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Hilary Swank Sues Over Unauthorized Photo in Advertisements
14 May 2012 4:44 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Actress Hilary Swank is joining the growing ranks of celebrities suing to protect the value of their name and likeness. The double Oscar winner has filed a lawsuit against a home-audio company that allegedly used her photos in unauthorized ads. According to the complaint, filed May 10 in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Swank's image and name was used in advertising materials for Robert's Home Audio and Video, doing business in Los Angeles. The company, as well as its proprietor Randall Cordero and Cordero Studios, are defendants. "Defendants did not ask for or receive
- Matthew Belloni
Channing Tatum to Save White House
Deadline reports that omnipresent hunk-of-all-trades Channing Tatum is in talks to star in White House Down, from disaster movie auteur Roland Emmerich. The film is about attempts to foil a terrorist takeover of the White House ... and frankly, Tatum and Emmerich haven't done such a good job defending the place, according to our cinematic memory. Will this film also end with the White House blown to smithereens or covered in tacky Cobra banners? »
- Kyle Buchanan
'Glee' CD Review: Po(m)p and Circumstance-Themed 'Graduation'
Lest they take over Dick Clark’s old title as the “world’s oldest teenagers,” some of the “Glee” kids are finally graduating (from high school, if not the series). Lea Michele and cohorts will exit William McKinley High in May 22’s tassel-tossing season finale, but first comes this week’s release of “Glee: The Graduation Album,” a complete set of celebratory and/or valedictory songs. Well, nearly complete. Unfortunately, these aging young ‘uns never get around to “My Way.” But the grads do cover sentimental life-lesson anthems ranging from Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give »
- Chris Willman
Are Britney Spears and Demi Lovato the right choices for 'X Factor'?
Simon Cowell would like to make one thing perfectly clear: if you are a straight white male over the age of 15, he really doesn’t have much need for you. The confirmation of Britney Spears as a new judge on “X Factor,” as well as the relatively surprising announcement that she and returning judge L.A. Reid will be joined by Demi Lovato shows very clearly that Cowell is serious about snaring the 12-34 female demo and not much else. Of course, all of these talent shows are geared toward females anyway, so Cowell is not even pretending that he means otherwise »
Channing Tatum in Talks to Star in Roland Emmerich's 'White House Down'
Channing Tatum is in talks to star in Roland Emmerich’s latest action flick, “White House Down,” an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. Sony acquired James Vanderbilt’s spec script earlier this year for $3 million and then signed up director Emmerich, known for disaster films like “Independence Day” and "2012." This film is advertised as “Die Hard” in the White House, so explosive catastrophe can’t be too far away. A Sony spokesman declined to comment on the casting. Tatum has been mixing up genres of late, starring in the Sony comedy “21 »
- Lucas Shaw
MGM Ups Scott Packman to Senior Executive VP, Names Deputy General Counsel (Exclusive)
14 May 2012 4:09 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
MGM has promoted its longtime top legal executive Scott Packman to senior executive vp, general counsel and secretary. Separately, the studio has named Cheryl Rodman as executive vp and deputy general counsel. The moves come as MGM continues to reinvent itself after emerging from bankruptcy under the guidance of Spyglass chiefs Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum and COO Ken Schapiro. “Scott has been an integral part of our new management team providing his knowledge of our business and vast experience from his 10-year tenure at MGM," Schapiro said in a statement. "We are thrilled he will be taking
- Matthew Belloni
Watch Clips From the New Fox Shows
Hot on the heels of Fox’s 2013 Upfronts presentation, here are clips from each of the five new shows scheduled for next year. Have at ‘em!The Mindy ProjectRom-com aficionado Mindy Kaling writes and stars in her own Bridget Jones -- about a thirtysomething Obgyn with a taste for drunk bicycling. There’s even a Hugh Grant-as-Danile-Cleaver-ish character (and a Hugh Grant reference to bring it home.) The Mob DoctorPretty much what it says in the title, but with an extra helping of sassy female fixer (check the dog toy). Don’t miss the Matt Saracen cameo! Ben & KateNat Faxon plays doofy bother to Dakota Johnson’s loopy single mother in a sweet sibling comedy. Also, that’s the kid who taught Willard to dance in the new Footloose. She’s good. The Goodwin GamesThree estranged siblings (Scott Foley, Becki Newton, Jake Lacy) and a stranger named Elijah compete »
