"Transcendence" is expected to gross $20 million to $22 million in the U.S. and Canada this weekend. It stars Johnny Depp, shown above on the monitor, as well as, standing from left, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy and Rebecca Hall.

Johnny Depp's 'Transcendence' poised for subdued U.S. launch

Johnny Depp's new artificial-intelligence thriller probably lacks the processing power to top the U.S. box office charts this weekend. 

The $100-million "Transcendence," in which Depp plays a brilliant researcher, is expected to gross $20 million to $22 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, according to people who have seen prerelease audience surveys.

That could clear the way for a third-straight victory by "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" or a come-from-behind win for the animated tropical birds comedy "Rio 2." Those films could each add $20 million to $25...

Director Bryan Singer.

Bryan Singer lawsuit: Attorney for plaintiff also handled 'Elmo' case

The lawyer that’s representing a man who is accusing director Bryan Singer of sexual assault isn’t new to these kinds of cases.

Jeff Herman filed a complaint late Wednesday in Hawaii federal court claiming the filmmaker of preying on his then-17-year-old client at parties in the late 1990s. Singer's attorney denied those charges.

The plaintiff in the case is now 31.

In 2012, Herman was the lawyer behind a similar lawsuit filed against former “Elmo” puppeteer Kevin Clash. In that case, Herman’s clients claimed Clash sexually abused them when they were minors.


Tim Palen, Lionsgate's chief marketing officer, will assume control of Summit's marketing.

Lionsgate shakes up movie marketing operations

In a shakeup of Lionsgate's film marketing operations, Nancy Kirkpatrick, the head of the studio's Summit Entertainment unit, will resign at the end of April.

In her place, Tim Palen, Lionsgate's chief marketing officer, will assume control of Summit's marketing, the company said Thursday. 

Kirkpatrick has been president of Summit's worldwide marketing for the last six year, overseeing the campaigns for the blockbuster "Twilight" film series and the recent release "Divergent," among others.

Santa Monica-based Lionsgate acquired Summit in January 2012 for $413 million. Giving Palen control of...

Michael Weatherley, a member of the British Parliament and intellectual property advisor to Prime Minister David Cameron, was in Los Angeles on Wednesday to address a group of studio legal and international executives.

British intellectual property advisor urges softer stance on Google

The intellectual property advisor to British Prime Minister David Cameron has some advice for Hollywood: Work with Google.

"We shouldn't just focus on Google being the problem," said Michael Weatherley, a member of the British Parliament, at a meeting in Los Angeles on Wednesday. "We have to remember they are not creating the illegal content and they are not using the illegal content, they are just facilitating between the two."

Weatherley was referring to the pitched battle that erupted two years ago between the major entertainment studios and Google, as well as other tech companies, after...

Jennifer Lopez on "American Idol."

TV ratings: Fox wins against reruns; 'Survivor' is top show

"American Idol" propelled Fox to a ratings win Wednesday night as network competitors mostly aired reruns, but CBS' "Survivor" was the loudest-singing show, according to early numbers from Nielsen. 

"Idol," the veteran musical contest now in its 13th season, drew 8.4 million viewers overall and scored a rating of 1.9 among key 18- to 49-year-olds, down 5% from last week. With "Idol" its only prime time offering, Fox was the night's highest-rated network, while second-place CBS earned a 1.6. 

CBS' "Survivor: Cagayan" averaged 9.3 million viewers and a rating of 2.2 in 18-49 for the nightly win,...


Suit accuses 'X-Men' director Bryan Singer of sexual assault in 1999

A lawsuit filed in Hawaii on Wednesday accuses Bryan Singer, the director of films including "X-Men," of sexually assaulting a teenager 15 years ago. 

According to the suit, Singer promised a young actor roles in an "X-Men" movie, commercials and other projects if the teen gave in to the director's sexual demands. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Hawaii, also claims that Singer threatened to “destroy” the plaintiff’s career if he didn’t.

Singer's attorneys have told media outlets that the accusations are "completely without merit." 

The attorney for the...

"Foxcatcher," starring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum, will compete at Cannes.

Cannes lineup unveiled. Warner Bros. taps Dee Dee Myers.

After the coffee. Before trying to get a story done well before deadline.

The Skinny: I joke a lot about my cats in this space, but right now sadly one is very ill. So keep a good thought for my beloved Skinny (yes, he is the inspiration for the name of this section of the Morning Fix). Today's headlines include the surprising hiring of Dee Dee Myers as the new spokeswoman of Warner Bros. Also, the Cannes Film Festival unveils its lineup and Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is trying to get Netflix to go on the record with any concerns it may have about Comcast getting bigger.

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Zynga Inc. employees work inside the FarmVille studio at the company's headquarters in San Francisco.

Zynga launches mobile FarmVille in turnaround attempt

Zynga Inc. is betting the farm on mobile games. 

The San Francisco online casual video game maker has struggled in recent years as players have gravitated toward smartphones and tablets for their gaming fix, rather than Zynga's Facebook-based offerings.

Now the company has finally released the first mobile version of its key FarmVille franchise, called "FarmVille 2: Country Escape."

So yes, FarmVille is officially not just for Facebook anymore, and that's part of a larger push by the company to take advantage of the demand for mobile games evidenced by the recent popularity of titles such as...

As complex political issues such as digital piracy and business relations with China loom large in Hollywood, observers said that Dee Dee Myers’ political savvy would be a boon for Warner Bros. Above, Myers attends a Washington, D.C., party in 2011.

Warner Bros. picks Dee Dee Myers for top communications job

Former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers is taking her West Wing experience to the West Coast.

Warner Bros., Hollywood's largest studio, has named Myers head of corporate communications, replacing longtime studio executive Sue Fleishman. Myers, who served during President Clinton's first term, will begin work Sept. 2.

As complex political issues such as digital piracy and business relations with China loom large in Hollywood, observers said that Myers' political savvy would be a boon for Warner Bros. The studio also gains an executive with deep knowledge of how government works and the...

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Broadcasters and Aereo will duke it out at the Supreme Court.

Justice Alito will participate in Aereo case, ending concerns of a tie

There will be no tie in the Supreme Court battle of Aereo vs. the broadcasters.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, who previously had recused himself from participating in the case, will take part in it after all, according to SCOTUS Blog, which tracks the Supreme Court. Oral arguments in the case are scheduled for next week.

Alito had given no reason for recusing himself from the case, but one possible reason is that a justice or his family has stock in some of the companies involved in the dispute.

Launched in 2012, Aereo is a start-up company that transmits the signals of local TV...