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MTV Renews 'Teen Wolf' for Season 5

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MTV has renewed Teen Wolf for a fifth season. Executive producer Jeff Davis announced at Thursday's Comic-Con panel in Ballroom 20 that the series will return for an expanded two-part 20-episode run, which Davis himself found out less than 24 hours ago. Dylan Sprayberry, who joined the series in the current fourth season, has been promoted to series regular for the new season. Teen Wolf was developed by Davis, who also serves as executive producer. Additional executive producers include Russell Mulcahy, Marty Adelstein, René Echevarria, Tony Disanto, Liz Gateley and Ian Stokes. More to come... Email: Philiana.

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- Philiana Ng

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James Patterson Inks Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios

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Best-selling author James Patterson is expanding his relationship with CBS Television Studios. Less than a month after the author closed a deal to adapt his thriller Zoo with the studio (and network), James Patterson Entertainment has signed a new multiyear first-look deal with CBS Television Studios. Under the pact, Cathy Konrad's Treeline Films will have a first-look deal at the author's library through her deal with Cbstvs. Story CBS Orders James Patterson's 'Zoo' Drama Straight to Series Patterson is the world's No. 1 best-selling writer. He has sold 300 million copies of his 130 novels worldwide,

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- Lesley Goldberg

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'Off the Cuff' Podcast: Michael Peña On Why 'Making Movies Is Like Making Love'

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"I was just on the hustle" Michael Peña says when explaining to Off the Cuff how he went from singing in black churches in Chicago to performing in the L.A. band Nico Vega to landing his first big role in the 2004 Best Picture Oscar-winner Crash. Since then the first-generation son of two Mexican immigrants has paid close attention to honoring his roots with projects like his titular role in this year's Cesar Chavez and now Underwater Dreams, a documentary he co-produced and narrates which chronicles the story of how four Hispanic high school students entered

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- Jessie Katz, Brandon Kirby

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Google to Acquire Live Streaming Service Twitch for $1 Billion (Report)

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Google has reached a deal to acquire Twitch for $1 billion, according to a report from VentureBeat. The purchase is expected to be completed through the tech giant's YouTube division.  Twitch, founded in 2011 out of live streaming site Justin.tv, allows gamers to live stream their play to online audiences. It is popular in the growing field of e-sports, with several competition organizers including Riot Games using the platform to stream their events to International audiences. Twitch currently has more than 50 million monthly active users.  The company would be a logical companion to video streaming

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- Natalie Jarvey

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Inside Obama's Live Nation Event: Ashton Kutcher Talks Tech, Donors Plot Mid-Term Campaigns (Exclusive)

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Ashton Kutcher, a very pregnant Mila Kunis and an assortment of entertainment industry executives and business leaders attended a roundtable discussion Thursday morning with President Barack Obama at the Mandeville Canyon home of Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino, sources told The Hollywood Reporter. The event's 25 attendees paid $32,400 per person to spend about an hour with the president, discussing mostly the Democrats' prospects in the upcoming midterm elections. (At one point, however, Kutcher asked Obama about the tech industry and innovation, and how it might help U.S. businesses.) Attendees at the fundraiser, benefiting the Democratic National

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- Tina Daunt

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Melissa Gilbert Books Arc on ABC's 'Secrets & Lies' (Exclusive)

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Melissa Gilbert is returning to ABC. The Little House on the Prairie alum has boarded ABC's midseason drama Secrets & Lies, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The drama, based on the Australian series starring Martin Henderson, centers on a father (Ryan Phillippe) who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a young boy when he finds the body. Juliette Lewis co-stars in the drama from ABC Studios and Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment. Photos Broadcast TV's New 2014-15 Shows Gilbert will play Lisa Daly, a loving and hardworking mom taking care of her two sons on her own. Although

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Comic-Con: 'Community' Star Joel McHale Never Doubted Revival Chances

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Community had an 11th-hour reprieve last month when Yahoo Screen revived the cult comedy for a sixth season, fulfilling the first half of the unofficial #sixseasonsandamovie mandate. The stars and producers weren't shy about the unexpected save after an aggressive push by studio Sony Pictures Television. "Sony and Yahoo are giant corporations. Their tentacles reach — hail Hydra! — into every crevice," creator Dan Harmon told the Ballroom 20 audience during Thursday's Comic-Con session. Photos Titans of Comic-Con: Stars Re-Create Classic Characters "Wherever the show is, people will find it — especially when it's on

