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Ben & Jerry's is adding two new Saturday Night Live ice cream flavors, paying homage to a favorite character and skit. Gilly's Catastrophic Crunch, a combination of chocolate and sweet cream ice creams with caramel clusters, fudge-covered almonds and marshmallow swirl, is as a nod to the character Gilly, played by Kristen Wiig. Lazy Sunday, made up of vanilla cake batter ice cream with chocolate and yellow cupcake pieces and a chocolate frosting swirl, is a reference to the skit of the same name starring Chris Parnell and Andy Samberg.

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Tony nominee Andrew Rannells will takeover the main role in Hedwig And The Angry Inch on Broadway as the first replacement for Neil Patrick Harris, who departs the show on August 17.

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The CW unveiled One Magnificent Morning, a five-hour Saturday morning block targeting teenagers and their families. Set to launch October 5, the 7 Am-noon block will feature 10 new series, including shows about wildlife, farm veterinarians and America's national parks.

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, together with Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, are partnering to launch a new feature film trilogy that reimagines the 1994 film Stargate.

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James Cameron will develop an Avatar inspired live production with Cirque du Soleil, which will debut in late 2015. The live show is expected to debut before the first of three announced Avatar sequels is released.

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Syfy has acquired the U.S. basic cable rights to all 39 episodes of the Starz's series Spartacus. The deal includes all three of Spartacus' main seasons, Blood And Sand, Vengeance and War Of The Damned, plus the six-episode prequel series Gods Of The Arena. Spartacus will make its basic cable premiere on Thursday, June 26 at 10 p.m.

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Alcon Entertainment has offered Harrison Ford to reprise his role as Rick Deckard in its sequel to Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott. Hampton Fancher, co-writer of the screenplay of 1982s Blade Runner film, and Michael Green are the screenwriters. The story is being kept under wraps other than being set several decades after the conclusion of the original, which took place in a dystopian 2019 Los Angeles.

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44 Blue Productions has signed a deal with Whoopi Goldberg's production company, One Ho Productions, to develop a docudrama around Goldberg's daughter and her extended family. The series will follow daughter Alexa Martin as she tries to navigate through life with her husband, three adolescent children and oldest daughter, Amara, who decides to move back home with her fiance and new baby. Martin's best friends Leisa and Ron will also be featured in the show.

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Syfy plans to make a Sharknado 3 movie to be aired upon the channel this fall. Additionally, drama series Killjoys has been picked up for 10 episodes as has the Town Of The Living Dead comedy series.

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Peter Jackson, director of the Hobbit movie franchise, announced that the third and final Hobbit movie will be called Battle Of The Five Armies.

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TV Land has given a 12-episode series order to Younger, a comedy pilot written and executive produced by Sex And the City creator Darren Star. The show, starring Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar and Miriam Shor, will premiere in the fall.

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NBC announced that its two-part movie Rosemary's Baby will air on Sunday, May 11 and Thursday, May 15. It will air from 9-11 p.m. both days.

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Wil Wheaton will have a new television series, currently known as The Wil Wheaton Project, which will premiere at 10pm Tuesday, May 27 on Syfy. The channel has ordered 12 episodes, scheduled to run through the summer.

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Ben Mckenzie will play Detective James Gordon in upcoming series Gotham. The show will follow Gordon in the Batman universe as he navigates dangerous crime, going up against super villains. The cast also includes David Mazouz as a young Bruce Wayne, Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney, Robin Lord Taylor as the Penguin and Sean Pertwee as Pennyworth.

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Cinemax???s series Banshee, now in its second season, just got an early renewal for a third season to air next year.

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More than 20 years after The Cosby Show ended its run on NBC, Bill Cosby is returning to the network to star in a new family comedy. Cosby will work with former Cosby Show producer Tom Werner of Carsey Werner for a new show in which he'd star.

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Gerard Butler is in final negotiations to star in the Point Break movie remake. The new version of the 1991 bank-robbing surfers film will be directed by Ericson Core. Butler will be playing Bodhi, the role originally played by Patrick Swayze.

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The return of Sherlock delivered nearly a record ratings in the UK. The third season of the detective drama was seen by 9.2 million viewers on BBC One. That's the most-watched episode of the series to date, and would also represent a successful viewership number for a broadcast show here in the U.S.

