Variety’s Business Managers Elite Breakfast Focuses on Megaproducers as Brands

The changing world of content finance and production was the focus of “Megaproducers and the New Hollywood,” a panel at Variety’s Business Managers Elite breakfast, which took place before an audience of nearly 200 at the Montage hotel in Beverly Hills on Wednesday. The session targeted the way shifting technology, an emerging global marketplace, and… Read more »

ABC Sets John Corey Cop Drama Based On Novels; Mace Neufeld & John Davis To EP

One of best-selling author Nelson DeMille’s most popular protagonists, John Corey, is headed to the small screen. ABC has given a script commitment plus penalty to John Corey, a drama series project based on DeMille’s book series about the brash, quick-witted, and cocky NYPD homicide detective set in today’s social environment.
Written by Detroit 1-8-7 creator Jason Richman, John Corey hails from Sony TV, John Davis’ studio-based Davis Entertainment and veteran producer Ma…


Kim Kardashian Losing an Estimated $300,000+ a WEEK on Social Media…

In the wake of a suspicious Paris robbery, Kim Kardashian’s absence from social media could be proving costly.  Kanye West’s earnings, on the other hand, are surging. Kim Kardashian’s drama-filled robbery in Paris may be costlier than first imagined.  The robbery, if it actually occurred, resulted in the reported heist of a $4 million diamond […]

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Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Mel Gibson’s Standing Ovation; Seth Rogen Takes On Both Dems And GOP; No Denial Of Oscar Buzz For Timothy Spall

A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit.
It was an emotional night on Monday at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theatre where director Mel Gibson got a sustained standing ovation after Andrew Garfield, star of his new film Hacksaw Ridge brought him up on the stage following the Los Angeles premiere screening of the movie which is the story of  World War II hero and conscientious objector Desmond Doss who saved 75 men without ever…


Japanese Animation Hit ‘Your Name’ Sells to FUNimation for U.S.

FUNimation Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to “Your Name,” the animation sensation that is currently riding high at the Japanese box office. The film has topped the Japanese chart for nine consecutive weekends and now stands on a cumulative total of $157 million. That makes it the fifth highest grossing film of all time at the Japan… Read more »

Stephen Root Cast In ‘The Empty Man’; Mackenyu Joins Pacific Rim Sequel

Stephen Root has booked a spot in Fox’s supernatural thriller The Empty Man, written and helmed by David Prior. Based on Cullen Bunn’s graphic novel from Boom! Studios, the pic follows an ex-cop who discovers a sinister presence around him while investigating the disappearance of a friend’s teenage daughter. Root plays Arthur Parsons, a charismatic leader of a cult that is suspected to be connected to a string of local disappearances. Ross Richie and Stephen Christy will…


Hillary Clinton: AT&T-Time Warner Deal ‘Raises Questions and Concerns’

Hillary Clinton made her first comments on the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger on Wednesday, telling reporters that the transaction “raises questions and concerns, and they should be looked into.” According to Reuters, Clinton said that if she is elected president, “I will expect the government to conduct a very thorough analysis before making a decision.”… Read more »