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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 11 Finale - The winner is...

23 May 2012 4:59 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

When it comes to predicting "American Idol" winners early, I have a mixed track record.  I underestimated both Kris Allen and Lee DeWyze dramatically, but I also knew after last season's Top 24 performances that Scotty McCreery was going to be unbeatable.  This season, back in January, I fought with clunky Park City wireless to recap the "Idol" premiere the night before the start of the Sundance Film Festival. You can check out my recap here and you can scan all the way to the bottom to see my reaction to Phillip Phillips. I didn't make any similarly hyperbolic statements in »


- Daniel Fienberg

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The song remains the same on Billboard Hot 100 as Gotye lands sixth week at No. 1

23 May 2012 4:44 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

“Somebody That I Used To Know” continues its residency at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as the Gotye tune, featuring Kimbra, logs its sixth week in the top spot. The tune holds off a charge from Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”  which rises two spots to No. 2, leapfrogging over Maroon 5’s “Payphone,” featuring Wiz Khalifa (2-3) and Fun.’s “We Are Young” featuring Janelle Monae (3-4). It’s a week of small moves on the chart. There are no new entries in the Top 10 and no title moves more than two spots one way or the other. Rounding »


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Andy Samberg Impersonates Nicolas Cage at Harvard Class Day (Video)

23 May 2012 4:27 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Saturday Night Live funnyman Andy Samberg addressed a crowd of graduating seniors at Harvard today, as part of their Class Day festivities that included a speech by U.S. congressman (and Harvard alumnus) Barney Frank. Samberg "slew his audience," according to Harvard Magazine, in a speech that began with some feigned confusion over whether or not he was receiving an honorary degree (he wasn't), and included a list of majors that “are useless as of tomorrow,” including “anything that ends in ‘Studies.’” The future looked sunnier for math and science majors, on the other hand, who Samberg

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- Seth Abramovitch

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Justin Bieber Announces North American Tour Dates

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

Justin Bieber is hitting the road. In his journey to promote his fourth studio album, Believe, the 18-year-old singer has announced a North American tour to kick off September 29 in Glendale, Ariz. The 44-city trek includes two Los Angeles performances (Oct. 2 and 3 at the Staples Center), in addition to stops in Las Vegas, New York, Toronto, Miami, New Orleans, Nashville, Salt Lake City, Calgary, Dallas and more. Video: Billboard Music Awards 2012: The Best (and Worst) Moments  The Believe tour is presented by Aeg Live and will feature “Call Me Maybe” singer – and

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- Sophie A. Schillaci

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Exclusive: New photos from Sundance and Cannes charmer 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

23 May 2012 4:19 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

When I reviewed Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild" during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival I referred to the drama as a "cinematic wonder." And I wasn't the only fan.  The film quickly won over Park City audiences and took home the coveted dramatic competition grand jury prize. After Fox Searchlight snatched it up during the fest, cinephiles the world over have been eager to journey to Hushpuppy's home,  "the Tub." Fast forward five months later and it's no surprise then, that critics on the other side of the Atlantic have been heaping praise upon "Wild" after it screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival »


- Gregory Ellwood

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Universal to Develop Movie Based on Lego 'Hero Factory' Robots (Exclusive)

23 May 2012 4:18 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Universal is in negotiations to acquire the screen rights to Lego’s line of robotic toys called Hero Factory. Michael Finch and Alex Litvak, best known for writing 2010’s sci-fi hit Predators, are in negotiations to pen the script for the project, which would be produced by Mark Gordon and Bryan Zuriff of the Mark Gordon Company along with Ben Forkner and Dean Schnider of Film 360, the production side of representation firm Management 360. As opposed to other Lego toys, Hero Factory, which is marketed with the tagline “We Build Heroes,” has a distinct storyline and a dense

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- Borys Kit

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Showtime Courts Emmy Voters With Free Viewing Weekend

