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Tribeca: Mary J. Blige, Arnold Schwarzenegger World Premieres Added to Feature Lineup

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The world premieres of a Mary J. Blige documentary, followed by a performance from Blige herself, and Arnold Schwarzenegger's zombie film Maggie are among the highlights of the second half of the feature film lineup for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. The festival announced Thursday the slates for its Spotlight, Midnight and Special Screening sections and two work-in-progress documentary screenings. Read More Tribeca Film Festival Announces First Half of Lineup This year's Special Screenings consist of five films accompanied by live performances, including the world premiere of the documentary Mary J. Blige — The London Sessions. Blige will perform

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- Hilary Lewis

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L.A. Deputy Film Czar Quits to Run for State Legislature

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Is it time for Hollywood to be represented in Sacramento? Rajiv Dalal, who announced on Wednesday he was resigning as L.A.’s deputy film czar, revealed that he will be a candidate for California’s 43rd Assembly district, which includes numerous entertainment industry businesses and residents in the east end of the San Fernando Valley. In an election to be held in 2016, Dalal will seek the seat now held by Mike Gatto, a Democrat who will be termed out next year. In his announcement, Dalal said that his greatest accomplishment while working for the city was helping to push passage of

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- Alex Ben Block

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Hall & Oates Sues Over Haulin' Oats Cereal

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Hall & Oates thinks the cereal name Haulin' Oats hits a little too close to home. Attorneys for the band's Daryl Hall and John Oates are suing Early Bird Foods & Co. for "phonetic play on Daryl Hall and John Oates' well-known brand name," the BBC reports. The lawsuit goes on to state other companies have tried "to make a connection between the artists' names and oats-related products," over the years. See more Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films             The product from the Brooklyn-based company sells for $27.00 for a three-pack on the Early Bird Foods &

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- THR staff

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Stylist Shake-Up: Rachel Zoe Studio Losing Top Duo for Major Stars (Exclusive)

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The lucrative world of celebrity stylists is about to realign.   The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the A-list styling team of Jill Lincoln and Jordan Johnson, who have worked for years under the aegis of Rachel Zoe Studio, are departing Zoe's umbrella to go out on their own. The trio have collectively worked with some of the most prominent and stylish actresses in Hollywood, including Jennifer Lawrence, Sofia Vergara, Kiernan Shipka, Jennifer Garner, Gabrielle Union, Lucy Hale and Megan Fox. See more Paris Fashion Week's Front Row Lincoln and Jordan started their styling careers as assistants to Zoe (Jordan made several

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- Merle Ginsberg

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Chris Matthews' Wife Mulling Congressional Run (Report)

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Chris Matthews' wife and former D.C. news anchor Kathleen Matthews is considering running for Rep. Chris Van Hollen's congressional seat, according to Politico. Van Hollen announced Wednesday that he plans to run for the Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Mikulski, who said she would not seek re-election in 2016. Read More Chris Matthews Signs New Long-Term Deal with MSNBC (Exclusive) Kathleen Matthews and her MSNBC anchor husband live in Chevy Chase, Maryland, the D.C. suburb in Van Hollen's congressional district. Kathleen Matthews spent 25 years as a news anchor for Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate

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- Hilary Lewis

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'Scandal': See 'Girls' Star Lena Dunham Make Her Debut (Exclusive Photos)

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Hannah Horvath is coming to Scandal. Girls star and self-professed Gladiator Lena Dunham will make her debut on the ABC political thriller's March 19 episode and The Hollywood Reporter has the exclusive first-look at her character. See more The Couples of Shondaland: 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Private Practice,' 'Scandal' The episode, titled "It's Good to be Kink," will see Olivia (Kerry Washington) spring to action when she learns of a woman — judging from the photos below, played by Dunham — who plans to expose the sex secrets of some of D.C.'s most elite. The

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Harper Lee Pens Note to Journalist: "Go Away!" (Report)

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Harper Lee is not in the mood to speak to journalists, at least based on what appears to be a handwritten response from the 88-year-old author to an Alabama reporter. Connor Sheets, an investigative reporter for the Birmingham News, claimed he wrote a letter to Lee in February, hoping to reach the author after several more direct attempts to contact her were unsuccessful. Sheets said he tried to get in touch with Lee via her lawyer, her publisher, and even by visiting Lee at her Monroeville nursing home in Monroeville. When he arrived at the nursing home, Sheets

