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  • Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019
This Oct. 2, 2019 photo released by Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP shows Chase Robinson, a former employee of Robert De Niro’s company, Canal Productions. On Thursday, Oct. 3, Robinson filed a lawsuit against De Niro in Manhattan federal court, seeking $12 million. The lawsuit came six weeks after De Niro’s company sought $6 million from Robinson in state court, accusing her of misappropriating money. (Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP. via AP)

Robert De Niro has found himself in a real-life court drama, trading dueling lawsuits with his former assistant after their decade-long working relationship went dreadfully sour.

He's accusing her of misappropriating money. She says he subjected her to sexist and harassing comments.

Chase Robinson sued the 76-year-old De Niro Thursday in Manhattan federal court, seeking $12 million. The lawsuit came six weeks after De Niro’s company, Canal Productions, sought $6 million from Robinson in state court.

Robinson, who’s 37, said she endured years of gender discrimination and harassment as De Niro made sexually charged comments, was verbally abusive and treated her as his “office wife” while she was an executive assistant and eventual Vice President of Production and Finance.

According to the lawsuit, he sometimes directed Robinson to scratch his back, button his shirts, fix his collars, tie his ties and wake him up when he was in More

  • Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019
This combination photo shows Cynthia Erivo performing at the 73rd annual Tony Awards in New York on June 9, 2019, left, and Aretha Franklin performing at the world premiere of "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives" at Radio City Music Hall in New York on April 19, 2017. Erivo will play Franklin in a third installment of the National Geographic anthology series "Genius." Production on “Genius: Aretha” will begin next month and the series is expected to debut next spring. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

National Geographic has found its next “Genius.”

The network has tapped Cynthia Erivo to play Aretha Franklin in a third installment of the anthology series.

The authorized project will feature Franklin’s music. Erivo will perform songs from the singer’s catalog. Franklin died in 2018 of pancreatic cancer at age 76.

Erivo won a Tony Award, a Grammy and a Daytime Emmy for her work in “The Color Purple.”

“Genius” dramatizes the story of some of the world’s most legendary innovators. Previous seasons focused on Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso, starring Geoffrey Rush and Antonio Banderas.

Production on “Genius: Aretha” will begin next month. The series is expected to debut next spring.

  • Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019
This July 16, 2013, file photo, shows a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

The European Union’s top court ruled Thursday that member states can force Facebook to remove or block unlawful material worldwide, in a case that raises new questions over the responsibilities of tech giants.

The European Court of Justice ruling is seen as a defeat for Facebook and similar online platforms, as it would increase the onus on them to monitor what appears on the internet.

Internet companies would only be forced to take action worldwide when ordered to do so by a court in EU states - and not by governments, for example. That means any requests would have to go through a longer procedure than a simple complaint to a regulator.

“EU law does not preclude a host provider such as Facebook from being ordered to remove identical and, in certain circumstances, equivalent comments previously declared to be illegal,” the court said. “In addition, EU law does not preclude such an injunction from producing effects worldwide, within More

  • Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019
Chuck Studios' (l-r) Elyse Sara, Ellen Gaedtgens and Olaf van Gerwen

Chuck Studios, a global food-specialist creative production company, has opened a U.S. base in Los Angeles. Heading the L.A. office is partner and managing director of U.S. operations Elyse Sara whose former company Canteen has joined forces with Chuck Studios, which was founded in 2011 by Ellen Gaedtgens and Olaf van Gerwen and is headquartered in Amsterdam with a third office in Moscow. The food/tabletop shop has a U.S. directorial roster which includes van Gerwen, and the duo Spicy and Kristy Snell. Some of the production company’s most recent work includes multi-platform food campaigns for McDonald’s, KFC and Clif Bar. 

Sara brings 15 years of production industry experience, working with brands such as McDonald’s, Burger King, Heinz and Pepsi. Sara will work alongside the leadership team to change the way food and beverage brands perceive themselves, helping them develop a culinary identity that is exclusive to their brand and product. 

  • Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019
Craig Weiss
STUDIO CITY, Calif. -- 

With work that has been seen in series ranging from G.L.O.W. and Orange is the New Black on Netflix, to This Is Us on NBC, and CBS’s Hawaii 5-0 and the upcoming All Rise, CBS’ technology group unveiled its new name and logo, as well as newly enhanced virtual production capabilities that push the boundaries of TV production.

Carrying more than 25 years of experience producing visual effects and developing production technology solutions, the group previously known as CBS Digital has transformed itself into CBS VFX, led by executive creative director Craig Weiss and EP George Bloom.

