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Bryan Singer Closes Deal to Direct 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

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Bryan Singer is back in the X-Men director’s chair. The filmmaker has closed a deal to direct X-Men: Apocalypse, the latest X-Men tentpole that follows on the heels of this summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, THR has confirmed. Singer’s involvement was a question mark due to allegations of sex abuse, filed just weeks before Days of Future Past’s opening. That put his involvement up in the air as the scandal played out. In August, Singer’s accuser, Michael Egan, withdrew his lawsuit. In June, 20th Century Fox production president Emma Watts told THR that she wanted Singer

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- Borys Kit

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'The Giver' Actress Odeya Rush Signs With CAA (Exclusive)

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CAA has signed The Giver’s Odeya Rush, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. She was previously with Gersh. The Israel-born actress played Fiona, the female lead in the recent Weinstein Co. drama, a role that was expanded from Lois Lowry’s original novel. At the Teen Choice Awards last month, she received the Olay Fresh Effects Breakout Star Award for the part. Rush is following up with another adaptation of a beloved Ya property — Sony’s Goosebumps, in which she will star as the niece of horror author R.L. Stine (Jack Black), whose fictional monsters are accidentally unleashed in

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- Rebecca Sun

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George Sluizer, Director of 'The Vanishing,' Dies at 82

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George Sluizer, who directed two versions of the thriller The Vanishing — one a Dutch-French production, the other American and each with a different ending — has died. He was 82. Sluizer, a native of the Netherlands who also helmed River Phoenix’s final film, Dark Blood, died Saturday in Amsterdam, his wife told the Dutch news site Nl Times. Sluizer’s first crack at The Vanishing — the story of a man who is obsessed with finding out what happened to his wife after she’s abducted at a roadside oasis — was for a mostly French-language film titled Spoorloos in

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- Mike Barnes

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Duncan Clark Named President of Universal Pictures International

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Universal Pictures International is making Duncan Clark’s role as president official, promoting him from president of distribution. Clark has served as interim president while a search was conducted for a new president. Instead, Clark has been appointed. This marks a reversal for Universal, which is part of Comcast. The company had planned to move the job to Los Angeles, but Duncan will continue in London. In a memo from Jeff Shell, chairman Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, and Donna Langley, Universal Pictures chairman, on Monday to the Universal staff, they explained the decision and praised Clark: "He's a key contributor and

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- Alex Ben Block

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Hulu Orders J.J. Abrams, Stephen King Event Series About Kennedy Assassination

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Hulu is in the Bad Robot business. The streaming service has handed out a straight-to-series order for 11/22/63, a nine-hour event series from J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions and based on Stephen King's 2011 novel, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. 11/22/63 is described as a thriller in which high school English teacher Jake Epping travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. But his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, his falling in love and the past itself … which doesn’t want to be changed. Photos: Broadcast TV's New 2014-

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- Lesley Goldberg

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MGM Acquires Majority Stake in Mark Burnett's Companies

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MGM has acquired a 55 percent stake in One Three Media and LightWorkers Media, the companies co-owned by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. The deal announced Monday includes interests in the shows Survivor, The Voice, Shark Tank, The Bible and The Apprentice, which are produced by One Three Media.  The assets are to be consolidated into a newly created media venture called United Artists Media Group. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Hearst Entertainment has a stake in One Three Media and will therefore have a stake in the new company, Uamg, as well.  Uamg

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- Paul Bond

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Talks to Play Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone Movie

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in early talks to play Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone's forthcoming movie about the Nsa leaker, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Stone is set to write and direct a movie based on two books: The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man, written by journalist Luke Harding, and the novel Time of the Octopus, written by Snowden's Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena. See more The 21 Best Movies About Whistleblowers Stone will also produce the film alongside Moritz Berman and Eric Kopeloff. Production was originally set to begin before the end of the

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- Hilary Lewis, Tatiana Siegel

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Peter Dinklage to Star in Crime Thriller 'The Thicket'

