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Superstar Gamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins Sets a Course for Hollywood

Superstar Gamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins Sets a Course for Hollywood

In early January, professional video gamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins turned on his webcam and encouraged the legions of fans who were watching him live-stream that evening to check out an awesome new movie called 1917. "The imagery, dude, this is hands-down the greatest picture movie ever," he told his Call of Duty: Warzone opponent in between kills.The enthusiasm may have been genuine, but it certainly wasn't spontaneous: Universal, in anticipation of its wide release of the British war film that weekend, had enlisted Blevins for an endorsement to woo the millions of mostly young, mostly male...

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Trump Earned $1.7M From Hollywood Work In 2019

Trump Earned $1.7M From Hollywood Work In 2019

byPresident Trump still earns substantial income from his three decades of work in film and TV productions, according to his 2019 financial disclosure forms.The forms, which were released late Friday, detail all of his financial holdings and income. While the vast majority of his earnings come from his real estate holdings like The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida or his Turnberry resort in Scotland, the filings also detail pensions and residuals from his work in Hollywood.The biggest source of Hollywood income is from Trump Productions LLC, the production company that was established...

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Women in Film Partners with The CW for First-Ever TV Special

Women in Film Partners with The CW for First-Ever TV Special

byWomen in Film is going primetime.The organization has partnered with The CW network to air its first-ever televised special, a one-hour variety show titled Women in Film Presents: Make it Work!. The show will feature music, comedy and celebrity testimonial segments some of which that will explore issues and solutions for getting women back to work. It's scheduled to air Aug. 26 from 8-9 p.m. EST before moving online to CW's digital . Talent confirmed for the special thus far include (in alphabetical order): Malin Akerman, Mara Brock Akil, Lake Bell, Alison Brie, Connie Britton, Logan...

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Ellen DeGeneres Addresses Workplace Allegations and Changes Forthcoming in Staff Letter (Exclusive)

Ellen DeGeneres Addresses Workplace Allegations and Changes Forthcoming in Staff Letter (Exclusive)

XBy clicking “Accept,” you agree to the storing of first- and third-party cookies on your device to enhance site navigation, analyze site usage, and assist in our marketing effortsAcceptRejectCookie SettingsWith the culture at her eponymous talk show under fire, Ellen DeGeneres is speaking out.In a letter to her crew, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, DeGeneres addresses the alleged workplace misconduct, which was detailed in a story published earlier this month. The widely circulated piece includes a host of former employees' anonymous accusations of racism, intimidation, unjust...

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Animation Is One Place Where Race Shouldn't Matter (Guest Column)

Animation Is One Place Where Race Shouldn't Matter (Guest Column)

byI'm a Black voice actress who left North Carolina with one big dream: I wanted to bring all my crazy characters to Hollywood. My plan was to voice an array of cartoons and maybe one day have a cartoon of my own. And though I don't have a cartoon of my own, do I have the right to complain? George Lucas changed my life when he cast me as a Jedi in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. More recently, I joined CannonBusters. It's a Netflix series created by LeSean Thomas, a Black animator who developed a world filled with a multicultural cast of characters and voices.  I always believed that one of the...

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'Cats' Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber Says Movie Version Was "Ridiculous"

'Cats' Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber Says Movie Version Was "Ridiculous"

byCats composer Andrew Lloyd Webber opened up in a recent interview with the U.K.’s Sunday Times, during which he slammed the of his beloved Broadway musical.“The problem with the film was that Tom Hooper decided that he didn’t want anybody involved in it who was involved in the original show,” Webber said of Cats’ director. “The whole thing was ridiculous.”Even with its star-studded cast — including Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, James Corden, Judi Dench, Jennifer Hudson, Rebel Wilson and Ian McKellen, among other big names — Cats was universally panned by critics and moviegoers alike, with the...

