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Spotify CEO to Taylor Swift: The Pirates Are Going to Get You

11 November 2014 2:25 PM, PST

Taylor Swift is nowhere to be found on Spotify these days after pulling all of her music from the streaming music service. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek took to the company's blog to warn the pop star that that move might hurt her in the end. See photos: Party Report in Pictures: Taylor Swift, Katie Holmes, Kellan Lutz, and ‘The Expendables’ Muscle in on Hollywood (Photos) “You can't look at Spotify in isolation — even though Taylor can pull her music off Spotify (where we license and pay for every song we've ever played), her songs are all over services and sites. »


- Ryan O'Connell

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Amplify Acquires North American Rights to ‘Felt’

11 November 2014 1:28 PM, PST

Amplify has acquired North American distribution rights to Jason Banker's “Felt,” the company announced Tuesday. Amy Everson co-wrote and stars in the film, which is a genre-bending narrative/documentary mix based on her own real life experiences. Also read: Party Report at AFI Fest: Jessica Chastain, Katharine McPhee, and Woody Allen Karma (Photos) In the film, Everson plays a young woman trying, and almost succeeding, to overcome both a past trauma and the subtle aggressions she experiences daily from the men in her world by immersing herself in her art. By re-appropriating the male form into an unpredictable alter ego, »


- Linda Ge

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‘Backcountry’ Domestic Rights Snapped Up by IFC Midnight

11 November 2014 1:12 PM, PST

IFC Midnight acquired the domestic rights to “Backcountry.” Written and directed by Adam MacDonald, “Backcountry” follows a busy executive and her sporadically employed boyfriend who take a break from city living for a few days of camping. When they have an unsettling encounter with a stranger wandering through the woods alone, they take an impromptu detour that leaves them at the mercy of the wilderness and its ferocious inhabitants. The film had its world premiere in September at the Toronto International Film Festival. Also read: Toronto Party Report in Pictures: Keira Knightley, Adam Driver, Martin Scorsese and a Studio Chief »


- Gina Hall

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‘Boardwalk Empire’ Creator Terence Winter, Lily Tomlin Among Television Academy Governors

11 November 2014 1:09 PM, PST

Boardwalk Empire” creator Terence Winter are among the newly elected members to the Television Academy's Board of Governors. The batch of newly elected governors also include Tammy Golihew and Jill Daniels are also among the newly elected board members, who will serve a first-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2015. Also read: Also read: Television Academy Foundation Announces College TV Awards Winners In addition to the newcomers, former governors Steve Kent and Mark Spatny are returning to the board after a period of absence, and a host of other governors, including “9 to 5” actress Lily Tomlin, have been re-elected to another term. Read »


- Tim Kenneally

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Whoopi Goldberg's Vibrator Named ‘Stanley’ Sets Twitter Abuzz (Video)

11 November 2014 12:56 PM, PST

In case you were wondering, Whoopi Goldberg does own a vibrator and its name is Stanley. “The View” co-host confessed on-air to having the sex toy during a “Hot Topics” segment about a ventriloquist in South Africa who is challenging a Twitter gag order against his puppet. See photos: 26 Daytime Talk Show Personalities Ranked by Popularity The panel, which included “Glee” actress Naya Rivera who was filling in for absent Rosie O'Donnell, discussed whether or not it was fair to ban comedian Conrad Koch from posting to the social media site in the guise of his dummy after being accused. »


- Ryan O'Connell

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Sony Names Nicholas Weiss Senior VP of Creative Advertising

11 November 2014 12:42 PM, PST

Nicholas Weiss has been named senior VP of creative advertising at Sony Pictures Entertainment, it was announced Tuesday by studio executives Dwight Caines and Michael Pavlic, Weiss will report. In his new role, for which he'll report to Pavlic, Weiss will oversee creative advertising campaigns for several of the studio's biggest titles, including the untitled film from writer-director Cameron Crowe and the 24th James Bond movie, both set for release next year. Also read: Sony Names Digital Native Dwight Caines President of Theatrical Marketing “Nick has been a close confidant of ours for years and has done stellar work for this studio. »


- Jeff Sneider

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‘Franklin & Bash’ Canceled by TNT

11 November 2014 12:37 PM, PST

Case dismissed: After four seasons, TNT has canceled the Mark-Paul Gosselaar-Breckin Meyer legal comedy-drama “Franklin & Bash.” To find a probable reason for not ordering a fifth season, one wouldn't have to look too in-depth. Nielsen ratings were down significantly from Season 3 to Season 4: According to Live + 7 Day numbers, “Franklin & Bash” dropped 32 percent in total viewers season-over-season, pulling in 2.3 million per episode in the most-recent run. In the key adults 25-54 demographic, the show's average of 1.1 million viewers was down 26 percent. In another main demo, viewers 18-49, “Franklin & Bash” fell 30 percent »


