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Turner Plans Organizational Restructuring in Next Two Months

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Turner Broadcasting System is undergoing a corporate restructuring “in the next two months,” according to a memo sent to staffers by CEO John Martin. It's just the latest step in Martin's ongoing “Turner 2020” initiative that seeks to maximize performance and trim fat by assessing each part of the company and making changes to reduce spending and increase profitability. Turner's latest memo said that Turner will “start 2015 a more streamlined, nimble and efficient company focused on driving programming, monetization and innovation, in a culture that emphasizes and rewards continuous improvement.” Also read: Turner Names Christina Miller President and Gm of Cartoon. »


- Jason Hughes

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‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ Premiere to Feature Live 3D Red Carpet Broadcast

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Continuing its tradition of groundbreaking visual presentations, The Weinstein Company's “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is offering the world's first live 3D red carpet broadcast from the film's premiere in Los Angeles on August 19. Beginning at 9:30/8:30c, viewers will have the chance to catch the first-ever 3D red carpet event from the comfort of their homes, as long as they have an Apple TV using the NowLive player on a 3D-compatible television. Non-3D viewers will still be able to enjoy the broadcast in HD. See video: ‘Sin City’ Women Kick Ass in ‘A Dame to »


- Linda Ge

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NFL's Super Bowl Halftime Show to Katy Perry, Rihanna and Coldplay: Show Me the Money!

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The National Football League apparently wants future Super Bowl halftime performers to pay to play. A report in The Wall Street Journal says the NFL has asked Coldplay, Rihanna and Katy Perry if they'd be willing to offer a percentage of their future tour earnings or “some other type of financial contribution” to perform at the big game in February. The theory is that the exposure is so great, that artists should pay for some of it. See video: Dave Franco, Kevin Hart Slap and Rap in Most Annoying Madden NFL Ad Ever Created The league would neither confirm nor deny the allegations. »


- Tony Maglio

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‘Grey's Anatomy’ Star Ellen Pompeo Developing Police Drama for ABC

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Ellen Pompeo is adding another project to her development slate. Under a first look deal with ABC Studios through her production company Calamity Jane, Pompeo is developing a police drama. The untitled drama project follows Keira Burke, a young woman who returns to the police precinct where she was wounded in the line of duty six years before. Now, she's a police psychologist who can join the two perspectives, but she's still an outsider. Also read: ‘Grey's Anatomy's’ Ellen Pompeo Adapting Rachel Carey's Novel ‘Debt’ for ABC Family Written and executive produced by Andy Stern, the project will also be executive-produced by Pompeo and. »


- Jethro Nededog

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Ari Emanuel, Patrick Whitesell and Wme Complete Als Ice Bucket Challenge

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The staff and chief executives of Wme completed the Als Ice Bucket Challenge Tuesday. See video: Vin Diesel, American Hero, Challenges Vladimir Putin to the Ice Bucket Challenge After being challenged to philanthropic action by their client Hugh Jackman, along with the cast of the upcoming film “Pan,” CEOs Patrick Whitesell and Ari Emanuel led the talent agency's employees outside and proceeded to get wet. As per the rules of the challenge, Whitesell and Emanuel nominated three other CEOs to follow in their soaking-wet footsteps: CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves, Live Nation CEO Michael Rapin and Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara. »


- Travis Reilly

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‘Mean Girls’ Reunion! Tina Fey and Lindsay Lohan's Instagram Encounter Is So ‘Fetch’ (Photo)

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A mini-“Mean Girls” reunion was captured on film as Lindsay Lohan shared a selfie with co-star Tina Fey via Instagram on Tuesday. “Lovely running into an inspiring, funny, beautiful old friend!!!!” she captioned the photo. See video: ‘Mean Girls’ Star Jonathan Bennett Reflects on 10-Year Anniversary, Lindsay Lohan Puking on Him Fey and Lohan co-starred in 2004's “Mean Girls,” which Fey also adapted. Lohan played Cady, who grew up in Africa and entered an American high school for the very first time. She navigates the wilds of “girl world” with help from Lizzy Caplan and faces off against the Plastics, »


- Linda Ge

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‘Rush’ Star Alexandra Maria Lara Joins Gerard Butler in ‘Geostorm’ (Exclusive)

