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June Foray, Voice of ‘Bullwinkle Show’s’ Natasha and Rocky, Dies at 99

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June Foray, the voice of “The Bullwinkle Show’s” Rocky the Flying Squirrel and his nemesis Natasha Fatale of Boris and Natasha fame, died Thursday. She was 99.

Her close friend Dave Nimitz, confirmed her death on Facebook, writing “With a heavy heart again I want to let you all know that we lost our little June today at 99 years old.”

Foray was the voice behind Looney Tunes’ Witch Hazel, Nell from “Dudley Do-Right,” Granny in the “Tweety and Sylvester” cartoons and Cindy Lou Who in Chuck Jones’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” among many others.

The first lady of voice acting and founder of the annual Annie Awards was instrumental in the creation of the Oscars’ animated feature category. »


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Jon Stewart to Return to Stand-Up for HBO Specials

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Jon Stewart will be performing his first broadcast stand-up specials in more than 20 years. As The Hollywood Reporter notes, the two planned comedy specials will air on HBO. His last special, which also aired on HBO, was 1996's Jon Stewart: Unleavened.

Of course, Stewart has been pretty busy in the time between stand-up specials, having hosted The Daily Show for 16 years. Following his departure in 2015, he signed a four-year production deal with HBO. The dates and locations for the new specials have not yet been revealed.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Hot Pie Actor Opens Real-Life Bakery

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On Sunday’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” Arya Stark came face-to-face with her past with two surprise encounters. The one that everyone was talking about, of course, was her unexpected reunion with her now-feral direwolf, Nymeria. But the other, less expected reunion was with her former fugitive buddy, Hot Pie, who had the pleasure of informing Arya that Jon and Sansa are alive and have taken back Winterfell. Ahead of his surprise return to the HBO hit, Hot Pie actor Ben Hawkey opened a bakery of his own on July 17 and is offering “GoT” fans in Britain some Westerosi treats. »


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Bryan Cranston, Jimmy Kimmel to Appear in 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

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After a six-year hiatus, Curb Your Enthusiasm is returning for its ninth season and it will boast an all-star cast of guests, including Bryan Cranston, Jimmy Kimmel, Carrie Brownstein, Elizabeth Banks and Nick Offerman, The Hollywood Reporter notes.

Earlier this month HBO announced the comedy show's revival, which is based on a fictionalized version of lead star and creator Larry David. The network previously announced the return of series regulars Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman and J.B. Smoove.

On Wednesday, HBO also announced the return of longtime star Cheryl Hines and recurring guests Richard Lewis, »


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True Detective Season 3 Inches Closer, Mahershala Ali Confirmed to Star

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True Detective is almost back on the case. (Should we crack open a Lone Star beer to celebrate?)

A third season of HBO’s Emmy-winning crime anthology is in the works, the network confirmed during the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Wednesday. Even better news: Oscar winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) has officially signed on to star in the third installment, a casting coup that was first rumored last month.

“I have read five scripts for a third season,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys told reporters, “and I think they’re terrific… »


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Shooter Will Be Cut Short Because of Ryan Phillippe's Injury

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An unusual accident off set is affecting things on set for USA's Shooter.

The second season of the thriller was originally set to air 10 episodes, but will not only last eight episodes, according to Deadline. The Season 2 finale will now air Sept. 5.

The decision comes after star Ryan Phillippe broke

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‘Game of Thrones': HBO Says Final Season Scripts Done, Air Date Still Not Decided

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There’s still more winter to look forward to, even in the midst of summer. At the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour on Wednesday, HBO programming head Casey Bloys said that all six scripts for the final season of “Game of Thrones” are now in, but the network still hasn’t been decided whether it will air in 2018 or 2019. Bloys says HBO is currently determining the logistics of shooting the final episodes and what the production schedule will be. “It’s a big season,” he explained. “So they’re trying to get a sense of how long they »


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‘Deadwood’ Movie Update: HBO Exec Praises David Milch’s ‘Terrific’ Script

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Attention “Deadwood” fans: There’s some movement on the prospect of a movie coming to fruition at HBO.

HBO Original Programming chief Casey Bloys told reporters Wednesday that he was impressed by the script delivered a few months ago by series creator David Milch. Bloys said he wanted to ensure that a movie would be accessible to viewers who have not seen the original series, which ran for three seasons from 2004-2006.

“I wanted a script that would stand on its own … I’m happy to say that David totally delivered on that. It’s a terrific script,” Bloys said during the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour in Beverly Hills.

