Fox to Release NYPD Thriller ‘The Force’ in March 2019

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Fox has set a March 1, 2019, release date for police thriller “The Force,” with “Logan” director James Mangold helming. The project is based on Don Winslow’s novel “The Force” about corrupt NYPD officers. Fox bought movie rights last year to the crime thriller and set it up with Ridley Scott to produce through his… Read more »

China’s Bison Capital to Acquire Majority Stake in Cinedigm for $30 Million

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Cinedigm, which provides films and TV shows to retail, pay-TV and digital outlets, has found a solution to its massive debt: selling to China.

Thursday, the company announced that Hong Kong-based Bison Capital has agreed to buy 20 million newly issued shares in Cinedigm for as much as $30 million in a move Cinedigm Chairman and CEO Chris McGurk called a “transformative event for the company” in a statement announcing the deal.

Cinedigm, which started out helping theater chains transition to digital, has evolved into a full-fledged production company and distributor with more than 50,000 films and TV shows in its library, as well as three over-the-top streaming services. But while China’s streaming services continue to proliferate and grow in popularity, they need to add quality content to keep up — which explains Bison’s interest in Cinedigm. In the statement, Bison Founder Peixin Xu also floated the idea of launching Chinese content channels in the U.S. using Cinedigm’s streaming infrastructure.

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As part of the deal, Bison has also agreed to provide a $10 million loan for working capital, and Cinedigm and Bison will work together to refinance and retire Cinedigm’s remaining debt. Cinedigm is also working to exchange its 5.5 percent convertible notes due in 2035. The company had about $115 million in long-term debt as of March 31.

In addition, Bison will also appoint two members to Cinedigm’s board, raising the total count to seven.

“Under the leadership of Peixin Xu, Bison Capital has become a major force in the media and entertainment business in China,” McGurk said in the statement. “We believe Bison Capital’s significant investment and potential additional refinancing and debt retirement will be a transformative event for the Company, solidifying our position as the leading independent content distributor in North America and opening up significant new growth opportunities for our content, OTT channel/services and digital cinema businesses in China, as well as other emerging markets.”

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“Despite its rapid growth, China remains greatly underserved in terms of content quality and diversity,” Xu said in the statement. “Through our investment, we will leverage Cinedigm’s content access and distribution capabilities to bring more premium, independent content into the China market. We also see an opportunity to leverage Cinedigm’s OTT capabilities to launch Chinese content channels in the North American market. Our long-term goal is to help build Cinedigm into a leading distributor of global content, as well as help the company unleash the residual value of the digital cinema equipment.”

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TV News Roundup: Anna Chlumsky, Shemar Moore to Present 69th Emmy Award Nominations

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In today’s roundup, Anna Chlumsky and Shemar Moore will present Emmy Award nominations, and Bravo Media announces air dates for two reunion shows. AWARD SHOWS The Television Academy announced Anna Chlumsky and Shemar Moore will present the nominations for the 69th Emmy Awards at the Wolf Theatre at the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center on… Read more »

San Francisco Film Society’s Annual Gala Moves to Awards Season

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The San Francisco Film Society is moving its awards night from the spring into awards season, setting its 60th anniversary event for Dec. 5 at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts. “One of San Francisco’s most highly anticipated film events and social gatherings, SF Film Awards Night has now moved to a new position in… Read more »

Issa Rae Navigates the Dating World in Season Two of ‘Insecure’ (WATCH)

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Secure your calendars for July 23, because “Insecure” is back for another season — and from the newly released trailer, it looks Issa Rae and her friends are in for a rocky ride. When Issa Rae’s acclaimed HBO series returns, her newly single character is struggling with the painfully awkward world of dating — and… Read more »

Jared Leto Talks ‘A Day in the Life of America’ Film Project and New 30 Seconds to Mars Album

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  You don’t get to be an Oscar winner and a rock star by thinking small. And Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto (who won Best Supporting Actor for “Dallas Buyer’s Club”) is taking on a significant challenge with his next project: deciphering the state of the U.S. in 2017 via “A Day in… Read more »

Andrea Tantaros Says Fox News Bribed Cyberbully to Lie Under Oath in Surveillance Case

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Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros just upped the ante on her legal battle with her former employer — saying the network is either strong-arming or bribing a Twitter user to deny they colluded in harassing her.

