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‘The Flash’ & ‘Arrow’ DC Comics Superhero Spinoff in Development at CW

16 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The CW is developing a DC Comics superhero spinoff featuring characters and actors from both “The Flash” and “Arrow,” Deadline reports.

The untitled project is being eyed for the next season, as a straight-to-series order, and comes from “Arrow” creators Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim.

The spinoff would star “Arrow’s” Brandon Routh, who plays Ray Palmer/the Atom, plus Caity Lotz, along with “The Flash’s” Victor Garber as Dr. Martin Stein, and Wentworth Miller as villain Leonard Snart/Captain Cold. Lotz’s character is unclear, given that her character Sara Lance was killed off on “Arrow,” with Katie Cassidy taking over the Black Canary. Other “Flash” and “Arrow” characters could potentially crossover into the series as well.

The superhero team-up will also feature three major DC Comics characters who have never been in a television series before.

At the winter Television Critics Assn. press tour, CW »


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‘Insurgent’ On Track for Bigger Opening Than ‘Divergent’

26 February 2015 8:58 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Insurgent” is heading for a $57 million opening weekend, according to industry tracking.

If that number holds, the debut will be bigger than that of “Divergent,” the first film adaptation of Veronica Roth’s bestselling series of novels. That initial chapter in the futuristic franchise kicked off to $54.6 million last March, going on the make $150.9 million domestically and $288.7 million worldwide.

With nearly a month to go before “Insurgent” premieres on March 20, that opening figure could improve. It’s good news for Lionsgate, the studio behind the films, because the “Divergent” series is seen as a key part of its future given that this year brings the final installment in its lucrative “Hunger Games” series.

It’s possible that the stronger tracking is partially attributable to star Shailene Woodley’s higher profile after the success of “The Fault in Our Stars.” The romantic drama was a hit because it attracted many of »


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Your Daily Cry: Benedict Cumberbatch Writes Letter to Grieving Family of Sherlock Fan

23 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

After hearing about the death of a young Sherlock fan, Benedict Cumberbatch wrote a touching letter to the family of 14-year-old Eve Shepherd, apologizing for missing her funeral because he was "filming the show she loved." "It was absolutely unbelievable," her father Mark Shepherd, 47, tells People of receiving the letter. "We know that Eve would have been jumping for joy. "For him to have spent time to write to us and to comfort us in such a very difficult time is incredible," he says. "We knew that he was a lovely man before, but to spend time when he was »


- Tara Fowler, @waterfowlerta

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Rosamund Pike Dives into 'The Deep Blue Good-by' with Christian Bale

21 hours ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Oscar-nominated "Gone Girl" star Rosamund Pike is in talks to headline Fox's "The Deep Blue Good-by" opposite Christian Bale. Directed by James Mangold ("3:10 to Yuma," "Walk the Line," "The Wolverine"), this is based on John D. MacDonald's 1964 novel, the first in a series of 21 books that follow "savage consultant" Travis McGee (Bale), a bachelor who recovers other people's property for money and gets mixed up with women and criminals along the way. (Variety reports here.) The script is penned by cult crime writer Dennis Lehane ("Gone Baby Gone," "Shutter Island"), with Scott Frank chiseling away at a recent draft. No details yet on who exactly Pike will play, but she will be the female lead here. Pike will shoot "The Deep Blue Good-by" before heading into the plane crash survival drama "The Mountain Between Us" (also co-penned by Scott Frank) opposite Charlie Hunnam. She also has a »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Baz Luhrmann Tells Us All About His New Netflix Show, The Get Down

23 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Baz Luhrmann has started casting his new Netflix drama The Get Down — and he’s not just looking for established talent with agents. In an exclusive interview with Vulture, the director/producer says that while he’s “already looking at some great talent out there who are professionals,” he’s also determined to feature undiscovered performers on his first-ever TV series, which will explore the rise of hip-hop culture from the ashes of New York City’s 1970s malaise. To find that unknown talent, Luhrmann and his production team today are launching TheGetDownCasting.com, a site where performers will be able to submit video auditions. Their initial focus: finding African-American and Latino actors (male and female) between the ages of 18 and 21. “The thing is, the entire show is hung on bright young people,” Luhrmann explains. “There are many professional [actors] at that age. But I don’t want to miss some »


