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Armed Man Arrested at 'Dark Knight Rises' Screening

7 August 2012 4:59 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

During a weekend in which one-fifth of moviegoers were skittish about returning to theaters, police arrested a well-armed man at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises. An off-duty police officer confronted 37-year-old Scott A. Smith in a suburban Cleveland movie theater and found him with a satchel containing a loaded gun and several knives, Cleveland.com reports. THR Cover: Reflections on the 'Dark Knight Rises' Tragedy The incident occurred Saturday at Regal Cinema in Westlake, Ohio, where the officer, Jeremiah Bullins, was working security while off-duty. Bullins noticed Smith waling into a theater

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- Aaron Couch

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Siggraph 2012: 'Hotel Transylvania' Previewed by Director Genndy Tartakovsky

7 August 2012 4:59 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

“I felt like I got dropped into a war zone,” admitted Genndy Tartakovsky about when he was first brought on to direct Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania, which opens Sept. 28. Clips and work-in-progress from the film highlighted a panel, held Tuesday at CG conference Siggraph. TV animation veteran Tartakovsky -- who has three Emmys under his belt for his work on Cartoon Network’s Star Wars: Clone Wars and Samurai Jack -- joined the production roughly 18 months ago to make what will be his feature directorial debut. He and his team came together to reimagine and complete the film

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- Carolyn Giardina

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Obit: 'Chorus Line' Composer Marvin Hamlisch Wrote for Film, Theater and TV --and Streisand

7 August 2012 4:57 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Marvin Hamlisch, a composer who moved effortlessly from movies to musical theatre to television, winning Grammys, Emmys, Oscars and a Tony award, died unexpectedly on Monday, August 6, at the age of 68 after a brief illness.  Hamlisch and Richard Rodgers are the only two composers who have won all of those awards as well as a Pulitzer Prize.  As the composer of “A Chorus Line,” Hamlisch shared the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1976. Hamlisch’s award-winning work spans decades.  He won his first two Oscars for the score and title song for “The Way We Were” (1973) and collected the third music Oscar offered that year for his adaptation of Scott Joplin’s ragtime music for “The Sting.”  He wrote the score or songs for more than 40 movies.  Among his Oscar nominations were the score for “Sophie’s Choice” (1982) and the score for “The Spy Who Loves Me.” (1977.) “Nobody »


- Aljean Harmetz

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Playing for Keeps Trailer: Gerard Butler, Soccer Slut

7 August 2012 4:45 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Gerard Butler is having a very sporty 2012. We recently caught the actor in the trailer for Chasing Mavericks, where he plays a surf guru, and now we've got the trailer for Playing for Keeps (more like Gerund Butler, amirite?), where he plays a former soccer star who's fallen on hard times. To get his life in order, Butler starts coaching his son's soccer team, but his attempts to put his ladies' man past to bed (as it were) are thwarted by all the hot soccer moms like Catherine Zeta-Jones and Uma Thurman who would love to get inside his light, breathable soccer shorts — not that you'd know it from this trailer, which only plays up the subplot where Butler pitches heart-warming woo at his ex, Jessica Biel. Also, let us confirm to you that Judy Greer is in this movie, since the trailer doesn't even allow her a »


- Kyle Buchanan

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Disney's Bob Iger Lobbies for Lower Corporate Taxes (Video)

7 August 2012 4:43 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Robert Iger, the CEO of the Walt Disney Co., didn’t take the bait on Tuesday when he was given the opportunity to get politically partisan, though he did make an appeal for a lower corporate tax rate. Iger has supported President Barack Obama and other Democrats thorough his many political donations, and some insiders speculate he has designs on a career in politics once he leaves Disney, so a political question from anchor Maria Bartiromo during a CNBC interview mostly about Disney’s quarterly earnings wasn’t completely out of the blue. Photos: 9 Highest Paid Entertainment CEOs Toward the end of

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- Paul Bond

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Pioneering film critic Judith Crist dies

7 August 2012 4:38 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

New York (AP) — Judith Crist, a blunt and popular film critic for the "Today" show, TV Guide and the New York Herald Tribune whose reviews were at times so harsh that director Otto Preminger labeled her "Judas Crist," has died. She was 90. Her son, Steven Crist, said his mother died Tuesday at her Manhattan home after a long illness. Starting in 1963, at the Tribune, Crist wrote about and discussed thousands of movies for millions of readers and viewers, and also covered theater and books. She was the first woman to become a full-time critic at a major U.S. »