In April, Tantaros said the network hacked her computer so they could rummage through her personal email, then enlisted social media users to harass her online with the information. Fox dismissed the allegations, saying Tantaros’ lawsuit read “like a plot of a television drama.” Now Tantaros says that the network is trying to cover its tracks, paying off or coercing a witness into saying his tweets and gifts — which he sent to her house — were innocent in nature.

“This case started off as a case about illegal electronic surveillance and the use of ‘sockpuppet’ social media accounts – extremely disturbing allegations if true (which they are),” Tantaros’ attorney Judd Bursting wrote in a Wednesday filing. “[I]t seems highly likely that someone working for FNC has extorted or bribed Daniel Wayne Block into signing a Declaration that cannot possibly be true.”

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Tantaros’ initial complaint identified Block as a sockpuppet account — an online identity used for purposes of deception. Tantaros claimed some tweets specifically referenced her personal life in order to rattle her.

A picture of a movie about a black scorpion was posted just as she learned that one of her close friend had been bitten by one. Another tweet was about a memorial for Tantaros’ dead brother, which was posted after she and her mother had spoken of it ahead of the anniversary of her brother’s death.

In his statement to the court, Block insisted the tweets were merely “the friendly outpouring of a real person who considers himself a fan of Tantaros.” He also claimed he didn’t know anyone at Fox News, nor has he ever met or spoken to Roger Ailes.

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Tantaros’ attorney argues that Block’s sworn statements “were undeniably false in key aspects” and that it would be “absurd” to grant Fox News’ motion for sanctions — a document submitted to the court to describe conduct that violates rules of the court by the other parties — based on an “untested” declaration by Block.

“We do not suggest that counsel for FNC did the deed or even approved of it,” Bursting said. “But signs of coercion or bribery are so obvious that the best that can be said for them is they willfully blinded themselves to the obvious. They too should be held responsible.”

Tantaros, though her lawyer, said that Fox routinely harasses women into silence, as they did with Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News host who settled her sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes for a reported $20 million last September.

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“First, FNC falsely denied Carlson’s allegations even though they were true, instead claiming that she had made up a story because her contract was not being renewed,” Tantaros’ lawyer said in the lawsuit. “Second, even though FNC knew that Carlson was telling the truth, it hired Bo Dietl (“Dietl”), a private investigator, to have his investigators follow Carlson and also try to find negative information about her.

A spokesperon for Fox News told TheWrap in a statement: “Suffice it to say that Fox News continues to believe that its sanctions motion is well-founded and we will address these latest claims in our reply papers.”

Tantaros filed a sexual harassment suit against Ailes and Fox News in August of 2016, after filing internal complaints with the network about harassment in February of 2015.  She was fired by the network in April of 2016.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report. 

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Kendall and Kylie Jenner ‘Deeply Apologize’ for Controversial T-Shirts

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Kendall and Kylie Jenner issued an apology following backlash over controversial T-shirts featuring their faces over images of rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac. The entrepreneurial sisters drew criticism from social media and Notorious B.I.G.’s mother Voletta Wallace, who called the shirts “disrespectful, disgusting, and exploitation at its worst.” “These designs were not well thought out… Read more »

Jamie Foxx Reminds Snoop Dogg About His Pre-Fame Message on ‘Beat Shazam’ (Exclusive Video)

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Snoop Dogg and Jamie Foxx get a chance to reminisce when the rapper makes a surprise visit on Thursday’s “Beat Shazam,” as seen in an exclusive sneak peek.

The Fox game show’s footage shows Snoop joining Foxx on stage, where the host shares a moment from years ago when a very young, pre-fame Foxx chatted briefly with the music star.

“Let me tell you what real friends are,” Foxx says. “When I first got to L.A., I used to hang out in Long Beach and V.I.P. Records — I used to watch this dude right here. And I remember this because I was a little kid — you walked past. And he was shining, and I said, ‘Yo, Snoop, you did it!’”

