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Elizabeth Olsen Covers Rilo Kiley in 'Very Good Girls' (Video)

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Want to watch an Olsen sister sing but don't want to listen to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen perform that "Brother for Sale" song? Photos Tribeca: Nas, Robert De Niro and Susan Sarandon Attend the Film Festival Then you're going to want to check out this clip from the upcoming film Very Good Girls, which features Elizabeth Olsen covering Rilo Kiley's "Go Ahead." It's no musical coincidence: Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis scored the film, which is directed by Lewis' friend, Naomi Foner. Very Good Girls is in select theaters Friday. In addition to Olsen, the movie stars Dakota Fanning, Demi

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- Erin Strecker, Billboard

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France Eyes Shortened Svod Window for Films Ahead of Netflix Launch

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Paris – With Netflix’s Monday confirmation of its September launch in six European countries, including France, the government here is preparing to change the distribution rules to allow French companies to be more competitive.   The Netflix “invasion," as it’s being billed by media here, is coming from neighboring Luxembourg, where the California-based streaming video company has set up operations to circumvent French laws restricting online distribution waiting periods and required contributions to the French film financing fund.   Photos 'Orange Is the New Black' Characters   Currently, subscription VOD services in France must wait 36 months following

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- Rhonda Richford

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Why Jeff Bewkes Really Wants to Sell Time Warner

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This story first appeared in the Aug. 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. All the talk that Rupert Murdoch is determined to buy Time Warner might have slightly obscured the feeling among many who know Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes that Bewkes is equally determined to sell. That's also the conclusion of others who have merely observed Bewkes' behavior in recent years. "There's no other way to interpret it," says a senior industry executive, referring to Bewkes' seemingly steady march to make Time Warner an attractive target as he pared away AOL, then Time Warner Cable and finally

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- Kim Masters

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Ricky Gervais Angry About Louis C.K. Emmys Competition: 'I Discovered that Big, Sweaty Slob'

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Ricky Gervais claims he discovered Louis C.K. but has never received a thank you from the comedian. "I discovered that big, sweaty slob," C.K. told Seth Meyers . "He's never thanked me, and now he's trying to take my award." The pair will square off at the Emmys in the best actor in comedy series category, where C.K. is nominated for FX's Louie and Gervais has Netflix's Derek. Earlier on NBC, Jimmy Fallon had Audra McDonald to once again sing Yahoo! answers. It certainly sounds smarter when coming from a Tony winner. Photos Summer TV Preview

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- Aaron Couch

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Toronto Film Festival's Anti-Telluride Policy May Be Backfiring (Analysis)

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The Toronto International Film Festival's announcement this week of a chunk of its 2014 lineup was the first demonstrable proof that distributors -- and major filmmakers -- are taking sides in an ugly dispute between Toronto and the Telluride Film Festival. Tuesday's announcement indicates -- and multiple sources confirm -- that Jason Reitman and Noah Baumbach, who both have histories of debuting films at Telluride, are abandoning that event and will be taking their new films --  Reitman's Men, Women and Children (Paramount) and Baumbach's While We're Young (still seeking a U.S. distributor) -- exclusively to Toronto. Meanwhile, Telluride has snagged the world premiere of Wild, the

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- Scott Feinberg

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Top Analyst on Time Warner-Fox Merger: 'We Don't Buy the Rationale for This' (Guest Column)

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This story first appeared in the Aug. 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. When news broke July 16 that 21st Century Fox had made an $80 billion bid for Time Warner, my colleagues and I cringed. The Big Media companies have worked hard over the past five years to shake the appearance that they are more interested in pure scale than stock performance. For a long time, they were (justifiably) seen as serial destroyers of value based on bad deals like Time Warner-aol and News Corp-Dow Jones. But this has changed recently with a slowdown in M&A

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- Doug Creutz

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From Ariana Grande to Robin Thicke: Music's Winners and Losers of 2014 (So Far)

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This article first appeared in the Aug. 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Frozen, the best-selling Disney soundtrack, might well describe the first six months of 2014 in music — ice cold. Album sales were down 15 percent, according to Nielsen SoundScan, with top acts hitting new lows. Here, THR breaks down music's winners and losers of 2014 (so far). Story ‘Weird Al' Yankovic Gets First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 Winners ► Country: Eric Church's The Outsiders debuted at No. 1 and sold more than 650,000 albums, while Miranda Lambert's Platinum also bowed on top

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- Roy Trakin

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U.K. 2013 Production Spend Rose, Number of Film Releases Hit High

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London – U.K. production spending rose to $1.9 billion in 2013 as the box office exceeded $1.7 billion (£1 billion) for the third successive year, according to new data released by the British Film Institute Thursday. The BFI’s annual Statistical Yearbook presented at the event shows that a record 698 films were released in 2013, a figure that was up by more than 50 from 2012. They generated $1.964 billion (£1.154 billion) up to Feb. 23 as films released last year remained in cinemas well into the new year. Photos 25 of the Most Anticipated

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- Alex Ritman

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Spanish Broadcasters Report Mixed Results

