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TruTV Finally Turns Its Back on Court Roots With October's Comedic Rebrand (Exclusive)

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In attempt to finally find a niche of its own, and move away from more derivative cable reality fare, TruTV completes its long-gestating brand refresh on Oct. 27. The Turner-owned network, adopting the tagline "Way more fun," is moving heavily into the comedy space with the launch of four new TV series and the return of laugher lynchpin, The Carbonaro Effect.     "It's no secret that our ratings are down, but this is a transitional year for us," TruTV president and head of programming Chris Linn tells The Hollywood Reporter. "We've not launched a lot intentionally,

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Aaron Paul to Co-Star in Miramax's Supernatural Thriller '9th Life of Louis Drax'

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Aaron Paul has signed on to star alongside Fifty Shades of Grey's Jamie Dornan in Miramax's supernatural thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax. The three-time Emmy-winning star of Breaking Bad will play the titular character's father, who becomes the target of a criminal investigation when his son suffers a near fatal accident. Based on Liz Jensen's best-selling novel of the same title, the story kicks off on Louis Drax's 9th birthday, when a lifetime of curious mishaps culminates in the boy's near-fatal fall. Desperate to reveal the strange circumstances behind the accident, Dr. Allan Pascal (Dornan) is

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- Tatiana Siegel

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Mia Hansen-Løve's 'Eden' Sells to Upstart Broad Green Pictures

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Continuing its buying spree, new U.S. distributor Broad Green Pictures has scooped up North American rights to Mia Hansen-løve's Eden, about the Parisian DJs who gave rise to the electronic dance movement in the early 1990s. Hansen-løve wrote the script with her brother, Sven Hansen-løve, whose life served as the inspiration for the French movie, which makes its U.S. premiere at the upcoming New York Film Festival after screening at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month. Bgp is planning a spring 2015 release. See more 25 of the Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2014

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- Pamela McClintock

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Tribeca Film, Well Go Co-Acquire Scott Foley's Directorial Debut 'Let's Kill Ward's Wife'

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Tribeca Film and Well Go USA Entertainment have jointly acquired North American rights to Scott Foley's directorial debut Let's Kill Ward’s Wife. Foley, who also wrote the screenplay, stars alongside Amy Acker (Much Ado About Nothing), James Carpinello (Gangster Squad), Dagmara Dominczyk (The Immigrant), Marika Dominczyk (Brothers & Sisters), Donald Faison (Scrubs), Greg Grunberg (Heroes), Nicollette Sheridan (Desperate Housewives) and Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring). See more 'Scandal': Everything to Know About ABC's Buzzy Drama From A-z Let's Kill Ward's Wife is a dark comedy about helping a friend out of a bad relationship by any means necessary. Everyone hates Ward's wife (Acker) and

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- Tatiana Siegel

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Watch Leonardo DiCaprio's Speech at the United Nations Climate Summit

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Leonardo DiCaprio gravely outlined the dangers of "accelerated climate change" during a Tuesday speech at the United Nations headquarters in New York, telling attendees "you can make history, or you will be vilified by it." See more The Top Celebrity Political Twitter Commentators The actor, newly minted as a U.N. Messenger of Peace, prefaced his three and a half minute remarks at the General Assembly Hall with humility and said that government and industry -- and not just individuals -- needed to take immediate action.  "I stand before you not as an expert, but as a concerned citizen -- one of the

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Lena Dunham Producing HBO Doc on Lgbti-Friendly Suit Tailor in NYC

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Lena Dunham is expanding her relationship with HBO, as her production company A Casual Romance has signed on for a documentary centering on Brooklyn-based bespoke-tailoring company Bindle & Keep, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.  Entitled Three Suits, the doc will spotlight the Lgbti community favorite by following a few of its transgender clients as they order custom-made suits and explore the meaning of the ritual for those with nontraditional gender identities, reports Vanity Fair. Dunham and Jenni Konner of Girls will serve as executive producers of the doc, which will be directed by Jason Benjamin (Orange Is The New Black, Girls).

