When it was announced that Star Wars: Episode VIII had officially begin production this past February, the press release included three new cast additions. These were Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran. No character information has been revealed, though. Benicio Del Toro is believed to be playing a character caught between the light side and the dark side of the force. Kelly Marie Tran will join Finn on his solo adventure as Rey and Chewbacca try to bring Luke Skywalker back to the Resistance. But who, exactly, is Laura Dern playing? A new report from Latino Review claims to know the answer. Star Wars: Episode VIII, also known in some circles under its shooting title Space Bear, wrapped up on-loction production this past week in Dubrovnik, Croatia. A lot of footage was shot on both city streets and on an ocean cruiser. Access to the set was more accessible, and plenty of paparazzi photos and video leaked … [Read more...] about Who Is Laura Dern Playing in Star Wars: Episode VIII?
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Like old black water that keeps on rolling, details have been leaking about Southbound, an upcoming album that pairs the Doobie Brothers with some of country music’s biggest acts. We now finally know what songs Sara Evans, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band and the other country collaborators will be performing, as Rolling Stone Country has the exclusive reveal of the album’s track list, along with its album art. (See below.) Due November 4th, Southbound mixes the reverence of a tribute album with the back-and-forth collaboration of a duets record, as the Doobies share vocals and trade instrumental duties on 12 new recordings of their own hits. Along with the cover art — a portrait of an empty bar illuminated by a jukebox, presumably stocked with Doobie Brothers hits — the album’s premise is straightforward. Each country artist takes the reins for one song, sharing vocal leads with either Tom Johnston, Michael McDonald or Patrick Simmons — … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Doobie Brothers Duets Album Track List Revealed
Stephen King has finally been immortalized as a Funko Pop! figure. The author's characters in Pop! form can be found all over the world. But, this is the first time that King is getting his own figures, which is huge for horror fans. Pennywise from IT, the Losers' Club, Jack Torrance, Carrie, and more have all gotten the Funko honors over the years, but now we're going to be able to have King sit on our bookshelves to look over his work. Funko has announced two Stephen King Pop! figures. The first of which features the author in all black, clutching a book. That one will be available everywhere Funko products are sold. The second figure is a Barnes & Noble-exclusive figure, which sees the King of horror showered in blood, just like Carietta "Carrie" White from his iconic novel. However, there's another twist to the Barnes and Noble exclusive. King also has a bloody ax, just like Jack Torrance in The Shining. Like most of what Funko does, these are a must-have for any fans of King's … [Read more...] about Stephen King Funko Pop! Figures Arrive to Haunt Your Bookshelf
"Agencies should not be a boss to clients,” says one writer as WME and CAA lead a rush into producing and owning stakes in film and TV shows, a practice they say helps create opportunities but the Writers Guild believes raises potential conflict issues. When Beau Willimon was looking for one last investor to come on board his new Sean Penn Hulu space drama The First, he wanted a company willing to provide cash and help handle sales without stepping on his creative control. It might sound as idealistic as actually inhabiting Mars. And yet, when such a deal materialized, there was something unusual and, to some, even a bit controversial about the investor: Endeavor Content, a sister company of talent agency WME. As the industry moves from star-driven vehicles toward an IP-dominated marketplace, it's likely that the winners and losers of the Peak TV era will largely be determined by who owns what. It's thus little wonder that broadcast networks are increasingly linking up with … [Read more...] about As Talent Agencies Push to Own Content, Some Creators Cry Foul
Bloom, which the agency acquired in August, will continue to operate as a standalone company under Endeavor Content. A week after WME-IMG rebranded as Endeavor, the company is bringing together its WME Global and IMG entertainment finance and sales groups to form Endeavor Content. Graham Taylor and Chris Rice will serve as co-presidents of the new Endeavor division. Ken Kao and Alex Walton's film finance and international sales company Bloom, in which the agency acquired a majority stake in August, will continue to operate as a standalone entity now under Endeavor Content. "With the continued disruption taking place across the media landscape, we are forming Endeavor Content to enable talent to achieve better economics and more creative freedom," Taylor said in a statement. Together, WME Global and IMG's sales groups had financed, packaged and/or sold more than 100 films and TV shows in the past year, including best picture nominees Arrival, Fences, Hell or High Water, La La Land and … [Read more...] about WME and IMG Finance and Sales Groups Combine to Form Endeavor Content