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SAG P&H Plans’ “Unreasonable” Fees And Expenses Appear To Have Violated Federal Law, DOJ Probe Finds

Recently concluded investigations by the U.S Department of Labor into the SAG Pension and Health Plans have concluded that the plans' trustees "appeared" to have breached their fiduciary obligations by charging $756,027 in "unreasonable" fees and expenses to the Plans in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the federal law that governs private sector pension and health plans. "Based on the facts gathered during those investigations, it appeared that… Read

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‘The Simpsons’ Schools Springfield On Trump University Scandal

Mr. Burns goes to college, sort of, in an upcoming episode of The Simpsons. Titled “Caper Chase,” the story has Springfield’s wealthy villain, fed up with collegiate political correctness, starting his own for-profit university. Naturally, Homer is hired as a professor. Hmm, Trump University? Exec producer and showrunner Al Jean insists the story idea pre-dated that scandal. “It was conceived originally as a satire of for profit college, before Trump University hit it… Read

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Focus Features Unveils 2017 Slate: ‘The Beguiled,’ ‘Victoria and Abdul,’ ‘The Book Of Henry,’ More– CinemaCon

“The reality of the motion picture business is that a film is not truly complete until it plays in a theater,” Peter Kujawski, chairman of Focus Features, said today during the label’s presentation at CinemaCon. It is the shared experience “that makes our human experience better.” Kujawski then introduced a Focus reel that included a host of previous films from the banner including Milk, The Theory Of Everything, Moonrise Kingdom, Lost In Translation, Dallas Buyers Club, C… Read

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‘House Of Cards’ Star Michael Kelly Signs With WME

House of Cards star Michael Kelly has signed with WME for representation in all areas. Best known for his role as chief of staff Doug Stamper in Netflix’s praised political drama series House of Cards, which launches its fifth season in May, Kelly also has had key roles in features Everest, Changeling, The Adjustment and Now You See Me.  His previous TV credits include The Sopranos, Generation Kill and Person of Interest. Kelly’s other most recent projects include his… Read

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Gary Oldman Spent 200 Hours In Make-Up Chair To Become Winston Churchill In ‘Darkest Hour’ — CinemaCon

Gary Oldman said that every role he has taken has had its challenges, but with his transformation as Winston Churchill it was “a hard one.” Oldman came on stage during the Focus Features’ rollout of its 2017 slate to promote Darkest Hour from director Joe Wright (Atonement). He revealed that he spent over 200 hours in the make-up chair to become Churchill and “carried around half my body weight” in the prosthetics to add the pounds to his slight frame. Focus Features… Read

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‘Black Lightning’ Pilot: First-Look Image Of Cress Williams As Title Character

The CW has released a first-look image of Cress Williams as title character Black Lightning (Jefferson Pierce) in the DC drama pilot (see full photo below). Production is currently underway in Atlanta. Written by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, based on the DC character created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden, Black Lightning centers on Jefferson Pierce (Williams). He made his choice: He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter… Read

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Wesley Snipes Sci-Fi Thriller ‘The Recall’ Set For Panoramic Format Release

Mauro Borelli’s sci-fi thriller The Recall starring Wesley Snipes will bow in select theaters June 2 with the Barco Escape panoramic format, Snipes announced today at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. The film will be released in 2D format June 16 in select cities and on VOD platforms. The Recall centers on a group of friends vacationing at a remote lake house when aliens attack Earth. Snipes plays a mysterious hunter with special knowledge of the attack. Costarring are Jedidah… Read

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No. 5 ‘Zootopia’ Box Office Profits – 2016 Most Valuable Movie Blockbuster Tournament

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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. ZOOTOPIA Disney T… Read

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Sofia Coppola Hopes Audiences See Her Film ‘The Beguiled’ “In A Theater Where It Was Meant To Be Seen” – CinemaCon

Last year at CinemaCon there was a lot of blatant Screening Room bashing going on by filmmakers and executives, but this year there’s been only hints of the film community’s thoughts on the studio push for premium VOD. On opening night before Sony’s presentation, an exhibition reel featured directors like Ava DuVernay extolling the theatrical experience. Today at the Focus Features lunch, The Beguiled director Sofia Coppola was very straight-up: “I hope people see it in… Read

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UTA Signs Olympic Champ Shaun White

Shaun White, the Olympic gold medal-winning snowboarder who has branched out into fashion and festivals among other business interests, has signed with UTA. The agency has been involved in Air + Style, the annual action sports and music fest that takes place in Europe, Asia and the U.S. and in which White is majority shareholder. White had been with CAA Sports. UTA will rep White’s interests in live events, music, film, TV, licensing and endorsements, digital media and… Read

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Abramorama Turns Up Green Day-Produced Punk Docu ‘Turn It Around’

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Indie distributor Abramorama and band Green Day are teaming to distribute Turn It Around: The Story Of East Bay Punk, a feature documentary directed by Corbett Redford and executive produced by the band. The docu centers on the fertile punk scene in the San Francisco Bay area in the late 1970s and ’80s especially at the 924 Gilman Street music collective in Berkeley, which helped launch Green Day, Rancid and others. Iggy Pop narrates and Redford and Anthony Marchitiello… Read

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Sean Spicer Hugs It Out With April Ryan At White House Press Briefing After Head-Shake Fracas

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer hugged it out with American Urban Radio Network reporter April Ryan at Wednesday’s briefing, one day after ordering her – twice –  to stop shaking her head, when she asked him about the White House’s “image” in the midst of all the Russia probes. Spicer, who seemed to have done some deep breathing exercises before today’s presser that he had so badly needed one day earlier, called Ryan’s name first as he moved to the Q&A portion of… Read