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Relativity Scores Rare Legal Win As Netflix Ordered To Pay Lawyer Fees

Netflix owes Relativity $800,000 in attorneys' fees

Ryan Kavanaugh hasn’t come out with any more dough in his pocket, but Relativity gained a bit of financial traction today in the company’s ongoing skirmish with Netflix. A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge Wednesday ordered the streaming service to pay more than $800,000 in legal fees and expenses to the embattled film studio. "The Court holds that Relativity is entitled to an award of attorneys' fees and expenses as to Relativity's own counsel, but that Mr. Kavanaugh and… Read


‘He Will Not Divide Us’: Shia LaBeouf, Luke Turner & Nastja Säde Rönkkö’s Anti-Trump Project Relocates Overseas

He Will Not Divide Us

On Wednesday, Shia LaBeouf tweeted that his four-year anti-Donald Trump project, "He Will Not Divide Us," has found a new home overseas. As of today, the live-streaming protest was adopted by the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) in Liverpool, UK. The exhibit, co-created with Luke Turner and Nastja Säde Rönkkö, was removed at the end of last month from its second location at the El Rey Theater in Albuquerque, NM, after reports of gunfire in the area. Prior… Read


Emmy Winner Kyle Chandler Joins New Line’s ‘Game Night’

Kyle Chandler

EXCLUSIVE: The Bloodline actor will play Brooks, the successful, better-looking brother to Jason Bateman’s character Max in New Line/Warner Bros’ comedy Game Night from John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. In fact, it’s Kyle Chandler’s character who concocts the whole idea for the game night in the film. Game Night centers around a group of couples who are caught up in a very real game night. They get together regularly to play games, but this particular night turns… Read


Mike Epps Reteams With Bruce Willis As ‘Acts Of Violence’ Sets Cast

EXCLUSIVE: Mike Epps is set to reteam with Bruce Willis for Acts of Violence, the new actioner from Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. Cole Hauser, Shawn Ashmore, Sophia Bush and Melissa Bolona also have been cast in the film, which begins principal photography next week with Brett Donowho directing. The pic follows vigilante brothers who infiltrate a human trafficking ring to extricate a loved one. Epps will co-star as head bad guy Max Livingston, who leads a human-trafficking… Read


Graphic Novel ‘The Pro’ Hooks Movie Deal At Paramount

EXCLUSIVE: A lot going on at Paramount Pictures, but they are still making deals. The studio has picked up rights to The Pro, a graphic novel by Garth Ennis, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. Erwin Stoff of 3 Arts is producing and Zoe McCarthy has been hired to write the screenplay. She is best known for her script Bitches On A Boat. The graphic novel writers and illustrators all have stuff going on in Hollywood. Palmiotti’s graphic novel Painkiller Jane has just… Read


Berto Colon Joins ABC’s ‘The Trustee’ Pilot; Robert Baker In ‘Charlie Foxtrot’

Berto Colon (Orange Is the New Black) has booked a series-regular role opposite Meaghan Rath in The Trustee, ABC's comedic one-hour pilot from The Smurfs writers Jay Scherick and David Ronn, Warner Bros TV and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman's studio-based Brownstone Productions. Written by Scherick and Ronn and directed by Michael Engler, The Trustee is described as a fun, female buddy cop comedy about Eliza Radley (Rath), a driven but stubborn detective who finds… Read


Disney Nailed As ‘Home Improvement’ Profit-Sharing Suit Revived By Court

Like a home improvement that you mistakenly thought was completed years ago, Disney saw some legal walls fall today after a California appeals court gave a Home Improvement profit-sharing lawsuit a brand new hammer. “The trial court accordingly erred in granting summary adjudication in favor of Disney,” 2nd District Appeals Court Justice Laurie Zelon wrote with the agreement of two other judges, setting the stage for a new round of action over the profits from the Tim Alle… Read


‘Shots Fired’ Stars Talk About Making Timely Series As Real Events Swirled

Shots Fired, the 10-hour event series that bows tonight on Fox, first premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival and could not feel more of the moment. From creators Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood and featuring a stellar ensemble including Sanaa Lathan, Stephan James and Tristan Mack Wilds, the series follows a media storm that unfolds in a small North Carolina town after the murder of a white teenager by an African-American cop. When they sat… Read


Fox Sets Summer Premiere Dates For ‘Love Connection’; ‘Beat Shazam’, ‘MasterChef’ Season 8 & More


Fox has announced summer premiere dates for three new unscripted series and three returning series. The reimagined Love Connection dating show hosted by Andy Cohen (Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen) premieres at 8 PM May 25. Each episode of the hourlong series features single men and/or women in search of romance with Cohen at the helm. It will be followed at 9 PM by new interactive game show Beat Shazam hosted by Jamie Foxx. On Wednesday, May 31, new live series Th… Read


NY Times Names Jesse Green Co-Chief Theater Critic

The New York Times poached New York magazine’s Jesse Green to be co-chief theater critic with longtime Number One, Ben Brantley. The hiring, effective May 1, according to a memo to the staff from culture editor Danielle Mattoon, inaugurates the double title in the theater coverage and comes with Brantley’s blessing in sharing the title. Green fills the spot abruptly and somewhat mysteriously vacated by longtime second-string critic Charles Isherwood, who was fired last… Read

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No. 15 ‘Hidden Figures’ Box Office Profits – 2016 Most Valuable Movie Blockbuster Tournament

Hidden Figures

When it comes to evaluating the financial performance of top movies, it isn't about what a film grosses at the box office. The true tale is told when production budgets, P&A, talent participations and other costs collide with box office grosses and ancillary revenues from VOD to DVD and TV. To get close to that mysterious end of the equation, Deadline is repeating our Most Valuable Blockbuster tournament, using data culled by seasoned and trusted sources. Hidden Figures 20… Read


Writer-Producers Meredith Lavender & Marcie Ulin Ink Overall Deal With 20th TV

Former Nashville executive producers Meredith Lavender and Marcie Ulin have signed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. The pact comes on the heels of a development season, in which Lavender and Ulin generated two solid contenders for the studio. The duo received a put pilot commitment at Fox for a drama series adaptation of Ben Percy's novel Red Moon, with James Ponsoldt attached to direct and Temple Hill producing. Additionally, Lavender and Ulin… Read