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The Writers Guild of America East has filed unfair labor practice charges against ITV with the federal government’s National Labor Relations Board.
The guild alleges that the UK-owned TV production company has failed to bargain in good faith and has violated federal labor law. The WGA has blasted ITV several times this year for alleged mistreatment of writers and producers on its shows.
The filing alleges that ITV has reduced Guild-represented employees’ compensation by $300 a month and implemented a health insurance plan with deductibles so high that employees would never get paid any actual benefits except if they were hospitalized for long periods. Employees would also pay $130 a month in premiums for this “largely illusory coverage.”
ITV had no immediate response Monday. The ITV shows involved include Nat Geo’s “Cesar 911,” “The First 48″ on A&E and TLC’s “Four Weddings.”
“We have negotiated contracts with other employers »
- Dave McNary
When it comes to celebrities on Instagram, we've seen it all: Kim Kardashian's bikini shots, Rihanna's racy moments, and so much more. Still, nothing tops the sweet family snaps that stars share on the regular. Jessica Simpson posts adorable photos of her cute family left and right, and Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka's family pictures only get more aww-inducing with time. Then there's Beyoncé, who has been bringing on the loving moments long before she stunned on Halloween with Blue Ivy Carter. Keep reading to discover all the family-friendly stars you should follow, and then check out all the celebrities on Instagram. »
Rosamund Pike nearly stole the show in David Fincher's "Gone Girl" but he stole the hearts of the Palm Springs International Film Festival's committee members. The actress is getting the Breakthrough Performance Award! Last year, "12 Years A Slave's" Lupita Nyong'o received the same award and walked all the way to Oscar glory!
Palm Springs, CA (November 21, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Rosamund Pike with the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne and J.K. Simmons. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12.
.Rosamund Pike perfectly taps into Gillian Flynn.s »
He will break out the pumps, blonde wig and East German accent playing the transgender character he co-created with composer and lyricist Stephen Trask, joining the Broadway revival of the musical on Jan. 21.
Mitchell steps in for current star Michael C. Hall. He had been discussed as a possible replacement for Neil Patrick Harris at one point last summer, according to an individual with knowledge of the situation. Harris won a Tony Award for his work and preceded Andrew Rannells in the part.
Mitchell created the 1998 Off-Broadway production and starred in the film version of the play, earning a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy. His other acting credits include “Girls,” “The Secret Garden,” and “Six Degrees of Separation.” He also directed “Rabbit Hole” and “Shortbus. »
- Brent Lang
Hedwig fans rejoice. Mama's coming home. John Cameron Mitchell, co-creator and original star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, will return to his signature role in the cult musical about an East Berlin rocker who tells her story of botched sex-change surgery and broken dreams. Mitchell will step into Hedwig's glitter boots for a limited eight-week run in the current Broadway revival, beginning performances on Jan. 21 at the Belasco Theatre. Directed by Michael Mayer, the show won four Tony Awards this year, including best musical revival, lead actor Neil Patrick Harris and featured actress Lena
- David Rooney
Following on from the recent promo and posters for next year’s Inside Out [see here and here], Disney has now given us a sneak peek at Pixar’s second offering of 2015, The Good Dinosaur, by releasing a piece of official concept art…
The Good Dinosaur tells the story of Arlo, a lively Apatosaurus with a big heart who sets out on a remarkable journey, gaining an unlikely companion along the way—a human boy.
Directed by Peter Sohn (Partly Cloudy) and produced by Denise Ream (Cars 2), The Good Dinosaur features a voice cast that includes Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), John Lithgow (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Judy Greer (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Bill Hader (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2) and Frances McDormand (Transformers: Dark of the Moon). The film opens in the Us on November 25th and in the UK on December 4th. »
- Gary Collinson
Chris Hemsworth was unveiled as People magazine's newest "Sexiest Man Alive" on Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday night, and while there's no denying he is one of the most attractive men in Hollywood -- fans still freaked out over the decision.
But, it might not be all the magazine's fault.
"There is always a good pool to choose from," Julie Jordan, a Senior Writer at People, explains to Et.
"In the past, we have considered Ryan Gosling, but it's a matter of who wants and deserves it."
Gallery: See Chris Hemsworth's Hottest Pics!
TheWrap.com reports that Gosling, 34, has actually turned down the title more than once.
