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NBC Pulls 'Best Friends Forever' From Schedule

27 April 2012 4:52 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NBC has pulled the plug on midseason comedy Best Friends Forever, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Created by Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, who also star, the half-hour series bowed in early April to 4 million viewers and a 1.2 rating in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demo before dipping in the ratings. "Bff Fans: Wanted to let you know that our show is being taken off the air until the summer. Hoping to post ep 5 & 6 online asap. We love u," Parham wrote Friday afternoon on Twitter. She followed up by thanking

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- Philiana Ng

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NBC Yanks Best Friends Forever

27 April 2012 4:45 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Bff is about to go Mia. The quirky NBC comedy Best Friends Forever has been pulled from the schedule, effective immediately, according to co-creator and star Lennon Parham. "Our show is being taken off the air until the summer," she tweeted. "Hoping to post ep 5 & 6 online asap." Except for Smash, NBC hasn't had much luck with its midseason replacements this year: The Firm flamed out early, Awake is struggling, and the network double-pumped and under-promoted its well-liked sitcom Bent. »


- Kyle Buchanan

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Sam Raimi to Produce MGM's 'Poltergeist' Remake (Exclusive)

27 April 2012 4:45 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sam Raimi is boarding MGM’s Poltergeist. The filmmaker, who got his start with the Evil Dead horror movies, will produce the remake of the 1982 film -- which Steven Spielberg produced and co-scripted from his original story -- with Nathan Kahane, Roy Lee, and Robert Tapert. Story: Disney's Sam Raimi Directed 'Oz' Begins Filming in Michigan Despite some reports, Raimi is not directing the remake but will help oversee the search for a helmer. David Lindsay-Abaire, who worked on Disney's Oz: The Great and Powerful for Raimi, is working on the script, which focuses on a family whose house was

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- Borys Kit

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Judd Apatow's Raunchy-Sweet 'This is 40' Comes of Age (Trailer)

27 April 2012 4:44 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Judd Apatow is bringing his brand of raunchy-sweet comedy to the big screen again in "This is 40."  As the title suggests, Apatow's latest directorial outing -- his first since "Funny People" in 2009 -- finds a familiar cast of characters cracking wise about their midlife crises. Apatow's real-life wife, Leslie Mann, reprises her role as Debbie from "Knocked Up," with Paul Rudd picking up where Pete left off in this sequel (of sorts) to Apatow's 2007 hit. Jason Segel, Melissa McCarthy, Megan Fox and Lena Dunham round out the cast. Judging by »


- Kasia Anderson

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'Five-Year Engagement's' Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller Explain Cutting Full-Frontal Nudity, Reveal Other Deleted Scenes (Video)

27 April 2012 4:38 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Fans of Forgetting Sarah Marshall will most likely enjoy The Five-Year Engagement, which reunites Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller. Segel, who wrote and starred in Sarah Mashall and Stoller, who directed it, return to co-write, star (Segel) and direct (Stoller) The Five-Year Engagement. Photos: 'The Five-Year Engagement' Premiere Red Carpet Arrivals Forgetting Sarah Marshall not only proved Segel’s abilities as a leading man and writer, but also left him fully exposed to the world in one major full-frontal nudity scene. However, moviegoers won’t get to see a repeat performance from Segel in Five-Year Engagement,

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- Rebecca Ford

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The Weekend Watch: 'Bernie,' 'The Inkeepers,' and McKee's 'Woman'

27 April 2012 4:20 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

You've got a lot of options for what to watch and how, and we want to help you plan your weekend with a new column where we'll highlight three things you can see in theaters, three things you'll find streaming, and three titles new to home video.  Appropriately enough, we call this The Weekend Watch. Does the summer movie season really start next week?  Wow.  This year is flying by, and I guess it feels like it really just raced up on us this year.  Still, there's plenty of good stuff to see in theaters this weekend, so it's not like »

- Drew McWeeny

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Disney Picks Up Neil Gaiman's 'Graveyard Book'

27 April 2012 4:14 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Disney has picked up Neil Gaiman’s Newberry Award-winning novel The Graveyard Book. Gil Netter, a veteran producer with adaptations including Marley & Me and the upcoming Life of Pi among his credits, is producing with Ben Browning. The book tells of a boy named Nobody Owens who is raised by ghosts in a cemetery after his family is murdered. When he is a teen, he is pursued again by his family’s killer, a being named “the Man Jack.” Several companies, Miramax among them, have tried and failed to get an adaptation of the 2008 book off the ground. Neil

