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Roy Price Resigns as Amazon Studios Head
Days after one of the retail outlet and streaming giant's top producer accused Price of sexual harassment, the executive has resigned as head of Amazon Studios.
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- Lesley Goldberg
Bob Weinstein Accused of Sexual Harassment by Former ‘The Mist’ Showrunner Amanda Segel
Amanda Segel, a former showrunner and executive producer for The Weinstein Company’s television drama “The Mist,” has come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against Bob Weinstein. Segel tells Variety that while she was working on the Spike TV series, Weinstein “repeatedly made romantic overtures to her and asked her to join him for private dinners.”
Moreover, Segel tells the outlet that the harassment began in the summer of 2016 and “continued on and off for about three months until Segel’s lawyer, David Fox of Myman Greenspan, informed TWC executives — including COO David Glasser — that she would leave the show if Bob Weinstein did not stop contacting her on personal matters.”
A representative for Weinstein “denied that he engaged in any inappropriate behavior” in a statement to Variety, adding that “Bob Weinstein had dinner with Ms. Segel in »
- Kate Erbland
Official Title For Han Solo Spinoff Revealed
Filming has wrapped on the fraught production of Lucasfilm‘s Han Solo spinoff movie, which saw Phil Lord and Chris Miller packing up their things and leave during shooting. Ron Howard came in, bringing a veteran, reassuring hand behind the camera, and a pleasant and engaging social media presence. Now, he’s heading into post-production with one more message.
The director hit Twitter today and revealed the official title of the movie, which is the fairly bland, “Solo: A Star Wars Story“:
Hey #Twitterville we just wrapped production so here's a special message #StarWars pic.twitter.com/8QJqN5BGxr
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 17, 2017
It’s simple, effective, dull, and certain to start many memes (or as safesolvent suggested “Yolo: A Star Wars Story,” amirite?).
Continue reading Official Title For Han Solo Spinoff Revealed at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Riz Ahmed in talks to bring modern-day Hamlet to Netflix
Riz Ahmed has had a stellar year, with breakout roles in HBO’s The Night Of, being part of the cast of Rogue One, and winning an Emmy for his work on the former, making him the first actor of South Asian descent to do so. The actor is riding high and is using some of that well-earned clout to tackle his dream project, which involves playing the lead in one of William Shakespeare’s greatest »
- Matt Rooney
Hilary Swank to Star in Sci-Fi Thriller ‘I Am Mother’ (Exclusive)
Rugaard portrays the first of a new generation of humans raised by “Mother” – a kindly robot designed to repopulate the earth following the extinction of mankind. But their unique bond is threatened when a blood-drenched woman (played by Swank) inexplicably arrives, calling into question everything she’s been told about the outside world.
The movie is »
- Dave McNary
Nora Johnson, Writer of ‘The World of Henry Orient,’ Dies at 84
Her daughter, Marion Siwek, said she died of natural causes.
Johnson based the story on her novel about two schoolgirls who have a crush on a concert pianist, informed by her experiences at private school in New York. Peter Sellers played the pianist; the film also starred Angela Lansbury and Paula Prentiss. It also became a Broadway musical, “Henry, Sweet Henry.”
Her memoirs about her father and growing up in show business included “Flashback,” “You Can Go Home Again” and “Coast to Coast,” a memoir of her childhood shuttling between her journalist mother in New York and her Hollywood-based father. Nunnally Johnson was the writer and director of films including “The Three Faces of Eve” and “The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit” and screenwriter of “The Dirty Dozen.”
Her 1959 essay »
- Pat Saperstein
Trump Denies He Made ‘Sarcastic’ Call to Fallen Soldier’s Widow: ‘Totally Fabricated’
President Donald Trump sharply denounced as “totally fabricated” a Florida congresswoman’s claim that he “sarcastically” told the widow of a U.S. soldier killed this month in Niger that he “must’ve known what he signed up for.” “Sad!” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning of U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), who said Tuesday that she overheard the president’s call to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson on speakerphone. “And I have proof,” Trump added, without further detail. Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad! »
- Thom Geier
Monica Bellucci to Get Virna Lisi Prize in Rome
The prize will be delivered by Lisi's son, Corrado Pesci, and presented by director Giuseppe Tornatore.
Lisi was one of the rare Italian actresses who worked frequently across Italy and Hollywood. She gained fame in postwar Italian film, including starring in Casanova 70 opposite Marcello Mastroianni and later appearing with Jack Lemmon in How to Murder Your Wife and as Catherine de Medici in Queen Margot.
