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Concertgoer Claims UB40 Made Her Ear Bleed

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A fan who attended a UB40 concert in the U.K. on Monday claims the reggae band's performance caused her ear to bleed – literally. According to multiple accounts from individuals in attendance at the band's show in Cambridge, the bass was so loud it was physically uncomfortable to endure. Story: 'Red Red Wine' Singers UB40 Declare Bankruptcy "There were so many people walking out because they couldn't deal with it, local music fan Anna Webster told the BBC. "It was vibrating through your whole body -- it was actually altering heart rhythms." Webster said she left with a group of

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- Patrick Brzeski

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Comedian Artie Lange Hospitalized After Going Into Diabetic Shock

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Comedian Artie Lange has been hospitalized after going into diabetic shock, he tweeted on Tuesday. Lange said he's in a hospital outside of Detroit and apologized for "missing gigs" on his tour. Story: Artie Lange Plans to Host Fox Sports Radio Show He added that his road manager is taking care of him. Lange is best known for his many appearances on The Howard Stern Show and years on MADtv. He's also had memorable roles in movies like Lost & Found, The Bachelor and Elf. Story: Artie Lange Wants to Return to the 'Howard Stern Show' He currently hosts The

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- THR Staff

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Hans Zimmer Composes Theme Music to Edm Festival Tomorrowland (Exclusive Video)

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Oscar-winning film and music composer Hans Zimmer has created the first official hymn to mark the 10th anniversary of Tomorrowland, a leading electronic dance music festival held every year in the Belgian town of Boom, outside of Brussels. The 2014 edition takes place July 18-20 and July 25-27. The festival approached Zimmer to compose a classical piece that would embody the "mystical, magical" aspects the festival is known for, and whose award-winning scores are infused with similarly spiritual qualities. He recorded the original piece in Air Studios in London, where he had previously recorded soundtracks for films

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- Roy Trakin

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Angela Lansbury of 'Murder, She Wrote' Fame Made a Dame

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Actress Angela Lansbury, star of CBS' classic amateur detective series Murder, She Wrote (1984-1996), was made a Dame by the Queen of England Wednesday. The 88-year-old said she was "very proud," as she received her honor at Windsor Castle, adding, "to meet the Queen under these circumstances is a rare and lovely occasion."  Story: Oscars: Academy to Honor Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, Piero Tosi and Angelina Jolie Lansbury was born in the U.K. but immigrated to the U.S. as a child after the death of her father during World War II.   The honor was

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- Patrick Brzeski

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Relativity's Maker Studios Play: Real or Strategic?

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This story first appeared in the May 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Relativity Media's eleventh-hour attempt to snatch Maker Studios from Disney raised a key question: Was this a serious overture or a stunt to showcase its interest in the online video space? A source tells THR that Ryan Kavanaugh's studio offered as much as $1 billion including performance incentives for the multichannel network April 13, later increasing its bid to $525 million in stock and cash with as much as $500 million in performance bonuses and $75 million to retain key executives. Story: Why Disney Bought

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- Natalie Jarvey

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Met Gala: The Guest-List Crackdown

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This story first appeared in the May 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. It is not without intention that this year's May 5 Metropolitan Museum Gala and Costume Exhibit theme "Charles James: Beyond Fashion (1906-1978)" is diametrically opposed to last year's raucous and rakish "Punk." Considered one of the few true American couturiers, James perfected the art of the ballgown. Photos: Power Stylists' Greatest Hits: 48 Looks That Made the List Simply put: That's the way Conde Nast artistic director Anna Wintour wants it. For the official opening of the newly renovated and renamed Anna Wintour Costume

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- Merle Ginsberg

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Nat Geo Shake-up: Behind the Cable Net's Swift Regime Change

