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Highlights From ‘Go Set A Watchman’

Harper Lee’s buzzed-about new release, Go Set A Watchman, went on sale last week, taking the world by storm with its new investigations of Scout Finch as a grown woman and its divisive portrayal of her father, Atticus Finch, as a racist figure. Here are some highlights from the new book:

Leonardo DiCaprio Agrees To Donate It-Factor To Science

LOS ANGELES—Saying the gift would immeasurably improve their understanding of the ineffable quality that makes certain big-screen stars positively radiate, researchers at the University of California Los Angeles announced Tuesday that A-list actor Leonardo DiCaprio has agreed to donate his it-factor to science.

How Theaters Are Trying To Win Back Moviegoers

The number of Americans who went to the movies hit a 20-year low in 2014, leaving theaters scrambling to find ways to incentivize the public to see new releases on the big screen rather than watch films at home or on the internet. Here are some methods theaters are using to win back audiences and increase box office sales:

Comic-Con Survival Guide

San Diego Comic-Con is expected to draw more than 130,000 fans to Southern California this year to participate in cosplaying, attend panels, go to film screenings, and learn more about their favorite series. Here are some tips for surviving the four-day conference

Your Horoscopes — Week Of July 7, 2014

ARIES: Your belief that nothing can stop you will be tested this week by depression, procrastination, concrete barriers, dysentery, armed gunmen, and the unanimous passage of several laws targeted specifically at stopping you.

Disney Unveils First Virgin Princess

LOS ANGELES—In an effort to better reflect the diverse backgrounds and experiences of their audience, Disney officials this week introduced Lily of Hazelberry, the company’s first virgin princess.

Your Horoscopes — Week Of June 23, 2015

ARIES: The universe, in all its wisdom, has a plan for everyone. Strangely, you’re supposed to be the nun who holds up a distributor cap and winks while the Nazis try to start their car.

Your Horoscopes — Week Of June 9, 2015

ARIES: Your death next week will seem in­explicable until people remember the ill-advised 1985 “cross your heart and hope to die” pledge you made to be best friends with Jenny Bosben.

New Music Festival Just Large Empty Field To Do Drugs In

Declaring the event a rousing success so far, organizers confirmed more than 45,000 people turned out Wednesday for the first annual Cavalcade Folk and Roots Festival, a four-day gathering that consists solely of a big empty field to do drugs in.

Director Seeking Relatively Unknown Actress For Next Affair

LOS ANGELES—Saying that he’s going for a certain look and will know it when he sees it, feature film director Peter Hastings, 52, confirmed to reporters Wednesday that he hopes to find a relatively unknown actress for his next extramarital affair.

Your Horoscopes — Week Of May 26, 2015

ARIES: You’re not sure if your new mousetrap is better, but due to its horrifying use of liquefying blades, the world will beat a path to your door out of sheer morbid curiosity.

Famous Television Finales

The award-winning AMC series Mad Men ended its seven-season run on Sunday night and drew critical acclaim for its final episode, a conclusion that many felt was poignant and satisfying. Here are some other memorable TV finales across the years

Plan For Future Still Involves Drumming For Lifehouse

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Fox Revives ‘X-Files’: What To Expect

After months of speculation, Fox has announced that it is bringing back its hit ’90s TV show The X-Files, about a team of FBI special agents investigating unsolved cases about strange and paranormal phenomena, for at least six new episodes...

Your Horoscopes — Week Of March 24, 2015

ARIES: Your belief that everything happens for a reason may remain unshaken in the face of personal tragedy, but you'll certainly be upset when you find out the reason is "to get the Zodiac some chicks." 

Your Horoscopes — Week Of March 10, 2015

ARIES: As long as people don't look too long and the lights aren't too bright, no one will be able to see where they tried to fix your face from what will happen to it this coming Thursday. 

Nation Delighted As Many Famous People In Same Room Together

HOLLYWOOD—Expressing their immense personal satisfaction at the gathering appearing on their television screens, millions of Americans across the country were reportedly delighted Sunday night upon seeing many famous people in the same room together...

Half Of Hollywood Test Group Screened Placebo Film

LOS ANGELES—Saying the methodology helps them ensure unbiased results in their marketing research, studio executives at Paramount Pictures confirmed that during a Hollywood test screening this week they showed half of all theatergoers a placebo film...

Your Horoscopes — Week Of January 6, 2015

ARIES: One of the worst moments of a person's life is when they finally realize that they're mortal and are going to die, especially when it's a person like you who only sees the cement truck at the last second.

