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Booker T. & the M.G.'s bassist Donald 'Duck' Dunn dies

13 May 2012 4:24 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

New York (AP) — Donald "Duck" Dunn, the bassist who helped create the gritty Memphis soul sound at Stax Records in the 1960s as part of the legendary group Booker T. and the MGs and contributed to such classics as "In the Midnight Hour," ''Hold On, I'm Coming" and "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay," died Sunday at 70. Dunn, whose legacy as one of the most respected session musicians in the business also included work with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's Blues Brothers as well as with Levon Helm, Eric Clapton, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, died while on »


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Cannes 2012: Outsider Pictures to Handle International Sales on Matthew Lillard's 'Fat Kid Rules the World'

13 May 2012 4:23 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Outsider Pictures has acquired international sales rights to Matthew Lillard’s directorial debut, Fat Kid Rules the World, which will have its market premiere in Cannes. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Spotlight Feature at the recent South By Southwest Film Festival, where the movie had its world premiere, Fat Kid was adapted from K. L. Going’s young adult novel by Michael M. B. Galvin and Peter Speakman. It centers around an overweight and suicidal seventeen-year-old, played by Jacob Wysocki, who’s saved by a high school dropout and street musician, played by Matt O’Leary. The cast also

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- Gregg Kilday

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Selena Gomez No Longer Merely a Disney Darling? "Hungry for Indie Material," Says James Franco

13 May 2012 3:34 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

We cannot wait to see Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens in their upcoming indie flick, Spring Breakers. Both have already told us just how wild they get in the Harmony Korine-directed film, which centers around three college students (Gomez, Hudgens and Pretty Little Liars' Ashley Benson) who rob a restaurant in order to pay for their spring break vacation. James Franco, who plays a drug dealer who bails them out, says the movie will go far to help Gomez, 19, break free from the rigid confines of being a Disney darling... "I thought Harmony was so smart to cast her, Vanessa and Ashley because it seemed like they were so hungry for some deeper kind of material, hungry for indie material," Franco, »


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Avengers Breaks the $1 Billion Barrier

13 May 2012 3:32 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The Avengers earned over $100 million for a second weekend in a row — a first in box office history. This and Avengers' $1 billion haul worldwide put it in a strong position to unseat Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 as the third highest-grossing film of all time. In comparison, Dark Shadows' $29 million opener is sort of an 'eh' moment. Maybe the Tim Burton-Johnny Depp-Helena Bonham Carter routine has finally gotten old. »


- Andre Tartar

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With Its New Schedule, NBC Is No Longer Playing It Safe

13 May 2012 3:23 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Remember that classic scene in Risky Business, when Miles tells Tom Cruise's Joel, "Sometimes you just have to say, 'What the fuck'! Make your move"? This, apparently, is the guiding philosophy NBC executives used in putting together their just- announced new fall schedule. Having played things relative safe last year, the network's still relatively new management team has now decided to take some very...interesting steps to get viewers back: Comedies on four nights! The failing newsmag Rock Center in the same timeslot which once housed ER and La Law!  Whitney and Community paired together in the same Friday night timeline! At first (and even second and third) blush, the Peacock's moves seem just plain weird. But two things are worth keeping in mind. First, the network is actually adding just four hours' worth of new programming in the fall, which means it will be able to focus its »


- Josef Adalian

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Vulture Precaps: Girls, Mad Men, and Game of Thrones

13 May 2012 3:00 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Welcome to Vulture Precaps, where we combine recaps, news, and (often informed) speculation into a pre-Sunday night TV-viewing primer.  Girls What happened last week: Jessa tried to rally her fellow nannies, and ended up losing her charges instead; Shoshanna tried —  and failed —  to lose her virginity; Hannah told Adam she wanted him to be her boyfriend, and he seemed to like it; and Charlie and Marnie broke up, with a little help from Hannah's diary.  What's happened since then: On Tuesday, Lena Dunham appeared on NPR to address her show's much-discussed diversity issues, a matter she said she takes seriously. Her explanation for the whiteness of her cast? She wrote the first season from the "gut-level place" of her "half-Jew, half Wasp" background, while promising that season two would feature new characters, some of whom will be played by "really great actors of color." Meanwhile, co-star Zosia Mamet went on »


- Caroline Bankoff,Andre Tartar

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'The Amazing Spider-Man' viral campaign leads to new peek at the Lizard -- Video

13 May 2012 2:42 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

It’s practically de rigueur now for giant studio tent-poll pictures: The quasi-grassroots “viral” campaign that engages hardcore fans on either a virtual or actual scavenger hunt that ultimately results in the release of a highly conventional piece of marketing (i.e. a trailer, poster,  featurette, etc.). This weekend it was The Amazing Spider-Man’s turn to cook up some social media buzz for itself, via the Twitter account @scaleseeker that sent fans on the trail of The Lizard, a.k.a. Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), a.k.a. the Big Bad of Sony Pictures’ reboot of the Spidey franchise. »


