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Five CAA Agents Resign to Join UTA as Partners

16 hours ago

Five CAA agents -- Jason Heyman, Martin Lesak, Greg Cavic, Nick Nuciforo and Gregory McKnight -- have resigned in order to join UTA as partners. The move is a major shake-up in the agency world and is said to be the biggest defection since Ari Emanuel, Rick Rosen, Tom Strickler, and David Greenblatt left ICM to start the Endeavor Talent Agency. In the latter case, the planned defection was discovered by ICM's chairman Jeff Berg. It is unclear how long this exodus had been in the works. “Jason, Marty, Gregory, Greg and Nick are among the most respected agents in our industry,” said UTA managing directors David Kramer, Jay Sures

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- Borys Kit

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'New Girl' Renewed for Fifth Season at Fox

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Fox has handed out a fifth season renewal for New Girl. It joins Brooklyn Nine-Nine as a comedy guaranteed to return for the 2015-16 TV season. See more 41 Broadcast Series That Are Already Renewed “Four seasons in, New Girl continues to be one of the smartest and most relatable comedies on television,” said Fox Broadcasting Company entertainment president David Madden. “The writing is razor-sharp, the ensemble is consistently hilarious, and we couldn’t be more proud of Liz Meriwether, Brett Baer, Dave Finkel and the entire New Girl team. We absolutely love this show and we’re

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- Michael O'Connell

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Justin Bartha, Elizabeth Reaser to Star in 'Permission'

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Justin Bartha and Elizabeth Reaser have signed on to play a married couple looking to faith to find answers to the problems in their relationship in Robert Askins' Permission. Directed by Alex Timbers (Rocky, Peter and the Starcatcher), the world-premiere play from off-Broadway's McC Theater will begin previews at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on April 29 and run through June 7, with its official opening on May 19. Bartha's previous New York stage appearances include the 2010 Broadway revival of Lend Me a Tenor. Off-Broadway, he has appeared in Jesse Eisenberg's Asuncion and Zach Braff's All New People.

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- David Rooney

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Box Office Preview: 'Furious 7' Revving Up for Record April Opening

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Universal's Furious 7 is about to make history. Furious 7 —  the final film from the late Paul Walker — is expected to gross $115 million or more when opening at the North American box office this weekend, the top showing ever for an April title, not accounting for inflation. Read More 'Furious 7' Scores Thailand Release Despite Tony Jaa Contract Dispute Domestically, it is getting the widest release in Universal's history with a theater count of roughly 4,003 (including Imax locations), eclipsing Despicable Me 2 (3,956). Anything north of 4,000 is usually reserved for summer tentpoles

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- Pamela McClintock

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Watch Van Halen Rock 'Panama,' 'Runnin' With the Devil' With David Lee Roth

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Hollywood Boulevard was transformed into the 1980s Sunset Strip on Monday when Van Halen shut down the street in front of the El Capitan Theatre for a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. It marked their first television performance since frontman David Lee Roth rejoined the band in 2007. They started out the three-song set with the classic track "Panama," from their 1984 album. Diamond Dave wore an open jean jacket with no shirt underneath, showing off a full chest tattoo. He also sported a bandage across the bridge of his nose — hopefully not a sign of backstage

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- Katie Atkinson, Billboard

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'Avengers' 3D Firm Brings Patent Lawsuit Against 'Divergent' 3D Firm

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The conversion of 2D images to 3D continues to provoke litigation in the fourth dimension as a subsidiary of Prime Focus World has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against competitor Legend3D. In the complaint, Prime Focus counts among its successes doing conversion work for Guardians of the Galaxy, Gravity, and Noah; winning an Oscar for visual effects on Interstellar; and being given conversion work on the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. Meanwhile, Legend3D touts doing 3D work for such films as Insurgent, Maleficent, The Lego Movie, and some of the Spider-Man films. The firm's next film is the summer

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- Eriq Gardner

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Rolling Stones Finally Announce North American Tour: 15-Date "Zip Code" Trek Launches May 24

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As expected, the Rolling Stones announced dates for their North American summer trek — dubbed the Zip Code tour — this morning (March 31). The 15-show jaunt, which launches May 24 in San Diego, passes over major markets the band hit on its 2012 50th anniversary and 2013 50 and Counting tours, focusing on second-tier cities like Dallas, Kansas City, Buffalo and Orlando. The tour wraps on July 15 in Quebec; Aeg Live’s Concerts West is the promoter. Tickets for the dates will go on sale April 13, although they will be available to American Express card members

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- Jem Aswad, Billboard

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Tribeca to Honor Frank Sinatra With 'On the Town' Screening, Tony Bennett Performance

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The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival is a fan of Frank Sinatra. The upcoming film fest announced Tuesday that its lineup will include Sinatra at 100: Film & Music, a centennial celebration that highlights the music legend's film career, presented in collaboration with The Lincoln Motor Company. An evening of film and music at the fest's creative hub at Spring Studios on April 21 will feature the digital restoration of On the Town plus live performances from Tony Bennett, Brandon Flowers (of The Killers), Lea DeLaria, dancer and choreographer Savion Glover, Alice Smith and Jc Hopkins and the 12-piece Jc Hopkins Biggish Band.

