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Golden Globes: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's Best Jokes

Tina Fey, Amy Poehler

Memo to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association: Please have Tina Fey and Amy Poehlerhost the Golden Globes forever. (For that matter, the Academy should take note as well.) The former Saturday Night Live colleagues, hosting the Globes for the second year in a row, got the evening off to a rollicking start with an opening monologue that lampooned everyone fromTom Hanks to Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and kept the night on track with a couple of skits and one rock star makeout session.

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Netflix Picks Up Marco Polo From Starz

Netflix

Netflix has acquired the rights to Marco Polo, the upcoming 13th century-set series about the legendary adventurer. The drama, from the Weinstein Company and Electus, had previously been set up at Starz.

Starz first announced Marco Polo at the January 2012 Television Critics Association press tour, but the project... read more

American Horror Story, The New Normal, Raising Hope Win GLAAD Media Awards

Jennifer Lawrence, Bill Clinton

American Horror Story: Asylum, The New Normal and Raising Hope were among the winners at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Saturday in Los Angeles.

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Oscar Surprises and Snubs: Silver Linings Playbook Is Golden, But Not Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck

"Ben Affleck got robbed."

That's what newly minted Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper said on Thursday's Today show after the Argo director was shockingly left off the Best Director lineup. Cooper isn't the only one who feels that way, nor is Affleck the only major shocker of Thursday's Oscar nominations. Here are our top surprises and snubs:
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Michael Moore Files Lawsuit for Fahrenheit 9/11 Profits

Michael Moore

Michael Moore has filed a lawsuit against Harvey and Bob Weinstein, claiming that they defrauded him of $2.7 million in profits from his 2004 documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, The Wrap reports.

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In the suit, filed Monday in a Los Angeles court, the filmmaker alleges that ... read more

Project Runway Has its Dirty Laundry Aired

Harvey Weinstein by Larry Busacca/ WireImage.com, Heidi Klum by Barbara Nitke/Bravo Photo, Jeff Zucker by Virginia Sherwood/NBC Photo

The New York State Supreme Court this month is hearing testimony as it decides if the Weinstein Co. violated a contract by not giving NBC Universal a chance to hold onto Project Runway, which is slated to move from Bravo to Lifetime in November. Remember, NBC U boss Jeff Zucker famously met with Harvey Weinstein on Feb. 22 to discuss the show's fate, when all the while Weinstein had already inked a $20 million-plus deal to give Heidi et al a new, bigger home.Some of the juicy bits disclosed during the court sessions, as reported by the New York Daily News:• Weinstein testified that NBC U paid Tim Gunn nothing during the first season of the show, and a mere $2,500 an episode for Season 2. • Zucker, when questioned about an email he sent directing Bravo to aggressively counterprogram Lifetime's Runway with repeats of previous cycles, shrugged, "I'm a competitive guy." • Weinstein admitted he "disliked Bravo management," though sources tell the tab that "hated" is a more... read more

The Battle Over Project Runway Heats Up

Project Runway's Heidi Klum by Virginia Sherwood/Bravo Photo

When Harvey Weinstein and Co. surprised Bravo by snipping its ties with the net and taking their fierce reality hit Project Runway to Lifetime for its sixth season, we figured things would get ugly. Yesterday in New York State Supreme Court, Weinstein and Jeff Zucker, president of NBC Universal (Bravo's parent company) proved us right by exchanging harsh words and accusations.According to a story in Ad Week, Zucker says Weinstein promised him the right of first refusal, a chance to match an offer from another net. Weinstein vehemently denied this, saying, "I'd rather cut off my arm than give them a right of first refusal." Zucker testified that that there had also been discussions about possibly moving the show from Bravo to USA or even NBC, but Weinstein said that "They kicked me out in 10 minutes" when it came time to talk about such a move.What a fashionably ferocious war of words. One thing's for sure — neither side is likely to mend this torn relationship anytime soon. ... read more

Fishburne, Weinstein Bring The Alchemist to Big Screen

Laurence Fishburne by Jeffrey Mayer/ WireImage.com

Harvey Weinstein is producing the film adaptation of Paolo Coelhos The Alchemist which begins production in the next several weeksLaurence Fishburne is also on board as a producer as well as director and the films starThe movies budget is estimated at 60 million The rights to the project were originally sold to Warner Brothers in 1994 for 250000 but it sat on the shelf for several years Fishburne himself eventually acquired the rights along with indie production house A-Mark Entertainment JR Whalen read more

When a film wins for best ...

Question: When a film wins for best picture at the Academy Awards, who gets to take home the Oscar? Does each of the executive producers get to take one home or is there just a single statue that they all have to share? I've wondered this for many years, and I figured it was finally time to end my silence!


Answer: This is a very timely question, and one with implications beyond how many Oscar statuettes the Academy has to have made for various best-picture winners. First, the award does go to the producer or producers, not to the director — the auteur-vision thing notwithstanding — or to the executive producer(s). For some years now, there's been concern among the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences about what's been dubbed "credit creep," and specifically the proliferation in recent years of credited producers, coproducers, executive producers, coexecutive producers and associate producers, and there's been a read more

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