The Virna Lisi prize was inaugurated in 2015, first going »
- Ariston Anderson
Melissa McCarthy, Emma Stone, More Stars Urge People to #RejectTheNRA
In response to the devastating mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, stars including Melissa McCarthy, Emma Stone, Bill Hader, Laura Dern, Sheryl Crow and Adam Scott have teamed up for a video showing how everyday Americans can call on their congressional lawmakers to reject legislation that would roll back gun silencer safety laws and to reject a national concealed carry reciprocity bill.
Emma Stone starts off the clip. "The mass shooting in Las Vegas has left all of us grieving, scared and angry," she says. "Knowing what to do about it can be confusing. Here's one thing »
- THR Staff
Nielsen to Measure Svod Ratings: NBCU, A&E, Disney, Lionsgate, Warner Bros Are Already on Board
TV ratings giant Nielsen is rolling out a subscription video on-demand (Svod) measurement tool. The company already has eight TV networks and production studios signed up for the product, including A&E, NBC Universal, Disney-abc, Lionsgate, and Warner Bros. Yes, that means their shows can now be measured on Netflix, and that data shared with the public. Also, participating clients will have access to each others’ streaming ratings, which will aid in negotiations with media buyers. Also Read: Ratings: 'Valor' Drops and Gives CW 7th Place in Week 2 Nielsen began measuring streaming content in 2014 via an opt-in service. This new tool utilizes audio. »
- Tony Maglio
Shanghai WingsMedia Strikes $250M Animation Co-Production Deal With Shellhut, Tiny Island
Singapore’s Tiny Island Productions and Thailand’s Shellhut Entertainment have signed a $250 million 10-film co-production deal with Shanghai WingsMedia, a subsidiary of China’s second-largest media group, Shanghai Media Group.
They struck the deal, which they said it the biggest animation film cooperation in Asia, under their joint venture Shellhut and Tiny Island Pictures. With the cooperation, the companies said they intend to create the Chinese equivalent of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe for an international audience.
The co-production partnership will start with a feature film bringing together two known properties, namely Shanghai Media Group’s reality TV series Starship Mz: 2049 and Tiny »
- Karen Chu
Lumière Festival: Le CiNéMa Club’s CEO Marie-Louise Khondji on Financing a Free VOD Player and Online Collection Curation
Lyon – In town for a panel on VOD and streaming platforms at this year’s Lumière Festival is Le CiNéMa Club, a web-based streaming-platform for classic and under-represented films.
A streaming-platform at a festival is not necessarily anything to write home about, but this site is rare , particularly when it comes to its cost – a royal $0 annually.
Le CiNéMa Club uploads one film a week each week, and takes it down the next. Each film streamed can be watched at anytime, from nearly anywhere on the planet with a WiFi signal.
The screened films feature articles with extensive background information on the film and its director. The selected films vary in genre, length and format, but frequently showcase new filmmakers or less-known works from established directors. Typically short films are showcased, but in the past the site has also streamed documentaries, features and on occasion experimental cinema.
Another feature on the site are film lists put together »
- Jamie Lang
Lumière Festival: France’s UniversCine Offers Much More than Standard Streaming and Disc-in-a-box DVDs
Lyon — In 2015, vinyl sales went up 53% to hit a 25-year-high, whatever the low base, while this year physical book sales have overtaken digital. In the world of film, there are still plenty of people who want physical copies of their content, especially if it’s packaged the right way. France’s UniversCine has come up with a new way of satisfying that sector of the market, while continuing to cash in on digital.
In Lyon to represent the company at the Lumière Festival are UniversCine and Blaq Out CEO Jean-Yves Bloch, and head of editions Charles Hembert. The two sister-companies are looking to update the ways that French audiences access classic, arthouse, documentary, short-form and animated films.
In the digital distribution business for nearly 15 years, UniversCine has navigated the ever-changing markets facing digital distributors.
“We’ve spent the last three years renovating and updating our platforms, because we’ve seen a shift in the digital market from transactional »
- Jamie Lang
‘Wonderstruck’ Director Todd Haynes Emphasizes Importance of Film’s Score: It’s ‘Almost a Character’
Todd Haynes’ latest film “Wonderstruck” opened at the Los Angeles Theatre in Downtown L.A. Tuesday. The unusually warm October evening was graced by director Haynes, as well as star Oakes Fegley, screenwriter Brian Selznick, executive producer and costume designer Sandy Powell, and composer Carter Burwell. Julianne Moore and newcomer Millicent Simmonds, who also star in the film, were unable to attend.
