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  • Wednesday, Jun. 5, 2019
Barry Jenkins to direct film about choreographer Alvin Ailey
In a Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 file photo, Barry Jenkins accepts the award for best director for "If Beale Street Could Talk" at the 34th Film Independent Spirit Awards, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Barry Jenkins will direct a film based on the life of choreographer Alvin Ailey.

A spokesperson for Fox Searchlight on Monday confirmed that the studio is developing the project, with the "Moonlight" filmmaker directing. Jenkins last helmed the Oscar-nominated James Baldwin adaptation "If Beale Street Could Talk."

Raised in segregated rural Texas, Ailey became a pioneering choreographer, dancer and director who helped popularize modern dance. He died in 1989 at the age of 58 from AIDS-related complications. In 2014, President Barack Obama awarded him a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The film will be partly based on Jennifer Dunning's biography "Alvin Ailey: A Life in Dance." Searchlight last year began developing the film after securing the rights to Ailey's choreography from the Ailey Organization.

  • Friday, May. 31, 2019
Antonio Banderas grateful for a later-in-life Cannes award
In this Wednesday, May 29, 2019 photo, actor Antonio Banderas poses for a photo during an interview, in Miami, Fla. Banderas is the winner of the Cannes Best Actor award for his most recent film, "Pain and Glory, an autobiographical film written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
MIAMI (AP) -- 

Antonio Banderas waited 40 years to receive one of the most prestigious awards an actor can obtain: the best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival. And he says he prefers it that way.

"When awards come at an early age, they make you make many mistakes, but I haven't made any mistakes," said Banderas, 58, in an interview this week with The Associated Press in Miami.

Banderas, whose credits in Hollywood include "The Mask of Zorro", was honored for his role as Salvador Mallo in Pedro Almodóvar's latest drama, "Pain and Glory."

It is their eighth film together, but the first in which Banderas portrays a version of his friend-director. In "Pain and Glory," Mallo is a famous filmmaker reflecting on his life and his career that is based on Almodóvar, including a recreation of the director's Madrid apartment.

"Pedro Almodóvar is a very private person and I understood him", Banderas said. He took a step to "show a part of himself that he had never revealed before."

The film was a favorite for the Palme d'Or at Cannes, but Banderas was the one honored.

"It's a bittersweet feeling," said Banderas, who was in Florida for Miami Fashion Week.

When he took the stage to receive the award, he did it in his name and in the name of his character, or Almodóvar himself.

"I played him and because of that it is an award that I share with him," said Banderas, whose credits with the director include "Labyrinth of Passion," ''Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!" and "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown."

"I am extremely grateful and I have incredible respect and love for this person that has given me so much," he said.



  • Thursday, May. 30, 2019
Producers Guild unveils new speakers, sessions and Mashup participants for Produced By Conference

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has announced a new batch of marquee speakers and influential producers for the 11th annual Produced By Conference on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 at Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles. These additional speakers will participate in panel sessions and workshops throughout the weekend, including “The Future of Producing,” featuring the producers behind critically-acclaimed shows including Russian Doll, Shrill, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Cobra Kai and David Makes Man, “360 Profile: When They See Us,” featuring Ava DuVernay, and “The New Age of Producing Horror.” The PGA also announced participants for the Guild’s signature program, “Producers Mashup.” Now in its third year, this popular event offers attendees the opportunity to learn from and network with seasoned producers and executives across film, television and digital media.

In alphabetical order, the new additions for Produced By speaking sessions include:

