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Carmelo Anthony And La La Not Divorcing, Now He’s Sharing Sexy Pic Of His Wife

La La Anthony’s sexy look was a slam dunk, so Carmelo Anthony wanted everyone to know it.

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Discovery Agrees To Pay $14.6B For Scripps Networks Interactive

The company behind Shark Week just caught a whale: Discovery Communications has agreed to pay $14.6 billion in stock and cash for Scripps Networks Interactive, the programmer best known for HGTV, the Food Network, and the Travel Channel.

The $90 a share price represents a 34% premium over Scripps trading price on July 18, when word got out of the companies’ talks. Scripps is up 1.2% in pre-market trading today.

The key shareholders are on board. Discovery’s top owners, Liberty Media Chairman John Malone and the Advance/Newhouse Programming Partnership agreed to vote in favor the the deal. So have members of the Scripps family who control Scripps Networks.

It also needs to be approved by antitrust regulators. The companies expect it to close in early 2018.

Scripps CEO Ken Lowe plans to join Discovery’s board when the deal closes.

Discovery CEO David Zaslav says the union with Scripps “will create a stronger, more flexible and more dynamic media company with a global content engine that can be fully optimized and monetized across our combined networks, products and services in every country around the world.”

He expects to see savings of $350 million a year, mostly by cutting duplicative operations.

The companies say that together they will produce about 8,000 hours a year of original programming, and have a library of 300,000 hours.

They also intend to ramp up production of mobile-friendly short-form videos targeting 7 billion of them each month.

With Scripps, Discovery will account for nearly 20% share of ad-supported pay-TV audiences, have five of the top pay-TV networks for women, and will account for over 20% share of women watching primetime pay-TV in the U.S.

Discovery includes its flagship channel plus  TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Science and Turbo/Velocity, as well as OWN in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport.

In addition to HGTV, Food,  and Travel, Scripps owns DIY Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country, as well as Poland’s TVN,; UKTV, an independent commercial joint venture with BBC Worldwide; Asian Food Channel; and lifestyle channel Fine Living Network.

Discovery says it can take many of Scripps’ properties overseas. In addition, it can use the combination of channels to create a “compelling opportunity for new digital distribution partners, including mobile, OTT, and direct-to-consumer platforms and offerings.”

Lowe says that the deal “presents an unmatched opportunity for Scripps to grow its leading lifestyle brands across the world and on new and emerging channels including short-form, direct-to-consumer and streaming platforms.”

Scripps shareholders will receive $63.00 per share in cash and $27.00 per share in Class C Common shares of Discovery stock, based on Discovery’s closing price on Friday.

The number of of Discovery shares in the deal will depend on its trading price  in the three weeks before the deal closes. Discovery can pay additional cash instead of issuing more shares if its trading price drops below a set level.

Discovery will have to borrow to finance the deal. It has secured fully committed financing from affiliates of Goldman Sachs.  The programmer believes that it can maintain its investment-grade rating. But it will suspend its stock repurchase program.

The deal news will probably eclipse Discovery’s and Scripps’ weaker-than-expected Q2 earnings releases out this morning.

Discovery generated net revenues $374 million, down 8.3% vs the period last year, on revenues of $1.75 billion, up 2.2%. The top line is a hair below the $1.76 billion that Wall Street expected.

Earnings at 64 cents a share fell short of the 72 cents analysts thought they’d see. Discovery says that its number would have hit 68 cents if you factor out the effect of weakening foreign currencies vs the dollar.

Ad sales at Discovery’s domestic channels were “relatively flat” as a decline in subscribers offset rising rates. Distribution revenues increased 4% with “higher rates partially offset by a decline in subscribers.”

Scripps only released selected data, not a full income statement and balance sheet. But it showed consolidated adjusted segment profit falling 1.6% to $412.8 million with revenues up 3.6% to $925.0 million. Analysts were looking for $937.5 million.

More important: Scripps lowered its financial guidance for the rest of 2017 due to what it calls “ratings and impression softness in the U.S. market.” It now expects revenues to increase 4% vs its previous forecast for 6%. And segment profits will be “approximately flat for the year,” not up 3%.

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Jeanne Moreau Dies: Legendary French Actress, Star Of ‘Jules & Jim’ Was 89

Updated, with more detail: A leading screen presence for more than 60 years, and a member of the Nouvelle Vague, legendary French actress Jeanne Moreau has died. She passed away overnight at her home in Paris at age 89. The mayor’s office of the city’s 17th arrondissement confirmed the news to Deadline.

