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Bryan Singer Allegations Part of Upcoming Sex Abuse Documentary from Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker

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

Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg has spent the last two years working on a scandalous new documentary about sex abuse in Hollywood that includes allegations about Bryan Singer, Variety has confirmed.

Michael Egan, who filed a lawsuit this week alleging Singer raped him as a teenager, has been cooperating with Berg on her documentary.

The Daily Mail first broke the story about Berg’s film.

It’s unclear if Egan had been interviewed on camera for the film. Amy Berg, who runs Disarming Films, received an Oscar nomination for her 2006 documentary “Deliver Us From Evil,” about sex abuse allegations in the Catholic Church.

She also directed the Peter Jackson-produced recent West Memphis Three documentary “West of Memphis.”

Berg, who has a feature film at the Tribeca Film Festival (“Every Secret Thing,” written by Nicole Holofcener), could not be reached for comment on this story.

Egan, now 31, filed a lawsuit on »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Megan Ellison to Develop TV Show about Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo

15 hours ago | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

In news that's almost too good to be true, Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures announced that it would develop a TV series about Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo.  Both stars were widely rumored to be bisexual, which adds another potentially interesting layer to the as-yet untitled project. Set during Hollywood's Golden Age, the show would explore Dietrich and Garbo's relationships with topliners like John Gilbert, Mercedes de Acosta, Tallulah Bankhead, Alla Nazimova, Barbara Stanwyck, Cary Grant and John Wayne. The would-be showrunners are Angela Robinson (True BloodHung) and Alex Kondrake (The L WordHung).  Name your fantasy casting choices in the comments. 


- Inkoo Kang

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NBC To Celebrate 40th Anniversary Of SNL With 3-Hour Special

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

NBC will air a three-hour live special on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 , in celebration of the 40th anniversary of “Saturday Night Live.” The air date comes about eight months before the show originally debuted on the Peacock in the fall of 1975.

Past and present cast members, as well as special and musical guests from the show’s run, will appear on the telecast, with the specific lineup of guests to be determined in the coming months.

“This brand, which is still one of the highest-rated comedies on television, was the brainchild of Lorne Michaels, who still presides over the whole enterprise today,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, in a statement. “This special is just one of the many ways we plan to celebrate ‘SNL’s historic 40th season next year.”  

The “SNL” anniversary specials often serve as a time capsule of sorts, with major players from the program returning to reprise their old antics. »

- Brian Steinberg

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Johnny Depp’s ‘Transcendence’ Laying an Egg at the Box Office

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

Despite the star power of Johnny Depp, “Transcendence” will likely play fourth fiddle in the box office this Easter weekend.

The race looks to be a repeat of last weekend’s sequel showdown between Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and Fox’s “Rio 2,” which are each tracking for $25 million-plus.

Rio 2” looks to benefit from the holiday timeframe as the number of children on spring break doubled this weekend from 10% to 20%. The 3D comedy could win this weekend by a beak, as it stands to earn an estimated $27 million-plus — roughly $2 million more than “Captain America.”

“Winter Soldier” has grossed almost $510 million worldwide ($175 million domestically), while “Rio 2” has tallied $177.2 million ($53 million domestically) through Thursday.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ “Transcendence” is headed for a soft $16 million-plus launch. The sci-fi thriller, which reportedly cost $100 million to produce, may suffer from lackluster word of mouth and poor reviews (pic currently has 19% Rotten Tomatoes meter). “Transcendence” could, »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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James Franco's Ex-Managers Sued for Embezzling Actor's Money

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

Randy James of James/Levy Management and Ken Jacobson have filed a lawsuit against James Franco's recently-fired talent and financial managers Miles Levy and Steve Blatt, claiming that the duo embezzled significant commissions sums for nearly a decade. James and Levy were childhood friends who started James/Levy Management in 1986. The suit, filed Friday in California Superior court, alleges that Levy told James that Franco would no longer pay the firm a 15 percent management commission, but rather 10 percent commission. However, the suit claims that Franco did. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Miley Cyrus Postpones More Shows Due to Illness

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

Miley Cyrus is postponing two more stops on her Bangerz tour - in Nashville and Louisville - as she remains in the hospital after suffering a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics several days ago. And she's not happy about it. "Sick of waking up to needles," Cyrus, 21, Tweeted early Friday morning, adding this hashtag: "#goingthruit." She also added the hashtag "#floydfriday," referring to her beloved dog Floyd, who passed away earlier in the month. In more Tweets, Cyrus lashed out over reports that have skewed the reports of her medical condition. "So many ignorant stories out there no one is »

- Gillian Telling

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Hot Mess Alert! Zosia Mamet in Goodwill Bargain Bin Confusion

