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Producer Joel Silver Says He's Found New Financier for Silver Pictures

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Producer Joel Silver has found financing for his Silver Pictures Entertainment with businessman Daryl Katz, it was announced on Monday.  “Daryl Katz is an entrepreneur in the truest sense of the word. I’ve watched him build brands, sports teams and multibillion-dollar businesses with vision and drive, and that’s someone I want by my side,” a statement from Silver read. “Daryl’s expressed interest is to enhance his sport and entertainment division with significant entertainment properties and it’s really exciting for me to be with him on that journey.” More to come. 

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Disney Beats 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Copyright Lawsuit

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An author's attempt to wrangle billions over Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has come to naught after a federal judge ruled that a message to the company's "alert line" didn't properly rescind a settlement agreement. The plaintiff in this case is Royce Mathew, a Florida-based author of supernatural adventure stories, who claimed to have work stolen for the lucrative Pirates of the Caribbean films. Mathew first sued in 2005, then dismissed his complaint. He again sued in 2006, but backed down after Disney presented old "theme park art" that predated his own and represented that it had independently

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- Eriq Gardner

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'Homeland' Moves to Berlin for Fifth Season

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Claire Danes' passport is getting awfully crowded. Showtime announced Monday morning that their flagship series Homeland will shift locations yet again for its upcoming season, shooting the fifth run in Berlin, Germany. It's an expected departure from Cape Town, South Africa, where the espionage drama set up shop in 2014 for its Pakistan-set season. The fall 2015 return for Homeland and Danes' Carrie Mathison will also bring another bit of a reboot. It picks up two years after the events of the last episode, with Carrie estranged from the CIA and working for a private security firm in Berlin.

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- Michael O'Connell

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TV Ratings: 'Secrets & Lies' Rises to New High on Sunday

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Sophomore prospects for ABC midseason entry Secrets & Lies are looking better. The steady performer logged a new series high 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 on Sunday night, rising two-tenths of a point and tying an even Once Upon a Time as broadcast's top series of the night. Revenge (1.0 adults) was also even on ABC, helping make it the top net of the evening. With the exception of Family Guy (1.5 adults), off two-tenths of a point, Fox's entire Sunday block of The Simpsons (1.5 adults), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.5 adults)

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- Michael O'Connell

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Don Mankiewicz, Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter for 'I Want to Live!,' Dies at 93

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Don Mankiewicz, a member of a luminous Hollywood family who earned an Oscar nomination for I Want to Live! and penned the pilot episodes for two classic TV shows, has died. He was 93. Mankiewicz died Saturday of congestive heart failure at his home in Monrovia, Calif., his son, House of Cards screenwriter and executive producer John Mankiewicz, told the Los Angeles Times.   Mankiewicz wrote the first episodes of Marcus Welby, M.D., the 1969-76 ABC medical drama that starred Robert Young and James Brolin, and Ironside, the 1967–75 NBC cop drama with Raymond Burr as a wheelchair-

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- Mike Barnes

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CAA Promotes 20 Trainees to Agent or Executive

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CAA has promoted 20 of its trainees to agent or executive, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The new agents are: - Kevin Lin in the theatre department in New York - Olivia Blaustein and Matt Olson in the television department in Los Angeles and Hannah Kuzniecky out of New York. - In the music department, Tommy Bruce and Kasey McKee in Los Angeles, Ben Coles out of London, Caitlin Davidson in New York and Spencer Sherman and Emily Wright out of the agency’s Nashville office.   -   Josh Rahm and Rhys Broussard in the motion pictures department in Los Angeles - Adam Paulsen in the film finance department in Los Angeles - In CAA Sports, Matt Elefant in Los Angeles, Heather Grosz in Nashville and Roman Di Somma in

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- Rebecca Sun

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'Ride': Film Review

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Ride, which Helen Hunt wrote, directed, produced and stars in, begins beautifully. A woman (Hunt) sits against a door in a hallway at night, rising hastily and tiptoeing out of sight when her half-asleep toddler son emerges to go to the bathroom. Once he returns to bed, she resumes her position. Following a dissolve, a young man of about 18 (Brenton Thwaites) comes out from behind the same door — it’s the boy all grown up — and pleads angrily with his mother (still Hunt, now with a bob cut) as she types on her Macbook. He’s writing a

