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Film academy sticking with Oscars producers

The producers behind the last two Oscar telecasts are coming back for a third time.

The film academy announced Monday that Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return to produce the 87th Academy Awards. The two were responsible for the 2013 show hosted by Seth MacFarlane and this year’s telecast starring Ellen DeGeneres.

Film academy chief Dawn Hudson said Zadan and Meron “are masters at tapping into the zeitgeist.” This year’s show set social media records when DeGeneres’ star-studded selfie became the most retweeted image ever.

The 87th Oscars will be Feb. 22 at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.

Discovery cancels Everest jump

The Discovery Network is canceling a daredevil’s planned jump off the summit of Mount Everest in a wing suit next month following the avalanche that killed at least 13 people on Friday.

Network spokeswoman Laurie Goldberg said Sunday that the network’s thoughts and prayers go out to the Sherpa community of guides who were the victims of the avalanche.

Jumper Joby Ogwyn already was at Everest in advance of the jump, which was scheduled to be televised live May 11 worldwide. Discovery had hoped for big ratings with the stunt, and had scheduled several hours of coverage in anticipation.

iHeartRadio Awards select performers

Pharrell, Drake and Blake Shelton are among the A-listers set to perform at the first iHeartRadio Music Awards.

Clear Channel announced Monday that Kendrick Lamar, Shakira, Ed Sheeran and Arcade Fire will also take the stage at the May 1 awards show in Los Angeles. Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Lorde and Coldplay’s Chris Martin will make appearances.

Contenders for artist of the year include Rihanna, Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, Imagine Dragons and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

The awards will air live on NBC from the Shrine Auditorium starting at 8 p.m.

Luke Bryan, Pitbull, Ariana Grande and Thirty Seconds to Mars will also perform during the three-hour telecast.

Whedon releases film online for $5

Joss Whedon is releasing a film he wrote as a $5 digital download, bypassing the normal channels of independent film distribution.

In a video announcement Sunday following the premiere of the supernatural romance “In Your Eyes” at the Tribeca Film Festival, Whedon says the film will immediately be released online via Vimeo On Demand and InYourEyesMovie.com.

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