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OSHA Fines ‘MacGyver’ Producers For Accident That Left Stuntman Seriously Injured

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OSHA has slapped the producers of CBS’ MacGyver with a "serious citation" for an accident on its Atlanta set in August that seriously injured stunt coordinator Justin Sundquist. Its proposed penalty, however, is only $9,472. Sundquist was injured when he fell off the back of a moving vehicle while performing a stunt he also was coordinating. His head injury was so serious that part of his skull had to be removed to relieve the pressure on his brain. Hospitalized for… Read

Business

FilmRise Exec Faye Tsakas Moves To VP Role At Passage Pictures

Faye Tsakas Passage Pictures

Former FilmRise director of acquisitions Faye Tsakas has been hired as VP Development and Production at Passage Pictures, the indie production company behind films including Marjorie Prime and the upcoming biopic Tesla starring Ethan Hawke. She will work with CEO Uri Singer to develop and produce new film and TV projects and be based in Los Angeles. At FilmRise, Tsakas oversaw new release acquisitions and helped secure films including Marjorie Prime, Michael Almereyda and… Read

TV

‘Under The Bridge’: David Ajala To Star In CBS Drama Pilot From Rina Mimoun

David Ajala

Nightflyers star David Ajala is set as a lead of Under the Bridge, from Mistresses executive producer Rina Mimoun and Jerry Bruckheimer TV. In Under the Bridge, penned by Mimoun, when a scandal rocks the medical practice she runs with her husband and their friends, a surgeon rises to the occasion and takes the lead in trying to mend both the practice and her own marriage. Ajala, who fielded multiple offers this pilot season, will play Dan, a gorgeous, dry and somewhat… Read

TV

Nahnatchka Khan Inks Overall Deal With Universal Television

Nahnatchka Khan has signed a rich four-year overall producing deal with Universal Television. Under the exclusive eight-figure pact, Khan will create, develop, write, supervise and produce series projects. Universal TV landed Khan in a competitive situation, with the deal pegged by industry sources at about $8 million a year. Khan is among a slew of A-list writer-producers who have been seeking overall deals in the past month or so, sparking bidding wars among traditional… Read

Video

‘The Dirt’ Trailer: Netflix Kick-Starts Mötley Crüe Biopic

“If we wanna knock people on their asses, then we gotta give ’em a show.” And what a show it was that Mötley Crüe put on — whether one dug the music or not. Welcome to the first trailer for The Dirt, Netflix’s biopic of the L.A. glam metal band based on its best-selling memoir. Check it out above. It hits all the hits along with the low life of the band some loved to hate, some hated to love and millions just loved. The trailer shows the quartet’s origins, Sunset Strip… Read

Box Office

‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Is Already Winning At The B.O. With $175M Abroad Prior To $40M+ U.S. Start

Before How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World lands in the U.S./Canada this weekend with a $40M to possibly $45M start in 4,000 locations, the $129M DreamWorks Animation threequel is already in great shape have already amassed $175M overseas with a great 96% Rotten Tomatoes score, besting its predecessor’s 92% certified fresh. We also can’t forget Hidden World‘s $2.5M from Fandango Feb. 2 paid previews stateside, a figure that surpasses the sneak cash made by Amazon… Read

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Cops Reject New Jussie Smollett Attack Case Tip; ‘Empire’ Actor Lawyers Up More

Chicago Police have cast aside a tip today that looked to directly connect Jussie Smollett to the former “persons of interest” in the January 29 alleged attack on him as the Empire actor is looking to add more muscle to his legal team. A resident or someone visiting Smollett's Chicago apartment told the cops that they saw the actor in the elevator with Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo late in the night of the assault. Now confirmed to have known Smollett socially as an Empi… Read

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‘Eighth Grade’s Jake Ryan Cast In Nasim Pedrad’s TBS Comedy Pilot ‘Chad’

Jake Ryan

Eighth Grade standout Jake Ryan is set as a lead opposite Nasim Pedrad in TBS comedy pilot Chad. Created and written by Pedrad, Chad is a single-camera Middle-Eastern family comedy that follows a 14-year-old Persian boy, played by Pedrad, during high school as he desperately tries to fit in, cope with his mother's dating life, and reconcile his cultural identity. Ryan will play Peter, Chad’s (Pedrad) best friend, a sweet nerd who has nothing to prove and is “unbothered… Read

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Legendary’s ‘Dune’ Film Adds ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Actor David Dastmalchian

EXCLUSIVE: Actor David Dastmalchian, who has appeared in films such as The Dark Knight, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Netflix’s Bird Box, has been cast to play Piter De Vries in Dune, Legendary’s Denis Villeneuve-directed film adaptation of Frank Herbert's bestselling novel. Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin are set to star while Jason Momoa and Zendaya are in talks for key roles. Piter De… Read

Business

Disney-Fox Reality Check: Combined Company Will Profit From Deal, But Only After Streaming Spending Spree – Analyst

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When Disney’s $71.3 billion deal to acquire most of 21st Century Fox closes in the coming weeks, the combined company will remain an appealing target for investors, but only those willing to indulge hefty near-term spending on direct-to-consumer streaming. That’s the basic takeaway from a new research report by Macquarie analysts Tim Nollen and Stephen Beckett. In the 18-page note to clients, the analysts reiterate their “outperform” rating on the stock, which has moved… Read

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Jonathan Majors In Talks For Spike Lee’s ‘Da 5 Bloods’ At Netflix

Jonathan Majors

EXCLUSIVE: We hear that Jonathan Majors is in talks to join Spike Lee's Netflix movie Da 5 Bloods, which centers around Vietnam veterans who return to the jungle to find their lost innocence. The drama is Lee’s next movie. His BlacKkKlansman is nominated for six Oscars this Sunday including Best Director and Best Picture. Da 5 Bloods is about a group of vets who attempt to put their broken selves back together in a story about the redemption of one's soul. Majors’ role is… Read

TV

George Stephanopoulos Re-ups At ABC News Through 2020 Election And Beyond

ABC News made sure to lock in services of political junkie George Stephanopoulos through the 2020 presidential election and its aftermath, signing him to a new four-year contract. The former Democratic adviser and now ABC News chief anchor, chief political correspondent, GMA co-anchor and Sunday Beltway host will rake in about $18M a year, sources say – an impressive increase from previous $15M-ish, though still not Megyn Kelly money. But with his contract coming up and a… Read