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HBO Inks Exclusive Deal with Amazon Prime

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HBO has forged an exclusive long-term licensing deal with Amazon's streaming service Prime Instant Video, making it the exclusive online-only subscription home for hundreds of hours of HBO programming including all episodes of classic series The Sopranos, Deadwood, The Wire and Six Feet Under and movies and miniseries such as John Adams, Band of Brothers and Angels in America. The first wave of content will arrive on Amazon Prime May 21. Previous seasons of newer shows including Veep, The Newsroom and Girls will become available approximately three years after airing on HBO. The deal is a first for

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- Marisa Guthrie

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Viacom's My Nick Jr. Service to Launch in China

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  London – Viacom's Viacom International Media Networks Asia unit said Wednesday that it will launch the My Nick Jr. personalized edutainment service in China in the form of an "over-the-top" online service.   The launch will come in collaboration with Smit, a conditional access module manufacturer based in China, with which Viacom International Media Networks reached a multi-year deal.   My Nick Jr., which allows parents to curate and customize their children’s viewing experience around 11 educational themes (such as math, language and problem solving) in an advertising-free environment, is already available in France on the

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- Georg Szalai

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AOL Launching Free Streaming Movies Service With Miramax

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AOL is launching a free streaming movies service via an agreement with Miramax. Films from Miramax's library of titles will be available to stream online and via mobile and other connected devices, all from Miramax's own channel. “We continue to evolve our content strategy to include all screens and all experiences,” AOL Video president Ran Harnevo said in a statement. “With our Miramax partnership, we have our first foray into film and long-form, bringing a cinematic experience to our premium content library and across our connected TV experiences.  Having a premium launch partner in Miramax means that

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- Hilary Lewis

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'Fading Gigolo' Director John Turturro Touts 'Positive Sides' of Prostitution

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John Turturro, the writer, director and star of Fading Gigolo, shared some of the research and thinking on the nature sex work that informed his hit indie comedy, co-starring Woody Allen. Speaking with sex writer Karley Sciortino for an interview with the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper, Turturro said: "I think there are positive things about what sex workers do. I know and consulted people who have been in that world, and it’s interesting on a human level that people sometimes go to these people for reasons beyond just sexual contact -- maybe they're looking for solace, or other things,

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- Patrick Brzeski

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Lupita Nyong'o Named People Magazine's 'Most Beautiful'

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Lupita Nyong'o's breakthrough year continues as the young actress has been named People magazine's Most Beautiful person, gracing the cover of the annual issue. The 12 Years a Slave star and best supporting actress Oscar winner says she "never dreamed" she'd receive such an honor. "It was exciting and just a major, major compliment," Nyong'o told People of gracing this year's cover. "I was happy for all the girls who would see me on it and feel a little more seen." After impressing the fashion world with her red carpet looks during awards season, Nyong'o recently became the

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- Hilary Lewis

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Austrian Director Michael Glawogger Dies During African Shoot

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Acclaimed Austrian director Michael Glawogger, famed for his hard-hitting documentaries on the lives of the desperate poor, has died while on a shoot in Africa. Glawogger, whose work includes his documentary trilogy into the world of work: Workingman's Death, Megacities, Whores' Glory as well as dramas such as Slumming and Kill Daddy Good Night apparently died in Liberia after contracting Malaria. Gallery: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 Glawogger had been in Africa gathering material for a new project. “With horror and great dismay we have received the news of the sudden death of Michael Glawogger,” industry association Film

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- Scott Roxborough

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Justin Bieber Visits Controversial Japanese Shrine, Burial Ground of WWII War Criminals

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Justin Bieber blundered his way into one of the world's great geopolitical hotspots this week, paying tribute to some of Japan's most notorious WWII war criminals while visiting Tokyo. According to the popstar's Twitter and Instagram accounts, he dropped in on the city's notorious Yasukuni Shrine, a religious site that has been a constant source of high-level diplomatic dispute between China and Japan. Former military leaders from Japan's imperial army -- including 14 class-a war criminals -- who orchestrated mass atrocities in China and other areas of Asia during the Pacific War are believed to have their souls enshrined there.

