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Editors Walk Out on History's 'Swamp People'

19 February 2013 3:56 PM, PST

The editorial crew of Swamp People has walked off the job as a result of a dispute with the show’s producers, Original Media, according to a post on the Motion Picture Editors Guild website. Original, a subsidiary of Endemol, produces the reality show for History. The guild post says that the walkout is due to an “unfair labor practice ... unlawfully interfer(ing) with employees' rights under the National Labor Relations Act by interrogating employees about union organizing activity.” It’s not clear from the post whether the union, which operates as Iatse Local 700, has filed an Unfair Labor Practice complaint

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- Jonathan Handel

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'Walking Dead' Actress to Guest Star in 'Law & Order: Svu's' 'Legitimate Rape' Episode (Exclusive)

19 February 2013 3:54 PM, PST

Lauren Cohan is going from The Walking Dead to Law & Order: Svu. The actress has been tapped to guest-star in the long-running NBC procedural's "Legitimate Rape" episode, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. During the episode, set for late March, Cohan will play Avery Jordan, a popular sports reporter who accuses her cameraman of raping her. When she learns she's pregnant from the encounter, she opts to keep the baby. The role of the cameraman has yet to be cast. Photos: 'The Walking Dead's' Most Shocking Deaths The episode will focus on the "legitimate rape" controversy that erupted

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Hannah Storm on Crafting Her 'Multifaceted' Sheryl Swoopes Doc for Espn

19 February 2013 3:43 PM, PST

Espn Films and espnW introduced its Nine for IX film series Tuesday during an intimate lunch attended by many women and a few men (Espn president John Skipper and NBC’s Willie Geist, there to support his sister, Espn producer Libby Geist). The series – an extension of the company’s award-winning 30 for 30 franchise – is comprised of nine documentaries about female sports trailblazers and directed by women. The franchise kicks off July 2 on Espn and will air over consecutive Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Owing to timing and marketing synergy, the inaugural film is likely to be

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- Marisa Guthrie

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'The Fault in Our Stars' Movie Lands Director

19 February 2013 3:41 PM, PST

Josh Boone has been hired to direct The Fault in Our Stars, Fox 2000’s adaptation of John Green’s acclaimed best-seller. Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, the producers behind The Twilight Saga and this past weekend’s Nicholas Sparks translation Safe Haven, are producing the project, which has a script by (500) Days of Summer and The Spectacular Now screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. Whispers of Boone’s involvement surfaced over the weekend when a series of tweets connected Green, a big social networker, Boone and actress Shailene Woodley (The Descendants). At this stage, however, sources say Woodley, who stars

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- Borys Kit , Andy Lewis

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HBO Passes on James Gandolfini's 'Criminal Justice' Pilot

19 February 2013 3:22 PM, PST

HBO is not moving forward with its high-profile James Gandolfini project. The premium cable network that made its name in originals with the actor's long-running drama The Sopranos, has opted not to order his latest drama pilot, Criminal Justice, to series. The adaptation of Peter Moffat's 2008 BBC crime drama had Gandolfini on board to star. The original New York-set drama tracked a person on trial for murder through the court process, with each of its two five-episode seasons consisting of a new cast. HBO's installment would revolve around the first arc, which tracked Ben Whishaw as Ben, a guy

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- Lacey Rose

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Ari Graynor Lands Lead Role in CBS' 'Bad Teacher'

19 February 2013 3:15 PM, PST

CBS has found its bad teacher. Ari Graynor has been tapped to star in the network's comedy pilot Bad Teacher, an adaptation of the 2011 feature film. Story: TV Pilots 2013: The Complete Guide Based on the 2011 Cameron Diaz feature, the single-camera comedy centers on Meredith Davis, a foul-mouthed divorcee who becomes a teacher in order to find her next husband. Graynor will play Meredith, the role played by Diaz. Meredith is a hot, confident and unapologetic trophy wife. She's the kind of woman other women hate. But when her husband leaves her without a dime, the fantasy is

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Michael Pena to Star in Fox Drama Thriller 'The List'

19 February 2013 3:00 PM, PST

Michael Pena is now officially on Fox's list. The End of Watch star has booked the leading role in the network's drama thriller pilot The List, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Story: TV Pilots 2013: The Complete Guide The pilot centers on a U.S. Marshal Dan Soto as he leads the hunt for the person who stole "the list" -- a file with the identities of every member of the Federal Witness Security Program -- after people in the program start getting killed. Pena will play Soto, an intense inspector described as a ruggedly attractive, oddly charismatic and notoriously quirky maverick who

