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‘All Eyez on Me’ Sued for Copyright Infringement for Allegedly Lifting ‘Fictional Characters and Re-Worked Narratives’

21 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The list of people who aren’t happy with “All Eyez on Me” continues to grow. A journalist by the name of Kevin Powell is going even further than Jada Pinkett Smith and 50 Cent, as he’s actually filed a copyright lawsuit alleging that the Tupac Shakur biopic lifted “fictional characters and re-worked narratives” from a series of Vibe interviews he conducted with the slain rapper.

Read More: Mc Hammer Defends ‘All Eyez on Me’ as an ‘Excellent Portrayal of My Loved One’

“While some of the content in these articles was factual,” reads the filing, “some portions of the article were changed or embellished by Plaintiff.” That’s crucial to Powell’s case, because if “All Eyez on Me” did in fact use his interviews — especially the parts that deviate from fact — then it essentially adapted his work without crediting him.

The complaint goes on to state that “[t]here »


- Michael Nordine

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Early ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Reviews Forecast Another Marvel Hit

44 minutes ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It’s been something of Playlist water cooler chatter of late: “Spider-Man: Homecoming” didn’t look great and many of us speculated that the super hero comic book movie could be Marvel’s first dud in ages— arguably since “The Incredible Hulk” which only made $263 million worldwide in 2008. But it’s sounds like we’ll be happily wrong and pleasantly surprised. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” screened last night for some critics and the teen drama/comedy/super hero movie seems to be garnering unanimous praise.

Continue reading Early ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Reviews Forecast Another Marvel Hit at The Playlist. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Banksy’s Identity May Have Just Been Revealed

50 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

People have speculated about Banksy’s true identity since before the semi-anonymous street artist ever exited through the gift shop. The rumors have reignited once again following an interview with musician, DJ and producer Goldie, who may have just let the cat out of the bag in a new interview.

Read More: Trent Reznor, Massive Attack, Flea and More Record Music for Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel

“Give me a bubble letter and put it on a T-shirt and write ‘Banksy’ on it, and we’re sorted,” he said. “We can sell it now. No disrespect to Robert, I think he is a brilliant artist. I think he has flipped the world of art over.”

The Robert in question is speculated to be one Robert Del Naja, a musician artist and musician best known as one of the founding members of Massive Attack; others point to Robin Gunningham as a potential candidate. »


- Michael Nordine

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It’s a Coppola World: Inside the Filmmaking Co-Op That is Sofia, Eleanor, Roman, and Francis

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Sofia Coppola is the promotional circuit with “The Beguiled” (June 23, Focus Features). So is her 81-year-old mother, Eleanor, who wrote and directed her first narrative feature, the romantic road movie “Paris Can Wait;” Sony Pictures Classics is releasing it around the country to strong reviews and box office. Mother and daughter will meet, with their films, at this week’s Munich International Film Festival, where they’ll be joined by the man who began the family film dynasty, Francis Ford Coppola.

Sofia and her older brother, director and screenwriter Roman Coppola, also own San Francisco production company American Zoetrope, which their father launched in 1979; Roman runs it day to day. “They seek each other’s help when it’s needed,” said long-time family producer and casting guru Fred Roos.

Roos has been Francis Ford’s producer and casting director since “The Godfather.” And from the beginning of Sofia’s career, »


- Anne Thompson

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Sofia Coppola: Listen To 4 Hours Of Podcast Talks

2 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

I hope Sofia Coppola obeys everybody next time. That should make for way better art!

Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) June 21, 2017

It’s been a bit of a rough week for Sofia Coppola, at least in the micro world of Film Twitter media. Her new film, “The Beguiled,” starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kristen Dunst and Elle Fanning has received excellent reviews and it heads into the arthouse box-office this weekend with strong chances for success (here’s our review).

Continue reading Sofia Coppola: Listen To 4 Hours Of Podcast Talks at The Playlist. »

- The Playlist

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Dazzler Will Appear In The Upcoming ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ Film

3 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The “X-Men” franchise looked like it was in trouble for a minute. “X-Men: Apocalypse” was a disappointment financially when compared to its predecessor “X-Men: Days Of Future Past”  (it earned 28% less worldwide) and all its stars, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and perhaps to a lesser extent, James McAvoy (who seemed like he might stick around) all appeared to be leaving the series now that their contracts were up.

Continue reading Dazzler Will Appear In The Upcoming ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ Film at The Playlist. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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‘Common Carrier’ Is A Demanding Experimental Pleasure [BAMcinemaFest Review]

4 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

A cursory glance at the BAMcinemaFest program might give the false impression that the festival serves merely as a launching pad for under-appreciated Sundance and SXSW films. To assume so would do a disservice to the New York festival’s tight curation and adventurous vision of independent American cinema. Experimental documentary “Common Carrier” — receiving its North American Premiere — is a superlative example of Bam’s niche, of bringing a challenging film to New York audiences with less commercial stakes.

Continue reading ‘Common Carrier’ Is A Demanding Experimental Pleasure [BAMcinemaFest Review] at The Playlist. »

- Bradley Warren

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‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘Twin Peaks’: Here’s Why Your Favorite Quirky Characters Wear Eyepatches

4 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

TV is full of characters that wear eyepatches for various reasons, and sometimes it’s simply to stand out among a huge cast.

