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‘Power/Rangers’ Bootleg Returns to Internet, Fans Rejoice

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There appears to be a tentative peace in the “Power Rangers” universe between copyright holder Haim Saban and short film producer Adi Shankar, whose “Power/Rangers” bootleg film starring James Van Der Beek and Katee Sackhoff captivated franchise fans this week. Music video director Joseph Kahn posted the 14-minute “Power Rangers” take-off — his fourth “Bootleg Universe” project — on Monday night, but YouTube removed the video. The video has returned to Vimeo and YouTube for users viewing enjoyment. A Nsfw version appears on Vimeo with the following warning: “The video contains graphic violence, nudity, sexual situations and drug use, and is intended for mature audiences. »


- Deborah Day

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J.K. Simmons Schools Animal in Muppets-‘Whiplash’ Mash-Up

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Oscar winner J.K. Simmons‘ “Whiplash” character Fletcher meets his match in Muppet drumming prodigy Animal. The two face off in this mash-up by Handface, David Schneider and Andrea Mann for The Huffington Post UK. “When ‘Whiplash’ meets The Muppets, there can be only one question: Was Animal rushing, or was he dragging?” ask the site’s editors.     Watch the video above or see it here. »


- Deborah Day

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Weinstein Company Wins Bidding War for Michael Keaton’s McDonald’s Movie ‘The Founder’ (Exclusive)

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In a competitive situation, the Weinstein Company has closed a deal to acquire “The Founder,” which is set to star Michael Keaton as McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, multiple individuals familiar with the bidding war have told TheWrap. John Lee Hancock will direct from a script by Robert Siegel, and FilmNation is producing with Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield’s company The Combine. Also Read: Michael Keaton Pocketing Planned Oscar Acceptance Speech Goes Viral (Video) Described as being in the vein of “The Social Network” and “There Will Be Blood,” the drama is expected to have all the makings of a strong awards contender. »


- Jeff Sneider

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LL Cool J To Host and Toast Boss Les Moonves for Venice Family Clinic

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Good news for the Kangol-capped one. Les Moonves must have given the thumbs up to  LL Cool J’s multi-year audition at the Grammys, as the actor/rapper/”NCIS: Los Angeles” star will move from that downtown stage to the Beverly Wilshire for the Venice Family Clinic’s Silver Circle Gala on Monday, March 9. Also read: Meryl Streep to Narrate Women’s Health Documentary ‘Shout Gladi Gladi’ “You can’t overstate how powerful it is for a man like Les to use not only his influence, but that of CBS and Warner Brothers, to help raise money for the Venice Family Clinic, »


- Mikey Glazer

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‘Cougar Town’s’ Ian Gomez Joins ABC’s Marriage Comedy Pilot ‘The 46 Percenters’ (Exclusive)

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Ian Gomez has committed to ABC’s marriage comedy pilot, “The 46 Percenters.” The “Cougar Town” actor has signed up to play the lead role of Robert on the multi-cam comedy pilot, TheWrap has learned. “The 46 Percenters” is described as an unromantic romantic comedy about the 46 percent of the population who choose to stay married, which is told through the point of view of three couples. Also Read: Craig Ferguson to Star on ABC Pilot ‘King of 7B’ Robert is described as a smart, funny, no bull kind of guy. He’s super affable, but can go from zero to 60 pretty fast. »


- Jethro Nededog

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Kristen Stewart to Play a Lawyer-Turned-Teacher in Kelly Reichardt’s New Drama

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Kristen Stewart is joining Michelle Williams and Laura Dern in Kelly Reichardt‘s untitled indie drama, which has been revealed as a series of vignettes that follows the members of a small Montana community, TheWrap has learned. Neil Kopp and Anish Savjani are producing the ensemble film, which is expected to shoot in Montana. Also Read: ‘Timbuktu,’ Kristen Stewart Win Top Honors at France’s Cesar Awards James Le Gros and Jared Harris will co-star in the movie, which was also written by Reichardt, who previously directed “Night Moves” and “Wendy and Lucy.” Stewart will play a lawyer from Boise who commutes several hours to. »


- Jeff Sneider

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First Look at Logo Series ‘Banana’ From ‘Dr. Who’ Writer Russell T. Davies (Video)

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Logo will offer a sneak peak of the first episodes of the  new interconnected dramas “Cucumber” and “Banana” following the season premiere of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on March 2, the network announced Friday. Created by Russell T. Davies, the multi BAFTA award-winning writer of “Doctor Who” and “Queer as Folk,” the two interwoven drama series will explore 21st century gay life through the lens of two different generations. Also Read: National Coming Out Day: 26 Out and Proud Stars (Photos) The hour-long “Cucumber” will explore the lives of Henry Best (Vincent Franklin) and his  boyfriend, Lance Sullivan (Cyril Nri). The half-hour “Banana” will. »


- Joe Otterson

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James Franco in Early Talks to Star in Fox Comedy ‘Why Him?’