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Sony Pictures Television Will Shoot at Least 3 Pilots in 4K

19 February 2013 2:55 PM, PST

Indian Wells, Calif. -- Sony Pictures Television plans to shoot between three and five pilots in 4K this season. Since the 4K TV push at last month’s CES, where an estimated 50 “Ultra HD” TVs were unveiled, discussion has quickened about the content-creation and delivery sides of the 4K equation. Sony has been bullish about starting content creation in the format, which represents four times the amount of data as today’s HD. “My guess is we’ll be doing half a dozen shows in 4K if they are picked up,” Spt senior vp technical operations Phil Squyres said Tuesday at the Hollywood

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- Carolyn Giardina

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WWE Addresses Complaints That It's Bashing the Tea Party (Video)

19 February 2013 2:50 PM, PST

World Wrestling Entertainment on Tuesday responded to right-wing criticism that one of its storylines is a slam against the conservative Tea Party movement and indicated that it has no intention of reining in the perceived partisanship. The controversy began a week ago on Monday Night Raw and gained steam this week as video began to spread on the Internet. In the video, wrestler Jack Swagger brings his “great American” manager Zeb Colter into the ring to lecture the crowd on “true patriotism,” which apparently means immigrant-bashing and veiled racism. Photos: 20 Biggest Political Players in Hollywood (Watch

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- Paul Bond

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David O. Russell to Direct Jennifer Lawrence in 'The Ends of the Earth' (Exclusive)

19 February 2013 2:38 PM, PST

Oscar nominee David O. Russell has committed to reunite with Jennifer Lawrence on the drama The Ends of the Earth, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The Silver Linings Playbook filmmaker has come aboard to direct the Weinstein Co. drama, a fact-based love story about a powerful oil tycoon who has everything stripped from him after he is caught in an affair. Russell could tackle the project after his next movie, an untitled drama he will film in New York and Boston beginning in March with Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and Amy Adams. Lawrence is slated to have a cameo

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- Matthew Belloni

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Jay-z, Roc Nation Sign Global Publishing Administration Deals With Warner/Chappell

19 February 2013 2:13 PM, PST

Jay-z and his Roc Nation company have signed worldwide publishing administration deals with Warner/Chappell Music. The agreements give the publisher rights to Jay-z's music dating to 2008 -- which would include The Blueprint 3 and Watch the Throne -- and all of Hova's future work, effective immediately, while most of the rest of his catalog will transfer to Warner/Chappell by year's end. "The real meaning of success is being in the position to work with an individual you consider a friend," Jay-z said in a statement. "Jon Platt is such a person. He's a man of extraordinary character as

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- Dan Rys, Billboard

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After Mindy McCready's Suicide, Dr. Drew's Death Toll Has Critics Charging Exploitation

19 February 2013 2:13 PM, PST

After the news broke late Sunday that troubled country singer Mindy McCready had taken her own life, Dr. Drew Pinsky went on television to emphasize that the singer had a long history of substance abuse and mental health issues. Yes, he said, McCready had been on a patient on his show Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew, but as he added later in a statement, "Unfortunately it seems that Mindy did not sustain her treatment." Story: Mindy McCready's Death, the 'Celebrity Rehab' Curse and an Attempt to Make Sense of Tragedy That mea culpa has left some unconvinced of Pinsky's

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- Jordan Zakarin

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Fox Restructures Programming With New Department, Partners With YouTube Channel

19 February 2013 1:59 PM, PST

In an effort to support its evolving programming model, Fox announced Tuesday the launch of an event series and multiplatform programming department and a multiyear partnership with YouTube channel Wigs. Under the restructuring and expansion, James Oh has been promoted to senior vp current programming. His appointment comes just a week after news that longtime executive vp current programming Marcy Ross was departing to pursue work on the creative side of the TV business. Oh, previously vp of the department, will work directly under COO Joe Earley in his day-to-day management of the team. In the new division,

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- Michael O'Connell

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'Battlestar Galactica's' Tricia Helfer to Star in ABC's 'Killer Women'

