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British Investment Firm Bob & Co. Launches Two Drama Production Firms After Rebranding As The Anthology Group

British investment firm Bob & Co is backing the launch of two new scripted production businesses as part of a broader reorganization of its UK production group. It has launched Anthology Group, which is headed by Bob Benton and former Agatha Christie exec Hilary Strong and will comprise of six television and film production companies. The new companies include Mischief Screen, which will take theater productions run by producers Kenny Wax, Stage Presence and Mischief… Read

Business

Mira Sorvino Is “Reeling” From Asia Argento Allegations & Settlement: “I Have Been Heartsick”

As the story behind Jimmy Bennett’s sexual assault claims against Asia Argento continues to unfold, Mira Sorvino has responded saying that she is “heartsick over the allegations”. The ardent Time’s Up and #MeToo advocate took to Twitter late Tuesday night in regards to the allegations and the settlement Argento paid Bennett. “Having just touched down from several weeks abroad, I am reeling from the recent news,” she wrote. She said that she hopes that it isn’t true… Read

TV

‘Supergirl’: Bruce Boxleitner Replaces Brent Spiner As Vice President Baker

There’s a shakeup going on in the White House at SupergirlBabylon 5 alum Bruce Boxleitner is set to take over the recurring role of Vice President Baker which was originally played by Brent Spiner. Spiner had to step down from the role due to family issues that conflicted with production, according to our sister TVLine. The role of Vice President Baker is described as “adept and politically minded” and is an unlikely leader that steps up when the country needs him the… Read

Film

Hollywood Remembers Craig Zadan: Kevin Bacon, Neil Patrick Harris And Others Pay Tribute To Prolific Producer

Refresh for updates Hollywood figures and celebrities took to Twitter to honor prolific producer Craig Zadan, who died Tuesday after complications following shoulder replacement surgery. Zadan is known for championing musical theater and produced Oscar telecasts as well as the Academy Award-winning film adaptation of the musical Chicago. He is also known for bringing live musical events to NBC including The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, the Wiz, Hairspray, and most recently… Read

Film

Craig Zadan’s Prolific Film & TV Career In Pictures – Photo Gallery

The Sound of Music Live!

Craig Zadan’s first credit as a producer was on Footloose, the seminal 1984 teen dance movie that made a star of Kevin Bacon. It also stamped the kind of films and TV shows he wanted to make: dance- and music-filled productions with nods to theater. Those credits would grow to the likes of 1993’s Gypsy starring Bette Midler and 2003 Best Picture winner Chicago. Click to launch a gallery of Zadan’s memorable films and TV… Read

Business

Facebook Identifies More Accounts Spreading Misinformation Ahead Of Midterm Elections

Facebook said it has identified and removed hundreds of accounts and pages spreading misinformation on the platform ahead of the midterm elections — this time, with ties to Iran and Russia. The company said it took down 652 pages, groups and accounts engaged to what it calls “inauthentic behavior” — misleading Facebook users about who they are and what they’re doing. These coordinated misinformation campaigns sought to influence people across the globe, from the Middle… Read

Business

Studios Back In Antitrust Spotlight As AMC Chain Loses Key Court Ruling

Goliath just took a whack from David in court in Texas today as a federal judge tossed AMC Entertainment's attempt to toss out Viva Cinemas antitrust suit over the now shuttered theater’s Spanish-language showings of first-run studio pictures. A trial is still probably a way off in what has been an over three-year legal battle so far but District Judge Alfred Bennett on Tuesday put things on that route in rejecting AMC's motion for summary judgement. It is a rejection… Read

TV

Craig Zadan Dies: ‘Chicago’ Producer Who Led Oscar Telecasts & Live TV Musicals Was 69

Craig Zadan, a prolific producer of movies, television and Broadway musicals, including the Oscar-winning Chicago, Gypsy, Annie, Cinderella, Steel Magnolias, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, five live musicals on NBC and three Oscar telecasts on ABC, has died unexpectedly. He was 69. "It is with profound sadness that I am announcing the passing of my dear friend and colleague Craig Zadan, who died of complications following shoulder replacement surgery,”… Read

Awardsline

Kenan Thompson On Staying at ‘SNL’ “Forever” & His Dream Of “Taking The Tom Hanks Approach” To Movies

Kenan Thompson

Last year Kenan Thompson officially became the longest-running Saturday Night Live cast member, with 15 seasons under his belt. And, when he started on the show in 2003, he was the show's youngest performer—a situation that seems worthy of some sort of SNL careerist medal. Instead, this year he got his first Emmy nom focused entirely on acting–last year's was shared with Chance the Rapper for their co-written comedy song “Last Christmas”. Of being recognized in the… Read

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‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Casts Up Flight School Saga Around Tom Cruise

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures is in talks to add a diverse coterie of talent to Top Gun: Maverick. Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit), Charles Parnell (A Million Little Pieces), Jay Ellis (Insecure), Bashir Salahuddin (GLOW), Danny Ramirez (Assassination Nation), and Monica Barbaro (The Good Cop) are being set to join the ensemble opposite Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Glen Powell, Jennifer Connelly and Miles Teller. The Joseph Kosinski-directed film is slated for release July 12… Read

Film

Harvey Weinstein Sued By Woman Alleging Rape At 2006 Cannes Film Festival – Update

UPDATED from story posted at 9:19 AM to include Weinstein attorney statement and Loman attorney statement: Harvey Weinstein is being sued by a woman accusing the disgraced mogul of raping her at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006. Attorneys on behalf of Emma Loman, who court documents say is a citizen and resident of Germany and has worked as an actor, producer and model, filed a civil complaint (read it here) on Monday with the U.S. District Court Central District of… Read

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Nne Ebong Exits As ABC Studios Head Of Drama Development

EXCLUSIVE: ABC Studios’ SVP Drama Development Nne Ebong is leaving the studio after 12 years, the last five as head of drama development, I have learned. I hear Ebong is leaving for another opportunity. No one would confirm where she is headed but there has been increasing speculation that she may reunite with former ABC boss Paul Lee and join his independent studio wiip,, which is backed by CAA. For the past couple of months, Ebong had been rumored for a number of… Read