Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt look like they’re having a lot of fun in the teaser of Antoine Fuqua’s reimagining of classic western The Magnificent Seven for MGM and Columbia. Washington has a lot more hair than Yul Brynner did in the original but looks just as capable to delivering justice. Pratt also seems just as comfortable in britches and spurs as he does in space with a Walkman, bringing his by-now trademark enthusiasm to his moonshine drinking gunslinger. With…

Rob Shaftel, former Senior VP of Development at ITV Studios America, has launched a New York-based full-service unscripted production company called Hit+Run. The company will focus on creating “high concept and high quality character driven series” and original formats for broadcast, cable and digital platforms. Shaftel will executive produce all Hit+Run series, with fellow ITV alum Noah Korn as Senior Director of Development. In announcing the launch, the company says it…

Carnival Films, the NBC-Universal owned creator of ratings juggernaut Downton Abbey, is producing Jamestown, an eight part drama about the first British settlers embarking on their lives in America. The show was been commisioned by pan-Euro pay TV giant Sky. Bill Gallagher (The Paradise) has written the show. Max Beesley, Jason Flemyng, Dean Lennon-Kelly, Naomi Battrick, Sophie Rundle and Niamh Welsh are in the cast. The story begins in 1619, with the settlers seeking to…

The feuds and financial stakes are bigger than ever as THR presents its annual list of the 100 top legal minds in Hollywood, who brokered Wanda’s $3.5 billion purchase of Legendary, helped Hulk Hogan smack down Gawker and took sides in the Kesha-Dr. Luke battle. read more

Lauded by Hollywood and the media for his last game, the Lakers star — and a slew of fellow male A-listers including NFL stars Ben Roethlisberger and Greg Hardy — exemplifies a double standard about verbal versus physical harm. read more

TV shows and films have yet to relocate production after numerous Southern states passed a wave of new laws. Says openly gay Mississippi native Tate Taylor, who directed two movies in the state: “It’s going to be my job — and I anticipate it being a struggle — to convince [financiers] about the real hearts and souls of Mississippians.” read more

How much was the King of Pop’s name and image worth when he died? The estate says $2,105, but the IRS insists its value is more than $434 million. “It seems preposterous that the IRS would arrive at a value 10 times [what Jackson earned licensing his n…

Universal plunked down seven figures for its Will Ferrell starrer, while Fox has a leg up with its ‘Stuber’ finished script.read more