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Nickelodeon To Be Available Without Pay TV Subscription

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On a conference call with analysts, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman announced that Nickelodeon will soon be launching a direct-to-consumer service. "We believe it will be very attractive to consumers," said Dauman. "We will announce the name next month." The decision to offer a way to see the popular kids network without cable or satellite TV subscriptions follows a trend in the entertainment industry. In recent months, HBO, CBS and other networks have announced similar plans. Read More Viacom Beats Privacy Lawsuit Targeting Disclosures of Kids' Video Viewing History In talking with analysts after the release of

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- Eriq Gardner

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Can Overstock Become the New Amazon? "I'd Be Shocked," Says Analyst

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A version of this story first appeared in the Feb. 6 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Overstock.com wants to follow rival Amazon all the way to the Golden Globes. Nine days after Amazon took home two trophies for Transparent, Overstock announced that it has streaming video ambitions of its own. Better known for discount blenders and duvets, the Salt Lake City-based e-retailer plans to launch a VOD service offering 30,000 titles by the middle of the year, with the goal of adding a subscription streaming service and even original series. Overstock, which has between 25 million

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- Natalie Jarvey

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Sundance: THR Critics Pick Their 12 Favorite Films (So Far)

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Read the review). In this gutsy and assured debut, Marielle Heller accomplishes just about everything all young indie filmmakers say they want to do when starting out: to create a fresh, distinctive work in their own "voice" that will make their careers. Heller has pulled this off in a remarkably frank look at the emerging sexual life of a teen (the endlessly watchable Bel Powley) in 1970s San Francisco. It's the kind of movie Sundance prays for every year. — Todd McCarthy Dope (Read the review) Three geeks go gangsta in this entertaining feature

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- THR staff

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Kevin Costner: Stephen Hawking Came Over to Talk About Whitney Houston

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Stephen Hawking appears to have a rather strong affinity for Whitney Houston. Kevin Costner appeared as a guest on Tuesday's Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he revealed that the author and physicist stopped by his house unexpectedly in the early 2000s. Watch more Eddie Redmayne: I Was "Incredibly Inappropriate" When I Met Jennifer Aniston Costner said that Hawking and an entourage of about 10 people showed up, and it took a while for the Theory of Everything subject to explain the reason for his visit. "I was waiting for [him to explain], and finally he said, 'I'd like to know about Whitney

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Gene Hackman Mistakenly Mourned by Twitter After Article Proclaims Him "Gone"

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Fear not: Gene Hackman is just fine.  The legendary actor was prematurely mourned by a number of Twitter users following a confusing Grantland headline that read: "The Greatest Living American Actor at 85: Gene Hackman Is Gone But Still in Charge." Read More Mitt Romney Endorses Gene Hackman to Play Him On Screen One tribute message came from actor Dylan McDermott, who tweeted, "Rest in Peace." The Stalker star later deleted the tweet and wrote about what he perceived to be a "hoax": "People have too much damn time on their hands." Hackman's rep confirmed to ABC News

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Taylor Swift Trademarks "This Sick Beat" and "Party Like It's 1989"

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Think twice before scribbling "This Sick Beat" on a T-shirt in the future as you could be faced with a legal bill, one that might be difficult to shake it off, shake it off. Vox, citing legal database Justia, reports that Taylor Swift's legal team has trademarked the phrase "this sick beat" as well as "party like it's 1989" and "cause we never go out of style," all lyrics from her multimillion selling album 1989.  Any use of those phrases, emblazoned on products or otherwise, will require permission from Team Swift, who seem intent on their girl

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- Abid Rahman

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Chadwick Boseman on Snubs: "I'd Rather Have an Action Figure Than a Golden Globe"

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Chadwick Boseman is Ok with having been largely absent from this season's awards conversation.  The 38-year-old actor, who starred in 2014's James Brown biopic Get on Up, told the Santa Barbara Independent that he's not letting his lack of an Oscar or Golden Globe nomination get him down.  Read more Oscar Voter on Diversity Gripes: Lay Off Us, Al Sharpton! (Guest Column) "When it comes down to it, I’d rather have an action figure than a Golden Globe," said Boseman, also known for Draft Day and 42. The action figure will presumably come soon enough, as Boseman

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Hindu Group Accuses 'Sleepy Hollow' of "Distorting" Faith, Seeks Fox Apology

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A Hindu group is seeking an apology from Fox for the distortion of their faith in the television show Sleepy Hollow.  In a statement, Rajan Zed, the president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, said his group took particular issue with the "Kali Yuga" episode of the current season of Sleepy Hollow, which aired on Jan. 26. Zed said the depiction of the Hindu goddess Kali was "highly inappropriate" and urged public apologies from all involved, including creators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, Fox TV chairman Gary Newman and even 21st Century Fox boss Rupert Murdoch.  The goddess Kali

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- Abid Rahman

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One Person Dies on Set of Martin Scorsese's 'Silence'

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One person has died during preproduction on the set of the Martin Scorsese-directed Silence. Two others were injured when a ceiling collapsed. The accident occurred on the backlot of Cmpc Studios in Taiwan.  THR contacted Cmpc Studios; their statement on the accident said:  "Our studio was rented for the use of a production team. The production team has hired contractors to build sets, and the construction has led to an accident, injuring the contractors. The production team immediately reported the accident to the emergency services, while our company also gave assistance. Our company and the production team had reached

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China Media Watchdog Examining Ratings System for TV Shows

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China's media watchdog is examining a classification system for television series, which would see controversial TV shows shown on designated channels at later time slots, a move that could resolve a looming impasse over censorship. "China has entered the research stage for rating system for dramas," Tian Jin, deputy director of the State General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (Sapprft) told the Legal Daily newspaper. "We are studying the materials for TV dramas ratings from more than 10 countries and regions. Not only are we considering about certain time period, but also some specialized designated channels.

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- Clifford Coonan

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'Limitless' Remake Among CBS Pilot Orders

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CBS is moving forward with its second feature film-to-tv adaptation of the season, picking up drama Limitless to pilot. The network has also added comedies from Modern Family alum Dan O'Shannon and Samantha Who's Tad Quill. Limitless, based on Relativity's 2011 Bradley Cooper thriller, landed at CBS with a hefty production commitment in October. The drama follows Brian Sinclair as he discovers the power of the mysterious drug Nzt and is coerced into using his newfound drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI. Read more TV Pilots 2015: The Complete Guide Craig Sweeny (Elementary, Medium) will pen

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Jimmy Olsen Cast in CBS' 'Supergirl' Pilot

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CBS' Supergirl adaptation has found its Jimmy Olsen. Necessary Roughness alum Mehcad Brooks has been tapped to co-star opposite Glee's Melissa Benoist in the DC Comics take, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The hourlong drama, which received a hefty series commitment, centers on Kara Zor-El (Benoist), Superman's cousin, who was born on the planet Krypton and escaped amid its destruction years ago. Benoist will play Kara, who after arriving on Earth was taken in by a foster family, the Danvers, who taught her to be careful with her extraordinary powers (which she shares with her famous cousin, Superman). Read

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- Lesley Goldberg

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'The Americans': TV Review

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When The Americans premieres its third season tonight on FX, it will be the best ongoing drama series currently on television. When Mad Men comes back on April 5, we can hash out that intriguing little situation sometime after more episodes are seen. But in my Best TV of 2014 list, I ranked The Americans as my No. 2 series of the year (Mad Men was No. 4), and only FX's limited series Fargo was above it. Those rankings were based on the episodes presented that season, not on some historical long-term curve. But it's clear that producing more

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- Tim Goodman

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