J.K. Rowling on Expectations for ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’: ‘It was Daunting’

Amongst London’s bustling muggle-filled streets, magic resurfaced on Saturday afternoon at the city’s grand Palace Theatre. Behind walls of impenetrable black hoardings lay a secret red carpet, securely guarded at its borders, not unlike the prison periphery of Azkabhan. Here, in the core of Theatreland, only a lucky and chosen few were permitted entry to… Read more »

Watch Eddie Vedder, Sia, & Pink Sing Beatles Songs As Animated Creatures On Beat Bugs

Watch Eddie Vedder, Sia, & Pink Sing Beatles Songs As Animated Creatures On Beat BugsBeat Bugs, a Beatles-themed animated kids’ show featuring a whole mess of Beatles covers by contemporary artists, is set to hit Netflix on Wednesday. We’ve already heard the Shins’ take on Rubber Soul’s “The Word,” and now clips of Eddie Vedder’s “Magical Mystery Tour,” Sia’s “Blackbird,” and Pink’s “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” … More »

Jon Stewart’s HBO Show Will Be Animated Cable-News Parody

When HBO signed Jon Stewart to a four-year production deal after his departure from “The Daily Show,” details were scant about what fruit that deal might bear. Now some of those details are emerging. Speaking at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour Saturday, HBO programming president Casey Bloys discussed the multiplatform project that Stewart… Read more »

HBO President On ‘Vinyl’s Demise, On-Screen Violence -TCA

HBO had renewed Vinyl for a second season and had installed a new showrunner when the premium cable network reversed course and cancelled the show. It was one of the first programming decision made by Casey Bloys after he succeeded Michael Lombardo as President of Programming. At TCA’s HBO executive session on Saturday, he was asked about making the call to end the highly-profile (and expensive) period drama from Michael Scorsese and Mick Jagger.
“It didn’t land,” Bloys…

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Kanye Calls For End To Music Streaming Wars: “Apple Give Jay His Check For Tidal Now”

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 28: Kanye West at Milk Studios on June 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. adidas and Kanye West announce the future of their partnership: adidas + KANYE WEST (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for ADIDAS)As the competition between streaming services like Apple Music and Tidal has dragged on, the music world has increasingly fragmented into a mess of platform-exclusive content. Kanye West is one of Tidal’s many “artist-owners” and has streamed much of his work exclusively on Jay Z’s service, but today, he’s taken to Twitter to call for … More »

‘The Night Of’ Explores Islamophobia And Eczema – TCA

Richard Price and Steve Zaillian’s eight-hour HBO limited series The Night Of, based on a four-part UK series Criminal Justice, is “chess, not speed chess,”  Price said today at TCA.
Price called the project the “antithesis of Law & Order… put-in-the-microwave-hit-60-seconds-and-serve.”
The Night Of  focuses on a complex New York City murder case with cultural and political overtones, examining the police investigation, the legal proceedings, the criminal justice system…

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SAG-AFTRA Greenlights Fox’s ‘Heaven Sent’ Despite Safety Concerns

SAG-AFTRA has dropped its safety objections and will allow its members to work on Heaven Sent, a live stunt show that airs tonight on Fox. During the death-defying show, renowned skydiver Luke Aiken will attempt to become the first person to jump out of an airplane at 25,000 feet without a parachute or a wingsuit and land safely in a giant net suspended 200 feet above the southern California desert.
The union posted a notice on its website Thursday ordering its members…

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HBO Chief Talks Violence Against Women, ‘Game of Thrones,’ Jon Stewart and ‘Vinyl’

New HBO programming president Casey Bloys’ first Television Critics Association press tour executive session saw him field several questions about violence against women in his network’s shows — including “Game of Thrones,” “The Night Of” and the upcoming “Westworld.” “I’d like to not think so,” Bloys said when asked whether HBO and other premium-cable networks in… Read more »