VidAngel Files For Chapter 11 After Losing Legal Fight With Hollywood Studios

VidAngel, the company that offered its users “clean” versions of existing movies, said today that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. CEO Neal Harmon announced the move, saying, “It’s an important step to protect our company — as well as its creditors, investors, and customers — from the plaintiffs’ efforts to deny families their legal right to watch filtered content on modern devices.” Read his full statement below.

The news comes less than two months after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Disney, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros in their lawsuit and ruled against the Utah-based company.

VidAngel offered the cleaned-up version of films by cracking the encryption on discs, then selling and repurchasing the content in transactions with consumers who specified edits — in effect, the sale and re-purchase created a cheap, family-friendly rental of films.

Here is Harmon’s full statement:

“We have filed a petition for relief under Chapter 11. It’s an important step to protect our company—as well as its creditors, investors, and customers—from the plaintiffs’ efforts to deny families their legal right to watch filtered content on modern devices. It also gives us breathing room to reorganize our business around the new streaming platform, promote and perfect the new technology, and seek a legal determination that the new system is fully legal and not subject to the preliminary injunction entered in California.

“It’s important for our fans to know that VidAngel will continue to offer our filtering service, and to add new content and new customers during the reorganization process. We are also actively hiring additional engineers to further accelerate the continued development of VidAngel. Our original series, Dry Bar Comedy, is exploding and has had over 16 million minutes viewed in the last 7 days. Our customers can filter movies on Amazon, Netflix, and HBO on Amazon, and we still have millions in the bank to fight this all the way.”


Mark Ruffalo To Star In HBO Limited Drama Series In Works From Derek Cianfrance Based On Wally Lamb Book

EXCLUSIVE: HBO has had success with limited drama series with big-name feature actors attached from the get-go, like True Detective, which the network bought with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson on board, and more recently Big Little Liars, shepherded by and starring Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, which swept the Emmys this year.

As a follow-up, the premium cable network is developing I Know This Much Is True, an eight-episode limited drama series starring and executive produced by Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers), from FilmNation Entertainment (Arrival).

Like Big Little Lies, I Know This Much Is True is based on a popular book, the 1998 novel by bestselling author Wally Lamb, which was was an Oprah’s Book Club pick that year.

Written and directed by filmmaker Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine), I Know This Much Is True is described as an epic family saga that explores the American identity following the parallel lives of twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey throughout the latter half of the 20th century. Ruffalo will pull double duty, starring as both brothers.

Ruffalo and Lamb, who have been collaborating on a TV adaptation of the book for the past two years, executive produce with Cianfrance as well as Ben Browning & Glen Basner of indie film company FilmNation.

This marks Ruffalo’s return to HBO where he starred in and co-executive produced the movie The Normal Heart, which earned him an acting Emmy nomination. He also shared in The Normal Heart‘s Best TV Movie Emmy win.

The three-time Oscar nominee (most recently for Spotlight in 2o16) and Tony nominee will next reprise his Marvel’s Avengers franchise role as Bruce Banner/The Hulk in Thor: Ragnarok. Ruffalo is repped by Lighthouse Management and Media, UTA and Keith Klevan.

Cianfrance’s feature credits along with 2010’s Blue Valentine starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams also include The Place Beyond the Pines and The Light Between Oceans. Cianfrance, who won a DGA Award this year for best commercial director, is developing an American West feature about the history of the Comanche wars for Warner Bros, which is slated to film in 2018. He is repped by CAA, manager Jamie Patricof and attorney Micheal Schenkman.

FilmNation Entertainment recently produced breakout box office hit The Big Sick.


Marsha Thomason Scrubs In For ‘The Good Doctor’; Bahram Khosraviani Joins ‘The Brave’

White Collar alum Marsha Thomason has been cast in a a guest-starring role on ABC’s new drama series The Good Doctor, the Freddie Highmore-starrer that recently received a full-season pickup. She is set to play Isabel Barnes, the wife of Marcus Barnes (Hill Harper), the head of surgery at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. Thomason, who played Diana Barrigan on USA Network’s White Collar, has TV credits including NCIS: Los Angeles and Lost. She is repped by Domain and Management 360.

