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Snap Judgments on the New ABC Shows

15 May 2012 4:59 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Vulture's TV critic, Matt Zoller Seitz, will be watching and evaluating the early clips and concepts of each of the new shows unveiled at this year's Upfronts. The Family ToolsThe gist: A father (J.K. Simmons) can't run the family tool business anymore and gives it to his son (Kyle Bornheimer), a seminary student. Based on the UK show White Van Man.Gut reaction: I love J.K. Simmons, but this looks too wacky and warm for its own good. Modern Family, what have you wrought?How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)The gist: Single mom Polly (Sarah Chalke) gets divorced and moves into her parents' house with her daughter Natalie (Rachel Eggelston). The 'rents are played by Elizabeth Perkins and Brad Garrett. Daughter and parents clash in an Odd-Couple way; she's uptight, they're relaxed and frisky.Gut reaction: Another quasi-movie-like domestic sitcom in the Modern Family »

- Matt Zoller Seitz

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'Hit and Run' trailer: Dax Shepard is sorry for that thing that happened to Bradley Cooper in prison

15 May 2012 4:45 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The trailer for Hit and Run opens with an adorable intro from real-life couple Dax Shepard (who co-wrote, co-directed, and stars in the road comedy, out this August) and Kristen Bell (who costars as Shepard’s girlfriend). It’s got buffoonery from Tom Arnold as the federal officer overseeing Shepard’s witness protection, and it features Bradley Cooper in blond dreadlocks, barging in on a senior-citizen swinger party.

But your feelings about the film likely hinge on how funny you find prison rape.

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- Adam B. Vary

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Rome Film Festival President Fires Back at Government's Date Change Criticisms

15 May 2012 4:43 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Rome – International Rome Film Festival President Paolo Ferrari brushed aside harsh comments from Minister of Culture Lorenzo Ornaghi, who criticized Rome for pushing its dates within a week of those of the Turin Film Festival, saying Tuesday he sent the minister a letter to explain the festival's motives behind the move. Photos: Cannes Film Festival: Veterans Ready to Return to the Croisette Ferrari, the former head of Warner Bros Italia, was appointed to his post in February. One of Ferrari’s first acts was to name former Venice Film Festival artistic director Marco Mueller to the same post in Rome.

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- Eric J. Lyman

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'Breaking Bad' and 'Newsroom' head to Los Angeles Film Fest

15 May 2012 4:43 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

More details have been released about the upcoming L.A. Film Festival, highlighted by the inclusion of some of TV's heaviest hitters. The June event's Artists in Conversation section will include an intimate "Breaking Bad" Q&A featuring actors Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn, along with with series creator Vince Gilligan on Saturday, June 16. On June 22, the series premiere episode of HBO's "The Newsroom" will be followed by a Q&A with creator Aaron Sorkin, executive producer Alan Poul and director Greg Mottola. There will also be a series of panels called Women of Wonder – A Celebration of Women »

- Dave Lewis

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Tricia Helfer on Balancing Sci-Fi and Serious Drama: 'It's Fun to Scream as You're Killing Someone' (Video)

15 May 2012 4:31 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Since making her acting breakthrough as Cylon Number Six in the 2003 reboot of Battlestar Galactica, Tricia Helfer has become an icon of the science-fiction world. In her current project, Tron: Uprising, she’s not just a major character, she’s literally playing The Grid itself – the soothing voice of an oppressive world that exists within Flynn’s computer. But despite locking down a decidedly more tangible role on NBC drama series The Firm, Helfer is eager to embrace both genre fare and traditional dramatic material. Photos: Hollywood's Biggest Real Estate Deals of the Week: Rihanna, Michael Jackson, David Schwimmer, Sue

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- Todd Gilchrist

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'The Dictator' Racial Stereotypes Trouble Arab-Americans

15 May 2012 4:10 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sacha Baron Cohen’s “The Dictator” opens in theaters at midnight on Tuesday, but the film already has some Arab-Americans complaining about its damaging portrayal of Arabs. Baron Cohen plays General Aladeen, a North African dictator who jokes about murder and repression. While Baron Cohen’s shtick may be in good fun, some Arab groups and experts aren’t in on the joke, believing the comedian has perpetuated negative stereotypes that go back to the early days of Hollywood. Also Read: 'The Dictator' Review: Laughs Keep Sacha Baron Cohen's Shaky Regime Afloat “Arabs are being ridiculed again »

- Lucas Shaw

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The Academy and 'Moneyball' director Bennett Miller to present Kubrick's 'Barry Lyndon' in NYC

