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AMC Urges Judge to Reopen Briefing in 'Walking Dead' Profits Case

With hundreds of millions of dollars on the line and perhaps even the fate of Walking Dead, AMC submitted a motion on Wednesday to allow for additional briefing at a key stage in a massive profits lawsuit brought by Frank Darabont and the Creative Artists Agency.

Darabont, the director of Shawshank Redemption and Green Mile, adapted Robert Kirkman's graphic novel about middle American citizens coping in the aftermath of a zombie outbreak. But during the second season, he was fired as executive producer amid tensions with AMC executives.

Along with CAA, Darabont would sue in 2013 and allege being significantly shortchanged of...
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David Ogden Stiers, Major Winchester on ‘Mash,’ Dies at 75

David Ogden Stiers, Major Winchester on ‘Mash,’ Dies at 75
David Ogden Stiers, best known for his role as the arrogant surgeon Major Charles Emerson Winchester III on “Mash,” died Saturday. He was 75.

His agent, Mitchell K. Stubbs, tweeted that he died of bladder cancer at his home in Newport, Ore.

For his work on “Mash,” Stiers was twice Emmy nominated for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy or variety or music series, in 1981 and 1982, and he earned a third Emmy nomination for his performance in NBC miniseries “The First Olympics: Athens 1896” as William Milligan Sloane, the founder of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

The actor, with his educated, resonant
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The Walking Dead Showrunner Is Planning More Spinoffs

The Walking Dead franchise is about to be expanded in some exciting new ways. With creator Robert Kirkman moving over to Amazon to develop new projects with his company Skybound Entertainment, showrunner Scott M. Gimple is being promoted to Chief Content Officer. Now, it’s been revealed that his main responsibility will be in creating some spinoffs across various media – including new webseries, video games and perhaps even another fully-fledged TV show.

Gimple made the revelation to The Hollywood Reporter, saying that the crux of the plan is to increase The Walking Dead brand with “traditional stuff, non-traditional stuff, stuff people don’t expect.”

“We’re going to have cool new Walking Dead stuff. We have a bunch of different things in mind. Some things that are really complimentary to the stuff we’re doing now, and some stuff that’s far afield and very different.”

Gimple had more to
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Judge Tells Lawyers In ‘Walking Dead’ Lawsuit To Keep It Moving, New Developments Notwithstanding – Update

Updated with more details: Keep it moving. That’s the in-so-many-words request of the judge in the long-running, real-life courtroom drama between AMC and former The Walking Dead exec producer Frank Darabont. With both sides claiming a victory today — in the battle, if certainly not the war — lawyers for AMC told New York Supreme Court Justice Eileen Bransten that they’ll be filing a motion for permission to file yet more papers in their ongoing battle with Darabont and CA…
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Lawyers Square Off in Court Over ‘The Walking Dead’ Profit Participation Lawsuit

Lawyers Square Off in Court Over ‘The Walking Dead’ Profit Participation Lawsuit
The battle over Frank Darabont’s “Walking Dead” profit participation lawsuit against AMC flared anew on Wednesday as lawyers sparred over how the court should handle a second lawsuit filed in January by Darabont and CAA.

The sides have been waiting since September for New York Supreme Court Judge Eileen Bransten to issue a ruling on the request from both sides for summary judgment on former showrunner Darabont’s complaint from 2013 alleging he was short-changed his fair share of profits on the hit show because of AMC’s business and accounting practices.

On Wednesday, Bransten acknowledged after spirited arguments that
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Spoilers: Which Major Walking Dead Actor Might Leave the Series After This Season?

*** Possible Spoilers *** Like many of you out there, I gave up on AMC’s “The Walking Dead“ a long time ago. In fact, I gave up after they fired Frank Darabont following the horrendous second season. That said, I’m not bitter towards the series, and hell, even I watched the season premiere where Negan beat the […]

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15 permissions battles fought by TV shows

Louisa Mellor Feb 22, 2018

Real-world products and locations don’t always welcome association with TV shows. Here are 15 times shows struggled with permissions...

Forget the saying – not all advertising is good advertising. Companies will do almost as much to avoid the wrong use of their brand as they will to get plaster said brand all over our screens.

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Take Tupperware. Instead of thanking Antonio Bandaras for featuring its product in his 1999 directorial debut Crazy In Alabama, they forbade him use of the name. All because they didn’t want it thought that Tupperware was as useful for preserving decapitated human heads as lunchtime leftovers. “We had to call them plastic food containers,” remembers Bandaras.

Here are 15 times TV shows struggled
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Review: George A. Romero's "Night Of The Living Dead" (1968); Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition

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“Upgraded Ghouls”

By Raymond Benson

For a film that’s been in public domain for decades and is available on dozens of different poor-quality DVD labels and free to download from Internet, it’s somewhat surprising that The Criterion Collection would pull out the stops to offer an undoubtedly pricier option to own the movie with this lavish 2-disk extravaganza of gore. (There is a precedent, however—Criterion did the same thing with the out-of-copyright Carnival of Souls.)