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This story first appeared in the May 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. When David Lyle and Howard T. Owens joined National Geographic Channels in late 2011, as CEO and president, respectively, their mandate was to make the 21st Century Fox property a force in the cable landscape -- not just another middle-of-the-road reality-show hub. At first, viewers responded. After just a year sharing the helm of Nat Geo, ratings surged to 12-year highs (up 29 percent in its targeted adults 25-to-54 demo). But as the full scope of their aggressive slate started

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- Alex Ben Block, Michael O'Connell

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How HBO's New Late-Night Host John Oliver Made It Big — in 5 Easy Steps

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A version of this story first appeared in the May 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Debut performance: Oliver made his first television appearance at the age of 8 in the 1985 BBC miniseries adaptation of Charles Dickens' Bleak House starring Diana Rigg. Casting directors came to his school to audition children to play the orphans. “They were just looking for children with black hair and brown eyes,” he says."I remember so little about it, all I remember is Diana Rigg used to give us anisette balls." Formative years: After attending a rough high school in the London

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- Marisa Guthrie

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Where Is 'Mad Men's' Netflix Bump?

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This story first appeared in the May 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. If only AMC could sell ads based on New York Times headlines. Mad Men, perhaps the most written-about TV series of the past decade, is poised to go out on a low ratings note. The April 13 bow of the seventh and final season fell about 30 percent from 2013 to its lowest premiere — 2.3 million viewers — since 2008. The steep drop is particularly brutal because many of Mad Men's cable rivals have gained big viewers thanks to Netflix and other Svod

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- Michael O'Connell

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CBS' $67 Million Man: Does Leslie Moonves' Moolah Make Sense?

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A version of this story first appeared in the May 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. All the numbers have yet to be crunched, but one thing is certain: CBS Corp. president and CEO Leslie Moonves' $66.9 million compensation in 2013 will make him the best-paid CEO in American media and put him among the world's highest-paid executives in any industry. By comparison, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein made $20 million in 2013, and Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent made $18.2 million despite a market cap of $111 billion that dwarfs CBS' $35 billion. Whether

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- Paul Bond

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John Oliver on the Luxurious 'Freedom' of HBO, His Complicated Relationship With NYC

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This story first appeared in the May 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. John Oliver is sitting behind his large wooden desk in his barely furnished office on the eighth floor of 555 West 57th St., one floor below CBS' 60 Minutes. There are no books on the metal-and-wood bookcase behind him. The TV is switched to CNN, on mute. It is mid-March, and several rooms on the floor are in various stages of construction; in one, heaps of plaster and drywall litter the floor. Oliver and his executive producer, Tim Carvell, still are hiring writers

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- Marisa Guthrie

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'Downton Abbey' Producer Developing Sigmund Freud Crime Drama

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London – ‎Writer and producer Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files, Hunted, Transporter) and writer and director Nicholas Meyer (Houdini, Star Trek) have joined forces to develop a crime series centered on Sigmund Freud for Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films, part of NBCUniversal, and Big Light Productions (Hunted, Transporter). Freud: The Secret Casebook sees the father of psychoanalysis become the first criminal profiler.   The drama is in development, but has yet to be ordered by a network. Photos: 2014's New Broadcast and Cable TV Shows "Set in the glittering, but volatile world of early 20th century Vienna, Freud will use his

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- Georg Szalai

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Japan's Studio Ghibli Producing Its First Film With a Theme Song in English

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Tokyo – American singer-songwriter Priscilla Ahn is providing the theme song Studio Ghibli film When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Marnie), the first English-language theme tune for a production from the Japanese anime hit factory.   Ahn will record Fine on the Outside, a song she wrote in high school, for the upcoming Ghibli film. "My biggest dream came true - I'm writing & singing the theme song to the next Studio Ghibli film - out this Summer!!!" Ahn tweeted after the announcement. Story: 'Frozen' Heading Toward $100 Million at Japan Box Office Ahn's music has appeared in numerous U.

