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‘HTGAWM': Viola Davis Tweets Series Is Renewed For Season 2 — It looks like the Keating Five really can get away with murder - at least for one more season. ABC's freshman hit "How To Get Away With Murder" will be returning for a second season, according to star Viola Davis who tweeted and posted the news on her Facebook.

Jonah Hill, ‘D Train’ Filmmakers to Adapt Wired Magazine Article on Vegas Hackers (EXCLUSIVE) — Hot off their Sundance Film Festival premiere, "The D Train" directors Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul are rolling on to their next bigscreen project, this time with Jonah Hill. Mogel and Paul tell Variety they plan to adapt the Wired magazine article "Finding a Vegas Poker Bug Made These Guys Rich - Then Vegas Made Them Pay," to which they recently bought the rights as a potential directing vehicle.
Jan 30, 2015

@s_oldham: Jonah Hill, 'D Train' filmmakers to adapt Wired article about Vegas hackers”>Guessing not a Sony release.

Jan 30, 2015

RT @WeldPond: Jonah Hill, ‘D Train’ Filmmakers to Adapt Vegas Hacker Story written by Wired's @kpoulsen…

Jan 30, 2015

Jonah Hill, 'D Train' filmmakers to adapt Wired magazine article about Vegas hackers

Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Gives to Save Santa Monica’s Vidiots — Filmmakers and cinephiles celebrated news Friday that producer Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures would join a group of benefactors to save beloved Santa Monica video emporium Vidiots, which had announced days earlier that it was going out of business.
Jan 30, 2015

Very cool, but for how long, I wonder? RT @Variety: Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Gives to Save Santa Monica’s Vidiots

George Lucas Says Movies Are Too Much Circus, No Substance — George Lucas offered a bleak assessment of the current state of the film business during a panel discussion with Robert Redford at the Sundance Film Festival on Thursday, saying that the movies are "more and more circus without any substance behind it."
Jan 30, 2015

George Lucas calls the current movie industry a "circus without any substance"…

Jan 30, 2015

Remember when George Lucas made the three most empty 2+ hour films ever? Neither does he MT Variety:…

Jan 30, 2015

Why I'm honored @NazarianEric is making THE SANDCASTLE GIRLS -- he'd agree with Lucas and Redford #Sundance2015 .…

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[WATCH] Game of Thrones Season 5 Trailer Introduces the Sand Snakes — " Game of Thrones" made its Imax debut last night, and with it came the first trailer for season five, featuring old favorites and new faces as the battle for the Iron Throne rages on.

First Lady Michelle Obama Offers Praise for ‘American Sniper’ — Speaking at an event to boost the image of veterans in entertainment, First Lady Michelle Obama offered praise to the movie " American Sniper " for its depiction of military families and "the complex journeys that our men and women in uniform endure."

Sundance Ignites 2016 Oscars with ‘Brooklyn,’ Lily Tomlin and More — "Brooklyn," a drama about an Irish immigrant's journey to America, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday night without much advance buzz. But when the lights at the Eccles Theatre in Park City came up two hours later, to a rapturous standing ovation, it was clear that Sundance had just screened one of the best films of the year.

Binge-Watching TV Linked to Depression, Loneliness — Put down that remote control, binge watchers, and get some fresh air. A new study conducted by the University of Texas at Austin discovered that viewers who gorge on multiple TV episodes in one sitting may be doing so to cope with feelings of depression and loneliness.
Jan 30, 2015

I hope we don't spend tax $$ on these studies. RT @Variety: Binge-Watching TV Linked to Depression, Loneliness

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Suge Knight Reportedly Kills Man in Hit and Run — Former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight was allegedly involved in a fatal hit and run in Compton, according to TMZ. A spokesman for the Compton Sheriff's Department said they are currently searching for the culprit in a hit and run on Rosecranz and Central.
Jan 30, 2015

Rap mogul Suge Knight involved in fatal hit-and-run incident in LA, his lawyer has confirmed…

Jan 30, 2015

Lawyer confirms Suge Knight involved in fatal hit and run as new details emerge…

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Super Bowl Ad Previews Sacrifice Element of Surprise — The Super Bowl doesn't kick off till Sunday, but in terms of advertising, it already feels like we're well into the second quarter. As America's national day of television and marketing, the NFL's big game has long been a showcase for advertisers.
Jan 30, 2015

'#SuperBowl doesn’t kick off till Sun, but advertising,already feels like its well into 2nd quater - @blowryontv…

Jan 30, 2015

Seeking more bang for their mega-bucks, by previewing ads Super Bowl sponsors sacrifice the element of surprise:…

Aziz Ansari Pacts with Netflix for Second Exclusive Stand-Up Comedy Special — Aziz Ansari is coming back to Netflix with stand-up comedy special, "Aziz Ansari: Live At Madison Square Garden," to be available March 6 exclusively on the streaming service worldwide. The special will launch on Friday, March 6 at 12:01 a.m. PT in all territories where Netflix is available.
Jan 30, 2015

I saw the upcoming Aziz special when it was being filmed at Madison Square Garden and it's excellent. Be excited!…

Jan 30, 2015

Aziz Ansari Pacts with Netflix for Second Exclusive Stand-Up Comedy Special… via @Variety

Johnny Knoxville Project Among Seven ABC Comedy Pilots — ABC has picked up seven comedy pilots, including an untitled Johnny Knoxville project. Hailing from ABC Studios, Knoxville will narrate the family comedy based on his life, which follows a 12-year-old Johnny in his small hometown of Knoxville, TN. The series will expose his childhood experiences that inspired him to become the prankster that he his today.

Sundance: ‘Best of Enemies’ Producers on Changing News Media

Critics’ Rearview: Sundance Offers Rich Diversity in 2015 — PETER DEBRUGE: Here we are, approaching the end of the Sundance Film Festival, and let me just say, having spent the last year attending festivals abroad, I miss American independent cinema, far too little of which lands overseas distribution.

‘Game of Thrones’ Photos: Season 5

Bradley Cooper Expected to Speak at White House Veterans Event — Bradley Cooper, nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Chris Kyle in " American Sniper," is among the the speakers expected at the White House on Friday for First Lady Michelle Obama 's event on the portrayal of veterans in entertainment.

Jennifer Lopez Puts L.A. Estate Up for Sale — SELLER: Jennifer Lopez LOCATION: Hidden Hills, CA SIZE: 17,129 square feet, 9 bedrooms, 11 full and 2 half bathrooms YOUR MAMA'S NOTES: The children have Platinum Triangle real estate mover and shaker Peter Propertyseller to thank for thoughtfully letting us know that fly girl turned entrepreneurial international entertainer Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez, Viola Davis on ‘Lila & Eve’ and Hollywood Diversity — This year's Sundance Film Festival closes with " Lila & Eve," a gritty crime drama starring Jennifer Lopez and Viola Davis as two moms who lose their children to crime, and take vigilantism into their own hands. The two actresses, who first worked together on 1998's "Out of Sight," share other common ground.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @Variety: Sundance: Jennifer Lopez and Viola Davis on Hollywood Diversity, TV Careers and ‘Lila & Eve’

Box Office: ‘Sniper’ Still on Top as ‘Project Almanac’ Opens with $375,000 Thursday — Paramount's time-travel drama " Project Almanac " has opened with a moderate $375,000 at approximately 2,300 U.S. locations in Thursday night shows. "Almanac" will expand to 2,893 locations and is projected to wrap up Super Bowl weekend in the $10 million to $12 million range.