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Overseas Box Office: 'Dark Shadows' Draws $36.7M

13 May 2012 12:58 PM, PDT

While "The Avengers" was wracking up $95.4 million overseas on its way to cracking the $1 billion worldwide box office gross mark, "Dark Shadows" was doing Ok for itself in foreign territories. Disney's star-studded Marvel superhero saga has now taken in $628.9 million overseas, with an overall global haul of $1.002 billion.  Also read: 'The Avengers' Bashes Its Way to Billion Dollars at Worldwide Box Office Warners' "Dark Shadows," which stars Johnny Depp and is directed by Tim Burton, took in $36.7 million from 43 countries. That outstripped its domestic take of $28.8 »


- Todd Cunningham

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CBS Orders Sherlock Holmes Drama to Series, Plus 3 More Dramas, 2 Comedies, and Reality Show

13 May 2012 12:45 PM, PDT

CBS has ordered four new drama series, including the Sherlock Holmes update "Elementary," as well as two new comedies and a reality show from Mark Burnett. "Elementary" stars Jonny Lee Miller as a modern-day Sherlock in New York City, whose Holmes is played by Lucy Liu. "Vegas," starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis, is a 1960s period drama about Ralph Lamb, a rodeo cowboy turned sheriff of Las Vegas. "Made in Jersey" stars Janet Montgomery as a working class woman who uses her street smarts at a tony Manhattan law firm, »


- Tim Molloy

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Indie Box Office: 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Expansion Clicks

13 May 2012 12:42 PM, PDT

Fox Searchlight pulled off a counter-programming coup over the weekend. While "The Avengers" was breaking box-office records, superhero-free "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" slipped into the top ten films in the U.S., taking in $2.6 million from 178 screens in its second week. That works out to a per-screen average of $14,888 for the film about British retirees in India, which expanded from 27 first-week locations. Also read: 'The Avengers' Bashes Way to Billion Dollars at Worldwide Box Office Another independent film, Lionsgate's "Girl in Progress," took the No. 10 spot with $1.3 million from »


- Todd Cunningham

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CBS Cancels 'CSI: Miami,' 'Rob,' 'Unforgettable,' 'A Gifted Man'

13 May 2012 12:20 PM, PDT

David Caruso has whipped off those sunglasses for the final time: CBS has cancelled veteran drama series "CSI: Miami," as well the freshman dramas "Unforgettable," "A Gifted Man," "NYC 22," and the comedy "Rob." The star of "A Gifted Man" took to Twitter to vent about the news. "CSI: Miami," which premiered in 2002, is the first series in the network's "CSI" franchise to be cancelled. "CSI" has aired since 2000, and underwent a revamp this season with the addition of Ted Danson to the cast. "CSI: NY" is also expected »


- Tim Molloy

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Will 'Community' Creator Dan Harmon Stay On as Showrunner? NBC Chief Unsure

13 May 2012 12:05 PM, PDT

NBC entertainment president Bob Greenblatt said Sunday he doesn't know whether "Community" creator Dan Harmon will return as showrunner for the comedy's fourth season. The network announced Sunday that the series will move from Thursdays to Fridays. Greenblatt says that while he expects Harmon to remain a creative force on the show -- perhaps as a consultant -- he did not know yet whether he would remain in charge of it. He said talks are underway. Also read: Harmon Apologizes for Making Chevy Chase Rant Public "I haven't been part of those conversations," »


- Tim Molloy

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'The Voice' Returning in Fall for First Time, Paired with J.J. Abrams' 'Revolution'

13 May 2012 11:44 AM, PDT

NBC will air its top-rated "The Voice" in the fall for the first time, paired on Mondays with the ambitious new J.J. Abrams' drama "Revolution." It will also air "The Voice" on Tuesdays, to be followed by a new hour of comedy, and will move the low-rated Thursday comedies "Whitney," and "Community" to Fridays, creating another new comedy block. Also read: NBC's Fall Schedule: The Complete List NBC made the scheduling announcements Sunday, the day before its upfront presentation to advertisers of its 2012-13 schedule. It also revealed the timeslots for several »


- Tim Molloy

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NBC's Fall 2012 Schedule: The Complete List

