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‘The Hotwives Of Orlando’: TV Review

By Allison Keene Courtesy of Hulu The Bottom Line The satire of “Hotwives” is knowing and funny, and the series is a showcase for the many talented comedians who both star in it and appear as guests. Airdate Tuesday, July 15 on Hulu Producers Paramount Pictures, Abominable Pictures Like Yahoo Screen’s Burning Love, which lampooned ABC’s The Bachelor, Hulu’s The Hotwives of Orlando skewers ...

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‘Rush’ and ‘Satisfaction’: TV Review

By Allison Keene USA The Bottom Line ‘Rush’ rushes through its premiere without stopping to create fresh or compelling drama, while ‘Satisfaction’ — a true surprise — builds a complicated moral world from an intriguing premise. Airtime Thursdays at 9 p.m. (Rush) and 10 p.m. (Satisfaction) on USA Network, beginning July 17. Cast Rush: Odette Annable, Tom Ellis, Larenz Tate, Sarah Habel Satisfaction: Matt ...

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‘Married’ and ‘You’re the Worst’: TV Review

By Tim Goodman “Married” on FX The Bottom Line One show focuses on the struggles of a married couple who have three kids and must pile on as many sexless marriage cliches as possible. The other keys on two unlikable people who start to like each other. Neither is worth the effort. Airtime Thursdays at 10 p.m. (Married) and 10:30 p.m. (You’re the Worst) ...

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‘The Lottery’: TV Review

By Allison Keene The Bottom Line The dystopian series has a promising premise, despite the premiere’s muddled logic and lack of world-building. Airtime Sundays at 10 p.m on Lifetime, beginning July 20 Cast Marley Shelton, Michael Graziadei, David Alpay, Athena Karkania, Martin Donovan, Yul Vazquez Creator Timothy J. Sexton Timothy Sexton, who helped adapt the P.D. James novel The Children of Men for Alfonso ...

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‘Manhattan’: TV Review

By Tim Goodman WGN America The Bottom Line WGN America’s gripping, strongly acted new series is well worth seeking out. Airdate Sunday, July 27, on WGN America Cast Ashley Zukerman, David Harbour, Daniel London, John Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams, Daniel Stern Creator Sam Shaw It’s a sign of robust, almost embarrassingly good fortune in the television industry when the arrival of yet another show ...

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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 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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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 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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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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