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'Scorpion': What Happens When a Certified Genius Crashes the Writers Room?

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It's a blistering hot Tuesday morning in Burbank and one of the world's smartest men is driving his bulletproof White House-supplied vehicle into work. Only on this day, "work" is an otherwise ordinary bank building that serves as the hub for CBS' new genius drama Scorpion. Meet Walter O'Brien, code name "Scorpion," whose 197 Iq is the fourth-highest ever recorded — and whose life is the backdrop of CBS' Elyes Gabelstarrer Scorpion. The drama, from showrunner Nick Santora (Prison Break) and Nicholas Wootton, centers on an eccentric genius named Walter (Gabel) and his international network of super-geniuses who form the last line of defense against

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Disney's 'The Lion King' Becomes History's Top-Grossing Entertainment Title

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Just under a year ago, Disney’s The Lion King became the first Broadway production to cross the $1 billion mark. Now the globally successful stage musical has become the highest-earning entertainment property in history, with a worldwide gross of $6.2 billion. The Associated Press reported on Monday that Julie Taymor’s unstoppable production, which opened on Broadway in 1997 and has been playing to capacity houses in New York, on tour and in international engagements ever since, has nabbed the top spot from another long-running musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. Its cumulative worldwide box

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- David Rooney

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'Gotham's' Ben McKenzie on Playing Gordon: True to DC Spirit But a New Chapter

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Ben McKenzie is putting his badge back on but moving from the streets of L.A. on TNT's Southland to Fox's Gotham. The Fox drama tells the origin story of Jim Gordon, the man who became the hero to a city and had a direct line to Batman. Only, in the series from showrunner Bruno Heller, Gordon is a rookie cop who meets young Bruce Wayne on the worst day of his life: when his parents are killed. As Fox's buzzy take — the drama is drawing rave reviews — tells Gordon's story, Gotham also serves as an origin for the Big Bads of Gotham: Penguin, Alfred, Catwoman and more. The Hollywood Reporter caught up with McKenzie

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- Lesley Goldberg

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TV News Reporter Quits on Air, Reveals Herself as Head of Medical Marijuana Business: "F— It"

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A news reporter at the CBS affiliate in Anchorage, Alaska, quit her job during a live broadcast Sunday night after revealing herself to be the owner of a medical marijuana business. Ktva's Charlo Greene had just finished a report on the Alaska Cannabis Club when, during the live in-studio shot, she shared that she actually is the owner of the business. See more: 'Anchorman' and 19 Other Pop-Culture Explorations of Broadcast News "Now everything you've heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom

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- THR Staff

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Peter Chernin, At&T to Buy Majority Stake in YouTube Network Fullscreen

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Peter Chernin's The Chernin Group and At&T have finalized a deal to acquire a majority stake in YouTube network Fullscreen. The companies are handling the deal, which is expected to close in the next month, via their joint venture Otter Media. Financial details weren't disclosed, but the deal is believed to value the company at around $200 million-$300 million The deal is Chernin Group’s second with Fullscreen. In 2013, the company and Comcast led a $30 million investment in the online firm. Fullscreen CEO George Strompolos, who started the company after working at Google’s YouTube, will continue to run

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- Georg Szalai

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'Sleepy Hollow' Stars Reveal Season 2 Secrets: Everything Is Turned Up a Gear

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Sleepy Hollow is getting crazier than ever. Fox's breakout supernatural police procedural returns for its sophomore season embracing the zaniness that has become its hook. Just consider the events of the finale: Within the span of a few minutes, Ichabod Crane discovered that Henry Parrish was in fact his son, Jeremy, and that he was the second of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and as a result, Ichabod was locked up in a pine box. Whew. Photos Broadcast TV's New 2014-15 Shows "We jumped the shark in the pilot. We kicked the shark in the face. There’s no shark

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- Philiana Ng

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Watch One Direction Dish on New Album ‘Four’ at iHeartRadio Fest

