Time’s Up Calls For Investigation Into NY District Attorney In Harvey Weinstein Case, Manhattan DA Hits Back
UPDATED at 3:30 p.m. Monday to include a statement from the Manhattan DA’s office.
Time’s Up, the defense fund and pressure group targeting sexual harassment, has penned an open letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo calling for an investigation into the state’s handling of historical sexual harassment and assault allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein.
In the letter, which was published in The Cut, Time’s Up calls on Cuomo to “launch an independent investigation… Read
The Weinstein Company’s 363 Bankruptcy Filing Tonight In Philadelphia?
EXCLUSIVE: Word in financial circles is that The Weinstein Company will officially file for 363 bankruptcy by tonight in Philadelphia. Sources said that will start a bankruptcy procedure that some have compared to the one that MGM went through rather quickly several years ago. Just as happened in that case, there is no shortage of bidders that want the TWC assets, either in pieces or to run as an ongoing concern.
The bidders had meetings right after the $500 million bid… Read
Andy Bird Exiting As Chairman Of Walt Disney International
Andy Bird, Chairman of Walt Disney International, is set to exit the company after 14 years, Deadline has confirmed. The move comes in the wake of last week’s announcement of a reorganization of Disney’s businesses as it prepares to launch direct-to-consumer services and seeks to grow internationally — and ahead of the pending acquisition of Fox’s film and TV assets.
Last week, it was revealed that Kevin Mayer, who has served as Disney's Chief Strategy Officer, has been… Read
Karimah Westbrook Joins CW’s April Blair/Spencer Paysinger Pilot; Justina Adorno Books ABC’s ‘Grand Hotel’
Karimah Westbrook (Suburbicon) is set as a series regular in the CW's untitled April Blair/Spencer Paysinger drama pilot from writer April Blair, Greg Berlanti's Berlanti Prods. and Warner Bros. TV. Written by Blair (Reign) and directed by Rob Hardy, the project is inspired by the life of pro football player Spencer Paysinger and produced by L.A. Galaxy soccer player Robbie Rogers. It centers on a rising high school football player from South Central L.A. When he is… Read
AMC Entertainment Names Wanda Film Group President John Zeng As Chairman
Wanda Film Group President Zeng Maojun (aka John Zeng) has been elected unanimously as non-executive Chairman of the AMC Entertainment Board of Directors, effective immediately. This follows last week’s resignation of Lincoln Zhang from the Chairman role at North America's leading exhibition chain. He was due to transition to a new senior position within AMC parent Dalian Wanda Group.
In his role as President of Wanda Film Group, Zeng is the Chinese conglomerate’s most… Read
Two Women Offer Tearful Accounts of Rape, Sexual Assault By Steven Seagal
Two women who previously accused Steven Seagal of rape and sexual assault stepped forward today to offer more detailed accounts of the actor’s alleged misconduct. Los Angeles attorney Lisa Bloom told reporters in a press conference that she will represent former Dutch model Faviola Dadis and one-time aspiring actress Regina Simons as they seek justice. She applauded the two women for filing reports with the Los Angeles Police Department, and noted that “all legal options”… Read
‘Camping’: Juliette Lewis Joins HBO Comedy Series From Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner
Juliette Lewis is set as a series regular opposite Jennifer Garner and David Tennant in HBO's new half-hour comedy series Camping. Based on the British series created by Julia Davis, the project hails from the Girls duo of creator/executive producer Lena Dunham and executive producer Jenni Konner. Production begins this spring in Los Angeles.
Co-written by Dunham and Konner, who also showrun, Camping centers on Walt (Tennant), whose 45th birthday was supposed to be a… Read
‘Stranger Things’ Cast Scores Major Salary Increases Ahead Of Season 3
EXCLUSIVE UPDATED: Stranger Things has been a runaway success for Netflix, the first homegrown series produced by the streaming platform to hit it out of the park. And now the stars of the 1980s supernatural drama are sharing in the windfall with major salary bumps going into Season 3.
While actors cast as series regulars on a TV show almost always have long-term deals, it has become a tradition for the casts of successful series to renegotiate their contracts after the… Read
Peter Bart: Donald Trump’s Nightmare, Stormy Daniels Has A Secret Side As Prolific Film Director With Skills
Along with the compelling stage name Stormy Daniels, Stephanie Clifford has more sides to her than the ones for which she has become best known – porn film star and giant thorn in the side of the President of the United States.
Clifford’s lesser known side is that she is a prolific director of movies, albeit porn titles that include Sex Door Neighbors, Lust on the Prairie, and Space Nuts. At a moment where women are gaining ever greater recognition for their ability to… Read
Cheddar Raises $22M Series D Round; “Post-Cable” Business Network Expanding Into News, Overseas
Cheddar, which bills itself as a “post-cable” media network covering the business world, said it has raised a $22 million Series D round of financing, which includes new investors such as Liberty Global and Goldman Sachs.
Existing investors, including major media players AT&T, Amazon, Comcast Ventures and Altice USA, all participated in the Series D round, which valued the company at $140 million prior to the round.
The company plans to use the new funds to expand… Read
‘Krypton’ Review: Syfy Superhero Drama Swings For The Fences With New Take On Superman Narrative
At first glance, Syfy’s forthcoming Krypton gives the impression that it is a prequel to one of the most iconic superheroes in the history of comic books: Superman. Although approaching it doesn’t hurt to approach the drama as a prequel, it works as a standalone series as well. Bringing its own personality into the DCEU, Krypton provides some deep cuts into the Superman narrative to give us a different kind of origin story.
With its look, tone, and approach, the series… Read
Tribeca Film Festival Announces ‘Schindler’s List’, ‘Scarface’ Reunions & Anniversary Screenings, Unveils Tribeca Talks Lineup
The Tribeca Film Festival said today that it will hold anniversary screenings and reunions of Schindler’s List, Scarface and In the Soup. In addition, they have unveiled their slate of this year’s Tribeca Talks lineup.
For the 17th annual New York-based fest, three classics will return to the big screen, followed by a conversation with the filmmakers and cast. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the screening of the seven-time Oscar-winning pic Schindler’s List will include… Read