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- Ashley Lee

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Bob Dylan Named 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year by Recording Academy

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Bob Dylan has been chosen as the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy. The Grammy winner will be honored at the 25th annual benefit gala dinner and concert, set to be held Friday, Feb. 6, two days before the Grammy Awards. Read more Throwback Thursday: Bob Dylan Sang for Civil Rights in 1963 Performers will include Beck; the Black Keys; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Norah Jones; Tom Jones; Los Lobos; John Mellencamp; Willie Nelson; Bonnie Raitt; Eddie Vedder; Jack White; Neil Young; and singer-songwriter John Doe. More announcements about performers are forthcoming. Don Was will serve

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- Kimberly Nordyke

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Discovery, Liberty Global Complete Acquisition of U.K. Producer All3Media

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Discovery Communications and Liberty Global said Tuesday that they have closed the $930 million joint acquisition of U.K. TV production firm All3Media following regulatory clearance. In May, Discovery and Liberty Global formed a joint venture "to preserve All3Media’s creative autonomy while providing strategic guidance and investment to support its global growth." John Malone controls Liberty Global and is a big shareholder in Discovery. As widely expected, All3Media CEO Farah Ramzan Golant is stepping down. A global search for a new CEO will begin immediately, the new owners said. Jane Turton, currently COO, has been promoted to managing director

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- Georg Szalai

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John Bailey to Receive Cinematographers Lifetime Achievement Award

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Director of photography John Bailey—who credits include Ordinary People, American Gigolo and The Big Chill—will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 29th annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards for Outstanding Achievement, February 15 at the Hyatt Regency Century City. Also during the ceremony, Bill Roe will be presented the Career Achievement in Television Award; Phil Méheux will be honored with the International Award; and Matthew F. Leonetti will be recognized with the Presidents Award. Bailey has compiled more than 70 credits with directors such as Robert Redford, John Schlesinger, Michael Apted and Lawrence Kasdan. He earned a Spirit Award

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MPAA Chief Chris Dodd to Attend Morelia Film Fest

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Chris Dodd will make his first-ever appearance at the upcoming Morelia International Film Festival, one of Mexico's most prestigious film showcases. Dodd presented the Atlantic Council's Global Citizen Award to Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto on Sunday night at a New York gala event, and in a recent statement the MPAA chairman applauded the boom in the Mexican film and television industries. Read more CinemaCon: MPAA Chief Chris Dodd Won't Stop Challenging Silicon Valley Over Piracy "Today, this industry generates 42,000 direct and 12,000 indirect jobs — all working together to produce more than 100,000 hours

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- John Hecht

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Watch Derek Jeter Lead Baseball's Next Generation in Mlb Ad

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Ahead of his final game on Sunday against the Red Sox in Boston, Derek Jeter is the center of another moving ad — this time, from the Mlb itself. The 30-second spot, entitled "Thanks, Derek," honors the retiring Yankee with a glimpse into his lasting legacy, as opposed to the star-studded Nike ad and the fan-filled Gatorade tribute that spotlight his storied career on the field. A new generation of up-and-comers — including California Angeles outfielder Mike Trout, Little League stars Mo'ne Davis and Marquis Jackson, and other college and high school standouts — are

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- Ashley Lee

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Paula Deen Recalls N-Word Scandal and Talks Lessons Learned and New Digital Network

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Paula Deen returned to NBC's Today show on Tuesday, more than a year after she sat down for a tearful interview with Matt Lauer, but the celebrity chef said she couldn't recognize the woman who appeared on the show then. "That was a woman in trauma — I would say in shock, trying to understand what happened. And you know the cold, hard fact Matt is, I probably should not have been here. I probably should have been at home, maybe even under the care of a doctor," Deen said. See more Hollywood's Memorable Mea Culpas Joined by her

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- Hilary Lewis

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Debbie Harry, Chris Stein Celebrate Blondie's 40th Anniversary With NYC Art Exhibit

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A Blondie transvestite impersonator, rare memorabilia and provocative photos of iconic lead singer Debbie Harry by photographers Robert Mapplethorpe, Annie Leibowitz, Bob Grossman, Bob Gruen and Chris Stein were unveiled at the Chelsea Hotel Storefront Gallery in New York City on Monday night. The display, entitled "A Blondie Exhibition," celebrates the New York band's 40th anniversary. "Music keeps me going — it's stimulating, it's important as an artist and as a musician to keep digging for it," said Harry, clad in a black T-shirt, hoodie, leggings and sandals. "I like a lot of these photographs; I don't really

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- Christy Smith-Sloman

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'Boxtrolls' Fends Off Liam Neeson's 'Tombstones' for Top Spot at U.K. Box Office

