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James Franco and Jimmy Fallon Try To Describe Movies in Five Seconds (Video)

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James Franco and Jimmy Fallon discovered just how difficult it can be to describe the plot of a movie in five seconds or less. In a new game on “The Tonight Show,” they tried to guess popular movies after such a short description, using no actors, characters or words from the film title. It did not go well. Also read: James Franco Embezzlement Suit Reaches Settlement In Franco's defense, who struggled early, the rules were in flux. At first, they allowed character names so when he shouted “Neo!” it was clearly “The Matrix.” But then, they decided that made it too easy. »


- Jason Hughes

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Mark Ballas and Derek Hough Trade Dancing for Flipping Houses in ‘Mark & Derek's Excellent Flip’

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From “Dancing With the Stars” to flipping houses, champions Mark Ballas and Derek Hough are launching a new joint venture with Hgtv. “Mark & Derek's Excellent Flip” will feature the two professional dancers as they trade in their dancing shoes for work belts, tackling home renovations and house flipping. The four-episode series will follow the pair, who recently co-purchased a house in Southern California, as they gut the property and rehab it before trying to sell it for a profit. See video: ‘DWTS’ Mark Ballas Debut Single: Watch Teaser of the Derek Hough-Directed ‘Get My Name’ (Exclusive) “Mark and I have worked together. »


- Jason Hughes

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‘Batkid Begins’ Trailer Examines Make-a-Wish Dream That Became Viral Phenomenon (Video)

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What started as a simple attempt to help bring a young boy's “Make-a-Wish” dream to life turned into a national sensation. “Batkid Begins” is a projected documentary, seeking funding via IndieGoGo, that looks into how this five-year-old kid's wish to become Batman became an unexpected viral sensation. Also read: ‘Batkid’ Filmmakers Seek Indiegogo Funding A trailer released for the forthcoming documentary by director/writer Dana Nachman spotlights the day San Francisco turned into Gotham City for five-year-old Miles Scott, and the thousands of people who showed up to watch this “Batkid” save the city. “One of his doctors told us that with this disease. »


- Jason Hughes

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John Walsh Talks Charles Mozdir Shooting, Hiding ‘In Plain Sight’ on ‘Anderson Cooper 360'

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John Walsh dropped by “Anderson Cooper 360°” after the shooting death of sex offender Charles Mozdir on Monday morning. Walsh had spotlighted Mozdir's story on his new CNN show “The Hunt” on July 20, leading to a series of tips that led authorities to the suspect, hiding “in plain sight,” as Walsh put it, in New York City. Also read: Suspect Featured on John Walsh's CNN Show ‘The Hunt’ Killed During Arrest Attempt The former host of “America's Most Wanted,” launched his new show on July 13, following a similar format. “Amw” helped capture or put away many fugitives from justice. Mozdir's. »


- Jason Hughes

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Judge Approves Los Angeles Clippers $2 Billion Sale to Steve Ballmer

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Despite Donald Sterling's latest lawsuit filed last week to stop the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, the deal can proceed, a Los Angeles judge ruled Monday. L.A. Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas rejected Sterling's claims that his wife, Rochelle “Shelly” Sterling, had acted improperly in terminating him as co-trustee from the trust that owned the team, clearing the way for the $2 billion sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to move forward. Also read: Donald Sterling Sues Wife, NBA, Commissioner for Fraud “Our team delivered an extraordinary result in a very short period of time, in a complex case that raised novel issues, »


- Jason Hughes

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Fan Who Threatened to Kill Michael Strahan Rants in Court: My Lawyer Is Illuminati

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Andre Johnson, the 25-year-old homeless man accused of threatening to kill Michael Strahan was in court on Monday, where he demanded a new lawyer — citing that his was part of the Illuminati — among a variety of strange outbursts, according to media reports. As the suspect could not be calmed or silenced, the judge purportedly demanded a mental competency exam. See video: Michael Strahan Hits Justin Bieber: ‘He's Been Arrested More Than Anybody in the NFL’ Aside from alleging that his lawyer is a part of the Illuminati, the New York Post details Johnson as also demanding photos after Justice Laura. »


- Jason Hughes

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‘Once Upon a Time’ Expands ‘Frozen’ Cast With Tyler Jacob Moore and John Rhys-Davies

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Prince Hans and Paddie the troll are the latest “Frozen” characters heading for Storybrooke. “Once Upon a Time” c0-creator and producer Adam Horowitz tweeted about actors Tyler Jacob Moore and John Rhys-Davies joining the Season 4 cast. Moore's villainous Prince Hans and the Rhys-Davies-voiced troll Paddie join the previously cast Georgina Haig as Elsa, Elizabeth Lail as Anna and Scott Michael Foster as Kristoff, bringing a total of five “Frozen” characters to life on the ABC fairy tale drama. Also read: ‘Once Upon a Time’ Casts ‘Fringe’ Alum Georgina Haig as ‘Frozen's’ Elsa “Once Upon a Time” concluded its third season with a tease. »