- Adam B. Vary

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Blues Legend Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn Dead at 70

13 May 2012 2:39 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The legendary bass player and songwriter, part of the sixties Memphis soul band Booker T. and the MGs, passed away early this morning in his sleep. Dunn was in Tokyo on tour with his longtime bandmate and high-school friend Steve Copper, who wrote on his Facebook wall that "the World has lost the best guy and bass player to ever live." Dunn's musical influence is hard to understate, having worked with the Blues Brothers, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, and a host of others over the years. In 1992, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and five years ago received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with Booker T. Among their greatest hits: "Green Onions," which Dunn and Copper can be seen performing here in this video from a 2008 Memphis Tour of Australia. »


- Andre Tartar

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'Avengers' Reaches $1 Billion Worldwide

13 May 2012 2:07 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Based on Sunday estimates, The Avengers has joined the fabled $1 billion worldwide box office club. The movie reached this level on its 19th day in theaters, which ties the record-breaking pace of Avatar and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (though The Avengers was only playing in the U.S. for ten of those days). It currently ranks 11th on the all-time worldwide chart with $1.002 billion, and by the end of next weekend it will move up to fourth place behind Avatar, Titanic and Deathly Hallows Part 2."We're obviously thrilled with the global success of The Avengers," said Robert Iger, Disney's Chairman and CEO, in a press release. "It's a fantastic movie and an extraordinary franchise that will continue with more great stories and compelling characters for years to come." The Avengers is Disney's fifth billion-dollar movie following Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ($1.066 billion), Toy Story 3 ($1.063 billion »


- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Kody Brown Says He Connects with All 17 Children

13 May 2012 2:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

When you have four wives and 17 kids, planning a special Mother's Day can be something of a production. Sister Wives star Kody Brown, 44, will have a doozy of a special occasion on his hands this Sunday, celebrating with his four wives: Meri, 41, Janelle, 43, Christine, 40, and Robyn, 33, as well as their combined 17 kids. "Mother's Day is a great day at our house," says Brown, who divides his time between his wives and kids in their four separate houses in Las Vegas. "We want to spend it as a family and make it so my wives don't have to cook." Kody and »


- Alicia Dennis

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Watch Clips From the New NBC Dramas

13 May 2012 1:55 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

NBC announced its 2012-13 schedule today, which includes five brand-new dramas: Revolution, Infamous, Do No Harm, Chicago Fire, and Hannibal. Take a look at what's in store. RevolutionThe world's lights go out and civilization starts to collapse in this J.J. Abrams-produced drama. Chicago FireJesse "Dr. Chase from House" Spencer returns to the small screen in this Dick Wolfe-directed drama about, what else, the Chicago Fire Department. Mid-Season Shows Do No Harm A take on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Steven Pasquale plays a brilliant neuroscientist whose dangerous alter-ego is no longer sedated by medication. InfamousA female detective goes undercover to infiltrate the wealthy family she grew up with, suspected of financial (and not-so-financial) crimes. HannibalNo clips for this one, though we're sure Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller will leave his mark on the world's most dangerous serial killer. »


- Andre Tartar

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Kate - and Puppy! - Cheer on the Princes at Polo Match

13 May 2012 1:45 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Little Lupo enjoyed a stunning spring day with the Duchess of Cambridge when the two headed out to watch Prince William play polo Sunday. The royal cocker spaniel was taken to a field near Windsor to watch William and brother Harry wield their polo sticks for charity. And he was clearly something of a novelty for guests. "Lupo seemed to get as much attention from the people at the presentation as William and Harry," an observer says. Photos: Will & Kate's Year of FirstsKate, 30, wearing a Libelula Studio shirt dress and Stuart Weitzman wedges, spent most of the game in or »


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'Desperate Housewives' Cast Gives Their Characters Some Finale Advice

13 May 2012 1:28 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

As Desperate Housewives moves into its series finale on Sunday, the stakes are high. Bree’s (Marcia Cross) trial draws in her neighbors, Susan (Teri Hatcher) prepares to leave Wisteria Lane, Julie (Andrea Bowen) goes into labor with Porter’s (Charlie Carver) child, and at least one more death will hit the neighborhood hard. Photos: 21 of Hollywood's Ageless Actresses Brenda Strong, who has played the tragic character of Mary Alice Young and the show’s narrator for its eight seasons, describes how the finale narration will open. “The tone is really wrapping our world up,” Strong tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s

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- Jethro Nededog

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NBC First Look: Check Out J.J. Abrams' Revolution, Ryan Murphy's The New Normal and More!

