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Alki David Insists Hitler Photo Not Intended as a Threat in Michael Jackson Hologram Lawsuit

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Hilter, a small dog and a Michael Jackson hologram. Hologram USA CEO Alki David has faced some strange lawsuits before, but this might beat them all. The feud between David and Pulse Evolution Chairman John Textor over the Michael Jackson hologram at this year's Billboard Music Awards heated up on Monday after Alki sought to dismiss a restraining order filed by Textor over David's Instagram photos. Textor claimed that a photo of Hitler and another of David pointing a firearm at a Pomeranian constituted a personal threat against him. The Hitler photo features David giving Hitler the finger. David tagged Textor on the picture. »


- Gina Hall

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CW Sizzle Reel: First Peeks at ‘The 100,’ ‘Arrow’ and ‘Vampire Diaries’ (Video)

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The CW has released a sizzle reel for its fall slate, featuring fresh looks at its new and returning series. The montage features the first footage released from “The 100's” second season, plus new scenes from “Reign,” “Arrow” and more. The CW's fall season kicks off on Thursday, Oct. 2, with the return of “The Vampire Diaries” and “Reign.” The former will see Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) separated from their friends in the living world, while the latter will put more pressure on the new marriage between Francis (Toby Regbo) and Mary (Adelaide Kane). Also read: ‘Arrow’ Season »


- Linda Ge

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‘Love Letters’ Theater Review: Mia Farrow and Brian Dennehy Perform Postcards from Their Hedge Fund

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The most remarkable thing about A.R. Gurney's two-hander “Love Letters,” which opened Thursday at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, is that it was first performed professionally in 1988, years before email was a common form of communication. Although the two characters, Melissa and Andrew, read aloud letters and postcards they've shared for decades, most of those missives emerge as the kind of short “dialogues” people today have via email. In “Love Letters,” there are no OMGs or WTFs, but playing Melissa, Mia Farrow does elicit a few laughs with some well-placed expletives. Aside from being prescient, Gurney is not a subtle playwright. »


- Robert Hofler

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Tyler Perry's ‘For Better or Worse’ Fall Premiere Draws Best Ratings Since Own Series Debut

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The ratings for Tyler Perry‘s “For Better or Worse” definitely fell on the “better” side of things for the show's fall premiere Wednesday. The return of Perry's comedy on Own was the best performing episode of the series since it premiered on the network last September. Also read: Hollywood Fails to Make Progress in Hiring Women and Minority TV Directors Wednesday's episode grabbed 1.2 million total viewers, compared to the 1.5 million who tuned in for its debut on Own (the show previously aired on TBS) last year. The 1.2 million viewers was also a 52 percent increase for the show's spring »


- Tim Kenneally

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Led Zeppelin Seeks Dismissal of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Copyright Lawsuit

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Led Zeppelin isn't buying the lawsuit brought against it over the smash hit “Stairway to Heaven.” The surviving members of the group have filed a motion to have the suit dismissed, according to court papers filed Wednesday and obtained by TheWrap. Also read: Led Zeppelin Digital-Book Author Neal Preston: ‘It's Right Up the Vein’ (Exclusive) The motion argues that the suit, filed in federal court in eastern Pennsylvania, should be dropped on jurisdictional grounds. Or, as an alternative, the suit should be moved to federal court in California. The surviving members of the group — singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Christoph Waltz Steals Amy Adams’ Thunder in First ‘Big Eyes’ Trailer (Video)

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Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams are about to go to war over paintings of children with disproportionally large eyes in the first trailer for Tim Burton‘s “Big Eyes.” The film is based on the true story of Margaret and Walter Keane, the married couple credited with creating and painting images of big-eyed children which became massively popular in the 1960s, and will follow the couple as they begin to dispute who really painted the art, culminating in a courtroom paint-off. See photos: Amy Adams Paints Creepy Children in First Look at Tim Burton's ‘Big Eyes’ The film takes »


- Linda Ge

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AwesomenessTV's Brian Robbins on How He'll Make ‘The Smosh Movie’ an ‘Event’

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For Brian Robbins and AwesomenessTV, this is just the beginning. The founder and CEO of the massive multi-network channel celebrated the sale of “The Smosh Movie” to Lionsgate on Thursday, but also looked to the future — where he believes online content makers and distributors will take the place of traditional movie studios in creating new stars. Also read: Cinedigm to Distribute Videos From Alloy Digital's Smosh, Clevver Brands “I was having this conversation with Jeffrey Katzenberg, that 10 years ago, the studios were making movies and creating stars,” Robbins told TheWrap. “You made a movie with Adam Sandler, say ‘Billy Madison, »