19 February 2013 1:30 PM, PST

ABC has found its killer woman. Battlestar Galactica's Tricia Helfer has been tapped to star in the network's adaptation of Argentinean drama Killer Women, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Based Mujeres Asesinas, the drama revolves around Molly Parker, the only woman in the notoriously male Texas Rangers. Helfer will star as Molly, the ballsy, beautiful badass who knows how to get to the truth and isn't afraid to ruffle a few feathers on her way there. The sheriff's daughter has a doctorate in gender studies as well as a Miss Texas crown from

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Wme Signs Justin Timberlake's Music Touring Business (Exclusive)

19 February 2013 1:00 PM, PST

Actor and singer Justin Timberlake is taking his music touring business to Wme. Although previously signed with talent agency CAA, Wme had been repping Timberlake as an actor since 2009. It will now inherit all of his future business, including touring and endorsements. Photos: 20 Best and Worst Music to Movie Crossovers Timberlake, a six-time Grammy winner, is in the midst of a promotional blitz for his new album, The 20/20 Experience. Due out in March, it’s his first studio release since 2006’s multi-platinum FutureSex/LoveSounds. The singer also recently announced that he and Jay-z, who appears on

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- Shirley Halperin

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Joe Roth Goes for Win in $50 Million 'Anger Management' Lawsuit

19 February 2013 12:55 PM, PST

Joe Roth, producer of FX's Charlie Sheen sitcom Anger Management, has filed new papers in a $50 million legal battle over the sitcom, saying that he kept his promises to another producer who spent two years developing the property for television. The original lawsuit came from Jason Shuman and his Blue Star Entertainment, who alleged nearly a year ago, before the series premiered, that Roth's Revolution Studios "refused to honor its written producer agreement" by denying him compensation and a producer credit on Anger Management. Roth, who is targeted personally for alleged fraud, now says he's entitled to a summary

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- Eriq Gardner

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TV Ratings: Beyonce's HBO Doc Pulls 1.8 Million Viewers

19 February 2013 12:53 PM, PST

Beyonce proved a huge draw for HBO on Saturday night. The intimate documentary about the singer, Beyonce: Life is But a Dream, pulled 1.8 million viewers during its inaugural outing at 9 p.m. Et. It's the largest audience for a HBO doc since Nielsen revised its method of measuring viewership in 2004. Photos: Beyonce Performs at the Super Bowl The only other documentary to approach Beyonce's haul was previous record-setter When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. The Spike Lee miniseries about the devastation caused to New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina earned 1.7 million

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- Michael O'Connell

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Kelly Clarkson Slams Clive Davis: 'I Refuse to Be Bullied'

19 February 2013 12:50 PM, PST

Kelly Clarkson is striking back at music industry legend Clive Davis, who divulges the source of long-festering acrimony with the American Idol season one winner in his new memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life. In his book, out Tuesday, Davis revisits the infamous feud with the singer over her third album, My December, and takes shots at Clarkson for hysterics over recording one of her biggest hits. Never one to back down from a fight, Clarkson -- who just won best pop vocal album Grammy for her fifth set, Stronger -- took to her Whosay account to set the record straight,

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- Michele Amabile Angermiller, Chris Willman

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Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tony Kushner on Making 'Lincoln' (Video)

19 February 2013 12:32 PM, PST

Not long ago, I moderated an extensive Q&A following a screening of Lincoln with the film's director Steven Spielberg; screenwriter Tony Kushner; and actors Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, James Spader and Lee Pace. The Academy nominated Lincoln for best picture, Spielberg for best director, Day-Lewis for best actor, Field for best supporting actress and Kushner for best adapted screenplay. I urge you to check out the video of our conversation above. Among the topics we covered... Spielberg's 1999 conversation with Team of Rivals author Doris Kearns Goodwin that sparked his desire to make a film about

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- Scott Feinberg

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Science Channel Sets Alien-Themed Programming for 'Are We Alone?' Month (Exclusive)

19 February 2013 12:16 PM, PST

Science Channel's "Are We Alone?" month returns in March with a slew of new programming exploring the question of extraterrestrial life. The lineup will include new episodes of Alien Encounters, examining what would happen if aliens invaded Earth, as well as the new special Aliens: The Definitive Guide, which Science Channel calls an "Encyclopedia Galactica of non-Earth life forms." Other programming includes specials centering on the planets Mars and Venus. “'Are We Alone?' month was a big hit for Science Channel last March. We invited viewers to join the search for extraterrestrial life, and it’s clear that everyone

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- Kimberly Nordyke

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