Huayi Brothers CEO Eyes Expansion Of STX Entertainment Relationship

The CEO of China‘s largest privately held film firm, Huayi Brothers Media Corp, says he’s eager to “renew and deepen” his company’s cooperation with Robert Simonds’ STX Entertainment.
Huayi’s James Wang told Bloomberg over the weekend that — with their landmark three-year co-production and distribution deal due to expire in early 2018 — he wants to expand the relationship “beyond slate financing.” The companies have held in-depth discussions about further investment and…

China’s Huayi to Continue, Expand Relations With STX (Report)

Huayi Brothers Media, one of China’s leading film studios, says it will renew and expand its relationship with Hollywood’s STX Entertainment. The stance was expressed by Huayi co-chief James Wang at the Boao conference in Hainan and was reported by Bloomberg. “We’d like to renew and deepen our cooperation with STX beyond slate financing,” said Wang… Read more »

Antonio Banderas Reveals Heart Surgery That’s Given Him New Perspective of Life

During a press conference to promote the 20th annual Málaga Film Festival in his hometown in Spain on Saturday, Antonio Banderas revealed Saturday that he had a heart attack in January which resulted in surgery and, ultimately, a new lease on life.

“I put a major punch to the potato in the last 37 years,” the 56-year-old actor joked, according to the Spanish news outlet El Pais. “I had a heart attack on January 26, but I was very lucky, it was benign and it did not leave any damage. … I underwent an intervention in which three stents were implanted in my coronary arteries, and since I suffered from arrhythmia for a long time (an irregular heartbeat) I underwent a thermoablation (laser surgery), but it has not been as dramatic as it has been written.”

Also Read: HBO Plans Streaming Service in Spain

Banderas, who was presented with an honorary Biznaga de Oro award at the festival, attributed his addiction to work over his nearly four-decade acting career as the cause of the “major beating” his heart took. He now insists that he is on the mend and “wanting to return to work.”

The life-threatening events, however, has paused him long enough to acknowledge his tendency to be a workaholic and rethink “many things” about his life moving forward. As he puts it, “In the shadow of a boat I want to lie down one day and throw everything behind me and dream of joy.”

Related stories from TheWrap:

Antonio Banderas, Juliette Binoche Honor Chilean Mine Survivors at ‘The 33’ Premiere

Starz Renews ‘Black Sails,’ Adds ‘Havana Quartet’ Starring Antonio Banderas to Development Slate

‘Autómata’ Review: Antonio Banderas Recycles Robot Clichés, But the Effects Are Great

What Is #EarthHour and Why Are All the Lights Off?

“Turn up the dark and get loud about climate action,” is the World Wildlife Fund’s motto for its annual Earth Hour, when the organization asks hundreds of millions of people around the globe to switch off their lights for one designated hour to demonstrate a commitment to fighting climate change.

And today, March 25, is that day.

“Earth Hour is a rallying cry for the world to come together in the fight against climate change by pushing towards a renewable energy future. This year, we’re asking musicians to turn up the volume on climate action,” the organization says.

At 8:30 p.m. your local time, turn off the lights for an hour and, through Facebook Live or a live channel of your choice, turn up the tunes using #EarthHourLive.

Also Read: Al Gore Will Keep ‘Open Line of Communication’ With Trump on Climate (Exclusive Video)

Countries across the world are coming together to help #ChangeClimateChange with #EarthHour! RT to share the❤️for our one shared home!????

— Earth Hour (@earthhour) March 25, 2017

“There’s never been a more critical moment for the world to show solidarity for and a strong commitment to fighting climate change. By going dark, local government, cities, companies, landmarks, and individuals send the message that we will remain steadfast as we deliver on the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.”

That treaty is an agreement made within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to increase the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development, in a manner that does not threaten food production.

The movement has already started around the world. Check it out:

Also Read: Al Gore Takes Center Stage on Sundance’s Opening Night – and So Does Donald Trump



We’re changing climate change today to safeguard their future. What are you doing this #EarthHour to #ChangeClimateChange? Feat. EH Spain!

— Earth Hour (@earthhour) March 25, 2017


Lights out in Turkey for #EarthHour! Check out the difference between the two pictures. (Photo © WWF-Turkey)

— Earth Hour (@earthhour) March 25, 2017


We’re celebrating #EarthHour with lights out in Greece! Follow us at for real-time social updates!

— Earth Hour (@earthhour) March 25, 2017


Happy #EarthHour from Bulgaria. Very creative use of lights to make the best out of this special moment! (Photo © WWF-Bulgaria)

— Earth Hour (@earthhour) March 25, 2017


La ville de Paris avec sa Tour Eiffel s’éteint pour célébrer l’@earthhour !#TourEiffel #EiffelTower #Paris #EarthHour

— Charles Baudry (@CharlesBaudry) March 25, 2017


Happy #EarthHour from Finland????????! Together, we’re changing climate change one country at a time! #togetherpossible

— Earth Hour (@earthhour) March 25, 2017


Happy #EarthHour from Madagascar! What a unique way of celebrating this special moment! (Photo © WWF-Madagascar)

— Earth Hour (@earthhour) March 25, 2017

Related stories from TheWrap:

Al Gore Will Keep ‘Open Line of Communication’ With Trump on Climate (Exclusive Video)

Al Gore Takes Center Stage on Sundance’s Opening Night – and So Does Donald Trump

Paris Attacks: Al Gore Pulls Plug on Eiffel Tower Climate Telethon After 5 Hours

Nat Geo Programming Chief Defends ‘Brain Surgery Live’: It’s Not a ‘Gore-Fest’

‘Fear the Walking Dead’: Dave Erickson to Step Down as Showrunner After Season 3

“Fear the Walking Dead” showrunner Dave Erickson will step down after Season 3, TheWrap has learned.

