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TV Upfronts: Jennifer Lopez on NuvoTV, 'Idol' Lessons and Beating Diddy to Fuse

12 May 2014 4:36 PM, PDT

  NuvoTV chief creative officer and part-owner Jennifer Lopez said she has picked up a key programming lesson from her judge's post on American Idol. Story: Upfronts 2014: Complete Guide to What's New, Renewed and Canceled "If it ain't broke, don't fix it -- it's all the common-sense things. American Idol is such an institution, and it is such a great show, at the end of the day, it's about the contestants and the focus should never be on anything else," Lopez told The Hollywood Reporter just before the network's upfronts presentation at New York City's Edison Ballroom on

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- Ashley Lee

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'Marry Me's' David Caspe Talks Lessons From 'Happy Endings,' Bringing Back Familiar Faces

12 May 2014 4:16 PM, PDT

Happy Endings creator David Caspe is back, with NBC's rookie romantic comedy Marry Me slated to bow Tuesdays in the fall. The comedy stars Caspe's former Happy Endings leading lady and his fiancee, Casey Wilson, opposite Ken Marino -- they play a longtime couple who get engaged, only to quickly realize that it's harder than it looks. The series had the distinction of becoming the first clip NBC's Bob Greenblatt unspooled to Madison Avenue ad buyers during the network's upfront presentation Monday, a show of confidence in the single-camera series. THR caught up with Caspe after NBC's presentation to discuss how he and Wilson --

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Cannes: How Much Does It Cost to Do Business at the Festival?

12 May 2014 4:11 PM, PDT

This story first appeared in the May 16 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. How Much Cannes Costs a Movie Company $500K-$1M (€721K) The rule of thumb is $500,000 to $1 million in Cannes expenses for any movie -- studio or indie. Take DreamWorks Animation's How to Train a Dragon 2. With the cost for talent estimated at $100,000 a person for travel and lodging, and if Dwa brings the top four or five stars to the fest -- Kit Harington, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett -- the bill begins at $500,000. Factor the obligatory party into the total cost and the bill gets even bigger. The

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- Rhonda Richford, Georg Szalai

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Fox Upfront: Paying for Delayed Viewing, the Absence of 'Idol' and 3 More Takeaways

12 May 2014 3:12 PM, PDT

Fox may not have had the best season this year, flat with 2012-13 despite the benefit of airing the Super Bowl, but entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly made no mention of setbacks during Monday's upfront presentation at New York's Beacon Theatre. Instead, he drove home the same message throughout his several appearances on stage: up or down, Fox is the youngest of the Big Four. "We have been and still are America's next-generation network," Reilly said. "We have the most youthful audience at scale." Photos: Broadcast TV's New 2014-15 Shows That audience, which includes viewers across

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- Marisa Guthrie, Michael O'Connell

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At&T Ups Offer for DirecTV to $50 Billion (Report)

12 May 2014 2:48 PM, PDT

At&T is inching closer to acquiring DirecTV at a price of approximately $50 billion, which is about $10 billion more than previously reported, according to Bloomberg, while other sources said Monday that a deal could be announced in the next couple of weeks. The Wall Street Journal first reported two weeks ago that At&T was interested in buying DirecTV for $40 billion, although the news didn't move the stock much. Several days later shares shot up 8 percent, an indication that a better price might be negotiated. Story: At&T Considering $40 Billion Acquisition of DirecTV A $50 billion deal for DirecTV

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- Paul Bond

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'Up' and 'Star Trek' Composer to Score 'Jurassic World'

12 May 2014 2:43 PM, PDT

Michael Giacchino, the composer known for his work for Pixar and filmmaker J.J. Abrams, has now set his sights on dinosaurs. Giacchino has signed on to score Jurassic World, Universal’s latest installment in the Jurassic Park movie series. Giacchino won an Oscar for scoring Pixar’s Up. His other work for the animation powerhouse includes The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Cars 2. His collaboration with Abrams has yielded the scores for Mission Impossible III, Star Trek, Super 8 and Star Trek Into Darkness, as well as shows such as Lost, Alias and Fringe. Other credits range from Speed Racer to The Family Stone to

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- Borys Kit

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Judge Orders Investigation Into Casey Kasem's Location

12 May 2014 2:37 PM, PDT

A judge on Monday ordered an investigation into the whereabouts of Casey Kasem after an attorney for the ailing radio personality's wife said the former "Top 40" host had been removed from the country. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy ordered a court investigator and adult protective services to find out where Kasem is being treated and report back to the court. Kasem, 82, suffers from advanced Parkinson's disease, can no longer speak and has been in various medical facilities chosen by his wife, Jean Kasem. Photos: Casey Kasem Through the Years Casey Kasem's children have complained that they

