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Bryan Singer Accuser Michael Egan Drops Sex Abuse Lawsuit

12 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Bryan Singer just received some good news from the legal system on Wednesday. Michael Egan, who had accused the “X-Men” director of sexually abusing him when he was a minor, has voluntarily dismissed his lawsuit against Singer. Egan filed suit against Singer and others in April, claiming that he had been sexually abused as a teenager. U.S. district judge Susan Oki Mollway granted Egan's motion for voluntary dismissal in U.S. District Court in Hawaii on Wednesday. Egan's motion to voluntarily dismiss his case against Singer »


- Tim Kenneally

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Box Office: ‘November Man,’ ‘As Above, So Below’ Jockey for Labor Day Dominance

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

Labor Day represents the last gasp of summer, the final opportunity to wear white, and the end of Hollywood’s busiest time of year.

It tends, however, to close things out with something of a whimper, as opposed to a bang, and this year will be no exception. For studios, it’s the box office equivalent of Arbor Day. Blink and you miss it.

Two new wide releases enter the market this holiday weekend, the Pierce Brosnan action thriller “The November Man” and the found footage horror film “As Above, So Below,” both of which are shaping up to be modest performers.

“Labor Day is traditionally one of the slowest holiday weekends of the year, if not the slowest,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “Expectations are not that high and the focus has shifted away a little bit from the movies.”

The November Man” will get a jump on the festivities, »


- Brent Lang

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Clean Water Advocate Matt Damon Uses Toilet Water for Ice-Bucket Challenge

14 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Now that's conservation. Matt Damon, an advocate for clean water worldwide, wasn't going to be wasteful when he stepped up to respond to the ice-bucket challenge. Noting the ongoing drought in California and the global challenges of clean water, Damon went not to a garden hose or faucet but straight to the toilet to douse himself for Als research, explaining that such water in Western nations is typically cleaner than drinking water in developing countries. Though his choice might gross out some, Damon said adequate sanitation is still a problem for 2.4 billion people. "Because I co-founded Water.org, and we »


- Andrea Billups

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Katherine Heigl Dismisses $6 Million Lawsuit Against Drugstore Chain Duane Reade

14 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Katherine Heigl‘s legal tussle with pharmacy chain Duane Reade has come to an end. A $6 million lawsuit that the “State of Affairs” actress filed against the New York-based pharmacy chain in April has been dismissed, Heigl's attorney told TheWrap on Wednesday. Heigl voluntarily dismissed the suit after reaching a “beneficial agreement” with the company. While the terms of the agreement weren't disclosed, the company did agree to donate to the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation. which promotes animal welfare. Also read: Katherine Heigl Talks ‘Grey's Anatomy’ Exit: ‘My Priorities Were Messed Up’ “Katherine Heigl and Duane Reade have worked out a mutually beneficial. »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘The Colbert Report’ Responds to Gwen Stefani's Emmys Screwup With a Name Change

21 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

It wasn't quite Adele Dazeem, but the Emmys did have its own prominent (and hilarious) name screwup on Monday night. Cut to Gwen Stefani, on stage with Adam Levine to present the award for Outstanding Variety/Music/Comedy Series, a highly competitive category that plays host to late night rivals on both network and cable television. It was high drama, and a perfect setting for a celebrated new member of the adored musical competition series “The Voice,” which just so happens to air soon on NBC, the network on which the Emmys were broadcast. When the time came to »


- Jordan Zakarin

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The Walking Dead Boss on Daryl Dixon Being Gay and Plans for a New Homosexual Character

20 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The Walking Dead's Daryl Dixon may or may not be gay. What we know is this: The Walking Dead won't declare one way or another anytime soon. In an interview with TVLine, executive producer and showrunner Scott Gimple said Daryl's (played by Norman Reedus) sexual orientation "is not really addressed" in season five of the hit AMC drama. However, The Walking Dead does plan on introducing a gay male character, Gimple said. Speculation about Daryl's sexual leanings first took off in early August when comic book creator Robert Kirkman was asked about it and said, "All I can say is that it's been discussed." Kirkman added, "We have very specific ideas about Daryl's sexuality (or »


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Bitch Stole Our Look! Rosie Huntington-Whiteley vs. Olivia Palermo vs. Suki Waterhouse vs. Cara Delevingne in Burberry

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When Cara Delevingne and Olivia Palermo first wore this giant carpet as a cape we thought they were insane. Not only does the Burberry design look like it weighs a hundred pounds, but it also feels best fit for the living room floor! But now that Suki Waterhouse and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley also chose the out-there outwear, we're wondering if we're the ones who are crazy. Just kidding. It's the look that's nuts and all four beauties look hysterical wearing it. From left to right, we have the New York native taking the thigh-high boots approach, the career catwalker wearing it as Burberry intended, the Transformers star doing a Western take on the wear, and Bradley Cooper's main squeeze »


