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Legendary funk artist Sly Stone, who sued his former manager and an entertainment attorney, saying they diverted and misappropriated royalties owed him for more than 20 years, was awarded $5 million by a Los Angeles jury Tuesday.
The Los Angeles Superior Court panel deliberated for about two days before finding in favor of the singer — whose real name is Sylvester Stewart — and against ex-manager Gerald Goldstein, lawyer Glenn Stone and Goldstein- affiliated entertainment company Even St. Productions Ltd.
“They just wanted to punch this poor guy in the face,” Nicholas Hornberger, one of Stone’s attorneys, said after the verdict.
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- City News Service
It seems like missing out on a few Oscars won’t keep the team from Selma down too long as they now have their eyes set on a new project.
The Hollywood Reporter reported on Monday that director Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo are set to re-unite for an untitled Hurricane Katrina drama. DuVernay will write, direct, and produce the project with Oyelowo taking on the lead role. Participant Media is hoping to develop a narrative feature film chronicling a sweeping love story and complex murder mystery set against the backdrop of the devastating hurricane of 2005.
This project is set to become DuVernay’s follow-up to Selma while Oyelowo is set to star in and produce two upcoming films: Captive with Kate Mara and Five Nights in Maine with Dianne Wiest. His next project is Queen of Katwe opposite Lupita Nyong’o.
Selma earned a Best Picture nomination, but was »
- Zach Dennis
Dianne Wiest, a two-time Oscar winner, revealed in a recent interview that she struggles to pay her rent due to limited roles for women. Dianne Wiest Says She Can’t Afford To Pay Rent Wiest, 66, has been nominated for three Academy Awards throughout her decades-long career and won twice, first in 1987 for her role […]
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- Olivia Truffaut
Viola Davis became just the second African American to win Best TV Drama Actress at the SAG Awards, claiming the prize Sunday for her starring role in "How to Get Away with Murder." The first to break through the color barrier was Chandra Wilson, a featured player on "Grey's Anatomy," who won this award in 2006. (SAG does not differentiate between lead and supporting on the TV side). -Break- However, Wilson was unable to parlay this victory into an Emmy, despite four consecutive bids in the Supporting Actress category. She lost in 2005 and 2006 to Blythe Danner ("Huff"), in 2007 to co-star Katherine Heigl and in 2008 to Dianne Wiest ("In Treatment"). While four African American women have won that Emmy race -- Gail Fisher ("Mannix," 1970); Alfre Woodard ("Hill Street Blues," 1983), Madge Sinclair ("Gabriel's Fire," 1991) and Mary Alice ("I'll Fly Away,&quo..."' »
Awards and accolades don't pay the bills. Dianne Wiest has won two Oscars in her 40-year career, but as her recent interview with The New York Times revealed, an excess of talent doesn't necessarily mean an excess of money. The Bullets Over Broadway actress, 66 — currently starring in the off-Broadway play Rasheeda Speaking — told the Times earlier this month that, despite her award-winning past, she struggles to find steady-enough work to pay her rent (presumably in New York City). "I have to move out of my [...] »
Deep in a New York Times interview with two-time Oscar winner Dianne Wiest and Tonya Pinkins, who are starring in the new Broadway play Rasheeda Speaking, Wiest made an unsettling admission. "I have to move out of my apartment soon," Wiest, 66, admitted. Despite winning Academy Awards for her work with Woody Allen in Bullets Over Broadway and Hannah and Her Sisters, Wiest said she was seen as "a nice mom and that's it," and that being typecast left her without her pick of parts, even after her award wins. The struggle to find jobs has left her fighting to make ends meet. »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
“I have to move out of my apartment soon,” says the 66-year-old actress who believes she’s been typecast
Two-time Oscar winner Dianne Wiest says she is struggling financially and having trouble paying her rent because she can’t find enough work.
“I have to move out of my apartment soon,” the 66-year-old Wiest told the New York Times in a story published in Sunday’s print edition.
