‘Roadies’ Casts John Mellencamp, David Spade, Rosanna Arquette and Marc Maron

Showtime’s “Roadies” has added a number of high-profile guest stars for its upcoming episodes, Variety has learned. David Spade will appear as Harris DeSoto, star of the fictional drama “Dead Sex,” a must-see favorite of the roadies. Rosanna Arquette has signed on as a smug and intimidating iconic rock photographer who battles with Shelli (Carla… Read more »

‘This Is Us’: Jon Huertas Joins Dan Fogelman NBC Dramedy

Castle alum Jon Huertas has booked a recurring role on Dan Fogelman’s NBC dramedy series This Is Us.
Starring Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia and Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us follows an ensemble — some of them sharing the same birthday — whose life stories intertwine in curious ways.
Huertas will play Mike, Jack’s (Ventimiglia) co-worker and best friend.
Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Chris Sullivan, Susan Kelechi Watson and Ron Cephas Jones also star.
Huertas starred as…

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Troubled Music Streaming Startup Guvera Closes Up Shop in Australia

Following the news report on Digital Music News that Music Dealers was shutting now, Australian media outlets are reporting that troubled music streaming startup Guvera is shutting down their operations in the Australian market to focus on emerging markets. A statement that went live on their website today says: “Born and launched into Australia in […]

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‘Ready Player One’ Young Co-Star Philip Zhou Signs With Abrams Artists Agency

Abrams Artists Agency has signed newcomer Philip Zhou, one of the co-stars in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming action/sci-fi film Ready Player One. He will be repped by the youth and young adult division of the agency out of New York in all theatrical areas, including TV, film and stage. Zhou recently booked the role of Shoto in Ready Player One after being chosen from a world-wide talent search earlier this year. Directed by Spielberg and produced by Amblin Entertainment, the…

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Snoop Dogg Neglects to Mention Bernie Sanders at Post-DNC Unity Concert

The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia may have closed with Hillary Clinton’s speech on Thursday night, but the festivities continued well past 3 a.m. at the Unity Concert headlined by Snoop Dogg. The rapper shimmied to a set of his greatest hits at the Electric Factory, plugged his new album (several times), and dedicated two… Read more »

Tribeca Winner ‘Here Alone’ To Get Early 2017 Release Via Vertical Entertainment

EXCLUSIVE: Here Alone, which won the Audience Award at Tribeca earlier this year after world premiering in the fest’s Midnight section, has landed at Vertical Entertainment. The worldwide rights deal for Rod Blackhurst’s post-apocalyptic thriller comes ahead of the pic’s screening this weekend at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival. An early 2017 theatrical release is planned.
Directed by Blackhurst and written by David Ebeltoft, Here Alone stars Lucy Walters…

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The Top 3 TV Moments From the Trump and Clinton Acceptance Speeches

While the two political conventions have brought blockbuster ratings to TV, there are a handful of “moments” from the four-day RNC and the four-day DNC that have resonated with viewers. TiVo analyzed the top three moments during Donald Trump’s RNC acceptance speech and Hillary Clinton’s DNC speech. The analysis uses anonymous, second-by-second audience measurement data from approximately 30,000 households out of a sample of 350,000 subscribers. Interestingly, Trump’s top moment came from a place of fear, while Clinton’s top moment, her finale, was one of hope:

Donald Trump’s Acceptance Speech at the Republican National Convention—Thursday, July 21

  1. 11:01 p.m. “My opponent has called for a radical 550 percent increase in Syrian refugees, think of this. Think of this, this is not believable but this is what’s happening. A 550 percent increase in Syrian refugees on top of existing massive refugee flows coming into our country already under the leadership of President Obama. She proposes this despite the fact that there’s no way to screen these refugees in order to find out who they are or where they come from.”
  2. 10:42 p.m. “I have no patience for injustice. I have embraced crying mothers who have lost their children because our politicians put their personal agendas before the national good.”  It was at this point in Trump’s speech that Medea Benjamin of Code Pink protested from the floor, holding up a sign that read “Build bridges, not walls.”
  3. 10:23 p.m. “Beginning on Jan. 20th of 2017, safety will be restored. The most basic duty of government is to defend the lives of its own citizens. Any government that fails to do so is a government unworthy to lead. It is finally time for a straightforward assessment of the state of our nation.”

Hillary Clinton’s Acceptance Speech at the Democratic National Convention—Thursday, July 28

  1. 11:27 p.m. “Yes, the world is watching what we do. Yes, America’s destiny is ours to choose. So let’s be stronger together, my fellow Americans. Let’s look to the future with courage and confidence. Let’s build a better tomorrow for our beloved children and our beloved country. And when we do, America will be greater than ever. Thank you and may God bless you and the United States of America!”
  2. 11:00 p.m. “So tonight, I want to tell you how we will empower Americans to live better lives. My primary mission as president will be to create more opportunity and more good jobs with rising wages right here in the United States … From my first day in office to my last! Especially in places that for too long have been left out and left behind.
  3. 10:31 p.m. “And Bill, that conversation we started in the law library 45 years ago is still going strong. It’s lasted through good times that filled us with joy, and hard times that tested us. And I’ve even gotten a few words in along the way. On Tuesday night, I was so happy to see that my Explainer-in-Chief is still on the job. I’m also grateful to the rest of my family and the friends of a lifetime. For all of you whose hard work brought us here tonight. And to those of you who joined our campaign this week. Thank you. What a remarkable week it’s been.”