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'Parenthood' Showrunner Jason Katims Pens Emotional Farewell to Show (Guest Column)

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I am driving up a twisty canyon road in Malibu on the way to film our biggest set piece of the final episode of Parenthood. I am driving through a fog so thick that I am on the verge of having to pull over. It has not rained in Los Angeles for two years, but now, on our final episode, the rain has been following us, mocking us, laughing at us the entire shoot. Our shooting schedule has changed countless times. Our usually chipper crew looks haggard. Our producer is fried. The unflappable Larry Trilling, who has directed more than

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- Jason Katims

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'Ted 2' Trailer: Give The Teddy Bear His Human Rights (Video)

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The first Ted 2 trailer is here and it is all about the teddy bear's legal rights and fertility struggles. Ted wants to be human in the eyes of the law and he takes that fight to court with the help of Amanda Seyfried. Also, he wants to use Mark Wahlberg's sperm to have a baby and this involves a large accident where Wahlberg's character John Bennett does a lot of slipping and sliding. Read More Super Bowl Surprise: 'Ted 2' Ad to Reveal Tom Brady as Potential Sperm Donor (Exclusive) The Seth MacFarlane-directed sequel hits theaters on June 26. A

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- Lorena O'Neil

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Warner Bros. Sued for Distributing 'Laws of Attraction' Without License

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Warner Bros. is being taken to court again by two Germany film companies that claim the studio breached a settlement agreement covering four films and is violating their copyright to Laws of Attraction, starring Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore. The Zweite Academy and the Erste Academy — together captioned and abbreviated as "Mhf" — previously sued Warner Bros. in 2012 over films that included The Whole Ten Yards, The In Laws and Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever. The plaintiffs produced the films and entered into distribution agreements with special purpose entities in return for a minimum guaranty, earmarked gross receipts and

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- Eriq Gardner

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Watch Snickers' 'Brady Bunch' Super Bowl Ad

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In its new Super Bowl ad, Snickers puts Danny Trejo in The Brady Bunch. The candy brand teased the ad last week with a video of Trejo brushing his hair more than 100 times, a la Marcia Brady, with a Brady Bunch logo. Various other Brady Bunch-themed teasers were posted on Snickers' Facebook page, with the company urging fans to share the promos if they wanted to see the full ad early. People engaged and Snickers listened. See more Super Bowl: The Most Talked-About Commercials The full ad, which debuted on NBC's Today Thursday morning and was later

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- Hilary Lewis

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TV Ratings: 'Empire' Bests 'American Idol' Audience

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Notching its fourth Wednesday victory in row, Fox's Empire topped another night as the highest-rated series on TV. And while its growth may have taken a week off, the drama certainly didn't lose any steam. Empire matched last week's preliminary 4.3 rating among adults 18-49. (That stat grew to a 4.4 rating in final adjustments.) Among total viewers, Empire was up a tick to 11.3 million. Read More 'Empire's' Black (Ratings) Power: How Fox's Targeted Marketing Paid Off
 Fox's success with Empire has also seen a lot of viewers return to the first episode.

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- Michael O'Connell

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'Grey's Anatomy's' Shonda Rhimes: "Fans Should Be Worried" About Meredith and Derek

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Grey's Anatomy diehards just watched as one of the show's most beloved couples split up. And now the show's central love story — Meredith and Derek — could be in jeopardy. During the season-11 midseason finale, Derek (Patrick Dempsey) and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) agreed that it would be best for him to go to Washington, D.C., and accept a job working for the president. See more The Couples of Shondaland: 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Private Practice,' 'Scandal'   "For Meredith, this journey is really about her coming into her own as a surgeon, figuring out who she is and who

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Sarah Koenig Talks 'Serial' Season Two

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Sarah Koenig gave a talk about journalism followed by a Q&A discussion at Penn State University on Jan. 27. Schwab Auditorium was so packed the crowd was standing room only to see the Serial host speak. Onward State reports that during the lecture, Koenig recreated the third episode of Serial, called "Leakin Park," explaining how she researched for the episode and relied heavily on a public police report. The host also stressed the importance of fact-checking and reiterated that for her, the podcast was never about entertainment. “I never meant to create a fever,” said Koenig, according

