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‘The Walking Dead': AMC Announces Rewards Program, Subscription Swag Boxes for Super-Fans

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AMC is getting ready to thank its fans (and pry more money from them) for making two of its shows — “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” — two of its biggest hits. The network announced two new programs, “The Walking Dead Fan Rewards Club” and “The Walking Dead Subscription Box,” which are set to begin in September. Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, announced the initiatives at TheWrap’s TheGrill Special Event on  Tuesday. Also Read: 'Walking Dead' Season 8: Enjoy 5 Minutes of Context-Free Footage in First Trailer (Video) The Rewards Club allows fans to trade in. »


- Carli Velocci

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Watch Kevin Smith, AMC President Charlie Collier Talk the Future of Cable TV on Facebook Live (Video)

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Charlie Collier, President and General Manager of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios is the featured speaker at TheGrill Special Event on Tuesday, with an introduction from filmmaker Kevin Smith. He’ll be speaking with TheWrap CEO and Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman on ___ at the Montage Beverly Hills Hotel. Collier has been at the helm since 2008, spearheading AMC’s popular and acclaimed slate of original programming, from “The Walking Dead” to “Better Call Saul.” Under Collier’s leadership, AMC is the most Emmy-winning cable network in the drama series category. In addition, the network boasts basic cable’s highest-rated drama series ever for “The Walking. »


- Sean Burch

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‘Wonder Woman 2’ Gets Release Date

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Warner Bros. has set Dec. 13, 2019, as the release date for “Wonder Woman 2.” Gal Gadot will reprise the role of the superheroine, this time facing off against the Soviet Union during the 1980s. Director Patty Jenkins is currently in negotiations to return to the helm, with DC Entertainment President Geoff Johns is currently developing the script. Also Read: 'Wonder Woman' Becomes Top-Grossing Summer Film as Warner Bros. Crosses $1 Billion Domestically Aside from the period setting, other details — including which characters from Wonder Woman lore may appear have not been revealed — but it’s notable that WB still has an option for Chris Pine, »


- Debbie Emery

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‘America’s Got Talent’ Teen Angelina Green ‘Could Barely Talk’ Before Golden Buzzer-Winning Song

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Angelina Green recently won over the “America’s Got Talent” judges with her emotional rendition of “I’ll Stand by You,” but she almost had trouble finding her voice. Green earned the golden buzzer after the performance, which she dedicated to her mother for raising her after Angelina’s estranged father was no longer in the picture. “Before I went on stage, Tyra Banks really helped me calm down,” the 13-year-old singer told TheWrap about the show’s host. “When I was actually on the stage, the judges talked to me right before, so it also helped me soak it all in before I started. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Jason Hirschhorn, Rich Greenfield, Thai Randolph Join TheGrill 2017

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TheGrill 2017 is pleased to announce the first round of speakers and topics for TheWrap’s annual conference, to be held Oct. 2-3 at the Montage Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills, California. Jason Hirschhorn, CEO, Media Redef; Chris Williams, CEO, Pocket.Watch; Thai Randolph, Svp Marketing, Laugh Out Loud; David Shell, CEO, The Weather Channel and Rich Greenfield, CEO, Btig Research all join the line-up for the 2017 event. New product presentations will include Cubic Motion showcasing a high performance social Vr product and ZoneTV presenting a new cable/satellite content category that offers a best-in-class personal user experience blending the convenience of linear. »


- Wrap Staff

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Peter Farrelly Is ‘Disappointed’ About His Time on ‘Project Greenlight': ‘I Wanted Out’

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It’s safe to say that Peter Farrelly does not relish his time on HBO’s “Project Greenlight.” The “Dumb and Dumber” director took part in a panel for his new Audience Network comedy “Loudermilk” at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour on Tuesday, where he was asked about his stint on “Project Greenlight.” He was an adviser for aspiring directors on Season 4 of the competition show in 2015 but quit midway through after experiencing friction with producer Effie Brown. “I was disappointed that it turned out like that because I was really looking forward to doing it, and I really. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Michael Phelps Stands by Shark Week Race: ‘You Can Believe Whatever You Want’ (Video)

