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‘Saturday Night Live’ Adds Leslie Jones to Cast

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Live from New York, it's Leslie Jones! NBC's late-night institution “Saturday Night Live” has brought Leslie Jones aboard as a cast member, a spokeswoman for the network told TheWrap on Monday. See video: Nasim Pedrad's Arianna Huffington Impression Was Last MinuteSNL’ Addition Jones, who joined the “SNL” writing cast early this year and has appeared on a handful of episodes, will make her debut on the show Oct. 25. The comedian confirmed the news via Twitter on Monday, writing, “It's official I'm a cast member!!! Get ready! Get ready!! @nbcsnl” The comedian has also starred in her own Showtime comedy special “Problem. »


- Tim Kenneally

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ABC's Oscars Advertising Slots Nearly Sold Out

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Advertisers have flocked to snatch up commercial space during the upcoming 2015 Oscars telecast on ABC, individuals with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. ABC is nearly sold out for advertising space during the telecast on Feb. 22, 2015. This year saw a slight increase over last year's Ellen DeGeneres-hosted Oscars from $1.8 million to $1.9 million for a 30-second spot. That would generate about $100 million for the network. See photos: 26 Best & Worst Moments of Oscars 2014 With returning producers, Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, a slight uptick in the cost to advertise can be partially attributed to first-time host »


- Jethro Nededog

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‘My Little Pony’ Movie in Development at Hasbro With ‘Ice Age’ Writer

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Hasbro Studios has hired Joe Ballarini (“Ice Age: Continental Drift“) to write a “My Little Pony” movie, TheWrap has learned. Hasbro will produce the animated feature under its Allspark Pictures label, which allows the company to self-finance or co-finance projects. Allspark's first release will be “Jem and the Holograms,” which was co-financed by Universal and co-produced by Blumhouse. Also read: ‘My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic’ Renewed for Season 5 Megan McCarthy will co-executive produce the full-length feature, having written for Discovery Family's popular TV series “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.” McCarthy was also involved in the “My Little Pony: Equestria Girls »


- Jeff Sneider

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Study Says Parents Who Watch Sex and Violence Are Desensitized Too

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The more parents watch violent or sexual content the more likely they are to allow their children to watch risque content at a younger age, according to a new study released on Monday. Researchers were surprised at how quickly parents became desensitized to violence and sex after watching only a few scenes from PG-13 and R-rated films. “We didn't expect it to be quite that dramatic,” Dan Romer, associate director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center and the study's lead author, told TheWrap. The study out Monday from the Annenberg Public Policy Center entitled ”Parental Desensitization to Violence and Sex in Movies” found that. »


- Gina Hall

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Hgtv, Diy Network Order 7 New Series Including ‘America's Most Desperate Kitchens’

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Hgtv and Diy Network have greenlit seven new series, including “America's Most Desperate Kitchens,” featuring “Kitchen Cousins” hosts Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri. “Log Cabin Living,” also set to air on Hgtv, will follow couples leaving city living behind and searching for their perfect cabin in the woods. “The Shalina Joy Project” will follow a New Jersey teacher and house flipper as she renovates a Victorian mansion, and “Real Estate Riches” will follow real estate investor Daniel Wiafe and his wife Melinda as they purchase dilapidated homes, renovate them from top-to-bottom and flip them for resale. Also read: Mark Ballas and Derek. »


- Linda Ge

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David Birnbaum Appointed to Board of Mobile Video Network Keek

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Keek, a leading mobile video social network with 70 million members worldwide, has appointed venture investor and digital entertainment executive David Birnbaum to its Board of Directors, the company announced Monday. Birnbaum is president of Broadway Video Ventures (Bvv), the corporate strategy, investment and acquisition arm of Broadway Video Entertainment. He has also served as an independent board member for Goldman Sachs Investment Partners and has been an advisor to several digital startups. Also read: TheGrill: Innovators Talk Opportunities, Pitfalls for Video Content in the Digital Age (Video) “David is one of the most well networked and forward thinking digital media executives in the. »


- Gina Hall

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Terry O'Quinn, Calista Flockhart and Eric McCormack Join DirecTV's ‘Full Circle’ for Season 2

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Full Circle” has a pretty full cast for its upcoming second season. The DirecTV anthology series has added a slew of actors for its sophomore run, including Stacy Keach, “Lost” alum Terry O'Quinn, Brittany Snow (“Pitch Perfect”), “Ally McBeal” veteran Calista Flockhart, Patrick Fugit (“Almost Famous”), David Koechner and “Perception” actor Eric McCormack. Also read: ‘Harry Potter’ Star Tom Felton: DirecTV's ‘Full Circle’ Was ‘a Challenge’ The first season of the series featured cast members including “Harry Potter” actor Tom Felton, “Friday Night Lights” star Minka Kelly and “Private Practice” alum Kate Walsh. O'Quinn will play Chicago cop Jimmy Parerra, »


