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George Stephanopoulos Renews Contract With ABC News

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George Stephanopoulos has signed a new long-term contract to remain with ABC News, and will continue to host “Good Morning America” and the Sunday show “This Week.” The announcement comes just after his “Good Morning America” colleague, Lara Spencer, was promoted to co-host of the morning show. It stabilizes the lineup of television's top morning show for the near future. Also read: Michael Strahan Joins ‘Gma’ With Giant Coffee Mug, Red Carpet High-Fives (Video) In 2011, “Gma” broke the 16-year ratings win streak of NBC's “Today.” More to come… »


- Tim Molloy

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Jimmy Kimmel Mocks News Anchors’ Inability to Pronounce ‘Lupita Nyong'o’ (Video)

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Jimmy Kimmel can pronounce Lupita Nyong'o's name, but not everyone is so phonetic. On Wednesday's “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the ABC late night talker mashed-up a montage of news anchors totally butchering the Oscar-winning actress’ name. Also read: Lupita Nyong'o Named People Magazine's ‘Most Beautiful’ The reporters were tasked with saying “Lupita Nyong'o” to report on the “12 Years a Slave” star being named People Magazine's “Most Beautiful” person. They failed, some more miserably than others. The final woman in the below clip didn't even try the star's last night, instead choosing to add her to the one-name ranks of Madonna and Cher. »


- Tony Maglio

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Stephen Colbert Says Goodbye to Jon Stewart, ‘Daily Show’

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Stephen Colbert stopped in at his old job, Jon Stewart's “Daily Show,” to break the news that he's leaving Comedy Central. “Jon, this is going to come as something of a shock to you,” Colbert said, after urging his old boss to sit down — and then to “sit down more.” Also read: Stephen Colbert Reads First Top 10 List on ‘The Late Show’ (Video) “You're ending your show,” Stewart said. “Jon, please,” Colbert said, adding: “I'm ending my show.” Colbert explained that there is “no mountain left for me to climb. It's become clear to me that I have won television. »


- Tim Molloy

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Facebook Launches New Journalism Tool Fb Newswire With Help From Storyful

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Move over, Twitter! Facebook launched a new service to help journalists cull breaking news from their newsfeed. On Thursday, the social media giant announced the creation of Fb Newswire, a brand new resource that will help curate breaking news content including photos, videos and statuses. Storyful will power the Fb Newswire page, with its staff on hand to verify news and updating in real time. Also read: Twitter's New Facebook-y Design Gets Thumbs Up From Tech Bloggers “We believe this new Newswire will prove Facebook is both an origin and a destination for news and can showcase Storyful's ability to surface real. »

- James Crugnale

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Cameron Diaz and Jimmy Fallon Risked Life and Limb in a Roller Golf Showdown (Video)

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Promoting your new movie can be dangerous work. Talk shows have long been platforms for movie stars to get some face time with America and pitch their upcoming project as worthy of viewers’ time and money, and for so many years, the task has been as simple as it sounds. They could smile, tell a stock anecdote, show a clip, and hope for a box office boost. See video: Brian Williams Raps ‘Gin & Juice’ in Jimmy Fallon's Latest Mashup Masterpiece (Video) Now that Jimmy Fallon is the host of the “Tonight Show,” they really have to work for that promo. »


- Jordan Zakarin

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‘Brick Mansions’ Review: Paul Walker Outclasses the Script by Leaps and Bounds

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America's dismaying experiment of letting Detroit, one of its most iconic cities, wither on the vine has only occasionally been explored on the big screen. Most famously, Dutch auteur Paul Verhoeven based “RoboCop,” his ferocious critique of privatization and authoritarian force run amok, in the Motor City. Curiously, it's another European filmmaker, French director Camille Delamarre, who picks up where Verhoeven left off by decrying urban segregation in the politically hammy, comically hypermasculine action-drama “Brick Mansions.” Watch video: Paul Walker Teams Up With Parkour Artist David Belle in First Full ‘Brick Mansions’ Trailer (Video) The world that Delamarre creates is one in. »


- Inkoo Kang

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‘Late Night's’ Grown Up Annie Reveals Sex Tape, Coke Habit, and Daddy Warbucks Daddy Issues (Video)

