Friday, January 31, 2020

Spike Lee To Direct Film Version Of ‘David Byrne’s American Utopia’ Stage Show

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar winner Spike Lee has signed on to direct a filmed version of the acclaimed Broadway show David Byrne’s American Utopia. Participant adds another title to its portfolio of  films meant to engage positive social change, as it will be lead financier and executive producer for the project. It is financing the film with […]

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Potential Jumper Outside Oscar Venue Forces Hollywood Boulevard Closure

Hollywood Boulevard is closed in both directions between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive as the Fire Department tries to reach an adult male described as a potential “jumper” who is sitting on scaffolding about 30 feet above the street. Los Angeles Fire Department said it “deployed aerial ladders, ground ladders, and a rescue air cushion […]

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My Chemical Romance North American Tour Sells Out in Less Than Six Hours

After an almost seven-year hiatus, the return of My Chemical Romance arrives on a high note as the band has already sold out its North American tour with 228,600 tickets purchased in less than six hours. The “Make Room” performers thanked their loyal supporters saying, “you’ve worn out all your dance shoes, this time.” The […]

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Film News Roundup: Sony Veteran Jenny Marchick Joins DreamWorks Animation

In today’s film news roundup, DreamWorks Animation hires a Sony vet, indie comedy “Kombucha Cure” gets cast, “Siempre, Luis” gets sold and Women In Film names new board members. ACQUISITION HBO has acquired worldwide television and streaming rights to the documentary feature film “Siempre, Luis,” which had its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film […]

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Bernie Taupin Talks 53 Years with Elton John, ‘Rocketman’ Song: ‘You Do Get Nostalgic’

There’s no “we” in “I’m Still Standing,” but maybe there should be: The Elton John/Bernie Taupin songwriting collaboration is still on its feet after 53 years, which, in fickle, friendship-dismantling pop years, is about a millennium. They’re nominated together for a best original song Oscar for “I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” and, since they’re the […]

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George Cheeks Brings Business Acumen to CBS in Shift Away From Moonves-Era Leadership

George Cheeks’ decision to join ViacomCBS may have been a surprise, but he will begin his tenure as CEO of CBS Entertainment Group in March with a great deal of goodwill in hand, even as some Moonves-era staffers are said to be a mite apprehensive about the next era of their newly enlarged company. Characterized […]

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Taika Waititi’s Mom Explains Why She Told Her Son to Make ‘Jojo Rabbit’

Taika Waititi owes a lot of this awards season to his mother, Robin Cohen. She’s the one who first told him that he should think about adapting Christine Leunens’ novel “Caging Skies” for the big screen. That suggestion eventually turned out to be “Jojo Rabbit.” Adapted from “Caging Skies,“ the film was written and directed […]

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Kobe Bryant Tributes Spotlighted As Lakers Play First Game Since His Tragic Death

One of the toughest weeks in Los Angeles Lakers history climaxes tonight with the team’s first game since the death of all-time great Kobe Bryant. Although tonight’s game at Staples Center is not the official public memorial – that’s still in the planning stages – it will be viewed as a significant moment in the […]

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Film Constellation & Endeavor Content Team For Sales Rights To Sundance Film ‘Farewell Amor’

Film Constellation has secured international sales rights to Sundance drama, Farewell Amor, the feature debut for writer/director Ekwa Msangi. The pic premiered at the film festival in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category on Jan. 25 and has received positive reviews. Endeavor Content is overseeing all North American rights sales. Starring Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Zainab […]

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‘Leaving Neverland’ Producers Among Those Struggling for Royalties as Kew Media Group Ceases Trading (EXCLUSIVE)

Canada’s embattled Kew Media Group will continue to cease all trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) following a permanent cease trade order by the Ontario Securities Commission, as the firm’s portfolio of production companies scrambles to exit what one executive has called “a sinking ship.” Several people with direct knowledge of the company’s finances […]

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LeBron James Reveals Tattoo Honoring Kobe Bryant

On Friday, LeBron James shared a closer look at his new tattoo honoring fallen NBA star Kobe Bryant.  James posted the photo to Instagram with the caption “My brother” ahead of the Lakers’ first basketball game since Bryant’s death.  “Mamba 4 Life,” the tattoo reads underneath a venomous black mamba snake that inspired Bryant’s “Black […]

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Hildur Guðnadóttir’s Music for ‘Joker’ Pushed Her Into Hollywood’s A-list

Surely no composer can be said to have exploded on the 2019 film scene more than Hildur Guðnadóttir: Emmy-winner for the miniseries “Chernobyl,” Golden Globe winner for “Joker” and now Oscar-nominated for that film, all in less than four months. The cellist-composer is a breakthrough artist in multiple ways: First, she is a female film […]

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Korean Filmmakers Are Having Their Moment in Awards Season

