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Indie Producers Say They’re Getting Shortchanged By California’s Tax Incentives Program

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California's expanded film incentives program has been great at helping to stem the flow of runaway production but not so great for independent film and TV producers. Indeed, many indie producers are not happy with the new program at all. "Indie producers are frustrated," said Dama Claire, an incentives specialist at EP Financial Solutions. "While the state has a very good program, the bulk of the money is allocated to the major studios and to television shows returning… Read

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Johnny Depp’s Wife Amber Heard Granted Restraining Order As Disney’s ‘Alice’ 2 Bows

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Amber Heard has just been granted a temporary restraining order by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carl Moor against husband Johnny Depp to stay 100 yards away from her. The move follows an incident in downtown L.A. last weekend involving the couple in which police were called to the scene but determined at the time no crime had occurred. The LAPD released a statement soon after the court granted Heard’s request: "On May 21, police responded to a domestic incident radio… Read

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WGA East Blasts Billionaire For Funding Hulk Hogan’s Legal War With Gawker

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The WGA East, which represents the editorial staff at Gawker Media, has issued a stinging rebuke of Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley billionaire who admits to bankrolling Hulk Hogan's invasion-of-privacy lawsuit that resulted in a $140 million verdict against Gawker. "Peter Thiel has all but confessed that his primary objective is Gawker's demise," the guild said. "Plutocrats already have outsized power in this country, and we cannot allow them to use their vast fortunes… Read

TV

Donald Trump Tapes ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ While Protesters Attract Media & Cops

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A small but yeasty crowd waved “Dump Trump” signs and shouted “[Have Sex With] Trump!” in Hollywood this afternoon as GOP nominee Donald Trump taped tonight’s  Jimmy Kimmel Live. LAPD had advised media covering Trump’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s show to park on the north side of Hollywood Boulevard, owing to a planned 4 PM protest outside the historic El Capitan Theatre next to Kimmel’s studio. At 4 PM, however, media covering the event including CNN, the LA Times and… Read

Film

Epix & Katie Couric Respond To Criticism Over Anti-Gun Docu Editing

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Director Stephanie Soechtig, collaborator Katie Couric and Epix have issued statements in response to criticism over the way the pro-gun control documentary Under the Gun was edited. The uproar started over a scene in which Couric, who co-produced and narrated the documentary, asks members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, “If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from walking into, say, a licensed gun dealer and… Read

International

Google’s Paris Office Raided By Tax Investigators

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Internet giant Google’s Paris headquarters were raided Tuesday by French investigators as part of a probe over tax payments, according to reports. A story in French daily Le Parisien gave details of the search, which is believed to have taken place in the early hours of the morning. Dozens of investigators are believed to have taken part. It marks the latest escalation in the ongoing battle over the levels of tax paid by internet giants such as Google, who have exploited… Read

Business

Sumner Redstone & The Battle For Viacom: What You Need To Know

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Viacom employs a lot of accomplished storytellers. But few of them could dream up a drama that’s more compelling — and potentially important — than the one taking place right now at the company’s own offices in New York and Hollywood. On Friday night, Sumner Redstone — or people around him — rocked his media empire by kicking Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman and board member George Abrams off of his family trust and the board of his privately held theater chain, National… Read

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‘Tomboy, A Revenger’s Tale’ From Walter Hill Acquired By Saban Films

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BREAKING: Saban Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Tomboy, A Revenger's Tale, Walter Hill's crime thriller starring Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub, Anthony LaPaglia and Caitlin Gerard. One of the more controversial films in the genre, it follows a hitman (Rodriguez) who was double-crossed by gangsters and forced to undergo sex-reassignment surgery as punishment and then seeks revenge against them and the surgeon (Weaver)… Read

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Deadline Disruptors: Why Peter Jackson Sees Screening Room As Cinema’s Savior That Can Put $8B Into Film Ecosystem

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What does a master disruptor like Peter Jackson do after he stares down the possibility of failure that would have bankrupted a studio, and instead finds that gambling on his vision for JRR Tolkien's Middle-earth bore six blockbuster films that grossed nearly $6 billion, won 17 Oscars and left behind a pile of VFX, 3D and frame-rate innovations that will forever inform the look and manner in which fantasy films are made? This despite long odds that favored Jackson failing… Read

International

Is This Thing On? Cannes Emcee Comic Does Rupert Pupkin-Caliber Job Welcoming Woody Allen With Bizarre Rape Joke

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Glitzy Hollywood events have their share of wince-worthy moments. There was the time Paul Thomas Anderson spoke at the Spirit Awards and noted that one of the event’s sponsors should be boycotted because they lost his luggage. There was Sacha Baron Cohen, promoting The Dictator on the Oscars red carpet, dumping what he said were the ashes of deceased North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il all over Ryan Seacrest’s tux jacket, telling the stunned interviewer that if asked who he… Read

International

North Korea Expels BBC News Team For “Disrespectful” Coverage

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BBC Tokyo correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, producer Maria Byrne and cameraman Matthew Goddard were detained by North Korean officials on Friday and are being expelled from the country. The BBC reports that the team was held over the weekend with Wingfield-Hayes questioned for eight hours; they were taken to the airport this morning. At issue for Pyongyang was the news crew’s “disrespectful” reporting, per CNN. According to Chinese state media, at a press conference th… Read

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‘Supergirl’ Eyes Move To Vancouver To Reduce Costs As Season 2 Stays In Limbo

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EXCLUSIVE: Supergirl’s next flight might be to the north. As the freshman CBS drama’s future continues to be uncertain, I hear studio Warner Bros TV is seriously considering moving production from Los Angeles to Vancouver next season. There have been exploratory conversations with the cast during the past couple of weeks, and, while I hear many are not thrilled about the potential move, it is a realistic possibility as the series is looking to reduce costs. Supergirl was… Read