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Ellen Burstyn Will Star In Actors Studio ‘Cherry Orchard’ For 10 Free Performances

By | Thursday July 3, 2014 @ 8:40am PDT

Ellen Burstyn Will Star In Actors Studio ‘Cherry Orchard’ For 10 Free PerformancesNew York’s summer season just got a bit more interesting with the announcement this morning that Oscar/Tony/Emmy winner Ellen Burstyn will headline a new staging of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard for 10 free performances at The Actors Studio in Manhattan on Thurdays through Mondays between July 10-21.  John Gould Rubin, former co-a.d. with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz of LAByrinth Theater, directs. The Jean-Claude van Itallie adaptation will require reservations made through It’s been 11 years since the last public presentation at The Actors Studio, a critically acclaimed staging of Oscar Wilde’s Salome starring Al Pacino, David Straitharn, and Marisa Tomei. Read More »

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Reid Scott & Christina Scherer Cast In ‘The Intern’; Madison Davenport Joins ‘The Nest’

By | Tuesday June 17, 2014 @ 8:23pm PDT

Christina SchererReid ScottReid Scott and Christina Scherer have joined the cast of The Intern for writer-director Nancy Meyers. The Warner Bros comedy revolves around a seventysomething widower (Robert De Niro) who enters an internship program and is assigned to the founder of a successful fashion website (Anne Hathaway). Scott will play Eric Sheekey, a fast-talking, overly confident businessman Hathaway sees as a possible CEO of her booming company. Scherer will play Hathaway’s assistant Becky. Scott, who plays Dan Egan on HBO’s Veep, next appears in the features Bad Boys Crazy Girls and I’ll See You In My Dreams. He is repped by Gersh, Impression Entertainment and attorney Richard Genow. Scherer, whose credits include The Young And The Restless, True Blood, Two And A Half Men and CSY: NY, is repped by Coast to Coast Talent and Sweeney Entertainment.

Melissa DavenportMadison Davenport has landed a role in The Nest for director Jason Moore. Universal’s film follows grown sisters Kate (Tina Fey) and Maura (Amy Poehler) who decide to throw one last party in their parents’ soon-to-be-sold house. Davenport will play Kate’s daughter Haley, a grounded and talented artist who is tired of her mom’s haphazard lifestyle and has been staying with a friend for months. Davenport is a regular on the El Rey Network’s From Dusk Till Dawn and appeared … Read More »

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WB Comedy ‘The Intern’ Hires ‘Pitch Perfect’s Adam DeVine

By | Tuesday June 10, 2014 @ 3:17pm PDT

Adam DeVine Pitch Perfect 2EXCLUSIVE: Pitch Perfect‘s Adam DeVine is suiting up for Nancy MeyersThe Intern opposite Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro. He’ll play the head of the interns in Warner Bros’ comedy about a seventysomething widower (De Niro) who enters an intern program and is assigned to the founder of a successful fashion website (Hathaway). Reese Witherspoon was initially set for the web maven role before Hathaway stepped into the lead in February. It’s the latest studio gig to line up for DeVine, who recently reprised his Pitch Perfect role as an a cappella singing competitor in Universal’s Elizabeth Banks-helmed sequel and stars in Sony’s horror flick Final Girls opposite Thomas Middleditch, Nina Dobrev, and Alexander Ludwig. Later this month he begins filming the second season of his Comedy Central show Adam DeVine’s House Party before returning for the fifth season of Workaholics next year. He’s repped by WME, Avalon Management Group and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman.

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Cannes: Actors To Watch

Cannes2014_badgeThis is the first in my annual Cannes ‘To Watch’ series of profiles which highlight talent, executives and companies who have skin in the game, and are expected to do interesting work on the Croisette, over the next 10 days. First up are Actors from around the world and across the various sections:

sonja richterDenmark’s Sonja Richter first broke out at home in Open Hearts, Susanne Bier’s now classic 2002 Dogme movie that co-starred Mads Mikkelsen. She’ll be in Cannes this week with two films: Critics’ Week‘s When Animals Dream – opposite Mads’ older brother Lars Mikkelsen – and, in her first U.S. role, Tommy Lee Jones’ Competition pic The Homesman. Over the past 15 years Ricther has become quite well known at home working with such directors as Per Fly and Ole Bornedal and appearing in hit TV series The Killing. She was also in 2013’s biggest Danish movie The Keeper Of Lost Causes. But this Cannes double-whammy is new to the actress. “I’m excited and also a little nervous. I don’t know what I’m walking into,” she laughs. She’ll certainly be wearing two hats. In Jonas Alexander Arnby’s Danish werewolf pic When Animals Dream, Richter plays the openhearts protagonist’s mother, a woman who does not speak and barely moves. … Read More »

