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VFX Labor Issues Addressed at Honors Event: “Without Collective Bargaining, There Will Be No Progress”

Following the recent votes by VFX workers at Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel to unionize with IATSE, a call for collective bargaining received enthusiastic applause during an intimate Visual Effects Society Honors ceremony and reception Friday at Los Angeles’ Skirball Cultural Center. Referencing the SAG-AFTRA strike and recently ended WGA strike, honoree Bob Coleman, a […]

Unstruck TV: Under the Radar Series to Fill Gaps in Fall Viewing

While Hollywood writers are back at work, media companies have suspended negotiations with striking actors over a new contract. Even if talks resume and a settlement were to happen soon, however, it would likely be early 2024 before the two dozen or so dramas and comedies that normally premiere in the fall make it back […]

Jada Pinkett Smith Didn’t Realize Will Smith Hit Chris Rock Until She Was Told “He’s Not Going to Press Charges”

NBC wasted no time getting into the “why” of its exclusive sit-down interview with the polarizing Jada Pinkett Smith for Jada’s Story: An NBC News Special with Hoda Kotb. The broadcast began with an image of Pinkett Smith’s husband Will Smith hitting Chris Rock during the 2022 Oscars and Pinkett Smith voicing her disbelief in […]

‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Director on His Idea for a Potential Prequel

Thirty years after The Nightmare Before Christmas was released, director Henry Selick is sharing the idea he has for a potential prequel. In an interview with People magazine, published online Friday, the filmmaker admitted that he wouldn’t be jumping at the idea of making a sequel due to the large amount of work associated with […]

AT&T Unveils “Sound of Silence” Ad to Tout 5G Football Helmet Partnership

AT&T has unveiled its “Sound of Silence” advertisement for the first-ever inclusive 5G helmet for Deaf and hard-of-hearing football players. The football helmet was built in collaboration with AT&T and Gallaudet University, which is a global leader in bilingual education for the deaf community. The new ad, which features the song “Sound of Silence” playing […]

‘Hunger Games’ Director Says He “Totally Regrets” Splitting ‘Mockingjay’ Into Two Films

Hunger Games: Mockingjay director Francis Lawrence said that he now understands the mixed reactions to the final book being divided into two films. During an interview with People magazine, published online Friday, the filmmaker admitted that if he had to redo the Jennifer Lawrence-led films, he wouldn’t split Mockingjay into two separate parts. “I totally […]

‘Bachelorette’ Star Rachel Lindsay Slams Taylor Swift NFL Media Frenzy, Obsessed Fans: “Disrespectful to the Sport”

The Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay is joining those who are tired of the media frenzy surrounding Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce, especially when it impacts football games. During Thursday’s episode of The View‘s Behind the Table podcast, when asked how she felt about the whole Swift-Kelce phenomenon, she responded, “Hate it. Hate it. There’s no […]

Tracy Owen, Industrial Relations Executive at Paramount, Dies at 43

Tracy Owen, senior vp industrial relations for Paramount Pictures and Paramount Television Studios, died Oct. 1 in Los Angeles after suffering a stroke. She was 43. “Since first joining our team over 10 years ago, Tracy has been a bright light who touched the lives of all who had the privilege of working beside her,” […]

‘The Afterparty’ Canceled at Apple TV+

Apple is breaking up The Afterparty. The tech giant’s Apple TV+ streaming service has canceled The Afterparty after two seasons. The news comes a month and change after the genre-hopping comedic murder mystery finished its second season. Sony Pictures Television, which produces the series, will look to find another home for The Afterparty. The show […]

Viral Disney Clip Sparks Ridicule for Something Hollywood Has Done For Years

When the rom-com Prom Pact arrived on Disney platforms in late March, it debuted to positive reviews and the modest level of fanfare one would expect for a TV film aimed at teenagers. But seven months later, it has gone viral for all the wrong reasons. On Thursday, a clip from the film’s opening pep […]

Inside Schiaparelli’s L.A. Party With Jennifer Lopez, Designer Daniel Roseberry and Evil Eye Cookies

“The relationship between fashion and celebrities can feel very transactional,” said Daniel Roseberry, the Hollywood-loved artistic director of Schiaparelli, at a party for the brand on Thursday, Oct. 12 in Los Angeles. All around him at the event — held at the iconic Mayan-style John Sowden House in Los Feliz, designed in 1926 by Lloyd […]

Michelle Williams to Narrate Britney Spears‘ Memoir ‘The Woman in Me’

Michelle Williams has been tapped to narrate the audio version of Britney Spears‘ tell-all memoir The Woman in Me. Spears will read the book’s introduction before passing it over to The Fabelmans star. “This book has been a labor of love and all the emotions that come with it,” the Baby One More Time singer said […]

Ken Jeong to Headline Syndicated Talk Show

Ken Jeong is setting his sights on daytime television. The actor, comedian and Masked Singer panelist is developing a syndicated talk show with Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury (Sherri), with an eye toward a 2024 premiere. Jeong will also executive produce alongside Jim Biederman, a veteran producer of talk and sketch comedy shows (The Howard Stern Radio Show, […]

‘Priscilla’ L.A. Premiere Moves Amid Venue’s Union Dispute (Exclusive)

Priscilla’s L.A. premiere on Monday has been derailed by an ongoing IATSE contract dispute with the American Legion Theater in Hollywood. Distributor A24 confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that it decided on Friday to move to another, yet-to-be-announced location after becoming aware of the labor fight Thursday night. THR published an in-depth examination of the […]

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer’s Pay Rises to $21.5M

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer saw his total compensation jump to $21.5 million for fiscal 2023, according to the company’s latest proxy filing disclosed Friday. That’s up from fiscal 2022 when Feltheimer received $5.6 million in total pay, and the $19.1 million he earned as part of his overall compensation package for fiscal 2021. Feltheimer’s 2023 […]

‘The Morning Show’ Director on the Sex Scene Designed to “Break the Internet”

[This story contains spoilers from the sixth episode of The Morning Show season three, “The Stanford Student.”] The stars of The Morning Show constantly make controversial choices. That’s what makes them relatable, according to the creative team behind the Apple TV+ series who had promised eyebrow-raising decisions to come from their starring protagonists played by […]

Events of the Week: ‘Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour,’ Beyond Fest and More

Here’s a look at this week’s biggest premieres, parties and openings in Los Angeles and New York, including events for Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour, Beyond Fest and AKA Mr. Chow. New York Film Festival The festival continued to take over Lincoln Center for its second week, with a Priscilla premiere on Oct. 6. Taylor […]

Mark Goddard, Actor on ‘Lost in Space,’ Dies at 87

He played Major Don West, the hot-tempered pilot of the Jupiter 2, on the 1960s CBS adventure series.