- Amanda Dobbins
Britney Spears and Demi Lovato Named as 'X Factor' Judges
Britney Spears and Demi Lovato will take to the judges' panel when the American version of "The X Factor" returns for a second season, it was offiically announced Monday at Fox's upfront presentation to advertisers at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. "The X Factor" executive producer and judge Simon Cowell made the reveal after weeks of reports, arriving onstage accompanied by fellow judge L.A. Reid along with their new colleagues. "I am so excited about this whole experience," Spears said. "I'm ready to find the true star." Declaring herself "totally stoked," »
- Tim Kenneally
'Anchorman 2' teaser to screen with 'The Dictator'
Ron Burgundy is hitting the local multiplex far sooner than expected. Though filming on the recently-announced "Anchorman" sequel isn't slated to begin until early next year, Burgundy (a.k.a. star Will Ferrell) revealed via his official Twitter account today that a teaser for the forthcoming comedy will be screening in front of Sacha Baron Cohen's "The Dictator" starting with tomorrow evening's midnight shows.. "Dont get Twirter," tweeted the buffoonish San Diego newscaster. "Anchorman2 teaser w Dictator tom night. Dont know what a teaser is. World is crazy? Having a scotch." So there you have it. Ferrell will next be seen in "The »
- Chris Eggertsen
Kevin Bacon's 'The Following' and Fox's Other New Shows: Watch the Trailers (Video)
Fox held its upfront presentation to advertisers in New York on Monday, introducing the new offerings in its upcoming schedule. (The network also took the opportunity to officially announce the addition of Britney Spears and Demi Lovato as judges for the upcoming season of "The X Factor.") The network also released trailers for its upcoming new series, including the Kevin Bacon-starring thriller "The Following" and the comedy "The Goodwin Games." Also read: Britney Spears and Demi Lovato Named as "X Factor" Judges Just in case you weren't able to make it to Fox's »
- Tim Kenneally
NBC Reveals Its Fall 2012-13 Schedule
Upfronts, the week during which the broadcast networks present their schedules for the coming season to advertisers, is in full swing in New York. First to unveil its primetime line-up for 2012-2013 is NBC, which hosted a live presentation of its new series on Monday morning.
Coming in the fall are four new comedies, including the Matthew Perry vehicle “Go On,” “The New Normal,” “Animal Practice” (which stars Justin Kirk of “Weeds“) and “Guys with Kids,” as well as two dramas: “Revolution,” from executive producer J.J. Abrams, and “Chicago Fire,” from E.P. Dick Wolf. Granting a boost to the new line-up is the addition of a fall cycle of NBC’s… »
- Melanie McFarland
'Moonrise Kingdom' Debuts Bill Murray, Wes Anderson, Bruce Willis and Edward Norton Clips (Video)
14 May 2012 3:45 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
In advance of Moonrise Kingdom’s May 25 opening, Focus Features has released four featurettes about member of the cast and crew of Wes Anderson’s latest film. Co-star Bob Balaban, dressed in an appropriately twee wool overcoat and green toboggan cap, discusses some of the filmmaker’s feelings about his cast members and offers insights into their performances (and personalities) in a series of short clips. Photos: Cannes Film Festival: Veterans Ready to Return to the Croisette In the featurette focused on longtime collaborator Bill Murray, Balaban talks about the actor’s unpredictable disposition after (presumably) joking that 80 percent of the
- Todd Gilchrist
The Eight Things We Learned at the Fox Upfronts
Fox's Upfront this afternoon had way more star power than NBC's morning presentation, and that seemed like a running theme: Fox honcho Kevin Reilly dinged The Voice multiple times, and Simon Cowell got in a few digs, too. However one feels about NBC's singing series, though, Reilly's suggestion that The X Factor is "the original" seems off, at best. So, what did we learn from Fox? 1. They're Serious About X Factor Serious enough to trot out Britney Spears and Demi Lovato. Britney sounded hoarse but said she was "so excited for this whole experience," and Lovato seemed perky and vowed to "represent [her] generation." We shall see!2. Fox Care About You, LadiesReilly called Ben and Kate writer Dana Fox "part of the fempire" of female comedy writers, Mindy Kaling's new comedy, The Mindy Project, got a very hard sell, and New Girl and Zooey Deschanel got more time and »
