Sumner Redstone’s Granddaughter and Ex Continue Fight Over His Estate

To the business world, last week’s legal settlement that replaced Philippe Dauman as CEO of Viacom with his long-time lieutenant, COO Thomas Dooley, brought an end to the long-running courtroom saga over Sumner Redstone’s corporate holdings. But his granddaughter Keryn and his one-time lover and long-time companion Manuela Herzer continue to press demands in separate… Read more »

Omar Rodríguez-López – “Tell Me What I Did Wrong”

Omar Rodríguez-LópezThe Mars Volta/At The Drive-In co-leader Omar Rodríguez-López is soldiering on in his ambitious quest to release two new solo albums a month until the end of the year. The fifth album in the series, Umbrella Mistress, is coming up in a couple of weeks, and today he’s shared the first taste, a shimmering … More »

President Obama Makes Virtual Reality Debut In National Parks Video

Just months before President Barack Obama leaves office, he makes his virtual reality debut with Through The Agesan immersive video look at Yosemite National Park shown via Facebook-owned virtual reality headset maker Oculus. The video was produced by Felix & Paul Studios in cooperation with the White House, Oculus and National Geographic.
Shot in about a week, the 11-minute video opens with an amalgam of nature’s melodies and features throughout some grand sights from…

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Sam Mendes in Talks to Direct Disney’s Live-Action ‘James and the Giant Peach’

Sam Mendes is in “very early” negotiations with Disney to direct a live-action version of “James And The Giant Peach.” Nick Hornby is also in preliminary talks to write the screenplay for the project, 20 years after Disney released the animated movie, directed by Henry Selick and based on the Roald Dahl book. The original book,… Read more »

Chinese Media Lobby Against Cinema Blackout Periods

State-owned media in China this week have lobbied against the so-called ‘blackout period’ in mid-summer in which Hollywood movies are not allowed to receive mainstream theatrical releases. “It has never been officially confirmed, but it is widely recognized that domestic (Chinese) films are carefully protected from foreign competition every summer,” the China Youth Daily wrote… Read more »

Covert Media Launches Lexica Films For Foreign-Language Titles, First Project Will Be ‘Earthquake’

Independent production, financing and distribution company Covert Media has launched a newly formed international sales label –Lexica Films — and plans to launch five to 10 films per year through it. Covert’s President of International, Liz Kim Schwan will lead the new division. The first title will be the epic disaster film Earthquake which stars Cannes Best Actor award winner Konstantin Lavronenko (The Banishment, Name Me) and is directed by Sarik Andreasyan (American He…

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Fox Director Fellows Chosen For Comedy & Drama Apprenticeship Programs

Fox Global Directors Initiative has selected 16 Director Fellows for its comedy and drama apprenticeship programs.
The Fox Global Directors Initiative is dedicated to cultivating emerging and established directors with diverse voices, backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives spanning episodic broadcast and cable television, filmed entertainment, sports and digital media. The 16 Director Fellows were chosen from 20 participants in the Fox Directors Lab held this past…

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