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The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada has accused the six major studios of reusing film soundtrack clips without compensating musicians — including music from “Beauty and the Beast” and “Titanic.”
Afm filed a lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in Los Angeles seeking a jury trial and damages for all losses, including prejudgment interest.
“Our agreements obligate the studios to make additional payments to musicians when soundtracks are reused, and Afm members are entitled to receive the benefit of that bargain,” said Afm International president Ray Hair. “Our efforts to resolve these contract violations and missing payments have been unproductive, so we are looking to the courts for relief.”
The union’s lawsuit specifically charges Columbia, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Universal, Walt Disney and Warner Bros. with allegedly reusing previously recorded film soundtracks in violation of Afm’s collective bargaining agreement with the studios. A spokesman for »
- Dave McNary
And then there was only one. On Friday (May 8), NBC officially cancelled "About a Boy," "Marry Me" and "One Big Happy," leaving "Undateable" as the network's only hope to avoid going into the 2015-2016 season without a single returning comedy. [There's some pretty wild, if not implausible speculation out there about the nature of a potential third "Undateable" season and I've been told it's nowhere close to locked down. That doesn't mean it won't happen. It just means that I'm trying to be professional and only report things I can confirm and I can't confirm a darned thing about "Undateable," which is good news in this case.] Neither "About a Boy" nor "Marry Me" has aired since February and even with many/most of their airings boosted by "The Voice," neither had the numbers to generate much of a renewal conversation. "Marry Me" averaged 3.8 million viewers and a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 -- again, boosted by "The Voice" -- while "About a Boy" slipped to 3.5 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo rating in its second season. This is "About a Boy" showrunner Jason Katims' second series to end on NBC this year after the slightly-more-planned close to "Parenthood." Katims has a direct-to-series order for "The Way" at Hulu, so he's Ok. In what ended up being its series finale last Tuesday, »
- Daniel Fienberg
With all of the major TV networks holding their upfront presentations next week, a slew of series orders have been issued over the past few days. The latest of which is one of several movie-to-tv reboots, ABC's Uncle Buck, with the network revealing the first cast photo earlier today. The cast includes Mike Epps as Uncle Buck, played by John Candy in the original 1989 comedy classic Uncle Buck, alongside James Lesure as Buck's brother Will and Nia Long as Will's wife. Iman Benson, Aalyrah Caldwell and Sayeed Shahidi also star as Will and his wife's three children.
The TV series is slated to follow the same story as the original movie, centering on the immature title character who tries to reinvent himself as a mature and responsible adult when asked to watch over his nieces and nephews. In the original movie, Buck was asked out of desperation to watch the »
Well, you can file this under the pretty much expected. Vulture can confirm that five NBC shows have bit the dust: David Caspe's post–Happy Endings project Marry Me, Katherine Heigl's State of Affairs, second-year About a Boy, Constantine (showrunner Daniel Cerone is still holding out hope), and the Ellen Degeneres–produced One Big Happy. All five shows struggled to connect with audiences, so it comes as no surprise that we'll have to bid them farewell. »
- E. Alex Jung
Hope you weren't too attached to NBC's new shows Constantine, State of Affairs, Marry Me, and One Big Happy, because they have been canceled, along with About a Boy. Constantine, based on DC Comics' Hellblazer, starred Matt Ryan as a tortured soul tasked with saving humanity. The original run, which was only 13 episodes, concluded in February. The show originally aired on Fox, and Warner Bros. is expected to shop the series elsewhere. It's not completely infeasible that it could land online. After all, The Mindy Project may be heading to Hulu. Having said that, Constantine didn't have great ratings to begin with. Despite having the star power of Katherine Heigl and Alfre Woodard, State of Affairs lost nearly half its audience by the time its finale aired in February. Meanwhile, freshman comedy Marry Me failed to make an impact on audiences as well. It was created by Happy Endings »
Previously, Fener and Bycel worked on “Happy Endings,” with Fener as co-exec producer and Bycel as exec producer. Both also worked on “American Dad.” Bycel worked on “Psych” and was showrunner on “Scrubs.”
