Jeffrey Tambor Being Investigated By Amazon On Sexual Harassment Claims; Actor “Adamantly” Denies Allegations

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EXCLUSIVE: Three weeks after Amazon Studios boss Roy Price resigned over sexual harassment claims, the company now is conducting an investigation into allegations against Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor. An Amazon spokesperson confirmed to Deadline that the company have initiated an investigation. In a statement, Tambor himself calls the claims “baseless.”
In its early stages, the probe primarily stems from claims by Tambor’s former assistant Van Barnes of implied…

David Dastmalchian Joins Sandra Bullock In Netflix’s ‘Bird Box’

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EXCLUSIVE: Ant-Man actor David Dastmalchian has been cast as Whistling Maurader, the main villain in Netflix’s thriller Bird Box, with Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Rosa Salazar, Danielle Macdonald, John Malkovich, Trevante Rhodes, and Machine Gun Kelly. Directed by Susanne Bier, from a script by Arrival scribe Eric Heisserer, the pic follows a woman and a pair of children who are blindfolded, and make their way through a post-apocalyptic setting along a river.
Dylan…

‘Stranger Things’ Is TV’s Most In-Demand Program, Independent Data Shows

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The kids are all right. New numbers from an independent data-science company show that Netflix’s Stranger Things is U.S. TV’s No. 1 most in-demand program. The 1980s-set horror-drama series has seen a Season 2 surge that gave it a medium-leading 69.9 million average “demand expressions” for the week ending November 4, per Parrot Analytics research. That’s a 60% jump over the previous week, as the new season went live October 29.
Parrot’s global TV measurement metric…

DOJ May Make AT&T Ditch All Of Turner, Just CNN Or DirecTV To Win Time Warner OK: Reports

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In order to close its suddenly less-than-certain, $85 billion deal to acquire Time Warner, AT&T would have to carve out CNN, all of Turner Entertainment or DirecTV, according to divergent reports this afternoon.
The Justice Department’s ultimatum to sell CNN was reported by the Financial Times. A separate account by CNBC described two scenarios presented by the DOJ to AT&T: ditching all of Turner, which includes CNN, or cut loose DirecTV.
AT&T’s response to all of those…

‘Cash Cab’ Revival Gets Premiere Date On Discovery

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Yo, taxi! Discovery Channel said today that its Emmy-winning Cash Cab is set to return at 10 PM Monday, December 4. Host Ben Bailey is back in the driver’s seat for the in-transit trivia game show that runs through the streets of New York.
Dodging traffic in a city with more than 13,000 taxis, Bailey’s passengers will take on classic Cash Cab trivia en route to their destination. If they get stumped, pedestrians and friends can help them out via phone, text or social…

Universal, Barry Gibb Will Develop Bee Gees Broadway Musical

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Add another jukebox show to the Broadway hopper. Wicked co-producer Universal Theatrical Group (UTG), Universal Pictures’ live theatre division, has reached an agreement with Barry Gibb, Yvonne Gibb, and the Estate of Robin Gibb to develop a biotuner based on the life story and music of the Bee Gees. Barry Gibb will serve as an executive producer on the project. The announcement was made by Jimmy Horowitz, President of Universal Pictures.
“This is a wonderful opportunity…

Danny Trejo & Rick Ross Cast In ‘Meet the Blacks’ Sequel ‘The House Next Door’

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EXCLUSIVE: Machete star Danny Trejo and rapper Rick Ross have signed on to join the comedy film The House Next Door, the sequel to Meet The Blacks, which has Mike Epps reprising his starring role as well as Deon Taylor returning to direct. Katt Williams (Friday After Next) also stars in the pic along with returnees Bresha Webb (Marlon), Zulay Henao (Fighting), social media star Andrew Bachelor (a.k.a King Batch), and comedians Lil Duval, Michael Blackson and Tyrin Turner…

‘This Is Us’ Leads Tuesday Series’ Celebration Of World Series End

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Tuesday’s TV series celebrated the end of the World Series, with NBC’s This Is Us leading the parade.
NBC dominated the night in the demo (1.8, 7.746M viewers) with a 50% margin and the Nos. 1 and two shows in This Is Us and The Voice – while CBS dominated in overall audience (1.2, 11.029M viewers) fueled by No. 1 NCIS (1.5, 13.30M).  ABC logged a 0.9 rating and 3.59M viewers, ahead of Fox’s 0.8 and 2.92M an CW’s 0.7 and 1.92M.
Every show on NBC, CBS, ABC and CW that…

Terence Carter Elevated To EVP Development At 20th TV, Charlie Andrews To Replace Him As Head of Drama At Fox

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Following Michael Thorn’s transition from 20th Century Fox TV, where he was EVP Development, to Fox Broadcasting Co., where he became entertainment president, Fox’s Terence Carter is making a move in the opposite direction for a bigger job. Carter, EVP Drama Programming, Development & Event Series at Fox, is headed to sister studio 20th TV to succeed Thorn as EVP Development, Drama and Comedy.
Meanwhile, one of Carter’s former top lieutenants in the Fox drama department, C…

‘Shameless’ Renewed For Season 9 By Showtime

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On the heels of the strong Season 8 premiere of Shameless on Sunday, Showtime has renewed its longest-running and top-rated series for a ninth season. The entire cast, led by William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum, is set to return.
On Sunday, Shameless drew 1.86 million Live+Same Day viewers to its 9 PM premiere episode, up 50% from the Season 7 premiere. It ranked as Shameless’ second highest-rated premiere ever, only behind S3, and the best overall Shameless telecast since…

NBCU’s Craftsy Hires Mattel’s Catherine Balsam-Schwaber As G.M.