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German actress Alexandra Maria Lara, who recently starred in Ron Howard‘s “Rush,” has signed on to join Gerard Butler in Dean Devlin's sci-fi adventure movie “Geostorm,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Warner Bros. and David Ellison‘s Skydance are teaming on the project, which will start production in October in New Orleans. Also read: Edgar Ramirez in Negotiations to Replace Gerard Butler in ‘Point Break’ Remake Butler stars as a satellite designer who must team up with his estranged younger brother to save the world from an epic man-made storm when the world's climate-controlling satellites malfunction. »


- Jeff Sneider

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Frozen’ Send Disney Stock to 15-Year High

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Disney stockholders’ happiest place on Earth is looking at their portfolios now that the company's stock is nearing it's all-time high. The company's shares closed Tuesday at $90.09 a share, the first time that the stock had traded above $90 in more than 15 years. On Monday, shares reached $90.37, a record high for the year. Disney shares traded above $100 in the 1980's and 90's before a series of stock splits. The studio entertainment side of the business is the primary driver of the excitement on Wall Street, boosting the company's net income with a 22 percent increase in the »

- Gina Hall

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Foo Fighters Singer Dave Grohl Wears Prom Dress for Ice Bucket Challenge (Video)

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The Foo Fighters completed the Als Ice Bucket Challenge in an epic fashion Tuesday, when lead singer Dave Grohl put on a prom dress and acted out the climactic scene from “Carrie.” See video: ‘Batman’ Ben Affleck Steps Up to Als Ice Bucket Challenge “I'm accepting Zac Brown's Als Ice Bucket Challenge,” Grohl said. “Furthermore, I'm challenging Jack Black, John Travolta and Stephen King.” “You have 24 hours,” he added, slipping a tiara onto his head. Then came the downpour. In the horror flick, Sissy Spacek (and later Chloe Grace Moretz) get drenched in buckets of pig blood. This time, »


- Travis Reilly

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Mark Burnett, Roma Downey Producing Guardian Angels Drama at NBC

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Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are bringing their latest faith-based television program to NBC, a network representative told TheWrap. The project was written by John J. Sakmar and Kerry Lenhart (“Boston Public”). The drama revolves around a group of guardian angels whose job is to intervene when people are in crisis. It's currently titled “Unveiled.” Also read: Editors Strike Against Mark Burnett's ‘Survivor’ For Union Contract Downey, who starred on CBS's “Touched by an Angel” from 1993 to 2004, should feel comfortable around the subject matter. The project is being developed by NBC, Universal TV and Burnett and Downey's Lightworks Media. »


- Jethro Nededog

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Wired Hires Technology and Business Staff Writer Jessi Hempel

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Jessi Hempel has joined the staff of Wired as a business and technology writer, according to the magazine's editor-in-chief Scott Dadich. Also read: Wired's Danger Room Blog Is in Danger “I picked up first copy of Wired in 1999,” said Hempel in a blog post she published Tuesday about her move. “Even in 1999, when other magazines were lionizing companies that barely existed, Wired was pushing beyond the hype to identify and understand the potential of the underlying technology and offer deep analysis and calculated bets about how it would shape the future. More often than not, Wired has called the future. »

- Travis Reilly

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CNN's Ferguson Coverage Bests Competition Across Monday Demo

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Last week, it was MSNBC boasting a big boost from Ferguson, Mo. coverage. Over the weekend and on Monday, CNN made strides to No. 1. CNN topped both the total day and primetime slots yesterday in the key news demo, which is comprised of viewers 25-54. The only day part that CNN slipped to second place was in early morning hours, 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., when Fox News Channel landed 36,000 more demo viewers. Also read: Intercept Issues Statement on Reporter Shot With Non-Lethal Bullet, Arrested in Ferguson Fox News was still best in total viewers across all day parts, more than. »


- Tony Maglio

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Eva Longoria Joins ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ as Love Interest to Andy Samberg

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Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria will appear on a three-episode arc of Fox's “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” opposite Andy Samberg. In the show's second season, Longoria will appear as Sophia, a defense attorney who faces off against Samberg's Jake in court while catching his attention in the process. Also read: Former NFL Star Terrell Owens Guesting on ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ (Photo) Longoria joins other season 2 guest stars including Kyra Sedgwick, who will appear in two episodes as the longtime nemesis of Captain Ray Holt (Andre Braugher), former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, appearing as himself, and Jenny Slate, who will appear in the season. »


- Linda Ge

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Ray J Arraigned for Sexual Battery and Resisting Arrest at Beverly Wilshire Hotel Bar

