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NBC Sets Casting Call for ‘The Wiz Live!’s’ Dorothy

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Dorothy is definitely not in Kansas anymore. In fact, she may be in New York City. NBC has announced details for its casting call for the role of Dorothy for its upcoming production of “The Wiz Live!” Casting directors are seeking a young African-American woman between 18 and 27 years old. She “must have an extraordinary voice that can tell a… Read more »

‘Transparent’ and ‘Black-ish’ Creators Call For Social Progress at Television Academy Honors

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Spurring social change was brought to the fore at the eighth annual Television Academy Honors, which feted six stand-out television programs at the Montage Beverly Hills on Wednesday. The honored programs were the ABC comedy “Black-ish,” Amazon Prime’s “Transparent,” the ESPN Boston marathon bombing docu “E:60 Dream On: Stories of Boston’s Strongest,” Netflix’s “Virunga” and… Read more »

‘Banshee’ Co-Creator Signs Overall with HBO and Cinemax

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“Banshee” co-creator Jonathan Tropper has closed a two-year overall deal at HBO/Cinemax, Variety has learned. Under the deal, Tropper will continue to executive produce the Cinemax drama he created with David Schickler. He will also direct an episode of the upcoming fourth season of “Banshee.” The overall also allows Tropper to grow his production company… Read more »

Google Sells 17 Million Chromecast Devices, Clocks 1.5 Billion Casts

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Google has finally announced actual sales figures for its Chromecast streaming stick: Consumers have bought 17 million Chromecasts ever since the device got first introduced two years ago, announced Google’s senior VP of products Sundar Pichai at the company’s I/O developer conference in San Francisco Thursday. And those 17 million devices are getting used, a lot:  Chromecast… Read more »

Film Review: Cameron Crowe’s ‘Aloha’

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Unbalanced, unwieldy, and at times nearly unintelligible, “Aloha” is unquestionably Cameron Crowe’s worst film. Paced like a record on the wrong speed, or a Nancy Meyers movie recut by an over-caffeinated Jean-Luc Godard, the film bears all the telltale signs of a poorly executed salvage operation disfigured in the editing bay. But as far as… Read more »

Google Play Tries to Woo Parents With New Family Features

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Google wants to make it easier for parents and their kids to find appropriate content on Google Play: The company is adding special family sections to the apps, games and movies and TV sections of its digital storefront, and also broken out children’s books in a new section of Goole Play Books. That’s because a… Read more »

Cannes: Salma Hayek’s ‘Tale of Tales’ Bought by IFC for U.S.

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IFC Films has bought U.S. rights to Matteo Garrone’s fantasy story “Tale of Tales,” starring Salma Hayek. “Tale of Tales,” Garrone’s first English-language film, premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Peter Debruge of Variety gave the film a strong review, calling it a “lavishly realized and long-overdue adaptation.” “Tales” also stars Vincent Cassel, John… Read more »