- Hillel Italie (AP)

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Rob Kardashian Law School Claims Denied by USC

7 August 2012 4:37 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Rob Kardashian is (maybe) heading back to school. The reality star, who rose to fame on E!’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians and went on to finish in second place on the thirteenth season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, tweeted that he would be returning to the University of Southern California to pursue a law degree. Photos: THR's Reality TV Poll: The 6 Biggest Surprises “Going to Law School very soon and so excited and can’t wait!” he wrote. “School just never ends for me! #UnivesityofSouthernCal #Trojans #FightOn.” The USC Gould School of Law, however, denies having ever

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- Sophie A. Schillaci

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Michael Jackson's Will Contested Again in Lawsuit

7 August 2012 4:37 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Michael Jackson's will, which has been called invalid by a number of the deceased pop singer's siblings, is once again under attack -- this time from a business partner of the singer's mother, Katherine Jackson. In legal papers filed in U.S. District Court in Central California on Monday, Howard Mann -- who says he collaborated with the elder Jackson on a tribute book, "Never Can Say Goodbye: The Katherine Jackson Story" -- says that he is "in possession of evidence that casts substantial doubt on the validity of [Jackson's] will," which »


- Tim Kenneally

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers Joining 'Mortal Instruments'

7 August 2012 4:36 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Jonathan Rhys Meyers is in negotiations to join the cast of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, an adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s YA fantasy novel from Constantin Film and Unique Pictures. Harald Zwart is directing the movie, which is due to begin production this month in Toronto.

Lily Collins leads the cast as a young woman who discovers she is the descendant of a secret cadre of half-angel warriors called Shadowhunters locked in an ancient battle to protect the world from demons. Jessica Postigo and I. Marlene King wrote the script.

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- Borys Kit, Tatiana Siegel

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Fox International Channels Promotes Sharon Tal Yguado to Executive Vice President

7 August 2012 4:30 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Fox's paid television unit promoted Sharon Tal Yguado to executive vice president of scripted programming and original development, the News Corporation division announced Tuesday. Tal Yguado scouts for talent in Los Angeles, where she is based, and develops and produces hour-long scripted dramas for broadcast to Fox International's 250 channels worldwide. She and her team were responsible for the original script and international rights for the series "The Walking Dead." Tal Yguado previously served as a senior vice president of scripted programming, where she oversaw the expansion of the channel's scripted content, acquiring »


- Alexander C. Kaufman

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Julianne Hough joins Diablo Cody-penned 'Time and a Half'

7 August 2012 4:22 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Dancing With the Stars" champ Julianne Hough has signed on to star in "Time and a Half," a romantic comedy/drama written by Diablo Cody ("Juno," "Young Adult"). Hough is playing a new college grad who is reacquainted with a former fling, who happened to be her sister's high school boyfriend, according to Variety.  The film will be directed by Ol Parker, who wrote the recent hit "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." Hough recently starred opposite Tom Cruise in the big screen version of "Rock of Ages." She and Cody are also teaming for the latter's directorial debut. Once known as "Lamb of »


- HitFix Staff

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Producer Arnon Milchan, French Comedy 'Camille Rewinds' Are Tuesday's Highlights in Locarno

7 August 2012 4:16 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Locarno, Switzerland -- Veteran producer Arnon Milchan stole the show at the 65th Locarno Film Festival on Tuesday with a highly emotional and personal acceptance for his Leopard of Honor career award under clear skies in the festival’s Piazza Grande, just ahead of the international premiere of French director Noemie Lvivsky’s playful comedy Camille redouble (Camille Rewinds). The awards for the Open Doors sidebar also were handed out Tuesday, while iconic calypso singer Harry Belafonte mused about his role in Carmen Jones, one of Otto Preminger’s most charged productions. The film screened Tuesday as part of Locarno’s comprehensive retrospective of Preminger’s

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- Eric J. Lyman

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Community Admits Little Britain’s Matt Lucas

7 August 2012 4:00 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

There will be some new names behind the scenes when Community begins shooting its fourth season, but now the show is enrolling some new actors, too. TV Line reports that the show has hired Little Britain's Matt Lucas to play a history professor at Greendale, and he'll recur in multiple episodes. You may still be grieving the absence of showrunner Dan Harmon, but are you encouraged? »