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- Gavin J. Blair

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China Introduces TV Broadcast Rule to Prevent Channels From All Airing the Same Show

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China's state TV regulator announced Tuesday that it will soon ban broadcasters from airing the same TV series on more than two channels during prime time. The media watchdog said the move is intended to boost competition and viewing options for consumers. The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (Sapprft) also revealed a new rule limiting each TV series to airing no more than two-episode per day during peak viewing hours. The new regulations will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. Photos: Johnny Depp's First Trip to China Currently, TV series in China tend to broadcast

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- Patrick Brzeski

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The Hollywood Reporter Names 2014's 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media

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This story first appeared in the May 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Who says TV news is dead? The industry has produced record ratings over the past year (all three evening newscasts adding viewers in 2014, Good Morning America's ascent to the top of the morning heap has netted more than $100 million in ad revenue), as well as the most seismic changes in years with rarely seen network shake-ups in late night, the morning and daytime. List: The Hollywood Reporter's 35 Most Powerful People in Media 2014 After 30-plus years in television, David Letterman, late

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- Edited by Marisa Guthrie and Jeanie Pyun

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'Midnight Rider' to Resume Production in Los Angeles, Iatse Says

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Production on Midnight Rider could resume in June and be relocated from Georgia to Los Angeles, according to a message from Iatse on Tuesday. Filming on the Gregg Allman biopic was suspended in February when camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed while shooting on a train track. Now, however, a producer from Unclaimed Freight Productions has informed the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees of plans to resume the project, with preproduction beginning in a couple of weeks. Story: 'Midnight Rider' Accident: Sheriff's Office to Present Case to D.A. Next Week "We have expressed our obvious concerns regarding this production starting again. We

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- Debbie Emery

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'Orphan Black' Star Tatiana Maslany Recalls Reading Scary German Fairy Tales (Video)

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Conan O'Brien welcomed Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany to to his show on Tuesday to talk about her favorite bedtime reading material growing up, which was a world away from Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham.  When asked if she liked scary stories as a child, the BBC America breakout star told the TBS host: "It was forced on me. I was brought up German ... I am German," she revealed, citing a book that was "cautionary tales for children, in which they all die in the end." Story: Orphan Black: TV Review From a pixie man who chops of a boy's

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- Debbie Emery

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Transcendence: Film Review

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Nurturing an admirably vaulting ambition that doesn't always fit neatly within the format of a conventional, mass audience-aimed Hollywood production, Transcendence joins a growing group of films that intriguingly speculates about the implications of imminent technological breakthroughs on life in the very, very near future. Christopher Nolan's regular cinematographer Wally Pfister certainly didn't choose to cautiously test the waters when it came to making his directorial debut, having instead chosen to dive in deep with a story so ripe with dramatic, thematic, ethical, scientific, political and romantic angles that the feeling of possibilities missed inevitably seems greater than the

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- Todd McCarthy

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'Fargo' Premiere Recap: The Same -- Only Different

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[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the series premiere of FX's limited series Fargo.] With original Fargo screenwriter-directors Joel and Ethan Coen on board as executive producers, FX set the stage for its take on the 1996 Oscar-nominated feature with the first of its 10-episode series. From showrunner Noah Hawley (My Generation), FX's Fargo is set in a world that begins the day after the events in the film. The new series draws similarities from the original, which earned the Coen brothers an Academy Award for their screenplay, while still standing out with its own punches.

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- Brian Porreca

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The Library: Theater Review

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New York – As the audience enters before The Library begins, Chloe Grace Moretz lies immobile on a table downstage, wearing a hospital gown. But when this terrific young actress gets up and about in her first major theater role, she shows the same preternatural self-possession that has distinguished her screen work, even when forced to wade through puddles of speechy dialogue. Moretz is the chief saving grace of Scott Z. Burns' undynamic drama about the manipulation of comforting truths and the uses of vilification in the wake of a high school shooting, a play given the illusion of substance via

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- David Rooney

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