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- Todd Cunningham
Everyone knows Woody Allen. At least, everyone thinks they know Woody Allen. His plumage is easily identifiable: horn-rimmed glasses, baggy suit, wispy hair, kvetching demeanor, ironic sense of humor, acute fear of death. As is his habitat: New York City, though recently he has flown as far afield as London, Barcelona, and Paris. His likes are well known: Bergman, Dostoevsky, New Orleans jazz. So too his dislikes: spiders, cars, nature, Wagner records, the entire city of Los Angeles. Whether or not these traits represent the true Allen, who’s to say? It is impossible to tell, with Allen, where cinema ends and life begins, an obfuscation he readily encourages. In the late nineteen-seventies, disillusioned with the comedic success he’d found making such films as Sleeper (1973), Love and Death (1975), and Annie Hall (1977), he turned for darker territory with Stardust Memories (1980), a film in which, none too surprisingly, he plays a »
- Graham Daseler
Or The Unexpected Convenience of Sexism: Levinson’s Perplexing but Deviously Funny Stab at Roth
Decades passed between initial adaptations of novelist Philip Roth’s novels (1969’s Goodbye Columbus; 1972’s Portnoy’s Complaint) before filmmakers like Robert Benton and Isabel Coixet mounted their own renditions to varied reception in the past decade or so with The Human Stain (2003) and Elegy (2008), respectively. After a decently received found footage horror film with 2012’s The Bay, seasoned director Barry Levinson adapts The Humbling, which, like Roth’s novel itself, initially received some of the same unfavorable notices from Venice and Toronto Int. Film Fests. But Roth’s novels are exactly the kind of difficult narratives that used to make for a tradition of daring cinema that’s been eclipsed by safety and sanitization in an effort to decrease offense and increase mass satisfaction. That’s not to say that Levinson is entirely successful »
- Nicholas Bell
The 20-second teaser, which dropped on Sunday when the duo co-hosted the Golden Globes, shows Fey and Poehler as siblings prepping for one final party before their parents sell their childhood house.
“Sisters” faces off against Disney’s upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens” on Dec. 18, 2015.
Also starring are Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz, John Leguizamo, Dianne Wiest, John Cena and James Brolin. Fey produces with Jay Roach and John S. Lyons and Poehler exec produces with Jeff Richmond and Brian Bell.
- Dave McNary
The new film from Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore is about two disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates, which turns into the cathartic rager that a bunch of ground-down adults really need.
Fey produces the comedy alongside Jay Roach (Meet the Parents series) and John S. Lyons (Austin Powers in Goldmember), and Poehler executive produces alongside Jeff Richmond and Brian Bell from a script by Paula Pell (TV’s Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock).
Sisters will open alongside that little indie film, Star Wars: A Force Awakens, on December 18.
- Michelle McCue
The story centers on a man in the near future who realizes that he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself at a time when humans are able to do so to battle over-consumption and the depletion of the Earth's natural resources. [Source: Variety]
New Line has picked up Greg Erb and Jason Oremland's Xmas script pitch "The Naughty List" which Beau Flynn will produce. All that's known of the story is that it's a high-concept action comedy with a "Guardians of the Galaxy" style tone and follows a group of unlikely heroes who must band together in order to save Christmas. [Source: Heat Vision]
Millennium Entertainment has rebranded itself as Alchemy with January 23rd's "The Humbling" to be the first film released under the new name. »
- Garth Franklin
Alchemy has been selected as the new brand name for Millennium Entertainment, five months after a management team led by CEO Bill Lee and Virgo Investment Group partnered to acquire the catalog assets and distribution platform from a consortium of investors.
The company’s first release under the Alchemy name will be “The Humbling,” starring Al Pacino, Dianne Wiest and Greta Gerwig, opening Jan. 23. Barry Levinson directed “The Humbling,” based on the novel by Philip Roth and centered on an aging actor who has an affair with a lesbian woman half his age at a secluded country house in Connecticut.
“Our new brand name encapsulates our culture, our ambitious mission, and our dedication as a company to working with leading filmmakers and producers to create and deliver the finest content,” Lee said.
Alchemy said it represents 75% of all independent titles sold at Target and is the leading supplier of independent »
- Dave McNary
Edward Herrmann was a master of character, one of those actors who could be counted on to deliver no matter what else was happening on the screen or stage.
Herrmann, who died Wednesday at the age of 71, was famously adept at playing historical figures, from Franklin Delano Roosevelt (many times, most recently as the voiceover in Ken Burns’ “The Rooosevelts: An Intimate History”) to Lou Gehrig, William Randolph Hearst (in Peter Bogdanovich’s “The Cat’s Meow”), Raymond Massey (in biopic “James Dean”), Joseph Breen (enforcer of Hollywood’s Production code from the 1930s-50s), Nelson Rockefeller, Alger Hiss, Fred Friendly and George Bernard Shaw.
Herrmann also had a face that was born to play priests, cops, dads and nondescript world leaders. Reviewing the 1999 NBC miniseries “Atomic Train,” Variety declared that Herrmann’s turn as the U.S. commander-in-chief was just about the only redeeming quality of the limp thriller »
- Cynthia Littleton
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