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Simon Cowell nabs BAFTA award, McG eyes 'The DUFF'

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  • Simon Cowell will receive a BAFTA award for his work developing talent in the entertainment industry. Expect Cowell to bring down the mood of the June 6 ceremony when he delivers a speech claiming he’s seen people who can develop better talent on a cruise ship. [THR]
  • Director McG is eying the rights to Kody Keplinger’s coming-of-age novel The DUFF. The title of the film, about a 17-year-old high schooler, stands for “Designated Ugly Fat Friend.” Duffman does not approve of acronym. [Variety]
  • In news that will make me 25 times more nauseous, AMC Entertainment and IMAX Corp. will build 25 new theaters, which will open next year in various unspecified locations. [The Wrap]
  • In a press release, the producers behind Trust have announced Zach Braff, Bobby Cannavale, Sutton Foster, and Ari Graynor will join the cast of the show, which begins previews July 23. (Opening night is set for Aug. 12.)

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