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- Lorena O'Neil

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Tim Goodman: How 'Girls,' 'Justified,' 'Shameless' Are Faring in New Seasons

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This story first appeared in the Feb. 6 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. This much we know: there's too much television. It's impossible to keep up. (If it makes you feel better, I have the same problem — and I'm getting paid to watch.) So loyalty to returning shows is an important question; people want to experience the new, but also hold fast to their favorites. In that spirit, here's my take on how a handful of series I love are faring with their recently kicked-off seasons. See more Broadcast TV's Returning Shows 2015-16 Broad City

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- Tim Goodman

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Box Office Preview: Super Bowl Entries 'Project Almanac,' 'Loft' No Match for 'Sniper'

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Clint Eastwood's American Sniper is set to rule at the Super Bowl weekend box office, easily trouncing three new films braving the big game: Project Almanac, Black or White and The Loft. Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper, is expected to earn at least $35 million in its third weekend, pushing its domestic total to $250 million. And on Thursday or Friday, the Oscar-nominated film will eclipse Saving Private Ryan ($216.5 million) become the No. 1 war-themed film of all time in North America, not accounting for inflation. (Sniper's domestic total through Wednesday was $213.4 million). Read More

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- Pamela McClintock

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Univision Extends CEO Randy Falco's Contract Through Early 2018

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Univision Communications said Thursday that it has extended the employment agreement of president and CEO Randy Falco through January 2018. “Since taking the helm in 2011, Randy has successfully guided Univision through a period of exceptional growth and innovation, adeptly navigating a climate of unprecedented industry change and positioning the company for the future,” Univision Communications chairman Haim Saban said. Read more Univision CEO: Comcast-Time Warner Cable Deal Could Be Bad for Hispanics He added: "Under Randy’s leadership and vision, the company has meaningfully increased earnings and accelerated its transformation from a niche broadcast network to a multimedia

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- Georg Szalai, Hilary Lewis

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Alibaba Touts Digital Entertainment Strategy as Quarterly Revenues Miss Estimates

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Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba reiterated its commitment to buying strong entertainment content while also producing its own unique programming, as the group reported lower than expected revenues for the fourth quarter. Alibaba's founder and executive chairman Jack Ma has described his firm as "the world's biggest entertainment company" and he has made no secret of his desire to buy Hollywood content for his set-top boxes and other platforms. Read More Yahoo Announces Plan to Spin Off Alibaba Stake Alibaba's revenue rose 40 percent to $4.22 billion in the December quarter, falling shy of analysts' expectations and signaling

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- Clifford Coonan

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Nickelodeon To Be Available Without Pay TV Subscription

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On a conference call with analysts, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman announced that Nickelodeon will soon be launching a direct-to-consumer service. "We believe it will be very attractive to consumers," said Dauman. "We will announce the name next month." The decision to offer a way to see the popular kids network without cable or satellite TV subscriptions follows a trend in the entertainment industry. In recent months, HBO, CBS and other networks have announced similar plans. Read More Viacom Beats Privacy Lawsuit Targeting Disclosures of Kids' Video Viewing History In talking with analysts after the release of

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- Eriq Gardner

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Starz Steps up Global Monetization of Originals

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Starz on Wednesday unveiled a deal with Amazon, its first-ever U.S. subscription VOD content licensing deal with the company, for The White Queen. The deal, exclusive versus other online-only subscription platforms, followed a deal that quietly made available Starz original series Spartacus and Magic City to Netflix subscribers in the U.S. Starz licensed the complete Spartacus library to Netflix for the U.S., Canada, and other worldwide markets, starting Feb. 1, according to Starz executives. As in the case of the Amazon agreement, the deal is exclusive versus other online-only subscription platforms and allows the

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- Georg Szalai

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Can Overstock Become the New Amazon? "I'd Be Shocked," Says Analyst

