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A Day in the (Very Busy) Life of Shondaland Mvp Tom Verica

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Tom Verica wasn't expecting to return to acting. But that is precisely what happened for one of Scandal's go-to directors. Verica, a co-executive producer on Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers' Scandal, was busy prepping to direct the third-season finale of the White House drama when his phone rang. The former actor, who was last seen on-screen in a 2010 episode of The Closer, got a call from Rhimes with an offer he couldn't refuse: Playing Viola Davis' husband, Sam, on ABC's rookie hit How to Get Away With Murder. The role marks Verica's latest Shondaland gig

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Forever Fest 2014 to Feature 'Mean Girls' 10th Anniversary Screening (Exclusive)

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"That is so fetch." Forever Fest 2014 will feature a 10th anniversary screening of Mean Girls and the premiere of Amira & Sam when the annual event returns to Austin, Texas. The fest,  a weekend celebration of girlie pop culture, will take place Nov. 14 – 16 at the newly renovated Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar & Highball. “I am excited to watch Forever Fest continue to evolve,” said Alamo Drafthouse Founder and CEO Tim League. “Forever Fest shares a spirit with the similarly initialed FantasticFest. It is build upon a strong sense of community, a clear programming

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- Rebecca Ford

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Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Pact With Broadway’s Shubert Organization

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Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have hitched their wagon to one of the leading players in American theater, the Shubert Organization, with the signing of a three-year development/production deal. The award-winning producing team, who have collected a trophy cabinet full of Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys, Grammys and Tony Awards over their careers, are currently gearing up to produce their third Academy Awards telecast in February, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris; as well as Peter Pan Live! for NBC on Dec. 4, starring Christopher Walken and Allison Williams. That project follows last year’s popular television event, The Sound of

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- David Rooney

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James Corden's 'Late Late Show' Sets Showrunner, March Premiere

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It's still a mystery as to when David Letterman will pass the Late Show torch to Stephen Colbert, but CBS has solidified plans for its other late-night transition. The network announced today that The Late Late Show With James Corden will bow Monday, March 9, 2015, taping at the CBS Television City lot in Los Angeles. Additionally, the series has set producer, director and writer Ben Winston as showrunner. “We’re excited to begin CBS’s next chapter after midnight and introduce James’ wide range of performance talents and fearless creative instincts to American television viewers,” said CBS Entertainment chairman

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- Michael O'Connell

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Watch Fifth Harmony Cover NKotB's 'The Right Stuff' on 'Faking It'

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MTV's Faking It is getting a dose of Fifth Harmony. The MTV Video Music Award winner and MTV Artist to Watch will guest star in the Oct. 28 episode of the comedy from showrunner Carter Covington and take on an iconic '80s track. Read more MTV's 'Faking It' to Tell Intersex Story in Season 2 The all-girl group will perform a remixed version of New Kids on the Block's "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" during the episode in which Shane (Michael Willett), Amy (Rita Volk) and Lauren (Bailey De Young) attend an underground dance party. Check out Fifth Harmony's

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- Lesley Goldberg

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TLC 'Reassessing the Future' of 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' After TMZ Report

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The future of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is uncertain as TLC has issued a statement saying the channel is "reassessing the future of the series" following a report alleging that June Shannon has been romantically connected to a man convicted of child molestation.  "TLC is not currently in production on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. We are very concerned about this new information and are reassessing the future of the series," read a statement from the channel.  Shannon, known as Mama June on the show, is alleged to be currently seeing Mark McDaniel, who spent ten years in

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- THR Staff

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Meet the Artist Behind the Iconic 'Star Wars,' 'Indiana Jones' Posters

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 31 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. He's the artist who gave Rambo his gigantic gun (and sensitive gaze) in the poster for First Blood. He made Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia look like timeless movie icons with his poster for Star Wars. He turned Harrison Ford's face into a canvas all its own with his artwork for Indiana Jones. His name may not be familiar in every household, but his work is. Over the course of his four-decade career,  Drew Struzan, 67, has painted more than 200 film posters, always in