- Kyle Buchanan

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Single-Copy Magazine Sales Decline 10%

7 August 2012 4:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sales of single-copy magazines dropped about 10 percent in the first half of 2012. The Audit Bureau of Circulations said Tuesday that overall circulation, including subscriptions, remained at a steady flat rate since this time last year. But single-copy sales, which are more lucrative and therefore more closely watched, continued falling. The trade group said the single-copies which blanket newsstands totaled 26.4 million copies in the first six months of 2012 -- down from nearly 30 million in the same period last year. The women's interest glossy magazine Cosmopolitan remained the top-seller, but »

- Alexander C. Kaufman

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Reese Witherspoon to Star in Romantic Comedy 'The Beard'

7 August 2012 3:46 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Reese Witherspoon is heading back into romantic comedy territory with The Beard. Chernin Entertainment has dipped into its discretionary fund to pick up the project, a spec script by Becca Greene.

Witherspoon will star in the project and produce with Peter Chernin. While it might be tempting to see a story about Witherspoon growing facial hair, the “beard” in the title refers to a member of the opposite sex -- usually a woman -- who acts as a date for a gay person, giving the illusion the person isn’t gay. Story details were not revealed.

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'Community' Creator Dan Harmon: 'I Would Have Fired Me Too'

7 August 2012 3:46 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Fired "Community" creator Dan Harmon is sounding a bit like Charlie Sheen -- saying almost exactly what the actor did after his firing from "Two and a Half Men." "I'd have fired my ass, too," Sheen told Jay Leno in one of his many candid moments after his exit from his show. Harmon used almost exactly the same phrasing in an interview with Santa Monica-based radio station Kcrw's podcast "The Business" released Monday.  Also read: Dan Harmon on 'Community' Firing: 'Literally Nobody Called Me' "I would have fired me too, because it's a »


- Tim Molloy

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'Harry Potter' Tops NPR's List of 10 Best Young Adult Novels

7 August 2012 3:46 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The witchcraft and wizardry of the "Harry Potter" series has entranced fans, who chose it as the greatest teen novels ever in an online poll conducted by NPR. Results from the survey were released Tuesday. The franchise grossed more than $2.3 billion in revenue from its film series. And in a tally of more than 75,000 participants, the series beat out the second-placed "The Hunger Games" and Harper Lee's third-placed 1960 classic, "To Kill a Mockingbird." Newcomers to the list included No. 4,  "The Fault in Our Stars," the story of a young cancer »


- Alexander C. Kaufman

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Madonna Shows Her Support for Jailed Russian Punk Band Pussy Riot at Moscow Concert (Photo)

7 August 2012 3:46 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Moscow -- Madonna is the latest high-profile celebrity to throw her support behind three jailed members of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot. A hearing for the highly publicized band is in progress in a Moscow court and drawing international attention, and during a Monday concert in Moscow, the queen of pop appeared onstage with the words "Pussy Riot" stenciled on her back (see photo). Not necessarily related to the political firestorm, the venue had received threats against U.S. citizens attending the Madonna concert and issued a warning to attendees. The Pussy Riot story has snowballed far beyond

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- Vladimir Kozlov

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What Regime Change at Universal Could Mean for Meyer, Snider and Spielberg (Analysis)

7 August 2012 3:42 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

It’s not exactly a sure thing that Comcast is ready for regime change at Universal Studios — company sources insist no action is imminent — but many in Hollywood expect that the cable giant must be moving, however glacially, toward reshuffling duties at a unit that has remained essentially untouched since the acquisition of NBC Universal closed in January 2011. Photos: Steven Spielberg on Set As THR has reported, Comcast has been exploring what would be a complicated but not impossible move to bring in DreamWorks CEO Stacey Snider to run the studio, with partner Steven Spielberg accompanying her. At

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- Kim Masters

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'Hope Springs' Review: A Surprisingly Smart Look at Sex After 50

7 August 2012 3:41 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

You would be forgiven for shrinking back in terror at the notion of seeing "Hope Springs," from the winky-wink ad campaign that makes it look like an extended Viagra joke to mainstream Hollywood cinema's long-running history of treating the sexuality of anyone too old to appear in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue as something to be sniggered about when not entirely ignored. But in what must rank among the most pleasant cinematic surprises of this long, hot summer, "Hope Springs" takes its subject matter seriously, with characters so specific and well-defined »


- Alonso Duralde

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