  • Alexander LoVerde, Co-Founder & CEO, SyncOnSet Technologies
  • Alexandra Rushfield; Shrill, Love
  • Amy Israel, EVP, Scripted Programming, Showtime Networks
  • Andrew Nusca, Digital Editor, FORTUNE
  • Barry Jossen, Head of A+E Studios
  • Brandon Trost, Cinematographer, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Chris Giliberti, Head of Gimlet Pictures, Gimlet Media
  • Dan Goor; Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks and Recreation
  • Daniel Sasaki, SVP of Optical Engineering, Panavision
  • Dee Harris-Lawrence, David Makes Man, Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G
  • Franklin Leonard, Founder and CEO, The Black List
  • Guillaume Aubuchon, Production Manager and Post-Producer, VP Product, Cast & Crew
  • Hayden Schlossberg, Counterbalance Entertainment; Cobra Kai, Blockers
  • Jade McQueen, Managing Director, Media & Entertainment, Box
  • Jim Hemphill, Director/Writer; The Trouble with the Truth
  • Joel Sloss, Sr. Program Manager, Microsoft Azure Media & Entertainment
  • John D. Canning, VP, New Media and Chairman, New Media Council, Producers Guild
  • K.J. Matthews, Entertainment Journalist & TV Producer
  • Leslye Headland; Russian Doll, Sleeping with Other People
  • Lori McCreary, CEO & Co-Founder, Revelations Entertainment; Madam Secretary, Story of God
  • Matthew Clark, Cinematographer, Late Night
  • Melissa Lintinger, Senior Vice President, Production Finance, NBCUniversal Television Studios
  • Pete Hammond, Chief Film Critic, Deadline Hollywood
  • Philip Lieberman, Cybersecurity Expert, In Stealth Mode
  • Sanjay Sharma, Founder & CEO, Marginal Mediaworks
  • Scott Silveri, Creator & Executive Producer; Speechless
  • Sean Dunckley, Senior Colorist, Late Night
  • Stephanie Allain, Principal, Homegrown Pictures; Dear White People, Hustle & Flow
  • Ted Gagliano, President of Feature Post Production, 20th Century Fox

Additionally, a high-caliber group of seasoned producers and production company executives will participate in the Producers Mashup on Sunday afternoon. The Producers Mashup is sponsored by Honolulu Film Office and PRG VER.

  • Betsy Ockerlund; Big Rig Bounty Hunters, American Guns
  • Brad Lewis; How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Ratatouille
  • Carl Rogers; Head of Film Development, Alcon Entertainment
  • Chris Bender; Under the Silver Lake, We're the Millers
  • Chris Hanada, Partner/Producer, Retrofit Films
  • Chris Moore; Manchester by the Sea, Project Greenlight
  • Christina Lee Storm, VP of Business Operations, Strategy and Emerging Technology, DreamWorks Animation
  • Christopher Mack, SVP, Head of Scripted Development, Stage 13 / Warner Bros. Digital Networks
  • David Glasser, CEO, 101 Studios
  • Erik Feig, Founder, PICTURESTART
  • Gary Goetzman; Mamma Mia!, Olive Kitteridge
  • Janet Han Vissering, SVP of Development and Production, Nat Geo WILD
  • Jay Roewe, SVP of Production, HBO
  • Jo Sharon, CCO, Magical Elves
  • John Ziffren, VP of Production, ABC Studios
  • Josh Berman; Drop Dead Diva, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
  • Josh Silberman; Double Dare, Fear Factor
  • Justin Falvey, Co-President, Amblin Television
  • Kristine Pregot, Executive Producer of Post Production, A+E Networks
  • Mark Gordon, President and CCO, Film and Television, Entertainment One
  • Matthew Weiner; The Romanoffs, Mad Men
  • Michael Seitzman; Code Black, Quantico
  • Rosemary Lombard; At Home with Amy Sedaris, Mapplethorpe
  • Sasha Silver, Senior Manager of Content Development, Hulu
  • Scott Aversano, EVP of Production, 20th Century Fox
  • Ted Mundorff, President and CEO, Landmark Theatres
  • Timothy Marx; Young Sheldon, Baby Daddy
  • Yolanda T. Cochran, VP of Production, Disney ABC Television Group

To accommodate the wealth of producing disciplines among Produced By attendees, the Producers Mashup features five distinct tracks from which attendees can choose: feature film, scripted television, unscripted television, digital media and Ground-Up, which will offer candid advice from representatives of the Guild’s AP Council. Within each track, a small group of attendees is matched with a with mentoring producer or executive who will offer candid advice on the practice of producing, from the pitching process all the way to delivery. After 15 minutes, the mentors shift to a new group and the conversations continue.

