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  • Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014

LeBron James is no stranger to getting the greenlight to shoot, but this time it's for a scripted comedy series set in the world of professional basketball.

Starz network is giving the go-ahead his sitcom, "Survivor's Remorse."

The Miami Heat star will serve as an executive producer of the half-hour show. He will team with Tom Werner, a force behind series such as "The Cosby Show" and "Roseanne." Actor-writer Mike O'Malley will also be an executive producer.

The story follows Cam Calloway, a basketball phenom in his early twenties who is thrust into prominence after signing a multi-million-dollar contract with a pro team in Atlanta.

The series will shoot in Atlanta. Its six-episode first season airs this fall.

The network didn't announce any cast members.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- 

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and dick clark productions (dcp) will present the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 11, 2015. Hosted by Golden Globe Award winners Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for the third year in a row, the ceremony will air on NBC live coast-to-coast from 5-8 p.m. (PT) and 8-11 p.m. (ET) from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

“Not only do we have the privilege of announcing the date of the 72ndAnnual Golden Globe Awards, we are very appreciative of Tina and Amy for hosting the ceremony for a third year in a row,” said Theo Kingma, president of the HFPA.

Produced by dcp in association with the HFPA, the Golden Globe Awards are viewed in more than 160 countries worldwide and are one of the few awards ceremonies to include both motion picture and television achievements. Earlier this month, “The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards” delivered a 6.5 rating, 16 share in adults 18-49 and 20.9 million More

  • Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014

The stewards of national park land at the base of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge rejected a museum proposal by "Star Wars" creator George Lucas.

The Presidio Trust's seven-member board voted unanimously on Monday against Lucas' plan and two others that were under consideration for an 8-acre site overlooking San Francisco Bay, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The site has been leased to a sports retailer, the Sports Basement, since 2004.

The trust, however, said it would work with Lucas to find another site for his museum within the park.

"We simply do not believe any of the projects would be right for this location," board Chairwoman Nancy Hellman Bechtle said at a news conference. "We didn't think any of them quite hit the mark."

Lucas wants a showcase for his collection of popular art, including illustrations by Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish, and he had pledged $700 More

  • Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014

Attorney Sean F. Kane has joined Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz as a partner in its Interactive Entertainment Group. Kane has extensive experience representing clients in transactions involving entertainment, communications and consumer products such as video games, virtual worlds, virtual currency, online gaming, mobile apps, social media, computer software, the Internet, music publishing, motion pictures and television. Mr. Kane is a member of the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, where he recently served as Chair of the Computer Games and Virtual Worlds Committee. Additionally, he is a member of the Section of Science & Technology Law, where he recently served as Chair of the Virtual Worlds and Multiuser Online Games Committee.

Kane represents a wide variety of interactive entertainment and gaming companies such as FremantleMedia North America Inc., SEGA of America, Inc. and NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. More

  • Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014

Warner Bros. has announced that Jesse Eisenberg will play Lex Luthor in the studio's planned Superman-Batman film.

The casting of the 30-year-old Eisenberg was met with a wave of surprise on social media Friday. Eisenberg is a widely respected actor but isn't known for the kind of villainous gravitas that Gene Hackman brought to the role.

The Superman-Batman film is to be directed by Zac Snyder and many also questioned the choice of Ben Affleck for Batman. Reprising the role of Superman is Henry Cavill.

Snyder says Eisenberg allows the film to take Luthor in "some new and unexpected directions."

Jeremy Irons was also cast as Alfred, Bruce Wayne's loyal guardian. Alfred was played by Michael Caine in the "Dark Knight" trilogy.

The film is set to open in May 2016.

  • Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014
In this Nov. 20, 2008 file picture, actor Maximilian Schell poses for photographers during the opening of the Christmas market on Gut Aiderbichel in Henndorf, Austrian province of Salzburg. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson,File)

Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell, a fugitive from Adolf Hitler who became a Hollywood favorite and won an Oscar for his role as a defense attorney in "Judgment at Nuremberg," has died. He was 83.