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Shoshanna would burst into a fit of a thousand omg's and wtf's if she saw Zosia Mamet in this look. We realize the HBO star is nothing like her TV counterpart, but she might want to take a cue or twenty from the show's wardrobe closet. Apparently, left to her own devices, the New York native ends up shopping at a thrift store for a costume fit for six totally schizophrenic events! We're sorry to say that the only slightly cool component of this set is the scarlet leather jacket. It had a very Johnny Depp feel, and the shape is nice and slouchy. But those red and white patterned pants: way too much! The giant black top: not adding anything. Dirty ankle boots: we know this Glamour columnist can afford a »

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Tribeca: Patrick Stewart and Mary Elizabeth Winstead Steal the Show on Night 3

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Patrick Stewart were two of the stars of the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday night, anchoring strong films that made their world premieres half an hour and a couple of miles apart. While Winstead was charming, subtle and quietly devastating in actor/director Chris Messina's “Alex of Venice,” Stewart was gloriously entertaining but also heart-wrenching in Stephen Belber's adaptation of his Broadway play “Match.” “Alex of Venice” screened a little earlier and a little further uptown; directed by Messina, whose day job includes regular roles on “The Mindy Project” and “The Newsroom,” it stars Winstead as the. »

- Steve Pond

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10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Don't expect 'X-Men' and 'Spider-Man' crossover

4 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In this week's installment of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Don't expect "Spider-Man" to team up with "The Avengers" or "X-Men" anytime soon. Antonio Banderas says he just started working on "Puss in Boots 2," James Franco didn't know about his "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" cameo, "Victoria's Secret" TV news, "Law & Order" mastermind Dick Wolf is brining "D.O.A." to A&E, and more.  Catch up in the story gallery below. »

- HitFix Staff

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Suspect in Custody After Gunman Reported at L.A. Times Building

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

A suspect has been taken into custody after police responded to a report of a gunman at the Los Angeles Times building. No injures were reported, and officers remain on the scene investigating, an Los Angeles Police Department spokeperson told The Hollywood Reporter. The Times reported parts of its downtown building were placed on lockdown after a woman told police a co-worker showed her a bag with bullets in it and said he was depressed. The man, described as in his 20s, was reportedly not a Times employee but rather works for Vxi Global Solutions, which occupies space in

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- Aaron Couch

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Interview: L.J. McKanas talks 'Survivor: Cagayan'

5 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Lj McKanas has been a marked man from the start of this "Survivor: Cagayan" season. As the Old Man of the Beauty tribe -- He's 34 -- Lj was selected as his tribe's leader within minutes and he wore that target on his chest for his entire time on a tribe he wouldn't have selected for himself (he self-identified as "Brawn" before the season, but showed his Brains in finding a hidden Idol). After the Tribal shuffle, Lj's "Survivor" time seemed even shorter, as it appeared that the Brawn majority in his new clan would burn through the remaining Beauty outsiders. In a shocker, though, Lj aligned with Trish and took advantage of her anti-Cliff paranoia to remain in the game.  And even after the Merge, Lj's alliance looked like it might be in jeopardy, but Kass' flip made Lj and Tony the two Alpha Males suddenly »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Kim Kardashian Looks Pretty in Pink While Grabbing Lunch With Her Grandmother!

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

Flirty and feminine! Kim Kardashian covered her curves in a girlish look when she put on a darling pink romper and black pumps to join her grandmother Mary Jo Shannon at Maria's Restaurant in Los Angeles for a lunch date. The E! star's side-swept locks looked silky and lustrous as they cascaded perfectly to complement her polished look. And her glossy tresses appear to be the only accessory she needed as she stepped onto the street carrying nothing in her hands, but a phone and notepad. Maybe she was jotting down plans for her impending nuptials to fiancé Kanye West on there? No details of the upcoming ceremony have been revealed, but the fashionable pair was recently »

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Review: 'Hannibal' - 'Su-Zakana'

6 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as I prefer sins of omission to outright lies... After such an eventful, crazy, borderline apocalyptic stretch of episodes like we've had the last few weeks, it was inevitable and probably necessary that Bryan Fuller would have to ease back on the throttle a bit. The recent pace wasn't sustainable, even in a 13-episode series, unless the plan was for the show to end this year(*). (*) To sum up the various talking points: 1)The ratings remain terrible, and lower than "Dracula" was doing in this timeslot earlier in the season; 2)"Hannibal" doesn't cost NBC nearly as much as a drama like "Parenthood" or "The Blacklist" because of the partnership with Gaumont, and therefore the ratings are less relevant than with a traditional bubble show, but 3)"Dracula" is also an international co-production, 4)The critical buzz on "Hannibal" (versus the complete lack »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Lifetime's First ‘Petals on the Wind’ Trailer: Revenge, Sex, Fire and Lots of Slapping (Video)