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James Franco is in early negotiations to star in the Fox comedy “Why Him?,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. John Hamburg is attached to direct the film from a script he co-wrote with Nicholas Stoller and Ian Helfer. Also Read: James Franco, Seth Rogen: Sony’s Interview-Less ‘Interview’ Premiere (Photos) The story follows a father who takes the family to Stanford to visit his daughter at Christmas and ends up in a competition against the daughter’s boyfriend, an internet billionaire. Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps and Ben Stiller’s Red Hour are producing. Also Read: ‘The Interview, »


- Linda Ge

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Nick Gordon Pleads to See Bobbi Kristina Brown Again, Says Whitney Told Him to ‘Protect’ Her

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Nick Gordon has taken to social media once again with pleas to visit his girlfriend Bobbi Kristina Brown, who is currently in an induced coma with no clear recovery in sight. Gordon, who frequently uses his Twitter account to vent frustrations over the Brown and Houston families isolating him from his 21-year-old partner, invoked Bobbi Kristina’s late mother Whitney Houston on Thursday. “Whitney told me to protect and i did with no help,” Gordon wrote, “… that family has the nerve to blame me when I saved her life, I haven’t seen most of them in 8 years then they. »


- Matt Donnelly

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Ariana Grande, One Direction, Taylor Swift Among Top Nominees for Radio Disney Music Awards

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Ariana Grande, One Direction, Taylor SwiftMeghan Trainor and Fifth Harmony are all nominees for the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards. Fans can now vote for the artists they want taking home the top prize at the awards show on Saturday, Apr. 25 at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. A 90-minute television special originating from the event will air the following night at 8 p.m. Et/5 p.m. Pt on the Disney Channel. Also Read: 17 Best & Worst Grammy Awards Moments (Photos) Walt Disney Records will also release a compilation album of 15 tracks featuring nominees and nominated songs on Tuesday, »


- Debbie Emery

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Jennifer Lawrence Denies Bad Blood With David O. Russell on Set of ‘Joy’

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Jennifer Lawrence took to Facebook on Friday afternoon to deny reports that she and director David O. Russell clashed on the set of 20th Century Fox’s “Joy,” in which the Oscar-winning actress plays Miracle Mop creator Joy Mangano. TMZ reported on an epic screaming match between Russell and Lawrence, though insiders suggest it was simply two passionate artists expressing themselves during filming. Lawrence is no stranger to Russell’s unique techniques, as the two worked together on “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle.” His direction proved effective, as she won an Oscar for “Silver Linings” and was nominated for “American Hustle. »


- Jeff Sneider

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Animated Features Get the Biggest Boost From Twitter, Report Finds

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If you want to have a significant effect on the box-office take of a movie, tweet about how you want to see an animated family film five weeks prior to its release. That tweet will be worth an extra $1,390 at the box office, according to a study released on Friday by Networked Insights. A tweet about a comedy made the week of release, on the other hand, will only give the movie an extra $90, which is still enough to make Twitter a valuable marketing tool. Also read: How #TheDress Took Over Social Media The study’s report, written by Jaime Brugueras, »

- Steve Pond

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Poster, Teaser Videos Released

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(Warning: Spoilers ahead) HBO released a new poster and two new clips for the upcoming fifth season of “Game of Thrones” on Friday. The poster features Tyrion Lannister on the deck of a ship, sailing directly into a dragon coming out of the mist. In the clips, Jon Snow questions Mance Rayder about his motivation for uniting all of the Wildling tribes in their march on The Wall. And finally, the last clip shows Brienne of Tarth lamenting to Podrick Payne that all of the lords of Westeros worth serving are dead. Also Read: 18 New ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Images. »


- Joe Otterson

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Twitter Scorecard: #TheDress vs. Net Neutrality vs. Runaway Llamas