Bahram Khosraviani has been set as a recurring guest star on NBC’s The Brave, the rookie military drama starring Mike Vogel and Anne Heche that revolves around a Special Ops team and their missions. He will play Qassem Javad, a decorated veteran of the Iranian military who is now the head of Fahim Jarif’s security team. Khosraviani, who recently guest-starred on CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles and whose film credits include War Dogs, is repped by BBR Talent and Hg5 Entertainment.


Ballad of Lefty Brown Trailer Has Bill Pullman Seeking Justice

A24 Films has released the first trailer for their upcoming Western The Ballad of Lefty Brown, which hits theaters this December and could be a dark horse Oscar candidate. Since most of the Oscar candidates won’t be released until either November of December, it’s tough to tell which films could be contenders or not, but with a stellar cast and a classic revenge Western, it wouldn’t be surprising if A24 goes for back-to-back Best Picture Oscars this year, after winning with Moonlight last year. Still, we have a long way to go before the awards season starts coming into focus, but this may very well be one film to keep your eye on.

When cowboy Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman) witnesses the murder of his longtime partner, the newly-elected Senator Edward Johnson (Peter Fonda), he strikes out to find the killers and avenge his friend’s gruesome death. Tracking the outlaws across the vast and desolate Montana plains, Lefty recruits a young gunslinger, Jeremiah (Diego Josef), and an old friend, a hard-drinking U.S. Marshall (Tommy Flanagan), to help deliver the men to justice.

After a gunfight with the outlaws leaves Jeremiah wounded, Lefty returns home with the names of Johnson’s killers only to find that he is being accused of his friend’s murder. With the tables turned, and with his friend in the governor’s mansion (Jim Caviezel) refusing to help, Lefty must evade the law and prove his innocence by exposing the powerful men ultimately responsible for Johnson’s death. A thrilling and action-packed Western, The Ballad of Lefty Brown is a story about loyalty, friendship, and the relentless pursuit of justice.

The supporting cast also includes Joseph Lee Anderson, Michael Spears, Joe Anderson, Kathy Baker and Emily Jones. Jared Moshe directs from his own screenplay, following up his 2012 directorial debut entitled Dead Man’s Burden, another Western movie set in New Mexico. He has also served as a producer on documentaries such as Kurt Cobain About a Son, Beautiful Losers, Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, along with TV shows such as Storage Wars: New York and Cold Case Files.

A24 Films has set a December 15 release date for The Ballad of Lefty Brown, putting it up against what will likely be the biggest movie of the year, Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, along with 20th Century Fox’s animated comedy Ferdinand. For fans who have DirecTV, the Western will debut in an exclusive DirecTV window starting November 9, ahead of the December 15 release date. Take a look at this new trailer, courtesy of A24 Films YouTube, along with the poster for The Ballad of Lefty Brown below.

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First Saw 8 Clip Revives One of Jigsaw’s Most Twisted Games

Even though Lionsgate hasn’t inundated us with marketing for the movie, a brand new entry in the Saw franchise is on the way. And very soon. Jigsaw, the upcoming eighth movie in the very successful horror series, arrives in theaters just in time for Halloween after a very long absence. Now, Lionsgate has released the first clip from Jigsaw, which reveals a deadly and dangerous, yet familiar looking, game.

The clip is one that has been teased in the Jigsaw trailer and TV spots, which sees five strangers with buckets on their heads, and the clip is appropriately titled Bucket Heads, chained up in a room facing impending doom. The very familiar voice of John Kramer, aka Jigsaw, plays over the intercom and reveals that a tribute of blood must be made in order for the unlucky subjects to survive. Then, the chains connected to their buckets start pulling them toward some spinning saw blades on the wall. The clip cuts off before the inevitable bloodshed, but this should be an especially bloody game.