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Sesame Street’s 45th Anniversary: A Look Back

Sesame Street, the long-running PBS children’s television show starring a cast of Jim Henson muppets who teach children basic learning concepts and introduce them to difficult issues, turns 45 this week.
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  • How Theaters Are Trying To Win Back Moviegoers

    The number of Americans who went to the movies hit a 20-year low in 2014, leaving theaters scrambling to find ways to incentivize the public to see new releases on the big screen rather than watch films at home or on the internet. Here are some methods theaters are using to win back audiences and increase box office sales:

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New Television Show In The Works

BURBANK, CA—A possible new television program is "in the works," with preliminary meetings regarding a potential development deal with UPN "a definite possibility," sources at the extreme periphery of the U.S. entertainment industry confirmed Monday.

UPN president Dean Valentine and Viacom chairman Jonathan Dolgen. It is hoped Valentine will green-light the new project.

"Imagine, a new TV show," Daily Variety reporter Brent Klarman said. "I can't tell you what a staggering impact this could have on the lives of the nation's 200 million television viewers. This is big. It's not every day somebody comes up with an idea for a new TV series."

The program, described by co-creator Rob Frankel as "a comedy at this phase, but it could be possibly a drama, too, depending on what the fax we get next Tuesday suggests," has drawn interest from "more than one major network." Frankel noted that "higher-ups" at UPN have already seen the initial script and will likely be getting back to him sometime soon, possibly even later this week.

According to Frankel and co-creator Daniel Black, if funding can be found and a pilot made, the new program could hit the airwaves as early as next fall. If so, it would become one of just 600 to 700 shows to debut this year and could become a development of great importance to the nation's broadcast industry, with syndication rights alone worth tens of millions, maybe.

Currently being developed under the working title Livin' 'N Learnin', the new show will, once a first-draft script is worked out, probably examine the trials and tribulations of three young professionals struggling to make it in Los Angeles. Though none of the characters have yet to be given names, the three central protagonists have been narrowed down to an attractive, 27-year-old white man with brown hair who wants to be a TV writer; an attractive, 25-year-old white woman with blonde hair who is studying to be a chef and may or may not fall in love with the aspiring TV writer in Season Two; and an attractive, 26-year-old African-American or Asian man or woman who will be a schoolteacher, an aspiring actor, or gay.

"This really sounds like the kind of program people might enjoy, I think," said Chad Locke, who, if all goes well, will use his position as assistant mailroom clerk at UPN to leave the script where UPN president Dean Valentine is likely to see it. Locke, who roomed with the show's co-creators two summers ago while at USC Film School, is confident that the potential series' hilarious-yet-touching look at the problems facing 18- to 34-year-olds today will "really resonate with UPN's core audience."

But even if the UPN plan does not pan out, Frankel said, "there are still a lot of other options." There are the people he knows at Fox and Comedy Central, as well as an intern at Paramount TV who "owes me big-time," all of whom could prove valuable as contacts. Black, whose uncle once appeared on an episode of Lost In Space, also knows a guy who knows Joss Whedon. And in 1994, Frankel served a reuben sandwich to one of the top entertainment lawyers in Hollywood and gave him his card.

"Plus," Frankel said, "we have really good relationships with the agencies. Not that it was easy establishing those contacts, but sending out all of those fruit baskets really helped establish a viable rapport."

Television critics have already begun speculating about the show, with anticipation for what might eventually become the first new TV show in three to four days building to a fever pitch.

"Will one guy be mistaken for another guy, resulting in a complex series of hijinks that ruins one of the characters' Big Date?" USA Today TV critic Matt Walsh asked. "Or will a dramatic confrontation about some woman's courageous battle with an eating disorder bring all of the characters closer together? There's only one way to know for sure... by watching Livin' 'N Learnin', when and if it ever airs, on some network, someday."

America's TV-viewing public is equally excited. "A new show? That sounds pretty good," said Fred Lundegard, an Akron, OH, tile-warehouse manager. "I'd sure like it if there were some different shows I could watch."

Despite standing on the verge of potential fame and fortune, Frankel and Green stressed that they remain the same down-to-earth people they have always been.

"We're not going to suddenly change just because we have this big TV show in the works," Frankel said. "Sure, it's impressive, but if we lose touch with the little people around us, the show might lose what makes it special: that human quality. You can't fake that."

Black agreed. "That's the thing that really sets Livin' 'N Learnin' apart from other shows these days: It has heart," he said. "We won't let all of this potential success affect us. No matter what happens, we'll always remember where we came from. After all, we're not doing this for the money, power or celebrity. We're doing it because we truly believe in this project. And once we've determined exactly what that project will turn out to be, we will not waver from that vision."