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How Much Does Hollywood Earn From Digital Releases?

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Although the studios release a wealth of information publicly about how their movies perform at the box office -- estimated weekend ticket sales, final results (sales and attendance), international ticket sales, etc. -- there is no such transparency when it comes to Home Video, something that may be about to change, The New York Times observed today (Monday). What is likely to force the change, it observed, may be upcoming negotiations with the industry's unions and guilds, which presently have no idea how much studios are earning from digital distribution. The Times quoted Liesl Copland of the William Morris Agency as saying that transparency could have a watershed moment during upcoming negotiations between the studios and the guilds. But Bruce Goerlich, chief research officer for Rentrak, which provides most box-office data, told the Times that there is a basic reason for the entertainment industry's inclination to withhold digital sales data: Measurement can equal monetization can equal a fight, he said.

Rupert Grint Joins The Drummer Cast

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Rupert Grint and Chloe Moretz are set to star in 'The Drummer'.

The indie music biopic tells the story of Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson and will see the 'Harry Potter' actor and the 'Hugo' actress join the impressive cast which already features Aaron Eckhart as Dennis and Vera Farmiga, as Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter Christine McVie.

Rupert will play Stan Shapiro, a mail room intern at the William Morris Agency, who befriended Dennis during the last few years of the musician's life while Chloe is reportedly in final negotiations to play the musician's daughter Jennifer.

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John Singleton To Direct Tupac Movie?

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John Singleton is set to direct the Tupac biopic.

The filmmaker - who worked with the legendary musician on 'Poetic Justice' in 1993 - has stepped into the role following the departure of Antoine Fuqua ('Training Day'), because he had trouble casting the role of the late rapper.

Tupac Shakur was one of the biggest stars of the 90s, creating albums including 'The Don Killuminati' and 'All Eyez on Me' and some credible acting roles before he was shot in a Drive By killing in 1996, in what remains an unsolved case.

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Soulja Boy For Tupac Biopic?

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Soulja Boy has been approached to play Tupac Shakur in a biopic about the late rapper.

The 20-year-old star - real name DeAndre Cortez Way - is "thinking" about taking part in the project, which would follow on from him playing the same character Tupac portrayed in a remake of the movie 'Juice'.

He told MTV's 'RapFix Live': "I got an email from William Morris Agency - that's my agency that I'm with - they reached out to me to play the part.

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Ziggy Marley Becomes A Dad Again

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Ziggy Marley has become a dad for the sixth time.

The musician - the oldest son of the late reggae legend Bob Marley and his wife Rita - and his wife Orly Agai Marley welcomed their son Abraham Selassie Robert Nesta Marley into the world on January 26 at a Los Angeles hospital.

According to Ziggy's representative the baby is healthy and happy and has settled into the family well.

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Millionaire Producers May Sue Their Agent

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Seeming to take the advice of its courtroom foes, London-based Celador Entertainment is planning to sue the William Morris Agency (now the WME Agency) for what Britain's Guardian newspaper described today (Monday) as "acting improperly in negotiating a deal" with Disney's ABC for the hit game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire . During the recent trial of a lawsuit brought by Celador, which claimed that Disney had used contorted accounting to claim that the show never made money, Disney lawyer Marty Katz remarked, "If Celador Productions is unhappy with the deal they got, they have got the wrong defendant here" and suggested that the company ought to sue its representatives. In the end, Celador won the ABC/Disney lawsuit and was awarded $269 million, but Celador founder Paul Smith is now telling reporters that he may now sue the agency for millions of dollars. "We haven't decided categorically whether we have the appetite to proceed with another litigation, but we certainly believe we have the grounds to do so," Smith said in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter. According to the report in the Guardian, Celador has made only $21 million over more than a decade from Millionaire in the U.S., while the agency has made $16 million.

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Turmoil In Agency Business

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The ink had hardly dried on the documents setting forth the terms of the merger of two of Hollywood's top talent agencies -- The William Morris Agency and Endeavor -- when several top agents from both the companies announced that they would go it alone. They included Tom Strickler, one of Endeavor's four founders. In reporting the defections, the Los Angeles Times commented that they are likely to represent "the tip of the iceberg, as the new goliath, called William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, combines operations and eliminates staff. ... Some speculate that as many as 100 agents could lose their jobs." An unnamed network business affairs chief told the Times' entertainment blog Company Town," "This really is a cost-reduction exercise. ... These two agencies realize they have to be leaner to make the kind of money they want to make." WMA's Jim Wiatt will serve as chairman of the new company, while the CEO position will be shared by Endeavor founder Ari Emanuel, Endeavor managing partner Patrick Whitesell, and WMA President Dave Wirtschafter.

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Morris, Endeavor To Merge

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Two of Hollywood's top talent agencies, the William Morris Agency and Endeavor are expected to announce today (Monday) that they are merging into a new company called WME Entertainment, published reports said over the weekend. In reporting on the long-anticipated merger, the Los Angeles Times , which described it as "the most talked about hook-up in town since Angelina and Brad," commented editorially that it is expected to put the two companies into a better position "to survive the shrinking economy of the entertainment industry, in which fewer films and scripted television shows are being made and studios are squeezing the salaries paid to talent. Reliant on commissions and fees for income, Hollywood's talent agencies are competing for scarcer top clients in a contracting market."

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William Morris Agency Upfront Party

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Fox News Drops Chetry; Blames Agent

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Fox News Channel is cutting its ties with Kiran Chetry, who joined the cable news outlet six years ago as news update and weekend anchor -- because it is miffed with her agent. TVNewser ran the text of a letter sent by legal VP Dianne Brandi to Chetry's agent, John Ferriter of the William Morris Agency, saying that it is terminating negotiations with the agent and that Chetry is free to leave "with no further compensation." In the letter Brandi lashes out at Ferriter in terms that are likely unprecedented between an entertainment company and a major talent agency. "You have treated Fox News with such arrogant disregard that we do not desire to do any further business with you," she wrote. "You refused to enter into good faith negotiations despite your client's statements that she wanted to remain at Fox News and was happy with the remuneration we had offered." The letter concludes: "We had hoped that Ms. Chetry would have a bright future with the Fox News Channel, however this negotiation has now become more trouble than it is worth."


Chloe Sevigny Dropped By William Morris

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Movie actress Chloe Sevigny has been dumped by the William Morris Agency, because of her unsimulated oral sex scene in controversial movie BROWN BUNNY.

The 29-year-old star shocked audiences earlier this year (03) when she performed the graphic sex act on actor Vincent Gallo in the movie which was slammed by critics at the Cannes Film Festival (03).

And now William Morris has decided that they no longer want to represent Chloe, who has already signed up with rival agency ENDEAVOR reports website PAGE SIX.

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