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

In a bid for Emmy attention, Showtime is throwing open its doors. For the first time, the premium cable network is making full seasons of its original series available for free the weekend of June 15-17, a three-day span that falls within the Emmy voting period. The weekend promotion, which is being dubbed “Best in Sho,” will feature marathons of freshman offerings Homeland and House of Lies as well as Dexter, Shameless, Weeds, The Borgias, The Big C, Californication and the documentary Rebirth. As part of the Emmy experiment, which will be available to all DirecTV customers as well as

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- Lacey Rose

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eOne Acquires North American Rights to Charlie Matthau's 'Freaky Deaky'

23 May 2012 4:11 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Entertainment has acquired North American rights to "Freaky Deaky," Charlie Matthau's adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel of the same name. Matthau, son of famed actor Walter, both wrote and directed the film, which stars Crispin Glover, Billy Burke, Christian Slater and Michael Jai White. Burke plays Chris Mankowski, a cop in Detroit's sex crimes unit who falls for a victim on his first day. He is also suspended for investigating the rich and powerful Woody Ricks, played by Glover. The film is intended as an homage to 1974.  "Elmore Leonard's work has inspired »


- Lucas Shaw

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Fandango, Moviefone Partner for Ticket Sales

23 May 2012 4:04 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Fandango and Moviefone have struck a partnership to make Fandango the exclusive ticketing partner for AOL's movie-focused site. Moviefone customers will be able to make ticket purchases online via computer, mobile devices and tablets using Fandango's network of 20,000 screens -- the largest in the country. "Partnering with Fandango gives Moviefone users an upgraded experience by allowing them to buy tickets from twice as many theaters with more options," Jay Kirsch, Svp and General Manager of AOL Marketplace, said in a statement. "This move bolsters our already extensive web and mobile offerings, »

- Lucas Shaw

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Sharon Stone Sued for Harassment by Former Nanny

23 May 2012 3:52 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sharon Stone's basic instinct might be a little bit off -- at least when it comes to how to treat the help. "Casino" actress Stone is being sued by a woman claiming to be her former nanny, who says that Stone made disparaging remarks about her ethnicity and religious beliefs, and illegally fired her for receiving rightfully obtained overtime pay. Erlinda T. Elemen claims that she began working for Stone in October 2006, and was promoted to head nanny of the actress' three children in September 2008. In the suit, Elemen says that »


- Tim Kenneally

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'Ted' Moves into 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Spot

23 May 2012 3:48 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The game of release date musical chairs continued Wednesday with Seth MacFarlane's talking teddy bear comedy "Ted" moving into a slot vacated by "G.I. Joe: Retaliation."  Paramount, the studio behind the action sequel, said earlier that it will push the opening of "G.I. Joe" to March 29, 2013.  It was originally slated to premiere on June 29, which will now mark the opening of "Ted."  Universal, which is releasing "Family Guy" creator MacFarlane's big-screen directorial debut, has high hopes for the comedy, which stars Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis.  Also read: Watch Seth MacFarlane, Mark »


- Brent Lang

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Fall TV Countdown: 7 Key Shows to Watch and Biggest Time-Slot Battles

23 May 2012 3:34 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the June 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. With more than $9 billion up for grabs, the weeklong TV upfront presentations were dominated not by big creative swings and top drama producers but rather the promise of comedy. In a bid to replicate the early success of Fox's New Girl and the continued strength of ABC's Modern Family, a vast majority of the 2012-13 season's new half-hour offerings feature female voices or fractured families. There were 16 ordered in all, with the tone of Fox's brother-sister comedy Ben and Kate (from

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- Marisa Guthrie, Lacey Rose

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Gary Oldman Joining MGM's 'Robocop' Remake

23 May 2012 3:33 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Gary Oldman has inked a deal to star opposite Joel Kinnaman in MGM’s remake of Robocop. Jose Padilha is directing the film, which is being produced by Strike Entertainment’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman.

Kinnaman (The Killing) is the title character, a cop named Alex Murphy who is brought back from the brink of death and turned into a cyborg police officer. Oldman will play Norton, the scientist who creates Robocop and finds himself torn between the ideals of the machine trying to rediscover its humanity and the callous needs of a corporation.

