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FCC Poised to Dramatically Alter 'Net-Neutrality' Rules (Report)

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In a significant change in the Obama administration position on net neutrality, the  Federal Communications Commission is expected to begin circulating new rules on Thursday that would open the way for content companies to pay Internet service providers like Comcast, Charter, Verizon, At&T and Cox Communications for faster service and special access to consumers. The new rules come after a federal appeals court in January struck down net neutrality rules pushed by the Obama administration and approved by the FCC  that prohibited Internet providers from blocking or prioritizing Web traffic. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has said in February that there

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- Alex Ben Block

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Lifetime Greenlights Catholic Convent Reality Series (Exclusive)

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Lifetime is going inside a Catholic convent for its newest docuseries. The female-skewing cable network has ordered The Sisterhood, a groundbreaking new unscripted series that will follow the journey of five young women as they decide whether or not to become nuns, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. For the first time ever, cameras will be granted access inside a Catholic convent where the five women live and work together before making the life-changing decision to take their vows and become religious sisters. List: Hollywood Reporter Reveals 2014's Top 25 Reality Players While the five consider joining the convent during

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- Lesley Goldberg

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'Ex on the Beach' Sets MTV UK Launch Ratings Record in Key Demo

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  London – New MTV UK dating series Ex on the Beach has become the highest-rated show launch ever on the Viacom network in the 16-34 target demo.   The first episode of the new series aired at 10 p.m. ‎Tuesday night and attracted 250,000 viewers aged 16-34, according to MTV UK. That was 34 percent higher than the launch episode of MTV UK ratings hit Geordie Shore, a local version of Jersey Shore, in 2011 and 73 percent higher than the launch episode of hit show The Valleys in 2012.   During the time slot, MTV

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- Georg Szalai

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Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o in Talks for Disney's 'Jungle Book' (Exclusive)

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Disney is swinging forward with its adaptation of The Jungle Book, with two actresses in the midst of boarding the project being directed by Jon Favreau. Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong’o are in the middle of negotiations to join the already cast Idris Elba in what is being envisioned as a live-action/CG hybrid movie. Nyong’o is in final negotiations to play Rakcha, a mother wolf who adopts Mowgli.  Story: Idris Elba to Voice Man-Eating Tiger in Disney's 'Jungle Book' Johansson is in earlier stages of talks to voice the character of Kaa, the python who eats other animals

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- Borys Kit

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'Big Bang Theory' Boss Says More Marriage Proposals Coming, Talks Series Finale

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The lovable geeks on CBS' The Big Bang Theory are growing up before our eyes. Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) have routinely pondered marriage, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) are kissing (gasp!) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) has broken through with the ladies, while Howard (Simon Helberg) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) are growing stronger as they navigate marriage. Heading into the home stretch of season seven, showrunner Steve Molaro tells The Hollywood Reporter that the series will feature a lot of "big moves" in the final few episodes of the year. Among them: Leonard and Penny will,

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Tribeca: 'Chef' Stars Jon Favreau, Oliver Platt Talk Preparation

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To prepare for his roles in front of and behind the camera for the indie food film Chef, actor-director Jon Favreau rolled up his sleeves and got cooking -- literally. Speaking at the film's Tribeca premiere, the star said he went to culinary school and trained with chef Roy Choi in his restaurant to prepare for his role. SXSW Q&A: Jon Favreau Says 'Chef' Marks Return to 'Swingers'-Style Filmmaking Favreau added that that work also gave him an insight into the life of a chef that he brought to his role as the director. "[Working with Choi] really helped

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- Hilary Lewis

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Facebook Smashes Wall Street Expectations in First Quarter

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Facebook beat analyst expectations Wednesday when it reported first-quarter profits of 34 cents per share excluding certain items on revenue of $2.5 billion.  Wall Street had expected Facebook to report per-share earnings of 24 cents on 60 percent rise in revenue to $2.4 billion. Instead revenue was up 72 percent from the same period last year.   Revenue from advertising remained the largest money maker for Facebook. Ads brought in $2.27 billion for the social network during the quarter, up 82 percent from the same period last year.  Net income was $642 million,

