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Fox TV Chiefs Named MIPCOM 2015 Personalities of the Year

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Fox Television studios Chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman will be feted as MIPCOM 2015’s personalities of the year. Newman and Walden were named presidents of 20th Century Fox Television in 1999 and upped to chairmen and CEOs of the Fox Television Group in 2014. They have launched shows for Fox that include… Read more »

Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Silverman Raise Funds and Laughs for The Alliance for Children’s Rights

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Bob Odenkirk joined Sarah Silverman and a slew of other comedians Wednesday at The Alliance for Children’s Rights’ 6th annual Right to Laugh at The Avalon in Hollywood to raise money to provide free legal services and advocacy to ensure children have safe, stable homes, healthcare and education. Odenkirk and Silverman were joined by comedians… Read more »

Watch: Jesse Eisenberg Kills for Kristen Stewart in ‘American Ultra’ NSFW Trailer

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Lionsgate has released the first redband trailer for Jesse Eisenberg-Kristen Stewart’s action-comedy “American Ultra,” three months before its August 21 release. The NSFW trailer, replete with expletives and explosions, reveals that Eisenber’s stoner character is actually a secret agent who doesn’t realize he’s a secret agent until he becomes the target of a government operation… Read more »

‘Jaws’ Resurfaces in Theaters for 40th Anniversary

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Before “Shark Week,” “Deep Blue Sea” and the monstrous whirlwind “Sharknado,” there was “Jaws,” the great white terrifying millions to the chilling score by John Williams. 40 years after the fish antagonist hit the big screen and Roy Schneider’s bigger boat, the film will now make a reappearance. On June 21, nearly 500 theaters nationwide… Read more »

STX Entertainment Plans Uglydoll Film, Launches Family Division (EXCLUSIVE)

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STX Entertainment will launch a family and animation division aimed at creating entertainment for film, television and digital platforms, Variety has learned. The studio’s first project will be an animated feature based on popular toy line Uglydoll. It plans to explore future projects with Pretty Ugly LLC, the toy company behind the cuddly critters, in… Read more »

‘Sylvia’ Fetches 2015 Tony Nominees for Broadway Bow

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Annaleigh Ashford and Julie White, both currently in the running for 2015 Tony Awards, have lined up their next Broadway outing in “Sylvia,” a fall production of A.R. Gurney’s comedy about a New York couple and their dog. Ashford (pictured above), the “Masters of Sex” actress up for a Tony for “You Can’t Take It With You,”… Read more »

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 »