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Comcast Security Chief Named Secret Service Director

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Joe Clancy, stepping in as interim acting director of the Secret Service, has spent the last three years leading security operations at Comcast. Clancy is leading the Secret Service after the resignation on Wednesday of Julia Pierson, who stepped down after criticism of the agency’s handling of high-profile security lapses. Comcast issued a statement calling… Read more »

‘Neighbors’ Moves Into Top Spot on Home Video Sales Chart

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After two weeks of flooding the market with new releases, the studios took a bit of a breather last week. The highest-profile new release was Universal Studios’ “Neighbors,” a comedy about a young couple living next to a frat house that earned a not-too-shabby $150.1 million in U.S. theaters. The film, which stars Seth Rogen… Read more »

Politics Aside, S. Korea, China Find Plenty of Reasons to Work Together in Film Business

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Over the centuries relations between neighbors Korea and China have often been strained, but the entertainment industry is putting history and politics behind them. A sequel to Korean hit “My Sassy Girl,” which began lensing last week, is set to be the first official treaty co-production between South Korea and China. That follows the long-awaited… Read more »

Fox Pulling ‘Utopia’ Off Tuesday As ‘MasterChef Junior’ Takes Slot in November

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Fox is pulling struggling new reality show “Utopia” — which had been airing twice a week — off its Tuesday schedule, and will replace it in November with “MasterChef Junior.” Last night’s airing of “Utopia” averaged a 0.8 rating/3 share in adults 18-49 and about 2 million viewers, according to Nielsen — its fourth straight… Read more »

Watch the Creepy Opening Credits for ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’

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“American Horror Story” showrunner Ryan Murphy revealed the opening credits to the show’s fourth installment, “Freak Show,” on Twitter Wednesday and, unsurprisingly, it’s as disturbing as previous main titles. The trailer uses twisted toys and creepy clowns to tease some of “Freak Show’s” upcoming content, with a carny twist on the opening sequence music. Comparable… Read more »

‘Doctor Zhivago’ Musical Aims to Sweep Broadway Off Its Feet

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The long-aborning musical “Doctor Zhivago” has locked in its Broadway home at last, with producers booking an April opening at the Broadway Theater. The stage adaptation of the epic historical romance, based on the 1957 Boris Pasternak novel that was also made into a 1965 film, initially bowed at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2006 before a reworked version… Read more »

Viacom Blocks Suddenlink Broadband Customers from Online TV Shows

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Viacom, engaged in a contract dispute with Suddenlink Communications, is preventing the midsize cable operator’s broadband customers from accessing its online properties — a tactic the programmer has used in past carriage fights. As of midnight Tuesday, Suddenlink’s TV subscribers no longer had access to Viacom’s cable nets, including MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central, after the parties were unable to… Read more »

‘Men, Women & Children’s’ Internet-Savvy Cast Share Bountiful Social Media Advice at Premiere

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With a cast of men, women and children as filled to the brim as “Men, Women & Children’s,” there was no shortage of star presence at the Tuesday premiere of Jason Reitman’s new flick, hosted at the Director’s Guild of America. “You have kids who are new at this, big time movie stars and journeyman… Read more »

DirecTV Sets New Deal for NFL Sunday Ticket with Digital Rights

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DirecTV has reached a new multi-year agreement for its NFL Sunday Ticket package of out-of-market football games — a franchise so important to the satcaster that renewal of the deal became a make-or-break clause in DirecTV’s pending merger with AT&T. Pact includes streaming rights to games on mobile devices that had been negotiated previously. DirecTV will… Read more »