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Dominic Cooper stars as 007 creator Ian Fleming in Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond, a Mat Whitecross directed series about the author's real life exploits as part of the British Naval Intelligence which later went on to inspire the adventures of James Bond. The series airs on BBC America starting January 29th at 10pm.

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CBS will air the one-hour series finale of How I Met Your Mother on March 31 instead of waiting unti May.

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Fox has picked up the screen rights to the Agatha Christie murder-mystery book Murder On The Orient Express. Producers Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon will producethe project.

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Former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole sued producers Blue Orbit Productions for more than $2.3million and the case has now been settled out of court, with producers paying an undisclosed sum to the pop star.

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Paramount Pictures has stopped plans by independent producers to mount a sequel to Frank Capra's iconic Christmas tale It's A Wonderful Life. The studio said that Star Partners and Hummingbird Prods. have not obtained the sequel rights to the movie.

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Terrence Howard is still upset about his removal from the Iron Man series after the first hit film. He points a finger at Robert Downey Jr., who he says suggested him for the superhero job in the first place.

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Disney and Lucasfilm will release J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII on December 18, 2015. Shooting is scheduled to begin this spring at Pinewood Studios.

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Owen Wilson is teaming with Starz to develop a new television series set in the world of the 1980s pornography business.

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Director J.J. Abrams and Raiders Of The Lost Ark writer Lawrence Kasdan have taken over screenwriting duties from Michael Arndt on Star Wars: Episode VII. The movie is scheduled for release in 2015.

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Robert Zemeckis is developing a new drama called Marwencol for Universal. It tells the unique story of Mark Hogancamp and the way he coped with the severe memory loss he suffered after he was attacked and beaten by a group of teenagers.

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Meg Ryan will executive produce and star in a new halfhour, single-camera comedy from Universal TV that is in development at NBC.

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HBO has renewed Boardwalk Empire for a fifth season. The renewal comes three weeks after the show's Season 4 premiere.

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Lionsgate announced that Julianne Moore has joined the cast of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2 as President Alma Coin. Moore will star opposite Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth in the third and fourth installments of the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise.

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Syfy has signed a trio of television veterans for its upcoming supernatural drama pilot Dominion, based upon characters from the 2010 film Legion. Christopher Egan, Tom Wisdom and Alan Dale will co-star in the pilot which takes place 25 years after the film, depicting the aftermath of an epic war between humans and angels.

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HBO has made a pilot production commitment for a Westworld adaptation from J.J. Abrams and Warner Bros television.

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A television series based on action film Rambo is in the works. Sylvester Stallone, the star of the Rambo film franchise, is in negotiations to be involved with the Rambo television show.

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From the Bronx girl On the 6 to global superstar, Jennifer Lopez is one of the most influential and iconic pop stars of our time. She has accomplished what few have with record breaking success in movies, television, music and fashion. Now, NUVOtv's original Jennifer Lopez: Her Life. Her Journey. offers a rare and personal look into the life of this inspiring artist and entrepreneur. Debuting Thursday, July 18th at 8pm on NUVOtv.

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The Season 2 premiere of the hit modeling reality series Curvy Girls haooens on Tuesday, June 11th at 10pm on NUVOtv! Ivory, LornaLitz, Denise and Rosie return to Manhattan with a fierce new friend, American Idol alum Joanne Borgella, and all of the drama and chisme the Big Apple can handle. Fiery romances are rekindled, baby gossip blossoms, mommy-hood beckons, envy escalates and guest stars like Perez Hilton, Kimora Lee Simmons, Coco Austin, Carnie Wilson and Clark Gable III help guide the girls through Gotham's celebrity jungle.

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NBC has given a second season to its serial-killer drama Hannibal. The 13-episode second season follows serial killer Hannibal Lecter in his early days, and his relationship with criminal profiler Will Graham, who has a unique ability to peer into the mind of serial killers.