13 May 2012 11:25 AM, PDT

Here is the complete fall schedule released by NBC, along with descriptions of its shows. For analysis of the schedule, click here. NBC Fall 2012-13 Schedule (*New programs in Upper Case; all times Et) Monday 8-10 p.m. – “The Voice” 10-11 p.m. – “Revolution” Tuesday 8-9 p.m. –“The Voice” 9-9:30 p.m. – “Go On” 9:30-10 p.m. – “The New Normal” 10-11 p.m. – “Parenthood” Wednesday 8-8:30 p.m. – “Animal Practice” 8:30-9 p.m. – “Guys With Kids” 9-10 p.m. – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” 10-11 p.m. – “Chicago Fire” Thursday 8-8:30 p.m. – “30 Rock” 8:30-9 p. »


- Tim Molloy

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'The Avengers' Bashes Way to Billion Dollars at Worldwide Box Office

13 May 2012 10:05 AM, PDT

"The Avengers" will hit $1 billion in global box office Sunday, in its 19th day of release. The Marvel superhero mashup took in another $103.2 million from 4,349 U.S. locations over the weekend, the best-ever second week and the first time a film has broken $100 million in a second frame. The box-office bounty provided by "The Avengers" resonated up to the boardroom.  “It’s a fantastic movie and an extraordinary franchise that will continue with more great stories and compelling characters for years to come,” Robert Iger, Disney’s Chairman and CEO, said in a »

- Todd Cunningham

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'SNL' Marks 100th Digital Short With Justin Bieber, Will Ferrell, Justin Timberlake, Jon Hamm, Natalie Portman and Michael Bolton (Video)

13 May 2012 7:01 AM, PDT

"Saturday Night Live" celebrated its 100th digital short Saturday with a star-studded video featuring such digital shorts veterans as Justin Timberlake, Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, and Michael Bolton -- as well as Justin Bieber, musical guest Usher, and host Will Ferrell. The shorts -- which started with "Lazy Sunday" in 2005 -- come courtesy of The Lonely Island, the comedy team of Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone (a recent guest on HBO's "Girls") and Akiva Schaffer. Bieber filled in for Schaeffer Saturday. Has "SNL" really done 100 digital shorts in the last seven »


- Tim Molloy

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'Two and a Half Men' Renewed for 10th Season

12 May 2012 1:07 PM, PDT

CBS has renewed "Two and a Half Men" for a tenth season after reaching new deals with stars Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones and Ashton Kutcher. The revamped "Two and a Half Men" has performed solidly for the network since Kutcher replaced Charlie Sheen, who was fired last year following months of erratic behavior and public mockery of Chuck Lorre, the show's co-creator. Also read: "Two and a Half Men" Ratings Surge Validates Decision to Bring Show Back This season, it has averaged a 5.2 rating/13 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, a »


- Tim Kenneally

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Box-Office Powerhouse 'The Avengers' KOs Johnny Depp

12 May 2012 8:27 AM, PDT

Box-office champ "The Avengers" burnished its blockbuster bona fides on Friday, running up another $29.1 million. That gives it a good shot at an unprecedented $100 million second weekend.  Both 2009's "Avatar" and  2010's "The Dark Knight" took in $75 million on their second weekends. "The Avengers" added another $21 million overseas on Friday, upping its overall foreign haul to $555 million and its worldwide gross to $853.4 million. "Dark Shadows" drew $9.7 million from 3,755 locations Friday, putting the Warner Bros. film on a track for an opening weekend in the low $30-million range. That's »


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Connie Britton Drama 'Nashville,' 'Red Widow' and 'Red Van Man' Picked up By ABC

11 May 2012 8:44 PM, PDT

"American Horror Story" star Connie Britton has a brand-new gig. Britton's pilot "Nashville" has been picked up to series, along with the comedy "Red Van Man" and the drama "Red Widow." Also read: "Wife Swap," "America's Funniest Home Videos" Renewed by ABC The one-hour drama "Nashville" is a family soap set against the backdrop of the Nasville music scene, It follows one star at her peak and another star on the rise. Britton stars as Rayna. Hayden Panettiere and Powers Boothe also star. "Red Widow," formerly known as "Penoza," is a one-hour drama centers »


- Tim Kenneally

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Reba McEntire's 'Malibu Country' Picked up by ABC

11 May 2012 8:16 PM, PDT

Reba McEntire is coming back to the small screen, y'all. The country singer/actress' pilot "Malibu Country" has been picked up by ABC. The multi-camera comedy stars Reba as -- surprise! -- Reba, a Nashville mom whose rock-star husband leaves the family and takes most of their cash with him. She then moves with her three kids and mother to Malibu and tries to reignite her singing career while protecting her kids from the materialistic snares of their new environment. Also read: ABC Picks Up "Body of Proof," "Private Practice," "Don't Trust the »