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ABC’s Paul Lee Defends ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Move To 8 PM, Cultural Diversity Of New Series, ‘Trophy Wife’ Cancellation

By | Tuesday May 13, 2014 @ 10:51am PDT

ABC-logo-2014__140506025424-150x150PaulLee__140117213814-275x413ABC programming chief Paul Lee spent a surprising amount of time this morning on the phone trying to calm reporters whose undies seemed bunched over the move of Grey’s Anatomy to 8 PM Thursday (to make room for Shonda Rhimes new drama How To Get Away With Murder at 10 PM) and the quantity of the culturally diverse new series Lee has ordered for next season.

Related: ABC 2014 Schedule

“We wanted to reflect the changed face of America,” Lee explained, in re the new series’ cultural diversity. But his comment also applied to the many questions he took on his move of Grey’s Anatomy into the timeslot that, decades ago, was known as The Family Hour. It’s a notion that, practically speaking, ended years ago for American viewers,  thanks to the more adult original programming now available in the hour on cable and other programing platforms, and via DVR viewing, etc. But, it’s a concept to which some watchdog groups, politicians, advertisers – and reporters, apparently –  have clung. Lee noted the move was made, not to push the envelope but because the network has “stumbled” at 8 on Thursdays in the past “so this made all the sense in the world.”

Related: ABC’s New Series First Looks
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ABC 2014 Schedule: ‘Scandal’ Moves To 9 PM As Part Of Shonda Rhimes Thursday; ‘Black-ish’ Gets Post-‘Modern Family’ Slot

By | Tuesday May 13, 2014 @ 8:45am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

scandal-season-finaleA Shonda Rhimes 8-11 PM Thursday lineup highlights ABC’s fall schedule, with Rhimes’ red-hot Scandal bracing for a 9 PM showdown with another sizzling drama that is moving to Thursday next season, NBC’s The Blacklist. Here is ABC’s fall schedule, which ABC president Paul Lee says “reflects a judicious mix of boldness and stability,” followed by analysis and new series descriptions:

(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET)

8 PM Dancing with the Stars
10 PM Castle

9 PM Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

8 PM The Middle
8:30 PM The Goldbergs
9:00 PM Modern Family
10:00 PM Nashville

8 PM Grey’s Anatomy
9 PM Scandal

8 PM Last Man Standing
9 PM Shark Tank
10 PM 20/20

8 PM  Saturday Night Football

7 PM America’s Funniest Home Videos
8 PM Once Upon a Time
9 PM Resurrection/AMERICAN CRIME
10 PM Revenge Read More »

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Film Commissions Are Aiding Film/TV Producers Who Skirt Minimum-Wage Laws

us_mapFilm commissions across the country are doing more than just offering tax incentives and discounts on film permits to attract film and TV producers. They’re assisting producers who openly violate their own states’ minimum-wage laws by helping them find local cast and crew members willing to work for no pay. The websites of film commissions in more than a dozen cities and states feature job hotlines and bulletin boards where hundreds of casting notices and crew calls are posted by producers seeking “unpaid” or “volunteer” actors, extras and crew. Some even have sites specifically dedicated to helping producers find unpaid film and TV workers. The website for the Montana Film Office, for example, has three such recent postings.

Montana Film Office“We are not advocating, in any way, the violation of the minimum-wage laws,” says Montana Film Commissioner Deny Staggs. “But we aren’t looking to regulate and say, ‘You can’t post.’ We’re an open-information state. If someone wants to post on our page, we post it until somebody tells us we can’t do it.” In New York City, the website of the Mayor’s Office Of Media And Entertainment has a “Reel Jobs NYC” list that denotes “unpaid” jobs with an asterisk. Federal minimum-wage laws, however, require that all workers be paid at least $7.25 an hour — even extras, production assistants and so-called “interns” if they’re not receiving college credit. And unless a company is an … Read More »

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ABC & 20th TV Reach Deal: ‘Cristela’ & ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Picked Up To Series, ‘Last Man Standing’ Renewed

By | Saturday May 10, 2014 @ 12:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