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According to Foxx, Snoop’s response involved a reference to the 1970s sitcom “Good Times.”

“And he said, ‘Like J.J. say, what can I say?’” the “Ray” actor adds with a laugh, doing his best Snoop impersonation.

Watch the clip above to see Snoop’s reaction.

“Beat Shazam” airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Early Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying

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Spider-Man is no stranger to the screen — three different actors have played Peter Parker in film adaptations in the 21st century alone. That said, he’s also one of the most beloved superheroes to come out of Marvel, which is — according to critics — part of what makes “Spider-Man: Homecoming” so successful. With an… Read more »

Steve Miller Brings His Entire Catalog and Private Vault to Capitol/Universal

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Steve Miller, the veteran singer/guitarist whose five-decade career peaked in the ‘70s with hits like “The Joker,” “Fly Like an Eagle” and “Jet Airliner,” has inked a deal to bring his entire catalogue and items from his private vault to Capitol Records/Universal. The deal covers both his catalog projects, which will be released through UMe,… Read more »

Nathalie Baye, Maiwenn Topline Gaumont’s Paris-Set Crime Series for Canal Plus (EXCLUSIVE)

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PARIS – French stars Nathalie Baye and Maiwenn will play mother and daughter in “Nox” (working title), a crime thriller series set in Paris’ underworld that Mabrouk El Mechri will direct for pay-TV group Canal Plus. Produced by Gaumont, “Nox” will star Baye as a retired cop who was forced out because of her rebellious… Read more »

James Cameron’s ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’ to Return to Theaters on Aug. 25

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He’ll be back. Director James Cameron’s 4K 3D conversion of “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, has been booked for an Aug. 25 domestic release by AMC Theatres. The restored film will screen exclusively at AMC locations during its first week back in theaters. “‘Terminator 2’ has stood the test of time and is… Read more »

Corinne Olympios Praises ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Changes But Is Not Returning

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“Bachelor in Paradise” contestant Corinne Olympios has released a new statement Thursday about the investigation into allegations of misconduct that led to a temporary production shutdown.

Statement is below:

In light of the overwhelming amount of misinformation that has been spread in the media, I want to clarify a few things.  My intent over the past few weeks has been to learn and understand what happened on June 4.  While I never filed complaints or accusations against anyone associated with Bachelor in Paradise, my team and I felt it was very important to be thorough in getting to the bottom of what had occurred. I felt victimized by the fact that others were judging me through conflicting and unsubstantiated reports, while I myself had no recollection of the events that transpired. 

My team’s investigation into this matter has now been completed to my satisfaction.  I am also happy about the changes that have been made to the production of Bachelor In Paradise.  While I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to have been a participant on The Bachelor, and while I was invited to return to Bachelor In Paradise when production resumed, I respectfully made the decision not to return.

I understand the media’s interest in this story, and I greatly appreciate my fans’ concerns for my well-being, but I think it is best if I keep any further thoughts private for now.

Cynthia Nixon on Why Her Broadway Revival Is ‘Unbelievably Trumpian’ (Exclusive Video)

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Cynthia Nixon said her Tony-winning role in Broadway’s “The Little Foxes” represents the era of President Donald Trump because it offers a “very brutal examination of American capitalism” — despite the fact that Lillian Hellman wrote it back in 1939.

“It’s a classic America play… it’s unbelievably Trumpian in just every way,” Nixon told TheWrap CEO and founder Sharon Waxman at the site’s Power Women Breakfast in New York on Thursday.

Nixon, the Emmy-winning “Sex and the City Star,” earned her second Tony Award earlier this month for her role in a play that she called “gorgeous” and an indictment of “greed, racism and misogyny” that mirrors modern politics.

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Nixon found special connections to the Trump progeny in “The Little Foxes” story of two brothers and a sister who are in business together but have a hard time determining where personal relationships end and business relationships begin.