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Craftsy, the online destination for crafting enthusiasts acquired last May by NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group, has hired Catherine Balsam-Schwaber in the newly created role of General Manager. She’ll lead integrated strategy, marketing, communications and business development.
Balsam-Schwaber arrives at Craftsy having served most recently as Chief Content Officer for Mattel. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice President at the NBCUniversal Content Innovation Agency…

Willa Fitzgerald To Headline E!’s ‘#Fashionvictim’ Pilot

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Former Scream star Willa Fitzgerald has been tapped as the lead of E!’s pilot #Fashionvictim, an hourlong dark comedy from Heathers writer Daniel Waters, who wrote the script, and his brother, Mean Girls helmer Mark Waters, who is set to direct.
The pilot, which hails from Universal Cable Productions and ThinkFactory Media, centers on Anya St. Clair (Fitzgerald), an angelic squirrel of a girl who works tirelessly as an associate editor of popular VIE Magazine and is the…

Former Boston News Anchor Accuses Kevin Spacey Of Assaulting 18-Year-Old Son

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In the latest of a growing number of sexual harassment or assault allegations against Kevin Spacey, former Boston ABC affiliate news anchor Heather Unruh held a news conference this morning to claim the actor assaulted her son in 2016 when he was 18 years old.
“I’m here today, not as a journalist today, but as a mom,” Unruh said at a televised, mid-day news conference, joined by her teenage daughter, but not by her son. She also was joined by Mitchell Garabedian, the…

Murdoch Ally Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Sells 21st Century Fox Stake

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Rupert Murdoch ally Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal has sold his stake in 21st Century Fox – a major blow to Murdoch ahead of Fox’s annual meeting next week.
Prince Alwaleed has previously owned up to 6% of Fox and was one of the top owners of Fox’s Class B shares, which came with voting rights.
However, according to Bloomberg data shows that he sold his stake by the end of last financial quarter. This came after he reduced his stake to 4.98% in December 2015. Prince Alwaleed…

‘Mosaic’ Interactive App Explores Steven Soderbergh’s Upcoming HBO Series

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Direct Steven Soderbergh’s HBO limited series Mosaic doesn’t air until January, but a new free app launched today allows viewers to build their own storylines and points of view from material created and curated by Soderbergh and writer Ed Solomon.
App users will then be able to compare their own versions with the full series when it debuts Monday, Jan. 22 on HBO.
The app launched today as a free download for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, with a free Android app coming soon…

‘Scorpion’ Star Elyes Gabel Signs With ICM Partners

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Scorpion star Elyes Gabel has signed with ICM Partners. He follows his agent Brad Schenck who moved to ICM Partners from Paradigm last month.
British actor Gabel plays the lead role of Walter O’Brien in CBS’ drama series Scorpion, now in its fourth season. He also co-starred as Adam Lucas in the final season of Body of Proof for ABC. His other notable TV credits include Game of Thrones and The Borgias.
On the feature side, Gabel appeared with Oscar Isaac in J.C…

‘Dietland’: Rowena King Cast In AMC’s Drama Series From Marti Noxon

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Rowena King (Of Kings and Prophets) has been cast in a co-starring role opposite Joy Nash and Julianna Margulies in Dietland, AMC‘s 10-episode straight-to-series darkly comedic drama based on Sarai Walker’s novel, which is set for a 2018 premiere.
Dietland, from Marti Noxon (UnReal), Skydance TV and AMC Studios, is set against the backdrop of the beauty industry. It follows Plum Kettle (Nash), an obese woman who is preparing for weight-loss surgery when her world is…

Lin-Manuel Miranda To Reprise ‘Hamilton’ Role For Puerto Rico Run

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Lin-Manuel Miranda will return to play Alexander Hamilton in his smash musical Hamilton when it plays in San Juan, Puerto Rico in January. Miranda and producer Jeffrey Seller broke the news on the stage of the Teatro UPR theater in San Juan today. The University of Puerto Rico venue was damaged during Hurricane Maria in September but will be restored and repaired in time for the musical’s open.
It will mark the first time Miranda, the creator-star of the Tony- and…

Broadway’s ‘King Kong’ Sets Opening Date

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King Kong will hit the stage at the Broadway Theatre for previews on Friday, October 5, 2018, with an official opening on November 8, producers Carmen Pavlovic (Global Creatures) and Roy Furman announced today.
Written by Jack Thorne with a score by Marius de Vries and songs by Eddie Perfect, King Kong is directed by Drew McOnie. The production uses a mix of robotics, puppetry and stagecraft to bring the beast alive.
The stage production of King Kong follows a young…

‘Thor’ Rocks On With $10.8M Tuesday; Will Continue To Strike Lightning In Second Weekend With $60M

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Marvel’s son of Odin will continue to own the box office with an estimated $60M in Weekend 2, -51%; a three-day take that’s roughly $5M shy from what Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 pulled in during its second frame ($65.2M), and that was during May. It’s just further proof of the power of the off-season at the multiplex when the right movie is on the marquee.
Thor: Ragnarok made an estimated $10.8M yesterday, which is the second-best Tuesday we’ve seen post-Labor Day…

Kim Jong-un Demands “Lunatic Old Man” Get Hook After Donald Trump Touts Golf Club In South Korea Speech

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The United States faces an “abyss of doom” unless it ousts “the lunatic old man” from the White House and withdraws his “hostile policy,” North Korea fired back after President Donald Trump’s aggressive speech from South Korea.
“The U.S. had better make a decisive choice … if it does not want a horrible nuclear disaster and tragic doom,” Kim Jong-un’s regime said in a statement. Hours earlier, in his first speech to the South Korean National Assembly, Trump had warned…