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Diversity Panel Reveals Leaps Forward in TV, Sluggish Progress in Film

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Entertainment industry insiders discussed the issue of diversity in film and television head-on at a “Thinking L.A.” panel held at the ArcLight Hollywood and co-presented by Zócalo, UCLA and UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies. Moderated by The Hollywood Reporter executive editor Matthew Belloni, the panel included the Bunche Center director Darnell Hunt, who was also present to reveal the findings of the Center’s newly released Hollywood Diversity Report, for which he was the lead author. The report analyzed 200 films and more than 1,100 television shows released in 2012 and 2013.

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- Liz Isenberg

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Sony Shake-Up Continues: Digital Chief Out

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Bob Osher, the head of Sony Pictures Digital, has been let go, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The move was months in the making and likely not a surprise to astute Sony watchers. That it happened the same week as Tom Rothman taking the reins from fired Amy Pascal shows that Sony is in full housecleaning mode. Osher has been with the studio since 2004. In 2008, he was named president of the digital production division of Sony Pictures Entertainment. As digital president, he ran Sony Pictures Animation and Imageworks. But in recent months, there were many signs that shifts

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- Borys Kit

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Paramount Confirms Adam Goodman's Exit, Begins Search for Successor

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Paramount Film Group president Adam Goodman is officially out. In a memo sent to staff Thursday afternoon, Paramount chairman and CEO Brad Grey confirmed Goodman's exit and said a search for his replacement is underway. Goodman was pushed out of the top job after a six-year stint but has been offered a production deal. Insiders say he hasn't yet accepted. Read More Paramount Shake-Up: Adam Goodman Prepares to Exit as Film Group President Grey and Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore reportedly were unhappy with Paramount's thin slate (others suggest that isn't all Goodman's fault). As an example, the studio's

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- Pamela McClintock

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'Community's' Danny Pudi to Topline NBC's 'Strange Calls'

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Danny Pudi is returning to NBC. The Community star has been tapped to topline the network's horror comedy pilot Strange Calls, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Based on the Australian format, Strange Calls centers on Toby (Pudi), an affable but down-on-his-luck young police officer who is transferred to a rural town where — with the help of a peculiar, elderly night watchman — he starts to realize the town has a bizarre supernatural underbelly. Read more TV Pilots 2015: The Complete Guide Pudi will star — in first position — as Toby, the former Seattle cop who,

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- Lesley Goldberg

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CBS' 'Supergirl' Enlists Chyler Leigh, David Harewood

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CBS' Supergirl continues to add to its already impressive cast. The DC Comics take has enlisted Grey's Anatomy alum Chyler Leigh and Homeland vet David Harewood for regular roles, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Additionally, The Flash and Arrow's Andrew Kreisberg has joined the Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler drama as a writer and executive producer. See more Broadcast TV's Returning Shows 2015-16 The hourlong drama, which received a hefty series commitment, centers on Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), Superman's cousin, who was born on the planet Krypton and escaped amid its destruction years ago. After arriving on Earth, Kara was taken

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- Lesley Goldberg

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CBS Sets Summer Schedule; Marg Helgenberger Joins 'Under the Dome'

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CBS has formalized its summer lineup, spreading scripted originals Under the Dome, Extant and Zoo across the week as the network continues its push for year-round programming. Repeats of Elementary and the Chuck Lorre comedy Mom also are expected to join the schedule, though scheduling has not yet been determined. Pricey rookie drama Zoo, starring James Wolk and based on the best-selling book by James Patterson, will debut at 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 30. Summer staple Big Brother will have a special two-night premiere from 8-9 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, and Thursday, June 25. The Thursday

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- Lesley Goldberg

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TV Ratings: 'Empire' Grows Yet Again as Season Finale Approaches

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With only three more weeks left in its freshman season, Empire is still growing. For the seventh week in a row, the Fox drama clocked another series high — rising to a 5.3 rating among adults 18-49. That's technically even with last week's final score, but two-tenths of an improvement over last Wednesday's fast nationals. And with a minute of lower-rated American Idol bleeding into Fox's 9 p.m. hour, last night's Empire is all but sure to be adjusted upward. See more 41 Broadcast Series That Are Already Renewed As for total viewership, Empire rose