The six Academy Award nominations for Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” — a film with, in the director’s words, the “inch-tall barrier of subtitles” to overcome — make the ferociously entertaining satire the first-ever Oscar-nominated Korean feature. The first-ever Korean short film nomination happened approximately two minutes earlier, when Yi Seung-jun’s “In the Absence” got a […]

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The 7 Greatest Moments in the ‘Fast & Furious 9’ Trailer

The first full-length trailer for Fast & Furious 9 (officially titled F9) dropped today, and to be honest it’s difficult to talk or think about anything else. After watching it on repeat for the past several hours, I’ve dissected the trailer’s 7 greatest moments, which you will find below in convenient list form.…

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Netflix In Talks To Acquire Radha Blank’s ‘The 40-Year-Old Version’ – Sundance

EXCLUSIVE: Netflix is closing a world rights deal between mid- to high-seven figures for The 40-Year-Old-Version, the crowd-pleasing directorial debut of Radha Blank, who also stars in the film, wrote the script and produced with Lena Waithe, Jordan Fudge, Inuka Bacote-Capiga, Jennifer Semler and Rishi Rajani. The film is competing in the U.S. Dramatic Competition […]

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Verve Signs David Slack, TV Writer-Producer & WGA Board Member

EXCLUSIVE: David Slack, TV writer-producer and member of WGA West’s Board of Directors, has signed with Verve for representation. Verve in May became the first midsize talent agency and the first established player in the lit space to sign the WGA’s Code of Conduct — later renamed franchise agreement — which allows it to represent […]

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Disney Plus Expected to Reveal More Than 25 Million Subscribers, Dazzling the Industry

Disney has Wall Streeters and the industry eagerly awaiting the company’s quarterly earnings announcement on Tuesday, which will include the first official subscriber numbers for the Disney Plus streaming service. Disney is expected to reveal that the service has racked up 25 million to 30 million subscribers since its Nov. 12 debut. If so, Disney […]

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‘Timmy Failure’ Writer Stephan Pastis Reveals He’s Already Started Writing the Sequel

Tom McCarthy's family film Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made is absolutely delightful, and I can't wait for folks to get a look at it when it arrives on Disney+ on February 7th. For those who are unfamiliar with the movie, the movie is based on the book by Stephan Pastis (who co-wrote the script with McCarthy) and follows young detective Timmy Failure (Winslow Fegley), a 5th-grader with an overactive imagination. Click here for my full review. The movie made its world premiere at Sundance, and Steve Weintraub got to sit down and talk with McCarthy, Pastis, …

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Will Ferrell, Aubrey Plaza, Alec Baldwin and More Sundance Stars Predict Who Will Win the Super Bowl



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Colin Trevorrow Shares Footage from ‘Jurassic World 3’ Dino-Puppet Testing

My favorite part of Jurassic World, the franchise rebooter from Safety Not Guaranteed maestro Colin Trevorrow, was when Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard knelt down and comforted a dying apatosaurus. This scene was highly emotional, and affecting in a way not many contemporary big-budget blockbusters are. Why? Because in lieu of CGI, you could tell that close-ups of the apatosaurus were the result of exquisitely practical puppet work. Now, in anticipation of his return to the franchise Jurassic World 3, Trevorrow has taken to Twitter to share test footage of more dinosaur puppet goodness. And dear readers: …

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TV News Roundup: Jen Tullock, Zach Cherry Join Apple TV Plus Cast of ‘Severance’

In today’s TV news roundup, Apple TV Plus announces Jen Tullock and Zach Cherry have been cast in upcoming series “Severance” and HBO sets a premiere date for “My Brilliant Friend: The Story of a New Name.” CASTINGS Jen Tullock and Zach Cherry will join Patricia Arquette, Adam Scott and Britt Lower in Apple TV […]

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Oscar Nominations Bring Out Film Biz’s Dual Personality Woes

Charles Dickens’ 160 year-old “best of times/worst of times” conundrum from “Tale of Two Cities” beautifully sums up the state of filmmaking in this young century. Seemingly around every corner there’s a new disruptive technology changing, and often complicating, either production or distribution. Suffice to say, one person’s disruption is another person’s breakthrough. And this year’s […]

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RuPaul and Choreographer Jamal Sims on Bringing ‘Drag Race’ to Vegas

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” has arrived to Las Vegas. Directors RuPaul and Jamal Sims, who also serves as the show’s choreographer, have taken all the audience-loving elements of the TV show to a live show right on the strip. “It’s the audience, they want it,” RuPaul says when asked why this was the next step in […]

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ Asks: Can I Get A Witness?