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Known for billboard-sized photographic portraits of everyday people in urban settings, French street artist JR has a simple call to action: "Tell me what you stand for, and together we'll turn the world inside out." To transform his idea into reality, he created the Inside Out Project, the world's largest participatory art project and a remarkable testament to the power of the image and the role art can play in transforming lives. Inside Out: The People's Art Project visits locations around the world, including: Haiti, Tunisia, North Dakota, and the West Bank. Inside Out: The People's Art Project explores this groundbreaking global art movement when it debuts Monday, May 20 (9:00-10:15 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

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NUVOtv, the first and only English-language cable network for U.S. Latinos, held its upfront event today at the Edison Ballroom in New York City where the network announced an exciting and expansive new programming line up that kicks off on July 18th. Artist, entrepreneur, and NUVOtv creative and business partner Jennifer Lopez took the stage as the network's newly appointed Chief Creative Officer. The network also revealed a rich new on-air look to complement deeper investments in programming and marketing. In her new key role, Lopez joined NUVOtv's Chief Executive Officer, Michael Schwimmer, Head of Programming Bill Hilary and Senior Vice President of Advertising Sales Craig Geller to present the network strategy, target audience research, and robust programming lineup.

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Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, Ray Donovan does the dirty work for LA's top power players. The new one-hour series stars Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominee Liev Schreiber in his first lead television role as the go-to-guy who makes the problems of the city's celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls disappear. This powerful drama unfolds when his father, played by Oscar winner Jon Voight, is unexpectedly released from prison, setting off a chain of events that shakes the Donovan family to its core. Watch the premiere Sunday, June 30th at 10PM ET/PT, immediately following Dexter!

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The Weight Of The Nation For Kids is a family-friendly three-part series of half-hour specials for young people spotlighting decisions children and their families can make to improve their health now and in the future. Directed by Emmy winners Shari Cookson and Nick Doob, the second and third parts of the series, Kebreeya's Salad Days and Quiz Ed!, debut back-to-back Tuesday, May 7 (5:30-6:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO, followed by an encore play of the first The Weight Of The Nation For Kids special, 2012's Emmy-nominated The Great Cafeteria Takeover, at 6:30 p.m.

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Jennifer Lopez will be presenting at NUVOtv's upfront event in New York City on May 15. She will be unveiling the network's 2013-14 programming slate as well as their new branding campaign. NUVOtv is the first English-language TV network created for US Latinos, and is currently available in more than 30 million homes nationwide. Nuyorican, Lopez's TV and film production company, is developing original programming and first run series for NUVO.

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For more than two decades, he was the target of intense scrutiny, with an entire unit at the CIA dedicated to tracking his every move and trying to determine what violence he might perpetrate. When 9/11 confirmed Osama bin Laden's intentions, these same analysts and operatives were now blamed for failing to prevent it, though they had spent years warning about the possibility of an attack. Manhunt features testimonials from CIA Analysts, Targeters, and Operatives who tracked Bin Laden for nearly two decades, turning years of careful planning and intelligence into action on May 1, 2011. The documentary debuts Wednesday, May 1 (8:00-9:45 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

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Elephants are among the Earth's most majestic and intelligent creatures - but for hundreds of years, they have suffered under the hands of humans. We have poached them for their tusks, chained them up in captivity, and destroyed their natural habitats. Narrated and executive produced by Oscar nominated actress Lily Tomlin and directed and produced by Emmy winner Amy Schatz, An Apology To Elephants is an HBO family documentary that illustrates how elephants live in the wild - from their matriarchal structure to their truly impressive memories - and examines the problems and issues that arise when they are brought to live in captivity in zoos and circuses. This film traces our long history with elephants and features beautiful nature footage, juxtaposed with disturbing behind-the-scenes video of the cruel ways that circuses break down elephants' spirits in order to get them to perform. The film also shows how people have been striving to spread awareness and improve the conditions for the scores of elephants still living in North America. Premiering on HBO on Monday, April 22nd (Earth Day 2013), An Apology To Elephants provides many lessons on elephants' importance to global ecology and the environment.

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On April 20, 2011, shortly after the release of his Oscar-nominated documentary "Restrepo", photographer and filmmaker Tim Hetherington was killed by mortar fire in Misrata, Libya, where he'd been covering the civil war. His death ended a brilliant ten-year career in which he covered such dramatic stories as the conflicts in Liberia and Afghanistan, but also transcended the conventional boundaries of image-making to become one of the most important journalists of his generation. Illuminating the risks of the combat journalist's profession, Which Way Is The Front Line From Here? The Life And Time Of Tim Hetherington chronicles his work on the battlefield to reveal what made him such a singular talent, and a remarkable human being. Hetherington's close friend Sebastian Junger, who co-directed "Restrepo" with him, directed the powerful documentary. The film debuts Thursday, April 18 (8:00-9:15 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO, two days before the anniversary of Hetherington's death.