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- Borys Kit

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Seth MacFarlane's 'Ted' Moves Release Date to June 29

23 May 2012 3:32 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Universal Pictures has moved quickly to take advantage of Paramount's decision to bump G.I. Joe: Retaliation from its June 29 release date to March 2013. Universal is moving its Seth MacFarlane-directed comedy Ted to that weekend from its previous July 13 date, the studio announced Wednesday. The move will give Ted a jump on the lucrative July 4 weekend, when movie-going tends to skyrocket. It will also put the film up against Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man, which is scheduled to hit theaters on July 3. Ted, written, directed and produced by the Family Guy creator, is

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Fox News Slams Professors Who Claimed Its Viewers Were Ill-Informed

23 May 2012 3:28 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

When Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey, told the world six months ago that it had scientific evidence proving that viewers of the Fox News Channel are less informed than those who watch no news at all, Fnc ignored them, even as the report went viral over the Internet. Not this time. This month, Fdu released another of its PublicMind polls touting that “this nationwide survey confirms initial findings” of ill-informed Fnc viewers, and an Fnc spokesperson blasted the findings and turned the tables on the university, pointing out that its own students don’t exactly measure up academically.

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- Paul Bond

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'The Hunger Games' heads to DVD and Blu-ray in August

23 May 2012 3:19 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Excited to see the next adventures of Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mallark but can't wait til next year's release of the sequel "Catching Fire"? "The Hunger Games" is heading to DVD and Blu-ray in August. It will be made available at 12:01 am on the morning of August 18 for your lining-up pleasure. "Hunger" will be available in multiple formats -- a 2-disc DVD (plus digital copy), 2-disc Blu-ray (plus digital copy), VOD and a digital download with three hours of previously unavailable bonus materials. Both the DVD and Blu-ray copies will come with the usual bells and whistle, including the »


- Dave Lewis

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Mark Zuckerberg Earns More Than $1B in Facebook Stock Sale

23 May 2012 3:17 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Facebook's initial public offering last week is now largely considered a dud, the victim of technical problems from Nasdaq and investor overhype.  One person who has made out very well financially from the the social network's stock market debut is its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.  The hoodie aficionado netted over $1 billion after cashing in 30.2 million shares, according to a public filing. The stock sold for $37.58 a share, slightly less than Facebook's $38 Ipo price. Still it is better than the $34 the Menlo Park, Calif. based company's shares were »


- Brent Lang

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'American Idol' Anoints Phillip Phillips Season 11 Winner

23 May 2012 3:12 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Phillip Phillips is the winner of American Idol's 11th season, beating out 16-year-old vocal powerhouse Jessica Sanchez for the title and bragging rights. Phillips, a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Leesburg, Ga., is the fifth male singer in a row to go home with the Idol glory. Although Sanchez had the pipes, Phillips gained momentum in part from two clear advantages: he is telegenic, which helped him score legions of female fans, and his show coronation song, "Home," is perhaps the best to come out of Idol in 10 years. Phillips was even dubbed "the next

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- Erin Carlson

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2012 Cma Awards set for Nov. 1

23 May 2012 2:54 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Nashville, Tenn. (AP) — The Country Music Association's 46th annual awards show is scheduled for Nov. 1. The three-hour show moves to Thursday this year after a run of Wednesday nights. It will be broadcast live on ABC from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. More than 16 million viewers tuned in to the CMAs last year to watch Taylor Swift win her second entertainer of the year award. The eligibility period for the Cma Awards closes June 30 and nominees will be announced late summer. The association also announced "Cma Country Christmas" will return for a third year with taping scheduled for »


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Guillermo del Toro’s Monsters-Versus-Robots Film Turns Out to Be Just That

23 May 2012 2:45 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Guillermo del Toro's huge-monsters-versus-huge-robots-driven-by-humans picture Pacific Rim, set to launch July 2013 and star Charlie Day, Idris Elba, and Charlie Hunnam, now has a more specific plot description. It has sci-fi names, and it goes like this: "When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge." Then there's a war for everything, etc. »


- Zach Dionne

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