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Armie Hammer will star as The Lone Ranger opposite Johnny Depp's Tonto in Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger film.

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Michael J. Fox will guest star as himself in the upcoming season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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Michelle Williams will star as Glinda and Sam Raimi will direct Oz: The Great And Powerful.

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CW has announced its fall 2011 television show lineup. See the fall television schedule at http://tvnews.pazsaz.com/fallgrd.html.

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An HBO Films presentation of a Spring Creek/Deuce Three production, a film by Curtis Hanson, Too Big To Fail is based on Andrew Ross Sorkin's bestselling book of the same name. Directed by Oscar-winner Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential) and debuting Monday, May 23 (9:00-10:45 p.m. ET/PT), the film offers an intimate look at the epochal Wall Street financial crisis of 2008 and explores the inner sanctum of the powerful men and women who decided the fate of the world's economy in a matter of a few weeks. Centering on Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, the film goes behind closed doors to examine the symbiotic relationship between Wall Street and Washington. The film's stellar cast includes stars William Hurt (Kiss of the Spider Woman), Edward Asner (Up), Billy Crudup (Eat Pray Love), Paul Giamatti (John Adams), Topher Grace (Spider-Man 3), Matthew Modine (Weeds), Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City), Michael O'Keefe (Michael Clayton), Bill Pullman (While You Were Sleeping), Tony Shalhoub (Monk) and James Woods (Citizen Cohn).

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CBS has announced its fall 2011 television show lineup. See the fall television schedule at http://tvnews.pazsaz.com/fallgrd.html.

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Ghosts and spirits inhabit more than just homes and buildings - they can also possess objects. In the new Syfy reality series Haunted Collector, which will premiere Wednesday, June 1, at 9PM (ET/PT), a family of paranormal investigators hunt down haunted items bedeviling their owners. For more than 30 years, eminent paranormal researcher John Zaffis has been a collector. But not of stamps, coins or comic books. He collects objects that have become home to paranormal spirits and/or energy. Each week he and his family help out someone who's being terrorized by something in their own home. They research the history of objects found in the home and try to identify what is causing the problem.

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ABC has announced its fall 2011 television show lineup. See the fall television schedule at http://tvnews.pazsaz.com/fallgrd.html.

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Cooking Channel sizzles into summer with a series and season premiere along with countless new episodes of fan-favorite shows. New primetime series Hook, Line & Dinner reels viewers in on Tuesday, June 7th at 10:30pmET/7:30pmPT as host Ben Sargent teams up with local experts to secure the catch of the day and cook it up in the best seaside kitchens during this one-of-a-kind seafood-focused series. Emeril Lagasse highlights the country's most iconic restaurants in new episodes of The Originals with Emeril on Thursdays at 10:30pmET/7:30pmPT, and Annie Sibonney continues her culinary trip through notable Spanish regions in new episodes of From Spain with Love on Saturdays at 9:30pmET/6:30pmPT. "Grilling Week" airs Sunday, June 12th - Saturday, June 18th from 8pm-11pmET/5pm-8pmPT and features grilling-themed episodes of Cooking Channel favorites, while CookingChannelTV.com offers the ultimate burger guide for summer grilling. And, Kelsey Nixon returns for season two of Kelsey's Essentials on Saturday, June 25th at 2:30pmET/11:30amPT.

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FOX has announced its fall 2011 television show lineup. See the fall television schedule at http://tvnews.pazsaz.com/fallgrd.html.

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NBC has announced its fall 2011 television show lineup. See the fall television schedule at http://tvnews.pazsaz.com/fallgrd.html.

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CBS and Warner Bros. Television announced today that Ashton Kutcher will join the cast of the hit comedy, Two And A Half Men. The multi-talented Kutcher, whose success spans film, television and social media, will join Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones, Holland Taylor, Marin Hinkle and Conchata Ferrell on the top-rated series. Production on the ninth season of the Emmy Award-nominated Two And A Half Men will begin this summer for broadcast on the CBS Television Network in the fall.