Don’t get me wrong… this is a very welcome roll-out. What’s unique about Criterion’s excellent package is that it features a new 4K digital restoration of the original theatrical release (not the previously go-to “30th Anniversary Edition” released years ago and that had been recut a little), and it’s supervised by co-screenwriter John A. Russo, sound engineer Gary R. Streiner, and producer Russell W.
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Roger Deakins’ Record Shot at Oscar Glory

Roger Deakins’ Record Shot at Oscar Glory
With his Oscar nomination for Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049,” cinematographer Roger Deakins moved past legendary lenser George J. Folsey (“Executive Suite,” “Meet Me in St. Louis”) as the most-nominated director of photography in history to never win the gold (14 nominations and counting). Of course, the “Blade Runner” bid is still pending, so that status could finally change on March 4. But Deakins’ consistent presence on the circuit brings with it a persistent question: What will it take for one of the most celebrated artists in the industry to finally get his due on Hollywood’s biggest night?

For his part, Deakins isn’t the least bit fazed by his ongoing bad luck with the Academy. “Oh, you know, I’m too old for all of that,” he told Variety in a recent interview. “What you do doesn’t change. The fun is doing it.”

Fair enough, but for such an influential craftsman to have gone unrecognized
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Rupert Everett Signs With CAA

Rupert Everett Signs With CAA
Actor, writer, and director Rupert Everett has signed with CAA for representation.

Most recently, Everett made his directorial debut with “The Happy Prince,” which he also wrote and starred in. The biographical drama premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Everett is best known for his acting over the years in films like “The Next Best Thing,” “Shakespeare in Love,” and “An Ideal Husband.” His work on the 1997 romantic comedy “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” starring Julia Roberts, landed him Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for supporting actor.

On the TV end, his credits include BBC’s “Parades End,” NBC’s “Princess Daisy,” and Netflix’s “Black Mirror.” He appears as Dr. Hendrick in “Quack,” a BBC sitcom about four Victorian era doctors. He is currently filming the television remake of “The Name Of The Rose.”

Everett has also worked extensively in theater, appearing on Broadway and in London’s West End, and winning
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‘Night of the Living Dead’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

Stars: Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman, Keith Wayne, Russell Streiner | Written by George A. Romero, John A. Russo | Directed by George A. Romero

For many of us, Night of the Living Dead is a film we first experienced on late-night TV – some grizzled old print squashed onto a tiny Crt. Now, 50 years after its miraculous inception, Criterion have brought George A. Romero’s small, scary, seminal movie into the gleaming new world of 4K. Night is a public domain movie, mostly to its detriment – but now we have the essential version.

It’s the simplest of stories: a group of people bickering in a farmhouse while a zombie (sorry, “ghoul”) apocalypse closes in. It seems basic now – clichéd even – but nothing like this had been seen at the time. Audiences (including traumatised children at the matinee showings) were appalled and delighted. 1980s splatter had been born a decade premature,
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Terence Marsh obituary

Oscar winning production designer who created sets for Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and The Shawshank Redemption

The production designer Terence Marsh, who has died aged 86, was asked in 2011 what precisely he had done on Lawrence of Arabia. “Oh – I built Aqaba,” he said. And he had: when a replica of the Red Sea port was required for the sequence in David Lean’s 1962 epic in which the Turkish garrison is attacked, Marsh and his colleague and mentor John Box constructed one behind the beach of Playa del Algarrobico, near Almeria in Spain. It was the first of many instances in which he worked resourcefully and imaginatively on a majestic scale.

Marsh and Box went on to win Oscars for their second film with Lean, Doctor Zhivago (1965), for which Marsh helped to find the locations. Spain once again came to the rescue, this time doubling for Russia and earning from
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AMC Blasts MoviePass for ‘False Statements’ About Profitability

The AMC movie theater chain has blasted MoviePass in the wake of the subscription service’s decision to pull out from 10 of the chain’s busiest multiplexes, accusing it of lying about AMC’s finances.

“AMC has taken no action to block the acceptance of MoviePass at our theatres,” the exhibitor said in a statement. “We have no further comment about MoviePass’s unilateral actions. We are, however, disappointed that MoviePass continues to make false statements about AMC, including today when MoviePass greatly exaggerated its contributions to AMC’s profitability.”