In addition to marquee programming featuring established Hollywood studios and award-winning producers, Produced By will introduce new areas of conversation that reflect emerging creatives, new platforms and technological innovations in storytelling. Sessions offered will include “The Streamers: Meet the Buyers,” “The Integrated Data-Driven Production: Efficiency, Economy and Quality in the Cloud,” “Representation For Everyone: Why It Makes Sense Now More Than Ever,” and more. Additionally, “The Art and Craft of Pitching” session, which gives select attendees the opportunity to pitch to the most seasoned pros in the business and refine their pitching skills, received a record number of submissions this year. 

In addition to Warner Bros. Studios, conference sponsors to-date are: Delta Air Lines, the Official Airline Partner; A+E Studios; Blackmagic Design; Box; Branded Entertainment Network (BEN); CallPlease; Cast & Crew; Cherry Picks; Coca-Cola; Don Francisco's Coffee; Endcrawl; Fetzer; Film in Illinois; Film Sakartvelo; Film US Virgin Islands; Final Draft; Florida Office of Film & Entertainment; Freeform; GreenSlate; Heineken; Honolulu Film Office; Imagecraft, Equipment Rentals; KIND; Light Iron; Marriott Bonvoy; Massachusetts Film Office; Microsoft; Netflix; Panavision; PRG VER; Produce Iowa; The Royal Film Commission - Jordan; SAG-AFTRA; SAGindie; The Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television; SmartSource; SunTrust Robinson Humphrey; The Switch; TiM Digital Onboarding; and William Grant & Sons.

The 2019 Produced By Conference is chaired by PGA members Betsy Beers, Ian Bryce, Tracey Edmonds, Mike Farah and Gene Stein. The Produced By Conference 2019 team is Supervising Producer, Barry Kaplan (EKG, Inc.), Program Directors, Madelyn Hammond and Javier Infante (Madelyn Hammond & Associates), Sponsorship Director, Diane Salerno (Six Degrees Global) and Marketing Consultant, Julie Giles (greenHAT digital).

  • Thursday, May. 30, 2019
"The Chi" actor loses MTV awards bid amid misconduct claims
This April 10, 2019 file photo shows Jason Mitchell at "The Chi" FYC Event in Los Angeles.(Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

MTV on Wednesday cut Jason Mitchell from contention at next month's MTV Movie & TV Awards following reports of alleged misconduct by "The Chi" actor.

MTV said in a statement Mitchell was removed as a nominee for best performance in a show in light of recent developments. 
The channel did not expand on the statement.

According to The Hollywood Reporter , Mitchell has been dropped from Showtime's "The Chi" after he was fired in late April from the upcoming Netflix movie "Desperado."

The trade paper reported that Mitchell's agent, manager and lawyer cut ties with him after he was dropped from "The Chi." 
There was no immediate reply Wednesday to a request for comment from an attorney listed as Mitchell's representative.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter published Wednesday, "The Chi" showrunner Ayanna Floyd said there were multiple human resources complaints against Mitchell, including one she filed against the actor, after she became what she described as "a target of his rage and inappropriateness."

Mitchell drew critical acclaim for his work in the 2015 film "Straight Outta Compton" and in 2017's "Mudbound." He played Brandon Johnson in "The Chi's" first and second seasons, the latter airing now.

He would have competed at the gender-neutral MTV awards airing on June 17 with Emilia Clarke of "Game of Thrones," Elisabeth Moss of "The Handmaid's Tale," Gina Rodriguez of "Jane the Virgin" and Kiernan Shipka of "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina."

  • Tuesday, May. 28, 2019
Toonz Media Group acquires majority stake in production house Telegael
Toonz Media Group CEO P. Jayakumar
TRIVANDRUM, India/GALWAY, Ireland -- 

Toonz Media Group has acquired a majority stake in the large full-service Emmy winning production house Telegael, extending the group’s global entertainment footprint and adding important pre and postproduction facilities to its animation operatioh, as well as a large live action studio to its entertainment business, hence enabling it to become a major 360 entertainment outfit. 