“They tried a few times, especially during his huge year in 2011,” a source shared with the site. “The »
People magazine has crowned their 2014 Sexiest Man Alive!
It was decided that People's Sexiest Man Alive this year is Chris Hemsworth!
Photos: Hollywood's Sexiest Shirtless Men
After masking Hemsworth's Australian accent with a voice modulator, Kimmel connected with him via Skype and then let his audience ask "yes" or "no" questions in an attempt to narrow down the star's identity.
Once a few heartthrobs had been eliminated with questions like, "Have you played a super hero?", "Do you have a famous brother?" and, "Does the superhero you play use a hammer?", it became clear that the Thor star was People's Sexiest Man Alive.
Pixar’s Jurassic era animation The Good Dinosaur is still a full year from release, but had things gone differently, the film could very well have made it to the silver screen much, much earlier. But, in the wake of an 18 month delay and a director changeover, the renown studio chose to completely reimagine the tale of Arlo, the 70-foot Apatosaurus.
This reworking also instigated a makeover of the titular dinosaur himself, and a new image published on The Los Angeles Times has unveiled our first look at the reworked dino (which you can glimpse in the gallery below).
Now, The Good Dinosaur will be helmed by Up co-director Peter Sohn, who replaced Bob Peterson on the project as he was “proving too slow to make creative decisions.” Interestingly, while the core tenets of the film remain intact — with the story orbiting around a revisionist version of history that sees »
- Michael Briers
Disney has released a piece of new concept art for Pixar’s prehistoric animated adventure, The Good Dinosaur. It gives us a good look at the two main characters in the story: Arlo the apatosaurus dino and his young human companion, Spot.
The Good Dinosaur asks the generations-old question: What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? The film is a humorous and exciting original story about Arlo, a lively 70-foot-tall teenage Apatosaurus with a big heart. After a traumatic event rattles Arlo’s tranquil community, he sets out on a quest to restore peace, gaining an unlikely companion along the way—a young human boy named Spot.
- Joey Paur
Hemsworth, 31, had been part of a long list of celebs whose names were floating around as possible contenders for the title. Many actually considered him a long shot compared to actors like Neil Patrick Harris, Chris Pratt, Matthew McConaughey and his younger brother, Hunger Games heartthrob Liam Hemsworth. All these men had projects come out this year, and/or are set to have something come out soon.
News: Chris Hemsworth Is People Magazine's 2014 Sexiest Man Alive
Yet, when the identity of Sexiest Man Alive was revealed, the world let out a collective cry of, "Oh. Okay, yeah. I guess that makes sense. He's… yeah, he's hot, sure. Why not?"
However, it didn't take long for the internet to make some suggestions of their own on who should have been chosen for this coveted cover.
The story centers on Arlo, a teenage dinosaur who befriends a young human boy named Spot. The movie hit a snag in August 2013 when original director Bob Peterson was dismissed, which caused Pixar to push the animated adventure from its original May 30, 2014 release date all the way to November 25, 2015. Over the past year, new director Peter Sohn has been reworking the story, and while the basic premise remains the same, the filmmaker revealed to The Los Angeles Times that a lot has changed.
"The heart of the story remains the same. It's always been about this young dinosaur growing up. But the world itself has changed a lot. Nature has become a character."
Pixar's general manger Jim Morris revealed how tough »
Whether you're looking for a bookish gift to buy for the holidays or you're hoping to curl up with a new read yourself, we've got you covered with a look at more than 100 of the best titles that hit shelves this year. Celebrity-penned books like Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl, Yes Please by Amy Poehler, and Neil Patrick Harris's autobiography are sure to satisfy the pop culture fan, while new titles from popular authors like Emily Giffin, Stephen King, Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling), and Rainbow Rowell are perfect picks for those who love fiction. Check out Popsugar Love's favorite 2014 reads for women, then take a look at the year's best books - so far! »
Director Hamish Hamilton returns to the show for the third time, after receiving an Emmy nomination for his work on last year’s telecast. He made his Oscar debut with the 82nd Academy Awards telecast in 2010. Hamilton has directed many other celebrated live televised events, including the 2014 Super Bowl halftime show featuring Bruno Mars, the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show featuring Beyoncé, the 2013 “MTV Video Music Awards” and the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics, for which he also received an Emmy nomination. He shared a 2011 Peabody Award for the fifth annual “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” and a 2003 Grammy Award nomination for the musical special “Robbie Williams – Live at the Albert.”
