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'Better Call Saul' Teaser Gives Best Glimpse Yet

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Get ready for the most revealing look at Better Call Saul yet. It may be only 30 seconds long, but after months of photos, tiny teasers, and a snippet of a scene, this new look gives fans a real taste of the show's scope and tone. Read more Bob Odenkirk on 'Better Call Saul': "It’s Total Drama" We know that Saul (Bob Odenkirk)starts the AMC series as Jimmy McGill, the idea being that he'll transform into the criminal lawyer we know from Breaking Bad at some point. This teaser shows that even though he may be called Jimmy, he's got

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- Aaron Couch

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'The Interview' To Get Live Reading at N.Y.C. Theater

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The Interview may not be in movie theaters on Christmas Day, but the screenplay for the James Franco-Seth Rogen film will be the basis for one live show at a New York City theater two days after Christmas. Treehouse Theater is set to hold a live-reading of The Interview on Saturday night. The theater's website indicates that the performance is designed to make a statement about self expression. Read more Sony Lawyer: 'The Interview' "Will Be Distributed" "In the wake of recent events surrounding the controversial film The Interview, the feeling that a threat to free speech has

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- Hilary Lewis

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Mike Colter Set as Luke Cage for Marvel, Netflix

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Marvel and Netflix have found their Luke Cage. Following an extensive casting search, The Following and The Good Wife alum Mike Colter has officially nabbed the sought-after role, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. During the course of an investigation in New York, private investigator Jessica Jones encounters the enigmatic Luke Cage — a man whose past has secrets that will dramatically alter Jessica herself in ways she could never have imagined. Colter will make his Marvel universe debut with the recurring role opposite Krysten Ritter in Jessica Jones — the second of four dramas picked up straight to series — before being spun off to topline the Luke Cage show. He'll eventually team with Daredevil's Charlie Cox, Ritter and

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Extended 'Girls' Promo Offers More on Marnie's Affair, Shoshanna's Job Search

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HBO has released an extended behind-the-scenes video of Girls' upcoming fourth season, offering a longer look at and explanation of Marnie and Shoshanna's story lines. With respect to Marnie, Girls fans get a few more shots of her navigating an affair with her not-so-single musical partner Desi, and actress Allison Williams indicates that the couple will release an album, which she jokes will be a smash hit. Girls creator and co-showrunner Lena Dunham also explains a bit more about how her dating a man with a girlfriend fits in with Marnie's proper persona. Watch more

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- Hilary Lewis

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How to Get a Job in Shondaland

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ABC Studios-based Shondaland is on a roll. Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers' production company produces ABC's entire Thursday night lineup, consisting of Tgit hits Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and rookie How to Get Away With Murder, which was created by Shondaland disciple Pete Nowalk. After starting his career as an assistant in Hollywood — he wrote a book about the experience — Nowalk, an avid Grey's Anatomy fan, first attempted to write movies before trying his hand at TV with a pilot script. After Shondaland partner Beers read it and handed it to Rhimes, Nowalk wound up with a job

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Sammy Davis Jr.'s Ex-Girlfriend Claims Bill Cosby Raped Her

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An ex-girlfriend of Sammy Davis Jr. has said Bill Cosby raped her in a Detroit hotel room when she toured with Davis in the early '70s. Katherine McKee, 65, told the New York Daily News her story, joining several women who've accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them, including models Janice Dickinson and Beverly Johnson. Read more Another Alleged Bill Cosby Victim Tells Her Story on 'Dr. Phil' McKee, a former Vegas showgirl and actress who partied with Davis' Rat Pack crew in the '60s, claims she was attacked after Cosby invited her to a party when she stayed in Detroit after

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- Diana Swartz

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Singer Joe Cocker Dies at 70

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Joe Cocker, the British rock artist best known for his cover of The Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends" and the 1982 smash "Up Where We Belong," has passed away at the age of 70. Cocker's agent Barrie Marshall confirmed the death to the BBC, calling Cocker "simply unique" and saying, "It will be impossible to fill the space he leaves in our hearts. Born in 1944 in Sheffield, Cocker performed at the Woodstock Festival in 1969 and charted 19 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including familiar recordings like 1968's "With a Little Help From My

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- Jason Lipshutz, Billboard

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CW Developing Music Drama Produced by Scooter Braun (Exclusive)

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The CW is getting into the music industry. The network is teaming with uber-producer Scooter Braun and Tony nominee Todd Graff to develop a music drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The untitled entry, which has received a script commitment, is set in the ever-evolving world of music, entertainment and social media. It chronicles the rise of Gary Graham, a brilliant young manager with the talent and ambition to shake up the industry, which is a world gone viral: where stars are minted overnight, relationships are constantly tested and careers can be made or crushed with one perfectly

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Pharrell Williams' Lawyer to YouTube: Remove Our Songs or Face $1 Billion Lawsuit

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There are songs, and then there are dances. Here's a song-and-dance routine that according to one of the lawyers involved, could amount to a billion dollar lawsuit against YouTube. Through a new outfit called Global Music Rights, music industry heavyweight Irving Azoff manages the performance rights of some 20,000 songs including works composed by The Eagles, Pharrell Williams, John Lennon and others. Many of the songs were previously handled by Ascap and Bmi, which thanks to consent decrees with the Justice Department, were subject to blanket licenses anytime a digital outlet like YouTube requested one. Not anymore.