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Food Network jumpstarts summer on Sunday, June 5th with the return of the number one series, Food Network Star, kicking off the most exciting and challenging season to date with countless guest stars and 15 finalists vying for their own Food Network show. Food Network also serves as the most comprehensive grilling destination this summer. Primetime "Grilling Week" programming starts off with the Best In Smoke season finale on Sunday, May 29th and continues with 20+ hours of hit series from Sunday, May 29th - Saturday, June 4th. And, 12 hours of "In The Kitchen" daytime programming feature the best-of-the-best grilling recipes from Food Network favorites on Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th including the series premiere of Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction on Sunday, June 5th. In Food Network's new series, Extreme Chef, premiering Thursday, June 30th, chefs compete in seemingly impossible challenges for the chance to win $10,000. Cupcake Wars returns for its third season on Tuesday, June 14th.

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Owing to the strong performance of NBC's new series The Voice, NBC will offer expanded two-hour live episodes of the vocal competition show beginning June 7 (9-11 p.m. ET) following original episodes of America's top-rated summer show America's Got Talent (8-9 p.m. ET). After the "battle" rounds of The Voice - which will air on Tuesdays (10-11 p.m. ET) from May 10 through May 31 - the series will then broadcast live two-hour episodes on Tuesdays from June 7 through June 28.

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The final exclusive Lady Gaga clip has been unlocked and the reveal video is an exciting Behind the Scenes look at the upcoming Lady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden special, which premieres May 7 at 9/8c, only on HBO.

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Best known as the chef and fisherman who ran a successful underground lobster roll business from his Brooklyn basement apartment, lifelong seafood lover Ben Sargent brings boundless knowledge, experience, and passion to his new primetime Cooking Channel series Hook, Line & Dinner. By bike, boat, car or surfboard, Ben Sargent embarks on the ultimate coastal road trip and uncovers the country's regional seafood specialties and the local joints at which they are served, all while taking viewers on the awesome journey from sea to table. Premiering Tuesday, June 7th at 10:30pm ET (7:30pm PT), Ben strives to help viewers understand and appreciate seafood in a new way ??? from how its caught, shipped and prepared to the many trials and tribulations that can come along with this demanding and often unpredictable industry.

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Starting today, fans have the opportunity to choose one of six different Lady Gaga filters to Gaga-ize their Facebook profile picture and unlock the final "sneak peek" from the HBO concert event premiering this Saturday! By visiting the HBO Facebook page, fans can share their anticipation for the event to get one step closer to unlocking the last exciting clip before the big show. Lady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden premieres May 7 at 9/8c, only on HBO.

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Part of a first-of-its-kind transmedia deal the Syfy Original Movie Red Faction: Origins, based on the highly successful Red Faction video game franchise, will premiere on Syfy Saturday, June 4, at 9PM (ET/PT), less than a week after the Red Faction Armageddon??? video game is released. Red Faction: Origins follows the children of rebel hero Alec Mason, set during a period between the Red Faction Guerrilla and Red Faction Armageddon video games. Directed by Peabody-Award winner Michael Nankin, Red Faction: Origins stars Brian J. Smith, Robert Patrick, Kate Vernon, Danielle Nicolet, Gareth David-Lloyd, Tamzin Merchant and Devon Graye.

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Born without an immune system, four-month-old Palestinian boy Mohammad Abu Mustaffa will die without a bone marrow transplant - a procedure that can only be done in an Israeli hospital. Will Israelis and Palestinians be able to put aside their differences to protect the child? And will the realities of life in Gaza keep him from receiving the help he needs in time? Directed by Israeli journalist Shlomi Eldar and produced by Ehud Bleiberg and Yoav Ze'evi, the timely documentary Precious Life debuts Thursday, May 5 (8:30-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. The film received the 2010 Ophir Award (the Israeli Academy Award??) for Best Documentary.

