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SXSW Parties 2015: The Stars at Night, Are Big and Bright

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This post will be updated as top plans take shape until the festival begins on Mar. 13. For Angelenos and New Yorkers landing in Austin for South By Southwest, the first party paradigm you need to know is that the Texas capital has Uber, and it’s better than in L.A. Unlike our Uber-free airport, Austin’s part-time Prius drivers can pick you up curbside. For SXSW, phones can also order massages on demand or Priv, which is like getting Blushington or Drybar to make an on-demand housecall. All of these can help you recover from, prepare for and get to the gatherings of digital, »

- Mikey Glazer

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Watch Footage From Harrison Ford Plane Crash Scene (Video)

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“Indiana Jones” star Harrison Ford  is in “fair to moderate” condition after crashing his plane at the Penmar Golf Course in Venice, California Thursday. TheWrap was on the scene moments after the crash where Lapd and Lafd held a news conference to update press on the incident. Investigation is ongoing.  Read TheWrap’s full report here. Watch TheWrap’s video. »


- Itay Hod

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Harrison Ford’s Son: Dad Is ‘Battered, But Ok’ After Plane Crash

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Harrison Ford‘s son Ben has taken to Twitter to share a status update after the actor survived a plane crash on Thursday. “At the hospital. Dad is ok. Battered, but ok!” the younger Ford, a chef and restaurateur, shared on Twitter. “He is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man.” “Thank you all for your thoughts and good vibes for my dad,” he added. Photos: 15 Apocalyptic Movies and TV Shows That Chill, Charm and Chuckle The “Indiana Jones” star is in “fair to moderate” condition after crashing his plane at the Penmar Golf Course. »


- Linda Ge

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’24’ Star Leslie Hope to Recur on CBS’s ‘Blue Bloods’ (Exclusive)

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Leslie Hope has been added to the cast of CBS’s “Blue Bloods,” TheWrap has learned. The actress will recur on the Tom Selleck-helmed police drama as a “no-holds barred” investigative reporter named Catherine Farrell. Hope is also set to reprise her role on FX’s “Tyrant,” where she plays Lea Exley. See Photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2015 Currently on Season 5, “Blue Bloods” stars Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, Len Cariou, Amy Carlson, Tony Terraciano and Andrew Terraciano as a family of New York City police officers. The Emmy-nominated series was created by Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green. »


- Jethro Nededog and Travis Reilly

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Harrison Ford Injured in Plane Crash

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“Indiana Jones” star Harrison Ford was rushed to the hospital after his plane crashed at the Penmar Golf Course near the Santa Monica Airport, NBC News reported Thursday. Ford's plane had just left the airport, and the Los Angeles Fire Department reported that an adult male was the solo occupant of the craft. No one on the ground was injured, but witnesses reported that Ford had scratches on his head. Ford, 72, is best known for his roles as pilot Han Solo in the “Star Wars” films and in the title. »


- Tim Kenneally

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NBCUniversal Shake-Up: Layoffs Hit E!, Esquire as Marketing Departments Merge

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NBCUniversal laid off employees on Thursday, as E! and Esquire consolidated their marketing departments. The shake-up comes less than a month after TheWrap wrote about impending department mergers and layoffs in a move to save money. Also Read: E! News, ‘Access Hollywood’ Moves Could Mean Merger, Layoffs (Exclusive) “To more fully align the E! and Esquire Marketing department we have restructured the team and as a result Leigh Anne Gardner and Tim Rosta are leaving the company. We thank them for their contributions and wish them the best,” an NBCU spokeswoman told TheWrap in a statement. Prior to Thursday’s layoffs, »


- Travis Reilly

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Cops Close Lupita Nyong’o Oscars Dress Theft Case

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The case of Lupita Nyong’o‘s stolen Oscars dress has been closed. Which isn’t to say that it’s been solved. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department closed its investigation on the stolen dress, worn by “12 Years a Slave” star Nyong’o, a spokesman for the department told TheWrap Thursday. Also Read: Lupita Nyong’o’s Missing Oscar Dress Found The case was shut down after Calvin Klein, the manufacturer of the garment, decided that it didn’t want to press charges. No reason was given for Calvin Klein’s decision. A suspect had not yet been identified in the case, »

- Tim Kenneally

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Fox Pilot ‘Studio City’ Casts Florence Pugh as Female Lead