The service, which costs $9.95 per month, was no longer available on Thursday at the AMC Century City 15 in Los Angeles; AMC Mercado 20 in Santa Clara, Calif.; AMC Disney Springs 24 in Orlando, Fla.: AMC Loews Boston Common 19 in Boston; AMC River East 21 in Chicago; AMC Mission Valley 20 in San Diego; AMC Tysons Corner 16 in McLean, Va.; AMC Veterans 24 in Tampa; and AMC Loews Alderwood Mall 16 in Lynwood
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“Misleading” AMC’s Desire To Stop ‘Walking Dead’ Suit Should Be Tossed, CAA & Frank Darabont Say

If fast and furious wasn't already a franchise, it could become the subhead this week for long on-going legal battles between AMC and CAA and Frank Darabont over profits from The Walking Dead. Not letting 24-hours pass after an attorney for the cabler sent a potentially deadening letter to the judge seeking to shut down the whole over-$280 million thing, a lawyer for the uber-agency and the ex-Twd showrunner have formally fired back with what can be summarized best as…
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Frank Darabont's Lawyer Calls Out AMC "Stunt" to Delay 'Walking Dead' Judgment

In the huge profits case over The Walking Dead, New York Supreme Court Judge Eileen Bransten must decide which act of legal gamesmanship to ignore.

The judge was all set to deliver a summary judgment ruling in the $280 million profits case brought by series co-creator Frank Darabont and Creative Artists Agency over the hit zombie drama. Then, the plaintiffs filed a second lawsuit against AMC.

On Tuesday, AMC's attorney Orin Snyder pointed to this "disturbing new development" and requested a pause to consider the ramifications. "This new case is Plaintiffs' transparent and unfair attempt to game the...
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AMC Accused of Cutting Corners in ‘Walking Dead’ Stuntman’s Death

The mother of a stuntman killed on the set of “The Walking Dead” filed suit on Tuesday, alleging that AMC put profits ahead of safety and skimped on the show’s stunt budget.

John Bernecker died July 12 after falling head-first onto a concrete floor from a height of about 22 feet.

Susan Bernecker, his mother, alleges that a litany of errors led to her son’s death. She contends that AMC failed to provide adequate cushioning beneath the 22-foot balcony, did not ensure that the scene was rehearsed, and did not have an ambulance on scene.

“The AMC defendants orchestrated and enforced a pattern of filming and producing ‘The Walking Dead’ cheaply and ultimately unsafely,” the suit alleges. “As part of this emphasis, the AMC defendants pressured Stalwart Films to maintain unreasonably low budgets and expenses for episodes, including the budget allotted to stunts. Accordingly, the production of ‘The Walking Dead’ repeatedly cut corners on safety precautions.”

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“Wrongful” AMC Move To Halt ‘The Walking Dead’ Suit Sees CAA & Frank Darabont Pursue Sanctions – Update

Update, 2:36 Pm: AMC hit CAA and Frank Darabont earlier today in a letter to the judge aiming to hit the pause button on the nearly $300 million The Walking Dead profit participation. Now the uber-agency and ex-showrunner of the zombie apocalypse series has hit right back and they want AMC to feel the hurt of sanctions. "AMC's written communication directly to Justice Bransten, while the Court is preparing to rule on Darabont's dispositive motion, is both outrageous and…
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AMC Urges Judge to Pause Frank Darabont’s ‘Walking Dead’ Suits

AMC has responded to Frank Darabont’s latest lawsuit, in which the fired “Walking Dead” director claims he is owed additional tens of millions of dollars on top of the $280 million he has been seeking for the past four years.

In a three-page letter to Judge Eileen Bransten, AMC attorney Orin Snyder argues that Darabont and co-plaintiff CAA are seeking a “second bite at the apple” in case they fall short in their original complaint. The original case, which was filed in 2013, is now awaiting a ruling on summary judgment in Bransten’s court.

In his letter, Snyder asks that Bransten suspend the proceedings in her court until the new lawsuit can be addressed. Snyder argues that because the allegations in the second claim concern the same parties and contracts as the first claim, they should be combined into a single case.

“Plaintiffs are, in effect, still throwing legal theories at the wall in the hopes one will
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AMC Asks Court to Pause 'Walking Dead' Lawsuit After New Frank Darabont Complaint

AMC's attorneys are warning a New York judge of a "disturbing" development they say has upended the already heated lawsuit over profits from The Walking Dead.

That development, of course, is a second lawsuit filed Thursday by the series co-creator Frank Darabont and CAA against AMC — as both the disgruntled producer and the network were awaiting Judge Eileen Bransten's decisions on their dueling motions for summary judgment in the original $280 million court battle. In that fight, Darabont claims AMC robbed him of contingent profits by producing the series and then licensing it to its cable...
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Frank Darabont Sues AMC Over ‘Walking Dead’ Again

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Frank Darabont Sues AMC Over ‘Walking Dead’ Again
Former “The Walking Dead” showrunner Frank Darabont has filed another lawsuit against AMC, claiming that an audit has uncovered more money that is owed to him from the hit zombie drama. The new suit, which also lists Creative Artists Agency and Dark Woods Productions as plaintiffs, seeks damages “in an amount to be determined at trial, but in no event less than $10 million.” “Having recently completed an audit of AMC’s accounting records, it is now clear that AMC’s wrongful conduct extends well beyond artificially deflated license fees,” the suit, filed Thursday in New York Supreme Court, reads. “AMC has used...
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