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'Spinal Tap' Lawsuit Now Seeks Confirmation That Creators Reclaimed Rights

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Spinal Tap co-creators Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, and Christopher Guest have now filed an amended complaint in their $400 million lawsuit against Vivendi.

A few weeks ago, U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee ruled that the companies belonging to three of the actors didn't have standing to sue, but opened the door to them suing individually as third-party beneficiaries of contracts. And so that's what's happening, although the plaintiffs are still attempting to clarify why their loan-out companies should be able to move forward.

But the amended complaint (read here) brings other additions.

For one thing, the »


- Eriq Gardner

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Quentin Tarantino Says He Regrets Keeping Quiet About Weinstein: "I Wish I Had Taken Responsibility"

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As more accounts of sexual harassment and assault allegations against disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein continue to surface, longtime collaborator Quentin Tarantino now says he was aware of Weinstein's alleged behavior and wishes he had spoken out earlier.

In an interview with The New York Times, the director addressed the publication's bombshell exposé on Weinstein and said he had heard of several stories of alleged sexual harassment involving actresses, some of whom have since come forward to condemn the exec.

"I knew enough to do more than I did," Tarantino said. "There was more to it than »


- Meena Jang

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Ron Burkle Denies That He's Made An Offer to Buy Weinstein Co.

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Despite a report that Harvey Weinstein has told the Weinstein Co. board that Ron Burkle and Len Blavatnik are interested in buying the studio in free fall, Burkle's rep says, "We have not made any overtures." Blavatnik declined comment.

The news of the billionaires' interest in TWC would be a curious twist given that Colony Capital is said to be in negotiations to buy part or all of the studio in which disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein owns a 20-plus percent stake (brother Bob Weinstein owns a similar-sized stake.

Both Burkle and Blavatnik have been in business with TWC in the »


- Tatiana Siegel

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Fox, Russell Simmons Developing Movie About Def Jam Artist T La Rock (Exclusive)

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The life of T La Rock, the first artist signed to Def Jam Records, is getting the big-screen treatment.

20th Century Fox has picked up the rights to Joshuah Bearman’s recently published GQ article, "The Man Who Forgot He Was a Rap Legend," which follows Rock's rise as a pioneer and ground-breaker in rap music until a nearly deadly beating that left him in a coma at the peak of his career. The feature will tell the story of his rehabilitation in a nursing home, filled with an unlikely band of patients, caregivers and elderly residents, at a Jewish care facility »


- Mia Galuppo

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AFI Fest: Ridley Scott's 'All the Money in the World' Set as Closing Night Screening

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Ridley Scott's Getty family drama All the Money in the World will close out this year's AFI Fest.

Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams star in the Scott-directed feature, which follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail to convince his billionaire grandfather to pay the ransom.

Kevin Spacey also stars in the TriStar movie, based on the David Scarpa book of the same name.

The closing-night screening will take place at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

AFI Fest, which will open with Dee Rees' Mudbound, is set to run »


- Mia Galuppo

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Lionsgate Beats $55M Lawsuit for Overdubbing Actress' Voice in Movie

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Paz de la Huerta, an actress who had prominent roles in Boardwalk Empire, A Walk to Remember and Cider House Rules, has been unsuccessful in convincing a California appeals court to revive her $55 million lawsuit against Lionsgate over the way her voice was overdubbed in Nurse 3D.

De la Huerta had a lead role in the film, but suffered an injury doing a stunt. Specifically, she was hit by a moving ambulance. In postproduction, she was called on to record offscreen narration, but producers were unsatisfied with the results. Those parts were later rerecorded using a voice double without her »


- Eriq Gardner

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'Tragedy Girls': Film Review

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Sending up social media has become a lazy cinematic cliché, but that doesn't stop director Tyler MacIntyre from mining such familiar territory in his teen-oriented horror comedy. Attempting to combine Clueless-style humor revolving around self-absorbed high school girls with slasher film tropes, Tragedy Girls proves neither funny nor scary enough to be distinctive. Nonetheless, the pic proves watchable enough thanks to the charismatic performances by lead actresses Brianna Hildebrand and Alexandra Shipp and amusing cameos by Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) and the ubiquitous Craig Robinson (currently starring on Fox's Ghosted).