- Tony Maglio

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‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ Season 7 Premiere Ratings Break Bravo Record

11 November 2014 12:17 PM, PST

For it's seventh season premiere, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” has shown Bravo some southern hospitality in the form of record ratings: More than 3.8 million viewers on Sunday. The castmembers, including NeNe Leakes, Phaedra Parks and Kandi Burruss, brought enough drama to land 2.2 million viewers in the advertiser-coveted 18 to 49 demographic, easily winning the 8 p.m. hour on Sunday and making the episode Bravo's most-watched premiere in network history. Also read: 10 of Bravo's Biggest Hits and Misses The episode, which saw the women in their native Atl and a quick jaunt to Las Vegas, also notched a 23 »


- Matt Donnelly

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Keira Knightley Hung Out With Facebook, Google Founders But Didn't Know Who They Were (Video)

11 November 2014 12:10 PM, PST

Keira Knightley had a lovely time at a private screening of her new movie “The Imitation Game” in Silicon Valley, even if she wasn't quite sure who anyone there was. The actress told Jimmy Kimmel on Monday night about rubbing elbows with some billionaire nerds, including Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Google's Sergey Brin. See photos: Toronto Party Report in Pictures: Keira Knightley, Adam Driver, Martin Scorsese and a Studio Chief in Hockey Gear (Photos) Explaining who hosted the evening, Knightley said: “Some rich … tech … person called Yuri, who was very nice.” The Yuri she's referring to is Yuri Milner, »


- Ryan O'Connell

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Sara Rue, Dean Geyer to Star in Indie Drama ‘Maternal Bonds’ (Exclusive)

11 November 2014 12:06 PM, PST

Sara Rue and Dean Geyer are set to star in the indie drama “Maternal Bonds,” TheWrap has learned. The film, to be directed by Chris Siverston, follows an exhausted set of new parents who are befriended by a seemingly perfect “baby whisperer” named Beth (Rue), who turns out to not be what she seemed. Beth is a single mother herself, who had her baby as the result of an affair with a married man. Also read: Big Screen to Small Screen: 27 Movies Being Made Into TV Shows (Photos) Filming is set to begin this week in Los Angeles. “Maternal Bonds” will be. »


- Linda Ge

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Lucasfilm Sets Release Date for ‘Strange Magic’

11 November 2014 11:21 AM, PST

Lucasfilm Ltd. set a release date for “Strange Magic” for Jan. 23, 2015. The film, to be released by Touchtone Pictures, is inspired by ”A Midsummer Night's Dream” and follows a cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. The soundtrack includes popular songs from the past six decades. Also read: ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Timeline – From Greenlight to J.J. Abrams’ Cast Revealed Vocal talent includes Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife,”), Evan Rachel Wood (“The Ides of March”), Kristin Chenoweth (Broadway's ”Wicked”), Maya Rudolph (“Bridesmaids”), Sam Palladio ( “Nashville”), Alfred Molina (“Chocolat”), Elijah Kelley (“The. »


- Gina Hall

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‘Real Housewives’ Star NeNe Leakes Says ‘Statute of Limitations’ Expired on $20,000 Charitable Donation (Video)

11 November 2014 11:18 AM, PST

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes has not yet made good on a promise she made last May to donate $20,000 to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation. While appearing on Bravo's “Watch What Happens Live” on Sunday, host Andy Cohen inquired about the status of the donation, to which Leakes replied, “Didn't the statute of limitations run out on that?” See video: 'Real Housewives' Kenya Moore Says NeNe Leakes' 'Insecurities' Keep Them From Being Friends “Was there a statute of limitations?” Cohen asked. “Well, it was a long time ago. How about that?” Leakes replied. “The statute of limitations does run out on. »


- Greg Gilman

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‘The Comeback’ Returns to Soft Ratings; ‘Newsroom’ Drops for Final Season Premiere

11 November 2014 11:16 AM, PST

Poor Valerie Cherish has a new reason to pretend she's not disappointed. Will McAvoy's probably not too happy, either. Also read: ‘The Comeback’ Reviews: Lisa Kudrow's Reality TV Satire Is ‘Biting,’ ‘Brilliant’ and ‘Breathtaking’ After nine years off the air, HBO's revival of “The Comeback” — which stars “Friends” alum Lisa Kudrow as Valerie Cherish, an actress attempting to revive her career via reality TV — premiered on Sunday, drawing anemic ratings. The 10 p.m. return of “The Comeback” on Sunday grabbed just 300,000 viewers — less than even the low-performing drama “Looking” drew with its series premiere in January. (That debut had. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Kirk Jones to Direct ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ Sequel for Universal

11 November 2014 11:00 AM, PST

My Big Fat Greek Wedding” is getting a sequel, 12 years after the original film became a surprise hit at the box office. “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” is officially in the works from Gold Circle, HBO and Playtone Productions, with Kirk Jones set to direct the sequel for Universal, who will distribute the film domestically and in certain international territories. Also read: 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' Sequel in the Works Original star Nia Vardalos will return to reprise her role in the sequel, where the revelation of a family secret and an even bigger, fatter wedding brings the Portokalos. »


