PETER JACKSON TO MODERNIZE WWI FOOTAGE FOR NEW FILM: Remember how Peter Jackson transported viewers to Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings? He’s hopes to do the same for World War I. Jackson is reportedly taking archival footage from the war and digitally restoring it to show what life was like in a war zone. "We have made a movie to show the experience of what it was like to fight in this war," Jackson said in a video discussing the film. "We don’t talk about strategies, battles or the historical aspects of the war. We just talk about the social experience, the human experience, of being in the war. I’ve never heard these interviews before, and they talk about it in a way that’s surprising." The film will premiere during the London Film Festival in October and then will be broadcast on BBC.
VICE FACES MORE ALLEGATIONS OF MISCONDUCT: British producer and presenter Billie JD Porter is making new misconduct allegations against Vice dating back 10 years. Porter made the allegations on Instagram and Twitter in response to Vice’s coverage of the Women’s March. "Yeah, women don’t forget. I haven’t forgotten being given drugs and alcohol by my boss in the office as a sixteen year-old, then being asked to perform sex acts on him. I haven’t forgotten being seriously told by my producers to get drunk before filming because they thought it made me a ‘funnier’ host. I haven’t forgotten the company firing me after what they called ‘inappropriate behavior’ at a company party where I was given a cocktail of drugs by senior management, who knew I was being treated for depression," she wrote. A Vice spokesperson told Deadline: "Ms. Porter has raised some of the allegations in her Instagram post with us and we have worked quickly and decisively to investigate them and take appropriate actions where necessary. We have encouraged her to give further details surrounding any allegations, so we can investigate those as well. We encourage any current or former employee who believes they are the victim of a crime to file a police report. We will co-operate with any law enforcement enquiries that follow." In January, Vice Media put a number of staff members, including president Andrew Creighton, on leave after harassment allegations surfaced.
VAMPIRINA GETS SECOND SEASON AT DISNEY JUNIOR: The show about a family of lovable vampires is getting a second season at Disney Junior. The music-filled show stars Lauren Graham, James Van Der Beek and Isabella Crovetti, and follows young Vee as she faces being the new vampire in town after a move from Transylvania to Pennsylvania. The series premiered October 1st on Disney and ranked as the preschool-targeted platform’s highest-rated new series.
SONY WORLDWIDE NABS DEBRA MESSING THRILLER SEARCH: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has snapped up the worldwide rights to the thriller Search, starring John Cho and Debra Messing in a $5 million deal, according to reports. Cho plays a father searching for his missing daughter. Aneesh Chaganty directed the film. Sony also recently snagged the rights to Nick Offerman starrer Hearts Beat Loud on Friday and Debra Granik's Leave No Trace.
KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR BLASTS CURRENT BACHELOR: The NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar thinks season 22 is a disappointment after last year’s season featuring the first African-American Bachelorette. "The current season of The Bachelor, featuring race car driver Arie Luyendyk Jr., is a serious misstep that comes across as a retreat into the past rather than a reflection of the times," he writes in a column for The Hollywood Reporter. Abdul-Jabbar continues: "With today’s heightened awareness through the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, the entertainment media has a clear responsibility not to perpetuate stereotypes or behavior that negatively influences how we see people and therefore how we treat them. The higher the ratings, the greater the responsibility." Do you agree with Adbul-Jabbar?