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Chris Brown Slams Media Coverage of Drake Brawl

16 June 2012 4:29 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Chris Brown ignited a media storm Thursday by tweeting a (now deleted) profanity-laden rant presumed to be directed at Drake, along with a picture of a chin laceration he implied he received at the hands of the Canadian rapper. Brown is apparently unhappy with the around-the-clock news coverage that ensued. Photos: Hollywood's Greatest Twitter Feuds On Friday, Brown once again took to Twitter, this time to vent frustrations over media coverage of the brawl, which took place at the Soho basement club W.i.P  early Thursday morning and is believed to have left at least five

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- Aaron Couch

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Woody Allen on the Perks of Being a Celebrity: 'The Bad Stuff is Greatly Outweighed By the Dinner Reservations'

16 June 2012 4:19 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Among the different vignettes in Woody Allen’s new film To Rome With Love, there is a story about a normal businessman (played by Roberto Benigni) who wakes one day to discover that he is incredibly famous – and he has no idea why. Even though the tale offers some shrewd insights about the vagaries of achieving fame, Woody Allen says that he wasn’t offering a deliberate critique of celebrity worship. Photos: Woody Allen's 'To Rome With Love' Premiere Red Carpet Arrivals "The fact that some of the film deals with that theme is post-facto,” Allen told reporters Friday

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- Todd Gilchrist

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Fall TV Pilot Preview: The CW's 'Arrow'

16 June 2012 3:49 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A year after Smallville wrapped its run, the CW is going back to its superhero roots with Arrow, based on the long-running character Green Arrow from DC Comics. The Hollywood Reporter screened the pilot for the drama -- one of five the youth-skewing network picked up to series in May -- and as part of our Fall Preview 2012 have five things to know about the series before its fall launch. Photos: The CW's 2012-13 Season: 'Carrie Diaries,' 'Arrow' and 'Cult' 1. It's based on the long-running character that first appeared in a DC Comics title in 1941,

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Radiohead Concert Stage Collapse: Toronto Police Clearing Venue and Area (Photo)

16 June 2012 3:37 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Toronto – Toronto police said a massive stage collapse at the North by Northeast music festival before a Radiohead concert Saturday has led to the death of one crew member due to a “crushing injury.”   Constable Tony Vella of the Toronto Police told reporters Saturday evening that the summer festival mishap at Downsview Park occurred around 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Story: One Dead After Radiohead Stage Collapse in Toronto “A number of people were on the stage. They were setting up when the top portion of the stage collapsed on top of them,” Vella told reporters. “The area

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- Etan Vlessing

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TV Ratings: ABC's Highwire Act Towers Over Competitors

16 June 2012 3:11 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

ABC’s broadcast of Nik Wallenda’s highwire walk at Niagara Falls claimed significant ratings Friday night, qualifying as the most-watched non-sports summertime major network telecast since at least 2006. Photos: Summer TV Preview 2012 From 9-11 p.m., Megastunts: Highwire Over Niagara Falls attracted 10.1 million viewers, more than double the 4.7 million viewers who watched NBC’s two-hour Dateline. The coverage of Megastunts gave ABC a huge margin for victory over its nearest competitors in multiple categories including total viewers (8.7 million vs. CBS’ 4.6 million), adults 18-49 (2.1/8 vs. NBC’s

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- Todd Gilchrist

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Radiohead concert stage collapses in Toronto: 1 dead, 3 seriously injured

16 June 2012 3:08 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Toronto (AP) — A massive stage collapse hours before a Radiohead concert was to begin Saturday left one person dead and three others injured, officials said.   Emergency Medical Services deputy commander David Viljakainen said a man who was trapped under the rubble was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials said he was in his mid-30s.   A 45-year-old man was hospitalized with a head injury and two others were treated at the scene for minor injuries at the Downsview Park venue, said Viljakainen.   The venue said on its website that the sold-out concert was canceled.   Fire Services Platoon »

- Charmaine Noronha (AP)

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Rainn Wilson enjoys 'twists and turns' of 'The Office' minus Steve Carell [Video]

16 June 2012 2:55 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

"It was a challenging year. It was really a year of dynamics. It was how does the show work without the engine that has driven the show for so many year," admitted Rainn Wilson, co-star of the long-running NBC comedy "The Office."  After Steve Carell departed the program in the final episodes of 2011, many wondered what would happen next with the ratings and the quality of the show. That included the people working both in front of the cameras and behind the scenes. In a video interview with Gold Derby, Wilson recalled, "It was a lot of twists and turns. We knew that we would get a lot of hate over the last season, but I thought it was a really successful season. Sure, there's a couple of episodes that could have been stronger. But, you know what? There were a couple of episodes last season that were as funny »