The topic of the day for The Late Show host Stephen Colbert was whether there will be any witnesses appearing at the Senate presidential impeachment trial. Colbert referenced Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (“pause for booing”) who, Colbert says, believes he has enough votes to stop the move towards calling witnesses. Colbert says blocking witnesses […]

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‘The Good Place’ Walks Through Door To Un-Eternity In Series Finale [SPOILERS]

SPOILER ALERT: This story includes details about tonight’s series finale of NBC’s The Good Place. NBC’s The Good Place ended with one last bout of wrestling with philosophical and spiritual issues in its Thursday series finale, striking an uncommonly elegiac — though still jokey — tone for a network sitcom. Over the course of the […]

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‘The View’ Co-Host Meghan McCain Confirms Abby Huntsman Feud, Denies Other Show Problems

Meghan McCain has given her side of the story on what happened with former The View co-host Abby Huntsman, confirming for the first time that rumors of a feud were not wrong. Speaking on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen on Wednesday, McCain said she battled behind the scenes with Huntsman, but has since […]

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Aubrey Plaza and Christopher Abbott on Their Nightmarish Drama ‘Black Bear’ | Sundance 2020



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Maggie Rogers Buys Boho-Chic Starter House on L.A.’s Eastside

Celebrities follow all sorts of unusual paths to fame and fortune, but one of the more interesting journeys is the story of Maggie Rogers. Rewind back to 2016, and the rural Maryland native was still an ordinary college student at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute, pursuing a degree in music journalism. She took a Pharrell Williams-led […]

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On Eve of Taylor Swift Doc Slamming Her, Sen. Marsha Blackburn Says She Wants to Make Nice

One of the unofficial costars of the Taylor Swift documentary “Miss Americana” is Republican senator Marsha Blackburn, whose name and image come up in a crucial section of the film, and not in a complimentary fashion. Having apparently gotten wind of her unflattering appearance in the film, Blackburn took time out from the president’s impeachment […]

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Film News Roundup: ‘Birds of Prey’ Sees Strong First-Day Presales

In today’s film news roundup, “Birds of Prey” is seeing impressive presales, Guillermo del Toro has started shooting “Nightmare Alley” and Billy Zane’s “Final Kill” finds a home. PRESALES Mobile ticket app Atom Tickets is reporting strong first-day presales for Margot Robbie’s superhero team-up “Birds of Prey.” “Birds of Prey” sold more tickets on Wednesday, […]

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Why Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell Teamed Up for ‘Downhill’

“We were really hoping that they would invite us to be here. We thought it was a great way for the film to launch,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus said, reflecting on why she was excited for her latest film, “Downhill,” to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival — though the setting of the film (a ski resort) […]

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‘The Game’ Reboot Not Going Forward At the CW

EXCLUSIVE: The Game‘s return to television is not happening — at least not for now. The CW will not be proceeding with a one-hour followup series to the 2006 half-hour comedy from the original series’ creator Mara Brock Akil and American Soul co-creator Devon Greggory, I have learned. Based on the pilot script by Akil and Greggory, I hear the […]

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NBA All-Star Game Plans Kobe Bryant Tributes, Institutes New Rules To Increase Hoops Drama

The National Basketball Association has set up a new format for its 2020 NBA All-Star Game, including several tributes to the late Kobe Bryant, a four-time MVP in the competition. The game is set for Sunday, Feb. 16 at the United Center in Chicago, airing live at 8 PM ET on TNT and ESPN Radio in […]

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Hollywood Walk Of Fame Upgrades Planned By City, Including More Trees, Dining, Better Lighting

A Hollywood Walk of Fame that better accommodates people and businesses by adding more street trees, sidewalk dining, and lighting is envisioned, according to an announcment from City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, whose district encompasses the landmark stars that lure millions of tourists each year. During his annual “State of Hollywood” address, O’Farrell announced the release […]

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‘The Bitch Bible’ Creator Jackie Schimmel Signs With CAA (EXCLUSIVE)

Jackie Schimmel, a writer, producer, television personality and host of “The Bitch Bible,” has signed with CAA. “The Bitch Bible,” which presents a raw, unfiltered and funny look at millennial struggles, pop culture and social faux-pas, exists as both a blog and a hit podcast on the Dear Media podcast network. She has also leveraged […]

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‘Kung Fu’ Reboot, ‘Republic of Sarah’ Ordered to Pilot at CW

The CW has ordered pilots for the dramas “Kung Fu” and “The Republic of Sarah.” Both projects were previously set up at different networks prior to coming to CW. “Kung Fu” is a reboot of the original series created by Ed Spielman. In the new version, a quarter-life crisis causes a young Chinese-American woman to […]

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How George Lucas’ Ideas Blazed Trails for Dolby Sound Over 40 Years of ‘Star Wars’

Ever since the fanfare and iconic title crawl of “Star Wars” first burst onto cinema screens in 1977, the dynamic marriage of sound and vision has been the beating heart of the trailblazing franchise. It has also been at the center of a relationship between Dolby and Lucasfilm that spans more than 40 years. As […]

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‘Kung Fu’ & ‘The Republic Of Sarah’ Get Pilot Orders At the CW

The CW has bot shied away from picking up projects originally developed at other networks — Fox or siblings CBS and Showtime — a move that has resulted in such signature CW series as Riverdale, Supergirl, Black Lightning, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and the underrated Ringer. The CW is doing it again this year with pilot orders […]

