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AMC Prepping Streaming Subscription Service Without Ads — But You Would Still Need to Have Pay TV (Report)

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Apparently, AMC Networks believes somebody out there is willing to pay as much as $7 per month to watch “The Walking Dead” and other programming from its flagship AMC channel streamed to digital screens to avoid watching ads — on top of paying for cable or satellite service. According to a Reuters report, the cabler is planning… Read more »

Trump Tries to Shift Blame to Democrats After GOP’s Repeal-and-Replace Bill Is Pulled From Vote

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President Trump shifted blame to Democrats for the failure of the GOP majority to take up legislation to repeal-and-replace Obamacare, predicting that they would come to the table for future legislation when they see that the current health law fails. House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the pending repeal-and-replace legislation from the floor on Friday after… Read more »

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s ‘Lego Batman’ Mention Raises Ethics Concerns

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin may have been making a flippant comment about one of the movies he produced, but it has ethics watchdogs wondering if the Trump administration official violated federal rules prohibiting the promotion of products. It stems from a Friday morning event sponsored by Axios, when Mnuchin, who had a career as a major… Read more »

Box Office: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Still Commanding No. 1 Despite ‘Power Rangers’ Surge

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Disney’s second weekend of “Beauty and the Beast” is heading for a  dominant $85 million in North America for the Friday-Sunday period, early estimates showed Friday. Lionsgate’s opening of “Power Rangers” is launching with as much as $40 million this weekend — though the studio  is maintaining its $30 million forecast. Sony’s space-thriller “Life” is… Read more »

Russia Gives Adult Rating to ‘Power Rangers’ Reboot With LGBT Character

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The Russian distributor of “Power Rangers” informed theaters on Friday that the film’s age restriction had been bumped up from 16+ to 18+. Although the distributor did not give a reason for the change, the news comes after it was announced that the film features an LGBT protagonist. In 2013, Russia passed an anti-gay law that banned… Read more »

Cher Drops Out of Lifetime’s Flint Water Crisis Movie, Citing ‘Serious Family Issue’

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Cher has dropped out of Lifetime’s television movie “Flint” about the water contamination crisis, Variety has confirmed. The iconic actress and musician was scheduled to begin shooting the film next month, but is now unable to participate, due to a family matter. Cher cited a “serious family issue” as the reason for her departure from the project, though… Read more »

First Look: Chris Brown to Guest Star on ABC’s ‘Black-ish’ (Photo)

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Chris Brown will guest star on ABC’s “Black-ish,” and the network has released the first look at the musician in character on the sitcom. Brown, known for both his music talents and highly-publicized controversial behavior, will appear next week on the episode airing Wednesday, March 29. He will play a rapper named Richard Youngsta. The… Read more »

Viceland Adds MTV Vet Lauren Dolgen as Head of West Coast Development

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Viceland has hired Lauren Dolgen as its new head of West Coast development, Variety has learned. Dolgen will oversee West Coast-based production and development for the year-old network, which is a joint venture between Vice Media and A+E Networks headed up by co-presidents Derek Freda and Guy Slattery. “As a producer I was lucky enough to work… Read more »

‘Sinister 2’ Director Ciaran Foy Boards Broad Green’s Horror Movie ‘Eli’

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“Sinister 2” director Ciaran Foy has signed on to helm Broad Green Pictures’ horror movie “Eli.” Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing will rewrite David Chirchirillo’s 2015 Black List script on which the film is based. The movie, which begins shooting this summer, centers on a young boy who undergoes treatment for a rare disease at a secluded clinic,… Read more »

Melissa McCarthy Explains How She Transforms Into Sean Spicer for ‘SNL’ (Watch)

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Although Melissa McCarthy’s impersonation of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on “Saturday Night Live” seems like it was a role made for her, she was initially flabbergasted at being asked to fill the role. During and interview with husband Ben Falcone on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” McCarthy revealed exactly how she came into the role. “‘SNL’ called… Read more »