FORREST WHEELER, IAN CHEN, RANDALL PARK, HUDSON YANG, CONSTANCE WUAfter intense negotiations, ABC has closed a deal with 20th Century Fox TV for the pickup to series of two comedy pilots, multi-camera  Cristela, starring Cristela Alonzo, and Nahnatchka Khan’s single-camera Fresh Off The Boat, as well as the fourth season renewal of comedy series Last Man Standing starring Tim Allen. The holdup had been a request from the network for a license fee reduction on Last Man Standing, something 20th had already agreed last season for what was supposed to be a one-time thing and was unwilling to do it again. The studio had leverage with Cristela and Fresh Off The Boat, which ABC was looking to pick up. After some back-and-forth, a deal has been reached, with all three shows safely on ABC’s schedule next season. Both Cristela and Fresh Off the Boat reflect the immigrant experiences of their creators, Cristela Alonzo, who co-wrote the script with Kevin Hench, and Khan, who based her show on Chef Eddie Huang’s memoir. (Both Khan and Alonzo are first generation Americans.) Both Cristela and Last Men Standing hail from 21 Laps/Adelstein.

Related: ‘Last Man Standing’ And Pilots ‘Cristela’ & ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ Part Of Tense Negotiation Between ABC & 20th TV Read More »

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2014-15 ABC New Series

By | Wednesday May 7, 2014 @ 12:46pm PDT

2014-15 ABC New Series

TEAM: John Ridley (w, d, ep), Michael J McDonald (ep)
LOGLINE: All over the news are reports about a young couple in Modesto, California, who were attacked in their home. Matt Skokie, a war vet, was killed, and his wife, Lily, is unconscious, barely hanging on. Both sets of parents are at her bedside hoping for a miracle while four suspects are about to be arrested. The case sends shock waves into the community stirring up tensions across racial lines in this gritty drama—from the point of view of the victims.
CAST: Timothy Hutton, Felicity Huffman, Elvis Nolasco, Caitlin Gerard, Richard Cabral, Benito Martinez, Johnny Ortiz, W. Earl Brown, Penelope Ann Miller

TEAM: Josh Schwartz (ep), Stephanie Savage (ep), Michael London (ep), Len Goldstein (ep), Nick Cassavetes
LOGLINE: Set in the 1960s with a modern feel, it tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race.
CAST: Zoe Boyle, Odette Annable, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Dominique McElligott, Aaron McCusker, Azure Parsons, Desmond Harrington, Erin Cummings, Joel Johnstone

TEAM: Susannah Grant (w, ep)
LOGLINE: An upstairs/downstairs soap centered on a private country club.
CAST: Callie Hernandez, … Read More »

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2014-15 ABC Schedule

By | Wednesday May 7, 2014 @ 12:45pm PDT

2014-15 ABC Schedule
(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET/PT)

8 PM – Dancing With The Stars
10 PM – Castle

9 PM – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

8 PM – The Middle
8:30 PM – The Goldbergs
9 PM – Modern Family
10 PM – Nashville

8 PM – Grey’s Anatomy
9 PM – Scandal

8 PM – Last Man Standing
9 PM – Shark Tank
10 PM – 20/20

8 PM – Saturday Night Football

7 PM – America’s Funniest Home Videos
8 PM – Once Upon A Time
9 PM – Resurrection
10 PM – Revenge


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New Dramas – Fall

FOREVER – Doctor Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner, has a secret. He doesn’t just study the dead to solve criminal cases, he does it to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years—the answer to his own inexplicable immortality. This long life has given Henry remarkable observation skills which impresses his new partner, Detective Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza). Each week, a new case and their budding friendship will reveal layers of Henry’s long and colorful past. Only his best friend and confidant, Abe (Judd Hirsch) knows Henry’s secret. “Forever” stars Ioan Gruffudd as Henry, Alana De La Garza as Det. Jo Martinez, Barbara Eve Harris … Read More »

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Two Colberts Pass In The Night

LisaColumn__131015210634-275x198Stephen Colbert: The Road To The CBS Late Show Host-ship 2015 kicked off this week, with Actual Stephen Colbert visiting the show to kiss David Letterman’s ring and introduce himself to late-night America as a pleasant, humble kind of guy. At the exact same time, over on Comedy Central, StephenColbertLetterman__140423232924-575x468 Colbert-Nation, the puffed-up talk-show host headlining The Colbert Report, rhetorically threw down with conservative columnist George Will.

