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Emmys 2012: On the Set of FX's 'American Horror Story'

9 June 2012 4:16 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

American Horror Story likely wasn't great PR for Los Angeles' real estate market. After all, the horror series' premise centers wholly on a haunted Victorian mansion in Hancock Park besieged by vindictive, psychopathic ghosts. Never ones to settle for less than authentic, series creators (and Glee collaborators) Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk gave architect Alfred Rosenheim's 1908 mansion a serious "make-under" for the pilot's opening's scenes -- set in the 1970s -- through CGI enhancements that gave the house an appropriately decrepit look. But to shoot modern scenes in which the Harmon family -- played by Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton and Taissa

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Lionsgate's Michael Burns Touts 'Hunger Games', 'Mad Men' Success

9 June 2012 4:02 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The success of The Hunger Games, the merger with Summit which brought them Twilight, and the booming TV division have Lionsgate on track to grow significantly in the next three years, the studios vice chairman Michael Burns said at the Produced By Conference on Saturday, but their basic risk-averse philosophy is not going to change. Burns said they mitigate the risk on movies by using incentives to bring down production costs, with foreign pre-sales and careful marketing. Even The Hunger Games put only less than $50 million at risk for the studio before it became a huge blockbuster.

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- Alex Ben Block

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Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg go for low laughs in new 'That's My Boy' clips

9 June 2012 3:59 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg: A match made in comedy heaven or in comedy hell, depending on your point-of-view. The two play an unlikely father-and-son duo in the upcoming "That's My Boy."  Sandler is deadbeat dad Donny who tries to re-connect with his adult son Todd after years of being apart. Donny impregnated his junior high teacher when he was a kid, so he's only a few years older than Todd -- but still acts like he's 17. Can they get over their differences and see eye-to-eye on the eve of Todd's wedding? These 8 clips should clue you in. If »


- Dave Lewis

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Web Series Pioneer Icebox Gets a Second Chance (Updated)

9 June 2012 2:52 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Long before the advent of YouTube, television showrunners Howard Gordon, Rob Lazebnik and Jonathan Collier helped found Icebox, one of the first production companies devoted to web series. Gordon, a showrunner on "24" who helped develop "Homeland," and other Hollywood heavyweights were able to lure some of the industry's most talented creatives -- including Larry David, writers for "South Park" and Mike Reiss, a former "Simpsons" showrunner -- to contribute work to Icebox. Their timing – more than a decade ago – was unfortunate, and the company ran out of money. But the rapid growth of »


- Lucas Shaw

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How Channing Tatum, Kevin Hart Tweeted Their Way to Box Office Gold

9 June 2012 2:11 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Channing Tatum, Kurt Russell and movie stars of today and yesteryear are no longer just actors, but marketers as well. At the fourth-annual Produced By conference on Saturday, Hollywood agents, marketing executives, financiers and other industry experts stressed that filmmakers and actors have no choice but to get involved from start to finish in a project, especially when it comes to marketing. Also read: Channing Tatum Flashes Flesh in New 'Magic Mike' Clip (Video) "If there's an actor who won't pump a movie, he won't get as much work," Jay Cohen, a partner at »


- Lucas Shaw

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Steve Carell says 'Anchorman 2' not shooting until February or March 2013

9 June 2012 2:06 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

New York - Fans have been waiting for a sequel to 2004's "Anchorman" for years so there was a great deal of excitement this Spring when Will Ferrell appeared as Ron Burgandy on "Conan" to announce a sequel was finally on the way.  Studio Paramount Pictures, which now controls the rights to the franchise, even went so far as to have the principal cast shoot an original teaser trailer for "Anchorman 2" which appeared in front of "The Dictator" last month.  It was public knowledge that Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay were still working on a screenplay for "Anchorman 2," but it was expected the »


- Gregory Ellwood

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Aida Takla O'Reilly Re-Elected President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

9 June 2012 1:56 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Aida Takla O'Reilly has been re-elected president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for the 2012 – 2013 year at the organization’s annual election meeting on June 8. Jorge Camara, Serge Rakhlin and Ali Sar were elected vice president, executive secretary, and treasurer, respectively. The new board of directors is comprised of Helen Hoehne, Yoram Kahana, Yukiko Nakajima, Ruben Nepales (chairman) and Dierk Sinderman (alternate). The HFPA, the group behind the annual Golden Globe Awards, recently lost its legal battle for control of the show with Dick Clark Productions when a federal judge Howard Matz ruled in late April that

