Hollywood Rallies In Support Of Leslie Jones Following Hack
Following the vicious doxing of comedian Leslie Jones this morning, friends and peers within the entertainment industry have expressed support for her and outrage about the attack, which saw sensitive and highly personal information posted to the Ghostbusters and Saturday Night Live star’s personal website by hackers.
Ghostbusters director Paul Feig was among the first to weigh in, calling the attack “an absolute outrage,” and blasting possible suspects angrily. Jones… Read
‘Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk Penning Comedic Memoir
When the going gets tough, you don’t want a criminal lawyer… You want a criminal lawyer. Or, maybe just a comedic memoirist? If so, you’re in luck. Bob Odenkirk – that’s Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul‘s Saul Goodman, Esq to you – has signed a deal with Random House to pen a book of personal essays offering a comedic look back on his life and career.
Starting with his early improv and sketch comedy years, the book will cover career highlights including his stints… Read
Andrea Jaffe Dies: Former PR Powerhouse And Studio Exec Was 66
Andrea Jaffe, a prominent publicist in the 1980s who later became a studio executive and was herself a member of one of Hollywood’s most storied dynasties died today in Wilmington, North Carolina after a lengthy battle with illness. She was 66.
The daughter of former Columbia Pictures chairman Leo Jaffe and sister to producer and former Paramount executive Stanley Jaffe, Jaffe started her career as an assistant at Rogers & Cowan, going on to found her own publicity… Read
Ryan Lochte Dips Toe In ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Pool
Ryan Lochte is diving into a new competition. The Olympic gold medalist and Rio Public Enemy No. 1 is joining ABC’s hoofer competition show Dancing with the Stars. The deal apparently was in the works before the Olympics — and before he and some Team USA buddies swam into trouble with Brazilian authorities.
Lochte, of course, still is dealing with fallout from the incident in Rio in which he claimed to NBC’s Billy Bush he and three other U.S. swimmers were pulled over by… Read
Jeanne Martin Dies: Model & Second Wife Of Dean Martin Was 89
Jeanne Martin, the second wife of legendary crooner Dean Martin, and in her early life a model and Orange Bowl queen, died on Wednesday, August 24 at her home in Beverly Hills following a battle with cancer. She was 89.
Born in 1927 in Coral Gables, Fla., she broke into modeling in Miami, posing for magazines, catalogs and calendars and at age 20 was voted Orange Bowl queen, appearing in its New Year's Eve parade and at the Jan. 1, 1948 Georgia Tech vs. Kansas football… Read
FilmRise Acquires Domestic On ‘From Nowhere’; Freestyle Digital Celebrates ‘Dependent’s Day’
FilmRise has nabbed North American rights to From Nowhere, a drama about undocumented teenagers in NYC that won the Narrative Spotlight prize at SXSW. It follows a Dominican girl, an African boy and a Peruvian girl who are about to graduate high school in the Bronx. Like most teens, all they want to do is hang out with their friends, fall in love, and figure out where to go to college, but unlike their American classmates, these three live with the threat of being… Read
IM Global China Launches New Venture, Go Global
IM Global China has announced the launch of Go Global, a new venture that aims to increase the exposure of Chinese cinema worldwide while also representing non-Chinese films inside the middle kingdom. Led by Clément Magar, the Go Global team will be based in Beijing and will offer a range of services to local producers, financiers and talent including festival strategy, festival booking, festival media promotion and event production. The new concern will also take… Read
Fox Hit With ‘Empire’ Class Action Suit Over Filming At Juvenile Detention Center
With the Season 3 debut of Empire just weeks away, the first two episodes of the Fox blockbuster’s second season today are at the center of a potential big-bucks class action lawsuit filed over filming at a Chicago juvenile detention center that left hundreds of underage inmates in "lockdown."
"The Fox Defendants deliberately encouraged the Government Defendants to
improperly place the JTDC on lockdown during the filming of Empire, for commercial benefit," says the… Read
CW Developing Martial Law Drama ‘Rise’ From ‘Vampire Diaries’ Exec Producers
With The Vampire Diaries coming to an end after its upcoming eighth season, three of the departing vampire drama’s executive producers — co-creator/showrunner Julie Plec and Chad Fiveash & James Stoteraux, are teaming for a new hourlong project at the CW and Warner Bros. TV.
Rise, from WBTV and Plec’s studio-based My So-Called Company, is set following a terrorist attack. When martial law is declared, a disparate group of everyday people start to uncover that the attack… Read
Jimmy O. Yang, Adria Arjona Join Melissa McCarthy’s ‘Life Of The Party’; Jeremy Renner To Lead ‘Arctic Justice’ Voice Cast
EXCLUSIVE: Melissa McCarthy’s upcoming Life of the Party continues to beef up its cast with Silicon Valley’s Jimmy O. Yang and True Detective‘s Adria Arjona signing on for the college-set comedy that begins filming this week in Atlanta. Described as in the vein of Rodney Dangerfield’s 1986 comedy Back to School, Life of the Party stars McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Gillian Jacobs, Jacki Weaver, Molly Gordon and Jessie Ennis and hits theaters May 11, 2018. Yang will play Tyler… Read
Sarah Jones Opportunity Internship Names Its Second Recipient
Becca Bennett, a recent graduate from the University of Georgia, has been selected as the second recipient of the Sarah Jones Opportunity internship and training program, which is named after the 27-year-old camera assistant who was killed in Georgia in 2014 when she was struck by a freight train on the first day of filming on Midnight Rider.
Jones' death sparked a renewed emphasis on safety throughout the industry, and the internship program is intended to create a… Read
Donald Trump Delivers Fox News Channel’s Second-Best Town Hall Demo Ratings
Sean Hannity’s latest Donald Trump town hall clocked 2.7M viewers including 589K in the news demo, putting Hannity in the No. 1 spot for the night among cable news programs in the demo.
It’s also FNC’s second-highest-rated town-hall performance in the demo ever. Trump’s Tuesday night Hannity hour sits behind Bret Baier’s town hall with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in Detroit back in March.
Tuesday night’s Trump talk, in which the GOP nominee changed his position on… Read