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- Philiana Ng

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Zack Snyder Shares an All-New Batfleck Photo

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Clearly, Zack Snyder’s Twitter account is one to pay attention to during Comic-Con 2014. Following Wednesday’s tweeted image of Man of Steel star Henry Cavill dressed as a Jedi Knight version of Superman, the director of 2016’s Batman v. Superman has shared a new image of Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight from the upcoming movie. Unlike his earlier tweeted image, this time we see the character in color — for what little it matters, considering Batman’s traditionally limited palette — and closer up, revealing a bestubbled guardian of Gotham City giving the poor (unnamed) photographer a grim amount

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- Graeme McMillan

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Jesus Movie 'Christ the Lord' to Hit Theaters on Easter Eve 2016

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Wading into the faith-based arena, Focus Features will release Jesus movie Christ the Lord on March 23, 2016, the Wednesday before Easter Sunday. Based on Anne Rice’s best-selling novel Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, the movie is described as a fictionalized version of the story of Jesus as a young boy, who is just beginning to learn the truth about his identity and purpose.

 The cast has not yet been announced.  Focus Features chief Peter Schlessel acquired U.S. rights to Christ the Lord when running FilmDistrict. Once Schlessel arrived at Focus earlier this year, Focus

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- Pamela McClintock

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Amazon Shares Tumble 10 Percent on Wider-Than-Expected Losses

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Amazon shares plunged more than 10 percent Thursday during after-hours trading after the company reported wider-than-expected losses for the second quarter.  The Seattle-based e-commerce company reported that it lost 27 cents per share, compared with the loss of 15 cents per share that analysts polled by Thomson Reuters predicted. Revenue increased 23 percent to $19.3 billion, which was in line with analyst estimates.  "We continue working hard on making the Amazon customer experience better and better,” said CEO Jeff Bezos, noting that the company launched a number of new products or

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- Natalie Jarvey

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PTC: With 'Fifty Shades' Trailer, 'Today' is 'Helping to Promote Mommy Porn'

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The Parents Television Council is slamming NBC's Today for airing the first trailer for the movie version of Fifty Shades of Grey during its 8 a.m. hour. The family-values watchdog group is also troubled by the show's "excessive" promotion of the clip, which began days ago and occurred from the start of Thursday morning's show at 7 a.m. Et. "It just really seems kind of excessive," PTC director of grassroots education and advocacy Melissa Henson tells The Hollywood Reporter of Today's promotion of the first trailer for the highly anticipated erotic film. "We're talking about basically

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- Hilary Lewis

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Comic-Con: Stan Lee Abruptly Cancels Appearance (Exclusive)

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Comic book legend Stan Lee has abruptly canceled his appearance at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the 91-year-old co-creator of Spider-Man, Hulk, Avengers and X-Men was due to make appearances and signings on Friday and Saturday, but is bowing out due to losing his voice. "Unfortunately, Stan Lee has lost his voice due to laryngitis and is unable to attend this year’s San Diego Comic-Con and has regrettably had to cancel his appearances," said his spokesperson, confirming the news. "Stan is otherwise well and in good

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- Borys Kit

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'Guardians of the Galaxy': Film Review

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From the golden-typefaced title to the wisecracking dialogue and save-the-universe plotline, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has been begging comparison to Star Wars from its initial marketing push (particularly the venerable Episode IV — A New Hope). Unsurprisingly, Guardians is no Star Wars, but it turns out that’s actually good news. Since Disney will be rebooting the classic franchise with Episode VII next year anyway, James Gunn’s inventive space opera, sourcing somewhat minor characters from the Marvel universe, could serve as an appropriate warm-up — or even launch a franchise of its own eventually. Guardians should

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- Justin Lowe

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Throwback Thursday: Elaine Stritch Was Broadway's Toughest Broad

