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A&E Announces ‘Bates Motel’ Was Its Last Original Scripted Show

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A&E is exiting the scripted programming space. Following Monday’s conclusion of “Bates Motel,” there will be no more scripted series on the cable network for the foreseeable future. Going forward, A&E will be shifting its focus back to the unscripted programming on which the brand was built. The network has not ordered a new scripted series or pilot since 2015. The network’s most recent original scripted drama, “Damien,” Glen Mazzara’s “The Omen” spinoff series, was canceled last May after just one season. Also Read: Leah Remini's 'Scientology and the Aftermath' Renewed for Season 2 by A »


- Reid Nakamura

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Cannes Film Festival Adds Roman Polanski Film to Lineup

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The 2017 Cannes Film Festival has added seven more films to its lineup, including Roman Polanski‘s “D’après une histoire vraie,” Cannes organizers announced on Monday.

Other additions include films by Ruben Ostlund, Santiago Mitre and Barbet Schroeder.

The new additions:

Main Competition: “The Square” by Ruben Ostlund

Out of Competition: “D’après une histoire vraie” by Roman Polanski

Un Certain Regard: “La Cordillera” by Santiago Mitre “Walking Past the Future” by Li Ruijun

Special Screenings: “Le Vénérable W.” by Barbet Schroeder “Carré 35” by Éric Caravaca

Children’s Screening: “Zombillénium” by Arthur de Pins and Alexis Ducord

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- Steve Pond

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Kevin Hart Joins Universal’s ‘Great Outdoors’ Remake

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Universal has brought on Kevin Hart to star in the upcoming remake of John Hughes’ 1988 comedy, “The Great Outdoors,” TheWrap has learned. Hart will also co-produce the film via Hartbeat Productions with Michael De Luca, who is producing via Michael De Luca Productions. Randall Green is attached to write the script. The original film, which was written by Hughes and directed by Howard Deutch, starred Dan Aykroyd and John Candy as the patriarchs of two families who engage in a feud while on vacation in Wisconsin. Also Read: Kevin Hart to Star, Produce, Co-Write Universal Comedy 'Night School' Green’s other work. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Sony Pictures Worldwide Distribution Chief Rory Bruer to Retire After 40 Years

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Sony Pictures President of Worldwide Distribution Rory Bruer is resigning his post and moving into a part-time advisory role by the end of 2017, TheWrap has learned. The well-liked veteran — who has spent the whole of his 40-year career on the Sony lot — made the announcement in a memo that was supplemented by Josh Greenstein, Sony Pictures President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution. Bruer’s position will not be replaced. Domestic Distribution chief Adrian Smith and International Distribution head Steven O’Dell will now report directly to Greenstein. Also Read: Sony Pictures in Final Negotiations for 'Hunting El Chapo' “Though I knew in my heart. »


- Matt Donnelly

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CBS Names Sharon Vuong Svp of Alternative Programming

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CBS has promoted Sharon Vuong to Senior Vice President of Alternative Programming, the network announced Thursday. Vuong will replace the outgoing Chris Castallo, who is leaving CBS when his contract expires this summer. She reports directly to Glenn Geller, President of CBS Entertainment. Also Read: Ratings: 'Survivor' and CBS Top Weak Wednesday In her new position, which is effective immediately, Vuong is charged with developing new alternative programs, including reality series, game shows and other non-scripted programming. She will also oversee CBS’ current slate of reality franchises, including “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race” and “Big Brother.” Vuong joined CBS in 2011 as Director of Alternative. »


- Linda Ge

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‘Masters of the Universe’ Gets Release Date, Starts Search for Director

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Charlie’s Angels” and “Terminator: Salvation” director McG will not direct Sony’s upcoming adaptation of “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe,” TheWrap has learned.

McG has left the project after circling around it since early last year. Longtime DC Films writer David S. Goyer (“Batman v. Superman,” The “Dark Knight” Trilogy) is still attached to pen the script.

