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Seth Meyers to Host 66th Primetime Emmy Awards

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Seth Meyers has been tapped to host the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, which air Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. on NBC. “Saturday Night Live” alum Meyers currently hosts “Late Night With Seth Meyers” on NBC. Veteran events producer Don Mischer will executive produce the ceremony, with Charlie Haykel and Julianne Hare producing. Also read: Seth Meyers Spoofs AMC's ‘Mad Men’ With ‘Bad Men’ Parody (Video) NBC Entertainment president, late night and alternative programming Paul Telegdy cited Meyers’ “expertise and ease in front of a live camera” while declaring Meyers the “perfect” choice” for the gig. “Seth's expertise and ease in front of a live. »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Cabaret’ Theater Review: Michelle Williams Tackles Sally Bowles, Alan Cumming Auditions for ‘Hedwig’

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The Kit Kat boys are a bit buffer, the girls are a lot less bruised, and the old Emcee has returned to audition for the replacement star of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” Those are the minor changes Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall have made in their current staging of “Cabaret,” which ran for six years (1998-2004) at the Roundabout Theatre Company and reopened Thursday at Studio 54. The beauty of their strong, durable concept is that it allowed myriad casts to come and go without radically affecting the brilliance of Joe Masteroff, John Kander and Fred Ebb's show within. »


- Robert Hofler

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‘The Voice’ Ep Stijn Bakkers Mulling Exit From John de Mol's Talpa Media USA (Exclusive)

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Stijn Bakkers, the chief creative officer of John de Mol's Talpa Media USA, is expected to exit the company due to disagreements with Talpa Media Group owner John de Mol,  an individual with knowledge of the situation has told TheWrap. The individual said that Bakkers, who's an executive producer on Talpa's “The Voice,” is considering leaving due to a difference of opinion with De Mol over the upcoming Fox reality series “Utopia,” which is described as a social experiment show that will place a group of people in an isolated area for a year in an effort to create their. »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Godzilla’ Freaks Out Bryan Cranston in New Japanese Trailer (Video)

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On the heels of “Godzilla's” badass IMAX poster, Legendary and Warner Bros. dropped a new Japanese trailer and TV spot Thursday for the summer tentpole. The new videos keep glimpses of the titular monster to a minimum, emphasizing more on the human element – especially Bryan Cranston, who reacts to something terrifying off-screen with one hell of a scream. Also read: Summer Movies Forecast: Can Spider-Man, Transformers and Godzilla Smash Records? Actor Ken Watanabe is more front and center in these ads than in the domestic ones, naturally, as we learn more about the monster's atomic-testing origins. We also get more looks at. »


- Phil Pirrello

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‘Amazing Spider-Man 2' Will Get Massive Rollout From Sony

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Next week, you shouldn't have any trouble finding a theater showing “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Sony said Thursday that it would roll out its Marvel superhero sequel in more than 4,000 theaters nationwide on Friday, May 2. That's saturation-level and the biggest opening of any film this year — but not a record. The widest domestic release ever was for “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” which Summit Entertainment debuted in 4,468 theaters in June 2010.  ”The Amazing Spider-Man” opened in 4,318 theaters in July of 2012. Also read: ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2' Tracking for $95 Million Box-Office Opening “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” stars Andrew Garfield and »


- Todd Cunningham

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Booboo Stewart Drama ‘Sonata’ Plucks Director Brendan Foley (Exclusive)

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Brendan Foley is attached to direct the indie movie “Sonata” starring Booboo Stewart from ”The Twilight Saga” and ”X-Men: Days of Future Past.” “Sonata” follows Olivia Salas, a troubled young cellist suffering from hearing loss as she struggles to maintain peace within her fractured family. With the help of her musician boyfriend (Stewart, pictured above), she fights to make her mark on the world, no matter what obstacles it throws at her. Also read: ‘Twilight Saga's’ Booboo Stewart to Star in Indie Drama ‘SonataJudi Bell and Matt Nicholas are producing the feature via their Iconic Media Productions banner, while Ashley Anguline will also produce. »


- Jeff Sneider

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Justin Bieber Detained by Immigration Officials at Lax

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Pop superstar Justin Bieber was detained and questioned by immigration officials at Los Angeles International Airport Thursday afternoon, following a string of legal troubles that may have led to extra interrogation from authorities. The “Boyfriend” singer, 20, had just arrived at Lax on an international flight from Japan, and was in the Tom Bradley International Terminal when he was pulled aside by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Also read: White House Responds to ‘Deport Justin Bieber’ Petition: Is This the End for Our Famous Canadian Friend? The singer was with his bodyguards who were said to be waiting outside for him while. »