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- Patrick Brzeski, Clifford Coonan

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'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' Prequel to Film in New Zealand

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Film Auckland chairman Alex Lee has confirmed that the upcoming big budget martial arts feature, The Green Destiny -- the prequel to Ang Lee's Hong Kong hit, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon -- will shoot in New Zealand, ending a quiet period for international feature productions there. Lee told Radio New Zealand that the green light for the film, with star Michelle Yeoh reprising her role as  warrior Yu Shu Lien and Donnie Yen starring as Silent Wolf, was made possible by recent changes to the country’s Large Budget Screen Production Grant subsidy, which now allows major productions to claim back up to

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- Pip Bulbeck

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The Other Woman: Film Review

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Three women stick it to the man who stuck it to all of them in The Other Woman, a female solidarity adultery comedy that's three parts embarrassing farce to one part genuinely comic discharge. Making erratic use of its promising central premise as well as of its uniformly attractive cast, this slick package is nowhere near as good as it could have been but will still hold considerable appeal for female audiences who will enjoy a good joke at the expense of the cheatin' man, while men may not mind going along as well just to check out Kate Upton

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- Todd McCarthy

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Japanese TV Networks Reschedule 'Titanic,' 'Pokemon' Episode After S. Korean Ferry Tragedy

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Tokyo – Japanese TV networks have changed their programming schedules for the week following a South Korean ferry tragedy. Satellite TV network Wowow was scheduled to air Titanic on Friday, but has replaced the film about the well-known ship tragedy with King Kong.  Meanwhile, an episode of Pokemon series Pocket Monsters that features a submarine searching for a sunken ship, due to be aired Thursday on TV Tokyo, has also been rescheduled.   Story: Jeonju Film Fest to Proceed Solemnly as South Korea Mourns Shipwreck Wowow is Japan's biggest satellite network, while TV Tokyo is the smallest of the five major commercial networks. Both companies

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- Gavin J. Blair

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Cannes: European Film Promotion Names 'Producers on the Move'

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European Film Promotion (Efp) has announced the 24 up-and-coming European producers who will head to Cannes this year for Efp's 2014 Producers on the Move networking event. The selection of young producers from across Europe includes Tomas Hruby from the Czech Republic, who produced Agnieszka Holland's award-winning mini-series Burning Bush (2013); the Norwegian Terez Hollo-Klausen, whose credits include Anne Sewitsky's Totally True Love (2011) and Britain's Tristan Goligher, winner of the British Independent Film Award prize for best achievement in production for Andrew Haigh's Weekend (2011). Story: Cannes Unveils Directors' Fortnight Lineup A full list

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- Scott Roxborough

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Chinese Director to Oliver Stone: Mind Your Own Business

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Chinese director Ning Hao has urged Oliver Stone to mind his own business after the Wall Street director caused controversy last week at the Beijing International Film Festival by calling for the Chinese industry to deal with its history and address the painful legacy of state founder Chairman Mao Zedong. “He is being belligerent. If we wanted to shoot a film about 9.11, would they be happy? Some questions or areas are sensitive. And China’s problem is not that simple,” Ning said, quoted in the Global Times newspaper, which is operated by China’s ruling Communist Party. Photos: Beijing Film Fest

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- Clifford Coonan

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John Oliver Celebrates His THR Cover With Jimmy Fallon: 'Life Has Changed'

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John Oliver and Jimmy Fallon had lots to talk about when he was a guest on The Tonight Show Tuesday, including his appearance on the cover of  The Hollywood Reporter magazine. "You're on the cover of a magazine," said Fallon, as he pulled out the May 2 issue. "That is a giant, giant magazine." (Read Oliver's THR cover story here.) Photos: Anna Wintour, Bill O'Reilly, Alec Baldwin Celebrate THR's Most Powerful People in NY Media The bashful British host of HBO's upcoming series Last Week Tonight admitted that it still feels strange to see himself on newsstands. "That was

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- Debbie Emery

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Tribeca: 'Intramural' Writer, Director on Improvising 'Epic Tales of Glory'

