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Joey Kovar Cause of Death 'Inconclusive' For Now

18 August 2012 4:21 PM, PDT

Authorities continue to investigate the death of Joey Kovar, the Real World: Hollywood and Celebrity Rehab 3 star whose body was discovered Friday in his hometown of Chicago. An autopsy performed Saturday could not determine the cause of death for the 29-year-old reality star, pending the results of a toxicological test, the Chicago Tribune reports. Law enforcement officials do not suspect foul play in his death. Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2012 Kovar had public battles with addiction during his 2008 stint on the Real World, during which he left the show temporarily to seek treatment. After his return,

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- Aaron Couch

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Nicki Minaj Cancels U.K. Concerts Due to Vocal Cord Damage

18 August 2012 2:45 PM, PDT

Nicki Minaj has pulled the plug on her concerts in the U.K. this weekend because of vocal cord damage. In a statement to THR, the rapper-singer's publicist said she "regretfully cancelled" her shows at the V Festival in England on Saturday and Sunday "due to strained vocal cords." Photos: Nicki Minaj's 17 Most Outrageous Fashion Moments Minaj's rep adds that, "Despite doctor's orders, she performed on a bruised vocal chord in (New York City) on August 14. As a result, the chord has gotten worse." Following an X-ray, a doctor has advises Minaj to rest

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- Erin Carlson

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Shia Labeouf: Sex Scenes in Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac' Will Be Real

18 August 2012 1:35 PM, PDT

Shia Labeouf says the sex scenes in Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac will be the real deal. As THR exclusively reported, the 26-year-old actor signed on to star in the controversial Danish director's latest project, an erotic two-part drama that begins production next month and will be released in two cuts, one more sexuality explicit than the other. "(The movie] is what you think it is," Labeouf tells MTV News. "It is Lars von Trier, making a movie about what he's making. For instance, there's a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says we're

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- Erin Carlson

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Madonna Slams Pussy Riot Guilty Verdict

18 August 2012 1:12 PM, PDT

One of Pussy Riot's most vocal celebrity supporters, Madonna has released a statement protesting the Russian punk rocker girl group's conviction on charges of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred." "I protest the conviction and sentencing of Pussy Riot to a penal colony for two years for a 40 second performance extolling their political opinions," the singer said in a statement Saturday (via Reuters). "Even if one disagrees with the location or how they chose to express themselves, the sentence is too harsh and in fact is inhumane. I call on all those who love freedom to condemn this

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- Erin Carlson

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Seth Meyers Will Not Impersonate Paul Ryan on 'SNL' (Report)

18 August 2012 11:50 AM, PDT

When Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan as his running mate, it was almost a given that Saturday Night Live would have a field day lampooning the blue-eyed, budget-focused Gop-er. Which begs the question: who's going to impersonator Ryan next season? Not Seth Meyers, according to TMZ. The website reports that Meyers, the NBC show's head writer and Weekend Update anchor, has yanked himself from consideration, leaving an opportunity for castmates including Bill Hader, Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan to spoof the Wisconsin congressman. Jason Sudeikis, who could potentially not return this year, already parodies Joe Biden and

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- Erin Carlson

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James Gunn In Talks to Direct Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' (Exclusive)

18 August 2012 11:22 AM, PDT

James Gunn has emerged as Marvel Studios' choice to direct its upcoming space superhero saga Guardians of the Galaxy. After a lengthy search, sources say that Marvel executives now are talking exclusively with Gunn, whose previous credits include the genre films Slither and Super. The studio is said not to have ruled out others in the running —  Peyton Reed (Bring It On, Yes Man) and Half Nelson helming team Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden were in the mix, according to sources — in case talks with Gunn's reps do not lead to a deal. Marvel is said to like

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- Borys Kit

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Box Office Report: 'Expendables 2' Tops Friday With $10.5 Mil, But Trails 2010 Film

18 August 2012 8:33 AM, PDT

Action extravaganza The Expendables easily topped the Friday box office, but overall moviegoing remained on the softer side as the sequel found itself trailing the original 2010 film. Expendables 2, from Lionsgate and Millennium Films, grossed $10.5 million for a projected weekend opening in the $27 million to $28 million range. On the same weekend two years ago, Expendables grossed $13.3 million on its first Friday for a $34.8 million opening. The sequel - featuring a who's who of 1980s action stars, plus Liam Hemsworth -- received an A- CinemaScore, portending good word of mouth. »


- Pamela McClintock

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Meet 'The Inbetweeners': MTV's Answer to the UK Original (Video)

17 August 2012 11:15 PM, PDT

As MTV's scripted slate continues to grow, the teen-friendly network introduces a fresh take on the beloved UK comedy The Inbetweeners. Playing the four sex-obsessed teenagers in the remake are Bubba Lewis as Simon, Joey Pollari as Will, Zack Pearlman as Jay and Mark L. Young as Neil. The boys stopped by The Hollywood Reporter's cover lounge to discuss their new series, which many have likened to a male version of MTV's Awkward. Photos: MTV's Video Music Awards: The Nominees "Guys can relate and girls can get to see what's said when they're not around," says Lewis.

