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Teresa Palmer Joining Benjamin Walker in Nicholas Sparks Adaptation 'The Choice'

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Teresa Palmer is in talks to join Benjamin Walker in The Choice, Lionsgate’s adaptation of the 2007 novel by Nicholas Sparks. The story centers on a couple, Travis Parker and Gabby Holland, who first meet as neighbors in a small coastal town, and charts their ups and down over a decade as their love is tested by life events. Sparks and Theresa Park are partnering with Peter Safran to produce and finance the film. Bryan Sipe wrote the script. Ross Katz (Adult Beginners) is directing. Palmer starred in the zombie romance Warm Bodies and is the female lead in Alcon’s

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'Supernatural' Star Jensen Ackles Signs With Gersh (Exclusive)

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Jensen Ackles, who has starred on CW’s long-running show Supernatural since 2005, has signed with Gersh. He was previously with Wme. Read more Rep Sheet Roundup: Gersh Signs D.L. Hughley, Paradigm Gets Mark Valley Ackles has played Dean Winchester, one of the two demon-fighting, hottie-flirting brothers on over 202 episodes of the CW’s stalwart fantasy series. He has also directed a handful of episodes. The show is a solid performer for the CW with its head Mark Pedowitz saying the show can run for as long as producers want. Ackels also co-starred on shows such

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Austin Film Fest: 'The Humbling' and 'The Last Five Years' Will Open, 'Rosewater' Will Close

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Barry Levinson's drama The Humbling, which stars Al Pacino, and Richard Lagravanese's musical The Last Five Years, which Jason Robert Brown adapted from his off-Broadway show — two films that had their world premieres at this month's Toronto International Film Festival and quickly found U.S. distributors that see them as 2014 awards bait — will open the 21st annual Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters Conference on Oct. 23, the fest announced on Tuesday. Additionally, Jon Stewart's feature directorial debut Rosewater, a drama based on the harrowing true story of the Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, will close the

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AMC Theatres Boycotting 'Crouching Tiger 2' in Major Blow for Netflix, IMAX

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AMC Theatres has joined the country's two other largest chains in slamming a plan to release the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel directly on Netflix and in select Imax locations, saying it won't play the film in any of its Imax venues. "AMC Theatres and Wanda Cinema are the largest operators of Imax-equipped auditoriums in the world. We license just the technology from Imax. Only AMC and Wanda decide what programming plays in our respective theaters. No one has approached us to license this made-for-video sequel in the U.S. or China, so one must assume the

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Amid Domestic Abuse Headlines, HBO Doc 'Private Violence' to Air "At Exactly the Right Time"

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On Sept. 8, a moment of violence burst into the public sphere as footage surfaced of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice clocking his then-fiancée Janay Palmer. The video sparked a national conversation about domestic violence: Some questioned why Palmer didn't leave Rice, while others deemed it a private family matter not to be discussed by the media at large. It also makes for serendipitous timing for the release of Private Violence, an HBO documentary that zooms in on the intricacies of domestic violence, the women it affects and the tireless work of advocates. "It's hard to imagine an

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'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Star Nabs Lead in Nicholas Sparks Adaptation 'The Choice'

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Benjamin Walker has been tapped to play the male lead in The Choice, Lionsgate’s adaptation of the 2007 novel by Nicholas Sparks. The feature project is the first of Spark’s adaptations to come out of his Nicholas Sparks Productions, wherein the author spent time and money developing it before setting it up. Sparks and Theresa Park are partnering with Peter Safran to produce and finance the film. The story centers on a couple, Travis Parker and Gabby Holland, who first meet as neighbors in a small coastal town, and charts their ups and down over a decade as their love

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Michael Phelps Apologizes After DUI Arrest

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Michael Phelps has apologized for his Tuesday arrest for driving under the influence and speeding in Baltimore, Maryland.  "Earlier this morning, I was arrested and charged with DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lane lines," wrote Phelps in a multi-part statement released on his Twitter page. "I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility. I know these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down." Read more Michael Phelps Arrested for DUI The 29-year-old Olympic swimmer, who was previously arrested for

