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Bill Maher Doubles Down On Anti-Trump Recession Wish

Update, with video Bill Maher doubled down tonight on his hope that an economic recession might turn the country against President Donald Trump. During the New Rules segment of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher tonight, the host directly addressed “anyone who went apeshit the last two weeks” since he first mentioned the recession-as-weapon in the battle against Trump. “A recession is a survivable event,” Maher said. “What Trump is doing to this country is not. Democracy is… Read

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‘Dynasty’: Lead Cast Member Not Returning For Season 2 Of the CW Series

There will be a different dynamic on the CW’s Dynasty next season. One of the stars of the reboot, Nathalie Kelley, who plays Cristal, has confirmed in an E! interview that she will not be returning for Season 2. The development is not entirely shocking —  Cristal, Alexis or Michael’s fates were left up in the air in the Season 1 finale cliffhanger, which ended with the three still trapped in a fire after Cristal also had been shot. Still, Kelley’s exit changes the… Read

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‘Nightbreed’ TV Series Reboot From Clive Barker & Morgan Creek In Works At Syfy

I have learned that Syfy is developing Nightbreed, a TV series based on Clive Barker’s short-story collection Cabal, which the prominent horror writer and visual artist previously adapted as the 1990 movie Nightbreed. The project hails from Barker (Hellraiser, Candyman, Weaveworld), writer Josh Stolberg (Jigsaw, Piranha), Morgan Creek Entertainment, whose feature division produced the Nightbreed movie, and Universal Cable Prods. Written by Stolberg, Nightbreed explores… Read

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‘Yellowstone’ Premiere Draws All-Time High Viewership For Paramount Network

Boosted by the star power of Kevin Costner, the two-hour series premiere of Yellowstone on Paramount Network averaged 2.8 million viewers in Live+same day to become the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on Paramount Network — up triple-digits from the net’s primitive averages — and on its predecessor Spike. Yellowstone's average premiere audience more than doubled that of Paramount Network's first scripted drama series, Waco (+156%), and more than… Read

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ABC Pulls ‘The Proposal’ Episode After Contestant Accused Of Facilitating Sexual Assault

ABC has pulled next week’s Episode #2 of The Proposal after one of the male contestants was accused by a Milwaukee woman of facilitating a sexual assault against her last November. "An allegation has been made against a contestant on next week's episode of ‘The Proposal,’ said a joint statement from ABC and Warner Horizon. “While the accusation was not related to the contestant's appearance on the program, we take it very seriously. ABC and the producers of ‘The Proposal… Read

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Laura Dern Inks First-Look Deal With Platform One Media, Sets ‘Mr & Mrs. American Pie’ TV Series Adaptation

Platform One Media, the Los Angeles-based TV production and distribution studio launched last year by TPG Growth and Liberty Global, has inked a first-look TV deal with Laura Dern and her producing partner Jayme Lemons, through their production company Jaywalker Pictures. The first project to go into development under the pact is Mr. & Mrs. American Pie, an hourlong series based on the debut novel of the same name by Juliet McDaniel. Set in 1969, it chronicles… Read

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Disney’s Global Distribution Chief Mark Endemano Leaves Mouse House After 14 Years

Mark Endemano, one of the most senior execs within Disney’s international TV and film division, is leaving the Mouse House after 14 years. I understand that the move comes a few months after Disney restructured its studio entertainment and media networks groups to create one division that unites its international business and its forthcoming direct-to-consumer plans. Endemano, a popular figure amongst international buyers, was most recently Senior Vice President, Media… Read

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Edgar Wright Sparks Doc; David Morrissey Joins ‘Good Omens’; Blockchain Platform TaTaTu Finds Partners — Global Briefs

Baby Driver director Edgar Wright is moving into music documentaries with a feature film on quirky new wavers Sparks. The British director is currently working on a film about the band, which was formed in 1972 by brothers Ron and Russell Mael, who wrote hits including This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us. Driver confirmed that he shot their recent London concert in May and is currently scouring the archives for footage for the film, which is being produced by his… Read

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Wild Eye Releasing Sets Portuguese Horror Film ‘The Forest of the Lost Souls’ As Debut Theatrical Release

EXCLUSIVE: Wild Eye Releasing, the independent distributor best known for B-movies such as Hell's Kitty and The Jurassic Dead, has picked up its first title for a theatrical release. The company, run by Rob Hauschild, has picked up the U.S. rights to Portuguese horror film The Forest of the Lost Souls. The company has set an August release for the coming of age slasher movie and you can see the first trailer for the film, written and directed by directed by José Pedro… Read

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BritBox Teams Up With The BBC To Produce Anglo/German Crime Drama ‘The Mallorca Files’

BritBox has teamed up with the BBC as well as a number of broadcasters across Europe to launch a Spain-set crime drama from the writer behind The Good Karma Hospital and Delicious. The broadcasters have ordered The Mallorca Files (w/t), created by Dan Sefton, and produced by Cosmopolitan Pictures, the production company set up by Ben Donald and Misfits firm Clerkenwell Films. The ten-part drama is set amongst the expat community on the sunny Spanish island and features a… Read

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James Corden Concludes ‘The Late Late Show’s Week In London After 1M Apply For Tickets

Some 1 million Brits applied for tickets to watch The Late Late Show with James Corden, which has just finished a successful week in London, with Corden and exec producers Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe telling Deadline how much fun the run in the British capital has been. No surprise, really, when the Gavin & Stacey creator was able to persuade Paul McCartney to do a turn in Carpool Karaoke. Corden was evidently buzzing to share his motor with the former Beatle and it paid… Read

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‘Roseanne’ Spinoff ‘The Conners’ Picked Up By ABC With No Roseanne Barr Involvement

It’s official: ABC has given a 10-episode series order to The Conners (working title), a spinoff of Roseanne, for fall 2018. The spinoff will take over the Tuesday 8 PM slot on the ABC schedule that was vacated when Roseanne was suddenly canceled following a controversial tweet by star and executive producer Roseanne Barr. (Roseanne‘s order had been for 13 episodes.) Barr will have no financial or creative involvement in the new series after reaching a settlement with… Read