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Here’s Where We Stand on True Detective Season 2

21 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The second season of True Detective is currently shooting, which means that the next installment of the series is well on its journey from meme to actual thing. It's been a few months since the last time we checked in with Nic Pizzolatto's dark dream, so here's what we know now about its cast, production, and plot. (There will be mild spoilers, so don't read this post if you want to go in as blind and pure as a newborn.) The Cast What we already knew: Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn will star, with Farrell as "compromised detective" Ray Velcoro and Vaughn as Frank Semyon, "a career criminal in danger of losing his empire." What we know now: Rounding out our quartet of leads are two more Hollywood reclamation projects, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch. McAdams is Ani Bezzerides, a "no-nonsense" sheriff, while Kitsch is Paul Woodrugh, a veteran »


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TV Ratings: 'How to Get Away With Murder' Wraps Steady Freshman Run

15 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

ABC bid adieu to How to Get Away With Murder on Thursday night. The network's top freshman on the 2014-15 season aired two episodes, averaging a 2.7 and a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49. Steady with last week in its 10 p.m. slot, Murder has been a consistent performer for ABC and the No. 2 new show on broadcast all season. Though the network hasn't officially ordered a second season, it's just a formality at this point. Elsewhere on the network, Grey's Anatomy (2.2 adults) lost two-tenths of a point from last week's

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Get to Know the Real Nicolas Winding Refn, Warts and All, in His Wife's New Doc

17 minutes ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Liv Corfixen chronicles the making of her husband's critically skewered 2013 "Drive" followup "Only God Forgives," an under-appreciated film that I suspect and hope (perhaps in vain) will blossom over time. If you haven't seen "Only God Forgives," it's like if David Lynch took quaaludes and directed a spaghetti Western in Thailand. A sort of extended making-of doc, "My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn" is a fascinating portrait of the artist and his anxieties, closing in on Refn's masochistic need to deliver greatness by reproducing the international success of "Drive," his 2011 Cannes smash that won him Best Director and $75 million at the box office. "I've spent three years making this film and I don't know what it's about," Refn opines in one of the opening sections in which Corfixen gives us a glimpse at their shared world, with their two adorable blond children along for the ride in Bangkok, where "Only God. »


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Madonna Says Europe "Feels Like Nazi Germany," Slams Intolerance and Antisemitism in France

18 minutes ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Madonna's not afraid to speak her mind! In a recent interview with French radio station Europe 1, the 56-year-old singer slammed "the level of intolerance" in France and across all of Europe, saying, it "feels like Nazi Germany." "We're living in crazy times," she said. "Antisemitism is at an all-time high...It's not just happening in France, it's all over Europe. But particularly in France." "It was a country that embraced everyone and encouraged freedom in every way shape or form," she said. "Now that's completely gone." This isn't the first time Madge has spoken out on this issue. During a July 2012 concert in Paris, she »

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TV Ratings: 'How To Get Away With Murder' tops Victoria's Secret on Thursday

18 minutes ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Fast National ratings for Thursday, February 26, 2015. The two-hour season finale of "How To Get Away With Murder" did big numbers for ABC on Thursday, helping the network easily win the night among young viewers. But even though "Murder" more-than-doubled the "Victoria's Secret Swim Special," a new "Big Bang Theory" still allowed CBS win Thursday overall. While CBS discovered the limits of the Victoria's Secret brand -- the star-studded annual Fashion Show special is a reliable annual smash -- the network saw respectable second week retention for "The Odd Couple" and an Ok time period premiere for "Mom," which held onto all of its "Big Bang Theory" repeat lead-in.  Over on NBC, the news was mixed, with "The Blacklist" getting a tiny bump in its first airing without "Scandal" competition, but both "The Slap" and "Allegiance" remained untenably low. Fox's "American Idol" added a few viewers overall and was flat in »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Emmys predictions for Best Drama Series: 'House of Cards,' 'Mad Men,' ...

