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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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‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Review: Marvel’s New Mutant Saga Mixes Old With New, And Fans Should Eat It Up

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For the seventh in the X-Men movie series, and fourth he has directed, guru of all things mutant Bryan Singer has thrown everything into the pot and hopes there’s something for everyone. X-Men: Apocalypse definitely is a mixed bag, and the director, with help from screenwriter Simon Kinberg, might have bitten off too much. But I have to say what is on screen is highly entertaining for fans of the X-Men brand, one of Marvel’s most reliable. I had heard bad buzz before… Read

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Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys Video: ‘The Circus’ Is Apt Name For Showtime Docuseries Chronicling Presidential Race

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One of the more unique and unusual programs spotlighted at Deadline’s inaugural The Contenders Emmys event held last month at the DGA Theater, was Showtime’s The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth. Indeed the only elephants on display at this “circus” are of the GOP variety as the series attempts on a weekly basis to chronicle the most significant and interesting events in any given seven-day period during this crazier than ever campaign season. The… Read

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‘Glee’ Actor Mark Salling Indicted On Child Porn Charges, Faces 20 Years In Prison

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2ND UPDATE, 1:47 PM: Glee actor Mark Salling faces up to 2o-years in prison after he was charged today in a federal indictment for receiving and possessing child pornography on his laptop computer and a flash memory drive. Salling, best known for his role as Noah Puckerman on the Fox show, was named in a two-count indictment returned today by a federal grand jury. The U.S Attorney’s Office from the Central District of California said Salling through his lawyer has agreed… Read

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‘American Psycho’ Will Close On Broadway Before The Tony Awards At $8.8M Loss

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UPDATE Friday 1:30 P.M.: Adds producers’ statement of capitalization at $8.8 million, below. EARLIER: At once shocking in its finality and completely expected, American Psycho will play its last Broadway performance on Sunday, June 5 at the Shubert Organization’s Schoenfeld Theatre, one week before the Tony Awards, the producers announced Thursday. Closing at a total loss of its capitalization, which the producers told Deadline was $8.8 million, the Duncan… Read

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Donald Trump Backs Out Of Debate With Bernie Sanders, TV Networks Mourn

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Donald Trump just issued a statement backing out of the debate he said he would do with Bernie Sanders, blaming Hillary Clinton and DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher.” Trump… Read

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Viacom’s Battle With Sumner Redstone Could Hurt Credit, S&P Says

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Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman’s battle with Chairman Emeritus Sumner Redstone could hurt the company’s ability to borrow: Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings today lowered its assessment of Viacom’s management and governance to “fair” from “satisfactory.” It reaffirmed the BBB-rating for the company’s debt but said that if the drama continues, it “could lead to a reassessment” of Viacom’s creditworthiness. Dauman’s suing to have Redstone, who turned 93 today, declared… Read

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Court Sets June Date For Philippe Dauman’s Case Against Sumner Redstone

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Judge George Phelan of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court has granted Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman’s request to expedite the schedule in his effort to have Chairman Emeritus Sumner Redstone declared incompetent. The judge today scheduled a hearing for June 7 at 9 AM at the court in Canton, which is 15 miles southwest of Boston. The announcement has no other information about the case, filed by Dauman and Viacom board member George Abrams. They want the court to rule… Read

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‘Carnage Park’ Gets Summer Release Date From IFC Midnight

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IFC Midnight has set a summer release for Carnage Park, Mickey Keating’s sniper horror film it acquired out of SXSW. The pic, which premiered at Sundance, will hit New York on July 1, day-and-date with its VOD bow. It will expand to Los Angeles later that month, but no firm date was set. Set in 1978, Carnage Park follows two crooks (James Landry Hebert and Michael Villar) who botch a bank job then hit the road with a hostage (Ashley Bell). After one of the hoods checks… 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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Thora Birch, Johnny Knoxville Join Phillip Noyce’s ‘Above Suspicion’

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Thora Birch and Johnny Knoxville are set to join Jack Huston and Emilia Clarke in Phillip Noyce's Above Suspicion, a thriller that has been adapted from the book by New York Times columnist Joe Sharkey. The film actually reunited Birch with Noyce as he directed her previously as a kid in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger. Colleen Camp is producing for Colleen Camp Productions, with Tim Degraye and Mohamed AlRafi producing and financing. Angela Amato-Velez and Amy… Read

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Lionsgate Joins Fox, Par & Uni In Nixing Exhibitor Clearance Requests: What Does This Mean For The Biz?

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Starting with its June 10 release of Now You See Me 2Lionsgate will no longer honor clearance requests from exhibitors on titles playing in a competitive zone. The distributor joins 20th Century Fox, Universal and Paramount — and even AMC Theatres — in this reformed booking practice. Essentially, if two exhibitors are vying for a title in a competitive zone, often one exhibitor (typically the larger one) can request a clearance from the studio to play the title… Read