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"I just thought, let's make these guys as sad and pathetic as possible. And there's nothing more sad and pathetic than a fifth-year senior." It was that thought process that Intramural screenwriter Bradley Jackson tells The Hollywood Reporter partly influenced the characters he created for the indie sports comedy about fifth-year seniors competing in an intramural football game. Story: 'Saturday Night Live' Adds First African-American Female in Five Years Speaking at the film's Tribeca premiere Monday night Jackson said he thought there was something sad but amusing about fifth-year college students. "There's something vulnerable about

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- Hilary Lewis

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'An Act of God' to Strike Broadway

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New York -- Talk about a marquee name -- the Almighty is headed to Broadway. Producer Jeffrey Finn has announced a 2015 Broadway premiere for An Act of God, the stage adaptation of the book The Last Testament: A Memoir by God, which is billed as being transcribed by David Javerbaum. A Tony nominee with co-writer Adam Schlesinger for their score to the 2008 musical Cry-Baby, Javerbaum is best known as the former head writer and executive producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, a gig that earned him eleven Primetime Emmy Awards. He won an additional two Emmys for

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- David Rooney

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China's Wanda Group Eyeing Ipo for Cinema Chain

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Chinese real estate conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group is preparing an Ipo for its cinema chain on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. According to a filing made public by the China Securities Regulatory Commission, the company, headed by Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin, plans to sell up to 60 million shares to raise around $325 million (2 billion yuan). Photos: Beijing Film Fest Brings Out Chinese, Hollywood Stars Dalian Wanda Group is the world largest owner and operator of movie theaters. In 2012, the company bought North America's second biggest theater chain, AMC Entertainment, for $2.6 billion. At the time, many viewed the

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- Patrick Brzeski

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Sony Classics Picks Up Cannes-Bound Hockey Doc 'Red Army'

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In advance of the movie's world premiere at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American and other rights to Gabe Polsky's Red Army, a documentary about the Soviet Union's Red Army hockey team. Polsky tells the team's story from the perspective of its captain Slava Fetisov, a national hero who became a political enemy. The film examines how sport mirrors social and cultural movements amid the rise and fall of the the Soviet Union. "At its heart, this is a film about the Russian soul," Polsky said.  Video: New 'Grace of Monaco' U.K.

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- Gregg Kilday

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch: Theater Review

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New York -- The big question from the start was whether Neil Patrick Harris could sing the hard-driving glam rock-meets-punk score of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. And would the former Doogie Howser be able to go as far out there as the title role of the embittered East German singer with the botched sex-reassignment surgery demands? The swift answer on both counts is that Harris is beyond fabulous, holds nothing back and plays it any way but safe in Michael Mayer's exhilarating production. As to the other question of how the scrappy, subversive 1998 cult performance piece about gender

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- David Rooney

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NFL Star Pat Tillman's Possible Shooter, Close Army Friend Reconcile in Emotional Espn Doc

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Arizona Cardinals safety Pat Tillman shocked both football fans and his teammates in May 2002 when he turned down a contract offer of $3.6 million over three years to join the U.S. Army in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. On April 22, 2004, Tillman was killed while deployed in Afghanistan in what was initially reported as the result of enemy attack -- but was later revealed as friendly fire. Espn's Outside the Lines filmed a special investigative episode to air on Tuesday's 10-year anniversary of Tillman's death, but no one could have predicted that the show would bring

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- Debbie Emery

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Quentin Tarantino's Gawker Lawsuit Dismissed But Can Be Refiled

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Quentin Tarantino has suffered a setback in his effort to punish Gawker for linking to a copy of his unproduced screenplay The Hateful Eight. A federal judge in California has granted the gossip website's motion to dismiss the director's copyright infringement lawsuit. But the court is allowing Tarantino to refile the case if he makes key changes. Photos: 35 of 2014's Most Anticipated Movies      Read the full decision here. As you'll recall, Tarantino sued Gawker for contributory copyright infringement earlier this year after the site linked to another site that had published the leaked Hateful Eight screenplay draft in

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- Matthew Belloni

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