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
Martin Scorsese Short ‘The Audition’ Won’t Be Ready For Venice Film Festival
Martin Scorsese’s short film The Audition will not be screening at the Venice Film Festival next month after all. The festival said today that because of “unexpected technical problems” the roughly 17-minute short will not be ready in time for the September 2-12 fest. The film features Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in a promotion for a pair of casinos in Asia.
Separately, the festival confirmed the screening of Heaven Can Wait by Ernst Lubitsch for… Read
Richard Pryor Pic Set; Oprah Winfrey To Play His Brothel-Owner Grandma, Eddie Murphy “Uncle” Buck, Mike Epps And Kate Hudson As Pryor And Wife Jennifer
EXCLUSIVE: The Weinstein Company is ready to greenlight its Richard Pryor biopic, and my, have Harvey Weinstein and Lee Daniels put together a terrific cast. The new additions: Oprah Winfrey will play Pryor’s grandmother, who ran a brothel and raised the iconic comic there; Eddie Murphy will play Pryor’s father, Leroy “Buck Carter” Pryor. Kate Hudson is set to play Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor. And Mike Epps is now locked to play Pryor, a role coveted by a lot of… Read
‘We Are Your Friends’ Review: Zac Efron Takes On Sex, Drugs And Dance Music But Does He Score?
Sex, drugs, dance music, parties, girls and Zac Efron are the recipe for We Are Your Friends, a late-summer box office entry from Warner Bros that might find a hard time gaining traction (especially with a terrible title that is hard to remember) but is a likable-enough diversion before fall and more serious movies start bombarding us. As I say in my video review (click the link above), this film, thanks to Efron’s sincere performance and adeptness at convincing us he is… Read
Bert Fields Talks Disney Ban, George Lucas, James Cameron, Harvey Weinstein, Napoleon & The Next Big Thing
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
Ryan Simpkins Joins ‘The House’ With Will Ferrell And Amy Poehler
Ryan Simpkins is moving into the upcoming comedy The House, also starring with Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler. The film is about a pair of cash strapped parents who accidentally blow the money intended to pay for their daughter’s college tuition. In desperation, they open an underground casino in their suburb and recruit locals to run the business. Simpkins will play Ferrell and Poehler’s daughter.
The House was the subject of a bidding war earlier this year, with New Line… Read
Armie Hammer Joins Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’
Armie Hammer has joined the cast of Nocturnal Animals, the book adaptation that Tom Ford is writing and directing. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. star joins a cast that includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kim Basinger and Aaron Taylor Johnson. He will play the role of Walker Morrow, Adams’ onscreen husband, in the film version of the 1993 Austin Wright novel Tony And Susan.
Focus Features landed worldwide rights to the film in one of the highest-profile deals… 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
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
Steve Carell Replacing Bruce Willis In Woody Allen Movie
EXCLUSIVE: Four days after Deadline scooped that Bruce Willis exited the ensemble cast of Woody Allen’s new film, Steve Carell has been tapped to take over the role. He now joins a cast that includes Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeannie Berlin, Corey Stoll, Ken Stott, Anna Camp, Stephen Kunken, Sari Lennick and Paul Schneider. The swap-out keeps the production on schedule for the pic, which as usual is being kept under wraps. It shoots… Read
Google’s Matt Brittin Rejects Criticism That Search Engine Helps Pirates – Edinburgh
Google's Matt Brittin delivered a keynote to industry execs here in Edinburgh this morning, extolling the virtues of YouTube and how it can be a strong partner for the television business. The president of EMEA business and operations pointed to the 24M subscribers FremantleMedia's channel has and said The X Factor channel gets 1.1B views a month, with 75% outside the country of origin. He also talked up Jimmy Kimmel Live's Mean Tweets as an example of a TV show reaching… Read
Bryce Dallas Howard Joins Matthew McConaughey In ‘Gold’
Bryce Dallas Howard has landed the female lead in Gold, the Stephen Gaghan mining drama from TWC-Dimension that already stars Matthew McConaughey. The film, from Black Bear Pictures and HWY 61, is just past the midway point of principal photography, shooting now in New Mexico after kicking off in Thailand.
Howard is coming off co-starring in this summer’s massive hit Jurassic World. In this one she will play Kay, the longtime girlfriend of McConaughey’s character, who has… Read