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Bet Renews 'The Game,' 'Being Mary Jane,' 'Real Husbands'; Adds 'Book of Negroes' Mini

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Bet presented its upcoming slate to Madison Avenue ad buyers Thursday featuring renewals for current series as well as the addition of new shows and movies/specials. Returning for additional seasons are drama Being Mary Jane (season two), faux reality show Real Husbands of Hollywood (season three), comedy The Game (season eight) and video countdown series 106 & Park.  Photos: Broadcast TV's Returning Shows 2014-15 Also joining the No. 1 network for African-Americans are Diggy Simmons comedy The Start Up from The Game's Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil; music competition series Gone Gospel; and dating show Got Game.

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- Lesley Goldberg

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'Bachelorette' Creator Mike Fleiss Reacts to Contestant's Death: 'We're All Devastated'

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After tragedy rocked the cast and crew of the Bachelorette this week with the death of contestant Eric Hill in a paragliding accident, creator/executive producer Mike Fleiss addressed the difficult dilemma of how the ABC reality series is going to handle it moving forward.  "We're all just devastated. He was such a vibrant, young dude. It's tragic," Fleiss told E! News while at the Tribeca Film Festival to premiere his documentary project, The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Wei. Photos: The Dark Side of Reality TV: 27 Tragic Deaths "He was such a young guy who lived

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- Debbie Emery

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Watch 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' N.Y. Premiere Live Stream (Video)

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The cast of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 are swinging onto the red carpet for the film's New York premiere. Stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jaime Foxx are among those expected to attend. Watch all the action above via Yahoo Movies and stay tuned to THR.com for red-carpet interviews and photos following the premiere. Click here for THR's full Spider-Man coverage. Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is directed by Marc Webb and opens May 2.

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Todd Holland, Karey Nixon Ink Overall Deal at ABC Studios

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Todd Holland and Karey Nixon are pacting with ABC Studios. Under their Dark Toy Entertainment banner, the producing partners have inked a two-year overall deal with the studio. Through the new agreement, they will continue to develop comedy and expand their presence into other areas, including genre and drama projects. "We had a fantastic experience working with them on The Pro and are so excited to work with them developing both comedy and drama projects for the studio," said Patrick Moran, head of ABC Studios. "We're the dirty laundry company," added Holland. "We both love when writers

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- Philiana Ng

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Box Office: 'Godzilla' Roars in Early Tracking

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May tentpole Godzilla came on tracking Thursday with impressive strength, and should stomp past $60 million in its North American debut. More bullish box office observers believe it could clear $70 million. The movie, hoping to finally launch a Hollywood studio franchise headlining the giant lizard, could be a defining moment for Legendary Pictures, which spearheaded the $160 million reboot. Legendary co-financed 75 percent of Godzilla, with Warner Bros. putting up the rest of the money. Godzilla opens theaters in in North America May 16. It makes its international assault at the same time. Box office observers believe Godzilla

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- Pamela McClintock

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It's Official: 'Jane Got a Gun' Pushed Back to Early 2015

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Relativity Media and The Weinstein Co. are officially pushing back the release of the Natalie Portman Western Jane Got a Gun from Aug. 29 to Feb. 20, 2015. Relativity recently announced it would be relocating Jane Got a Gun, but didn't name a new date. Story: Relativity Pushes Back 'Jane Got a Gun,' Dates 'November Man' Jane Got a Gun, which co-stars Noah Emmerich, Ewan McGregor and Joel Edgerton, made headlines as filming began when director Lynne Ramsay dropped out and the project underwent numerous cast changes as Michael Fassbender left, and Jude Law and Bradley Cooper both joined

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- Pamela McClintock

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MTV Renews 'Real World,' Orders New Series From 'Buckwild' Producers

