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Man Dies After Trapping Head In Seat Of UK Movie Theater, Vue Launches Investigation

A man has died after his head became trapped under the electronic footrest of a UK movie theater’s ‘Gold Class’ seat. Exhibitor Vue have said an investigation is under way into the incident, which took place at its Birmingham StarCity venue. The man died, it said, last Friday – one week after the incident. The ambulance service was called to the site after a man went into cardiac arrest in the cinema. Local reports are that he had bent down to find his phone after it… Read


Working Title, Big Talk Team On Satirical Novel ‘My Sister The Serial Killer’

My Sister The Serial Killer

EXCLUSIVE: UK production dynamos Working Title and Big Talk, whose most recent movie tie-up Baby Driver was a runaway commercial and critical success, are teaming up on the development of slasher satire My Sister The Serial Killer with a view to turning the upcoming book into a feature. The debut novel of Nigerian writer Oyinkan Braithwaite follows a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has an inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends. The Darkest Hour producer Working… Read


Cécile Frot-Coutaz Exiting As CEO Of FremantleMedia To Head YouTube In Europe

Cécile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia, is exiting the company to join YouTube. One of the TV industry’s most senior and longstanding female execs, she has been in the post since 2012 after more than two decades with the production/distribution giant. She is also the former CEO of FremantleMedia North America and was exec producer on American Idol, America's Got Talent and The X Factor USA. She confirmed that she is joining the Google-owned company as Head of… Read


China Film Industry To Be Regulated By Communist Party Propaganda Department

When China abolished the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television last week, state media said a proposed new body overseeing radio and TV management would fall directly under the State Council, ie: more firmly under the thumb of the Communist Party. But a question mark was left over what was to become of film oversight. The situation is now gaining some clarity. A statement from China Film Group on Tuesday said film management will be… Read


‘Supernatural’ EPs & Cast On Potential Season 14 Pick Up & What To Expect In The Remaining Episodes

The cast and creatives of the CW’s Supernatural made their way to the Dolby Theater in Hollywood for PaleyFest 2018. Before they stepped on stage for a panel discussion led by Entertainment Weekly’s Samantha Highfill, the audience members were treated to a world premiere screening of Scoobynatural, the upcoming animated Supernatural and Scooby-Doo crossover episode. Sitting onstage were Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins,  Alexander Calvert, along with Exec… Read


Jimmy Kimmel Lacerates Donald Trump For Congratulating Vladimir Putin On Fixed Election Win

Jimmy Kimmel

President Donald Trump is so unleashed/unhinged these days that TV news outlets and late-night show hosts struggle to keep up. Jimmy Kimmel, for instance, started his monologue noting Trump’s meeting on Tuesday with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia at the White House. “Trump actually prepared for this meeting,” Kimmel assured viewers. “His aides say he watched almost all of the movie Aladdin just to get ready for it.” Establishing relationships with friendly foreign… Read


As The Weinstein World Turns, Industry Asks: Who Is Lantern Asset Management?

Money comes to the entertainment business from all over the world and from every industrial sector. Oil, shopping malls, microchips and more have financed what the world watches on screens. Still, even the savviest showbiz types have become more than a little curious about the identity of the Weinstein Co.'s potential savior: Lantern Asset Management. The Dallas-based company has put forward a $450 million offer ($310 million of it in cash) for the troubled assets of TWC… Read


WGA Members Hear Final Pitch for Need to Renegotiate Packaging Deal With Talent Agencies

WGA West

Members of the WGA West gathered for their third and final meeting tonight to hear their leaders lay the groundwork for renegotiating the guild's decades-old agreement with the Association of Talent Agents covering the packaging of TV series. Leaders of the WGA East and West haven't yet reached out to the ATA to renegotiate the pact, but say there's growing concern among their members about the "conflict of interest inherent in production and packaging," in which agencies… Read


Disney Announces New Marvel Experiences For Theme Parks

As Disney’s Marvel universe continues to conquer the box office, the Mouse House plans to grow the comic universe even more in their theme parks. Today, they announced that they will soon have new experiences at Disneyland Resort, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland. In the video above, they invite guests to become part of a bigger universe that will be filled with the heroes and adventures that have been seen on the big screen. With posters focusing on specific… Read


WhatsApp Co-Founder Brian Acton Joins The “Delete Facebook” Movement

The “Delete Facebook” train just got another passenger. WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton, who left Facebook last year was straightforward about his position on the social media network when he took to Twitter and simply said, “It is time. #deletefacebook.” His tweet — which reached over 21,000 of his followers — comes in the wake of a movement to delete the popular social media platform after it was reported that Cambridge Analytica, the data firm backed by Donald Trump… Read


Michael Jaffa Joins Genius Brands As General Counsel & SVP Biz Affairs

EXCLUSIVE: Former DreamWorks Animation Television exec Michael Jaffa has joined Genius Brands International as its General Counsel and SVP Business Affairs. The global brand-managment company said he will oversee the negotiating and shaping of business transactions in the areas of development, production, licensing, finance and distribution of Genius Brands' content catalog. Jaffa also will spearhead the business and legal operations of its digital channels. The Beverly… Read


Busy Sundance Producer Rachel Song Launches China Production Company

Rachel Song

Rachel Song, the producer behind the Sundance Film Festival competition pics A Kid Like Jake starring Jim Parsons and Claire Danes and Nancy starring Andrea Riseborough, is opening up shop in her native China. She unveiled during Hong Kong’s ongoing Filmart the launch of XS Productions, which will focus on the development and production of Chinese-language film and TV projects with fresh creative talents and international appeal. She will be president of the shingle… Read