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- Jon Frosch

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NewFronts: Rachel Zoe Signs With Maker Studios (Exclusive)

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Rachel Zoe is bringing her retro-glam style to Maker Studios.  The designer-stylist has joined Maker's network to grow her presence in the online video world, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.  Zoe will announce the partnership on stage with Maker at the Disney-owned digital media company's NewFronts presentation on Tuesday, April 28, revealing that she will join Maker's community of 55,000 creators.  Read More Rachel Zoe Honored at L.A. Dinner Through the partnership, Maker and Zoe Media Group, the digital division of Zoe's company, will work together to create original contnet across platforms.

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- Natalie Jarvey

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Webby Awards: Netflix, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Funny or Die and Vice Media Among Winners

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The winners of the 19th annual Webby Awards were announced Monday, with Netflix, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Funny or Die and Vice Media among this year's honorees. Winners will be celebrated at a ceremony hosted by Hannibal Buress at Cipriani Wall Street on May 18. The stars of Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Ellie Kemper and Tituss Burgess, will receive special achievement Webby awards for best actress and actor, respectively. Chelsea Peretti will be honored with a special achievement outstanding comedic performance Webby for her work on her Netflix special Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats. Netflix also won the people's

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- Hilary Lewis

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'Mad Men': Tim Goodman On Pairing Up And Partnering Off As Change Announces Its Arrival

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At some point Mad Men had to come out and show it, and maybe say it on top of showing it. In a season about endings, about changes, about the inevitable passage of time, Sterling Cooper & Partners — but most importantly the partner Don Draper — had to suffer defeat. On a professional level, things were very different with McCann-Erickson owning Sc&P. Most notably, none of the partners really had a lust for it anymore. Advertising, that is. Working, even. They were paid out. They had made it. They were, as Peggy said to Joan, “filthy rich.”

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- Tim Goodman

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German Theaters Threaten to Extend Disney Boycott

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Small theater owners across Germany are threatening to extend their boycott of Disney films if the U.S. studio doesn't claw back plans to increase film rental fees. This past weekend, cinemas in 193 towns across the country joined the Disney boycott, refusing to screen Disney blockbuster The Avengers: Age of Ultron. If Disney doesn't meet their demands, the theater owners say, they will extend the ban to all of the studio's titles, with 3D animated feature Tinkerbell: Legend of the Neverbeast, set to hit theaters here April 30, next on the list.  It is hard to qualify the

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- Scott Roxborough

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Tony Awards: A 2015 Nominations Wish List

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Early tomorrow morning, Mary-Louise Parker and Bruce Willis will announce the official nominations for the 69th Annual Tony Awards, so predictions at this late hour will soon be irrelevant. But, having followed the Broadway season with the usual mix of elation and frustration, I have my personal preferences, whether or not they ultimately turn up on the ballot. Unlike many past editions, where a shortage of quality left some categories looking anemic, there was no lack of worthy contenders this year, particularly for best original musical and play. In the musical race, I struggled to settle on a fifth

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- David Rooney

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Nepal Earthquake: Santa Monica-based Filmmaker Among the Dead

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A Denver-born, Santa Monica-based filmmaker was among the three Americans who died in the avalanche that hit Mount Everest on Saturday that was triggered by the devastating Nepal earthquake.  Documentary filmmaker Tom Taplin, 61, was named as one of the three that included Google exec Dan Fredinburg. Marisa Eve Girawong, a camp doctor with a Seattle-based mountaineering company, was the third American who died in the avalanche. Taplin had been in Nepal making a documentary about the Mount Everest base camp. NBC News reports that when Taplin's wife Cory Freyer heard about the earthquake that hit Nepal she immediately texted

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- Abid Rahman

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U.K. Box Office: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Scores Biggest Superhero Movie Opening