Based on the novel also written by Selznick, “Wonderstruck” flips between two narratives in separate eras — the 1920s and 1970s. Simmonds and Fegley portray Rose and Ben (respectively), two deaf children who embark on distinctive, personal journeys in New York City. The Los Angeles Theatre was decorated to reflect both eras, with ushers dressed as either flappers or ‘70s socialites. Kettle corn and old fashioned sodas were also served during the screening.
Seldom does Hollywood see screenplays adapted from a novel written by the novelist himself. However, Selznick got the ball rolling on the project »
- Arya Roshanian
Lumière Festival: Bertrand Tavernier on his Lifelong Love of Classic Westerns
This year’s 9th Lumière Festival includes a section dedicated to classic American Westerns, selected by French helmer Bertrand Tavernier (“The French Minister”), who is also curating a collection of books dedicated to the genre, published by Actes Sud.
The fourteen films to be screened span the period between 1943 and 1962, including titles such as William A. Wellman’s “The Ox-Bow Incident” (1943), John Ford’s “My Darling Clementine” (1946), Howard Hawks’ “Red River” (1948), Delmer Daves’ “Broken Arrow” (1950), King Vidor’s “Man Without a Star” (1955) and John Ford’s “The Man who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962).
Tavernier will personally present each film. He has been a fan of American Westerns since he was a teenager and became an avid reader of Western novels as soon as he learned how to read English, in his early twenties.
Through this section and also a book collection published by Actes Sud, Tavernier is paying his own personal tribute to this quintessentially American genre. He is »
- Martin Dale
‘The Mane Event': How Bet Ruined the Royal Wedding, According to Twitter
The much anticipated royal wedding day of the year has finally arrived only to be ruined by Bet — by royal wedding, we mean Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir’s nuptials of course. The wedding, titled “Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir: The Mane Event,” was going to be broadcast on Bet for the world to see and experience so we could pretend we were right there celebrating with the Wopsters. Well, the ceremony sure was broadcast, but many people on Twitter were upset that they weren’t getting the experience they had anticipated. Apparently, it all started to go wrong when the hosts. »
- Rasha Ali
‘This Is Us’ Surprise Twist Is ‘Huge Mic-Drop Moment’
(Spoiler alert: Please don’t read if you haven’t watched Tuesday’s episode of “This Is Us“) Just when “This Is Us” fans think they have a hunch about what’s coming ahead, they’re hit with a wallop. Tuesday’s installment of the hit NBC drama series divulged that Kate (Chrissy Metz) is six months pregnant, with the reveal following boyfriend Toby (Chris Sullivan) showing concern over her obsession with eating right and exercising. Also Read: 'This Is Us' Star Chris Sullivan Calls Toby's Moves 'a Load of Bulls-' (Exclusive Video) Needless to say, the huge »
- Ryan Gajewski
Boston Celtics Forward Gordon Hayward’s Horrific Ankle Injury Sparks Sympathy From Sports World
Just over five minutes into his debut with the Boston Celtics, Gordon Hayward suffered a devastating ankle injury live on national TV Tuesday night. The 27-year-old small forward collided with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James while going up for an alley-oop pass, and landed awkwardly on his left leg. As Celtics and Cavaliers players alike rushed to his aid, it was clear to viewers watching the opening game of the 2017 NBA season on TNT that this was a serious, agonizing injury. Also Read: LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers Players Lock Arms During National Anthem It was later announced by Celtics coach Brad. »
- Debbie Emery
Gretchen Carlson Says She Showed Trump’s ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape to Her Children (Video)
While on tour promoting her new book, “Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back,” former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson opened up about sexual harassment and revealed that she had even shown Donald Trump’s infamous “Access Hollywood” tape to her two children — who are 12 and 14. “When the Access Hollywood tape came out with now-President Trump, I played it for my children,” she told interviewer Nancy Armstrong, during a live discussion presented by Build Series, and by Armstrong’s documentary series, “Makers“. “I wanted them to see how not to treat human beings. I wanted then to. »
- Jon Levine
David Cross Responds to Accusations of Racism: ‘I Don’t Remember This at All’
David Cross has responded to actress Charlyne Yi’s accusation that he made racist comments to her a decade ago, saying that he has no recollection of the interaction described. “I don’t remember this at all!” the “Arrested Development” actor said in a tweet Tuesday. His confused reaction comes after the “Stephen Universe” star wrote in a tweet on Sunday: “I think about the first time I met David Cross 10 years ago & he made fun of my pants (that were tattered because I was poor). Dumbfounded I stared at him speechless and he said to me ‘what’s a matter? »
- Reid Nakamura
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