19 minutes ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

With an Oscar season that felt longer than it took to make "Boyhood" now in the rearview mirror, we can focus all of our attention on an awards season that seems to fly by each year: the Emmy Awards. This year the TV academy decided to add some drama to their highest honor by shaking up the rules in the top Comedy and Drama races. Not only will there now be seven nominees in each category -- up from six -- but their placement in each category will now be determined by their runtime (60 minutes you're Drama; 30 minutes you're Comedy). Last year, I went five for six at predicting the Drama Series nominees (I will never doubt you again, "Downton Abbey"). That additional seventh seat means there will be a whopping three open slots as last year's champ "Breaking Bad" has wrapped up and nominee "True Detective" is being pushed to the Limited Series categories, »


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Jack O’Connell Suffers (Again) and Shines in Northern Ireland Thriller ’71

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In the last three films I’ve seen him in, Jack O’Connell has physically suffered so much onscreen that I think he’s accidentally atoned for humanity’s sins. The 25-year-old actor, who ably held together Angelina Jolie’s WWII epic Unbroken and David Mackenzie’s intense prison drama Starred Up, is now at the center of Yann Demange’s brutal ’71, and once again he experiences the tortures of the damned. Luckily, he’s riveting in the role: The film, about a novice British soldier cut off from his unit during a riot in Belfast, is less about words and more about the varieties of terror in a young man’s eyes. '71 starts off in a procedural vein, as we watch Gary Hook (O’Connell) and his fellow soldiers (most of whom look like teenagers) in training — boxing, running, combat drills — before learning that they’re being deployed to Belfast. »


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Emmys predictions for Best Comedy Series: 'Modern Family,' 'Jane the Virgin,' ...

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As the saying goes: drama is easy, comedy is hard. That rings no truer than trying to predict the nominees for Best Comedy Series this early in the game ... but I'll try anyway. I predicted all six of last year's nominees (see all of my previous predix here). This year, only five of these are back in contention due to the new rule where the category is determined by running time (60 minutes you’re drama; 30 minutes you’re comedy). That pushes last year's comedy contender "Orange is the New Black" into the drama race. And there will also be a seventh nominee in both series races, too. Taking all this into account, let's take a look at what I'm predicting. -Break- Related: Marcus James Dixon's Emmy predictions for Best Comedy Series: 'Transparent,' 'Grace and Frankie,' ... "Modern Family" - Season 6 With five consecutive nominations and five consecutive wins, "Modern Family" ties. »


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Giuliana Rancic Claims She Did not Write Zendaya ‘Dreadlocks’ Joke, Says Billy Bush (Video)

24 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Giuliana Rancic did not write her now-infamous “dreadlocks” joke, according to a new report released Friday. “Access Hollywood’s” Billy Bush claims he spoke with Rancic recently and she denied crafting the red-carpet joke about singer-actress Zendaya herself. The “Fashion Police” co-host said that a staff writer came up with it. Also Read: Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals (Photos) “That joke was a written joke, which means, a lot of people involved and nobody saw racism in this at all,” Bush said. “I don’t think they would have put it on the air several hours later if there was.” However, »


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#TheDress Debate Divides ‘Today Show,’ Ktla Morning News Team (Video)

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Morning news programs across the country said yes to #TheDress debate that took social media by storm on Thursday, and NBC’s “Today Show” led the charge by dedicating a segment explaining the “optical illusion,” which divided the team. Also Read: How #TheDress Took Over Social Media “This is a perception issue,” lasik and cataract surgeon Dr. Paul Dougherty said on “Today” on Friday via Skype. “It’s the way the brain processes information that comes in. And everyone’s brain is different, so even though it’s the same stimulus coming in — which it is — everyone processes the information differently. »


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Cuban Film Restoration Project Launched at UCLA

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The UCLA Film & Television Archive is partnering with Cuba’s national film archive to restore, exhibit and distribute pre-revolutionary Cuban cinema.

