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CNN Draws 3 Million Viewers for Obama Speech at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

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President Obama’s final chance to roast celebrities, journos and politicos at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner produced strong ratings for CNN on Saturday night. The annual event, in which reporters mingle with a mix of administration officials, lawmakers and Hollywood and sports stars, averaged 2.313 million viewers from 9 to 11:30 p.m. ET, according to… Read more »

Tony Awards Could Rebuke #OscarsSoWhite With Historic Wins

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#TonysNotSoWhite? After a notably diverse season on Broadway, the 2016 Tony Awards nominations set up the real possibility that for the first time in Tony history, all four musical acting categories will be won by actors of color. In the lead actor in a musical race, Leslie Odom, Jr. is seen as the frontrunner for… Read more »

2016 Tony Awards Nominations: Steve Martin, Edie Brickell Musical ‘Bright Star’ Hopes for B.O. Boost

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The biggest beneficiary of Tony Awards attention this year could well turn out to be “Bright Star,” the original musical penned by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. The show that opened March 24 at the Cort Theater garnered five bids, including noms for best musical and lead actress for star Carmen Cusack, in the role that… Read more »

Entertainment One Inks First-Look Deal with ‘Chopped’ Creators

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Entertainment One has inked a first-look deal with “Chopped” creators Cleve Keller and Dave Noll, Variety has learned. Under the new pact, the duo will develop and produce original unscripted programming via their Keller/Noll banner with eOne. “Cleve and Dave have generated a legacy of successful, game-changing series which brilliantly translate around the world, and we are… Read more »

‘Twilight’ Author Stephenie Meyer Adapting YA Book Franchise ‘Anna Dressed in Blood’

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“Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer is adapting the YA supernatural book series “Anna Dressed in Blood” into a movie franchise. Maddie Hasson of the ABC Family series ‘Twisted” and Cameron Monaghan (“Shameless,” “Gotham”) have been cast in the new film from Fickle Fish Films producers Meyer and Meghan Hibbett. Trish Sie (“Step Up: All In”) will direct… Read more »

Emilia Clarke, Jack Huston to Star in Phillip Noyce Thriller ‘Above Suspicion’

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“Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke and “Ben-Hur” actor Jack Huston are set to topline Phillip Noyce’s thriller “Above Suspicion.” Chris Gerolmo will adapt the book of the same name written by New York Times columnist Joe Sharkey. “Above Suspicion” is the chilling true story of a newly married FBI poster boy assigned to an Appalachian mountain… Read more »

‘Lizzie McGuire’s’ Hallie Todd Starring in Sports Drama ‘The Last Champion’

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Hallie Todd has been cast in the family sports drama “The Last Champion,” currently in pre-production at In House Media Film Partners. Todd is best known for her role as Jo McGuire on Disney Channel’s “Lizzie McGuire” and “The Lizzie McGuire Movie.” She’s starring in Universal’s “American Girl: Lea to the Rescue.” Todd will executive… Read more »

‘Captain America: Civil War’ Sets Fandango Record for Advance Ticket Sales for Superhero Title

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Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” has generated a record in advance ticket sales for a superhero movie in  online ticketer Fandango. “Civil War” comprised 90% of Fandango’s weekend ticket sales, surpassing “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “The Avengers.” “With an ‘Avengers’-sized ensemble cast, stellar advance reviews, the introduction of a new Spider-Man and… Read more »