Wait La La And Carmelo Anthony Aren’t Getting Divorced?

La La Anthony wants to set the story straight about what is going on in her relationship.


BFI Teams With EON & Lucasfilm To Launch $25.5M Plan To Support Future Film Skills In UK

The British Film Institute has joined forces with a raft of film industry leaders, including Eon Productions and Lucasfilm, to launch a new venture geared towards attracting new entrants into the UK film sector whilst also equipping them with the skills needed for the country’s booming business. The new plan, called Future Film Skills – An Action Plan, has already earmarked £20 million ($25.5 million) of national lottery investment to kickstart proceedings.

Speaking at the House of Commons this evening, UK Secretary of State Karen Bradley, Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, Lucasfilm’s Kathy Kennedy, BFI Chair Josh Berger and BFI CEO Amanda Nevill unveiled the ambitious venture, calling upon the film business and education sector to support it. They want, they said, to encourage people with transferable skills and young people – especially those from under-represented groups -, to join the country’s booming film, high-end TV, animation, VR and interactive media business.

“We live in a diverse society and it is vital both culturally and commercially that our industry reflects this in front of and behind the camera,” said Broccoli, who is also chair of the UK Film Skills Task Force. “With industry, education and government uniting behind this new Films Skills Strategy and 10-Point Action Plan, we know we will be able to increase the number of people working in film and ensure we have a representative workforce.”

According to the BFI, the UK film biz is worth £4.3 billion to the economy and is the UK’s fasted growing sector. Indeed, Hollywood has largely taken advantage of the country’s strong workforce and generous tax credit in recent years with major productions such as Star Wars: Rogue One, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Cinderella and Guardians of the Galaxy all shooting in the country.

That said, the UK film biz currently employs 66,000 people, more than 70% of whom are employed in film and video production. VFX and animation sectors have seen rapid growth and, according to new BFI research, the industry will need 10,000 new entrants to join the workforce in the next five years to cope with the demand. Major gaps in the sector include areas such as production department, art department, construction, electrical and costume to name a few.

“We are on the cusp of a huge opportunity to bring thousands more into this dynamic industry where there is a genuine need for more skilled workers – from hairdressers to accountants, software developers to model makers,” said Nevill. “They also need to learn and develop their skills from the best, so we call upon everyone in the industry to help us make this a reality. This is not a ‘nice to have’ but an ‘urgent must’ if we are to achieve the growth potential for UK films that is in front of us.”


Lucasfilm has already been a key player in supporting this strategy: the company recently pioneered a pilot program with the BFI by placing 28 paid trainees to work in various craft and technical roles across the Untitled Han Solo Project currently in production at Pinewood Studios. On this program, 75% of the trainees were women, 45% came from BAME backgrounds and 68% were recruited from outside of London.

“This initiative is meaningful for both Lucasfilm and the film industry at large,” said Kennedy. “Diversity is just as important behind the scenes as it is on the screen. More points of view, more perspectives and more voices will only make films better.”

Future Film Skills has been developed as a result of a wide industry consultation led by the BFI with the Film Skills Industry Task Force, chaired by Broccoli, Nevill, Creative Skillset CEO Seetha Kumar, Chair of the Film Skills Council Iain Smith, Double Negative MD Alex Hope, BFI Film Fund Director Ben Roberts, producers Marc Samuelson, Fiona McGuire, Callum McDougall, Faiza Hosenie and Damian Jones.

Its 10-point action plan will aim to demystify getting into the film industry for young people; provide bursaries and support service to enable people from all backgrounds to enter the business; open doors for those with appropriate skills; as well as set up specific schemes to encourage industry practitioners to share their knowledge and expertise.


‘This Is Us’: Alexandra Breckenridge, & Joe Huertas Upped To Series Regulars For Season 2 Of NBC Drama

NBC’s breakout drama series This Is Us has handed its first major cast promotions, making Alexandra Breckenridge, who has recurred as Sophie, and Joe Huertas, who plays Miguel, series regulars.

Breckenridge was introduced in the second half of This Is Us‘s first season as Sophie, Kate’s (Chrissy Metz) childhood best friend and Kevin’s (Justin Hartley) childhood crush and ex-wife.

