Latest Movie industry News

Judge scales back Weinstein suit, allows sex-traffic claim

Apr. 18, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawsuit seeking to represent any woman with a claim against Harvey Weinstein can proceed on sex-trafficking grounds, a judge ruled Thursday, as he dramatically shrank the scope of an action trying to treat the disgraced movie producer and various companies like a mob organization. U.S....

Amazon: Woody Allen's #MeToo comments wrecked movie deal

Apr. 12, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Woody Allen breached his four-movie deal with the online giant by making statements about the #MeToo movement that damaged prospects for promoting his films, an Amazon lawyer said Friday. Attorney Robert Klieger told U.S. District Judge Denise Cote that the company protected itself after...

Sundance Film Festival co-founder charged with sex abuse

Apr. 11, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah filmmaker who co-founded the Sundance Film Festival and produced an Oscar-winning movie in the mid-1980s has been charged with sexual abuse of a young girl. Sterling Van Wagenen, 71, is accused of inappropriately touching a girl on two occasions between 2013 and 2015, according...

25 years later, TCM still abides (so movie lovers pray)

Apr. 9, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There is always an asteroid, real or imagined, bearing down on Turner Classic Movies . Fears that something might befall the commercial-less bastion of classic Hollywood films aren't always justified. But there's an instinctual understanding that keeping anything good and pure alive in this...

From Disney to Netflix, the big takeaways from CinemaCon

Apr. 5, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The movie industry has returned to their day jobs Friday after four days of schmoozing, deal-making and watching movie studios and stars sell the best of what's to come to theaters at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. It's a time of great change in the movie business. The film distribution landscape...

Disney presents a united front with Fox at CinemaCon

Apr. 3, 2019 10:10 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — It's not uncommon for Hollywood studios to show a sizzle reel to kick off a CinemaCon presentation, but Wednesday afternoon in Las Vegas, "Avatar," ''Deadpool," ''Toy Story" and "The Avengers" all made their way into the same montage. As the new owners of 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight...

Alyssa Milano leads protest of Georgia abortion ban

Apr. 2, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Actress Alyssa Milano has joined several Georgia-based TV and film industry workers in protesting a "heartbeat" abortion ban awaiting Republican Gov. Brian Kemp's signature. Milano delivered a letter signed by other prominent Hollywood actors to Kemp's office Tuesday before speaking against...

MPAA chief says Netflix addition makes organization stronger

Apr. 2, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Motion Picture Association of America Chairman Charles Rivkin says Netflix's addition to the group makes the entertainment industry stronger. Rivkin's remarks are a stark contrast to how the streaming giant is usually referenced at CinemaCon, the annual gathering of movie theater owners...

Movie theater owners, studios and stars convene at CinemaCon

Apr. 1, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The movie industry — everyone from the Hollywood studios that produce the films to the companies that make the screens, speakers and seats in theaters — are descending on Las Vegas this week for CinemaCon. The future of film going will be in the spotlight as the annual trade...

Disney closes $71B deal for Fox entertainment assets

Mar. 20, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

Disney has closed its $71 billion acquisition of Fox's entertainment business, putting "Cinderella," ''The Simpsons," ''Star Wars" and "Dr. Strange" under one corporate roof. The deal is likely to shake up the media landscape. Among other things, it paves the way for Disney to launch its streaming service, Disney...