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Peter Dinklage is attached to star in the adaptation of The Thicket, a crime thriller by Joe Lansdale. Gianni Nunnari's Hollywood Gang is developing the project, which is set in East Texas in the early 20th century. The story centers on a young man who goes on a quest to rescue his sister after she has been kidnapped by a violent killer. He enlists the help of a crafty bounty hunter named Shorty (Dinklage), a grave-digging alcoholic son of an ex-slave and a street-smart prostitute to help him on his mission. Nunnari is producing along with Dinklage

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- Rebecca Ford

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'Two and a Half Men' Producers Deny Charlie Sheen's Return

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Charlie Sheen won't be returning to CBS' Two and a Half Men anytime soon. Producers Warner Bros. Television denied a TV Guide magazine report indicating that Sheen reached out — and the studio reached back — about his return for the final season of the Chuck Lorre comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Sheen told the publication that both sides are "trying to figure out what makes the most sense" for the beleaguered actor to reprise his role as Charlie Harper.  Sheen was famously fired from the show in 2011 after his public feud with prolific producer Lorre, the network and the studio.  Story 'Two and a Half Men' to Explore Gay Adoption in Final

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Casting Society of America Honoring Rob Marshall, Ellen Lewis

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The Casting Society of America will honor director Rob Marshall with its New York Apple Award and casting director Ellen Lewis with its Hoyt Bowers Award at the 30th annual Artios Awards, which will be held Jan. 22. Traditionally, the Artios Awards have been held in November, but this year, the organization is moving its ceremony into the heart of the film awards season with a bicoastal awards show that will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and in New York City at 42West, formerly Xl Nightclub, Cabaret & Lounge. Csa has also unveiled its nominees in the categories

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- Gregg Kilday

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Comic Book Critical Mass: Producers Dish on What Title Could Be Next

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Call the 2014-15 broadcast season the Year of the Comic Invasion. The Big 5 broadcast networks will bow five new dramas that all have their roots in the comic book world: Fox's Batman prequel, Gotham; The CW's Arrow spinoff, The Flash; The CW's iZombie; NBC's Hellblazer take, Constantine; and ABC's midseason bridge show, Agent Carter. They join a roster that includes CW's Arrow, ABC's Agents of Shield and AMC's monster hit The Walking Dead as every network looks for a piece of the fanboy pie. "We're at the point where all the 'A-list characters' have been spoken for and realized in either TV or film," Arrow Ep Marc Guggenheim tells The Hollywood Reporter. "What that does is

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- Lesley Goldberg

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'Friends' 20th Anniversary: Read THR's 1994 Review

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On Sept. 22, 1994 at 8:30 pm, the first episode of Friends aired on NBC. Earlier that Thursday, The Hollywood Reporter deemed the effort "humorously involving." Read the original review below:  There's a sustaining humor at work on the new NBC entry Friends.  This ensemble comedy about a pack of young adults holed up in Manhattan starts in a capable manner, evidencing a solid understanding of the forces at work within the series' architecture. True, there is some forced shtick, but nonetheless, Friends makes the lives of its protagonists humorously involving.  Comprising the group of fledgling adults are

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- THR Staff

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'Big Bang Theory' Boss Previews New Season of Growth

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CBS' monster ratings hit The Big Bang Theory returns for its eighth season with back-to-back episodes on Monday, kicking off another year of slow but subtle changes and growth for its lovable geeks. Penny (Kaley Cuoco) will put her acting career on the back burner and segue into a new career as a pharmaceutical rep after finally getting engaged to Leonard at the end of season seven. The career change will create a new set of challenges for Big Bang's central couple, showrunner Steve Molaro tells The Hollywood Reporter. While Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny are in no rush to get to the altar, producers behind TV's No. 1 comedy are still toying with the

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Nyt Public Editor: Article About Shonda Rhimes Was "Astonishingly Tone-Deaf," "Out of Touch"

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The New York Times' longtime TV critic Alessandra Stanley drew ire when she published a story last week about how Grey's Anatomy and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes "reset the image of African-American women on television." "When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman," wrote Stanley. See more: Everything to Know About 'Scandal' From A-z Stanley referenced such characters as Grey's Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and Scandal's Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), but she primarily focused on How to Get Away With Murder's Annalise Keating, played by Viola