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- THR Staff

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Jury Decides Village People 'Y.M.C.A.' Songwriter Has 50% Song Share

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Village People singer-songwriter Victor Willis has finally prevailed in reclaiming 50 percent of the copyright to many of the group's songs, including "Y.M.C.A." For four years, Willis has been in a legal battle that has been closely followed in the music industry because it dealt with a portion of copyright law that allows authors to terminate copyright grants. When Congress amended copyright to permit this in the mid-1970s, it was done with an eye on giving authors 35 years hence the benefit of the latter portions of a newly extended term. Ever since, many

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- Eriq Gardner

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Brit Marling-Zal Batmanglij Drama Gets Netflix Series Order (Exclusive)

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As it prepares to bow Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Bloodline this month, Netflix is adding another series to its roster of scripted fare. Following a multiple-network bidding war, Netflix has picked up eight hourlong episodes of The Oa, a drama from indie darlings and Sound of My Voice duo Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The premise of the drama series is being closely guarded and kept under wraps, but Marling will star and co-write alongside Batmanglij, who will direct. The Oa will premiere in 2016. See more The Faces of Pilot Season 2015 The

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Sigourney Weaver Reveals How She Learned Neill Blomkamp Would Helm a New 'Alien' Film

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When news broke that Neil Blomkamp would write and direct a new Alien film — which will disregard the events of David Fincher's Alien 3 and Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Alien: Resurrection — longtime fans of Ripley, as represented in Ridley Scott's Alien and James Cameron's Aliens, rejoiced. Sigourney Weaver included. The actress who portrays Ripley said at the time, that she thinks Blomkamp is the right person to wrap up the saga: "I would love to take Ripley out of orbiting around in space and give a proper finish to what was such an excellent story." Weaver told The

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- Ted Simmons, Ashley Lee

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'Dig's' Tim Kring and Gideon Raff on the "Long, Crazy, Gratifying Journey" to Air

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Thursday marks the premiere of Dig, USA Network's ambitious event series, which weaves together three (seemingly) separate storylines — a cult compound, the murder of an archeologist, and a potential religious prophecy — into one mystery thriller. Behind the scenes, there's been well-documented changes: production shifted from Israel to Croatia/New Mexico, as well as an episode order increase. Series creators Tim Kring (Heroes) and Gideon Raff (Homeland) spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the challenges — and joys — of making the‎ ambitious first season of Dig. As you're this close to the premiere, what's your mindset? Tim Kring: It's amazing,

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- Marisa Roffman

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Leonard Nimoy Remembered by 'Three Men and a Baby' Star Steve Guttenberg

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The first time I met Leonard Nimoy was in 1986 when I was 28 and he was about to direct Three Men and a Baby. He had this impressive home in Bel-Air on Stone Canyon that was filled with art. He showed me a model of the set and spoke about how these three characters [played by Guttenberg, Tom Selleck and Ted Danson] were going to form one complete man who’d raise the little girl. He and his wife, Susan, cooked dinner. When we got to talking, he told me about doing [the TV series] Highway Patrol with Broderick

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- Steve Guttenberg, as told to Bill Higgins

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Ringling Bros. Circus Eliminating Elephant Acts

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The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press exclusively that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision. Executives from Feld Entertainment, Ringling's parent company, said the decision to end the circus's century-old tradition of showcasing elephants was difficult and debated at length. Elephants have often been featured on Ringling's posters over the decades. The decision is being announced Thursday. Read More Nine Acrobats Injured in Fall From Circus Platform "There's been somewhat of a mood shift among

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- The Associated Press

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Vince Vaughn on Imitating 'Frozen' With His Daughter: "Are We Doing Some Serious Damage?" (Video)

