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SAG-AFTRA Closes “Wigging” Probe, Says It “Remains Committed” To Ending Practice Of Men Doubling For Women

SAG-AFTRA has closed its investigation into the "wigging" of a stuntman on MGM's The Domestics and concluded that "wigging a male stunt performer to double for a female performer is not acceptable and that this should not happen again." The union, however, did not fine the film's production company for not doing more to find a qualified stuntwoman to do the job, though it says it "will remain committed to doing what it can to eliminate this practice." The incident, which… Read

Film

Activist Organization Hosts Voter Registration Events At ‘Black Panther’ Screenings

As Black Panther continues to break box office records, it also grows into a cultural phenomenon, shifting the idea of the portrayal of people of color in film. T’Challa’s multi-layered story has gone beyond the confines of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and has brought issues of social awareness, representation, and inclusion further to the forefront. That’s why the Movement for Black Lives is using the groundbreaking movie to engage the Black community through voter… Read

TV

Fergie Apologizes For NBA All-Star Game National Anthem That “Didn’t Strike The Intended Tone”

A day after her performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the NBA All-Star Game was ridiculed on social media, Fergie admits her rendition “didn’t strike the intended tone.” “I've always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA. I'm a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn't strike the intended tone,” the former Black Eyed Peas singer said in a statement to media outlets. “I… Read

Business

Donald Trump Will Attend This Year’s Gridiron Dinner; Still A “Maybe” On White House Correspondents’ Dinner

One day after President Donald Trump threw a Twitter temper tantrum while, about 50 miles away, high school students mourning the country’s latest mass shooting suggested he shove a sock in it, his press secretary announced Trump had RSVP’d “yes” to his very first press dinner. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement Monday regarding the Gridiron dinner in March and its glitzier cousin, the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, in April: Severa… Read

Film

Blue Fox Hires Myriad Pictures’ Audrey Delaney As Marketing & Distribution SVP – Berlin

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Blue Fox Entertainment has hired Audrey Delaney as SVP Worldwide Marketing & Distribution. The exec, who most recently was SVP Marketing & Acquisitions at Myriad Pictures, will work with her new company's U.S. and international divisions, overseeing the marketing and distribution of films for U.S. release and international sales. The hire was announced during the European Film Market underway at the Berlin Film Festival, where Blue Fox has made deals including for the… Read

International

David Parfitt Accuses Harvey Weinstein Of Assaulting Him On ‘My Week With Marilyn’

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UPDATED with response from Harvey Weinstein My Week With Marilyn producer David Parfitt has accused Harvey Weinstein of physically assaulting him during production of the Michelle Williams-fronted feature that was released in 2011. Parfitt made the claim in Channel 4's Working With Weinstein documentary, which airs Tuesday night in the UK. “When we actually got through the main shoot and into the test, he decided it wasn't enough Marilyn's film and that he wanted more… Read

Business

Facebook To Rely On Ben Franklin-Era Technology To Verify Political Ads In The Wake of Russian Meddling

Facebook will rely on technology that dates from Ben Franklin’s time to try to combat foreign meddling in future U.S. elections — the postal service. An executive for the social network told a gathering of the National Associations of Secretaries of State this weekend that the company would begin sending postcards to potential buyers of political ads to verify they reside in the U.S., Facebook confirmed. The postcards would contain a specific code the recipient would… Read

TV

NBA All-Star Game Scores In Ratings For TNT & TBS

Sunday night’s NBA All-Star Game, which aired on Turner-owned TNT and TBS, saw ratings gains in household viewership and all key demos, propelling TNT to win the night across all of cable television, based on metered market delivery. The telecast drew a 4.3 U.S. household rating and 5.1 million household impressions – both up 2% – the best for the event since 2013, based on Nielsen Fast Nationals. Last night's telecast also saw double-digit increases across all key demos… Read

TV

Olympic Curling Medalist From Russia Busted For Doping; Wardrobe Malfunction Leaves French Ice Dancer Exposed

NBC, as usual, has taken flak for its coverage of the Winter Olympics, but a couple of controversies over the weekend certainly weren’t the network’s fault. To wit: A Russian athlete might be forced to forfeit his curling bronze medal after being suspected of failing a preliminary drug test, and a French ice dancer accidentally unclipped the back of his partner’s dress, leaving her to scramble to keep covered up. Ah, the human drama of athletic competition. Let’s look… Read

TV

Major League Baseball Makes Pitch To Speed Up Games

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Major League Baseball unveiled rule changes today designed to speed up the pace of games, including limiting visits to the pitcher’s mound and shaving the time between innings. The moves come after the average length of a nine-inning game last season grew more than four minutes year-over year to 3 hours, 5 minutes and 11 seconds. The league’s Competition and Playing Rules Committees recommended the changes to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. He decided to hold off on… Read

Film

José Padilha Lifts The Lid On ‘7 Days In Entebbe’ – Berlin

7 Days In Entebbe

7 Days in Entebbe director José Padilha says that his terror thriller starring Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl, which tells the story of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight from Tel Aviv, shines a light on similar political issues still prevalent in a Donald Trump presidency. Speaking at the Berlin Film Festival, Padilha said that fear still dominates, as it did in the Middle East in the late 1970s. 7 Days in Entebbe tells the story of the hijackers, two of whom… Read

International

Sony Pictures Television Reshuffles International Production Team

Sony Pictures Television has revamped its international production division and handed new roles to several global executives. The London-based division has hired Brendan Fitzgerald in the new role of SVP International Co-Productions and promoted Richard Parsons to become EVP International Operations across the restructured division. He previously was SVP Corporate Business & Legal Affairs, Internatinal Production. Elsewhere, Cheryl Lynch has been promoted to EVP… Read