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In this all-new edition of the Emmy-nominated YoungArts Masterclass, iconic actress Patti LuPone - star of such memorable stage hits as Evita, Gypsy and many more - mentors four young student actors, selected from the YoungArts national performing-arts program and invited to attend a special onstage workshop on the Belasco Theatre stage on Broadway. Awed by their surroundings, but brimming with energy and excitement, they limber up their voices on the venerable stage before meeting LuPone, who greets each actor warmly before getting down to the business of working with each singer and critiquing his or her performance. Later, the group will relax together during lunch at Joe Allen's, a famous theater-district restaurant frequented by actors and decorated with Broadway posters. Patti LuPone: A YoungArts Masterclass debuts Monday, April 1 (7:30 PM EST/PST), exclusively on HBO.

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For Jim McGreevey, August 12, 2004 was, in his words, "a train wreck." That was the day the former New Jersey governor famously announced his resignation and declared himself a gay American on live TV. After his political downfall and the ugly divorce that followed, McGreevey found himself at an existential crossroads. Fall To Grace reveals how McGreevey moved through that painful period, reinventing himself as a spiritual advisor to women in prison. Fall To Grace debuts this Thursday, March 28, 2013 (8:00 ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

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Directed by Emmy-winning filmmakers Joe and Harry Gantz, American Winter features struggling Oregon families who called into the state's ???211info??? social services hotline in search of help in the winter of 2012. The film presents an intimate snapshot of the state of the nation's economy as it is playing out in the lives of many American families, and reveals the human consequences of rising economic insecurity, budget cuts to the social safety net, and the fracturing of the American Dream. The latest U.S. census data shows that 48.5 million Americans are living in poverty, the largest number in the 53-year history of published poverty estimates. This includes 16.1 million children. American Winter debuts Monday, March 18 (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

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Oscar-nominated documentary King's Point debuts Monday, March 11 (9 PM ET/PT) on HBO. Director and Producer Sari Gilman tells the stories of five seniors living in a typical American retirement resort - men and women who came to Florida decades ago with their spouses by their sides and their health intact, and now find themselves grappling with love, loss, and the universal desire for human connection. King's Point is a film that breaks through the denial of aging and death that is so pervasive in our culture to unerringly steer us down a road of honest reflection. Shot over the course of 10 years, Kings Point is a bittersweet look at our national obsession with self-reliance, exploring the dynamic tension between living and aging while underscoring society's powerful ambivalence toward growing older.

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Every year, the YoungArts program of the National YoungArts Foundation offers 15- to 18-year-old emerging artists from around the country the chance to be mentored by some of the world's greatest artists in an intimate environment. In this all-new YoungArts MasterClass presentation, three student writers join Tony Award-winning playwright John Guare for a once-in-a-lifetime workshop in Rome, Italy when the HBO Family documentary special John Guare: A YoungArts Masterclass debuts Tuesday, March 5 (7:30-8:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO.

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Multiple Grammy winner, entrepreneur, and actress Beyoncé is the focus of an intimate feature-length HBO documentary film that debuts Saturday, February 16 on HBO in Beyoncé: Life Is But A Dream. Directed by the superstar herself, the film is a fusion of video that provides raw, unprecedented access to the private entertainment icon and high-voltage performances. The film is a multi-faceted portrait of the 16-time Grammy Award-winning singer, businesswoman, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, wife and mother, showing off the extraordinary gifts that have made her a global phenomenon, and stripping away the veneer of stardom. It includes extensive first-person footage, some of it shot by Beyoncé on her laptop, in which she reflects on the realities of celebrity, the refuge she finds onstage and the transcendent joy of becoming a mother last year.

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Every year, the YoungArts program of the National YoungArts Foundation offers 15- to 18-year-old emerging artists from around the country the chance to be mentored by some of the world's greatest artists in an intimate environment. In this all-new YoungArts MasterClass presentation, four young singers participate in a memorable workshop and performance with a Grammy-winning vocalist when the HBO Family documentary special Bobby McFerrin: A YoungArts Masterclass debuts Tuesday, February 12 (7:30-8:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO.