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- Michael O'Connell

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Hollywood's First Film in Cuba Just Wrapped

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This story first appeared in the March 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. With President Obama normalizing relations with Cuba — a second round of diplomatic talks is set for Feb. 27 in Washington — the Caribbean nation is welcoming a U.S. filmmaker invasion. "We just brought in Conan O'Brien," says Cuba Film Productions chief Michael Pacino, "and completed filming of the first Hollywood feature since the 1960 embargo: Bob Yari's Papa." Discovery Channel is shooting Cuban Chrome, about the classic American cars Cuba loves, and U.S. director Bruce Donnelly recently helmed Alumbrones, a doc

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- Tim Appelo

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Robin Williams' Daughter Speaks Out: 'No Point Questioning' Suicide (Video)

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Robin Williams' daughter isn't questioning or trying to explain why her father killed himself last August. She's just trying to move on and keep his memory alive. But she's also not going to try to define what people think about her dad. "People should remember what they want to remember of him. Who am I to guide what their childhood memories are of watching his movies," Zelda Williams said in an exclusive interview with NBC's Today show that aired on Thursday morning. “That’s their memories, that's what's important. I have mine and they are mine and I love that.

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- Hilary Lewis

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Seth MacFarlane Sued Over 'Ted' Talking Bottle Opener

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Outlandish films breed silly merchandise triggering oddball lawsuits like one filed on Wednesday over the special-edition Blu-ray/DVD of Seth MacFarlane’s talking bear romp Ted, which is said to come with a talking bottle opener. In California federal court, Michael Cram claims ownership of “talking” bottle openers and “talking” beer mugs, which he says have been uber-successful in the marketplace. Doing business as Pacific Productions, Cram says he has licensing deals with more than 61 Ncaa schools, Major League Baseball, Nascar, the National Football League, and movie and television studios. What’s more, Cram says he and his product

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- Eriq Gardner

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'How to Get Away With Murder' Cast Shares Their Theories for Who Killed Lila

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Who killed Lila Stangard? That's the biggest burning question heading into Thursday's season finale of ABC's breakout hit How to Get Away With Murder. Following a season of flash-forwards, flashbacks and lots of clues and red herrings, the person responsible for Lila's death will finally be revealed during the two-hour season-ender. So who killed her? Was it Sam? The Keating Five's top suspect Rebecca? The Hollywood Reporter hit the set of Pete Nowalk's Shondaland drama to get the cast's theories. Read more 'How to Get Away With Murder' Creator Teases Killer Season Finale Reveal Viola Davis (Annalise)

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Next Big Thing: 'Cinderella' Star Lily James (Video)

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This story first appeared in the Feb. 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Downton Abbey has yet to launch a major film star, but that could change with Lily James, whose work as troublemaker Lady Rose landed her the lead in Disney's live-action Cinderella, out March 13 from director Kenneth Branagh. The English stage actress (her father is late actor James Thomson) also will be seen in Screen Gems' Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Bradley Cooper's chef movie and BBC's War and Peace miniseries, which she's shooting in Russia. How did you get the role of Cinderella? It

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- Rebecca Ford

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So, Just How Impotent Is Today's MPAA?

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This story first appeared in the March 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. If you want to see how conflicted and toothless the MPAA is these days, look no fur­ther than perhaps the biggest digital issue ever to be debated on Capitol Hill: net neutrality. Providing loud and vigorous support for net neutrality, which holds that digital content should be delivered at the same speed for the same price from any provider on any platform to any user uniformly, should be a no-brainer for a lobbying body whose constituents make some of the most popular content in the

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- Alex Ben Block

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Why Bill O'Reilly Won't Suffer Same Fate as Brian Williams

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This story first appeared in the March 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Bill O'Reilly offered on Feb. 23 his most forceful rebuttal yet of charges he exaggerated the danger he faced covering the 1982 Falklands conflict, playing footage from CBS News and an interview with a former NBC News bureau chief who bolstered O'Reilly's claims. At the same time, he warned a New York Times reporter in a phone conversation to tread carefully. "I am coming after you with everything I have," said O'Reilly. "You can take it as a threat." Read More Jon Stewart on Bill O'Reilly

