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’60 Minutes’ Admits Error

In a rare admission of faulty reporting on CBS News’ authoritative “60 Minutes” newsmagazine, correspondent Lara Logan acknowledged the program was misled by a primary source while preparing a story about last year’s attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

“We made a mistake,” Logan said in an interview on “CBS This Morning.”

Questions were raised about the “60 Minutes” Oct. 27 report on Benghazi quickly after it aired on CBS. In the report, a source named Morgan Jones claimed to have been in the thick of the fighting around the U.S. diplomatic compound, even saying he hit a terrorist in the face with his rifle. The attack left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens dead and spurred intense scrutiny of how the State Department handled the incident.

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Justin Lin Moves Fast to ‘Bourne’

justin_linAfter reviving the “Fast & Furious” franchise and turning it into one of Universal’s most profitable series, director Justin Lin may be in line to board another high profile franchise at the studio.

Lin will direct the untitled sequel to “The Bourne Legacy” starring Jeremy Renner.

Renner is expected to return as the title character with Anthony Peckham recently coming on to pen the script. Lin, Frank Marshall, Jeffrey Weiner and Ben Smith are producing.

Chairman Donna Langley, co-president of production Peter Cramer and vice president of production, Anikah McLaren will oversee the project for Universal.

Hunger Games Theme Parks?

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Katniss Everdeen may be coming to a theme park.

Lionsgate is exploring getting into the theme-park business, taking advantage of its blockbuster “Hunger Games” franchise.

CEO Jon Feltheimer made the disclosure Friday during a conference call with analysts following release of the studio’s quarterly earnings report.

Feltheimer said Lionsgate had been approached about “Hunger Games” theme parks in two territories and was considering those possibilities. He gave no further details.

The CEO’s disclosure came in response to an analyst question about which areas of “Hunger Games” merchandising had performed well. Motion Picture Group Co-Chairman Rob Friedman had said that Lionsgate was “very excited” by sales of the “Capitol Couture” line of attire.

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katnis Everdeen, opens worldwide on Nov. 22 in 50 markets and is expected to dominate the box office for several weeks.

Fox Orders Seth MacFarlane Animated Comedy ‘Bordertown’

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Fox has given a 13-episode order to an animated comedy, “Bordertown,” from Seth MacFarlane and “Family Guy” scribe Mark Hentemann.

Skein revolves around two families living in a small town along the U.S.-Mexico border — one headed by a border patrol agent, the other by an industrious Mexican immigrant. It’s targeted to premiere next season.

Hentemann and MacFarlane will exec producer for 20th Century Fox TV. Fellow “Family Guy” scribes Alex Carter and Dan Vebber are co-exec producers.

“Bordertown” is the first new animated skein from the MacFarlane shop since “Family Guy” spinoff “The Cleveland Show” premiered in 2009. The budding mogul has fielded a live-action comedy this season, “Dads,” that recently earned a full-season pickup.

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