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Aaron Rodgers, 2-Time NFL MVP, Huddles Up With CAA Sports Off The Field

Aaron Rodgers signs with CAA for commercial representation

CAA will create commercial opportunities for Rodgers — a Super Bowl champ and two-time NFL MVP, — in such areas as film, television, endorsements, speaking, business development, digital media, publishing and philanthropy, among others. "I have always been interested in exploring ways to parlay the things I am most passionate about into new business endeavors," said Rodgers. "I am excited to partner with CAA, as I am confident that together we can create entrepreneurial… Read

TV

‘Downward Dog’ Canceled By ABC After 1 Season, Will Be Shopped To Other Nets

ABC has canceled new comedy series Downward Dog six episodes into its eight-episode first season. Co-creators Samm Hodges and Michael Killen just shared the news via Twitter. In the note to fans (read it below), they stress that the reasons for the cancellation were strictly financial and that they are “committed to finding a new home.” ABC was faced with making a renewal decision on Downward Dog, from Legendary TV and ABC TV Studios, as the options on the cast were to exp… Read

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‘The Beguiled’ Review: Sofia Coppola’s Female-Driven Civil War Story Ratchets Up The Sexual Tension

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Probably one of Clint Eastwood’s lesser-known films, the 1971 Civil War drama The Beguiled would at first blush seem an odd choice for a remake by Sofia Coppola, especially since she had never seen the original. But as I say in my video review above, somehow by taking the focus off Eastwood’s wounded Union soldier character and placing it squarely on the rising tensions — sexual and otherwise — caused by his presence in a school for young women in Virginia, it is one… Read

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‘My Dinner With Hervé’: Mireille Enos Among Three Cast In HBO Movie

Mireille Enos (The Catch) is set for a key role opposite Peter Dinklage and Jamie Dornan in My Dinner With Hervé, Sacha Gervasi’s HBO movie. Also joining the cast are Oona Chaplin (Taboo) and Harriet Walter (The Crown). Directed and written by Gervasi based on a story he wrote with Sean Macaulay, My Dinner With Hervé centers on an unlikely friendship that evolves over one wild night in L.A. between struggling journalist Danny Tate (Dornan) and actor Hervé Villechaize… Read

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Netflix Orders Justin Willman Magic Reality Series

As part of its push into reality programming, Netflix has greenlighted an original magic series created and headlined by magician/comedian Justin Willman. I hear the streaming network has ordered six half-hour episodes of the untitled project for a 2018 launch. In what is believed to be Netflix's first original foray into the magic space, the comedic docuseries will follow Willman as he brings his skills as a magician to the strange and misunderstood subcultures of… Read

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‘L&O True Crime: The Menendez Murders’ Casts Lolita Davidovich, Heather Graham, Elizabeth Reaser & Larry Cedar

NBC is rounding out the cast for its upcoming Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders. Lolita Davidovich (The Longest Ride), Heather Graham (The Hangover), Elizabeth Reaser (The Twilight Saga) and Larry Cedar (Trial & Error) are the latest to join the limited series from Dick Wolf and Rene Balcer. The eight-episode first season will focus on the infamous case of Lyle (Miles Gaston Villanueva) and Erik Menendez (Gus Halper), brothers who were convicted in 1996 of… Read

Film

Maria Dragus Cast In ‘Mary Queen of Scots’; Ned Van Zandt Joins ‘The Iron Orchard’

German-Romanian actress Maria Dragus has secured the role of Scottish noblewoman Mary Fleming, childhood companion of Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan), in the Josie Rourke-directed period drama Mary Queen of Scots. She joins Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth I along with Joe Alwyn, Martin Compston and Jack Lowden in the film from Working Title and Focus Features. Written by House of Cards creator Beau Willimon, based on John Guy’s 2004 biography The True Life of Mary Stuart… Read

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Tommy Lee Jones To Star With Brad Pitt In Deep-Space Epic

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EXCLUSIVE: Tommy Lee Jones is in final talks to star with Brad Pitt in Ad Astra, the working title of the futuristic sci-fi epic that James Gray co-wrote and will direct for New Regency. Production begins in September. Details are being kept close to the vest, but here’s what I’ve heard: In Ad Astra (which means "to the stars" in Latin), Pitt would play the slightly autistic space engineer Roy McBride. Twenty years after his father left on a one-way mission to Neptune in… Read

Business

TV Upfront Market, After A Slow Start, Might Be Helped By Stable Economy

The adage about a rising tide lifting all boats seems to be especially relevant to the major television networks as they swing into the homestretch of this year’s upfront ad sales season. Early indications suggest that ABC, CBS, the CW, Fox and NBC collectively will  meet or beat analyst expectations to sign deals worth more than $10 billion — up from $9.8 billion last year — for the season that begins this fall. Nothing’s certain. This year has been a tough sell; the… Read

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Comic-Con: FX Bringing ‘Legion,’ ‘Archer’ & ‘The Strain’ Back To San Diego

With Comic-Con 2017 less than a month away, FX said it is heading to the fanfest with San Diego veterans Legion, Archer and The Strain flying the flag for the network. Having its fourth and final season launch on July 16, I hear that Guillermo del Toro- and Chuck Hogan-created horror series executive produced by Carlton Cuse will be making its SDCC swan song Thursday, July 20 in Ballroom 20 of the San Diego Convention Center. This is a shift for The Strain and FX, who has… Read

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‘Olive Forever’: Newcomer Emily Rudd Lands Lead In USA Comedic Pilot

Newcomer Emily Rudd has landed the title role in USA Network’s Olive Forever, a comedic crime drama pilot from Insurgent and The Babysitter writer Brian Duffield, AwesomenessTV and its former CEO Brian Robbins. Written by Duffield and to be directed by Matt Shakman, Olive Forever follows the exploits of Olive, a high school student, con artist, cat burglar and chameleon who's mature beyond her years. She is a savvy survivor who knows she can “get away with anything.” A… Read

Box Office

‘Transformers’ Less Than Meets The Eye With Near $60M Five-Day Domestic Opening – Midday B.O. Update

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UPDATE, Friday, 12:24 PM: Paramount’s Transformers: The Last Knight is looking at an estimated $12.5 million today based off of midday matinees, with a current outlook that’s just under $60M over five days. That number could fall if these estimates don’t maintain themselves into the night. Three-day already is estimated at $36.5M. Again, this is a waning property stateside, which many in town believe Paramount strictly made for China, which is bound to clear a $100M openin… Read