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Super Bowl Ads: NFL Resurgence Sees Brands Playing More Aggressive Offense This Year

The pigskin has officially bounced back. After dicey years in 2017 and 2018, when regular-season ratings declined for NFL regular-season telecasts and even the mighty Super Bowl saw flat ad spending, Sunday’s 54th edition of the big game arrives with a new sense of momentum. Fox sold out its primary ad inventory for the San […]

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‘Promising Young Woman’: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham & Emerald Fennell on Their Sundance Smash Hit



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J.J. Abrams and Katie McGrath on the Importance of Representation in ‘Star Wars’

The new Star Wars trilogy -- The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker -- has garnered quite a bit of fan attention, both ebullient, negative, and everything in between. But we can all agree on one thing about the new series of films, and the other pieces in the expanded Star Wars-verse like Rogue One and The Mandalorian: It's incredible to see the galaxy populated by different faces and types. Representation matters in the media, and the new Star Wars properties have done a great job of giving underrepresented communities heroes to look up to. Per …

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Eminem Inducts 50 Cent, ‘One of the Best Friends I’ve Ever Known,’ Into Hollywood’s Walk of Fame

An endorsement from Marshall “Eminem” Mathers helped launch 50 Cent’s career nearly 20 years ago, and the Detroit rapper took a trip down memory lane to help induct his friend into Hollywood’s Walk of Fame on Thursday. “Of all the things I don’t remember about 2002,” Eminem joked, “I have a clear memory of the […]

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Stand-Up Comedian Gary Gulman To Pen Memoir ‘K Through Twelve’

EXCLUSIVE: Comedian Gary Gulman has made a deal to write his first book, K Through Twelve for Flatiron Books. After his HBO special The Great Depresh aired to great acclaim, there was interest from several publishing houses for Gulman to write a book with his initial meetings resulting in preemptive offers. K Through Twelve, which is the […]

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Bella Thorne Signs On To Dystopian Thriller ‘The Uncanny’

EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has learned that Bella Thorne will star in director Mitzi Peirone’s post-apocalyptic thriller The Uncanny.  Written by Peirone and Chaya Doswell, The Uncanny presents a future where every citizen is implanted with a chip capable of controlling everything from emotions to directions, until a routine update backfires, causing a cyber apocalypse. Wiping out most […]

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Netflix’s Ted Sarandos: Audience for ‘The Irishman’ Is ‘as Big as Anything in the Theater’

Netflix is in the movie business for the long haul as it looks to fill creative voids left by the focus at the major studios on tentpoles and superheroes, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos told a crowd of investors and entrepreneurs on Thursday. Sarandos was pressed during the Q&A at the Upfront Summit in […]

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Transgender Activists Scoff at Idea of Voting for Pete Buttigieg

During an interview at the Variety Studio at the Sundance Film Festival, a panel of transgender activists — who appear in director Sam Feder’s documentary “Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen,” which premiered at the festival — scoffed at the idea of voting for Pete Buttigieg. When asked whom they’ll vote for as the primaries approach, […]

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

‘Assassins’: Film Review

One of these days, somebody should (and probably will) make a documentary about Kim Jong-un, the Supreme Leader of North Korea. An essential chapter of it would, of course, be about how when he came to power in 2011, after the death of his father, Kim Jong-il (who had ruled the country since 1994), just […]

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VES Awards Winners List (Updating Live)

The Visual Effects Society is handing out its 18th annual VES Awards tonight at the Beverly Hilton, and Deadline will be updating the winners list live as they are announced. Patton Oswalt is hosting the ceremony, which recognizes and honors the most outstanding visual effects work of the year and honors the artists who created […]

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Pilot Season 2020 Actors Hot List: Keri Russell, Lisa Kudrow & Catherine O’Hara Among Top Choices As Nets Grapple With Stiff Competition & Skyrocketing Salaries

In an industry often criticized for its obsession with youth in front of the camera, it has been nice to see accomplished veterans Catherine O’Hara, Judith Light and Katey Sagal attracting multiple offers at the onset of the 2020 broadcast pilot season. Sagal already made her choice, committing to play the lead in ABC’s high-profile […]

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Ellen Pompeo Calls For Cancellation Of TMZ For Its Reporting On Kobe Bryant

Ellen Pompeo has blasted TMZ for breaking the Kobe Bryant crash story, conflating the media outlet’s news-gathering abilities with allegedly “exploiting women.” The longtime Grey’s Anatomy actress tweeted out her attack on Tuesday, asking her following to sign a petition that would cancel the investigative TV show. “I wonder why police departments give @HarveyLevinTMZ all […]

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‘Minari’: Film Review

It took four movies before Lee Isaac Chung was ready to tell the kind of story first-timers so often rush to share straight out of the gate. Not a coming-of-age movie so much as a deeply personal and lovingly poetic rendering of his Korean American childhood — specifically, how it felt for his immigrant family […]

