UTA Vs. CAA Agent-Poaching Lawsuit Pause Button Hit By Judge Officially

EXCLUSIVE: The lawyers on both sides were starting to sweat a bit but nearly a month after almost formally ruling on whether to halt the court battle between the uber-agencies over the Spring 2015 poaching of  five senior CAA comedy agents and many of their clients by UTA, the judge has now made her move – and its 2-0 for CAA, for now.
L.A. Superior Court Judge Nancy Newman finally ruled Tuesday to pause the open court case against UTA and ex-CAA agents Greg Cavic and…

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Ghost Story Pic ‘The Lodgers’ Sets Lead Cast As Production Begins In Ireland

EXCLUSIVE: Art imitates life and vice versa as filming has begun on Epic Pictures Group’s gothic horror story The Lodgers.
Directed by Brian O’Malley (Let Us Prey) from a script by David Turpin, the film stars Game of Thrones and Harry Potter alum David Bradley, fellow Game of Thrones vet Eugene Simon, Bill Milner, Charlotte Vega and Moe Dunford. The story follows a sister (Vega) and brother (Milner) haunted by a secret curse that forces them to remain in the large estate…

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‘Black Panther’ Finds Another Villain: Winston Duke To Play M’Baku/Man-Ape

Marvel looks to be throwing everything and the kitchen sink into Black Panther, with Person of Interest vet Winston Duke signing on to play M’Baku – otherwise known as Man-Ape – in the super hero pic set for release February 16, 2018. Duke is best known for playing for playing Dominc on Person of Interest, and was recently seen on Major Crimes and The Messengers.
Created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema, Man-Ape/M’Baku debuted in Avengers #62 in 1969. Once one the greatest…

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If You’re Buying SoundCloud for a Billion Dollars, You’re an Idiot

Bloomberg says SoundCloud is wants $1 billion.  The Financial Times says that Spotify is making an offer.  But is this company worth it? So, SoundCloud is now considering an acquisition offer from Spotify, one that would allow investors to recover some losses and walk away.  That’s right, SoundCloud is a worsening financial disaster, which means […]

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Fox Buys ‘The Underlings’ Legal Dramedy From ‘Hart of Dixie’ Creator

Fourteen years after the end of Ally McBeal, Fox is returning to the legal dramedy arena with another female-centered young ensemble. The network has given a script commitment plus penalty to The Underlings, a dramedy from Hart of Dixie creator producer Leila Gerstein and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment.
Written/executive produced by Gerstein, The Underlings is set at a corporate law firm fueled by greed where a group of beleaguered, hapless, assistants, led by a…

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San Diego International Film Festival Honors Annette Bening, Jason Mitchell, Simon Helberg, and Kate Beckinsale

Annette Bening The Gregory Peck Award The actress may have been born in Topeka, Kans. , and grown up in San Diego, where she’ll receive her award this year, but she’s long been Hollywood royalty and is a four-time Academy Award nominee, and a two-time Golden Globe and SAG winner. And at an age when… Read more »

Nancy Pelosi To Host Congressional Screening Of Gun Violence Documentary

In the homestretch of a heated election season where gun laws and regulations have been the at the forefront of discussion, Robert Greenwald’s documentary Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA is set for a congressional screening led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. She will be joined by other congressional members at Thursday’s screening in Washington, D.C., which is said to be a push toward sparking serious conversations about sensible gun legislation.
The…

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San Diego International Film Festival: Five Days of Screenings, People, and Parties

This year’s fest is anchored by two high-profile films. “Other People,” written and directed by “Saturday Night Live” star Chris Kelly, and starring Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford and Jesse Plemons, will open festivities on Sept. 28. Then, in a very different vein, Otto Bell’s documentary “The Eagle Huntress” will be the closing film on Oct. 2…. Read more »

San Diego Film Festival Sets Its Aim for a Global Reach

Now in its 15th year, the San Diego Intl. Film Festival has established itself as a major showcase for outstanding U.S. and international independent filmmaking. Produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, the event will once again showcase more than 100 films as it celebrates the year’s best indie cinema from emerging and established filmmakers around… Read more »