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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Pacific Theatres Shutters: Who Will Rescue the Cinerama Dome? by Gene Maddaus

The workers at the ArcLight Hollywood have been on furlough for more than a year, and have been waiting eagerly for the venue to reopen. On Monday, they got word that the theater would remai…

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Monday, April 12, 2021

Weinstein Attorneys Object to Paperwork in Los Angeles Extradition by Gene Maddaus

Harvey Weinstein’s attorneys objected on Monday to the paperwork submitted to seek his extradition to face sex assault and rape charges in Los Angeles. A judge in Buffalo, N.Y., set an Apr…

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Friday, February 5, 2021

Donald Trump Resigns From SAG-AFTRA After Union Moves to Expel Him by Gene Maddaus

Former president Donald Trump has resigned from SAG-AFTRA, after the union announced last month that it would move to expel him for his role in the attack on the U.S. Capitol. SAG-AFTRA anno…

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Monday, January 25, 2021

Court Approves $17 Million Payout to Harvey Weinstein’s Victims by Gene Maddaus

Nearly three years after the Weinstein Co. declared bankruptcy, a judge on Monday confirmed a liquidation plan that provides a $17.1 million fund for Weinstein’s sexual misconduct victims.…

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

SAG-AFTRA to Hold Hearing on Expelling Trump Over Capitol Attack by Gene Maddaus

SAG-AFTRA said Tuesday that it will consider expelling President Donald Trump from membership over his role in inciting the attack on the U.S. Capitol two weeks ago. Union president Gabriell…

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Monday, December 14, 2020

Michael Jackson Estate Wins Appeal in HBO ‘Leaving Neverland’ Suit by Gene Maddaus

An appeals court on Monday handed a victory to the estate of Michael Jackson in its battle over the 2019 HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland,” which accused the late singer of sexually ab…

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Harvey Weinstein Trial Documents to Remain Sealed by Gene Maddaus

A New York State appeals court on Thursday unanimously upheld a judge’s decision to bar the public from a critical hearing in the Harvey Weinstein rape case. On April 26, Justice James Bur…

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Friday, April 5, 2019

‘Amazing Grace’ Producer Says She Was Not Paid for Years of Work (EXCLUSIVE) by Gene Maddaus

After 47 years, the Aretha Franklin concert documentary “Amazing Grace” finally arrives in theaters Friday. Alan Elliott has told the story of how he rescued the unreleased footage from …

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Los Angeles to Consider Vegan Food Mandate at Theaters by Gene Maddaus

A Los Angeles city councilman proposed on Wednesday that the city require movie theaters and sports venues to serve vegan food. The law would make Los Angeles the first city in the nation to…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Howard Kagan on Weinstein Bid: ‘We Were Shut Down and the Victims Were Shut Down’ by Gene Maddaus

Howard Kagan, the Broadway producer who placed a Hail Mary bid for the Weinstein Co. on Tuesday, told Variety that he was shut out of the process because the company refused to turn over inf…

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Weinstein Co. Announces Sale to Lantern Capital by Gene Maddaus

The Weinstein Co. declared Tuesday afternoon that Lantern Capital was the winning bidder in its bankruptcy sale, turning away a late bid from Broadway producer Howard Kagan. The company anno…

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Weinstein Co. Sale Not Over Yet, as Dark Horse Submits Late Bid by Gene Maddaus

The Weinstein Co. sale is not settled yet, as a second buyer submitted a late bid for the company on Tuesday. A source told Variety that the bidder is Howard Kagan, a former partner at Harbi…

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

‘Shape of Water’ Ripped Off 1969 Play, Lawsuit Alleges by Gene Maddaus

The son of playwright Paul Zindel filed a lawsuit on Wednesday alleging that “The Shape of Water” was based on Zindel’s 1969 play, “Let Me Hear You Whisper.” Da…

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Weinstein Co. Board Fires COO David Glasser for Cause by Gene Maddaus

The board of the Weinstein Company voted on Friday to fire David Glasser, the company’s chief operating officer. Glasser was set to become CEO of the company under a new ownership grou…

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Disney Accused of Cutthroat Tactics in Redbox Dispute by Gene Maddaus

Redbox went on offense against Disney on Friday, filing a federal suit accusing the world’s leading movie studio of engaging in anti-competitive behavior. Disney sued Redbox back in De…