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- Ashley Lee

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'Hunger Games', 'Step Up' Theme Park Attractions Headed to Dubai

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Lionsgate is pacting with Dubai Parks and Resorts to bring a Hunger Games-inspired attraction to a planned Dubai theme park to launch in October 2016. Motiongate Dubai will feature attractions and retail outlets based on The Hunger Games franchise, and a live stage show created out of the Step Up: All In and Step Up: Revolution films. The plans follow Lionsgate expanding into out-of-home entertainment and other new lines of business following the box office success of The Hunger Games franchise. The studio earlier tapped theme park creator Thinkwell Group to mount a touring exhibit, The Hunger Games:

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- Etan Vlessing

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Trevor Noah, Comedy Central's Young 'Daily Show' Heir, Could Reverse an Aging Audience

21 hours ago

In designating 31-year-old contributor Trevor Noah as Jon Stewart's heir to the Daily Show desk, Comedy Central is about to boast a network first: a late-night host who's also part of its targeted demographic. Beloved as Stewart might be, the 52-year-old aged out of the Comedy Central's coveted men 18-34 demographic before he began his 16-year tenure. Noah's anointment is a clear sign that youth remains a mandate at the network — even after the selection of Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore, 53, to occupy Stephen Colbert's old half-hour. Read More Trevor Noah

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- Michael O'Connell

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Trevor Noah Criticized as Anti-Semitic Due to Twitter History

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On Monday Trevor Noah was named Jon Stewart's replacement as host of The Daily Show. By Tuesday, the Internet had uncovered old tweets of his, which critics are labeling as anti-Semitic and sexist. While Noah's past jokes invited backlash, there are people who jumped to his defense as well. The South African comedian alluded to the criticism in a tweet on Tuesday morning, which he quickly deleted. He wrote, "Twitter does not have enough characters to respond to all the characters on Twitter." Here are some of Noah's tweets being revisited: Messi gets the ball and the real

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- THR Staff

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Zayn Malik First Solo Music Released: Hear Naughty Boy's "I Won't Mind" Demo

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Well that was fast: less than a week after Zayn Malik officially left One Direction, the 22-year-old has had his first piece of solo material unveiled to the world. Naughty Boy, the U.K. producer who joined Malik in the studio over the weekend, has posted a demo called "I Won't Mind" online on Monday (Mar. 30). Unlike Naughty Boy's worldwide smash "La La La," "I Won't Mind" is a heartfelt, elliptical folk song in which Malik croons over an acoustic guitar, "We are who we are when no one's watching/And right from the start, you know

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- Jason Lipshutz, Billboard

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TCM Film Fest: Shirley MacLaine Serves Up Barbs and Valentines

30 March 2015 10:20 PM, PDT

Shirley MacLaine is not saving any of her candor for another lifetime. Going rogue in a Q&A with Leonard Maltin at the Hollywood Roosevelt on Sunday as part of the TCM Classic Film Festivals, she dished on directors and costars both sweet and sour, with occasional nods to the “angel on my shoulder” she quite literally believes has guided her through 60 years of near-constant Hollywood greatness. As Maltin noted, MacLaine’s the only survivor of the studio-contract era still playing lead role today in movies as estimable as Bernie. And the actress didn’t shy away from sharing her

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- Chris Willman

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Johnny Depp's Hand Injury Prolongs Delays on 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5'

30 March 2015 9:57 PM, PDT

Filming on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is expected resume around April 15 on Australia’s Gold Coast after the production shut down for several weeks following star Johnny Depp’s return to the U.S. for hand surgery. The delay was originally expected to cut into two weeks of filming after producers said there would be a “minimal impact” to the shoot. That break has now extended to at least four weeks after Depp needed a pin inserted in a finger following an off-set accident in early March.  Depp is reprising his role as Captain

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- Pip Bulbeck

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China Box Office: Colin Firth's Charm Helps 'Kingsman' to Regal Performance

30 March 2015 9:50 PM, PDT

Matthew Vaughn's comic book adaptation Kingsman: The Secret Service had a strong opening weekend in China, taking $24.25 million in its opening three days, boosted by a visit by the movie's top spy, Colin Firth. Directed, co-produced and co-written by Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass), Kingsman also features Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Mark Hamill and Sofia Boutella. The movie had 116,819 screenings and 4.55 million admissions in its opening three days, according to data from the research group Entgroup. Read More Colin Firth Knocks Out People's Teeth in New 'Kingsman: The

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- Clifford Coonan

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'Furious 7' Scores Thailand Release Despite Tony Jaa Contract Dispute

30 March 2015 7:01 PM, PDT

Furious 7 will be seen in Thailand theaters after all.  A judge in the Southeast Asian country has thrown out an injunction imposed against the movie late last week after a hearing that involved Universal Pictures and Thai martial arts star Tony Jaa. Local film company Sahamongkolfilm International claims it has a multi-decade contract with the actor, which it is attempting to enforce and is seeking $49 million in damages. Separately, it sought to stop the release of the film in the country. But while the case will continue, the injunction will not.  Read more 'Furious 7' and How

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- Borys Kit

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Soho House Downtown L.A. Plan Could Displace Nervous Local Musicians

30 March 2015 6:50 PM, PDT

Artsy private club Soho House's plan for an expansion from West Hollywood into downtown L.A.'s burgeoning Arts District is already riling up the artists who work there. After founder Nick Jones told The Hollywood Reporter that the club will take over a warehouse in the increasingly gentrified area, the Los Angeles Downtown News reported that Soho House "has zeroed in on a 1917 brick building at 1000 S. Santa Fe Ave." Downtown Rehearsal, a complex of practice spaces for musicians, currently dominates the 62,000-square-foot warehouse, which is located just west of the L.A. River, within walking distance of a slew of new arrivals to the

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- Gary Baum

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