The gravelly-voiced, multi-award winner was a fixture of French cinema with roles in such classic films as Louis Malle’s 1958 Ascenseur Pour L’Echafaud (Elevator To The Gallows) and Les Amants (The Lovers), and François Truffaut’s 1962 love triangle Jules And Jim in which she sang the emblematic “Le Tourbillon.” Other collaborations were with such directors as Orson Welles, Joseph Losey, Michelangelo Antonioni, Luis Bunuel, Elia Kazan and Wim Wenders.

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Moreau was born in Paris on January 23, 1928 and got her start on the stage. Her first film role was in 1949’s Last Love before the role that changed her career as a criminal lover in Malle’s 1958 noir, Elevator To The Gallows. In the 60s, along with Jules And Jim, she appeared in several international movies including Antonioni’s La Notte; Welles’ The Trial, The Immortal Story and Chimes At Midnight; Losey’s Eva, Tony Richardson’s Mademoiselle and Bunuel’s Diary Of A Chambermaid.

Her father was a French restaurateur and her mother a cabaret dancer from Oldham, England. In a 2001 interview with The Guardian, Moreau said it was her mother’s background that influenced her personality. “People in France could see I was different from the usual actresses of that time. Maybe that’s why I attracted so many Anglo-Saxon directors like Orson Welles and Tony Richardson. In French, one says ‘Ma langue maternelle est le français.’ But I say ‘Ma langue maternelle est l’anglais.’ My feminine side is English.”

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In 1974, she appeared with Gérard Depardieu, Miou-Miou and Patrick Dewaere in Bertrand Blier’s sexually explicit and controversial Les Valseuses. With Kazan in 1975, Moreau made The Last Tycoon with Robert De Niro, Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum, Jack Nicholson and Donald Pleasence. She further reteamed with Losey in the 70s and 80s for Monsieur Klein and The Trout.

In Luc Besson’s 1990 La Femme Nikita, Moreau was a trainer to Anne Parillaud’s assassin. The next year, she appeared in Wenders’ sci-fi drama Until The End Of The World. More recent work included a brief role in 1998 Fox fairy tale Ever After with Drew Barrymore; François Ozon’s 2005 Time To Leave; and Manoel de Oliveira’s Gebo And The Shadow in 2012.

Directing credits include 1979 drama The Adolescent which she co-scripted, and the same year’s Lumière which she also wrote.

In all, Moreau made over 130 films and continued to work into her 80s. Awards she accumulated include a 1958 Best Actress prize at the Venice Film Festival for Les Amants; the 1960 Cannes Best Actress trophy for Peter Brook’s Seven Days… Seven Nights (Moderato Cantabile); a 1967 BAFTA for Malle’s Viva Maria! as Best Foreign Actress; and the Best Actress César for 1991’s The Old Lady Who Walked Into The Sea.

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Lifetime Achievement honors have been bestowed by the Césars; the Cannes, Berlin and Venice Film Festivals; and the BAFTAs. In 1998, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences paid tribute to her then-50-year-old career.

She is the only woman to have served twice as the president of the Cannes Film Festival jury, in 1975 and 1995, and was a regular at the Riviera event. On a personal note, she was also a sometime regular in my early days in Paris — we belonged to the same video club in the 7th arrondissement and I would run into her renting films. It was, at the time, the only reliable place to get subtitled, rather than dubbed, versions of movies and TV shows and, as testament to just how international a lady she was, she preferred being able to see things in their original versions.

On Twitter, French President Emanuel Macron today wrote Moreau was “an engaged artist in the whirlwind of life…”

Légende du cinéma et du théâtre, Jeanne Moreau fut une artiste engagée dans le tourbillon de la vie avec une liberté absolue.

— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) July 31, 2017

The Elysées Palace released a statement that reads in part:

“There are personalities who alone seem to sum up their art. Jeanne Moreau was one of them. With her disappears an artist who embodied cinema in its complexity, its memory, its exigency.”

The Venice Film Festival sent a “heartfelt salute”:

Among the missives from Cannes Film Festival President Pierre Lescure this morning are tweets hailing films like Jacques Becker’s Don’t Touch The Loot and Truffaut’s The Bride Wore Black, mixed with “such sadness”:

Un visage d’une beauté tellement forte,tellement…expressive. Dès ses premiers ( petits) rôles :”Touchez pas au grisbi”….

— Pierre Lescure (@pierrelescure) July 31, 2017

…à l’histoire du Cinema:”Jules et Jim”, “Ascenseur pour l’échafaud “, “La mariée était en noir”.100 autres!
Vous les aimez et les aimerez.

— Pierre Lescure (@pierrelescure) July 31, 2017

Quelle tristesse!

— Pierre Lescure (@pierrelescure) July 31, 2017

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China Box Office Roars Back to Life as ‘Wolf Warrior 2′ Makes Massive $130M Debut


‘Captain America’ directors Joe and Anthony Russo consulted on the action film, which handily outperformed a propaganda film during the summer season when China blocks international competition from the market.

