‘Shut Eye’ Ups Dylan Schmid & Havana Guppy To Series Regulars For Season 2

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Dylan Schmid (Once Upon a Time) and Havana Guppy (Haters Back Off), who had heavily recurring roles in the first season of Hulu’s Shut Eye, have been promoted to series regulars for Season 2.
Created and executive produced by Les Bohem, Shut Eye centers on Charlie Haverford (Jeffrey Donovan), a scammer with a small chain of fortune-telling storefronts and who contracts building tricks for a family that controls the business in the greater chunk of Los Angeles. A blow to…

Deadline’s TV Talk Podcast Episode #3: Summer’s Best Bets & Our Bubble Watch

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Thankfully there is no writers strike to chew on this week on Deadline’s TV Talk podcast, which gives us more time to discuss what to watch this summer and what shows are on the dreaded renewal bubble.
TV is a year-round event, and with Game Of Thrones back July 17, the Cannes-screening Twin Peaks returning after decades on May 21, Amazon’s May 12-debuting I Love Dick from Jill Soloway (and yes, our review is coming soon), and Marvel’s The Defenders team-up launching on…

Trumpcare Passes House By Razor-Thin Margin; White House Victory Lap Follows

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UPDATED with President Trump’s Rose Garden Victory Lap remarks: Trumpcare now is officially a thing, with the House passing its Obamacare repeal plan, 217 to 213. The razor-thin win already is being heralded as a major, if short-term, victory for President Donald Trump, coming six weeks after the House had to pull a previous iteration, for lack of the needed 216 votes.
After the vote, GOP congressmen seen on TV news cameras scurrying out of the building to head to the…

‘Twin Peaks’ Trailer: A Glimpse At Big Ed Hurley, Deputy Andy, Dale Cooper & More

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May 21 can’t arrive soon enough. Showtime just dropped another Twin Peaks promo this morning giving us a look at some of our old friends and how they look today: Big Ed Hurley (Everett McGill), Carl Rodd (Harry Dean Stanton), Sarah Palmer (Grace Zabriskie), Deputy Andy Brennan (Harry Goaz), Deputy Tommy “Hawk” Hill (Michael Horse), and, of course, FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan).
Deputy Andy as you might remember is the air-headed cop in Twin Peaks, who…

Wolfe Releasing Acquires Coming-Of-Age Pic Princess Cyd’; CinTel To Open ‘The Toybox’

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Wolfe Releasing has acquired Princess Cyd, the coming-of-age drama from director Stephen Cone starring Rebecca Spence and Jessie Pinnick. The distributor made the deal ahead of the pic’s world premiere tomorrow at the Maryland Film Festival. A theatrical and digital release later this year is planned. The pic follows 16-year-old athlete Cyd Loughlin (Pinnick) while visiting her novelist aunt (Spence) in Chicago over the summer. Eager to escape life with her depressive…

Daliah Lavi Dies: ‘Casino Royale’, ‘The Silencers’ Actress Was 74

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Daliah Lavi, an actress who made her femme fatale reputation in such 1960s spy comedies as The Spy With a Cold Nose, Some Girls Do, The Silencers and the classic of the genre Casino Royale, died yesterday at home in Asheville, N.C. She was 74, and her death was announced by her family.
“Daliah has lived in Asheville, with her husband, Chuck Gans, since 1992,” her family wrote. “Prior to that, she was an international actress and singer…” That international career started…

‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’ Sets April 2018 Broadway Opening

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UPDATE 10:45 AM: Clarifies online ticket sales, below.
EARLIER: The Broadway stand of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will open next April 22 at the Ambassador Theatre Group’s Lyric Theatre, producers Sonia Friedman, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions announced today. Preview performances, casting and all further details will be announced in the coming months.
The Lyric was recently vacated by Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour and will undergo extensive…

John Savage Comes Full Circle: Joins Vietnam-Themed Film ‘The Last Full Measure’

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EXCLUSIVE: John Savage, whose career was launched nearly four decades ago with the Best Picture Academy-Award winning Vietnam picture The Deer Hunter, has joined the cast of Todd Robinson’s Vietnam-themed The Last Full Measure for Foresight Unlimited.
Savage leaves this weekend for location shooting in Costa Rica to portray Chauncey Kepper in a cast that also includes Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Fonda, Amy Madigan, Christopher Plummer, Bradley Whitford…

E! Greenlights ‘WAGS Atlanta’; Sets ‘WAGS LA’ & Miami Premiere Dates

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E! is expanding its WAGS (Wives and Girlfriends of Sports Stars) franchise with the launch of WAGS Atlanta later this fall. It joins WAGS LA and WAGS Miami which return this summer. E! has slotted Thursday, June 29, 9 PM for the season 2 debut of WAGS Miami and Thursday, August 24, 9 PM for the season 3 bow of WAGS LA.
The franchise follows the lifestyles of real-life drama in the world of superstar athletes through the perspective of the women who stand by their…

‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ To Breathe Life Back Into Memorial Day B.O. With Est. $100M Debut

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Let’s face it, Memorial Day weekend has pretty much been a dud in recent times.
Last year, we had 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse underperforming to $79.8M over four-days, but Disney has really been hit hard over the four-day holiday with such expensive bombs as Alice Through The Looking Glass ($33.5M four-day, $77M domestic), Tomorrowland ($42.7M 4-day, $93M domestic) and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time ($37.8M 4-day, $90.7M domestic).
However, this year the…

