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WGA, AMPTP Set March Start Date For Contract Negotiations

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The Writers Guilds of America (WGA), West and East, and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) have announced that formal negotiations for a new contract will begin Monday, March 13. The current Minimum Basic Agreement between the two organizations is set to expire on May 1. Also Read: WGA East to Honor Veteran Comedy Writer Steve O'Donnell Previous contract negotiations between WGA and AMPTP in 2010 and 2013 were concluded without a strike. »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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IMAX Lasers In on Profitable Q4 Behind Strong Theatrical Revenue

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Blockbusters like Disney’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” helped IMAX to a big fourth quarter, as the company reported earnings that topped expectations. After markets closed Thursday, the ultra-large screen manufacturer reported revenue of $106.9 million and earnings of 22 cents a share. That fell short of the company’s  fourth quarter last year, when mega-hits like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” powered IMAX to $119.3 million in revenue and earnings of 39 cents a share. IMAX did, however, top analyst expectations, which were $99.6 million in revenue and earnings of 21 cents a share on average. “2016 was an impressive year for IMAX. »


- Matt Pressberg

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Chris McKay in Talks to Direct Batman Spinoff ‘Nightwing’ for Warner Bros

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“Lego Batman” director Chris McKay is in talks to direct a standalone “Nightwing” film based on the DC Comics character for Warner Bros, TheWrap has learned. Bill Dubuque (“The Accountant”) is writing the script. Nightwing, aka Dick Grayson, is best known for being the original Robin. Grayson was the youngest member of a family of acrobats known as the “Flying Graysons.” He was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger and illustrator Jerry Robinson, and first introduced in Detective Comics #38 in April 1940. After his parents were murdered, he was taken in as the legal ward of Bruce Wayne/Batman. He then. »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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Showtime to Bring ‘Twin Peaks’ Immersive Experience to SXSW

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Showtime is bringing a “Twin Peaks” immersive experience to this years’ SXSW Film Festival, the network announced Thursday. On March 16 and March 17, fans can attend The Showtime House at Clive Bar on Rainey Street in Austin, Texas to dive into the world of the cult hit show. Series star Kyle MacLachlan will make a special appearance on March 16. Showtime will also host a special two-day musical lineup with afternoon and evening sessions, featuring music inspired by the show. Performers will include Neko Case, Real Estate, M. Ward, Agnes Obel, Holly Macve, Julie Byrne, Alex Cameron, Aldous Harding, Alexandra Savior, Cameron Avery. »


- Joe Otterson

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Disney Lays Off 80 Employees at Maker Studios, Digital Media Unit

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Disney has laid off 80 employees in its digital media unit, which includes multichannel network Maker Studios, as part of a restructuring process that began last year. The firings are the result of redundancies that happened when Disney integrated Maker into its consumer products and digital media division in December. That division, led by executive vice president Andrew Sugerman, includes Disney’s Oh My Disney and Babble websites and most of its social media assets. Disney also plans to shrink Maker’s talent network, which at one point included 55,000 internet personalities. “We’re building a digital media network of Disney and non-Disney content. »


- Matt Pressberg

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Beyonce Drops Out of Coachella, Will Perform at 2018 Festival

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Coachella 2017 just lost its biggest draw. Beyonce, who is pregnant with twins, has withdrawn from her headlining gig at the April festival, the Associated Press reported Thursday. She will instead headline in 2018. In a joint statement, Beyonce’s Parkwood Entertainment and festival producer Goldenvoice said the singer had to pull out of the festival “following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months.” Also Read: Carlos Santana Pokes Beyhive, Says Beyoncé 'Not a Singer' The singer was scheduled to perform at the two-weekend festival on April 15 and 22. There is no word yet as to. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Watch 7-Year-Old Tell His Senator Trump Shouldn’t ‘Delete’ PBS Kids to Build a Wall (Video)

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U.S. senators have been holding town hall meetings in their home states this week, and some have been facing very pointed questions from their constituents. And Republican Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton has arguably been getting hit hardest. He fielded a question from a seven-year-old who expressed fear that President Donald Trump will “delete” PBS Kids in order to fund his border wall, as reported by The Washington Post. Young Toby Smith took the microphone at Cotton’s town hall at the Springfield High School auditorium on Tuesday, and criticized the president for his anti-immigration policies. Also Read: Trump Fans Call for Oscar Boycott, »


