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Grammys: This Is the Man Behind All Five Album of the Year Nominees

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This story first appeared in the Feb. 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Lucian Grainge won't be nervous when  the coveted album of the year award is revealed Feb. 15 at the 58th annual Grammy Awards. "We have every nomination in the category," notes Grainge, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, the world's largest music company, referencing Umg artists Alabama Shakes (Sound & Color), Kendrick Lamar (To Pimp a Butterfly) Chris Stapleton (Traveller), Taylor Swift (1989) and The Weeknd (Beauty Behind the Madness). "That's one where the camera needs

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- Shirley Halperin

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Donald Trump, Univision Reach Settlement Over Miss USA Pageant

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Univision has announced that it has reached a deal to settle a lawsuit brought by Donald Trump over the Spanish broadcaster's decision to not air the Miss USA pageant in light of comments made by the Republican presidential candidate. Terms of the deal are said to be confidential. "I have known Univision's President and CEO, Randy Falco, for more than 20 years and I'm glad we are able to put these differences behind us," said Trump. This past June, after Trump made a controversial comment about immigration and referred to some Mexicans as "rapists," Univision backed out of its

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- Eriq Gardner

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Bill Simmons Taps 'Daily Show' Alums for HBO Talker

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Bill Simmons is bringing out the big guns at HBO. The sports and media personality has started filling out the creative team for his upcoming program at the pay cable network, and it includes several impressive Daily Show alums. HBO and Simmons announced Thursday that The Daily Show's Stuart Miller will serve as executive producer on the forthcoming talk show, set to bow later in 2016, while fellow Daily Show alum Jason Ross will serve as head writer and TV vet and essayist Kim Gamble will serve as co-ep. “I learned from my Grantland experience how important a good

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- Michael O'Connell

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EuropaCorp Shake-Up: Surprise Exit Reignites Sales Chatter

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The abrupt exit of Christophe Lambert as CEO of Luc Besson’s growing Paris-based major EuropaCorp, and on the eve of the Berlinale, has raised eyebrows in both Europe and the U.S. While EuropaCorp and Besson offered the standard praise for their outgoing leader, who resigned on Feb. 10 following a board meeting and after almost six years at the helm, sources – almost all surprised by the news – have hinted that his exit could be linked to events going on behind the scenes at a studio with grand international ambitions. One major cause is believed to be

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- Alex Ritman, Rhonda Richford

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Al Pacino Joins Cast of Somali Drama 'Where the White Man Runs Away' (Exclusive)

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Al Pacino has signed on to join the cast of writer-director Bryan Buckley’s Where the White Man Runs Away. Captain Phillips star Barkhad Abdi and Melanie Griffith also are joining the drama, which marks Buckley’s follow-up to the 2015 Sundance hit The Bronze. Evan Peters (X-Men, Kick-Ass) already is onboard to star as real-life rookie journalist Jay Bahadur, who wrote the best-selling book The Pirates of Somalia. Pacino will play the role of Seymour Tobin, a fictitious Vietnam War correspondent whose passion for telling the uncensored truth far exceeds the battlefield. Abdi, who nabbed a

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- Tatiana Siegel

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David Geffen on His Playhouse Turning 20: "I'm Only the Benefactor"

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This story first appeared in the Feb. 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Back in 2009, an unheralded playwright named Beau Willimon brought his political drama Farragut North (the basis for the George Clooney film The Ides of March) to Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse, after premiering it off-Broadway in New York. A year later, Willimon got a call about a project with similar themes. "I firmly believe that the production at the Geffen very much had to do with me ending up doing House of Cards," says the departing

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- Degen Pener

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Paramount Boards Vin Diesel's 'xXx: The Return of Xander Cage'