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Kiefer Sutherland's Rep Responds to Freddie Prinze Jr.'s '24' Trash Talk

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Kiefer Sutherland‘s publicist has responded to Freddie Prinze Jr.'s claims that Sutherland was “unprofessional” and that he “hated every moment” of working with Sutherland on the Fox drama “24.” Sutherland's rep opted to kill Prinze with kindness in a statement obtained by TheWrap on Monday, saying the actor enjoyed working with Prinze — even if his former co-star doesn't feel the same. Also read: Freddie Prinze Jr. Says Working With Kiefer Sutherland on '24' Was a Nightmare The statement from the actor's publicist also made note that this is the first time that Sutherland has heard about Prinze's displeasure with him in the. »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘The View’ Taps Lauren Sanchez to Guest-Host

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With “The View” working to revamp its panel, Lauren Sanchez has been tapped as a guest co-host on the ABC daytime talk show. Sanchez, a former news personality at Kcop-tv in Los Angeles and the original host of “So You Think You Can Dance,” will guest co-host the show on Wednesday. Also read: ‘The View’ Dishes on ‘Fifty Shades’ Trailer — Jenny McCarthy Says ‘Missionary Style Gets Really Boring’ “So happy to be in #NYC .. excited to co-host The View @theviewtv this Wednesday,” Sanchez wrote on her Twitter account Monday. The ABC talk show is currently in the throes of reinvention. »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Horns’ Director Alexandre Aja on Landing Daniel Radcliffe for the Project (Video)

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Ahead of “Horns” Oct. 31 release, the film's director and writer Alexandre Aja visited TheWrap‘s Comic-Con video lounge at the “Walking Dead Escape” in San Diego to discuss the upcoming project with reporter Greg Gilman. Also read: Comic-Con ‘Zombie Walk’ Accident: Fate of Next Year's Event Is Uncertain The  movie is based on Joe Hill‘s novel by the same name, a book that Aja says blew him away. “I mean, that's what really got me in the beginning, when I read Joe Hill‘s book, ‘Horns,’ four years ago when I was finishing ‘Piranha.’ I got completely blown away about how that crime mystery. »


- Lindsay Goldstein

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Brett Ratner to Produce Donna Tartt's ‘The Goldfinch’ for Warner Bros.

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Warner Bros. has acquired feature film rights to Donna Tartt's bestselling novel “The Goldfinch” in a deal that comes three weeks after TheWrap first reported the studio was the frontrunner for the high-profile project. In the interim, RatPac Entertainment has come on to produce “The Goldfinch,” with Brett Ratner joining Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of Color Force. RatPac's James Packer will executive produce. Also read: Warner Bros. Is Frontrunner to Acquire Donna Tartt's ‘The Goldfinch’ (Exclusive) The deal took several weeks to close, as Tartt and her reps at ICM Partners were concerned about the lack of progress Warner Bros. made several. »


- Jeff Sneider

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Comic-Con ‘Zombie Walk’ Accident: Fate of Next Year's Event Is Uncertain

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As a 64-year-old woman recovers from injuries she suffered when she was struck by a car during the Comic-Con Zombie Walk, organizers of the event say its future is uncertain. “We haven't made any decisions and won't be doing so until the investigation is complete and we have all the facts,” organizers wrote on their official Facebook page. Also read: Comic-Con Accident: Deaf Family's Car Plows Into Pedestrians During ‘Zombie Walk’ (Video) The San Diego Police Department Traffic Division launched an investigation Saturday evening after a black Honda Accord, driven by a deaf man, slowly rolled through a large crowd of pedestrians near the. »

- Anita Bennett

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Sherri Shepherd Joins Ice Cube, Kevin Hart in ‘Ride Along 2' for First Post-'View’ Gig

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Sherri Shepherd has landed her first post-”View” gig and it's a plum one. Shepherd will join Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in the sequel to Universal's hit comedy “Ride Along,” an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap. See video: Whoopi Goldberg on ‘View’ Panel Shakeup: ‘There Could Be Six Turtles at the Table’ Shepherd will co-host ABC's daytime talk show “The View” for the last time on Tuesday, and will next be seen in Chris Rock‘s “Top Five,” premiering in the Special Presentations section at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Hart and Ice Cube are reprising their roles, »


