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The Weinstein Company Is No More: Buyer Lantern Capital Partners Rebrands as Lantern Entertainment

The Weinstein Company officially belongs to Lantern Capital Partners, Variety reports, ending the studio’s arduous bankruptcy proceedings. In a Delaware courtroom last week, Judge Mary Walrath oversaw the closing. A Dallas-based private equity firm, Lantern Capital Partners paid $289 million for Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s namesake distributor — $23 million less than the parties’ previously-agreed-upon $310 million. Lantern will henceforth be known as Lantern Entertainment, operating offices in Dallas, New York, and Los Angeles, and assuming the rights to TWC’s 277-film library.

“Over the last several months, we have immersed ourselves in the formation of Lantern Entertainment,” co-presidents Andy Mitchell and Milos Brajovic said in a statement. “Throughout all our conversations with employees, creatives and industry professionals, we are inspired by the collective commitment and support extended to the launch of our new company, which is anchored by creativity in a meritocracy-based culture. Across all disciplines, we are extremely motivated to
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Edie Falco hopes to be 8th performer from ‘Law & Order’ franchise to win an Emmy: Can you name the other 7?

Edie Falco hopes to be 8th performer from ‘Law & Order’ franchise to win an Emmy: Can you name the other 7?
Just how much do the Emmys love Edie Falco? She’s currently the only actress to win lead trophies for a comedy series (“Nurse Jackie” in 2010) and a drama series, and now she hopes to add to her record with a victory for a limited series. On Thursday Falco received a Best Movie/Mini Actress Emmy nomination for her work on the limited series “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders.” If she wins, that would make Falco the eighth performer from the “Law & Order” franchise to win an Emmy.

See 2018 Emmy nominations complete list: All the nominees for the 70th Emmy Awards

So who are the other seven? “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” star Mariska Hargitay is the only performer to prevail at the televised Primetime Emmys, winning Best Drama Actress in 2006. The other six winners all took home their trophies at the Creative Arts in the Best Drama Guest Actress category.
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Bankruptcy court rejects calls to block Weinstein Company sale

Reduced price deal with Lantern approved as TWC cuts another 20 jobs.

A Us bankruptcy court approved the $289m sale of The Weinstein Company (TWC) to Lantern Capital on Wednesday (July 11), in spite of objections from a group of Hollywood players.

The group of stars, directors, producers and business people - among them Robert DeNiro, Julia Roberts and David O Russell - had called for the sale to be blocked until they are guaranteed payment of TWC’s outstanding debts.

But the court rejected the objections and approved the latest agreement between TWC and Lantern for a sale at $289m, less
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Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep among Hollywood elite opposing Weinstein Company sale to Lantern Entertainment

Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep among Hollywood elite opposing Weinstein Company sale to Lantern Entertainment
Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Robert De Niro, Jake Gyllenhaal, Julia Roberts among creditors.

Members of the Hollywood elite including Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt and other entities who say The Weinstein Company (TWC) owes them money filed documents on Monday (July 9) opposing the sale of the company to Lantern Entertainment at an amended price until they are paid.

Last week, TWC announced it had struck an agreement with its unsecured creditors to sell to Lantern Entertainment for $289m rather than $287m and avoid what was expected to be a showdown at bankruptcy court this week.

However a group of Hollywood stars, directors,
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Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep among Hollywood elite opposing TWC sale to Lantern Entertainment

Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep among Hollywood elite opposing TWC sale to Lantern Entertainment
Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Robert De Niro, Jake Gyllenhaal, Julia Roberts among creditors.

Members of the Hollywood elite including Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt and other entities who say The Weinstein Company (TWC) owes them money filed documents on Monday (July 9) opposing the sale of the company to Lantern Entertainment at an amended price until they are paid.

Last week, TWC announced it had struck an agreement with its unsecured creditors to sell to Lantern Entertainment for $289m rather than $287m and avoid what was expected to be a showdown at bankruptcy court this week.

However a group of Hollywood stars, directors,
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Julia Roberts drama 'Ben Is Back' lands at Ld, Roadside

Julia Roberts drama 'Ben Is Back' lands at Ld, Roadside
Lucas Hedges stars alongside Roberts.

Ld Entertainment and Roadside Attractions will partner on Us distribution of the Julia Roberts drama Ben Is Back and have set a December 7 release.

Peter Hedges wrote and directed the drama, which also stars Lucas Hedges of Manchester By The Sea.

Hedges plays 19 year-old Ben Burns, who ruffles feathers when he returns home unexpectedly on the morning of Christmas Eve. Roberts plays the mother, whose love for her son is tested over a turbulent 24 hours. The cast includes Courtney B. Vance and Kathryn Newton.