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- Gregg Kilday

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The Cult in New York City: Concert Review

9 June 2012 1:13 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

It’s been three years since The Cult played New York City, and Friday night they returned with a vengeance. Of the many area venues the band has played over the years, Terminal 5 is a good fit; with a large wide stage, a sweeping floor and tiers of balconies wrapping around the room, it recalls the former Limelight, invoking the spirit of New York when rock music was a staple of nightlife. The Cult always draws a diverse audience, and this night was no different as a capacity crowd of goths, rockers and hipsters gathered in communion for rock ’n’

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- Mick Stingley

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Christopher Nolan Says Digital Is All About Money, Not Quality

9 June 2012 12:58 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The rush to digital and the degrading of the movie-theater experience is devaluing the work of filmmakers, director Christopher Nolan told the audience at the Producers Guild of America's Produced By Conference on Saturday. "I don't want to be the R&D department for a studio," said the "Inception" and "The Dark Knight" director of the push away from film and toward digital. "I don't have any interest in being the research end of an electronics company." In a session that was fittingly sponsored by Kodak, a company sent into bankruptcy because of »


- Steve Pond

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'Mad Men' Costume Designer Janie Bryant Picks Season 5 Premiere for Emmy Consideration

9 June 2012 12:49 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Mad Men's acclaimed costume designer Janie Bryant has been nominated for an Emmy five times and won for her work on HBO's Deadwood in 2005. She was also nominated three times for Costume Designers Guild awards for her work on Deadwood and won a Cdg for Mad Men in 2009 and 2010. So Janie knows a little something about selecting the right episode to best illustrate the scope of her work. It should be no surprise to viewers that this year Bryant picked the Season Five two-hour premiere (“A Little Kiss”) for her 2012 Emmy costume submission. Can you

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- Elizabeth Snead

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Iatse Strikes TNT’s ‘Great Escape’ Reality Show

9 June 2012 12:48 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

It looks like there’s no escape from an Iatse picket line for The Great Escape, a new TNT reality show about ordinary people facing extraordinary challenges. The feet hit the street Saturday morning, with a strike declared just hours after Iatse labeled the show’s producer, Profiles Entertainment, an unfair employer for allegedly obstructing the union’s organizing efforts. The Iatse statement did not describe what the producers had done, and the company could not immediately be reached. Iatse represents TV and motion picture crew members. The Great Escape,TNT’s first unscripted-competition series, is from the same producers as The Amazing

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- Jonathan Handel

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Laetitia Casta leads the 'War of the Buttons' in new trailer for French WWII drama

9 June 2012 12:29 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Laetitia Casta, Guillaume Canet ("Tell No One") and a group of young'uns face down the German army in the upcoming WWII drama "War of the Buttons." The Weinstein Company just released brand new trailer (above) for the film from Christophe Barratier, the director of the Oscar-nominated "The Chorus" (2004). In Nazi-occupied France, two rival gangs of kids from neighboring villages wage a pretend war on one another while their own country is torn asunder by a real war right outside their doorstep. It's based on a 1912 French novel by Louis Pergaud that has been adapted for the big screen several times »


- Dave Lewis

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'Dark Knight Rises' Director Christopher Nolan Isn’t a Fan of Digital

9 June 2012 11:58 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The movie business is rapidly switching from shooting movies on film to digital but Christopher Nolan, whose third Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises opens in July, thinks it is a mistake because its not being done for quality, but rather for cost. “There’s a huge danger in all of this,” Nolan said Saturday while being interviewed at the annual Produced By Conference, presented by the Producer’s Guild of America. “If you are looking strictly at production cost, then you would use digital. But for the best image, it is still film.” Photos: 28 of Summer's Most Anticipated

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- Alex Ben Block

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First Look: 'Doctor Who' reveals its new Companion

9 June 2012 11:51 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Doctor Who" has a new female companion. The BBC America sci-fi drama has just released the first official look at series newcomer Jenna-Louise Coleman on location with the Doctor himself, Matt Smith. Take a look here:  Coleman previously appeared on the Brit soap opera "Emmerdale" and had a small part in "Captain America: The First Avenger."  "Doctor Who" will return this fall with Coleman joining as the Doctor’s companion. Meanwhile, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill will reportedly exit the series in dramatic fashion in the upcoming season's fifth episode. 2013 marks the incredible 50th anniversary of "Doctor Who." That's a lot of companions. »