- Linda Ge

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‘Sons of Anarchy’ Creator Kurt Sutter Signs New Overall Deal With 20th TV

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Sons of Anarchy” might be preparing to ride off into the sunset when its final season premieres in September, but the man who created the FX biker drama will be plenty busy in the years to come. Also read: ‘Glee’ Star Lea Michele to Guest on ‘Sons of Anarchy’ “Sons” creator Kurt Sutter has signed a new, three-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, which will include his exclusive services with 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21, along with a first-look deal with FX. Under the deal, Sutter will develop new projects, with FX receiving first look at all new. »


- Tim Kenneally

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DreamWorks Animation Expands Senior Leadership Team

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As DreamWorks Animation continues to build on its core film business and become a diversified family entertainment brand, the company is expanding its executive leadership team to best execute the business’ growth strategy. Prominent former Disney exec Mark Zoradi will join DreamWorks Animation as COO, while the studio has elevated Ann Daly to President of the company. Lew Coleman will assume the role of Vice-Chairman, in addition to his current roles of Chief Financial Officer and Acting Chief Accounting Officer.  Also read: Anna Kendrick to Lead Voice Cast of ‘Trolls’ for DreamWorks Animation (Exclusive) “As DreamWorks grows, we are focusing on creating a strong. »


- Jeff Sneider

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‘The Hill’ Promotes Bob Cusack to Editor-in-Chief

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Marking a new era for one of Washington D.C.'s more popular political newspapers, Bob Cusack has been named Editor-in-Chief of “The Hill.” “For more than a decade, Bob has played a leading role in keeping ‘The Hill’ at the forefront of Washington coverage and he has been a key player in our expansion,” James Finkelstein, Chairman of Capitol Hill Publishing, said in a statement. “Bob's talent as an editor and encyclopedic knowledge of politics will drive our continued growth, making this the most dynamic and essential news brand for policymakers and those who follow and influence politics.” Also read:  The Hill Greets Crowded. »


- Moira Johnston

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What We Learned From Comic-Con: Movies Were an Afterthought

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Gale Ann Hurd rose to the pinnacle of Hollywood by producing some of the biggest and brashest films in history, none more so than “The Terminator,” directed by her then-husband James Cameron. Yet when thinking about the current state of the movie business, Hurd referenced another one of Cameron's movies – “Titanic.” “They can see the iceberg coming,” Hurd told TheWrap at Comic-Con. Hurd is no longer on the ship. She has moved on to television, producing “The Walking Dead,” the highest-rated cable show in America. She will have no involvement in the upcoming reboot of “The Terminator,” nor does she. »


- Lucas Shaw

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ABC Family Developing Fantasy Series ‘Londen's Calling’ (Exclusive)

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ABC Family has optioned up-and-coming writer Brigitte Hales’ spec pilot “Londen's Calling” and put the series into development, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Jonathan Krauss will serve as executive producer of “Londen's Calling,” which is a dystopian fantasy series that has been described conceptually as “Sucker Punch” meets “Girl, Interrupted.” Also read: ABC Family Signs Off on Spitting Blood for Cancer Drama ‘Chasing Life’ Series will follow 20-year-old protagonist Londen, who believes she is traveling between our world and a dark dystopia that may be a figment of her twisted imagination. She sets out to uncover the truth about. »


- Jeff Sneider

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Nicki Minaj's ‘Anaconda’ Cover Gets the ‘Simpsons,’ ‘Spongebob’ Spoof Treatment (Photos)

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Nicki Minaj fans will have to wait a little bit longer for her new single “Anaconda” to drop. But for now, they can enjoy parodies of Minaj's now-iconic pose for the single's cover. Since Minaj's eye-popping photo took over the internet last week, a number of cheeky spoofs of the “Anaconda” cover have emerged on the web, many of which are featured on Minaj's Instagram account. See photo: Nicki Minaj Delays ‘Anaconda’ Release, Posts Racy New Bikini Pic Ever wonder what Marge Simpson would look like doing the Minaj squat? Or how Minaj would look welcoming immigrants and visitors to our shore? »


- Tim Kenneally

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Join ‘Veep’ Star Tony Hale for Live Emmy Nominee Q&A

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Hot on the heels of his second Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, “Veep” actor Tony Hale will be joining TheWrap for a live Q&A Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. The actor also known for his role in”Arrested Development” will dish about his role of loyal vice-presidential personal aide Gary Walsh on the HBO comedy series. See video: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Star Uzo Aduba on ‘Crazy Eyes': ‘People Underestimate Her’ (Video) “Veep ” was renewed for a fourth season this past spring, and netted Hale his first Emmy win in 2013 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy. »


- Rebecca Rosenberg

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