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The Boxtrolls maintained its grip on the No. 1 spot at the U.K. box office despite strong weekend competition from Liam Neeson’s grizzled ex-cop efforts in A Walk Among the Tombstones. Universal’s animated drama took home $2.2 million in its second week, just fending off the newcomer from eOne, which saw opening weekend takings of $2.1 million. Read more 'Pride' Screenwriter Reveals Plans for Musical Adaptation British political comedy Pride held on to its third place position with $950,000 in its second week, while Luc Besson’s actioner Lucy slipped two ladder rungs to fourth with

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- Alex Ritman

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Oscars: Bosnia Selects 'With Mom,' Macedonia 'To the Hilt' for Foreign-Language Category

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With Mom, a contemporary study of a middle-class, left-wing family falling apart as a young woman attempts to cope simultaneously with her awakening sexuality and mother's impending death, has been nominated by Bosnia and Herzegovina for the 2015 Oscars. Faruk Loncarevic's film, his second focusing on intimate family issues, will compete for the best foreign-language film honor. Produced by Amra Baksic Camo and Adis Djapo, it premiered last year at the Sarajevo Film Festival and has been seen at many international festivals since. Read more Field of Foreign-Language Oscar Contenders Begins to Come Into Focus Bosnia produced an

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- Nick Holdsworth

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SiriusXM Suffers Crushing Loss in High-Stakes Courtroom Battle

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A California federal judge has delivered a legal earthquake in the music industry by declaring Flo & Eddie of The Turtles the victors in a lawsuit against SiriusXM over the public performance of pre-1972 sound recordings. The plaintiffs are seeking $100 million in damages, but the money is hardly the only consequence of a ruling on Monday that could eventually disrupt the operations of the satellite radio giant as well as other services like Pandora. The lawsuit was filed in August 2013 and dealt with music created before sound recordings began falling under federal copyright protection. Flo & Eddie

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- Eriq Gardner

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Officer in 'Django Unchained' Actress Incident Calls Lapd Investigation "Disgusting"

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The police officer at the center of the brief detention of actress Daniele Watts is calling foul play over the Lapd's internal affairs investigation of the incident.  Lapd Sgt. Jim Parker says that he and the two junior officers are being deprived of due process by being investigated without formal charges.   "It's very frustrating to learn Watts never filed a complaint but the department started its own complaint and no allegations have been framed yet,'" Parker tells The Hollywood Reporter. "This is what our department has become under current leadership! It's disgusting." See more  Stars Behaving Badly: From Justin Bieber

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- Soo Youn

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'Big Brother' Host Julie Chen Breaks Down Season 16's Best Moves and Her Pick to Win

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With fall television in full swing, another season of Big Brother is nearly in the books. After spending nearly 97 days in the Big Brother house, the Final 3 are set. Either Derrick Levasseur (the 30-year-old undercover cop), Cody Calafiore (the 23-year-old ex-soccer player) or Victoria Rafaeli (the 22-year-old photographer) will be $500,000 richer come finale night on Wednesday. The season was tame compared to last summer's controversial antics, though it lacked any substantial power moves or blindsides. There was some star wattage (Ariana Grande's older half-brother, Frankie Grande), a life-

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- Philiana Ng

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Busan: German Short-Film Oscar Winner to Debut First Feature

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German director Jochen Alexander Freydank, who won an Oscar for best short film in 2009 for Toyland, will premiere his debut feature  next month at the Busan International Film Festival. Kafka's The Burrow (Kafkas Der Bau) will debut at the South Korean fest, which will run Oct. 2-11. It will present 301 films from 70 countries. The film will then have its European bow at the Warsaw Film Festival later next month. Read more More Chinese, U.S. Companies to Exhibit at Busan Film Market Freydank wrote, directed and produced the film, which stars German actor Axel Prahl in

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- Clifford Coonan

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Jimmy Choo Planning London Ipo

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High-end shoe brand Jimmy Choo, featured in such Hollywood favorites as Sex and the City, is planning an initial public offering of stock on the London Stock Exchange next month. The London-based company, led by CEO Pierre Denis, said it would float a 25 percent stake on the exchange next month. Investment firm Joh ABenckiser, which acquired the firm that often works with celebrities in 2011, will sell the stake. "Jimmy Choo is an outstanding business operating in one of the fastest-growing segments of the luxury market," Denis said, lauding the firm's "strong continued [revenue] growth,

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- Georg Szalai

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