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Paramount Pictures has boarded the Vin Diesel starrer xXx, which will mark the third installment of the spy franchise. xXx has been casting up in recent weeks, but remained without a distributor in place (Sony released the previous two xXx films). THR reported that Paramount, however, would be the likely home. Last month, Thai action star Tony Jaa signed a deal to join the muscular cast of the reboot. xXx veteran Samuel L. Jackson also is back for the third film, and Vampire Diaries' Nina Dobrev, Bollywood star Deepika Padukone and Orange Is the New Black breakout Ruby Rose round out the cast. D.J. Caruso (I Am Number Four) is

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- Tatiana Siegel

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'How to Get Away With Murder' Creator Previews Deadly Second Half of Season 2

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Before ABC's How to Get Away With Murder went dark for its winter hiatus, a bloody Annalise (Viola Davis) was left at the mercy of a gun-wielding Wes (Alfred Enoch), who had finally learned the truth about his dead ex-girlfriend. But just as Wes went in for that kill shot, Annalise saved herself by muttering “Christophe,” the name Wes supposedly went by as a child. And just like that, the door opened for the show's back six, flashback-filled episodes beginning Thursday. When the Shondaland drama returns with “What Happened to You, Annalise,” viewers will see the

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- Amber Dowling

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Is Apple Planning a Buying Spree? 5 Potential Targets From Time Warner to Tesla

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This story first appeared in the Feb. 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Apple CEO Tim Cook is in a pretty enviable position these days. On Jan. 26, the technology giant reported an $18.4 billion profit that ranks as the biggest quarterly payday for a publicly traded company. Sales of Apple Watches, Apple TVs and iPhones never have been higher. So why are investors bailing on Apple stock? Shares were down 10 percent this year as of Feb. 8. Wall Street is worried about where growth will come from in

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- Paul Bond

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New York's New Film Czar Reveals Plans to Beef Up Shoots, Lure More Productions

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This story first appeared in the Feb. 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. On Feb. 2, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio crowned Julie Menin his next film czar, handing her keys to the city's office of media and entertainment. It's no small civil-servant job, given the film and TV industry pumped $8.7 billion into the city's econ­omy in 2015. But the appointment was met with a collective "Who?" by many industry players. Menin's credentials as an in-house lawyer at Colgate-Palmolive who morphed into a political operative

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- Tatiana Siegel

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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — George Miller ('Mad Max: Fury Road')

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"They're allegories," George Miller says of his four Mad Max films — the first of which, Mad Max, was released in 1979, and the most recent of which, Mad Max: Fury Road, was released in 2015 — as we sit down to record an episode of 'Awards Chatter.' The 70-year-old Aussie says of the latter, a $150 million action-thriller that unfolds over the course of one long chase scene, "You take from the world. Even though it looks like a helter-skelter, rambunctious film, virtually everything in the film has real-world connections, if not

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- Scott Feinberg

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Ryan Coogler Named Warner Bros. Creative Talent Ambassador

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Ryan Coogler has been named the first Warner Bros. Creative Talent ambassador. The announcement, made by Josh Berger, president and managing director for WB U.K., Ireland and Spain, came as the studio welcomed the third season of its Creative Talent program, aimed at finding apprenticeships and placements for youngsters across the country in various areas of the filmmaking industry. "Having experienced firsthand the support and impact of program similar to Warner Bros. Creative Talent, it is fantastic to know that passionate young people of all backgrounds are being given the chance to follow their dreams here in the U.

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- Alex Ritman

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Berlin Jury Chief Meryl Responds to Diversity Concerns: "We Are All Africans Really"

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Three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep lost no time using her first-time role as a film festival jury head to discuss women's representation in the industry and politics. "It's nice to be the boss," she told a Berlin Film Festival press conference Thursday to introduce her seven-strong jury. Streep will help choose the Golden and Silver Bear trophy winners at the 66th edition with four women on the jury in total. "This jury is evidence that at least women are included," she said when asked against the backdrop of the current Oscar diversity debate why the

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- Etan Vlessing

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NBCUniversal to Launch Reality TV Streaming Service in U.K., Ireland, Australia

