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Valparaiso Pictures Launches, Sets ‘After Perfect’ As First Movie Project With Elizabeth Chomko Writing

Valparaiso Pictures

EXCLUSIVE: Venture capitalist and entrepreneur David Carrico has launched Valparaiso Pictures, a Los Angeles-based film and TV development, production and finance company. It¬†already has its first project in the works in After Perfect, a feature film based on Christina McDowell’s 2016 memoir that is being adapted by Elizabeth Chomko and produced with Matt Reeves' 6th & Idaho Productions and Joshua Thurston. Carrico is co-founder of music and entertainment tech consulting… Read

Jonathan Gold Tribute To Include Unseen Footage From ‘City Of Gold’ Documentary

Jonathan Gold

The Los Angeles Times said today it is planning a public tribute for restaurant critic Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer Prize-winning and longtime fixture of L.A.’s diverse food scene, who died July 21 at age 57. The events set for August 26 include the debut of unseen footage from Laura Gabbert’s documentary City of Gold, which bowed in 2015 at the Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically by IFC Films. The event will be held on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall… Read

Donald Trump Taunted By Washington DC Mayor Over Military Parade Cancel Claims

TV news networks pounced on DC mayor’s response to President Donald Trump’s tweets claiming city officials looking for a windfall drove up the pricetag on his military parade so high he pulled the plug on the plan. “Yup, I’m Muriel Bowser, mayor of Washington DC, the local politician who finally got thru to the reality star in the White House with the realities ($21.6M) of parades/events/demonstrations in Trump America (sad),” tweeted DC’s mayor. Trump’s morning tweet… Read

Editors Guild Answers IATSE President Matt Loeb’s “Baseless” Claims Against Its Leader

IATSE Motion Picture Editors Guild

EXCLUSIVE: Cathy Repola, the national executive director of the Editors Guild, has fired back at IATSE president Matt Loeb, who earlier today accused her of having "violated federal labor law" by taking part in the union's recent negotiations for a new film and TV contract. "I grew up in an IATSE household and have been a devoted union member for over 35 years," Repola said in a statement to Deadline. "In spite of what the IATSE leadership is indicating, it is my core… Read

Seinfeld On ‘Seinfeld’: Leaving Was Done At “The Perfect Moment”

Jerry Seinfeld has no regrets about turning down an NBC offer of $5 million for one more season of his Seinfeld comedy show. It was the perfect moment, and the proof that it was the right moment is the number of questions you're still asking me about it,” Seinfeld said in an interview with the New York Times Magazine. “The most important word in art is "proportion." How much? How long is this joke going to be? How many words? How many minutes? And getting that right is… Read

SAG-AFTRA Members Ratify New Network Code Worth More Than $200 MIllion A Year

Members of SAG-AFTRA have voted overwhelmingly to ratify the union's new Network Code, which covers a wide range of non-primetime programs aired on the Big Four broadcast networks, including soap operas, game shows, talk shows and quiz shows, as well as sports and variety shows. The 142,000-member union did not say how many performers cast ballots, but said it was approved by a margin of 93% of those who voted. The union says the contract generates more than $200 million… Read

Broadway’s ‘Pretty Woman’ Musical: All Dressed Up With No Place To Go – Review

I might not be the target audience for Pretty Woman – The Musical, seeing as how I was never a fan of Pretty Woman – The Movie. Just never thought it was cute, funny or charming when Richard Gere, in that 1990 star-making movie, jokingly snapped shut that proffered jewelry box, drawing the startled, wide-mouthed guffaw that transformed Julia Roberts into Julia Roberts. And that was 10 years before the Millennium, well before the Laugh became schtick, and well well before… Read

IATSE President Accuses Editors Guild Leader Of Violating Federal Labor Law

IATSE Motion Picture Editors Guild

In what could be a precursor to placing IATSE Editors Guild Local 700 into trusteeship, IATSE president Matthew Loeb has fired off a blistering letter (read it here) accusing Local 700 executive director Cathy Repola of violating federal labor law, of waging a "propaganda campaign" against ratification of the union's new film and TV contract, and of possibly breaching her duties as a director of the union's pension and health plans. He also accused her of being "selfish… Read

U.S. Sues Operators Of Pirate Radio Station Broadcasting Alex Jones’ Show — Updated

Alex Jones

UPDATED to clarify that Alex Jones is not involved in the station. A pirate radio station in Texas that broadcast conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’s show has dropped off the air amid an intensifying fight with the FCC. The Department of Justice filed suit against Walter and Rae Olenick, accusing them of operating an unlicensed radio station out of their Austin apartment complex since at least 2013. The FCC sent the couple multiple letters, warning of the dire consequences… Read

Donald Trump “Threats” Won’t Stop Omarosa’s ‘Unhinged’, Publisher Says

Donald Trump Omarosa

As more information from Omarosa Manigault Newman’s White House memoir Unhinged continues to hound the Trump Administration, publisher Simon & Schuster said it has no intention of backing off selling the hot-button book that it released this week. “Despite various legal claims and threats made by representatives of the Trump campaign, Gallery Books and Simon & Schuster are proceeding as planned with publication of Unhinged by Omarosa Manigault Newman, confident that we… Read

Bankruptcy Court OKs Sale Of Relativity Media To UltraV Holdings

A U.S Bankruptcy Court has approved the sale of Relativity Media to UltraV Holdings, marking another new beginning for the independent studio as it emerges from its second bankruptcy in three years. Relativity resolved a long-running dispute with Netflix over a lucrative licensing contract earlier this month, clearing the way for the sale. It also reached an agreement with its unsecured creditors, removing another significant obstacle to the planned sale. “Court approval… Read

Lara Trump Responds To New Secret Tape Release As POTUS Dreams Of Omarosa Behind Bars

Lara Trump calls Omarosa’s latest secret recording of a job offer she made to the former Apprentice villainess “a fraud” and says she is “absolutely shocked and saddened by her betrayal and violation on a deeply personal level.” Her father-in-law Donald Trump, meanwhile, is so knicker-knotted that he’s being outplayed in the media by his disciple. He has called Omarosa a “lowlife,” wacky” and “a dog,” has filed an arbitration suit against her and now is throwing out the… Read