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ABC's Niagara Falls 'Megastunts' special draws big Friday audiences

16 June 2012 2:51 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Expect to see plenty more daredevil stunts in primetime after ABC's "Megastunts: Highwire Over Niagara Falls" special drew a huge audience on Friday (June 15) night.   The three-hour programming block surrounding Nik Wallenda's highwire crossing of Niagara Falls averaged 8.66 million viewers on Friday and delivered a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49. It was ABC's most-watched Friday since 2007.   The numbers became even more impressive for the stunt itself. Following a one-hour pre-stunt countdown, the two-hour "Megastunts: Highwire Over Niagara Falls" averaged 10.1 million viewers and a 2.5 key demo rating, making it ABC's biggest audience in the time »

- Daniel Fienberg

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One Dead After Radiohead Stage Collapse in Toronto

16 June 2012 2:36 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A stage technician was killed and at least three people were seriously injured after a stage collapsed at Toronto's Downsview Park just hours before Radiohead was to take the stage, according to a CBC report. Emergency crews were first called in around 4 p.m. Et, with as many as five ambulances, two police cars and a firetruck arriving at the scene. The gates had been scheduled to open at 5 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. showtime, and thousands were already lined up when representatives from Live Nation, the concert's producers, announced the show had been canceled. Downsview

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- Seth Abramovitch

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'Moonrise Kingdom's' Bob Balaban on Being 'Your Guide to the Creative Experience of This Movie' (Video)

16 June 2012 1:09 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Bob Balaban is one of the most respected and versatile character actors in Hollywood, having appeared in everything from Close Encounters of the Third Kind to Seinfeld to A Mighty Wind to Lady in the Water. In his latest film, Moonrise Kingdom, however, Balaban technically doesn’t have a character – which he tells THR made his job tougher than usual. Photos: Cannes 2012: Competition Lineup Features 'Cosmopolis,' 'Moonrise Kingdom,' 'Killing Them Softly' “You can’t do nothing,” Balaban says of playing the film’s Narrator, who occasionally interacts with the characters in the story. “But you could also get

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- Todd Gilchrist

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Cinedigm's Chris McGurk at Laff: Never Mind the Slump, We're In for an Indie Renaissance

16 June 2012 12:46 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Cinedigm CEO Chris McGurk said nay to the Hollywood naysayers at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Saturday, using his keynote speech to say that the movie-business prophets of doom are wrong, and that the industry is in fact on the verge of a renaissance in independent film. "Time and again, we're told by the Sky is Falling folks that film is an antiquated experience that's being crowded out by all the new entertainment options that keep emerging," said McGurk, who founded Cinedigm after 25 years at MGM, Universal, Disney, Anchor »


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News Nuggets: Jean Dujardin in talks to join Martin Scorsese's 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

16 June 2012 12:06 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin in talks to join Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street": "The French actor would play Jean-Jacques Handali, described by the trade paper as a 'suave Swiss banker.' (As if Dujardin could be anything but suave.) He would join a cast that already includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Kyle Chandler. Based on the memoir by Jordan Belfort, 'Wolf of Wall Street' follows a stock broker who finds fortune and excess in the free-spirited '90s, only to be brought down by embezzlement charges. DiCaprio will play Belfort, while Hill co-stars as his friend and colleague. The film marks the fifth collaboration between DiCaprio and Scorsese, following 'Gangs of New York,' 'The Aviator,' 'The Departed' and 'Shutter Island.'" Huffington Post The Grammys want the Emmys to notice them: "The Grammy Awards, which typically get no respect the Television Academy, »


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Laff 2012: Cinedigm's Chris McGurk Predicts a Digital-Driven Indie Film Renaissance

16 June 2012 11:48 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In contrast to previous keynote speakers at the Los Angeles Film Festival who focused on the problems threatening the independent film business, Chris McGurk, chairman and CEO of Cinedigm Entertainment Group, offered an upbeat, sunny assessment Saturday as he predicted a renaissance of independent filmmaking, comparable to that of the late ‘60s and late ‘80s. Laff 2012: Festival Chief David Ansen Reveals How He Wooed Woody Allen to Los Angeles (Q&A) He also called upon exhibitors to be more flexible about theatrical windows when it comes to smaller, indie movies. “It is actually in the interests of exhibitors to now

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- Gregg Kilday

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Lindsay Lohan Responds via Twitter to Unconsciousness Drama

16 June 2012 10:55 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In the wake of Friday’s dramatic news that Lindsay Lohan was reportedly found unconscious in her hotel room, the actress made light of the incident on twitter. Photos: THR's Social Media Poll: How Facebook and Twitter Impact the Entertainment Industry Speaking to fans after news reports confirmed that she was merely suffering from exhaustion, the actress and gossip magnet tweeted a two-part acknowledgment of what happened. “Note to self.. After working 85hours in 4days, and being up all night shooting, be very aware that you might pass out from exhaustion & 7 paramedics Might show up @ your door....