Most recently, the pair served as exec producers on NBC pilot “Old Soul.”
Both are repped by UTA and Jared Levine at Morris Yorn Barnes & Levine.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The duo behind last year’s NBC comedy pilot Old Soul have signed a two-year overall deal with the Peacock’s sister studio Universal TV. Josh Bycel and Jonathan Fener will serve as exec producers on Eva Longoria comedy Telenovela, which NBC ordered straight to series in January. The duo worked together on ABC’s Happy Endings, where Bycel was Ep and Fener was co-ep, and earlier were co-exec producers on Fox’s Seth MacFarlane toon American Dad. Bycel also was showrunner for S… »
Former “Happy Endings” producers Josh Bycel and Jonathan Fener have inked a new two-year overall deal with Universal Television Studios, TheWrap has learned. The duo will immediately join NBC’s “Telenovela” as executive producers. Most recently, Bycel and Fener executive produced NBC pilot “Old Soul.” Also Read: Kate Winslet, Michael B. Jordan Among Cast for Season 2 of 'Running Wild With Bear Grylls' In addition to co-executive producing “Happy Endings,” Fener earned the same credit at “American Dad.” Bycel, a showrunner on “Scrubs,” had the full executive producer title at “Happy Endings.” He was co-exec producer on “Pysch” and “American Dad. »
- Tony Maglio
“Osgood is back, fresh from her recent murder at the end of last series. We recently confirmed that Osgood was definitely dead and not returning — but in a show about time travel, anything can happen,” executive producer »
The loft will be Coach-less...again. Warning: Tonight's season finale of New Girl will probably make you cry. Scratch that, it will definitely make you cry. Why? Because Damon Wayans Jr. is leaving the show and it's time for Coach to say goodbye to the gang as he's moving to Jersey City. And in our exclusive featurette above, Damon sounds off on exiting the Fox hit sitcom a second time (He was in the pilot, but left when ABC renewed Happy Endings [Yay!], only to return after ABC canceled Happy Endings [Boo!]), and yeah, things get emotional. "Looking back, I've had a great time. These are people who I'm friend with on and off the court," he says. "It's hard to »
Chicago – As the Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff) – a film festival as programmed by the members of the Chicago Film Critics Association – heads into its last four nights, the variety and depth of the films that are being screened continues to astound and entertain. It all takes place at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, May 4 through 7, 2015.
HollywoodChicago.com contributors Nick Allen and Patrick McDonald have been sampling the best of the festival, and offer this preview of the final four nights of films. Each capsule is designated with Na (Nick Allen) or Pm (Patrick McDonald) – to indicate the author – or encapsulates the official synopsis from the festival.
’Quitters’ Screens on Monday, May 4th, at the Chicago Critics Film Festival
Photo credit: Chicago Critics Film Festival
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
It's rare that a 70-second YouTube clip can be absurd, original, observational, and hilarious, but this clip entitled "What actually happens when gay guys see other gay guys and straight people aren't around" is just that gem. If you miss "Happy Endings," star Stephen Guarino is here to warm your heart once more. Yes. I love the "secret language" aspect here, the way the characters seem drawn into becoming supermodels for each other. The "National Geographic" vibe is strong and well-realized. The iced coffee was a nice touch. »
A little over a year ago, my wife wondered why I was still sitting down every Monday night for "How I Met Your Mother," given how much I would complain about it to her afterwards. "Is this one of those hate-watching things?" she asked. I told her that life was too short for hate-watching — especially in this new Golden Age of Too Much Good TV — and that I was with "Himym" til the end because the show gave me enough occasional glimpses of what it was like when it was good that I kept sticking around to see if they could get it together one more time, especially for the finale. (As it turned out, no they couldn't.) "Oh, I get it," she said. "You're not hate-watching. You're hope-watching!" And there it was: Hope-watching. It isn't the act of enduring a bad show for the sole purpose of mocking it, »
- Alan Sepinwall
“Happy Endings” star Adam Pally and “Enlightened” star Sarah Burns are headlining the new comedy “Slow Learners.” The film, also starring comedy talents like Bobby Moynihan, Kate Flannery, Cecily Strong, Kevin Dunn, Reid Scott and Catherine Reitman, will make its word debut at the Tribeca Film Festival Apr. 20. “Slow Learners” follows two friends and co-workers who are horribly unlucky at love. Thinking the problem lies with them, they set out to transform themselves over the summer, which also involves tons of sex and tons of alcohol. The film is directed by Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce. The screenplay is by Matt Serword from a story by Serword and [ Read More ]