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February 1 marked the launch of USA Network's Characters Unite Month, a multi-platform effort to shine a spotlight on the importance of combating hate and discrimination; encourage candor and dialogue around tough issues like racism, gender inequality, homophobia and bullying; and inspire people to say ???I won't stand for ...??? it anymore. Through inspiring original programming, digital content, talent involvement and above all - the power of each individual's voice - the initiative aims to cultivate greater mutual acceptance in our community. Highlights from the month include the following:

  • PSA CAMPAIGN: The stars of USA are speaking out through powerful videos as part of the ???I Won't Stand For ...??? campaign. These diverse characters include Matt Bomer of WHITE COLLAR, Peter Gallagher of COVERT AFFAIRS, Dule Hill of PSYCH, and Sarah Rafferty and Gina Torres of SUITS.

  • EVENTS: Kicking off Super Bowl weekend, the ???I Won't Stand For ...??? tour will make stops in New Orleans, Denver, Nashville, Atlanta, Cleveland, and Chicago with PSYCH's Dule Hill will be on hand to help supporters create custom complimentary ???I Won't Stand For ...??? t-shirts and share photos and videos to engage their friends and families to take part in the movement. The activation will also be part of The Henry Ford Museum's National Day of Courage in celebration of Rosa Parks' 100th birthday, in Deaborn, MI.

  • NFL PARTNERSHIP: In partnership with the NFL, USA Network is producing the the 2nd annual original documentary ???NFL Characters Unite.??? The special profiles Larry Fitzgerald from the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens Jameel McClain from the Baltimore Ravens, Troy Polamalu from the Pittsburgh Steelers and Justin Tuck from the New York Giants, who describe how they overcame prejudice and discrimination and help a young person facing similar adversity.

  • ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING: Characters-Unite-themed storylines have been incorporated into multiple episodes of ???Suits??? and ???Necessary Roughness.???

  • CHARACTERS UNITE AWARDS: USA will accept nominations to recognize extraordinary individuals who have made significant efforts to champion human rights in their communities. Winners will be featured on-air and online, and each will receive $5000 to support his/her project or related nonprofit organization (February 1 - March 15).

    Supporters of the cause are encouraged to use a newly created Facebook App and hashtag #IWontStand to share what form of hate and bigotry they won't stand for. Through the app, people can customize a photo and become part of an interactive gallery on Facebook and on CharactersUnite.com. Characters Unite Month builds on USA Network's year-round public service commitment to address social injustices and bridge cultural divides. For more information, check out charactersunite.com.

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    From the row houses of Milwaukee through the bare ruined choirs of Ireland's churches, all the way to the highest office of the Vatican, it was an international and systematic conspiracy to silence victims of sexual abuse. Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God, directed by Alex Gibney, shows the face of evil that lurks behind the smiles and denials of authority figures and institutions who believe that they can do no wrong, because they stand for good. The shocking documentary debuts Monday, February 4 (9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

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    In a first-ever, pro-social Facebook Connect experience, Participant Media for Promised Land puts individuals in the shoes of a changemaker, tracking their personal journey of identifying a local issue by leveraging social media with the help of their friends to create real change in their communities and being celebrated through hero-like coverage. TakePart's Changemakers Series highlights the stories of everyday people who are taking small steps to create big change in communities all over the country, including Mama Hill, who started a home learning center for youth living in South Central Los Angeles; Alabama Chanin, who helped to revive her small town by starting a home-sewn apparel line that attracted the attention of some of today's biggest fashion labels; Malik Yakini, who started an urban farm in Detroit when his community hit a downturn; and Ruth Lande Shuman, an architect/designer who is putting her skills to use in reimagining New York City classrooms with color. Finally, a community action toolkit provides information about and links to all of the digital platforms that exist to heighten community engagement and involvement, with versions for both citizens and elected officials.

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    J.J. Abrams will direct a movie about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong. Bad Robot, Abrams' production company, secured the rights to a HarperCollins' book proposal.

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    Condoleezza Rice will be joining CBS News as a contributor. On Sunday, the former Secretary of State appeared as a panelist on Face the Nation with anchor Bob Schieffer, who announced the news.

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    The new action series Banshee kicks off its ten-episode first season Friday, January 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on Cinemax. Executive produced by Jonathan Tropper, David Schickler, Peter Macdissi, Alan Ball and Greg Yaitanes, the primetime action series stars Antony Starr as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pa., where he continues his criminal activities, even as he's hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed years earlier. The production was shot in and around Charlotte, NC.