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New York Film Festival Director Protests Beijing Indie Fest Shutdown

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

The heads of the New York Film Festival and several international festivals have protested the shutdown of the 11th Beijing Independent Film Festival by Chinese authorities over the weekend. A petition signed by film festival organizers in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America expressed support for the Beijing event and the Li Xianting Film Fund, which organizes it. Among the signatories are New York Film Festival director Kent Jones, Film Society of Lincoln Center director of programming Dennis Lim, Berlinale Forum head Christoph Terhechte, Torino Film Festival director Emanuela Martini and Nashen Moodley, director of the Sydney Film

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- Georg Szalai

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California Super-Sizes Its Film, TV Tax Credit Program

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It's payback time for the Golden State, after Gov. Jerry Brown signed off Wednesday on blockbuster legislation that super-sizes California's TV and film tax credit bill. “This will send a message to the entertainment industry and all of the other states and countries that California is open for business, and in a big way,” one of the bill's authors, Assemblyman Mike Gatto, told TheWrap. “We hope they'll realize the folly of trying to create artificial competition to try to steal our jobs, and that this will return the industry for good.” The measure calls for $330 million in incentives to be. »


- Todd Cunningham

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Wednesday - Snarking With Andy Herren

2 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

No use throwing an old-fashioned Zach tantrum on this very languid Thursday morning. Let's face the facts like cool, serene Derrick: The Wednesday edition of "Big Brother" was criminally dull this week, and that's -- Stuart Smalley voice engaged! -- Ok. The rigged Pov challenge resulted in an expected victory for the Detonators against Donny, Christine found herself floundering in her un-fascinating second life on the show, and Victoria commanded almost 80 seconds of screentime by inviting new teeth into her mouth. Yes, that's right: Victoria's teeth are more exciting houseguests than Victoria.  To help us analyze the remaining players in the game, we invited our pal Andy Herren -- the winner of "Big Brother 15" -- to drop some commentary about the houseguests. We'll handle this in an orderly, completely asinine fashion.    Cody: Hot Guy Playing a Cold War  Andy Herren: Okay, so Cody has been getting a lot »


- Louis Virtel

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China’s Youku Tudou Launches Heyi Film Production Arm

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

Hong Kong — Chinese online video giant Youku Tudou has launched a movie production and investment company Heyi Film.

Heyi will be run by Allen Zhu and CEO with Youku Tudou’s founder Victor Koo as its chairman. Lee Yong Kwan-director of the Busan International Film Festival will serve on its board as an independent director.

The company says its strategy is to leverage the data on audience preferences that it harnesses from its 500 million multi-screen users to produce films to the tastes of the Chinese audiences, and improve film marketing and distribution. Although the Chinese film business is currently dominated by theatrical receipts Heyi will produce films that have appeal in online and offline markets.

In practice this is expected to mean that Heyi incubates intellectual properties and helps scale up content from micro-movies to theatrical features. It will also work to discover and grow film talents. And it will »


- Patrick Frater

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China’s Youku Tudou Launches Film Division

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

China’s biggest online video company Youku Tudou has announced the formation of a film division to produce a slate of films for what it sees as the country’s first online and offline production company. Heyi will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Youku Tudou and will be headed up by Allen Zhu, CEO of Heyi Film and Senior Vice President of Youku Tudou, and Victor Koo, Chairman of Heyi Film and Chairman & CEO of Youku Tudou. Among the projects the group will work on The Master, produced by Beijing Century Partner Culture & Media Inc., Bad Sister directed by

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- Clifford Coonan

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Shonda Rhimes to Make Acting Debut on ‘The Mindy Project’

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Shonda Rhimes has already made a huge name for herself as a showrunner, creator and producer. Now, she's slated to add actress to her list of achievements with an appearance on “The Mindy Project.” Also read: ABC Brands Shonda Rhimes Lineup Tgit or Thank God It's Thursday (Video) In an episode slated to appear early in the fall, Rhimes will play herself, according to media reports. No further plot details have been made available about the guest spot, which is in keeping with the secrecy Rhimes holds around her own show, “Scandal.” Rhimes has admitted to being a huge fan of both Mindy. »


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Jimmy Kimmel Staged a Friends Reunion, Made Everyone Read Fan-Fic

3 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

There have been various Friends mini-reunions over the years, but none as elaborate as the one Jimmy Kimmel pulled off on Wednesday night. After luring guest Jennifer Aniston into acting out a script he wrote (has she really never heard of fan-fic?!), Kimmel welcomes Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow to the set, which is a near-perfect recreation of Monica's kitchen. Kimmel stands in for Ross, and Joey and Chandler never show up because (spoiler alert!) they had a tragic run-in with Marcel the monkey. Yeah, in Jimmy's head, the show took a pretty dark turn. »


- Margaret Hartmann

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Netflix Unveils ‘Marseille,’ First French Drama Commission

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

Paris– Following months of speculations, Netflix has finally unveiled details about its first French drama commission: “Marseille,” a sprawling crime skein created and penned by “Carlos” co-scribe Dan Franck.