In one of the major plot twists of This Is Us‘ first season, Kevin knocked on Sophie’s door out of the blue and rekindled their romance.

Breckenridge ‘s promotion provides a clue for Season 2 — Sophie is a keeper! In the final minutes of the Season one finale, Sophie saw Kevin off as he was getting into a taxi in pursuit of an opportunity to star in a Ron Howard film.

Meanwhile, Miguel had been at the center of one of the main mysteries on the show, how he got together with Rebecca. This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman had hinted that the show may reveal next season how Jack’s best friend became his widow’s husband, so Huertas’ promotion indicates that the drama would likely explore that part of the Pearson family history.

Breckenridge, who appeared in five episodes of This Is Us last season, and Huertas, who was in eleven, join the show’s core cast of  eight series regulars who started in the pilot — Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan, and Ron Cephas Jones.

The Walking Dead and American Horror Story alumna Breckenridge is repped by Atlas Artists, CAA and McKuin, Frankel and Whitehead.

Huertas, who previously co-starred on the long-running ABC crime drama Castle, is repped by Innovative Artists, Marsh Entertainment and attorney Neil Meyer.

This Is Us, from 20th Century Fox TV, returns for Season 2 on September 26.


‘Killing Eve’: Jodie Comer Cast As Lead In BBC America Series

Jodie Comer (The White Princess, Thirteen) has been cast in a lead role opposite Sandra Oh in Killing Eve, BBC America’s eight-episode dramatic thriller series written by Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Killing Eve is based on the Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings and centers on two women; Eve (Oh) is a bored, whip-smart, pay-grade security services operative whose desk-bound job doesn’t fulfill her fantasies of being a spy. Villanelle (Comer) is an elegant, talented killer who clings to the luxuries her violent job affords her. These two fiercely intelligent women, equally obsessed with each other, go head to head in an epic game of cat and mouse.

“Jodie Comer is amazing, and will capture the precise, genius psychopathy of the character Villanelle,” said Sarah Barnett, BBC America President. “With Sandra Oh playing her foil and Phoebe Waller-Bridge as creator, there is a boatload of brilliance fueling this new show.”

Waller-Bridge will serve as showrunner and executive producer, alongside executive producers Sally Woodward Gentle and Lee Morris. The series is produced by Sid Gentle Films.

Comer’s credits include The White Princess, the recent adaptation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, the drama series Doctor Foster, and miniseries BBCA’s Thirteen for which she was nominated for a BAFTA award for Best Leading Actress. She’s repped by Independent Talent Group and ICM.


Beau Willimon Will Be Next WGA East President

House of Cards creator Beau Willimon will be the next president of the WGA East. Michael Winship, the guild’s president since 2007, isn’t seeking re-election, and Willimon is running unopposed in the guild’s upcoming officers and council election. Also running unopposed are incumbent Vice President Jeremy Pikser and incumbent Secretary-Treasurer Bob Schneider.

In the council races, the 10 candidates vying for six open freelance seats are Amy Sohn, David Handelman, Stu Zicherman, Tracey Scott Wilson, David Simon and incumbents Susan Kim, Bill Scheft, Bonnie Datt, Courtney Simon and Andrea Ciannavei.

Five other candidates are running for three open staff seats on the council: Kim Kelly, Jay Alpert, Hamilton Nolan and incumbents Phil Pilato and David Keller.

Terms for the newly elected council members will run for two years beginning September 20. The guild’s annual meeting and council election will be held September 19, with online voting beginning August 23.

The guild’s Left Coast wing also will get a new leader this year, as the WGA West said last week that President Howard Rodman won’t seek another term.


Kathy Baker & Greg Grunberg Join HBO’s Joe Paterno Movie About Penn State Scandal

Kathy Baker (The Ranch) and Heroes alum Greg Grunberg have been cast in lead roles opposite Al Pacino in HBO Films’ untitled movie about the Penn State sexual abuse scandal, directed and executive produced by Barry Levinson.

Written by Debora Cahn, John C. Richards and David McKenna, the film centers on legendary coach Joe Paterno (Pacino), who, after becoming the winningest coach in college football history, is embroiled in Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his legacy. Baker will play Sue Paterno, wife of famed football coach Joe Paterno. Grunberg portrays Scott Paterno, Joe Paterno’s son. In addition to Pacino, they join previously announced cast member Riley Keough.

