Universal Studios Japan unveiled Hogwarts castle -- the focal point of its forthcoming Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction -- at a press event on Friday.

Universal Studios Japan sets July opening for 'Harry Potter' attraction

Universal Studios Japan's Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction will open July 15, the theme park announced Friday at an event attended by Japanese and foreign dignitaries.

The $500-million Wizarding World, similar to an attraction that opened at Universal Orlando Resort in 2010, will include rides incorporating environments and characters from the "Harry Potter" book and film franchises.

The themed land, part of the 108-acre theme park in Osaka, will feature attractions such as Hogsmeade Village, the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride, and Hogwarts castle. 

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Mayor De Blasio has vowed to continue supporting the industry, which enjoys one of the most generous film incentives in the country.

New York Mayor De Blasio names new film commissioner

New York City has a new film commissioner.

Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Cynthia Lopez as the new head of the city's Office of Media and Entertainment.

Lopez, formerly an executive vice president of PBS' award-winning "POV" (Point of View) documentary series, replaces Katherine Oliver, who served under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and was praised for reviving the city's film and TV business. 

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Oliver's departure had raised concerns in the film industry about whether De Blasio would champion the entertainment industry in the way his...

Kerry Washington in the Season 3 finale of "Scandal."

TV ratings: 'Scandal's' Season 3 ends strong

The third season finale of ABC's Beltway drama "Scandal" was high in emotion and ratings. 

According to early numbers from Nielsen, Thursday's season closer drew 10.5 million viewers overall and a rating of 3.4 among key 18-to-49-year-olds, marking the series' highest rated finale yet and its second highest rated episode ever.

The series high was the Season 3 premiere, in which the show returned from a major cliffhanger. 

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Compared with the Season 2 finale, Thursday night's episode was up 15% in total viewership and 6% in 18-49. 


Johnny Depp's "Transcendence."

'Transcendence' may not rise; Fox pulls 'Animation Domination'

After the coffee. Before deciding if I should just shave my head.

The Skinny: A very nice touch in this week's episode of "The Americans" when a Jhoon Rhee Self Defense ad was on a television in the background. Anyone who grew up in D.C. in the 1980s like me had to get a chuckle out of that as those ads with their "nobody bother me" tag were a staple of local TV back then. Friday's roundup includes a preview of the weekend box office and more on tax credits for the entertainment industry.

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"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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