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- Sophie A. Schillaci

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NBC's 'Tonight Show' Lays Off 20 Employees

17 August 2012 10:52 PM, PDT

NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno has laid off about 20 employees, a network source confirms to The Hollywood Reporter. The direct cause of the shakeup at NBC's late-night staple is not yet clear, nor are the exact areas of the program that were hit by the downsizing. While the Jay Leno-hosted talker regularly tops the late night ratings, its core audience has aged as competition from such younger-skewing shows as Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report has siphoned away viewers. The move comes as executives at NBC owner Comcast

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- THR Staff

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Britney Spears, Nasa's Mars Rover Exchange Tweets About 'Oops!… I Did It Again' Video

17 August 2012 7:05 PM, PDT

Britney Spears still has a fan on Mars. The pop star and newly minted X Factor judge took a walk down memory lane this week, tweeting a link to her red planet-set "Oops!… I Did It Again" music video and asking Nasa's Mars rover, "So @MarsCuriosity… does Mars look the same as it did in 2000?" Photos: The Industry's Wildest Riders Surprisingly enough, the official Curiosity Twitter account responded in kind with a pop culture-savvy quip: "Hey Brit Brit. Mars is still looking good. Maybe someday an astronaut will bring me a gift, too. Drill bits crossed ;)"

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- Sophie A. Schillaci

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Richard Fowkes, Exec VP at Legendary Entertainment, Dies at 66

17 August 2012 6:12 PM, PDT

Richard Fowkes, a veteran entertainment executive and the head of business affairs for Legendary Entertainment, died Aug. 16 in Los Angeles after a battle with brain cancer. He was 66. One of his daughters is Jillian Fowkes, vp/talent for the ID publicity firm. After receiving his law degree at the National Law Center of George Washington University, Fowkes, a native of Yonkers, N.Y., began his career at the Dramatists Guild as a staff attorney, then joined Paramount’s New York-based legal department. That was followed by two years as a production attorney at United Artists. He returned to Paramount in

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- Mike Barnes

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Winona Ryder In Talks For 'Homefront' (Exclusive)

17 August 2012 5:39 PM, PDT

Winona Ryder is in negotiations to join Jason Statham and James Franco in Homefront, Millennium’s action movie scripted by Sylvester Stallone. Kid actor Izabela Vidovic is also boarding the production, which is expected to get underway Sept. 24 in New Orleans with Gary Fleder directing. The project, based on a book by Chuck Logan, centers on a an ex-dea agent (Statham) who moves to a small town in the hope of a quiet life but runs afoul of a villainous meth kingpin named Gator (Franco). Ryder will play a former biker chick partnered with Franco. Vidovic is playing Statham’s

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- Borys Kit

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Liberty Media Applies for Control of Sirius Xm Radio

17 August 2012 5:13 PM, PDT

Billionaire media-mogul John Malone and his Liberty Media moved a step closer on Friday to taking control Sirius Xm Radio. In a filing with the FCC, Liberty asked permission to take "de jure" control over Sirius Xm, having already failed at an attempt to take "de facto" control. The former requires more than a 50 percent stake in the company while the latter does not. Liberty purchased 40 percent of Sirius Xm when it basically rescued the company from bankruptcy three years ago with a $530 million loan, a prudent investment given that the market capitalization of Sirius Xm

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- Paul Bond

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'The Mentalist' Actress Sues Warner Bros. TV Claiming Sex Harassment

17 August 2012 5:12 PM, PDT

A former background actress on CBS' The Mentalist has sued producer Warner Bros. Television and its casting service claiming her role was reduced and eventually eliminated when she complained about a daily barrage of sexually-charged comments directed at her by a fellow employee. Shanelle Howard, who says she has performed as a stand-in and background actress on the hit Simon Baker procedural drama since it launched in 2008. filed suit Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Wbtv, the fellow employee Lonnie Moore and Gep Cencast, the casting agency that handles background actors on shows such as The

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- Matthew Belloni

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'Necessary Roughness' Enlists Former NFL Star Quarterback (Exclusive)

17 August 2012 5:02 PM, PDT

Ready for some football? Necessary Roughness is recruiting the help of Super Bowl winner and two-time Pro Bowler Joe Theismann, the Washington Redskins' former star quarterback, for a cameo, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. He will play himself. In the 16th episode of season two airing this winter, Theismann expresses interest in getting involved in the management side of the New York Hawks football team. Theismann, who played for the Redskins from 1974-85 after a stint in the Canadian Football League, filmed the guest spot Monday on the Atlanta set. In Super Bowl Xvii in 1983, he

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- Philiana Ng

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