The Justice Department have terminated rules dating back to the early days of Hollywood relating to anti-trust movie distribution.
“We cannot pretend that the business of film distribution and exhibition remains the same,” Makan Delrahim, the antitrust chief at the Justice Department, said at an American Bar Association conference in Washington. “Changes over the course of more than half a century also have made it unlikely that the remaining defendants can reinstate their cartel.”
The rules stated that the the studios could not also own movie theatres, thus controlling the entire industry. It also stated that studios could not limit the number of theatres in a geographic region. It also banned “block booking” the practise where studios forced theatres to play their bad movies alongside the good or not at all.
The ending of the rules will unlikely harm the big companies who control the majority of multiplexes across the country, but there are fears in the industry the new rules will harm small independent theatres.
“If distributors can engage in block booking, exhibitors may be forced to pack their screens with global tentpoles at the expense of targeted programming,” the National Association of Theater Owners aid in its submitted comments to the Justice Department, referring to blockbuster films that now dominate the box office. “Consumers will face increasingly limited choices at the box office, and, without the possibility of a theatrical run, many films will no longer be made, limiting the availability of choices through home entertainment platforms as well.”
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Media advocacy group GLAAD has issued a report analysing LGBTQ representation in prime time TV shows. They are delighted to report that LGBTQ representation is at an all time high. With10.2% of regular characters LGBTQ. GLAAD had challenged the industry to aim for a representation of 10% in this past year.
However GLAAD says there is still work to be done, particular in the representation of bisexuals and LGBTQ characters with disabilities.
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The trailer for the movie The Hunt has been pulled by ESPN in the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.
The movie produced by Universal Pictures and Blumhouse, and staring Hilary Swank and Betty Gilpin, depicts a group of liberal elites who take to red states to hunt “deplorables” i.e. conservatives for sport.
The Hunt Trailer (warning shows scenes of a violent nature):
Jason Blum the founder of Blumhouse, and notorious Trump-hater, was booed off stage at the 32rd Israeli Film Festival in LA after he blamed the President for the rise in anti-semitism.
“A lot is on the line, the last two years have been hard for all of us who cherish the freedom as citizens of this country,” the BlacKkKlansman producer said, triggering boos. “As you can see from this auditorium, it’s the end of civil discourse. We have a president who calls the press the enemy of the people. Thanks to our president, antisemitism is on the rise.”
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Since Daniel Craig announced he was standing down as James Bond, debate has raged whether the next 007 should be a woman, or black.
Now The Mail on Sunday can reveal that she will be both – thanks to the intervention of feminist TV writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
In what’s been called a ‘popcorn-dropping moment’, British star Lashana Lynch, will be given Bond’s licence to kill in the 25th movie in the franchise, currently being shot in Italy and the UK.
Come in 007: British star Lashana Lynch walks in when the James Bond spy number is called
The story begins with Bond retired in Jamaica. But spymaster M – played by Ralph Fiennes – calls him back in desperation to tackle a new global crisis.
A movie insider said: ‘There is a pivotal scene at the start of the film where M says ‘Come in 007’, and in walks Lashana who is black, beautiful and a woman.
‘It’s a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond but he’s been replaced as 007 by this stunning woman.
‘Bond, of course, is sexually attracted to the new female 007 and tries his usual seduction tricks, but is baffled when they don’t work on a brilliant, young black woman who basically rolls her eyes at him and has no interest in jumping into his bed. Well, certainly not at the beginning.’
The source added that the phrase ‘Bond girls’ is now forbidden, saying: ‘We were all told that from now on they are to be addressed as ‘Bond women’.’
Waller-Bridge, who wrote the BBC comedy Fleabag and the female-led thriller Killing Eve, was recruited to ensure the 57-year-old franchise moved with the times. She said: ‘There’s been a lot of talk about whether or not Bond is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women.
007: Daniel Craig in action in the new movie which promises to be packed with humour
‘I think that’s b******s. I think he’s absolutely relevant now. [The franchise] has just got to grow. It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesn’t have to. He needs to be true to his character.’
Ms Lynch, 31, had a breakthrough role as the fighter pilot Maria Rambeau in Captain Marvel, released earlier this year.
Film-makers create avatar of Daniel Craig’s face for dangerous stunts
Daniel Craig’s desire to do all his own stunts on the new Bond film has been thwarted by injury.
But now producers have come up with a high-tech solution worthy of Q to make it look as if he’s in the thick of the action.
Special-effects wizards have created a computer avatar of the 51-year-old star, which will enable his face to be digitally superimposed on to the body of his stunt double – Frenchman Jean-Charles Rousseau, 31.