- Tim Kenneally

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ABC Picks Up 'Body of Proof,' 'Private Practice,' 'Don't Trust B---- In Apartment 23'

11 May 2012 6:59 PM, PDT

ABC has renewed “Body of Proof,” “Private Practice” and “Don’t Trust the B----- in Apt. 23,” slotting in three more shows for its future slate. The network on Friday had already picked up a slew of new shows and renewed a few others, including “Scandal” and “Wife Swap.”  “Body of Proof,” a medical procedural starring Dana Delaney and created by Chris Murphey, will return for a third season with a 13-episode order. Also read: Connie Britton Drama 'Nashville,' 'Red Widow' and 'Red Van Man' Picked up By ABC “Private Practice,” the “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff created »


- Lucas Shaw

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Sarah Chalke Comedy, '666 Park Avenue' and 'Last Resort' Picked Up by ABC (Update)

11 May 2012 5:39 PM, PDT

"Scrubs" alum Sarah Chalke and "Everybody Loves Raymond" vet Brad Garrett are coming to ABC. The network has picked up the single-camera comedy "How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life," starring Chalke and Garrett. Also read: "Scandal" Renewed by ABC The network is also going forward with the one-hour dramas "666 Park Avenue" and "Last Resort." "How to Live With Your Parents With the Rest of Your Life," from 20th Century Fox and Imagine Television, stars Chalke as Polly, a recently divorced single mom who moves in with her »


- Tim Kenneally

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'Scandal' Renewed by ABC

11 May 2012 4:53 PM, PDT

Get ready for a second season of "Scandal." The Shonda Rhimes drama, which stars Kerry Washington, has been renewed for ABC. The series got off to a respectable start with its April premiere, drawing a 2.1 in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and has shown modest but steady growth since then, averaging a 2.4 in the demo so far this season. Washington stars as Olivia Pope, a former White House communications director turned crisis management expert.   Related Articles:  »


- Tim Kenneally

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Mandragora Partners with Chinese Government's Film Arm

11 May 2012 4:43 PM, PDT

Mandragora International Group, parent company of Solar Pictures, will co-produce “The Girl Who Knew Too Much” with China Film Group Corporation, China's government-run production and distribution company. Bobby Paunescu, founder and CEO of Mandragora, will write and direct the film, a thriller that details a love story between a Chinese fashion magnate and an international supermodel. "It's exciting that Solar Pictures and Mandragora International Group are on the front line of the box-office boom that is taking place in China," Paunescu said in a statement. "To be producing this film with China »


- Lucas Shaw

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President Obama and Same-Sex Marriage: Robert Scheer, WaxWord Debate (Video)

11 May 2012 4:18 PM, PDT

Robert Scheer, editor-in-chief of Truthdig.com and a senior fellow at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, joined me to debate President Obama’s new support for same-sex marriage. I asked whether Obama’s move was timed to energize his Hollywood supporters, who gathered at George Clooney's house on Thursday for a fundraiser. Also read: President Obama Snags Record $15M At Star-Studded Clooney Fundraiser Movies Bob thinks so: “What Obama has captured is the modern center. He is the adult in the room,” he says. “Romney cannot move to the middle. Richad Nixon would seem »


- Sharon Waxman

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Jury Convicts Jennifer Hudson's Former Brother-in-Law of Murder

11 May 2012 4:14 PM, PDT

A Chicago jury on Friday convicted William Balfour, the former brother-in-law of singer Jennifer Hudson, in the murders of Hudson’s mother, brother and 7-year old nephew. Balfour, who faces a mandatory  life sentence, was accused of killing the three back in 2008 out of rage. Prosecutors claimed he reacted to his belief that his ex-wife, Julia Hudson, was dating another man. Balfour’s attorneys insisted the police just wanted to arrest someone because of the high-profile nature of the case. Prosecutors claimed Balfour shot Hudson’s mother, Darnel Donerson, in her living room and her »


- Lucas Shaw

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'Gossip Girl,' 'Nikita,' 'Hart of Dixie' Renewed by CW; 'Ringer' and 'Secret Circle' Canceled (Update)

11 May 2012 3:48 PM, PDT

"Gossip Girl" will give people something to buzz about yet again, and "Nikita" will be back to seek vengeance for another year. The network renewed its hit, scandal-prone series for a sixth season. Also read: "Gossip Girl" Likely to Be Renewed for Shortened 6th Season In March, an individual close to the production told TheWrap that the series would likely be back for a final sixth season that would be shortened, much like the final season of the network's "One Tree Hill." However, it has not yet been determined whether the upcoming season »


- Tim Kenneally

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