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  1. USA's 'Covert Affairs' opens strong

    9:02 am 7/14/2010

    USA's latest original drama "Covert Affairs" got strong sampling during its Tuesday night premiere, while the second season opener for "White Collar" dipped in the Nielsens. Read more

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  2. Betty White to guest on 'Community'

    8:35 am 7/14/2010

    THR EXCLUSIVE: Betty White will guest star on the sophomore season premiere of "'Community," playing an esteemed but slightly unhinged professor.Read more

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  3. Update on AMC's 'Mad Men' hostage drama

    8:33 am 7/14/2010

    AMC continues to beat the drum that AT&T is threatening to take away "Mad Men" from its U-Verse subscribers. Here's AMC-parent Rainbow Media's latest missive: Read more

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  4. Maureen Taran appointed at Epix

    8:00 am 7/14/2010

    Epix said Wednesday that talent veteran Maureen Taran has joined the premium network as vp of original programming live events, effective immediately.Read more

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  5. Milch, Mann, Hoffman land HBO series

    7:21 am 7/14/2010

    <p> <a href="/images/livefeed/old/6a00d83451d69069e20134856dde7f970c-800wi.jpg" rel="lightbox" style="float: left;"><img alt="Hoffman" class="asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451d69069e20134856dde7f970c " src="/images/livefeed/old/6a00d83451d69069e20134856dde7f970c-320wi.jpg" style="margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px; width: 232px; height: 171px;" /></a> HBO has given a series order to &quot;Luck,&quot; a new drama with an A-list pedigree. </p> <p>The series has &quot;Deadwood&quot; scribe David Milch writing the script, Dustin Hoffman in the lead role and Michael Mann directing the pilot. (With those kind of auspices, you don&#39;t need much luck to secure a greenlight). </p> <p>&quot;Luck&quot; is billed as provocative look at horse racing – the owners, gamblers, jockeys and diverse gaming industry players. </p> Read more

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  6. Writer claims agents stole TV show ideas

    7:15 am 7/14/2010

    <p> <a href="/images/old/6a00d83451d69069e20133f245bb2b970b-pi.jpg" style="float: right;"><img alt="Wme-new-logo-final" class="asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451d69069e20133f245bb2b970b " src="/images/old/6a00d83451d69069e20133f245bb2b970b-120wi.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;" /></a> Hollywood studios get sued all the time for idea theft. But a talent agency?</p> <p>A TV writer named Brian Everett is suing Endeavor (now WME) alleging that the short-lived 2008 CBS show &quot;Welcome to the Captain&quot; infringed the copyright on his previously authored concept entitled &quot;El Royale.&quot; </p> <p>Oddly, he&#39;s not suing CBS or the producers of the show. Instead, he&#39;s going after the talent agents who rebuffed him.</p> Read more

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  7. Hollywood Docket: Will the FCC appeal?; UFC vs. pirates; RIAA's legal bill

    7:14 am 7/14/2010

    In the wake of the appeals court ruling restricting the FCC&#39;s ability to fine broadcasters for indecent language on the airwaves, the big question is now whether the FCC intends to appeal. Doing so poses the risk of further bleeding its constitutional authority, but the Supreme Court&#39;s conservative wing might be more receptive to the government&#39;s indecency arguments than the Second Circuit has been.Read more

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  8. Willy Wizard takes Harry Potter copyright fight to America

    7:13 am 7/14/2010

    <p> <a href="/images/old/6a00d83451d69069e20133f24850ed970b-pi.jpg" style="float: right;"><img alt="Harry_potter_and_the_goblet_of_fire" class="asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451d69069e20133f24850ed970b " src="/images/old/6a00d83451d69069e20133f24850ed970b-200wi.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px; width: 200px;" /></a> The battle between Willy the Wizard and Harry Potter has moved to U.S. shores.</p> <p>The estate of Adrian Jacobs, who authored the 1987 book &quot;The Adventures of Willy the Wizard,&quot; has filed a lawsuit in New York district court against Scholastic Inc., publisher of &quot;Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.&quot; The lawsuit claims that J.K. Rowling misappropriated copyrighted elements from Jacobs&#39; book.</p> <p>The estate <a href="/2009/06/harry-potter-willy-wizard-copyright-infringement-plagiarism.html">filed a similar lawsuit</a> last year in England against Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, the UK publisher of the Harry Potter franchise. Now in a <a href="http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/cgi/news/release?id=292190">statement</a>, Jacobs estate trustee Paul Allen says the estate is contemplating legal action in key territories worldwide and the &quot;USA being the world&#39;s largest market for Potter books means that our first overseas action is brought here in America.&quot;</p> <p>The plaintiff is seeking an injunction against further sale of the &quot;Goblet&quot; book, destruction of remaining inventory of the books, and profits from lucrative sales.</p> <p>After the jump is the complaint, presenting claimed evidence that the two works are substantially similar.</p> Read more

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  9. 'The Hills' stunning final scene: lights, camera, crew

    6:53 am 7/14/2010

    Fascinating choice for a final shot on MTV's "The Hills" series finale. Read more

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  10. Fox's MLB All-Star Game tops Tuesday

    6:09 am 7/14/2010

    Fox won the night with the MLB All-Star Game while reality competitors flourished. Read more

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