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'Lincoln' DVDs to Go to All U.S. Middle and High Schools

11 February 2013 3:49 PM, PST

A week before Presidents Day and just eight days until Oscar voting closes, the producers of Lincoln are making news with a new education initiative. Steven Spielberg’s Oscar contender will be landing in the hands of a large group of people -- they just aren’t Oscar voters. Photos: Academy Awards 2013: The Nominees Participant Media said Monday that in conjunction with its upcoming social action campaign, “Stand Tall: Live Like Lincoln,” DVDs of Lincoln will be distributed to all public and private middle and high schools in the U.S. once the DreamWorks Pictures/20th Century Fox film becomes available on

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- Rebecca Ford

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Sony Developing 'Oliver Twist' Re-Imagining With 'Dodge & Twist'

11 February 2013 3:42 PM, PST

Sony is updating Oliver Twist with Dodge and Twist, an adventurous take featuring the characters from Charles Dickens’ classic novel with Cole Haddon, the creator of the NBC’s upcoming Dracula show, writing the script. Matt Tolmach is producing alongside Ahmet Zappa and his Monsterfoot Productions. The project is set on an idea by Zappa and not on the more serious book of the same name by Tony Lee. Taking a page out of the recent Robert Downey Jr.-starring Sherlock Holmes movies, Twist takes pickpocketing rivals Oliver Twist and Artful Dodger and re-imagines them 20 years down the road.

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- Borys Kit

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'Arrow' First Look: 'Teen Wolf's' Colton Haynes Makes His Debut (Exclusive Photos)

11 February 2013 3:13 PM, PST

Colton Haynes is ready to make his Arrow entrance. The Teen Wolf alum will arrive in Starling City on Wednesday and play a pickpocket named Roy Harper who naturally mixes things up with Oliver's (Stephen Amell) kid sister, Thea (Willa Holland). Story: 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Supernatural,' 'Arrow' Renewed by the CW In the "Dodger" episode -- featuring James Callis (Battlestar Galactica) as the jewel thief -- Thea has her purse stolen while working with Laurel (Katie Cassidy) and eventually comes face-to-face with Roy, in the above and below images exclusive to The Hollywood Reporter. Roy is further described as

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Grammys Crasher Jailed for On-Stage Adele Stunt (Video)

11 February 2013 2:51 PM, PST

A Grammy crasher spent the night behind bars for storming the stage during the ceremony -- a moment broadcast around the world, but noticed by very few. At the moment Jennifer Lopez presented Adele with her Grammy for best pop solo performance, a man in a tuxedo and black glasses appears at the microphone to greet the "Set Fire to the Rain" singer. With Adele climbing the stairs to the podium, Lopez then gives the man a stern look and, with a flick of the thumb, gestures him off stage. Photos: Grammys 2013: Red Carpet Arrivals As Lopez's co-presenter Pitbull offers Adele

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- Seth Abramovitch

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Ted Nugent, Fierce Obama Critic, Attending the State of the Union as Congressman's Guest

11 February 2013 2:04 PM, PST

Ted Nugent will be attending the State of the Union address on Tuesday night -- assuming he passes a background check. The fire-breathing rocker has been invited to the Capitol for the first State of the Union of President Barack Obama's second term as the guest of Rep. Steve Stockman (TX-36), thus disproving his prediction that, if Obama won re-election he'd "either be dead or in jail." In a statement, Stockman said "I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent joining me in the House Chamber to hear from President Obama. After the address I'm

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- Jordan Zakarin

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'New Girl' Casts More of Nick's Dysfunctional Family

11 February 2013 2:00 PM, PST

New Girl has found more of Nick's family. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the Fox comedy has cast Nick Kroll (The League) and Bill Burr (Breaking Bad) to play two more members of the Miller family, which the show will introduce during an upcoming trip to Nick's (Jake Johnson) hometown of Chicago. Photos: Up Close and Adorkable With the Cast of 'New Girl' Kroll, whose eponymous Comedy Central sketch show just earned a second season renewal, will play Jamie, Nick's younger brother. Jamie is described as a dimwitted (but sweet) air-conditioner repairman. Jamie gets along well with his

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- Michael O'Connell

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NBC's 'Dracula' Drama Finds its Van Helsing in Thomas Kretschmann