Black Bear Pictures and Color Force produced the film, with 30West
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Julia Roberts Drama ‘Ben Is Back’ Acquired by Roadside, Lionsgate and Ld

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Roadside Attractions, Lionsgate and Ld Entertainment announced Monday their acquisition of the rights to “Ben Is Back,” a drama starring Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges.

Directed and written by Peter Hedges (“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”), the film follows Ben Burns (Hedges), a recovering 19-year-old addict who unexpectedly returns to his mother’s house on Christmas Eve. Ben’s mother, Holly (Roberts), is relieved and welcoming but wary of her son staying clean. Over a turbulent 24 hours, new truths are revealed, and Holly is tested as she does everything in her power to keep him safe.

Courtney B. Vance and Kathryn Newton also star. Black Bear Pictures & Color Force produced the film with 30West and Black Bear fully financing the project. The film was produced by Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Teddy Schwarzman and Peter Hedges. CAA handled U.S. sales for “Ben is Back” while Sierra/Affinity is handling foreign sales.
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Lucas Hedges-Julia Roberts Drama ‘Ben Is Back’ Sets Awards Season Release

Lucas Hedges-Julia Roberts Drama ‘Ben Is Back’ Sets Awards Season Release
Ben Is Back,” the drama starring Lucas Hedges and Julia Roberts, is getting an awards season release on Dec. 7.

LD Entertainment, Lionsgate, and Roadside Attractions will partner on U.S. distribution for the film, which will be directed by Lucas Hedges’ real-life father, Peter Hedges.

Lucas Hedges, who was nominated for an Academy Award for “Manchester by the Sea,” will portray a charming yet troubled man who returns home to his unsuspecting family on Christmas Eve. His wary mother (Roberts) welcomes her beloved son’s return, but soon learns that he is still very much in harm’s way. Courtney B. Vance and Kathryn Newton also star.

Black Bear Pictures & Color Force produced the film with 30West and Black Bear fully financing the project. Producers are Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Teddy Schwarzman and Peter Hedges. Executive producers are Daniel Steinman, Micah Green, Dan Friedkin, Ben Stillman, Michael Heimler, Jane Evans,
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Julia Roberts Drama ‘Ben Is Back’ Acquired By Ld Entertainment, Lionsgate & Roadside

Ld Entertainment, Lionsgate, and Roadside Attractions have partnered for the U.S. distribution of Ben Is Back starring Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges. The acquisition was announced by Mickey Liddell of Ld Entertainment, Lionsgate President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions Jason Constantine, and Roadside Attractions co-founders Howard Cohen & Eric d'Arbeloff. The film is set for a December 7 release date. The drama was written by Oscar-nominated Peter Hedges (What's Eatin…
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Julia Roberts-Lucas Hedges Drug Addiction Drama 'Ben Is Back' Nabbed by Roadside

Ld Entertainment, Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are teaming up to acquire U.S. distribution rights to the Julia Roberts drama Ben Is Back.

Written and directed by Peter Hedges (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Pieces of April), the film also stars his son, recent Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea).

The move puts Lionsgate back in business with Roberts, who headed up the breakout hit Wonder, a movie that earned $303 million worldwide.

Ben Is Back centers on titular 19-year-old Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges), a young man with substance abuse issues who unexpectedly returns to his family's suburban home on Christmas ...
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'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' Star Nia Vardalos to Divorce Husband Ian Gomez After 23 Years of Marriage

It's over between Nia Vardalos and her husband, Ian Gomez, after nearly 25 years of marriage. The My Big Fat Greek Wedding star, 55, filed for divorce from her estranged spouse on Tuesday, July 3 and Ian, 52, filed his response to her filing in La on Thursday, July 5. According to People, Nia and Ian have listed "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for their split. The couple previously tied the knot in September 1995 and are parents to an 11-year-old adopted daughter, Ilaria Gomez, whom they welcomed into their family in 2008. "We’ve been respectfully separated for a lengthy period of time. Our relationship became a friendship so the decision to end the marriage is completely mutual and amicable," the duo said in a statement to People. "It is our hope that decency will prevail on the reporting of this story which will soon be yesterday’s news. Thank you for respecting our privacy." Nia and her ex-husband,
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Julia Roberts Has Done "Everything in Her Power to Fix" Her Marriage to Husband Danny Moder

They were struggling. Julia Roberts was working nonstop, shooting and producing multiple projects in late 2017 and early 2018. Her husband, Danny Moder, who had put his cinematography career on the back burner to focus on their family, felt resentful. The couple argued frequently and he often stayed at a property they own across the street, a friend revealed to Life & Style in the magazine's latest issue, on newsstands now. "This spring, Julia and Danny were often at odds over his desire to wear the pants in the family," the pal revealed. "And what he saw as her controlling ways." Friends feared Julia, 50, and Danny, 49, were headed for a split after years of escalating tensions. But she wasn’t willing to let that happen. Despite their differences, the couple love each other, and the Pretty Woman star decided the relationship was worth fighting for. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) In recent weeks,
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eOne names Nick Meyer head of global film content, acquires remaining Sierra Pictures stake

Sierra/Affinity to operate independently and represent films from various partners.

eOne has acquired the remaining stake in Sierra Pictures as Nick Meyer joins the company as president of film and Marc Schaberg is named executive vice-president of film and global operations.

