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Johnny Depp Dumped By New Lawyers As Trial Looms In Ex-Biz Managers Battle

EXCLUSIVE: At World's End may not just be a title in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise for Johnny Depp but also the state of the star's $25 million fraud lawsuit with his former business managers. Less than three weeks after losing heavyweights Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP as part of his legal team in the nearly year and a half long multi-complaint battle with The Management Group, Depp has now been bloodlessly cut loose by replacement Michelman & Robinson… Read

TV

NFL 2018 Schedule Is Out: Check Out The Primetime Games, Thanksgiving & More

The NFL is coming off a rough season lowlighted by some ratings challenges and a president — and a big chunk of the league’s fan base — grumbling about players protesting during the national anthem. But after an off-season in which Fox spent a reported $3 billion for the Thursday Night Football TV rights for its 25th year airing the NFL games, spring has sprung and a new campaign looms, as the country’s most lucrative sports machine released its 2018 regular-season… Read

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‘My Fair Lady’ Broadway Review: Lauren Ambrose’s Eliza Brings Fair Fight To Professor Henry Higgins

While Carousel spins its gorgeous melodies and troublesome social politics in Midtown Manhattan, My Fair Lady, its lighter-hearted companion in the Big Book of treasured musicals toting outdated notions, has opened some 20 blocks north in a sumptuous Lincoln Center Theater production, its cast of 37 led by a tempestuous Lauren Ambrose and, in his Broadway debut, Harry Hadden-Paton, best known stateside for a Prince Charming turn on Downton Abbey but here making a right… Read

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Stuntman Injured By SUV Driven By Tom Sizemore On ‘Shooter’ Set Settles Lawsuit

A lawsuit brought by a stuntman pinned beneath an SUV driven by Tom Sizemore during a TV production has been settled. A notice of settlement was filed March 29 on the suit, which named Paramount Pictures and Sizemore. The parties must appear in court in July to finalize it. Terms were not disclosed. Stuntman Steve de Castro alleged Sizemore was intoxicated during filming for the USA Network show Shooter when the incident occurred.  The filming was done at Agua Dulce… Read

Film

‘Tully’ Director Jason Reitman On Working With Charlize Theron & Diablo Cody: ‘We’re Strangely Writing This Diary Together’ – Tribeca

“It starts with an idea in her head,” said Oscar-nominated filmmaker Jason Reitman on how the ball started rolling with screenwriter Diablo Cody on their latest feature Tully, “and this will frustrate the shit out of you, but she had two sentences of a movie and six weeks later a script showed up, and that was the shooting draft.” Emphasizing Cody’s raw talent, Reitman added that Cody isn’t the type of writer that works with index cards rather “she knows what the first… Read

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DGA, SAG-AFTRA & IATSE Urge Congress To Update Internet Copyright Law

As Congress continues to investigate Cambridge Analytica's unauthorized access to the private information of more than 87 million Facebook users during the 2016 election, the leaders of the DGA, SAG-AFTRA and IATSE have urged the Senate to look at the "broader context" of Internet regulations that they say allowed the breach to happen in the first place. Specifically, the union leaders want the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees, which heard testimony from Facebook… Read

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Bill Cosby Trial Could Be Sent To Jury Early Next Week

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The prosecution in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial formally rested its case today as the defense struggled to have its witnesses ready. The case could be sent to the jury by early next week. After two toxicology experts spent the entire day Thursday on the stand discussing the effects of Benadryl and quaaludes, Judge Steven O'Neill told jurors to expect a half day of testimony Friday and for testimony to conclude after the weekend. Closing statements could come as… Read

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Why Antonio Banderas Was Reluctant To Portray Iconic Painter For ‘Genius: Picasso’ — Tribeca Studio

Catching the first season of National Geographic’s Genius—starring Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein—Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated actor Antonio Banderas found what he considered “quality television,” not knowing at the time that the series from Ron Howard and Kenneth Biller would turn to Spanish painter Pablo Picasso for Season 2. “It taught me a lot of things about somebody that I thought I knew a lot about. In reality, I knew nothing about [Einstein’s] personal life… Read

Film

‘Songwriter’ Director Murray Cummings On Evolution In Ed Sheeran’s Songwriting Process — Tribeca Studio

Setting his sights on the songwriting process of Grammy-Award winning singer-songwriter Ed Sheehan with Songwriter—his feature debut, which screened at the Berlin International Film Festival before moving on to Tribeca—Murray Cummings’ documentary came about as unusually and organically as any could. The Songwriter journey began with a family connection, Cummings being Sheeran’s cousin. “Our family's really close, so all the way through growing up, we would hang out and… Read

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Amazon Developing ‘Transhuman’ & ‘East Of West’ Genre Series From Comic Book Creator Jonathan Hickman & Skybound

EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Studios has put in development two hourlong genre drama series, East of West and Transhuman, from comic book creator Jonathan Hickman based on his graphic novels. He is teaming on both projects with another comic book creator, The Walking Dead‘s Robert Kirkman who will executive produce via his company’s Skybound Entertainment’s first-look deal at Amazon Studios. Both projects will be created and executive produced by Hickman and Nick Dragotta and J.M… Read

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AT&T Boss Defends Time Warner Against “Absurd” Government Claims

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson took the witness stand this afternoon, appearing in a Washington federal court as the final defense witness in the five-week antitrust trial over the mobile giant’s pending merger with Time Warner. Ridiculing the Department of Justice complaints as “absurd,” the bespectacled 58-year-old architect of the deal defended it as a necessary measure by two traditional companies facing unprecedented competition from tech rivals. By joining forces, he… Read

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Peter Bart: Scaling Up Through Mergers No Fun Anymore For Moguls

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The time has come to augment the endangered species list, with Hollywood media moguls as the latest entries. They used to be the loudest voices in the room, but now you need a scorecard to figure out who's in charge of what. Consider this week: The CEOs of AT&T and Time Warner took the stand in federal court to slam the Justice Department for opposing their vaunted merger (what will be the fate of CNN and HBO?). Les Moonves must audition again for the (dubious?) privilege… Read