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AFM: Goldcrest Picks Up ‘Against the Sun,’ Starring ‘Harry Potter’s’ Tom Felton (EXCLUSIVE)

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LONDON — Goldcrest Films has acquired all international rights to the true-life adventure “Against the Sun.” Pic is toplined by Tom Felton, who starred as Draco Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” pics, as well as playing in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Fangs of War.” “Against the Sun” tells the true-life story… Read more »

‘Guardians’ Claims China Box Office Crown

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“Guardians of the Galaxy 2” leaped to the top of the Chinese box office in its second week on release. It flew to a $38 million week and a ten day cumulative score of $69.0 million. The previous week “Guardians” charted only in second place behind local comedy phenomenon “Breakup Buddies,” but it won the… Read more »

Hollywood Mourns Oscar de la Renta

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Renowned fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has died at the age of 82, following a lengthy battle with cancer, and stars from Hollywood and beyond have taken to social media to pay their respects to the style icon. Fellow designers, such as Brian Atwood, Zac Posen and Christian Siriano, have posted tributes to the… Read more »

Off Broadway Review: Hollywood Comedy ‘Billy & Ray’ Directed by Garry Marshall

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What’s an unhappy, suicidal, clinically depressed sourpuss like Raymond Chandler doing in sunny Hollywood — and working with that famously difficult writer-director, Billy Wilder?  Legend has it that this odd couple nearly skinned one another alive while collaborating on “Double Indemnity,” the 1944 movie that begat the film noir genre. This is the legend that… Read more »

With Hillary Clinton as Top Billing, Hollywood Fundraiser Brings in $2.1 Million to Democrats

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Celebrities such as Cameron Diaz, Eva Longoria and Jim Parsons were among those at a fundraiser hosted by Jeffrey Katzenberg and featuring Hillary Clinton as the top billing, raising a blockbuster amount for the waning weeks of the midterms. The intent was to give Democratic Senate candidates and infusion of cash with retaining the majority… Read more »

‘Arrow,’ ‘Awkward’ Exec Producers, YouTubers Talk the Impact of Social Media

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Social media has emerged as a crucial tool for fan feedback, though one that must be taken with a grain a salt, according to a panel of creators from television, film and digital media at Variety’s Entertainment and Technology Summit Monday. With the preponderance of entertainment options on television and the web creating an ever-growing… Read more »

FX Networks Hires AMPTP’s Jesse Hiestand for PR Post

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Jesse Hiestand, longtime spokesman for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, has become the director of corporate communications for FX Networks and FX Productions in Los Angeles. Hiestand had been the AMPTP’s director of communications for nearly a decade. His most prominent role during his tenure came during the 100-day Writers Guild of… Read more »