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- Borys Kit

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Uggie Is Writing a Book Now

27 April 2012 4:00 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

So much for retirement! Since the Oscars, The Artist's mysteriously shaking wonder dog has lined up gigs pitching Nintendo and attending the White House Correspondents' Dinner; now the AP reports that a division of Simon & Schuster has inked a deal with Uggie to write his autobiography, Uggie: My Story, which will be out in October (so long from now!). Let's hope it has as much humping as Frank Langella's memoir. »


- Kyle Buchanan

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Jimmy Fallon's 1998 'SNL' Audition Surfaces Online (Video)

27 April 2012 3:53 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jimmy Fallon is taking over as host of NBC's The Tonight Show. With his first show set to air Monday night, The Hollywood Reporter takes a look back at video of his Saturday Night Live audition, which first surfaced in 2012. Have you ever wondered what it takes to win a spot on Saturday Night Live? Consider this newly surfaced video of Jimmy Fallon auditioning for the legendary sketch comedy show in 1998 a master class on the subject. Cramming more than 20 characters into eight minutes that would change his life forever, Fallon cycled through every celebrity impression in

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- Seth Abramovitch

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Box Office Report: 'Avengers' Breaks Records Overseas, Already Earning $36 Million

27 April 2012 3:37 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Joss Whedon's The Avengers continues to wreak havoc at the foreign box office, earning $36 million in its first two days and breaking records in a number of territories. From Disney and Marvel Studios, Avengers scored the third best Thursday opening ever in the U.K. ($4.1 million) after posting the second highest opening day of all time in Australia on Wednesday. Photos: 28 of Summer's Most Anticipated Movies Moreover, the superhero extravaganza is showing strength across the globe. In Argentina, the pic grossed $600,000 on Thursday, the third best opening of all time. And Avengers debuted to

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- Pamela McClintock

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Tony Bennett talks Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and ‘Zen’

27 April 2012 3:36 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Most of Tony Bennett’s family, Lady Gaga’s parents, Amy Winehouse’s parents and even Harry Belafonte were on hand for the premiere of “The Zen of Bennett” on Monday night, making a one-show-only bow at the Tribeca Film Festival. It was a temperate all-ages event, but it's fine if it wasn't too flashy: “Conceived, created, and produced by his son,” the documentary was what Danny Bennett described as a “love letter” to his 85-year-old father.  The 84-minute portrait covers the period during which Bennett collaborated with more than a dozen popular artists for his “Duets II” album, his most commercially successful full-length »


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Universal Extends Working Title Films Deal

27 April 2012 3:30 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Universal Pictures has extended its production deal with Working Title Films, co-chairmen Adam Fogelson and Donna Langley announced Friday. Working Title, run by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, will now have a first-look deal rather than an exclusive deal. That is similar to what happened when Universal re-upped with Imagine Entertainment in January. “Working Title has been an invaluable partner for Universal with our two companies enjoying tremendous success on films that have delighted audiences all over the world,” Fogelson and Langley said in a statement. “Tim and Eric are true leaders in »


- Lucas Shaw

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Chelsea Handler's 'After Lately' Renewed for Third Season on E!

27 April 2012 3:23 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

E! wants to see more of Chelsea Handler. The Chelsea Lately host, who signed a deal in November to remain with the series through 2014, is finalizing a renewal to keep scripted spinoff After Lately on the network for a third season, an E! rep confirms to The Hollywood Reporter. The move comes as the NBCUniversal-owned network continues to grow its relationship with the 37-year-old comedian, who's developing and producing series for E! through her Borderline Amazing Productions shingle. After Lately, which follows the fictional and largely improvised work lives of Chelsea Lately's cast, crew and writers,

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- Michael O'Connell

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Deadfall: Tribeca Review

27 April 2012 3:16 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York – A modern outlaw Western that brings Southern Gothic flavor to the wintry North, Deadfall is slicker and more compelling than its overdetermined script has any right to expect. Headlining Eric Bana in wryly subdued psycho mode, the sinewy genre piece builds to a bloody Thanksgiving dinner faceoff over roast goose and pumpkin pie. Magnolia might want to consider ditching the title for something less generic and positioning this as a nasty slice of holiday counter-programming. Photos: Tribeca Film Festival 2012: THR's Red Carpet Interviews Shot by Shane Hurlbut with an atmospheric feel for the snowbound landscapes

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- David Rooney

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Which Episodes Do TV Showrunners Regret?

