Hulk Hogan Gawker

Hulk Hogan may be coming back to the big screen – not as the latest member of the next Expendables cast, but played by another actor in a dramatic retelling of the most talked-about chapter of Hogan’s life.

It’s a tale as old as time: boy becomes internationally famous wrestling superstar, boy films sexual encounter with friend’s wife, website gets ahold of sex tape and publishes it without boy’s permission, and boy sues website into oblivion with the help of a wealthy venture capitalist with an axe to grind against website. You know, that old gem.

The Hulk Hogan Gawker story has already been covered in depth in a Netflix documentary, and there’s also a potential limited series about it that’s currently in the works. But that’s not stopping a director on Modern Family from stepping behind the camera on a separate movie version of the story.
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Cryptocurrency

Could the next studio blockbuster be funded through Bitcoin? The concept of cryptocurrency has been around for years already, but it looks like Hollywood is starting to take notice.

The producers of a planned Atari movie about the founding of the influential video game company are looking to raise as much as $40 million through a new cryptocurrency to secure enough funds to complete the film. Could this be a viable way for companies to make movies?
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Meltdown Comics Closing

For 25 years, Meltdown Comics has played host to pop culture nerds and geeks in Los Angeles, providing not only the latest comic books for perusing, but collectibles and memorabilia, role-playing games, beloved comedy shows and podcasts, and much more. But sadly, Meltdown Comics will be closing for good at the end of this month. Read More »

4DX with ScreenX

4DX movie theaters haven’t quite taken off in the United States yet, but that’s not stopping 4D company CJ 4DPLEX from plowing ahead with a new innovation. That innovation: 4DX with ScreenX, which turns movie watching into something akin to a wonderful dream or a terrifying nightmare. Take your pick!

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the crown pay gap

The Crown is worth its weight in gold. Except, perhaps, when it comes to its lead star.

The Crown may be Netflix’s most expensive TV production, but it seemed that some expense was spared when it came to star Claire Foy‘s paycheck. Earlier this month, it was revealed that the actress playing the young Queen Elizabeth II was paid less than her co-star Matt Smith, a pay gap that inspired more outrage than usual. What hope do we have for pay equality when the Queen can’t cut a fair paycheck?

But now, the producers of the Netflix production have issued an apology for The Crown pay gap.

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john musker

After nearly four decades with Disney, director John Musker is retiring. Musker co-wrote and co-directed seven feature films throughout his 41-year career at the House of Mouse, including The Little MermaidAladdinMoana and more.

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After a $500 million deal for an investor group to acquire the embattled film company fell through, The Weinstein Company has filed for bankruptcy.

In the process, The Weinstein Company is canceling its non-disclosure agreements. That means that many women seeking to come forward against disgraced former executive Harvey Weinstein now have freedom to speak.

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stranger things cast

You probably already knew this, but the Stranger Things kids are making some serious bank. And now they’re about to cash-in on the Netflix hit and get some more of that fat cash. Ahead of the third season, Netflix has signed new, lucrative deals with the Stranger Things cast.

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Roger Corman Library

Shout! Factory has snapped up the rights to 270 films from B-movie master Roger Corman. This deal will enable Shout! Factory to not only redistribute the films on Blu-ray, but also reboot certain titles into new films. Time for the million dollar Slumber Party Massacre reboot! More on the Shout! Factory Roger Corman Library deal below.

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Inclusion Riders

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: should inclusion riders be requirements for all Hollywood production companies?)

Frances McDormand’s Oscars speech raised Hollywood’s awareness of inclusion riders – contractual stipulations that basically demand racial and gender diversity for at least fifty percent of a project’s cast and crew. It’s only been a few weeks, but we’re already seeing companies adopt inclusion riders as their standard policy moving forward. That’s a good start in an industry which has been extremely slow (and has sometimes even refused) to react to social progress.

But as some companies actively embrace these changes, at least one major entertainment provider is shying away from them.
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