The most eyebrow-raising notice comes from the horror factory Blumhouse, where the top brass have been devising a new approach to working on a studio lot. They’re full steam ahead on a $6.5m genre picture to be shot on Universal’s sound stages, with a “set of safety protocols” in place. The specifics include an end to the craft services table, and more notably, putting up all of the cast and crew in a single hotel to contain the flow of contagions. A quote from a source at Universal makes clear that “Blumhouse and Universal aren’t moving forward with any plans until we get the green light from city, county and public-health officials.” However, the risk remains so great that no insurance company will agree to cover the production. If disaster strikes – as it did not so long ago, when Paul Walker died while working on Universal’s Furious 7 – Blumhouse and Universal will be left with a massive financial liability. … [Read more...] about Corona-sploitation: is it too soon for Hollywood to make Covid-19 movies?
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In mid-December 2017, two months after reporting on Harvey Weinstein triggered what is now known as the #MeToo movement, Drew Dixon bought a copy of the New York Times at a coffee shop in Brooklyn, where she moved 25 years prior as a starry-eyed college grad determined to work in music. On the front page was a story titled Three Allege Music Mogul Raped Them, with her name in the first sentence. Dixon thumbed through the pages, finding her black-and-white photo – steely-eyed, braced – central on the page, then turned to her phone, a portal to reactions and blowback for speaking publicly about allegations of rape and sexual harassment by her former boss, the music mogul Russell Simmons. Scrolling, anonymous under her beanie, she silently cried. … [Read more...] about ‘People continue to turn a blind eye’: behind a shocking film about music industry abuse
Burnham, who successfully championed an inquiry into the deaths of 96 football fans in the Hillsborough football stadium disaster, said: “I am going to present a new dossier of evidence to parliament which suggests that a conspiracy against these trade unionists went right to the top of the Heath government. It suggests, as many have long believed, that the convictions are unsafe. … [Read more...] about Revealed: Ted Heath behind TV documentary used to sway jury in trial of Shrewsbury trade unionists
Andy Burnham, the shadow home secretary, will this week release documents showing that prime minister Edward Heath’s cabinet, and the security services, influenced an ITV documentary called Red Under the Bed featuring the defendants at the trial, which was broadcast on the day the jury retired to deliver its verdict (the judge dismissed the defence’s argument that the film was in contempt). “We want more of this,” says Heath in a Downing Street note. Further evidence relating to the case remains locked in the National Archives, suppressed on grounds of national security. … [Read more...] about The dirty tricks of the Shrewsbury trials expose the dark heart of the radical 1970s
'Not to take anything from the guy at all, he's a great artist, but for a company to take money from hardworking, undiscovered screenwriters looking to break in and give their top prize to SHIA FREAKING LEBOUF is a level of b***sy I can't begin to comprehend,' he continued. … [Read more...] about Shia LaBeouf SLAMMED for winning ’emerging’ screenwriter award despite being an established Hollywood star