27 April 2012 3:15 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

When you've got to put out several seasons of television — with over twenty episodes per season — mistakes are bound to be made. Still, when self-deprecating Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof tweeted yesterday, "The weather in L.A. this week has been as consistent as the third season of Lost," who could have known he was opening the showrunner floodgates? Bill Lawrence was next, tweeting a candid appraisal of his own shows: "Many, many episodes of Scrubs sucked balls, Spin City was up and down, and Cougar Town's first six eps made me sad. #withyou" Then Shonda Rhimes got in on the act, tweeting about Grey's Anatomy, "The whole fourth and fifth seasons ... made me want to hide in a dark cave and maybe change my name." But fear not, fans: It's all about blowing off some steam. "I have to bash the show occasionally as this is my coping »


- Kyle Buchanan

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Warner Bros., Joel Silver Part Ways After 25 Years (Updated)

27 April 2012 3:10 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Updated, 3:10 p.m. Pt Warner Bros. has all but ended its longtime production deal with Joel Silver, one of Hollywood’s biggest producers and a mainstay at the studio. Silver’s deal with Warner concludes at the end of 2012, and the studio has no intention of renewing it, a studio executive told TheWrap. The producer of iconic franchises like “Lethal Weapon” and “The Matrix” has a relationship with the studio dating back to the 1980s and founded his own Silver Pictures in 1985. "There's nothing unsual about Joel’s situation. His contract will be up and creative »


- Lucas Shaw

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The Good Wife’s Josh Charles on the Orioles, Kirk Cameron, and the Season-Three Finale

27 April 2012 3:00 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

It’s been a tough season for The Good Wife’s Will Gardner (Josh Charles): First Alicia (Julianna Margulies) broke off their long-awaited affair, then he was indicted on judicial bribery charges, and lately he’s been relegated to the legal sidelines, suspended from practicing for six months. On the bright side? A new lady-friend in the form of Julianne Nicholson. Vulture talked with Charles about Sunday’s season finale, his devotion to the Orioles, and Kirk Cameron.In the preview of the finale, you’re sitting across the conference table from Michael J. Fox and Martha Plimpton, whose characters seem to have teamed up to take down Lockhart Gardner. Does that mean Will is finally getting back to taking cases?Will’s suspension is not quite lifted, but due to the dynamics of this particular case he’s able to be a little bit more involved. As far »


- Rachel Bertsche

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Universal Extends Its Pact With Working Title Films Through 2015

27 April 2012 2:58 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Universal Pictures and Working Title Films have extended their production agreement through 2015. The announcement was made Friday by Universal chairman Adam Fogelson and co-chairman Donna Langley and Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. Photo: Hugh Jackman Reveals 'Les Misérables' Jean Valjean Look Working Title’s existing deal with Universal, which had been an exclusive arrangement, was to have expired in 2013, and in renewing the pact, the studio insisted on more favorable terms with the result that the deal is now a first-look agreement. The announcement noted that the extension is “structured to bring it

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- Gregg Kilday

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California Film Commission Explains How HBO Swapped Spain for San Francisco

27 April 2012 2:35 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

When literary lion Ernest Hemmingway and his journalist lover Martha Gellhorn, played by Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman, huddle in a hospital during the chaos of the Spanish Civil War in a HBO movie out next month, they will actually be in a former bus station in Oakland, California. Thanks to digital technology, California state tax incentives and the city of San Francisco's rebate program, the Bay Area is standing in not only for Spain, but for Cuba and other locations in Hemmingway & Gellhorn, an epic story made on a less than epic budget of under $20 million. Photos:

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- Alex Ben Block

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Judd Apatow's 'This is 40': A Midlife in Crisis (Video)

27 April 2012 2:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

There's something about 40. Writer/director Judd Apatow returns to familiar territory with This is 40, whose trailer was released today. Billed as a "sort-of-sequel to Knocked Up," the comedy sees Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd "sort of" reprising their roles as Pete and Debbie -- a lovably imperfect couple based on Apatow's real married life with Mann. Video: 'The Five-Year Engagement' Interviews With Jason Segel, Alison Brie and Nicholas Stoller  Winkingly set to Fun.'s anthem "We Are Young," the trailer suggests a movie more in line with 2009's Funny People, however, offering more wistfulness than raunch as

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- Seth Abramovitch

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