Production designer Derek McLane has been part of both Oscar »
- Michelle McCue
Emma Stone made her triumphant Broadway debut Tuesday, as Sally Bowles in the Tony-winning musical Cabaret. She stars alongside Tony winner Alan Cumming in a 12-week run of the Roundabout Theatre Company production.
Emma's boyfriend Andrew Garfield was reportedly in the audience as the 26-year-old actress made her first bow on Broadway. The Social Network actor has his own time to shine on Broadway in 2012 when he appeared in the revival of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman alongside the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
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The young stars join an elite list of other Hollywood A-listers to make a splash on the Great White Way.
Hugh Jackman is a stage veteran but his first appearance on Broadway was in 2004's The Boy From Oz. Jackman earned a Tony Award for his performance as singer/songwriter »
Newlyweds Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka have discovered a new way to celebrate married life: Starring in their first ever fashion campaign as a couple. Harris and Burtka are the new faces of London Fog's holiday marketing campaign, in which the happy couple is featured in black-and-white photos while wearing pieces from London Fog's outerwear collection. The campaign is set to launch in January issues of lifestyle and fashion magazines. »
- Samantha Highfill
Producer Neil Meron announced the production team for the upcoming Oscars ceremony on Twitter, and it should make some Arrow fans very happy. Greg Berlanti of Arrow, The Flash, and The Mysteries of Laura is member of the writing team along with fellow Arrow and The Flash creator Andrew Kreisberg, Michael Green, and Seth Grahame-Smith. Hamish Hamilton will serve as the ceremony's director, while Broadway veteran Rob Ashford is the choreographer. Our team for #Oscars 2015 hosted by @ActuallyNPH@TheAcademy@craigzadanpic.twitter.com/masz7gYSKw — Neil Meron (@neilmeron) November 14, 2014 Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the Oscars, which are scheduled for Feb. »
- Esther Zuckerman
In 2009, the Internet went crazy over a rumor that Neil Patrick Harris would play The Flash in a big screen "Justice League" movie. That didn’t happen — Ezra Miller got the job and Harris settled with voicing the character in a direct-to-dvd animated film. But now it’s looking like "Gone Girl" costar could finally get a superheroic boost from the team behind CW’s "The Flash." They’ll be feeding Harris his lines when he takes on hosting duties for the 87th Academy Awards. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced that writer, producer and director Greg Berlanti joins the team as head writer for his first Oscars telecast. The name should be familiar to anyone absorbed in comic book movie/TV sagas; Berlanti’s writing credits include the television series “The Flash,” “Arrow,” “Everwood” and “Dawson’s Creek,” and the feature films “Wrath of the Titans” and “Green Lantern. »
- Matt Patches
We're going to see a lot of Broadway influence at the Dolby Theatre next year, where the Oscars will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. Director Hamish Hamilton returns to the show for the third time, after receiving an Emmy nomination for his work on last year’s telecast. He made his Oscar debut with the 82nd Academy Awards telecast in 2010. Hamilton has directed the 2014 Super Bowl halftime show, the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show featuring Beyoncé, the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards and more. Production designer Derek McLane has been part of both music-filled Oscar shows that Zadan and Meron have produced. He won a 2014 Emmy for his production design of the 86th Academy Awards, and earned a nomination in the same category the previous year. McLane also has designed sets for numerous acclaimed Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, receiving four Tony Award nominations and winning the award in 2009 for his work »
Berlanti will steer the writing along with “Arrow” and “The Flash” showrunner Andrew Kreisberg. Michael Green, another Berlanti associate, and Seth Grahame-Smith are also on board as writers for the Feb. 22 live telecast. Hamish Hamilton will direct for a third time.
The Oscars change writing teams every year. It’s unusual to have scripters from drama series in the mix, though. In the past, scribes have come from the world of feature films, live-event telecasts and comedy shows like “Saturday Night Live.” In addition, the host — this year, Neil Patrick Harris — always brings in a team to write special material.
Meron announced the production team on Friday in a tweet.
This is the third time as producers for Zadan and Meron, and they have recruited several colleagues from »
- Variety Staff
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