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Sony Reaches Settlement in Hacking Lawsuit

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Sony Pictures Entertainment and a group of ex-employees have reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit over claims that the studio was negligent in securing itself against a hacking attack. “On September 1, 2015, plaintiffs and SPE reached an agreement in principle to settle all of the claims of the putative class against SPE,… Read more »

DreamWorks Deal at Disney Soured as Conglomerate Focused on Bigger Fish

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When DreamWorks signed a deal in 2009 for its films to be distributed and partly funded by Disney, it appeared to be a victory for both sides. The addition of Steven Spielberg’s studio would give a then stripped-down Disney film slate a considerable boost, and DreamWorks would have a strong partner to help promote its brand worldwide…. Read more »

Cary Fukunaga Offers New Details on Why ‘It’ Remake Fell Apart

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For a cover story this week on “Beasts of No Nation,” Cary Fukunaga explained to Variety why he bailed this summer on New Line’s horror movie remake of Stephen King’s “It.” Fukunaga had already written a script with Chase Palmer on the project, which he first boarded in 2012 (it started at Warner Bros. before… Read more »

Casting Roundup: Glenn Morshower Cast as General Sam Lane in ‘Supergirl’

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“Supergirl” has cast its General Sam Lane. “24” alum Glenn Morshower will play the military man in the CBS superhero show’s freshman season, Variety has confirmed. General Lane is described as a powerful military lifer — and an overprotective father to both Lucy Lane (Jenna Dewan Tatum) and her sister, Lois. His arrival in National City… Read more »

Machinima Settles FTC Charges Over ‘Deceptive’ YouTube Videos Touting Xbox

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Machinima has agreed to disclose when it’s paying YouTube creators to endorse products, settling an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission about the multichannel network’s promotional videos for Microsoft’s Xbox One system and games. Machinima and YouTube “influencers” were part of an Xbox One marketing campaign in 2013 managed by Microsoft’s advertising agency, Starcom MediaVest… Read more »

Toronto: James Franco’s ‘Everything Will Be Fine’ Bought by IFC

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IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Wim Wenders’ “Everything Will Be Fine,” which stars James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel McAdams and Marie-Josee Croze. The 3D drama will make its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in the Masters section. IFC Films will release the film on Dec. 4. Wenders directed from… Read more »

TV One to Broadcast Al Sharpton’s Triumph Awards

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TV One is joining the awards show fray, partnering with the Rev. Al Sharpton to telecast the Triumph Awards in October. The kudos will honor musicians John Legend and Tyrese, actress Wanda Sykes, the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery and others for humanitarian and philanthropic work. Actress Tichina Arnold is set to host. The event, which will… Read more »

Comedian Greg Behrendt Lists Studio City Digs

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SELLERS: Greg Behrendt and Amiira Ruotola LOCATION: Studio City, Calif. PRICE: $1.84 million SIZE: 3,202 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (plus guesthouse) YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: A designer done residence in Studio City, owned per property records by comedian and bestselling self-help book author Greg Behrendt, has popped up for sale with an asking price of… Read more »