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- Tim Appelo

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'Grey's Anatomy's' Kelly McCreary Upped to Series Regular

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That didn't take long. Four episodes into Grey's Anatomy's 11th season, the ABC medical drama has promoted Kelly McCreary to series regular, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. See more The Couples of Shondaland: 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Private Practice,' 'Scandal' McCreary has been recurring since the season 10 finale as Dr. Maggie Pierce — Meredith's half-sister and the love child of Ellis and Richard (James Pickens Jr.). The bulk of the first half of season 11 has focused on Maggie's journey from Boston to Seattle on a quest to learn more about her biological mother. The result has

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- Lesley Goldberg

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'Ouija': Film Review

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In theory, a horror movie based on the Ouija board game seemed like a pretty good idea. After all, what teenager hasn't spent at least one night with his or her friends trying to scare themselves silly contacting the dead? Unfortunately, Universal's low-budget quickie aimed at young audiences hopelessly squanders the opportunity, being less scary than landing in jail while playing Monopoly. Profits are assured in this current undemanding horror movie marketplace when even a mediocrity like Annabelle can become a major hit, and Hasbro will certainly reap the benefits just in time for the holiday season. But creatively

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- Frank Scheck

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Aaron Sorkin Confirms Christian Bale Playing Steve Jobs in Sony Movie

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Christian Bale will play Steve Jobs in Sony's upcoming biopic about the late Apple co-founder, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin confirmed in a Bloomberg Television interview with Emily Chang. “We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale,” Sorkin said. “He didn’t have to audition. Well, there was a meeting.” The Hollywood Reporter previously exclusively revealed that Bale was in talks to play Jobs. Bale was originally eyed to play Jobs when David Fincher was in talks to direct, THR previously reported. Leonardo DiCaprio had also been in talks to star

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- Hilary Lewis

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Keira Knightley to Make Broadway Debut in 'Therese Raquin'

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A 19th century novel about adultery, madness and guilt that caused a scandal when it was first published and brought its young author, Emile Zola, lifelong notoriety will provide the stage vehicle for Keira Knightley’s Broadway debut. Knightley will star in British playwright Helen Edmundson’s adaptation of the French classic, Therese Raquin, directed by Evan Cabnet. The production will kick off Roundabout Theatre Company’s 50th anniversary season, beginning previews on Oct. 1, 2015, with official opening set for Oct. 29. The casting of Knightley represents a major coup for Roundabout. The actress has made successful theatrical appearances in London’s West

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- David Rooney

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'Red Band Society' Stages 'Privileged' Reunion (Exclusive)

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Fox's Red Band Society is staging a Privileged reunion. Privileged alum John Allen Nelson will reunite with series creator Rina Mimoun and recur on the hospital dramedy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. See more Faces of Fall 2014 Nelson, who played Megan's (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) dad on The CW series, has been tapped to portray Emma's (Ciara Bravo) father Jon Chota on the freshman series exec produced by Mimoun. The character is described as compassionate and loving, a reserved man who chooses his words carefully and a hopeless case when it comes to saying no to Emma. Jon puts on a

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Kyle Killen Inks Overall Deal With Paramount TV

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Kyle Killen has found a new home. After years at 20th Century Fox Television, the showrunner behind Awake, Mind Games and Lone Star has inked an overall deal with Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Under the two-year, first-look deal, Killen will develop scripted fare for broadcast, cable, premium cable and streaming services. Additionally, Killen has launched a production shingle, ironically called Chapter Eleven, and tapped former AMC scripted vp Scott Pennington to oversee the company. Paramount TV and Anonymous Content will have first-look rights to produce and distribute Chapter Eleven fare. Read

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Mom Who Petitioned 'Breaking Bad' Toys Says Problem Is in Placement, Not Purchase

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So why exactly aren't Breaking Bad action figures on Toys R Us shelves anymore? Florida-based mom Susan Schrivjer — who started an online petition to get the toy store to remove replicas of Walter White (with a tray of crystal meth) and Jesse Pinkman, from its shelves — appeared on Fox & Friends on Thursday morning and elaborated on her stance. "It was a bad idea to have a doll that has fake drugs on it in a toy store — that's the bottom line," she said, admittedly feeling victorious that the retailer has since pulled the product. "[I'm] proud of them