- Anita Bennett

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‘Godzilla’ Draws Fire in New IMAX Poster (Photo)

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Soldiers take aim at one very tall, very pissed monster in the new IMAX poster for “Godzilla.” The Legendary and Warner Bros. film, from director Gareth Edwards, dropped its latest piece of inspired advertising Thursday, which highlights the Destroyer of Worlds’ Japanese origins as he literally stomps through San Francisco. Also read: 21 Summer Movies We're Dying to See – From ‘Transformers 4' to ‘Godzilla’ So does the rising red sun hint that audiences will see Godzilla attack his home turf? We'll find out when ‘Godzilla’ hits theaters May 16. Check out the poster below. Warner Bros./IMAX   »


- Phil Pirrello

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Discovery to Air Everest Avalanche Documentary on May 4

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Discovery Channel will broadcast a 90-minute documentary on May 4, about the Mount Everest avalanche that claimed 13 lives last Friday. The doc will be compiled from footage shot during the network's aborted “Everest Jump Live” special. Discovery said the documentary, titled “Everest Avalanche Tragedy,” will air Sunday, May 4 at 9 p.m. in 224 countries and focus on accounts of the avalanche that struck Mount Everest early on the morning of April 18. Thirteen people died in the disaster, which represents the greatest lost of life in a single day on the notoriously dangerous mountain. Also read: Discovery Will Still Cover »


- L.A. Ross

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‘Locke’ Review: Tom Hardy Captivates in This One-Man Road Trip

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One of the many highlights of Andy Kaufman's stand-up career was the time he got onstage and sang, “One hundred bottles of beer on the wall, one hundred bottles of beer. Take one down, pass it around, 99 bottles of beer on the wall…” The audience snickered over the thought of an entertainer coming out and singing a dopey ditty that exists only to entertain restless children on long car trips. But then he got to 98. And 97. And 96. See video: ‘Locke’ Clip: Tom Hardy Has a Shady Message About Concrete Suddenly, spectators grew a little nervous. Kaufman wasn't »


- Alonso Duralde

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Star Janel Parrish Reveals Chapter 1 of ‘Journeys of John and Julia’ Book (Exclusive Audio & Video)

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It's unclear if she's on the “A” team, but Janel Parrish earns the mark in literacy. The “Pretty Little Liars” star reads the audiobook version of “The Journeys of John and Julia: Genesis,” which was released by Rigler Creative on Thursday and penned by author Aurelia. In addition to — and in support of — the book, Parrish will introduce a new 13-part weekly unscripted web series format called ”Best Friends Book Club,” which targets young viewers in 3-5 minute episodes. The online video series begins next week on YouTube. TheWrap exclusively received Chapter 1 of the audio book and Episode 1 of the. »


- Tony Maglio

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NBC's Comedy Playground Slammed With Trademark Infringement, Unfair Competition Suit

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NBCUniversal may not be the one laughing in the end if a judge decides the name for its new talent competition, NBC Comedy Playground, is infringing on the rights of another company. Los Angeles-based Comedy Playground, a group that has trained people in comedic skills for more than a decade, filed a complaint with the U.S. Central District Court of California accusing NBCUniversal of federal and state trademark infringement and unfair competition, according to documents obtained by TheWrap. The company is seeking an unspecified sum for damages, the sum of any profit NBCU has made off their program and an immediate. »

- Jethro Nededog

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MTV Renews ‘Real World’ and ‘Teen Wolf,’ Slates 3 New Series

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MTV has greenlit the new Alaska-based series “Slednecks,” the extreme dance competition “Beyond Dance,” and “One Bad Choice,” about the consequences of a single bad decision. The network announced the new series Thursday at its upfront presentation to advertisers in New York. It also announced new seasons of “Teen Wolf” (pictured) and Rob Dyrdek's “Ridiculousness,” and summer premiere dates for the scripted family drama “Finding Carter” and the competition series “Snack-Off,” with Eddie Huang and supermodel Chrissy Teigan. Also read: MTV's 2014 VMAs to Air Live From Los Angeles Forum (Video) The network previewed the new shows at a presentation at New. »


- Tim Molloy

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Gov. Brown Getting the Message on California's Film, TV Tax Credit Troubles

