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California OKs Law Requiring Removal of Actor Ages by Database Sites

5 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation requiring entertainment database sites, such as IMDb, to remove an actor’s age if requested by the actor.

The legislation, authored by Majority Leader Ian Calderon, D-Whittier, was signed into law on Saturday by Brown, according to the governor’s web site.

“Subscribers should have control over whether their age and date of birth are posted on subscription websites used for employment purposes,” Calderon said in June, when the measure passed the Senator Judiciary committee. “AB 1687 provides a necessary clarification in the law that will help prevent age-based discrimination for individuals seeking employment in the entertainment industry.”

SAG-AFTRA lobbied for the legislation with President Gabrielle Carteris urging members last week to contact Brown.

“Age discrimination is a major problem in our industry, and it must be addressed,” she said in a Sept. 16 post. “SAG-AFTRA has been working hard for years to stop the »


- Dave McNary

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Bill Nunn, ‘Do the Right Thing’ and ‘Spider-Man’ Actor, Dies at 62

9 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Bill Nunn, who appeared as Radio Raheem in Spike Lee‘s “Do the Right Thing,” died Saturday in Pittsburgh, according to Lee. Nunn was 62. In addition to “Do the Right Thing,” Nunn also appeared in Lee’s 1988 film “School Daze.” “My Dear Friend, My Dear Morehouse Brother- Da Great Actor Bill Nunn As Most Of You Know Him As Radio Raheem Passed Away This Morning In His Hometown Of Pittsburgh,” Lee wrote. “Long Live Bill Nunn. Radio Raheem Is Now Resting In Power. Radio Raheem Will Always Be Fighting Da Powers Dat Be. May God Watch Over Bill Nunn.” Also Read: Hollywood's. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Jim Parsons Tops List of Highest Paid TV Actors With $25.5 Million

13 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Big Bang Theory” actors fill the top four slots of the 2016 “highest paid TV actors” list released by Forbes on Thursday.

Jim Parsons once again leads the pack with $25.5 million (before management fees and taxes). The four time Emmy-winning actor and his co-star Johnny Galecki, who is second on the list, both command a $1 million per episode salary. Still, “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara, who topped the list for female TV actors clobbers their earnings with $43 million.

Simon Helberg, who also scored a supporting role in “Florence Foster Jenkins,” is third on the list with $22.5 million. Kunal Nayyar is the fourth and final star of the CBS sitcom to round out the top of the list.

While Vergara’s earnings easily top her “Modern Family” co-stars, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed O’Neill and Eric Stonestreet all cracked the top 15 for the men.

View the full list of highest paid TV actors below:

15. Justin Chambers — $9.5 million »


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Box Office: ‘Magnificent Seven’ Rounds Up $12.7 Million on Friday

15 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

MGM and Columbia Pictures’ “The Magnificent Seven” is leading the weekend box office charge after lassoing $12.7 million on Friday at 3,674 locations. The film, from director Antoine Fuqua, is zeroing in on a $35 million opening.

The Western, which carries a $90 million price tag, features an ensemble cast including Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio and Byung-Hun Lee. The film is co-financed by LStar Capital and Village Roadshow Pictures, and debuted on the Toronto Film Festival’s opening night. It carries an A- CinemaScore.

The last time Fuqua and Washington teamed up for “The Equalizer,” it opened with $34.1 million. Compared to other recent Westerns, “The Magnificent Seven” earned more than Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” which opened over Christmas weekend to $16.2 million. “Django Unchained” had a healthy $30.1 million opening in 2012.

Storks,” from Warner Bros. Animation, takes second this weekend with $5.7 million Friday, and is flying toward a $20 million opening at 3,922 theaters. »


- Seth Kelley

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Rooney Mara Says She’s “Not Holding Out Hope Any More” For A ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel

15 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It’s been five years since David Fincher released “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” and Sony hasn’t been in a particular hurry to make a sequel. The film was expensive to make, and the studio and director clashed throughout the production, and while the box office returns were respectable, it wasn’t the smash hit Sony was hoping for. Thus, the return of Lisbeth Salander became a question mark.

Continue reading Rooney Mara Says She’s “Not Holding Out Hope Any More” For A ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel at The Playlist. »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Julia Roberts To Star In Feature Film About PTA Mom Framed For Drug Possession

23 September 2016 5:30 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The twisted tale of Orange County school parents’ revenge that spun out of control is coming to the screen. A feature film based on the Kelli Peters case, which has Julia Roberts attached to star and produce, is currently being shopped, and there are multiple bidders. The film will be based on the book, which victim Kelli Peters wrote with Sam Rule (a pseudonym for a New York Times writer), "’I'll Get You!' Drugs, Lies, and the Terrorizing of a PTA Mom." There is… »


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'Lion' opens Zurich with a roar

23 September 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Garth Davis’s Oscar hopeful had its European premiere at the festival’s 12th edition.

