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Jack Carter, Emmy-Nominated Comic Actor, Dead at 93
Jack Carter, a veteran comedic performer and director, died Sunday of respiratory failure at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 93. The Brooklyn native worked in a variety of media over his decades-long career, from radio and Broadway to TV and film. He got his first break when appearing on Milton Berle’s “Texaco Star Theatre” in the late 1940s, then hosted NBC’s “Cavalcade of Stars” and the eponymous “The Jack Carter Show” for three years. Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2015 (Photos) Carter received an Emmy nomination in 1975 for the daytime movie special “The Girl Who Couldn’t Lose. »
- Thom Geier
IMDb and Sundance Recharge Withoutabox for Sundance 2016 (Exclusive)
On Monday, June 29, the gates open to submit films for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, as the Sundance Institute and Withoutabox renew their long relationship. Since 2008, Sundance has exclusively used the online festival submission system, which is launching a brand new redesign to make it easier for filmmakers to upload their videos, create film pages and find information about global festivals. "We're able to share now," said Col Needham, Withoutabox owner IMDb's founder and CEO, in a telephone interview. "We're all ready and raring to go. Sundance 2016 is open for submissions. It's June, already time to think about the exciting films and opportunities Sundance 2016 will afford filmmakers to connect with audiences. The redesign of the site is huge; it's a significant update and the biggest change to Withoutabox since its launch in 2001. In its history, it was able to process 2.5 million festival submissions to leading film festivals and over 100 titles went on to. »
- Anne Thompson
Claire Denis and Zadie Smith Are Collaborating on a Sci-Fi Project
Claire Denis, who has gifted us challenging French features including "Beau Travail," "35 Shots of Rum," "White Material" and most recently "Bastards," is set to make her English-language debut with a yet-to-be-titled science fiction film. Screen International reports that the film, set in outer space, is being written by Denis, British novelist Zadie Smith and Smith's writer husband Nick Laird. Based on an idea by Denis and her longtime writing partner Jean-Pol Fargeau, the film's plot remains under wraps "but it is known to take place beyond the solar system in a ‘future that seems like the present’." The project also marks Smith's screenwriting debut, though her luminous first novel "White Teeth" (2000) was reborn as a British miniseries in 2002. The rest of Denis' menagerie of unusual collaborators on this film include Danish-Icelandic installation artist Olafur Eliasson—with whom Denis made a short film to accompany a »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Anna Gunn Starring in Female-Driven Wall Street Movie (Exclusive)
Touted as the first female-driven Wall Street film, “Equity” follows an investment banker who is threatened by a financial scandal and must untangle a web of corruption, forcing her to re-examine the rules of the cutthroat world she has always loved.
Broad Street was founded last year by “Orange Is the New Black” star Alysia Reiner and “Backwards” actress Sarah Megan Thomas to produce films with strong female roles both in front and behind the camera.
Meera Menon signed on earlier this year to direct “Equity.” Menon’s directorial debut, “Farah Goes Bang,” premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, where she was awarded the inaugural Nora Ephron Prize for a groundbreaking female filmmaker.
“Broad Street Pictures is all about employing and empowering women in entertainment,” said Thomas and Reiner. “Anna is the perfect fit.”
Gunn won »
- Dave McNary
Suicide Squad Has an On-Set "Therapist" for Cast
Suicide Squad is going to be a dark movie. So dark that director David Ayer has hired an on-set "therapist" of sorts to help his all-star cast avoid from going too far for their roles. "David Ayer is about realism," Adam Beach, who plays Slipnot in the film, told me at the premiere of Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser (streaming on Crackle July 16.) "So if your character is tormented, he wants you to torment yourself. He wants the real thing." But he doesn't want his stars, which include Jared Leto as The Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, to take their work home. "We kind of have like a therapist on board if you fall off the wagon and really »
Justin Lin Has a New Star Trek Title and Picture for You
Justin Lin's upcoming Star Trek movie, the third (and not the last) in the new run, will be called Star Trek Beyond. The director tweeted the title in hashtag form Monday, accompanied by a pic of a retro-looking Starfleet badge. "Let the next Starfleet voyage begin!" he wrote, before adding a "Live Long and Prosper" shout-out for the late Leonard Nimoy and his legendary Spock character. Although plot details for this installment are still under wraps, there's a strong possibility — given the title — it could be about a weird quest for coffee mugs. The film, which has begun production in Vancouver, is slated to hit theaters next July. Here's Lin's tweet: »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
‘Star Wars,’ ‘Spectre,’ ‘Avengers’ Help Boost Pinewood’s Revenue to Record High
London — Pinewood Group, which runs production facilities in several countries, reported record annual revenue on Tuesday. The result received a boost from hosting “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and the 24th Bond film “Spectre.”
