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Jason Reitman Comedy Lands Straight-to-Series Order at Hulu

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Hulu continues to bulk up its scripted originals. The streaming service has handed out a 10-episode straight-to-series order for the Jason Reitman-produced comedy Casual, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, marking the Oscar nominee's first TV foray. Casual revolves around a dysfunctional family with a bachelor brother and his newly divorced sister. Together, they coach each other through the crazy world of dating (online and off), while living under one roof again and raising a teenager. Zander Lehmann is on board to pen the series, which hails from Lionsgate Television. Reitman will executive produce and direct the

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- Lesley Goldberg

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'The View' Moving to ABC News' Non-Fiction Programming Group

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The View has joined ABC News' non-fiction programming group after 17 seasons under the oversight of ABC's Daytime executives. New ABC News head James Goldston, who will now oversee The View, announced the move in a staff memo sent out Thursday morning. Goldston is largely responsible for Good Morning America's transformation to a multi-anchor ensemble, which helped the ABC morning show end NBC rival Today's 16-year morning-news ratings win streak. He's also responsible for remaking Nightline into a multi-anchor, multi-topic program in the wake of Ted Koppel's retirement. Read more Inside 'The View' Season

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- Hilary Lewis

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'Game of Thrones' Cast Signs for Season 7 with Big Raises (Exclusive)

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HBO has locked up its Game of Thrones stars for a potential seventh season of the hit drama. The principal Thrones actors, who were signed only through six seasons of the show, have completed an extensive renegotiation of their contracts that includes an option for season 7, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. In exchange for the option, HBO has ponied up huge raises for seasons 5, 6 and the potential season 7 that will make the cast members among the highest paid on cable TV. Game of Thrones, based on the best-selling books by George R.R. Martin, was

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- Matthew Belloni, Lesley Goldberg

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Watch the First Trailer for Syfy's New Thriller '12 Monkeys'

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Time travel is the key to saving the future in Syfy's new adventure thriller 12 Monkeys. Inspired by the classic blockbuster film, the drama follows time traveler Cole (Aaron Stanford) from a decimated future in a high-stakes race against the clock. He utilizes a dangerous and untested method of time travel to journey from 2043 to the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that is on its way to annihilating the human race. The series, produced by Universal Cable Productions in association with Atlas Entertainment, the producer of the original movies, also stars

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- Bryn Elise Sandberg

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One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer Among Best Global Act Nominees at MTV EMAs

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MTV has whittled down a list of 286 international musical acts to just 10 to compete for the best worldwide act award at its upcoming EMAs in Glasgow on Nov. 9. The list sees One Direction, representing Europe North, rub shoulders with their own investment, 5 Seconds of Summer (flying the flag for Australia and New Zealand), and Palestinian Arab Idol winner Mohammed Assaf, nominated on behalf of the somewhat sizeable geographical collective of Africa, India and the Middle East. Read more Viacom to Air EMAs on MTV and Channel 5 in U.K. Others in the final 10 include

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- Alex Ritman

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Box Office: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Could Top $150M in U.S. Debut

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Lionsgate's Ya film franchise The Hunger Games is showing no signs of fatigue. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 popped up on tracking Thursday to huge numbers and has every chance of matching the $158.2 million North American debut of sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire a year ago. Either way, Mockingjay -- Part 1, opening in theaters Nov. 21, is destined to score the top launch of the year, which has been decidedly tepid when it comes to mega openings. The current 2014 record-holder is Transformers: Age of Extinction at $100 million. Read more What Stars Earn: Robert

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- Pamela McClintock

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Taylor Swift Teases '1989' Tour During 'Good Morning America' Concert

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Taylor Swift is currently in the middle of jam-packed press tour, but she's already excited about getting out to arenas for a 1989 tour. The singer teased what will definitely be a hot ticket during an outdoor concert on Good Morning America on Thursday morning. "I am gonna be going out on tour very soon! We're in the early stages of planning the actual show," she told Robin Roberts. "I'm excited about announcing things when I can announce them, but it's going to be happening!" Read more Taylor Swift's '1989': What the Critics Are Saying Between performances of "Welcome to

