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Strike dodged with deal between film and TV crews, studios

Oct. 16, 2021 20:42 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An 11th-hour deal was reached Saturday, averting a strike of film and television crews that would have seen some 60,000 behind-the-scenes workers walk off their jobs and would have frozen productions in Hollywood and across the U.S. After days of...

Film TV workers union says strike to start next week

Oct. 13, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The union representing film and television crews says its 60,000 members will begin a nationwide strike on Monday if it does not reach a deal that satisfies demands for fair and safe working conditions. A strike would bring a...

Alan Horn, longtime film executive, to retire from Disney

Oct. 11, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Alan Horn, the film executive who helped turn Walt Disney Studios into the most powerful movie studio in Hollywood and whose 50-year career has touched films from from “When Harry Met Sally..." to “The Dark Knight," is retiring. Disney announced...

Audrey Diwan eager to bring Venice winner ‘Happening’ to US

Oct. 11, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

French filmmaker Audrey Diwan’s life changed forever when her sophomore film “Happening” won the top award at the Venice International Film Festival exactly one month ago. In the four weeks since, Diwan has picked up more prizes, secured a North American distributor in IFC Films and...

EXPLAINER: What's behind the looming Hollywood strike?

Oct. 07, 2021 09:50 AM EDT

A major Hollywood strike could be on the horizon for some 60,000 behind-the-scenes workers in the entertainment industry. Over the weekend, members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IASTE) overwhelmingly voted in favor of authorizing a nationwide strike for the...

Aspiring actor pleads guilty in $650 million Ponzi scheme

Oct. 04, 2021 20:33 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An aspiring actor pleaded guilty Monday to running a massive Ponzi scheme that raised at least $650 million from investors in phony Hollywood film licensing deals. Zachary Joseph Horwitz, 34, of Los Angeles, entered a plea to a federal charge of...

Reaching pre-pandemic levels, 'Venom' debuts with $90.1M

Oct. 03, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Pandemic moviegoing is finally starting to look like pre-pandemic moviegoing. Sony Pictures' Marvel sequel “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” blew away expectations to debut with $90.1 million in ticket sales, making it easily the best opening of the pandemic, according to...

Evel Knievel's son loses Disney Duke Caboom trademark case

Sep. 29, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge dismissed a trademark infringement lawsuit filed by Evel Knievel’s son a year ago against the Walt Disney Co. and movie company Pixar over a “Toy Story 4” daredevil character named Duke Caboom. “We’re obviously disappointed,” Kelly...

Pandemic safety plays role in New Mexico films

Sep. 19, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s film industry has come roaring back to life this year and it has so far managed to avoid significant COVID-19 outbreaks. Many credit the stringent protocols put in place by the industry, the Albuquerque Journal reported. ...

Film financier gets 13 years in prison for $60M fraud scheme

Sep. 14, 2021 20:37 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida man claiming to be a film financier was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in prison for running a scheme to steal over $60 million from investors and producers seeking financing for movies and Broadway shows. Benjamin Forrest McConley, 39, was...