It’s been seven years since Saw: The Final Chapter, so some horror fans may be a little rusty on their Saw history. In Saw V, the main game saw five individuals who were supposed to work together to survive. The opening trap has each player chained by the neck, taking turns retrieving the key to their respective locks. If they failed to get free, they would be pulled and decapitated by razor blades. While not identical, this new Jigsaw game bears a lot of similarities to the one from Saw V.

Jigsaw arrives in theaters on October 27 and, surprisingly, we’ve still only seen a single teaser trailer. Now, with clips being released, it seems likely that’s all we’re going to get. Lionsgate wants the movie to remain a mystery, probably for good reason, but we know that Jigsaw centers on bodies turning up around the city and, as the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one man. That man being John Kramer, aka the Jigsaw Killer. As fans know, he has (supposedly) been dead for over a decade, since the events of Saw III. Things clearly aren’t so simple, especially since we hear the late Kramer’s voice in this clip.

With Jigsaw set to arrive in theaters on Halloween weekend, with or without a ton of marketing, Lionsgate should be able to expect to make a killing, as it were, from the new Saw movie. We haven’t seen any reviews for the movie yet, but if they are positive, that could help give the movie a bit of a boost at the box office next weekend. Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig (Daybreakers, Predestination) directed the movie with a script from Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg (Piranha 3D). Be sure to check out the first clip from Jigsaw, courtesy of the Lionsgate Movies YouTube channel for yourself below.

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Chelsea Handler’s Netflix Talk Show To End After 2 Seasons; Comedian Sets Documentary

Chelsea Handler just announced on Facebook that she will not be returning for another season of Chelsea, her weekly Netflix talk show. Handler said she is planning to focus on activism, write a book and partner with Netflix on an original documentary that highlights her perspective on the current political climate.

Chelsea marked Netflix’s foray into the comedy talk show arena. New half-hour episodes were released three times a week in Season 1 before Handler switched to an hourlong weekly show format in the current second season. The show developed a following as Handler’s fans found her on the new platform, though it had a hard time breaking out in a very crowded comedy talk show space. Under Handler’s rich deal with Netflix, Handler also did the Chelsea Does documentary series, which was well received.

Here is the full text of her post:

“Like so many across the country, the past presidential election and the countless events that have unfolded since have galvanized me,” Handler wrote. “From the national level down to the grassroots, it’s clear our decisions at the ballot box next year will mark a defining moment for our nation.

“For these reasons, I’ve decided not to return for another season of Chelsea, and instead devote as much time as I can to becoming a more knowledgeable and engaged citizen and to focus on projects that have significance to me. My goal is to be better informed, raise my voice, and participate in a more meaningful way. I want to travel the country and visit areas and people I don’t know enough about, speak at colleges and listen to students, and gain a better understanding of our political divide. I have joined forces with EMILY’s List to elect more women to public office, register people to vote, and campaign for candidates who are fighting for women’s rights.

“I’m excited to share that I will continue my partnership with Netflix, working together on a documentary where I’ll engage with people I don’t talk with enough – people of different ethnicities, religions and political philosophies. Netflix could not be more understanding, and I’m grateful for their continued support. New episodes of Chelsea will continue to stream weekly until the end of this year.”

Additional details on her upcoming original Netflix documentary will be announced at a later date.


Molly Ringwald Recalls Years of Sexual Abuse as a Teen in Hollywood

Molly Ringwald is the latest in a long line of brave actors and actresses who have stepped forward to share their own experiences with sexual abuse and harassment in the entertainment industry. The explosive Harvey Weinstein allegations that have come to light over the last few weeks have uncovered an ugly truth that many didn’t know existed in Hollywood. Women have been stepping forward to share the stories of being sexually harassed and much worse in the entertainment industry at an alarming rate, prompting women all over the world to come forward and share their experiences. Molly Ringwald is one of the latest actresses to step forward and share her experiences that started at the age of 13 on the set of a movie.

