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Filming On Railroad Tracks: Dispelling The Myths

Trains On Tracks

Filming on railroad tracks can be dangerous; it's taken two lives in the past year alone. And despite all the news reports about the death of Sarah Jones on the Midnight Rider set and the recent death of Greg Plitt while filming a commercial in Burbank, many myths remain about shooting on railroad tracks. According to Art Miller, an instructor for the IATSE Rail Safety Awareness training program and one of the industry's leading experts on railroad safety, there are six… Read


‘Mortdecai’ Review: Pete Hammond Says Comedy Has Depp But Lacks Depth – Video


As I say in my video review above of Lionsgate’s period comedy Mortdecai, which opens in wide release today, the actors aren’t to blame for this send-up of UK author Kyril Bonfiglioli’s 1970s books about a misadventurous British art dealer and general rapscallion. Johnny Depp fans will appreciate his comic chops playing his latest quirky leading man, and Gwyneth Paltrow as his wife, Paul Bettany and Ewan McGregor are also good. But the whole thing feels like it could have… Read


Viacom’s Philippe Dauman Made $44.3M In 2014, +19.3%

Philippe Dauman

The board credited the CEO with helping to “provide strategic leadership and management” that helped Viacom generate fiscal 2014 results that it describes as “solid,” in a proxy just filed at the SEC. Philippe Dauman’s package consisted of $3.9 million in salary, $12.4 million in stock awards, $7.5 million in option awards, $20 million in non equity incentives, $44,866 change in pension value, and $500,313 in other compensation. The last category included $457,564 for… Read


Shawn Hatosy Signs With MGMT Entertainment

Shawn Hatosy

EXCLUSIVE: Shawn Hatosy, who’s set to do a guest arc on Amazon’s February debut series Bosch, has signed with MGMT Entertainment (née The Schiff Company) for management. The Faculty and Outside Providence thesp earned a Critics’ Choice nomination for his turn on the NBC/TNT police drama Southland and most recently co-starred as a deliciously complex dirty cop on CBS’ short-lived legal drama Reckless. Onstage he earned raves last summer for his turn in Neil LaBute’s Reasons… Read


Kyle Dean Massey Joins ‘Nashville'; Joaquim de Almeida In ‘Queen Of The South’

Massey De Almeida

Kyle Dean Massey has joined the cast of ABC’s country music drama Nashville in a recurring role. He plays Kevin Bicks, one of the most successful singer-songwriters in Nashville who also happens to be openly gay. Massey, repped by Abrams Artists and Regarding Entertainment, just finished a run on Broadway in the title role of Pippin. His TV credits include The Good Wife, Inside Amy Schumer and Hart Of Dixie. Joaquim de Almeida has landed a recurring role on USA Network's… Read


Netflix Makes 4-Pic Pact With Duplass Brothers – Sundance

Duplass Brothers Mark and Jay

EXCLUSIVE: As everyone wonders how Ted Sarandos and Netflix will stack up as film buyers at Sundance, Netflix has closed a significant deal with one of the most prolific filmmaking teams here in Park City. Sarandos revealed to Deadline that Netflix has made a four-picture deal with Duplass Brothers Productions partners Mark and Jay Duplass. In the deal, Netflix will finance four movies produced by the brothers, and there will be a short theatrical window before each film… Read


CNN Films Acquires ‘The 414s’ Documentary To Launch Short Film Series – Sundance

CNN Films

CNN Films has launched a short documentary film series to debut this spring across CNN's digital platforms, including and CNNgo. The first of four short films in the lineup is The 414s: The Original Teenage Hackers, a film about the first teenage computer hackers, which CNN Films just acquired at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Michael T. Vollmann and produced by Chris James Thompson, The 414s: The Original Teenage Hackers, examines the first widely… Read


Anonymous Content Launches Unscripted Division Headed By David Pritikin


Anonymous Content is expanding into the reality arena with a new unscripted TV Content division and has tapped veteran non-scripted producer and network exec David Pritikin to head it. Pritikin joins Anonymous Content from Discovery Channel where he served as Senior Executive Production and Development, overseeing some of the network’s top series. He was Executive Producer on Deadliest Catch, sharing in the show’s 2014 Emmy win for Outstanding Unstructured Reality… Read


Music Manager Busted As L.A. Cracks Down On Talent Scams


The LA City Attorney's office is cracking down on talent scams that charge upfront fees to aspiring performers. At a press conference this morning, City Attorney Mike Feuer said that music industry veteran Debra Baum has been charged with four counts of violating the Talent Scam Prevention Act. If convicted, she could face up to two years in jail and $20,000 in fines. Arraignment is scheduled for February 5. "Thousands come to Hollywood every year to pursue their dreams… Read


Fox Orders Comedy Pilot Starring John Stamos, Krista Vernoff/John Wells Drama


Fox has ordered two more pilots — an untitled single-camera comedy starring John Stamos, from former The Office head writer Danny Chun and Galavant creator Dan Fogelman, and Studio City, an hourlong drama/dramedy from former Grey's Anatomy executive producer Krista Vernoff and John Wells. Both projects had put pilot commitments and both hail from outside studios — ABC Studios and Warner Bros. TV, respectively — bringing the number of Fox pilot orders to outside suppliers… Read


Member of Kuwait’s Founding Family Forms Hollywood Production Outfit

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Nawaf Alghanim, a member of the Alghanim founding family of Kuwait, has formed a new film financing and production company, Al-Ghanim Entertainment. With offices in Los Angeles and Kuwait, the company says it will produce two to four films a year with budgets up to $15 million. The first project in the pipeline is The Girl In The Photographs, which horror legend Wes Craven is executive producing. The film, to be directed by Craven's protégé Nick Simon, is in the casting… Read


‘Seoul Searching’ Helmer Benson Lee Signs With WME – Sundance

Seoul Searching

EXCLUSIVE: Hours before the Sundance premiere of his film Seoul Searching, writer-director Benson Lee has signed with WME, the agency that is repping the film with Preferred Content. The film premieres at 8:30 PM at the Marc. Lee wrote and directed a comedy set in the 1980s about a group of Korean teens who meet at a summer camp in Seoul to learn what it means to be Korean. A trio of boys from the U.S, Mexico and Germany then meet three girls who rock their world. Robert… Read