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Ken Howard Blasts SAG-AFTRA Election Opponents

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SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard has issued a blistering attack on opponent Patricia Richardson and her Membership First allies, asserting that the faction’s record is one of failure. Howard issued the broadside in an email to the 160,000 members of the performers union on Friday — a day after Richardson had blasted Howard and his allies… Read more »

Hillary Clinton’s $1 Million SuperPAC Donors Include Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg

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Priorities USA Action, a SuperPAC supporting Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, reported $1 million contributions each from Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Haim Saban. Other donors to the group, an independent expenditure committee that can collect unlimited contributions from donors, included J.J. Abrams and his wife Katie McGrath, who each gave $500,000. Saban’s wife Cheryl, also… Read more »

Adam Carolla Lists Hacienda in La Cañada-Flintridge

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SELLER: Adam Carolla and Lynette Paradise LOCATION: La Cañada-Flintridge, CA PRICE: $3,495,000 SIZE: 4,001 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Though they bought it just two years ago for $2.965 million, comedian, veteran television personality and occasionally and unapologetically controversial podcast superstar Adam Carolla and his wife, Lynette Paradise, have hoisted their… Read more »

Joel Edgerton, Jason Bateman Celebrate STX Entertainment’s First Premiere of ‘The Gift’

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Studio newcomer STX Entertainment premiered its first feature film, Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut “The Gift,” at L.A. Live on Thursday. In the film, which was also penned by the Aussie actor, an old grudge compels a high school loner to seek vengeance on a former classmate. The takeaway: Bullying the smaller kid in school can come back… Read more »

How Lucy Ricardo Gave Birth to ‘Mission: Impossible’

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If it weren’t for Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, Tom Cruise would not be saving the free world in “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation,” which opens July 31. In 1950 Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz formed Desilu Prods., and the huge success of “I Love Lucy” turned Desilu into a powerhouse that created many more TV… Read more »

Cate Blanchett-Robert Redford Rathergate Drama ‘Truth’ Set for Oct. 16 Release

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Sony Pictures Classics is giving an Oct. 16 awards-season release to the Cate Blanchett-Robert Redford drama “Truth,” centered on the Dan Rather scandal. It will launch in New York and Los Angeles with a nationwide expansion to follow. James Vanderbilt’s directorial debut also stars Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss and Dennis Quaid. The film is based on… Read more »

Casting Roundup: ‘HTGAWM’ Adds Famke Janssen, Archie Panjabi’s Post-‘Good Wife’ Gig

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A ‘X-Men’ favorite is heading to the courtroom on “How To Get Away With Murder,” plus another “X-Men” alum is “The Blacklist’s” new baddie. “The Good Wife’s” Archie Panjabi has booked her first TV role, after departing the CBS drama, and “Empire” is bringing a new pop singer into the studio in Friday’s casting roundup…… Read more »

Digital Tracking: Tom Cruise Takes Off With ‘Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation’

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Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? Moviepilot — which studies social data and box office trends — analyzes this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in… Read more »

Lionsgate Ramping Up ‘Naruto’ Movie with Michael Gracey

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Lionsgate has signed Michael Gracey to direct an adaptation of the popular Japanese manga series “Naruto.” The studio is in negotiations for the film rights to the “Naruto” series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto, first published in 1997. The manga, which has sold more than 200 million copies in print, follows adolescent ninja Naruto… Read more »

‘Rogue Nation’: 5 Reasons It’s the Best ‘Mission: Impossible’

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Just when Tom Cruise had been written off as an action star, he makes a triumphant comeback — at age 53 — with “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.” The summer’s most entertaining popcorn movie not only eclipses “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Jurassic World” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” with its action sequences, it also brings… Read more »

Virtual Reality Startup WEVR Gets $10 Million from HTC

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Venice, Calif.-based virtual reality startup WEVR has gotten a major cash injection from HTC, the maker of the Vive virtual reality headset. HTC disclosed to investors this week that it has invested $10 million in WEVR, which gives it a 15 percent stake in the company. WEVR is both building virtual reality (VR) software, including a media player,… Read more »