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Prolific TV Producer Robert Halmi Sr. Dies at 90

11 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Robert Halmi Sr., the Hungarian-born producer who battled the Nazi and Soviet occupations in his youth before becoming a top magazine photographer and telepic mogul, died Wednesday of a brain aneurysm at his home in New York City. He was 90.

With his son, Robert Halmi Jr., Halmi produced more than 200 TV productions, including hit 1990s miniseries including “Gulliver’s Travels,” “The Odyssey,” “Arabian Nights” and “Dinotopia.”

The dozens of telepics and miniseries produced by the Halmis, many in the fantasy genre, won more than 100 Emmys. Halmi Sr. shared the Emmy for outstanding miniseries for NBC’s “Gulliver’s Travels” in 1996.

The Halmis were riding high during the 1990s, a period in which virtually all the networks programmed spectacular, big-budget miniseries, which drew spectacular ratings.

Halmi Sr. picked up his first Emmy nomination, for outstanding children’s program, in 1985 for ABC’s “The Night They Saved Christmas.” He was also nominated »


- Daniel Doperalski

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'Big Bang Theory' Delays Production as Cast Still Without Contracts

19 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Big Bang Theory contract talks have officially delayed production on the CBS hit comedy. Stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar have not yet reached a new deal with studio Warner Bros. Television, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, with the cast officially not returning to work on season eight. "Due to ongoing contract negotiations, production on The Big Bang Theory — which was originally scheduled to begin today — has been postponed," Wbtv said in a statement Wednesday. The first table read of the season was scheduled to take place today. It's unclear

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Jamie Foxx to Play Mike Tyson in New Film (Exclusive)

16 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Having already played the corner man to one of the greatest boxers of all-time, Jamie Foxx looks ready to get back in the ring to portray one of the most recognizable boxers and sports figures of this generation.

Sources tell Variety that Foxx is attached to play Mike Tyson in an untitled biopic that Terence Winter is set to pen. Rick Yorn, who is Foxx’s manager, is shepherding the project and will produce.

The package is still coming together and is currently without a studio, but once the final details are ironed out and it is presented to the market, it shouldn’t be hard to interest a distributor.

As one of the most polarizing figures in sports, producers are eager to tackle Tyson’s life story. Known for the power and ferocity he displayed in the ring, Tyson became not just the top boxer at the end of »


- Justin Kroll

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Girls Star Allison Williams Cast as Peter Pan in NBC's Live Musical

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A Girls star is becoming the boy who wouldn't grow up. Allison Williams has been cast in the titular role in NBC's Peter Pan Live!, the network announced Wednesday. "I have wanted to play Peter Pan since I was about 3 years old, so this is a dream come true," Williams said in a statement. "It's such an honor to be a part of this adventure, and I'm very excited to get to work with this extraordinarily talented team. And besides, what could go wrong in a live production with simultaneous flying, sword-fighting and singing?" Though the iconic character is a boy, »


- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston

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Here's Vin Diesel Dubbing 'I Am Groot' in 5 Languages

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If you find Vin Diesel charismatic and effervescent in English, you need to see how he projects that same sensuality into four other languages. In these clips from a "Guardians of the Galaxy" dubbing session, watch as Diesel gets multilingual while announcing "I am Groot." There's a nice buildup to his big moment in each clip. Cherish that suspense. (I left the English one off because we're very familiar with Diesel's American patois.) Portuguese: French: Russian: Spanish: But no Esperanto reading. Damn.  »


- Louis Virtel

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Megan Fox Makes an Incredibly Sexy Insect—See the Gorgeous Pic!

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We don't know whether to be terrified or impressed by Megan Fox in this skintight, wing-covered mini dress. The terror obviously comes from the fact that Mrs. Brian Austin Green looks like a giant flying bug (albeit the drop-dead gorgeous variety), but if there is ever a superhero who is a super-model by day and flying lightning bug by night, the Transformers star is that woman—and that's not an easy look to pull off. We can't tell if the pattern on this Zuhair Murad mini is more feather-like or scale-like, but the detail makes the tall beauty look a bit like a butterfly. The only problem is that in this slate grey color—with legs for days and arms to match—the mother of two reminds us a »


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Kerry Washington, Ellen Pompeo and Viola Davis Celebrate Shondaland Thursdays (Video)

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Thursday nights this fall on ABC are all about Shonda Rhimes, as the creator and executive producer dominates the network's primetime hours. For the first time ever, “Scandal” star Kerry Washington, “Grey's Anatomy's” Ellen Pompeo and Rhimes’ newest leading lady, “How to Get Away With Murder's” Viola Davis, come together to discuss the powerful lineup, including a look back at their characters and a closer look at what's ahead. “This Thursday night lineup is historic,” Washington said, of the three hour block that Rhimes promises will keep viewers at the edge of their seat. Also read: Shonda Rhimes on ‘How to Get Away With. »


