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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 6 Performances - The Music of Queen

25 April 2012 4:59 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It isn't easy to sing the music of Queen. It's not enough to be a talented singer. Remember when the mentors from "The Voice" did that awful Queen medley last season? Exactly. All four of them could sing, but being able to sing isn't the same as being able to sing a song specifically tailored for the voice of Freddie Mercury. I'd say that all six of our remaining "American Idol" contestants can sing. But none of them have a Freddie Mercury-style voice. In fact, the guy who seemed most likely to be able to sing a Queen song, albeit with »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Embattled SAG Pension & Health CEO Resigns

25 April 2012 4:41 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Bruce Dow, a 28-year employee of the SAG Pension and Health Plan and its current CEO, has resigned effective April 30, the organization’s board of trustees announced today. He had previously been on a sixty day medical leave starting in January, and then returned to work a few weeks ago. According to the statement, COO Chris Dowdell, a 20-year veteran of the Plan, will serve as interim CEO. Dow, the statement said, will continue as a consultant for a term and salary that were not disclosed. Pending in state court is a wrongful termination suit filed March 22

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- Jonathan Handel

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'Sex and the City', 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' Townhomes Sell for Millions

25 April 2012 4:41 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Two luxurious Manhattan residences that served as homes to a pair of Hollywood's most iconic single ladies have sold for several million dollars each. Story: Sarah Jessica Parker Reacts to CW's 'Sex and the City' Prequel One served as exterior to the Upper East Side apartment of Holly Golightly, the socialite party girl famously played by Audrey Hepburn in 1961's Breakfast at Tiffany's. The other was the West Village townhouse where Carrie Bradshaw -- the lovelorn columnist of HBO's Sex and the City, played by Sarah Jessica Parker -- would unwind on the stoop with a cigarette after an evening of Cosmo-

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- Seth Abramovitch

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Martin Scorsese: I Would Make Every Post-'Raging Bull' Film in 3D

25 April 2012 4:38 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

"The Age of Innocence 3D"?  That might have been the case if the 3D technology had been around when Martin Scorsese first filmed Edith Wharton's tragic love story.  After shooting "Hugo" in 3D last year and earning an Oscar nomination for his efforts, Scorsese has become such a convert to the format that he said at a CinemaCon panel on Wednesday that he would have shot all of his "post-'Raging Bull" films in three dimension.  Also read: Ang Lee: 3D is the Future, But Shooting 'Life of Pi' is a Learning CurveRaging Bull” came »


- Brent Lang

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James Cameron Hoping to Mine Asteroids

25 April 2012 4:30 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

James Cameron just got back from his trip to the very bottom of the ocean, and now he's putting his money into space. The Avatar filmmaker is teaming with a group of investors (including Google CEO Larry Page) to finance a new initiative that will send robo-ships into space to mine nearby asteroids for precious metals like platinum and gold. The investors also hope to build a space-set refueling station for their missions within the next several years. And what happens when the blue people living on the asteroids say "no"? (Then you've got your inciting incident!) »


- Kyle Buchanan

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Sean Penn Receives 2012 Peace Summit Award for Work in Haiti

25 April 2012 4:30 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Good deeds don't go unnoticed. Oscar winner Sean Penn was honored with the 2012 Peace Summit Award today in Chicago for his strong role in the aftermath of Haiti's tragic earthquake in January 2010. "It's an overused phrase, I know, but I trust you know its genuine today, I am humbled. I'm trembling and I like it," Penn said while sharing the stage with the Dalai Lama and former Polish President Lech Walesa. An emotional Penn used this time to urge more aid for Haiti. "It would take a poet laureate to describe for you the courage and the dignity of (Haiti's) people," he said. "There are no people on earth more willing to pull themselves up by their »


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Yahoo Unveils New Shows From Jeff Goldblum, 'Rock of Ages' Creators

25 April 2012 4:29 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Yahoo unveiled a third slate of original video programming at its NewFront presentation on Wednesday, this time targeting men with shows from Jeff Goldblum and Sal Masekela. This group of shows will cover topics like sports, fashion and relationships. Goldblum is developing a talk show while Masakela, a fixture during the X Games, will host “Stunt Nation.” Both will debut in July. Also read: Katie Couric to Host Online Talk Show on Yahoo Yahoo will also launch four other shows as part of the slate, one a men’s guide, two relating to sports »


