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Kidman among Oscar winners to judge Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival announced its most Hollywood-heavy jury lineup in years Wednesday, with a list that includes Oscar winners Nicole Kidman, Christoph Waltz and Ang Lee.

Veteran filmmaker Steven Spielberg, who is 2013’s jury president, will make this an Oscar-winning quartet – a rare event for a festival that prides itself on celebrating less mainstream, independent cinema.

Other jurors include Romanian director Cristian Mungiu, French actor Daniel Auteuil, Indian actress Vidya Balan, Scottish director Lynne Ramsay, and Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase.

Braff asking fans to back next movie

Since directing “Garden State,” Zach Braff has continually prepared music in an iTunes playlist titled, “For Next Movie.” Nine years and hundreds of saved songs later, Braff hopes he’s finally making his follow-up to “Garden State” – if his fans can help.

On Wednesday, in the wake of the enormously successful “Veronica Mars” Kickstarter campaign, the “Scrubs” star launched a crowd-funding campaign to make his next movie. For the next 30 days, he’ll try to raise $2 million on Kickstarter for “Wish I Was Here,” a film he co-wrote with his brother Adam.

In a video on his Kickstarter page, Braff pledges this approach enables him to produce “the truest representation of what I have in my brain.” He calls the film “a continuation of the tone” of “Garden State.”

NBC plotting 12-day quiz show

NBC says it’s planning a 12-day-long, around-the-clock competition show to air this fall.

The network said Wednesday that the trivia-based game show, “The Million Second Quiz,” will air live in prime time from a specially built studio in the heart of Manhattan. This hourglass-shaped complex will also serve as the living quarters of the four finalists.

When the 12 days – or 1 million seconds – draw to a close, the winner could claim a cash prize of as much as $10 million.

Viewers will be able to play along in real time and sync to the prime-time broadcast.

The network didn’t announce a premiere date.

Jason Segel to pen kids book series

Jason Segel is becoming an author.

The star of the TV series “How I Met Your Mother” and “Freaks and Geeks” has a deal with Random House Children’s Books for a middle-grade series set in a haunted town. The series is called “Nightmares!” and will debut in the fall of 2014.

Random House announced Wednesday that best-selling children’s author Kirsten Miller will collaborate with Segel. The publisher is calling the series a story of kids “overcoming their fears.”

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