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Charter Rejects Sprint’s Proposal To Merge — Report

After several weeks of talks of a deal, Charter Communications has rejected a possible merger with Sprint, The Wall St. Journal reported Sunday. The merger would have created a new entity controlled by SoftBank, Sprint’s owner.

Charter said that it would stay with existing wireless reseller agreement with Verizon Communications Inc. rather than switch to one with Sprint. However, a person familiar with the matter told the Journal that Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son may still decide to make a formal offer to acquire Charter anyway.

“We understand why a deal is attractive for SoftBank, but Charter has no interest in acquiring Sprint,” Charter spokesman Alex Dudley said in a statement to WSJ. “We have a very good MVNO relationship with Verizon and intend to launch wireless services to cable customers next year.”

Sprint first discussed talks of a merger with Charter and Comcast Corp. in May. One of the possible deals would allow Comcast and Charter to sell wireless services using Sprint’s network.

This news confirms an earlier report by Bloomberg that Charter wasn’t interested in the plan to create a new public company.

A deal would be complicated to structure, and would sent ripples through the cable and wireless industries. If successful, it could have created a TV, broadband, wired and wireless phone juggernaut to rival AT&T which owns DirecTV and is preparing to close its $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner.

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New Controversial Series Draws #NoConfederate Tweets During ‘Game Of Thrones’, HBO Responds

HBO’s Game of Thrones is usually met with hashtag anticipation on Twitter, but tonight’s episode was treated to a different kind of hashtag. In response to creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss recently announced  modern-day slavery series, Confederate, many have taken to Twitter with the hashtag “#NoConfederate” as a form of protest.

April Reign, who is known for starting the #OscarsSoWhite campaign in 2015, is one of the organizers of the protest. She asked Twitter activists to tweet #NoConfederate to HBO during the East and West Coast broadcasts of Game of Thrones. The protest aims to urge HBO to scrap the idea. The hashtag became a worldwide trending topic during the East Coast broadcast.

Whether you live tweet #GoT or not, please use #NoConfederate in ALL of your tweets from 9-10p ET this Sunday. Let’s get it trending!

— April (@ReignOfApril) July 28, 2017

Written by Benioff and Weiss, who also will showrun, as well as Nichelle Tramble Spellman and Malcolm Spellman, who are black, Confederate chronicles events leading to the Third American Civil War. It takes place in an alternate timeline, where the Southern states successfully have seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution.

In regards to the protest, HBO released on a statement on Sunday, “We have great respect for the dialogue and concern being expressed around Confederate. We have faith that Nichelle, Dan, David and Malcolm will approach the subject with care and sensitivity. The project is currently in its infancy so we hope that people will reserve judgment until there is something to see.”

HBO’s president of programming Casey Bloys, recently addressed the controversy at TCA, calling the decision to issue a press release for Confederate “misguided.”  He suggested that the project’s topic would’ve been better suited for one-on-one interviews, in which the creators could fully flesh out their vision the way they had done in pitch meetings with HBO executives, something that cannot be conveyed in a one-line logline.

“If I could do it over again, our mistake  — HBO’s mistake, not the producers’ — was thinking that we would be able to announce an idea that was so sensitive and require so much care in a press release,” said Bloys.

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George And Amal Clooney Are Suing Over Photos Of Their New Twins

According to George and Amal Clooney, the paparazzi used terrifying measures to get the pictures. Get the details.

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Ruff Ruffman Series Returns on PBS Kids Digital Platforms – TCA

Animated digital dog Ruff Ruffman returns September 28 in an all-new short-form show on PBS Kids Digital Platforms, it was announced at the Television Critics Association. The new show is called The Ruff Ruffman Show. The canine previously starred in Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman.

The new series is designed to help kids ages 4-8 learn core science concepts through videos, game-play and hands-on activities. Ruffman stars with assistants Blossom and Chet, who will answer questions from real kids, take on challenges and model science inquiry skills.

The series is from WGBH Boston.

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Captain Phasma’s Backstory Will Be Explored in Star Wars 8

J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens has been criticized often for being to similar to the original Star Wars trilogy even with the addition of new characters. One such character that fans wanted to see more of was Gwendoline Christie’s (Game of Thrones) Captain Phasma who was barely seen in the first installment. But all of that is about to change with the release of Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi this December. Christie recently sat down for an interview where she praised Rian Johnson’s vision as well as the “deeper” story for Captain Phasma this time around.

