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Random House Signs Oscar Winner Patricia Arquette For Memoir

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The actress, who just won an Oscar for her role as the mom in Boyhood, will write about her unconventional family, being a single mother at age 20 and her experience as a woman in Hollywood, according to a statement released by Random House. Susan Kamil, Publisher of Random House, will edit the book. Kamil announced the world rights deal that RH closed with Richard Abate of 3 Arts Entertainment and Joseph Veltre of Gersh. "Patricia Arquette is a remarkable woman," Kamil… Read

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Katie Couric Busy Terrifying James Corden, Pitching Comedy Series

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James Corden confessed that his producers have been going back and forth about the torture-track staircase on his Late Late Show set, which seems destined to trip up some guest in high heels. But that came only after Katie Couric scared the information out of him with her April Fools prank during today’s taping. Watch it above. Presumably Couric’s other headline today – that she’s pitching a comedy series about a morning infotainment show like the one that made her… Read

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Rebecca Ferguson Joins Cast Of Stephen Frears’ ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’

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EXCLUSIVE: Rebecca Ferguson is set to join the cast of Stephen Frears’ Florence Foster Jenkins opposite Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and The Big Bang Theory‘s Simon Helberg. The Pathe-financed pic follows the true story of the titular character (Streep), a wealthy woman in the early 2oth century NYC high society who used her relationships and her fortune to gain traction as a singer. With one catch: She couldn’t actually sing. Grant plays her butler and best friend, while… Read

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Johnny Galecki Hooks On To Paramount’s Horror Threequel ‘Rings’

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Exclusive: Johnny Galecki has signed on to play one of the leads in Paramount’s Ringsthe third installment of the horror franchise about a cursed videotape that kills a viewer within seven days. Galecki will play Gabriel, a handsome, pleasure-seeking professor who mentors and helps boyfriend and girlfriend duo, Holt (Alex Roe) and Julia (Matilda Lutz). Sources tell Deadline that Galecki’s character is a complete departure from his sensitive nerd guy Leonard on CBS… Read

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Matthew Rhys In Talks To Join ‘Jungle Book: Origins’ For Warner Bros

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EXCLUSIVE: The Americans star Matthew Rhys is in talks to star in Andy SerkisJungle Book: Origins for Warner Bros. We hear he is set to play the human character of John Lockwood as opposed to voicing an animal. In addition to directing, Serkis also will produce with Harry Potter writer Steve Kloves and Jonathan Cavendish, Serkis' partner at his Imaginarium production company. Callie Kloves wrote the adaptation of the classic Rudyard Kipling novel about an orphaned boy… Read

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John Litvack Memorial Service Set For April 10

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A memorial service for longtime TV executive and producer John Litvack has has been set for April 10 in Beverly Hills at Palm Restaurant (267 N. Canon Dr). Organizers describe it as more of an "Irish wake" than memorial service for Litvack, a noted character and one of the top TV current executives of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s who frequently switched from executive to director-producer during his career that began at CBS holding cue cards on Captain Kangaroo. Litvack… Read

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Michael Bay’s New 451 Media Group Secures China Financing Deal

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Michael Bay’s new 451 Media Group has received a strategic investment from China's premier animation, toy, and entertainment group Alpha Animation and Culture. The financing will help Bay launch his new company, which will specialize in developing IP and turning premium content from Hollywood's top creative minds into mega-transmedia brands. 451 was co-founded by Transformers director Bay; John and Anthony Gentile, creators of such global toy and entertainment brands as Mi… Read

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Fox Debuting Reality Competition Series ‘Bullseye’ In May; Kellan Lutz Hosts

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Fox will debut an hourlong unscripted series for summer in which contestants are darts trying to hit a bullseye. It’s from Endemol Shine North America, producers of Wipe Out and Fear Factor. Four men and four women will use their bodies as darts in three challenges, attempting to hit targets on land, sea and air. Winner takes home up to $50K. Kellan Lutz (The Legend of Hercules, The Twilight Saga, The Comeback) hosts; comic Godfrey co-hosts. It’s unveiling May 27 in the 9… Read

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QED Hits Ex-CEO Bill Block With Infringement Lawsuit

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EXCLUSIVE: With allegations of at least $1 million for a Bruce Lee movie going in the wrong pockets and supposedly shady foreign distribution deals, former QED CEO Bill Block has been slammed with a trademark infringement and unfair competition complaint by his old company. Instead of performing his executive responsibilities exclusively and conscientiously for QED, Block actively and surreptitiously hijacked QED's assets and siphoned QED's opportunities for his personal… Read

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AMC Chief Charlie Collier Adds Sundance TV Oversight As President & GM

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Charlie Collier is expanding his domain at AMC Networks. The AMC President & General Manager has been named President & General Manager of SundanceTV. He will serve in a dual role overseeing both networks, and will continue to report to Ed Carroll, Chief Operating Officer of AMC Networks. Collier’s senior executive team at AMC also is expected to work across both networks, reporting to him. "Running AMC and Sundance under common management makes good sense for both… Read

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‘Transporter Refueled’ & ‘Hillsong – Let Hope Rise’ Moved: See You In September

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EuropaCorp said today it has pushed the release date of its franchise reboot The Transporter Refueled from mid-June to September 4. Luc Besson’s company says the move puts the film into the same fall-release zone when the other pics in the series bowed. It also said the new date will capitalize on the cast's ability to promote the film. Hillsong – Let Hope Rise has moved from May 29 to September 30. The documentary follows Australian band Hillsong United, which emerged… Read

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A Cord Cutter’s Delight? Sling TV Will Offer HBO For $15 A Month

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This is the second shoe to drop from today’s announcement about Dish Network’s carriage agreements with Turner and HBO. The satellite company says that its $20-a-month Sling TV streaming service will offer HBO for an additional $15 beginning before April 12, when the new season of Game Of Thrones premieres. "HBO delivers hit shows and movies that TV viewers crave, and with this addition we're adding another heavy hitter to a lineup that includes ESPN, AMC, TNT and more,"… Read