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Quentin Tarantino: Weinstein Company owes me over $4m in royalties

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The director, along with stars including Jake Gyllenhaal and Meryl Streep, has filed court papers claiming the company owes him money

Quentin Tarantino has filed court papers to state that he is owed over $4m in royalties from the Weinstein Company.

The failed film company is currently taking bids for its assets yet before any sale is made, the film-maker has posted an objection along with a host of other big names, including Jennifer Lawrence and Jake Gyllenhaal.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the directors lawyer has filed papers referring to numerous uncured monetary and non-monetary defaults that he is owed before any sale is made. He is seeking $300,000 for Grindhouse, $575,000 for Inglourious Basterds, $1.25m for Django Unchained and nearly $2.5m for The Hateful Eight.

Tarantinos long-running friendship with Harvey Weinstein was put under the spotlight after the producer was accused of sexual assault and harassment by a long list of women in the past year. I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard, he told the New York Times in October last year. If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him.

The film-maker cut ties with Weinstein and moved his next project, the ensemble drama Once…”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/apr/30/quentin-tarantino-harvey-weinstein-company-owes-royalties

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James Gandolfini’s son has been cast as a young Tony Soprano in prequel movie

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Michael Gandolfini at HBO’s Official Golden Globe Awards After Party in LA, January 2019

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The upcoming Sopranos prequel movie just found its young Tony Soprano, and the casting couldn’t be more perfect.

19-year old actor Michael Gandolfini, son of James Gandolfini (and the original Tony Soprano), will revive his father’s most famous role in the prequel movie called The Many Saints of Newark.

While the shoes of Tony Soprano are some mighty big ones to fill (James Gandolfini won two SAG awards, one Emmy, and one Golden Globe for the role)Michael Gandolfini, who previously starred in The Deuce, said he’s thrilled to take on the role made so famous by his late father.

“It’s a profound honour to continue my dad’s legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano,” he said in a statement to Deadline, in which he also expressed his excitement to work with Sopranos creatorDavid Chase.

“I’m thrilled that I’m going to have the opportunity to work with David Chase and the incredible company of talent he has assembled for The Many Saints of Newark.”

Chase is writing and producing The Many Saints of Newark, which is to be directed by Alan Taylor.

Per Deadline, the movie will be set in Newark in the 1960s. The story will not specifically centre around young Tony Soprano, but around Richard “Dickie” Moltisanti, whose son, Christopher, is a recurring character on The Sopranos. 

Since Moltisanti is Italian for “many saints,” it’s really right there in the title.

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/michael-gandolfini-tony-soprano-prequel-movie/

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Spielberg Casts 17 Year Old Youtuber as Maria in West Side Story

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Director Lord Steven Spielberg has plucked a relatively unknown 17-year-old schoolgirl from the depths of the internet and dropped her right in the middle of his upcoming most-likely box office gold hit movie West Side Story. The 72-year-old ET director is helming the modern adaption of the classic musical, and felt New Jersey student Rachel Zegler would make a perfect Maria, once made famous by late screen siren Natalie Wood in the 1961 original. The student will star alongside Ansel Elgort, who is in the role of Tony in the movie that is bound to be take all our money in tickets.

Read more:  https://metro.co.uk/2019/01/15/steven-spielberg-casts-17-year-old-youtuber-latest-probable-blockbuster-west-side-story-8346545/?ito=cbshare

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Netflix is begging people to stop doing the ‘Bird Box’ challenge

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Always look where you’re driving, no matter what they do in ‘Bird Box.’

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“Despite warnings from Netflix and just general common sense, it looks like people are still participating in that stupid Bird Box Challenge. Now, it has reportedly caused a car crash.

On Friday morning, the Layton Police Department of Layton, Utah shared the images showing the aftermath of a car crash in which one of the drivers was allegedly trying to drive with their eyes covered. They reportedly called out the Bird Box Challenge specifically.

Police told KSL that the driver, a 17-year-old girl, was driving the pickup truck seen in the photos above on Monday when the incident occurred. Additionally, Layton Police Lt. Travis Lyman said of the 17-year-old driver:

“Apparently, as a part of this ‘Bird Box Challenge,’ (the driver) used her beanie to pull over her eyes as she was driving on Layton Parkway, and she ended up losing control of her car and skidded into the westbound lanes of Layton Parkway and hit another car and ended up hitting a light pole as well.”

Of course, if you’ve seen Bird Box, you know there’s a scene in which several characters make a white-knuckle drive in a car with the windows covered, and it’s hardly a smooth ride.

It’s also — and I can’t believe we’re at the point where this actually has to be said — an incredibly dangerous stunt to pull off the in real world.

Luckily, no one was hurt as a result of the crash. But whatever punishment the driver faces, authorities should also consider revoking their Netflix account if this is how they’re gonna behave.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/bird-box-challenge-car-accident/

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