When it comes to dramas like “Twin Peaks” or genre series like “Game of Thrones” or “The Walking Dead,” massive casts of characters allow for variety, whether it’s the run-of-the-mill diner waitress or the sword-swinging knight or the eyepatch-wearing neighbor.

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At the most basic level, an eyepatch sets a character apart, giving them a dangerous, rakish or even quirky air. Beloved by stereotypical pirates, the eyepatch has also been used to indicate that someone is a seafaring person.

But often, the eyepatch is used to signify some sort of trauma in the past. It’s also an easy way for a character to visibly show a badge of suffering without »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Seth Rogen Wants to Party with Donald Trump Jr., Judd Apatow vs. Bill Cosby — The Week in Showrunner Tweets

5 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

One fascinating aspect of today’s media landscape is that many creators and executive producers enjoy using Twitter to engage with their audiences, share behind-the-scenes information about their shows, chat about politics, and otherwise communicate about what matters to them. So, each week, we’ll compile some of our favorite exchanges representing the wide variety of discourse seen on social media.

Last Week’S Tweets: Seth Rogen Gets ‘Inception’-ed, Carrie Coon Loves the Public Theater

This week: Judd Apatow has no patience for (alleged) rapists, and Seth Rogen and Stephen Colbert slide into Donald Trump Jr.’s DMs.

Okay, This Is Pretty Funny

As retweeted by “Hannibal”/”American Gods” showrunner (and user of All Caps) Bryan Fuller:

@BryanFuller pic.twitter.com/zOSaos5Olt

— Gizelle Lugo (@GizelleSays) June 18, 2017

It’s really the photo that sells it.

Also, gotta love this behind-the-scenes snapshot from the set of “American Gods”: »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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My Country: Peter Nestler at the Film Society of Lincoln Center

10 hours ago | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

PachamamaBeginning Saturday, the Film Society of Lincoln Center is bringing to American shores the work of one of Germany’s finest filmmakers, Peter Nestler. Arranged in nine-parts, the extensive series is a major effort to make Nestler’s work better-known in the United States, where it has rarely shown. Nestler is a singular filmmaker, one for whom I have great affection, but also one who came to making films in a time and place singular in and of itself. The movies Germany produced for roughly the fifteen years after the formation of the country after World War II is a period often misunderstood by cinephiles and, at least until recently, underrepresented in retrospective programming outside of the country itself. In the 1950s and 1960s, German leftists were outraged by the continuing presence of Nazis in the government of the young Federal Republic, and by the way that polite society did »

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’: 12 Things You Didn’t See In The Stunning Season Finale

15 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Are you fully gagged? After a season of may highs and lows and a stable of queens that might not have been fully ready for prime time, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” pulled out an epic finale that shocked everyone in attendance and showed “Lip Sync Battle” how you can slay without choreographed dancers and big sets.

Note: Spoilers ahead. If you have not watched the season finale you have been warned.

Continue reading ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’: 12 Things You Didn’t See In The Stunning Season Finale at The Playlist. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Quiz: Why Are These TV Characters Wearing Eyepatches?

16 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Test your knowledge to see if you remember why these characters have one eye covered. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Power’: When Starz Began Targeting African-American Viewers, It Paid Off With More Ratings and Subscribers

16 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Power,” which returns for a fourth season this Sunday, continues to be perhaps the most-watched TV series that the industry still isn’t talking about. But they should be.

Last year, the Starz drama was the second-most watched series on premium cable (behind “Game of Thrones”), according to the network’s data – which cumed more than 8 million viewers per episode via multiple platforms.

Credit for the show’s – and Starz’s – success goes to tapping into an African-American audience that has traditionally been underserved by the pay cable networks.

“The secret weapon is targeting audiences that are voracious watchers of television,” CEO Chris Albrecht said, “and would like to have something on there that is targeted toward them and is high quality.”

Read More: ‘Power’ Trailer: Ghost Heads to the Slammer in Season 4 Sneak Peek

Courtney A. Kemp is the creator behind “Power,” which centers on the rich of Manhattan »


- Michael Schneider

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Stephen Colbert May Be Joking on Russian TV That He’s Running for President, But He Should Seriously Consider It

17 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Stephen Colbert is in Russia at quite an opportune moment. As he tapes segments there for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” breaking news back in the United States continues to confirm that Russia – and, specifically, Vladimir Putin – orchestrated hacking and other interference to impact last year’s presidential election.

That’s why, tongue-in-cheek, Colbert went on the Russian late-night show “Evening Urgant” (hosted by Ivan Urgant) to announce his plan to run for U.S. president in 2020.

Read More: Donald Trump Shakes Up the Emmy Talk Show Race, As Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, and Trevor Noah Get In The Game

After taking a few shots of vodka (with a pickle chaser), Colbert said, “I am here to announce that I am considering a run for president in 2020, and I thought it would be better to cut out the middle man and just tell the Russians myself! If anyone would »


- Michael Schneider

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