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Oscars: 79 Titles Advance In Original Song Category — The Academy announced on Friday that 79 songs had advanced in the best original song category. The full list is below, more to come.

James Corden Admits to Doubts About Taking Over 'Late Late Show' — "I was going back and forth about whether this was the right thing for my family and me," says the 36-year-old British actor This story first appeared in the Dec. 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Neil Patrick Harris was up for it. So was Joel McHale.

Perverted Wolves, Cheating Wives and a Fired 10-Year-Old: The Dark Path to Disney's 'Into the Woods'

Jared Leto Is Ready to Return to Acting — Jared Leto didn't spend a lot of time checking his watch at the Oscars this year. "It was such a f--ing crazy time; it's all such a blur," he says. But the actor-singer recalls that awards season was when he first began thinking about timepieces -- and time itself -- in a serious way.

Holy Crap: America's Top Rapist Anand Jon Sentenced To Life — The jury has delivered their verdict in the Anand Jon Alexander model-raping case. With a mindblowing 23 counts of rape and sexual assault filed against him in L.A. County Superior Court, Jon was found guilty of 16 of them.

Of Course Hollywood Producers Are Now Wooing 'Serial' — The watercooler show of the moment isn't something you watch - it's something you hear. Serial, a true-crime podcast from producers of This American Life , is the current object of media fascination, with each Thursday-morning episode drawing 1.26 million listeners and dominating iTunes charts.

Clay Aiken's Campaign Show Producer Denies Congressional Run Was a Ruse for TV Cameras — Clay Aiken's congressional bid may have ended in disappointment Nov. 4, but his campaign will live on. In early 2015, the Esquire Network will air a four-hour docuseries on the race - which ended with GOP incumbent Renee Ellmers' 18-point win - from Lightbox's Simon and Jonathan Chinn, who compare their series to such sober fare as The War Room and Mitt.

'Too Many Cooks' Creator on Sudden Success: "72 Hours of Constant Adrenaline" — A version of this story first appeared in the Nov. 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. It began as a barely seen segment that aired at 4 a.m. on Adult Swim - a bizarre 11-minute parody of 1980s sitcom openings set to an earworm of a theme song.

TV Host Dave Holmes to Pen Memoir — Wanna be a memoirist? Dave Holmes is showing how it's done. The former MTV VJ has inked a deal with Crown Archetype to pen his autobiography. Holmes will recount the painful and frequently hilarious story of his adolescence and subsequent career in TV in a memoir tentatively titled Party of One.

'Too Many Cooks': See the Insane Viral Video Hollywood Is Buzzing About — It's an 11-minute hallucinogenic odyssey that Looper (and future director Rian Johnson has declared worthy of being "in the Oscar running for best short." And since the people at Adult Swim have made it available online -- it debuted inauspiciously last month during a 4 a.m.
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Dec 21, 2014

Distant-third Annie a 'big win for us' says Sony. RT @THR: Box Office: 'Hobbit' Crushes 'Museum,' 'Annie' With $90.6M

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