Meyer (pictured) will lead all film content across eOne’s global content platform and will continue to serve as CEO of the wholly-owned sales titan Sierra/Affinity, with Schaberg continuing as COO.

Jonathan Kier will take on an expanded role as president of international sales and distribution at Sierra/Affinity. The sales company will continue to represent films from third party producers.
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Homecoming: Julia Roberts Thriller Gets Fall Launch, First Photos

Have you been wanting to watch Julia Roberts on a more regular basis?

If so, then Amazon Prime will have you covered this fall when Homecoming launches on the streaming platform. 

The series is based on the popular podcast from Gimlet Media about a caseworker at a secret government facility who helps soldiers return to civilian life. 

But things change when she is hauled in for question years after leaving her career behind to become a waitress and live with her mother. 

It's undoubtedly a big career change ... especially when you consider the fact that Heidi moved back in with her mother. Did something happen on the job that made her question everything she thought she knew?

Related: Amazon Orders Lord of the Rings TV Series!

It's certainly a good hook and one that might push this series above some of the bigger shows in the streaming market. 

Bobby Cannavale,
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‘Homecoming’: First-Look Photos From Julia Roberts’ Amazon Series

Amazon has released the first photos from Homecoming, its high-profile psychological thriller series starring Julia Roberts and directed by Mr. Robot‘s Sam Esmail. Have a look below. Amazon made a straight-to-series two-season order for Homecoming nearly a year ago, amid a very competitive situation. Here’s the logline: Heidi Bergman (Roberts) is a caseworker at the Homecoming Transitional Support Center, a Geist Group facility helping soldiers transition back to civilian…
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Julia Roberts Thriller Homecoming to Hit Amazon This Fall: See First Photos

Julia Roberts Thriller Homecoming to Hit Amazon This Fall: See First Photos
Julia RobertsHomecoming will be coming to your home soon enough: Amazon has announced that the upcoming thriller series starring Roberts will debut this fall… and released a pair of tantalizing first-look photos to whet our appetite until then.

Directed by Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, Homecoming is billed as a “mind-bending psychological thriller” and stars Roberts as Heidi Bergman, a former case worker who used to help soldiers transition from the battlefield to civilian life. Years later, living with her mother and working as a waitress, Heidi is questioned by the government about why exactly she changed careers.

In the photo above,
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Amazon Reveals First Look Photos of Julia Roberts in ‘Homecoming’

Amazon has released the first look at Julia Roberts in the upcoming drama series “Homecoming.”

See the first photo above and the second photo below.

In the series, Roberts plays Heidi Bergman, a caseworker at the Homecoming Transitional Support Center. The center is a Geist Group facility helping soldiers transition back to civilian life. Walter Cruz (Stephan James) is one of these soldiers, eager to begin the next phase of his life. Overseeing Heidi and the facility is Colin Belfast (Bobby Cannavale), an ambitious company man whose manic demands point to questionable motives.

Four years later, Heidi has started a new life,
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‘Homecoming’ First Look: Julia Roberts Is Caught Up in Conspiracies in Amazon’s Podcast-Based Thriller

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‘Homecoming’ First Look: Julia Roberts Is Caught Up in Conspiracies in Amazon’s Podcast-Based Thriller
The idea of Julia Roberts coming to television seems almost too extreme to be believed, but below is a taste of “Homecoming,” the upcoming psychological thriller directed by Emmy winner Sam Esmail (“Mr. Robot”) and created by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg.

The official synopsis, from Amazon:

Heidi Bergman (Roberts) is a caseworker at the Homecoming Transitional Support Center, a Geist Group facility helping soldiers transition back to civilian life. Walter Cruz (Stephan James) is one of these soldiers, eager to begin the next phase of his life. Overseeing Heidi and the facility is Colin Belfast (Bobby Cannavale), an ambitious company man whose manic demands point to questionable motives.

Four years later, Heidi has started a new life, living with her mother (Sissy Spacek) and working as a small-town waitress, when a Department of Defense auditor (Shea Whigham) comes to her with questions about why she left the Homecoming facility.
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