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Lady Gaga fans have the opportunity to Gaga-ize their Facebook profile and unlock the next "sneak peek" from the upcoming HBO concert event. This is the second of three exclusives that will be made available leading up to the May 7 HBO special. By visiting the HBO Facebook page, fans can share their anticipation for the event to get one step closer to unlocking the content they want.

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The Game Of Thrones Interactive Viewing Experience is a first-of-its-kind contextual viewing experience for full-length episodes of Game Of Thrones available exclusively on HBO GO, HBO's new streaming service. HBO GO users have the option to watch Game Of Thrones episodes alongside an "alert feed," which provides access to resources, special features, exclusive behind-the-scenes video, and high-resolution 3D renderings at relevant points throughout an accompanying episode. The Interactive Viewing Experience will be available for all ten episodes of Game Of Thrones exclusively at HBO GO. HBO GO is free with your subscription (through participating TV providers). Details on the special features include:

  • Behind-the-scenes video
  • Commentary from creators David Benioff & D.B. Weiss and episode directors
  • Author's notes George R.R. Martin
  • Detailed maps of the Seven Kingdoms
  • Family Trees for the major Houses and Characters
  • 360-degree, interactive digital renderings and high-resolution photography of the show's most iconic objects (such as weapons, armor and artifacts) and costumes from "The Reliquary"

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Offering 40 days and nights of winning excitement, GSN announces the launch of the "Drew's Clues Watch & Win" sweepstakes, now through June 4, 2011. The daily sweepstakes runs each weeknight during Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza, providing up to 40 chances to win the daily prize: a trip to Las Vegas for two and a stay at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza airs weeknights on GSN at 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. ET/PT, with 40 episodes running through June 3. During each 8:00 p.m. ET/PT telecast of Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza, a new Drew-themed clue will appear on the bottom of the television screen. Viewers can then enter the sweepstakes by visiting www.GSNtv.com/drew between 8:00 p.m. ET and 7:59 p.m. ET the following business day to answer a trivia question using the clue provided. One daily prize winner will be chosen randomly each weekday from among the eligible entries.

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Lady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden premieres May 7 at 9/8c, only on HBO. Starting Wednesday, April 20, Lady Gaga fans will have the opportunity to unlock three separate "sneak peeks" of the upcoming HBO concert event. One new sneak peek will be revealed each week leading up to the May 7 HBO special. By visiting the HBO Facebook page, fans can share their anticipation for the event to get one step closer to unlocking the content they want.

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In 1973, the Loud family became a television sensation of a new kind. It was long before a metal rock star showed his eccentric family on the small screen and decades before housewives had screaming matches with each other on camera in public. Cinema Verite tells the behind-the-scenes story of the groundbreaking 12-hour PBS documentary series An American Family, which chronicled the lives of the Louds in the early 1970s and catapulted the Santa Barbara family to notoriety while creating a new genre: the reality TV series. Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Diane Lane, Oscar and Golden Globe winner Tim Robbins and Golden Globe and Emmy winner James Gandolfini star in the HBO Films presentation, directed by Oscar nominees Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini and written by David Seltzer. Cinema Verite debuts Saturday, April 23 (9:00-10:45 p.m. ET/PT).

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It's more than a year since Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The national spotlight on the Crescent City has dimmed, and residents are finding it harder than ever to rebuild their lives. Some have become expatriates in distant cities. The insurance checks that never arrived for homeowners were followed by the bureaucratic nightmare that was the Road Home program, and a land-grab is underway as developers and disaster capitalists press their advantage. Crime and drug use are up, and corruption and graft are endemic, with civic institutions unable to counter any of it. And yet the culture of New Orleans somehow endures. Created by David Simon and Eric Overmyer, the Emmy-nominated drama series Treme kicks off its 11-episode second season Sunday, April 24 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

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Ricky Gervais, Louis C.K., Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock examine their own distinctive styles of comedy and discuss whether or not to use profanity, how one comic can recycle another comic's material into something new and fresh, and deciding whether a topic is off-limits, no matter how shocking it may be to the audience. When the dust settles and the spotlights are on, it all comes down to giving the audiences what they paid for - the laugh. Talking Funny, debuts on HBO on Friday, April 22 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT).