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Seth Meyers sparred with what would have made a perfect “SNL: Weekend Update” character on new show “Late Night” Wednesday: Grown up Annie. The famous redhead orphan child from Broadway and film didn't exactly stay so sweet when she entered adulthood. For example: Grown up Annie “accidentally” released a sex tape, she told Seth. “It's called ‘Hard Knock Life,’ except instead of ‘Knock,’ it's a word that sounds like ‘Knock,’ except means ‘penis.'” See video: Seth Meyers Spoofs AMC's ‘Mad Men’ With ‘Bad Men’ Parody And the party girl has completely forgotten where she's come from: ”Turns out »


- Tony Maglio

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Jon Stewart Admits ‘Hannity’ Obsession, Fires Back (Video)

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Jon Stewart admits being “obsessed” with Sean Hannity's show – but only because it's so backward. After the “Hannity” host accused Stewart of an obsession with his Fox News program, Stewart said was fascinated by the idea that “our society is still weighed down by these burdens of a seemingly more medieval time.” He was talking about things like disease and terrible food. Also read: Jon Stewart Blasts Sean Hannity Over Ranch Standoff Support: ‘Glenn Beck Is The Voice Of Reason!’ (Video) “My God,” Stewart said. “You're the Arby's of news.” Stewart and “The Daily Show” host are feuding again over an armed. »


- Tim Molloy

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Beyonce Lands Time Magazine's ‘Most Influential’ Cover

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Beyonce Knowles scored the cover of Time magazine's “The 100 Most Influential People In the World” issue on Thursday. “She's the boss,” Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg writes in a profile of the pop star. Also read: Beyonce Under Fire for Sampling Challenger Disaster in Song (Video) “Beyonce doesn't just sit at the table. She builds a better one,” Sandberg says. “Her secret: hard work, honesty and authenticity. And her answer to the question, What would you do if you weren't afraid? appears to be, ‘Watch me. I'm about to do it.’ Then she adds, ‘You can, too.'” The “Time 100” issue features many. »


- James Crugnale

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‘Bad Teacher’ Review: CBS Comedy Mixes Class and Crass

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Bad Teacher” puts on a crass front but is saved by a kindly heart. Anyone familiar with the 2011 movie of the same name knows the show's premise: A middle-school teacher determined to land a rich husband sets a deplorable example with a form-fitting wardrobe, casual drug use and indifferent approach to her job. Except in this case, comedienne Ari Graynor takes over for Cameron Diaz as the shady lady in the classroom. The actress, who previously appeared in “For a Good Time Call…”, stars as Meredith Davis, a trophy wife dumped by her rich husband and shut out by a. »


- Diane Garrett

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Fandango Buys Movieclips.com and Its Massive YouTube Network

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Fandango moved to beef up its online video offerings in a big way on Thursday, announcing the acquisition of Zefr's Movieclips.com and its network of 25 YouTube channels. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The online ticketing platform, which is a division of NBCUniversal, will take control of Movieclips’ massive archive of 45,000 clips, which have generated 5.2 billion views on YouTube since the network's launch in 2009. Movieclips is the largest movie network on YouTube, averaging 200 million views per month and seven million subscribers. Also read: Fandango Adds Five Theater Chains, More Than 1,000 Screens The Movieclips team will transfer »

- Jordan Zakarin

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Television Academy Foundation Announces College TV Awards Winners

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The 35th College Television Awards were held by the Television Academy Foundation on Wednesday, with 13 awards going to filmmakers attending various colleges across the country. The awards, which recognize demonstrated excellence in entertainment content production, were given out at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre. Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, stars of USA's upcoming comedy series “Playing House,” hosted the ceremony, which was attended by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, Max Greenfield (“The New Girl”) and Matt Bomer (“White Collar”) among others. Also read: Television Academy Announces New Name, Fundraising Drive The winners, culled from more than 1,100 students who participated. »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘The Other Woman’ Poised To End ‘Captain America's’ Box-Office Reign

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The movie marketplace has been light on movies for women and comedies recently, and Fox's “The Other Woman” is both. That makes it a very good bet to knock “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” out of the top spot at the box office this weekend. The revenge tale stars Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton as wronged women wreaking havoc on a three-timing spouse, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau of TV's “Game of Thrones.” Taylor Kinney and Nicki Minaj co-star. Fox is projecting an opening in the mid-to-high-teen millions for the comedy, directed by Nick Cassavetes (“My Sister's Keeper”). That should be enough. »


- Todd Cunningham

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‘Casa Valentina’ Theater Review: Harvey Fierstein Lifts the Skirts of Hetero Crossdressers