Levinson, Tom Fontana and Jason Sosnoff executive produce via Levinson/Fontana alongside Wall Street producer Edward R. Pressman and Pacino’s manager Rick Nicita. Lindsay Sloane also is exec producing for HBO Films and Sony Pictures Television.

Baker currently recurs on Season 2 of Netflix comedy The Ranch, and will be seen in upcoming recurring roles on Netflix’s Love and truTV comedy I’m Sorry. Baker also co-stars in upcoming indie feature The Ballad of Lefty Brown, opposite Bill Pullman and Peter Fonda. She’s repped by Berwick & Kovacik and Paradigm.

Heroes and Heroes Reborn alum Grunberg recently wrapped production on Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, A Star Is Born. He previously appeared in features Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Trek Beyond. Grunberg is repped by Paradigm, SC Management and Jackoway Tyerman.


Watch Fans React to Baby Driver: Did They Love It or Hate It?

Sure, all of the critics are raving about Edgar Wright’s new action comedy Baby Driver. But how good is it, really? Today, we have collected some real fan reactions from folks around the country who got to attend a special screening of the movie starring Ansel Elgort and Lily James. And guess what, they actually love it. Probably more than a few of the paid critics out there. Not only that, but you can get in on all the action and fun yourself with the new Stardust app.

Tired of reading the same old movie reactions from critics who don’t really have your best interests in mind? Ever wish you could send your own reaction videos to everyone on the Internet instantaneously after seeing the latest releases? Do you just want to brag about seeing the hottest blockbuster during a secret screening? Or are you dying to flame the popular opinion with your own wicked hot take on the matter? Well, then have we got an app for you. As it puts you in the driver’s seat, no pun intended. Allowing you to upload and share all of your own personal reactions to every TV show and movie coming your way in the future.

Today, thanks to our friends at Stardust, we have an exclusive look at this cool new app, which truly turns you into the critic. And sometimes, your opinion is the only one that matters. As you can see in the collected videos below, these aren’t just fun to watch, but they’re extremely exciting and fun to make. Yes, Donnie, now the world can start and stop at your convenience! And it’s all just a click away.

Stardust is a mobile community of film & TV fanatics sharing video reactions to movies and shows. It is more than just a social network. It’s an app that is dedicated to movie & TV talk amongst true fans. Trust us, there are no “certified” critics here. No ads. No cat gifs. Just real reactions from real people. Having real fun. And you can get in on all of that fun here.

Earlier in the week, Sony Pictures held a special screening of Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver. And we’re sharing some of those reactions here. We have a cool compilation video as well as the full individual reactions from people just like you or me. They aren’t paid actors. And the app isn’t getting any kick back from Baby Driver. It’s just the first exciting release this summer that coincides with the launch of the Stardust app.

In Baby Driver, talented getaway driver Baby (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. After meeting the woman (Lily James) of his dreams, he sees a chance to ditch his shady lifestyle and make a clean break. Coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), Baby must face the music as a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom. As you can see, most of the people using the new Stardust app love Baby Driver. But even if you hate it, download the app and tell the world it’s just not your cup of motor oil. Let your voice be heard. Get the Stardust app today, and tell movie fans what you think. Become your own critic. It’s fun. And easy.

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Universal, Mike De Luca Win ‘Spiderwick Chronicles’ Holly Black Novel ‘The Cruel Prince’

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has won an auction for screen rights to The Cruel Prince, the new fantasy novel by The Spiderwick Chronicles author Holly Black. Michael De Luca will produce through his Michael De Luca Productions banner. The novel, which will be published in January by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, is the kick off to a fantasy novel series the author is calling Folk of the Air. The Cruel Prince follows the journey of a human girl who is abducted into a world of violent, dangerous faeries, and must scheme to ensure her escape and survival. It has flourishes of Alice in Wonderland and Pan’s Labyrinth. Kristin Lowe will oversee the project on behalf of Universal and Lucy Winn Kitada for De Luca.

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Black’s novels have sold over 12 million books globally, perhaps the most famous of which is The Spiderwick Chronicles. That one was turned into a 2008 Paramount film that grossed $162 million in global box office. Black is repped by Joanna Volpe of New Leaf Literary & Media for publishing, Pouya Shahbazian for film and Ziffren Brittenham LLP.


