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Union-Crazy Hollywood Hearts Labor Day

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Hollywood might be the most unionized town in America, with one of the few remaining industries where there's a shop collecting dues from almost everyone. So as we celebrate this Labor Day, it's worth remembering that unions created the middle class; crusaded for Social Security and Medicare; pushed through the 40-hour week, overtime pay, the minimum wage and paid vacations; campaigned for civil rights; won the right to collectively bargain and the right to strike; fought… Read

Film

Venice: Lars Von Trier Speaks, Sort Of; Helmer Prepping English-Language TV Series, Eyes “Huge Cast”

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UPDATE: TrustNordisk has released further details of Lars von Trier's TV series project which was first mooted during a press conference in Venice this morning. A “huge” international cast will star in The House That Jack Built with von Trier to start working on the script this fall for a 2016 shoot. Plot details are being kept close to the vest, but exec producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen said the series will be “without precedent” and cautioned, “You better hold your breath."… Read

International

‘X Factor UK’ With Returning Simon Cowell Sheds 1M+ Viewers On Sunday (Video)

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The Sunday episode of X Factor UK was down 1.7M viewers on last year's equivalent installment, according to overnight ratings. And that's with Simon Cowell back on the judging panel. After Saturday night's debut scored the best series launch since 2011, last night's viewers tallied 8.2M and a 34.9 share. That was a drop of 1.3M viewers from Saturday's 9.5M in overnights. The Sunday edition of X Factor was nevertheless the most watched show of the night, peaking with 9.4M… Read

Film

Update: Oz Grants Disney Transfer Of Tax Incentive To Lure ‘Pirates 5′ Down Under

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UPDATE, MONDAY SEPT 1, 2:12 AM: The Australian government has approved the reassignment of a A$21.6M ($20.2M) tax incentive for Disney to bring the shoot for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Down Under. In 2013, those same funds had been earmarked for 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea: Captain Nemo, but the studio is understood to have asked for a transfer with that project now in stasis. According to local trade If.com, a spokesman for Oz Arts Minister George… Read

Box Office

Update: Int’l Box Office: ‘Apes’ Dawns In China With $47M; ‘Into The Storm’ Whips Up Korea #1; ‘Lucy’ Crosses $150M; More

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3RD UPDATE, 9:02 PM PT: International box office was even with last weekend across the Top 10 studio releases with Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes the big gorilla thanks to a strong China opening. Lucy was also in on the action again this frame with a cumulative $31.2M in Universal and EuropaCorp territories. Compared to last year, the session was up 39%. Players at that time included Elysium, One Direction: This Is Us and The Conjuring, with Monsters University adding… Read

Box Office

Box Office End of Summer: Some Profitable Hits In An Overall Blah Season

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The summer frame, defined this year as May 2 through Labor Day, is down an estimated 14.8% versus the same period in 2013, when the industry was headed to a record year. In 2013, Iron Man 3 was phenomenal on the domestic front, grossing $409M to be the summer's top film. Compare that with this summer's top performer, once again featuring Marvel comic book heroes, in this case, Guardians of the Galaxy: Despite the same content source and distributor, this summer's No. 1… Read

Awards

Pete Hammond’s Telluride Q&A With Makers Of ‘The Imitation Game’ [Video]

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Deadline's Pete Hammond is in Telluride for the film festival, busily seeing (and writing about) as many awards contenders there as he can. But Pete also took a bit of time after watching The Imitation Game to sit down with the film's producers Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman and Nora Grossman, screenwriter Graham Moore and director Morten Tyldum. The film, being distributed by The Weinstein Company, tells the painfully true story of Alan Turing, the brilliant British… Read

TV

‘Meet The Press’ Introduces Chuck Todd: VIDEO

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NBC News this morning began warming up the Meet The Press audience for its new host Chuck Todd, who debuts a week from today. The canned piece features Brian Williams, Todd's wife and mother, Savannah Guthrie and Tom Brokaw — who said he not only wants to extend good wishes to Todd, but also to David Gregory, the guy NBC News dumped to give him the slot. Aw, snap! Watch the video… Read

International

UPDATE: FT Vet Rona Fairhead Named First Woman Chair Of BBC Trust

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UPDATE, SUNDAY 12:19 PM PT: It's official: The British government has confirmed that former publishing executive Rona Fairhead has been named as next chair of the BBC Trust, the governing body of the BBC, one of the world's largest and most influential broadcasters. PREVIOUS, SATURDAY 11:18 PM PT: Former Financial Times Group chief executive Rona Fairhead is understood to have been selected by the British government as the next chair of the BBC Trust, the body that… Read

TV

UPDATE: Joan Rivers Remains In Serious Condition Following Thursday Cardiac Arrest

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UPDATE, Sunday, Aug. 31, 12 PM:  Melissa Rivers issued a brief statement today, saying her mother Joan remains in serious condition at Mt. Sinai Hospital after going into cardiac arrest Thursday during throat surgery, but “our fingers are crossed.” Melissa Rivers also thanked fans for their thoughts and prayers. UPDATE, Saturday, Aug. 30, 5:44 PM: Mt. Sinai Hospital had no further official updates on Joan Rivers' physical condition today when reached by Deadline, nor did… Read

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Holy Macau…Casino Short Film Lineup: Scorsese, De Niro, DiCaprio, Pitt

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EXCLUSIVE: How many short films ever boasted this kind of star wattage? RatPac Entertainment is producing a short being directed by Martin Scorsese that will be used as a campaign for Melco-Crown Entertainment (MCE), Lawrence Ho and James Packer's global resorts and casino brand. They got the best cast for a casino-themed film since Steven Soderbergh was making the Ocean's Eleven films: Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. The script was written by Wolf Of Wall… Read

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