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‘Big Bang’s Simon Helberg Is Meryl Streep’s Pianist In Stephen Frears-Directed ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’

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EXCLUSIVE: The Big Bang Theory star Simon Helberg has just been set to star alongside Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in Florence Foster Jenkins, the Pathe-financed film that Stephen Frears will next direct. It’s a true story and Streep plays the title character, a wealthy woman in high-society NYC in the early 2oth century who used her relationships and her fortune to gain traction as a singer. Trouble was, she couldn’t sing; she was plagued by terrible pitch and rhythm and… Read

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NBC Orders ‘First Dates’ Docu-Reality Series Produced By Ellen DeGeneres

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NBC has picked up First Dates, an eight-episode reality series based on a format from Shed Media’s Twenty Twenty banner. The hourlong series will be produced by Warner Bros TV-owned Shed Media and Ellen DeGeneres’ studio-based A Very Good Production. First Dates is described as an observational documentary series that takes an authentic look at a variety of real first dates happening over one night at the same restaurant. Casting is underway, with filming slated to… Read

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Jon Stewart Sends Jason Jones On His Way To TBS

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Jon Stewart last night celebrated Jason JonesThe Daily Show career on the longtime correspondent’s final night with the Comedy Central late-night show. “The one thing that was always — nothing makes my job easier than knowing there is someone there who I can always go to, and always count on, and who’s going to deliver the funny, the smart, the everything,” Stewart said. “You were always that dude. I thank you very much.” (Watch the video above.) Last month, TBS… Read

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Bond Girl Lea Seydoux Signs With WME

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EXCLUSIVE: WME just signed Lea Seydoux, who went from starring in the racy Cannes Palme d’Or winner Blue Is The Warmest Color to shooting the next 007 film Spectre alongside Daniel Craig. She recently wrapped the Yorgos Lanthimos-diurected The Lobster alongside Rachel Weisz, Colin Farrell and John C. Reilly and last year starred in Bertrand Bonello's Saint Laurent, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and Christophe Gans' Beauty And The Beast. The French actress had… Read

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Hal Prince Will Stage New Musical World Premiere Next Season

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The all-time Tony-wining champ (21) will direct The Band’s Visit for off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company next spring. It’s based on Eran Kolirin’s award-winning 2007 film about an Egyptian police band stranded in a remote Israeli desert village before a concert meant to inaugurate an Arab arts center. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, the unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals as their lives become intertwined in unexpected ways. Among other… Read

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Gillian Flynn Joins Steve McQueen To Script New Regency Heist Thriller

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EXCLUSIVE: After she adapted her novel Gone Girl for New Regency, Gillian Flynn has been set by the financier/producer to join 12 Years A Slave helmer Steve McQueen to co-write a heist thriller that McQueen will direct. Deal was made by New Regency president/CEO Brad Weston, and the thriller is based on the 2002 British miniseries Widows, which was written by Prime Suspect‘s Lynda La Plante. That mini focused on a caper gone wrong, where four armed robbers get killed in a… Read

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NCAA Tournament Ratings Rise To 25-Year High, ‘Bones’ Returns Steady, ‘Blacklist’ Down

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The second Thursday of the 2015 NCCA Tournament saw Notre Dame and Kentucky move on to the Elite Eight with primetime wins on CBS. Well, let's be honest, that second game of the night on the network wasn't a mere win by the undefeated Wildcats: With a blowout 78-39 victory over West Virginia, it was a decimation that should leave future opponents very afraid moving towards the final next month. In fast nationals, last night March Madness double shot of Kentucky-West… Read

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‘Southpaw’ Trailer: Jake Gyllenhaal’s Gritty Boxing Pic Could Be A Knockout

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Here is the result of Jake Gyllenhaal’s hard work transforming his body into Junior Middleweight champ Billy “The Great” Hope for Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw, the Kurt Sutter- and Richard Wenk-scripted pic that the Weinstein Company will release July 31. Gyllenhaal dropped jaws in November when the first photo from the movie was released, showing he had gained 15 pounds of pure muscle to leave his Nightcrawler character — for which he earned a Golden Globe nom — well in the… Read

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‘Spectre’ Bonding With Imax In November

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The 24th James Bond film Spectre from Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures will be released in Imax when it hits theaters worldwide on November 6. The previous 007 pic Skyfall also received the Imax treatment and grossed $12.75M during its opening weekend in 320 U.S./Canada Imax hubs, which repped 14% of its $88.4M opening weekend. At that time, the actioner’s $40K theater average marked Imax’s best nonsummer opening… Read

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Vivendi Chairman Vincent Bollore Ups His Stake To 10.2%

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Vivendi chairman Vincent Bollore has upped his stake in the French media giant to 10.2% only days after an activist investor challenged his strategy for the company. Bollore acquired an extra 27.7 million shares for $687 million, and his stake is now double what it was only a few weeks ago. Bollore is consolidating his grip on Vivendi in advance of an expected showdown next month with activist investor P Schoenfeld Asset Management, which has been calling for Vivendi’s… Read

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‘Get Hard’ Grabs $1.8M Thursday, Beats Preview B.O. For Kevin Hart’s ‘Ride Along’

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Warner Bros’ R-rated Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard had a great Thursday, grossing $1.8M. That figure beats the $1.1M generated by Hart’s Ride Along during its Thursday preview in January 2014. That film went on to make $41.5M over three days during its MLK weekend bow. In addition, Get Hard outstrips the $800K Thursday night posted by Hart’s The Wedding Ringer, which ultimately made $20.6M during this year’s MLK holiday weekend. DreamWorks Animation’s Home Read

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Don Mischer To Return As Producer Of Primetime Emmy Awards

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While there will be a change at the helm of the Oscars, with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announcing yesterday that they won’t be coming back, there will be continuity at the Primetime Emmy Awards. Don Mischer, who produced last year’s telecast and four of the past six, is set to return. He will produce the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards with partners Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare through Don Mischer Prods. Hosted by Andy Samberg, the Primetime Emmys will air live on Fox on… Read