It was a neat equation of what Colbert will add to CBS and subtract from the political landscape. CBS will become home to the guy who will do the very best interview ever with Lindsay Lohan when she attempts her next career comeback (maybe when NBC revisits its Hillary Clinton biopic after the presidential election cycle?). But we’ve got an abundant supply of late-night Lohan interviewers. Meanwhile, our gross national product of viral, make-you-think TV political humorists appears to be about to plunge 50%, from Colbert plus Jon Stewart to Stewart alone (though Comedy Central alum John Oliver’s upcoming HBO weekly show may tip the scales a bit).
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UPDATE: Stephen Colbert Gives Viewers Glimpse Of Self On David Letterman’s ‘Late Show’ (Video)

By | Wednesday April 23, 2014 @ 7:34am PDT

UPDATED with video of Colbert’s appearance: Viewers curious to know what Actual Stephen Colbert is like, and what might his upcoming CBS late-night show be, got a good look Tuesday when the Comedy Central star made his first visit to David Letterman‘s Late Show since being named as his replacement. After telling Dave he’d been offered a gig with Dave’s old NBC show but turned it down because it was an unpaid internship –  “It’s an expensive city,” Colbert explained. “The next job I’m taking here, that pays? Cause I’ve already signed” — Dave asked Colbert if he vacations well:

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Tiya Sircar Lands Vacant Lead Role In CBS’ ‘How I Met Your Dad’ Pilot

By | Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 1:31pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

circar copyTiya Sircar has been cast as one of the leads in CBS’ How I Met Your Mother spinoff How I Met Your Dad, replacing Krysta Rodriguez. In the vein of the original series, HIMYD tells the story from a female point of view, that of Sally (Greta Gerwig), and revolves around a new group of friends in New York. Sircar will play Juliet, Sally’s sexy and flamboyant best friend. The recasting, done after the pilot’s table read, was accompanied by some tweaking of the character, including giving Juliet a new workplace. Sircar, repped by TalentWorks and Elevate Entertainment, was on CBS and 20th TV’s radar as she just wrapped an arc on the network and the studio’s freshman comedy series The Crazy Ones, playing Sarah Michelle Gellar’s assistant and Hamish Linklater’s love interest. She also had a lead role in last summer’s feature comedy The Internship, did arcs on Lifetime’s The Witches Of East End and Amazon’s Betas, plays new character Sabine on LucasFilm/Disney animated series Rebels and is the lead in indie comedy Miss India America.

How I Met Your Dad‘s three male leads opposite Gerwig and Sircar are played by Drew Tarver, Nick D’Agosto and Andrew Santino. The pilot, from 20th TV, was written by Emily Spivey and HIMYM creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. Rob Greenberg is directing.

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Tessa Ferrer & Gaius Charles To Depart ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

By | Tuesday March 25, 2014 @ 11:22am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Gaius CharlesTessa FerrerEXCLUSIVE: Grey’s Anatomy is bidding adieu to two recent cast additions. I’ve learned that series regulars Tessa Ferrer and Gaius Charles are not getting their contracts picked up for next season. It is unclear whether they could make guest appearances in the future. Ferrer and Charles, along with Camilla Luddington and Jerikka Hinton, joined ABC‘s Grey’s Anatomy as recurring last season, playing new interns. All four got promoted to regular heading into the current 10th season of the medical drama, which is poised to return next fall after stars Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey inked new deals to continue on the show. Ferrer’s Leah Murphy is a second-year resident who has been involved with Alex (Justin Chambers) and Arizona (Jessica Capshaw). Fellow resident Shane Ross (Charles) has been romantically linked to Stephanie (Hinton) and Cristina (Sandra Oh). This also marks the final season for original Grey’s Anatomy cast member Oh. Other notable Grey’s alums include Isaiah Washington — who is returning for Oh’s farewell — T.R. Knight, Katherine Heigl, Chyler Leigh and Eric Dane.

Related: TCA: Patrick Dempsey Candid About ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Gig – “It’s About Surviving”

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Quintet Cast In ABC Comedy ‘Cristela’

By | Friday March 21, 2014 @ 7:09am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Cristela, ABC‘sroxan1 semi-autobiographical multi-camera comedy co-created by and starring rising stand-up comedian Cristela Alonzo, has locked in its main cast. Terri Hoyos, Roxana Ortega, Carlos Ponce and Andrew Leeds (NCIS: LA) have been cast as regulars and newcomer Sarah Halford as recurring in the “proof of concept”/presentation, from carlos-ponce-2__140321171116-150x15020th TV and 21 Laps/Adelstein. The show, co-written by Alonzo and Kevin Hench, tells the story of Cristela (Alonzo), an American Latina straddling two cultures while not fully belonging to either.
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Television Academy Getting $40 Million Makeover

By | Tuesday March 11, 2014 @ 10:33am PDT

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Tonight at the the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony, chairman Bruce Rosenblum will detail plans of a major makeover for the organization, including an expansion of its North Hollywood headquarters, a $40 million fundraising drive, a spiffing up of its Emmy statuette logo – the org is even changing its name to the more straightforward “Television Academy.”