Sony has begun the search to replace McG in the director’s chair and has set “Masters of the Universe” to be released on December 18, 2019. It’s a release slot. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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James Earl Jones to Receive Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement

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James Earl Jones will receive a special Tony Award in June for lifetime achievement in theater, the awards’ administration committee announced Thursday. The 86-year-old actor made his Broadway debut in 1957 and went on to win Tony Awards for “The Great White Hope” in 1969 and August Wilson’s “Fences” in 1987. He most recently appeared on Broadway opposite Cicely Tyson in the 2015 revival of “The Gin Game.” He also earned a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination for the big-screen adaptation of “The Great White Hope,” and an honorary Oscar in 2012. In 1991, he picked up dual Emmy Awards for »


- Thom Geier

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Michael Mantenuto, ‘Miracle’ Star, Dies at 35

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Michael Mantenuto, who starred in Disney’s 2004 film “Miracle,” has died. He was 35. According to Boston station Wcvb, the actor was found dead in his car by police in Des Moines, Washington. The King County medical examiner’s office in Seattle determined his death resulted from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, TMZ reported. Col. Guillaume Beaurpere, commander of Mantenuto’s Us Army’s First Special Forces Group, announced his death, Wcvb said. Also Read: Jonathan Demme, Director of 'Silence of the Lambs,' Dies at 73 “Those of you that knew Mike will remember him for his passionate love for his »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Trevor Noah Decimates Confederate Memorial Day: ‘Man, This is Bulls—‘ (Video)

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Trevor Noah is pretty blunt when it comes to addressing the idea of Confederate Memorial Day. “Can I just say, that is f—ed up on so many levels,” he said on Wednesday night’s episode of “The Daily Show.” The bit takes on the tradition of Confederate Memorial Day, still celebrated on June 3 in many parts of the American South. (Only Alabama and Mississippi commemorate the holiday by closing governmental offices.) There are some problems with this. For one, as Noah jokes, what are black people supposed to do on a holiday that celebrates a time when a huge chunk of the country was. »


- Carli Velocci

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Watch Carrie Fisher in Final Role in ‘Catastrophe’ Sneak Peek (Video)

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Carrie Fisher had just wrapped Season 3 of the U.K.-based comedy “Catastrophe” when she boarded a flight from London to Los Angeles in late December last year. After suffering a heart attack on the flight, she died just a few days later at the age of 60 — making her performance on the Amazon series as her final role. The show’s co-creator and star Sharon Horgan shared a description of a scene from the show (above) with People: “She and I are together in the sitting room, and she starts talking about a TV show that she’s watching called My Children. »


- Meriah Doty

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Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton Trolled as ‘Honorary Asians,’ This Time for Animated Characters

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Tilda Swinton and Scarlett Johansson are getting some heat for voicing characters in a new film, for which a Japanese-themed poster was revealed on Tuesday. It’s not clear what animated characters Swinton and Johansson are voicing in Wes Anderson‘s upcoming stop-motion film, “Isle of Dogs,” yet Twitter is outraged that the actresses names are printed in English and Japanese kanji on the poster and are trolling them, once again. Coming to theatres April 20, 2018 #IsleofDogs pic.twitter.com/YQlZJsBhM2 — Isle of Dogs (@isleofdogsmovie) April 25, 2017 Critics argue that this just adds fuel to the fire, given both of their recent movies were accused of. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Game of Thrones’ Fans: Learn the Art of Dothraki Language at Berkeley This Summer

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Dothraki, the made-up language from “Game of Thrones,” is the latest fake language to capture the curiosity of fans, as evidenced by a new course at UC Berkeley.

“The Linguistics of ‘Game of Thrones’ and the Art of Language Invention,” will be taught for six weeks over the summer by language creator David J. Peterson. UC Berkeley announced the class on its website last week.

Peterson is a UC Berkeley alum and says his love of creating languages dates back to his very first linguistics class at the school. He earned his Masters in Linguistics at UC San Diego in 2005 and just. »


- Carli Velocci

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Here’s Everyone Laid Off at Espn, From Andy Katz to Trent Dilfer (Updating List)

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Espn announced Wednesday that it would lay off roughly 100 on-air personalities and writers, TheWrap has learned. The names of impacted, now-former employees are starting to become public. The following people have confirmed their departure from the network. TheWrap will continue to update this list as more names become known: College Football Analyst Charles Arbuckle NFL Contributor Jarrett Bell Big Ten Reporter Brian Bennett Espn 710 Host Jeff Biggs Mlb Analyst Jim Bowden Mlb Analysts Dallas Braden College Basketball Writer Eamonn Brennan College Basketball Reporter C.L. Brown NHL Columnist Scott Burnside Columnist Jim Caple Premier Boxing Champions Host Marysol Castro SEC »


- Brian Flood and Tony Maglio

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Fox Business Beats CNBC for 15th Straight Week