11 February 2013 2:00 PM, PST

NBC's Dracula drama has found its Van Helsing. King Kong and The River alum Thomas Kretschmann will play the legendary role of Abraham Van Helsing, while Mr. Selfridge's Oliver Jackson-Cohen has joined the cast of the Jonathan Rhys Meyers series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The series, which bypassed the traditional pilot stage, takes place in the 1890s and finds Dracula (Meyers) living a double life in London as an American businessman interested in bringing modern science to Victorian society. But his true plan -- to exact revenge on those who

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Warner Horizon to Turn 'Oz' Into Fantasy TV Series with 'Red Brick Road'

11 February 2013 1:27 PM, PST

Warner Horizon is going beyond the yellow brick road, picking up fantasy Red Brick Road as a potential series. Story details are being kept behind the curtain, but the concept is described as a continuation of the Wizard of Oz story but told in a Game of Thrones fashion, filled with politics, intrigue and violence. Video: 'Oz the Great and Powerful' Super Bowl Spot Hits Online The show is created by Rob Prior, who has worked as a concept artist on several movies and in the graphic novel field. Red Brick Road comes with some big names as exec producers

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Lionsgate Swings to Q3 Profit on 'Breaking Dawn' Box Office

11 February 2013 1:13 PM, PST

Toronto – Lionsgate on Monday saw its shares hit a new all-time high as it showed the latest fruits of its Twilight franchise. Stock in Lionsgate closed Monday on the New York Stock Exchange at a new all-time high as it rose 4 percent in heavy trading to $19.89, just off its high for the day and well up from a 52-week low of $11.09. The stock performance came just ahead of the Vancouver-based mini-studio swinging to a third-quarter profit of $37.8 million, compared to a year-earlier loss of $1.

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- Etan Vlessing

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Jake Tapper to Get 4 P.M. Slot on CNN

11 February 2013 1:10 PM, PST

CNN confirmed that Jake Tapper’s weekday program will air at 4 p.m. beginning in March and that the show also has tapped Federico Quadrani as executive producer. He joins CNN from MSNBC where he was executive producer of weekend programming and also Chuck Todd’s The Daily Rundown. He’s currently the exec producer of anchor Chris Jansing’s weekday morning program Jansing & Company. Story: Hello, I'm Jeff Zucker. You're Fired. “Federico’s talent for story development and live production will be a perfect fit for Jake’s new program,” Sam Feist, CNN Washington bureau chief and senior vp, said in a statement.

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- Marisa Guthrie

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Robert Downey Jr. Options Episode of U.K. Anthology Series 'Black Mirror'

11 February 2013 1:10 PM, PST

Warner Bros has picked up the rights to an episode of Channel 4's Black Mirror to translate into a sci-fi thriller that will be produced Robert Downey Jr. and his Team Downey banner.  The studio has acquired the rights to the episode The Entire History of You and will use the original episode's technology as a jumping off point for a feature adaptation.  The episode of the British anthology show centers on a man with an implant that allows him to record and re-watch all of his life experiences. He begins to suspect his wife is having an affair

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- Borys Kit, Seth Abramovitch

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Berlin 2013: Download THR's Day 6 'Daily'

11 February 2013 1:08 PM, PST

In Day 6 of THR's Berlin Festival daily, buyers at the European Film Market search for the next Twilight, Richard Linklater's Before Midnight sells out before its gala premiere, and THR's annual actors roundtable showcases five hot talents. Young-Adult Films Main Focus at Efm With the wildly successful Twilight and Hunger Games film adaptations, it’s clear Ya is the go-to genre of the moment. “These films are working at the box office, when a lot of other genres are hit and miss,” said Im Global CEO Stuart Ford. Before Midnight Sells Out Just Before Berlin Premiere Im Global

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BBC Drama Chief on 'Call the Midwife,' 'Sherlock' and What's Next (Q&A)

11 February 2013 1:05 PM, PST

Ben Stephenson has been controller, drama commissioning at the BBC since Sept. 2008. In that role, he is responsible for the development of the drama schedule at the U.K. public broadcaster. THR’s international business editor Georg Szalai talked to the executive about the BBC’s recent successes, such as Sherlock and 1950s period show Call the Midwife, his latest commissions, the BBC’s international co-productions and whether he would go for a show set in the U.S. The Hollywood Reporter: The BBC has had some big drama successes with the likes of Call the Midwife. Why has drama been

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- George Szalai

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BBC Unveils 'Atlantis,' 'Doctor Who' in 3D, Third Season of 'Call the Midwife'

