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Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Chastain Films Headed to Toronto Film Festival

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The world premieres of Jason Reitman‘s “Men, Women & Children,” James Marsh's “Theory of Everything,” Noah Baumbach‘s “While We're Young,” Ed Zwick's “Pawn Sacrifice,” Liv Ullman's “Miss Julie” and Oren Moverman's “Time Out of Mind” will be among the gala presentations and special screenings at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, Tiff director and CEO Piers Handling and artistic director Cameron Bailey announced on Tuesday morning. The fall's biggest festival will provide a showcase for such stars and awards hopefuls as Jessica Chastain, who plays the title role in “Miss Julie”; Denzel Washington, who takes the role played on TV. »


- Steve Pond

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Jon Stewart Addresses ‘Self-Hating Jew’ Claims (Video)

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Jon Stewart indirectly addressed critics who have accused him of turning his back on his Jewish background by criticizing Israel's latest attacks on Hamas. Each time Stewart said “Israel” at the start of Monday's “Daily Show,” his team of correspondents surrounded and screamed at him. Each verbal barrage ended with Jordan Klepper delivering a parting shot. At one point he called Stewart a “self-hating Jew.” Also read: Jon Stewart Determines that Hillary Clinton is Running for President, and She Doesn't Deny It (Video) That insult was a heightened version of the criticism Stewart received after talking about Israel and Hamas last week. »


- Tim Molloy

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‘Harold and Kumar’ Star Kal Penn to Moderate Nat Geo's Comic-Con Panel (Exclusive)

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Kal Penn will be moderating the National Geographic Channel's San Diego Comic-Con panel, TheWrap has learned. Titled “Game Your Brain to Superhero Status,” the panel takes place Friday, July 25 at 1:30 p.m. Pt at the Sdcc, Room 24Abc. Penn, who many will recognize from the “Harold and Kumar” movie franchise and television shows “House” and “How I Met Your Mother,” is set to host Nat Geo's “Mapology,” which will debut next year. Also read: Nat Geo Channel to Air ‘Mapology’ With Kal Penn, 9/11 Special '9/10: The Final Hours’ The panel of Nat Geo stars includes Tony Gonzalez »


- Jethro Nededog

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Cast Takes on a 5-Year-Old Marvel Expert on Kimmel (Video)

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The “Guardians of the Galaxy” cast either doesn't know much about the comic book property they just created for the big screen, or love letting little girls win. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and Dave Bautista faced off against 5-year-old superhero expert Mia Grace on a “Guardians” trivia challenge (above) during Monday's “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” See video: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ 5-Minute Clip: Chris Pratt's Star-Lord Plots a Prison Break With a Raccoon and a Tree Spoiler alert: They got smoked. The cast of Marvel's Aug. 1 release hung out for most of the show, which was taped just before the movie's. »


- Greg Gilman

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Earnings: Comcast Beats Profit Estimates, But NBCU Films Down

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Comcast beat analysts’ quarterly profit predictions, thanks in part to more high-speed internet subscribers. Earnings per share increased to $0.75, beating average analysts’ estimate of 72 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Also read: How to Speak Out on the Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger (Video) High-speed internet customers increased by 203,000. That was the company's best second quarter net additions in six years, and beat the 161,000 that analysts polled by StreetAccount had expected. The company's revenue rose 3.5 percent to $16.84 billion, missing analysts’ expectation of $16.95 billion. That was partly because filmed entertainment at NBCU was down 15.3 percent, falling from »


- Tim Molloy

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GLAAD Finds Painfully Low Lgbt Representation in 2013 Films, Gives Two Studios Failing Grades

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Hollywood may pride itself on being an inclusive and progressive community, but major studios are markedly behind in reflecting that ethos on the big screen. In its second annual study of Hollywood studio content, GLAAD found that of the 102 releases from the major studios in 2013, 17 of them included characters identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual — and a majority of the characters were minor roles or cameos. That is up just slightly from 14 of 101 films released in 2012, but this is the first year that “Hunger Games” distributor Lionsgate is counted as a major studio, meaning that »

- Jordan Zakarin

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12 Comic-Con Stars and Showrunners Share Insider Tips; Pick Convention Must-Dos and Don't Misses

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San Diego Comic-Con is a sacred pilgrimage for fans of all things nerdy, but like any trip to Mecca, this journey can be daunting (if not dehydrating). But don't fret Nervous Nellies — the experts are sharing all the intel you need to make this year's convention its most enjoyable yet. TheWrap spoke with directors, showrunners and stars behind such projects as “Agents of Shield,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Vampire Diaries” to find out what they're looking forward to this year — not just as panelists, but as fans and attendees themselves — and their tips for fellow »