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Tracy Morgan: "Walmart Blaming Me for an Accident They Caused"

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Tracy Morgan has responded to Walmart's claim that he's partly responsible for the injuries he suffered in an accident this June because he wasn't wearing a seat belt. "After I heard what Walmart said in court I felt I had to speak out," Morgan said in a statement. "I can't believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused. My friends and I were doing nothing wrong. I want to thank my fans for sticking with me during this difficult time. I love you all. I'm fighting hard every day to get back." Watch more Tracy

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'Orphan Black' Actor Jordan Gavaris Joins Matthew McConaughey in 'The Sea of Trees'

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The first image from Gus Van Sant's The Sea of Trees has been released, showing star Matthew McConaughey bloodied and crouched in the dark Japanese forest. Standing in the background of the image is Ken Watanabe, who stars alongside the Interstellar actor in the film, centering on two strangers who meet in the mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan’s Mount Fujiwhere where people often go to commit suicide. The two lost men embark on a journey of reflection and survival. Jordan Gavaris, of Orphan Black fame, also has been added to the cast, which features, Naomi Watts and

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Yvonne Strahovski to Co-Star in ABC's 'Astronaut Wives Club'

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ABC's upcoming Astronaut Wives Club is staging a Chuck reunion. Chuck alum Yvonne Strahovski has booked a series regular role on the drama from Fake Empire's Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The 1960s-set drama tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race. The drama marks the first pilot Savage has written since she co-created The CW's long-running Gossip Girl with Schwartz. The project is based on Lily Koppel's best-selling novel published last summer. Janice Williams brought the project to Groundswell. Odette Annable, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Dominique McElligottDesmond Harrington and Bret Harrison star. Photos: Faces of Fall 2014 Strahovski, who is awaiting

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Rosa Salazar Nabs Key Female Role in 'Maze Runner' Sequel (Exclusive)

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Rosa Salazar has closed a deal to join the cast of Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, the sequel to Fox’s Ya adaptation The Maze Runner. With Runner a solid performer, Fox immediately dated the sequel and has Scorch Trials in pre-production. Director Wes Ball is back for the sequel as are the producers, Temple Hill Entertainment and the Gotham Group. Lead Dylan O'Brien is also back and will now find himself in a potential romantic triangle. Read more 'The Maze Runner' Film Review The first movie focused on a group of young men escaping through a deadly maze and only had one

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In 'Walking Dead' Lawsuit, AMC Renews Demand to See CAA's Client Deals

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Ever since fired Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont and his agents at CAA lodged a bombshell lawsuit against AMC last December alleging they've been cheated of tens of millions of dollars from the hit zombie series, the parties have very nearly been marching up and down the courtroom steps with discovery demands. So far, Darabont's side is clearly winning favor from New York Supreme Court Justice Eileen Bransten, getting her to order AMC to produce license agreements governing Mad Men and Breaking Bad while getting her to deny AMC's request for cable TV contingent compensation agreements that CAA has handled

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Gale Ann Hurd Among Newly-Named AMPAS SciTech Council Members

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Producer Gale Ann Hurd, cinematographer John Bailey, visual effects supervisor John Knoll and editor Michael Tronick have joined the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This brings the 2014–2015 Council to 25 members. It's co-chaired by Craig Barron, an Oscar-winning VFX supervisor and former Academy governor; and Paul Debevec, chief visual officer at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. Hurd's credits include Aliens, The Terminator, The Abyss, and TV series The Walking Dead. She is CEO of her Valhalla Motion Pictures. Read more VFX Legend Douglas Trumbull's Plan to Save the Movies

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- Carolyn Giardina

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E! Shakeup: Frances Berwick Expands Purview as Suzanne Kolb Exits

