NEW YORK (AP) — An Apple Inc. lawyer is using Winnie-the-Pooh and tens of millions of customers too to try to convince a judge that the computer giant did not manipulate e-book prices when it opened an online bookstore.
SATURDAY UPDATE: Who in the world at the WGA thought it was a good idea to let TV Guide sponsor this? And why didn’t more of the union’s scribes know about this online WGAW and WGAE member vote on both coasts? How could the WGA diminish the value of its name and integrity in exchange for a lame Red Carpet event? Deciding what 101 shows are the best written TV series of all time should be serious business for the Writers Guild and all its membership. Especially since this special tribute event at the Writers Guild Theater and exclusive live webcast will be presented on WGA.org on June 2nd at 7 PM PT. But already it’s being called into question especially with TV Guide celebrating its 60th anniversary with all kinds of lists. Will this WGA-affiliated event just represent what’s convenient for the media outlet in terms of attracting recognizable current-day names and not necessarily the best of the best or even best of the past? The ’101 Best Written TV Series’ list is supposed to span seven decades of programming and cover just series, not episodes. All genres were eligible for consideration, but the shows had to be written in English and broadcast on U.S. airwaves. Individual or non-serialized programs were deemed not eligible, including telefilms, MOWs, specials and miniseries with less than six hours of programming. According to the WGA, “panelists” scheduled to appear include: Steven Bochco, James L. Brooks, Vince Gilligan, Winnie Holzman, Norman ... Read More »
A look at the guest list for the WGA‘s big to-do in Beverly Hills this weekend offers some spoilers as to which shows made the guild’s list of 101 Best Written TV Series. Red carpet walkers at the Writers Guild Theater on Sunday will include such celebrated creator-writers as Norman Lear, Carl Reiner, Steven Bochco, Gail Parent, James L. Brooks, Merrill Markoe, Winnie Holzman, Ronald D. Moore, Matthew Weiner, Steven Levitan and Vince Gilligan. The “101 TV” list — which spans seven decades of programming and covers series, not episodes — was determined by an online vote of guild members on both coasts. Also among the celebrated scribes expected at the unveiling are Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, David Shore, Terence Winter, Jason Katims, Bill Odenkirk, D.C. Fontana, Mike Scully, Patric M. Verrone, and John Rappaport. Expect a few actors to show up too, representing such script-sure series as Taxi, L.A. Law, The Simpsons and The Cosby Show.All genres are eligible for consideration, but the shows must be written in English and broadcast on US airwaves. Individual or non-serialized programs are not eligible, including telefilms, MOWs, specials and miniseries with less than six hours of programming. TV Guide is sponsoring Sunday’s event.
Borgman was the first Dutch film in the Cannes Film Festival‘s competition lineup in almost 40 years when the Dutch thriller from director Alex van Warmerdam hit the Croisette earlier this month. Now Drafthouse Films has picked up North American rights in a deal with Fortissimo Films, with a U.S. theatrical and VOD/digital release planned for 2014. Films We Like will handle Canadian distribution. Borgman is an allegorical tale exploring the nature of evil in unexpected places. A vagrant enters the lives of a typical but arrogant upper-class family, igniting a descent from darkly comic dream to maddening psychological nightmare. Annet Malherbe and Eva van de Wijdeven, two regulars in van Warmerdam’s films, stars along with Jan Bijvoet. Graniet Film (Netherlands) produced. “Maybe once a year, I am deluged after a premiere with texts and emails to the effect of ‘this is such a Drafthouse movie,’” says Drafthouse Films founder and CEO Tim League, “Its strange, disturbing, hysterical and utterly unique. Borgman is the quintessential Drafthouse film of Cannes. We can’t wait to share it with audiences in North America.” The deal was negotiated by James Emanuel Shapiro on behalf of Drafthouse and Winnie Lau of Fortissimo on behalf of the film’s producers.
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