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Toronto Film Fest to Premiere ‘Tusk,’ Amanda Knox-Inspired ‘Face of an Angel’

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Kevin Smith’s horror comedy-drama “Tusk,” Michael Winterbottom’s hot commodity “The Face of an Angel,” and doc-comedy “The Yes Men Are Revolting” are among the titles set to world preem at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival, which unveiled its auteur-driven Midnight Madness, Masters, Tiff Docs and Vanguard slates this morning.

Midnight Madness, a reliably lively zone for genre-pic launches and pickups, opens with Japanese helmer Sion Sono’s “Tokyo Tribe,” an adaptation of a popular hip-hop-inspired manga comic. The pic receives its international preem, as does Mark Hartley’s “Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films” (Drafthouse), the second documentary this year about the rise and fall of that filmmaking empire, after the Cannes-premiered “The Go-Go Boys.”

Aside from Smith’s labor of love “Tusk,” which stars Justin Long and will be released by A24, Midnight will unspool world preems of Jaume Balaguero’s “[Rec] 4: Apocalypse” (the fourth »


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James Shigeta Dead at 81: Character Actor and Singer Had Memorable Roles in Die Hard and Flower Drum Song

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James Shigeta started off by conquering the American Idol of his day. The singer and character actor won first place on the 1950s staple The Original Amateur Hour, and that proved to be a launching pad for a career on stage and screen.  Shigeta, whose long career allowed for memorable appearances in the likes of the 1961 musical Flower Drum Song and then 1988's Die Hard, has died. He was 81. "It is with great sadness that I report the loss of my long time friend and client James Shigeta," his agent said in a statement to E! News Monday.  "James was the biggest East Asian U.S. star the country had known. He filled both A-movie starring »


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Toronto Lineup's New Crop of Directors Includes Ethan Hawke, Kevin Smith and Jean-Luc Godard

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Documentaries by actor-turned-director Ethan Hawke, legendary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman and “The Act of Killing” director Joshua Oppenheimer are among the films added to the lineup of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, Tiff organizers announced on Tuesday. In addition to the typically strong Tiff Docs slate, the festival also announced its Masters, Midnight Movies and Vanguard sections, which range from a thorny 3D experiment from icon Jean-Luc Godard to edgy new works by Kevin Smith, Adam Wingard and Takashi Miike. Also read: Film Festival Scramble: Telluride Loses Its Surprises as Toronto Gets Tough While more than a dozen of the 40 new. »


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Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Pedro Almodovar Condemn Israel for Gaza Attacks

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Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Pedro Almodovar were among a number of Spain's biggest film industry stars who published an open letter Tuesday in local Spanish newspapers condemning the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, saying that “Gaza is living through horror these days, besieged and attacked by land, sea and air.” See video: Joan Rivers Blasts Palestine's Involvement in Gaza Conflict: ‘They Started It!’ (Video) According to Global News and other media reports, the letter states that “Palestinians’ homes are being destroyed, they are being denied water, electricity free movement to their hospitals, schools and fields while the international. »


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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Stars Ring NYSE Opening Bell (Video)

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Powerful people have been reading your fan fiction about Star-Lord and Gamora ringing the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange. “Guardians of the Galaxy” stars Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana did the honors Tuesday morning to herald what they hope will be massive box office for their film, opening Friday. Also read: IMAX Predicts Big Things for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ as Q2 Earnings Increase Joined by Marvel Entertainment executives, Pratt and Saldana — accompanied by a guy dressed as Pratt's character, Peter “Star-Lord” Quill, marked the opening of trading. Saldana did the actual ringing. And where were the non-humanoid Guardians? »


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James L. Brooks Signs With Wme

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Iconic writer and director James L. Brooks has signed with Wme.

Brooks has a long list of credits he is known for, which include “Broadcast News,” “Terms of Endearment” and “As Good As It Gets.” Besides his many film credits, Brooks is also listed as a co-creator on several hit TV shows including “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Rhoda,” “Taxi” and “The Simpsons.”

Brooks continues to be repped by Sam Fischer at Ziffren Brittenham.

Wme has stayed busy on the TV front, having also recently signed writer and producer Ian Goldberg, who was most recently staffed on “Once Upon a Time” and is currently developing “Mars” at CW. They also recently signed Peter Harbinson who is a co-executive producer on “Homeland.”

