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Sharon Waxman

Britney Spears rejects $10 million bid host "X-Factor"

Mar 10 2012

LOS ANGELES, March 9 (TheWrap.com) - Britney Spears has rejected a $10 million offer to host the next season of "The X Factor," TheWrap has learned.

Colleague recalls journalist Anthony Shadid's last moments

Mar 05 2012

LOS ANGELES, March 4 (TheWrap.com) - In his last moments, New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid knew that he faced danger from the horses that would lead him back to safety from Syria, over the border with Turkey.

Univision, ABC seek to launch Hispanic news network

Feb 08 2012

LOS ANGELES, Feb 8 (TheWrap.com) - A joint venture by ABC and Univision to launch an English-language cable news channel catering to the growing Hispanic market is expected to launch before the fall election, individuals with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.

Christina Aguilera re-ups for "The Voice"

Feb 07 2012

LOS ANGELES, Feb 7 (TheWrap.com) - "The Voice" has signed Christina Aguilera for a third season as NBC considers launching that season in the fall instead of waiting until 2013, TheWrap has learned.

Weinstein Company picks up "Lay the Favorite"

Jan 29 2012

LOS ANGELES, Jan 29 (TheWrap.com) - The Weinstein Company has made its first acquisition of this year's Sundance Film Festival, acquiring "Lay the Favorite." The movie, by British director Stephen Frears, sold for more than $2 million.

Hollywood actors' guilds move closer to merger

Jan 29 2012

LOS ANGELES, Jan 29 (TheWrap.com) - The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists' national board approved a merger proposal with the Screen Actors Guild on Saturday.

Fox Searchlight buys "The Surrogate" for $6 million

Jan 24 2012

PARK CITY, Utah (TheWrap.com) - "The Surrogate," a drama starring Helen Hunt and John Hawkes as a man who hires a professional sex surrogate, has sold to Fox Searchlight for $6 million in the largest acquisition of the Sundance Film Festival so far, TheWrap has confirmed.

Sundance new normal - strong films, cautious, steady buying

Jan 23 2012

PARK CITY, Utah (TheWrap.com) - The Sundance action got under way over the weekend with numerous films sold or about to be sold, and indie buyers impressed by a crop of what they called intelligent and thoughtful films.

CBS buys "The Words", "Tupelo 77" gets a director

Jan 22 2012

PARK CITY, Utah, Jan 22 (TheWrap.com) - Buying activity at the Sundance Film Festival ramped up on Sunday after late-night negotiations on Saturday. CBS Films announced that it had acquired "The Words," a drama starring Brad Cooper, Zoe Saldana and Jeremy Irons.

"Invisible War" exposes widespread rape in U.S. military

Jan 22 2012

PARK CITY, Utah, Jan 22 (TheWrap.com) - Rape in the American armed forces is an issue that has quietly been gathering attention over the past decade. But it exploded with the power of suppressed fury at the Sundance festival's Friday afternoon screening of the documentary "The Invisible War," a devastating indictment of the government's inaction on the issue.

World News

China ready for further U.S. trade talks, ambassador says

Beijing is ready to resume trade talks with Washington, China's ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai said, as a top U.S. business lobby in China said nearly half its members are seeing non-tariff barrier retaliation in China due to the trade war.