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Is Chris Pratt Psychic? ‘Jurassic World’ Star Predicted His Role In 2010

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Ok, maybe there is something to the idea of ‘put it out there to the universe and it will happen’. In 2010, Chris Pratt was playing Andy Dwyer in NBC’s Parks And Recreation. While recording a behind-the-scenes video extra for the show’s DVD version, he made a joke about getting a text from Steven Spielberg. ‘Man, I just got a text message,’ said Pratt as he looked down at his phone. ‘From Steven Spielberg. God, so annoying’, he said relaying his reply aloud. ‘I’ll have to… Read

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David Kennedy Dies: TV Producer & Former Talent Agent Was 73

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 07:  Producer David Kennedy arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Dark Shadows" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on May 7, 2012 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

David Kennedy, veteran TV producer and former talent agent, has died. Kennedy died suddenly June 14 in Los Angeles from complications from knee replacement surgery, according to a statement from FX Productions. He was 73. Kennedy was under a first-look development deal with FX Prods at the time of his death, an agreement that was recently renewed for another two years, according to the network. Among his projects were How To Survive A Plague, which he was developing with… Read

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‘Hannibal’ Releases Cast As Show Continues To Look For New Home

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Ten days after NBC cancelled Hannibal, the series no longer has its cast under contract. I hear that starting today, stars Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen are free agents, and they are already fielding film and TV offers. Their options expired last night and were not extended by Hannibal producer Gaumont International Television. Still, the independent production company continues talks with potential distributors. If Hannibal finds a new home, new deals have to be hammered… Read

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Oscar Halftime Report: Can Animated ‘Inside Out’ Turn Best Picture Race Upside Down?

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It is halftime for the 2015 Oscar race, but at this point only one movie released in the first six months of this year looks to make the list of Best Picture nominees. And no, with all apologies to Vin Diesel, it is not Furious 7.  So with that in mind let me tell you that right now on July 1, Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out is leading the race for the Academy Awards. Of course Best Picture nominations for animated films are extremely rare. When there were just five nominees… Read

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OWN Hits Ratings Highs With ‘The Haves & Have Nots’ Mid-Season Premiere

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It was very much a have night for Oprah Winfrey's 4-year old TV network on Tuesday. The mid-season return of The Haves And The Have Nots drew 3.3 million viewers with a 2.80 rating among OWN's core demo of W25-43. Inching ahead of 3.22 million who tuned in for the Season 2 premiere this January of the Tyler Perry-produced series, last night's Season 2B debut is now the most watched opener in OWN's history. The W25-54 result is an all-time premiere high for THATHN and OWN… Read

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ESPN Denies — Or Confirms — Report On Keith Olbermann Commentary Nixing

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Remember how ESPN’s outspoken big-ticket talent Bill Simmons was negotiating his new contract with ESPN and being pretty chatty with the press about it, and then in early May network president John Skipper pulled a fast one and issued a statement saying "I decided today that we are not going to renew Bill Simmons' contract," and how they all “wish Bill continued success as he plans his next chapter” and Simmons reportedly found out he was kaput at the network via… Read

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Michael Neeson Debuts As Michael Collins In ‘The Rising,’ Playing The Role His Dad Made Famous

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Talk about following in a father's footsteps. Michael Neeson, son of actor Liam Neeson, has just been set for his first major film role. He will play the role of famed Irish revolutionary Michael Collins in The Rising, reprising the role his father made famous almost 20 years ago in Michael Collins. The film stars Colin Morgan (Merlin), who plays the lead role of Irish freedom fighter Sean McDermott, and David O'Hara (Braveheart) who plays revolutionary leader James… Read

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Cast & Crew Bought By Silver Lake

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After months of rumors that they were up for sale, Cast & Crew Entertainment Services has a buyer. In yet another investment in Hollywood, Silver Lake Partners has acquired the widely used payroll and health services provider from ZM Capital. The terms of the deal were not made public but we do know that Cast & Crew senior management will be staying onboard. We also know that they will continue as equity partners in the new ownership structure, according to the companies… Read

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Stephen Colbert Debuts On Michigan Public Access Show

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Stephen Colbert has been getting his fans accustomed to his non-faux-gasbag self in advance of his September unveiling on CBS’s Late Show. But he’s been doing so in short YouTube videos. So, he headed West to Monroe, Michigan, aka birthplace of the La-Z-Boy and General George Custer, in order to guest host a 40-minute public access TV show, Only In Monroe. During his program, he addressed the online war being waged between Jerry’s Frenchtown Bar & Grill and a Yelper known… Read

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‘Foodies’ Comedy In The Works At AMC

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AMC has yet to launch an original comedy series and only has done one half-hour pilot, We Hate Paul Revere, but the network brass had insisted that they would remain opportunistic in the genre when a project gets their attention. I’ve learned that the cable network has put in development Foodies, a half-hour comedy written by Duncan Birmingham and executive produced by Michael London of Groundswell Prods. Set in Los Angeles’s fast-paced culinary world, Foodies follows a… Read

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Aurora Theater Shooting, 3 Years Later: When Moviegoers Became Superheroes

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WARNING: Graphic details/images follow. Three years ago, on July 20th, moviegoers piled into the Cinemark Century 16 in Aurora, CO for a midnight screening of Warner Bros.’ The Dark Knight Rises. They came because they loved Batman. They loved superheroes. They are the kind of avid moviegoers Hollywood counts on to fuel their opening weekends for tentpole pictures. Nineteen year-old Stefan Moton and his brother saved up for weeks to be able to buy two tickets to see the… Read

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‘Magic Mike XXL’ Review: A Bare Bones Plot Won’t Matter To Fans Looking For Stripped-Down Summer Fun

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2012’s Magic Mike was pound-for-pound one of the most successful films released that year. With only  a $7 million price tag it became one of the most profitable movies in a long time. Naturally, having grossed well over $100 million domestically alone on this investment, Warner Bros would want a sequel and that’s what we have in Magic Mike XXLwhich opens today just in time to strip away the competition. Original director Steven Soderbergh replaced himself at the helm… Read