Emmyslogo_newThe Academy says it will break ground on a dramatic expansion of its NoHo Arts District campus the day after this year’s Emmycast on August 25. This state-of-the-art facility will enable the Academy to host “even more events with television’s game-changers,” Rosenblum said in this morning’s announcement (see his letter to members bel0w). In addition to the construction, the fundraising will be put to use boosting educational work and scholarship program.

Beyond simplifying its name, the TV Academy also retained brand-strategy firm Siegel+Gale to revise its logo. The Emmy trophy itself will not change, but its graphic depiction will. The new look is “a symbolic representation of where we’re headed,” Rosenblum told Deadline. ”If you look at the new image –  it’s cleaner, a bit tighter and more contemporary. It was in alignment with an evaluation of our name. We looked at the name Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and it was a bit dated, a bit old fashioned.” The Academy even mulled dropping “television” from its name. “After a lot of thought and discussion what became clear to all of us that while the word ‘television’ means something different than it did 70 years ago when our academy was founded, the word continues to haves significant resonance and importance among people who enjoy what television is – it’s a reference to the content itself,” Rosenblum said. “When you talk about ‘watching television’ you’re talking about watching Breaking Bad or Walking Dead or The Big Bang Theory – you’re not talking about the box you used to watch in your living room.”

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Cristela Alonzo Latina Comedy From 20th Century Fox TV Gets ABC Order

By | Wednesday February 26, 2014 @ 4:57pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Cristela Alonzo ABC PilotEXCLUSIVE: Cristela, the semi-autobiographical multi-camera comedy co-created by and starring rising stand-up comedian Cristela Alonzo, remains in fall contention at ABC. The network, which originally bought the 20th TV-backed comedy in August with a sizable penalty, has greenlighted what it calls “proof of concept” for the project, which has fans among ABC top brass. On the breakdown for Cristela released today, it is listed as a pilot presentation with John Pasquin directing a cast of 10, led by Alonzo. The show, co-written by Alonzo and Kevin Hench, tells the story of Cristela (Alonzo), an American Latina straddling two cultures while not fully belonging to either. Cristela, in her sixth year of law school and living rent-free with her sister and brother-in-law, hopes to land a prestigious law firm internship as her mother hectors her about getting a real job, her brother-in-law encourages her to move out and her sister runs low on patience. 20th TV and Marty Adelstein and Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps/Adelstein produce, with Alonzo, Hench, Adelstein, Levy and Becky Clements executive producing. Read More »

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Casting Society Of America To Cease Internship Job Postings After Legal Questions Arise

By | Saturday February 8, 2014 @ 5:12pm PST

CSA_logoEXCLUSIVE: The Casting Society of America has decided it will no longer allow postings for internships through its webpage and sent a note out to its membership announcing its change of policy. The move comes after a Deadline story that brought to light an unpaid internship posting by a casting office that seemed go against federal labor laws, asking an intern to do heavy phone work, appointment scheduling, running errands, typing, and reading and breaking down script. The CSA policy change will apply to both paid and unpaid internship postings.

Related: Unpaid Intern Ad From LA Casting Company Seems To Fly In Face Of Labor Laws

Richard Hicks, the president of the CSA, confirmed to Deadline that he had sent the change of CSA job postings policy out to his membership Friday via email. The 32 year-old organization has over 550 members. “We began looking at the issue last year,” he told me today. “The recent Deadline article made it clear that our membership needed more education. To that end, we’re eliminating job postings for internships.” Yet another unpaid internship demanding numerous duties came in last week and was flagged by the CSA.

Federal and state labor laws specifically state that “If the employer would have hired additional employees or required existing staff to work additional hours had the interns not performed the work, then the interns will be viewed as employees and entitled to compensation under the FLSA.” FLSA is the … Read More »

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Deadline’s Top Film Stories Of The Week

If you missed Deadline’s biggest stories of the week, catch up now:

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By The Deadline Team – Two more key roles have been cast in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman-Batman movie for Warner Bros. Jesse Eisenberg will play Superman’s arch enemy Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Bruce Wayne’s butler/mentor Alfred in the pic, which is set for a May 6, 2016 release.

Box Office: ‘Ride Along’ No. 1, Will ‘Frozen’ Sing-A-Long Skate Around ‘That Awkward Moment’?
By Anita BuschRide Along wins the weekend, as expected, but the No. 2 spot is at issue. Will the position go to That Awkward Moment or will Frozen skate by it? Read More »

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