- Margaret Lyons
Channing Tatum in Talks to Star in 'White House Down'
14 May 2012 3:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Channing Tatum, who is coming off the hit action comedy 21 Jump Street, is in negotiations to star in White House Down, Columbia’s action thriller being directed by Roland Emmerich. Photos: Apocalypse On The Set: Nine Disastrous Film Productions The project has a lot of heat at the studio, which in late March paid $3 million for the spec script by James Vanderbilt, who is producing along with Bradley Fischer, Laeta Kalogridis and Harald Kloser. Another reason for the heat: There is a competing project titled Olympus Has Fallen from Millennium with Gerard Butler attached to star and Antoine Fuqua
- Borys Kit
President Obama Talks Gay Marriage on 'The View', at Fundraiser with Ricky Martin, Eva Longoria
14 May 2012 3:19 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
They descended on Manhattan on Monday, with splashy events meant to preview and sell their big fall campaigns. With the world watching, both the top TV networks -- at upfronts -- and President Obama -- all over Manhattan -- made their pitches. For Obama, the day began early with a speech to students at the all-women's Barnard College, a sister school to his alma matter, Columbia University. From there he traveled down the west side of Manhattan to ABC studios, where he sat with the hosts of The View for an interview that is set to air on Tuesday. "This is going to
- Jordan Zakarin
New Wes Anderson film 'Moonrise Kingdom' -- four behind-the-scenes videos released
A clever send-up of behind-the-scenes fluff? We wouldn’t expect anything less from Wes Anderson.
The featurettes play as on-location DVD extras: Narrator Bob Balaban notes via voiceover, “Bill isn’t really angry. His character is,” in one video; in another, Balaban describes Bruce Willis: “We’ve all seen Bruce Willis playing some really tough policemen. Here he is playing a really nice cop. He’s laughing. »
- Erin Strecker
Life After 'Desperate Housewives': What's Next For the Cast
14 May 2012 2:51 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Millions of viewers tuned in to say goodbye to the Desperate Housewives on Sunday, May 13 after eight seasons. Although there must have been lots of tears, (Felicity Huffman predicted she would be "crying in Eva's arms" watching the finale) series endings also mean good things for cast and crew members, including family time and new projects. Story: Desperate Housewives Series Finale - Wisteria Lane is Never Boring Eva Longoria (Gabrielle): The curtain has closed on Wisteria Lane, but the actress, producer and activist Longoria will remain busy. Fulfilling her role, in what she expressed to The Hollywood Reporter as “The most important election in my lifetime,” as
- Rachel Shapiro
Listen: Will.I.Am's new song, 'This Is Love'
Will.I.Am’s solo efforts have yet to yield any of the traction that his Black Eyed Peas’ success has brought. Will that change with “This is Love,” presumably the next single from his forthcoming solo album, #willpower. The first single was non-starter “T.H.E.” featuring Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger. Our guess is that the answer is no. [More after the jump...] To his credit, “This is Love,” produced by Swedish House Mafia, is more than the usual Bep series of grunts and sounds that they take to the top of the charts. Here Will.I.Am sings and raps and gets very autotuned at »
Album Review: Adam Lambert's continuing evolution on 'Trespassing'
Adam Lambert’s sophomore major label set, “Trespassing” opens with a full blast of bravado. “Wait til you get a load of me!,” the American Idol season eight runner up declares over and over on the thumping, hand-clapping tune, redolent of Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” crossed with Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” Ready or not, Lambert is kicking down the door. He’s not just coming in, he’s claiming a seat at the head of the table and you will be served. The 15-track set is awash in Lambert’s influences: the aforementioned Queen and Michael Jackson, as well as Scissor Sisters, George »
Kanye West Will Appear in Multiple Kardashians Episodes
If you've glimpsed Kanye West in the new ads for Keeping Up With the Kardashians, expect a lot more Kimye to come: Kim Kardashian tells E! that her new beau will appear in several upcoming episodes. "I want to show my life," Kardashian explains. "If we are having dinner and he does show up, I'm sure we're not going to go, 'Stop the cameras!'" But will Kanye get his own confessionals? He's got so many opinions! »
- Kyle Buchanan
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