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The news cycle went in to overtime Thursday, jumping from one trending topic to another. Just as the media finished its first round of stories on net neutrality’s victory against regulation, a pair of llamas broke loose in Arizona. Coverage was initially limited to local news outlets in Phoenix before exploding on Twitter. Soon enough, the llama chase was picked up and streamed live on CNN and Fox News . Also Read: How #TheDress Took Over Social Media Between 5 a.m. Et Thursday and 5 p.m. Et Friday, net neutrality was the subject of a respectable 540,000 tweets according to Twitter. »


- Lia Haberman

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Dominic Pagone Promoted to FX Networks’ Svp of Communications

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Dominic Pagone has been promoted to senior vice president of communications for FX Networks, John Solberg, executive vice president of communications for FX Networks and FX Productions, said Friday. In the newly created position, Pagone, a 14-year veteran of FX, will oversee trade communications, talent relations, public relations and photo publicity for FX, Fxx, Fxm and Fxp. Also read: FX’s ‘American Crime Story’ Casts Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran Pagone will relinquish his consumer media relations responsibilities, with FX Networks’ vice presidents of media relations Roslyn Bibby and Lana Kim leading all programming publicity efforts for FX, Fxx and Fxm, »


- Tim Kenneally

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Leonardo DiCaprio to Star in Multiple Personality Movie ‘The Crowded Room’

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Leonardo DiCaprio is gunning for an Oscar and he’ll play just about anybody — or rather, everybody — to get one, as the four-time acting nominee is set to star in New Regency’s multiple personality tale “The Crowded Room,” TheWrap has learned. After nearly 20 years of circling the role of Billy Milligan, DiCaprio has committed to play the first person to successfully use multiple personality disorder as a defense in a court of law. Milligan was put on trial in the late 1970s after being accused of raping three women at Ohio State University, as well as committing robbery. Also. »


- Jeff Sneider

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Kelly Osbourne Leaving E!’s ‘Fashion Police’

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Kelly Osbourne has left E!’s “Fashion Police,” the network announced Friday. The move comes after days of back and forth on the TV personality’s part following Monday’s episode. In the episode, co-host Guiliana Rancic recapped the Oscars red carpet with her colleagues, including Kathy Griffin and Brad Goreski, and said of singer-actress Zendaya’s hair: “I feel like she smells like patchouli oil and weed.” Also Read: Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals (Photos) Osbourne, declaring herself a friend of Zendaya’s threatened to quit the show, though she seemed to sing a different tune after Rancic made an on-air apology. »


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FilmAid International Names Meryl Frank Executive Director

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Humanitarian organization FilmAid International has appointed Meryl Frank, a former Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, to executive director. Frank will begin her position on March 1. Frank is an experienced advocate, diplomat, elected-official and leadership consultant, who brings to FilmAid an understanding of local and international affairs. In addition to her Ambassadorship, Frank is the former Mayor of Highland Park, New Jersey (2000-2010). As President/CEO of international consulting firm Makeda Global Network, she focused on women’s leadership, working with diverse groups — ranging from Maasai basket weavers to Microsoft executives. Her work has taken. »

- Jeff Sneider

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‘Once Upon a Time’s’ JoAnna Garcia Swisher to Star on CBS’s Tommy Johnagin Pilot

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JoAnna Garcia Swisher will star opposite Tommy Johnagin on CBS’s upcoming comedy pilot, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap on Friday. The actress is set to play Michelle on the untitled Midwestern-set project, inspired by Johnagin’s own life. Her character is an accomplished pediatrician, Tommy’s (Johnagin) wife and mother to a daughter named Ashley. See Photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2015 Currently, Garcia Swisher stars on two ABC dramas, “Astronaut Wives Club” and also “Once Upon a Time,” where she portrays the Disney princess Ariel. Recently she filmed a run on Fox’s “The Mindy Project »


- Travis Reilly

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Syfy to Pay Tribute to Leonard Nimoy with Special Programming Block

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Syfy will air a five-hour programming block on March 1 to honor Leonard Nimoy, the cable channel announced Friday. From 9Am-2Pm (Et/Pt), Syfy will air some of Nimoy’s classic roles, such as his appearance on the original “Twilight Zone” and his guest role on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” It will also show “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country,” the 1991 feature that marked the final group appearance of the original “Star Trek” cast. Also Read: Wisdom of Leonard Nimoy’s Mr. Spock: 11 Top Life Lessons (Photos) Nimoy was best known for his role as Mr. Spock, the Vulcan first officer on the iconic. »


- Joe Otterson

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