Musicians Local 47 Vows To Battle Nonunion Work “Done In The Shadows”

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Saying that its contracts have been “put at serious risk” by “work done in the shadows,” Local 47 of the American Federation of Musicians is preparing to launch a campaign “to ensure that musicians can earn a livable wage working in Los Angeles.”
In a recent communique with its members, the local’s executive board said more and more musicians “are being asked to record music for major, well-funded projects without union contracts. If union contracts are made irrelevant by…

‘Fate Of The Furious’ Revs Up $58M+ More For Universal’s Best Thursday Ever; China Records Being Set – Int’l Box Office

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UPDATED 10:29 AM: The Fate of the Furious, which last night grabbed $10.4M previews domestically, is going into overdrive in the international marketplace as Universal rolled out its goldmine IP to 33 more territories last night. It looks like it will be chalking up records easily in China, if estimates hold. The eighth installment of the franchise grossed another impressive $58.4M in foreign markets, adding to its previous total of $19.7M yesterday. So, to date, it has…

‘Scandal’ Ratings Rise For 100th Episode, ‘Big Bang Theory’ Down, ‘Powerless’ Even

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There was lot of intrigue, broken hearts and broken promises on Scandal (1.4/5) but it was in a very different way than we’ve come to expect as the Shonda Rhimes DC drama celebrated its 100th episode with an alternative version of the players and events of the series.
What was also an alternative for the Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn led show was a double-digit jump up among adults 18-49 for Scandal. After a number of weeks of declines or soft results, Scandal was up…

Jimmy Kimmel Hosts ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2’ Cast On Monday’s ‘JKL’

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ABC late-night star Jimmy Kimmel announced on Thursday’s show that he will host the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. Chris Pratt, Kurt Russell, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Michael Rooker will participate.
Kimmel talked about the booking while introducing a video in which Pratt gave JKL Live regular Guillermo a crash course in acting on the set, in preparation for what the Kimmel team calls a “top-secret cameo” in the upcoming Guardia…

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Trailer: It’s Here Along With New Photos

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Check out new photos below: “Of course there’s a trailer!” Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson screamed to the crowd at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando this morning. Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy and Johnson also revealed a new photos and a teaser poster, which is a throwback to the 1977 one where Luke Skywalker stands with the lightsaber above his head — except this time, it’s Rey.
What do we see here? From the trailer, it’s clear Luke Skywalker is…

‘Lost City of Z’, Richard Gere’s ‘Norman’ In Weekend Bows – Specialty B.O. Preview

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James Gray’s Lost City of Z opens in several New York and Los Angeles theaters this weekend. Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattinson star in the true-life story of British explorers seeking an unknown, advanced civilization in the Amazon. The Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street release bows in a crowded weekend of new Specialty titles hitting theaters. Richard Gere, Lior Ashkenazi, Hank Azaria, Steve Buscemi and Charlotte Gainsbourg star in Sony Classics’ Norman: The Moderate Rise…

Amazon Video Direct Takes Film Festival Stars Program To Tribeca Film Festival

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Amazon has a deal for Tribeca Film Festival official sections. If they give the e-retailer exclusive subscription VOD rights on its Amazon Video Direct platform, then it will pay them as much as $100,000 in addition to royalties. (Full terms here.)
This is part of AVD’s Film Festival Stars program, designed to help independent filmmakers.
For shorts, Amazon will offer a bonus of $10,000 apiece for the five titles with the best customer engagement metrics between October 1…

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Panel With Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Rian Johnson, BB-8 & Kathleen Kennedy: Star Wars Celebration – Watch Live

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Refresh for updates: If there’s a panel at Star Wars Celebration anyone needs to watch or attend, it’s this one. Star Wars fans around the globe are expecting to see for the first time the Episode VIII trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and perhaps even more. If not, there will be a horde of angry lightsabers in Orlando, Florida. Currently, Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy and Last Jedi director Rian Johnson are listed as the main panelists, but if this is anything like…

Jessica Chastain To Join Cannes Film Festival Jury

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Jessica Chastain will be part of the Cannes Film Festival’s jury this year, festival chief Thierry Frémaux has revealed. Speaking to French radio station France Inter on Friday morning, a mere day after the lion’s share of the festival’s Official Selection was announced, Frémaux confirmed the actress and producer will be one of the members of this year’s jury, which is presided by Spanish writer-director Pedro Almodóvar.
“For the 70th anniversary, there are people who are…

Critically Acclaimed ‘Tom Of Finland’ Acquired By Kino Lorber

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Tom of Finland, the critically acclaimed film from well-regarded Finnish director Dome Karukoski about the life and work of local artist Touko Laaksonen, has been picked up by Kino Lorber, which grabbed all North American rights. Karukoski is about to make a name for himself in this country as he was just hired to direct the Keanu Reeves, Isla Fisher-starring dramedy The Starling.

