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Etan Vlessing

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Verizon Bundles Netflix and Paramount+ With Showtime

Amid calls to build back the pay TV landscape, streaming rivals Netflix and Paramount+ are being bundled together via Verizon +Play. The telecom giant will see its subscription bundling platform for a limited time offer Netflix’s premium plan and the Paramount+ with Showtime in a bundle for $25.99 a month. Verizon is pointing to annual […]

Los Angeles District Attorney Decides Against Bringing Charges in Armie Hammer Sexual Misconduct Case

The Los Angeles District Attorney has chose not to go forward with charges against Armie Hammer stemming from a 2021 Los Angeles Police Department investigation, due to a lack of firm evidence. “Sexual assault cases are often difficult to prove, which is why we assign our most experienced prosecutors to review them. In this case, those […]

Timothy Olyphant Returns as Raylan Givens in ‘Justified: City Primeval’ Trailer

Timothy Olyphant has brought his cowboy hat to the mean streets of Detroit as deputy U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens to cross paths with a violent, sociopathic killer 15 years after he left the hollers of Kentucky in FX’s original Justified  drama, as revealed in the official trailer for FX’s Justified: City Primeval, which dropped Wednesday. The […]

Ke Huy Quan Signs With UTA

After winning an Oscar for best supporting actor for his star turn as Waymond in Everything Everywhere All At Once, Ke Huy Quan has signed with UTA for representation. Nabbing Academy Award gold followed Quan returning to acting full time and shining during Hollywood’s awards season, including at the Screen Actors Guild where he became […]

Jharrel Jerome Towers as 13-Foot Giant in Absurdist ‘I’m A Virgo’ Trailer

Emmy winner Jharrel Jerome looms big as a 13-foot-tall black man in Oakland, California in the official trailer for Amazon Prime Video’s coming-of-age dark comedy I’m A Virgo, which was released on Tuesday. The absurdist series created, written and executive produced by Boots Riley has Jerome’s character, Cootie, having to navigate life as a giant […]

Will Sasso, Kevin McDonald, Paul Spence Set to Star in ‘Deaner ’89’ Action Comedy (Exclusive)

Will Sasso, Kevin McDonald (The Kids in the Hall) and Paul Spence are set to star in Deaner ’89, an action comedy from director Sam McGlynn that has started production in Winnipeg. Sasso recently starred in the comedy Loudermilk from creators Peter Farrelly and Bobby Mort. He has also starred in MADtv, TV’s $#*! My Dad Says and Less […]

Robin Wagner, Tony-Winning Set Designer of ‘The Producers,’ Dies at 89

Robin Wagner, a set designer who worked on more than 50 Broadway plays and musicals over a 50-year career and won three Tony Awards for best scenic design, has died. He was 89. Wagner died in his sleep on Monday in New York City, publicist Matt Polk told The Hollywood Reporter after receiving confirmation from […]

Bell Media Buys Minority Stake in ‘Sort Of,’ ‘The Porter’ Producer Sphere Media

Canada’s Bell Media has acquired a minority stake in Montreal-based indie producer Sphere Media, whose originals include the CBC/Max comedy Sort Of, the medical drama Transplant for CTV and NBC and The Porter, a drama for CBC and BET+, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.   Terms of the deal, which closed in late March, have […]

Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Kill Bill: Volume 1,’ ‘Volume 2,’ ‘Jackie Brown’ to Be Re-Released by Lionsgate

Lionsgate is back in business with Quentin Tarantino. The Hollywood studio announced on Thursday it has picked up the distribution rights to three of his classic movies, Kill Bill: Volume I and II and Jackie Brown.  Besides the re-release of those iconic titles, Lionsgate will team with Tarantino to celebrate Kill Bill’s 20th anniversary later this […]

Lionsgate Trims Quarterly Loss on Strong Revenue Gain

Lionsgate has released its fourth quarter financial results while continuing talks with multiple bidders on a possible sale or spinoff of the premium cable and streaming platform Starz or its studio business. The Hollywood studio trimmed its fourth quarter net loss attributable to shareholder to $96.8 million, against a year-earlier loss of $104.6 million, on […]

Actors Settle Case On Inclusive Hair and Makeup Styling On Film and TV Sets In Canada

Canadian actors have settled an arbitration case to get makeup artists and hairstylists on predominantly white film sets trained in how to style hair or do makeup for performers of color, including those who are Black and Indigenous. ACTRA, the country’s actors union, last year filed a grievance against the Canadian Media Producers Association, representing […]

Canadian Actress Samantha Weinstein Dies at 28

Samantha Weinstein, a Canadian actress since childhood who played high school student Heather in the 2013 remake of Carrie, has died. She was 28. Weinstein died May 14 at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto after a battle with ovarian cancer. James Crammond, her agent at Noble Caplan Abrams in Toronto, said Weinstein worked up until […]