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Another year, another shakeup at NBCUniversal. Following a network-wide memo from E! president Suzanne Kolb announcing her departure, NBCU Cable Entertainment chairman Bonnie Hammer announced the much bigger picture on Tuesday. She'll be consolidating her cable group once again, this time moving E! and Esquire to the purview of Bravo and Oxygen Media chief Frances Berwick. In her expanded role, which will require the veteran programmer to become bicoastal, Berwick’s title becomes president of NBCU Cable Entertainment’s newly established lifestyle group. As part of the restructuring, Kolb is out, and Esquire chief Adam Stotsky will add E! to his portfolio. “In

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Robin Williams: Autopsy Results Delayed for Another Month

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  Robin Williams' autopsy results will be delayed for another month, Marin County officials said. "We originally estimated Sept. 30, 2014 as the date these materials would be complete," the Marin County Counsel said in a statement. "However the Coroner's Office is waiting for the scientific testing and analysis to be complete. The estimated date for the completion is Nov. 3, 2014." Read more Robin Williams in Marin: The Man on the Bicycle Williams died at 63 of an apparent suicide on Aug. 11 at his home in Tiburon, Calif. home in Marin County. His death was caused

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Marketing Exec Jack Pan Joins Robert Simonds' New Studio

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Jack Pan, who has served as a senior marketing exec at both Disney and Summit Entertainment, has joined Robert Simonds’ new film and television studio as its president of motion picture marketing. His hire was announced Tuesday by Oren Aviv, president and chief content officer of the motion picture group for the yet-unamed studio. In his new post, Pan will oversee all aspects of marketing including strategy, research and analytics, creative advertising, media, social and digital marketing, integrations, publicity and global alliances. He will report to Aviv and starts at the studio immediately. For the past six years, Pan

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TV Premiere Week Rankings: NBC Stays on Top, CBS Grows and Both Can Thank the NFL

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Judging the 2014-15 season looks to be more of a waiting game than ever, with networks making a hard sell of three- and seven-day DVR gains — most often quite justifiably. But one race that doesn't really get the advantage of time spent marinating on the DVR is premiere week as a whole. Final numbers for live-plus-same day showings for the week of Sept. 22 are in. And while scores will improve with time-shifting, rankings are likely fixed... as are the stats about who's up and who's down from the same week last year. So

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'Big' Remake From 'Enlisted' Duo Set at Fox

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Fox is going Big with Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce. The duo who previously teamed on Fox's military comedy Enlisted are adapting Tom Hanks' 1988 movie Big for the network, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The comedy, which has received a script plus penalty commitment from Fox, is described as an event series based on the movie that explores what it means to be an adult and what it means to be a kid — and how in today's world, those two things are more confused than ever. Photos: Faces of Fall 2014 Biegel and Royce will pen the script and

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E! President Suzanne Kolb Exits

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E! is heading toward another transition. The NBCUniversal-owned cable network will see president Suzanne Kolb depart, per a memo from the exec on Tuesday morning. Kolb had been with E! for nearly a decade, originally as senior vice president of marketing in 2005, and quickly rose in the ranks. She assumed presidency of the network in early 2013 after the departure of Lisa Berger (now at ABC). Kolb's Memo: One of my great privileges in life has been working with you for the past nine years. But as the adage goes, all good things must come to an end

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Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey to Voice Star in DreamWorks Animation's 'Boss Baby'

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Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey will voice star in Boss Baby, the latest feature from DreamWorks Animation. The movie, which has a release date of March 18, 2016, is being directed by Tom McGrath, one of Dwa’s go-to helmers with such credits as the Madagascar movies as well as Megamind. Ramsey Naito (The Spongebob Squarepants Movie) and Denise Cascino (Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Megamind) are producing with Michael McCullers (Austin Powers films) handling script duties. Read more DreamWorks Animation Inks Collaboration Deal With Makers of 'The Legend of Korra' Boss Baby is described as a fantastical family comedy centering

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