Hildebrand and Shipp, whose genre credentials have been established »


- Frank Scheck

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Agent Brad Schenck Exits Paradigm (Exclusive)

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Agent Brad Schenck, who represents actors such as Jay Hernandez and Scott Caan, has exited Paradigm Talent Agency.

Schenck is expected to land at another agency, and sources said the departure was amicable.

Schenck spent 13 years in Paradigm's talent department and was co-head of talent from 2015 to early 2017. 

His client roster included AnnaLynne McCord, Bob Saget, Craig T. NelsonEmmanuelle Chriqui, Sarah Wynter and Tricia Helfer.

It is unclear at this stage which clients are leaving and which are staying, although one source said that Caan, Nelson and Helfer were likely to follow Schenck. 

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Netflix, Bloomberg Philanthropies Make New Gifts to Academy Museum

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The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures today announced three major gifts toward the creation of the proposed institution. The new donations bring the fundraising campaign's total to more than $300 million, nearly 80 percent of its $388 million goal, the Academy said. The announcement comes in the wake of the Sept. 27 news of the $50 million gift from Cheryl and Haim Saban.

“We’re enormously grateful to Bloomberg Philanthropies, Netflix, the Charles V. Roven Family Foundation and the Thomas Spiegel Family Foundation for their generous support, and are thrilled to welcome them to a growing community of extraordinary »


- Patrick Shanley

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'Thor: Ragnarok' — What the Critics Are Saying

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Who knew the end of everything could be so fun? The reviews of Thor: Ragnarok are in, and everyone seems to be agreed: Taika Waititi's first Marvel movie is the most enjoyable Thor movie to date — but that might not be quite the blessing it might be assumed.

"The relatively laidback angle on all the murderous spree-ing gives Chris Hemsworth a chance to find the comic groove beneath the title character's beefcake godliness. He does it expertly, and the self-mocking humor is all the more welcome given Thor's essential blandness," wrote The Hollywood Reporter's Sheri Linden. "Waititi's interest »


- Graeme McMillan

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Jim Carrey Details His "Awakening" While Reliving Andy Kaufman Role

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During Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, Jim Carrey speaks about a time when he stood in front of the paparazzi-flocked Los Angeles restaurant The Ivy, paused and said nothing. The photogs, unaccustomed to a celebrity acting so nonchalantly in front of their flashing bulbs, didn't know how to react, Carrey recalled. So when the actor walked onto the stage after a New York screening of the Chris Smith documentary and stood still, staring out into the crowd somewhat awkwardly after they took their seats from a standing ovation, it seemed like the actor was once again testing his audience.

The documentary, »


- Jackie Strause

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Hollywood Flashback: Rita Hayworth Was Sexually Harassed by Mogul Harry Cohn for Decades

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When it came to women, Columbia Pictures founder Harry Cohn was something of a Jekyll and Hyde — but mostly Hyde. On the one hand, he could be their champion: He appointed screenwriter Virginia Van Upp as an executive producer at the studio in 1946, the first woman with that title. But, just as with allegations about Harvey Weinstein — who is often compared to the fearsome Cohn — starlets in the mogul's orbit were viewed as sexual commodities. And no one had to fend off more unwanted advances than Rita Hayworth.

Cohn discovered the Brooklyn, New York, native »


- Seth Abramovitch

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'Star Wars: Battlefront II' Trailer Is So Good It Should Be a Movie

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What happened after the second Death Star was destroyed? The Empire struck back — or, at least, tried to. The new trailer for EA's Star Wars: Battlefront II teases the aftermath of Return of the Jedi from the side of the bad guys.

