (Steve Carell), who survives a vicious assault by a group of “Nazi thugs” that wipes away all of his memories and leaves him physically shattered. Instead of giving up, he gets even in a most unusual manner. Welcome to the first trailer for Welcome to Marwen, which is billed as “the miraculous true story of one broken man’s fight as he discovers how artistic imagination can restore the human… Read

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MSNBC Conservative Steve Schmidt Renounces Trump’s Republican Party

Steve Schmidt, the senior adviser to the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain and a frequent Republican voice on MSNBC, is renouncing the party to which he’s belonged for nearly 30 years. “It is full the party of Trump,” Schmidt tweeted by way of explanation. “29 years and nine months ago I registered to vote and became a member of The Republican Party which was founded in 1854 to oppose slavery and stand for the dignity of human life. Today I renounce my membership… Read

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SPT Reorganization: Distribution & Global Nets Merge, Direct-to-Consumer Unit Set

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Sony Pictures TV chairman Mike Hopkins is reorganizing a number of areas of the company, mostly on the distribution side. After folding home video into worldwide distribution under Keith Le Goy in February, Hopkins now also is adding global networks operations, which had been reporting directly to him, to Le Goy’s portfolio. The combined global networks/worldwide distribution/home entertainment unit will operate in a territory management model; under which regional heads… Read

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‘The Crown’: ‘The Exorcist’ Star Ben Daniels To Play Antony Armstrong-Jones In Season 3 Of Netflix’s Royal Drama

The Crown has found its next Antony Armstrong-Jones to star alongside Helena Bonham Carter's Princess Margaret. The Exorcist star Ben Daniels is joining Netflix's royal drama for the third season. British actor Daniels replaces Matthew Goode as Armstrong-Jones, the photographer and royal husband, for the next season of the Left Bank Pictures-produced series. Daniels, who is repped by Gersh and Hamilton Hodell, has previously recurred on Netflix's House of Cards and has… Read