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William Hurt Drops Out of 'Midnight Rider'

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William Hurt is dropping out of Midnight Rider, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.  The actor was starring as Gregg Allman in the movie, which had been looking to gear up again after the on-set death of camera assistant Sarah Jones on Feb. 20 due to a train accident.  Director Randall Miller had been trying to re-start the production in Los Angeles, with a goal to resume shooting the film in June. The movie had previously been shooting in Georgia.  Insiders say that if the film

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- Borys Kit

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Meg Ryan to Lend Voice to ‘How I Met Your Dad’

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

CBS’ “How I Met Your Dad” pilot has found a … mother.

Sleepless in Seattle’s” Meg Ryan will narrate the story of the “How I Met Your Mother” spinoff, a la Bob Saget’s involvement in the original.

Greta Gerwig has already been tapped to star in the project as Sally, a woman with Peter Pan syndrome who is trapped in a restless marriage. “Masters of Sex’s” Nick D’Agosto, “Mixology’s” Andrew Santino, “Animal Practice’s” Drew Tarver and “The Crazy Ones’” Tiya Sircar have also been cast.

The pilot, from 20th Century Fox TV, was written by “Modern Family’s” Emily Spivey and “Himym” co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. They are exec producing with Pam Fryman, who will direct the pilot.

Ryan, whose credits include guest starring on Lisa Kudrow’s “Web Therapy,” is also developing an NBC pilot with Marc Lawrence and manager Jane Berliner. »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Jodie Foster Marries Girlfriend Alexandra Hedison

14 hours ago | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Jodie Foster married her girlfriend, photographer Alexandra Hedison, this past weekend. The couple began dating sometime last summer, according to E! Online.

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In addition to Hedison's photography career, which has included showings New York and Los Angeles, she, too, has acted. Most prominently she played Dylan Moreland on Showtime's lesbian-focused drama The L Word for three seasons. In the early 2000s, Hedison was dating Ellen DeGeneres, before they broke things off in 2004.

After years of dodging questions about her sexuality, Foster addressed »

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Summer 2014 Forecast

14 hours ago | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

With Captain America: The Winter Soldier putting up huge numbers, it may seem like we're already in the midst of the Summer box office season. Formally, though, the season kicks off on May 2nd with The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and then runs through the end of August.As is tradition here at Box Office Mojo, we're starting the season off with a list of predictions for the highest-grossing movies. Titles are ranked based on their domestic box office forecast, though foreign predictions are included as well.The Summer will likely be dominated by high-profile sequels like How to Train Your Dragon 2, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. There's still plenty of room for original titles to break out, though, and comedies in particular should have a strong showing this year.Overall, though, the crop doesn't »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Barbie Live-Action Comedy in the Works From Sony, Mattel

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Who says Barbie couldn't possibly resemble a real woman? The iconic flaxen-haired doll will be the namesake of a live-action comedy sometime in the near future, according to Los Angeles Times. Production on the film will begin at the end of the year.

The film, which will be written by Jenny Bicks (Rio 2, What a Girl Wants) and produced by husband and wife Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (Men in Black 3), will draw from the mythos of Barbie in her many guises. »

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No Go, Tarantino: Judge Dismisses Hateful Eight' Lawsuit Against Gawker

17 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A federal district court judge has dismissed Tarantino's suit against Gawker Media. Following the script's leak back in January, Tarantino sued Gawker -- asserting that the online publication had "crossed the journalistic line" and violated copyright law by publishing the script without permission. Gawker maintained that linking to the script was "fair use," as it pertained to their report on Tarantino's reaction to the leak. In court documents quoted by TheWrap, the judge points out that Tarantino's suit is based on speculation and does not establish the facts. He writes, "Plaintiff's Complaint fails to allege the identity of a single third-party infringer, the date, the time, or the details of a single instance of third-party infringement, or, more importantly, how Defendant [Gawker] allegedly caused, induced, or materially contributed to the infringement by those third parties." In spite of dismissing the case, the judge provided Tarantino with the opportunity to file an. »

- Shipra Gupta

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Baby Bump Face-Off! Kerry Washington vs. Stacy Keibler in Baby Bump Cutouts

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We thought Kerry Washington was as bold as a baby-on-board celeb gets when she rocked her Prada two-piece on the SAG Awards red carpet, but it looks like Stacy Keibler is giving the Scandal star a run for her mommy money. The Dancing With the Stars champ stunned in a side cutout column that shows off a good chunk of her newly grown girth. As far as we're concerned, both women deserve a medal of honor for proudly going where no pregnant red carpet walker has gone before. But which style reigns supreme in your book? The ABC star's choice of a cropped top combo is bold for two reasons. 1. Her bump is exposed and 2. The look has a very youthful feel. We love the hot pink and black together, but the wide band and »