- Tim Kenneally

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Apple Earnings Soar on Strength of iPhone Sales

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Strong sales of iPhones powered Apple to a better-than-expected $8.5 billion in fourth-quarter earnings on revenue of $42.1 billion, the company announced Monday. “Our fiscal 2014 was one for the record books, including the biggest iPhone launch ever with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus,” CEO Tim Cook said. “With amazing innovations in our new iPhones, iPads and Macs, as well as iOS 8 and Os X Yosemite, we are heading into the holidays with Apple's strongest product lineup ever. We are also incredibly excited about Apple Watch and other great products and services in the pipeline for 2015.” Also read: »

- Tim Kenneally

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CNN Layoffs, Diversity Prompt Concern From Congressional Black Caucus Leader

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The Congressional Black Caucus has expressed concerns over how CNN's ongoing layoffs may be affecting diversity at the cable news network. In a statement issued to TheWrap, CBC chairwoman Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D-Ohio) described the job cuts at CNN and parent company Time Warner Inc., particularly the dismissals of African Americans in executive positions, as “troubling.” See photos: Piers Morgan Reveals His New Gig: ‘Entourage’ Movie Role (Photos) “News that Time Warner Inc. recently began large scale staff reductions is troubling,” the statement said. “Particularly concerning are reports that these layoffs have significantly reduced the number of African Americans »


- Todd Cunningham

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Bet Hip Hop Awards Crushes ‘Walking Dead’ in Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings

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And the award for last week's most-tweeted television show goes to… the 2014 Bet Hip Hop Awards! The Viacom cable channel's awards show topped all TV series and specials last week on Twitter, according to Nielsen. The Bet Hip Hop Awards generated 2.665 million tweets from 520,000 unique authors — both tops for the week. And those two metrics aren't even what Nielsen ranks its Twitter TV Ratings by: The special's Unique Audience of 7.079 million Twitter users bested No. 2 “The Walking Dead” (4.873 million) by more than two million people. The AMC zombie show was also second in authors »


- Tony Maglio

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‘What's the Deal?’ With Hollywood's Comic Book Movie Madness? (Video)

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In the wake of Robert Downey Jr.‘s return to the McU, Warner Bros. finally unveiled its own ambitious master plan for the DC Movie Universe in a conference call with investors, which included films led by female characters, black characters and a self-described “queer” actor. TheWrap‘s film reporter Jeff Sneider was traveling in the midst of all the action so he didn't have a weigh in on all the excitement, but he's back and full of both questions and opinions. Sneider seems burned out on comic book movies but watch the video above to get his thoughts on all the latest. »


- Jeff Sneider

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Academy Award Documentary Short Subject Contenders Down to Eight Films

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The field of documentary short subject contenders for an Academy Award has been narrowed to a shortlist of eight films, including Lucy Walker‘s “The Lion's Mouth Opens,” Jeff Dupre's “Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace” and Student Academy Award winner Zijian Mu's “One Child,” the Academy announced on Monday. See photos: 18 Must-See Movies at Sundance (Photos) The field is heavy with films about terminal diseases: Two-time nominee Walker's film is an intimate look at a woman waiting to learn if she has inherited Huntington's Disease, Aneta Kopacz's “Joanna” is about a Polish woman who writes a blog when she finds out. »


- Mike Fleeman and Steve Pond

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MTV's ‘Real World: Skeletons’ Digs Into Contestants’ Pasts in New Twist

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MTV has promised the most intense “Real World” yet for the 30th season of its long-running reality show franchise. “Real World: Skeletons” takes the show back to Chicago, which will see the roommates moving into a nightclub-turned-loft, thinking they are in for a fabulous time away from their lives back home. But these roommates have skeletons in the closet, and will be in for a shock when the last person they want to see moves into the loft with them. See photos: MTV Movie Awards Red Carpet Arrivals: Rihanna, Shailene Woodley, Jessica Alba In one example, roommate Bruno is confronted by estranged. »


- Linda Ge

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Shia's 5 Labeouf-iest Interview Revelations: My Whole Goal Was to Intimidate the F-ck Out of Alec Baldwin