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This story first appeared in the Aug. 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Broadway legend Elaine Stritch, who died July 17 at 89 in her Birmingham, Mich., home, had a career that ranged from Noel Coward's last musical to Tina Fey's first sitcom. When Coward saw Stritch's 1962 Tony Award-nominated performance in his Sail Away, the British playwright noted in his diary that she sang "so movingly that I almost cried." Almost five decades later, in 2007, Stritch earned an Emmy for her guest turn as Alec Baldwin's cantankerous mother on 30 Rock. Says 30 Rock creator

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- Bill Higgins

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India Set for Major Box-Office Weekend at Home and Abroad

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Two Indian films could well rewrite the box-office playbook at home and abroad this weekend. Top star Salman Khan's action-packed Kick from Disney Utv opens Friday to cash in on the Eid ul Fitr holiday weekend, which tends to draw strong cinema attendance. Meanwhile, in a first of sorts, an Indian film could become the biggest release ever in China. Last year's blockbuster hit Dhoom 3 opens in China Friday, with its production firm, veteran Bollywood banner Yash Raj Films, stating that the Mandarin-dubbed version of the film is set to open in 2,000 screens, distributed by

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- Nyay Bhushan

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Comic-Con: 'Under the Dome' to Ramp Up Body Count in Back-Half of Season 2

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The body count is about to rise on CBS' Under the Dome. The summer sci-fi drama starring Dean Norris has big answers coming in its sophomore season — but they will come at a cost, showrunner Neal Baer told fans Thursday at Comic-Con. The series, which Baer said killed off 16 characters in its debut season, will ramp up the character deaths in the back-half of its current sophomore run. "We have kept the body count down a bit at the beginning of the season so we can rev it up at the end," he told

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Hollywood Docket: Chubby Checker Settles Penis Size App Lawsuit

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Hewlett-Packard has settled a trademark infringement suit regarding the name of a penis-measurement app sold in its app store. Ernest Evans, the singer-songwriter who performed as Chubby Checker, sued Hp last year for selling the app under the punning title "the Chubby Checker." In the settlement, filed July 22, Hp admits no liability but agrees not to make use of the singer’s stage name, related trademarks or likeness. Photos Hollywood's Most Fascinating Legal Sagas, From Casey Kasem to Michael Jackson The suit had claimed contributory trademark infringement against the software company, as the app was designed and

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- Austin Siegemund-Broka, Eriq Gardner

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Alec Baldwin Scolded, Vows to Stay Out of Trouble in Court Appearance

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Alec Baldwin was scolded by a judge and vowed to stay out of trouble during a Thursday court appearance in Manhattan stemming from his bike-riding arrest in May. Baldwin was charged with disorderly conduct after he allegedly got belligerent with the police officers who said they stopped him for riding a bicycle the wrong way down a one-way street. The 30 Rock alum appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court the same day as Shia Labeouf, whom he was set to share the Broadway stage last year in a revival of the play Orphans before Labeouf left the show over "creative

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- Hilary Lewis, The Associated Press

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Uma Thurman Joins Bradley Cooper's 'Adam Jones'

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Uma Thurman has signed on to join Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller in The Weinstein Co.'s Adam Jones, which just kicked off principal photography. The film, which was originally titled Chef, follows a rock-star chef (Cooper) who is known for his wild style and creating explosions of taste. Hoping to land his own kitchen and that elusive third Michelin star, he’ll need the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene (Miller). Photos 'Pulp Fiction,' 'Thelma & Louise' Stars Reunite Daniel Bruhl, Riccardo Scamarcio, Emma Thompson, Lily James, Omar Sy, Jamie Dornan, Sam Keeley,

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- Rebecca Ford

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Comic-Con: '24' Gives Fans One Final (?) Tribute to Jack Bauer

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Fox kicked off Thursday with one (perhaps) final tribute to Jack Bauer, bringing Kiefer Sutherland to his first San Diego Comic-Con for the recently concluded limited series 24: Live Another Day. The panel, which was moderated by exec producer/Jon Cassar, was an intimate conversation between the duo — and about 4,000 fans who were captivated by Suthlerland's every word, while executive producer Howard Gordon was a last-minute attendee and sat with the press. Photos Titans of Comic-Con: Stars Re-Create Classic Characters "We've made nine seasons of 24 together and this is the most nervous I've

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- Lesley Goldberg

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