15 May 2012 4:08 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's been a while since I last saw Stanley Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon." It's a film that demands attention be paid, and I so rarely find that I can sit down and settle in with it. But it's a masterful piece of work that deserves a couple of looks over the years, to be sure. The Academy is offering one such look as part of its "Member Selects" series on Monday, May 21 at the Lighthouse International in New York City. "Capote" and "Moneyball" director Bennett Miller will be on hand to introduce the film (as "Member Selects" is a series where »

- Kristopher Tapley

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The Eight Things We Learned From ABC's Upfront

15 May 2012 4:03 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

NBC and ABC aren't too far apart in the race for second-to-last place, yet ABC's upfront presentation this afternoon didn't have the aroma of desperation that NBC's had yesterday. It was more upbeat, more self-assured -- and the executives' jokes were better and more natural than Fox's awkward and badly delivered one-liners. In addition to learning the value of showmanship, Vulture picked up a couple of other key lessons: 1. ABC Still Misses Lost The clip from 666 Park Avenue, a supernatural drama set in a fancy apartment building, ended with Lost's ominous thud sound. (And the show features Terry O'Quinn.) Last Resort, another intense drama about a renegade nuclear submarine, has a motley crew starting a new kind of life on a lush but dangerous tropical island. Yunjin Kim co-stars in Mistresses, the Alyssa Milano-led soap that will premiere next spring.2. Body mortification is hilarious.ABC's comedy sizzle reels »

- Margaret Lyons

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Warner Bros. Crosses $1 Billion Mark in International Gross

15 May 2012 4:02 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Warner Bros. Pictures has crossed the billion dollar mark at the international box office for the 12th consecutive year. The studio announced it reached the marker in under five months, beating a studio record set in 2010 by 10 days. The movies that played major parts in the overseas success include Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which grossed $257 million internationally in 2012, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island ($222 million) and Wrath of the Titans ($218.3 million). And while it didn’t open well domestically, Dark Shadows opened strong around the world to the tune of $37.3 million.

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- Borys Kit

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Green Day announces first 2012 U.S. concert date: Voodoo Music festival

15 May 2012 4:01 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Green Day have finally announced their first official 2012 public concert date: at the 2012 Voodoo Music Experience festival in New Orleans, alongside Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Skrillex and more at the top of the marquee. Organizers announced their first round of the pre-Halloween-weekend three-day fest, which also includes Justice, Awolnation, Tomahawk and Bootsy Collins. Tickets are currently on sale, with a new price tier having started today with 3-day passes up for $175. Voodoo Music fest runs Oct. 26-28 at City Park in NoLa. Green Day will be promoting their previously announced albums "¡Uno!" and "¡Dos!," out in September »

- Katie Hasty

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Jimmy Kimmel's Best Jokes From the ABC Upfront

15 May 2012 3:57 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

ABC's Jimmy Kimmel turned the network's 2012-13 upfront presentation to advertisers into a roast Wednesday, taking aim at ABC's lineup, the competition and his boss' reported offer to work for the BBC. He asked his British boss, ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee, if he had really received an offer to run the BBC or if it was like a case of secretaries sending themselves flowers. "ABC has something that the BBC will never have -- dental," he added. After several celebrities, including Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Matt Damon and the Kardashians appeared in »

- Tim Kenneally & Tim Molloy

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William Friedkin to Serve as Guest Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival

15 May 2012 3:56 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

William Friedkin has been chosen to serve as guest director of the Los Angeles Film Festival, which runs from June 14-24. Additionally, the festival announced Tuesday that composer Danny Elfman, singer, songwriter and record producer Raphael Saadiq and chef Michael Voltaggio will all serve as artists in residence. Photos: Scores That Rock: 10 Musicians Who Crossed Over to Movies In his role as guest director, Friedkin will screen his latest film Killer Joe at Lacma’s Bing Theater on June 15 and take part in an onstage interview. As an artist in residence, Elfman will present film clips featuring his

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- Gregg Kilday

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Weigh in on ABC's 'The Neighbors' teaser

15 May 2012 3:54 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

ABC has a number of protected time periods, but with "Castle" permanently suckled at the "Dancing with the Stars" teat and Shonda Rhimes smoothly swapping "Scandal" for "Private Practice" post-"Grey's Anatomy," there's really only one true Rolls Royce slot: Wednesdays at 9:30 after "Modern Family."   So when ABC released its schedule on Tuesday (May 15) morning, all eyes immediately shot to Wednesdays to see which comedy had won the sitcom equivalent of the lottery.   The answer? "The Neighbors," from writer Dan Fogelman. The premise looked toweringly high concept: A family moves into a gated community, a gated community of »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Found-footage vampire flick 'Ends of the Earth' acquired by CBS Films