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- Marisa Guthrie

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'House of Cards' Creator on Season 3 Obstacles, Netflix Leak and Killing Characters

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Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) has the power he's always wanted. So what's next? That's the key question of House of Cards season three, says creator Beau Willimon, whose Netflix drama picks up Friday with Frank assuming the presidency without a single vote being cast for him. Frank inherits a White House rocked by scandal after he orchestrates President Walker's (Michel Gill) exit from the Oval Office. To further complicate things, Rachel, the former call girl who can connect Frank to Russu's (Cory Stoll) death, is missing in action after attacking Frank's right-hand man Doug (Michael Kelly) and leaving him for

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- Aaron Couch

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Why 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Failed to Hit the Mark in Japan

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As Fifty Shades of Grey opened simultaneously around the world on Valentine's Day weekend, setting records for an R-rated movie in country after country, audiences in Japan were distinctly underwhelmed. After a reasonable Friday night, the racy adventures of Christian and Anastasia faded fast, finishing the weekend with just $682,000 (¥81 million) from 324 screens, leaving it in the fifth spot on the Japanese box-office charts for its opening weekend. By way of comparison, it opened to $2.2 million in the Philippines, a cinematic market a fraction the size of Japan's. The following weekend saw the

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- Gavin J. Blair

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Benedict Cumberbatch's Oscar Whispers Revealed (Video)

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If you were wondering what Benedict Cumberbatch told his wife on the Oscar red carpet, you're not alone.  Wednesday's Tonight Show featured a segment of "Celebrity Whispers," with Jimmy Fallon guessing what famous people said during video clips in which their comments weren't mic'd. Read more Oscars 2015 "In Memoriam": Who Got Snubbed "You know what I could really go for? A Hot Pocket," Jared Leto supposedly told Eddie Redmayne at the Hollywood Film Awards. Meanwhile, Cumberbatch proved his affinity for a certain infectious pop tune. See more 10 of Benedict Cumberbatch's Most Memorable Roles Watch the full video below.

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- Ryan Gajewski

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AMC Networks Fourth-Quarter Earnings Rise as 'Walking Dead' Boosts Ad Revenue

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AMC Networks on Thursday reported improved fourth-quarter financials that exceeded Wall Street expectations. The cable networks company, led by CEO Josh Sapan, posted a profit of $77.6 million, or $1.06 per share, compared with $35.4 million in the year-ago period, or 49 cents per share. Adjusted operating cash flow, another metric of profitability, amounted to $194 million, up 96.9 percent. Revenue jumped 40 percent to $609.4 million. Wall Street analysts had on average expected earnings of $71.1 million, or 99 cents per share, on revenue of $602.4 million. The company in

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- Georg Szalai

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Jane Turton Named CEO of Production Firm All3Media

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Jane Turton has been named the new CEO of U.K.-headquartered production firm All3Media, which Discovery Communications and Liberty Global acquired last year. The All3Media board said on Thursday that the managing director has been promoted to the CEO role with immediate effect "to lead the global production company into its next phase of growth and creative excellence." Turton joined All3Media in Oct. 2008 as director of business development and business affairs and deputy COO. In 2011, she was made COO. She has been leading All3Media’s business on an interim basis since September, when the firm's previous CEO

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- Georg Szalai

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Jon Stewart Mocks Fox News Outrage Over 'American Sniper' Oscar Snub (Video)

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Don't tell Jon Stewart Birdman beat out American Sniper because of politics. On Wednesday's The Daily Show, Stewart mocked Fox News pundits who argued Clint Eastwood's American Sniper was snubbed at the Oscars because of the director's conservative viewpoint. An increasingly animated Stewart noted Eastwood had already won best picture and best director (Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby) and that "the left-wing loons in Hollywood made the f---ing movie, and nominated it for best picture." See more Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films "They didn't even give the best picture to the best picture," Stewart said as he indicated a poster for Boyhood. "For God's sake, if

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- Aaron Couch

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