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‘Predator’ Actor Sonny Landham Dies at 76

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Actor Sonny Landham, who appeared in “Predator” and “48 Hrs,” died from congestive heart failure Thursday in Lexington, Ky. He was 76. The actor, who was part Seminole and part Cherokee, was best known for portraying Native American tracker Billy Sole in Arnold Schwarzenegger-starrer “Predator” in 1987. However, he did not appear in the film’s sequels…. Read more »

Carl Icahn Steps Down as Trump Special Adviser

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Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is stepping down as a special adviser to President Donald Trump on regulatory reform, he announced Friday. In a letter posted on his website addressed to POTUS, Icahn responded to criticism on the Democratic side that his role might create a conflict of interest. “I never sought any special benefit for… Read more »

TV News Roundup: Viola Davis to Produce ‘XQ Super School Live’ Event

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In today’s roundup, NBC gives a commitment to drama pilot “The Unrequited,” while Viola Davis will exec produce the multi-network live event “EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live.” DEVELOPMENT NBC has given showrunner Kevin Falls a put pilot order for “The Unrequited,” Variety has confirmed. The hourlong drama series will tell the story of four adult siblings… Read more »

Dale Spina, Former Warner Bros. Ad Exec Who Worked on ‘Batman’ and ‘Beetlejuice,’ Dies at 66

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Dale Spina, formerly Warner Bros.’ vice president of creative advertising and a copywriter for the studio, died on Aug. 4 after a brief illness. He was 66. Spina served as co-head of The Idea Place, Warner’s in-house ad agency that was formed in the early 1980s. He worked on “Batman,” the “Lethal Weapon” franchise, “Beetlejuice,”… Read more »

Stuart Thompson, Broadway Producer of ‘Book of Mormon’ and ‘Mean Girls,’ Dies at 62

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Stuart Thompson, the longtime theater producer and general manager of shows including “The Book of Mormon” and the upcoming musical adaptation of “Mean Girls,” died in New York on Thursday of complications from esophageal cancer. He was 62. A well-liked figure in the Broadway community and the winner of six Tony Awards, Thompson was the… Read more »

Recording Industry Association Responds to Lyor Cohen: ‘Why Is YouTube Paying So Little?’

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Barely 24 hours after YouTube’s new head of music, Lyor Cohen, published a cheerful blog post about the company’s work with the music industry, the Recording Industry Association of America’s Cary Sherman responded with a fiery post of his own in which he asks, “Why is YouTube paying so little?” YouTube has long been a target… Read more »

Box Office: ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Shooting for $20 Million in Slow Weekend

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Lionsgate’s “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is heading for as much as $20 million at 3,337 North American locations, which will easily top a sleepy weekend at the domestic box office, early estimates showed Friday. Steven Soderbergh’s heist caper “Logan Lucky” is showing little traction with about $8 million at 3,026 sites — about half the second… Read more »

Week in Review & This Week in Entertainment: Aug. 14

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‘Deadpool 2’ Stunt Person Dies on Set in Motorcycle Accident A stunt person was killed on the set of “Deadpool 2” Monday morning after a trick involving a motorcycle went wrong, Variety has confirmed. AMC Slams MoviePass, Threatening Legal Action AMC Theatres is threatening legal action against MoviePass, a subscription-based service for cinema-goers, hours after… Read more »

Hollywood Reacts to Steve Bannon’s White House Exit

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On Friday, President Donald Trump’s chief strategist and the former executive chair of Breitbart News Steve Bannon exited the White House just days after Trump declined to guarantee Bannon’s job security at a press conference at Trump Tower. Reports are mixed as to whether Bannon was fired or resigned, but Hollywood took to Twitter to… Read more »

Miley Cyrus Nabs Secluded Farm Outside Nashville

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BUYER: Miley Cyrus LOCATION: Franklin, TN PRICE: $5,800,000 SIZE: 6,689 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 4 full and 2 half bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Miley Cyrus may be just 24 years old but her personal property portfolio is fast approaching bone fide baller status with the $5.8 million purchase of a secluded farm about 20 miles… Read more »