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It was always going to take something heroic to knock Fast & Furious 7 from its perch after three weeks at the top of the U.K. box office, and Avengers: Age of Ultron lived up to the early promise. In its opening weekend, the superhero sequel smashed its way to the top, beating a Hulk-sized haul of records along the way. Read More 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Smashes Hong Kong Box-Office Records Its initial box-office revenue of $27.3 million in Britain saw it overtake Fifty Shades of Grey as 2015’s biggest U.K. opening, in

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- Alex Ritman

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Watch Native American Actors on 'Ridiculous Six' Set Told to Leave "If You Are Overly Sensitive"

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Adam Sandler's first Netflix movie The Ridiculous Six continues to make headlines. Over the weekend, a cell phone video emerged showing a person, believed to have a producer role on the film, telling Native American actors that it would be best for them to leave the set if they are "overly sensitive" about the jokes in the film script. The cell phone video from Goldie Tom, posted to YouTube by Indian Country Today, shows him telling actors, who call parts of the film "disrespectful": "if you are overly sensitive about it...you should probably leave." He also says later:

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Daytime Emmy Awards: 'Days of Our Lives,' 'Young and the Restless' Tie for Best Drama Series

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The Daytime Emmy Awards returned to television Sunday night and spread the wealth around with two winners for best daytime drama — Days Of Our Lives and a repeat by last year’s winner, The Young and The Restless. “A few years ago they said soap operas were dead, and reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated,” said Y&R executive producer Jill Farren-Phelps. She added that the CBS daytime drama stands with the other soaps not as a competitor but “as strong survivors with the most talented, most hardworking, most under-rated group of people in show business.”

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- Alex Ben Block

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‘Veep’: Reid Scott on Dan’s New Journey and Playing a “Triple-a Asshole”

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[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the Sunday, April 26 episode of Veep, “Data”] Well, that was fast. Sunday’s latest episode of the HBO’s witty political satire Veep found Selina Meyer’s (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) burgeoning administration already embroiled in a serious, federal-crime-involving scandal that even Olivia Pope would have trouble fixing. As a result, a head needed to roll (thankfully, in this D.C., that’s metaphorical.) While plugging her new Families First bill, Selina accidentally outed a young girl with HIV after a data breach revealed personal information and medical records from her constituents. Amongst the misuses of

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- Paige Phelan

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'Game of Thrones': Wedding Leaves Cersei Scrambling for Power

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[Warning: Spoilers ahead for Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones, "High Sparrow."] Game of Thrones has finally thrown a wedding without anyone dying. King Tommen's (Dean-Charles Chapman) nuptials to Margaery (Natalie Dormer) go off without a hitch in Sunday's episode, which leaves his mother Cersei (Lena Headey) scrambling to retain the waning power she has left. See more 'Game of Thrones': What Happens After You're Killed Off Enter the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce). The mysterious religious leader is a fan favorite for book readers, and his introduction into the show is already shaking things up. His group of religious fanatics humiliate

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- Aaron Couch

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Daytime Emmys Pays Tribute to Joan Rivers, Paul Walker

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Melissa Rivers appeared on Sunday's Daytime Emmy Awards as part of a tribute to her mother, Joan Rivers, who died Sept. 4. The segment started with a clip of Joan accepting her Daytime Emmy for best talk show host, for The Joan Rivers Show, 25 years ago — "the only Emmy she would ever win," according to Melissa. Read More Daytime Emmy Awards: The Complete Winners List Melissa also noted that the accolade came during a time in Joan's life that was challenging both personally (following the suicide of her husband, Edgar Rosenberg) and professionally. It "invigorated her career,

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Daytime Emmys: Matt Lauer "Strips" Down, Says He'll Donate $1,000 to Charity for Each Winner Who Thanks Him

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Matt Lauer and Ellen DeGeneres kicked off Sunday night's Daytime Emmy Awards with a joke and a pledge to do something good for charity. Appearing in a pre-taped bit, the duo appeared to announce they are officially ending their "prank war." Read More Daytime Emmy Awards: The Complete Winners List Lauer then "stripped" down — his head was imposed over another the body of a fit man wearing nipple tassels and sexy garters and stockings — and announced that he'd donate $1,000 to charity anytime a winner thanked him in their speech that night. Watch the clip below.

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