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Vanessa Bryant Breaks Her Silence on Death of Husband Kobe, Daughter Gianna

In her first public statement following the tragic deaths of her husband, Kobe Bryant, and daughter, Gianna, Vanessa Bryant penned an emotional tribute on Instagram late Wednesday. “My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely […]

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Vanessa Bryant Speaks Out On Instagram, Asks For “Respect And Privacy” After Thanking Public

Vanessa Bryant has made her first public comments following the death of her 41-year-old husband Kobe Bryant and her 13-year-old daughter Gianna. In an Instagram post,  Bryant thanked the public outpouring of grief and condolences that came after the horrific helicopter accident on Sunday that claimed her family members. “My girls and I want to […]

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Film Roundup: Jodie Foster to Direct Mona Lisa Theft Movie

In today’s film news roundup, Jodie Foster is directing a Mona Lisa movie, Sony buys a sci-fi script for Jake Kasdan, Lionsgate signs a deal with Kristin Burr and “The Color Purple” is returning to theaters. PROJECT LAUNCH Jodie Foster has come on board to direct an untitled drama about the 1911 theft of the […]

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‘Sergio’: Film Review

There is a Robert Frost poem called “Escapist – Never” which provides a frequent refrain in Greg Barker’s deeply admiring but drawn-out biopic of Brazilian diplomat and U.N. leading light Sergio Vieira de Mello. “It is the future that creates his present,” runs the penultimate line, and the handsome, heroic, charismatic de Mello (played with […]

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‘American Dirt’ Publisher Cancels Book Tour Amid ‘Safety Concerns’

Flatiron Books, the publisher of Jeanine Cummins’ novel “American Dirt,” has decided to cancel the scheduled tour for the book’s launch citing safety concerns and “specific threats” made towards booksellers and the author. The novel centers around a Mexican woman and her son who flee to the United States to escape from drug cartel violence. […]

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With ‘No Strings Attached’ Turning 20, Is an NSYNC Reunion Any Closer to Reality?

Nine months since JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick and Lance Bass almost broke the internet with their show-stopping Coachella performance, a new year is bringing new anticipation for an NSYNC reunion. There’d be a strong hook for it: 2020 is an anniversary year for “No Strings Attached,” the album that set a first-week record […]

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Deadline Studio at Sundance 2020 – Day 4 – Steven Yeun, Dee Rees, Kyle Maclachlan & More

Deadline’s studio at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival kicked off Day 4 at Hotel Park City by hosting fest-goers such as Steven Yeun of Minari, director Dee Rees of The Last Thing He Wanted, Kyle Maclachlan of Tesla and many more. Click on the photo above to launch the gallery. Stay tuned for more photo galleries and video […]

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‘The Last Shift’: Film Review

In this wonderfully sad small-town drama, the ever-empathetic Richard Jenkins plays Stan, a former high school athlete who took the graveyard shift at local chain Oscar’s Chicken and Fish in 1971 and never left. He’s given them four decades of his life; they’ve raised his hourly wage from $3.10 to just over $13. He considers […]

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Ousted Grammy Chief Asks Academy to Make Legal Docs Public: ‘The Public Has the Right to Know’

After two days of quiet on the Recording Academy vs. Deborah Dugan front, the organization’s ousted CEO has asked to be released from the arbitration agreement she signed when she joined the Academy. The contract she signed upon joining the Academy last year requires her to arbitrate any disputes confidentially. “The Academy intentionally brought this […]

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Robert Langdon, Dan Brown’s Hero of ‘The Da Vinci Code,’ Is Coming to NBC

He's busted codes involving some of our world's greatest treasures. Dealt with some of our scariest global terrorists. The next mission for Robert Langdon, best-selling author Dan Brown's adventurer extraordinaire? Television. Per Variety, NBC has bought the pilot to a potential Robert Langdon-centered adventure series. The title? Very simply, Langdon. We've seen Langdon on the screen before, in three films starring Tom Hanks as the title character, directed by Ron Howard: The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and Inferno. The NBC version of the character will be based on Brown's novel The …

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‘The Mel Robbins Show’ Will End Syndicated Talk Run After One Season

Sony Pictures Television’s The Mel Robbins Show, an inspiration-focused talk show, will end its run after the end of its first season. The plan is for production and episode delivery to continue through September, the company said. “Mel has had a positive impact on millions of daytime viewers and we still strongly believe in her […]

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Tiffany Haddish To Exec Produce Aida Rodriguez Comedy In Works At HBO Max

EXCLUSIVE: HBO Max has put in development a single-camera half-hour comedy based on the life of comedian Aida Rodriguez, starring and co-written by Rodriguez, and executive produced by Tiffany Haddish and her She Ready Productions. Co-written by Rodriguez, Chris Case (Legit) and Nastaran Dibai (Resident Alien), the project examines the struggle of an Afro-Latina comedian […]