- Lucas Shaw

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Cannes 2012: Foresight to Shop Mark Wahlberg and Pete Berg's 'Lone Survivor'

25 April 2012 4:23 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Peter Berg's Lone Survivor -- teaming Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster -- will be shopped to foreign buyers at the Cannes film market by Foresight Unlimited. The $48 million pic is sure to be a high-profile title on the Croisette. Photos: Cannes Film Festival: Veterans Ready to Return to the Croisette Lone Survivor is an adaptation of Marcus Luttrell's novel -- based upon true events -- and chronicles the failed June 28, 2005, mission "Operation Red Wings," in which four members of Seal Team 10 were tasked to capture or kill Taliban leader Ahmad Shah. But when their mission is

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- Pamela McClintock

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Anti-Merger Lawsuit Lives on Even Though SAG Doesn't

25 April 2012 4:22 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SAG filed its answer today in the federal lawsuit brought in February by opponents of SAG/AFTRA merger who sought to enjoin the merger referendum ballot count. Yes, the lawsuit lives on, even though the judge denied the injunction four weeks ago and merger passed overwhelmingly, with an 82 percent thumbs up from SAG members and 86 percent from AFTRA.

And, no, “SAG filed its answer” is not a typo. In a bizarre twist, the suit as it stands continues to name the now defunct organization as a defendant. The SAG/AFTRA merger

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- Jonathan Handel

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National Research Group Co-Founder Launches Capstone Global Marketing

25 April 2012 4:21 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Catherine Paura, co-founder of the National Research Group, has launched Capstone Global Marketing and Research Group, a marketing research and consulting firm hoping to upgrade the way studios market movies. Paura founded Capstone with her sister, Angela, another Nrg vet and CEO of Advanced Marketing Perspectives, which will be integrated into Capstone. “We would like to be able to partner with the studios to look at the 21st-century consumer, which has morphed into a different kind of consumer given social media and the Internet,” Catherine Paura told TheWrap.  Also Read: Matt Jacobson at TheGrill: »


- Lucas Shaw

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Lindsay Lohan to Attend White House Correspondents' Dinner; Yes, She's Invited

25 April 2012 4:11 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Lindsay Lohan is going to Washington -- and no, it's not to testify before Congress against the overly aggressive and intrusive tactics of paparazzi. The "Mean Girls" actress will appear at this Saturday's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. She will attend the event, which each year merges humor and politics, with her attorney, Shawn Holley, as guests of Fox News personality Greta Van Susteren and her husband, John Coale, the actress' publicist told TheWrap. Also read: Lindsay Lohan Officially on for Elizabeth Taylor Biopic Lohan will be in good company at the annual »


- Tim Kenneally

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Ang Lee: 3D is the Future, But Shooting 'Life of Pi' is a Learning Curve

25 April 2012 4:11 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ang Lee knows 3D is the future, but that didn’t make it any easier to shoot his forthcoming “Life of Pi” in the format. “I’m dealing with a kid, a tiger and water ... so the learning curve is enormous,” Lee told theater owners at CinemaCon on Wednesday as part of a panel discussion with Martin Scorsese. Lee said that he had to teach himself a new way to think visually because he had been used to shooting in two dimensions. Then there were the technical challenges of using the larger cameras required. “It’s »


- Brent Lang

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The Amazing Spider-Man Toys Unleashed—and the Spoilers They Reveal!

25 April 2012 4:00 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The Amazing Spider-Man is a little more than two months away from unspooling in theaters, but Spidey senses are already tingling over the 3-D blockbuster's toy tie-ins. But do they offer up any clues about what moviegoers can look forward to in the highly-anticipated reboot? Perhaps. At today's Time to Play event in New York City, Hasbro unleashed a few new playthings featuring everyone's favorite webslinger. The toys swing into stores this spring. Marvel's The Amazing Spider-Man Electronic Figure is a 10-inch Spider-Man that features light-up chest insignia and a web launcher that enables our hero to fire three different web projectiles. No word if the triple-threat »


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Cannes 2012: K5 Boards Mira Nair's 'Reluctant Fundamentalist'

25 April 2012 4:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Cologne, Germany - German/Brit group K5 has taken world sales duties on terrorist thriller The Reluctant Fundamentalist from acclaimed Indian helmer Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding). Photos: Cannes Film Festival: Veterans Ready to Return to the Croisette The drama, which K5 will first pitch to buyers at the Marche du Film in Cannes next month, is an adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name by Mohsin Hamid. It focuses on Changez, a young Pakistani man working on Wall Street and eager to join the American elite, whose life is fateful changed  by the September 11 attacks. He begins to

