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‘Shameless’ Emmy Rossum’s Salary Demands Vs. Television’s Parity Rule

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For decades, TV studios have successfully used the parity rule when negotiating deals with actors on successful, long-running series, giving all cast members in the same tier "most favored nations" terms that ensure financial parity among them and peace on the set. Shameless star Emmy Rossum is now trying to break that rule, not accepting a salary equal to that of her male lead William H. Macy, who has signed on the dotted line for an eighth season. The offer had been on… Read

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Anna Kendrick, Laura Dern & Don Cheadle To Announce 2017 Golden Globes Nominees

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Don Cheadle, Laura Dern and Anna Kendrick have been tapped to announce nominees for the 74th annual Golden Globes. The announcement ceremony will be livestreamed exclusively on Facebook and on the official Golden Globes website beginning at 5:15 AM Pacific time on Monday, December 12. Joining Cheadle, Dern and Kendrick will be the previously-announced Miss Golden Globe trio of Sophia, Sistine and Scarlet Stallone, along with Hollywood Foreign Press Association President… Read

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Gurney Productions: “Business As Usual” For Staffers In Wake Of Founders’ Ouster

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It’s been a tumultuous week for everyone working at Duck Dynasty producer Gurney Productions whose founders Scott and Deirdre Gurney on Monday were put a "short, temporary leave of absence,” which ended today with the duo’s termination by owner ITV America, which also is suing them for fraud and breach of contract. Gurney Prods. employees got a new interim boss, Craig Armstrong, co-founder and CEO of 5×5 Productions. In a staff memo today addressing the dismissal of the… Read

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‘Office Christmas Party’ Review: Dreaming Of A Raunchy Christmas? This Is The Movie For You

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Remember the days when Christmas movies warmed the heart and celebrated the season with sentiment and hope? This season’s offerings seem much more on the raunchy side if the upcoming Bryan Cranston-James Franco comedy Why Him? and Office Christmas Party are any indication. I will get into the former at a later date, but both movies are Christmas comedies that thoroughly land in harder R-rated territory, kind of like The Hangover with egg nog. The thing that matters in the… Read

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Ian Somerhalder & Nikki Reed Producing ‘Transience’ Drama Project For the CW

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Even as The Vampire Diaries is coming to an end, co-lead Ian Somerhalder will stay in business with the CW as a producer. The network has put in development Transience, an hourlong drama from Somerhalder and Nikki Reed’s recently launched Rare Birds Productions. Warner Bros. TV, where Rare Birds has a pod deal, is the studio. In Transience, written by Thomas Brandon, when consciousness transfers become legal in the near future, an ambitious young musician finally gets the… Read

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming 2’ Shoots Web Around Independence Day 2019; ‘Bad Boys 4’ Moves To Memorial Day

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EXCLUSIVE: Based on the success of the global trailer launch yesterday for Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, the Culver City studio has announced that its sequel Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 will open on Friday, July 5, 2019. Spidey essentially pushes Sony’s Bad Boys 4 off that Independence Day stretch. The Will Smith-Martin Lawrence fourquel, which was scheduled to open on July 3 of that year, isn’t falling back, rather zooming forward to Memorial Day weekend on May 24… Read

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Seána Kerslake Inks With Paradigm & Untitled; Van Johnson Company Signs Jason Stuart

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Seána Kerslake (Dollhouse) has signed with Paradigm and Untitled Entertainment. The Irish actress starred in the indie feature A Date for Mad Mary and plays Aisling in the UK series Can't Cope, Won’t Cope. She made her debut starring in the 2012 pic Dollhouse, and other credits include The Legend of Longwood and Life’s a Breeze. Kerslake also won the Bingham Ray New Talent Award at the Galway Film Fleadh 2016 and earned a spot on The Independent's "Ireland's 40 under 40″… Read

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Paramount Sets ‘Inconvenient Truth’ Sequel To Open Sundance Film Festival

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Ten years after the success of the Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, Paramount today announced it will release a sequel. Directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, the Participant Media film will follow former Vice President Al Gore in his efforts to fight climate change. Ahead of a theatrical release, the film is set to premiere opening night at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Unlike the original An Inconvenient Truth, which mixed documentary footage… Read

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Fox Buys ‘Basket Case’ Crime Drama From Jeff Eastin & Jason Winer Based On Book

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Fox has given a script commitment plus penalty to Basket Case, an hourlong drama based on the bestselling 2002 book by Carl Hiaasen, from White Collar and Graceland creator Jeff Eastin, and Life in Pieces executive producer Jason Winer. 20th Century Fox TV, where Eastin and Winer are under overall deals, is the studio. Written by Eastin based on Hiaasen’s book, published by Alfred A. Knopf, Basket Case centers on former hotshot investigative reporter Jack Tagger, who’s… Read

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Earth Will Feel The Power Of The Force Again: Disney’s ‘Rogue One’ On Course For $280M-$350M Global Opening – Preview

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EXCLUSIVE: Three years. At the bare minimum, that’s the shortest amount of time moviegoers have had to wait for a new Star Wars movie, and that’s during a trilogy cycle. Then, after 1983’s Return Of The Jedi, fans sat on their hands for 16 years waiting for George Lucas to awaken the franchise again with The Phantom Menace, which kicked off the early trio of early-aught episodes. Finally, a decade after 2005’s Revenge Of The Sith, moviegoers finally got to see the… Read

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Judge: LMNO Should Turn Over ‘7 Little Johnstons’ To Discovery

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UPDATED: Discovery Communications has gotten some advantage in its bitter falling out with LMNO Entertainment, which produced numerous reality shows for the giant media company's cable networks. On Friday, A U.S. magistrate judge in Los Angeles recommended that a District Court judge order LMNO to turn over the second season of 7 Little Johnstons, which Discovery said was being "held hostage" by LMNO. In his 13-page ruling (read it here), Judge Steve Kim found that under… Read

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‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Host Arnold Schwarzenegger Defends Donald Trump’s Involvement

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The stakes got higher on The New Celebrity Apprentice when news hit yesterday that President-elect Donald Trump will retain his executive producer tag on the new iteration that premieres January 2 on NBC. During a press junket today for the upcoming eighth season, there were plenty of questions on Trump’s involvement that mostly were cleverly dodged by new host Arnold Schwarzenegger. When asked how he felt about Trump’s participation and concern with the public’s… Read