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Universal, Paramount's Brad Grey at War Over $50M in 'Sopranos' Profits (Exclusive)

14 February 2013 3:54 PM, PST

Universal has put a hit out on Brad Grey for allegedly not sharing $50 million or more in profits from The Sopranos. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the NBCUniversal-owned studio has filed a confidential arbitration claim against the Paramount chairman and CEO for failing to honor a 50-50 profit-sharing arrangement on the hit HBO series. Grey, who was a principal at the Brillstein-Grey management/production company before taking the reins of Paramount, executive produced on the long-running mob drama and is believed to have earned tens of millions of dollars from its success. Universal in

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- Matthew Belloni

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Box Office Report: 'Die Hard 5,' 'Safe Haven' in Close Valentine's Day Race

14 February 2013 3:52 PM, PST

Bruce Willis franchise installment A Good Day to Die Hard and Nicholas Sparks' romantic drama Safe Haven are finding themselves in a relatively close race at the Valentine's Day box office. Matinee and early Thursday evening ticket sales suggest that 20th Century Fox's Die Hard 5 will earn in the $10 million range for the day, including $840,000 in Wednesday night previews. Photos: '80s Action Stars: Where Are They Now? Relativity Media's Safe Haven, benefiting from couples celebrating the sweetheart's holiday, could likewise hit $10 million for the day, although conservative estimates have the film grossing $8 million to

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- Pamela McClintock

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Zooey Deschanel Launches Production Company, Inks First-Look Deal at 'New Girl' Studio

14 February 2013 3:51 PM, PST

New Girl star Zooey Deschanel is getting serious about producing.  She and her Hello Giggles partner Sophia Rossi not only have launched a production shingle but inked a first-look deal with New Girl studio 20th Century Fox Television, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. As part of the two-year deal, the duo will be focused on developing both comedy and drama fare. Photos: Up Close and Adorkable: Behind the Scenes of Fox's 'New Girl' Had New Girl writer-producer J.J. Philbin's comedy Must Be Nice been ordered to pilot at Fox, Deschanel, Rossi and the femme-focused Hello

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- THR Staff

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Oscar Parties 2013: THR's Complete Guide

14 February 2013 3:24 PM, PST

As the Oscars approach, The Hollywood Reporter has the complete rundown of glitzy galas leading up to and capping off the Feb. 24 awards show. Among the hosts are Vanity Fair, Essence, Elton John and Madonna. The list will be updated as more events are confirmed. Thursday, Feb. 21 Essence Magazine’s Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon This luncheon takes place at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The honorees are Oprah Winfrey; actresses Alfre Woodard, Gabrielle Union, Naomie Harris and Quvenzhane Wallis; and producer Mara Brock-Akil. Photos: THR's Oscar Nominees Night: Jennifer Lawrence, Steven Spielberg, Naomi Watts Celebrate at 2013 Bash

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- Degen Pener, Bill Higgins

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Michael Mann, Chris Hemsworth Teaming Up for Cyberthriller

14 February 2013 3:20 PM, PST

Michael Mann is partnering with Chris Hemsworth for an untitled thriller for Legendary Pictures. Mann has closed a deal to direct while Hemsworth has signed a deal to star in the project Mann co-wrote with Morgan Davis Foehl. The storyline is said to revolve around cyber terrorism. Other plot details are being kept under wraps, including Hemsworth’s role.

Thomas Tull, Mann and Jon Jashni will produce. The company's Alex Garcia is exec producing. Mann hasn’t directed a movie since 2009’s Public Enemies and is notoriously choosy about his movies, sometimes spending years developing projects

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- Borys Kit

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'Women of L.A.' Earns a Shaming From Hollywood's Comedy Scene

14 February 2013 3:19 PM, PST

If comedian DJ Lubel was hoping to get Hollywood's attention, he's succeeded with his latest song parody, "The Women of L.A." The video -- a dweeb's lament at how hard it is to get the shallow women living in Los Angeles to sleep with him -- has racked up nearly 500,000 hits in the 24 hours since it went up on YouTube. Some of it is positive attention -- most notably from Ashton Kutcher, who tweeted a link to it with a simple, "Lolz." Jon Hurwitz, who wrote Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, liked it, too, telling Lubel:

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- Seth Abramovitch

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'Oz' Premiere: James Franco Rides in Hot Air Balloon, Michelle Williams Parties With Busy Phillips

14 February 2013 3:08 PM, PST

It was tough to miss the giant hot air balloon on Hollywood Boulevard on Wednesday, which remained in position outside Disney’s El Capitan theater from the early morning until 7:30 p.m. premiere of Oz: The Great and Powerful, at which point star James Franco was sent up into the air for a live shot. “I did take a couple pictures,” the star confessed of his ride in the balloon, where he was visibly engaged in activity on his phone. Video from the event later surfaced on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where Franco was a guest on that evening’s program.