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Leave it to Harvey Fierstein to be the leader of a very ignored minority group. No, not the heterosexual transvestites of his new play, “Casa Valentina,” which opened Wednesday at Mtc's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The real underdogs he champions here are people who are happily married to themselves! Talk about marriage equality! Millions of singles who are sick and tired of being told they are only half complete will applaud what Fierstein has written. And with married couples sometimes squandering thousands of dollars to conceive offspring, Fierstein even gives us our rallying cry, “I think we made the right. »


- Robert Hofler

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NFL Releases Its Full 2014 Schedule

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Are you ready for some football? You'd better be. The NFL released its full 2014 schedule on Wednesday, from regular season through the postseason. The preseason schedule was previously announced. Below is the NFL broadcast schedule. Also read: Espn's NFL Wild Card Playoff Game Will Cost $100 Million Per Year 2014 NBC Sunday Night Football Schedule Thurs. Sept. 4 NFL Kickoff: Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks Sun. Sept. 7 Week 1: Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos Sun. Sept. 14 Week 2: Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers Sun. Sept. 21 Week 3: Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers Also read: Espn to Televise First NFL Playoff Game, »


- Tony Maglio and Tim Kenneally

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Emily Browning Joining Tom Hardy and Tom Hardy in Crime Thriller ‘Legend’

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Sucker Punch” star Emily Browning is in talks to join Tom Hardy in Working Title's “Legend,” TheWrap has learned. Brian Helgeland is writing and directing the British thriller, which stars Hardy in dual roles as twin brothers and notorious U.K. gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray. Also read: ‘Sucker Punch’ Star Emily Browning Joins Luke Grimes in ‘The Shangri-La Suite’ (Exclusive) The Krays were arrested in May 1968 and subsequently convicted of various crimes. Ronnie Kray died in 1995, while Reggie Kray succumbed to cancer in 2000 — just eight weeks after being released from prison on compassionate grounds. Browning is making a deal to. »


- Jeff Sneider

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Kristen Wiig Comedy ‘The Heart’ in Peril Over Budget Woes (Exclusive)

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Kristen Wiig's action-comedy “The Heart” is on life support, as Indian Paintbrush is rethinking its commitment to finance the film due to budgetary issues, multiple individuals familiar with the project told TheWrap. “The Heart” hails from the writing-directing team of Jim Rash and Nat Faxon, who won an Oscar for co-writing “The Descendants” with Alexander Payne, and most recently wrote and directed “The Way Way Back.” Wiig is attached to star as a cash-strapped woman who agrees to transport black market organs with a man she just met, to be played by Sam Rockwell. Allison Janney is also onboard to co-star. »


- Jeff Sneider

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Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong'o in Talks for Disney's ‘Jungle Book’

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Disney is about to write Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong'o into “The Jungle Book,” an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap. Johansson, who plays Black Widow in Disney-Marvel's superhero film series, would voice the character of Kaa, a python who hypnotizes and eats animals. Nyong'o would play Rakcha, the wolf who adopts Mowgli, the young protagonist who has yet to be cast. Also read: Lupita Nyong'o Signs With CAA After Winning Oscar (Exclusive) The film, a live-action hybrid version of the Rudyard Kipling book — which Disney first turned into a 1967 animated feature — was written by Justin Marks and will be directed. »


- Jordan Zakarin

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Reuters Finance Blogger Felix Salmon Departs for Fusion

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Award-winning business writer Felix Salmon has left Reuters for an online role at younger-skewing cable news network Fusion. He will start on Monday as the organization's new web-based senior editor, in which he'll be focused on new ways to tell stories across multiple platforms. “The reason why I am going to Fusion,” he told the New York Times, ”is that they have the ability to help me communicate in the ways that people are going to consume information in the future. Which is not 1,500-word blocks of text.” Also read: Fusion Names Ryan Nerz Chief Cannabis Correspondent, Orders ‘Cannabusiness Report’ Specials In this new role, »

- Jethro Nededog

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Why America Is Looking to UK for Help Fighting Piracy

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Politicians, film studios and record labels have a new reason for hope in their floundering fight against piracy: England. Mike Weatherley, a top advisor to British Prime Minister David Cameron, spent the last week pitching his American counterparts on Rock the House, an event series he has used to combat piracy in the UK. Rock the House is a music competition that politicians can stage in their respective districts to attract fans and spread awareness about the importance of intellectual property rights. Weatherly considers it a great success and has debated creating a similar competition for filmmakers. The United States is eager. »


- Lucas Shaw

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