Undaunted, Hong Kong Stars Court China Ire With Occupy Central Support
At the beginning of October, Hong Kong actor and international star Chow Yun-fat became one of the few high-profile local celebrities to speak out on the pro-democracy protests in his native country. Over the past week, a backlash has started to brew against Chow and others who have lent their support to the demonstrators. The stars, of whom Chow is arguably the most famous outside Asia, are the latest this year to take potentially risky positions on global political… Read
‘Midnight Rider’ Crew Kept In Dark Over Safety, Federal Investigation Reveals
EXCLUSIVE: New, surprising details have emerged about the on-set death of 27-year-old camerawoman Sarah Jones during the first day of filming on Midnight Rider. Crew members were not told about an email from railroad owner CSX denying them permission to shoot on the Doctortown train trestle in rural Georgia, as at least 20 members piled onto the tracks 25 to 30 feet above the water under dangerous conditions led by director Randall Miller. See newly released pictures… Read
‘SNL’s Michael Che Pontificates About Catcalling Video As Cable News Talks It Out (Video)
A video posted to YouTube by an organization that fights street harassment against women became a talker on TV today. 10 Hours Of Walking In NYC As A Woman, in which a woman walking city streets is catcalled and harassed by men more than 100 times, including one who walks close by her side and makes comments about her for at least five minutes, had been viewed 11 million times by this afternoon.
The video also has generate more than 40,000 comments, including rape and… Read
‘Midnight Rider’ Motion Hearing Pushed As Open Road & Sarah Jones Family In Talks
A motions hearing as part of the civil suit filed on behalf of Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones was pushed back this morning in Savannah, GA, after lawyers for the film's distributor Open Road Films revealed they were in talks with Jones' family for a resolution that could come as soon as Tuesday.
Chatham County Judge Gregory Sapp continued the motions hearing to November 13 to wrap a hearing that lasted less than 10 minutes.
Among the key motions to be decided… Read
Edward Snowden Documentary ‘Citizenfour’, Sweden’s ‘Force Majeure': Specialty Box Office Preview
Last year, RADiUS scored at the box office and in Awards Season with its documentary 20 Feet From Stardom (nearly $4.95 million and Best Documentary Feature Oscar win). This year, it may have another non-fiction awards behemoth, hitting theaters this weekend.
Citizenfour, directed by journalist and filmmaker Laura Poitras, tells the story of NSA leaker Edward Snowden as he disclosed massive domestic U.S. government spying. The film unfolds in real time as Poitras and Guard… Read
Nancy Snyderman Out Of Quarantine – But Not Returning To NBC For Another Month
NBC News will bring back its chief medical correspondent Nancy Snyderman, whose mandatory quarantine ends today — but the news division is keeping her out of circulation for another month, presumably to give the toxicity of her quarantine violation time to subside.
In a memo to staff, NBC News chief Deborah Turness announced that the 21-day quarantine period of Snyderman and her team is ending tonight, but that “we have encouraged them — and they have agreed — to take… Read
Powerful ‘Klinghoffer’ Premiere Starts With Protests, Ends With Cheers
Police barricades surrounded the plaza at Lincoln Center, helicopters buzzed overhead and several hundred protesters, at one point led by former mayor Rudy Giuliani, denounced the Metropolitan Opera on Monday evening for presenting The Death Of Klinghoffer. Brandishing placards that read “Shame On Peter Gelb” — a reference to the Met's general manager — and “The Met Opera Glorifies Terrorism,” the marchers sang “Hatikvah,” the Israeli national anthem, and listened to… Read
Oh, Baby: Lax Labor Laws (Or None At All) Leave Working Infants On Sets Vulnerable
Protecting Kids On Sets: Third In A Series
Finding film and television work for newborn and prematurely born babies is big business. Project Casting, a popular casting website, put out a call for the CW's The Originals, which was shooting in New Orleans. "Casting for Caucasian babies to play our lead character's baby for our final season episode," the April notice said. "Newborns or older that are the size of newborns. Babies that were premature are ideal!"
That same… Read
Parents & Frequent Moviegoers Are Desensitized To Violence, Sex In Film; Likely So Is MPAA Ratings Board: Study
After surveying 1,000 parents exposed to multiple clips of on-screen sex and violence in movies, a study found that parents become increasingly desensitized to acts of sex and violence with repeated viewing which appears to lead to an increasing acceptance to both. The result is that these parents are less likely to shield their kids from movies that contain sex and violence. In addition, the authors note that people who rate movies for the MPAA (themselves parents) could… Read
David Letterman’s Cue-Card Guy Fired After Argument, Assault
Tony Mendez, long an on-air fixture handling the cue cards for David Letterman on The Late Show, took the wrong cue this week, assaulting staff writer Bill Scheft, a 15-time Emmy nominee, and getting himself fired, the New York Post reported.
Mendez, 69, who had been with Letterman for 21 years, got into a verbal altercation with Scheft and Letterman over changes in cue cards, went home overnight and stewed about perceived slights from Scheft over a long period. When… Read
‘Klinghoffer’ Powder Keg Makes Strange Bedfellows of Rudy Giuliani, Floyd Abrams
When was the last time an opera inspired noisy demonstrations on the ground and extreme bloviating in the media? Yet that's what the Metropolitan Opera's production of John Adams and Alice Goodman's powerful 1991 The Death Of Klinghoffer has prompted.
On Monday night, you can expect to hear about rabid protesters hollering across police barricades in front of the Met on the vast plaza at Lincoln Center. Their issue? This serious work of musical art has the audacity to… Read
Ferguson-Related Docu Banned By St. Louis Theater Heads To VOD Amid Racial Tension
Talk about timing. Spanish Lake, the racially-charged documentary banned from St. Louis' Wehrenberg theaters in the aftermath of the shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson — known by the locals now as Ferghanistan — is now heading to VOD.
The film couldn't have come at a worse or better time (depending on your perspective). It chronicles the white flight out of Spanish Lake, a city only a few miles from the center of where the rioting and protests are taking place. The… Read