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In the face of public outcry, Michael Phelps is standing by his Discovery Shark Week special, which saw the Olympic gold medalist lose a race to a CGI shark on Sunday. In a Facebook video posted on Tuesday, Phelps called the experience “unbelievable,” adding, “this is something that I always wanted to do.” “The shark experience was unbelievable,” the swimming phenomena said in the lengthy video, which touched on a variety of topics. Also Read: Michael Phelps Raced a Great White Shark for 'Shark Week' - And Lost (Video) Addressing a commenter who was seemingly disappointed in the race, »


- Tim Kenneally

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Script by 23-Year-Old Set to Expand ‘John Wick’ Universe

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With two successful installments and a third in early development, “John Wick” has become the next big franchise for Lionsgate. Now the studio could soon dig deeper into Wick’s world with a spinoff fashioned from “Ballerina,” a spec script written by 23-year-old writer Shay Hatten. A person with knowledge of the spec told TheWrap that it is “premature” to say whether the spec will be turned into a spinoff, though the script’s plot shares elements of John Wick’s journey as a female assassin bent on revenge hunts down those responsible for killing her family. Basil Iwanyk, who »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Ex-Kermit Actor: My Firing Is ‘the Worst Thing That Could Happen to This Character’

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Steve Whitmire continues to weigh in on getting fired by Disney as the voice of Kermit the Frog after 27 years. Whitmire, who announced earlier this month that Muppets Studio replaced him by Matt Vogel, told CNN on Tuesday that he felt “absolute shock” when he learned that he was losing his job. “It was exactly the same feeling as the moment I was told Jim had died,” Whitmire said. “It was the worst thing that could happen to this character. It’s not the worst thing that could happen to me, although it’s pretty bad.” Also Read: Fired Kermit. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Kylie Jenner Accused of Ripping Off Artist’s Lip-Bite Image in New Lawsuit

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Kylie Jenner is totally biting artist Sara Pope’s style, according to a new lawsuit filed by the British artist. In the suit filed in federal court in California on Tuesday, Pope says that her art piece “Temptation Neon” — which depicts a lip being bitten — has been jacked to promote Jenner’s upcoming E! reality show “Life of Kylie.” “‘Temptation Neon’ is one of Ms. Pope’s most popular original works. It has been one of the top of Google searches for “neon lips” at least since 2016, and it embodies Ms. Pope’s distinct artistic style,” the lawsuit reads. “The finished artwork. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Jared Leto in Early Talks to Star in Sony’s ‘Bloodshot’

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Jared Leto is in early talks to star in Sony’s “Bloodshot,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Last September, Sony revealed it would be moving forward with its five-film plan for joint franchises based on the Valiant comic books “Harbinger” and “Bloodshot.” The studio preemptively renewed its option on “Harbinger” — which follows a teenage runaway with massive telekinetic powers — for a sum in the high six figures and is moving to package the pictures quickly. “Bloodshot” is about a mortally-wounded soldier resurrected with cutting-edge nanotechnology and tasked with rounding up “harbingers.” The character will be introduced in “Harbinger, »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Morgan Freeman Talks Disillusion in Trump Era: ‘Fear Creates Tension’

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Morgan Freeman is weighing in on why we have such a divided nation. The actor is the center of the six-episode National Geographic documentary series “The Story of Us With Morgan Freeman,” during which he travels around the world to speak with different types of people and hear their stories. The “Shawshank Redemption” star was asked during the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour on Tuesday whether people ever scoff at the notion that listening to individuals’ anecdotes can actually make a difference. Also Read: 'Broad City' Duo Explain Bleeping Trump's Name: We Didn't 'Want to Hear »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Hear Ron Howard Narrate ‘Star Wars’ With His ‘Arrested Development’ Voice (Video)

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It’s been a little over a month since Ron Howard took over directing the standalone Han Solo film and we’re still 10 months out, but we’ve now been treated to Howard narrating the “Star Wars” trilogy with his “Arrested Development” voice. Nerdist created the hilarious spoof video, titled “Arrested Rebellion,” that starts with footage from “A New Hope,” with Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Chewbacca all making an appearance. The narration continues with, “Luke was getting along with his sister,” while footage of Luke and Princess Leia kissing plays — obviously before the knew they were siblings. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Lucky Whitehead Dropped by Dallas Cowboys After False Arrest Report

