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Fox And Netflix’s Executive-Poaching Lawsuit Hits Court

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Oral arguments were heard today in a legal battle between media giants 20th Century Fox and Netflix over the right of contracted employees to seek better jobs elsewhere and Fox's right to enforce fixed-term contracts it has with its employees that prevent them from going to work for competitors like Netflix. Last September, Fox sued Netflix for "poaching" two of its executives — Marcos Waltenberg and Tara Flynn – who'd left to join Netflix while still under contract to… Read

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Canada’s Chief Veterinary Office Looking Into Treatment Of Dog Used In ‘A Dog’s Purpose’

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After receiving numerous complaints about the way a German shepherd was treated during a second-unit shoot on the Winnipeg-area set of Universal Pictures’ upcoming family film A Dog’s Purpose, the Chief Veterinary Office of Canada has assigned an animal protection officer to look into the matter. According to Kyle Jahns, spokesperson for the Winnipeg Humane Society in Manitoba, the CVO will be looking into whether there was animal abuse during the filming. Their office… Read

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Trump Plan Would Privatize Public Broadcasting, Kill Arts & Humanities Endowments: Report

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Hours before his inauguration tomorrow, Donald Trump appears ready to approve budget-cutting plans that would outsource public radio and television financing while killing altogether federal support of the arts and humanities. The plans were revealed Thursday morning by the D.C. newspaper The Hill, which reported that under recommendations by the President-elect’s transition team, “The Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized, while the National Endowment fo… Read

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Sundance 2017: $6 Mill Grateful Dead Docu Deal? Will Streaming Services Drive Deal Avalanche?

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Today marks the start of a 2017 Sundance Film Festival that many feel could be dominated by the streaming services that are reshaping the independent film ecosystem. The signs of brisk action are there already, even before the auctions start this weekend. Yesterday, Amazon paid a whopping sum in excess of $6 million for Long Strange Trip, the 4-hour documentary on The Grateful Dead by director Amir Bar-Lev and producer Martin Scorsese, before the film's premiere. Amazon… Read

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‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Makes Surprise Appearance At Steve Mnuchin Confirmation Hearing

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Treasury Secretary-designate Steven Mnuchin listens while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee. Mnuchin built his reputation and his fortune as a savvy Wall Street investor but critics charge that he profited from thousands of home foreclosures as the chief of a sub-prime mortgage lender during the housing collapse
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Donald Trump’s former starring vehicle The Celebrity Apprentice made a dramatic cameo appearance at today’s confirmation hearing for Steve Mnuchin. The former finance director for Trump's presidential campaign — who also is a former partner in Goldman Sachs, former co-owner of One West Bank and a producer of Hollywood movies — is Trump’s appointment for Treasury Secretary. When it was Sen. Claire McCaskill’s turn to take a crack at Mnuchin, she asked: “Would you agree… Read

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Lionsgate Ups Pair To Run TV Unit’s Business Affairs

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Lionsgate has promoted Matthew Kearns and Dan Hadl to EVP Business Affairs and inked both to new long-term deals, the company said today. They will report to Lionsgate Television Group president Sandra Stern, with the trio to work together on negotiating new talent relationships, and creating new business models and financing strategies. Lionsgate TV’s slate features about 90 series on 40 U.S. networks. It also just finalized the acquisition of Starz in a $4.4 billion… Read

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‘Kuso’ Trailer: George Clinton-Starring Sundance Pic Gets Weird & Funky

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EXCLUSIVE: When you have the iconic George Clinton in your feature directorial debut, you know the movie is going to get funky and surreal – and Kuso surely does that, as this mind-bending trailer above reveals. Premiering on January 21 in the Sundance Film Festival's Midnight slate, Kuso goes deep and vividly into the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that hits L.A. But that's just where the fever dream movie from Steve Ellison and Brainfeeder Films starts. The… Read

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Chris Columbus’ 1492 Sues Investor Ocean Blue For Fraud Over Lack Of Payments

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In a case of overhead and obligation, Chris Columbus' 1492 Entertainment today filed a breach of contract and fraud complaint against Ocean Blue Entertainment and its executives for not paying their bills – literally. "Despite having a written obligation to fund the overhead of 1492, Ocean Blue never intended to honor the terms of that agreement," said the 11-page, multiple-claim complaint filed today in LA Superior Court (read it here) of a situation that has seen… Read

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‘Scandal’ Spinoff ‘Gladiator’ Digital Series Launches On ABC.com

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A week before the season 6 premiere of Scandal, ABC has launched a six-part digital series spinoff Scandal: Gladiator Wanted, produced by Shondaland and ABC Studios. Scandal series regular Darby Stanchfield makes her directorial debut with the series, which stars Scandal cast members Guillermo Diaz, Katie Lowes, Cornelius Smith Jr. and George Newbern. In the series, written by Juan Carlos Fernandez, Huck (Diaz), Quinn (Lowes) and Marcus (Smith) are tasked with finding an… Read

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‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ Gets Midsummer Release From Paramount

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Paramount said today that it will release the long-gestating sequel to Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth wide on July 28. Directed this time by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, the Participant Media film will follow the former Vice President in his efforts to fight climate change. The release-date announcement for An Inconvenient Sequel is timed to film opening the Sundance Film Festival tonight. Based on Gore’s PowerPoint presentation on global warming, the 2006 original became… Read

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Comcast & Univision Renew Carriage Deal

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Comcast and Univision have renewed their distribution agreement for carriage of Univision’s Spanish-language broadcast and cable networks as well as its owned-and-operated stations. The deal covers Univision, UniMás and Galavisión as well as the O&Os. Univision’s local channels in New York and Los Angeles were No. 1 and No. 2 in early and late local newscasts in any language during the most recent November sweep. The new deal takes effect immediately; terms were not… Read

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‘The Last Word’ Sundance Clip: Shirley MacLaine Schools Amanda Seyfried On ABCs Of Obituaries

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EXCLUSIVE: Harriet Lauler (Shirley MacLaine) is a successful retired businesswoman who needs to control everything — including her obituary. So she hires young local writer Anne Sherman (Amanda Seyfried) to pen her life’s story. When the initial result doesn't meet Harriet’s high expectations, she sets out to reshape the way she is remembered. That’s the setup for The Last Word, a generational dramedy from director Mark Pellington and writer Stuart Fink that premieres at… Read