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Florence Pugh has been cast as the female lead on Fox pilot “Studio City.” The U.K. native makes her U.S. television debut as rising singer/songwriter Cat, whose family life has been a celebration of dysfunction. Her mother is an unstable alcoholic and her father (Eric McCormack) is a drug-dealing musician. Cat is a survivor, though, and somehow has managed to keep her sense of humor, her romanticism and her dreams alive despite it all. Also Read: Sylvester Stallone Developing ‘Expendables’ Event Series at Fox The John Wells Productions one-hour drama is made in association with Warner Bros. Television »


- Tony Maglio

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Samantha Bee Leaving ‘The Daily Show’ to Host TBS Series

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Samantha Bee is leaving Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” to host her own satirical series, which she will executive produce for TBS alongside husband Jason Jones. The new topical comedy is still in the early stages of development, the Turner cable channel said on Thursday. While not many details of the TBS production are available, the vehicle will allow Bee to apply “her smart and satirical point of view to current and relevant issues,” the network stated. Also Read: TBS Orders Family Comedy From ‘Daily Show’s’ Jason Jones and Samantha Bee Bee and her husband have another upcoming TBS project, »


- Tony Maglio

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‘American Crime’ Star Timothy Hutton on Show’s Controversial Themes: ‘It’s Especially Relevant’

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American Crime” is a risky proposition for ABC – a slow burning drama that challenges viewers to think about how drugs, race and violence affect their community. But if the limited series by “12 Years a Slave” writer John Ridley has an ounce of the draw on audiences as it had on lead actor Timothy Hutton, network execs can breathe easy. When the script for “American Crime” crossed Hutton’s path during pilot season last year, it spoke to the veteran actor in a way no other did. “I read some really great pilots, and then I read ‘American Crime,’ which for. »


- L.A. Ross

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‘Chappie’ Reviews: Do Critics Think This Robocop Tops Neill Blomkamp’s ‘District 9’?

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Neill Blomkamp‘s “Chappie” is expected to top the box office this weekend, but critics are split on whether it’s better than his Oscar-nominated directorial debut “District 9″ or even “Elysium.” The science-fiction tale starring Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel and Sigourney Weaver about the eponymous futuristic police droid that becomes the first robot to develop the ability to think and feel for himself has a 41 percent “rotten” approval rating from critics counted so far on Rotten Tomatoes. See photos: ‘Godzilla': 6 More Giants Heading to the Big Screen Despite commending the visual effects, TheWrap‘s James Rocchi was among those who found the South African. »


- Greg Gilman

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Hall & Oates File Lawsuit Over Soundalike Granola Product

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Clever wordplay in granola branding? Daryl Hall & John Oates can’t go for that. At least in this case. Hall & Oates — the duo behind hits such as “Maneater,” “Kiss on My List,” “Private Eyes” and “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” — have slapped Early Bird Foods & Co with legal action over the company’s Haulin’ Oats granola, which has clearly left a bad taste in the musicians’ mouths. The suit, filed in U.S. district court in New York on Wednesday, claims that Hall and Oates owns the trademark and service mark rights to the Haulin’ Oats name, »


- Tim Kenneally

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Former Hln Anchor Jane Velez-Mitchell to Launch Digital Show

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Jane Velez-Mitchell, former longtime Hln anchor, is launching a new show on ConnectPal.com following her as she builds her new social media network, JaneUnchained.com. The show will go behind the scenes, spotlighting Jane as she builds out the social site with parter Donna Dennison. The website will focus on Jane’s attempt to raise awareness of changes to the planet and the animals affected. Also Read: CNN, Hln Layoffs: Jane Velez-Mitchell Out, Entertainment Unit Disbanded “Social media is where it’s at and I’m thrilled to be on the cutting edge of it,” Velez-Mitchell said. “Our original »


- Jordan Chariton

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‘The Red Road’ Season 2 First Look: Jason Momoa Says Kopus Is ‘Trying to Walk a Straight Path’ (Exclusive Video)

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SundanceTV’s “The Red Road” returns on April 2, after nearly a year long hiatus, and the drama’s showrunners and stars are promising Season 2 is even more intense than the first. “Season 1 was a very layered story with complex characters who go to extreme means,” creator Aaron Guzikowski said in a behind-the-scenes video given exclusively to TheWrap. “We’re elevating the stakes in the second season. There are a lot more twists and turns and life and death choices. We’re going to dig deeper into the conflicts.” See Photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2015 “Game of Thrones” veteran Jason Momoa stars as Phillip Kopus. »