Gwendoline Christie sat down with Entertainment Weekly to talk about how excited she was to get a chance to work with director Rian Johnson. She specifically mentions being a fan of his work all the way back with his movie Brick. She also brings up the fact that she thought that an opportunity to work with the director would never happen. Christie had this to say.

“I was just so delighted to be in The Last Jedi, and for that to be directed by Rian Johnson, who is another director I’ve long admired since I watched Brick, actually; I thought that was a really brilliant piece of work. When I met him, these are huge things to me and things I never thought would happen in my career,”

Christie went on to tease a “deeper” story for Captain Phasma that goes “further” than The Force Awakens. Christie explains.

“So when Rian invited me to read the script, have my thoughts and then to come and discuss it with him – as he did all of the cast members – I was really thrilled to have an opportunity of a forum where I could put my ideas forward and have some back and forth about where we felt things were and where we felt they can go. What I can tell you about the next Star Wars film is I think Rian does an exceptional job of going deeper, of going further, and really exploring what these relationships are.”

While Johnson has gone out of his way to knock down comparisons to The Empire Strikes Back, it sure does seem like the movies might be very similar. But that’s just how it’s supposed to be for the second movie in a trilogy; you expect the characters to get fleshed out and more developed this time around. Regardless of similarities, fans should be happy that we get to see some more of Captain Phasma this time around.

It is not clear if we will get some insight into the backstory of Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma this time around, but it is a definite possibility. At the very least we know that we’re going got get to see more of her and perhaps maybe even see her get some revenge on Finn for throwing her in the trash compactor. Captain Phasma’s escape from the trash compactor was detailed in a comic book series called Journey to the Last Jedi. Phasma’s story was told in issue #1.

Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi is scheduled to hit theaters on December 15th, 2017. And we’ll finally be able to see some more of Captain Phasma after her great trash compactor escape. For those just looking for some more of Gwendoline Christie, you can see her Season 7 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, which is currently airing new episodes on Sunday nights.

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Deadpool 2 Is Like Rush Hour Says Creator

Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld was recently interviewed at San Diego Comic-Con where he compared the upcoming Deadpool 2 to the buddy cop movie Rush Hour. The comparison is an odd one, but then again so is the relationship between Deadpool and Cable from the original comic books. The two had their own series of comics together aptly titled Cable and Deadpool, which saw their unlikely partnership through humorous action plots and it was a big hit to fans of both characters. The comparison between the Deadpool 2 and Rush Hour actually as weird as it sounds, makes sense.

Liefeld spoke to ComicBook.com about the comparisons between the successful buddy cop movie and the upcoming sequel to Deadpool, specifically the relationship between Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool and Josh Brolin’s Cable while mentioning that fans might not be ready for what’s in store for them. He explains.

“He’s such a great actor, that’s where it starts, and gravitas, and who else really is going to hold their ground with Ryan as Wade/Deadpool. That is energy unbridled, and so you’ve gotta hold your ground. When I see the two of them I’m like “It’s going to be comic book’s equivalent to Rush Hour, and I don’t know if comic fans are ready for it. I think it’s going to be great.”

If anybody can handle their own with Reynolds’ version of Deadpool, it has to be the acting chops that Brolin brings to Cable. It seems just as unlikely as Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, hence the comparison.

Liefeld brought up two of Josh Brolin’s past movies as examples to praise his work as an actor. Liefeld had this to say.

” If you only see No Country for Old Men and Sicario, you’ve seen two great totally separate Josh Brolin performances. The Llewelyn who is sullen but determined and doesn’t speak much but you follow him the whole time in No Country, and Sicario, he’s this wild, shoot-em-up CIA guy. The guy is a tremendous actor.”

Brolin is also playing the MCU’s biggest villain, Thanos at the moment in Avengers: Infinity War as well as Avengers 4 while also filming Deadpool 2 while still finding time to promote some kind of active wear through his social media pages. Not only is Brolin a great actor, but it also appears as if he’s a great multi-tasker as well.

The comparison from Liefeld to Rush Hour comes after Josh Brolin mentioned that he thinks that Deadpool 2 is funnier than the first movie and also mentioning that Cable can be very funny. When asked directly if Cable would be breaking the fourth wall, the actor mentioned that he hadn’t yet, but that it wasn’t out of the question. We’ll just have to wait and see if we get a comic book version of Rush Hour, but more vulgar and extreme.

Deadpool 2, directed by David Leitch, is scheduled to hit theaters on June 1st, 2018. After the unprecedented success of the first movie, an R-rated comic book romp, a sequel was definitely going to happen. In fact, the sequel had already been talked about before the first movie even hit theaters. Deadpool 2 is being shot right now with production expected to go through the rest of the summer and into the fall. It might be a good time to dust off those DVDs of Rush Hour for reference.

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