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Still obsessed with Frozen? No worries — so is Vince Vaughn, via his daughter. The Unfinished Business actor lightheartedly noted on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that his four-year-old, Lochlyn, is obsessed with acting like Elsa "like it is her job. ... Elsa, which is the one that my daughter really seems to idolize, she doesn’t want to get too close to anyone, because she’ll hurt them, she’ll freeze them and she’ll cause them pain, so she has to shut herself out. See more Watch Ben Affleck Butcher "Let It Go" on 'Tonight Show' "I wonder what a child psychologist would say

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- Ashley Lee

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Annie Lennox on the Internet: A "Schizoid Place Where I Get Approval and Disapproval"

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Annie Lennox delivered one of the finest performances of the 2015 Grammys, teaming up with Hozier for "Take Me to Church" and bringing the house down with her rendition of "I Put a Spell on You." Turns out, the social-media consensus that was quick to champion her that night also kind of freaks her out. "It's like the Roman Empire: You get the thumbs up and everybody loves you," Lennox told Vogue in an interview released Wednesday. "Everybody is a critic nowadays and if they feel like they don't like you, they can steam into you with

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- Chris Payne, Billboard

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Bank of Canada to 'Star Trek' Fans: "Spocking" $5 Bills Is "Inappropriate"

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"Spocking," the craze of altering Canadian $5 bills to make the former politician on them look like Spock from Star Trek in tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy, is not illegal, says the Bank of Canada, but definitely illogical.  "Spock" your $5 bills for Leonard Nimoy pic.twitter.com/bKdKyC3l4q — Design Canada (@The_CDR) February 27, 2015 Spocking involves altering the appearance of Wilfrid Laurier, Canada's former Prime Minister, to look like Spock, Nimoy's famous Star Trek character. Spocking took off after Nimoy's death last Friday from lung disease.  The BBC reports that the Bank of Canada has not

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- Abid Rahman

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Tracey Ullman Returns to U.K. TV After 30 Years

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After 30 years of living and working in the U.S., legendary British comedienne Tracey Ullman is returning home.  The BBC has commissioned a six-episode season of The Tracey Ullman Show which will see Ullman return to British screens for the first time since the mid-1980s when she was the star of shows like Three of a Kind and A Kick Up The Eighties.  Ullman emigrated to the U.S. in the late 1980s, creating the successful The Tracey Ullman Show for Fox, which famously gave The Simpsons its television debut as short animated sketches on her show before

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- Abid Rahman

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TV Ratings: 'Empire' Won't Stop Getting Bigger, Hits Eighth Week of Growth

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When does Empire hit its crescendo? Logic says it would have been weeks ago, but the Fox drama has grown yet again — hitting a 5.7 rating among adults 18-49 during its ninth episode on Wednesday night. And that's just the preliminary score. See more 41 Broadcast Series That Are Already Renewed Empire rose another three-tenths of a point in the key demo to hit its latest series high. And American Idol (2.1 adults) bleeding into the 9 p.m. hour means its all but guaranteed to grow again in the final score. Empire also hit

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- Michael O'Connell

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'Empire's' Trai Byers on Andre's Breakdown, Relationship With Jennifer Hudson

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[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the ninth episode of Empire's first season, "Unto the Breach."] Since Empire's pilot, the Fox hip-hop drama teased that the eldest Lyon son, Andre (Trai Byers), had an illness that kept Lucious (Terrence Howard) from handing over the keys to his kingdom. Save for a small physical stumble one night at his father's club Laviticus, Andre seemed to have his bipolar disorder under control. A combination of his medication, doting wife Rhonda (Kaitlin Doubleday) and clear-cut mission to get between younger brothers Jamal (Jussie Smollett) and Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) combined to keep

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- Danielle Turchiano

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'Blurred Lines' Trial: Pharrell Says His Song Channels "That Late '70s Feeling"

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Pharrell Williams testified in a single phrase to what he thinks "Blurred Lines" shares with the Marvin Gaye song it's said to copy: "Feel. Not infringement." That's the dispute in the trial currently in its second week in Los Angeles federal court, with the soul singer's children Frankie and Nona Gaye claiming "Blurred Lines" infringes their late father's 1977 song "Got To Give It Up." The prolific producer (and The Voice judge) took the stand on Wednesday, with his co-claimant Robin Thicke present in court for the first time this week. His testimony offered an inside look

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- Austin Siegemund-Broka

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