In November, CBS VFX will move from its current home at CBS Television Center, to a headquarters at the network’s Studio City production center, which will allow CBS VFX to better meet a rising demand for its cost-saving, flexible virtual production solutions. Those include “Parallax,” CBS VFX’s proprietary virtual More

  • Saturday, Sep. 28, 2019
In this Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 file photo, artistic director of Moscow Lenkom Theater, Mark Zakharov, addresses the audience at a reception in Moscow, Russia. Mark Zakharov, a renowned Russian theater and film director whose productions have been widely acclaimed and loved by several generations of Russians, has died on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. He was 85. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service, File)

Mark Zakharov, a renowned Russian theater and film director whose productions were widely acclaimed and loved by several generations of Russians, has died. He was 85.

Zakharov died in Moscow on Saturday, according to the Lenkom Theatre, which he had led for more than four decades. The theater's chief administrator, Mark Varshaver, said Zakharov died of pneumonia.

Born in Moscow, Zakharov graduated from the capital's leading theater school in 1955 and worked as an actor for a decade before he became a stage director.  He served as the Lenkom Theatre's director from 1973 until his death.

Many of Zakharov's theater productions become iconic. He also gained fame as a film director.

In a condolence letter, Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed Zakharov as a "colossal personality" and praised the late director's "remarkable talent, freedom and dignity."

Plans call for Zakharov to be buried Tuesday at Moscow's Novodevichy More

  • Friday, Sep. 27, 2019
This image released by Columbia Pictures shows Tom Holland in a scene from "Spider-Man: Homecoming." Sony Pictures Entertainment and The Walt Disney Studios said Friday that they would be teaming up once more to produce a third film in the “Spider-Man” series starring Holland. (Chuck Zlotnick/Columbia Pictures-Sony via AP)

Spider-Man won't be leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe anytime soon.

After a public fallout last month, Sony Pictures Entertainment and The Walt Disney Studios have found a way to work together. The studios said Friday that they would be teaming up once more to produce a third "Spider-Man" film starring Tom Holland.

Disputes over the profit-sharing structure put Spidey's future in the MCU in doubt, much to the chagrin of many fans who had enjoyed seeing Spider-Man fighting alongside The Avengers.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said in a statement that he's thrilled that the character's journey in the MCU is continuing. Producer Amy Pascal added that it has been a "winning partnership" for both studios.

The next Spidey film will hit theaters on July 16, 2021.

  • Friday, Sep. 27, 2019
This June 23, 2019 file photo shows Tyler Perry accepting the ultimate icon award at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Tyler Perry said he cannot "just up and leave" filming in Georgia despite Hollywood's backlash against the state's "heartbeat" abortion law.

The actor-director-writer made the remarks to The Associated Press on Friday while discussing the upcoming opening of his massive Atlanta-based studio. Some celebs have urged TV and film companies to abandon the state after Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed the restrictive abortion bill in May.

But Perry, whose hits include the "Madea" franchise and "Why Did I Get Married" films, said he is committed to staying put.

"Atlanta has been the dream. It has been the promised land," he said. "So when I got here, this whole state and city has been amazing to me and I wouldn't trade that for anything. Also, I put $250 million in the ground here and in the studio. So when you have a quarter of a billion dollars sat down in the ground, you can't just up and leave."

Perry is planning a star-studded More

  • Thursday, Sep. 26, 2019
This Oct. 26, 2018 file photo shows Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige at the 2018 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige is teaming up with Lucasfilm to develop a new "Star Wars" film.

Walt Disney Studios co-chairman Alan Horn told the entertainment trade The Hollywood Reporter that it made sense for Feige to team up with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy to help usher in a new era in Star Wars storytelling.

As the president of Marvel Studios, which Disney acquired in 2009, Feige turned the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the most successful franchise in movie history, boasting over $22 billion in worldwide ticket sales.

"Star Wars" is entering this new phase after the Skywalker saga comes to a close this December. "Game of Thrones" showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are also developing new Star Wars films, as is "The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson.

  • Thursday, Sep. 26, 2019
Joe Alves

Oscar-nominated production designer Joe Alves, best known for his work on Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the three Jaws films, will receive the Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) Lifetime Achievement Award atthe 24th Annual ADG “Excellence in Production Design” Awards. A true veteran of Hollywood’s studio system, Alves is a master artist, art director, production designer, producer and director. The 2020 ADG Awards will return to the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown in the Wilshire Grand Ballroom on Saturday, February 1, 2020. This is the first of four Lifetime Achievement Awards to be announced by the Art Directors Guild.
“The breadth and depth of Joe Alves contribution to the art of visual storytelling can hardly be overstated; he has been involved with helping to create many of the most iconic feature films and television shows of the last 65 years. It is difficult to imagine a more deserving More

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