Senior Writer, The Hollywood Reporter.

Neil Patrick Harris Wasn't the Academy's First Choice to Host the Oscars

yahoo.com — By Seth Abramovitch Neil Patrick Harris was not the Academy's first choice to host the 2015 Oscars. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron first begged last year's host, Ellen DeGeneres, whose turn at the podium netted an 8 percent increase in viewership over the year prior.

Neil Patrick Harris Wasn't Academy's First Choice to Host the Oscars

hollywoodreporter.com — Neil Patrick Harris was not the Academy's first choice to host the 2015 Oscars. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron first begged last year's host, Ellen DeGeneres, whose turn at the podium netted an 8 percent increase in viewership over the year prior.

Julianne Moore and Ellen Page's Lesbian Drama Barred From Shooting at Catholic School

hollywoodreporter.com — A Catholic boys' school finds itself the subject of unwanted scrutiny after refusing to let Freeheld -- a film in which Julianne Moore and Ellen Page play a lesbian couple -- shoot on its campus.

Professional Clown Club Attacks 'American Horror Story' Over Murderous Character

hollywoodreporter.com — Real clowns see nothing funny about their depiction in American Horror Story: Freak Show . The FX series from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk revolves around Twisty the Clown ( John Carroll Lynch), a serial killer who stalks couples with scissors and imprisons children in an old school bus.

NYFF: Edward Snowden Doc ‘Citizenfour’ Reveals Existence of Second NSA Whistleblower

infowars.com — A second National Security Agency whistleblower exists within the ranks of government intelligence. That bombshell comes toward the end of Citizenfour, a new documentary from filmmaker Laura Poitras about NSA informant Edward Snowden that had its world premiere on Friday at the New York Film Festival.

NYFF: Edward Snowden Doc 'Citizenfour' Reveals Existence of Second NSA Whistleblower

hollywoodreporter.com — A second National Security Agency whistleblower exists within the ranks of government intelligence. That bombshell comes towards the end Citizenfour, a new documentary from filmmaker Laura Poitras about NSA informant Edward Snowden that had its world premiere on Friday at the New York Film Festival.

How Thom Yorke Kept His New Album a Surprise

billboard.com — Thom Yorke jolted fans Sept. 26 with a new album. Even more startling, however, was how the Radiohead frontman chose to release Tomorrow's Modern Boxes: via peer-to-peer file-sharing service BitTorrent. Once the preferred vessel of Internet pirates, BitTorrent -- actually a privately held company based in San Francisco -- has made a play for legitimacy, teaming with established artists like Moby to offer legal content in the form of "bundles."

How Radiohead's Thom Yorke Kept His New Album a Surprise

hollywoodreporter.com — Thom Yorke jolted fans Sept. 26 with a new album. Even more startling, however, was how the Radiohead frontman chose to release Tomorrow's Modern Boxes: via peer-to-peer file-sharing service BitTorrent. Once the preferred vessel of Internet pirates, BitTorrent -- actually a privately held company based in San Francisco -- has made a play for legitimacy, teaming with established artists like Moby to offer legal content in the form of "bundles."

A Conversation with Nicholas Sparks

movieline.com — One of the most successful crossover novelists to hit Hollywood since the days of John Grisham and Michael Crichton, North Carolinian writer Nicholas Sparks has seen his best-selling love stories (he considers the term "romance novel" a dirty word) adapted for the silver screen a half-dozen times now, beginning with 1996's Kevin Costner/Robin Wright Penn pairing Message in a Bottle, through to 2004's hit The Notebook, to this year's Iraq War weepie Dear John and the upcoming Miley Cyrus vehicle The Last Song, soon duking it out for your date-night dollars at a multiplex near you.

Gays as Human Prey: The Terrifying Truths of 'Hunted: The War on Gays in Russia'

hollywoodreporter.com — A man knocks on a door and is instantly pounced on by a half-dozen men in their twenties. The ringleader, a woman with fiery red hair and severe bangs, smiles and shouts, "Hold him down!" The terrified victim grunts and pleads as he is punched into submission by Sergei, the most muscular of the group.
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Oct 22, 2014

Canada has trashy tabloid journalism too, pick up a Journal de Montreal

Oct 22, 2014

Could you picture Julia Louis-Dreyfus? RT @THR Neil Patrick Harris Wasn't Academy's First Choice to Host the Oscars thr.cm/XV2D3r

Oct 21, 2014

Curling up with "my stories" ie Jane the Virgin

Oct 21, 2014

@Filmdrunk she should star in The Identical 2: No Longer Identical

Oct 21, 2014

@matsholberg btw tried top round last night...the malteds are siiiick

Oct 21, 2014

'OMG she's totally unrecognizable!!!' - person who's gained 40 pounds lying on a couch tweeting about celebrities all day

Oct 21, 2014

@kevinperryrules @smrtmnky unfortunately the one who is playing catwoman can't deliver a convincing line reading to save her life.

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