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Warner Bros, MGM & Paramount Hit With Outsourcing Suit By Musicians Union

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According to the American Federation of Musicians, the songs did not remain the same, or at least in the places they were supposed to be. The 80,000-member-strong union slammed Warner Bros, Paramount Pictures and MGM on April 24 in federal court with a breach of contract lawsuit over four features' scores– including one nominated for this year’s Oscars. The AFM alleges that the trio of studios broke a 2010 agreement to ensure that the music for movies made in the U.S. and… Read

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John Oliver Delivers Suspiciously Cheap Lunches To Heads Of Clothing Retailers

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John Oliver’s HBO show marked this week’s second anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, by taking on the retailers who sell suspiciously cheap clothing – and the TV news morning programs that alternately do sad-eyed reports on human lives lost in overseas sweatshops disasters and segments raving about the incredibly cheap clothing available in this country. The clothing retailers, Oliver said, are “losing the right to act surprised” every few years… Read

Awards

Daytime Emmy Awards Winners – Best Drama A Tie As ‘Y&R,’ ‘General Hospital’ Win Three Each

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The Daytime Emmys brought a soap-opera-ish end to its return to television with a tie for the night’s biggest award: Best Drama. The Young and The Restless and Days of Our Lives split that one. Y&R tied with General Hospital for the most awards, as each snagged three. GH took the top two actor awards for Anthony Geary and Maura West. Tyra Banks hosted the 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards on the Pop network after a year of online-only coverage.The Bold and the Beautiful won … Read

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Anne Hathaway, Julie Taymor Spin Bleak Magic In Searing Drone Drama ‘Grounded’

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Rarely has the phrase “torn from the headlines” burned with as much relevance as it does with Grounded, the mesmerizing show that opened Sunday at the Public Theater. George Brant’s one-woman play about America’s shift to drone warfare may have been written four years ago (and performed elsewhere around the country), but its divisive subject is as current as the front page of today’s New York Times. And its relevance is heightened by the fact that a war perceived… Read

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BAFTA TV Craft Awards: ‘Penny Dreadful’ Leads With Three Wins

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The British Academy Television Craft Awards were given out tonight at The Brewery, City of London, and appropriately, considering the show’s five nominations, Sky Atlantic and Showtime’s Penny Dreadful had the best night. It took home wins for Make Up and Hair design, Original Music, and Production design. Trailing closely behind, BBC’s Sherlock picked up two awards for Editing: Fiction, and Sound: Fiction. Celebrating behind the scenes talent on television, the ceremony… Read

Box Office

‘Cinderella’ Scores In Japan; ‘Home’ Lands In China: More International Box Office

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While Avengers: Age Of Ultron hulked out to a massive start in 44 offshore territories, and Furious 7 put new fuel in the record books this frame, the rest of the international box office universe was still moving along. There were no new studio entrants offshore, although Chinese coming-of-age debut The Left Ear ranked No. 3 for the frame at $27M. Elsewhere abroad were holdovers and expansions, including Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, DreamWorks Animation’s Home and Disney’s Cin… Read

Business

Honest Trailers Mocks The Newfronts

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Honest Trailers normally skewers the way marketing for movies often fails to accurately depict the actual product. But with the Digital Newfronts (the online-video world’s equivalent of the Upfronts) starting next week, the series has put together this takedown of the annual advertiser woofest. Targets include appearances by celebs who don’t appeal to the online demo; the higher quality of original online programming compared to traditional television broadcasting; the… Read

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They’re Baaaack! Harvey Weinstein, Former ‘Finding’ Flack Create Tony Threesome

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UPDATE, Sunday 1 P.M.: Adds more on Miramontez’ responsibilities and reaction from Finding Neverland‘s press rep, in second paragraph below. EXCLUSIVE: Whether Harvey Weinstein fired Broadway press representative Rick Miramontez or Rick fired the producer of Finding Neverland is now officially moot. Miramontez’s O&M Public Relations Company is back on board with the team just as Broadway folks start popping massive amounts of Xanax in anticipation of Tuesday morning’s… Read

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How ‘Ex Machina’ Seduced Crowds And Is Poised To Be Summer’s Sleeper Hit

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Amid the bang boom of Furious 7 dominating the box office again in its fourth frame with a $320.5M domestic gross, a cult film was percolating on the charts: A24’s sci-fi drama Ex Machina. The film posted the distrib’s best weekend ever with $5.44M at 1,255 playdates, beating the wide weekend expansion of its 2013 release Spring Breakers ($4.9M). Fans around the web are already heralding the movie as Blade Runner meets Social Network. Ex Machina follows programmer Caleb… Read

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Oscar Winner John Legend Talks Blacks In Prison, Police Brutality On CNN

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While accepting his Oscar alongside rapper Common for their song “Glory” (from Selma), multiple Grammy-winning musician John Legend caused a stir when he called out America’s current high rate of incarceration for black men. “The struggle for justice is right now,” he said, comparing the rate of imprisonment to pre-Civil Rights Era segregation. Since then, he’s emerged as a serious advocate for prison reform and racial justice, founding Free America, an initiative to… Read

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‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Opens To Mighty $201.2M Overseas; Sets IMAX Record

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UPDATE, WRITETHRU, 11:05 AM PT: Avengers: Age Of Ultron was the dominant box office force overseas this weekend with a hulking $201.2M start. The Disney/Marvel mash-up kicked off its career in 44 markets representing 55% of its international footprint, initially beginning to roll out on Wednesday and finishing the maiden frame at the high end of industry projections. Importantly, the $201.2M take exceeds the opening of the first Avengers film by 44% and bests Iron Man 3… Read

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“Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’ Rocks Specialty Box Office

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Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck raised some box-office hell this weekend and appears headed to 2015’s biggest non-fiction debut, even with only partial numbers available this morning and an HBO debut coming in about a week. On the dual-platform side, Adult Beginners acted like a VOD veteran, racking up $211,000 there, nearly five times as much revenue as in its theatrical day-and-date debut for RADiUS. Adult Beginners – starring Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne and Bobby Canavale… Read