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Judge Grants New Trial To ‘Serial’ Podcast Subject Adnan Syed

A Maryland judge has granted a new trial to Adnan Syed, whose murder case was publicized by the podcast Serial. Syed was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for killing of his former high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999 and burying her in a park. Show More Summary

‘Pacific Rim 2’ Starring John Boyega Gets 2018 Release Date For Legendary

With Star Wars hero John Boyega now aboard to star, Universal Pictures has roped off a release date for Pacific Rim 2. Legendary’s action sequel from director Steven S. DeKnight will engage audiences and kaijus on February 23, 2018.Show More Summary

Actors’ Equity Says L.A. Theatres Can Afford To Pay Minimum Wage

Actors’ Equity today fired back at the notion that smaller legit theatres in Los Angeles can't afford to pay their actors minimum wage. "How is it that the rest of the nation can afford to pay its actors who perform in small theatres,...Show More Summary

Carmike Investor Calls AMC Entertainment’s Deal Claims “Laughable”

Carmike Cinema’s No. 2 shareholder says it remains opposed to AMC Entertainment’s $1.1 billion (including debt) takeover offer — and urges fellow investors to also hold out for a higher price. Carmike postponed a shareholder vote on the deal scheduled for this morning. Show More Summary

‘Cruel Intentions’ Sequel Remains In Contention At NBC As Cast Options Are Extended

There is encouraging news for Cruel Intentions fans — the options on the entire cast of NBC’s drama pilot have been extended. While the pilot — a sequel to the cult movie toplined by original star Sarah Michelle Gellar — was not picked...Show More Summary

Academy OKs New Rules On Oscar Qualifying Runs, Campaigning

The Academy certainly has been busy this pre-holiday week admitting a record number of new members, setting dates for the Oscar season  and now updating  guidelines for eligibility and campaign practices. In regard to the latter the Academy's Board of Governors has approved rules and campaign regulations for the 89th Oscars. Show More Summary

Disney Prepares To Pay $3.5B For Stake In Baseball’s MLBAM: Report

Disney’s closing in on a $3.5 billion deal to buy a one-third stake in MLB Advanced Media, with a four-year option to buy another third, Bloomberg reports, citing “a person familiar with the matter.” A deal would give the ESPN ownerShow More Summary

AMC Bringing ‘Walking Dead’, ‘Preacher’, ‘Geeking Out’ To Comic-Con 2016

It’s not a shock but in case you had doubts, AMC is bringing geek-centric shows The Walking Dead, Fear The Walking Dead, and recently-renewed for season 2 Preacher to Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, along with a sneak peek at Kevin...Show More Summary

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Adds Garcelle Beauvais & Tiffany Espensen; Q’orianka Kilcher Joins ‘Hostiles’

With the main players in place, Spider-Man: Homecoming continues to beef up its cast and has added actresses Tiffany Espensen and Garcelle Beauvais in as-yet unspecified roles. The Marvel Studios and Columbia Pictures coproduction stars...Show More Summary

Ava DuVernay & Oprah Winfrey’s ‘Queen Sugar’ Gets Fall Premiere Date On OWN

OWN has set a two-night premiere for its new drama series Queen Sugar, from filmmaker Ava DuVernay and executive producer Oprah Winfrey. The series will debut at 10 PM Tuesday and Wednesday, September 6-7 on OWN. It then will air regularly at 10 PM Wednesdays for the remainder of its 13-episode first season. Show More Summary

63% Stream Music But Just 10% Are Willing To Pay For it [CHART]

63% globally are streaming music monthly, but only 1 in 10 say they are paying. Can the music industry survive on revenue from just 10% of music's fans? ________________________________________ 63% globally are listening to music streaming at least once per month, but only 1 in 10 of those digital consumers...

Festicket Raises $6.3M For Festival Travel Booking

UK based startup Festicket has closed $6.3 million in funding to expand its festival experiences and travel booking service. Lepe Partners led the Series B round, with participation from current investors Wellington Partners, PROfounders, and Playfair Capital. New backers from within the industry include Arthur Kosten, ex-CMO of and...

6 Seismic Societal Shifts Changing The Music Industry

In this piece, Dmitri Vietze examines six different societal shifts that have been stewing beneath the music industry, which are beginning to bubble up in different and sometimes unexpected ways, bringing destruction but also the potential for new opportunities. ____________________________________ Guest post by Dmitri Vietze of RockPaperScissors Tech-fueled earthquakes have...

BMG Acquires Indie The End Records, Better Than Ezra, Everclear, Hinder, Billy Talent Catalog

BMG has acquired indie label The End Records. BMG been on a bit of deal making spree, most of it aimed at heritage artists and catalog. Recent label acquisitions include S-Curve Records, Vagrant Records and Rise Records. _______________________________________________ BMG has acquired New York based independent label The End Records. Established...

Oscars: Academy Reveals Dates For Nominations & Voting On 89th Annual Awards Show

A day after it unveiled nearly 700 new invitees, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has the schedule of key dates leading up the 2017 Oscars: Saturday, November 12: Governors Awards Thursday, January 5: Nominations voting...Show More Summary

Antonio Macia’s ‘Porter Rockwell’ Script Lands At Hyperion Media Group

EXCLUSIVE: Hyperion Media Group has acquired Porter Rockwell, a script from Holy Rollers and Affluenza screenwriter Antonio Macia. The Western action adventure drama is based on Rockwell, the real-life gunslinging bodyguard of Mormon...Show More Summary

Starz Bringing ‘American Gods’ & ‘Ash Vs. Evil Dead’ To Comic-Con

Hot off their big multi-billion dollar deal with Lionsgate, Starz are heading back to Comic-Con later this month with a new property and a veteran. No Outlander this year, but the cabler's American Gods and Ash vs. Evil Dead will beShow More Summary

Disney Moves Jack & The Beanstalk Toon ‘Gigantic’ In Wake Of ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Sequel News

With the news of the Wreck-It Ralph sequel being dated March 9, 2018, Disney has now moved its Jack and the Beanstalk animated feature Gigantic off that date to the Thanksgiving 2018 stretch, Wednesday, November 21. Disney announcedShow More Summary

‘Clifford The Big Red Dog’ Movie Unleashed At Paramount With Scribe Justin Malen

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has adopted Clifford The Big Red Dog, after Universal Pictures put the pooch to the curb. Paramount sparked to a pitch by Justin Malen, who’ll write the script for a film that will be a live-action/CG hybrid. Universal had developed it for years, and even once dated the picture for release in early 2016. Show More Summary

‘Big Brother’ Ratings Steady, Michael Phelps’ Olympic Trials Win Spurs Viewership Race

With 22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps finishing first in the men's 200-meter butterfly last night, securing a historic fifth Team USA spot and heading to Rio, it was a viewership race between NBC's Olympic Trials: Swimming (1.2/5)...Show More Summary

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