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Hollywood Foreign Press Association Member Commits Suicide

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A longtime member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has committed suicide, The Wrap reports.

Max B. Miller's body was found Monday night by his friend, Claire Brunel, a day after the organization's annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony. Brunel told a friend that she found Miller lying on his bed ...
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A Who's Who Primer for the Spartacus Prequel Gods of the Arena

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena rewinds the clock, resurrects a couple of dead guys and introduces two new characters who share in the gladiator-era debauchery and bloodlust.

Set approximately five years before Spartacus: Blood and Sand, the six-part prequel (premiering Friday at 10/9c on Starz) features a more youthful but no less ambitious Lentulus Batiatus (John Hannah), and his randy wife Lucretia (Lucy Lawless) as well as Gladitor Crixus (Manu Bennett) and Oenomaus (Peter Mensah). New to the story are Gannicus (Dustin Clare), a gladiator, and the merry widow Gaia (Jaime Murray), both of whom provide much of the entertainment — and trouble — in Batiatus' world before the arrival of Spartacus.

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NBC Entertainment President Angela Bromstad to Exit

Angela Bromstad

Angela Bromstad, prime time entertainment president of NBC and Universal Media Studios, is leaving the network.

"Today I wanted to let you know that I'm leaving NBC Universal," Bromstad wrote in an e-mail to her staff Thursday, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. "I cannot possibly sum up my thoughts and emotions in an e-mail but suffice it to say I have tremendous ...
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ABC Gives Jimmy Kimmel Midnight Slot, Trims Nightline

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Jimmy Kimmel Live will move up its start time by five minutes, ABC announced Thursday.

Beginning Feb. 4, the late-night talk show will begin at midnight instead of 12:05 a.m. ET. The move trims Nightline, which begins at 11:35 p.m. ET, to 25 minutes from 30 minutes.

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To compensate for the shortened time, the newsmagazine ...
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Ratings: American Idol Debut Is Down Again

American Idol

Did Simon get while the gettin' was good? Season 10 of American Idol debuted to 26.1 million people, down 13 percent from last year's 29.9 million.

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TLC Renews Cake Boss: Next Great Baker

Cake Boss: Next Great Baker

TLC has renewed Cake Boss: Next Great Baker for a second season, the network announced Thursday.

Hosted by Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro, the baking competition series has averaged 1.7 million viewers ...
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Rep: George Clooney "Completely Over" Bout with Malaria

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George Clooney has recovered from a bout of malaria, his rep tells TVGuide.com.

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"George is completely over the malaria he ...
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Parents Television Council Calls for Federal Investigation into MTV's Skins

Skins

The Parents Television Council has called for a federal investigation into whether MTV's racy new teen drama Skins violates child pornography and exploitation laws.

In a letter to the Department of Justice and U.S. Senate and House Judiciary Committees Thursday, the PTC said it counted 42 depictions and references to drugs and alcohol in the series premiere of the show, which stars cast members as young as 15.

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"The episode included all manner of foul language, illegal drug use, illegal activity as well as thoroughly pervasive ...
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Spartacus Draws Up a New Battle Plan With Prequel Series Gods of the Arena

John Hannah and Dustin Clare

Rome wasn't built in a day, but Spartacus: Gods of the Arena came damn close.

This is the program Starz quickly green-lit last year when Season 2 of Spartacus: Blood and Sand had to be put on hold due to leading man Andy Whitfield's cancer diagnosis. The powers behind the hit series needed a way to maintain creative momentum and keep their cast and staff together until Blood could resume, with Whitfield's replacement, Liam McIntyre. (Production begins this spring.)

But Gods, a six-episode prequel revealing how the House of Batiatus rose to prominence in the gladiator business, is no mere time-filler. It's just as epic and freakishly compelling as the original series and — if possible — even more gruesome, decadent and scatological... read more

Samantha Harris Welcomes Daughter No. 2

Samantha Harris

Samantha Harris and her husband Michael Hess have welcomed their second daughter, Entertainment Tonight reports.

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Hillary Madison Hess was born on Wednesday, and weighed ... read more

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