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    HBO announced that it will adapt the Larry Kramer play The Normal Heart, starring Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo and co-starring Matt Bomer, for television.

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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt will serve as host for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony on January 26. The event will be live-streamed from Park City, Utah.

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    From the groundbreaking TV series "Your Show of Shows" to landmark films like "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein," Mel Brooks has been one of the most influential voices in comedy. Now, this entertainment legend looks back on his remarkable career in Mel Brooks Strikes Back!, debuting Monday, December 10, 2012 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Appearing onstage with Alan Yentob, creative director for the BBC, at the Geffen Theater in Westwood, Cal. before a live audience, Brooks reviews his career as a writer, director, actor, producer, composer, failed ballet dancer and comedian. The special looks at the Brooklyn native's early life, show-business influences, early career and ascension as one of Hollywood's most successful writers and directors.

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    Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan's appeal to the California Supreme Court regarding to her wrongful termination lawsuit against ABC was denied. Sheridan first filed a lawsuit in April 2010 that claimed she was fired after complaining that series creator Marc Cherry hit her during an on-set argument. It ended in a mistrial last March.

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    The Rolling Stones, the rock 'n' roll icons who have defined creativity, daring and durability, are to be chronicled in a kaleidoscopic new film that will debut November 15 on HBO. The film documents the key periods in their career and their incredible adventures. Crossfire Hurricane, directed by Brett Morgen, provides a remarkable new perspective on the Stones' unparalleled journey from blues-obsessed teenagers in the early '60s to rock royalty. It's all here in panoramic candour, from the Marquee Club to Hyde Park, from Altamont to ???Exile,??? from club gigs to stadium extravaganzas.

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    Mere hours after NBC axed Animal Practice, PETA issued a statement on its website claiming partial credit for the cancellation of the show.

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    National Geographic Channel has dropped a planned participant from its upcoming series Ultimate Survivor Alaska after more than 13,000 people signed an online petition calling for the ouster of Melissa Bachman, whom they deemed a "heartless trophy hunter."

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    Sherman Hemsley's funeral has been put on hold as the body of The Jeffersons star is being kept in cold storage at an El Paso funeral home while a dispute over his will is sorted out.

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    The status of American Idol puts Randy Jackson in a mentor-like role. Unless he decides to leave the show he's expected to shift to a new position on the top-rated series.

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    Showtime is in final negotiations with Marti Noxon for a half-hour comedy series called Guide To Divorce. Noxon, best loved for her work on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, would write and executive produce the series about four middle-aged women dealing with both the perks and the drawbacks of the ends of their respective marriages.

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    Hugh Laurie has exited RoboCop, the upcoming remake of Paul Verhoeven's 1987 science fiction hit. MGM is currently searching for a replacement, with Clive Owen being one of the contenders.

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    After Lance Armstrong declared he would no longer fight charges that he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout his stellar career, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency confirmed Friday that it would strip the cyclist of all of his record-setting seven Tour de France titles, obliterate all his race results he's racked up over the past 14 years and ban him from the sport for life.

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    When Touch returns to Fox this October, it will be a very different show than when it premiered last spring with three actors joining the revamped cast. Fox announced that Lukas Haas and Saxon Sharbino are joining the cast as regulars, while Greg Ellis has booked a recurring role.

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    MTV announced Friday that Jersey Shore will return for its sixth season on October 4, and that its spinoff, Snooki & Jwoww, will be back for a second season.

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    Syfy has ordered the pilot Proof from filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan and TV veteran Marti Noxon. The Proof pilot is written by Shyamalan and Noxon, who will both serve as executive producers, along with Ashwin Rajan from Shyamalan's Blinding Edge shingle.

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    Larry David's mystery feature film, which had been set up at Fox Searchlight earlier this year with an all-star cast that included David, Michael Keaton and Jon Hamm, is in the process of moving to HBO. Although deals are not done, the talks are well underway and will probably lead to David debuting the film on the cable network instead of at the multiplex.

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    Sony has picked up De-Friended, a comedy pitch from MadTV co-creator Fax Bahr and Harry Dunn. Steve Tisch, Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal of Escape Artists are producing.

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    The CW is looking for a new Hunger Games project and the youth-focused network is exploring rights to the 2000 Japanese feature film Battle Royale. The controversial movie, which like Hunger Games, is set in a dystopian future in which high school students are forced to fight one another to the death and are based on Koushun Takumi's novel of the same name.