Shot entirely in France, “Marseille” will debut exclusively in all Netflix territories in late 2015.

A tale of power, corruption and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the French port city, “Marseille” focuses on the story of Robert Taro, mayor of the city for 25 years. The coming elections have him face the man he chose as his heir, an ambitious youngster aiming high. Both candidates will fight mercilessly.

Marseille stages a fight around revenge, animated by drug lords, politicians, unions and the political players of the city.

“Marseille is an ambitious, diabolically smart fictitious exploration of local politics in one of the world’s most vibrant and fascinating cities.” said Netflix Cco Ted Sarandos. “We are delighted to be working with »


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Film Review: ‘Rosewater’

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The punishing ordeal of Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari — imprisoned for 118 days on charges of espionage — is brought to the screen with impressive tact and intelligence by writer-director Jon Stewart in “Rosewater,” . Largely a two-hander between Bahari (played by Gael Garcia Bernal) and the interrogator who puts him through a gauntlet of soul-crushing mindgames, Stewart’s confident, superbly acted debut feature works as both a stirring account of human endurance and a topical reminder of the risks faced by journalists in pursuit of the truth, minus the caper antics and flag waving of Ben Affleck’s populist Oscar winner. Strong reviews and smart, targeted marketing should help this Nov. 7 Open Road release find its niche with politically savvy adult moviegoers, and perhaps a dark-horse position in the awards-season derby.

Stewart (whose prior screen credits consist of supporting roles in a string of forgettable ’90s comedies) may seem like a left-field choice to adapt Bahari’s 2011 memoir, »


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'Rosewater': Film Review

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

It's never the wrong time to protest tyranny, unjust imprisonment, torture and totalitarian tactics. Late-night talk show star Jon Stewart's debut as a feature film director is motivated above all to do just that and does it in a capable, straightforward manner. But while the issues of political oppression Rosewater deals with remain relevant in places all over the world, the jailing, rough interrogation and release after four months of a young Iranian journalist at the time of the 2009 presidential elections just doesn't seem that timely or urgent given the hailstorm of insidious outrages that have taken place

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‘Rosewater’ Review: Jon Stewart Gets Earnest With a Real-Life Story of Middle East Brutality

4 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jon Stewart fans, here's the bottom line: Stewart's debut as a movie director, “Rosewater,” has little in common with his Emmy-winning day job as host of “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.” That's good in some ways, and not so good in others. “Rosewater,” which is expected to premiere at the Telluride Film Festival this week before screening at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday, is a solid, quietly involving work about political turmoil in the Middle East, and the toll it takes on a free press. Like much of Stewart's work, it's smart and it points fingers in directions. »


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Film Review: ‘Night Will Fall’

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

As the WWII tide turned in their direction in 1944-45, the Allied forces had more than military liberation on their minds: They wanted to win the propaganda war as well, to forever discredit Nazism in Germany and around the world. Commissioned by the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force, shot by combat and newsreel cameramen accompanying troops as they liberated occupied Europe, and supervised by a remarkable team, the film “German Concentration Camps Factual Survey” was intended to be their weapon. But politics prevented the pic’s completion and distribution, as recounted in British helmer Andre Singer’s powerful, must-see documentary “Night Must Fall,” which chronicles the untold story of the film’s history. 

Providing important context, “Night Will Fall” is premiering in conjunction with the release of the restored “German Concentration Camps Factual Survey,” which arrives 70 years after its inception, and after four years of labor by Britain’s Imperial War Museums. »


- Alissa Simon

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‘Friends’ Reunion: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow in Character on ‘Kimmel’ (Video)

4 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jennifer Aniston didn't know what fan fiction was and she didn't seem to know what Jimmy Kimmel had in store for her. Touting his “Friends” fan fiction and convincing Aniston to read lines with him, the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” host staged a “Friends” reunion by bringing out her former co-stars Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow. Also read: Jennifer Aniston, Jon Hamm and Will Ferrell Headlining ‘Stand Up to Cancer’ Telecast Clearly uncomfortable as the scene was unfolding, Aniston said that she had to draw the line at wearing a wig of her infamous hairstyle, “The Rachel.” She was already overwhelmed by Kimmel's painstakingly. »


- Jason Hughes

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