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Netflix will produce four more feature films with Adam Sandler

His lowbrow comedies have earned him few fans among connoisseurs of serious cinema, but Adam Sandler has found a steadfast supporter in Netflix, which has partnered with the actor on three movies since they teamed up in 2015 on “The Ridiculous 6.” Ahead of April’s release of “Sandy Wexler,” Netflix...

  • Dodgers TV standoff lives on as AT&T, Justice settle lawsuit

    Dodgers TV standoff lives on as AT&T, Justice settle lawsuit

    The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday settled its lawsuit with AT&T, resolving claims that a high-level DirecTV executive illegally colluded with other pay-TV companies in Southern California to block the rollout of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ cable sports channel in 2014. As part of the proposed...

  • Disney CEO Robert Iger extends his contract as search for a successor continues

    Disney CEO Robert Iger extends his contract as search for a successor continues

    Walt Disney Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Iger has extended his contract by one year, underscoring the challenges the company’s board of directors has faced in finding a successor to lead Hollywood’s iconic entertainment giant. Iger, 66, previously was expected to leave the company at...

  • AT&T workers end their strike in California and Nevada

    AT&T workers end their strike in California and Nevada

    Thousands of AT&T technicians in California and Nevada went back to work Thursday, ending a one-day strike after their union and the Dallas telecommunications giant reached a truce. An estimated 17,000 union members had gone on strike early Wednesday over a grievance about increased responsibilities...

  • Global box office barely grew in 2016. Blame it on China

    Global box office barely grew in 2016. Blame it on China

    Global movie box office revenue growth slowed last year as international receipts declined for the first time in 12 years, reflecting a cooling in China’s once-red-hot film market, according to a new report. The total worldwide box office rose 1% to a record $38.6 billion in ticket sales last year,...

  • Federal probe of Fox News sex harassment payoffs heading to a grand jury

    Federal probe of Fox News sex harassment payoffs heading to a grand jury

    A federal grand jury will hear testimony on whether Fox News improperly handled financial settlements given to female employees who made sexual harassment claims against the company. But the future of the investigation of Fox News — spurred by the sexual harassment allegations that led to the departure...

  • 'Beauty and the Beast' won't be shown in Malaysia after Disney refuses to cut gay scene

    'Beauty and the Beast' won't be shown in Malaysia after Disney refuses to cut gay scene

    Walt Disney Co.’s live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” will not be shown in Malaysia after the Burbank-based entertainment giant declined to remove a brief gay-themed scene from the film. Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board had asked Disney to trim a ballroom dancing scene involving the villain...

  • Why 'Beauty and the Beast' will be the biggest box-office hit of the year so far

    Why 'Beauty and the Beast' will be the biggest box-office hit of the year so far

    A quarter of a century ago, Disney turned “Beauty and the Beast" into a box-office smash and the first animated movie to earn a best picture Oscar nomination. Why would Disney spend $160 million on a risky, live-action retelling of such a classic? The answer is about to become abundantly clear....

  • 'Logan' dominates China's box office for the second week

    'Logan' dominates China's box office for the second week

    The Hollywood action film “Logan,” starring Hugh Jackman, ruled China’s box office for the second consecutive week. The film, an X-Men spinoff directed by James Mangold and produced by 20th Century Fox, topped the chart last weekend by adding $37.7 million to its tally of $87.3 million, according...

  • Writers Guild of America starts contract talks as streaming pay takes center stage

    Writers Guild of America starts contract talks as streaming pay takes center stage

    Amid a tense labor atmosphere in Hollywood, the Writers Guild of America began contract negotiations Monday in what is expected to be a tough round of talks as the industry continues to grapple with digital upheaval. The WGA, which counts about 13,000 members between its East and West Coast guilds,...

  • In liberal Hollywood, a conservative minority faces backlash in the age of Trump

    In liberal Hollywood, a conservative minority faces backlash in the age of Trump

    As an Academy Award-winning producer and a political conservative, Gerald Molen has worked in the entertainment business long enough to remember when being openly Republican in Hollywood was no big deal. “In the ’90s, it was never really an issue that I had to hide. I was always forthright,” recalled...

  • The $1-billion deal to sell Dick Clark Productions to China's Wanda Group is dead

    The $1-billion deal to sell Dick Clark Productions to China's Wanda Group is dead

    The highly publicized $1-billion deal to sell Dick Clark Productions to China’s Dalian Wanda Group has collapsed, marking one of the biggest of many deals between China and Hollywood to fall by the wayside. Dick Clark Productions owner Eldridge Industries said Friday that it had called off the...

  • AT&T and Justice Department nearing settlement on Dodgers channel collusion suit

    AT&T and Justice Department nearing settlement on Dodgers channel collusion suit

    Telecommunications giant AT&T is negotiating a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department to resolve allegations that DirecTV executives improperly colluded with other pay-TV providers three years ago, effectively blocking carriage of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ television channel in Southern California....