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Coming in December from Syfy, Neverland, a prequel to author J.M. Barrie's classic Peter Pan, sweeps in time from the turbulent seas of the pirates of the Caribbean and the back alleys of Dickensian London to a world of pure imagination. Peter (Charlie Rowe), along with his pals of young pickpockets, have been rounded up by their mentor Jimmy Hook (Rhys Ifans) to snatch a magical orb which transports them to another world - Neverland. Filled with white jungles and imposing cities formed out of trees created by alchemist Dr. Fludd (Charles Dance) and inhabited by a colony of tree spirits led by Tinker Bell (Keira Knightley), this mysterious realm welcomes unknown friends and enemies snatched from time.

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More than 7,000 birds were killed as a result of the April 2010 BP oil spill that spread throughout the Gulf of Mexico. But after three months, cleanup workers at the Fort Jackson Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Louisiana had rescued 894 surviving oiled pelicans. HBO Documentary Films presents the story of the effort to save the 895th surviving oiled pelican in Louisiana, showing how conservationists, government agencies and wildlife activists joined forces to preserve this one life. An inspiring bird's-eye view of the rigorous process of rescuing thousands of oiled birds, Saving Pelican 895 debuts Wednesday, April 20 (9:00-9:45 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

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Sean Hayes will star as Larry Fine in The Three Stooges movie for 20th Century Fox.

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Wanda Sykes will guest star as a judge in an upcoming episode of Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva.

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Will Smith will star in M. Night Shyamalan's untitled sci-fi project for Columbia Pictures.

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What does it mean to be a successful comedian? How far can the boundaries of taste be pushed to get a laugh? Four top comics - Ricky Gervais, Louis C.K., Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock - discuss and debate their craft on the laugh-filled HBO presentation Talking Funny, debuting Friday, April 22 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT). The quartet reveal the secrets of their success, share hysterical anecdotes and jokes and remind each other of the valuable lessons they've learned along the way (including how to shamelessly pilfer each other's material). Each comic answers questions such as: "Who was the first funny kid you ever met?," "When is it time to add new material to your act?" and "How do you know when you've hit on the proverbial thing that sets you apart?," giving quirky insights into what rocketed them to being the best in the business and at the top of their game.

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Veteran comedian and actor Colin Quinn brings his smash one-man Broadway show to HBO when Colin Quinn: Long Story Short debuts Saturday, April 9 at 10:00-11:30 p.m. ET/PT. Taped before a live audience at the Helen Hayes Theater in New York City in February, Colin Quinn: Long Story Short showcases the comedian's keen observations in an uproarious history of the world, juxtaposing modern-day human behavior with the rise and fall of empires. From his personification of Caesar as the original Italian mobster to his complaints about ancient Greece and Antigone giving way to Costco and Snooki, Quinn is at his satirical best, taking on the attitudes, appetites and bad habits that have toppled the world's most powerful nations.

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The Game Of Thrones booth is launching at WonderCon today. Based upon the bestselling fantasy book series A Song Of Ice And Fire, by George R.R. Martin, the new series Game Of Thrones launches its ten-episode season Sunday, April 17 (9:00-10:05 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. The WonderCon booth features a full size reproduction of the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros as well as costumes and props from the show. Items on display will include Ned Stark's costume, Daenerys Targaryen's costume, King Baratheon's costume, A Maester's costume, and The Stark house shield and banner.

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The official poster for Lady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden was recently revealed on the HBO Facebook page. The poster unveiling is the first promotion in a larger campaign that will have fans visiting HBO on Facebook to unlock exclusive sneak peek content from the concert special each week leading up to the May 7 premiere on HBO.