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After NFL player Rodney “Lucky” Whitehead was released by the Dallas Cowboys on Monday, police released a statement saying the man charged with shoplifting in June was not the wide receiver, as originally indicated. “The man charged on the morning of June 22 was not in possession of identification at the time of the encounter; however, did verbally provide identifying information to officers, which included a name, date of birth, and social security number matching that of Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr.,” the Prince William County (Virginia) Police Department said in a statement. “At this point, the police department is also confident. »


- Debbie Emery

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Former Fox News Latino Exec Was a ‘Scapegoat’ for Sexual Harassment, Lawsuit Says

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A former vice president for Fox News Latino has filed suit against 21st Century Fox America claiming that he was used as a “scapegoat” to show that Fox aggressively handles sexual harassment complaints. In the suit, filed Tuesday in federal court in New York against 21st Century Fox America and two unnamed defendants, Francisco Cortes says that, after being accused of sexual assault by Fox contributor Tamara Holder, he signed an agreement with Holder and two unnamed individuals, in which Cortes and agreed not to disparage Fox and Holder, and Fox and Holder agreed not to disparage him regarding the. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Nat Geo’s Isis Drama ‘The State’ Aims to Humanize Terrorist Group

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Nat Geo and Channel 4’s upcoming drama series “The State” will surely to raise some eyebrows when it premieres in the fall, telling the story of four British men and women who move to Syria to join the Islamic State. Given the recent spate of violent Isis-backed terrorist attacks throughout Europe, the miniseries will touch close to home for some of its viewers as it attempts to humanize the lives of the perpetrators. But writer and directer Peter Kosminsky says it’s his job to tell difficult stories. “That war has been brought to the streets of our cities … so this. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Dick Wolf’s Ex-Development Boss Danielle Gelber Inks First-Look Deal With Universal TV

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Dick Wolf’s ex-development chief and “Chicago”-universe executive producer Danielle Claman Gelber has signed a first-look deal with Universal Television. There, the founder and president of Acoustic Productions will develop and executive produce new programming for a variety of platforms. “I’ve known Danielle since we were colleagues at Showtime and she’s always had wonderful taste in material and a keen eye for writing talent,” Universal Television President Pearlena Igbokwe said. “I couldn’t be happier that she and I will get to continue our collaboration at Universal Television.” “I’m thrilled to continue such an ongoing productive »


- Tony Maglio

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BuzzFeed Writer Mocked for Telling People Not to Attack John McCain

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BuzzFeed editor Sarah Mimms may have thought she was saying something pretty uncontroversial when she implored her followers not to say anything bad about cancer-stricken Sen. John McCain. But they weren’t having it. McCain, who was just diagnosed with a brain tumor, returned to the Senate on Tuesday to vote in favor of opening debate on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. McCain also said he would not vote in favor of the current version of the bill, and pleaded for more civility from both the left and right. Vice President Mike Pence voted yes to break a tie vote, »


- Ashley Boucher

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‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Star Robinne Lee Lands Lead on Syfy’s ‘Superstition’ (Exclusive)

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Robinne Lee has landed the female lead on Syfy’s upcoming supernatural drama “Superstition,” TheWrap has learned exclusively. The actress will star opposite Mario Van Peebles on the production, which went straight to series with a 13-episode order back in December. Van Peebles will write and direct many of the episodes, which begins production this week in Atlanta. Syfy had no comment on the casting. The show centers on the Mosley family, owners of the only funeral home in a fictitious Southern town known for its haunted houses, elevated graveyards, odd townsfolk and rich history of unusual phenomena. The town is also. »


- Tony Maglio

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Will ‘Dunkirk’ Stay Afloat Against ‘Atomic Blonde,’ ‘Emoji Movie’ at Box Office This Weekend?

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After beating tracker expectations with a $50.5 million opening, “Dunkirk” will try to continue Christopher Nolan’s success in holdover weekends as Focus Features’ spy flick “Atomic Blonde” and Columbia/Sony Animation’s “The Emoji Movie” enter theaters to close out July. As was the case with “Girls Trip” and “Valerian” last weekend, “Dunkirk” will be competing against films with different primary demographics, so it will likely come down to how well “Dunkirk” can keep drawing older audiences while “Emoji Movie” targets kids enjoying summer break and “Atomic Blonde” aims for 18 to 34 audiences, both male and female. Also Read: 5 Reasons Why. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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