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Donna Tartt's 'The Goldfinch' Sells Movie Rights to Warner Bros., RatPac

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Warner Bros. and RatPac Entertainment have closed a deal to adapt Donna Tartt's popular novel The Goldfinch. Nina Jacobson, who brought the project to Warner Bros., and her Color Force production company are producing. Brad Simpson from Color Force will produce along with Brett Ratner (whose latest directorial effort, Hercules, is currently in theaters). James Packer is executive producing. Photos 25 Summer Movies for Grown-Ups Goldfinch centers on a 13-year-old boy who loses his mother in a museum bombing, steals a painting (The Goldfinch painted by Carel Fabritius in 1654)  and then spends his adulthood trying to

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- Rebecca Ford

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Kurt Sutter Inks New Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

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Kurt Sutter is staying put at 20th Century Fox Television. The Sons of Anarchy creator has inked a new three-year overall deal with the studio behind the FX biker drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Story 'Sons of Anarchy's' Charlie Hunnam: 'I Don't Give a Shit' About Emmys Under the pact, his second, Sutter will develop new projects for the studio, with FX securing a first-look option on all the showrunner's new material. The new pact keeps Sutter specifically at 20th, which includes exclusive services at the studio and its cable outlet Fox 21. (His first deal was

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Judge OKs Clippers Sale to Steve Ballmer

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Donald Sterling’s time as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers is coming to an end. A Los Angeles superior court judge Monday ruled against Donald and approved Shelly Sterling’s deal to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Shelly had the right to negotiate the sale of the Clippers in a record $2 billion dollar deal and rightfully had her husband removed from the family trust that owned the team, Judge Michael Levanas stated in a tentative ruling. The decision, which will likely be approved in writing in 10 days, included an order that specified his ruling would

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- Austin Siegemund-Broka, Hilary Lewis

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Mark Zoradi Joining DreamWorks Animation as COO

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Former Disney executive Mark Zoradi is joining DreamWorks Animation as chief operating officer as the Glendale-based company beefs up its executive ranks, Dwa announced today. Ann Daly, who has served as COO since 2004, is being promoted to president. Lew Coleman, who has held the post of president since 2005 is taking on the role of vice chairman. Coleman will also continue to serve as CFO and acting chief accounting officer.  Zoradi most recently served as president of the Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Group, resigning that post in 2009 during Rich Ross' brief tenure as chairman of Walt Disney

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- Gregg Kilday

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TV Ratings: Wgn America's 'Manhattan' Nets 1.8 Million Viewers on Premiere Night

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Wgn America debuted its second original series on Sunday night, screening Manhattan three times. A total 1.8 million viewers watched the period drama about the Manhattan Project, 459,000 of them adults 18-49. Its 9 p.m. premiere telecast took in just over 900,000 viewers. TV Review 'Manhattan' Like all networks, Wgn America is banking on boosts from live-plus-3 data — especially since the scripted newcomer is still only on a single feed and in just 71.4 million homes. To reach an even bigger audience, the network aired the premiere on 33 local Tribune

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- Michael O'Connell

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Suspected Child Molester Recently Featured on CNN Crime Show Killed in NYC Shootout

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A suspected child molester whose case was recently featured on CNN's The Hunt With John Walsh was killed in a New York City shootout on Monday. Sexual-assault suspect Charles Richard Mozdir exchanged fire with a fugitive task force Monday in Greenwich Village, leaving the suspect dead and two federal marshals and a police detective wounded, authorities said. Mozdir was arrested in California after the now-7-year-old son of two close friends told his parents that Mozdir touched his private parts while the suspect was taking care of him, CNN reported. A $1 million warrant was issued for Mozdir’s arrest

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- Hilary Lewis, The Associated Press

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Canadian Actors, Advertisers Reach Tentative Deal

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Toronto - Canada's actors union has reached a tentative deal with the advertising industry. Actra, representing around 22,000 performers, and the Association of Canadian Advertisers and the Institute of Communication Agencies wrapped 17 days of bargaining with a proposed new three-year national commercial agreement. The latest deal holds out fee hikes for actors and new flexibility for advertisers in fast-changing times. "The advertising industry is facing some very real challenges today. I’m pleased that we have been able to come to an equitable agreement with Actra that recognizes the reality of commercial production in Canada and puts our