Schell's agent, Patricia Baumbauer, said Saturday he died overnight at a hospital in Innsbruck following a "sudden and serious illness," the Austria Press Agency reported.

It was only his second Hollywood role, as defense attorney Hans Rolfe in Stanley Kramer's classic "Judgment at Nuremberg," that earned him wide international acclaim. Schell's impassioned but unsuccessful defense of four Nazi judges on trial for sentencing innocent victims to death won him the 1961 Academy Award for best actor. Schell had first played Rolfe in a 1959 episode of the television program "Playhouse 90."

Despite being type-cast for numerous Nazi-era films, Schell's acting performances in the mid-1970s also won him More

  • Friday, Jan. 31, 2014
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- 

Hungarian filmmaker Miklos Jancso, winner of the best director award at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival, died Friday. He was 92.

Jancso's death after a long illness was announced by the Association of Hungarian Film Artists.

Known for his long takes and for depicting the passage of time in his historical epics merely by changes of costume, Jancso won his Cannes award for "Red Psalm," about a 19th-century peasant revolt.

In the 1960s, critics ranked Jancso alongside great directors such as Michelangelo Antonioni and Ingmar Bergman. However, it was his use of scantily clad women, symbolizing defenselessness, which drew big audiences in prudish communist Hungary.

Jancso was born Sept. 27, 1921, in Vac, a small town north of Budapest. His parents were refugees from Transylvania, once a part of Hungary.

"My mother was Romanian. In civilian life, the family members were friends, but More

  • Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014

The NFL, already a more than $9 billion a year business, is seeking new revenues from the expanding mobile advertising market.

The league will launch a digital video service called "NFL Now" this summer, which will offer game highlights, archived NFL Films footage and original news and analysis programs.

Brian Rolapp, the league's executive vice president of media, called mobile advertising the "fastest-growing revenue stream" out there.

"What you hear from advertisers and sponsors is: 'We want mobile and we want video,' which is one of the reasons we've done this on top of the fan demand," Rolapp said Thursday. "There's a reason there's advertiser demand — there's consumption."

Rolapp expects the advertising inventory to be sold out when the service debuts at a yet-to-be-determined date. But the real value is having a platform already established as the market increases.

"To use More

  • Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) -- 

Who better than a five-time Oscar nominee and best-actress winner to help decorate the backstage green room at the Academy Awards?

Susan Sarandon is collaborating with designer David Rockwell on a photo installation for the Architectural Digest Greenroom at the Oscars on March 2. They're planning a digital display encompassing 86 screens — smartphones, tablets and TVs — one for each year of the Academy Awards. Images honoring movie heroes and Oscar history will show individually and collectively across the tableau.

The 67-year-old actress and the veteran architect and designer are also selecting black-and-white film stills for the stars-only space, where nominees and presenters hang out before taking the stage.

"I've been to the green room several times, and the idea of putting something in there that really makes you feel part of a tradition, it's really lovely," Sarandon said by phone More

  • Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014
In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 photo, Directors Jeffrey Friedman, left, and Rob Epstein pose for a portrait during an interview in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) -- 

At first flicker, the Turner Classic Movies documentary "And the Oscar Goes To ..." appears to be little more than a promotional film for the Academy Awards.

It is, after all, an inside job: co-directed by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members Jeffrey Friedman and Robert Epstein, who is also a two-time Oscar winner and an Academy governor.

And the work, which debuts Saturday at 8 p.m. EST on TCM, was produced with cooperation from its subject, the Academy itself.

But just when the film starts to be too reverential or overly celebratory, along comes a chapter about the academy's sometimes embarrassing past, followed by additional scattered criticism to offset the cheers.

While the academy and TCM were partners on the Oscar documentary, "We had final cut on the film," explained Epstein ("The Times of Harvey Milk") in a recent interview. "We wanted to tell the history as More

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