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MTV renewed three series including veteran Real World and picked up a trio of new unscripted shows -- including one from the producers of Buckwild -- as well as set its summer schedule during its upfront presentation to Madison Avenue ad buyers Thursday. Renewed for additional seasons are veteran Real World, which is back for a landmark 30th run; Jersey Shore spinoff Snooki & Jwoww for a fourth cycle; and Girl Code for a fourth run. Additionally, Nick Cannon's Wild 'N Out will be back for a second edition on MTV2. Joining the ranks of MTV's unscripted offerings are three new shows:

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James Earl Jones to Return to Broadway in 'You Can't Take It With You'

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New York – Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman are suddenly all over Broadway again. While the legendary playwriting team's earliest collaboration is being depicted in Act One, a stage adaptation of Hart's memoir, which opened this month at Lincoln Center, their Pulitzer Prize-winning 1936 comedy, You Can't Take It With You, is headed for an early-fall revival. Directed by Scott Ellis, the production will star James Earl Jones as Martin Vanderhof, the philosophizing patriarch of an eccentric New York City household, which erupts into mayhem when one of his granddaughters invites the parents of her rich fiance to

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- David Rooney

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Pandora Shares Fall Despite Better-Than-Expected Earnings

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Shares of Pandora Media were sinking as much as 9 percent in after-hours trading on Thursday even though the digital music company posted quarterly earnings that exceeded the expectations of analysts. Pandora said Thursday that it lost $28.9 million during the first quarter, or 13 cents a share when adjusted, which is a penny better than predicted. Revenue was $194.3 million, well ahead of the $177.7 million that analysts expected. In the same quarter a year ago, Pandora lost 22 cents a share on $115.1 million. Story: Record Labels Sue Pandora Over Pre-1972 Recordings

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Tribeca: Ron Howard Recalls Early Days of Festival, Shares Update on 'Heart of the Sea'

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On a cold, windy Wednesday night in New York, many of the stars who stepped out for Vanity Fair's annual Tribeca Film Festival party quickly scurried inside, just pausing to pose for photos in front of the New York State Supreme Court steps. But a few brave actors and directors stopped to share their thoughts on the festival's early days and its development over the past 12 years. Ron Howard talked to The Hollywood Reporter about how impressed he is with the growth of the festival, even as it retains the societal spirit that marked its beginning, when it was

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Amanda Seyfried Joins Warner Bros.' Peter Pan Adaptation

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With production set to begin in a few days, Warner Bros.' Peter Pan adaptation has added Amanda Seyfried to the cast. The film reunites Seyfried, who will play Mary, with her Les Miserables co-star Hugh Jackman, who is starring in the film as Blackbeard. Directed by Joe Wright from a script by Jason Fuchs, Warner Bros.' adaption will offer a new take on the origin of the classic characters created by J.M. Barrie. The film will follow an orphan boy who is spirited away to the magical Neverland, where he discovers both adventure and danger. Filming will

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'Dancing With the Stars' Names New Showrunner

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In anticipation of an official pickup for the 19th season of Dancing With the Stars, ABC and BBC Worldwide Productions have tapped veteran reality TV producer Rob Wade to take over showrunning duties from Conrad Green. An alum of the reality competition, Wade worked as a producer on DWTS during the first four seasons and co-executive producer under Green between seasons five and 11. The former head of TV at Syco Entertainment North America most recently executive produced Fox’s The X Factor and NBC’s America’s Got Talent. “I am delighted to be rejoining the show and one of the strongest

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Bryan Singer Breaks Silence on Abuse Claims: 'Outrageous, Vicious and Completely False'

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Director Bryan Singer has broken his silence, releasing a statement responding to the allegations of sexual abuse brought against him. "The allegations against me are outrageous, vicious and completely false," the X-Men: Days of Future Past director said Thursday. Story: Director Bryan Singer Accused of Sexually Abusing 17-Year-Old Boy in 1999 He continued: "I do not want these fictitious claims to divert Any attention from X-Men: Days of Future Past. This fantastic film is a labor of love and one of the greatest experiences of my career. So, out of respect to all of the

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- Rebecca Ford

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CineEurope: Universal's Duncan Clark Named International Distributor of the Year