The trailer follows Cmdr. Iden Versio — leader of the Imperial task force Inferno Squad at the center of the new game's mythology — as she witnesses the destruction of the second Death Star from the moon of Endor and tries to rally her forces for the ultimate counterattack. "The Empire's time has come," Versio says grimly in the trailer, »


- Graeme McMillan

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'Killing Gunther': Film Review

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Only in his hilariously taunting online videos addressed to Donald Trump does Arnold Schwarzenegger seem to be having more fun than in Taran Killam's violence-infused mockumentary Killing Gunther. Playing the titular role of Gunther, a legendary hitman, the veteran action star clearly relishes the opportunity to sing country music, pose in lederhosen and deliver such lines as "My cappuccino is to die for." Unfortunately, Schwarzenegger doesn’t show up until more than an hour into this relentlessly unfunny comedy, and by then, viewers may have tuned out long before.

The film marks the directorial debut of former Saturday Night Live performer »


- Frank Scheck

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UTA Signs The Jim Henson Company (Exclusive)

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The Jim Henson Company, the puppet-based production house behind Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, has signed with the UTA.

The partnership will focus on expanding the company's feature and primetime television slate, as well as Vr, gaming and digital initiatives.

"As we become more active in film and primetime, a partnership with UTA's highly motivated team will bring together our creative and innovative legacy with the top talent in the industry, leading to some exciting announcements very soon," said CEO Lisa Henson.

Founded in 1955 by puppeteer Jim Henson as Muppets Inc., The Jim Henson Company was behind the popular »


- Mia Galuppo

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French Actress Danielle Darrieux Dies at 100

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Danielle Darrieux, a prolific French actress whose movie and theater career spanned eight decades, has died. She was 100.

One of France's best-loved actresses, Darrieux appeared in dozens of plays and more than 100 films during her long career.

Generations of French moviegoers watched her mature from a precocious, fresh-faced teen into a radiant nonagenarian starring in films into her 90s. Darrieux was born on May 1, 1917, in the southwestern city of Bordeaux.

Her father, an ophthalmologist, died when she was 7, and her mother supported the family by giving singing lessons. Darrieux was just 14 when she made »


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Blake Lively on Besting Jennifer Lawrence for 'Gossip Girl' Role

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Gossip Girl co-creator Josh Schwartz recently told Vulture that Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence almost had her big break on the CW hit series he created with Stephanie Savage courtesy of the Serena van der Woodsen role that eventually went to Blake Lively.

He claimed the mother! star auditioned and "really wanted to play" the part even if he can't recall if he saw the tape or not. "This story came to us secondhand, but we were told she definitely auditioned and was bummed to not get it," he said.

When THR caught up with Lively at the Four Seasons »


- Chris Gardner

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'Thor: Ragnarok': Film Review

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Ragnarök, a prophesied catastrophe in Norse legend, is apparently some kind of a big deal, even by superhero standards. Mainly, though, it's a handy excuse for the latest edition of Marvel-branded sensory overload. One of the most surprising things about Thor: Ragnarok is that it forgoes the umlaut in the title — that winking diacritical mark would have been a nifty signal of the movie's tongue-in-cheek attitude toward its mythology, a comic stance that makes Thor's third outing his breeziest by far.

With Taika Waititi at the helm, the clash-of-worlds CGI extravaganza blasts free of the previous installment's leaden Dark »


- Sheri Linden

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Gotham Award Noms: 'Get Out' Gets a Boost

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Awards voters are about to be inundated with screenings and screeners of the new fall awards hopefuls, which makes it all the more significant that this year's Gotham Awards nominations, which were released today, championed Jordan Peele's Get Out, the critical darling and commercial breakthrough of 2017's first quarter. The dark comedy about racial tensions in America led the field with four noms, one more than Greta Gerwig's solo directorial debut Lady Bird and Kogonada's Columbus. That will help to keep it part of the conversation through at least Nov. 27, the night the 27th Gotham Awards »


- Scott Feinberg

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'I, Tonya' Teaser Introduces Margot Robbie as Figure Skater Tonya Harding

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Neon has released the first teaser for I, Tonya, which offers a foul-mouthed introduction to Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding.

The dark comedy centers on the life and career of the infamous Olympic figure skater, who fell from grace after the attack on fellow competitor Nancy Kerrigan. Craig Gillespie directs the dark comedy, which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival.

The preview includes footage of Harding as she became the first American woman to complete a triple axel jump in competition, as well as shots of an infuriated Sebastian Stan as her volatile husband, Allison Janney as her »


- Ashley Lee

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