The Breakfast Club star states that she “was lucky” when it came to dealing with Harvey Weinstein. There were no tales of unwarranted massages or late-night hotel calls, instead the actress witnessed his volatile temper and saw what she calls a lack of taste when he chose to paste her head on another woman’s body for a movie poster in a pose and outfit that had nothing to do with the movie. While Ringwald got off “lucky” with Weinstein, she was not so lucky throughout the early years of her acting career.

In an essay that Molly Ringwald wrote for the New Yorker, the actress went through and detailed some of her own experiences coming up in a business dominated by men like Harvey Weinstein. When she was 13-years old on the set of a movie, a 50-year old crew member offered to teach her to dance and then proceeded to press himself against her with an erection in a way that nobody should have to go through. When she was 14, an older, married director shoved his tongue down her throat on the set. The patterns kept repeating and in an audition when Ringwald was in her 20s, a producer suggested that she deliver her lines with a dog collar on, again, this had nothing to do with the script.

In her mid-20s, Molly Ringwald left Hollywood for the most part and moved to Paris, picking up work sporadically. The magazine, Movieline, decided to write a piece about the young actress and her decision to leave Hollywood behind. Within the finished article, there was a quote from a very famous producer who said that he “wouldn’t know Molly Ringwald if she sat on my face.” As it turns out, the internet is full of detectives who were able to figure out that the producer in question is Jeffrey Katzenberg, who was one of the first to come out and publicly denounce Harvey Weinstein’s behavior. 22 years later, Ringwald has finally gotten an apology. Katzenberg explains.

“That Molly Ringwald had to read those words attributed to me and believe I said them is horrifying, mortifying and embarrassing to me. Anyone who knows me now or back then knows I do not use language like that as a matter of course, or tolerate it. Ms. Ringwald, 22 years too late, I am deeply, deeply sorry.”

Unfortunately, Molly Ringwald’s experience is very common and it has been forever. But hopefully some change comes around after more and more stories are shared. Ringwald had this to say.

“Women are shamed, told they are uptight, nasty, bitter, can’t take a joke, are too sensitive. And the men? Well, if they’re lucky, they might get elected President. It’s time.”

The blame doesn’t sit squarely with Harvey Weinstein, it sits with everybody that treats women the way that he has and even worse. Hopefully Molly Ringwald’s words, along with the rest of the women coming forward, start to promote a shift in the entertainment industry and culture. You can read Molly Ringwald’s essay in full courtesy of The New Yorker.


‘I Love You, Daddy’ Trailer: Louis C.K. Dark Comedy About Worried Dad Whose Teen Daughter Dates 60-Something Director

“A girl that age is getting into trouble, and if she loves her daddy, that means you’re doing nothing.” Here is the first trailer for I Love You, Daddy, the new film from Louis C.K. that is likely to be looked at quite differently now than when it debuted at Toronto.

The potentially jarring dark comedy is directed by Louis C.K., who also stars as Glen, a successful TV writer-producer-father who panics when his 17-year-old daughter China (Chloë Grace Moretz) starts spending time with a legendary movie director (John Malkovich) — who is sixtysomething and well known for dating “really young women.”

“She is a child — she knows nothing,” Glen says of his progeny. “She’s like a Disney princess on estrogen.”

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Conceived in 1940s Hollywood style and resplendent in vintage black-and-white, the film also features Helen Hunt as Glen’s combative ex-wife, Better Things‘ Pamela Adlon as his feisty ex-girlfriend, Edie Falco as his long-suffering production partner and Charlie Day as his brash TV actor buddy Ralph.

The Orchard swooped in with a distribution deal after the film’s well-received TIFF premiere screening last month and will release I Love You, Daddy on November 17.

Check out the trailer and poster above and tell us what you think.

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