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IATSE Offers To Help ‘Sausage Party’ Animators & Fight “Untenable” VFX Working Conditions


Claiming that "the entire visual effects industry now operates on race-to-the bottom conditions," IATSE president Matt Loeb has extended "an open invitation to all members of the VFX community to offer assistance." The offer comes in the wake of this month's bankruptcy of ARC Productions in Toronto, and allegations that Nitrogen Studios didn't pay overtime to animators on Sony’s recent release Sausage Party, which was shot in British Columbia. The union says it has… Read


‘Splitting Up Together’ Comedy From Emily Kapnek & Ellen DeGeneres Gets ABC Put Pilot Commitment

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EXCLUSIVE: Splitting Up Together, a single-camera comedy from Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Prods. and Warner Bros. TV, has landed at ABC with a put pilot commitment. The project will be written by Emily Kapnek, reuniting with ABC where she created comedy series Suburgatory and Selfie, also produced by WBTV where Kapnek has been under an overall deal. Based on the 2016 Danish series created by Mette Heeno, Splitting Up Together is the story of a couple whose marriage is… Read


Donald Trump: Abedin/Weiner Split Exposes Possible National Security Risk In Clinton Campaign

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Donald Trump issued a statement this afternoon about Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s decision to finally throw in the towel on her marriage to serial sexter/former congressman Anthony Weiner. “Huma is making a very wise decision. I know Anthony Weiner well, and she will be far better off without him,” Trump began in his statement. “I only worry for the country in that Hillary Clinton was careless and negligent in allowing Weiner to have such close proximity to highly… Read


Emma Thompson In Talks To Star In Director Richard Eyre’s ‘The Children Act’

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EXCLUSIVE: Emma Thompson is in talks to star in director Richard Eyre’s The Children Act, based on the book by Ian McEwan which follows a British High Court judge who must make judgments on a plethora of seemingly hopeless and unpleasant cases. Judge Fiona Maye is so involved with her cases that she hears that it often strains her marriage. But one case is of particular difficultly — that of a 17 year-old boy who is suffering from leukemia and does not want to be forced… Read


Student Academy Award Winners Unveiled


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have selected 17 students as winners of the 43rd Student Academy Awards. The awards ceremony is set for September 22 at he Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, where gold, silver and bronze medals in the seven categories will be announced. The Academy said it received a record 1,749 film submissions this year from 286 domestic and 95 international colleges and universities. The winners are eligible to compete for 2016… Read


Fox News: Andrea Tantaros “An Opportunist”, Not A “Victim”

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Fox News Channel says its former host Andrea Tantaros “is not a victim, she is an opportunist” who is using a sexual harassment lawsuit as a “smokescreen” to distract from her “violation of her employment contract.” In a court filing today (read it here), Fox argued blisteringly that the complaint the former The Five co-host filed in New York Supreme Court bears “all the hallmarks of the ‘wannabe.’ ” Tantaros, meanwhile, has challenged current and former network execs to… Read


‘The Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ Will Restart Production In February

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EXCLUSIVE: Production on The Maze Runner: The Death Cure starring Dylan O’Brien will start up again in February, sources tell Deadline. The production had shut down after O’Brien was sidelined after being seriously injured on the set in March while filming the third installment of the popular YA franchise and was hospitalized with injuries to his face. The production was supposed to start up on May 9 but that was postponed, as was the release date, to give O’Brien more… Read


‘The New Celebrity Apprentice’ & ‘Emerald City’ Get Premiere Dates On NBC

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We knew The New Celebrity Apprentice was going to premiere in January on NBC, and now we have a date. The series, set in Los Angeles with new host Arnold Schwarzenegger reigning over the boardroom, will premiere at 8 PM Monday, January 2. The new season’s advisers include investment guru Warren Buffett, Los Angeles Clippers owner and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer; supermodel and actress Tyra Banks, CEO of the Tyra Banks Company and cosmetics brand Tyra Beauty… Read


‘Grimm’ To End After Season 6 On NBC

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The upcoming sixth season will be the last for NBC supernatural crime drama series Grimm. It will premiere January 6 and run on the show’s regular night, Friday, at 8 PM, an hour earlier than the previous five seasons. There was an alarm raised in April when Grimm, whose first five seasons consisted of 22 episodes each, only received a 13-episode renewal for Season 6. The series was left on the bench for the first time. Except for 2012 when it launched following the… Read


‘The Hollars’ Review: John Krasinski’s Directorial Triumph Earns Laughs & Tears


John Krasinski, who not only co-stars in the touching new dramedy The Hollars but also expertly directs it, has said he wanted to make a Terms Of Endearment for a new generation. If the balance of hearty laughs and earned tears is any indication, he has succeeded. This is a roaringly funny movie filled with heart and emotion. The film opened on a limited basis over the weekend in New York and Los Angeles, but as I say in my video review above, this could truly be a… Read


Gene Wilder: Hollywood Reacts To Legendary Comic Actor’s Death

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Refresh for latest… Hollywood is mourning the loss of Gene Wilder, the great comedic actor who died late Sunday. Reactions on Twitter range from “genius” — repeatedly — and “hero” to “giant of comedy” and “true original.” Here is a sampling of reactions from social media. Gene Wilder was a giant of comedy. His legacy of films is inspiring. A true genius.. — Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) August 29, 2016 I saw Blazing Saddles 7 times at the cinema with my school… Read

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Broadway’s Summer Slump Continues With 6.6% Box Office Drop; ‘Paramour’ Gets Therapy

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The Broadway box office took another August dip last week, thanks at least in part to the reduced schedule at the Street’s biggest theater, the Lyric. That’s where Cirque du Soleil’s gypsies-and-gymnasts fusion show Paramour shut down temporarily, shaving off three performances this week (and a few more next week) as the creatives went back to the drawing board in hopes of fixing the underperforming extravaganza. The result was a $387K writedown from the previous week at… Read