Viacom Slams Discrimination Suit From Former BET Exec; “Misrepresent” Facts

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Just more than a month BET‘s Head of Original Programming Zola Mashariki disputed that she had left the Viacom-owned channel, she has hit the media giant with a gender-discrimination and wrongful-termination lawsuit amidst claims of a “misogynistic culture.”
Viacom was quick to push back against the claims today, as its latest financial report came out.
“These claims misrepresent the facts and are without merit,” a spokesperson for the Sumner Redstone-controlled company…

Amasia Entertainment Scores Film & TV Scripts From Playwright Joshua Rollins

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EXCLUSIVE: Chicago playwright Joshua Rollins is adding movie and TV chapters to his story. His feature film screenplay World Breaker and one-hour drama Doppel have been optioned by Amasia Entertainment. The news comes as Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo’s indie production/finance outfit launched a TV division in February with veteran film/TV exec Tracy Mercer at the helm. Mercer brought in both Rollins projects and will shepherd development.
The sci-fi pic World Breaker…

‘Alien: Covenant In Utero’ VR Experience Invades Regal Cinemas & Provides Terrifying Run-In With Baby Chomper

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Before moviegoers get the chance to see Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant on May 19, they can experience first-hand what it’s like to come up against one of those junior multi-fanged aliens in the new VR experience Alien: Covenant In Utero
The free, 360-degree virtual journey from AMD/Alienware and Fox, which was originally announced at CES, is launching today at Regal Cinemas located in 15 cities — Boston, Houston, Orange County, Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, Knoxville…

Screen Media Twists Up ‘Ripped,’ Sets June Bow For Russell Peters-Faizon Love Stoner Pic

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Screen Media Films is ready to party with Ripped, bogarting North American and UK rights to the time-travel stoner comedy starring Russell Peters and Faizon Love. The red-eyed pic will get a day-and-date release June 23.
Directed by Brad Epstein from a script he co-wrote with Billiam Coronel, Ripped tells the story of Harris (Peters) and Reeves (Love), a pair of free-spirited stoners in 1986 who upload some CIA-created secret pot that knocks them out for 30 years. Coming…

‘Sense8’ Season 2 Trailer: No One Is Safe

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The Sensates aren’t playing it safe anymore.
A new Season 2 trailer released today by Netflix reveals more about the eight discovering the existence of other Sensates within clusters just like them. And Will (Brian J. Smith), makes it clear he’s protecting his cluster, even if Whispers has reached him. “Nothing changes if we keep playing it safe,” he says. “Whispers has turned me into a fugitive. He could be listening at any moment.”
It’s not looking good for his fellow…

‘Morning Joe’ Co-Hosts Mika Brzezinski & Joe Scarborough Engaged

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Morning Joe co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are engaged to be married, MSNBC has confirmed, though additional details won’t be coming from the network anytime soon.
The engagement was first reported this morning in the New York Post’s Page Six gossip pages, with the Post noting that the co-hosts “got engaged this past weekend during a romantic trip to the south of France and Monaco to celebrate Brzezinski’s 50th birthday.” MSNBC then confirmed the engagement…

Viacom: New ‘SpongeBob’ Movie In Works, And China Film Financing Deal “On Track”

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Viacom shares nosedived more than 8.5% in early trading this morning despite some news nuggets in its quarterly call with analysts designed to excite investors about CEO Bob Bakish’s effort to revive the company.
Nickelodeon chief Cyma Zarghami says that “there will definitely be another SpongeBob movie.”
And the company says that its deal with Shanghai Film Group and Hua Hua Media to invest $1 billion in Paramount’s movie slate is done with execution “on track.” It could…

Alanis Morissette’s Manager Sentenced To Six Years In Prison After Stealing $7 Million

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The business manager who embezzled $4.8 million from singer Alanis Morissette and nearly $2 million more from other clients has been sentenced to six years in federal prison and order to pay $8.7 million in restitution.
Jonathan Todd Schwartz, a former partner at GSO Business Management, admitted in a plea agreement that he took clients’ money for himself and falsified account records to conceal the embezzlement of client funds. GSO cooperated with FBI and IRS…

AMC Networks Beats Q1 Earnings Expectations Following Ad Drop Warning

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AMC Networks had already warned that “unfavorable comps” would hurt U.S. networks ad sales in Q1. So the 6.2% drop it reported this morning may already be baked into the stock, enabling the Street to focus on the other elements of a report that mostly exceeded analyst expectations.
AMC generated net income of $136.2 million, up 20.1% vs the period last year, on revenues of $720.2 million, up 1.9%. That was just a hair shy of the $721 million analysts anticipated. Adjusted…

Warner Bros France Ups Olivier Snanoudj; Sky Renews ‘Jamestown’ – Global Briefs

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French film industry veteran Olivier Snanoudj has been promoted to SVP Theatrical Distribution, Warner Bros Entertainment France. Snanoudj joined Warner in 2007 and was named VP of Theatrical Distribution in 2009. He previously was Chief Executive of exhibitors org, the Fédération Nationale des Cinémas Français. Under Snanoudj’s distribution leadership, Warner has broken records at the French box office and has seen the continued success of the Harry Potter franchise, and…

Viacom Beat March Quarter Financial Estimates, But U.S. Ad Sales Drop 4%

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Viacom has some encouraging news in the financial report it just released for the March quarter — but we’ll have to see whether there’s enough in the right places to overcome the market’s concerns about weakening prospects for pay TV, which sent the company’s shares down 7.5% yesterday.
They’re up 0.6% in early pre market trading this morning.
Notably, Viacom says that domestic ad sales at its networks fell 4% vs the period last year with its higher prices “more than…