Revenue for the financial year ending March 31 was £75 million ($118 million), compared with £64.1 million ($101 million) the previous year. Operating profit stood at £5.8 million ($9.11 million), compared with £4.9 million ($7.7 million) the year before.
The company can expect to see a further jump in revenue at its flagship U.K. site, Pinewood Studios, once its expansion program, known as the Pinewood Studios Development Framework, is complete. The expansion will add 1 million sq ft of new facilities, including 10 large stages with supporting workshops, production offices and infrastructure.
- Leo Barraclough
AC/DC Is Finally Down to Stream Its Music Online
AC/DC's vast catalog of tunes is set to hit streaming services today, the New York Times reports. After joining iTunes only three years ago, the popular and seemingly immortal Australian rock band will now also be accessible via Spotify, Rdio, and Apple Music, among other services. AC/DC has been a vocal digital holdout because it, like many of the other bigs from rock's Old Guard, reportedly didn't want "albums split into individual tracks to be sold." "We are a band who started off with albums and that's how we've always been," guitarist Angus Young told Britain’s Sky News in 2011. "We always were a band that if you heard something on the radio, well, that’s only three minutes. Usually the best tracks were on the albums." The group’s most recent record, Rock or Bust, was the first made available for digital download; it has had more »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
China Box Office: 'Jurassic World' Unshakeable Amid Surging Revenues
Universal's dino epic Jurassic World continued its reign atop the Chinese box office charts in the week to Jun. 28, adding another $37.96 million for a gross of $206.29 million after 19 days in China. Data from Entgroup showed that Jurassic World was still screening widely, with 223,120 showings, and six million admissions. It's been a strong year for Hollywood this far, and tentpoles such as Universal's Furious 7 and Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, have driven a powerful year for the world's second largest movie market. According to the officially backed movie website M1905, Chinese box
- Clifford Coonan
Mexico Pulls Out of Miss Universe Over Donald Trump’s Racist Comments
The backlash against Donald Trump continued on Monday night as Mexico pulled out of the Miss Universe pageant all together. Mexico will not send a contestant to this year’s Miss Universe after part owner and TV mogul Trump made comments insulting their people, Mexican broadcaster Televisa reported, according to Reuters. “For Televisa, any commercial relationship with the Miss Universe pageant and with the companies of the Trump organization is unacceptable,” Televisa said in a statement. Also Read: 9 Blowhards to Replace Donald Trump on 'The Celebrity Apprentice' The announcement came four days after Spanish-language Univision, part-owned by Televisa, »
- Debbie Emery
Sony Corp. to Raise $3.6B Through Stock and Bond Issue, Share Price Plunges
Sony Corp. is to raise around $3.6 billion (￥440 billion) through an issue of new stock and bonds on Japanese and international capital markets in order to strengthen its financial base and invest in growth business sectors, the company announced Tuesday. The entertainment to electronics conglomerate is to sell up to 92 million new shares in Japan and overseas, as well as approximately $1 billion (￥120 billion) worth of bonds in Japan only. The stock offering is set for Aug. 17 with the exact price to be determined nearer the time. Read more Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai's Annual Salary
- Gavin J. Blair
9 Blowhards to Replace Donald Trump on ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’
When NBC announced it was cutting ties with Donald Trump on Monday due to “derogatory” statements made by the real estate mogul, the network also said that it would be continuing with “Celebrity Apprentice” without him. TheWrap also reported that the network is unlikely to continue with any of the Trumps to host the show, despite Donald’s children, Eric, Ivanka and Donald Jr. having served as mentors and judges on the show. So who will be the new host firing celebrities when the show resumes in the fall? As the failure of “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart” showed, not just anyone can replace The Donald, »
- Reid Nakamura
‘Star Trek 3’ Director Justin Lin Reveals New Title, Starfleet Uniform First Look (Photo)
Director Justin Lin revealed the title of “Star Trek 3” on Monday in a tweet that would have made even the most die-hard Trekkies proud. “Let the next Starfleet voyage begin! #StarTrekBeyond #Llap,” Lin wrote, along with the first image from the set, showing the team’s uniform delta shield emblem. Lin’s hashtag #Llap is a tribute to iconic actor Leonard Nimoy and Spock’s legendary catchphrase, “Live long and prosper.” Nimoy died in February after a bout with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at age 83. Let the next Starfleet voyage begin! #StarTrekBeyond #Llap pic.twitter.com/VZh9YvJgqA — Justin Lin »
- Debbie Emery
Listen to Diddy, Pharrell's New Song 'Finna Get Loose'
The end of June has been wild for Diddy: First, he got arrested for kettlebell stuff. Then, he reunited the Bad Boy family at the Bet Awards — and fell down a trap door. And now, he's teamed up with Pharrell to remind everyone who he is, with "Finna Get Loose," one big feeling you can feel with your ears. (Well, he is many things, but in this scenario: rapper.) The production on this track, courtesy of Pharrell, is undeniably fantastic. The lyrics are ... well, a blend of bland and scary (there is a reference in here to Stephen King's Cujo, whoa!). As a package deal, though, it seems to accomplish its goal — even if the person in the background is panting really hard and should probably receive medical attention instead of dancing. Anyway, as far as reminders go, it's pretty fun. Diddy even goes a little bit »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Orlando Bloom Packs on the Pda With Brazilian Actress Luisa Moraes—See the Kiss Pic!