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Jodie Foster Marries Girlfriend Alexandra Hedison

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Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster has tied the knot with photographer Alexandra Hedison, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The couple reportedly began dating last summer and wed this past weekend. Photos: Stars' Best Speeches When Coming Out The nuptials come more than a year after Foster's headline-making acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes in January 2013. The actress thanked ex-partner of 20 years, Cydney Bernard, with whom she has two sons, during her emotional acceptance speech, which many interpreted to be an indirect way of publicly coming out. "I already did my

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- Meena Jang

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Johnny Depp's 'Mortdecai' to Hit Theaters Winter 2015

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Lionsgate and OddLot Entertainment will open Johnny Depp's Mortdecai on Feb. 6, 2015. News of the release date comes amid dismal news for Depp's latest film, Transcendence. The $100 million sci-fi epic opened to $11 million last weekend in North America, marking the third big-budget disappointment in a row for the actor. Story: No Easter Resurrection for Johnny Depp's 'TranscendenceMortdecai, costing far less to make, stars Depp opposite Ewan McGregor, Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Munn and Paul Bettany. Directed and co-written by David Koepp, the action comedy stars Depp as a rakish art dealer on the run from

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- Pamela McClintock

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'Do No Harm' Creator Developing 'Pharaoh' With HBO, Inks New Deal With Universal TV

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Do No Harm creator David Schulner is staying at Universal Television. The writer-producer has inked a new two-year deal with the studio, extending the relationship with Uni TV that dates back to his first overall pact in 2010. Under the new deal, Schulner will create and develop new projects for the studio, with projects in the works for USA Network, Syfy and HBO. Story: TV Pilots 2014: The Complete Guide At HBO, Schulner recently sold ancient Egyptian drama Pharaoh to HBO with Ridley Scott attached to direct and exec produce. The drama explores an alternate explanation for the

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Apple to Split Stock 7 For 1, Raise Dividend

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  Apple will split its shares seven for one, the tech giant said Wednesday. The announcement coincided with the release of fiscal second-quarter earnings results that blew past the expectations of analysts. Apple earned $11.62 per share, excluding some items, on $45.6 billion in revenue while it was expected to earn $10.19 per share on $43.7 billion revenue. In the same quarter a year ago, Apple earned $10.09 a share on revenue of $43.6 billion. Apple stock is up 33 percent in the past 12 months but down 6 percent so far this

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- Paul Bond

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Inside the Split-Screen Love Story of A Great Big World's 'Already Home' (Video)

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After adding Christina Aguilera to their breakout ballad "Say Something," A Great Big World is taking fans along the ride for the ups and downs of long-distance relationships "Already Home." And the video is just as star-studded. The music video follows the sometimes tumultuous, but almost-always adorable story of bi-coastal lovers, played by Glee star Darren Criss and Gossip Girl actress Jessica Szohr. Viewers peer into each of their lives via side-by-side shots as they go through similar events throughout their day, while Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino perform onscreen. Story: A Great Big World's 'Is There Anybody Out There?': What

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- Jocelyn Vena

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'Best Week Ever' Canceled at VH1

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VH1 has canceled Best Week Ever for a second time. The weekly recap series will not return to the cable network, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Photos: Broadcast TV's Returning Shows 2014-15 "Best Week Ever was a pioneer in pop culture commentary on television when it launched in 2004, delivering its signature blend of comedy and tongue-in-cheek opinions on the most entertaining news and pop culture stories of the previous seven days. The series also served as a national launching pad for many talented creatives and comedians. We thank them, and the viewers who tuned in each week,

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Jennifer Garner Developing Mystery Dramedy at Bravo