The deal between India-based Toonz and Ireland’s Telegael brings many strategic synergies, making this a complementary venture for both companies. As part of this strategic venture, Toonz benefits from having an award-winning, successful and highly active pre and post-production studio, as well as a live action capacity amongst its business divisions.

Telegael now becomes part of one of Asia’s largest and most dynamic entertainment groups, with a 400-talent strong studio in India, producing around 10,000 minutes of 2D & 3D animation and visual effects annually and joins a group with full-scale financing, production, distribution and broadcast offices in 10 major countries around the globe.

In July 2018, Toonz announced the co-production of its new 52x12’ CGI comedy series Mondo Yan, partnering with Telegael, Spanish broadcaster TV3 from Catalunya and Imira Entertainment. Telegael is handling part of the pre-production and all postproduction of the series. Toonz-owned Imira Entertainment handles worldwide distribution of the series.

Toonz Media Group, this year celebrating its 20th anniversary, will through this acquisition, increase its in-house development and IP Creation business with Telegael’s design and preproduction division, amounting to a significant increase in European production with global appeal and more titles added to Toonz’s slate, which is distributed globally by Toonz’s Imira.  

Toonz Media Group CEO P. Jayakumar, said of the partnership, “The addition of proven pre-production and post-production facilities, together with existing distribution capabilities and our globally recognised production expertise delivers synergistic and customer benefits that exceed the sum of the parts. This new acquisition will enable Toonz to deliver world class end to end services to existing and future customers across the globe”

Established in 1988 and employing the services of up to 350 talent and entertainment professionals, including fulltime and contract, Telegael co-produces animated and live action content for a range of international partners and broadcasters. Its clients include some of the biggest names in global broadcasting including The Walt Disney Company, Netflix, Lionsgate, NBC Universal Sprout, BBC, Discovery, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, ARD and ZDF. Telegael has produced more than 1,000 hours of television, which have been distributed to over 150 territories and translated into over 50 languages.

Paul Cummins, CEO of Telegael, added, “The Toonz deal provides Telegael with exciting opportunities to further grow our IP and service production by becoming part of a dynamic global entertainment group with involvement and expertise in 2D and 3D production, visual FX, global distribution, financing, gaming, licensing and merchandising. The deal offers substantial synergies and the opportunity to be part of a large vertically integrated global entertainment group.”

  • Sunday, May. 26, 2019
Pelley says complaints to execs led to evening news ouster
This May 15, 2013, file photo shows Scott Pelley attending the CBS Upfront in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Former "CBS Evening News" anchor Scott Pelley says he lost that job because he wouldn't stop complaining to management about the hostile work environment for men and women.

Pelley was forced out of the position in 2017 after six years on the job.

The "60 Minutes" correspondent told CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday, however, that things have changed after 18 months of dramatic management changes amid a slew of scandals and misconduct claims at CBS.

Executives who have departed include Jeff Fager of "60 Minutes," network news president David Rhodes, anchor Charlie Rose and CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves, who left in September after multiple women alleged sexual misconduct.

When asked to elaborate, Pelley said that four or five years ago he went to the president of the news division, who was then Rhodes, and described the hostile environment.

"He told me if I kept agitating about that internally then I'd lose my job," Pelley said. "Having exhausted the possibilities in the news division, I went to the chairman of the CBS Corporation who listened to me very concerned for an hour, asked me some penetrating questions about what was going on...I didn't hear back from him, but in the next opportunity in my contract I was let go from the evening news."

Now, Pelley said, with the promotion of people like Susan Zirinsky to head the news division, who is the first woman to hold that position, it's all blue sky from here. Pelley added that the network is on the right track.

Representatives from CBS did not immediately respond to request for comment.

  • Sunday, May. 26, 2019
Netflix acquires Cannes Film Fest award winners “Atlantics” and “I Lost My Body”
A scene from "I Lost My Body"

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights (excluding China, Benelux, Switzerland, Russia, France) to Mati Diop’s Atlantics, which just won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival. Additionally I Lost My Body (J’ai perdu mon corps)--named the best film of the independent International Critics’ Week section at the 2019 Cannes Fest and awarded the Nespresso Grand Prize in the section--was bought by Netflix, which gains worldwide rights (excluding China, Benelux, Turkey, France). I Lost My Body was directed by Jérémy Clapin.

