EPIX Sets Premiere Date For ‘Berlin Station’ & ‘Graves’, Taps Alan Coulter To Direct ‘Get Shorty’ – TCA

As EPIX is entering the original scripted space with three series from each of its co-owners, Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount, the premium network/SVOD service made its TCA debut. At the top of the EPIX presentation, the network’s co-founder/CEO Mark Greenberg announced that EPIX’s first original scripted series, drama Berlin Station from Paramount TV and comedy Graves from Lionsgate TV, will both premiere Oct. 16. The third EPIX original scripted series, an adaptation of…

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Media Groups Support Mark Boal’s Refusal To Turn Over Bergdahl Tapes to Military Prosecutors

News organizations from across the country have signed an Amicus Brief in support of Mark Boal‘s refusal to hand over to military prosecutors his taped interviews with accused Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl.
The Oscar-winning screenwriter filed suit last week against President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, and Army prosecutor Maj. Justin Oshana in response to the government’s threat to subpoena 25 hours of taped interviews Boal conducted with Bergdahl, who’s…

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Variety’s 2016 Comics to Watch Talk Hecklers, Trump at Just For Laughs

Some of the hottest comics working today discussed their influences, aspirations, and dealing with hecklers at the Just For Laughs Festival. Variety’s 10 Comics To Watch were honored at a cocktail reception on Thursday, July 28 before gathering for a panel discussion the following afternoon. The events were sponsored by entertainment law firm Cohen Gardner…. Read more »

‘Killing Reagan’ Dodges Bill O’Reilly Book Controversy By Focusing On Six Months Surrounding Assassination Attempt

Tackling biopics about Ronald and Nancy Reagan has  proven to be fraught with peril. NatGeo’s adaptation of Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Reagan will dodge controversy about the book’s suggestion the assassination attempt on Reagan triggered intellectual decline reflected while he was in office, by not dealing with it, the project’s creative team said today.

“We deal with the assassination attempt in a limited way,” screenwriter Eric Simonson told TV critics at TCA.

 “One of…

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Mel Gibson’s HACKSAW RIDGE trailer looks 17 shades of wow!!!

Wonder Women needed a shield to deflect explosives, Andrew Garfield needs just his boot!

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Hey folks, Harry here…   Mel Gibson’s HACKSAW RIDGE trailer hit yesterday and DAMN it looks utterly fantastic!   Andrew Garfield is more heroic in this trailer than he was allowed to be in Sony’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN series.   That’s not surprising, Mel knows how to tell a helluva heroic tale filled to the brim with wow!  War is hell and Mel doesn’t shy from showing it.   HACKSAW RIDGE is a must see.  This one is getting unleashed on November 4th.  Now, check this trailer out:

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‘Vice Principals’ Star Rebuffs Racism Criticism: “This Is What Casting Equality Looks Like” – TCA

The cast and creatives of HBO’s Vice Principals rebuffed criticism at today’s TCA for the series’ depiction of two white men pitted against an African American female character. Kimberly Hebert Gregory, who plays principal Dr. Belinda Brow quickly rebuffed the negative notion stating, “This is what casting equality looks like. There is an inherent question about her ability to be strong enough to stand with these people,” She continued. “I just feel really strongly that…

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‘Insecure’ Creator & Star Issa Rae: No “Universal Way To Be Black” – TCA

The characters on Insecure, the new HBO comedy from The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl creator Issa Rae, might seem to have little in common with such strong TV African-American female characters as Olivia Pope and Annalise Keating. After all, the show is called Insecure.
There is a “notion that there’s a universal way to be black,” Rae said at today’s TCA show panel. “It’s been portrayed throughout media and has been accepted by mainstream media, [but] what does…

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Magic On The Streets Of London: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Gala Opening Review

After a preview period of nearly two months, London’s new two-part stage extravaganza, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, finally took its opening gala bow today at the Palace Theatre, announcing the start of a run that will soon book through December 2017, and seems certain to extend even further. Since Deadline reported on the first preview nights of Part One and Part Two, there haven’t been any seismic changes. But the final play is tighter and the emotional beats more…

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Songfreedom Offers Rescue Plan for Affected Music Dealers Artists

On Friday, Chicago-based synch placement firm Music Dealers abruptly closed its doors, leaving an unknown number of songwriters and artists holding the bag.  Immediately, reports of unpaid invoices and cancelled projects emerged, though it’s difficult to tell how many were affected. The shutdown was rumored to be caused by a failure to renew mega-client Coca-Cola, […]

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