- Reid Nakamura

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‘Katrina: American Crime Story’ Casts Matthew Broderick as Fema Director

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“Katrina: American Crime Story” has just cast Matthew Broderick in the role of Fema director FMichael D. Brown, FX announced Thursday. Brown was in charge of the federal disaster response to Hurricane Katrina, which is the subject of the second installment of the FX anthology series. Broderick joins Annette Bening, who will play Kathleen Blanco, the Louisiana governor who held office during and after the hurricane. Also Read: Annette Bening Joins 'Katrina: American Crime Story' Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson serve as Executive Producers on Katrina: American Crime Story, which is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions. »


- Linda Ge

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USA Biggie-Tupac Drama ‘Unsolved’ Casts Josh Duhamel, Bokeem Woodbine, Jimmi Simpson

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USA Network has set three stars for its upcoming drama pilot “Unsolved,” which will examine the murders of rap legends Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur. Josh Duhamel, Bokeem Woodbine, and Jimmi Simpson have all joined the series as the real-life detectives investigating the murder. Duhamel is set to play Detective Greg Kading. In 2006, Kading was asked to help spearhead a multi-agency task force with the sole purpose of finding out who was responsible for Christopher Wallace’s (Aka Biggie Smalls) murder, once and for all. Also Read: Forest Whitaker in Talks to Join Johnny Depp in Tupac-Biggie Murder Thriller 'Labyrinth' He is best known. »


- Joe Otterson

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Diane Warren to Receive Ascap Founders Award

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Songwriter Diane Warren will be honored by the American Society of Composers, Artists and Publishers (Ascap) at its 34th annual Pop Music Awards, where she will receive the organization’s Founders Award. “Diane Warren is one of the most continuously prolific and successful contemporary songwriters of our time,” said Ascap President Paul Williams. “Her music evokes universal emotions that connect us in a way few songwriters can. Diane’s ability to channel our common experience through her songs has captured audiences all over the world.” Also Read: Metallica Receives Apology From Grammys Producer Over Mic Glitch Warren has written songs »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Depeche Mode to Alt-Right: We Are Not Your Official Band

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On Thursday, white nationalist Richard Spencer was asked at the Conservative Political Action Conference (Cpac) if he liked rock music, and to Olivia Nuzzi of New York magazine, Spencer responded by declaring that British electronic rock band Depeche Mode is the “official band of the alt-right.” The only problem? The feeling is most definitely not mutual. In a statement released to Gothamist and several other media outlets, a rep for Depeche Mode called Spencer’s comments, and stated that Depeche Mode “has no ties to Richard Spencer or the alt right and does not support the alt right movement.” Also Read: Newsweek Retracts. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Laverne Cox Rails Against Trump’s Transgender Bathroom Reversal (Video)

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Transgender actress Lavernce Cox is speaking out against President Donald Trump’s reversal on transgender student protections on ABC’s “The View” on Thursday. The “Doubt” star phoned into the daytime talk show to denounce the decision and the upcoming Supreme Court case surrounding transgender teen Gavin Grimm, who sued his Virginia high school after being barred from using the boys’ bathroom. “Often, in our country’s history, it is a person who is not intended to be a symbol or to be famous, but has stood up for what is right, who has been chosen,” Cox said. “And I believe that Gavin is that. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Matt Reeves to Direct and Produce ‘The Batman’ for Warner Bros

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“War of the Planet of the Apes” director Matt Reeves has signed on to direct and produce Warner Bros.’ “The Batman,” TheWrap has learned. The move follows reports that the studio’s talks with Reeves had broken down last week in the latest sign of trouble for the DC Comics property, a standalone follow-up to last year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Ben Affleck was originally set to star in, co-write, and direct “The Batman,” but withdrew as director January 30, citing an inability to give his full focus in all three roles. He is still expected to remain »


- Umberto Gonzalez and Beatrice Verhoeven

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Lauren Graham to Star in Fox’s ‘Linda From Hr’ Pilot

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Lauren Graham has been cast to star in Fox comedy pilot, “Linda From Hr.” The move lifts the cast contingency on the pilot order. The “Gilmore Girls” and “Parenthood” alum will play Linda Plugh, an Hr employee whose one bad decision throws her monotonous, unfulfilled life into an exciting but dangerous tailspin of balancing work life, home life and a secret that could unravel everything. That’s Fox’s description, of course. The 20th Century Fox project is written by Geoff Barbanell and Itai Grunfeld. Aaron Kaplan, Tracy Katsky and Dana Honor produce. Also Read: Jamie Chung Joins Fox's Untitled X-Men Pilot as Blink Graham. »