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Box office update: 'Madagascar 3' tops Friday with $10 million; 'Rock of Ages' and 'That's My Boy' disappoint

16 June 2012 10:05 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Dreamworks’ animated comedy Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is headed to an easy weekend win at the box office following the poor opening Friday of newcomers Rock of Ages and That’s My Boy.

Madagascar 3 earned an estimated $10 million on Friday, putting it on pace for a $35 million sophomore weekend, which would give the $145 million title a ten-day total of about $120 million.

Prometheus will once again finish in second place this frame, but that doesn’t mean it’s holding up particularly well. Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel dropped by a an alarming 72 percent from last Friday to $5.8 million. »


- Grady Smith

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Box Office: Epic fail for Adam Sandler's 'That's My Boy' and Tom Cruise's 'Rock of Ages'

16 June 2012 10:05 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Adam Sandler and Tom Cruise have had better Friday's in their box office careers as both "That's My Boy" and "Rock of Ages" had disastrous debuts. For all the negative reviews and audience feed back for Sandler's "Jack and Jill" last November, the comedy still eked out $149 million globally. The former "SNL" star may be paying the price for that "success" with his latest flick.  "That's My Boy" opened to a startling $4.6 million on Friday for what could be a $12-13 million weekend.  It's the worst opening for a wide Sandler opener since "Spanglish" in 2004. "Boy" is Sandler's »


- Gregory Ellwood

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Friday Report: 'Madagascar 3' Holds Off Weak Openers

16 June 2012 9:43 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Newcomers Rock of Ages and That's My Boy had a rough time on Friday, which allowed Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted to easily retain the top spot at the box office. The animated three-quel fell 52 percent to an estimated $10.03 million, which brings its eight-day total to a very solid $95 million. That total is a bit ahead of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa's $90.04 million, though the gap will probably begin to narrow once Brave debuts next Friday. Madagascar 3 should wind up with around $33 million for the three-day frame.Prometheus held on to second place, though it plummeted 73 percent to $5.83 million. That's a much steeper Friday-to-Friday decline than Super 8 (51 percent) or Inception (40 percent), and it was also remarkably a tad below last June's front-loaded intergalactic adventure Green Lantern (72 percent). Prometheus has now earned $74.5 million overall, and it should grab close to $20 million for the weekend. In third place, Rock of »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Box Office: 'Madagascar 3' Critters Devour Tom Cruise, Adam Sandler

16 June 2012 9:22 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Tom Cruise in "Rock of Ages" and Adam Sandler as a bad dad in "That's My Boy" are proving no match for the wise-cracking critters of "Madagascar 3" or "Prometheus" at the weekend box office. DreamWorks Animation's CGI threequel is a lock to hold its No. 1 spot, after taking in $10 million Friday. That puts "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" on track for a $30 million weekend, and raises its overall U.S. gross to roughly $95 million, and over $200 million worldwide. Fox's "Prometheus" rolled up $5.8 million on Friday. That »


- Todd Cunningham

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Prince Philip Returns for Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Celebration

16 June 2012 9:13 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Prince Philip returned to the media spotlight on Saturday for the first time since being sidelined with a bladder infection earlier this month. The husband of Queen Elizabeth II attended the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony in honor of the Queen's 86th birthday. Her actual birthday is on April 21, but the display of military pomp takes place later in hopes of better weather. Photos: Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Concert TV coverage on Saturday showed Prince Philip and the Queen riding in a carriage to the military pageant that involved horse guards and more than 1,600 officers and

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- George Szalai

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley joins the cast of Mad Max: Fury Road

16 June 2012 8:19 AM, PDT | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

Mad Max: Fury Road is edging ever closer to shooting, so it's good to hear that the casting department in picking up the pace, with supermodel and Transformers 3: Dark Of The Moon actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley signing on. The long-gestating Mad Max sequel/prequel/reboot will be a step down in the glamour stakes for Huntington-Whiteley, who wasn't exactly stretched playing the trophy girlfriend in Transformers 3, spending most of her time being leered at by Michael Bay's cameras before bringing down the baddie with some bargain-bin reverse...

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- Matt Maytum

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