- Linda Ge and Travis Reilly

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CBS Films Exec Shakeup: Terry Press Assumes Top Leadership Role, Wolfgang Hammer Out

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CBS Films co-president Wolfgang Hammer has quietly shifted into a digital consulting role, TheWrap has confirmed. The studio move leaves Terry Press to preside over the company alone, which the current masthead confirms. Also read: CBS Films Discovers ‘The Atlantis Gene,’ Secures Rights to Hot E-Book Trilogy An individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap that the transition actually happened a few weeks ago. Studio insiders say that while there was room for improvement before Hammer and Press took over, the film division's track record has improved, seeing growth with projects such as “The Woman in Black,” “Last Vegas, »


- Jason Hughes

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Jason Biggs Will Alter the Way He Uses Twitter After Malaysia Airlines Joke Misfire (Video)

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Jason Biggs continued his apology tour after his controversial Twitter joke following the crash of the Malaysia Airlines plane that killed the 298 people on board. The topic came up briefly during a chat on HuffPost Live about “Orange Is the New Black.” In a post after the crash — that has since been deleted — Biggs joked, “Anyone wanna buy my Malaysian Airlines frequent flier miles?” He apologized for the comment on Twitter, and in a recent appearance on “The View.” Also read: Jason Biggs Apologizes for Malaysian Airline Jokes On HuffPost Live, the comedian was asked if the negative feedback might. »


- Jason Hughes

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Woody Allen Talks His Life and Career in First Podcast Appearance

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Woody Allen may not know what a podcast is, but that didn't stop him from making his first appearance on one. The prolific director sat down for a 35-minute chat with MTV News’ Josh Horowitz, covering a wide range of topics throughout his career. However, there was no mention at all of the sex abuse claims brought by his daughter Dylan Farrow in an open letter in February. Allen had publicly responded to her New York Times open letter with the suggestion that her mother, Mia Farrow, had coached her to make the accusations. Also read: ‘Magic in the Moonlight’ Review: Woody. »


- Jason Hughes

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Robert Downey Jr. Is Forbes’ Top-Earning Actor With $75 Million

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Tony Stark may be the richest man in the Avengers, but the man who plays him is doing pretty well too, sitting pretty once again atop the Forbes’ list of the Top 25 Earning Actors. Robert Downey Jr. matched his $75 million take from the previous year to earn the top spot for the period from June 2013 to June 2014. See photo: ‘Age of Ultron’ First Look: Robert Downey Jr. and the Avengers Meet Their New Foe Amazingly, Downey accomplished his back-to-back victories without releasing a film during the period accounted for. It was the staying power of “Iron Man 3,” »


- Jason Hughes

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WWE Apologizes for Character's Pro-Russian Rant, Says It's Not Related to Malaysia Airlines Crash

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The characters of the WWE are outrageous and outspoken. It's been that way for decades. Nevertheless, the organization has found itself in hot water after words spoken by one of its personalities were associated with the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash, which killed 298 people. See video: CNN's Chris Cuomo Slips Accidental Pun Into Malaysia Airlines Report Actress C.J. Perry portrays an over-the-top anti-American Russian named Lana. During Sunday's match, she was shouting to the crowd, asking them if they blame Russia for current events. “You Americans should be scolded for your warmongering in Afghanistan and Iraq. You Americans should be insulted. »


- Jason Hughes

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Kelly Osbourne and Bethany Mota Keynote Panelists at BeautyCon La Summit

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Coming to the La Mart on August 16 in partnership with Elle, the third annual BeautyCon summit in Los Angeles promises brings fans and fashion influencers together. It marks the second stop in BeautyCon's world tour, after their first-ever trip to New York in May. Also read: Kelly Osbourne Gets Animated for Disney's Modern ‘Seven Dwarfs’ Take Kelly Osbourne will be joined as a keynote panelist by Bethany Mota, who has more than 6.5 million subscribers on her YouTube channel, as well as a fashion collection at Aeropostale. The summit is designed to bring traditional media influencers together with their digital counterparts. »


- Jason Hughes

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‘Tyrant’ Agreement Reached Between Twentieth Century Fox and King Midas World Entertainment