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Legendary film producer and personal manager Jerry Weintraub steps out from behind the scenes as he takes his turn in the spotlight with the feature-length documentary His Way. Directed by Oscar nominee Douglas McGrath, produced by Emmy- and Peabody-winning documentary producer Graydon Carter, Alan Polsky and Gabe Polsky, and executive produced by Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh and Audrey Rosenberg, His Way chronicles the five-decade career of the trailblazing Hollywood entrepreneur, utilizing personal video, archival footage and one-on-one interviews with Weintraub, his friends, family and co-workers, and some of today's brightest stars. Debuting Monday, April 4 (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO, the documentary features interviews with Weintraub's friends in political and Hollywood circles, including former president George H.W. Bush, Barbara Bush, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, Bruce Willis, Ellen Barkin, James Caan, Elliott Gould, Andy Garcia and Ralph Macchio, among others.

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Winner of 21 Sports Emmys in 15 years, Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel departs from its traditional format to present a special hour-long edition dedicated to the state of college sports in America. Presented three days before the men's NCAA Final Four tip off in Houston, the show will present an entertaining and substantive dialogue on the current state of big-time athletics in college sports, addressing hot-button issues and offering practical solutions to current problems. Available in HDTV, the 168th edition of Real Sport debuts Wednesday, March 30 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

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Judd Hirsch joins the cast of Damages as Glenn Close's former mentor.

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Ian McShane will co-star in director Bryan Singer's film version of Jack The Giant Killer.

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Dominic Purcell will guest star as a Hollywood businessman who may be connected to a murder on Castle.

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Tom Hanks will star in Columbia Pictures' film about cargo ship captain Richard Phillips who famously surrendered to Somali pirates.

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Drew Barrymore will direct and produce the film How To Be Single for Flower Films and New Line.

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Rashida Jones will guest star as a hospice center administrator in an episode of Wilfred.

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Viewers will be showered with dynamic programming this April as Food Network features two new series, four season premieres, two special themed weekends and countless new episodes of fan-favorite shows. Eight stars of the cake world battle for a $100,000 grand prize in the featured primetime series Last Cake Standing premiering Sunday, April 3rd at 10pm ET/PT. Another sweet series joins the lineup as cake decorator Ashley Vicos travels the country creating innovative cakes in her new primetime reality series Have Cake, Will Travel premiering Tuesday, April 26th at 9pm ET/PT. In honor of the Royal Wedding, primetime encores of wedding-themed competitions lead up to the Last Cake Standing premiere and a special sneak peek of Have Cake, Will Travel for a Royal Icing-themed weekend on Saturday, April 23rd and Sunday April 24th. New episodes of daytime shows get out their maracas for a special Mexican Fiesta-themed weekend on Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st, hosted by Marcela Valladolid in honor of her Mexican Made Easy season premiere. And, viewers can also catch three additional season premieres this April: Anne Thornton's Dessert First (April 2nd), Tom Pizzica's Outrageous Food (April 8th), and Scott Conant's 24 Hour Restaurant Battle (April 21st).

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HBO has created a Facebook App that allows you to have Pee-wee Herman make a personalized phone-call to your friends.

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This April, Cooking Channel premieres two new series, a featured special, and countless new episodes of hit shows. Comedian James Cunningham takes his food truck curiosity to the streets as he searches for irresistible street food on Eat Street premiering Tuesday, April 12th at 8pm ET/5pm PT. The sweetest desserts and inventive eateries are featured on Unique Sweets premiering Sunday, April 24th at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT. Caitlin Zaino travels to Argentina in search of the best urban food spots in the primetime special The Urban Grocer premiering Sunday, April 10th at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT. Plus, brand new episodes of Cooking Channel favorites like Extra Virgin, Hungry Girl, The Minimalist, and Unique Eats premiere throughout the month. Fans can join in the fun by participating in The Perfect 3 Recipe Contest on CookingChannelTV.com for the chance to film their own how-to cooking webisode alongside Cooking Channel's Kelsey Nixon.

