Industry, Rights Groups Seek Explanation For Arrest of Tibet’s Pema Tseden

Filmmakers and human rights concern groups are seeking answers from the Chinese authorities after award-winning Tibetan director Pema Tseden (“Silent Holy Stones”) was arrested and reportedly brutalized. The China Film Director’s Guild said Tseden (aka Wanmacaidan) was taken away by the police at Xining airport in China’s Qinghai province on June 25 and was held… Read more »

Dissidents Vow To Take Actors Equity Yo Court Over Fate Of Small Theatre In LA

The gloves have come off in the ongoing battle that will decide the fate of small theatre in Los Angeles. A day after Actors’ Equity announced that attempts to resolve the dispute had failed, a group of actors and local theatre owners said tonight that they will go ahead and serve the lawsuit they filed against the union last October to stop it from forcing small legit theaters in Los Angeles to pay their actors minimum wage.
Under the current rules, many small theatre…


‘Nashville’: Connie Britton & Hayden Panettiere Set To Return For Season 5 On CMT

Nashville stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere are set to return for Season 5 on CMT. The network and Lionsgate aren’t commenting, but sources tell Deadline it’s pretty much a done deal.
The cast of the show is under contract for a couple of more seasons, but it was unclear when the show moved from ABC to CMT that all regulars would continue full-time. Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen, Lennon Stella, Maisy Stella and Chris Carmack also are…


Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere Poised to Return to ‘Nashville’ Season 5 on CMT

With “Nashville” heading to CMT, the fifth season is shaping up — and that means talks with the cast are nearing their end. Sources close to the show tell Variety that the original cast is almost set to return, but you can bet on it being a done deal. Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Sam Palladio,… Read more »

Orlando Victims Honored By 49 Celebrities In Tribute Video While ‘Modern Family’ Exec Producer Hosts GVP Talk On Fox Lot

UPDATED, Monday 6:58 PM: Forty-nine celebrities participated in the Ryan Murphy-produced tribute video, honoring the 49 victims of the Orlando shooting massacre. The 18-minute tribute (watch it above), directed by Murphy and Ned Martel, was released today by the Human Rights Campaign. This video comes the same day that Modern Family‘s exec producer Steve Levitan invited friends and the media to the Fox lot to listen to a talk about gun violence, politics and the NRA from…