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‘Wheel of Fortune’ Online Casino in the Works From BetMGM, Sony Pictures TV

Sony Pictures Television is set to turn its Wheel of Fortune game show franchise, with its legendary roulette wheel, into an online casino. The Hollywood studio has teamed with BetMGM, the mobile gaming operator, and International Game Technology to launch the branded online Wheel of Fortune Casino in New Jersey later this year. The online […]

Brian Tyree Henry Boards ‘Flint Strong’ As Boxing Drama Finds New Studio Home, Restarts Shooting (Exclusive)

Flint Strong is back in the ring. The boxing drama, starring Ryan Destiny and being directed by Rachel Morrison, will resume production next week after getting sidelined two years ago due to a Covid shutdown and a switching of studios. Brian Tyree Henry, who co-stars in Atlanta and appeared in If Beale Street Could Talk, […]

Cannes: WME Independent Heads on Moving Film Sales and Financing In-House

Deborah McIntosh and Alex Walton are Croisette veterans, but this year marks their first Cannes Film Festival as the heads of WME Independent. WME Independent brought domestic and international film sales and financing consulting services back inside the agency after it was spun out from Endeavor Content. (WME parent Endeavor agreed to divest at least […]

Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton in George Miller’s ‘Three Thousand Years of Longing’: Film Review | Cannes 2022

The Australian director returns to Cannes after ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ with this adult fairy tale about an academic visiting Turkey, who uncorks a genie in a bottle that’s not Christina Aguilera.

Ron Howard’s ‘Thirteen Lives’ Skipping Major Theatrical Release in Favor of Amazon Push

Ron Howard’s upcoming film Thirteen Lives is switching course as Amazon takes over ownership of MGM. The film — based on the harrowing, real-life tale of 12 boys and their soccer coach who were trapped inside a flooding cave system in Thailand for 18 days in 2018 — was intended to open nationwide in theaters […]

Movie Backdrops Move Front and Center in New Museum Exhibit

Production designer Thomas Walsh quotes a saying well-known to scenic artists and designers: “If you really notice the backdrop, it’s a failed backdrop.” Mammoth paintings designed to depict everything from Mount Rushmore to an office hallway or an Austrian mountain range may have been created to fool the eye and fade into the literal background […]

How Much Is MGM’s Movie and TV Library Worth? Amazon Discloses New Details

How much is an iconic film and TV library that includes James Bond, Rocky and Creed, The Silence of the Lambs, Thelma and Louise, Survivor and The Handmaid’s Tale really worth? According to Amazon, those 4,000 film titles and 17,000 TV episodes are worth about $3.4 billion. That is what the tech giant values MGM’s library […]

Amber Ruffin Co-Written ‘Some Like It Hot’ Stage Adaptation to Open on Broadway in December

Some Like It Hot, the stage musical based on the MGM film of the same name and co-written by NBC late night star Amber Ruffin, will officially open on Broadway this December, producers announced Wednesday. Co-written by Matthew López, the Tony Award-winning Inheritance playwright set to make his directorial debut with Amazon Studios’ LGBTQ romantic […]

Olympics Black Power Salute Protest Movie in the Works at MGM

Premature helmer Rashaad Ernesto Green is set to direct ’68, a drama about the historic 1968 Olympics Black Power salute protest by Tommie Smith and John Carlos during a medal presentation, for MGM, Participant and Macro. Billy Ray will pen the screenplay about the American Olympians and track athletes who medaled at the Mexico City […]

Hollywood Powers Ontario to Record $2.88B Production Spend in 2021

Rebounding foreign location shooting amid the pandemic helped lift Ontario’s film and TV industry to a record $2.88 billion in total production activity in 2021. Ontario Creates, which markets the province in Hollywood, reported that foreign film and TV production expenditures across the Canadian province last year reached $1.91 billion, compared to $802.5 million spent […]

MGM’s Amazon Era Begins With Big, Unanswered Questions

In the summer of 1981, MGM coveted Rocky and James Bond. The studio, formed in 1924 through the merger of Metro Pictures Corp., Goldwyn Pictures and Louis B. Mayer Productions, had an eye for expansion. And it liked what it saw in the intellectual property of United Artists. UA, a Hollywood icon itself, was behind […]

Writers Guild West, Labor Coalition Push FTC to Challenge Amazon’s MGM Buy (Exclusive)

Even as Amazon closes its proposed $8.45 billion purchase of MGM, the Federal Trade Commission could still sue to block the merger if it decides that the deal is representative of broader antitrust concerns about its online retail service. That’s what Writers Guild of America West and the Strategic Organizing Center, a federation of labor […]