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Ray J found himself in legal hot water on Tuesday. The singer and actor was arraigned on charges of sexual battery, vandalism, battery of a police officer and resisting and delaying a peace officer, stemming from a May incident at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel bar during which he allegedly groped a woman. Also read: Ray J Arrested, Clashes With Cops at Beverly Hills Hotel The 33-year-old Ray J, real name Willie Jay Norwood Jr., faces four years in county jail if convicted of all counts, which are misdemeanors. Norwood pleaded not guilty through his attorney, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Mark Wahlberg in Talks to Star in J.C. Chandor's ‘Deepwater Horizon’

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Mark Wahlberg is in talks to star in J.C. Chandor's next film, “Deepwater Horizon,” an individual familiar with the project tells TheWrap. Based on the New York Times article “Deepwater Horizon's Final Hour” by David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul, the Summit Entertainment and Participant Media film tells the story of the Deepwater Horizon spill, which is considered the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. Also read: Summit and Participant Get Rights to Nyt's Deepwater Horizon Story “Deepwater” will focus on those who worked on the oil rig and the final minutes leading up to the. »


- Linda Ge

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‘The Gunfighter’ Director Eric Kissack on How He Cast Nick Offerman: TheWrap's ShortList Quickie

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Eric Kissack's “The Gunfighter” is a finalist for the top prize at TheWrap's third annual 2014 ShortList Film Festival. Written by Kevin Tenglin, the story follows a weary gunfighter who walks into a bar, looking for a drink. What he finds instead is a building full of raunchy people and an audible, bloodthirsty narrator. The cast includes Shawn Parsons, Scott Beehner, Eileen O'Connell, Jordan Black and Timothy Brennan, though it's the unseen narrator voiced by “Parks and Recreation” star Nick Offerman who steals the show. Also Read: ‘Tropical Sunday’ Director Fabián Ribezzo on Maputo's Street Children: TheWrap's ShortList Quickie Kissack spent 10 years. »


- Jeff Sneider

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Graphic Video Showing Beheading of American Journalist Released by Isis

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A graphic video posted on YouTube Tuesday by Islamic militants appears to show American journalist James Foley being beheaded. The video, which could not be independently verified, was removed from the Internet shortly after it was posted. The footage shows Foley, dressed in an orange jumpsuit and kneeling, as a hooded Isis fighter stands next to him. The fighter says Foley's execution is in retaliation for American airstrikes ordered by President Barack Obama against Isis in Iraq. Foley is seen reading a message, presumably written by the kidnappers, and says his “real killer” is America. “I wish I had more time. »


- Linda Ge and Travis Reilly

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Benedict Cumberbatch Joins WB's ‘Jungle Book’ as Voice of Shere Khan

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Benedict Cumberbatch will trade in his deerstalker to earn his stripes as the voice of man-eating tiger Shere Khan in Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's “The Jungle Book.” Andy Serkis, famous for his motion capture work in “Planet of the Apes,” and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, is making his directorial debut with “Jungle.” “Sherlock” star Cumberbatch is the first voice talent cast in the ensemble, which will also include characters such as Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther. The late George Sanders famously voiced the tiger character in the 1967 Disney animated version of the story. »


- Gina Hall

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‘Tropical Sunday’ Director Fabián Ribezzo on Maputo's Street Children: TheWrap's ShortList Quickie

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A Tropical Sunday,” one of 12 finalists in TheWrap‘s 2014 ShortList Film Festival, reflects a very grim reality: Not every child grows up in a loving home. In the case of the characters in Argentinian director Fabián Ribezzo's short film (above), their home is often the streets — an environment which inspired him to write and direct a tale about four Mozambican children struggling to enjoy carnival attractions that more privileged kids in their village ride with ease. Watch TheWrap's ShortList Film Festival Finalists and Vote For Your Favorites “Street kids are visible, they have occupied the public space and they share. »


- Greg Gilman

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Penske Media Purchases Conde Nast's Fairchild Fashion Media Including Women's Wear Daily

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Penske Media Corporation has acquired Conde Nast's Fairchild Fashion Media. The sale includes Fairchild's Women's Wear Daily, Footwear News, Beauty Inc, M and the Fairchild Summits. Fairchild employees will join the new company, with the exception of Gina Sanders, Ffm president and chief executive officer, who has been with Ffm since January 2010. She will remain at Conde Nast parent company Advance Publications in a new role to be disclosed shortly. Fairchild brands Style.com and NowManifest will remain with Conde Nast. Also Read: Conde Nast Launching Video Channels for New Yorker, Lucky and Bon Appetit “Today's announcement reflects our strategy of investing resources in our. »

- Gina Hall

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