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- Etan Vlessing

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Somber Trailer for 'The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies' Arrives (Video)

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The end is nigh for Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, with the first trailer for the final film in the sequence — The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies — being released online following its debut at San Diego Comic-Con. The trailer — almost without dialogue beyond an opening speech from Martin Freeman’s Bilbo Baggins in which he promises to remember “everything that happened: the good, the bad, those that survived — and those that did not” — features many familiar faces from the trilogy to date, including Evangeline Lilly, Richard Armitage and Orlando Bloom amid scenes of battle on

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- Graeme McMillan

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Trailer Report: 'Fifty Shades' Preview Is Most Viewed Trailer of 2014

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The Fifty Shades phenomenon shows no signs of slowing down. The first trailer for the erotic drama based on the best-selling El James novel has racked up a stunning 36.4 million YouTube views since its release on July 24, according to technology firm Zefr, which tracks the numbers. Fifty Shades had the best opening week for any trailer in 2014. The previous high was the 31 million views Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles got in its debut frame at the end of March. Godzilla and Transformers: Age of Extinction both notched 26.3 million views in their first weeks, while Dumb

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- Andy Lewis

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'Veep' Star Heads to 'New Girl'

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New Girl's season-premiere love triangle is complete. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Veep star Reid Scott will appear on the Fox comedy for its upcoming fourth season, playing a wedding guest and the object of Jess' (Zooey Deschanel) affection at a wedding. News of Scott's addition goes hand-in-hand with Jessica Biel's gig on the Sept. 16 season premiere. He'll play Ted, the charming man who inspires some not-so-friendly competition between Jess and Kat (Biel), "the hottest scientist in the world." In addition to his role as

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- Michael O'Connell

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Paramount Slams Opposing Lawyers in Film Investment Lawsuit

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On Friday, Paramount Pictures renewed its bid to have a New York federal judge dismiss a nearly six-year-old lawsuit that alleges the film studio committed fraud in raising financing for its "Melrose I" slate of movies, including Mean Girls, Elizabethtown, Collateral and remakes of The Manchurian Candidate, The Stepford Wives and Alfie. Paramount has settled Wall Street lawsuits time and again, but this one from Allianz Risk Transfer, Marathon Structured Finance Fund, Newstar Financial and Munich Re Capital Markets has proven some endurance. The investors allege they put up $40 million but didn't know the studio was abandoning

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- Eriq Gardner

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CBS Pushes 'Extant' to 10 p.m.

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CBS is hoping Extant will fare better in a later time slot. Three weeks into its freshman season, the network has decided to shift its pricey Halle Berry drama from 9 to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays. The later hour has been good for fellow summer drama Under the Dome, albeit less so this season, but the current Big Brother lead-in has clearly not been doing Extant any favors. After a strong debut with total viewers (9.6 million) and a relatively soft showing with adults 18-49 (a 1.6 rating), its latest episode clocked just a 1.1

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- Michael O'Connell

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How Do the Trailers for 'Fifty Shades' and 'Secretary' Line Up? (Video)

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A beautiful but inexperienced young woman walks into the office of a powerful businessman named Mr. Grey, and the two embark upon a steamy sadomasochistic affair together. Photos: Stars Misaligned: Charlie Hunnam Quits 'Fifty Shades' and 15 Other Casting Near Misses That logline applies as much to Universal's massively anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation as it does to Secretary, the 2002 indie sleeper in which James Spader plays E. Edward Grey (yes, Grey), a sexually dominant attorney who falls for his submissive secretary (Maggie Gyllenhaal). How similar are the two films? To find out, we placed their trailers side by side. The results are strikingly

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- Seth Abramovitch

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Christopher Walken, 'Breaking Bad' Alum Giancarlo Esposito Join Disney's 'Jungle Book'

