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Bill Clinton to Guest on Season 2 of National Geographic Channel’s ‘StarTalk’

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National Geographic Channel’s “StarTalk Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson” will return in October, the network announced Wednesday at TCA, with former president Bill Clinton tapped as the opening-night guest. Susan Sarandon, Larry Wilmore and magicians Penn and Teller also will appear during season two of the science-themed latenight talkshow, which is Emmy-nominated in the informational… Read more »

Execs Who Left Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze Launch Digital-Media Consulting Shop

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Four executives who previously worked for conservative commentator Glenn Beck have nailed up their own digital-media consulting shingle with the launch of Red Seat Ventures. The founding partners are Chris Balfe, ex-CEO of Beck’s TheBlaze over-the-top video service and TV network; Joel Cheatwood, former chief content officer of TheBlaze who previously worked at Fox News;… Read more »

Is a ‘Married… With Children’ Reunion in the Works?

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David Faustino has gotten “Married… With Children” fans hopes up once again, teasing a spinoff of the sitcom, but is the project really in development? Faustino, who starred as Bud in the series, teased a “spinoff” at the premiere of “Vacation” this week. “Sony has it. They’re excited about it,” Faustino told E! “They’re working… Read more »

Trevor Noah Responds to His ‘Daily Show’ Twitter Controversy

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Trevor Noah has responded to the backlash that ensued after his “Daily Show” appointment was announced in March, which prompted the resurfacing of tweets of his that were deemed racist, anti-Semitic and sexist. “I don’t strive to be offensive,” he said Wednesday morning at the Television Critics Assn. press tour event in Beverly Hills of his Twitter… Read more »

John Legend to Produce WGN America’s ‘Underground’

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Musician John Legend, along with his Get Lifted partners Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius, has signed on to exec produce WGN America’s upcoming original thriller “Underground,” network president and general manager Matt Cherniss announced Wednesday during the Television Critics Association press tour. Legend’s production banner Get Lifted will also oversee the score, soundtrack and all… Read more »

Sue Kroll Named Worldwide Distribution Chief at Warner Bros.; Vet Dan Fellman Leaving (EXCLUSIVE)

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In a key leadership transition, Warner Bros. worldwide marketing and international distribution chief Sue Kroll is expanding her duties, as domestic distribution head Dan Fellman prepares to step down after nearly four decades at the Burbank studio. Kroll will become president of worldwide distribution, adding North America to her portfolio. As part of the management… Read more »

Jake Gyllenhaal Circles Boston Marathon Bombing Pic ‘Stronger’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Following “Southpaw’s” strong performance at the box office, Jake Gyllenhaal looks to have his eye on another underdog tale, this time following the tragic events of the Boston Marathon bombing. Sources tell Variety that Gyllenhaal is in early talks to star in Lionsgate’s “Stronger,” which tells the true story of Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman,… Read more »

Pope Delays New York Film Festival’s 2015 Opening Night

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Organizers of the New York Film Festival have decided to delay the 2015 fest’s opening night screening of Robert Zemeckis’ “The Walk” due to a concurrent New York City visit by Pope Francis. Film Society of Lincoln Center, the New York not-for-profit that runs the 53-year-old NYFF, opted to shift the high-profile opening night screening to alleviate… Read more »

E! Greenlights Unscripted Series ‘Hollywood Teen Medium’

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E! has given the greenlight to series “Hollywood Teen Medium,” which will follow 19-year-old Tyler Henry, who serves as celebrities’ go-to medium, Variety has learned. The cabler ordered eight episodes of the unscripted project. “Hollywood Teen Medium” (working title) will follow the life of Henry, exploring the balance of his unique abilities and living as a… Read more »