The post Clip and Poster of Tribeca-bound Comedy Slow Learners Released appeared first on Shockya.com. »
Update: Marvel has officially confirmed that Joe and Anthony Russo will indeed direct the two-part Avengers: Infinity War movie, due out in 2018 and 2019. Even just five years ago, Anthony and Joe Russo were carving out a pretty healthy career as directors on doomed TV shows like Carpoolers, Running Wilde, and Animal Practice, about a veterinarian whose best friend is a monkey. Of course, they did also work on good shows like Arrested Development, Happy Endings, and Community, but the point is they were just small screen guys doing simple sitcoms with small casts and zero special effects. So, naturally, they're the guys who will be directing both parts of another series that has small casts and zero special effects, The Avengers: Infinity War - Parts 1 and 2. Badass...
- Peter Hall
Martha Stewart Weddings is giving us a look inside two major celebs' weddings in the latest issue of the magazine. Casey Wilson and Matthew Morrison gave their fans an even closer look at their special days, each perfectly representing their own style. The Marry Me actress tied the knot in a "Jewish-ish ceremony officiated by Casey's brother" last May at the Ojai Valley Inn in front of several famous faces, including Sia, Whitney Cummings and, of course, the entire cast of Happy Endings. Casey dished to the mag about how she personalized the entire wedding weekend, from the welcome baskets to their very own mixtape titled, "The Last CD You'll Ever Own." Very »
It’s been on the cards since December when news broke during the Sony hack that the duo were being eyed for the gig, but now Marvel has made it official: Anthony and Joe Russo, directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War are set to take over from Joss Whedon on the main Avengers franchise to direct Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2. Here’s the official press release…
As anticipation and excitement build to a fever pitch for Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the blockbuster sequel to the third-largest movie of all time, Marvel is proud to announce Joe and Anthony Russo will join the franchise as the directors of Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1” and “Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2.”
The Russo brothers first entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” one of »
- Gary Collinson
As anticipation and excitement build to a fever pitch for Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, the blockbuster sequel to the third-largest movie of all time, Marvel is proud to announce Joe Russo and Anthony Russo will join the franchise as the directors of Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2.
The Russo brothers first entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier one of the top-grossing film's from 2014, and are currently preparing to shoot Marvel's Captain America: Civil War. The third film in the Captain America franchise will bring the classic storyline from the comics to life pitting Cap (Chris Evans) against Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), as well as introducing Black Panther to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with actor Chadwick Boseman ahead of his own film later in Phase 3.
Well, it looks like somebody is getting a taste of their own medicine! And we can't say we feel bad about it. After that devastating long con orchestrated by the Happy Endings writing team—you know, the one where they made everyone believe that there was a fourth season of the show coming?—emotions are running high. All those telling tweets and conspicuous videos could only have been the work of an evil genius. And redemption must be paid. For better or worse, it seems the target of the inevitable revenge plot is former Happy Endings co-producer Lon Zimmet. We started to notice a few suspect tweets that were being retweeted by the Happy Endings writing crew, so we figured some investigating was in »
Fans ABC’s cult favorite sitcom Happy Endings fell victim to a cruel April Fools’ joke on Wednesday after an old Twitter account made them believe the show was going to be revived. Happy Endings Countdown Clock April Fools’ Joke Happy Endings originally ran for three seasons on ABC, but was constantly in danger of being canceled until […]
The post ‘Happy Endings’ April Fools Prank Gives Fans False Hope Of A Reunion appeared first on uInterview. »
- Olivia Truffaut
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