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Matt Groening: 'Simpsons' Movie Follow-Up is Far, Far Away

9 March 2013 3:36 PM, PST

Fans of The Simpsons will have to wait a long time for a sequel to the 2007 theatrical movie, according to series creator Matt Groening. Despite its $500 million gross and the enduring popularity of the Fox series, a movie follow-up isn't a priority. "It took us four years [to make] and it killed us," Groening said Saturday at UCLA's annual entertainment symposium, where he sat for a keynote Q&A with longtime Simpsons producer-director David Silverman. The movie "stole animators from the show," Groening said, and drained other resources. "Maybe another 10, 15 years" Silverman added.

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- Matthew Belloni

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New 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Teaser: One-Liners and Lively Action

9 March 2013 12:21 PM, PST

The latest trailer for J.J. Abrams next entry in the Star Trek series ditches the ominous tone of previous teasers in favor of rollicking action. Video: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Trailer: Cumberbatch's Wrath Revealed The clip opens with a familiar sequence seen in the first trailer, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) running and jumping off a cliff into an ocean, that's been revealed as a chase sequence (via The Playlist).  From there, Kirk gets lectured on breaking the rules, Benedict Cumberbatch's presumed villain delivers some glowering looks and some spaceship hijinks result in a one-liner delivered by Spock (Zachary Quinto). There's even an Enterprise warp drive scene

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- Erik Hayden

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'V/H/S/2' Gets VOD and Theatrical Release Dates

9 March 2013 10:32 AM, PST

Magnet, the genre distribution arm of Magnolia, has set a June 6 VOD release date and a July 12 theatrical opening for V/H/S/2, the sequel to the hit horror anthology. The theatrical release will be limited to 20 markets. Story: 'The Raid', 'Blair Witch' Directors Sign Up for 'V/H/S/2' (Exclusive) Gareth Evans, who directed The Raid, and Eduardo Sanchez, director of The Blair Witch Project and Lovely Molly, co-write and co-directed segments while Adam Wingard, the helmer behind You’re Next and A Horrible Way to Die, directed a full segment. Simon Barrett, the writer of Wingard’s pics who

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- Borys Kit

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Michael Rapaport Joins CBS' Will Arnett Comedy

9 March 2013 10:00 AM, PST

Michael Rapaport is re-teaming with Greg Garcia. The actor, who recurred on My Name Is Earl, has joined the cast of the Raising Hope showrunner's "unauthorized" comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The multicamera comedy centers on the recently divorced Jack (Up All Night's Will Arnett), whose life gets more complicated when his parents (Beau Bridges, Margo Martindale) have marital problems of their own. Rapaport will play Adam, the husband to Jack's sister (It's Always Sunny's Mary Elizabeth Ellis) who struggles to make a living as a mattress salesman. Photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2013 Raising Hope's Garcia

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- Lesley Goldberg

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HBO Releases 'Game of Thrones' Recap Special Online (Video)

9 March 2013 9:39 AM, PST

For fans that didn't sit home on Friday night to watch the Game of Thrones recap special, HBO has put the primer online ahead of the third season premiere. Photos: 'Game of Thrones' Season 3 Preview The 14-minute video includes co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and much of the cast walking their way through the events of the second season. There aren't any revelations of teases of the new season, but it doesn't hurt to retrace your steps through the series' labyrinthine plot. And, as always, it's refreshing to see Jack Gleeson, the actor behind the

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- Michael O'Connell

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TV Ratings: 'Fashion Star' Falters, 'Grimm' Makes Mostly Steady Return

9 March 2013 9:01 AM, PST

An even Last Man Standing (1.5 adults) kicked off the night on ABC, followed by a one-tenth dip for Malibu Country (1.3 adults). At 9 p.m., Shark Tank (2.0 adults) was up by a tenth to easily scored the night's top performance in the key demo. 20/20 (1.6 adults) was up by two tenths, giving ABC an average 1.7 rating with adults 18-49 and 6.4 million viewers. Undercover Boss (1.4 adults) was off a tenth of a point before Golden Boy (1.0 adults) made its soft and lone foray

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- Michael O'Connell

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Box Office Report: 'Oz' Headed For $75 Million-Plus Debut, Tops Friday With $24.1 Million