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- Scott Roxborough

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'Revenge' Star Connor Paolo on Daniel's Trial: 'Someone's Gonna Have Their Life Destroyed' (Video)

25 April 2012 3:56 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

After months of anticipation, Revenge fans will finally go inside the courtroom for the trial of Daniel Grayson (Josh Bowman) -- where Connor Paolo’s character Declan Porter will take the stand as one of the key witnesses in the murder of Tyler Barrol (Ashton Holmes). “Someone’s gotta go under the bus,” Paolo told The Hollywood Reporter during a recent visit to the THR Cover Lounge. “He has to decide whether it’s going to be his brother, his girlfriend or her brother. No matter what he does, whether he keeps silent, whether he speaks up, and regardless of what he says,

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- Sophie A. Schillaci

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Jason Trawick Gets Shared Legal Control Over Britney Spears

25 April 2012 3:55 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jason Trawick, Britney Spears's fiancé, was approved as a co-conservator for the pop star by a Los Angeles judge Wednesday. "Jamie's thrilled," his attorney Geraldine Wyle told reporters following the hearing, referring to Spears's father. "It's all in the family." Wyle also clarified that the request to add Trawick came at Britney's request, not Jamie's.Conservators typically have legal authority over a person's general well-being, which includes decisions about food, clothing and medical care. A source close to the singer previously told People that Britney enjoys plenty of personal freedom and that the conservatorship is mostly in name only. »


- Ken Lee

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Hero Complex Film Fest announces full line-up: Nathan Fillion, Zack Snyder, Edgar Wright, Stan Lee

25 April 2012 3:54 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Like a Comic-Con in miniature, the Hero Complex Film Festival — held by The Los Angeles Times and hosted by lead Hero Complex writer Geoff Boucher — has quickly proven to be a great weekend for A-list geek-outs. In previous years, films like The Dark Knight, AlienDick Tracy, and Iron Man have screened at the festival, followed by Q&As with the top creative people behind the films, like Christopher Nolan, Ridley Scott, Warren Beatty, and Jon Favreau (with surprise guest Robert Downey, Jr.).

This year’s festival includes the zombie double-header Dawn of the Dead and Shaun of the Dead »


- Adam B. Vary

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'American Idol' Season 4 Runner-Up Bo Bice Has a Baby Girl

25 April 2012 3:51 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Former American Idol finalist Bo Bice, 36, and his wife of seven years, Caroline Bice, are the proud parents of a healthy baby girl, Merrin Elizabeth Joy Bice, who was born on April 23. The Idol alum met his wife in 2005 and they were married shortly after Bice placed second on season four to future country star Carrie Underwood. Bice and Caroline also have three sons, Merrin's big brothers: Adain, 7; Caleb, 3; and Ean, 2. Video: 'American Idol's' Colton Dixon: Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance' 'Turned Off My Audience' With three albums under his belt, the Alabama native’s debut offering,

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- Portia Medina

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The Power Rankings! Men vs. Girls! Popes vs. Sorcerers! Sitcom Fight Club! Flux!

25 April 2012 3:46 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Welcome to The Power Rankings! for the week ending April 22. And if you think the bloodshed ends here, you're as insane as King Joffrey. Look, last week might have been the most competitive version of The Power Rankings! ever, and while we lost Justified to its season finale, one great sitcom retuned and the makings of another great one premiered. So, yeah, if you want blood, you've got it. Television is pretty competitively great right now. On my command, unleash hell! Photos: 'Game of Thrones' Season 2 Preview Fyi: The Power Rankings! are where television series are ranked on

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- Tim Goodman

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'Ice Age’ Live Show Producers Discuss Original Film and New Characters

25 April 2012 3:44 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

London – Producers of "Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure," an original live show based on Fox's Ice Age film franchise, provided some glimpses into the show and its planned new characters on Wednesday. And they unveiled the Scrat character whose look, costume and antics drew applause. News Corp.'s Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products unit last year struck a deal with European live entertainment producer and promoter Stage Entertainment to launch the show, which will combine ice skating, aerial arts, kung fu, puppetry and more, in early November of this year. After a debut at London’s Wembley Arena,

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- Georg Szalai

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