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California Gov. Jerry Brown has yet to declare where he stands on new legislation that would extend and expand the state's TV and film production incentives, but he sent an encouraging signal Thursday. Kish Rajan, director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development, was the featured speaker at the ninth California Film Commission Locations Breakfast. “The governor will make the final decision, but I know that he understands the toll taken in jobs and on our economy,” Rajan said in brief remarks to the roughly 300 assembled location managers, film officials, studio and network executives, union leaders and small business. »


- Todd Cunningham

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CBS's ‘Bad Teacher’ Stars Reveal Which Junior High Clique They Belonged To (Video)

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CBS's new comedy, “Bad Teacher,” follows the antics of a newly divorced woman who weasels her into a teaching job at a junior high school in order to meet hot single dads. Starring Ari Graynor as Meredith Davis, the series tracks the fake teacher as she maneuvers through the politics of both the school's faculty, but also that of the student body. Also read: ‘Bad Teacher’ Review: CBS Comedy Mixes Class and Crass Produced by Sony Pictures Television, CBS Television Studios and Mosaic Media Group, the comedy also stars Sara Rodier as Meredith's young sidekick and David Alan Grier, Ryan Hansen, »


- Jethro Nededog

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Nat Geo's ‘Life Below Zero’ Producers Expose Cold Reality Behind the Scenes (Exclusive Video)

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National Geographic Channel's “Life Below Zero” returned last week and viewers were reminded of the harsh conditions of winter in the remote wilderness of Alaska. The series follows six Alaskans who battle the extreme weather throughout the day. To get through the season, it takes more than just physical strength. They need to be mentally fit and resourceful to with cold-weather survival skills, food acquisition and managing their supplies. Also read: Charlie Sheen to Get His War On for National Geographic Special In TheWrap's exclusive video, the cameras are turned on the production team and the cold reality they face while shooting the. »


- Jethro Nededog

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YouTube Reveals The Year's 10 Biggest Trailers

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If trailer views are any indication, “Godzilla” will be this summer's biggest hit. The trailer for Legendary and Warner Bros.’ new take on the classic monster tale was the most popular movie trailer on YouTube during the first three months of the year. YouTube released a Trailer Leaderboard Thursday afternoon, including trailers for movies, TV shows and video games. Movies dominated the board, taking all but two spots. “Transformers: Age of Extinction” appears twice on its own. There is, however, something bigger than any movie – “Game of Thrones.” The leaderboard:  1. ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4: Trailer #1 (GameofThrones): 22,076,856 views 2. “Godzilla »


- Lucas Shaw

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A Better Idea Than HBO's Amazon Deal (Video)

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Amazon Prime subscribers will soon be able to watch popular HBO shows like “The Sopranos” thanks to a new deal between the two companies. This is a huge coup for Amazon amid its ongoing rivalry with Netflix in the streaming video arena, and it also exposes HBO to a new customer base. In announcing the deal, an HBO executive suggested the company would gain new subscribers thanks to the arrangement, but there's a better way for HBO to gain customers. TheWrap's Lucas Shaw explains. »

- Wrap Staff

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‘Turn’ Sneak Peek: Jamie Bell Tackles a Grave Situation (Exclusive Video)

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Things take a grave turn on the next episode of AMC's “Turn.” During the episode, Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell) and his father Richard (Kevin R. McNally) grapple with Major Hewlett's orders to dig up the town's gravestones. “I don't know which is worse — his lack of military experience or his delusions of grandeur,” judge and British loyalist Richard bristles while discussing the orders with his son. “He's been obstinate, capricious.” See video: Jamie Bell Goes All James Bond on the Redcoats in ‘Turn’ Behind-the-Scenes Clip “You have been compelled to do something unjust,” Abe, a budding spy for the American revolution, »


- Tim Kenneally

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Bryan Singer Speaks Out for First Time on Sexual Abuse Allegations

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“X-Men” director Bryan Singer is denying allegations in a lawsuit filed last week that he sexually abused an underage boy as part of a sordid ring of Hollywood sex parties nearly 15 years ago. Singer said in his first statement since the claims were filed on April 16 that allegations he assaulted then 17-year-old accuser Michael Egan are “outrageous, vicious and completely false.” However, the director said he will be bowing out of the press tour for his upcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past” to avoid bringing negative attention to the film. Also read: Will Bryan Singer Sex Allegations Hurt ‘X-Men: Days. »


- L.A. Ross

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