It’s the first collaboration between the Cinematica de Cuba archive and a U.S. cultural institution.

Luciano Castillo, director of the archive, told Variety the project is the first organized effort to preserve three decades of Cuban cimema from 1932 to 1960.

“We are in danger of losing many of these films if they’re not restored,” he said. “This effort is important to introduce these films to current and future generations.”

The preservation project is still at the research phase, according to Jon-Christopher Horak, director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Plans are for the new prints to be struck with English subtitles and for the restored films to be digitized.

Castillo said that possible candidates for restoration are a 1930 Cuban silent film “La Virgen de la Caridad” (“The »


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Viola Davis Reveals How to Get Away With Murder's Alternate Twist Ending

33 minutes ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

There was a How to Get Away With Murder ending you didn't see…yet. And it sounds very dramatic. Viola Davis appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live (via satellite, she was stuck in Ohio) and revealed the show shot two endings. You saw the ending that made the cut, but the one that's on the editing room floor… Spoilers! "The one that we didn't use, I just walk down the stairs to the cellar and I'm calling Rebecca's name and I find her dead in her chair, tied up. I love the ending by the way," Davis told Jimmy Kimmel. I just think it's still heart pounding. It's just filled with so many moments that we didn't expect. I'm glad I didn't have anything to do with it, »


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‘The Eternal Zero’ Takes Eight Japan Academy Awards

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Tokyo — Takashi Yamazaki’s controversial World War II kamikaze drama “The Eternal Zero” swept eight Japan Academy prizes at the 38th awards ceremony, held at a Tokyo hotel Friday evening.

Based on a novel by outspoken nationalist author Naoki Hyakuta, the film tells the story of a skilled veteran pilot (Junichi Okada) of the famed Zero fighter plane who is reviled by some of his comrades for wanting to finish the war alive, but changes his mind once he begins instructing young pilots destined for one-way suicide flights. The film was the biggest live-action hit of 2014, earning $68 million (8.1 billion yen).

“The Eternal Zero” won Picture of the Year honors and Yamazaki was named best director.

Meanwhile, star Okada received the best actor award, as well as a best supporting actor prize for his work in the Takashi Koizumi period drama “A Samurai Chronicle.” He is the first male actor to »


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Lara Logan Hospitalized for Internal Bleeding

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Lara Logan was admitted to a hospital near Washington D.C. on Wednesday where the 60 Minutes corespondent is being treated for diverticulitis, a digestive disease, and internal bleeding. "We wish her a speedy recovery," a CBS spokesperson tells People of the veteran journalist. While it's unclear how long Logan will remain in the hospital, her health scare comes less than a month after the network lost it's longtime newsman Bob Simon after he was killed in a Manhattan car crash. Logan, who is originally from South Africa, officially joined CBS in 2002 as a correspondent on 60 Minutes where she extensively covered »


- Emily Strohm, @emablonde

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Kendall & Kylie Jenner: ‘Kardashians’ Spinoff Series in Works? (Exclusive)

1 hour ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Kendall and Kylie Jenner are being eyed for their own E! reality show.

The prospect of a “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” spinoff series focusing on the two teen members of the reality TV clan has been discussed at E! and Ryan Seacrest Prods. A show insider tells Variety that a spinoff is on the drawing board although it’s unclear how quickly it might come together. Sources caution that there have been no formal negotiations with the Jenner siblings.

But putting a bigger spotlight on the daughters of Kris Kardashian and Bruce Jenner is an obvious next step for E! as Kendall and Kylie’s celebrity and social media following has grown by leaps and bounds during the past year.

Kendall, the new face Estée Lauder, is currently walking major New York and Milan Fashion Week runways. Kylie, who has her own hair extension line, has over 18 million Instagram followers, »


- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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