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Wilford Brimley, Curmudgeonly Actor Known for 'Cocoon' and 'The Natural,' Dies at 85

Wilford Brimley, Curmudgeonly Actor Known for 'Cocoon' and 'The Natural,' Dies at 85

byWilford Brimley, the actor with the walrus mustache whose down-home geniality seen in such films as Cocoon, The Natural and Absence of Malice endeared him to moviegoers, has died. He was 85.The Salt Lake City native, who also stood out as the plant foreman who becomes a confidant of Jack Lemmon's character in The China Syndrome (1979), died Saturday morning, his manager, Lynda Bensky, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.She said Brimley had been on dialysis and had other medical issues and was in the ICU in St. George, Utah, ahead of his death. He had lived since 2004 on a ranch in...

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Bryan Singer's Traumatic 'X-Men' Set: The Movie "Created a Monster"

Bryan Singer's Traumatic 'X-Men' Set: The Movie "Created a Monster"

In the spring of 1999, Bryan Singer and a group of X-Men producers and crew were working out of the old Fox offices near Olympic and Bundy when Michael Jackson walked in the door. Wearing sunglasses and refusing to shake hands, Jackson was visiting the industrial space to meet with Singer to discuss the prospect of playing Professor Xavier in the upcoming film."I said to him, 'Do you know Xavier is an older white guy?' " X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner recalls. "And Michael said, 'Oh yeah. You know, I can wear makeup.' "With that, Jackson queued up an elaborate presentation complete...

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Marti Noxon: How the TV Industry Can Better Protect Writers From the Next Toxic Showrunner (Guest Column)

Marti Noxon: How the TV Industry Can Better Protect Writers From the Next Toxic Showrunner (Guest Column)

byIn late 2017, Emmy-winning Mad Men writer Kater Gordon accused the show's creator, Matthew Weiner, of sexual harassment. In a corroborated , she alleged that while working together late one night on the former AMC drama, Weiner told her that she owed it to him to let him see her naked. A year later and after co-winning the Emmy, Gordon was let go from the critically acclaimed series. She has not worked in Hollywood since. She most recently founded the charitable fund Modern Alliance and joined the board of Hollaback, two efforts dedicated to preventing and ending sexual harassment....

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'The Sun' Lawyer Claims Johnny Depp Was Misogynistic Abuser of Ex-Wife Amber Heard

'The Sun' Lawyer Claims Johnny Depp Was Misogynistic Abuser of Ex-Wife Amber Heard

byA lawyer for British tabloid The Sun claimed Monday that Johnny Depp was "a hopeless addict" whose violence toward ex-wife Amber Heard was fueled by misogyny and a toxic combination of drink, drugs, jealousy and anger.Attorney Sasha Wass delivered her closing argument at Depp's libel case against the newspaper over an article alleging he physically abused Heard — a high-stakes celebrity trial in which the reputations of both former spouses are at stake.Depp is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, and the newspaper's executive editor, Dan Wootton, at the High Court in London...

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Johnny Depp's Lawyer Says Amber Heard Lied During Tabloid Libel Case

Johnny Depp's Lawyer Says Amber Heard Lied During Tabloid Libel Case

byJohnny Depp's high-stakes libel case against a British tabloid that accused him of assaulting ex-wife Amber Heard wrapped up Tuesday in a London court, with the star's lawyer calling Heard "a compulsive liar" and claiming that Depp was the real victim of abuse in the relationship.The Pirates of the Caribbean star is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, and the newspaper's executive editor, Dan Wootton, at the High Court in London over an April 2018 article that called him a "wife-beater."In closing arguments at the three-week trial, Depp's lawyer, David Sherborne, said the...

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Emmy Awards: Nominations List

Emmy Awards: Nominations List

The nominations for the were announced Tuesday morning.The ceremony, which has been reimagined as a virtual event this year due to production restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, kicked off at 8:30 a.m. PT.Leslie Jones (Supermarket Sweep, SNL) hosted the announcement, along with presenters Laverne Cox (Inventing Anna), Josh Gad (Central Park), Tatiana Maslany (Perry Mason) and Television Academy chairman and CEO Frank Scherma.Watch the live stream .Final-round voting for the Emmys begins Aug. 21 and runs through Aug. 31.The 72nd Emmy Awards will bewho will also serve as...