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- Sophie Schillaci

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Nickelodeon Orders Superhero Family Comedy 'The Thundermans' to Series (Exclusive)

14 February 2013 2:22 PM, PST

Nickelodeon is getting into the sibling superhero business. The network has ordered to series The Thundermans, a superhero-themed comedy about a family of twin siblings, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. Story: Two Spinoffs, Animated Pilot From 'SpongeBob' Writer Part of Ambitious Nickelodeon Slate The family comedy revolves around the Thundermans, 14-year-old twin siblings (Kira Kosarin and Jack Griffo) who share the same bathroom, school and annoying little siblings. She is a super student with a sunny disposition who looks forward to being a superhero someday, but he is a supervillain. Jed Spingarn, whose credits include Nickelodeon's The Adventures of

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- Lesley Goldberg

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'Glee's' Mike O'Malley to Star in NBC Comedy 'Welcome to the Family'

14 February 2013 1:38 PM, PST

Mike O'Malley has found a new family. The actor perhaps best known for his role as Kurt's (Chris Colfer) father of the year Burt on Fox's Glee, has been tapped to star in NBC's Welcome to the Family, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2013 The single-camera comedy focuses on the colliding world sbetween a white family and a Latino family who are bonded together by their children who fall in love -- and have unplanned pregnancy.  O'Malley will play Dan Yoder, an orthodontist in his early 40s who is affable and charming but easily

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- Lesley Goldberg

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'The Host': New Trailer Shows More Body-Snatching Aliens (Video)

14 February 2013 1:33 PM, PST

A new trailer for The Host, the film adaptation of Twilight creator Stephenie Meyer's latest book, was released on Thursday. The latest clip was broadcast live during a Google Hangout with writer/producer Meyer and the cast of the film. Photos: Gillian Flynn and Reese Witherspoon, Stephenie Meyer and 'The Host' Cast: Authors With Their Stars The Host stars Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, The Lovely Bones) as Melanie Stryder, a girl living in a world where almost every human's body and mind have been taken over by aliens called “souls.” Melanie hasn’t been taken over yet, and neither has her love

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- Emily Helwig

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Facebook's Randi Zuckerberg Lands Two-Book Deal

14 February 2013 1:29 PM, PST

Former Facebook Marketing Director and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, Randi Zuckerberg has signed a two-book deal with HarperCollins Publishers. The publishing company announced that Dot Complicated, a memoir, and a children’s picture book are scheduled for release in Fall of 2013, wih the memoir coming November 5. The autobiography will cover her entrepreneurial journey, including her work as a television correspondent, social media executive, and producer. Details will also include the launch of her company, professional insight into the digital age, and the balance of career and motherhood. Zuckerberg describes today's digital world as “a lot like the wild,

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- Danielle Burton

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CBS Posts Record Financial Results for Q4

14 February 2013 1:28 PM, PST

CBS said Thursday that it posted record financial results for the fourth quarter and full year. Revenue rose 2 percent in the quarter to $3.7 billion while earnings per share rose 14 percent to 64 cents. By both metrics, CBS came up short of the expectations of analysts, which were for $3.8 billion in revenue and 69 cents per-share in profit. Net earnings came in at $393 million, up from $370 million. At the beginning of a conference call with analysts, executive chairman Sumner Redstone, sounding somewhat frail, spoke of a "bright future" for CBS under "super

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- Paul Bond

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'House of Cards's' Beau Willimon on Showing Bad Journalist Behavior: 'That's Sort Of The Point'

14 February 2013 1:16 PM, PST

House of Cards, Netflix's glossy political drama, has become a cult sensation, quickly driving discussion and analysis among TV fans and D.C. operatives. Its depiction of the business of governing as a rough-and-tumble, anything-goes brawl packed with lies, deceit and sex may provide a thrill -- but it has also drawn some major complaints. In particular, some journalists have raised eyebrows at the series’ portrayal of reporters and bloggers, who are often portrayed as being callow, reckless or slow. One of the most sharply-debated aspects is the show's women reporters. Alternately collaborating and dueling with the venomous

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- Jordan Zakarin

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'50 Shades of Grey' Producer Slams Nyt Tesla Review: 'Hit Piece'