  • Fox News settles with former contributor over her claim that an exec sexually assaulted her

    Fox News settles with former contributor over her claim that an exec sexually assaulted her

    Fox News has reached a financial settlement with a former contributor who contended an executive at the company sexually assaulted her in 2015. The company has been plagued by sexual harassment claims since ousted Fox News chief Roger Ailes was sued by former anchor Gretchen Carlson last July....

  • Disney's annual meeting in Denver takes a political turn

    Disney's annual meeting in Denver takes a political turn

    Walt Disney Co.’s annual meeting took a sharply political turn as Chief Executive Robert Iger faced calls to step down from President Donald Trump’s business policy forum. Disney’s annual shareholder meetings are typically low-key, scripted affairs that eschew controversy and reflect the broad-based...

  • Telemundo actors vote overwhelmingly to join SAG-AFTRA

    Telemundo actors vote overwhelmingly to join SAG-AFTRA

    Actors at the Spanish-language TV network Telemundo have overwhelmingly voted to unionize with SAG-AFTRA, bringing to a close a protracted dispute between Hollywood’s largest union and NBCUniversal, which owns the network. SAG-AFTRA said Wednesday that 81% of eligible voters chose to unionize in...

  • Why L.A. City Hall is such a hot spot for film shoots

    Why L.A. City Hall is such a hot spot for film shoots

    On a recent March morning, crowds of movie extras dressed in tuxedos and couture gowns huddled together against the chill on the steps of City Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Crews maneuvered New York City taxi cabs into place to transform Spring Street into a convincing movie simulacrum of the Big...

  • 'Kong: Skull Island' poised for $50-million opening as studios take a monster franchise gamble

    'Kong: Skull Island' poised for $50-million opening as studios take a monster franchise gamble

    A war among beasts will play out at multiplexes this weekend as Hollywood’s long-enduring ape king tries to smack down a Wolverine. “Kong: Skull Island,” the new monster movie from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, is expected to gross $45 million to $50 million Friday through Sunday in the...

  • 4 things to watch as Disney shareholders gather in Denver for annual meeting

    4 things to watch as Disney shareholders gather in Denver for annual meeting

    When the Walt Disney Co. holds its annual shareholders’ meeting in Denver on Wednesday, investors will be asked to elect 11 members of the company’s board of directors and consider two shareholder proposals. But there’s more to the meeting than the official business. In recent years, the shareholder...

  • Jim Gianopulos is front-runner to lead Paramount Pictures

    Jim Gianopulos is front-runner to lead Paramount Pictures

    Former 20th Century Fox Film chief Jim Gianopulos has emerged as the front-runner to rebuild the struggling Paramount Pictures movie studio. Gianopulos, who ran Fox for 16 years as it produced such hit franchises as “X-Men” and “Avatar,” is the prime candidate to replace Brad Grey as head of the...

  • 'Logan' tops China's box office despite cuts by censors

    'Logan' tops China's box office despite cuts by censors

    “Logan,” the X-Men spinoff from 20th Century Fox, dominated China’s box office last week, despite cuts in the movie mandated by regulators and efforts to promote the country’s domestic film industry. The superhero film starring Hugh Jackman topped the charts with a debut of $48.6 million in three...

  • At these movie theaters, kids can play on a jungle gym next to their parents' seats

    At these movie theaters, kids can play on a jungle gym next to their parents' seats

    It’s hard for young children to sit still for two hours, and that can turn a trip to the movies into an ordeal for parents. So what if the solution were to let the kids play at the cinema? Mexico-based movie theater chain Cinepolis is betting it can lure more families back to the multiplex with...

  • As Disney's annual meeting looms, investors hope CEO Bob Iger stays longer

    As Disney's annual meeting looms, investors hope CEO Bob Iger stays longer

    Robert Iger has been one of the most admired executives in recent Hollywood history, transforming Walt Disney Co. into a global powerhouse. But how much longer will he remain chief executive of the $176-billion Burbank-based juggernaut? There is a growing expectation inside and outside Disney that...

  • ESPN plans to trim its on-air talent roster

    ESPN plans to trim its on-air talent roster

    ESPN, the sports media giant grappling with the continued decline in cable subscribers, confirmed Monday that it will make cuts to its roster of on-air talent this year. The Walt Disney Co. unit said there will be an unspecified reduction in the 1,000 employees who currently perform on TV, radio...

  • NBCUniversal steps up its digital push with $500-million investment in Snap

    NBCUniversal steps up its digital push with $500-million investment in Snap

    With its $500-million investment in the maker of Snapchat, NBCUniversal might just prove that you can teach an old dog new tricks. The 90-year-old media company this week scooped up about 15% of Snap Inc.’s available shares during the Venice-based messaging app’s initial public offering. The move...

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