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WGA West’s Board Votes To Send Strike-Authorization Ballots To Members

UPDATED: Hollywood moved a step closer to an industry-crippling writers' strike tonight when the WGA West's board of directors approved sending strike authorization ballots to the guild's members. Tonight's vote came at the unanimous recommendation of the WGA negotiating committee, which broke off contract talks with management's AMPTP on Friday. The WGA East's council will vote tomorrow to send strike authorization ballots to their members. Earlier tonight, the WGA West… Read

Donald Trump Asks For Investigation Of The Clintons’ Russia Ties

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Donald Trump went on a Twitter rant, calling out the House Intelligence Committee for not looking into former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's ties to Russia. “Why isn’t the House Intelligence Committee looking into the Bill & Hillary deal that allowed big Uranium to go to Russia, Russian speech," read his first tweet, which was followed by, "…money to Bill, the Hillary Russian “reset,” praise of Russia by Hillary, or Podesta Russian… Read

Noreen Fraser Dies: Stand Up To Cancer Co-Creator & TV Producer Was 63

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Noreen Fraser, co-creator of the Stand Up To Cancer initiative and TV producer, died on Monday at her home in California after a 16-year battle with breast cancer, a representative for the Noreen Fraser Foundation confirmed to Deadline. She was 63. Fraser worked as a producer on television shows including Entertainment Tonight, Home Show on ABC and The Richard Simmons Show. She was a co-creator and co-producer on the Stand Up To Cancer telethons that aired in 2008 and… Read

CinemaCon Institutes New Security Measures In Wake Of Last Year’s ‘Now You See Me 2’ Theater Evacuation

A K-9 named Farrah was introduced by National Association of Theatre Owners managing director Mitch Neuhauser as part of new security measures at this year’s CinemaCon. Last year, on the final day of the Las Vegas exhibition confab, Lionsgate’s screening of Now You See Me 2 was evacuated when two mysterious backpacks were left unattended on their seats. They belonged to a pair of die-hard Keanu Reeves fans, who pursued the star for an autograph, leaving their bags… Read

Stephen Colbert: Donald Trump Puts Jared Kushner In Charge Of Bureau Of Obvious Nepotism

Stephen Colbert is back to taping shows on the same day as broadcast, so he could note today that President Donald Trump announced his son-in-law Jared Kusher will oversee a broad effort to overhaul the federal government. “And, the government desperately needs overhaul,” Colbert agreed. “Somebody keeps putting totally unqualified people in charge of really important stuff.” Kushner will be heading what will be called the Office of American Innovation. It’s vague, Colbert… Read

WGA Members Still Paying For Last Strike

It's been more than nine years since the last WGA strike ended, with another now looming, but guild members still are paying for it. According to the WGA West's most recent report filed with the U.S. Department of Labor, 45 writers still owed the guild $392,883 in strike loans from the 100-day 2007-08 walkout, as of the guild's fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. One writer still owed more than $30,000; six others owed more than $20,000; seven owed more than $10,000; and… Read

More Films Are Now Released Than Rated: Just A Blip, Or Digital Disruption?

At Forbes magazine, editors used to tell reporters: There's nothing more powerful than two crossing lines. They meant trend lines on a graph, as when rising expenses exceed falling revenue, sending a business into loss. In the 2016 Theatrical Market Statistics report released last week by the MPAA, just such crossing lines, on Page 21, point toward what might be digital disruption of the film ratings system. That system, called the Classification and Rating… Read

‘Dance Moms’ Host Abby Lee Miller Says She’s Exiting Show As Jail Time Looms

"I will no longer take part in Dance Moms," Abby Lee Miller says of the long-running Lifetime series in what could be an exit or another ploy in a consistently brinkmanship relationship the show’s producers. However, the apparently ex-host might not be crying wolf this time as she is less than two months away from a long-delayed sentencing hearing that could see her behind bars for more than two years for fraud. "I don’t have a problem working with any kid, I love… Read

‘Dolly!’ Looks Delish At $1.7M As B.O. Takes Off – But Broadway Attendance Dips

Crowds keep popping up like spring crocuses to see Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! In previews at the Shubert Theatre, the Scott Rudin-led revival, helmed by Jerry Zaks and co-starring David Hyde Pierce, took in $1.67 million for just six performances, nearly 20 percent above its $1.4 million gross potential, and was SRO (with an eyebrow-raising month of previews still to go before its April 20 opening). Average ticket price was $194.17. Banking $40 million in advance sales… Read

George Lucas Family Foundation Donates An Additional $10M To USC In Support of Student Diversity

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The George Lucas Family Foundation has donated an additional $10 million to USC's School of Cinematic Arts, expanding its support of student diversity, announced Dean Elizabeth M. Daley. The new endowment raises the Foundation's total donation to $20 million. Established in the fall 2016 semester with an initial $10 million, the George Lucas Family Foundation Endowed Student Support Fund for Diversity was created for students from underrepresented communities who qualify… Read

NFL Approves Raiders Move To Las Vegas For 2019 Season

The Oakland Raiders are on the move — again. NFL owners voted 31-1 today to approve the team’s move southeast to Las Vegas, but it will continue to play in the East Bay for two more seasons while a Sin City stadium is built. It will mark the third move for the Raiders franchise, which relocated to Los Angeles for the 1982 season before heading back to the Bay Area in 1995. It will become Las Vegas’ first NFL team and only its second major sports franchise, as the NHL’s… Read

Jim Gianopulos Takes Reins Of Paramount As Chairman & CEO

Former Fox Filmed Entertainment Group chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos is (finally) taking the reins of Paramount Pictures. He has been hired as chairman and CEO steps into the role left vacant by Brad Grey, who was pushed out of the company after multiple financial failures. The hiring puts an end to weeks of speculation and negotiations that often took place in the media. Sources said the hiring was just announced internally. Gianopulos will report directly to Viacom… Read