Nate Parker Gets Warm Reception at Virginia ‘Birth of a Nation’ Screening

Norfolk, Va. — Nate Parker got a rapturous reception on Tuesday at Norfolk State University, a historically black college half a mile from the housing project where he lived during his early years. “I’m home,” he told the packed theater, to a huge ovation. The appearance was “The Birth of a Nation” director’s first on… Read more »

‘Timeless’ Creators Shawn Ryan & Eric Kripke Sued For “Ripped Off” Idea; Sony, NBCU Also Named

A Spanish company is suing Sony, NBCUniversal and Timeless creators Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke, claiming that they pilfered the idea for NBC’s new time-travel drama. Onza Entertainment claims the series was “ripped off” from its copyrighted formatEl Ministerio del Teimpo (The Department of Time), for which the company says it was in negotiations with Sony to produce an American version.
The suit says the Spanish format “relates to the adventures of a…


SAG-AFTRA Honors David Hartley-Margolin With Howard Keel Award

SAG-AFTRA has selected David Hartley-Margolin as the 2016 recipient of the Howard Keel Award for his “significant” contributions to the union. The Howard Keel Award is the highest honor given by the SAG-AFTRA Committee of Locals, and will be presented Oct. 14 in Los Angeles at the Committee of Locals meeting. The award, which was… Read more »

Rita Moreno to Receive Variety Latino Legacy Award

Legendary entertainer Rita Moreno will be honored with the Variety Latino Legacy Award on Wednesday. The Power of Latino cocktail reception will also honor 10 Latinos to Watch — Variety Latino’s annual list of emerging Latin-American talent in film and television. It will be held at the The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills. The list of… Read more »

Spanish Producer Seeks to Halt NBC’s ‘Timeless’ in Infringement Claim

The Spanish producer of a time travel series claims that NBC’s upcoming “Timeless” is a ripoff of their show, and is seeking an injunction prohibiting its release. The series is set to debut on Oct. 3. A press screening of one of the episodes is scheduled on the Sony lot on Wednesday. The lawsuit, filed… Read more »

Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson to Star in Late-Night Talk Show Film (EXCLUSIVE)

In what is sure to become one of the hottest packages in town, Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson are set to star in an untitled movie Kaling also wrote revolving around a veteran late–night talk show host. Scott Rudin will produce with Kaling and Howard Klein. The story follows a venerated late-night talk show host, played… Read more »

Trumpocalypse Showers Cable News Networks With Q3 Ratings Records

The 2016 presidential election cycle has been very goo to cable news networks.
Fox News Channel delivered its most watched quarter ever in total day viewership.  FNC ranked No. 1 in basic cable for Q3 primetime and total day total viewers. Despite the network’s internecine dramas, FNC viewers stayed loyal, to the tune of 2.437M primetime viewers, 459K of them in the news demo, and 1.41M total day total viewers of whom 276K fell in the key sales age bracket.
This marks the…