- Tony Maglio

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Demi Moore Pool Drowning Sparks Lawsuit From Victim’s Parents

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The parents of a man who drowned at Demi Moore’s Los Angeles home in July 2015 have filed a wrongful death lawsuit, claiming that their son’s death need not have happened. In their suit, Jorge Valle and Maria Valle, the parents of Edenilson Steven Valle, claim that there were “abundant dangerous conditions” at the property when the drowning took place, which were aggravated by the fact that alcohol was served. Moore is not named in the lawsuit, but rather Tree House Trust, which according to the suit has “an ownership interest or management interest in the property,” as well as trustee. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Scarlett Johansson to Join ‘SNL’ Five-Timers Club Next Month

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Scarlett Johansson will host “SNL” next month, joining the famous five-timers club in the process. Lorde is set as her musical guest for the March 11 episode, marking the singer’s first solo appearance on the NBC sketch comedy staple. As previously announced, Octavia Spencer makes her “Saturday Night Live” hosting debut a week earlier. Father John Misty will be the “Hidden Figures” star’s musical guest, promoting album “I Love You, Honeybear.” Also Read: Sorry, Internet: Rosie O'Donnell Confirms She Won't Play Steve Bannon on 'SNL' Johansson’s upcoming feature film, “Ghost in the Shell,” floats into theaters »


- Tony Maglio

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‘Star Wars’ Actor Oscar Isaac to Be (or Not to Be) ‘Hamlet’ in Off Broadway Revival

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Star Wars” actor Oscar Isaac will star this summer in a new Off Broadway production of William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy “Hamlet,” The Public Theater announced Thursday. Tony Award winner Sam Gold will direct the revival, which will begin previews on June 20 before an official opening on July 13. The production is expected to run through Sept. 3. The new production will also feature Roberta Colindrez (Rosencrantz), Peter Friedman (Polonius), Keegan-Michael Key (Horatio), Gayle Rankin (Ophelia, Second Gravedigger), Matthew Saldívar (Guildenstern) and Anatol Yusef (Laertes). Also Read: 'Kid Victory' Theater Review: Life Is Not a Cabaret in John Kander's New Musical Complete casting. »


- Thom Geier

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Steve Bannon Rips ‘Opposition Party’ Media at Cpac: ‘It’s Always Wrong’ (Video)

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White House chief strategist Steve Bannon mocked the media for how it “portrayed the campaign, how they portrayed the transition and now they’re portraying the administration,” saying, “it’s “always wrong,” during a speaking engagement at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday. Bannon, who rarely speaks publicly, joined White House chief of staff Reince Priebus at Cpac for a panel discussion and called President Trump “the greatest public speaker” since William Jennings Bryan, who was Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson from 1913-1915. Bannon pointed to the press assembled in the room and referred to them as the “opposition party, »


- Brian Flood

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History Renews Navy Seal Drama ‘Six’ for Season 2

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Six” has been renewed for another season on History, the network announced on Thursday. The military drama starring Walton Goggins and Barry Sloane will return for a 10-episode season next year. Season 2 is scheduled to begin filming this summer. “Six is a captivating drama series that embraces our recent history, while being immensely relevant in the climate of today’s culture,” said Jana Bennett, President & General Manager of History. “It has struck a genuine chord with our audience and we’re proud to continue to tell the courageous stories, both on and off the battlefield, of the complex lives of this. »


- Reid Nakamura

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‘The Get Down’ Part 2 Premiere Date, First Teaser Revealed (Video)

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Netflix announced the premiere date for part two of Baz Luhrmann’s “The Get Down” on Thursday. The second installment of the series will air on April 7.Part two of picks up in 1978, one year after the events of part one. Our young lovers Books (Justice Smith) and Mylene (Herizen Guardiola) are caught in the swirl of a looming cultural revolution destined to change everything about their world Amidst the backdrop of a bankrupt New York City, ruthless gangsters and money-hungry record label bosses, they discover it’s only their creativity and love that will carry them through, and that they’ll sacrifice. »


- Joe Otterson

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