- Lindsay Goldstein

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'Buckle Up' for ABC's New 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Scandal,' 'Murder' Promo (Video)

44 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

ABC is using the women of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder to promote its "historic" night of Shonda Rhimes programming. In a new promo for the "Shondaland Thursday" lineup, stars Ellen Pompeo, Kerry Washington and Viola Davis get together with Rhimes to tease — sans spoilers! — the new night of drama. Photos 'Grey's Anatomy' Cast, Creators Say Farewell to Sandra Oh "It is very daring. If you like great drama, that's where you come," Rhimes says in the promo of her programming block. "It's going to be an edge-of-your-seat three-

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- Lesley Goldberg

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George W. Bush to Publish Book About His Father, George H.W. Bush

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His paintings made news worldwide, but it turns out that former President George W. Bush has been working on another, highly personal project since leaving the White House: He has quietly completed a biography of his father, former President George H.W. Bush. Crown Publishers told the Associated Press that the book, currently untitled, will be released November 11. In 2010, Crown published the younger Bush's million-selling memoir, Decision Points. "George H.W. Bush is a great servant, statesman, and father," George W. Bush said in a statement issued by Crown. "I loved writing the story of his life, and I hope others enjoy reading it. »


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Recap: 'Big Brother' Wednesday - Our 7 Burning Questions

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Some of our questions about "Big Brother 16" are truly unanswerable. For instance: Do Julie Chen and Les Moonves joke in their monstrous bed about what a crybaby creep Caleb is? Or: Is Jocasta outfitted by Brooks Brothers? And most importantly: How can Frankie be 31-years-old and thrilled about receiving a Justin Bieber album? I'll leave the FBI or Nasa to understand that one. Wednesday's episode was a so-so hour that mostly confirmed what we'd already guessed: Frankie would find a way to remove either Jocasta or Victoria from the block and replace that person with Amber. Hayden, in fact, won the power of veto in a highly libidinous cowboy-themed challenge (We'll get to it in a moment), and Frankie seized that opportunity to replace Victoria with the totally blindsided Amber. Poor girl. If you weren't calling her Leona Lewzer before, now you have an official reason. Girl will be bleeding »


- Louis Virtel

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Dita Von Teese Throws Annual 'Garden & Arts' Bash

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This is one party we wish we'd attended. On Sunday, Dita Von Teese threw her annual "Garden & Arts" bash at the Kia Motors Malibu Estate, where her closest friends dressed up in costumes ranging from dinosaurs to cats to flowers. Wearing an elegant green gown with a pop of red from her peek-a-boo bra and Louboutin flats, the hostess was "in great spirits" as she hung out with her pals during the day party. Von Teese, who recently launched a new lingerie line with Destination Maternity, had an array of unique activities at the party, including a candle-making station, a »


- Melody Chiu, @chiumelo

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Dita Von Teese Throws Annual 'Garden & Arts' Bash

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This is one party we wish we'd attended. On Sunday, Dita Von Teese threw her annual "Garden & Arts" bash at the Kia Motors Malibu Estate, where her closest friends dressed up in costumes ranging from dinosaurs to cats to flowers. Wearing an elegant green gown with a pop of red from her peek-a-boo bra and Louboutin flats, the hostess was "in great spirits" as she hung out with her pals during the day party. Von Teese, who recently launched a new lingerie line with Destination Maternity, had an array of unique activities at the party, including a candle-making station, a »


- Melody Chiu, @chiumelo

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Melissa Leo, Berenice Bejo to Attend Sarajevo Film Fest

2 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Oscar-winning directors and actors are among the star guests due in Sarajevo next month for the 20th anniversary edition of the Bosnian city's film festival. Academy award winners, actress Melissa Leo (The Fighter)and directors Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) and Danis Tanovic (No Man's Land) will be rubbing shoulders with top international talents that include actors Gael Garcia Bernal, Bérénice Bejo, Ariane Labed and directors Mike Leigh, who will present a screening of his latest film, Mr Turner,  and Michael Winterbottom, whose career was launched in 1997 with Welcome to Sarajevo, a film set during the city's wartime siege.