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- Kimberly Nordyke

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Damon Dash Moves Forward in Lawsuit Against 'Butler' Director Lee Daniels

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More details have emerged in Roc-a-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash's lawsuit against Lee Daniels over the Oscar-nominated filmmaker's work on such films as The Butler, Precious, The Paperboy, The Woodsman, Shadowboxer and Tennessee. As we noted in August, Dash filed a summons that outlined his claims of having written and oral agreements with Daniels. On Monday in New York Superior Court, Dash followed up with an actual complaint that provides the basis why Dash thinks himself entitled to credits, ownership and millions of dollars in compensation. Dash's lawsuit confirms reports that the dispute dates back to

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- Eriq Gardner

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TV Ratings: 'Madam Secretary' Brings a Crowd, 'The Good Wife' Returns

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Going up against NBC's winning Sunday Night Football, CBS' crop of originals will likely see some adjustment thanks to their own NFL lead-in. CBS' overage had 60 Minutes, the premiere of Madam Secretary and The Good Wife all delayed on the East Coast. That said, the lofty lead-in proved especially good for 60 Minutes. Preliminary numbers give it the most-watched premiere (18.2 million viewers) since 1997. In the adults 18-49 demo, it took a 3.6 rating. Madam Secretary, huge with 14.7 million viewers, saw a softer showing in the demo with a 2.

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- Michael O'Connell

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'Scorpion': What Happens When a Certified Genius Crashes the Writers Room?

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It's a blistering hot Tuesday morning in Burbank and one of the world's smartest men is driving his bulletproof White House-supplied vehicle into work. Only on this day, "work" is an otherwise ordinary bank building that serves as the hub for CBS' new genius drama Scorpion. Meet Walter O'Brien, code name "Scorpion," whose 197 Iq is the fourth-highest ever recorded — and whose life is the backdrop of CBS' Elyes Gabelstarrer Scorpion. The drama, from showrunner Nick Santora (Prison Break) and Nicholas Wootton, centers on an eccentric genius named Walter (Gabel) and his international network of super-geniuses who form the last line of defense against

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Disney's 'The Lion King' Becomes History's Top-Grossing Entertainment Title

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Just under a year ago, Disney's The Lion King became the first Broadway production to cross the $1 billion mark. Now the globally successful stage musical has become the highest-earning entertainment property in history in any medium, with a worldwide gross of $6.2 billion. The Associated Press reported on Monday that Julie Taymor's unstoppable production, which opened on Broadway in 1997 and has been playing to capacity houses in New York, on tour and in international engagements ever since, has nabbed the top spot from another long-running musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera. That

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- David Rooney

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'Gotham's' Ben McKenzie on Playing Gordon: True to DC Spirit But a New Chapter

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Ben McKenzie is putting his badge back on but moving from the streets of L.A. on TNT's Southland to Fox's Gotham. The Fox drama tells the origin story of Jim Gordon, the man who became the hero to a city and had a direct line to Batman. Only, in the series from showrunner Bruno Heller, Gordon is a rookie cop who meets young Bruce Wayne on the worst day of his life: when his parents are killed. As Fox's buzzy take — the drama is drawing rave reviews — tells Gordon's story, Gotham also serves as an origin for the Big Bads of Gotham: Penguin, Alfred, Catwoman and more. The Hollywood Reporter caught up with McKenzie

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- Lesley Goldberg

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San Sebastian: John Malkovich Seduces With 'Casanova Variations'

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John Malkovich spoke about privacy, playing himself in films and Casanova as he presented the world premiere of his latest work, Casanova Variations, at the 62nd San Sebastian International Film Festival on Monday. The film, directed by Michael Sturminger, combines layers of theater and opera to reflect on the last years of Giacomo Casanova and features Malkovich as a character using his own name, as well as playing the famous seducer. See more: 35 of 2014's Most Anticipated Movies Referring to one of the film's themes — how myth differs from personal reality — Malkovich said privacy for him as

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- Pamela Rolfe

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