Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Sues Lantern For Fraud Over Weinstein Co. Sale Deal
EXCLUSIVE: Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Companies has filed suit against Lantern Capital today accusing the private equity firm of fraud, breach of contract and other charges in connection with the purchase of The Weinstein Company assets.
Looking for a wide range of damages, Yucaipa is claiming it shared confidential information with Lantern as the Dallas-based company positioned itself as the stalking horse bidder for TWC’s assets. Now, Burkle’s side says Lantern is refusing to… Read
Netflix Brass Spins Q2 Miss: “Fundamentals Have Never Been Stronger”
In their quarterly video conference moderated by a single Wall Street analyst — in this case, Todd Juenger of Sanford Bernstein — Netflix execs shrugged off the company’s disappointing second-quarter results.
“The fundamentals have never been stronger,” CEO Reed Hastings said, citing record levels of viewing and positive trends in many global territories. “We're feeling very strongly about the business.” He added that the dip in the second quarter was unrelated to price… Read
Sophia Bush & Michael Dorman To Star In Music-Inspired Indie ‘Hard Luck Love Song’
EXCLUSIVE: One Tree Hill alum Sophia Bush and Patriot star Michael Dorman have been tapped as the leads in Hard Luck Love Song, an indie from Synthetic Pictures and Dime Box Entertainment based on the song “Just Like Old Times” by Todd Snider. Justin Corsbie is directing the film from a script he co-wrote with Craig Ugoretz.
It follows Jesse (Dorman), a charismatic but down-on-his-luck troubadour, who finds himself at an existential crossroads as his bad decisions catch… Read
‘Rugrats’ Returns With Nickelodeon Series Revival & Live-Action Paramount Movie
Tommie, Chuckie and his pals are coming back — on both TV and the big screen. Viacom’s Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures have set a revival of the iconic kids series Rugrats with a 26-episode order from Nickelodeon and a live-action film featuring CGI characters from Paramount Players. Both the TV series and the movie will include new adventures with the famous characters Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Susie and Angelica, and will also introduce a new world of… Read
‘Transparent’ Actress Trace Lysette To Star & Produce ‘Colors Of Ava’
Known for her role as Shea in the Emmy-winning Amazon series Transparent, Trace Lysette is attached to star in Colors of Ava. Lysette is also set to serve as executive producer.
The film, which is described as an “uplifting and authentic love story set in Los Angeles”, comes shortly after Scarlett Johansson stepped down from the movie Rub & Tug after she received backlash for portraying a trans male. It was announced that they will cast all 10 trans roles in the film with… Read
Paralympian Actress Katy Sullivan Chides Dwayne Johnson For Playing Amputee In ‘Skyscraper’
Editors Note: Katy Sullivan is an actor, athlete and bilateral above knee amputee whose credits include My Name Is Earl, Last Man Standing and NCIS: New Orleans as well as the upcoming indie pic Offside. She got her acting start starring onstage in Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Chicago production The Long Red Road, and this year was nominated for Lucille Lortel and Drama League awards for her featured role in Martyna Majok’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Cost of Living. A four-ti… Read
‘Blindspotting’ Review: Daveed Diggs & Rafael Casal Duel Brilliantly In A Fierce, Blistering Explosion Of Words
It's not difficult to see how Blindspotting emerged as one of the true sensations of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and as I say in my video review above, the answer is its startling originality and fearlessness in confronting some uncomfortable truths of our lives now.
Even though this highly dramatic, often funny movie borders on familiar genres like the time-honored buddy comedy, it blows them up in a fusion of rap rhymes mixed with straight dialogue to make it… Read
Netflix Misses Q2 Subscriber Projections, Sending Shares Tumbling After Hours
UPDATED with analyst reaction: High-flying streaming service Netflix missed its own forecasts for subscriber growth in the second quarter, falling short by 1 million net additions.
Netflix added 5.2 million subscribers in the quarter, it said Monday, well shy of the the 6.2 million net new additions reflected in its own forecasts, which was the general neighborhood of most Wall Street analyst predictions.
The company’s stock dropped more than 13% in after-hours trading… Read
Timothée Chalamet In Talks To Star In ‘Dune’ For Denis Villeneuve And Legendary
EXCLUSIVE: Timothée Chalamet is in final talks to star in the Denis Villeneuve-directed Dune, the cinematic relaunch of one of the most celebrated science fiction properties of all time for Legendary.
Legendary acquired film and TV rights to the Frank Herbert novels Dune in 2016, with the intention of making multiple films. Villeneuve chose that film over numerous offers as his followup to Blade Runner 2049. That included James Bond, this well before Danny Boyle came… Read
Astronaut Peggy Whitson Inks UTA Deal
EXCLUSIVE: Peggy Whitson, the astronaut who retired from NASA last month as the U.S. record-holder for the most cumulative time in space at 655 days, has signed with UTA to help set the orbit for the next phase of her career.
Among her numerous records, Whitson, a biochemist, twice commanded the International Space Station after becoming the ISS’ first science officer; she has contributed to hundreds of experiments that have had impacts on the fields of medicine… Read
Nathan Fillion Plays Nathan Drake In ‘Uncharted’ Fan Film
The film adaptation of Uncharted has been in development purgatory for some time now, but that hasn’t stopped Nathan Fillion from taking matters into his own hands. The Firefly alum collaborated with filmmaker Allan Ungar on a live-action fan film based on the popular video game series.
Fans have said that Fillion would be the perfect person to play Nathan Drake because of their physical similarities and attitudes. By working with Ungar, it became a reality via a… Read
Harrison Ford Circling Fox’s ‘Call Of The Wild’ Movie
Harrison Ford is in talks to star in Call of the Wild, 20th Century Fox’s update of the classic Jack London tale that The Croods‘ Chris Sanders is directing. Fox had already set a December 25, 2019 release date for it.
Michael Green (Logan) penned the script, which centers on prospector John Thornton’s trek across the Canadian Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush. Ford in in negotiations to play Thornton, and production on the CGI/live-action hybrid is scheduled to begin… Read