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Classic, natural, simple, crazy and upbeat. These are just a handful of words that One Direction’s Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson use to describe the pop group’s forthcoming album, Four. “There’s a good balance,” Tomlinson tells Billboard backstage at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. “It’s definitely our most different sounding album. We’ve definitely tried to keep it different, really.” 1D recently announced that its next single “Steal My Girl,” a preview of November’s Four album, will be released in late September. But the group kept things strictly to the hits during its iHeartRadio Fest

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- Billboard Staff

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Kelly Osbourne on Joan Rivers: "Every Moment I Got to Spend With Her Was Amazing"

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Fashion Police paid tribute to Joan Rivers on Friday night, and it wasn't without a few tears. When Kelly Osbourne was asked to recall a top memory with the late comedian during Fashion Police: Celebrating Joan, she teared up when she said, "For me, it's hard to say because every moment I got to spend with her was amazing." Still, she recalled, "My favorite one to this day will always be, yes, when she started changing her hair color and putting different pinks and lavenders." Read more: 24 Famous Friends From Dick Cavett to Donald Trump Construct Stunning Oral History

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- Ashley Lee

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George Clooney Tries to Kiss Maggie Smith in 'Downton Abbey' Charity Special

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Just over a week after it was revealed that George Clooney would be appearing in a Downton Abbey short film for charity, the show's Laura Carmichael has spilled the beans on the star's appearance and a particularly amusing scene involving Maggie Smith. Read more: George Clooney Defies Rumors by Not Marrying in London on Friday Speaking on U.K. breakfast television, the actress revealed that Clooney attempts to land a smacker on Smith. "There's a very brilliant moment with Maggie and George — I don't know if I want to give away any more than that really — but George

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- Alex Ritman

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Apple Sets Record With First-Weekend iPhone 6 Sales

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Apple said Monday that it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models over the first three-day weekend, a new company record. Apple previously said first-day orders topped 4 million. The new models, unveiled earlier this month, are available in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the U.K. and will be available in more than 20 additional countries on Sept. 26. The new iPhones will be available in 115 countries by the end of the year. Watch more: Features of the New iPhone 6 Models

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- Georg Szalai

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Jada Pinkett Smith Confirms 'Magic Mike Xxl' Role

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Matthew McConaughey may be out of Magic Mike Xxl, but Jada Pinkett Smith is in. The Gotham actress confirmed her role in the Magic Mike sequel — starring Channing Tatum and directed by Gregory Jacobs — on Monday morning while on The Queen Latifah Show. "Yes, you know, Channing and Gregory and Warner Bros. really took a chance," she told Queen Latifah. "There was a character written for a male that they wanted to turn into a female." Will she be dancing? No, she said, "not one of those [characters]! I can't really reveal it yet, but I'm excited about

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- Ashley Lee

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Test Your 'Sports Jeopardy!' Knowledge With First Clip (Exclusive)

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It's game on, sports fans. Here is your first look at Sports Jeopardy!, which premieres on Crackle Wednesday.  If the weekly series looks familiar to Jeopardy! fans, there's a reason. It was shot on the Jeopardy! set, used the show's writers, and even saw host Dan Patrick take over Alex Trebek's dressing room.  Trebek also gave Patrick some advice on hosting. "He said 'have fun.' That's the one mistake he made early that he's almost trying to make up for," Patrick tells The Hollywood Reporter. Patrick says he has a newfound respect for just how hard Trebek's job is — saying

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- Aaron Couch

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Oscars: Thailand Selects 'Teacher's Diary' for Foreign-Language Category

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Thailand has submitted Nithiwat Tharatorn’s romantic drama Teacher’s Diary (Khid Thueng Withaya) as its candidate for the best foreign-language film honor at the 2015 Oscars, the National Federation of Thai Film Associations, which makes the selection, said Monday. The movie from Thai studio Gth grossed more than $3 million, ranking second in Thailand this year. It was released in March. Thailand becomes the latest Asian country to announce its Oscar contender. Read more: Lupita Nyong'o and Other Foreign Oscar Winners The film tells of two lonely teachers, a woman and a man, who are posted to the same rural

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- Clifford Coonan

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Netflix Canada Survey: People Now See TV Spoilers as a Fact of Life