- Dave Lewis

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President Obama's Obsession With Celebrities: Howard Kurtz and WaxWord Debate (Video)

9 June 2012 11:34 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In this week's video, Howard Kurtz of Newsweek-Daily Beast and The Daily Download and I talk about President Obama's growing reliance on Hollywood celebrities for his reelection campaign. "I've gotten 10 emails from Obama inviting me to dinner with Sarah Jessica Parker," says Kurtz. "It feels a little elitist." We also touch on the rest of the week's news in media and politics:  the White House denouncing the national security leaks that led to two New York Times stories, Bill Clinton wandering off script on Romney and the Bush tax cuts and »


- Sharon Waxman

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'Prometheus': You've seen the movie, now hear from the stars

9 June 2012 10:46 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Ridley Scott's highly-anticipated "Alien" prequel "Prometheus" is finally in theaters allover the world, and you've no doubt already seen it and probably have a number of lingering questions about the film.    Now, see what the stars -- Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce and Noomi Rapace -- had to say about working on the film and dealing with its lofty (sometimes unanswered) questions in these recent interviews.  Keep in mind that all of these interviews, conducted by HitFix's Dan Fienberg, were taped before the film's release, so there are very few spoilers contained herein. In the first clip (above), Charlize Theron »


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Slaying of Lil Phat: The Hip-Hop Community Reacts

9 June 2012 10:21 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Police are still hunting for two men seen fleeing from the parking lot in Sandy Springs, Georgia, where rapper Lil Phat, born Melvin Vernell III, was shot multiple times and killed on Thursday night. The 19-year-old was a breakout artist signed to Trill Entertainment -- a hip-hop label based out of Baton Rouge, Lousiana -- whose biggest career success came as a guest-rapper on the 2008 song "Independent" by rapper Webbie, recorded when Lil Phat was only 14. Webbie and other prominent hip-hop figures have since taken to Twitter with expressions of grief for the loss of

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- Seth Abramovitch

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Radiohead's Thom Yorke Hints at Jack White Collaboration

9 June 2012 9:44 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Near the end of Radiohead's triumphant headlining set at the 2012 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, frontman Thom Yorke gave a special shout-out to Jack White, and hinted at an upcoming collaboration between the two alt-rock veterans. "This song is for Jack White," Yorke told the crowd, which dutifully erupted, before the band sunk its teeth into new song "Supercollider. "We saw him yesterday. A big thank-you to him, but we can't tell you why. You'll find out." Photos: The Scene at Coachella Music Festival 2012  And so the speculation begins. White's Third Man Records

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- Jason Lipshutz, Billboard

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Box Office: 'Prometheus' Tops Friday at $21.4M, but 'Madagascar 3' Eyes $60M Weekend

9 June 2012 9:35 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

"Prometheus" and "Madagascar 3" Europe's Most Wanted" provided a box-office power surge Friday.  Ridley Scott's sci-fi epic rocketed to $21.4 million and DreamWorks Animation's "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" did $20.4 milion in their first day of release. The family-friendly "Madagascar 3" appears to have the edge for the weekend and could hit the $60 million mark, with the kids likely coming out on Saturday and Sunday. Audiences broke down 56 percent female and 54 percent under 25. They loved the film, giving it an "A" CinemaScore. Paramount is distributing. Fox's R-rated "Prometheus," »


- Todd Cunningham

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Box office update: 'Prometheus' leads Friday with $21.4 million, but 'Madagascar 3' will win weekend

9 June 2012 9:22 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The box office continued its major recovery on Friday following weeks of disappointing returns, as Prometheus and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted  both opened forcefully, building on Snow White and the Huntsman’s success last weekend.

Ridley Scott’s Prometheus topped the box office on Friday following strong midnight showings with an impressive $21.4 million haul. The $130 million R-rated picture is headed for a weekend gross of about $56 million, but surprisingly, that won’t be enough to earn first place for the weekend.

Dreamworks’ Madagascar 3 scored a blazing $20.5 million on its debut day — a full 16 percent higher than »


- Grady Smith

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