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- The Associated Press

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Clay Aiken's Congressional Primary Opponent Dies in a Fall

12 May 2014 2:34 PM, PDT

Clay Aiken's political opponent, Keith Crisco, 71, died on Monday after sustaining injuries from a fall at his home. The Asheboro, N.C., businessman and congressional candidate was battling with the American Idol star in a close race for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Congressional District at the time of his death. The election was held last Tuesday.   "I am stunned and deeply saddened by Keith Crisco’s death. Keith came from humble beginnings. No matter how high he rose – to Harvard, to the White House and to the Governor’s Cabinet – he never forgot where he came from,

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- Michele Amabile Angermiller

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Backs Wendy Greuel in Congressional Race

12 May 2014 1:32 PM, PDT

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is getting involved in California's Congressional District 33 race, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. De Blasio is endorsing Wendy Greuel in her quest to succeed U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, who announced that he would be retiring this year after 40 years in Congress. The NYC mayor will also host a fundraiser for former DreamWorks executive Greuel at a Park Avenue club on May 20th, according to souces. Audrey Gelman, Lena Dunham's friend and Girls muse, is expected to co-host the event, along with Alliance Hollywood founder Nomiki Konst. Photos: Anna Wintour, Bill O'Reilly,

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- Tina Daunt

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'Orphan Black' Star in Talks to Join Helen Mirren in 'Woman in Gold' (Exclusive)

12 May 2014 1:27 PM, PDT

Tatiana Maslany is in negotiations to join the cast of The Weinstein Co. and BBC's The Woman in Gold. Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds will star in the true story of a Holocaust survivor’s (Mirren) crusade to get back her long-lost family heirlooms including Gustav Klimt paintings from the Austrian government 60 years after Nazi soldiers stole them from her home. Reynolds will play the attorney who took her case. Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) will direct the film, which begins shooting later this month. Maslany became a breakout thanks to her chameleon-like role on BBC's Orphan

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- Tatiana Siegel, Borys Kit

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TV Upfronts: THR Live-Blogs Fox's Presentation

12 May 2014 12:43 PM, PDT

After announcing its 2014-15 schedule and talking to reporters during an early Monday conference call, Fox took its turn presenting its lineup to Madison Avenue ad buyers during an afternoon presentation at the Beacon Theatre.  The Hollywood Reporter's TV Team is inside the Beacon Theatre in New York and brings you all the action Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly pitched his year-round slate to advertisers. Refresh for all the latest insights. (Check out NBC's live blog here.) Photos: Broadcast TV's New 2014-15 Shows 4 p.m. -- Hours after announcing he'd be fronting Fox's New Year's Eve

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- THR Staff

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NBC Upfront: 'Blacklist' Push, Late-Night Dominance and 4 More Takeaways

12 May 2014 12:27 PM, PDT

NBC execs trotted on stage at the Javits Center Monday with a singular message to share with media buyers: We're No. 1. It was an unfamiliar status for the network, which heads into the 2014-15 season at the top of the ratings for the first time in a decade. Opening the upfront, Late Night host Seth Meyers, whose snarky introduction rivaled ABC upfront veteran Jimmy Kimmel, admitted that he was "at a loss" for material since NBC is no longer the punching bag it once was. A comedian's NBC upfront intro historically has meant coming "on stage and make fun

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- Lacey Rose, Marisa Guthrie

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Octavia Spencer Joins Shailene Woodley in 'Insurgent'

12 May 2014 12:24 PM, PDT

Octavia Spencer has joined the cast of Insurgent, Lionsgate/Summit’s sequel to its hit Ya adaptation Divergent. Photos: Shailene Woodley Tosses Heels, Dances With Theo James at 'Divergent' NYC Screening Shailene Woodley is returning as the rebellious Tris in the movie to be directed by Robert Schwentke. Theo James and Kate Winslet are also returning as love interest Four and the villainous leader of the Erudite faction, respectively. Spencer will play Johanna, the leader of the Amity faction. Lionsgate will release Insurgent on March 20, 2015. The third and fourth films in the series, Allegiant: Part 1 and Allegiant: Part 2, are slated for

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- Borys Kit

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Twitter Tries to Answer the Question: Why Was Solange So Enraged?

