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PopPolitics: Jon Lovett Says Showtime Project is a ‘Cautionary Tale’ About Partisan Divide (Listen)

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Jon Lovett, the former White House speechwriter who is now a writer-producer, describes his latest project as a “cautionary tale” about what happens when a presidential election descends into such partisan rancor that the country is on the brink of civil war. Lovett is developing the series called “Anthem” for Showtime, and even though he… Read more »

Week in Review & This Week in Entertainment: Nov. 17

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‘Queen Latifah Show’ Canceled “The Queen Latifah Show,” currently in its second season, will shut down production at the end of the year. Original episodes of the syndicated daytime talk show will air through March. Spike TV Orders Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Lip Sync Battle’ As Series Spike TV is about to get a little more musical…. Read more »

‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ Snags $152 Million at Foreign Box Office

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“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ showed signs of wear and tear in its domestic debut, but overseas the franchise is still a sleek and powerful machine. The latest chapter in the dystopian future series scored $152 million across 85 foreign territories. Globally, its total stands at a massive $275 million. “Mockingjay – Part… Read more »

Ex-NBC Employee Claims He Helped Bill Cosby Pay Off Women

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Frank Scotti, a 90-year-old ex-NBC employee, is the latest to go public with stories of Bill Cosby’s past. Scotti, who worked as a facilities manager for the Brooklyn NBC Studio where “Cosby Show” was filmed, told the New York Daily News that he arranged for monthly payments and more for eight women during “The Cosby… Read more »

‘Hunger Games’ Box Office: Why ‘Mockingjay – Part 1′ Fell Short of Expectations

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“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ earned a massive $123 million this weekend, but its opening trailed the debuts of the previous two films in the young adult franchise, inspiring questions about the health of the series. By any measure, “The Hunger Games” has been a moneymaking powerhouse with few equals. It has earned… Read more »

Watch: ‘Jurassic World’ Teaser Takes Look Back at the Original

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Aside from the turkey and stuffing, movie fans can look forward to the full trailer for “Jurassic World” debuting on Thanksgiving. But to hold over appetites, Universal Pictures released a very brief teaser to the teaser on Sunday, with some new footage showing the park and the stars. The full trailer for the film will be… Read more »

Reese Witherspoon Honors Bruna Papandrea at Lupus LA Luncheon

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Since being diagnosed with lupus in August 2010, producer Bruna Papandrea started Pacific Standard Films with Reese Witherspoon, married producer Steve Hutensky, gave birth to twins and produced four movies including “Wild” and “Gone Girl.” “I think most of us would be happy to have done that in a lifetime,” Witherspoon said while introducing her partner,… Read more »

Box Office: ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ Scores Year’s Biggest Opening With $123 Million

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“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ easily topped “Transformers: Age of Extinction” to secure the year’s biggest domestic opening weekend. The latest installment in the futuristic franchise earned $123 million across 4,151 locations, besting “Transformers’” $100 million debut from last summer. It’s a massive number — only 14 films in history have earned more… Read more »

Disney’s ‘Into the Woods’ Enters Awards Season on High Note

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Though “Into the Woods” debuted in 1986, it’s “a fairy tale for the post-9/11 generation,” said director Rob Marshall at a Q&A in New York after a screening of the film Saturday. The panel session took place at the DGA Theater in New York and was satellite-fed to the Disney main theater in Burbank, a two-birds-with-one-stone approach as the film begins… Read more »