9 March 2013 8:14 AM, PST

Sam Raimi's 3D fantasy-adventure Oz the Great and Powerful is expected to gross north of $75 million in its North American debut after topping Friday's chart with $24.1 million. The big question is just how much more. Some box office experts believe The Wizard of Oz origins pic, from Disney, could approach $80 million for the weekend if family traffic surges on Saturday. Disney insiders are giving a more modest range of $69 million to $74 million. Photos: 'Oz the Great and Powerful': How Sam Raimi Brought the Legend Back to Life The studio hopes to launch a

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- Pamela McClintock

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SXSW: Ta-Da! Steve Carell, Jim Carrey and Olivia Wilde Reveal 'Burt Wonderstone'

9 March 2013 7:50 AM, PST

"I would like to say that so far, Austin is like a beautiful woman and I want to take advantage of you," Jim Carrey told the crowd at Friday's South by Southwest world premiere of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone -- a go-for-broke comedy in which he plays a David Blaine-style nemesis to Steve Carell's lion-maned, wax-chested Las Vegas magician. Carrey then launched, somewhat inexplicably, into a rendition of The Killer's "Human" ("Are we human? Or are we dancer?" he sang), before another of the film's stars -- Olivia Wilde, who plays a magician's assistant in the comedy --

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- Seth Abramovitch

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Pilot Season: Network Casts Gain Diversity

9 March 2013 6:00 AM, PST

This story first appeared in the March 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. As TV pilot casting ramps up, networks seem to be heading toward a more diverse 2013-14. Fox is leading the way, hiring highly sought-after Latino lead actors Michael Pena (The List), Ramon Rodriguez (Gang Related) and John Ortiz (Rake), while Shame’s Nicole Beharie and newcomer Angelique Cabral have nabbed leads in Sleepy Hollow and Enlisted, respectively. RZA, Jay Hernandez and Sung Kang co-star in Gang Related, and Common Law’s Michael Ealy will play the android lead in the high-concept J.J. Abrams-

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- Lesley Goldberg

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SXSW: 'Evil Dead' Rises, and the Crowd Goes Wild

9 March 2013 1:13 AM, PST

The gates of Hell were opened to a new generation of filmgoers in Austin on Friday, as South by Southwest hosted the world premiere of Evil Dead -- Sony's slick, shockingly graphic remake of Sam Raimi's 1981 no-budget horror masterpiece. And judging by the cheers, screams and assorted gagging sounds coming from the packed house at the Paramount Theatre, the effort was a worthwhile one. "We're like proud uncles of this young man," said Bruce Campbell, star of the original and a producer on the remake, of director Fede Alverez. The 35-year-old Uruguayan was hand-selected by Raimi to resurrect

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- Seth Abramovitch

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Evil Dead: SXSW Review

9 March 2013 1:00 AM, PST

Austin — "Blood-drenched" barely begins to describe Fede Alvarez's remake of Evil Dead, a gore-for-broke affair that strips the flesh off Sam Raimi's cult-beloved comic-horror franchise and exposes the demons at its core. The presence of Raimi, original collaborator Rob Tapert, and star Bruce Campbell as producers should give the faithful permission to attend what would otherwise smell like a shameless exploitation of the 1981 film, but the high production values and nonstop action offered here should also please younger genre fans who've never bothered to rent it. SXSW: 'Evil Dead' Rises, and the Crowd

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- John DeFore

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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone: SXSW Review

8 March 2013 11:34 PM, PST

Austin — Comebacks are as easy as pulling rabbits from a hat in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, a showbiz tale that's enjoyable but as familiar as the old-school routines its magician heroes dish out. A top-drawer cast guarantees some commercial appeal for this theatrical outing by small-screen vet Don Scardino, but the film isn't nearly as fresh as the show for which he's best known, 30 Rock. Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi play Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton, childhood nerds who bonded over magic tricks and grew up to be headlining partners in Vegas. Stuck in a

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- John DeFore

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Sony Corp. Chairman Howard Stringer to Retire

8 March 2013 11:19 PM, PST

Sony Corp. chairman Howard Stringer announced Friday he will step down from his post in June. Stringer, the company’s former chief executive and president, shared the news during a speech to the Japan Society in New York, where he told the audience would dedicate his time to focusing on new endeavors, including charity work. He will continue serving as chairman of the American Film Institute, the Los Angeles Times reports. Story: Sony Chairman Howard Stringer Faces Angry Shareholders "So I will remain busy, though perhaps not such a frequent flier on Japan Air Lines," Stringer said. Kazuo Hirai, Sony

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- Aaron Couch

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Mptf Planning to Hire Strike Replacements as Union Advises of Walk Out