Bloys quickly cautioned that there are a number of hurdles to clear before the cameras roll.

“If we can do it for a budget that makes sense for us, if we can find a director and we can get the cast together — it’s no easy »


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‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’: Jimmy Kimmel, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks, Nick Offerman to Guest Star in Season 9

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Larry David’s been away for a while, but he’s bringing plenty of friends with him when he comes back.

HBO announced a few additions to the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” cast for Season 9, including Bryan Cranston, Nick Offerman, Jimmy Kimmel and Elizabeth Banks.

Read More‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Season 9: Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen Returning to HBO Comedy

Details are still tight on what/how to expect these cast members to fit into the ongoing adventures of everyone’s favorite misanthrope, but the 10-episode season debuts on HBO in October.

Returning mainstays Cheryl Hines, J.B. Smoove, and Jeff Garlin were already confirmed to be back, alongside other favorites like Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen.

The boatload of additional Season 9 guest stars includes Elizabeth Banks, Carrie Brownstein, Lauren Graham, Nasim Pedrad and Elizabeth Perkins.

You can watch the Roman-inspired teaser trailer for Season 9 below:

Curb Your Enthusiasm” Season 9 premieres October 1 on HBO, »


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HBO Sets Chernobyl Miniseries Starring Jared Harris from ‘Breaking Bad’ Director

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HBO’s latest miniseries is going back to the ’80s.

The network announced that “Chernobyl,” their latest limited series, will follow the aftermath of the 1986 nuclear meltdown that devastated an entire region.

Jared Harris is set to star as Valery Legasov, a Kremlin-appointed scientist charged with looking into the accident that made global headlines.

Read More‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunners Set for New HBO Series Following Alternate American Timeline Where Slavery Still Exists

“Chernobyl” will focus on the literal and figurative fallout from the incident, but will also highlight responders who went into the area to prevent further damage.

As HBO explained in a statement:

“The miniseries is a tale of lies and cowardice, of courage and conviction, of human failure and human nobility. The miniseries focuses on the heartbreaking scope of the Chernobyl–2 nuclear plant disaster that occurred in Ukraine in April 1986, revealing how and why it happened, and telling the shocking, »


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Damon Lindelof Uncertain About HBO’s ‘Watchmen’

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This summer, news emerged that a TV adaptation of the iconic comic “Watchmen” was in the works at HBO, with none other than Damon Lindelof (“Lost,” “The Leftovers”) putting his talents to the project. However, it now seems like that has been premature.

“As of right now, I haven’t had any meetings with HBO about ‘Watchmen,’ ” he stated plainly to TV Line.

Continue reading Damon Lindelof Uncertain About HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ at The Playlist. »


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‘Queen Sugar’ Renewed for Season 3, Ava DuVernay Inks First-Look Deal With Oprah’s Harpo

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Own has renewed Ava DuVernary’s “Queen Sugar” for a third season, Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films said on Wednesday. Additionally, the production company has signed DuVernay to a first-look deal for television and digital media. The first collaboration from the agreement will be DuVernay’s “Central Park Five” limited series on Netflix. That project is a collaboration between Participant Media, Tribeca Productions and Harpo Films. “Queen Sugar” hails from Warner Horizon Scripted Television. The Wednesday 10 p.m. show, which chronicles the lives and loves of the Bordelon siblings in Louisiana, is adding Michael Michele, Roger Guenveur Smith and Beverly Todd to its ongoing Season. »


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Ratings: ‘America’s Got Talent’ and ‘World of Dance’ Both Rise in Another Dominant NBC Win

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NBC executives must sleep pretty easily on Tuesday nights in the summer. The broadcaster just dialed up another dominant primetime win, one which saw both “America’s Got Talent” and “World of Dance” grow week over week. The reality shows went up against a bunch of reruns, one pathetic ABC original, and a baseball game on The CW. That sad sack ABC show was “Somewhere Between,” by the way, which fell from an already soft start to a weak 0.4 rating/1 share and 1.8 million viewers. NBC’s broadcast competition was so unimpressive last night that Telemundo finished runner-up in the key »


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5 Things That You Didn’t Know About Danny Nucci

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The television drama, The Fosters, is taking no prisoners as free-flow television series. The focus of the show has always been to provide entertainment while addressing a number of social issues that have historically been untouchable on mainstream television, and so far, the show has not disappointed fans in this area. While a great deal of focus is placed on a lesbian couple rearing a mixed ethnic group of foster kids along with one biological child. There is so much more going on underneath the surface of this powerhouse. One thing that has been refreshing is the level of young

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‘American Gods’ Tops Amazon’s U.K. TV Charts; ‘Grand Tour’ Parked at No. 7

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American Gods” is the most downloaded show on Amazon Prime Video in the U.K. this year, beating out Starz pirate series “Black Sails,” which came in second, and U.S. network offerings “Lucifer” and “Parks and Recreation” and animated children’s series “Peppa Pig,” the tech giant said.