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On the heels of the highest-rated premiere episode in the franchise history last week, the second episode of Chopped All-Stars on Sunday night surpassed the premiere and was number one for the night in cable posting a 1.9 adult 25-54 rating. The show was watched by 6.3 million viewers on a total viewer 2+ basis, including 3.6 million adults 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research. The stunt has attracted 12.5 million total viewers and nearly 7 million adults 25-54 to date. Viewers can tune-in for the next episode on Sunday, March 20th, at 9pm ET/PT, which will feature renowned chefs Anita Lo, Beau MacMillan, Jacques Torres, and Nate Appleman.

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Vince Vaughn will star in The Insane Laws for Universal and Original Film.

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Terry O'Quinn will play the town kingpin in Marc Cherry's ABC drama pilot Hallelujah.

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Julianne Moore will star as Sarah Palin in the upcoming HBO movie Game Change.

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Diane Lane will star as Clark Kent's mother in Zach Snyder's Superman: Man Of Steel movie.

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Tom Hanks and Tim Allen are in talks to star in the amusement park-inspired Jungle Cruise film for Disney.

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Barry Levinson will direct O.K.C. for Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment and The Safran Company.

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The complete list of winners for the 2011 Academy Awards are online now. Check it out to see if your favorite films and actors won!

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead will star as Mary Todd Lincoln in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for 20th Century Fox.

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Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel will star in Playing The Field, with Gabriele Muccino directing.

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Rob Corddry will star as a father with strict ideas for parenting in Fox's comedy pilot for Little In Common.

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Steve Carell will star in the drama Dogs Of Babel for Mandate Pictures, Heyday Films, and Sekretagent Productions.

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Based on the totality of Charlie Sheen's statements, conduct and condition, CBS and Warner Bros. Television have decided to discontinue production of Two And A Half Men for the remainder of the season.

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USA Network announced today the 12 honorees for the 3rd annual Character Approved Awards, in recognition of their innovation and cultural contributions. The Awards pay tribute to the visionaries and real "characters" from a cross-section of creative disciplines who are changing the face of American culture. USA Network created the awards to provide a national platform for important cultural influencers and to encourage a collective dialogue around their ideas. USA chose to bestow this year's honorees with the Network's "character seal of approval" based on their cultural impact, legacy and persona. These exceptional pioneers are making progressive changes in their field through innovation, creativity and a willingness to break the mold. The honorees are Walter Hood (Architecture), Vik Muniz (Art), Emily Pilloton (Design), Prabal Gurung (Fashion), Davis Guggenheim (Film), Grant Achatz (Food), Blake Mycoskie (Giving), Janelle Monae (Music), Dennis Crowley & Naveen Selvadurai (New Media), Lily Rabe (Theatre), and Nicole Krauss (Writing).

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William Ross will be at the podium as conductor for the 83rd Academy Awards. Ross, who conducted for the 79th Academy Awards, is a prolific composer, orchestrator and arranger whose work encompasses feature films, television and the music recording industry. He has arranged music for artists including Barbra Steisand, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Kenny G., Sting and Bette Midler. Ross has written original scores for such films as The Tale Of Despereaux, The Game Of Their Lives, Ladder 49, Tuck Everlasting, and orchestrations for dozen of others, including The Polar Express, Lilo & Stitch, Stuart Little and Forrest Gump.

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Three decades after his first HBO special, Paul Reubens will return to the network in an exclusive presentation of his current hit Broadway show. Debuting March 19, the HBO presentation The Pee-Wee Herman Show On Broadway was shot at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre New York this January, immediately following the conclusion of its exclusive Broadway engagement. Opening to critical acclaim at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on November 11, 2010, The Pee-Wee Herman Show is 90 minutes of subversive humor and childlike wonder based on both Reubens' original stage show, The Pee-Wee Herman Show, and the Emmy-winning Saturday morning TV show, Pee-Wee's Playhouse, which became a cultural phenomenon.

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Daniel Radcliffe has signed to star in the period drama, The Amateur Photographer.

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Richard Dean Anderson will have a recurring role on Fairly Legal as a man with a mysterious connection to the Kate's family.