Atlantics takes us along the Atlantic coast where a soon-to-be-inaugurated futuristic tower looms over a suburb of Dakar. Ada, 17, is in love with Souleiman, a young construction worker.  But she has been promised to another man. One night, Souleiman and his co-workers leave the country by sea, in hopes of a better future. Several days later, a fire ruins Ada’s wedding and a mysterious fever starts to spread. Little does Ada know that Souleiman has returned.

In I Lost My Body, a cut-off hand escapes from a dissection lab with one crucial goal: to get back to its body. As it scrambles through the pitfalls of Paris, it remembers its life with the young man it was once attached to....until they met Gabrielle.

Xilam Animation produced I Lost My Body.

  • Saturday, May. 25, 2019
Fanning says she's been transformed by Cannes Film Fest experience
Jury members Paweł Pawlikowski, from left, Elle Fanning, jury president Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, jury members Maimouna N'Diaye and Yorgos Lanthimos pose for photographers upon arrival at the awards ceremony of the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
CANNES, France (AP) -- 

Elle Fanning, the youngest juror ever at the Cannes Film Festival, said she's been transformed by her experience at the French festival.

The 21-year-old actresses' jury service came to an end Saturday with the Cannes closing ceremony. She wanted the festival to keep going.

"I didn't know how I would come out of this experience. I do feel like I see films in a different way. I learned so much," Fanning said after the ceremony. "I will never forget these ten days. I don't want it to be over."

Fanning was part of the nine-person jury that elected Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite" the Palme d'Or winner. Mexican director Alejandro Inarritu, president of the jury, praised Fanning for bringing a younger perspective to the jury.

"Having Elle in the jury was a gift," said Inarritu. "Elle is an old soul in a way. She has been doing films forever. But to have the fresh ideas, it really grounded us."

"We saw it through her young eyes," he added. "We learned a lot from her too."

Throughout the French film festival, Fanning was one of the standouts of the red carpet, regularly drawing praise for her glamorous and varied looks.

The only downside of her Cannes may have been when she collapsed at the Chopard Trophee dinner on Monday. She later posted on Instagram a thumbs-up photo and said she had fainted because her Prada gown was too tight.

  • Saturday, May. 25, 2019
Stan Lee's former manager arrested on elder abuse charges
In this April 23, 2018, file photo, Stan Lee, left, and Keya Morgan arrive at the world premiere of "Avengers: Infinity War" in Los Angeles. Morgan, the former business manager of Lee, has been arrested on elder abuse charges involving the late comic book icon. Los Angeles police say Morgan was taken into custody in Arizona early Saturday, May 25, 2019, on an outstanding arrest warrant. Morgan was charged earlier this month with felony allegations of theft, embezzlement, forgery or fraud against an elder adult, and false imprisonment of an elder adult. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

A former business manager of Stan Lee was arrested Saturday on elder abuse charges involving the late comic book legend.

Keya Morgan was taken into custody in Arizona on an outstanding arrest warrant after being charged by Los Angeles County prosecutors earlier this month.

Morgan faces felony charges including theft, embezzlement, forgery or fraud against an elder adult, and false imprisonment of an elder adult. A misdemeanor count also alleges elder abuse.

Authorities say Morgan sought to capitalize on the Marvel Comic mastermind's wealth and exert influence over Lee even though he had no authority to act on his behalf.

Police say Morgan pocketed more than $262,000 from autograph signing sessions Lee did in May 2018. Authorities say Morgan at one point also took Lee from his Hollywood Hills home to a Beverly Hills condominium "where Morgan had more control over Lee."

Lee's daughter said in a request for a restraining order last year that Morgan was manipulating the mentally declining Lee, preventing him from seeing family and friends, and trying to take control of his money and business affairs.

Attorney Alex Kessel has said Morgan has never abused or taken advantage of Lee. Kessel said in an email on Saturday that he had been in contact with prosecutors to arrange for Morgan to surrender on Tuesday.