11 February 2013 1:00 PM, PST

The BBC Monday night unveiled its latest ambitious slate of drama commissions, including a series about Atlantis and a Pride & Prejudice homage. The BBC has also ordered a third season of its period medical drama ratings hit Call the Midwife, written by Heidi Thomas, and plans 3D content to celebrate the 50th anniversary of evergreen Doctor Who. The third season of Midwife, which airs in the U.S. on PBS, will take place in 1959 on the eve of the swinging 1960s. The BBC will also bring back crime drama Death in Paradise for a third season. Meanwhile, BBC Four

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- Stuart Kemp , Georg Szalai

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Movie Ticket Prices Slightly Higher in 2012

11 February 2013 12:45 PM, PST

The price of an average movie ticket sold in the U.S. hit another new all-time high in 2012, but the rise has slowed to a crawl compared to years prior. Nato also estimated that when the final data is in it will show admissions rose 5.5% in 2012. That would be a turnaround from recent years. For instance from 2010 to 2011, admissions declined about 4 percent.   Prices rose to $7.96 in 2012 from $7.93 in 2011, an increase of only 3 cents per ticket, according to data released Monday by the National Association

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- Alex Ben Block

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'Lost's' Josh Holloway to Star in CBS Drama 'Intelligence'

11 February 2013 12:36 PM, PST

Lost's Josh Holloway is returning to the small screen. The actor best known for his starring role on ABC's island drama has been tapped to star in CBS' drama pilot Intelligence, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Story: TV Pilots 2013: The Complete Guide The drama centers on U.S. Cyber Command, a unit that has been created around one agent with a very special gift: a microchip that has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Holloway will star as Gabriel Black, a former Navy Seal and dedicated intelligence officer. North Country's Michael

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- Lesley Goldberg

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The Face: TV Review

11 February 2013 12:32 PM, PST

Oxygen's new supermodel competition series The Face mixes Top Model with The Voice, where twelve hopefuls compete individually and in teams coached by Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova and Coco Rocha. Refreshingly, the series doesn't waste its inaugural episodes with auditions, which tend to drag. The Face immediately hopes into action by having the twelve featured girls ready to compete, and already placed with their model mentors. Throughout the first series, the girls will be put through competitions similar to those seen on Top Model -- narrative fashion shoots, putting together outfits on the fly -- and will collaborate with fashion industry greats

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- Allison Keene

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Sinead O'Connor: 'Pope Benedict's Greatest Achievement Is This Act of Retiring'

11 February 2013 12:26 PM, PST

As theories swirl around the motivations for Pope Benedict XVI's surprise resignation, one of recent history's most vociferous critics of the papacy -- Irish singer Sinead O'Connor -- has issued the retiring pontiff a backhanded statement of support. "I would like to congratulate Pope Benedict on his wise decision to retire before the very worst of what has been going on is discovered," O'Connor writes in a statement on her website. "I appreciate his alluding to some of it in his statement and assure him The Most High forgives those who can faithfully say they did wrong." Photos: Grammys 2013: The

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- Seth Abramovitch

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Amanda Seyfried in Talks to Join Seth MacFarlane's 'Million Ways to Die' (Exclusive)

11 February 2013 12:17 PM, PST

Amanda Seyfried is in negotiations to join the cast of Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West, the filmmaker's follow-up feature to his hit Ted. If a deal is made, Seyfried will join Charlize Theron and MacFarlane, who is starring in, directing and co-writing the Western comedy with modern sensibilities.

MRC is behind the movie, and Scott Stuber is producing with MacFarlane. Million Ways follows a sheepish farmer who chickens out of a gunfight and sees his girlfriend leave him. When he

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- Borys Kit

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'Beautiful Creatures' Star Viola Davis on Why Her Character Isn't a Maid in the Adaptation (Q&A)

11 February 2013 11:41 AM, PST

Viola Davis won critical acclaim and became an awards-season staple last year after starring as Aibileen Clark in the SAG Award-winning film The Help. But Davis has no plans to jump into another role playing a Southern domestic worker. So when she heard about a role in Beautiful Creatures, Davis was glad that one change had been made for the movie adaptation of the popular young-adult novel. Davis’ character, Amma, is a hybrid of two of the characters in Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s book -- a maid named Amma and a local librarian. Davis, also Oscar nominated

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