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‘X-Factor’ Producers Hit With $2M Lawsuit By Contestant; Says Performance Was “Altered”

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Sally Hessnice may have not been judged worthy to go very far on The X-Factor by Simon Cowell and gang two years ago but the singer isn't ready to exit stage left just yet. She filed a multi-claim complaint today against producers FremantleMedia North America, Cowell’s Syco Television and Blue Orbit Productions for more than $2 million in damages. Hessnice claims that her audition performance shown on the Fox show back in September 2013 was strategically altered "to… Read

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Showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman On Almost Passing On ‘Jane The Virgin’, Pace, Title Change & How Will It End

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Last May, the CW introduced a new dramedy from showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman: Jane the Virgin—an adaptation of the Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen. It was a standout at the Upfronts and went on to become a critical darling and a Golden Globe winner for star Gina Rodriguez. Snyder Urman started her career on the ABC comedy Hope and Faith before stints on Gilmore Girls, Men in Trees, Lipstick Jungle and 90210. Jane the Virgin is her second series as creator; the… Read

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New ‘Black Mass’ Trailer: Parenting Advice From Whitey Bulger

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We won’t know until September if Black Mass, the long-overdue biopic about notorious Boston gangster James “Whitey’ Bulger, is going to be any good, but the trailers, at least, are riveting. The newest features Johnny Depp’s spectacularly creepy take on Bulger, seen here dispensing life advice to a 6 year old, strolling around his neighborhood, and of course straight up killing people willy nilly. Black Mass spans the 1970s, 80s,  and early 90s, depicting how Bulger, a… Read

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‘Fuller’ Brush-Off: Olsens Won’t Head Home For ‘Full House’ Sequel

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Little Michelle Tanner won’t be making a return to TV. The executive producer of the upcoming Full House sequel today confirmed that Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen won’t appear on the Netflix series that premieres next year. "Although Ashley and Mary-Kate will not be a part of Fuller House, I know how much Full House has meant to them and they are still very much considered family,” Robert L. Boyett said. “It has been exciting to see how they have built their professional… Read

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Melissa McCarthy Staying At CAA

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UPDATED: Almost two months after the bombshell move of CAA’s top comedy talent agents to UTA, including Jason Heyman and Martin Lesak, I’ve learned that the last remaining A-list client in play, Melissa McCarthy, has made her choice, and she is staying with CAA. McCarthy had been with Heyman and Lesak for the past 5 years as she saw her career explode. She joined CAA shortly after landing the female lead in Mike & Molly, which would earn her an Emmy Award, and her… Read

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Point.360 To Acquire Troubled Postproduction House Modern VideoFilm

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L.A.-based postproduction house Point.360 has agreed to acquire Modern VideoFilm, the troubled post house whose day-to-day operations were taken over by the giant Deloitte Corporate Restructuring Group in October. “Modern VideoFilm has entered into a preliminary agreement to become part of Point.360," the companies said in a statement Friday. "Once the transaction is complete, the combined company will form one of the industry's largest independent providers of… Read

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‘Jurassic World’ Tracking Like ‘Man Of Steel’ – But How Many $100M+ Openings After That In Summer 2015?

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Tracking for the next installment in the Universal Pictures franchise Jurassic World came out yesterday, and it looks like it’s heading for a $100 million-$130 million opening, in line with Warner Bros.’ Man Of Steel which opened to $116.6M in the summer of 2013. Man Of Steel ended its domestic run with $291M. From the tracking we are looking at right now, total awareness for the film is in the 90% range and unaided awareness is higher than Warner Bros.’ big disaster… Read

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Time Warner Cable Nears A Decision On A New Merger Deal – Reports

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Here we go again: Time Warner Cable execs will spend the holiday weekend negotiating with Charter Communications and Luxembourg-based Altice Group about a sale that could be decided “as soon as next week,” Bloomberg reports. That jibes with Wall Street Journal stories about intensifying negotiations — including one that says Altice’s founder, billionaire Patrick Drahi, met with TWC chief Rob Marcus in New York this week about a potential cash-and-stock offer. Investors… Read

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‘Tomorrowland’ & ‘Poltergeist’ Rise In Matinees – Box Office Friday

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The four-day Memorial Day weekend is underway at the box office with Tomorrowland off to a good start in matinees for Disney, having bowed in 3,972 theaters today. Meanwhile, Poltergeist, even though it’s a PG-13 movie, will see most of its horror audience come out in force tonight, but pretty good (as Midwesterners say) so far. The film was co-financed by MGM and Fox 2000 and is being distributed by Fox. Will be interesting to see what kind of CinemaScore these films… Read

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Hollywood Teamsters Reach Contract Deal With Basic Crafts Unions

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Hollywood's Teamsters and the basic crafts unions have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract. Terms of the deal, which must be ratified by the unions' members, were not disclosed. "We were able to achieve good contracts for all of our covered members while at the same time keeping Hollywood working," said Steve Dayan, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 399 and chairman of the basic crafts. "Under this agreement, we were able to ensure stability… Read

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‘Mr. Holmes’ Lawsuit: Arthur Conan Doyle Estate Sues Bill Condon & Distributors

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What would the Great Detective have Dr. Watson and the Baker Street Irregulars do with this case? On the eve of the 156th anniversary of the birth of Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author's often litigious estate this week hit director Bill Condon and co-distributors Miramax and Roadside Attractions in federal court with a copyright and trademark infringement complaint over the upcoming Mr. Holmes. The estate wants a plethora of unspecified damages… Read