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

Lifetime has released the first look at “Petals on the Wind,” the sequel to its original movie “Flowers in the Attic.” The first trailer is chockfull of what one would want from a movie based on the V.C. Andrews books. There's a lot of slapping, some ungodly sex and lots of vengeance being delivered. “It's going to be a revenge story,” Executive producer Michele Weiss told TheWrap. “It's going to be Cathy and Christopher 10 years older, trying to get along with their lives, also caught up in feelings of resentment and revenge on Corinne.” Also read: ‘Once Upon a Time's’ Rose McIver. »

- Jethro Nededog

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Bryan Singer Accuser's Lawyer Says More Sex Abuse Lawsuits Against ‘Hollywood Insiders’ Coming in CA

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

The attorney for Michael F. Egan III, the man who is suing “X-Men” director Bryan Singer for sexual abuse, says that there is more legal action coming — not just in Hawaii, where the first lawsuit against Singer was filed, but potentially also back in California. “I'm going to file three more lawsuits Monday in Hawaii alleging three other Hollywood insiders who were participating in the abuses of Mike Egan… did the trips to Hawaii and he was abused there as well,” Jeff Herman, a lawyer who specializes in sex abuse cases, told TheWrap late on Friday. Also read: Bryan Singer's Lawyer:. »

- Jordan Zakarin

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Gwen Stefani In Talks to Replace Christina Aguilera on ‘The Voice’

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

Gwen Stefani is in talks to replace Christina Aguilera on NBC’s “The Voice” next season.

The No Doubt singer joins new host Pharrell Williams, who replaces Cee Lo Green, and returning coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton for the seventh season.

She replaces Aguilera, who announced in February that she was pregnant with her second child.

The Voice” remains one of the highest-rated shows in primetime and is produced by Burnett’s One Three Inc., Talpa Media USA Inc. and Warner Horizon Television.

NBC could not be reached for comment on this story.

TMZ first reported the news.



- Variety Staff

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Jennifer Garner Celebrates Her 42nd Birthday at Disneyland With Family!

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

Jennifer Garner definitely knows how to celebrate! The actress and mother of three turned 42 yesterday and hit Disneyland to party with the beloved Mickey Mouse to enjoy a day at the Happiest Place on Earth.  Dressed casually in a stylish sweatshirt pinned with an "It's My Birthday" button and sporting a high-ponytail, the Draft Day star appeared exhausted from all the fun she was having and was spotted taking a break to let her daughter Seraphina revel in the rides. And her daughters don't just love amusement parks, they delight in all parks. The brunette beauty recently revealed she's raising a house full of athletes. "[Violet and Seraphina] are ready to try out »

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Nina Agdal and Jeremy Piven "Definitely Flirting" With Each Other During Charity Event

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

Is there love in the air or just some friendly competition? E! News learns that there was chemistry between supermodel Nina Agdal and Jeremy Piven during their charity event in New York City yesterday. "They were definitely flirting and chatting a quite a bit, although that's not out of character for Jeremy," the source tells us. However, Piven may have been trying to psych his opponent out. The duo, as well as special guest actor and comedian Mario Cantone, competed in the first ever Kiehl's Since 1851 "Ride for Charity" event. If that was the Entourage star's motives, it didn't work. Nina competed in 60-second cycling competitions on Flywheel bikes at the »

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Ryan Seacrest Set to Renew ‘American Idol’ Contract, but NBCU and E! Future Uncertain

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

Ryan Seacrest is nearing a renewal of his contract with Fox's “American Idol,” individuals with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. He's also looking to expand his role with Clear Channel Communications, while his role at NBCUniversal will probably decrease. Despite reports that state otherwise, Seacrest will sign a deal for two more years with the singing competition, despite its flagging ratings. A host of the competition since its 2002 debut, the contract renewal would take Seacrest through Season 15. Representatives for producers 19 Entertainment and Fox had no comment on the negotiations. Also read: VH1's New ‘Big Morning Buzz’ Host Nick Lachey. »

- Jethro Nededog

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Dexter Roberts: What I learned from 'American Idol' (exclusive video)

7 hours ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

As he exits "American Idol" after making it as far as the Top 7, Dexter Roberts has a mature, even a grateful, attitude about the journey he's taken as a music artist. "I've learned a lot from all of my vocal coaches," he tells Gold Derby. "I've learned to hold notes longer and when to break out and sing a certain part. I've really enjoyed all of the help that I've been given. -Break- Some of that help has been positive feedback like JLo's remark when he crooned "Keep Your Hands to Yourself": "You always come out here and sing kind of perfect." But those other judges could be tough on him. Still, he's cool with that. Watch our exclusive video chat with 'American Idol' Top 8 contestant Malaya Watson "I love the tough parts because it helps me to be a better artist," he adds. "They've been in this situation. »

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