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- Eriq Gardner

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The Screener Game: Why You Got the Ones You Got When You Got Them

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A version of this article appeared in the December Awards Playbook edition of The Hollywood Reporter. Everyone pays lip service to the idea that movies should be seen on the big screen. But during awards season, that ideal goes out the window. After all, who has the time to see everything on the big screen? Not many academy members, who increasingly prefer to consume films in their living rooms, surrounded by friends and family, especially over the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. (An academy official told me this month that attendance at official academy screenings has been way down this year,

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- Scott Feinberg

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Sony Executive Judgment Under Scrutiny As Hack Fallout Grows (Analysis)

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Anyone who has ever met Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton or even passed him while driving on the freeway, really, could see at a glance that his style has been defined by caution to the point of near invisibility. That’s why senior executives and producers in Hollywood were so completely stunned by the sight of Lynton on CNN on Friday saying that President Obama had erred in chastising the studio for pulling the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy The Interview in response to the devastating hack attack attributed to North Korea. An A-list producer shot a typical reaction

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- Kim Masters

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'Citizenfour' Producers Sued Over Edward Snowden Leaks (Exclusive)

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The U.S. government still wants to get its hands on Edward Snowden, the former CIA officer who has detailed the extent to which the Nsa spies on citizens. Here's a timely question: Would the federal government ever do anything about Citizenfour, the Oscar-contending documentary that features Snowden? So far, the Barack Obama administration has given the film a pass, but on Friday, one former government official decided that enough was enough. Read more 'Citizenfour': New York Review Horace Edwards, who identifies himself as a retired naval officer and the former secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation, has filed

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- Eriq Gardner

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Box Office: 8 International Hits That Challenged the Studio Tentpoles

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This story first appeared in the Jan. 9 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. 1. Canada Mommy Xavier Dolan has been an art house favorite for years, but with his melodrama about a single mom raising a violent son, the Quebecois wunderkind has his bona fide hit. Mommy is one of the few French-language films to cross over to English Canada and has earned more than $3 million at the local box office. 2. Spain Spanish Affair This raucous culture-clash comedy -- with the cultures here being Spanish and Basque -- has become, with a $77 million gross, the second-

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- Scott Roxborough

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North Korea Refusing to Take Part in U.N. Security Council Meeting After Sony Hack

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United Nations — An angry North Korea, now on the defense over a U.S. accusation of hacking, is refusing to take part in a groundbreaking U.N. Security Council meeting Monday, where the country's bleak human rights situation will be discussed for the first time. International pressure has built this year on Pyongyang after a sprawling U.N.-backed inquiry of alleged crimes against humanity and warned that young leader Kim Jong Un could be held accountable. Attention has focused on North Korea in recent days, as the Obama administration on Friday blamed its government for the devastating hacking attack on

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- The Associated Press

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Sony Hack: China Condemns Cyberattacks, Doesn't Name North Korea in Chat With U.S.

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China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday to make it clear that China is opposed to all forms of cyberattacks and cyberterrorism, according to various reports, which have cited a statement from China's foreign ministry. However, China did not condemn North Korea for the Sony hack, which U.S. authorities have said the country is responsible for, according to a statement by the foreign ministry, the Associated Press reported. Furthermore, Reuters reported that China said there was no proof North Korea was responsible for the Sony hack and made no reference to

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- Abid Rahman, Hilary Lewis

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'Fifty Shades' to Get International Premiere at Berlin

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Following on from Nymphomaniac’s global introduction at the Berlinale this February, next year it’s going to be down to Fifty Shades of Grey to get the crowds at Potsdamer Platz hot under the collar. In an announcement made Monday, Sam Taylor-Johnson’s eagerly-anticipated adaptation of the best-selling book by E.L. James will be having its international premiere as a Berlinale Special Gala. The director and author are set to attend the festival’s one-time screening on Feb. 11, two days before its U.S. release, accompanied by stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. Read more Jamie Dornan

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- Alex Ritman

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Katniss Everdeen Immortalized in Wax at Madame Tussauds London

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Jennifer Lawrence's Hunger Games heroine, Katniss Everdeen, is the new addition at London's Madame Tussauds. Visitors who can tear themselves away from the Benedict Cumberbatch waxwork, can now take a selfie with Katniss. Wearing her Catching Fire outfit complete with bow and a quiver full of arrows, the waxy Katniss has been created in cooperation with Lionsgate, the producers of the Hunger Games film series, while Mockingjay Part 1 is still in theaters and in the lead up to the release of Mockingjay Part 2 next year. A Madame Tussauds London spokesperson said, "We are hugely excited to have worked

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- Abid Rahman

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'The Affair' Creator on the Finale's Big Reveal

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[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the season-one finale, Episode 10, of Showtime's The Affair.] The Affair is heating up. The answer to one of the show's most highly anticipated questions — whether Noah and Alison leave their respective spouses to be with each other — was revealed in the Showtime series' finale Sunday night. But just because the two extramarital lovers end up together doesn't mean the titular affair is over, says series creator Sarah Treem. Though the focus of the split-perspective drama's first season has been the forbidden romance between grief-stricken Hamptons waitress Alison

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- Bryn Elise Sandberg

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Rejected Gwyneth Paltrow for Lack of College Degree

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Since becoming Yahoo CEO two years ago, Marissa Mayer has been the center of intense scrutiny. A former Google executive, Mayer was drafted to turn around the once great Yahoo, but her tenure has been marred by odd strategic decisions, attempts to jump onto the premium TV bandwagon, courting star journalists and celebrities, management issues and flat revenues, according to a lengthy piece in The New York Times Magazine.  One of the notable revelations from the piece is Yahoo courting Gwyneth Paltrow — a best-selling author of cookbooks and head of the successful lifestyle blog Goop — to be a contributing

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- Abid Rahman

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