Craig was forced to change his stunt plans after injuring an ankle while filming a chase scene in Jamaica in May. In his 13 years as Bond, he has also smashed two teeth, dislocated a shoulder, sprained a knee and sliced the tip off one of his fingers.
A source said: ‘Daniel is in great shape but there are some scenes he can’t do because they are too physically challenging. Plus the insurance company won’t let him. So his face will be superimposed later.
Originally from Hammersmith, West London, she made her debut in the 2011 drama Fast Girls, has appeared in Silent Witness and Death In Paradise and was a regular cast member on the short-lived 2015 BBC show Crims. She also played Rosaline Capulet in the American period drama series Still Star-Crossed, set after the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.
The source said: ‘Lashana is absolutely brilliant and Phoebe’s script is as sharp and funny as you would expect. This Bond pays tribute to some of the earlier films with a lot of humour.’
Indeed, one photograph taken on set shows Ms Lynch in a safari suit similar to the one Roger Moore famously wore when he played 007.
‘This is a Bond for the modern era who will appeal to a younger generation while sticking true to what we all expect in a Bond film,’ the source added. ‘There are spectacular chase sequences and fights, and Bond is still Bond but he’s having to learn to deal with the world of #MeToo.’
So hopefully the script will be the least of the problems for a film that has already been hit by the replacement of original director Danny Boyle, injury to Craig, and a crew member getting hurt in an explosion on set.
The Seinfeld star Jason Alexander has joined the cast of the Christian-mocking comedy Faith Based. The comedy is about two film makers who set out to make a movie about Christianity and faith with nefarious intentions.
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A new comedy by HBO, Righteous Gemstones, starring John Goodman, Danny McBride, and Adam Devine; will target the world of tele-evangelists.
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HBOs new teen drama, “Euphoria”, has caused controversy for it’s explicit sexual content, violence and depiction of extreme drug usage. In one episode there were no fewer than 30 penises on show. In the pilot episode there is the rape of a 17 year old trans girl, and a teen sex scene involving choking. The show is described as the most unflinching and explicit take on modern American adolescence to be seen on TV.
The show’s creator Sam Levinson, 34, son of director Barry Levinson, says the show is based on his own experiences growing up and dealing with drug addiction.
HBO has been trying to make a name for itself creating edgy content, that pushes back the barriers. However, for many parents this will be seen as a step too far as Parents Television Council president Tim Winter argues that the series “appears to be overtly, intentionally marketing extremely graphic adult content — sex, violence, profanity and drug use — to teens and preteens.”
Reportedly one actor, Brian “Astro” Bradley, 22, a former X-factor contestant, left during the filming, as he was reportedly unhappy with changes to the script in the pilot, which would see him in an intense sex scene. Furthermore it’s suggested he was unhappy with his character exploring homosexuality in future episodes.
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Nick Conrad, a French rapper, who has previously been found guilty for incitement of violence, has again released a controversial new single. In his latest music video he is seen murdering a white woman, wearing Christian jewellery, the woman is symbolic of France, whilst singing, “I F*** France, I Burn France.”
In previous songs he has had lyrics like: “I enter day care centres and kill white babies. Catch them quickly and hang their parents. Spread them apart to pass the time, to entertain black children of all ages young and old”
Neither Facebook or Instagram have taken action to remove Conrad’s content from their sites, despite removing right leaning voices like Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson, and Milo Yiannopoulos, for far less violent and offensive content.
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Mel Gibson’s latest role in a movie about wealth and power within a super-rich New York family has sparked controversy. Gibson plays the patriarch of the family, in the dark comedy. However the family name in the movie, Rothchild, is strikingly close to the wealthy Jewish banking family Rothschild.
The movie, is being offered to buyers at the Cannes film festival.
Mel Gibson has been accused of anti-semitic behaviour in the past. And although the movie does not allude to any ethnicity in the family the closeness of the names has lead to charges of anti-semitism.
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Since the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal and the #MeToo movement you would think the issue of sexual assault and the “casting couch”: which involved the offer of acting roles in exchange for sexual favours, within the profession would be a thing of the past.
However it appears the #MeToo movement has done little to halt the issue of sex trafficking, and Cannes plays an important role in the practise. Young actresses often from Eastern Europe are groomed and brought to the festival. They are then introduced to these wealthy, powerful men in the industry on their yachts. The young actresses are then promised small or non-speaking parts in movies, allowing them to have a H-1 visa. Once in the US they are passed around powerful and wealthy men in Hollywood. If they refuse they are told they will have their visas revoked. Experts say that immigration officials should always be suspicious if actresses are being given the expensive H-1 visa for small parts in films.
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