14 February 2013 1:04 PM, PST

The feud between The New York Times  and Tesla Motors exploded Wednesday, when the boutique automaker's CEO, Elon Musk, presented data that refuted many of the claims made by the paper about one of its car's insufficiencies. The data, logged during reporter John Broder's test drive, has media reporters buzzing and some in Hollywood rallying behind the environmentally friendly electric cars. Broder wrote that the Model S that he drove over a two-day period between Washington and Boston suffered from inefficient charging, low battery life and inconveniently slow speeds. Musk countered, saying that Broder deliberately drove at speeds that went

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- Jordan Zakarin

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Alyson Hannigan Granted Restraining Order Against Internet Stalker

14 February 2013 12:42 PM, PST

A judge has granted How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan a restraining order against a man who made threats on the Internet that he would rape and kill the actress. According to Hannigan's petition, New Hampshire resident John Hobbs, 43, has over the course of the past two months posted "a barrage of threatening messages directed at me and my family on various websites." Hannigan wrote that Hobbs suggested he would rape her and take her to "the after-life." Hobbs recently was released from a mental hospital, the Associated Press reports. He reportedly has been

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- Seth Abramovitch

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Tom Cruise vs. Life & Style: Suri Mental State Probed in $50 Mil Lawsuit (Exclusive)

14 February 2013 12:27 PM, PST

One of the discomforts for a celebrity bringing a defamation case against a tabloid is being subjected to the discovery process. After all, one of the defenses against libel is that there were no false statements made. In October, Tom Cruise filed a $50 million lawsuit against the Bauer Media Group, publisher of Life & Style magazine, over a story that suggested the actor had abandoned daughter Suri. The litigation had the potential of becoming nasty in the pretrial phase; now, it appears, it has. On Thursday, the parties outlined what each is seeking in discovery -- and it's an eyebrow-

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- Eriq Gardner

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Jason Ritter to Star in Fox's 'Friends and Family' Pilot

14 February 2013 12:08 PM, PST

Parenthood's Jason Ritter has found a new TV family. The Emmy-nominated actor has inked a deal to star in Fox pilot Friends and Family. The half-hour entry, which is being adapted from the BBC series Gavin & Stacey, shines a light on how friends and family are the best support and the worst nightmare when two very different people meet and try to make a long-distance relationship work. Story: TV Pilots 2013: The Complete Guide Ritter is set to play Gavin, a mid-20s, adorably neurotic and witty guy with Woody Allen DNA who is excited about

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- Lacey Rose

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'Awake's' Jason Isaacs to Star in CBS' 'Surgeon General' Drama

14 February 2013 12:04 PM, PST

Awake's Jason Isaacs has picked his project. The actor, one of pilot season's most sought-after leads, will star in CBS' The Surgeon General, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Story: TV Pilot Season: Rose Byrne, Jason Isaacs Top Network Wish Lists The medical pilot centers on America’s doctor: the surgeon general of the United States, with Isaacs set to play Dr. John Sherman, a man of solid build and character. He's got a rare mix of resolve, humanity and dry wit. When he's injured during his service as a military medic, he becomes a national hero and is appointed to the

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Alona Tal Explains Premise of CW's 'Cult' (Video)

14 February 2013 12:01 PM, PST

Cult, the CW’s new series premiering on Feb. 19, has a show-within-a-show premise that might need a little more explaining. Luckily, actress Alona Tal stopped by The Hollywood Reporter’s video lounge to talk about the new mystery drama. “Cult is about a show called Cult that is very successful,” says Tal, 29. Photos: Midseason 2013: TV's Newest Series Within the show, an Lapd detective named Kelly Collins is trying to bring down the leader of the cult named Billy Grimm. Kelly also used to be in the cult. And then there’s the real-world story-line:

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- Rebecca Ford

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'Breaking Bad's' Dean Norris to Star in CBS' 'Under the Dome'

14 February 2013 12:00 PM, PST

CBS' Under the Dome has found its star. Breaking Bad's Dean Norris has been tapped to play the lead role in the network's sci-fi drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Based on the book by Stephen King, the summer series follows residents in the community of Chester's Mill as they deal with the postapocalyptic conditions that ensue when a strange dome mysteriously encapsulates the town. Story: CBS Orders Stephen King's 'Under the Dome' Straight to Series for Summer 2013 Norris will play Big Jim, the successful owner of Chester's Mill's used car dealership and a town councilman who takes his position seriously. CBS Television Studios will produce

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- Lesley Goldberg

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