15 May 2012 3:52 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

CBS Films is jumping on the lucrative found-footage bandwagon. The distributor has picked up U.S. rights to a found-footage thriller entitled "Ends of the Earth," directed by filmmakers Derek Lee and Clif Prowse and starring a cast of unknowns. The film follows two best friends who take a trip around the world and in the process encounter an "impossible phenomenon that will change one of them forever". According to Deadline, it's a found-footage thriller with "a vampire angle." The unfinished project was picked up prior to its introduction at the upcoming Cannes Film Market by CBS, which scored a horror hit »

- HitFix Staff

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Gavin Smith Mystery: Family Urges Public to Join Weekend Search for Missing Executive

15 May 2012 3:50 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The family of missing 20th Century Fox executive Gavin Smith is asking the public to search for him this weekend, according to the Smiths' public relations counselor, Howard Bragman. Smith was last seen on the night of May 1 at a friend's residence in Oak Park, an affluent Ventura County community. He departed from the property in his black Mercedes-Benz E420 sedan between 9 and 10 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which is overseeing the case.  “The family is hopeful that people will be able to join us on our search this weekend,

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- Daniel Miller

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Sherée Whitfield: I Wasn't Fired from Real Housewives of Atlanta

15 May 2012 3:45 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

These days, Sherée Whitfield says she's spending time with her family. She's working on a few projects, too, including a fitness challenge, and she's planning her next move. It's been a month, after all, since she announced her decision to leave The Real Housewives of Atlanta, a move she calls "an amicable split." "I was ready to move, and I don't need to explain myself to anybody," she tells Essence.com, shooting down rumors she was fired from the Bravo reality show. "I am super happy, and I'm moving in a different direction." She adds: "I'm not about just »

- Alison Schwartz

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Warren Buffett Establishes New Position in Viacom

15 May 2012 3:44 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway sent a bullish signal to the media industry by adding a new position in Viacom in the first quarter while almost doubling its stake in Liberty Media and adding to its position in DirecTV, according the investment conglomerate's quarterly holdings statement released Tuesday. The stake in Viacom, though, worth about $76 million, is tiny in comparison to ownership positions Berkshire has in Walmart, Wells Fargo, Ibm and a host of other companies. During the quarter, Berkshire also created a new position in General Motors for about $257 million and it shrunk its stake in Intel, Kraft Foods

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- Paul Bond

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Reba McEntire, Alyssa Milano, Sarah Chalke and More: Watch the Trailers for ABC's New Shows (Video)

15 May 2012 3:43 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

ABC held its upfront presentation in New York on Tuesday, where it introduced its latest offerings to advertisers -- and took a few jabs from its own star, Jimmy Kimmel. Just in case you weren't able to make it to the presentation, we've compiled the trailers for ABC's new shows. Check them out below, and share your predictions in the comments section: Which shows will be a hit, and which won't make it to a second season? In the new comedy "How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your »

- Tim Kenneally

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First Look: Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere go country on ABC's 'Nashville'

15 May 2012 3:33 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

ABC hopes lightning strikes two seasons in a row Wednesdays at 10 p.m. Last season the network premiered surprise hit soap "Revenge" in the timeslot. This season they're opting for country music drama "Nashville" starring "Friday Night Lights'" Mrs. Coach herself: Connie Britton. She'll be supported by erstwhile "Heroes" cheerleader Hayden Panettiere, "Deadwood" and "24" alum Powers Boothe, "Without a Trace" vet Eric Close, character actor Charles Esten (most recently seen on HBO's "Enlightened" and "Big Love") and "General Hospital" fan favorite Jonathan Jackson, among others. The "Nashville" pilot was written by Oscar winner Callie Khouri ("Thelma & Louise") and directed by documentary filmmaker R.J. »

- HitFix Staff

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ABC Sets Its 2012-2013 Line-Up

15 May 2012 3:31 PM, PDT | IMDb Television Blog | See recent IMDb Television Blog news »

Emily Thorne’s “revengenda” now includes a move to Sunday nights. The sleeper hit “Revenge” will slide into the 9pm Sunday timeslot formerly occupied by heavy-hitter “Desperate Housewives,” which just ended its eight-season run on Sunday. The move was perhaps the largest shift evident on ABC’s 2012-2013 schedule, revealed Tuesday during the network’s upfronts presentation in New York.

While “Revenge’s” move to Sundays was unexpected, it is not entirely surprising, even though earlier this spring it seemed as if “Gcb” was being groomed to pick up “Desperate’s” audience next season. Apparently ABC entertainment president Paul Lee has decided to take his network’s Sunday line-up to a new place: “Desperate” may be the series that lifted ABC out of its ratings… »

- Melanie McFarland

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