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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 »


- Nekesa Mumbi Moody (AP)

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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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CBS Orders Sherlock Holmes Drama to Series, Plus 3 More Dramas, 2 Comedies, and Reality Show

13 May 2012 12:45 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

CBS has ordered four new drama series, including the Sherlock Holmes update "Elementary," as well as two new comedies and a reality show from Mark Burnett. "Elementary" stars Jonny Lee Miller as a modern-day Sherlock in New York City, whose Holmes is played by Lucy Liu. "Vegas," starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis, is a 1960s period drama about Ralph Lamb, a rodeo cowboy turned sheriff of Las Vegas. "Made in Jersey" stars Janet Montgomery as a working class woman who uses her street smarts at a tony Manhattan law firm, »


- Tim Molloy

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Indie Box Office: 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Expansion Clicks

13 May 2012 12:42 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Fox Searchlight pulled off a counter-programming coup over the weekend. While "The Avengers" was breaking box-office records, superhero-free "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" slipped into the top ten films in the U.S., taking in $2.6 million from 178 screens in its second week. That works out to a per-screen average of $14,888 for the film about British retirees in India, which expanded from 27 first-week locations. Also read: 'The Avengers' Bashes Way to Billion Dollars at Worldwide Box Office Another independent film, Lionsgate's "Girl in Progress," took the No. 10 spot with $1.3 million from »


- Todd Cunningham

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Weekend Report: 'Avengers' Shatters More Records, 'Shadows' Mostly Sucks

13 May 2012 12:38 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

With Dark Shadows providing little in the way of competition, The Avengers had no trouble at all extending its stranglehold on the box office this weekend. Marvel's superhero team-up fell 50 percent to $103.1 million, which is by-far the best second weekend ever ahead of Avatar's $75.6 million. It also topped The Dark Knight for best second weekend hold for a movie that opened to more than $120 million. Other new records include fastest movie to $300 million and $350 million, and highest eight-day, nine-day, and ten-day grosses. Through Sunday, The Avengers has earned $373.1 million, which ranks 18th on the all-time domestic chart. It's now inevitable that the movie will finish above $500 million, and it should also claim third place on the all-time chart ahead of The Dark Knight ($533.3 million). As expected, Dark Shadows couldn't hold a candle to The Avengers, though its $29.7 million opening is still a bit of a disappointment. Among recent Johnny Depp and Tim Burton collaborations, »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Foreign Box Office: 'The Avengers' Continues To Mop Up Overseas, Grossing Nearly $630 Million

13 May 2012 12:34 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Marvel’s The Avengers played like a vacuum cleaner on the foreign theatrical circuit for the third consecutive round, sucking up a weekend tally of $95.4 million from 54 territories and leaving its competition to sort out the remaining box-office pickings. For all the hoopla circling the Disney release’s astonishing domestic action ($373.2 million over two rounds), the action-paced mélange of comic book heroes is doing even better overseas ($628.9 million from three frames). Avengers’ weekend action was down 39% from the prior weekend’s take, a rate of decline considered muscular given the film’s lofty box-office

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- Frank Segers

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NBC's 2012-13 schedule: 'The Voice' and football trump Thursday nostalgia

13 May 2012 12:33 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

For more than 20 years, NBC owned Thursday nights. No matter what else was ailing the Peacock, the network could count on an orderly transfer of power from "The Cosby Show" to "Cheers," from "Seinfeld" to "Friends," from "L.A. Law" to "ER." Now, Thursdays are just one more problem in an ever-mounting pile of them, with the network consistently coming in fourth on a night it used to dominate, and many weeks finishing in a dead heat with Univision — which may explain why the night is an afterthought in the fall schedule that NBC entertainment president Robert Greenblatt announced on »


- Alan Sepinwall

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CBS Cancels 'CSI: Miami,' 'Rob,' 'Unforgettable,' 'A Gifted Man'

13 May 2012 12:20 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

David Caruso has whipped off those sunglasses for the final time: CBS has cancelled veteran drama series "CSI: Miami," as well the freshman dramas "Unforgettable," "A Gifted Man," "NYC 22," and the comedy "Rob." The star of "A Gifted Man" took to Twitter to vent about the news. "CSI: Miami," which premiered in 2002, is the first series in the network's "CSI" franchise to be cancelled. "CSI" has aired since 2000, and underwent a revamp this season with the addition of Ted Danson to the cast. "CSI: NY" is also expected »


- Tim Molloy

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CBS Cancels CSI: Miami

13 May 2012 12:20 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Sad news for fans of corny puns and David Caruso: CBS has pulled the shades over CSI: Miami, canceling the drama after ten seasons. The news isn't unexpected, but still marks the beginning of what CBS hopes is a very slow decline for the CSI franchise, which was birthed in 2000. Other Eye series getting axed today: iRob!, A Gifted Man, Unforgettable, and NY22. No word yet on the fate of comedy Rules of Engagement. »


- Joe Adalian

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