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Netflix on Monday said Canadian users aren't clasping their hands over their ears or shooshing friends and family when they start discussing House of Cards or Downton Abbey. The U.S. video-streaming giant presented the findings of a Canadian survey that found spoiler alerts from people who are ahead in binge-viewing shows don't ruin viewing for too many others. Whether Canadians are just polite or pragmatic, a Leger Marketing survey for Netflix revealed 72 percent of those surveyed consider people revealing plot twists or endings in everyday conversation as a simple fact of life. Read more: Netflix Dominates

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- Etan Vlessing

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Stephen Fry, 'Game of Thrones' Stars Join U.K. Drama Overseen by Martin Scorsese

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U.K. actors including Stephen Fry and Game of Thrones stars Paul Kaye and Joss Stone have joined the cast of Tomorrow, a drama being executive produced by Martin Scorsese that began a six-week shoot in London on Monday. Tomorrow, which will delve into the difficulties faced by soldiers after returning from war, is Scorsese's first voyage into U.K. cinema and will mark the directorial debut of his longtime script supervisor, Martha Pinson. "I'm honored to join Martha in her directorial debut," said Scorsese. "Through her vision, the great cast, and dedicated team, this story will resonate

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- Alex Ritman

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Japan Box Office: 'Apes' Opens Behind Samurai Film

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opened in second place at the Japanese box office this weekend in its final major market launch. The 20th Century Fox film has done well in various international markets. With $1.9 million (¥21 million), it dragged way behind the $3.8 million (¥41.8 million) that Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, the final part of a samurai sword-fighting trilogy directed by Keishi Otomo, took in its second weekend on top. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opened on 712 screens, a wide release for Japan, and pulled in just shy

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- Gavin J. Blair

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India Needs Film Commissions to Attract More Foreign Shoots, Study Finds

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India can further enhance its position as a shooting destination for foreign productions and boosting tourism and the local economy, according to a new report. “Made in India: Attracting and incentivizing film productions” was presented by the La-India Film Council and consulting firm Ernst and Young. The La-ifc was established in 2010 by a joint declaration between the City of Los Angeles and partners in the Indian film industry along with U.S. film industry bodies to increase cooperation between Hollywood and Bollywood. Read More: India, China Sign Co-Production Treaty The report was unveiled this weekend in

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- Nyay Bhushan

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'Chicago' Editor Martin Walsh to Be Honored at Poland's Camerimage

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Martin Walsh, the Oscar-winning editor of Chicago, will be honored this year with a lifetime achievement award at Poland's Camerimage festival, the world's leading festival for the technical art of filmmaking. Britain-born Walsh, whose editing credits also include Bridget Jones' Diary, Iris, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Kenneth Branagh's upcoming live-action Cinderella, will receive this year's Camerimage Award for an editor with a "unique visual sensitivity." Announcing the honor, the Camerimage festival called Walsh's work on Chicago, which he took nine months to cut, "an editing marvel. … The sequences of numerous songs,

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- Scott Roxborough

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Jessica Chastain, Al Pacino Discuss 'Salome' in London

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Al Pacino and Jessica Chastain took to the stage at London's BFI Southbank following a special screening of Salome, a new film of the pair's 2006 L.A. stage performance of Oscar Wilde's celebrated play, and Wild Salome, Pacino's 2011 documentary chronicling his obsession with the play, Wilde and the difficulties of putting it together. Speaking in a Q&A with Stephen Fry — who is also a noted Wilde expert — Chastain talked about playing the famed princess of Judea and daughter of Herod II, her first film role after having been picked from relative obscurity at the time by

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- Alex Ritman

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Chinese Web Giant Baidu Launches Kickstarter-Style Service

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Chinese web search giant Baidu has launched its own Kickstarter-style investment fund, Baifa Youxi, to help ordinary investors participate in the funding of big movie projects. The online fund, which Baidu is launching with Taiwan's Central Picture Corporation, Citic Bank and the Hong Kong law firm DeHeng, will allow investment of as little as $1.63, with yields based on the box-office performance of the projects. In April, China's largest e-commerce company, Alibaba, which had its massive Ipo in New York last week, launched Yulebao, which translates as "Entertainment Treasure," a vehicle similar to crowdfunding that

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- Clifford Coonan

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