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Elizabeth Peña Died From Complications Due to Alcohol Abuse: Report

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Elizabeth Peña, the “Jacob’s Ladder” and “La Bamba” actress who died Oct. 14 at the age of 55, died due to complications from alcohol abuse, according to a new report from TMZ. Per the report, her death certificate reads that her passing was the cause of cirrhosis of the liver due to alcohol abuse. Gastrointestinal… Read more »

PalmStar Media, Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Set $200 Million in Annual Financing Deal

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PalmStar Media Capital has closed its financing agreement with Thunder Road Pictures, giving the production company access to more than $200 million in equity annually. “Thunder Road has a long track record of success with both mid-size indie films and larger studio tentpoles,” company head Basil Iwanyk said. “This collaboration gives us tremendous flexibility in… Read more »

Boris Gartner Joins Fusion as Chief Strategy Officer

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Univison’s Boris Gartner has joined Fusion as senior vice president and chief strategy officer. Gartner will work on company-wide strategy, partnerships and business development efforts with a focus on widening the reach and impact of Fusion’s content in the digital arena. “Boris is a high-impact player who has a proven track record of developing and… Read more »

Producer Claims New Line ‘Racketeering’ in Acquiring ‘Conjuring’ Rights

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Producer Tony DeRosa-Grund, who has been involved in litigation with Warner Bros. over the rights to “The Conjuring” and “Annabelle,” is claiming that New Line Cinema and one its senior executives engaged in a racketeering conspiracy to wrest control of the properties. In a filing in a Texas federal court on Wednesday, DeRosa-Grund claims New… Read more »

Relativity School Welcomes First Freshman Class

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School is in session at Relativity Studios. The studio, founded in 2004 by Ryan Kavanaugh, announced that Relativity School, its educational arm and the first-ever accredited BFA program affiliated with a studio welcomed its inaugural class Oct. 8. Designed as a launch pad for the next generation of content creators, Relativity School is a branch… Read more »

Box Office: ‘Ouija’ Will Scare Off ‘John Wick’

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Predicting the future is a delicate business, as any box office prognosticator can attest, but the stars are aligning for “Ouija” to be this weekend’s top grossing film. Based on the old seance staple, “Ouija” should scare up $20 million when it bows in 2,856 theaters. Universal, which is distributing the film, is being more… Read more »

‘Bewitched’ Sequel Lands at NBC with Big Commitment

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NBC has landed the “Bewitched” sequel project shopped by Sony Pictures TV, which controls the rights to the Screen Gems classic. NBC has given a pilot production commitment to the followup series which revolves around the granddaughter of Darren and Samantha Stevens, the couple at the center of the original series that aired on ABC… Read more »

Christina Ricci to Reprise Lizzie Borden Role for Lifetime Limited Series

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Christina Ricci and Lifetime are taking another whack at the life of notorious murder suspect Lizzie Bordon in the limited series “Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles,” the network announced today. In the follow-up to January’s “Lizzie Borden Took An Ax,” this project will offer a fictionalized account of the events and people involved in… Read more »

Alcon Marketing Chief Richard Ingber Steps Down

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Alcon Entertainment’s Richard Ingber, the company’s longtime president of worldwide marketing and distribution, will leave at the end of the year. He will resume his Richard Ingber Entertainment marketing firm and will consult on Alcon’s upcoming “Hillsong — Let Hope Rise,” opening April 1, and the rebooted “Point Break,” which opens July 31. Ingber joined… Read more »