"It is unfortunate that the DA and police did not honor our commitment to surrender next week and arrested him," Kessel said in an email.

Lee died in November at the age of 95.

Morgan's bail has been set at $300,000. He will eventually be extradited to Los Angeles to face the charges.

  • Saturday, May. 25, 2019
Judge: Anheuser-Busch must revise ads aimed at MillerCoors
In this March 11, 2015 file photo, newly-filled and sealed cans of Miller Lite beer move along on a conveyor belt, at the MillerCoors Brewery, in Golden, Colo. A Wisconsin judge on Friday, May 24, 2019, ordered Anheuser-Busch to stop suggesting in advertising that MillerCoors' light beers contain corn syrup, wading into a fight between two beer giants that are losing market share to small independent brewers. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

A Wisconsin judge has ordered Anheuser-Busch to stop suggesting in advertising that MillerCoors' light beers contain corn syrup, wading into a fight between two beer giants that are losing market share to small independent brewers.

U.S. District Judge William Conley for the Western District of Wisconsin on Friday granted a preliminary injunction sought by MillerCoors that temporarily stops Anheuser-Busch from using the words "corn syrup" in ads without giving more context.

MillerCoors sued its rival in March, saying St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch has spent as much as $30 million on a "false and misleading" campaign, including $13 million in its first commercials during this year's Super Bowl.

However, the ruling did not affect all of Anheuser-Busch's advertising targeting MillerCoors, allowing the commercials that premiered at the Super Bowl to keep airing.

Anheuser-Busch's ad drew a rebuke from the National Corn Growers Association, which thanked MillerCoors for its support. In its lawsuit, MillerCoors said it's "not ashamed of its use of corn syrup as a fermentation aid."

Corn syrup is used by several brewers during fermentation. During that process, corn syrup is broken down and consumed by yeast so that none of it remains in the final product. Bud Light is brewed with rice instead of corn syrup, but Anheuser-Busch uses corn syrup in some of its other beverages, including Stella Artois Cidre and Busch Light beer.

MillerCoors applauded the ruling and said Anheuser-Busch should be trying to grow the beer market, not "destroy it through deceptive advertising."

"We are pleased with today's ruling that will force Anheuser-Busch to change or remove advertisements that were clearly designed to mislead the American public," said MillerCoors CEO Gavin Hattersley.

Anheuser Busch, however, called the ruling a "victory for consumers" because it allows the brand's "Special Delivery" Super Bowl ad to continue airing.

That ad showed a medieval caravan pushing a huge barrel of corn syrup to castles for MillerCoors to make Miller Lite and Coors Light. The commercial states that Bud Light isn't brewed with corn syrup. Anheuser Busch said the ad would air as early as this weekend.

"As the number one selling beer in the U.S., Bud Light remains committed to leading the alcohol industry by providing more transparency for consumers including letting them know about the ingredients that are used to brew their beer," said Cesar Vargas, Anheuser-Busch vice president of legal and corporate affairs.

Judge Conley ordered Anheuser Busch to temporarily stop using advertisements that mention corn syrup without references to "brewed with," ''made with" or "uses," or that describe corn syrup as an ingredient in the finished products.

The ruling affects two Bud Light commercials and billboards that describe Bud Light as containing "100 percent less corn syrup" than Miller Lite and Coors Light.

Anheuser Busch said those ads are no longer up and the company had no plans to continue using them.

Judge Conley also denied an Anheuser Busch motion to dismiss the case, saying it was likely to succeed in proving misleading statements and some harm to the reputation of MillerCoors.

Chicago-based MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch have the biggest U.S. market share at 24.8 percent and 41.6 percent, respectively, but they've been losing business in recent years to smaller independent brewers, imports, and wine and spirits, according to the Brewers Association.

MillerCoors maintains Anheuser-Busch is preying on health conscious consumers who have negative connotations of corn syrup, sometimes confusing it with the high-fructose corn syrup in sodas.

The feud threatens to disrupt an alliance between the two companies to work on a campaign to promote the beer industry amid declining sales.

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