The writer will stay on as an executive producer and has also signed an overall deal with AMC Studios to develop other projects for the company, including properties for other AMC Networks channels such as SundanceTV.

“We’re beyond grateful for Dave’s amazing work on the first three seasons of ‘Fear the Walking Dead,’” Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV, said in a statement Friday. “With Dave as showrunner, the series fulfilled its creative promise to expand the ‘Walking Dead’ universe in a way that was totally unique from the original series, and has gone on to become the #2 drama series in ad-supported cable, behind only ‘The Walking Dead.’ We are also incredibly excited that Dave has chosen to stay in the AMC family to pursue his next passion project. We look forward to many more successful collaborations.”

Also Read: ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Adds ‘Teen Wolf’ Alum Daniel Sharman as Series Regular (Exclusive)

Erickson has been showrunner on “Fear” since its inception, when he worked with “Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman to develop the spinoff series.

Season 3 of “Fear the Walking Dead” is currently in production and will premiere later in 2017. The series stars Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Frank Dillane and as TheWrap exclusively reported, “Teen Wolf” alum Daniel Sharman.

Related stories from TheWrap:

‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Adds ‘Teen Wolf’ Alum Daniel Sharman as Series Regular (Exclusive)

‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Star Talks Jack and Alicia’s Relationship

‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Renewed for Season 3

More Hollywood Whitewashing: CBS Pilot Casts 2 White Actors in Lead Roles Written for Minorities

CBS has cast two white actors — Poppy Montgomery and David Giuntoli — as the leads of its sci-fi pilot “Mission Control” even though both roles were originally written for people of color in Andy Weir’s spec pilot script, TheWrap has learned.

Montgomery (“Without a Trace,” “Unforgettable”) is taking the role of Julie Towne, who is described in an earlier draft of the script obtained by TheWrap as the daughter of a Caucasian father and Latina mother who is fully bilingual in both English and Spanish. The character also spoke frequently in Spanish in the script.

Giuntoli, a veteran of NBC’s supernatural drama “Grimm,” has been cast as Malik Stevenson, a NASA commander who is explicitly described as African American in Weir’s script.

CBS declined to comment. Reps for Weir did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Also Read: ‘Iron Fist’ Creator Says He Has ‘Little Patience’ For Whitewashing Complaints

According to an individual familiar with the project, producers initially did reach out to and offer the roles to non-white actors, but they passed. The production ultimately moved on as the script evolved, leading to the casting of Montgomery and Giuntoli. Montgomery’s character will no longer speak Spanish in the final version of the pilot.

The pilot, which the individual described as an “ensemble drama,” does feature nonwhite actors in other roles, including “Desperate Housewives” alum Ricardo Chavira as the director of the Johnson Space Center and Nigerian-born actress Wunmi Mosaku as Rayna, the mission’s public affairs officer.

This casting certainly will not help CBS’ image on the diversity front, since the network have been called out for lack of diversity in casting in the past. Relative newcomer network president Glenn Geller had previously promised the press that it would be addressing the issue. Before that, Geller had defended the throne he inherited.

Also Read: Netflix’s ‘Death Note’ First Trailer Draws Fire as Latest Japanese Story Recast With White Hero (Video)

Of CBS’ 2017 pilots, the vast majority are toplined by white actors, with the exception of an untitled Jenny Lumet drama pilot led by Sharon Leal, who is of Filipino and African American heritage, and the cop comedy “Brothered Up” starring Romany Malco and Adhir Kalyan, who are African American and Indian.

In October, CBS launched a Drama Diversity Casting Initiative to find African-American, Asian-American, Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander, LGBTQ actors and performers with disabilities to join current series and pilots. The initiative is the latest addition to the CBS Diversity Institute, which also includes a sketch comedy showcase, the CBS Writers Mentoring Program and the CBS Directing Initiative.

One of the winners of the inaugural class of the drama casting initiative was cast in a series regular role on The CW pilot “Life Sentence” and two landed roles on Fox’s “APB.” As of publication, none of the winners had been cast on CBS shows or pilots.

“Mission Control” would also mark the second time characters intended to be minorities as written by Weir have been cast white. In the adaptation of his novel “The Martian,” the character Mindy Park, who was Korean in the original book, was played by Caucasian actress Mackenzie Davis in the Matt Damon-led film. And black British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor played a NASA mission director who was Indian American in the book.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Eliza Dushku Joins Cast of ‘Bull’ on CBS

‘Bull,’ ‘Kevin Can Wait,’ MacGyver’ and 13 Other Series Renewed by CBS

‘The Big Bang Theory’ Renewed for 2 Seasons by CBS