The 12th Zurich Film Festival (Sept 22 - Oct 2) got off to an emotional start on Thursday with the European premiere of Australian director Garth Davis’s heartwarming drama Lion.

The tale of a young Australian man who attempts to retrace the Indian birth mother he lost as a child left hardly a dry eye in the packed theatre (with the festival thoughtfully including a packet of tissues in the opening-night goodie bag).

“The audience responded really well,” said Zff co-founder and artistic director Karl Spoerri. “It’s a very emotional film. It’s interesting this year we have so many films related to the family.”

Read: ‘Lion’ team reveal journey behind emotional true story

Harvey Weinstein, Lion’s executive producer and Us distributor, and producer Iain Canning joined Davis on stage ahead of the screening. A gentle »


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New California Law Removes Actors’ Ages From IMDb

3 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Saturday that requires entertainment database sites such as IMDb to remove an actor’s age if asked by the actor to do so. Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier), who authored the legislation (Ab 1687), affirmed that subscribers should have control over whether their ages and dates of birth are on subscription websites used for employment purposes. “Ab 1687 provides a necessary clarification in the law that will help prevent age-based discrimination for individuals seeking employment in the entertainment industry,” Calderon said in June, when the measure passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. Also Read: IMDb's Col Needham on Building. »


- Rosemary Rossi

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Graphic Dashcam, Bodycam Video Released by Charlotte Police (Video)

4 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Charlotte police released dashboard camera and body camera footage Saturday evening of the events prior to and immediately following the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott by officers on Sept. 20. Neither piece of footage shows Scott pointing a gun at officers, as police who were on the scene during the fatal standoff have claimed. Scott’s family contends that he was carrying a book at the time, not a weapon. “You can’t clearly identify what, if anything, is in his hand,” attorney Justin Bamberg, who represents the Scott family, said at press conference on Saturday evening. Also Read: Charlotte Shooting: Video of. »

- Rosemary Rossi

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Bill Nunn Remembered by Hollywood: ‘He Was a Gem of a Man’

4 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

With news of “Do The Right Thing” actor Bill Nunn’s death at age 62  on Saturday, Nunn’s show-business colleagues rushed to pay tribute to the actor on social media. “Private Practice” actress Audra McDonald, who worked with Nunn on the 2008 film “A Raisin in the Sun,” called the actor “a gem of a man.” “Heartbroken to hear of Bill Nunn’s passing. He was a gem of a man and I loved working with and getting to know him,” McDonald wrote. “Rip.” Also Read: Bill Nunn, 'Do the Right Thing' and 'Spider-Man' Actor, Dies at »


- Tim Kenneally

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California Passes Law Requiring Removal of Actor Ages by Database Sites

5 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation requiring entertainment database sites, such as IMDb, to remove an actor’s age if requested by the actor.

The legislation, authored by Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier), was signed into law on Saturday by Brown, according to the governor’s website.

“Subscribers should have control over whether their age and date of birth are posted on subscription websites used for employment purposes,” Calderon said in June, when the measure passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Ab 1687 provides a necessary clarification in the law that will help prevent age-based discrimination for individuals seeking employment in the entertainment industry.”

SAG-aftra lobbied for the legislation with President Gabrielle Carteris urging members last week to contact Brown.

“Age discrimination is a major problem in our industry, and it must be addressed,” she said in a Sept. 16 post. “SAG-aftra has been working hard for years to stop the career damage caused by the publication of performers »


- Dave McNary

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Tracey Ullman Channels Judi Dench, Maggie Smith on HBO Series (Video)

5 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Dame Judi Dench is on a mischievous streak in Britain, keying cars and… Actually, that’s just Tracey Ullman doing a spot-on impression in her new HBO series “Tracey Ullman‘s Show.” A new trailer shows Ullman doing what she does best — making viewers laugh. The sketch comedy series has the six-time Emmy winner masquerading in a variety of wacky characters and celebrity impressions, including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Camilla Parker-Bowles, Carole Middleton (Princess Kate’s mother) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. In Ullman’s world, these ladies are quite different than in their public lives — Dench slashes tires, Smith reveals her opinion. »


- Rosemary Rossi

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