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NBCUniversal International on Thursday said that it would in March launch hayu, a subscription VOD service focused on reality TV shows. The company called it "the first all-reality service of its kind – curated and fully integrated with social media," saying it would launch in the U.K., Ireland and Australia on various devices, including mobile phones, tablets, laptops and connected TVs. The service will cost £3.99 ($5.75)/€4.99 (5.65)/A$5.99 ($4.20) for a monthly rolling subscription. The monthly, no-contract fee begins with a free one-month trial. Among the shows on the

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- Georg Szalai

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'How to Be Single': Film Review

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Much like its characters' romantic lives, How to Be Single is more enjoyable when it's being casual. Depicting the amorous misadventures of young and, in one case, not-so-young New Yorkers as they go looking for love in all the wrong places, this latest effort from the screenwriters of such films as He's Just Not That Into You, Valentine's Day and What Happens in Vegas inevitably trods familiar territory. And it frequently falls flat when it tries to invest its lightweight storyline with serious philosophizing. But it offers enough fresh, off-kilter humor to provide amusing comfort to those

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- Frank Scheck

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Berlin: How Will Netflix and Amazon Affect the Market?

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As the first major film market of 2016 kicks off Feb. 11 in Berlin, buyers are anxiously watching Netflix and Amazon to see what their next moves will be. Will Berlin see a continuation of the Sundance spending spree? And what will that mean for the traditional international film business, one built around theatrical releases and the middlemen of sales companies that sell movie projects country by country around the world? “Will they be a disruptive force, with producers bypassing sales agents to work directly with [Netflix and Amazon], or will they work with the traditional film players?” asks European

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- Scott Roxborough, Rebecca Ford

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Berlin: Download THR's Day 1 Daily

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The Hollywood Reporter released its first Berlin Film Festival daily issue as the festival kicked off on Thursday, Feb. 11. The issue features a look at how Amazon and Netflix could affect the market, an interview with FilmNation's Ben Browning and Aaron Ryder, and casting news including a new project for Daniel Radcliffe. The Streaming Effect Amazon and Netflix had strong performances at Sundance just weeks ago, forking over plenty of cash for high-profile projects. Buyers and foreign sales agents weigh in on what the deep-pocketed companies could do in Berlin. McDonald's in Movies Ben Browning and Aaron Ryder

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- THR Staff

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'Younger's' Sutton Foster Joins 'Gilmore Girls' Revival

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Stars Hollow is playing host to a Bunheads reunion. Sutton Foster, who starred on the short-lived ABC Family dance series from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, has signed on for the Netflix revival, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. It's unclear who Foster will play on the upcoming four-episode reboot. She is the first new face to join the extensive list of returning Gilmore Girls castmembers. In addition to previously announced returning stars Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Kelly Bishop and Scott Patterson, Netflix confirmed on Wednesday that Milo Ventimiglia, Matt Czuchry, Liza Weil and Yanic Truesdale also will

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- Kate Stanhope

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'House of Cards': Frank Underwood Puts Up the Fight of His Life in Season 4 Trailer

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There's no reconciliation in the cards for the Underwoods. At least not yet. On Wednesday, Netflix released the first House of Cards season trailer containing actual new footage from the upcoming fourth season, and it's clear Frank (Kevin Spacey) and Claire (Robin Wright) are still very much on opposite sides in the show's return. "You have no idea what it means to have nothing. You don't value what we have achieved," Frank says in the pulse-pounding video. "I have had to fight for everything my entire life." So does that mean Frank is going to fight to

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- Kate Stanhope

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Danny McBride in Talks for Ridley Scott's 'Alien: Covenant'

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Danny McBride is in early talks to join the cast of Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott’s latest Alien movie, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Michael Fassbender is returning as the amoral android last seen in Scott’s Alien prequel Prometheus, while Katherine Waterston is the movie’s female lead. Plot details are being kept inside the chest (get it?), but sources say the story once again sees a space crew facing the deadly acid- and blood-spewing creatures. McBride might be playing one of two techie roles that have a comedic bent to them, but that could not be confirmed. A shoot in

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- Borys Kit

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