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Prolific TV Producer Robert Halmi Sr. Dies at 90

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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

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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)

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

38 minutes ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

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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Jenny Slate to Guest Star on Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Entertainment Weekly reports that Jenny Slate, Andy Samberg's former SNL colleague and star of summer indie hit Obvious Child, will appear on the season premiere of Brooklyn Nine-Nine airing September 28th. She'll play Bianca, a "street-smart mob mistress" who could be the clue to solving Jake's undercover case. Lest we forget, the last time Slate had a guest spot on a show co-created by Michael Schur (Parks and Rec) she introduced the world to Mona Lisa Saperstein, so we're pretty excited to see what sort of mayhem she brings with her this time. And, okay, a little nervous. Nervous and excited, we guess? »


- Anna Silman

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Chinese Government Likely to Bring in Quotas on Foreign TV Shown Online (Report)

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The Chinese government is likely to impose quotas on foreign television programs shown on video websites reports China Daily. The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (Sarft) has long been rumored to be considering applying its quota system for imported movies to TV shows and now it looks like these plans will become policy according to Chinese media reports cited by China Daily.   List 25 of the Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2014 If the policy does become reality then video websites like Youku Tudou, Tencent, and Sohu will be allowed a limited number of licenses for overseas television shows

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- Abid Rahman

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Trailer Is Even More Awesome in Lego (Video)

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

Guardians of the Galaxy” already looks like it's going to be one of the most awesome movie tickets of the summer. Now imagine it as a Lego movie. As the insta-classic “Lego Movie” song says, “Everything is awesome. Everything is cool when you're part of a team.” Even if it's a dysfunctional team of interstellar outlaws. Lego and Marvel enthusiast Forrest Whaley has made imagination a reality by creating a Lego version of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” trailer for his YouTube page. Even better, Disney approved the trailer, and is officially promoting it as part of their publicity campaign for. »


- Jason Hughes

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Emmy Episode Analysis: Jim Carter ('Downton Abbey') consoles a widow, reconciles with a friend

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Jim Carter has earned his third consecutive Drama Supporting Actor nomination for playing Mr. Carson, head butler for the Crawley family, on "Downton Abbey." He has submitted the two-hour fourth season premiere to the judging panel. -Break- Exclusive Video: Gareth Neame on how 'Downton Abbey' dealt with cast exits and shocking plot twists Synopsis: Carson's storyline begins with him throwing away a note he's received. Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) takes the note out of the trash and reads that Carson's former song-and-dance partner, Charley Grick, has fallen on hard times. She visits him at the workhouse and decides to help him despite Carson's unwillingness to do so. This angers Carson, who tells her to mind her own business. Nonetheless, Mrs. Hughes enlists the help of Isobel (Penelope Wilton) in hopes that she can help Mr. Grick. Meanwhile, Thomas (Alan Leech) enlists Carson to help Mary (Michelle Dockery) »


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Janelle Monae Throws a Sorority Party in the 'Electric Lady' Video

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Today, Janelle Monae released the video for her song "Electric Lady," the fourth single off last year's album The Electric Lady. The video features Monae as a sorority girl at one of the swankiest Greek life parties we've ever seen, complete with towers of cupcakes, a marching band, and some sort of video-conference center featuring celeb pals — including Kimbra, Estelle, and T-Boz — on screens that we assume are provided by Samsung (there is a lot of Samsung product placement in this video). Anyway, it all looks way more fun than playing beer-pong and drinking out of a funnel. »

- Anna Silman

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The Top 10 Revealed on Sytycd, Another Houseguest Gets Sad News on Big Brother & More Omg TV Moments

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It was a full-on attack of the summer reality shows tonight, and we can't say we didn't love it. We can say we didn't love saying goodbye to four dancers on So You Think You Can Dance, and watching the first Quarter Final cuts be made on America's Got Talent. We also didn't love watching Derrick learn of his grandfather's death on Big Brother, but we did love watching the houseguests compete on fake horses for the Power of Veto! Read on for all the details! So You Think You Can Dance: It's time for the top 10, Dance fans, so tonight we had to say a sad goodbye to four dancers and it was not easy! It was also not easy to control ourselves in the wake of some »


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12 August TV events we're looking forward to: 'Doctor Who,' 'The Killing,' Emmys

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Reality check: summer is practically over. Time to catch some serious rays and maybe even embark on that little getaway you've been pondering. Or, you know...you could just watch television. Which is so much easier. Stay in bed, is what we're saying. Yes, it's the Golden Age of TV, meaning even in August there are a variety of things worth tuning in for. From Netflix's revival of "The Killing" to the new "Doctor Who" to Starz's "Outlander" adaptation to a pair of wildly-divergent awards shows (one of which made a splash last year thanks to Miley Cyrus's...uh, showstopping performance), here's our list of 12 August TV events you may want to put your vacation plans on hold for. After scrolling through all our picks in the gallery below, let us know which of them you're looking forward to by voting in the poll further down the page. »