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- Ashley Lee

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'Vampire Diaries': Chris Wood on Justifying Kai's Killer Acts and Outplaying Damon

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Has Damon met his match The Vampire Diaries? It certainly seems that way. The charming yet maniacal Kai (Chris Wood), whom viewers were first introduced to a few episodes back in the May 10, 1994 vacuum, wasn't exactly what Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) were hoping for. For one thing, he's a carbon copy of early-Vampire Diaries Damon, with his heated zingers and unaffected nonchalance. And, as it turns out, Kai is a full-blown killer, massacring his entire family — a fact that hampers Damon and Bonnie's decision to go through with his proposal to bring

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- Philiana Ng

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Afm: Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon Board 'Three Generations' (Exclusive)

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Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon have signed on to star in the drama Three Generations. Written by Nikole Beckwith, the film is described as an exploration of identity that centers on a New York City teen, Ray (Fanning), transitioning from female to male and her single mother, Maggie (Watts), who is coming to terms with having to raise her only daughter as a son. At the same time, Maggie’s mother Dolly (Sarandon), a quick-witted music manager who shares her brownstone with her lesbian partner Frances, is having a hard time wrapping her head around Ray's life-altering decision and Maggie's

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- Tatiana Siegel, Borys Kit

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm Proud to be Gay'

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has come out as a gay man in an essay for Bloomberg Businessweek posted online on Thursday. "I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me," Cook writes in what is the Apple CEO's first public acknowledgment of his sexuality. See more Loud-and-Proud Meter: Hollywood's Art of Coming Out Cook's sexuality wasn't the most closely guarded secret. Rumors had swirled that he was gay, particularly given his support of Lgbt rights. He was named the most powerful Lgbt person on Out's 2013 power list.

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- Hilary Lewis

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Taylor Swift's '1989' Surging Toward 1.2 Million Debut

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Taylor Swift's 1989 continues to rack up monster sales, as industry forecasters now say the album could sell 1.2 million copies in its first week (ending on Nov. 2). It's thus nearing the 1.21 million bow of her last album, 2012's Red (which was also the last release to sell a million copies in a week, according to Nielsen SoundScan). The new album was released through Big Machine Records on Oct. 27 and is Swift's fifth studio album. It should easily debut atop next week's Billboard 200 chart, when its top 10 is revealed (along with Swift's official

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- Keith Caulfield, Billboard

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Watch a Paranoid Jim Carrey Test David Letterman for Ebola

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Even if the odds of contracting Ebola are perhaps one out of a million, Jim Carrey doesn't want there to be a chance.  The Dumb and Dumber To star appeared as a guest on the Late Show on Wednesday and did his best to ensure that David Letterman was Ebola-free. See more Jim Carrey's Most Incredible Onscreen Transformations After taking Letterman's temperature and asking if he's traveled abroad lately, Carrey followed up with a rather unusual query: "Have you ever kissed a monkey or licked an airport toilet seat?" Let's just say that Letterman's response is probably not what

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Relativity Media's 'The Best of Me' to Get Bollywood Remake (Exclusive)

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Relativity Media's latest release, romantic drama The Best of Me, will be remade as a Bollywood movie. At the Cannes film festival this year, Relativity announced an India joint venture with Bollywood film and TV company B4U. The venture has earmarked a $100 million investment to create and distribute entertainment and sports content in India across various platforms, including film, TV and digital. The remake of The Best of Me is the first of a three-picture deal between the Relativity-B4U venture and leading Indian banner Balaji Telefilms. Directed by Michael Hoffman, the film is based on Nicholas Sparks'

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- Nyay Bhushan

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Nicole Kidman Talks Father's Death, Keith Urban's Support: "I Was So Devastated"