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A version of this story first appeared in the Feb. 6 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Overstock.com wants to follow rival Amazon all the way to the Golden Globes. Nine days after Amazon took home two trophies for Transparent, Overstock announced that it has streaming video ambitions of its own. Better known for discount blenders and duvets, the Salt Lake City-based e-retailer plans to launch a VOD service offering 30,000 titles by the middle of the year, with the goal of adding a subscription streaming service and even original series. Overstock, which has between 25 million

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- Natalie Jarvey

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Sundance: THR Critics Pick Their 12 Favorite Films (So Far)

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Read the review). In this gutsy and assured debut, Marielle Heller accomplishes just about everything all young indie filmmakers say they want to do when starting out: to create a fresh, distinctive work in their own "voice" that will make their careers. Heller has pulled this off in a remarkably frank look at the emerging sexual life of a teen (the endlessly watchable Bel Powley) in 1970s San Francisco. It's the kind of movie Sundance prays for every year. — Todd McCarthy Dope (Read the review) Three geeks go gangsta in this entertaining feature

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- THR staff

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Kevin Costner: Stephen Hawking Came Over to Talk About Whitney Houston

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Stephen Hawking appears to have a rather strong affinity for Whitney Houston. Kevin Costner was a guest on Tuesday's Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he revealed that the author and physicist stopped by his house unexpectedly in the early 2000s. Watch more Eddie Redmayne: I Was "Incredibly Inappropriate" When I Met Jennifer Aniston Costner said that Hawking and an entourage of about 10 people showed up, and it took a while for the Theory of Everything subject to explain the reason for his visit. "I was waiting for [him to explain], and finally he said, 'I'd like to know about Whitney Houston,

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Gene Hackman Mistakenly Mourned by Twitter After Article Proclaims Him "Gone"

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Fear not: Gene Hackman is just fine.  The legendary actor was prematurely mourned by a number of Twitter users following a confusing Grantland headline that read: "The Greatest Living American Actor at 85: Gene Hackman Is Gone But Still in Charge." Read More Mitt Romney Endorses Gene Hackman to Play Him On Screen One tribute message came from actor Dylan McDermott, who tweeted, "Rest in Peace." The Stalker star later deleted the tweet and wrote about what he perceived to be a "hoax": "People have too much damn time on their hands." Hackman's rep confirmed to ABC News

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Taylor Swift Trademarks "This Sick Beat" and "Party Like It's 1989"

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Think twice before scribbling "This Sick Beat" on a T-shirt in the future as you could be faced with a legal bill, one that might be difficult to shake it off, shake it off. Vox, citing legal database Justia, reports that Taylor Swift's legal team has trademarked the phrase "this sick beat" as well as "party like it's 1989" and "cause we never go out of style," all lyrics from her multimillion selling album 1989.  Any use of those phrases, emblazoned on products or otherwise, will require permission from Team Swift, who seem intent on their girl

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- Abid Rahman

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Chadwick Boseman on Snubs: "I'd Rather Have an Action Figure Than a Golden Globe"

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Chadwick Boseman is Ok with having been largely absent from this season's awards conversation.  The 38-year-old actor, who starred in 2014's James Brown biopic Get on Up, told the Santa Barbara Independent that he's not letting his lack of an Oscar or Golden Globe nomination get him down.  Read more Oscar Voter on Diversity Gripes: Lay Off Us, Al Sharpton! (Guest Column) "When it comes down to it, I’d rather have an action figure than a Golden Globe," said Boseman, also known for Draft Day and 42. The action figure will presumably come soon enough, as Boseman

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Hindu Group Accuses 'Sleepy Hollow' of "Distorting" Faith, Seeks Fox Apology

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A Hindu group is seeking an apology from Fox for the distortion of their faith in the television show Sleepy Hollow.  In a statement, Rajan Zed, the president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, said his group took particular issue with the "Kali Yuga" episode of the current season of Sleepy Hollow, which aired on Jan. 26. Zed said the depiction of the Hindu goddess Kali was "highly inappropriate" and urged public apologies from all involved, including creators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, Fox TV chairman Gary Newman and even 21st Century Fox boss Rupert Murdoch.  The goddess Kali

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- Abid Rahman

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