- Travis Reilly

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Justin Bieber Comedy Central Roast Lineup Includes Snoop Dogg, Martha Stewart

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Comedy Central announced the full lineup of celebrity roasters for the hotly anticipated Roast of Justin Bieber Thursday, and among Bieber friends and comedians, one name stands out: Martha Stewart. Yes, that Martha Stewart. Also Read: Justin Bieber Gets Groped by ‘Belieber’ Jeffrey Ross in Calvin Klein Ad Spoof (Video) Precisely why the queen of complicated pastries and pastel button-downs will be sticking it to the bad-boy singer has yet to be revealed, but the showdown promises to surprise and delight. Stewart joins comedians Hannibal Buress and Chris D’elia, sports star Shaquille O’Neal, musicians and Bieber collaborators Snoop Dogg and Ludacris, »


- L.A. Ross

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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Crosses $500 Million at Worldwide Box Office

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Fifty Shades of Grey” has crossed a milestone, earning $500 million at the worldwide box office. The Jamie Dornan-Dakota Johnson R-rated romance has collected $150 million in the Us and raked in $352 million internationally. Also Read: TheWrap’s 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015: From ‘Fifty Shades’ to ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Spectre’ The steamy blockbuster features Dornan and Johnson as Bdsm enthusiasts Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, respectively, and has broken a number of records since its impressive Valentine’s Day weekend debut, when it opened at No. 1 in 54 territories. A $55 million international gross on Saturday alone made it the highest-grossing Valentine’s Day release. »


- Linda Ge

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Hillary Clinton Will Take No Questions at Upcoming Journalism Awards Ceremony

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Hillary Clinton will be the keynote speaker at an upcoming journalism awards ceremony, but the press won’t get a chance to ask her about the brewing email controversy dating back to her role as secretary of state. Clinton is set to speak at the 2015 Toner Prize Celebration on March 23rd. The awards ceremony, named after the late New York Times reporter Robin Toner, will be open to the press but they won’t be able to ask questions. Also Read: Jon Stewart Shrugs Off ‘Future President’ Hillary Clinton’s Email Scandal (Video) “She’s doing this one pro bono, »


- Jordan Chariton

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Tribeca Film Festival Announces Spotlight, Midnight, and Special Screening Lineup

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The Tribeca Film Festival announced its feature film selections in the Spotlight, Midnight, and Special Screening sections as well as work in progress screenings on Thursday. The Spotlight section features 40 films, consisting of 23 narratives and 17 documentaries. Twenty-four films in the selection will have their world premiere at the festival. Also Read: AMC Supper Suite and TheWrap’s Toronto Film Festival Luncheon! (Photos) The Midnight section will premiere five films, four of which are world premieres, made by filmmakers from around the world. The subject matter runs the gamut from creature features to horror films, including a real-life underground wrestling revenge story and. »

- Joe Otterson

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‘Wheel of Fortune’ Contestant Makes Dopey Mistake During Seven Dwarfs Puzzle (Video)

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We bet there’s one “Wheel of Fortune” contestant who’s feeling a bit grumpy right about now. And probably a bit bashful. A recent episode of “Wheel of Fortune” handed a painful loss to one player, who brought herself to the edge of victory before crashing and burning spectacularly. See video: Watch ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Whiz Solve Puzzle With One Letter The puzzle, under the category “Characters,” listed the Seven Dwarfs from the classic children’s story Snow White. But apparently it wasn’t classic enough for the contestant, who brought herself within tasting distance of a win before »


- Tim Kenneally

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Ringling Bros. to Nix Elephant Acts; PETA Still Not Happy

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This will be music to the big, floppy ears of elephants everywhere. The folks at PETA, however? Not so much. The Field Family, which owns the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, said Thursday that it is phasing out the elephant performers from its traveling show. Also Read: Sarah Palin Slams PETA ‘Hypocrites’ Again: ‘Kiss My Okole’ The phase-out will be completed in 2018, when all of the 13 elephants touring with the three Ringling Bros. circus units will be relocated to the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida, joining  more than 40 other elephants that currently »


- Tim Kenneally

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