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AFI Cancels ‘Birth of a Nation’ Screening, Nate Parker Q&A

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The American Film Institute has canceled its Friday screening of “Birth of a Nation,” which was to be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker and star Nate Parker, whose 1999 rape case has put the filmmaker and distributor Fox Searchlight on the defensive this past week. AFI dean Jan Schuette made the announcement to students… Read more »

Chinese TV Blurs Out Korean Talent

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“Gangnam Style” singer Psy and K-pop group iKON were blurred or cut from reality show “Ganshi Yingxiong,” broadcast by Chinese regional TV channel Jiangsu Television on Sunday. The move is growing evidence of punitive action by the Chinese government against the Korean entertainment industry. The action was reported by state-controlled Chinese tabloid newspaper The Global… Read more »

Britney Spears ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Teaser: Does She Actually Sing?

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James Corden has sung alongside first lady Michelle Obama and soul queen Adele for his popular “Carpool Karaoke” series. This week, the “Late Late Show” host’s passenger is none other than the princess of pop, Britney Spears. CBS just released a promo of the duo driving around and singing the pop star’s 2003 hit “Toxic.” Well,… Read more »

How Rio Ratings Surprised NBC and Will Impact Future Olympics

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Heading into the Summer Olympics, NBCUniversal executives were bullish on ratings for Rio de Janeiro. With a host city just one hour ahead of the Eastern Time Zone and a mountain of data pointing toward heightened interest in the games, NBCU projected that Rio would outpace the 2012 London Games in viewership. It did not…. Read more »

Melissa Leo, Patton Oswalt Join Charlene deGuzman’s ‘Unlovable’

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Melissa Leo will star in Charlene deGuzman’s low-budget film “Unlovable,” which is being funded with a Kickstarter campaign. Patton Oswalt has also joined the project as an associate producer for “Unlovable,” a story about a woman’s struggle with sex and love addiction. The project topped its $50,000 fundraising goal Tuesday with four days left in the… Read more »

Long-Time Viacom Communications Chief Carl Folta Steps Down

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Viacom’s long-time corporate communications chief, Carl Folta, is leaving the company, newly seated CEO Tom Dooley informed employees in an email Tuesday. Folta’s departure was announced to employees at the media conglomerate just three days after Philippe Dauman stepped down as chief executive and was replaced by Dooley. Dooley thanked the communications executive for guiding… Read more »

Inside Hillary Clinton’s Star-Studded Hollywood Fundraiser (Photos)

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The guest list for Hillary Clinton’s L.A. luncheon read like a who’s who of Hollywood: Hosts Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, Tobey Maguire and his wife Jennifer Meyer, Jamie Foxx, Shonda Rhimes and Jennifer Aniston. Guests paid a reported $33,400 to attend the fundraiser, which was held at Timberlake and Biel’s home. The celebrity couple… Read more »

Film Review: ‘The Last Princess’ (Deok-hye Onju)

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Yi Deok-hye, the last royal member of Korea’s Joseon Dynasty, spent her whole life in captivity and exile, an archetypal damsel-in-distress with no fairy-tale ending. “The Last Princess,” directed by Hur Jin-ho (“Christmas in August”) with the old-school romanticism of Hollywood classics like “Anastasia” (1956), focuses on her desperate attempts to return to her homeland…. Read more »

Hollywood Agents Sharing Pirated Copies of CAA Book (EXCLUSIVE)

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Hollywood agents and studio executives are too cheap to shell out $20 for a copy of “Powerhouse,” the new oral history of Creative Artists Agency that’s the talk of the entertainment industry. Instead, PDF copies of the 752-page tome have been circulating around Los Angeles and its environs, sources tell Variety. It’s an ironic move… Read more »

More Than Two Thirds of Consumers Have Never Bought a Digital Video

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So much for digital dollars: A majority of consumers has never rented or bought a digital copy of a movie or TV show, according to a new GfK study. What’s more, the average digital media collection is much smaller than physical disc collections or even VHS collections have been on average. 46 percent of consumers have ever bought… Read more »

TV News Roundup: Ray Romano and Chris O’Dowd Front ‘Get Shorty’ Remake

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In today’s TV news roundup, Ray Romano and Chris O’Dowd have been cast as the lead roles in the “Get Shorty” remake, Netflix has announced the premiere dates of their upcoming stand-up comedy specials and Michael Strahan is developing his first scripted series at ABC. CASTING Ray Romano and Chris O’Dowd have landed the lead… Read more »