Newbie Smith Global Media Acquires Animated Pics ‘Gnome Alone’ & ‘Charming’

Smith Global Media, the nascent distribution company founded by Will Smith’s brother Harry Smith, has acquired distribution rights to the animated family features Charming with a voice cast including Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama, and Gnome Alone. Both hail from Shrek producer John H. Williams and are financed and produced by 3QU Media in association with SC Films International.

Fresh off inking a home entertainment deal at Sony, Smith Global Media plans a late 2017 theatrical bow for Gnome Alone and a Q2 2018 release for Charming. Smith said the dual acquisition “enhances our company’s position in the marketplace and illustrates our desire to be the home for the most acclaimed independent films worldwide.”

Charming, written and directed by Ross Venokur, centers on a young prince (Wilmer Valderrama) cursed as a child to have every woman he meets fall in love with him, leaving a trail of lovesick ladies and scorned lovers to wreak vengeful havoc on the kingdom. In order to beat the curse before his 21st birthday he embarks on an epic journey accompanied by a strong-willed thief named Lenore (Lovato), and must achieve three feats of heroism that will reveal which princess is his one true love. Ashley Tisdale, Sia, Avril Lavigne, Nia Vardalos and John Cleese co-star.

Gnome Alone follows Chloe (voiced by Becky G) who discovers her new home’s garden gnomes are not what they seem, she must decide between the pursuit of a high school life and banding with the gnomes to fight against the Troggs, menacing little monsters who have invaded the house through a portal from another world. Josh Peck, Olivia Holt, George Lopez and Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump co-star.

3QU Media’s Henry Skelsey, Jon Christianson and Jeremy Ross are executive producers on both pics. The deal was negotiated by Smith Global’s head of legal and Bbusiness affairs Hillary Arlene Jones with UTA on behalf of 3QU Media.


First Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Footage Looks Amazing

Do you know where you are? If you’re a fan of The Rock, then you’ll probably be in the jungle with him for the upcoming Jumanji sequel. The first full trailer for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is set to debut tomorrow, but Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has decided to give us all a little taste of what to expect. And it is full on crazy.

Dwayne Johnson took to Twitter to share the brief tease for the new Jumanji movie and, brief as it may be, this first footage has pretty much everything you may want from something like this. There is a little bit of Kevin Hart screaming, The Rock punching a guy super hard through a pillar and a super angry hippo. We also get a glimpse of the dangerous board game and a wicked rhino stampede. This footage packs quite a bit into about 20 seconds. We can guess that the full trailer will give us a little more to go on in terms of story. Or maybe not. Here’s what Dwayne Johnson had to say in his tweet, teasing some pretty heavy homages to the original movie.

“Legend continues…A game for those who seek to find, a way to leave their world behind. #Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle trailer Tomorrow!”

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is, thankfully for those who feel nostalgic about the original, not a reboot. It is instead taking place in the same continuity as the 1995 movie that starred the late Robin Williams. The sequel sees four high school kids discover an old video game console who are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, transforming into the adult avatars they chose. They soon discover that Jumanji is a dangerous game that you must literally survive, it becomes clear they need to beat the game and return to the real world. If they can’t, they will be stuck there forever.

This should be an interesting flip of perspective from Joe Johnston’s Jumanji. In that movie, we saw the elements from the game brought into the real world. In Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, people from the real world are going to be brought into the actual game. This happened to Robin Williams’ character Alan in the first movie, but we never really got to see what treachery he had to endure. Turns out, it is awesome for audience members. Not so much if you are actually a person having to deal with a bunch of angry jungle creatures.

Sony has given Jumanji 2 a December 20, 2017, release date, meaning that it could benefit from those looking for a family-friendly movie this holiday season. Despite Dwayne Johnson’s box office success in recent years, even he may have a tough time competing with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but this could serve as a decent bit of counter-programming. If the trailer is as good as it looks like it might be, this could be a big hit. Be sure to check out the first footage from Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle for yourself below and be sure to check back tomorrow for the full trailer.

Legend continues…
A game for those who seek to find, a way to leave their world behind. #Jumanji: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE trailer TOMORROW!

— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) June 28, 2017

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