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Dan Lin, Roy Lee and Doug Davidson sued Legendary and its president Jon Jashni in early 2013 over the production company taking them off “Godzilla,” accusing Legendary of trying to avoid paying the producers millions of dollars. The suit was filed after Legendary sought a declaratory judgment that the three producers had no claim over the project.
Terms of the settlement in Los Angeles Superior Court were not immediately disclosed.
Legendary said in its court filings that the trio’s efforts consisted only of introducing a screenwriter and providing contributing notes that were not used. Legendary asserted that the compensation for all three under the agreement was limited to a $25,000 development fee.
Lin, Lee and Davidson said in their counterclaim that the three »
- Dave McNary
Kasidokostas Latsis has set up the Luxembourg-based Hercules Film Fund to bring European investors to finance three to five wide release films per year, while Dougas has formed production banner Rhea Films as the producing vehicle for films financed by Hercules.
“Mena” will be co-financed by Hercules and co-produced by Rhea Films with Kasidokostas Latsis, Dougas and Jean-Luc De Fanti as executive producers. Production companies are Imagine, Quadrant Pictures and Cross Creek Pictures.
- Dave McNary
Domhnall Gleeson is reportedly in talks to join Tom Cruise and Sarah Wright in Doug Liman's "Mena" at Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and Cross Creek. Gary Spinelli penned the script and Brian Grazer, Brian Oliver, Doug Davidson and Tyler Thompson will produce.
The story follows a Twa pilot recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America. Seal finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the U.S., one that spawned the birth of the Medellin cartel and the Iran Contra scandal. [Source: Variety]
Fred Armisen is set to join the cast of the "Zoolander" sequel, the actor announcing the news on his social media accounts which the film's director Ben Stiller later confirmed in a video announcement. No word as yet regarding Armisen's role in the comedy. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
If a deal closes, Gleeson would join Sarah Wright, who is also on board to join the cast with Doug Liman set to direct. Brian Grazer will produce for his Imagine Entertainment along with Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson as well as Doug Davidson.
Pic is based on the spec by Gary Spinelli and follows Barry Seal, a Twa pilot recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America. Seal finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the U.S., one that spawned the birth of the Medellin cartel and eventually almost brought down the Reagan White House through the Iran Contra scandal.
Cross Creek will finance the pic. »
- Justin Kroll
With the number of soap operas dwindling in recent years, it's inevitable that the remaining shows will be better represented in the nominations, but even with that in mind, "The Young and the Restless's" recent stranglehold on the Best Actor race at the Daytime Emmys has been remarkable. -Break- Daytime Emmy pre-nominations: 'Young and Restless' leads with 22 There have been nine Best Actor nominees in the last two years, and seven of them were from "Y&R." Perhaps unsurprisingly, "Y&R" also won both years: Doug Davidson in 2013 and Billy Miller in 2014. The only other nominee in both contests was Jason Thompson from "General Hospital." Those two victories put "Y&R" on top as the most awarded program in the category with nine, and if this year's pre-nominations are any indication, "Y&R" may sweep again. It has six out of the 11 actors on the longli...' »
The Drama Performer pre-nominations for the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were announced Wednesday by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in cooperation with The Television Academy. “The Young and the Restless,” starring Eric Braeden (above right), led with 21 pre-nominations. Also noteworthy is the pre-nomination for “Days of our Lives” star Alison Sweeney (left), who has left the series.
Registered and eligible peer judges selected their top 10 performers in each of four categories – lead actor and actress and supporting actor and actress – after viewing clips of each performer in each category. Due to exact ties in voting, there are 11 pre-nominations in the Lead Actor and Supporting Actress category.
Pre-nominees with the highest numbers of votes will move onto the blue ribbon screening round, scheduled to begin on Feb. 24, which will determine final nominees and winners. All pre-nominees for younger actor and younger actress automatically move into the blue screening round. »
- Kevin Noonan
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