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Amy Purdy Shows Off Her Specially Designed 'New Feet' for Dancing with the Stars

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var brightcovevideoid = '3482938712001'; For paralympian Amy Purdy, there are the "everyday feet" and, now, the dancing feet. During a break in rehearsals for Dancing with the Stars, Purdy, 34, whose legs were amputated below the knees when she was 19, displayed the special prosthetics molded to fit high heels. "I wasn't able to get the hip motion with my everyday feet," she tells People. "So I decided to try these other feet. I originally got these just thinking they were a little bit prettier and I could wear a taller heel and maybe for a tango." When she attached them, "It »

- Michele Stueven

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Cannes: M-Appeal Picks Up ‘Summer,’ Sends ‘Boys’ to Taiwan (Exclusive)

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London — Berlin-based M-Appeal World Sales has picked up Dutch coming-of-age drama “Summer,” and closed a further sale on Mischa Kamp’s “Boys.”

“Summer,” directed by Colette Bothof, centers on 16-year-old Anne (Sigrid ten Napel), who feels like an outsider until she meets Lena (Jade Olieberg), a new girl in town who rides a motorbike, wears leather, and is different from everybody else. The two girls rapidly fall for one another, and young love unfolds in all its tender awkwardness.

Bothof’s past credits include “Zwarte zwanen” (Black Swans), which starred Carice van Houten and played at the Rotterdam film festival.

Screenplay was penned by Marjolein Bierens. Pic was produced by Rene Goossens and Annemiek van Gorp of production company De Productie. The pic was backed by the Netherlands Film Fund.

Boys” went to Taiwan’s Joint Entertainment. Previously announced sales include Wolfe Releasing (U.S.), Peccadillo Pictures (U.K.), Tongariro »

- Leo Barraclough

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Egypt Film Censorship Spat Sparks National Controversy

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Controversy is mounting over film censorship in Egypt where the military-backed government has pulled steamy pic “Halawet Rooh,” Arabic for “Sweetness of Spirit,” from movie theatres, overruling the head of the country’s censorship board who resigned in protest sparking outrage.

Ironically the spat comes just after Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” got the green light to be released in Egypt even though its banned in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrein. That had caused Egyptian freedom of expression advocates to cheer.

The decision by interim prime minister Ibrahim Mahlab to unilaterally yank “Sweetness,” which stars Lebanese bombshell Haifa Wehbe, prompted Ahmed Awad, undersecretary to the culture minister and head of the censorship authority, to immediately resign. The censorship board is supposed to be an independent body with final say on whether a movie can be seen by Egyptian auds.

Directed by Sameh Abdel Aziz, “Sweetness” is reportedly loosely based »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Prince William Recalls "Wonderful Memories" With Kate Middleton and Prince George in Australia

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

The royal tour is almost over! On Thursday, the eighteenth day of their trip Down Under, Prince William and Kate Middleton traveled to Canberra, Australia. Their first stop was at the National Arboretum, where the perfect pair planted an English oak tree. Middleton, 32, wore an emerald green Catherine Walker coatdress and paired the look with her favorite L.K. Bennett nude pumps. After the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took turns shoveling dirt, two young boys poured water over the base using bright red watering cans. The royals signed the guestbook and met with groups of local children and their parents. The Duke and Duchess left 9-month-old Prince George at home in the care of his nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion »

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What the HBO-Amazon Deal Means for Netflix and 5 Other Questions Answered

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It’s not TV. It’s not HBO. It’s HBO on Amazon! Yesterday morning, the pay-cable pioneer and the streaming giant announced a multiyear deal to bring many (but not all) of HBO’s older shows to the Amazon Prime Video subscription service. The agreement is obviously good news for Amazon subscribers and any other TV fans considering signing up, since it means access to more high-quality television programs at a relatively affordable annual price. But just how groundbreaking was yesterday’s news? Why did HBO finally agree to stream its shows on a platform it doesn’t own? And is this a death blow to Netflix? Vulture dug a little deeper into the deal and talked to our TV business sources to figure out What It All Means. Read on for the answers.1. How unprecedented is this deal?Very, and not at all. One on level, this agreement »

- Josef Adalian

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William & Kate's Visit Hailed as Historic on Last Night in Australia

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge marked their final night in Australia on Thursday with a cocktail party at the home of their host, who put their visit in historical perspective. Australia's governor-general, Sir Peter Cosgrove, likened the trip to a similar tour Down Under taken in 1927 by William's great-grandfather, the Duke of York - later King George VI - and his wife. "Accounts of their visit note the deafening cheers of the crowds, the fervent and spontaneous greetings of those they met, and the Duchess won hearts from the start - all words that could describe the last couple of weeks, »

- Simon Perry

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Parisian Street Artist Jr Prepares His First Foray Into Ballet

