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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

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‘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

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‘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

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‘Scandal’ Finale To Feature New Track By An R&B Legend; Watch Featurette About Series Ender

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Tonight’s anticipated finale of ABC’s Scandal will see Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope and her gladiators take their final bows. Details are scarce of what might occur during the series ender, but ABC has shared one thing that will happen: The finale will feature a brand-new track by Stevie Wonder that will air as the last song of the series. No additional details, so keep an ear peeled. Meanwhile, ABC has released a featurette about the Shondaland drama’s series ender in… Read

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Ethan Hawke & Noomi Rapace Learn True Meaning Of ‘Stockholm’ Syndrome — Tribeca Studio

Working with Ethan Hawke on 2015’s Chet Baker biopic Born to Be Blue, writer/director Robert Budreau was eager to work with the actor again, finding that opportunity with his Tribeca-premiering Stockholm. Given a 1975 New Yorker article by one of his L.A. producers, Bureau found here a most unusual and unexpected story, detailing the absurd incident—a hostage crisis at a Swedish bank—that resulted in the creation of the term “Stockholm Syndrome.” “I was really captivated… Read

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‘Living Biblically’ Pulled Off the Schedule By CBS, Replaced By ‘Big Bang’ Repeats

After CBS yesterday wrapped its round of early pickups of the series it considered no-brainers for renewal, it has started to shed the weakest of the rest. Monday comedy Living Biblically has been pulled from the schedule effective immediately. Starting next week, it will be replaced by repeats of The Big Bang Theory.  The move is not a surprise. Living Biblically is CBS’ least watched series this season and tied for last place in adults 18-49 (Live+same day). CBS earlier… Read