It's the rumor of the week -- MGM is for sale! According to Business Week, its backers are getting ready to unload the studio.
But wait, MGM said they're not for sale!
"Contrary to recent media reports, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. is not for sale," the studio responded in a statement. "There is no 'asking price' for the company. MGM's existing financing arrangements are sufficient to meet its needs. Goldman Sachs has been retained to explore enhancements to MGM's long-term capital structure. All of the MGM shareholders, including Providence Equity Partners, TPG, Sony Corp. of America and Comcast Corp., are pleased with the company's current momentum and are committed to the future growth of the studio."
Really? Click here to read the full article!
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The Slamdance Film Festival's mission is "to nurture, support and showcase truly independent works, is celebrating a milestone." In celebration of their 15th anniversary, Slamdance will commemorate its watershed year with a series of special events and happenings from now until next summer.
In L.A., "The Dark Knight" director Christopher Nolan will screen his first feature, "Following," at LACMA's Bing Theater on Sept. 5. "Following" first screened at Slamdance in Park City, Utah.
Another director who's celebrating Slamdance's 15th anniversary by showing his first film that unspooled first at the festival is Steven Soderbergh. He will screen "Schizopolis" at New York's IFC Theater on Sept. 16. Both events will be followed by Q&As with the directors. Go to Slamdance.com for more information.
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Fred Crane, one of the Tarleton twins in "Gone With the Wind," has passed away. He was 90. TV's Superman, George Reeves, played the other half of the Tarletons.
Crane provided the opening line to the iconic film!
Click here to read all about Crane's fantastic career.
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As we told you back in January, Walt Disney Pictures is preparing the third installment of their "Toy Story" franchise in 3-D! It's slated to open on June 18, 2010.
Here's more new info for y'all:
*** Barbie and Ken will co-star
*** Jodi Benson, the voice of Ariel in "Little Mermaid" revealed that she is going to be the voice of Barbie. You may remember that she provided the voice of Tour Guide Barbie and Barbe on Backpack in the second installment.
*** Ken will be voiced by Michael Keaton!!!
*** The premise, as revealed to Wall Street Journal tells the story of “Woody the cowboy and his toy-box friends are dumped in a day-care center after their owner, Andy, leaves for college.”
I love the "Toy Story" franchise so I'm looking forward to this third film. It better be good!!!
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Warner Bros. feels the upcoming Mumbai film "Hari Puttar -- A Comedy of Terrors" is a tad too similar to its "Harry Potter" franchise that the studio has filed a lawsuit!
According to Variety, the case is being heard in the Bombay High Court and comes up for hearing Monday, while "Hari Puttar" is slated for a Sept. 12 release.
The Hari Puttar name began making the rounds here as a comic gag when the first "Harry Potter" film was released. "Hari" is a popular Indian name while "Puttar" means "son" in the Punjabi language.
Well, since Warners moved the showing of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" to next summer, I may just have to watch "Hari Puttar -- A Comedy of Terrors."
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