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Earlier this year, the enfant terrible photographer who calls himself Jr made his New York City Ballet debut, wrapping the promenade of the David H. Koch Theater in an enormous photographic mural. The result has been Instagrammed nearly as often as Ellen’s Oscar selfie was, and a relationship with Nycb was born. On April 29, it will bear fruit, as Jr’s first foray into ballet—a collaboration with the video director and musician Woodkid, with an assist from Nycb’s Peter Martins himself—premieres. It’s called Les Bosquets, and, he says, it “is about the French riots of 2005. I was even thinking of taking the dancers to the streets of Paris. I am sure that these two worlds that are completely opposite, the projects of Paris and the ballet world, could actually get together.” They certainly do cross paths in Jr himself, a graffiti brat turned sophisticated photographer, »

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Avril Lavigne Laughs Off Racist Backlash Over "Hello Kitty" Music Video: "I Love Japanese Culture"

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Uh, really?! Avril Lavigne doesn't think her "Hello Kitty" music video is the least bit offensive. The colorful video features the 29-year-old singer wearing a cupcake tutu and prancing around Tokyo, flanked by a quartet of Asian women dressed in matching outfits. Other scenes show Lavigne playing air guitar and drinking sake. At one point during the song, the Canadian crooner recites Japanese lyrics. As a result, Billboard slammed the "trainwreck" music video for its "Japan fetishization" and called out Lavigne for "parading around with four identical, creepily expressionless Asian women." Fans were equally outraged and tweeted about their frustrations. "Not sure if this »

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Gold Derby Emmy Mvp: Voters need to save room for the women of 'Parenthood'

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I know it's tempting to keep nominating Maggie Smith for her cutting one-liners on "Downton Abbey," and I certainly wouldn't deny defending Emmy champ Anna Gunn another turn for the great last season of "Breaking Bad," but if Emmy voters want to truly represent the best acting of the season, they should reserve a few seats for the women of "Parenthood" in the Drama Supporting Actress race. -Break- Gold Derby Emmy Mvp: Emily Bergl steals scenes and hearts on 'Shameless' It's possible Monica Potter came close last year. NBC staged an aggressive campaign to bring attention to the actress, who had an emotional story arc in which her character, Kristina Braverman, battled breast cancer. The effort resulted in a Critics' Choice Award for Best Drama Supporting Actress and nominations from the Golden Globes and the Television Critics Association, but Emmy voters, ever set in their ways, picked from »

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Bronze Statue of Roger Ebert to Be Unveiled in Chicago

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Chicago (AP) – Roger Ebert's final blog posting last April ended with his hopeful sign-off, "I'll see you at the movies." The award-winning film critic died two days later. Visitors to the central Illinois theater that hosts the annual "Ebertfest" film festival he started now may feel like they saw him at the movies. A life-sized bronze statue of the longtime Chicago Sun-Times critic will be formally unveiled Thursday outside of the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, which is next to Urbana, where Ebert grew up. Photos: Roger Ebert's Top 20 Best- and Worst-Reviewed Films His

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American Idol: Caleb Johnson Has the Moment of the Night

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Just like Donny and Marie, American Idol's Top 6 were a little bit country and little bit rock 'n' roll Wednesday night. Each contestant performed two songs, and the results were mixed for most, with judges' comments varying as much as the song selection. Birthday boy Caleb Johnson had the super save and magical moment of the night while rocking "Sting Me" when he lost his mic before catching it without missing a beat. "Now that was some rock 'n' roll!" said a standing Jennifer Lopez about the performance, which earned roars from the audience. "You created a moment!" Johnson »

- Wade Rouse

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AMC Networks to Acquire German Channel KinoweltTV

1 hour ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

  AMC/Sundance Channel Global, a unit of AMC Networks, said Thursday it has reached an agreement to acquire German network KinoweltTV.   Financial terms weren't disclosed.   The 24/7 basic pay TV network, distributed in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, airs classic and contemporary films. ‎‎   "The acquisition expands AMC/Sundance Channel Global’s European presence with full distribution across all platforms in German-speaking Europe," the company said.‎ The transaction is subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions, including regulatory approval.   AMC Networks, led by CEO Josh Sapan, previously acquired Liberty Global's international channels business Chellomedia for $1 billion.

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Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash Cleared of Sex Abuse Charges

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Kevin Clash, the voice of Sesame Street's Elmo for 28 years, has been cleared of three charges of sexual abuse after an appeals court threw out the cases. Clash, 53, was accused by multiple men of sexually abusing them over 10 years ago when they were minors. Multiple lawsuits were filed, but in July 2013, a New York judge said that the claims were made too late, as they were outside the state's statute of limitations, which provides that a lawsuit has to be filed within six years of the event or three years after a plaintiff turns 21. Story: Elmo

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