It definitely looks like Orlando Bloom has a new lady in his life. The actor was spotted getting extra cozy with a beautiful brunette who has been identified as Brazilian actress Luisa Moraes. The good-looking pair arrived at their dinner date at Zooma Sushi in Malibu, Calif., at about 8:30 p.m. last night and dined for nearly an hour. During their meal, the two enjoyed sushi (surprise!), some sake and cocktail drinks, but more noticeably, they seemed to enjoy each other the most. The two lovebirds couldn't keep their eyes and hands off of each other, and at one point Bloom sweetly bent his head down to steal a kiss from Moraes, who happily obliged. And if the 28-year-old model and actress looks »
Britney Spears Fires Back at Iggy Azalea With Dig About Her Canceled Tour
After joining forces for “Pretty Girls,” Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea are now at each other’s throats — on social media at least. The pair have exchanged a string of bitchy tweets after Azalea blamed Spears for the pop song’s failure. During a Twitter Q&A Sunday night, a fan asked the Australian rapper why the single had “flopped a little bit,” and Azalea pointed the finger of blame at Spears: “its difficult to send a song up the charts without addition promo and tv performances etc. unforfunately im just featured…” she replied. Also Read: Britney Spears Takes Iggy Azalea »
- Debbie Emery
Geraldo Rivera Likens NY’s ‘Excitement’ Over Donald Trump’s Presidential Run to 9/11; Talks Anti-Mexican Remarks (Video)
Geraldo Rivera defended Donald Trump’s polarizing personality during a discussion of his Gop presidential run. The Fox News host described Trump’s bid for the White House as a big deal in New York. As big, even, as the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. “He certainly made a big splash on New York radio. There has not been this kind of excitement in the city since, in a very different way, 9/11,” Rivera told TheWrap’s Mikey Glazer last week during the taping of an upcoming “Drinking With the Stars” episode. “There was never people so energized, negative or positive, about a man. »
- Kathy Zerbib
Watch our 'Justified' Emmys chat after acclaimed final season: Joelle Carter, Graham Yost ...
"Justified" fans, did you miss any of our exclusive chats with the cast and crew of FX's critically acclaimed crime drama? We've listed them all below for your viewing pleasure, including our interviews with actors Joelle Carter, Kaitlyn Dever and Jonathan Tucker, and co-creator Graham Yost. -Break- Watch almost 200 video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders Joelle Carter on what she thought of the "Justified" ending: "I don't think it could have ended any better. I will always have a little piece of Ava with me, so she's not gone forever. They ended her like a true Elmore Leonard woman gets to end. For her own story, she gets away with it all." Jonathan Tucker on joining the series as one of its final villains: "You want to come in there and do something great and take big risks. You also don't want to screw up anything. I was a fan of »
The O.C. Musical Is Happening And We Feel Very Strongly About It
"Californiaaaaaaaa, here we cooooooooome." Those had better be some of the lyrics to one of the songs performed in the musical version of The O.C. that is definitely, for real, being developed. We're not even joking about that. The Cohens are back on August 30 when The O.C. Musical hits Los Angeles. Produced by the same geniuses, Jordan Ross and Lindsey Rosin, that brought us the Cruel Intentions musical (attended by stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair), the O.C. musical will feature characters from the show performing songs from the early 2000's. Despite the fact that the musical is only a couple of months away, only the roles of »
Paul Rudd, Stan Lee, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly Super-Sized at ‘Ant-Man’ L.A. Premiere (Photos)
“Ant-Man” may be small in stature but it is big in star power, as the Hollywood premiere for Marvel’s latest movie offering proved on Monday. Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly all walked the red carpet at the Dolby Theater on Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles to celebrate the superhero adventure. Despite recent concern over his health, comic book legend and former president/chairman of Marvel Comics Stan Lee was among the A-list guests at the premiere. The 92-year-old looked fighting fit as he smiled for the cameras following a report on TMZ that he had been “taken »
- Debbie Emery
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