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Adrianne Palicki as the lead character in ABC's pilot for Wonder Woman.

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Viewers are in for a lucky month of programming this March as Food Network and Cooking Channel feature six series and season premieres, a Bobby Flay special, and countless new episodes of fan-favorites. Food Network stars and renowned chefs compete in the primetime special series Chopped All-Stars premiering Sunday, March 6th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. Renegade ice artists led by Michigan-based chef Randy Finch create out-of-this-world ice designs that defy the imagination in the new Food Network primetime series Ice Brigade premiering Thursday, March 3rd at 10pm ET/PT. Renowned food columnist Mark Bittman shares approachable recipes and kitchen techniques in the new Cooking Channel series The Minimalist premiering Sunday, March 6th at 10:30am ET/7:30am PT. Chef Bobby Flay goes on an Irish culinary expedition in the one-hour primetime special Bobby's Ireland on Saturday, March 12th at 9pm. Three Food Network series launch new seasons: Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee, Meat & Potatoes, and Cooking For Real. New episodes of daytime shows have favorites like Rachael Ray and Paula Deen singing "The Bird Is The Word" on Saturday, March 19th and Sunday, March 20th, as well as a day of bake sale treats from daytime hosts including Sandra Lee, Giada De Laurentiis and the Neelys on Sunday, March 27th.

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In 1969, Amy Grappell and her middle-class family moved from Flatbush, Brooklyn to the suburbs of Long Island in pursuit of the American Dream. She was just seven when her unhappily married parents met another couple at the local beach club - and embarked on a four-way love affair that would radically change all of their lives. Debuting Wednesday, February 16 (9:00-9:30 p.m. ET/PT), the exclusive HBO2 documentary Quadrangle tells the intriguing story of a couple challenging social conventions and the repercussions for the adults and their children. Amy Grappell premiered Quadrangle at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, where it received an Honorable Mention Jury Prize. It also won Best Documentary Short and the Wholphin Best Short Film awards at SXSW 2010, and Best Live Action Short at AFI 2010, as well as screening at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, True/False and New York's New Directors/New Films Festival.

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Burn Notice: The Fall Of Sam Axe, starring Bruce Campbell, will premiere Sunday, April 17 at 9/8c on USA Network. The prequel film to USA's smash hit series takes place in Columbia 2005 when Lieutenant Commander Sam Axe (Campbell) is sent to advise a local military platoon. It's there he discovers deep layers of deception and ultimately realizes he may be allied with the wrong side. Shot on location in Bogota, Columbia, the two hour movie is directed by Burn Notice star Jeffrey Donovan.

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In February 2010, U.S. Marines launched Afghanistan: Operation Moshtarak, the biggest operation since the start of the Afghanistan war, whose main target was the Taliban stronghold of Marjah, a town in Helmand province. Journalist Ben Anderson, who spent two months with the American forces, offers an extraordinarily intimate look at the brutal realities of modern-day warfare in the harrowing documentary The Battle For Marjah, debuting Thursday, February 17 (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO, marking the first anniversary of this historic battle. The United States' largest offensive in the war to date, Afghanistan: Operation Moshtarak was the first attack launched after the administration announced plans to send 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, serving as a key test of the U.S. counter-insurgency strategy against the Taliban. The campaign had four distinct phases: clear Marjah of Taliban, hold all ground seized, build infrastructure and governance, and transfer control to Afghan security forces. In addition to chronicling the operation, The Battle For Marjah asks whether the policy is a successful prototype for winning this kind of war.

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For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world - Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world's great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected.It's up to a Marine staff sergeant and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they've ever encountered before. Sony Pictures is releasing the film Battle: LA on March 11, 2011. Play an interactive game or visit the W.A.T.C.H. site to view eyewitness testimonials from the first sightings in 1942. You can also Like the film on Facebook, Follow it on Twitter.

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Shane Black is in talks to write and direct Iron Man 3 for Marvel Studios.