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‘Dream Horse’ Duo Toni Collette and Euros Lyn on the Inspirational True Story | Sundance 2020



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The Best Movies on Shudder Right Now

Shudder is a gift from the unholy horror gods. Where once upon a time fans of the ghoulish and ghastly had to trade tapes with fellow horror-lovers, Shudder is a well-stocked collection of scary stories that span decades and genres. The classics. Slashers. Haunted houses. Creature features. Demonic possession. You name it, Shudder's got it, and the only problem with having such a large, genre-specific selection to choose from is the fact that...you do eventually have to make a decision on what to watch. To give you a hand with choosing the right fright for …

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‘The Nest’s Carrie Coon and Sean Durkin on Why the Drama Is Really About Love | Sundance 2020



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‘The Mel Robbins Show’ Canceled After One Season

“The Mel Robbins Show” is set to end its run this spring after one season in first-run syndication. The production on the syndicated talk show strip will continue through the spring to finish out the season order. The Sony Pictures Television talker bowed in September to weak overall ratings. Robbins is a self-help author and […]

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BAFTAs: Leaders Grapple With Lack of Diversity in Noms

#BAFTAsSoWhite was not the hashtag that BAFTA brass was hoping would trend on Twitter within minutes of nominations being announced. Yet there it was: an incensed public response to a slate that, for the fourth time in a decade, yielded all-white nominees in the four top acting categories, including two apiece for actresses Margot Robbie […]

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BAFTAS: Kudos Follow American Cousin

For any awards pundits reading the BAFTA nominations as tea leaves for the impending Oscar race, 2020’s nomination slate held relatively few surprises. Unlike in certain years when BAFTA has piled nominations upon wildcard contenders (“Drive” in 2012, for example), this year’s top selections in the major categories more or less align with their perceived […]

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Costume Designers Guild Awards – Winners List (Updating Live)

Refresh for updates … The 22nd annual Costume Designers Guild Awards in eight categories are being handed out tonight at the Beverly Hilton, and Deadline is updating the winners list as the prizes are announced. See the list below, followed by the nominees in the remaining categories. The CDGAs, which celebrate excellence in film, TV, […]

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‘Arrow’ Series Finale Points The Way To CW’s Superhero Future

SPOILER WARNING: This article reveals major plot points from tonight’s series finale of Arrow on The CW. The 170th and finale episode of The CW’s Arrow aired  as the second-half of Tuesday night’s double-episode farewell to Stephen Amell’s austere archer after eight seasons of yeoman’s work both as Star City’s brawny protector and as the somewhat […]

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‘Arrow’ Series Finale: David Ramsey, Marc Guggenheim and Beth Schwartz Break Down That Ending



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How The ‘Arrow’ Series Finale Honors ‘The Completion of Oliver’s Mission’

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched the “Arrow” series finale. In the aftermath of Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell) death, the CW’s “Arrow” ended with a relatively happy ending. The post-“Crisis” world revealed that Oliver’s death had indeed been a spark that saved his city, which was now crime-free. Additionally, nearly […]

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Shaquille O’Neal Remembers Kobe Bryant in Tearful Tribute

A tearful Shaquille O’Neal spoke publicly for the first time Tuesday about the death of his former teammate, Kobe Bryant. “I think a lot of times we take stuff for granted,” O’Neal said during a special edition of TNT’s “Inside the NBA.” Turning to his co-hosts with tears running down his face, O’Neal added, “Like […]

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Japan Box Office Leaps to $2.4 Billion Record in 2019

The Japanese box office leaped by 17% in 2019 to set a record $2.4 billion score, according to figures announced Tuesday by the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan, locally known as Eirin. The previous high was the $2.2 billion recorded in 2016. The Makoto Shinkai animation “Weathering with You” was the highest earning film […]

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Deadline Studio at Sundance 2020 – Day 3 – Hillary Clinton, Tessa Thompson, Andy Samberg & More

Deadline’s studio at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival kicked off Day 3 at Hotel Park City by hosting fest-goers such as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of Hillary, Tessa Thompson of Sylvie’s Love, Andy Samberg of Palm Springs and many more. Click on the photo above to launch the gallery. Stay tuned for more photo galleries and […]

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John Prine, Yola, Rhiannon Giddens and Other Americana Notables Salute Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson could have warned mamas not to let their babies grow up to be Americana musicians, but too late — he’s one of the core heroes and spiritual gurus of that roots-based movement, and some of its leading lights gathered at L.A.’s Troubadour on Grammy weekend to salute Nelson by covering his songs, showing […]

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Film News Roundup: Lionsgate Developing ‘Memetic’ Apocalyptic Horror Movie

In today’s film news roundup, Lionsgate is developing graphic novel “Memetic” as a feature, the latest Laura Ziskin Prize is announced and Firelight Media creates a fund for nonfiction filmmakers of color at the mid-career mark. PROJECT LAUNCHES Lionsgate is in final negotiations for motion picture rights to the apocalyptic horror graphic novel “Memetic” for […]