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- Ashley Lee

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American Music Awards: Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer to Perform

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Breakthrough newcomers Sam Smith and 5 Seconds of Summer will take the stage at the 2014 American Music Awards. Dick Clark Productions announced Thursday that Mary J. Blige will join the British pop crooner and Australian boy band at the Nov. 23 event at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. It will air live on ABC. Smith and 5Sos will compete for new artist of the year. See more American Music Awards: Iggy Azalea, Beyonce, Katy Perry Among Nominees Iggy Azalea is the leading nominee at the AMAs with six. John Legend, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams each have five nominations. Lorde

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Charli Xcx Gives Surprise Performance at High School Dance with Bella Thorne, Tyler Oakley

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Singer Charli Xcx took a break from touring Wednesday night to perform at an unlikely venue: a high school gymnasium. The chart-topping 22-year-old pop star delivered the tunes "I Love It," ''Fancy" and "Boom Clap" to a crowd of excited high school students at Aspire Pacific Academy's homecoming dance. She later manned the DJ booth. "Homecoming dances and proms are an American thing I've always been very fascinated with because all of my favorite movies end with a prom or something like that," said Charli, who was born and raised in England. "I was really

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Watch Sting Tell All on Tantric Sex in New 'Inside the Actors Studio' Clip

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Remember when Sting got everybody talking about his alleged marathon sex sessions? Well, even if you don’t, the man himself is here to give the details on what he thinks of "tantric sex." The former Police frontman/ringtone master is set to appear on Thursday's episode of Inside the Actors Studio with host James Lipton, and Billboard has an exclusive early peek at their conversation. See more THR's Star-Studded Broadway Portraits With Glenn Close, Ewan McGregor and Matthew Broderick "If we had seven hours I would demonstrate," Sting jokes, before admitting that period would also include dinner and a

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- Chris Payne, Billboard

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Imax Plans Biggest-Ever Theatrical Release For Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

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Nevermind that all-digital theater owners aren't impressed with Christopher Nolan's Interstellar film initiative. Imax is going all-out to release the upcoming Paramount and Warner Bros. release. "It's the largest release in the history of our company," said Greg Foster, CEO of Imax Entertainment and executive vp of Imax Corp., on an analyst call on Thursday morning following the release of his company's latest earnings. Read more 'Interstellar's' Christopher Nolan, Stars Gather to Reveal Secrets of the Year's Most Mysterious Film Imax plans 770 engagements worldwide for Interstellar, mostly in commercial theaters, as it repays Nolan's loyalty to the giant-

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- Etan Vlessing

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Focus CEO Peter Schlessel on the Move to the Mainstream and the Studio's Future

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A version of this story first appeared in the Oct. 31 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Recently, former employees of Focus Features gathered at a New York sports bar to celebrate the end of summer -- and to dissect every move CEO Peter Schlessel has made since he replaced James Schamus a year ago. Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley had wanted the studio's storied prestige label (Brokeback Mountain, Lost in Translation) to change course and release a mix of awards titles and commercial movies. When Schamus wouldn't oblige, Universal brought in Schlessel, whose company FilmDistrict had been home to both

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- Pamela McClintock

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2014 Gotham Award Nominations Revealed

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The nominations for the 2014 Gotham Independent Film Awards were unveiled Thursday morning, with Richard Linklater's Boyhood receiving four nods, including one for best feature. Other films receiving multiple nominations included Birdman, Foxcatcher, Nightcrawler, Under the Skin and Dear White People. Birdman and Boyhood were both nominated for the Gotham Awards' top prize of best feature, along with Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, Ira Sachs' Love Is Strange and Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin. See more 2013 Gotham Awards Birdman star Michael Keaton and Boyhood's Ethan Hawke will also face off in the best actor category, where both were

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- Hilary Lewis

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