China Cracks Down On Box Office Fraud; Suspends, Fines Hundreds Of Cinemas
In November last year, China established a new film industry law which vowed to be tough on box office fraud. The rules came into effect on March 1, and this week, the Middle Kingdom made good on its promise to crack down on cheats. A total of 326 cinemas have been punished for violations, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
Regulators said 63 moviehouses were involved in fraud of about 1M yuan ($145K). Those cinemas will be closed for at least 90 days beginning… Read
James Corden Pays Tribute To London Terrorist Attack Victims: “I Felt A Really Long Way From Home”
James Corden spent some time on Wednesday's Late Late Show to pay tribute to the victims of the tragic London terrorist attack that happened earlier in the day.
"There was a terror attack today in my hometown, the city of London in Westminster," Corden began. "While we're filming this, it's still unknown what the motives were. What we do know at this point is that people have lost their lives and many, many more have been injured."
Sending his thoughts to everyone who… Read
James Corden On The Game He’d Like To Have President Donald Trump Play — PaleyFest
The Late Late Show host James Corden was at PaleyFest with EPs Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe tonight to discuss his mission with the series in a panel moderated by The West Wing thesp Bradley Whitford. Little known outside the UK prior to his Late Late Show debut in 2015, Corden won two Emmys in 2016, quickly establishing himself as a pop culture phenomenon and late-night staple. Credit his creative and innovative segments and easy rapport with celebrity guests.
Jimmy Kimmel Mulls Donald Trump’s Campaign Chairman’s Ties To Russia
“There's so much crazy stuff going on, and this whole Trump and Russia thing isn't going away anytime soon,” Jimmy Kimmel forecast at the top of his ABC late-night show. “According to a big story by the Associated Press, Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort – who ran the Trump campaign for six months – back in 2006 had a $10 million a year contract with a Russian billionaire. And his job was to promote the interests of Vladmir Putin. He says that while he did… Read
‘Empire’ Season 3B Teaser: Eva Longoria & Demi Moore Make Their Debut
Empire is back from its winter hiatus and the battle between Lucious and Cookie explodes into their biggest war yet. After the hit Fox series' return Wednesday night, a teaser was unveiled that features the first look at teh characters played by Eva Longoria, Demi Moore and Nia Long.
The second half of Season 3 finds Lucious (Terrence Howard) announcing his new music project, Inferno, and putting everyone on notice – especially Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), who then vows to… Read
Relativity Scores Rare Legal Win As Netflix Ordered To Pay Lawyer 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
Shia LaBeouf tweeted today that his four-year anti-Donald Trump exhibit, "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 project, 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 to that… Read
Emmy Winner Kyle Chandler Joins New Line’s ‘Game Night’
EXCLUSIVE: Bloodline star Kyle Chandler 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 the Friday Night Lights alum’s character who concocts the whole idea for the game night in the film.
Game Night revolves around a group of couples who are caught up in a very real game night. They get together regularly to play games, but… 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