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Netflix Lays Off About 15 In Marketing Division

Netflix has laid off roughly 15 employees in its marketing division, according to a source close to the streaming giant. The exits confirmed Tuesday are part of longer-term structural tweaks in the department that we hear has has been ongoing since the arrival of its new chief marketing officer, former BBC Studios exec Jackie Lee-Joe. […]

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Production Designer Dennis Gassner Discusses Race Against Time To Complete ‘1917,’ A War Epic Plotted Out “Inch By Inch”

On 1917, production designer Dennis Gassner faced the monumental challenge of crafting epic World War I sets for a film that would appear as one take. Based on stories told to director Sam Mendes by his grandfather, the thriller centers on Lance Corporals Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), two young British soldiers that […]

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Kino Lorber Acquires Fernanda Valadez’s Debut Film ‘Identifying Features’

Kino Lorber has acquired the North American rights to Fernanda Valadez’s timely Mexican migrant drama Identifying Features (Sin Señas Particulares), which made its World Premiere on Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival in the World Dramatic Competition. The film is set to roll out in theaters this summer followed by a VOD release on KinoNow.com […]

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‘Sylvie’s Love’: Film Review

Sultry music swells as the camera swoons over a young couple in a tender nighttime embrace. The 1950s residential New York City street is carefully rain-slicked and lined with shiny classic cars: an obvious stage set. Gene Kelly might just have swung on that lamppost; Doris Day might lean out of an upstairs window to sigh […]

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Martin Scorsese’s Body of Work Extends Far Beyond Male-Centric Mafia Movies

Actors sometimes complain about being typecast, but it’s a fact of life for anyone in entertainment. John Ford is usually labeled a director of Westerns, despite “The Grapes of Wrath” and  “Mister Roberts.” David Lean is known for his epics, but he also directed “Brief Encounter” and “Summertime.” Vincente Minnelli? The director of musicals, overlooking […]

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Will Oscar Campaigning Turn to Mudslinging?

On March 5, 1963, Army Archerd wrote in Variety: “There’s been a not-so-subtle campaign pyramiding since Oscar nominations that Omar Sharif is an ex-Egyptian soldier who fought in the Israeli War. Forget it: Omar sez: ‘I never fought in any army.’” Archerd also denied the rumor that Sharif was Muslim. Two big takeaways: 1. Mudslinging […]

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‘In From The Cold’ Spy Drama Series Starring Margarita Levieva Greenlighted By Netflix

EXCLUSIVE: Margarita Levieva is set to headline In From the Cold, an international spy thriller drama with a supernatural bent, which has received an eight-episode series order by Netflix. In the series, written/executive produced by Adam Glass (The Chi), during a European vacation with her daughter, an American single mom’s (Levieva) life is turned upside […]

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Peter Sarsgaard’s ‘The Batman’ Role Is Revealed, and It’s Not Who You Think it Is

When The Batman director Matt Reeves announced the latest cast members joining his upcoming superhero film, he did so with a confirming tweet revealing the character they'd play. But when Peter Sarsgaard (Interrogation) was added to the cast, Reeves kept it close to the chest, simply paraphrasing Tommy Wiseau by tweeting, "Oh... Hi, Peter..." His character was never named. Speculation ran rampant, with our own lawyer Thomas Reimann gathering up the evidence hinting toward one fate: Sarsgaard's playing Two-Face! But now, Warner Bros. has offered an official press release to announce the beginning of filming on The …

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Netflix to Lay Off Roughly 15 Amid Marketing Strategy Pivot

Netflix is poised to let go of roughly 15 staffers from its Los Angeles office as the streaming platform shifts its marketing strategy in an effort to promote the whole streaming service, Variety has learned. The company will continue to promote individual shows as part of its greater marketing initiatives. The layoffs represent a small […]

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Why Blake Lively Isn’t Trying to Be the ‘Female James Bond’ in ‘The Rhythm Section’

“The Rhythm Section,” Reed Morano’s new espionage thriller about a female assassin who sets out to avenge her family’s untimely death, is not a female-led approximation of a “James Bond” film. Though Barbara Broccoli, the magnate producer whose family has been solely responsible for the franchise, is producing the movie, “The Rhythm Section” is decidedly not […]

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Sony Pictures Classics & Stage 6 Films Partner On ‘I Carry You With Me’ – Sundance

Sony Pictures Classics and Sony’s Stage 6 Films have teamed on the global rights for Heidi Ewing’s gay love story I Carry You With Me which played in the NEXT section of Sundance. I Carry You With Me follows Iván, a young aspiring chef in Mexico, who is trying to land a spot the kitchen while […]

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‘The Good Place,’ ‘Broad City’ Creators Developing New Comedy for HBO Max