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Why 5 Seconds of Summer Was So Scared of One Direction

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Sure, 5 Seconds of Summer might be touring with One Direction, but hear them out: They are no boy band. After One Direction discovered the Australian pop-rockers - thanks to their impressive cover of Wheatus's "Teenage Dirtbag" - Harry Styles and his bandmates invited them onto their tour. "It was all very scary for us because we were a young rock band type of thing," drummer Ashton Irwin tells Radio Disney in an interview airing Aug 4 (6 p.m. Et/3 p.m. Pt). "We were very confused by why we would go on tour with One Direction in the first place because it was so different. »


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Why 5 Seconds of Summer Was So Scared of One Direction

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Sure, 5 Seconds of Summer might be touring with One Direction, but hear them out: They are no boy band. After One Direction discovered the Australian pop-rockers - thanks to their impressive cover of Wheatus's "Teenage Dirtbag" - Harry Styles and his bandmates invited them onto their tour. "It was all very scary for us because we were a young rock band type of thing," drummer Ashton Irwin tells Radio Disney in an interview airing Aug 4 (6 p.m. Et/3 p.m. Pt). "We were very confused by why we would go on tour with One Direction in the first place because it was so different. »


- Isabel Sanhueza

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James L. Brooks Signs With Wme

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James L. Brooks has signed with Wme, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The prolific film and TV writer/director won three Academy Awards for producing, directing and writing Terms of Endearment. He was later nominated another five times for his work on Broadcast News, Jerry Maguire and As Good as It Gets. Brooks’ Gracie Films banner also is responsible for movies including Big, The War of the Roses and Bottle Rocket, as well as the animated juggernaut The Simpsons. Video Comic-Con: 'The Simpsons' Puts Homer on Death's Door in Season 26 Teaser Other television classics the Emmy winner (with 20

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James L. Brooks Signs With Wme

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Wme has signed Oscar-winning director, writer and producer James L. Brooks, who created iconic TV shows such as “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Rhoda,” “Taxi” and “The Simpsons,” TheWrap has learned. Brooks joins Wme as the agency's TV department recently signed writers-producers Ian Goldberg (“Once Upon a Time”) and Patrick Harbinson (“Homeland”), as well as Kathy Griffin. Brooks, who has won 20 Emmys, is the founder of Gracie Films. He has won three Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director for “Terms of Endearment,” and has received another seven nominations for his work on “Broadcast News,” “Jerry Maguire” and “As Good as it. »


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Kat Graham on dying over and over again on 'The Vampire Diaries'

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San Diego - While a cliff-hanger season finale has fans on the edge of their seats, the cast of "The Vampire Diaries" returned to Comic-Con ahead of the new season. The witchy Bonnie Bennett (Kat Graham) just can't seem to stay dead. Even dying so often, Graham never tires of it. "Each time it happens, it's just done so differently," she said, before jokingly speculating on how Bonnie should die next. But there is one thing Graham isn't keen on doing for the show: doppelgängers.  "Every character would have to have a different hairstyle and a different era of fashion. I'm sure I could do it but I'd be so consumed by it I couldn't do anything else," she said. Watch the full interview with Graham above. "The Vampire Diaries" returns to television on October 2. Editor's Note: In the frenetic blur of Comic-Con, I apologize for the slip up — Twice »


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Jim Gaffigan's CBS Pilot Gets Series Order From TV Land

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Jim Gaffigan‘s CBS pilot will finally air — but not on CBS. TV Land has given a 10-episode order to Gaffigan's comedy with Peter Tolan, which had previously been developed by CBS. Also read: TV Land Orders Hilary Duff Comedy Series From Darren Star The single-camera comedy, which was created by Gaffigan and Tolan, is inspired by Gaffigan's real life, exploring one man's struggle in New York City to find a balance between fatherhood, stand-up comedy and an insatiable appetite. The series, now dubbed “The Gaffigan Show,” will co-star Ashley Williams as Gaffigan's wife.  Adam Goldberg and »


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23 Times Bill Murray Was Just the Greatest, From the Golf Course to the Oscars to His Impeccable Taste in Hats

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Bill Murray is having a killer second act. Already forever a comedy icon thanks to his work in Caddyshack, Stripes, Ghostbusters and Groundhogs Day, et al., Murray had a career renaissance thanks both to Wes Anderson in general and his turn as a jaded actor in the 2003 indie darling Lost in Translation, for which he earned an Oscar nod for his uncharacteristically dramatic (though liberally peppered with humor) efforts. Now, in addition to being at the top of every director's wish list, the 63-year-old actor is enjoying a new kind of renaissance in which he is more than just a reliably versatile movie star. He's a downright pop-culture darling! Basically, Bill Murray makes everything »


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Jerry Seinfeld and His Family Are Having an Awesome Summer Vacation—Check Out All Their Pics!

