Government Poised To File Suit To Block AT&T-Time Warner Deal: Reports
The U.S. Department of Justice plans to file a lawsuit tomorrow to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger, according to multiple media reports this afternoon.
The action would officially draw a line in the sand that the government has been threatening for months. Makan Delrahim, head of the DOJ’s antitrust division has recently articulated a philosophy that calls for added scrutiny of the “behavioral remedies” that allowed comparable deals like Comcast-NBCUniversal to go… Read
Art Directors Guild Sets Norm Newberry For Career Award
Norm Newberry, who has worked on such films Avatar, War of the Worlds and The Polar Express, Jaws and The Sting along many TV shows, as is set to receive the Art Directors Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award during the ADG Awards on January 27 at Hollywood & Highland.
Newberry has worked as a set designer, art director and production designed during a career that has spanned five decades. A motion-capture specialist who has embraced the cutting edge of digital technology… Read
The Bart & Fleming Podcast: Creeps And Fallout
Anger is taking the place of reason in the dialogue about sexual harassment in Hollywood, but positive opportunities could still emerge, as we discuss on Episode #14 of The Bart & Fleming Podcast. Filmmakers are fighting to liberate their films from companies like The Weinstein Co., and spending major dollars on re-cutting negatives to permit removal of accused harassers.
Also discussed: Important movies about women are being released during awards season, such as Lady Bir… Read
‘Justice League’ Lassos $185M Overseas, $279M WW; ‘Thor’ Rocks To $739M Global – International Box Office
MONDAY UPDATE, WRITETHRU, with actuals: Warner Bros/DC’s Justice League assembled $185M at the international box office in its debut session this weekend, $500K down from the Sunday estimate. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and friends were at play on about 46,660 screens in 65 markets with China leading at a slightly improved $51.8M. Including domestic, the worldwide opening is $279M. While WB has the overseas launch ahead of Wonder Woman in like-for-like markets, the… Read
Assemble Media Acquires ‘Meat’ Script From Newcomer Logan Martin
EXCLUSIVE: Jack Heller’s Assemble Media has picked up film genre script Meat, by newcomer Logan Martin. The script, which landed at number one on the 2017 Bloodlist, follows a misanthropic man who notices bizarre changes in himself, his wife, and the animals inhabiting the territory around their homestead as they attempt to survive self-imposed isolation.
This is the first script from Martin, who, currently working at a movie theater in Flordia, was discovered by Jake… Read
June Diane Raphael & Ravi Patel Cast In Lionsgate’s Comedy ‘Flarsky’
EXCLUSIVE: Grace and Frankie‘s June Diane Raphael and Ravi Patel, who recurs on CBS' upcoming series By The Book, have joined the Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron comedy Flarsky, which will be released on Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment label on February 8, 2019. Snatched helmer Jonathan Levine is directing from a script by Dan Sterling.
The pic follows Fred Flarsky (Rogen), an unemployed journalist battered by his own misfortune, endeavors to pursue his childhood crush and… Read
New Regency Acquires YA Debut Novel ‘Devils Unto Dust’
Emma Berquist's debut novel Devils Unto Dust, which HarperCollins will publish under its Greenwillow imprint in April 2018, has been pre-emptively acquired by New Regency to make into a feature. Big Talk Pictures' Nira Park will produce along with New Regency's Arnon Milchan. Big Talk's Rachael Prior will executive produce.
Described as True Grit meets 28 Days Later, the novel follows 17-year-old Daisy Wilcox's journey through 1870's West Texas during a Reconstruction… Read
NBC Sets Golden Globes 75th Anniversary Special
NBC said today it will air Golden Globes 75th Anniversary Special on Wednesday, December 13 at 9 PM ET/PT, a two-hour special hosted by Will & Grace stars Eric McCormack and Debra Messing to celebrate the best moments in the history of the awards. It will feature highlight clips from past shows, exclusive interviews and a countdown of the top Globes-winning movies of all time as selected by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
The special hails from Globes… Read
Quentin Tarantino’s New Film Among 11 Features Awarded Latest CA Tax Credits
Thanksgiving and Christmas came a little early today for Quentin Tarantino and Sony Pictures. Picked up by the studio last week, as my colleague Mike Fleming Jr exclusively reported, the director's next feature is among the 11 films awarded nearly $62.8 million in California tax credits.
The Chris Sanders’ helmed adaptation of Jack London’s Call of the Wild, Destroyer, starring Nicole Kidman and directed by the Karyn Kusama, and an untitled Dan Gilroy project starring… Read
‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Creator Among Juried Annie Award Winners
Organizers of the 45th annual Annie Awards have unveiled their annual jury awards, recognizing career achievement and exceptional contributions to animation. Those include the Winsor McCay Award for career contributions to the art of animation, which will be presented to British character animator James Baxter, SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg, and Canadian animation duo Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis.
ASIFA-Hollywood also said today it will bestow the Ub… Read
UK Talent Agency Troika & Management Firm James Grant Group To Merge
EXCLUSIVE: With a talent roster that includes Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey, Daniel Kaluuya, Graham Norton and Nick Frost, British agency Troika is merging with management firm James Grant Group. The two companies will keep their respective names. JGG has offices in London, New York and Los Angeles and over 30 years experience in the integrated management space, working across the entertainment, music, sports, literary and social talent sectors.
JGG’s portfolio counts… Read
Palm Springs To Honor Gary Oldman With Desert Palm Achievement Award
Gary Oldman will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor for his performance in Darkest Hour at the 29th annual Palm Springs Film Festival. He’ll be presented with the award during the fest’s annual Film Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart, on January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival runs January 4-15, 2018.
"Gary Oldman brings to screen one of the most powerful performances of this year as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. Portraying Britain's… Read