12 May 2014 12:13 PM, PDT

In the hours after video emerged online of what appeared to be Jay Z and Beyonce's sister Solange Knowles fighting in an elevator at the Standard Hotel after leaving a Met Gala afterparty in New York, none of the stars commented on the footage. But Twitter users still had fun coming up with their own explanations for the fight, hashtagging theories for the squabble with #WhatJayZSaidToSolange, which was one of the top Twitter trending topics in New York on Monday afternoon. Photos: Sarah Jessica Parker, Zoe Saldana, Anna Wintour Arrive at Met Gala Potential fight-inducing comments ranged from slams

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- THR Staff

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First Look: Watch Trailers for Fox's New Shows (Video)

12 May 2014 12:08 PM, PDT

Following the 2014-15 schedule announcement, Fox has released full-length trailers for its new fall series. Among the five new drama additions to the schedule are the highly anticipated Batman prequel Gotham, starring Ben McKenzie as a young Jim Gordon; Octavia Spencer's Red Band Society; Terrence Howard's hip-hop effort Empire; Egyptian action-adventure Hieroglyph; and Rainn Wilson's Backstrom.  The two event series on tap for Fox are the 10-episode Broadchurch adaptation Gracepoint with David Tennant and Anna Gunn, and Wayward Pines from M. Night Shyamalan. Photos: Broadcast TV's New Shows for 2014-15 Season Over on

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- Philiana Ng

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Dr. Dre Loses $3 Million Royalty Claim on Debut Album

12 May 2014 11:38 AM, PDT

Dr. Dre is riding high on news that Apple is prepared to buy Beats Electronics, a potential deal that allowed the hip-hop star to proclaim himself as the "first billionaire in hip-hop." That could be some solace to word from a California bankruptcy court that a $3 million claim concerning royalties on his breakthrough album, The Chronic, has been denied. The administrative claim in bankruptcy court came after a couple decades of unusual deal-making. In 1991, the artist born as Andre Young co-founded Death Row Records along with Marion "Suge" Knight. The following year, he

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- Eriq Gardner

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Cannes: Tommy Lee Jones on His Return to Directing With 'The Homesman' (Q&A)

12 May 2014 11:28 AM, PDT

Oscar-winning actor Tommy Lee Jones is batting two for two. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, the first feature he directed, was invited to be part of the competition at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. Nearly a decade later, Jones is back with his second directorial effort, The Homesman, which again has scored a coveted competition slot. Screening May 18, it stars Jones as a rascally claim jumper who teams up with a pious spinster (Hilary Swank) to drive a wagonload of women driven mad by the harshness of life on the frontier back East and deliver them into the

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- Gregg Kilday

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Noomi Rapace to Star Opposite Will Smith in 'Brilliance'

12 May 2014 11:24 AM, PDT

Noomi Rapace is in negotiations to join Will Smith in Brilliance, the adaptation of the Marcus Sakey novel being made by Legendary Entertainment. Julius Onah is directing the project, which has a script by David Koepp. Joe Roth, Thomas Tull, and Jon Jashni are producing. The book takes place in a world where a minority set of people are born with extraordinary abilities and are called "brilliants." A panic sets in among the human majority, bringing the world to a civil war, which is exactly what a nefarious faction wants. Story: Noomi Rapace to Star in Indie Sci-Fi Drama

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- Borys Kit

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Cannes: The Backroom Politics Behind the Festival's Lineup

12 May 2014 11:00 AM, PDT

This story first appeared in the May 16 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Want to get your film into competition in Cannes? Call Steven Spielberg. That, according to festival director Thierry Fremaux, is how Tommy Lee Jones helped secure prime Cannes real estate for his latest outing, The Homesman. Last year, as president of the festival's jury, Spielberg put in a word with Fremaux on behalf of his Lincoln star. When Jones sent a cut of his dark Western to Cannes' selection committee, it got fast-tracked. "We were almost too scared to look at it in case we

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- Scott Roxborough, Stuart Kemp

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Cannes: Warner Bros. to Distribute 'Wild Tales' in Spain and France

12 May 2014 10:51 AM, PDT

Buenos Aires -- Warner Bros. Pictures International secured distribution rights for France, Spain and Latin America for the Cannes competition entry Wild Tales, directed by Argentina's Damian Szifron. "Damian Szifron is one of the most interesting filmmakers to emerge from Argentina's prosperous film community. We're certain that his new bold and entertaining film will be enjoyed on both sides of the Atlantic," said Monique Esclavissat, executive vp Europe and Latin American distribution for Warner Bros. Pictures International. "We also want to congratulate Damian and his team of actors and collaborators for being part of the exclusive selection that will compete for

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- Agustin Mango

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