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SAG-AFTRA Fills Board Seat Vacated by Stephen Collins

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SAG-AFTRA has appointed stuntman Conrad Palmisano to fill the national board seat vacated by Stephen Collins. Collins resigned from the union board in October after reports that he had molested underage girls emerged on TMZ. He was elected to the slot last year for a four-year term. The “7th Heaven” star recently admitted to inappropriate… Read more »

Congressman Offers to Screen ‘The Interview’ in Capitol Facilities

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“The Interview” is gaining supporters. In a letter sent on Monday to Sony CEO Michael Lynton, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) offered to screen the film in Capitol facilities. Sherman, also chairman of the Entertainment Industries Caucus, wrote that threats from North Korea should not stop Americans from seeing any movie. “We have a responsibility to… Read more »

Emmy-Winning Director Joseph Sargent Dies at 89

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Joseph Sargent, director of “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” and winner of four Emmys and four DGA Awards, died Monday at his home in Malibu of complications from heart disease. He was 89. Sargent worked until he was 84. His credits included “Something The Lord Made,” “Warm Springs” “MacArthur,” “The Incident,” “Playing For… Read more »

Watch: ‘Better Call Saul’ Teaser Reveals Saul’s Frustrating Adventures

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AMC has released a new teaser trailer for the “Breaking Bad” spinoff “Better Call Saul,” showing criminal lawyer Saul Goodman (played by Bob Odenkirk) in his angry element at work, duct-taped in the desert and complaining about his cheap car. At one point, Goodman patiently listens to a word of advice from Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian), who… Read more »

Brandon Stoddard, ABC Exec Who Shepherded ‘Roots,’ Dies at 77

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Brandon Stoddard, the longtime ABC exec who shepherded such landmark longform productions as “Roots” and “The Winds of War,” died Monday after a battle with cancer. He was 77. Stoddard had a 25-year career at ABC, rising to entertainment president from 1985-89. He spent another six years as head of ABC Prods. before stepping down… Read more »

Judd Apatow-Produced Pee-wee Herman Movie Heads to Netflix

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Today’s secret word is: comeback! A new Pee-wee Herman movie is moving to Netflix for distribution, with Paul Reubens set to star and Judd Apatow slated to produce. The film was previously set up at Universal. Pee-wee’s new adventure will begin shooting in 2015, with no director announced yet. Plot specifics have not been revealed for the… Read more »

Watch: New Trailer for Will Smith-Margot Robbie’s ‘Focus’

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Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for “Focus,” the caper movie starring Will Smith as a hustler and Margot Robbie as his one-time protege. “I know you’re doing something big,” Robbie declares. “I want in.” The “Crazy Stupid Love” team of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa is directing. Warner Bros. releases the film Feb…. Read more »

Sony Threatens Legal Action Against Twitter After Users Post Hacked Emails

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Sony Pictures Entertainment is threatening Twitter with legal action and is calling on the social media platform to prevent its users from posting emails exposed during the recent hack of the studio. In a letter sent to Twitter’s general counsel by Sony Pictures’ attorney David Boies, the company threatens that if “stolen information continues to be disseminated by… Read more »