- Jordan Zakarin

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'90210' Alum AnnaLynne McCord Booked for CBS's ‘Stalker’

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AnnaLynne McCord, prepare for a stalking. Also read: ‘Stalker’ Creator Kevin Williamson Declares, ‘We've All Stalked Someone’ at TCA Panel “90210” vet AnnaLynne McCord has signed on for a guest-starring role on CBS's upcoming drama “Stalker,” which stars Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q as a pair of detectives on the Lapd stalker unit. McCord will appear on the seventh episode of the series, which was created by Kevin Williamson and premieres Oct. 1. She'll play Nina Preston, the star of a hit television series. Nina is famous and with that notoriety comes obsessed fans. The Threat Assessment Unit team will work with. »


- Tim Kenneally

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The 7-Day Solution: How Networks Are Moving On From ‘Irrelevant’ Overnight Ratings

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CBS is breaking out the crystal ball when it comes to ratings. The network announced on Thursday that, when its 2014-2015 season kicks off on Monday, it will include projections for Live + 7 ratings, which take into account viewers who watched a program when it originally aired and over the next seven days in time-shifted viewing. Also read: Fox COO Joe Earley: Why He Isn't Panicking About Low-Rated Premieres CBS isn't the only one looking toward the future where ratings are concerned. Fox began offering Live+7 projections with its ratings breakdowns for the past year. The networks’ decision to include projected ratings. »


- Tim Kenneally and Tony Maglio

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Joan Rivers Clinic ‘Fixes Problems’ Cited After the Comedienne's Death

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The New York clinic that treated Joan Rivers has corrected problems found by an accreditation association shortly after the comedienne's death, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap on Thursday. The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (Aaaasf) investigated Yorkville Endoscopy and found multiple “deficiencies” earlier this month, prompting it to declare the clinic in “immediate jeopardy” and placed it on “emergency suspension,” according to a letter obtained by CNN. However, the clinic remained open during the investigation. Also read: Melissa Rivers Thanks Fans for Support After Joan Rivers Death An insider tells TheWrap the issues »


- Travis Reilly

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Sony Animation Gives Fans a Spinach-Free Taste of ‘Popeye’ Movie (Video)

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Sony Pictures Animation has released test footage from Genndy Tartakovsky's “Popeye,” which won't flex its muscles in theaters until 2016. The studio is giving impatient fans a spinach-free taste of the CGI sailor, who must save his beloved Olive Oyl from the villainous Bluto. Also read: Sony Overhauls ‘Smurfs’ Franchise, Plans ‘Popeye’ Movie Tartakovsky directed “Hotel Transylvania” for Sony Animation and has been fascinated by “Popeye” since he was a boy. David Ronn and Jay Scherick wrote the script based on E.C. Segar's popular comic strip, which first debuted in 1929. Also read: Sony Pictures Animation Developing Faith-Based Movie About »


- Jeff Sneider

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‘Fantastic Four’ Moved Into ‘Assassin's Creed’ Release Date by Fox

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Fox on Thursday shifted the release date for its Marvel superhero movie “The Fantastic Four” from June 19, 2015, to August 7, 2015. The video game adaptation “Assassin's Creed” had been set for that date and will likely push to 2016. Directed by Josh Trank (“Chronicle”), “Fantastic Four” stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell.  The new date puts it up against Sony's horror comedy “Goosebumps,” but it's also the slot that launched Disney's blockbuster Marvel space romp “Guardians of the Galaxy” this summer, and comes just a few weeks after the fan boy extravaganza Comic-Con. Fox also shifted “Paper Towns, »


- Todd Cunningham

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NFL Domestic Abuse Scandal Is a Wake-Up Call and May Finally Bring Change

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The bad news just keeps rolling in during what sports insiders are calling the “NFL's worst week (now month) ever,” but there may be a light at the end of this troubling domestic abuse-plagued tunnel. First there was the Baltimore Ravens' Ray Rice domestic violence scandal. Then Minnesota Vikings’ Adrian Peterson and Carolina Panthers’ Greg Hardy were put on their team's exempt lists as of Wednesday, and most recently Arizona Cardinals’ Jonathan Dwyer was arrested for domestic violence. But the NFL and the teams involved “will prevail, they will learn from this,” crisis management expert and CEO Centurion Michael Bilello told TheWrap. »


- Debbie Emery

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Real-Life Jerry Maguire: NFL Must Respond to Domestic Abuse Fiasco, But Don't Villainize Roger Goodell