The actress wasn’t the only one with Trump in mind at the June 29 breakfast hosted by TheWrap founder Sharon Waxman, film and TV producer Laura Wagner and Shelley Zalis, CEO of the Female Quotient and founder of The Girls’ Lounge.

Ibtihaj Muhammad, the U.S. saber fencer who became the first Muslim American to compete at the Olympics while wearing a hijab, said she feels “unsafe” in Trump’s America.

“I had someone follow me… accusing me of carrying a bomb,” Muhammad said. “When we say we feel unsafe, when we say we’re afraid, I feel like you should believe us.”

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Muhammad said one thing she can appreciate about the Trump administration is that it has unearthed some negative realities about America.

“If we don’t talk about them, if we don’t acknowledge that, that the racism and bigotry exists then we will not be able to change it,” Muhammad said.

The event also included a panel featuring attorney Lisa Bloom, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James and Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras.

Bloom discussed how she strove to make good on a promise to a client who had accused former Fox News star Bill O’Reilly of sexual harassment.

“It’s way overdue, he’s got to go,” Bloom said she told the woman, a former Fox News employee who thought it was an “impossible” task to hold the primetime host accountable. Although her client didn’t have the money or the resources of the Murdoch family, Bloom said, “the power of public shaming” goes a long way.

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“I’m very comfortable using that power,” Bloom said.

James, who shared the panel with Bloom, was one of the women protesting O’Reilly.

“When Lisa litigated, I brought the streets to the front of Fox. It’s really all about money, that’s all they care about,” James said. “Ultimately they recognized that it effected their revenue… we just brought them down.”

James also had Trump on her mind, calling him “Agent Orange” and calling for opposition to the Republicans’ health care proposal.”We’ve got to rise and we’ve got to resist,” she said. “We’ve got to kill that bill because that bill will kill us.”

Poitras, an Oscar-winning filmmaker whose investigation of WikiLeaks had her placed on a terrorist watch list, said Trump ran on a “white supremacist, misogynistic” platform. She said the government considers her an “anti-American filmmaker.”

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Waxman asked Poitras if she lives in fear and the filmmaker said she wouldn’t take that question lightly. “There have been many times I have been afraid for my life,” Poitras said. “But some things are possible only because you take risks.”

Poitras said that many people warned her not to meet Edward Snowden but she “couldn’t live” without doing it.

In another segment of the breakfast, Beautycon Media CEO Moj Mahdara joked that she once exposed sexism when asked how she runs a beauty company despite not wearing makeup.

“You should ask John Demsey, who runs Estee Lauder,” Mahdara said as the crowd erupted with applause.

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Muslim American Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad Feels ‘Unsafe’ in Trump’s America (Video)

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Ibtihaj Muhammad, the U.S. sabre fencer who became the first Muslim American to compete at the Olympics in Rio while wearing a hijab, said she feels “unsafe” in Trump’s America.

“I had someone follow me … accusing me of carrying a bomb,” Muhammad said on Thursday at TheWrap’s Women Power Breakfast in New York City.

Muhammad also said that a hijab is part of her wardrobe — and compared not wearing it to someone going out without pants on. She feels comfortable in the Muslim head covering, but thinks that times are changing because of the current political climate.

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She went on to say that people get uncomfortable when she says she feels unsafe, and Muslim parents will have to reconsider if their children should wear a hijab these days.

“I feel unsafe … when we say we feel unsafe, when we say we’re afraid, I feel like you should believe us,” she stressed.

Muhammad said one thing she can appreciate about the Trump administration is that it has unearthed some negative realities about America.

“If we don’t talk about them, if we don’t acknowledge that, that the racism and bigotry exists then we will not be able to change it,” she explained.

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The Power Women Breakfast series brings together influential women of entertainment, media, technology and brands in key cities to network and connect. TheWrap has built a broad community of professional women who are decision makers and mothers, leaders and wives, innovators and activists.

The franchise is now in four cities Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Thursday’s breakfast was hosted by TheWrap founder Sharon Waxman, film and TV producer Laura Wagner and Shelley Zalis, CEO of the Female Quotient and founder of The Girls’ Lounge.

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