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Modern VideoFilm Founder Sues New Owner For $100 Million

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Moshe Barkat, the founder and former longtime president and CEO of Modern VideoFilm, has filed a $100 million fraud and breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit against Medley Capital, the company that took over the venerable postproduction house in 2014. The suit, filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here), claims that Medley "ran MVF into the ground and destroyed it." At one time, Modern VideoFilm employed more than 500 people, but the suit claims that the company… Read

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Oscars: ‘Miles Ahead’ & ‘Maggie’s Plan’ Are First 2016 Awards Screeners Sent To Voters As Sony Classics Jumpstarts The Race

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EXCLUSIVE: The Emmy voting still has a few hours to go, but that didn’t stop Sony Pictures Classics from officially launching Oscar season, or at least one aspect of it. The annual ritual practiced in this column of naming the winner of the first official screener sent to Academy voters goes to SPC’s spring releases Maggie’s Plan and Miles Ahead. As one Academy member told me, “They are miles ahead in this case.” Indeed SPC is, but the timing is almost identical to last… Read

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Cloris Leachman On Gene Wilder & The ‘Young Frankenstein’ Scene That Cracked Him Up: “We Had To Do It 14 Times”

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EXCLUSIVE: Cloris Leachman, who worked with Gene Wilder on projects including Mel Brooks’ classic 1974 comedy Young Frankenstein, told Deadline via her reps that she had so much respect for the actor, who died Sunday. “Gene was in a class by himself,” she said. “I looked up to him, yet on the set he was just one of us.” Leachman remembers how he kept cracking up during one scene in the iconic film in which she played Frau Blücher. Wilder said Young Frankenstein was his… Read

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Forget About Summer & Sequelitis: Will Fall’s Crowded Pipeline Cannibalize B.O.? – Box Office

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Forget about this summer’s talk of sequelitis slowing down box office: This fall could wind up being a bloodbath with as many as 34 wide releases battling for marquee space before Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them propels us into the holiday play period. By the time four expected wide expansions occur this season, autumn’s wide entries will number 37 – four more than last autumn and 10 more than 2013’s 27 releases. All of this creates an atrocious… Read

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Latest Creative Arts Emmys Presenters Include Chris Hardwick, Margo Martindale & Gloria Steinem – Update

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UPDATED, 5:38 PM: The TV Academy is out with the second wave of presenters for the Creative Arts Emmys on September 10 and 11. Set for Night 1 on Saturday are Linda Ellerbee, Chris Hardwick, Ken Jeong, Margo Martindale, Laurie Metcalf and Martin Mull. Sunday’s presenters will include Michelle Ang, Rob Corddry, Seth Green, Tim Gunn, Robert Herjavec, Julianne HoughCarly Rae Jepsen, Katharine McPhee, Oscar Nuñez and Gloria Steinem. PREVIOUSLY, August 26: The Television Acad… Read

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ABC Nabs ‘Start Up’ Comedy Starring & Directed By Zach Braff As Put Pilot

Zach Braff arrives at the GQ Men of the Year Party at the Chateau Marmont on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

EXCLUSIVE: Scrubs star Zach Braff is returning to series television and to ABC as the star of Start Up, a single-camera comedy, which has received a put pilot commitment. Braff, who also is set to direct, is reuniting with Scrubs co-executive producer Matt Tarses on the Sony TV/Davis Entertainment project, which ABC landed in a competitive situation with multiple networks pursuing. Written by Tarses, Start Up is based on the podcast Start Up by Alex Blumberg. It is a show… Read

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Gene Wilder: Remembering A Comedy Movie Icon – Photos

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Here is a photo gallery focusing on the career of Gene Wilder, who died Sunday. The revered comic actor starred in such inarguable classics as The Producers, Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein and worked alongside such comedy greats as Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Richard Pryor (four times), Wilder’s wife Gilda Radner, Madeleine Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman and Charles Grodin — and even with the likes of Donald Sutherland and… Read

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Focus Features’ ‘A Monster Calls’ Dials Up Christmas Weekend Release

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EXCLUSIVE: Focus Features is moving its J.A. Bayona fantasy drama A Monster Calls out of the crowded October 21-23 weekend and debuting the pic in a top 10-city limited run on December 23 before going wide in 1,500 theaters on January 6. Pic will start off in 20-plus theaters. The movie, which makes its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, follows a 12-year-old boy (Lewis MacDougall) who in dealing with his mother’s (Felicity Jones)… Read

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IATSE Offers To Help ‘Sausage Party’ Animators & Fight “Untenable” VFX Working Conditions

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Claiming that "the entire visual effects industry now operates on race-to-the bottom conditions," IATSE president Matt Loeb has extended "an open invitation to all members of the VFX community to offer assistance." The offer comes in the wake of this month's bankruptcy of ARC Productions in Toronto, and allegations that Nitrogen Studios didn't pay overtime to animators on Sony’s recent release Sausage Party, which was shot in British Columbia. The union says it has… Read

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‘Splitting Up Together’ Comedy From Emily Kapnek & Ellen DeGeneres Gets ABC Put Pilot Commitment

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EXCLUSIVE: Splitting Up Together, a single-camera comedy from Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Prods. and Warner Bros TV, has landed at ABC with a put pilot commitment. The project will be written by Emily Kapnek, reuniting with ABC where she created comedy series Suburgatory and Selfie, also produced by WBTV, where Kapnek has been under an overall deal. Based on the 2016 Danish series created by Mette Heeno, Splitting Up Together is the story of a couple whose marriage is… Read

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Donald Trump: Abedin-Weiner Split Exposes Possible National Security Risk In Clinton Campaign

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Melania Trump and Donald Trump the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio after Mrs. Trump delivered her speech to the convention.

Donald Trump issued a statement this afternoon about Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s decision to finally throw in the towel on her marriage to serial sexter/former congressman Anthony Weiner. “Huma is making a very wise decision. I know Anthony Weiner well, and she will be far better off without him,” Trump began in his statement. “I only worry for the country in that Hillary Clinton was careless and negligent in allowing Weiner to have such close proximity to highly… Read

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Emma Thompson In Talks To Star In Director Richard Eyre’s ‘The Children Act’

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EXCLUSIVE: Emma Thompson is in talks to star in director Richard Eyre’s The Children Act, based on the book by Ian McEwan which follows a British High Court judge who must make judgments on a plethora of seemingly hopeless and unpleasant cases. Judge Fiona Maye is so involved with her cases that she hears that it often strains her marriage. But one case is of particular difficultly — that of a 17-year-old boy who is suffering from leukemia and does not want to be forced… Read