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- Nick Holdsworth

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Moscow's 2Morrow Film Fest Issues Funding Appeal

2 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

One of Russia's leading independent film festivals could be forced to cancel its 8th edition in October for lack of funds, according to its organizers. They said that Moscow's 2morrow International Festival of Independent Films so have has not received confirmation of financial support from its regular funders, the Russian Ministry of Culture and Moscow Department of Culture. In an open letter to the international film community, festival organizers appeal for support to ensure the event -- at Moscow's 35Mm cinema -- can go ahead. Suggesting that the event's independence and egalatarian spirit has, paradoxically, made it harder to raise money, two organizers,

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- Nick Holdsworth

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European TV Giant Rtl to Acquire Majority Stake in Video Ad Firm SpotXchange‎

3 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

European broadcast giant Rtl Group said Thursday it has agreed to acquire a 65 percent stake in ‎SpotXchange, a Denver-based company that runs a marketplace for digital video advertising. It will pay $144 million plus possible additional payouts depending on business performance. With more than 1 billion auctions per day, SpotXchange is one of the largest global markets in the space. Under the terms of the deal, Rtl also has the option to acquire the rest of the company in the future. The deal is subject to U.S. competition authority approval and is expected to close by the

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- Georg Szalai

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Telefonica First-Half Profit Drops, Pay TV Subs Grow in Key Markets

3 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Madrid – Spanish telecom giant Telefonica on Thursday posted a profit of $2.5 billion (1.9 billion euros) for the first half of 2014, down 7.5 percent from the same period in 2013, even as it grew pay TV susbcribers in key markets. Telefonica blamed the profit drop largely on fluctuations in the currency exchange rate, especially the depreciation of the Brazilian real and the Argentine peso.  “Pay-tv access growth accelerated 32 percent year-on-year in organic terms to 4.2 million at the end of June, with 610,000 net additions in April-June posting

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- Benjamin Jones

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10 questions we still have for Marvel and Warner Bros. after Comic-Con

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Fanboys have gotten slightly greedy.  The core audience that have powered movie franchises for Marvel Studios, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. (DC) as well as TV shows such as "Arrow" are much more sophisticated than they were a decade ago.  Obviously, the internet and social media has done an excellent job powering the hype machine to almost uncontrollable levels.  Therefore, it's no surprise that at events like Comic-Con its hard for risk adverse studios to not disappoint on some level. (Unless you play that 2 minutes plus "Avengers: Age of Ultron" preview on loop for an hour.  Do that and even Edgar Wright is forgiven.) Many people expected that Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel and Shazam (DC's Captain Marvel) would be introduced. Many in the media mistakenly assumed we'd find out more about Marvel Television's Netflix series.  And, thank to a report earlier this month, many assumed Warner Bros. would lay »


- Gregory Ellwood

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Emmy Episode Analysis: William H. Macy ('Shameless') is a defiant alcoholic in 'Lazarus'

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Two-time Emmy-winner and 10-time nominee William H. Macy has landed his first bid for Showtime's "Shameless" after a surprise switch from the drama categories, where the show competed for its first three years. Macy competes for Best Comedy Actor for his portrayal of deadbeat dad Frank Gallagher. -Break- Emmy Rossum on 'Shameless' shocker that 'blew my mind' (Exclusive Video) Synopsis: In Macy’s submitted episode, "Lazarus," Frank wakes up at the hospital after an emergency liver transplant and is immediately asked about his whereabouts by his new bride Sheila (Joan Cusack) and newly discovered daughter Sammi (Emily Bergl). Frank is amazed to learn he's married and now has a new group of adopted Native American kids, whom Sheila brings to the hospital to meet Frank. After the kids leave, the doctor visits Frank to prep him for release. He warns Frank of the side effects of his medication, »


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Sony Film Unit Profit Rises on 'Spider-Man 2,' '22 Jump Street' Box Office

5 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Tokyo – Sony Corp. on Thursday reported improved financials for its fiscal first quarter ended June 30 as its film unit and video gaming business posted stronger results. The conglomerate, led by CEO Kaz Hirai, said earnings rose to $265 million (26.8 billion yen), with pre-tax earnings up 51 percent to $677 million (68.4 billion yen). Operating income rose 97 percent to $691 million (69.8 billion yen), and revenue increased 5.8 percent to $17.92 billion. Photos Hollywood's 100 Favorite Movies Film revenue increased 22.6 percent over the year-ago period, or 18 percent

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Alicia Keys Is Pregnant With Baby No. 2—See the Sweet Pic!

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Surprise! Add Alicia Keys to the growing list of pregnant celebs. The singer made a big (and shocking!) announcement on her Instagram tonight when she revealed that she's expecting her second child with hubby Swizz Beatz. "Happy Anniversary to the love of my life @therealswizzz !!," she began to write. "And to make it even sweeter we've been blessed with another angel on the way!! You make me happier than I have ever known! Here's to many many more years of the best parts of life!" Keys paired the exciting caption with a sweet photo of her looking like a Greek goddess as she stands next to Swizz and cradles her baby bump with the biggest smile on her face. Swizz also »


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