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When Shia Labeouf‘s not wearing a bag over his head on red carpets or pulling off other such stunts, the “Fury” actor knows a thing or two about speaking honestly to his fans. Labeouf spoke candidly about a variety of subjects ranging from his estranged father and his new-found religion, to a very public feud with his “Orphans” co-star Alec Baldwin. Here are the five greatest takeaways from the “Fury” star's candid conversation in the November issue of Interview Magazine: 1. The “Orphans” incident affected him big time, but he's since put it all behind him and made up with »


- Travis Reilly

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‘Sharknado 3' Set to Devour Most of the East Coast

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The “Sharknado” franchise is taking a bigger bite out of America with its latest installment. After descending on Los Angeles and New York, the storm of sharp-toothed predators will descend on the majority of the East Coast in the upcoming “Sharknado 3.” Also read: Twitter TV Ratings: ‘Sharknado 2: The Second One’ Tops ‘Bachelorette’ Finale The news was unveiled on the “Sharknado” twitter account with an announcement that the upcoming offering will range from our nation's capital to Orlando, Florida. Breaking: It's official! From DC to Orlando… #Sharknado3 Takes on the Feast Coast! #SyfyPT – Sharknado (@SharknadoSyfy) October 20, 2014 “Breaking: It's official!” the tweet. »


- Tim Kenneally

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CNN ‘New Day’ Executive Producer Matt Frucci Latest Layoff Casualty

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CNN “New Day” executive producer Matt Frucci has been let go as part of the network's layoffs, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. Frucci is the highest-level producer cut as part of the network's layoffs. He joined CNN before “New Day” premiered in June 2013. He previously produced the weekend edition of ABC's “Good Morning America.” Also see: Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, Newt Gingrich Look Like Total Babies in Newly Revealed CNN Pics (Photos) No word yet on who will replace him at “New Day.” Jim Murphy is the senior executive producer of the morning show, which recently toppled MSNBC's “Morning. »


- Jordan Chariton

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‘Chrisley Knows Best’ Renewed for Season 3 by USA

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Get ready for more antics from Todd Chrisley and his family. USA Network has ordered a third season of “Chrisley Knows Best,” a reality series that revolves around the Atlanta-based “Patriarch of Perfection,” his wife, five children and two grandchildren. See photos: 10 of Bravo's Biggest Hits and Misses (Photos) The renewal comes on the heels of the Season 2 premiere of the show, which set ratings records for the series with a combined audience of more than 7 million total viewers and 1.3 million viewers in the 18-49 viewers in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. See video: ‘Chrisley Knows Best’ Stars Preview Season 2, Try. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Eli Roth Returns to Executive Produce ‘Cabin Fever’ Reboot Starring ‘Teen Wolf's’ Gage Golightly

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Eli Roth is returning to executive produce a reboot of “Cabin Fever” that is being produced by Armory Films and Contend. Travis Zariwny is directing the film, which Armory and Pelican Point Media are financing. “Teen Wolf's” Gage Golightly will star alongside Dustin Ingram (“Paranormal Activity 3”), Samuel Davis (TV's “From Dusk Till Dawn”), Matthew Daddario (“Delivery Man”) and Nadine Crocker (“Deadgirl”). Also read: Eli Roth's ‘Green Inferno’ Trailer: Greenpeace Volunteers Get Eaten by Cannibals (Video) “Cabin Fever” will be reshot from the original 2002 version by Roth and Randy Pearlstein. Contend's Evan Astrowsky (who also produced the original »


- Jeff Sneider

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CAA Sells Majority Stake to Tpg Capital

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Creative Artists Agency has sold a majority stake to Tpg Capital in a deal that will keep the agency's top management in place, it was announced Monday. “There's nothing like CAA,” said Tpg co-founder Jim Coulter in a statement. “CAA is an unrivaled industry leader, with an exceptionally talented and uncommonly stable management team. They have built their global and diversified platform through relentless innovation and a collaborative culture of client service. The Company has had extraordinary growth across its divisions, alongside intelligent asset-building and principal investment strategies, and we are enthusiastic about the continued success ahead.” Also see: Party Report in. »


- Mike Fleeman

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‘Arrow’ Casts Vinnie Jones to Play Villain Brick

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The CW's “Arrow” has added yet another villain to its growing roster. British actor Vinnie Jones has been added to play the DC comic book villain known as Brick, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. See photos: 19 Best and Worst Superheroes to Hit TV: What's Flown? What's Blown? On the show, Jones will portray Danny Brickwell, a notorious gang leader who brings down the Starling City government. Unlike the impenetrable skin his comic book counterpart possesses, Jones’ character will be known as “Brick” on the show because he's been shot multiple times and survived each attempt. Jones will appear in. »


- Linda Ge

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