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Madrid – Spain’s two leading private broadcasters, Mediaset Spain and Atresmedia, reported mixed results for the first half of the year as national ad spending rebounded on the back of encouraging gains in television advertising.  Mediaset’s net profit for January to June was $28.8 million (21.4 million euros), down almost 29 percent over the same period last year, while main rival Atresmedia enjoyed a 30 percent jump in net profits to $50.8 million (37.7 million euros), the companies said in separate results statements Thursday.  Photos Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films  Television advertising revenue at Mediaset was $558 million (414

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- Benjamin Jones

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Zhang Yimou Sues Hong Kong Film Company

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Chinese director Zhang Yimou is suing Hong Kong-based production house Beijing New Pictures Co. for failing to pay him money that he claims he is owed for 2009's A Simple Noodle Story. Zhang is looking for $2.4 million (15 million Rmb) from the studio, according to a report by the Xinhua News Agency.  Zhang alleges that Beijing New Pictures and himself had signed an agreement in 2009 to equally share revenues minus promotion costs for A Simple Noodle Story but he never received the money. The lawsuit follows Chinese media reports say that Zhang and Beijing New

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- Abid Rahman

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China's Wanda Plans to Buy 'One or Two Large International Entertainment Companies‎'

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Amid chatter about possible consolidation in the U.S. entertainment industry following 21st Century Fox's recently rejected $80 billion bid for Time Warner, China's Wanda Group said Thursday it plans to make one or two big entertainment deals abroad. The hotels, cinemas and property conglomerate, which owns U.S. exhibition giant AMC, said it outlined its strategic plans to further internationalize through investments and key overseas acquisitions at a semi-annual meeting in Harbin on July 12, but only made the plans public this week.  Wanda's billionaire chairman Wang Jialin said he wanted his company to be among the first Chinese companies to

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- Abid Rahman

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'Hercules': Film Review

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A movie based on a comic book or a graphic novel cries out for brevity, yet this year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier is 136 minutes, while The Amazing Spider Man 2 is 142 minutes and the new Transformers runs almost three hours. THR Cover The Drive (and Despair) of The Rock You’ll have to say one thing for Brett Ratner’s production of Hercules: this movie has a sense of proportion. Running just over 90 minutes, the movie is often clunky, but at least it’s fast and unpretentious. And the likable star Dwayne Johnson manages to murder legions without ever seeming

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- Stephen Farber

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Comic-Con: Inside Guillermo del Toro's 'Crimson Peak' and 'Pacific Rim' Experiences

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Guillermo del Toro will be having a big week at this year’s Comic-Con. The fanboy favorite filmmaker will be on hand to show-off his animated feature The Book of Life at Friday’s Fox panel, then be on stage for his unveiling of Crimson Peak at the Legendary Pictures panel Saturday, and finally goose audiences with Sunday’s presentation of his vampire TV show, FX’s The Strain. Photos Titans of Comic-Con: Stars Re-Create Classic Characters But del Toro will also have a big presence on the convention floor at Legendary’s intricate and interactive booth. Sure, there’s some footage

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- Borys Kit

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Obama at 'Scandal' Creator's Hollywood Fundraiser: 'Nice-Looking Crowd'

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Barack Obama took the stage shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday at Shonda Rhimes' Hancock Park-area home, where the Scandal creator praised the president for "doing his job like a boss." "Nice-looking crowd," Obama joked, looking out into the star-studded audience. "You all got dressed up." Photos Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Actress Kerry Washington and ICM's Chris Silbermann co-hosted the event, where Janelle Monae performed, and Obama spent a few minutes chatting up the crowd before segueing into his traditional fundraising remarks. He singled out Monae, who danced on a table in the East Room

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- Tina Daunt

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Teen Behind Viral 'Shopping While Black' Vines: I'll Make Them 'Until It Stops'

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Vine user Rashid Polo found Internet stardom overnight when Vines of store employees following him around went viral. Polo, 19, took the Vines around his small Minnesota town and went from having a few hundred thousand views to nearly 30 million over the course of a week. But that doesn't mean he's hoping to repeat success in the same way. "If it keeps happening, I'm going to be forced to record it," Polo tells The Hollywood Reporter. "Hopefully it doesn't happen again because it's very annoying and it's a touchy subject with many people. Photos Comic-Con Stars Re-

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- Aaron Couch

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Testimony Concludes in Clippers Sale Trial

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Los Angeles (AP) – Testimony ended Wednesday in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterling's estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers in a proposed $2 billion deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Shelly Sterling, who had testified early in the trial, was expected to be the final witness, but her husband's lawyers decided not to call her back to the stand. Instead, they called Dr. Jeffrey Cummings to discuss the protocol of examinations such as the ones given to Donald Sterling to determine his mental competency and ability to act as owner. Most of Cummings' testimony drew

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- the Associated Press

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'Better Call Saul' Unleashes Albuquerque Billboard, Real Phone Number for Fake Lawyer

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There may be a minor delay in the arrival of Better Call Saul, but the Breaking Bad spinoff is already being quite generous with its built-in fan base. An Instagram user in Albuquerque, N.M., kindly pointed out Wednesday that the AMC series has erected a billboard for its fake title lawyer, going by his given name of James M. McGill when the events of the series pick up before the Breaking Bad timeline. Photos Inside THR's Emmy Drama Showrunner Roundtable The billboard is being used in an episode of the series, which recently started taping in Breaking Bad's

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- Michael O'Connell

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