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The NFL's crisis of star players allegedly — and admittedly — committing domestic abuse has created a window of opportunity for the country's most popular sports league. The NFL must step up and lead a larger campaign combating violence against women and children, super-agent Leigh Steinberg said. “Clearly, the NFL reacted way too slowly to recognize the specter of domestic violence and the critical role it could play in making an impact on the problem,” Steinberg told TheWrap on Thursday. “In a larger sense, though, it just reflected society. (Commissioner) Roger Goodell didn't create the issue of domestic violence, and »


- Jordan Zakarin

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Metro Los Angeles Removes ‘Red Band Society’ Bus Ads for ‘Offensive Language’

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Metro Los Angeles has removed “Red Band Society” bus ads after getting what it calls an “earful” from the community over “offensive language.” Board Chair and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti apologized for posting the Fox advertisements in the first place, admitting that their policy “needs to be tightened.” The ad in question is part of a national campaign in which star Octavia Spencer‘s character is referred to as a “Scary Bitch.” TheWrap first posted the ad exclusively. Also read: Octavia Spencer Labeled ‘Scary Bitch’ on New ‘Red Band Society’ Poster (Exclusive Photo) Metro Los Angeles spokesperson Marc Littman »


- Tony Maglio

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‘The View’ Fired Up Over Obama and Isis: ‘Damn it, I'm Getting Tired of These People Trying to Scare Us’ (Video)

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One week after President Obama addressed the nation regarding his plan to degrade and destroy terrorist group Isil/Isis, “The View” has decided to tackle what's going on in the Middle East. “If we don't take this stand, we're going to be afraid all the time,” Whoopi Goldberg told her co-hosts. “I don't want to send anymore of our sons and daughters back into war, but damn it, I'm getting tired of these people trying to scare us.” Also read: President Obama Plans to ‘Destroy’ Isis With Military Action in Iraq, Syria Also part of Thursday morning's “Hot Topics” segment was Obama's sinking approval. »


- Ryan O'Connell

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‘Super 8's’ Gabriel Basso Joins Tom Hanks in Meg Ryan's Directorial Debut ‘Ithaca’

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The Big C” star Gabriel Basso has joined the cast of Meg Ryan's directorial debut “Ithaca,” an individual familiar with the indie movie has told TheWrap. Erik Jendresen's adapted William Saroyan's novel “The Human Comedy,” which chronicles life in a small California town during World War II. Also read: ‘Kings of Summer’ Star Gabriel Basso Joins Hailee Steinfeld in ‘Barely Lethal’ (Exclusive) Basso joins Ryan, Tom Hanks, Sam Shepard and Jack Quaid in the film, in which the young actor will play the role of Tobey George. Janet Brenner and Laura Ivey are producing while Hanks and »


- Jeff Sneider

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Larry Ellison Steps Down as CEO of Oracle

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Larry Ellison is stepping down as CEO of Oracle to become Executive Chairman of Oracle's Board and its Chief Technology Officer. The title of CEO will be split between Safra Catz and Mark Hurd. Catz will oversee all manufacturing, finance, and legal functions. Hurd will be in charge of sales, service and vertical industry global business. “Safra and Mark will now report to the Oracle Board rather than to me,” said Larry Ellison. “All the other reporting relationships will remain unchanged. The three of us have been working well together for the last several years, and we plan to continue working together for the. »


- Gina Hall

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NFL Player Jonathan Dwyer Beat Wife and Son, According to Police

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One day after NFL player Jonathan Dwyer was arrested on aggravated assault charges, law enforcement officials released new details about the alleged crime. In a police report released Thursday, the Arizona Cardinals running back was accused of head-butting his 27-year-old wife and breaking her nose after she refused to have sex with him. Authorities say he punched her in the face the next day. He also punched walls and threw a shoe at his 17-month-old son, who was not injured, according to police. The arrest makes Dwyer, 25, the fourth NFL player to be embroiled in a domestic abuse scandal following disturbing. »


- Ryan O'Connell

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Adrian Peterson's Mother Defends Suspended NFL Star's Violent Discipline: ‘It's About Love’

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has come under heavy fire after being indicted by a Texas grand jury on charges of injury to a child in connection to a beating he gave his four-year-old son, but his mother is standing by him. Bonita Jackson spoke out to defend suspended son on Wednesday and argued that violent discipline is actually an act of parental love. See video: Charles Barkley Defends NFL's Adrian Peterson: ‘We Spank Kids in the South’ “I don't care what anybody says, most of us disciplined our kids a little more than we meant sometimes,” she told the Houston Chronicle. »


- Travis Reilly

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