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The Jungle Book has added Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito to its voice cast. In Disney's live-action/animation blend, Walken will voice King Louie, the ruler of a group of apes and monkeys. Esposito will voice Akela, the leader of a wolf pack. Photos 'Breaking Bad': 10 Most Mind-Blowing Episodes The film will feature mostly characters created with CG and voiced by actors. The only actor who will appear onscreen is 10-year-old newcomer Neel Sethi, who will play Mowgli, the young boy at the center of the tale. The voice cast includes Ben Kingsley as the black panther Bagheera, Idris

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- Austin Siegemund-Broka

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'Glee's' Lea Michele Rides to FX's 'Sons of Anarchy'

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Glee's Lea Michele is making the most of her downtime. The actress has booked a one-episode guest stint on FX's Sons of Anarchy, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Michele broke the news Monday morning on Twitter, writing: "I'll be appearing on an episode of my favorite show @SonsofAnarchy! Thank you so much @Harparbar & @sutterink #Soafx." Photos Broadcast TV's Returning Shows 2014-15 Michele will guest-star in the sixth episode of the final season of the Kurt Sutter drama, playing Gertie, an empathetic truck-stop waitress and single mother who connects with Gemma (Katey Sagal) during a difficult

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Comic-Con: Quentin Tarantino Confirms He's Making 'The Hateful Eight'

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Quentin Tarantino is moving forward on The Hateful Eight. The director, who halted work on the film after the script was leaked online and he was enmeshed in a legal fight with Gawker over the leak, confirmed at Comic-Con that the Western would be his next project. During a panel to discuss his upcoming Django Unchained/Zorro comic, Tarantino was asked about the movie by a fan. "Yes, we are going to be doing The Hateful Eight," Tarantino said, according to IGN and Collider. "All for you. We weren't sure about it but I just decided just now."

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- Hilary Lewis

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Record Industry Targets General Motors, Ford Over Music-Copying Vehicles

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In efforts to collect money over the copying of music, the record industry has reached as high as the skies and as far as New Zealand, but the latest target is a moving one. On Friday, the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies (Aarc) — perhaps the most obscure royalty collection outfit around — filed a lawsuit against General Motors, Ford Motor Company and suppliers over auto vehicles that include music-copying devices. Here's the full complaint. Photos Hollywood's Most Fascinating Legal Sagas, From Casey Kasem to Michael Jackson The Aarc was established after Congress passed the Audio Home Recording Act

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- Eriq Gardner

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Carlton Cuse Alien Drama Gets Pilot Green Light at USA Network

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Carton Cuse is a busy man. The Lost alum has just nabbed his second pilot order this season, this time for an alien drama set up at USA Network. Photos Summer TV Preview Colony, created and exec produced by Cuse and Hercules' Ryan Condal, is a naturalistic drama about a family forced to make difficult choices as they balance staying together with surviving an existential threat to the human race. Set in the near future, the story takes place in L.A., which exists in a state of occupation by a force of outside intruders. Some collaborate with the authorities

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- Lesley Goldberg

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'Off the Cuff Podcast': Desiree Akhavan on Being a Sundance Success and 'The World's Laziest Activist'

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"I'm the world's laziest activist. As long as I don't kill myself then I'm doing something extraordinary." Desiree Akhavan has the remarkable quality of being extremely self-deprecating while simultaneously outsmarting everyone else in the room – which is exactly what she did in this episode of Off the Cuff. Her unusual combination of humility and conviction – an especially rare pairing in Hollywood – is exactly what viewers have been responding to in her new film Appropriate Behavior, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival to high praise from the indie film world and the Lgbt community

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- Jessie Katz, Brandon Kirby

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TV Ratings: CBS Sweeps Sunday With 'Big Brother'

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Sunday night belonged to CBS. With mostly encore competition, the network easily won in both adults 18-49 and total viewers. Big Brother continued its strong and steady run this summer, topping the night with a 2.1 rating in the key demo. Unforgettable (1.0 adults) and Reckless (0.6 adults) were also even. ABC was CBS' only real broadcast rival with originals, though it fell short in all hours but 10 p.m. Wipeout (0.8 adults) dropped three-tenths of a point before a steady Rising Star (0.9 adults).  

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- Michael O'Connell

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