The film is set to have its North American premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film festival…

Jay Pharaoh On Getting Fired From ‘SNL’: “They Put People Into Boxes”

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Former Saturday Night Live cast member Jay Pharaoh is opening up about being fired from the long-running variety show. Speaking with Hot 97’s Ebro In The Morning, the comedian shared his feelings of being underutilized.
“If you have multiple people on the cast saying things like ‘you’re so talented, you’re so able, they don’t use you and it’s unfair and it’s making us feel bad,’ Pharaoh said on having to go where he felt appreciated. “They put people into boxes. Whatever…

‘Fate Of The Furious’ Thursday Night Early Projection: $9M-$11M – Box Office

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After logging $19.7M abroad and close to $44M advance ticket sales in China, Universal’s The Fate of the Furious looks to be zooming to an estimated $9M-$11M Thursday night at the domestic B.O per rival sources.
This is based off early showtimes, and keep in mind that once west coast registers are taken into account, the figure could potentially go higher, which was the case with Furious 7.
West coast showtimes for Furious 7 and Fast & Furious 6 benefited greatly from…

Jeffrey Lord Doubles Down On Claim Donald Trump Is “Martin Luther King Jr. Of Healthcare” On ‘AC360’

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CNN brought Donald Trump surrogate Jeffrey Lord back this evening to address his remarkable statement this morning, calling President Donald Trump “The Martin Luther King of healthcare.”
“Jeff I want to give you a chance to explain yourself, what you meant by your earlier comments,” Anderson Cooper began soberly.
“Sure,” Lord began from his Pennsylvania study, as his ever-present Ronald Reagan photo smiled and waved over his right shoulder.
“I wasn’t comparing President…

TNT Not Proceeding With ‘Let The Right One In’ Pilot, Vampire Drama Shopped

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TNT has opted not to proceed with its pilot order to Let the Right One In, a drama based on the best-selling novel by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist. The project, written by Criminal Minds and Teen Wolf creator Jeff Davis, was picked up to pilot in August but it didn’t go into production.
I hear Tomorrow Studios, which developed the project and was to produce the pilot with Turner’s Studio T, is currently shopping it to other networks in its current iteration or as…

Review – ‘Oslo’ Moves Upstairs To Broadway; Bobby Cannavale’s Cage (And Soul) Rattling ‘Hairy Ape’

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Professional relationships are as disposable in our culture as goods on the shelves at Walmart, and so it is an especially happy occasion to report on the flowering of an artistic pairing, in this case of playwright J.T. Rogers and director Bartlett Sher. Their previous work together produced Blood and Gifts, Rogers’ tidal drama, spellbindingly staged by Sher, about the intersection of the personal and the political (or, more accurately, the blurring of any line between…

Bill Condon In Talks To Helm ‘The Bride of Frankenstein’ At Universal Pictures

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EXCLUSIVE: Bill Condon, who directed the live-action Beauty and the Beast into a $1B+ worldwide box office monster for Disney, is in early talks to take the helm of a remake of a film in the Universal Pictures monster universe. We hear that Condon and Uni are both excited to collaborate on The Bride of Frankenstein, which Condon has said in previous interviews is one of his favorite classic monster movies of all time. The original, which starred Elsa Lanchester and Boris…

‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Teaser: Ryan Reynolds Tasked With Protecting Samuel L. Jackson In Lionsgate Comedy

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Warning: Some NSFW language. Lionsgate has released an action-packed teaser trailer to the upcoming Ryan ReynoldsSamuel L. Jackson buddy comedy The Hitman’s Body, which is filled with explosives, expletives and the exquisite sound of Whitney Houston. Directed by Patrick Hughes, from a script by Tom O’Connor, the pic will bow in theaters August 18.
It centers on a top protection agent (Reynolds) who is tasked with guarding his mortal enemy and a most notorious hitman…

Sony Pictures Worldwide Falls For Debra Winger-Tracy Letts Romantic Comedy ‘The Lovers’

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Prior to its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has snapped up foreign rights to Azazel Jacobs’ The Lovers, starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts. A24 has domestic and is releasing the romantic comedy on May 5. Jacobs also produces with Ben LeClair and Chris Stinson.
The film follows a couple married for several years who, though they have serious affairs on the side, suddenly find a passion reigniting between…

Sony Pictures Television Networks Ups Pamela Parker To EVP Business Affairs

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Sony Pictures Television Networks has promoted Pamela Parker to EVP Business Affairs and Acquisitions.
Parker has managed legal and business affairs for SPT Networks, bringing top programming such as The Amazing Race, Pop Idol, Top Model, Top Chef, Shark Tank; franchises including CSI, The Voice and The Blacklist; and global originals such as Hannibal, Crossing Lines and, most recently, Absentia.
“The increasing complexity of our deals around the world demands both a…

Robert Duvall Boards Steve McQueen-Directed Thriller ‘Widows’

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BREAKING: Oscar winner Robert Duvall is the latest to join New Regency’s Steve McQueen-helmed heist thriller Widows. The acting legend’s addition bolsters an already-strong cast that includes Viola Davis, Colin Farrell, Liam Neeson, Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo, Elizabeth Debicki and Daniel Kaluuya.
Scripted by McQueen and Gone Girl scribe Gillian Flynn and based on the British miniseries, Widows begins when four armed robbers are killed during a robbery and their…

‘Divorce’: Steven Pasquale Joins HBO Comedy Series

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Steven Pasquale has signed on for a recurring role opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in HBO’s dark comedy series Divorce, created and executive produced by Sharon Horgan.
Parker stars as Frances, a middle-aged woman who impulsively brings up the idea of divorce with her husband (Thomas Haden Church) but then can’t decide whether to go through with it — until her husband discovers the affair she’s been having and calls the marriage off.
Pasquale plays Andrew, a friend of…