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King Midas World Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox have reached an agreement on “Tyrant.” FX has a new drama on the air under that title, about an American family that is drawn into the political turmoil of a Middle Eastern nation. King Midas, on the other hand, has a superhero property under the same name, also identified as Tyrant Knight. Also read: ‘Purge’ Creators Hit With $5 Million Copyright Infringement Lawsuit The superhero “Tyrant” was created by Fabrizio Boccardi, CEO of King Midas World Entertainment, with the intention of launching a franchise and creating a global brand. “We have big plans for this. »


- Jason Hughes

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‘Slc Punk 2' Trailer Features Heroin Bob's Return From the Grave

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Writer-director James Merendino has released a teaser trailer for “Punk's Dead: Slc Punk 2.” Matthew Lillard starred in the 1998 cult classic, which co-starred Devon SawaAdam PascalJames Duval and Michael Goorjian. Those four original cast members return to reprise their respective roles of Sean, Eddie, John the Mod and Heroin Bob, the latter of whom returns from the grave in the teaser. Also read: ‘Slc Punk!’ Sequel Shooting This Summer With Heroin Bob Set to Return The sequel introduces Ben Schnetzer (“Warcraft”) as Heroin Bob's son, Ross, while Machine Gun Kelly co-stars as a character named Crash. The new female »


- Jeff Sneider

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‘Last Comic Standing's’ Aida Rodriguez to Host Imagen Awards

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The 2014 Imagen Awards are set to honor a host of nominees across film and television for their positive portrayals of Latino culture on August 1, and now, they have a host. Comedienne Aida Rodriguez will take on emcee duties for the evening. Rodriguez was previously a contestant on NBC's “Last Comic Standing,” and will next appear on Fox's “Laughs.” Also read:  Fred Armisen, Manny Coto and Daisy Fuentes to Be Honored at 2014 Imagen Awards This year's awards will see Fred Armisen receive the Norman Lear Writer's Award, “24” executive producer Manny Coto is set to accept Imagen's Creative Achievement Award, and former MTV. »


- Moira Johnston

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Weird Al Takes on Corporate Buzzwords in Latest Parody Song ‘Mission Statement’

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Who better to croon about buzzwords and marketing than those corporate drones Crosby, Stills & Nash? Weird Al Yankovic rips off the folksy stylings of the trio for his eighth and final video-a-day release, “Mission Statement.” The video, hand drawn and animated by TruScribe, debuted Monday on Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog. Yankovic harmonizes with himself on such groovy, peace-loving lyrics as, “We'll set a brand trajectory using management philosophy.” Also read: Weird Al Yankovic Poised for First Ever No. 1 Album With ‘Mandatory Fun’ “I wanted to do a song about all the ridiculous double-speak and meaningless buzzwords that I've been. »


- Linda Ge

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Jamie Dornan's First Movie After ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ – Bradley Cooper's ‘Adam Jones’

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On the same day that Beyonce dropped a teaser for “Fifty Shades of Grey” on Instagram, the film's hunky star Jamie Dornan has secured his first job since landing the coveted role of Christian Grey, as he'll join Bradley Cooper in a new Weinstein Company movie. John Wells is directing from a screenplay by Steven Knight. Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher are producing with Erwin Stoff. Dornan's casting was first revealed by the Daily Mail, which reports that the film's title has changed from “Chef” to “Adam Jones,” likely due to confusion with Jon Favreau's indie hit “Chef.” Also read: First Photo of. »


- Jeff Sneider

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‘Sons of Anarchy’ Producers and Cast Tease the Show's Ending and Justify That Fork Scene

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Sons of Anarchy” is the highest-rated TV show in FX's history, but leading into its seventh and final season, the motorcycle gang drama has never been nominated for an Outstanding Drama Emmy. That's been a point of contention over the years with creator Kurt Sutter. Try as he might to avoid it, Sutter was somewhat sucked in to calling out the TV Academy once more on Monday. But first, his colleagues weighed in on the subject when prompted by a journalist at the FX Television Critics Association panel. ”If you don't get into ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ you can't get into it, »


- Tony Maglio

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Fox News Panelists Clash Over Sending Americans to Secure MH17 Crash Site: ‘That's Bullsh-t!’ (Video)

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Two Fox News hosts clashed Monday over the investigation into Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and one of them wound up calling “bullsh-t” on air. Bob Beckel and Jesse Watters were discussing the degree to which the U.S. should get involved in the investigation on “The Five,” but the two disagreed strongly over how President Barack Obama should handle the situation. In a news conference earlier in the day, President Obama accused pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine of tampering with the crash site. He also lashed out at the rebels over the conditions at the site, their treatment of the victims’ bodies, »


- Travis Reilly

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