Publicity Executive Andrea Jaffee Dies at 66

Longtime publicity and marketing executive Andrea Jaffe, who was once called the “iron-fisted personal publicist” of Tom Cruise and also worked closely with Oliver Stone, died Wednesday in Wilmington, N.C. after a lengthy illness. She was the daughter of Leo Jaffe, the late Columbia Pictures chairman, and sister of producer and former Paramount Communications COO Stanley Jaffe. In addition… Read more »

What is Fueling Wanda’s Hollywood Dealmaking?

Wang Jianlin, the 64 year-old chairman of China’s Dalian Wanda group, is in too much of a hurry to worry about having his corporate wrist slapped by regulators over a shelved plan to absorb Legendary Entertainment into Wanda Pictures. Wanda announced its $3.5 billion acquisition of Legendary in January and immediately set about refinancing the… Read more »

Donald Trump Calls Hillary Clinton a ‘Bigot’ Who Only Wants Votes

Donald Trump has made a bold statement against Hillary Clinton, calling her a “bigot” who’s only out for votes. Speaking at a rally at Jackson, Miss., on Wednesday night, Trump accused Clinton of taking for granted her minority voters. “Hillary Clinton is a bigot who sees people of color only as votes, not as human… Read more »

Jeanne Martin Dies: Model & Second Wife Of Dean Martin Was 89

Jeanne Martin, the second wife of legendary crooner Dean Martin, and in her early life a model and Orange Bowl queen, died on Wednesday, August 24 at her home in Beverly Hills following a battle with cancer. She was 89.
Born in 1927 in Coral Gables, Fla., she broke into modeling in Miami, posing for magazines, catalogs and calendars and at age 20 was voted Orange Bowl queen, appearing in its New Year’s Eve parade and at the Jan. 1, 1948 Georgia Tech vs. Kansas football…


FilmRise Acquires Domestic On ‘From Nowhere’; Freestyle Digital Celebrates ‘Dependent’s Day’

FilmRise has nabbed North American rights to From Nowhere, a drama about undocumented teenagers in NYC that won the Narrative Spotlight prize at SXSW. It follows a Dominican girl, an African boy and a Peruvian girl who are about to graduate high school in the Bronx. Like most teens, all they want to do is hang out with their friends, fall in love, and figure out where to go to college, but unlike their American classmates, these three live with the threat of being…


More Foreign Film Shoots May Be in Norway’s Production Plans

For 40 years, the oil and gas industry has been a driving force in Norway’s economy — the country has 860 billion in its oil fund — but the drop of oil prices in the international market have drastically reduced the earnings: some 100,000 jobs have been lost, and 30,000 within the last year. But is film production Norway’s… Read more »

“The Snowman,” “Downsizing” Tap Into Norwegian Film Incentives

Swedish director Tomas Alfredson’s U.K.-U.S. production of “The Snowman,” starring Michael Fassbender, and “Downsizing” from U.S. helmer Alexander Payne directly spent $24 million in Norway during their Norwegian location shoots. They were the first two international features shot in Norway to receive funding from the new state incentive program to attract foreign film and TV productions. According… Read more »

IM Global Launches China-Based Festival Marketing Unit

International film and TV studio, IM Global has launched Go Global, a China-based festival marketing operation. Go Global will support Chinese films on the international festival circuit and help foreign films on Chinese festivals. The unit is headed by Clement Mayar, an industry veteran, now based in Beijing. Its activities will kick off at next… Read more »

IM Global China Launches New Venture, Go Global

IM Global China has announced the launch of Go Global, a new venture that aims to increase the exposure of Chinese cinema worldwide while also representing non-Chinese films inside the middle kingdom. Led by Clément Magar, the Go Global team will be based in Beijing and will offer a range of services to local producers, financiers and talent including festival strategy, festival booking, festival media promotion and event production. The new concern will also take…


Fox Hit With ‘Empire’ Class Action Suit Over Filming At Juvenile Detention Center

With the Season 3 debut of Empire just weeks away, the first two episodes of the second season of the Fox blockbuster are today at the center of a potential big bucks class action lawsuit filed over filming at a Chicago juvenile detention center that left hundreds of underage inmates in “lockdown.”
“The Fox Defendants deliberately encouraged the Government Defendants to
improperly place the JTDC on lockdown during the filming of Empire, for commercial benefit,” says the…