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After losing her father, beloved psychologist Antony Kidman, Nicole Kidman has learned a thing or two about grief.  "I've realized we don’t talk about it enough in terms of our society," she said while on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing on Thursday. "Everybody loses their parents and it's awful. I’m sorry to bring everything down, but I’m at the same time trying to navigate through something right now. And I’m amazed when people reach out, because it's an awkward thing at times, but to have people go, 'I'm so sorry for your loss ... the power of that, and

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- Ashley Lee

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'Ghost Train' on Track as American Remake of Japanese Horror Movie (Exclusive)

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The 2006 Japanese horror movie Otoshimono will get an American makeover as Ghost Train as part of an agreement announced Thursday between All Nippon Entertainment Works (Anew), Japan’s Shochiku Company and producer Depth of Field. Aimed for production in 2015 and release in 2016, Ghost Train will Americanize the story of what happens to a group of commuters who get on a subway train at a station deep underground and are terrified as the train disappears. Part of the movie is about a woman trying to find out what happened to her sister who was on the train. Anew is financing

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- Alex Ben Block

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Why CBS' Late Night VP Opened a Musical About What Happens After You Die

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"Sometimes you have to die to be larger than life," says a character of Hereafter, the passion project from CBS' VP of late night Vinnie Favale that officially opened at New York City's Snapple Theater this past weekend for an unlimited commercial run. The musical, which follows three heartbroken women who meet with a medium in the hopes of communicating with lost loved ones, doesn't necessarily answer the question of whether heaven, hell or both do exist, but it does theorize on another postmortem topic: those who leave this world are held back after death by those still alive

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- Ashley Lee

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Afm: Dev Patel Attached to Star in Weinstein Company's 'Lion' (Exclusive)

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Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman are attached to star in Lion, a new drama that The Weinstein Company will be pitching to buyers at the American Film Market in Los Angeles next week. The drama, based on an Vanity Fair article, follows a street kid from Calcutta (Patel) who is taken in and adopted by a couple in Australia, played by Kidman and Jackman. Jackman and Patel co-starred in Chappie, the upcoming sci-fi thriller from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. Kidman and Jackman last appeared together in Baz Luhrmann's Australia in 2008. The script to Lion,

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- Scott Roxborough

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China's Alibaba, Youku Tudou Pact on Video Marketing

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Youku Tudou and Alibaba, the "biggest entertainment company" in the world, announced on Wednesday that the two companies will work together to drive the adoption of big data in video marketing in China.  Alibaba's online marketing technology arm Alimama will use its data and technology to support the innovative online video marketing techniques of Youku's View and Buy and Tudou's Merchant's Video Channel, as well as help small companies by making online video marketing service more accessible to them.  Read more Alibaba's Jack Ma Reportedly Meeting With Hollywood Studios to Buy Online Content The announcement is another move by Alibaba away from

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- Abid Rahman

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'Game of Thrones' Shoot Boosts Tourism in Spain's Seville 15 Percent

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U.S. Ambassador to Spain James Costos says that initial figures show that shooting parts of the fifth season of HBO hit series Game of Thrones in Spain has already boosted local tourism by 15 percent just two weeks into filming. "The intial information shows that Seville and Osuna, the two locations for the shoot, have already increased their visitor numbers around 15 percent," Costos said. The former HBO executive spoke Wednesday at the first CreaCulture Forum to defend intellectual property and create awareness about the consequences of not protecting intellectual property. “Spanish culture is an important element for

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- Pamela Rolfe

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‘Big Bang Theory's’ Kunal Nayyar to Voice Dog in ‘A Hollywoof Tale’

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Kunal Nayyar, from hit show Big Bang Theory, is set to voice a street dog called Santoosh in the upcoming live-action family drama A Hollywoof Tale. The film, to be helmed by Racing Stripes and Underdog director Frederik Du Chau, is being produced by Jason Newmark (Triangle, Severance), who developed the project with the British Film Institute. The script has been written by Stephen Leslie, while Nisha Parti (Honour) is also attached to produced. Read more 'Big Bang Theory's' Big Bucks: Why the Cast Will Earn $1 Million Per Episode To be shot in London and India in the

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- Alex Ritman

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