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'Rick and Morty' Actress Spencer Grammer Recounts Attack Outside East Village Restaurant

'Rick and Morty' Actress Spencer Grammer Recounts Attack Outside East Village Restaurant

byActress Spencer Grammer says she was trying to calm an agitated man when he slashed her in the arm and stabbed her friend in the back Friday outside a New York City restaurant.Grammer, 36,  that she and her friend “did what anyone else would do in the same situation” and were “attempting to prevent the altercation from escalating” when they were attacked.Grammer and her 32-year-old friend were eating at an outside table at The Black Ant in Manhattan's East Village neighborhood around 11:30 p.m. Friday when the man ambled up and demanded to be served as the restaurant was closing...

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Rich Paul Named to UTA Board of Directors

Rich Paul Named to UTA Board of Directors

byRich Paul has been appointed to the UTA board of directors.Paul, an agency partner, has been the head of the agency's sports division since July 2019, when UTA invested in Paul's Klutch Sports Group, which was founded in 2012 when LeBron James left CAA to join with Paul.On the board, Paul joins Jeremy Zimmer, co-presidents David Kramer and Jay Sures, chairman Jim Berkus, co-founder Peter Benedek, COO Andrew Thau, and senior agents Tracey Jacobs, Blair Kohan and Matt Rice.Since joining UTA, Klutch has expanded into professional football and baseball with acquisitions of Revolution Sports...

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Alan Menken Achieves EGOT Status With Daytime Emmy Win

Alan Menken Achieves EGOT Status With Daytime Emmy Win

byComposer Alan Menken on Sunday became the 16th person ever to achieve EGOT status.He joins the small group of entertainers who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award.At Sunday's Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony (which focused on children's, lifestyle and animated programming), Menken won the award for best original song in a children's, young adult or animated program for Disney Channel's Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure. He composed the song "Waiting in the Wings," sharing the Daytime Emmy with lyricist Glenn Slater. The song was performed in the series by Eden Espinosa and Hudson...

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John Saxon, 'Enter the Dragon,' 'Nightmare on Elm Street' Actor, Dies at 83

John Saxon, 'Enter the Dragon,' 'Nightmare on Elm Street' Actor, Dies at 83

byJohn Saxon, the rugged actor who kicked around with Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon and appeared in three Nightmare on Elm Street movies for director Wes Craven, died Saturday. He was 83.Saxon died of pneumonia in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, his wife, Gloria, told The Hollywood Reporter.An Italian-American from Brooklyn, Saxon played characters of various ethnicities during his long career.His portrayal of a brutal Mexican bandit opposite Marlon Brando in The Appaloosa (1966) earned him a Golden Globe, and he had a recurring role on ABC's Dynasty as Rashid Ahmed, a powerful Middle East tycoon...

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HBO Max Reached 4.1 Million Subscribers One Month After Launch

HBO Max Reached 4.1 Million Subscribers One Month After Launch

byHBO Max attracted 4.1 million overall subscribers after its first month, AT&T CEO John Stankey said Thursday, lauding his team for a "flawless launch" despite the novel coronavirus pandemic. The figure includes more than 1 million wholesale customers from AT&T wireless packages that include HBO Max. About 3 million customers were regular retail subscribers. The company hopes to reach 50 million to 55 million HBO Max customers in the U.S. by 2025, and management said on Thursday's second-quarter earnings conference call that it was on track to meet those subscriber, as well as activation...

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Ukraine President Ends Hostage Siege by Endorsing Joaquin Phoenix Film

Ukraine President Ends Hostage Siege by Endorsing Joaquin Phoenix Film

byIt was a good thing he was a film fan.A hostage standoff in Ukraine has ended peacefully after Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky agreed to the hostage-taker's demand to publicly endorse an obscure documentary narrated by Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix.The gunman, armed with an automatic rifle and grenades, surrendered to police and released 13 hostages on Tuesday after the president consented to his demand to recommend Phoenix's 2005 film Earthlings. The animal rights doc, which won a number of minor festival awards on its initial release, is a scathing critique of humanity's use of...

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