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Jennifer Garner is heading to Bravo. The actress-producer is set to exec produce murder dramedy All the Pretty Faces for the NBCUniversal-owned cable network, Bravo announced Wednesday. All the Pretty Faces is set in the bucolic beach town of Half Moon Bay, Calif., and centers on two warring families engaged in an epic, decades-long feud. The death of one of their own brings both families together in search of the secret to the affliction that has plagued them for generations: immortality. Photos: Broadcast TV's Returning Shows 2014-15 J. Mills Goodloe (Pride, A Gentleman's Game, The Best

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Third 'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' Movie in the Works

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Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is ready for a reunion. Alloy Entertainment is developing Sisterhood Everlasting, a follow-up to the previous two films based on the popular Ya books. Ken Kwapis, who directed the original film in 2005, will return to direct, with Liz Garcia (The Lifeguard) writing the script. Les Morgenstein, president of Alloy Entertainment, and Elysa Dutton, vice president of Alloy Features, will produce along with Christine Sacani. Photos: Teenage Dreams: 17 of the Most Popular Ya Properties Adapted for TV and Film Sisterhood Everlasting, written by Ann Brashares, was released in March 2012. The story picks

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- Rebecca Ford

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'Midnight Rider': Sarah Jones' Death Was Preventable, Hairstylist Says

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Midnight Rider hairstylist Joyce Gilliard, who was injured by the same train that struck and killed camera assistant Sarah Jones, says she thinks the tragedy, which also left several other staffers injured, could have been prevented. "This tragedy could have been prevented if safety preventions and protocols were met and people who were in charge made conscious decisions to ensure we were safe," she said, speaking as a safety advocate on a conference call to mark the release of a report about workplace deaths and how they can be prevented. Photos: 'Midnight Rider' and More On-Set Accidents The

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- Hilary Lewis

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Warner Bros. Taps Animation Veteran to Run New Digital Unit

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Warner Bros. is forming a digital production unit and has tapped animation veteran Sam Register to spearhead the initiative.  Register, who previously served for six years as evp creative affairs at Warner Bros. Animation, will lead development and production of live-action digital series within the new unit. He will also continue to run the studio's animation arm in his new role as president of Wba and Warner Digital Series, reporting to Peter Roth, president and chief content officer at Warner Bros. Television Group.  "His creative instincts coupled with boundless enthusiasm, passion and energy were all key drivers

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- Natalie Jarvey

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William Hurt Drops Out of 'Midnight Rider'

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William Hurt is dropping out of Midnight Rider, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.  The actor was starring as Gregg Allman in the movie, which had been looking to gear up again after the on-set death of camera assistant Sarah Jones on Feb. 20 due to a train accident.  Director Randall Miller had been trying to re-start the production in Los Angeles, with a goal to resume shooting the film in June. The movie had previously been shooting in Georgia.  Insiders say that if the film

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Charlize Theron, Andy Samberg to Host 'Saturday Night Live'

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Charlize Theron and Andy Samberg are both returning to Saturday Night Live. The noted actress, to be seen next in A Million Ways to Die, will host the NBC show for the second time on May 10, with The Black Keys making their third musical guest appearance. Photos: 10 Stars You Forgot Were 'SNL' Castmembers  The Brooklyn Nine-Nine comedian will enjoy a homecoming to SNL as host on May 17, with St. Vincent making her musical guest debut. Up next at the hosting post is The Amazing Spider-Man 2's Andrew Garfield on May 3, with Coldplay making their fifth appearance as musical guest. SNL

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- Ashley Lee

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Billy Eichner on His Slow (and Loud) Rise to Stardom

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Billy Eichner might be the loudest comedian on primetime. The Emmy-nominated often-screaming host behind Fuse's Billy on the Street started his career as an actor in New York, waiting in long lines to put his Northwestern theater training to good use, before embracing his penchant for comedy and heading to the Upright Citizens Brigade to hone his skills as a comedian. It was then that the former high-school speech and debate team member came up with Creation Nation, the show that would help put his passion for pop culture to good use: quizzing people about the latest

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