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Jerry Seinfeld and the rest of his family are having one fantastic summer vacation, if Instagram is any indicator. The comedian's wife, Jessica, has been sharing several family-filled snapshots from their break and we gotta say, we're pretty envious of their adventures! In fact, Jessica's managed to document the tight-knit crew celebrating several holidays together (like family friends' birthdays) and enjoying some much-needed downtime in their home in the Hamptons. In one particularly cute photo, Jerry and his children are all gathered around a table and a birthday cake for their close pal, Michelle. "My [heart] beats for these freaks," she captioned the sweet candid »


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Judd Apatow Hires ‘South Park's’ Pam Brady to Rewrite ‘Business Trip’ (Exclusive)

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Producers Judd Apatow and Benderspink have hired Emmy-winning “South Park” writer Pam Brady to work on the screenplay for their Universal comedy “Business Trip,” TheWrap has learned. Described as “The Hangover” with female leads, the story follows a group of women who go on a corporate trip but wind up doing anything but business while on company time. Stacey Harman wrote the first draft of “Business Trip,” which Universal purchased as a pitch back in 2009 before Apatow and wife Leslie Mann boarded the project in June 2010. Also read: Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow Slam Film Critic Over Column on Elliot Rodger. »


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‘Outlander’ Cast and Crew Celebrate New York Screening: ‘Make the Show for the Fans’

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Six days prior to its multiplatform preview debut, Starz’s “Outlander” preemed Monday at the 92 Street Y to a very enthusiastic crowd.

An adaptation of author Diana Gabaldon’s popular historical novels, the 16-episode series follows the passion and adventure that awaits a time-traveling nurse named Claire Randall played by Caitriona Balfe.

“It was the great Scarlett O’Hara search to find Claire,” exec producer Ronald Moore told the audience following the screening of the premiere episode, “Sassenach.”

“At the onset of the project, I said, because I’m an idiot, that we are going to cast Claire first and (her love interest) Jamie Fraser is going to be the one we cast at the last minute. Because in the books Jamie is the “King of Men,” so I thought well, that’s going to take forever, but of course it’s exactly the opposite of what happened.”

Producers found actor Sam Heughan almost immediately, »


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‘Hercules’ Rules the Week in TV Advertising Spend

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In this week’s edition of the Variety/iSpot.tv Movie Commercial Tracker, MGM’s “Hercules” leads in spending with an estimated outlay of $8.4 million for spots that have aired 1,903 times across 37 networks through July 27. (That’s a relatively modest boost from the $7.3 million spent the previous week.) Bet scored the most commercial placements for “Hercules,” followed by MTV.

Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Into the Storm” are effectively tied, each with $8 million in estimated TV commercial spend, with “Guardians” spots appearing most frequently on Disney Xd and MTV, while “Storm” placements skewed toward Comedy Central and SyFy. “Lucy,” dipping to $6.7 million in estimated spend (from $8.2 million the previous week), echoed the “Storm” approach, with placements skewing toward SyFy and Comedy Central, in that order.

Finally, “A Most Wanted Man,” the espionage thriller starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, enters our top 5 with, curiously, Hgtv and Bravo as the two »


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Jim Gaffigan Comedy Nabs Series Order from TV Land

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Jim Gaffigan’s domestic comedy “The Gaffigan Show” has landed a series order at TV Land.

The show, which has a 10-episode order for a 2015 premiere, revolves around Gaffigan’s life as a standup comic and father who struggles with an insatiable appetite. The project was developed for CBS this past pilot season. Peter Tolan and Michael Wimer are exec producers with Gaffigan and Jeannie Gaffigan. Seth Gordon directed the pilot.

Adam Goldberg, Michael Ian Black and Ashley Williams also star. Episodes of the show will air on Comedy Central, where Gaffigan is known for his many standup specials, within a week of debuting on TV Land.

TV Land prexy Larry Jones said the show was a good fit with the “Gen Xers” the cabler is targeting. “We love Jim Gaffigan’s brand of humor,” Jones said.

TV Land has ordered 10 episodes of the series, which will draw inevitable comparisons »


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Was Missing New Hampshire Teen Abigail Hernandez Held in a Shipping Container for 9 Months?

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Abigail "Abby" Hernandez, the New Hampshire teen who returned home last week after disappearing in October, sat in the front row of a courtroom on Tuesday as her accused kidnapper, Nathaniel Kibby, appeared before a judge. Kibby, 34, did not enter a plea and the judge ordered him held on $1 million bail as police continued to search the man's Gorham, New Hampshire, trailer home. Attorney General Joseph Foster said Monday that Kibby was arrested after Abby, now 15, provided police with details of her kidnapping nine months ago as she was walking home from school. A shipping container in the yard of »


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Was Missing New Hampshire Teen Abigail Hernandez Held in a Shipping Container for 9 Months?

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Abigail "Abby" Hernandez, the New Hampshire teen who returned home last week after disappearing in October, sat in the front row of a courtroom on Tuesday as her accused kidnapper, Nathaniel Kibby, appeared before a judge. Kibby, 34, did not enter a plea and the judge ordered him held on $1 million bail as police continued to search the man's Gorham, New Hampshire, trailer home. Attorney General Joseph Foster said Monday that Kibby was arrested after Abby, now 15, provided police with details of her kidnapping nine months ago as she was walking home from school. A shipping container in the yard of »


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