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LA Bid For 2024 Olympics Up For City Council Vote On Tuesday


The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to pursue bidding for the 2024 Olympics. A winning bid would be extremely valuable for NBC, which has U.S. broadcast rights to the Games through 2032. If the council gives its approval, the US Olympics Committee could announce within hours that LA has been chosen as the American bid city, the LA Times reported. A council committee reached an agreement with the U.S. Olympic Committee on Friday and moved it… Read

Hackers Up Attacks On Media, Showbiz


Computer hackers’ efforts to penetrate and disrupt media and entertainment networks were up sharply in the quarter that ended June 30, major Internet security company Verisign reported. Media and entertainment companies represented 20% of Verisign’s work in the quarter to thwart or minimize attacks such as the 2014 assault on Sony Pictures Entertainment, according to Rapid TV News. Verisign said the largest attack targeted online video services with denial-of-service… Read

Kyle Jean-Baptiste, Overnight History-Making Broadway Star at 21, Dies In Home Accident

Kyle Jean-Baptiste

UPDATED SUNDAY MORNING  Kyle Jean-Baptiste, a 21-year-old New York actor who made his Broadway starring debut July 23 in Les Miserables as the youngest – and Broadway’s first African-American – Jean Valjean died Friday night in a home accident, falling from the fourth-story fire escape of his mother’s Brooklyn apartment. The accident occurred as Jean-Baptiste sat with a friend on the fire escape, then stood up, slipped and fell backwards. His performed his final turn in Le… Read

Bert Fields Talks Disney Ban, George Lucas, James Cameron, Harvey Weinstein, Napoleon & The Next Big Thing

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EXCLUSIVE: It might not be too much of a stretch to say that Bert Fields has played a role in almost every great Hollywood legal battle of the last 30 years. The Cardinal Richelieu of Tinseltown attorneys, Fields counts among his accomplishments successfully taking on Disney and Michael Eisner to the tune of a $250 million payout for Jeffrey Katzenberg back in the late 1990s. He repped Star Wars creator George Lucas in negotiations with the House of Mouse as well. The… Read

Rebekah Brooks Will Return To Pre-Scandal Perch At News Corp UK: Reports

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Rebekah Brooks and Rupert Murdoch appear to be thisclose again. British press reports Friday said that Brooks has agreed to return to her former post as head of News Corp’s newspaper division, and News Corp wasn’t denying it: “As we ‎have said, we have been having discussions with Rebekah Brooks and when we have any announcements to make we will let you know,” a News Corp spokesman told the Financial Times today. Brooks resigned four years ago in the wake of a hacking… Read

‘Straight Outta Compton’ Threepeat; Faith-Based ‘War Room’ Leading Newcomers So Far — Friday Matinees


Newcomers this weekend are performing as expected in what is anticipated to be a weak, end-of-summer three-day. Three new films are competing for moviegoers in the final weekend before Labor Day, and the faith-based War Room from Fireproof director Alex Kendrick is leading the new entries so far to pull in (as it looks now) around $3.6M or so today after grabbing $600K from over 1,000 theaters last night. Not surprising as it is a PG player, but the R-rated audience for… Read

Brad Globe To Step Down As Head Of Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Diane Nelson Taking Over In Interim

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Brad Globe, President of Warner Bros. Consumer Products, will be leaving the studio in the spring after overseeing the lucrative division for more than a decade. Diane Nelson will now add the oversight of the division to her current responsibilities as President, DC Entertainment and President & Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. She will later name a successor to Globe. Globe, well respected in the licensing and merchandising arena, had served… Read

Veteran PR Exec David Gardner Joins Lippin Group in L.A.

David Gardner

Veteran public relations exec David Gardner has joined The Lippin Group, the firm’s chairman and CEO Dick Lippin announced today. Gardner, most recently with the Up and Aspire cable networks, will serve as a Los Angeles-based SVP and be “actively involved” with some of the Lippin Group’s prominent TV clients as well as domestic and international media. Gardner’s 20-plus-year career in L.A. and Atlanta includes public relations and publicity campaigns for more than 100 TV… Read

Terry Kinney Will Turn Rock Band ‘Other Lives’ Into Next Wave Artists

Cold War Kids And Other Lives Perform At KCRW And The Annenberg Foundation's Free Concert Series: Sound In Focus

Director and Steppenwolf Theatre Company co-founder Terry Kinney is turning a performance by indie rockers Other Lives into a theater work for this fall’s Next Wave Festival, a signature program of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Conceived by Kinney with Rebecca Habel, Reconfiguration: An Evening With Other Lives will have its world premiere October 9 and 10 at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House. Other Lives members Jesse Tabish, Jonathon Mooney, Josh Onstott, Daniel Hart… Read

Christopher Nolan Headlines LFF Connects; Fortissimo Weds ‘La Novia’ – Global Briefs

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Christopher Nolan (Inception) will headline a new series of industry talks launched by the BFI London Film Festival titled LFF Connects. The events will aim to explore the future of film and how film engages with other creative industries such as TV, music, art and games. Artist Tacita Dean, whose exhibitions include the grand-scale FILM at the Tate Modern, will join the Batman Begins director for the new series, which launches with a conversation event on October 9 at… Read

Faulty Connections Shower Sparks Across ‘Whorl’ & ‘John’ – New York Reviews

Sherie Rene Scott

Sherie Rene Scott is beautiful, blonde and busty, an inspired comic actress with an air of practiced innocence that makes her not only irresistible but also believable — a dangerous thing for an artist with larceny on her mind. In her new play, Whorl Inside A Loop, co-written with her creative partner Dick Scanlan (who also directs, with Michael Mayer), she plays The Volunteer, an inspired, etc., comic actress sent to a maximum-security prison to conduct 12 weekly… Read

Animation Guild Ratifies New 3-Year Contract

Animation Guild

Members of the Animation Guild have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new three-year contract with management. The new deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers includes 3% annual increases in contract minimums, no rollbacks and a 10% pension increase for those retiring after August 1, 2015. The contract covers some 3,100 members of IATSE Local 839 working in various aspects of the animation industry, including writers and directors, storyboard… Read