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Lena Dunham Tweets She Will “Compensate” Book Tour Performers After Website Shaming

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HBO star Lena Dunham tweeted this today about paying opening-act performers on her book tour. Some good points were raised and I've ensured that all opening acts will be compensated for their time, their labor and their talents. — Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 29, 2014 It all started yesterday when the New York Times reported details of Dunham's 12-city book tour beginning this week, noting nearly  600 people responded to an open call for video auditions for… Read

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Books: ‘Weeds’ Star Mary-Louise Parker Will Pen Memoir For Scribner

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You might say she's going from Weeds to leaves, though not of grass. Mary-Louise Parker, best known to TV audiences as Nancy Botwin on the hit Showtime series, will publish what Scribner is calling “an autobiographical literary work of nonfiction” titled Dear Mr. You. Pub date is fall 2015. One of Broadway's most sought-after actresses, Parker won a Tony Award for her performance in Proof, as well as a Golden Globe and Emmy for the HBO adaptation of Angels In America. Her… Read

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Gerard Butler Eyes Babak Najafi As ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Sequel Helmer

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EXCLUSIVE: Looks like Gerard Butler won't be alone for London Has Fallen, the Millennium Films sequel to the action hit Olympus Has Fallen. Babak Najafi, best known for helming Easy Money II: Hard to Kill (better known as the sequel to Snabba Cash) is now in discussions to helm the action film that is being transplanted to the Blighty. This has been a hot open assignment since Charlie Countryman helmer Fredrik Bond bristled at the scale of the movie and exited. He got the… Read

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‘SNL’ Book Excerpt, Updated For Show’s 40th Anniversary As It Rolls Out Vintage Episodes, New Team

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NBC began its celebration of Saturday Night Live's 40th season last night with a primetime rebroadcast of 1975's Show No. 7  — an episode that stuck a needle in the rump of America, as SNL did weekly back in those days — when Chevy Chase hurled increasingly offensive racial slurs at janitorial job applicant Richard Pryor, calling it a word-association test. Half an hour later, SNL aired the first episode of the 40th season with guest host Chris Pratt singing a song he… Read

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Actors, Showrunners Live-Tweeting Their Shows: The New Hollywood House Party?

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At the first commercial break of the first airing of the first episode of his new TV show, Scorpion actor Robert Patrick was bent over, scowling at his smartphone, grumbling with some exasperation, “I can't keep up! I have all this stuff and I can't keep up.” Indeed, Patrick was surrounded by plenty of stuff, including a batch of tablets and a couple of' laptops, as well as plenty of his Scorpion colleagues at the Microsoft Lounge in Venice. And there was plenty of stuff… Read

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Circling Edward Snowden Role In Oliver Stone Film

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EXCLUSIVE: Oliver Stone has set his sights on Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play asylum-seeking CIA leaker Edward Snowden in the movie that Stone and his producing partner Moritz Borman intend to shoot beginning in December in Munich. It becomes the latest intriguing role for Gordon-Levitt, who wrapped playing Philippe Petit in the Robert Zemeckis-directed The Walk for Tom Rothman's TriStar and is now shooting Xmas with Seth Rogen at Sony. It hasn't happened yet, but stay… Read

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Nick Cave Doc ‘20,000 Days On Earth’ Has Big Three Days in Crowded Specialty Film Box Office

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More than a dozen new specialty films crowded the box office this weekend, including films from Terry Gilliam, Kevin Smith and singer Nick Cave. Perhaps not surprisingly, overwhelmed audiences hit a saturation point, leaving several new titles with, at best, only decent debut numbers. Despite the competition, Roadside/Lionsgate's The Skeleton Twins held strong in its second weekend with a sizable expansion, and Snowpiercer continued to release strong VOD grosses alongside… Read

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Note To Glenn Close, Hugh Jackman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rupert Grint: Broadway’s Not A Whistle Stop

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The most shocking stage news of the week was that Angela Lansbury is getting her Noel Coward act together and taking it on the road. Having filled theaters on Broadway and the West End over the decades, the soon-to-turn-89-year-old will re-create her role as Mme. Arcati in Blithe Spirit, beginning December 9 at the Ahmanson Theatre in LA and ending in March on the other side of the continent at the National Theatre in Washington. She's been playing the eccentric spirit… Read

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Katie Holmes To Direct ‘All We Had’

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Last month, we told you Katie Holmes optioned the mother-daughter tale All We Had by Annie Weatherwax. Now, she has been set to make the adaptation her directorial debut, and she also will star. Jane Rosenthal has boarded the project to produce, and The Fault In Our Stars director Josh Boone will adapt. It's about a mother and daughter, living on the edge of poverty, who find an unlikely home amid the quirky residents of small-town America. Scribner released the novel… Read

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Shia LaBeouf’s Broadway Show Ends In Guilty Plea

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The Transformers alum today pleaded guilty in Manhattan criminal court to charges stemming from his disrupting a performance of Cabaret on Broadway. Shia LaBeouf was arrested June 26 and charged with one count of criminal trespassing and two counts of disorderly conduct, the latter a violation rather than a criminal offense. The plea bargain includes no lockup or probation; the case would be dismissed if he stays in treatment for three months and out of trouble for… Read

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TECH Bits: Streamys Steam Past Sunday Reality Shows Online

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Admittedly, they're cherry picking, but the Streamy Awards folks are bragging about the social-media buzz around their online-only show versus two big network reality shows, Fox's just-launched Utopia and the venerable CBS creepfest Big BrotherHere are the numbers: Okay, they weren't completely cherry-picking: Big Brother and Utopia were the two non-sports shows Sunday night that had the biggest social-media footprint, according to Nielsen's Twitter TV ratings… Read

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Hot Trailer: James Franco’s AOL Comedy Series Makes A Scene

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AOL continues to beef up its original online-video programming with Making A Scene With James Francoa 10-episode series featuring the Oscar nominee, Scott Haze and Ahna O'Reilly reimagining iconic movie scenes for their own comedic purposes. Films to get the Franco treatment include The Godfather, Batman, Beetlejuice, Titanic and Grease. He'll also mash-up Reservoir Dogs with Dirty Dancing, and remake The Shining into a romantic comedy, which, of course, it was always… Read

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