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Fox Business Network beat rival CNBC for the 15th consecutive week among Business Day viewers with another victory by averaging 179,000 viewers last week. “Our smart, loyal and growing audience has made Fox Business the winner, and I’m thrilled to be a part of our hard-earned success,” Lou Dobbs told TheWrap. Fbn beat CNBC, which averaged 162,000 Business Day viewers, by 10 percent. Business Day, which is the hours that the stock market is open, is essentially primetime for the competing business networks. Also Read: Fox News' Tucker Carlson Dominates in Ratings on First Night in Bill O'Reilly's Old Time Slot “Lou Dobbs Tonight” continued. »


- Brian Flood

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Johnny Depp Dresses Up as Jack Sparrow, Surprises ‘Pirates’ Riders at Disneyland (Videos)

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Guests enjoying the “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride at Disneyland on Wednesday got a surprise glimpse at Johnny Depp himself, dressed in his Captain Jack Sparrow costume. The ride at the California theme park is filled with Jack Sparrow figures. Lucky guests quickly realized it wasn’t a machine swinging the sword at them, but the actor in the flesh. “Everyone was surprised, shocked and excited to see him,” a rider told E! News. “He acted exactly like his character in the movies.” See Video: 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' Trailer Teases Young Jack Sparrow Another visitor added, »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Stephen Colbert: Trump’s Oval Office Is ‘8-Year-Old’s Drawing of a Dream Treehouse’ (Video)

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Our president is like an eight-year-old, according to Stephen Colbert, who roasted Trump on his show Wednesday night. During his opening monologue, Colbert cited a recent Associated Press story that highlighted some unique characteristics of the new administration. And one nugget in particular stood out. “With the push of a red button placed on the Resolute Desk that presidents have used for decades, a White House butler soon arrived with a Coke for the president,” the AP reported. At first Colbert was on edge (it is a big red button with the President after all), but he soon realized it was almost comic. »


- Carli Velocci

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Ratings: ‘Empire’ Returns to Reclaim First Place for Fox

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Empire” returned to Fox last night, handing the broadcaster the top spot in the key 18-49 demographic. Unfortunately, the show couldn’t carry enough overall eyeballs to offset a softer “Shots Fired,” and Fox nearly finished fourth in terms of total viewers.

Oh, and the hip-hop soap opera also settled for new series lows on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, CBS was first in terms of primetime audience averages. NBC was second per that Nielsen metric, and ABC just missed out on the bronze.

Fox was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating/6 share in. »


- Tony Maglio

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Fox News Co-President Bill Shine Asked Murdochs for Public Support, They Declined (Report)

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Fox News co-president Bill Shine recently asked Rupert Murdoch’s sons to release a statement in support of him after the network’s star Bill O’Reilly was fired over sexual harassment allegations, but they declined, according to New York Magazine’s Gabe Sherman. Sherman, who has been out in front of all scandal-related Fox News drama for years, reported that Shine has privately complained that the senior Murdoch “isn’t fighting for him” in the press. Rupert’s sons, James and Lachlan, opted not to issue a public statement defending Shine, according to Sherman who cited anonymous sources. Shine denied asking for a statement, »


- Brian Flood

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Delta Removes Passenger After He Used Bathroom Before Takeoff (Videos)

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A man was removed from a Delta flight last week after he used the bathroom while the plane awaited takeoff on the tarmac, according to local paper Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Various passengers took videos of the incident in which Kima Hamilton was being asked to step off the plane by one flight attendant and a second employee on Flight 2035 from Atlanta to Milwaukee. “I need more information sir. I haven’t done anything and I paid for this ticket and I actually have, I have to get home,” Hamilton told the first employee, captured on video. “I haven’t had an opportunity. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Bethenny Frankel-Fredrik Eklund Crossover Among 6 New Unscripted Series at Bravo

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Bravo’s upcoming programming slate includes six new unscripted series featuring some familiar faces. Among the series is a new crossover series starring “Real Housewives of New York’s” Bethenny Frankel and “Million Dollar Listing’s” Fredrik Eklund, in which the two will “tackle the ups and downs of scouting, buying and designing multimillion-dollar properties.” The cable network has also picked up a business-overhaul spinoff series starring “Million Dollar Listing’s” Ryan Serhant called “Sell it Like Serhant,” as well as a new entry in the “Southern Charm” franchise set in New Orleans. Also Read: 'Imposters' Renewed for Season 2 on »


- Reid Nakamura

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