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Julia Roberts is set to in The Brothers Grimm: Snow White for Relativity Media.

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Nia Vardalos will guest star on Cougar Town as Ian Gomez's lascivious sister-in-law.

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Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones and Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson star in HBO Films' The Sunset Limited, debuting Saturday, February 12 (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Based on the play of the same name by eminent Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Cormac McCarthy, The Sunset Limited is a searing two-character drama that mixes humor and pathos while examining the relationship between strangers who are brought together by desperate circumstances. Set in a New York tenement apartment, the story focuses on two very different men - a deeply religious black ex-con who thwarts the suicide attempt of an asocial white college professor who tried to throw himself in front of an oncoming subway train, The Sunset Limited. As the one attempts to connect on a rational, spiritual and emotional level, the other remains steadfast in his hard-earned despair. Locked in a philosophical debate, both passionately defend their personal credos and try to convert the other.

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Henry Cavill will star as the iconic superhero in Superman: Man Of Steel for Warner Bros.

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Tyler Perry will play the title role in I, Alex Cross with Rob Cohen directing.

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Jordana Brewster joins the cast of TNT's pilot of Dallas, portraying a cook's daughter who becomes involved in a love triangle.

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A glamorous leading man with the common touch, a dedicated "Cold Warrior" who helped negotiate the most sweeping accords in history with the Soviet Union, and a staunch proponent of smaller government, Ronald Reagan remains an enigma even to many of his closest advisors. A fresh examination of the fascinating paradoxes surrounding the man, the myth and his legacy, Eugene Jarecki's insightful documentary Reagan follows the 40th president's rise from small-town lifeguard to revered architect of the modern world. This textured study investigates how Reagan's homespun political vision fueled a seismic career, one whose reverberations still shape American life. Following its Jan. 23 debut at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, Reagan makes its HBO debut MONDAY, FEB. 7 (9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), during the week of his 100th birthday.

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A Chopped event like no other, Chopped All-Stars features unbeatable drama, a $50,000 charitable cash prize and 16 celebrated chefs familiar to Food Network fans. In this fierce five-part competition hosted by Ted Allen, premiering Sunday, March 6th at 9pm ET/PT, four chefs go head-to-head in each round with an unthinkable array of mystery basket ingredients. The champion from each round advances to the finale for a chance at taking home the prize and coveted title. From teething biscuits and rabbit kidneys to dried hibiscus flowers and cobia, these chefs must crank up the heat and get creative to avoid the chopping block. Competitors include Food Network stars like Anne Burrell and Duff Goldman, former contestants from Food Network Star, recurring Chopped judges, and renowned chefs like Anita Lo and Jacques Torres. Judges for this special series include Chopped favorites Alex Guarnaschelli, Marcus Samuelsson, Marc Murphy, and Chris Santos. For more information visit http://www.foodnetwork.com/chopped.

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USA Network announced the launch of a new multimedia initiative as part of its continuing exclusive partnership with the Ford Fusion and the hit original series White Collar. The integrated offerings are set to include in-show placement, a customized Ford on-air vignette starring series co-star Tim DeKay and integration into USA's newest show-themed online game 36 Hours. Ford's environmentally responsible Fusion Hybrid is the official car of White Collar, driven by agent Diana Barrigan (played by Marsha Thomason), and is featured throughout the series. In conjunction with the season 2.5 premiere, USA launched a new on-air Character Builder Vignette featuring Tim DeKay (who plays lead agent Peter Burke) in which he will analyze what motivates and defines his character. The game was developed with White Collar creator and executive producer Jeff Eastin to ensure the transmedia experience was authentic to the storyline and its characters. Eastin appears in an opening video on the game splash page and invites players to follow him on Twitter for clues along the way.

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Javier Bardem is in talks to star in Ron Howard's The Dark Tower film for Universal.

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Brittany Snow will guest star as Sarah Chalke's sister on Mad Love.

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Will Ferrell will appear in a four-episode arc on The Office. set to coincide with Steve Carrell's exit from the show.

 
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