13 May 2012 1:22 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

First comes cancellations and renewals, then comes pickups, then comes new show promos! It's upfronts season, y'all, where the networks attempt to lure in advertisers and viewers with shiny new fall shows. NBC has plenty of high-profile projects for viewers to check out, including J.J. Abrams' drama Revolution, Glee creator Ryan Murphy's new family comedy, and Jimmy Fallon's new comedy centering on three young fathers. Plus, there's Chicago Fire, a firefighter drama starring two hot men from the Vampire Diaries and House. What more could you want?!  Dying to catch a sneak peek at all of NBC's new fall shows? Well, you're in luck because we've got them all right »


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News Nuggets: A closer look at Broadway moms on Mother's Day

13 May 2012 1:21 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Celebrating Broadway moms on Mother's Day: "Every once in a while a play comes along with a genuine mother of a maternal role: from 'Medea' through 'The Glass Menagerie' to ''night, Mother' and 'Three Tall Women' to more recent productions like 'Doubt,' 'Well' and 'August: Osage County.' But this past season in New York City gave theatregoers (Off-Broadway and on) more memorable moms than most — in 'Other Desert Cities,' 'The Lyons,' 'Tribes,' 'Russian Transport' and 'Hurt Village' — even if few of them could be considered role models to hold up as your family's matriarch on Mother's Day." Playbill "Community" will return to NBC, but will showrunner Dan Harmon return with it? "Harmon only signed a one-year deal when the show was renewed last spring, and insiders tell Vulture there haven't been any intense talks just yet. [NBC ch »


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Rosie Pope of Pregnant in Heels Gives Birth on Mother's Day!

13 May 2012 1:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Rosie Pope got the ultimate Mother's Day gift. Bravo's Pregnant in Heels host - and mom to two boys - gave birth to her first daughter on Sunday. Weighing 7 lbs. and 9 oz., the baby is "healthy and beautiful," Pope and hubby Daron say in a statement. "We are all doing well and so in love with her, as are her older brothers and our extended family." Throughout her labor, Pope delivered updates on Twitter. "Ahhhhh these contractions are so bad, I've asked for the epidural but it's not working...please start working!" the TV personality wrote.When things got more intense, »


- Dahvi Shira

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Watch Clips From the New NBC Comedies

13 May 2012 1:09 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

NBC's 2012-13 schedule includes six new comedies:  Go On, The New Normal, Animal Practice, Guys with Kids, Save Me, 1600 Penni, and Next Caller.  Take a look.Go OnMatthew Perry plays a recently widowed sportscaster who joins a grief support group with the goal of getting back on the radio as quickly as possible.  The New NormalIn this take on the way we live — and, always most importantly, reproduce now — a wealthy L.A. gay couple falls in love (not literally, we don't think) with the Midwestern single mother who acts as their surrogate.  Animal Practice What happens when a socially challenged veterinarian's animal hospital is taken over by his ex-girlfriend? There's no way to know yet, but there is a monkey character.  Guys with KidsIt's all in the name: bros and babies. Mid-Season Shows Save Me Show-recalls-breakdown as Anne Heche stars as a woman who has a near-death experience and »


- Caroline Bankoff

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Mother's Day Recipe: Marcia Cross's Brown Sugar Cookies

13 May 2012 1:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Many moms like their families to cook for them on Mother's Day. But where Marcia Cross is concerned, there's a good chance she doesn't mind doing some baking of her own on her special day. The Desperate Housewives actress, 50, honors her mom Janet by regularly cooking up her brown sugar cookies which calls "yummy," and says combined with milk, they are simply, "heaven." The easy recipe comes from Loukoumi's Celebrity Cookbook, featuring the favorite childhood recipes from more than 50 stars, including Reese Witherspoon, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake and Jennifer Aniston. Proceeds from the book benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital and Chefs for Humanity. »


- Dahvi Shira

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Jessica Sanchez Serenades Dad for American Idol Hometown Visit

13 May 2012 1:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jessica Sanchez was greeted with open arms when she returned to Chula Vista, Calif., for American Idol's hometown heroes week. Cheered by thousands of fans, the finalist waved as she rode through town in a car with her two little brothers into Eastlake High School's stadium on Saturday. "I feel amazing," Sanchez, 16, said as she made her way to the stadium's stage. "I'm so happy to represent Chula Vista. It was the people. I missed the people so much. I love you guys. Thank you for all the support." With the town's mayor declaring May 12 as "Jessica Sanchez Day, »


- Dahvi Shira

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Overseas Box Office: 'Dark Shadows' Draws $36.7M

13 May 2012 12:58 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

While "The Avengers" was wracking up $95.4 million overseas on its way to cracking the $1 billion worldwide box office gross mark, "Dark Shadows" was doing Ok for itself in foreign territories. Disney's star-studded Marvel superhero saga has now taken in $628.9 million overseas, with an overall global haul of $1.002 billion.  Also read: 'The Avengers' Bashes Its Way to Billion Dollars at Worldwide Box Office Warners' "Dark Shadows," which stars Johnny Depp and is directed by Tim Burton, took in $36.7 million from 43 countries. That outstripped its domestic take of $28.8 »


- Todd Cunningham

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