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Disney Star Adam Hicks Arrested for String of Armed Robberies by Gene Maddaus

Adam Hicks, the former star of Disney’s “Zeke and Luther,” was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of a string of armed robberies. According to the Burbank Police Department…

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Redbox Claims Disney Suit Is a Bid to Block Digital Competition by Gene Maddaus

Redbox has fired back against Disney’s efforts to block it from selling download codes, alleging that Disney’s copyright lawsuit is simply an effort to thwart a competitor. Disne…

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Disney Set Decorator Says She Was Fired for Taking Family Leave by Gene Maddaus

A set decorator on the Shanghai Disney resort filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday, alleging she was fired because she needed to take time off to care for her ailing father. The suit, filed by …

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Disney Files Trademark Suit to Protect ‘Star Wars’ Card Game by Gene Maddaus

Disney filed a federal trademark lawsuit on Thursday in an effort to block a mobile app based on a “Star Wars” card game. At issue is “Sabacc,” the card game first re…

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Disney-Fox Deal Casts Future of Fox Studio Lot Into Doubt by Gene Maddaus

The Fox lot in Century City has been a movie studio for more than 80 years, the place where classics like “Hello Dolly!” and “How Green Was My Valley” were filmed. Bu…

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Disney Music Executive Charged with Child Sex Abuse (EXCLUSIVE) by Gene Maddaus

Jon Heely, the director of music publishing at Disney, has been charged with three felony counts of child sexual abuse. Heely, 58, of Santa Clarita, is accused of sexually abusing two undera…

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

John Lasseter Takes Leave of Absence From Disney/Pixar, Apologizes for Unwanted Hugs by Gene Maddaus

John Lasseter, the head of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, and one of the most powerful figures in the entertainment industry, acknowledged Tuesday that he had crossed the line with…

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Disney Takes Insurer AIG to Court Over ‘Pink Slime’ Defamation Settlement by Gene Maddaus

The Walt Disney Company is going to battle with its insurer, AIG, as it seeks coverage for a massive settlement in the “pink slime” defamation case. In a motion in federal court,…

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Ticketmaster Says Bot Army Bought 30,000 ‘Hamilton’ Tickets by Gene Maddaus

A ticket broker used an army of bots to buy up 30,000 tickets to “Hamilton,” along with hundreds of thousands of other orders, according to a federal suit filed by Ticketmaster o…

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Bill Nye Claims Disney Withheld $28 Million in ‘Science Guy’ Profits by Gene Maddaus

Bill Nye is accustomed to explaining complicated concepts to children, but even he has struggled with the byzantine mess that is studio accounting. According to a lawsuit filed Thursday in L…

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Disney Channel Exec Says She Was Fired for Reporting Sexual Harassment by Gene Maddaus

A former Disney Channels Worldwide executive filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging she was subjected to a two-year campaign of retaliation, and was ultimately fired, after reporting her boss fo…

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Child Development Expert Claims Disney Stole Idea for ‘Inside Out’ by Gene Maddaus

An expert in child development filed a federal lawsuit on Monday alleging that she pitched Disney and Pixar executives on a TV project that bears a striking resemblance to the 2015 film R…

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Jerry Bruckheimer Would Board Sixth ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ With Johnny Depp, Disney by Gene Maddaus

Disney kicked off the summer movie season on Thursday night with the premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the fifth installment in the venerable franchise. Hun…

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Disney CEO Bob Iger Says He’s Definitely Leaving in 2019: ‘I’m Serious This Time’ by Gene Maddaus

Disney CEO Bob Iger insisted that he is stepping down in 2019 in remarks at a USC tech conference on Thursday. “Succession is a complicated thing, and I felt and the board felt, we cou…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Disney Accused of Stealing ‘Zootopia’ From Screenwriter Gary Goldman by Gene Maddaus

A veteran screenwriter filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday accusing Disney of stealing his idea for the hit animated film “Zootopia.” Gary Goldman alleges that Disney took character …

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Shanghai Disneyland’s Huge Early Numbers Vindicate a Big Gamble by Gene Maddaus

The case for building a Disney theme park in Shanghai is obvious on paper. With a population equivalent to the entire U.S. living within a three-hour drive, the opportunity was simply too bi…

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