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    From the pervasive obsession with youth to issues of substance abuse, self-esteem, race and plastic surgery, beauty is a commodity in society today. Directed by acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, About Face: Supermodels Then And Now explores the lives and careers of legendary models, highlighting the complex relationship between physical appearance and the business of beauty when it debuts Monday, July 30 (9:00-10:15 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

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    On June 27, 1969, a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a New York City gay bar, took a surprising turn when patrons decided it was time to fight back. As a riot erupted in Greenwich Village, a new era in the gay rights movement was born. Among the crowd that day was 23-year-old film student Vito Russo. In the aftermath of the infamous rebellion, a raid on an after-hours bar he frequented ended with a young gay man impaling himself on a fence while trying to escape the police. This is when Vito found his voice as a gay activist and critic of homosexual representation in the media. Over the next 20 years, until his death from AIDS in 1990, Vito Russo was one of the most outspoken and inspiring activists in the LGBT community's fight for equal rights. Recounting the life of one of the founding fathers of the gay liberation movement, the inspiring documentary Vito debuts Monday, July 23 (9:00-10:45 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

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    Each year, more than a million birds make a migratory pit stop in New York City's Central Park - and they don't go unnoticed. The revealing documentary Birders: The Central Park Effect chronicles one year in the life of the extraordinary array of wild birds that grace Manhattan's celebrated patch of green, and the equally colorful New Yorkers who schedule their lives around the rhythms of migration, when it debuts Monday, July 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

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    On March 11, 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, leaving 15,372 people confirmed dead and 7,762 reported still missing. In the wake of the largest earthquake in the country's history, some people drew the courage to revive and rebuild from cherry-blossom season, which began within weeks of the tragedy. Oscar-nominated this year for Best Documentary Short Subject, The Tsunami And The Cherry Blossom shows how nature can be a rejuvenating - as well as a destructive - force when it debuts Monday, July 16 (10:00-10:40 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

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    An HBO favorite returns this summer for his third live solo stand-up special on the network when George Lopez: It's Not Me, It's You debuts Saturday, July 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT). Presented from the famed Nokia Theater L.A. Live, which he has previously sold out 24 times (a record for the venue), the exclusive presentation features Lopez in performance before a live audience.

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    HBO Films President Len Amato has said about their potential new Roger Ailes; Fox News movie that ???We recently decided not to pursue the Ailes project. It had become clear to us before even receiving a script that due to our company's CNN affiliation the film could never be seen as objective.???

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    Though the recession officially ended in summer 2009, the fallout continues for some 25 million unemployed and underemployed Americans, many of whom worked their way up the corporate ladder, achieving the American Dream, only to see it slip through their fingers. Directed by Emmy winner Marc Levin and produced by Emmy winner Daphne Pinkerson, Hard Times: Lost On Long Island follows four families on Long Island - often labeled the birthplace of the post-war suburban American Dream - as they struggle to find work amidst shrinking finances and declining morale. The timely film debuts Monday July 9 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

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    Seductive, fearless and outrageous, Marina Abramovic has been redefining the meaning of art for nearly 40 years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her limits, and at times risking her physical safety, she creates performances that challenge, shock and move. From first-time director Matthew Akers, Marina Abramovic The Artist Is Present follows "the grandmother of performance art" as she prepares for a major retrospective of her work at Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 2010, highlighted by a new exhibit that is breathtaking in its simplicity: two chairs facing each other, with Abramovic sitting in one and audience members taking turns sitting in the other, gazing into each other's eyes in silence. In true Abramovic style, she remains in the chair for seven and a half hours each day ??? every day the museum is open for three months ??? without eating, drinking or moving, a feat of mental and physical endurance that is challenging even for a veteran of such performances. Marina Abramovic The Artist Is Present debuts Monday, July 2 (9:00-10:45 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO, as part of the HBO Documentary Films summer series.

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    NBC is looking to bring back to broadcast television event musical programming with The Sound Of Music, a live broadcast of a new production of the original Broadway musical to be produced by Smash executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

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    Universal Orlando's new blockbuster ride - Despicable Me Minion Mayhem - officially opens on July 2nd! To help get the word out about the ride, we've created a Dance Party Marathon Facebook app, where you can dance right alongside the Minions. You have 10 seconds to show off your best moves here.

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