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Universal Pictures International's president of distribution Duncan Clark will receive the 2014 International Distributor of the Year Award at CineEurope in Barcelona, Spain. The award will be given to Clark, who has been president of Upi since June 2011, at a Universal luncheon at the Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona (Ccib) on Tuesday, June 17. Clark, who has just been re-upped at Uip, was a key player in setting up Universal’s stand-alone distribution operations internationally as the company transitioned from its Uip joint venture with Paramount Pictures in 2007. He also helped guide Universal to some strong performances at the

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- Rebecca Ford

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Wgn America's 'Salem' Enlists Marilyn Manson for Opening Titles (Video)

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The Rembrandts it's not. Wgn America's Salem has released its opening titles ahead of the second episode, and the sequence sets a suitably dark tone for the series -- thanks in large part to vocals provided by Marilyn Manson. The singer, who's no stranger to the macabre, makes his TV scoring debut with series composer Tyler Bates on the song "Cupid Carries a Gun." The 50-second titles for the Fox 21-produced period drama make their debut during the April 27 episode. TV Review: Salem "The song 'Cupid Carries a Gun' was the last track we just finished for my

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- Michael O'Connell

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Former Sony PR Exec Steve Elzer Launches New Firm

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Steve Elzer, who exited Sony Pictures as its senior vp media relations in December, has launched his own PR film, Elzer & Associates, Inc. He will be joined at the company by former Imageworks communications executive Rachel Falikoff, who will serve as senior vp. Elzer & Associates' initial clients include Newzcard, a startup created by WireImage founding partners Steve Granitz and Justin Kahn that will offer users a way to use social media to share and comment on professional news photographs; Court Five, Jane Fleming and Mark Ordesky’s company, which will launch the ABC series The Quest in July and

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- Gregg Kilday

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NBC News President Criticizes 'Vindictive,' 'Untrue' Coverage of David Gregory

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Deborah Turness, president of NBC News, issued a memo on Thursday reiterating her support of Meet the Press host David Gregory after a recent report claimed the network ordered a "psychological consultant" to interview his friends and family. "There has been a great deal written about Meet the Press in the past few days, much of it quite ludicrous," Turness wrote in a memo. "I wanted to reach out to reiterate my support for the show and for David, now and into the future, as we work together to evolve the format. Unfortunately, some of the chatter has been vindictive,

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'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Star Andrew Garfield: Superhero Is a 'Metaphor for All of Our Lives' (Video)

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According to Spider-Man himself, Andrew Garfield, there's a little bit of the superhero in all of us. "I love Spider-Man because the character feels like a metaphor for all of our lives in the way that we are all Peter Parker and we are all on this Earth and we are all ordinary and we all have the same struggles as each other and we all have some extraordinary powers as individuals, which is what Spider-Man represents," Garfield told Good Morning America. "And that's why I think this character is so beloved and why it's so

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- Hilary Lewis

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Justin Bieber's DUI Trial Delayed Until July

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Miami – Trial was delayed Wednesday until July for pop star Justin Bieber on driving under the influence and other charges after his lawyers asked for more time to examine evidence and discuss whether to accept a possible plea deal. Bieber attorney Roy Black initially asked for a 60-day delay from the previous May 5 trial date, but Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield extended the postponement even further, to July 7. Photos: Exclusive Portraits of Justin Bieber With Longtime Manager Scooter Braun "I want to give everyone plenty of time," Altfield said at a brief hearing. Bieber

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Stephenie Meyer's Production Company Options Ya Novel 'Not a Drop to Drink'

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Twilight author Stephenie Meyer is helping another Ya novel make the leap from book to film. The writer's production company, Fickle Fish Films, has acquired Ya novel Not a Drop to Drink, a survival story set in a world where freshwater is almost nonexistent. Photos: Teenage Dreams: 17 of the Most Popular Ya Properties Adapted for TV and Film Not a Drop to Drink is the debut novel from Mindy McGinnis. It hit shelves on Sept. 24, 2013, via Katherine Tegen Books. The story follows a young girl named Lynn who strives to stay alive in a barren land and

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