8 March 2013 10:13 PM, PST

The Motion Picture and Television Fund will hire replacement workers if its unionized employees strike later this month, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The union representing 500 Mptf caregivers and other employees has notified the Mptf that it will strike for three days beginning the evening of March 18. “On Monday we will begin polling our represented employees on their intention to report to work during the strike and will initiate plans to replace those who are choosing to honor the strike,” said Mptf CEO Bob Beitcher. “We must continue our operations which are so essential to those we

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- Jonathan Handel

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Court Approves 'Stalking Horse' Bid For Rhythm & Hues

8 March 2013 8:40 PM, PST

After an explosive document was filed yesterday that questioned Rhythm & Hues' leadership and recommended liquidating the company, a bankruptcy court on Friday approved a stalking horse bid from South Korea’s Js Communications to acquire embattled Rhythm & Hues. Js Communications will assume the roughly $17 million in loans from Universal and Fox, which were provided to keep R&H operational as it completes work on Universal's R.I.P.D., scheduled for release July 19, and Fox's Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, scheduled for Aug. 16. Js Communications will also pay an additional $1 million in cash, according to Peter Fishman, director

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- Carolyn Giardina

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Manager-Producer Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas Exits 3 Arts

8 March 2013 6:06 PM, PST

Hollywood veteran Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas has parted ways with management-production firm 3 Arts Entertainment, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Goldsmith-Thomas was an agent at Wma and ICM, repping such clients as Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon, before running the East Coast division of Joe Roth’s Revolution Studios as well as Roberts' production company Redom in the 2000s. Story: Julia Roberts Producing 'The Taming of the Shrew' For ABC Goldsmith-Thomas joined 3 Arts in 2011 as a manager-producer. Sources say Goldsmith-Thomas never fully meshed with the company and that she will now strike out on her own.

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- Borys Kit

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'Walking Dead': Will Andrea Die Trying to Mediate Peace Between Rick and the Governor?

8 March 2013 4:52 PM, PST

[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the Image/Skybound comic series on which AMC's The Walking Dead is based.] It's been a long time coming, but Rick and the Governor finally will come face to face on Sunday's The Walking Dead. Following Rick's eye-opening encounter with Morgan during his recent weapons run, the prison's fearless leader will journey to Woodbury, where he'll follow Andrea's lead and attempt to barter a peace treaty between the two communities. But will Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Andrea (Laurie Holden) be able to persuade the Governor (David Morrissey) to take his sights off of

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis Close Deals for 'Horrible Bosses 2' (Exclusive)

8 March 2013 4:35 PM, PST

After more than half a year of negotiations, New Line has closed deals to reunite Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis for a sequel to Horrible Bosses, the surprise hit comedy released in 2011. Jamie Foxx is also likely to return and is negotiations to reprise his role as murder consultant Motherf---er Jones for the pic, which will see Seth Gordon back in the director's chair. Photos: Second Time's the Charm: 15 of Hollywood's Most Notable Remakes The original movie saw Bateman, Day and Sudeikis as harried workers who, in Strangers on a Train meets Nine to Five

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- Borys Kit

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Joel Kinnaman in Final Talks to Join Liam Neeson in 'All Nighter' (Exclusive)

8 March 2013 4:18 PM, PST

Joel Kinnaman is in final negotiations to star as Liam Neeson’s son in Warner Bros.’ crime thriller All Nighter, formerly titled Run All Night. Jaume Collet-Serra is directing the piece, which is being produced by Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee and Energy Entertainment’s Brooklyn Weaver. The plot concerns an aging hitman (Neeson) who is forced to take on his brutal former boss to protect his estranged son and his family. Photos: On the Set of AMC's 'The Killing' Kinnaman will play the son who, as a chauffeur, witnesses a murder and needs to be eliminated. All Nighter began life

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- Borys Kit

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HBO's 'True Blood' Showrunner Replaced (Exclusive)

8 March 2013 4:10 PM, PST

There are more changes afoot at HBO's True Blood. Mark Hudis, who in May replaced departing creator-showrunner Alan Ball for the show's upcoming sixth season, is being replaced himself. Writer-producer Brian Buckner, who has been with the vampire series since its first season, has taken over the position for the show's not-yet-concluded season. Photos: HBO's 'True Blood' Season 5 Stills “Mark Hudis has stepped down as showrunner of True Blood to focus on development under his overall deal with the network,” a spokesperson for the premium cable network said in a statement, referring to a two-year deal the writer-

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- Lacey Rose

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