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Andy Serkis & ‘Veep’ Creator Armando Iannucci Among Hundreds Of Thousands Of Anti-Brexit Protestors In London

Lord of the Rings' Andy Serkis and Veep creator Armando Iannucci and director Chris Addison are among the hundreds of thousands of protestors at an anti-Brexit march in London today. The pair have been joined by the likes of Dragon's Den star Deborah Meaden and TV chef Delia Chef at the event in the British capital, with a series of speeches being compered by Richard Bacon, host of Nat Geo's Explorer, and Mariella Frostrup. The police have not released official figures… Read

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President Trump Refuses To Back Off Remarks Praising Congressman’s Assault

President Donald Trump declined Friday to back off his statements made at a Montana rally on Thursday that praised a past  assault on a journalist by a US Congressman. Trump appeared in Arizona today and was asked if he regretted jokingly lauding Rep. Greg Gianforte at a Thursday Make America Great Again rally in Missolua, Montana. Gianforte body-slammed Guardian journalist Ben Jacobs in 2017, a day before the elections, after taking umbrage at a question posed by the… Read

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Eon Productions Taps Theater, Film & TV Producer Patrick Daly To Oversee Stage Projects

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EXCLUSIVE: UK-based Eon Productions has hired theater, film and TV producer Patrick Daly to oversee production and development of the company’s theatrical projects. Eon, best known in the film world for its longstanding production of James Bond movies, has been a big player on Broadway and the West End in recent seasons with involvement in, among others, Once and The Band’s Visit, both Tony Award winners for best musical. Daly will serve as Eon’s Overseeing Consultant in… Read

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Melissa McCarthy Deceives In ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’; Paul Dano Directs ‘Wildlife’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

Can You Ever Forgive Me

Following a nearly ten-year journey, Can You Ever Forgive Me? hits theaters this weekend via Fox Searchlight. Starring Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant, and based on the true story of celebrity biographer Lee Israel, the film will have a platform start this weekend en route to several hundred runs. The feature is one of several Specialty titles heading into release with name casts and possible awards hopes. Paul Dano makes his directorial debut with Wildlife, which… Read

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Showtime Names Adam Townsend CFO After CBS Reshuffling

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Showtime has named CBS corporate finance and investor relations executive Adam Townsend as CFO, replacing Christina Spade, who is moving to CBS Corp as its new CFO. The move was announced by David Nevins, the premium network’s chairman and CEO, who was given a promotion yesterday to Chief Creative Officer of CBS Corp. The new roles of Spade and Nevins are among many changes made to the CBS organizational chart in recent weeks. Townsend joined CBS in 2008. In his new role… Read

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NBC Sets 2019 Billboard Music Awards Airdate

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NBC will air the 2019 Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, May 1, the network said today. The three-hour telecast kicks off at 8 PM ET, with a delayed West Coast telecast at 8 PM PT. A host and performer were not announced. The awards are produced by dick clark productions, with Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman and Robert Deaton as executive producers. This year’s event aired on a Sunday — May 20 — and drew a 2.4 rating in the adults 18-49 demo and 7.9 million viewers, winning… Read

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‘Late Late Show’ Makes A ‘Halloween’ Murderer Out Of James Corden

Halloween’s Michael Myers finally speaks – and sounds a lot like James Corden. On CBS’ The Late Late Show last night, host Corden donned the old William Shatner rubber mask and sat for some very candid jailhouse interviews, a la Netflix’s Making a Murderer. Breaking his “eerie silence” (as one seen-it-all sheriff describes it), Corden’s chatty killer launches in with, "Yeah, uhh, I don't know where this whole he doesn't talk thing came from." Like Murderer‘s Steven Avery… Read

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Facebook Hires Ex-UK Leader Nick Clegg As New Global Affairs Chief, A Sign Of Girding For Battle

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Nick Clegg, the former deputy prime minister of the UK, is joining Facebook as its new head of global affairs and communications. The hire indicates the tech giant’s need to navigate choppy waters in terms of government regulation, especially in Europe, in the wake of several scandals over its manipulation of user data. Clegg, 51, will replace Elliot Shrage, who said in June he was stepping down after 10 years at the company. After working in Facebook’s London office… Read

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Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner Website ‘Lenny Letter’ Confirms Shutdown

The Lenny Letter, the feminist website and newsletter created by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner in 2015, is, as was widely expected and reported this week, will shut down today, the co-creators confirm. The closure is addressed in an open letter posted on the site and credited to Dunham, Konner and editorial and creative director Molly Elizalde. “While there's no one reason for our closure,” they write, “this change allows for growth and a shift in perspectives — ours and… Read

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Love Island Heads Back To Australia For Second Season As U.S Team Begins “Active” Pre-Production – Mipcom

Love Island is heading back to Australia for a second season and is in "active" pre-production in the U.S. as the reality entertainment format wowed buyers in Cannes this week. The ITV Studios format was one of the most talked about entertainment formats at Mipcom, helped largely by six of the international cast members, including Megan and Wes from the UK version (above), flying in to help the British commercial broadcaster promote the show. Australia's Network Nine… Read

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Mipcom 2018: Digital Buyers, Drama & Consolidation Chat Dominate Cannes As Star-Studded TV Fest Comes To A Close

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There was certainly a buzz in the air at this week's Mipcom. The market felt genuinely busy and a raft of A-list talent such as Ben Stiller, Issa Rae and Jenna Coleman gave it a spark of glamor. Some 13,800 delegates, including 4,800 buyers from 110 countries attended the international television market, which was dominated by chatter about the growth of digital buyers and the "never-ending" drama boom as well as concerns over what media consolidation means for the global… Read

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Lies, Damned Lies & ‘Lifespan Of A Fact’: Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones & Bobby Cannavale Seek Truth – Broadway Review

Is there such a thing as just a little fake news? Or is that like being just a little comatose? Broadway’s The Lifespan of a Fact, a new based-on-reality play starring a totally-committed triumvirate of Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones and Bobby Cannavale, poses some big questions about small truths. Certainly the top-grade quality of the cast (and the fascinating real-life story behind the play) has us hoping for answers, or at least a rousing good yarn. There’s a little… Read