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Hollywood’s Invisible Minority: People With Disabilities Eager to Show Their Abilities

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Oscar nominations will be announced Jan. 24, and it’s likely the contenders will include black artists, and possibly some Latino/Hispanics and Asians. But there will be little to no representation for a major under-represented group — people with disabilities, or PWD. According to the Census Bureau, there are 57 million Americans with disabilities, or 19%… Read more »

‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Press Conference: Schwarzenegger Defends Trump’s Producer Role, Mark Burnett Ducks Questions

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The new host of “The New Celebrity Apprentice” doesn’t think that the man who preceded him should give up his executive-producer credit on the series. Appearing at a press conference at Universal Studios Friday, Arnold Schwarzenegger compared Donald Trump’s continued involvement in the NBC reality-competition series to his own transition from film actor to governor… Read more »

TV News Roundup: Darius Rucker to Host ‘Reel South’ Season 2, NBC Orders ‘Top Puppet’

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In today’s TV news roundup, country artist Darius Rucker signs on as host for the second season of “Reel South,” ratings for E!’s Mariah Carey docuseries, and more. DATES WORLD Channel‘s docuseries “Reel South” will return for a second season on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The new season welcomes a… Read more »

Paul Haggis On Projects ‘Ship Breaker’ and ‘Ranger’s Apprentice’

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MARRAKECH, Morocco — The first screenwriter to pen two consecutive best picture Academy Award winners – “Million Dollar Baby” and “Crash” – Canadian Paul Haggis visited the 16th Marrakech Film Festival to provide a masterclass. Dividing his time between New York and Los Angeles, Haggis begun his career in TV, in the early 1980s. His… Read more »

Box Office: ‘Office Christmas Party’ Eyes $15 Million Opening in Tight Race With ‘Moana’

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“Office Christmas Party” is heading for a respectable $15 million opening weekend at 3,210 North American locations, early estimates showed Friday. The raucous R-rated comedy looks likely to finish in second just behind Disney’s third weekend of “Moana,” which should take in somewhere in the $15 million to $16 million range in what will be… Read more »

Marrakech: Europa International, Cinando Ready Launch of Festival Submission Applet

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MARRAKECH, Morocco — Europa International, the European sales agents’ organization, is advancing on the creation of a common entry form for sales agents aimed at streamlining festival submissions –  achieved via an applet integrated on the Cannes Film Market’s Cinando platform. Tested at the Tribeca Film Festival and Luxembourg City Film Festival, the common entry… Read more »

‘Doctor Who’ Is Back in 2016 Christmas Special Trailer (Watch)

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Fans of the BBC series “Doctor Who” are in for an early Christmas treat, as the network released a trailer on Friday for the latest upcoming Christmas special titled “The Return Of Doctor Mysterio.” The special follows the Doctor as mind-altering aliens threaten to attack Manhattan. He teams up with a reporter and a mysterious figure known… Read more »

Roger Ailes-Megyn Kelly Movie in the Works From ‘Big Short’ Writer

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Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures has landed an untitled pitch from “The Big Short” scribe Charles Randolph revolving around Megyn Kelly and the women who made sexual harassment accusations against Roger Ailes, the former head of Fox News. The pitch made the rounds this week and Annapurna was quick to pick it up. Margaret Riley will produce… Read more »