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How Rupert Murdoch-Owned Time Warner Would Impact Hollywood: Creatives Speak Out

By Alex Ben Block, Gregg Kilday This story first appeared in the Aug. 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Jerry Levin knows how wrenching it can be to merge two giant media companies. In 2000, the then-CEO of Time Warner appeared onstage at a press conference with Steve Case, then-chairman of AOL, to announce a $164 billion merger. The news stunned both Hollywood ...

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‘The Giver’: Why It Took 20 Years for the YA Adaptation to Hit Theaters

By Rebecca Ford A version of this story first appeared in the Aug. 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Somewhere in Jeff Bridges’ garage is a videotape of his father, Lloyd, acting out a home video adaptation of Lois Lowry‘s book The Giver. Nearly two decades ago, Jeff had stumbled upon Lowry’s 1993 Newbery Medal-winning book, about a boy’s escape from conformity, while ...

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Box-Office Slump: Hollywood Facing Worst Summer in Eight Years

By Pamela McClintock A version of this story first appeared in the Aug. 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Less than six weeks before Labor Day, hopes for recovery at the North American summer box office have evaporated. The season is expected to finish down 15 to 20 percent compared with 2013, the worst year-over-year decline in three decades, and revenue will struggle ...

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Sony Narrows Jeff Blake Replacement Search: Adam Fogelson, Oren Aviv, More (Exclusive)

By Tatiana Siegel AP Images/Invision Adam Fogelson and Oren Aviv Just 24 hour after Jeff Blake confirmed that he is stepping down from his post as Sony Pictures vice chairman, the studio has already zeroed in on a list of five potential candidates to replace him. Oren Aviv and Adam Fogelson are among the handful of industry veterans that Sony is targeting, according to ...

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Box Office Preview: Female Action Pic ‘Lucy’ Looks to Slay ‘Hercules’

By Pamela McClintock Dwayne Johnson‘s buff Hercules may be no match for Scarlett Johansson‘s Lucy, making for one of the most interesting action showdowns at the summer box office since action movies don’t traditionally feature a female star. Hercules marks Brett Ratner‘s first directorial outing since the ill-fated Tower Heist in 2011. PHOTOS Exclusive Portraits of ‘Hercules’ Star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson The weekend’s ...

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Comic-Con: ‘Gotham’ EP on Gordon’s Origin Story and Lessons From Other Genre Shows

By Lesley Goldberg Jessica Miglio/FOX “Gotham” A version of this story first appeared in the Aug. 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. The Mentalist‘s Bruno Heller is set to make the biggest Comic-Con debut a showrunner can make with Fox’s Gotham, the origin story of James Gordon, the cop who eventually becomes Batman’s trusted ally. The series will make its world premiere in ...

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John Travolta Can’t Stop Former Pilot’s Lawsuit Over Secrets (Exclusive)

By Eriq Gardner AP Images John Travolta Douglas Gotterba, who worked for John Travolta‘s aircraft company Alto in the 1980s will get the opportunity to argue in a lawsuit that he holds no confidentiality duties to the actor. On Tuesday, the airline pilot was given the sign by a California appeals court that he may move ahead in his lawsuit against the actor. PHOTOS ...

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PBS Chief Paula Kerger Talks ‘Sherlock,’ Streaming and Cable’s Exit From Education

By Michael O’Connell Erika Larsen Paula Kerger With Downton Abbey, Sherlock and few other scripted successes currently on its roster, PBS is certainly part of the “golden age of television” that seems to have been touted more than ever during this summer’s Television Critics Association press tour. But one thing that might not be quite as golden on the TV landscape, says chief Paula ...

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Judge Won’t Disqualify Tolkien Lawyers in ‘Hobbit’ Fight

By Eriq Gardner Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” In the midst of a grueling fight over whether Warner Bros. and Saul Zaentz Co. have infringed copyright and breached contract by licensing Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit slot machines and video games, the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien will get to keep its lawyers. LIST The Hollywood ...

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TV Ratings: ‘MasterChef’ Hits Season High

By Michael O’Connell FOX “MasterChef” Fox took the night among adults 18-49 on Monday, thanks to a season high for MasterChef. The culinary competition jumped 17 percent (three tenths of a point) from last week to a 2.1 rating in the key demo. That led into the return of Gordon Ramsay sister series Hotel Hell (1.5 adults), which saw its last premiere nearly two ...

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