- Daniel Fienberg, Louis Virtel, Katie Hasty, Donna Dickens, Dave Lewis

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Brian Williams Announces Daughter's ‘Peter Pan’ Casting With Embarrassing Photo (Video)

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

Brian Williams had a little bit of fun while announcing the casting of his daughter, Allison Williams, in the title role for NBC's upcoming live production of “Peter Pan” during “NBC Nightly News” on Wednesday. Also read: ‘Girls’ Star Allison Williams to Play Peter Pan for NBC Live Musical The broadcaster never said that Allison was his daughter, and reported the casting like a regular news story, citing additional casting on the special, like Christopher Walken as Captain Hook, as well as Allison's other professional credits, like her starring role on HBO's “Girls.” At the end, though, he threw up a picture of. »


- Jason Hughes

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‘Roaring Currents’ Obliterates Korean First Day Box Office Record

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Hong Kong – Period action drama “Roaring Currents” has obliterated the Korean opening day box office record that was set only a week ago by “Kundo: Age of the Rampant.”

Opening midweek and handled by Cj Entertainment, “Roaring Currents” sold 682,882 tickets Wednesday for a box office take of KRW4.886 billion (Us$4.77 million). The film opened on a massive 1,159 screens and claimed a 61.5% market share, according to the Korean Film Council’s box office service Kobis.

Exactly a week previously Showbox / Mediaplex claimed a new opening day record with “Kundo: Age of the Rampant,” which scored 551,000 spectators worth KRW4.08 billion (Us$3.997 million), and dethroned “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” the previous title holder.

“Kundo” played in 1,250 theatres and finished its five day Wednesday to Sunday opening session with $23.7 million (KRW24.3 billion) from 3.10 million spectators.

According to Kobis, “Kundo” Wednesday slipped back into second place, playing on 807 screens, but claiming only a 15% share »


- Patrick Frater

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Jamie Foxx Will Play Mike Tyson

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After playing Muhammad Ali's corner man in Ali, Jamie Foxx is putting on some gloves of his own. Variety announced today that Foxx will play Mike Tyson in an untitled biopic written by Terence Winter. While HBO made a TV movie about Tyson in 2005 (as well as bringing his one-man show to the screen in 2013), this will be the first attempt to make his life into a feature film. Its not clear what part of his life the movie will focus on — His rise to heavyweight champion? His troubles with the law? The ear-biting incident? The tiger-rearing? His cameo in The Hangover? — but it's safe to say there's plenty of material to work with. »


- Anna Silman

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Brian Williams Reports His Daughter Allison's Casting in Peter Pan

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Brian Williams generally seems to be a pretty cool dad — he raps! he watches his daughter's sex scenes "with unmitigated joy!" — but even cool dads can be pretty embarrassing sometimes. On tonight's NBC Nightly News broadcast, Williams shared the news that his daughter Allison Williams had been cast as Peter Pan in NBC's forthcoming Peter Pan Live!, saying: "Family members confirm that she's been rehearsing for this role since the age of three and they look forward to seeing her fly," and putting up a photo of a young Allison in a Peter Pan costume. We'd imagine by now that the woman who plays Marnie Michaels is pretty immune to embarrassment (and she did sign on for a live-action Peter Pan telecast, after all) but still. Stop it, daaaaad. »


- Anna Silman

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Nick Jonas Breaks Free From His JoBros ‘Chains’ With Solo Video Featuring Dylan Penn

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Nick Jonas kicked off his solo career with a bang Wednesday when he released the video for “Chains,” his first post-Jonas Bros single. A well-produced track plays over occasionally disconcerting imagery. “Gave you my heart but you took my soul,” sings Jonas, while being dragged on the floor by an off-camera entity that's never revealed. About halfway through, Jonas finally breaks free of his titular shackles — which may or may not be a metaphor for his time with the JoBros — and pursues a beautiful woman, played by Dylan Penn (Sean Penn and Robin Wright‘s daughter.) See video: Demi Lovato Performs ‘Skyscraper’ at Do. »


- Travis Reilly

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Chris Evans talks James Spader, gets videobombed by 'Avengers' co-star Sam Jackson

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In the annals of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" video bombs at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, I'm fairly certain that Mark Ruffalo's is still the best. But Samuel L. Jackson definitely gives Ruffalo a run for his money with his blatant (albeit welcome) intrusion into our red carpet interview with Chris Evans: So what does Slj warn Chris not to do? For the answer to that question, and to hear Evans' explanation of what makes James Spader so intimidating in person (hint: "[It] feels like he's looking into your soul"), click on the video above for the full interview. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" hits theaters on May 1, 2015. »


- Chris Eggertsen

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