Massachusetts Court To Take Redstone Case, But Doesn’t Order A Mental Exam
Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman appears to have won a partial victory in his effort to remain a central player in Sumner Redstone’s media empire.
Massachusetts Probate and Family Court Judge George Phelan has decided to take a case by Dauman and Viacom director George Abrams challenging Redstone’s ability to restructure his family trust and the board of his National Amusements, which owns 80% of the votes at Viacom and CBS.
But the court did not agree with Dauman’s request to… Read
‘Beauty And The Beast’ Live-Action French Version Gets U.S. Release
Beauty and the Beast (La Belle La Bete), the live-action French version of the beloved story directed by Christophe Gans, is getting a theatrical release in the U.S. on Sept. 23, 2016. It will bow, courtesy of Shout! Factory in Los Angeles, New York to be followed by openings in additional cities after that.
Beauty And The Beast premiered during the Berlin Film Festival two years ago and sold nearly 2M tickets in France. It collected about roughly $28M overseas in 2014, en… Read
No Obama Bounce For DNC Day 3 Ratings As They Fall Behind RNC, ‘Wayward Pines’ Finale Down From 2015
It was like a political Coachella last night at the Democratic National Convention – and not just because Lenny Kravitz was playing. With star turns from Vice President Joe Biden and then primetime performances from VP hopeful Tim Kaine and then President Barack Obama himself, the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia was rockin’ – even more so when nominee Hillary Clinton made an onstage appearance at the very end to hug it out with POTUS – though it didn’t lead to ratings… Read
Dwayne Johnson Comedy ‘Ballers’ Renewed For Season 3 By HBO
Two weeks into Ballers’ sophomore run, the Dwayne Johnson comedy series has been renewed for a third season by HBO.
"Dwayne Johnson, Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg and the rest of the Ballers team have once again delivered a winner for our viewers," said HBO programming chief Casey Bloys who developed the series as head of comedy.
Looking at the whirlwind lifestyles and real-life problems of former and current football players, Ballers stars Dwayne Johnson as… Read
‘Flamingo Kid’ Broadway Musical Eyes 2018 Opening
Garry Marshall’s 1984 film The Flamingo Kid is getting the Broadway treatment. The Matt Dillon-starring coming-of-age film set at a swanky beach club on Long Island in the early ’60s is being developed as a musical with book and lyrics from Tony winner Robert L. Freedman (A Gentlemen's Guide To Love And Murder) and music by Scott Frankel.
Marshall wrote and directed the pic, which was distributed by 20th Century Fox. The news comes after the legendary TV creator and… Read
Filmmaker Brian Helgeland Signs With CAA
EXCLUSIVE: Brian Helgeland, who was previously unrepresented by a talent agency, has just signed with CAA. The talented filmmaker won an Academy Award for his screenplay of L.A. Confidential and was also nominated for his screenwriting adaptation of Mystic River. He also wrote and directed Legend, 42, and Payback. In addition, he penned the rebooted The Taking of Pelham 123M and Man on Fire. He will continue to be repped by his attorney Alan Wertheimer of Jackoway… Read
‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Trailer: First Look At Venice-Bound Mel Gibson Pic
Lionsgate just dropped the trailer for the World War II feature Hacksaw Ridge, directed by Mel Gibson and scripted by Robert Schenkkan and Gibson’s Braveheart screenwriter Randall Wallace. The film, which this morning secured a slot in the Venice Film Festival official lineup, is based on the true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in… Read
‘Snowfall’: John Singleton FX Pilot Adds Four To Cast
Carter Hudson, Angela Lewis (Top Five), Juan Javier Cardenas, and Filipe Valle Costa have been cast as series regulars in FX's Snowfall, John Singleton's 1980s cocaine-epidemic drama pilot. Co-created and executive produced by the Boyz N The Hood director Singleton and Erick Amadio, and directed by El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the pilot has been undergoing a revamp.
Hudson will play Teddy McDonald, a CIA operative banished to the Los Angeles office after a tragic misstep in… Read
Jackie Chan Gets Castmates In ‘Bleeding Steel’
Hot off the China opening of the Renny Harlin-directed Skiptrace which opened to $62M+ in the Middle Kingdom in its first weekend out, Jackie Chan headlined a press conference in Sydney to announce that Aussie actors Tess Haubrich (Alien: Covenant) and Callan Mulvey (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as well as actor Show Luo (Journey to the West; Mermaid) have joined the cast of his next film, the sci-fi actioner Bleeding Steel.
Written and directed by Leo Zhang and… Read
MTV Classic Launch: Details About VH1 Classic’s Rebranding & New Lineup
The August 1 relaunch of VH1 Classic as MTV Classic will kick off at 6 AM with MTV Hour One, MTV’s first hour of programming exactly 35 years before, on August 1, 1981.
MTV Classic will feature older MTV series and music programming, with a special focus on the 1990s and early 2000s.
Also part of the kickoff day on August 1 will be the Total Request Live retrospective The TRL Decade; a marathon of the most memorable episodes of MTV Unplugged, including artists Bob Dylan… Read
VH1 & Ice Cube Partner On Hip Hop Version Of ‘Hollywood Squares’
The classic Hollywood Squares is getting a Hip Hop makeover. VH1 and Ice Cube are teaming up on Hip Hop Squares, slated for a fall premiere.
In the new version, celebrity contestants will match wits and test their pop culture knowledge with the superstar squares, featuring the biggest names in hip hop, comedy and entertainment.
Ice Cube will executive produce, with his Cube Vision production company, Jesse Collins Entertainment and Jeff Kwatinetz’s The Firm… Read
Stephen Colbert Enlists John Oliver’s Help In ‘Fight Song’ Parody
Stephen Colbert got a little help from Last Week Tonight host John Oliver to take on a parody of Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song”, which has become the anthem for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
On Tuesday, the Clinton campaign presented an a cappella version in a video that featured celebrities including Elizabeth Banks, and America Ferrera, and Colbert and friend John Oliver later followed with a parody version of their own on Colbert’s Late Show.
The video… Read