The company also has high hopes for the second season of “The Grand Tour,” as well as for other original programming in Europe and beyond.

Amazon released data on the popularity of its offerings in Britain ahead of Friday, its declared “Download Day,” when it expects more content to be downloaded and stored for offline viewing by customers than any other day of the year. The downloading feature, which the company introduced in 2013 and for Apple and Android phones and tablets in 2015, ahead of arch-rival Netflix, has been “one of, if not the most, successful features we have ever rolled out,” Prime »


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Telefonica Reverses Pay-tv Dip in Spain

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Madrid – Telefonica, Europe’s first telecom to move massively into scripted TV production, saw pay-tv subscribers increase at its Spanish operations in the run-up to the launch of its weighty slate of original TV series productions, which hit the market this September with “Velvet Collection.”

After dropping three consecutive quarters from a high point in June 2016 of 3.755 million, pay-tv subs at Telefonica España added 51,000 clients from April to June this year, increasing from 3.615 million at the end of March to 3.666 million on June 30.

The increase was fostered by new customers and migration from low-value options to the Fusion + Ocio bundle launched in April, which had 131,000 clients on June 30, Telefonica said in its second-quarter results announcement Thursday.

A quad-play offer of mobile and fixed telephony, broadband internet and TV, Fusion + Ocio is offered at prices ranging from €60 ($70) for 50Mb Internet speed to €72 ($84) for 300 Mb.

The big question for Telefonica and other telecoms pushing into original production will be »


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5 Things That You Didn’t Know About Sherri Saum

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Okay, the producers of the Fosters are being lauded for their inexorable quest to attack highly controversial social issues on mainstream television, and while their world around us is definitely becoming more liberal in its thinking, taking on certain issues can still prove to be quite risky, but one way to take some of the edges off of the show that is centered on a lesbian couple raising children of multiple ethnicities is to cast the role of one of the parents with the gorgeous Sherri Saum. It is amazing how images have the power to trump values in the

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Sky to Launch ‘Simple and Affordable’ Ott Service in Spain

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Sky is streaming into the Spanish market. Issuing results Thursday, CEO Jeremy Darroch said the European pay-tv operator intended “to launch a simple and affordable Ott service in Spain.”

For the fiscal year ending June 30, Sky said it registered a 5% increase in revenues of £12.9 billion ($16.9 billion) but a 3% slip in Ebita profit of £2.1 billion, as the increased costs of Premier League soccer rights and other investments kicked in. Operating profit, at £1.5 billion, was down 6% year on year for the U.K.-listed company.

Sky also said it will boost its investment in Sky Originals by 25% to give it an edge over Amazon and Netflix. “Local dramas such as ‘Babylon Berlin’ in Germany, ‘Britannia’ in the U.K., and the return of the third season of Italian crime drama ‘Gomorrah’ illustrate our strength in local programming that other Svod providers cannot match,” the company said.

Sky has also entered its first co-production with HBO, a »

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Tiffany Haddish

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Actors are often associated with lavish, pampered lifestyles. However, many actors have achieved great success despite facing incredible hurdles. These tend to be the most inspirational stars, as they have overcome long odds to reach fame and fortune. One of the most inspirational actors working today is the highly talented Tiffany Haddish. Haddish has appeared in numerous shows and films such as Keanu and Girls Trip. As she has started to earn a considerable fan base, many people want to know more about her background. Few people know how incredibly courageous and strong Haddish is and the circumstances she has

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Devon Sawa

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Everyone has a few actors who they love growing up. As we grow up, it is only natural to wonder what the actors are up to. Sometimes, looking up actors from one’s childhood can reveal things that one didn’t expect. Such is the case for fans of 90s star Devon Sawa, whose talents and background are actually far more diverse than one might expect. Sawa rose to fame thanks to performances in Casper and Slc Punk! He transitioned from a wholesome teen actor to work in edgier projects like the music video for Eminem’s “Stan.” While fans may look back

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