- Linda Ge

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‘Graceland’ Renewed for Season 3 by USA Network

11 November 2014 11:00 AM, PST

USA Network has ordered a third season of dark drama “Graceland.” It has given the summer series a 13-episode order. From “White Collar” creator Jeff Eastin, “Graceland” follows a group of elusive undercover agents who live in a web of lies while operating under the same roof at a safe house on the beach. See photos: Veterans Day: 14 Real-Life Soldiers Portrayed in Film “This season of Graceland took viewers on a wild ride with unexpected character twists, and a heart-stopping cliffhanger that left a lead character's fate in question,” USA Network president Chris McCumber said in a statement. “Jeff Eastin and. »


- Jethro Nededog

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Nicki Minaj Might Not Even Know What Nazism Is, Whoopi Goldberg Says on ‘The View’ (Video)

11 November 2014 11:00 AM, PST

Whoopi Goldberg wonders whether singer Nicki Minaj even knew what Nazism was before releasing her controversial music video that contains images strikingly similar to that of the Third Reich during World War II. See photos: 7 Cheeky Nicki Minaj 'Anaconda' Cover Spoofs - From 'Simpsons' to 'Spongebob' “We don't teach a lot of history anymore,” Goldberg said. “We don't teach the history of the world, we don't teach the history of World War II, we don't explain what went on.” Guest co-host Naya Rivera, who is filling in for Rosie O'Donnell, disagreed with Goldberg, saying that she doubts Minaj doesn't know about. »


- Ryan O'Connell

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‘Wheel of Fortune’ Host Pat Sajak Walks Off Set, Flips Out After Contestants’ Horseplay (Video)

11 November 2014 10:45 AM, PST

Was Pat Sajak just horsing around on Monday's episode of “Wheel of Fortune,” or was he genuinely peeved at the game‘s contestants? Your guess is as good as ours, but it sure made for entertaining television. See video: 'Wheel of Fortune' Contestant Proves Listening Is a Lost Virtue “Wheel of Fortune” host Sajak had a minor meltdown on his game show after enduring consecutive puzzle-guessing fails on the part of his contestants. The magic moment came as the contestants attempted to solve a puzzle  with the category “What Are You Doing?” See video: Watch 'Wheel of Fortune »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Forever's’ Ioan Gruffudd: Chained and Shirtless in the Line of Duty (Exclusive Photo)

11 November 2014 10:25 AM, PST

No shirt, no shoes, big problems. Ioan Gruffudd (“Fantastic Four”) learns a little something about human bondage Tuesday on his supernatural ABC drama “Forever.” In TheWrap's exclusive photo from the episode, Gruffudd's character, an immortal New York medical examiner named Dr. Henry Morgan, finds himself in a deliciously sexy pickle (for viewers anyway) when he finds himself chained, bound, and um, shirtless. See photos: 62 Fall TV Actors Ranked by Popularity Of course, Gruffudd's character tends to be naked often as part of his multiple returns from death involves coming back sans clothing. The Bdsm-themed episode — titled ”The Ecstasy of Agony” – pits him up against “One. »


- Travis Reilly

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Espn's ‘SportsCenter’ Hits the Road Because ‘It's Not Really 90 Percent News Anymore’

11 November 2014 10:20 AM, PST

Espn's “SportsCenter” debuted in-studio along with the cable channel itself on Sept. 7, 1979. Thirty-five years later, the flagship show is hitting the road with a renewed enthusiasm and regularity. But don't call the recent internal push to do the news on location more often “eventizing” – the word made up by former Fox chief Kevin Reilly – said Rob King, senior vice president for “SportsCenter” and Espn's news division. See photos: Not Quite America's Pastime: 10 Obscure Sports That Made it To the Big Screen (Photos) “I don't think it's about ‘eventizing’ because our world is slightly different than the broader news media »


- Tony Maglio

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Beverly D'Angelo Recalls Real Heat, Fake Snow on ‘Christmas Vacation’ 25th Anniversary (Video)

11 November 2014 10:18 AM, PST

If you woke up with your head sewn to the carpet you wouldn't be more surprised that “Christmas Vacation” is nearing its 25th year anniversary. In a new video out from Fandango, Beverly D'Angelo reveals what it was like to film the famous scene where Clark Griswold lights up the neighborhood with a “grand total of 25,000 imported, Italian twinkle lights.” “I know we were surrounded by artificial snow and it was about 80 degrees,” recalled D'Angelo. “I remember thinking, ‘is this stuff flammable?'” See Photos: 10 Biggest Christmas Day Box Office Openers (Photos) Written by John Hughes, the film was the third installment. »


- Gina Hall

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