‘Harry Potter’ Director David Yates Replacing Ang Lee on FX’s Howard Gordon Pilot ‘Tyrant’

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By Tim Kenneally (TheWrap) FX's drama pilot "Tyrant" lost a high-profile director when Ang Lee dropped out of the project last month. But it's gained another high-profile director in David Yates. Yates - who directed the final four installments of the "Harry Potter" movie saga - has been tapped to … [Read more...]

Adele honored in Queen’s birthday list

By Peter Griffiths - LONDON (Reuters) Grammy Award-winning singer Adele and Mr. Bean actor Rowan Atkinson were among more than 1,000 people recognized by The Queen in her Birthday Honours List on Friday. Marking the monarch's official 87th birthday, the honours went to 1,180 recipients from all … [Read more...]

Disney Lays Out Long Term Marvel Release Dates

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Schedule includes two unannounced Marvel Titles By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Disney has announced the release slate for all Marvel films coming out through the year 2017.  The schedule, which includes all remaining chapters of Phase II of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the beginnings of … [Read more...]

‘Seinfeld’ Reunion in Play on TV Land’s ‘Kirstie’ With Jason Alexander Guest Spot

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By Tim Kenneally - LOS ANGELES (TheWrap) What is the deal with all the cast reunions on "Kirstie"? Having brought "Cheers" co-stars Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman back together, the TV Land sitcom is reuniting Jason Alexander with his former "Seinfeld" colleague Michael Richards. Alexander will … [Read more...]

Gannett to expand in TV with $1.5 billion Belo purchase

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By Sinead Carew and Ben Berkowitz (Reuters) Gannett Co Inc, the largest U.S. newspaper chain, said it will pay $1.5 billion for television company Belo Corp, adding a stable of faster-growing TV assets that will offset the company's newspaper businesses. The deal would nearly double Gannett's … [Read more...]

ESPN Kills 3D Sports Channel

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Channel Cites Limited Viewer Adoption By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Is 3D dead?  It's seriously starting to look that way, at least as far as television goes.  Although just about every major movie is being released in stereoscope these days, 3D has become the Jan Brady of the television … [Read more...]

Spielberg and Lucas Predict Tough Times Ahead

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Implosion expected when large budget films fail By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) At a forum at the USC film school, film icons George Lucas and Stephen Spielberg peaked into the future and saw a bleak outlook for the motion picture industry. With high ticket prices and even higher film budgets, … [Read more...]

Fox, NBC report ad rate hikes for fall shows

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By Liana B. Baker and Lisa Richwine (Reuters) U.S. broadcast networks Fox and NBC are close to wrapping up their advance sales for commercial time for the upcoming fall season and have narrowly beaten analysts' expectations with rate increases of as much as 7 percent over last year, sources … [Read more...]

Comcast unveils new voice-activated cable TV guide

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(Reuters) Comcast Corp on Tuesday introduced at an industry conference a new, compact-sized cable TV box that allows viewers to use voice commands to search for TV shows, and lets users send web video to their television sets. The cable giant's cloud-enabled X2 platform makes personalized … [Read more...]

Netflix does not infringe on Rovi patents: preliminary ruling

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) The internet video streaming service Netflix Inc does not infringe on Rovi Corp patents for interactive television program guides, an International Trade Commission judge said in a preliminary decision. The full commission plans to issue a final decision in the case in … [Read more...]

A Minute With: John Krasinski on life after ‘The Office’

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By Patricia Reaney - NEW YORK (Reuters) John Krasinski is best known for playing the handsome, affable salesman Jim Halpert on the hit TV series "The Office," but that could change as the versatile actor tackles new projects, including writing two new scripts. The Massachusetts native will … [Read more...]

Britain’s Henry Cavill dons Superman’s cape in ‘Man of Steel’

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By Eric Kelsey - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) British actor Henry Cavill will be making his grand Hollywood entrance as the latest big screen incarnation of the all-American superhero Superman, in director Zack Snyder's dark and gritty "Man of Steel," which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday. Cavill, 30, … [Read more...]

“Big Bang Theory”, “Breaking Bad” lead Critics Choice TV winners

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By Piya Sinha-Roy - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" led comedy winners at the Critics Choice television awards on Monday, while AMC series "Breaking Bad" and HBO's fantasy epic "Game of Thrones" won top prizes for drama, edging out "Mad Men" and "Homeland". HBO film … [Read more...]

‘Falling Skies’ Star Noah Wyle Teases an ‘Amped Up’ Season 3

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By Jethro Nededog (TheWrap) When TNT's "Falling Skies" returns for its third season on Sunday, viewers will find that the series has embraced its science fiction elements more than it has ever had before. "We initiated a lot of very big storylines, a lot of them very science fiction-heavy … [Read more...]

Sony Rocks e3 with PlayStation 4 Reveal

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No restrictions on gaming. Used or borrowed. By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The big news at tonight's Sony e3 Keynote was not the specs of the PlayStation 4. We had known those since February.  Nor was it that Sony finally showed what the angular, parallelogram-esque platform looked like.  Nor … [Read more...]

TiVo to get $490 million from settlement with Motorola Mobility, others

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(Reuters) Video recorder pioneer TiVo Inc said it would get $490 million as settlement for a patent lawsuit against Google Inc's Motorola Mobility and others, but its shares fell 20 percent as the size of the payout disappointed shareholders. Some analysts had expected a settlement of up to $1.7 … [Read more...]

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