If you've enjoyed any television comedy from the past ten-ish years, chances are it had something to do with the power quartet of Mike Schur, Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello, and/or Jen Statsky. Schur has been behind such gems as The Good Place, Parks and Recreation, and The Office; and the Downs/Aniello/Statsky trio gave us Broad City. Now, all these talents are combining, as Deadline reports the four are developing an as-of-yet untitled comedy pilot for HBO Max. The project will be written by Downs, Aniello, and Statsky. Aniello will direct the pilot, …

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Kristen Anderson-Lopez Talks Responsibility, Representation in ‘Frozen 2’ and the Biz

Gender parity isn’t an issue in Oscar-winning songwriting-composer Kristen Anderson-Lopez’s house, what with her longstanding collaboration with husband Bobby Lopez, but at the Oscars luncheon on Monday, it was a different story. “There were 13 female directors represented in the shorts and documentary fields,” Anderson-Lopez notes, adding, “but how do we get from there to […]

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TV News Roundup: ‘Riverdale’ Sets ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ Musical Episode

In today’s TV News Roundup, the CW revealed this year’s musical episode of “Riverdale” will feature numbers from “Hedwig & the Angry Inch,” and Amazon announced the premiere date for “Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse.” DATES This Season 4 musical episode of “Riverdale” will air on Apr. 8 at 8:00 pm on the CW, and this […]

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Monday, January 27, 2020

‘Equalizer’ Reboot Starring Queen Latifah Ordered to Pilot at CBS

The “Equalizer” reboot in the works at CBS is taking the next big step. CBS has officially ordered the project, which has Queen Latifah attached to star, to pilot. The prospective show is described as a reimagining of the classic series in which Queen Latifah portrays an enigmatic figure who uses her extensive skills to […]

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Anne Hathaway, Rosie Perez on Bringing Joan Didion to the Big Screen

After “Pariah” and “Mudbound,” director Dee Rees returns to the Sundance Film Festival with her next feature, “The Last Thing He Wanted,” a political thriller based on a 1996 Joan Didion novel. The adapted screenplay follows a reporter named Elena McMahon (Anne Hathaway) and her photojournalist friend (Rosie Perez) as they chase a complicated story […]

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Film News Roundup: Ana Gasteyer to Host WGA Awards

In today’s film news roundup, the PGA selects a site for its Produced By Conference, Ana Gasteyer is hosting the WGA Awards, and Docu-Day is set for Feb. 8. PGA CONFERENCE The Producers Guild of America will hold its 12th annual Produced By Conference on June 6-7 at Fox Studio Lot in Los Angeles. The […]

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‘Rafiki’ Helmer Wanuri Kahiu To Direct Gotham Group’s YA Adaptation ‘The Black Kids’

EXCLUSIVE: The Gotham Group, which most recently produced Disney+’s Stargirl based on the bestselling novel, has made its latest book deal. It has optioned Christina Hammonds Reed’s upcoming debut YA novel The Black Kids, setting Rafiki helmer Wanuri Kahiu to direct and Allison Davis to adapt it. The novel, to be published September 1 via […]

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Kobe Bryant Remembered: ESPN Showing His Last Game, SoCal Radio Stations Hold Moment Of Silence

Media outlets across the nation are revising their programming schedules to honor Kobe Bryant, after the Los Angeles Lakers legend, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven other people died Sunday morning in a helicopter crash in Calabasas. ESPN is re-airing the basketball legend’s final NBA game tonight at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The historic […]

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State Department Removes NPR Reporter From Pool Covering Mike Pompeo’s Next Trip

An NPR reporter who had been scheduled to travel with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s trip to Europe and Central Asia this week was removed from the press pool, an action that a journalists’ group claims is retaliation against the network over NPR hosts Mary Louise Kelly’s recent interview with Pompeo. Shaun Tandon, president of […]

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Andrea Riseborough & Karim Saleh On Sundance Romance ‘Luxor’, And How Life Imitated Art

Andrea Riseborough came to Park City with two films this year, and they couldn’t have been more different. In Brandon Cronenberg’s blood-drenched cyber-thriller Possessor she plays a cool, calculating hit-woman who takes over other people’s bodies to carry out increasingly brutal assassinations to order. In Zeina Durra’s sophomore film Luxor, however, which premiered at the […]

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Darren Aronofsky Returns To Sundance With ‘Some Kind Of Heaven’, Directed By Gifted Young Protégé With “Tremendous Potential”

The Sundance Film Festival has launched the careers of some extraordinary directors—among them, Steven Soderbergh in 1989 with Sex, Lies and Videotape, Quentin Tarantino in 1992 with Reservoir Dogs, and Darren Aronofsky in 1998 with Pi. Aronofsky returned to Sundance this year as producer of Some Kind of Heaven, a documentary that heralds the arrival […]

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Kobe Bryant Crash: Officials Discuss Helicopter’s Flight Path & Say “No Criminal Aspect” Of Probe

Authorities today gave an update on the investigation into the helicopter crash that killed Lakers great Kobe Bryant, his young daughter Gianna and seven others Sunday morning. National Transportation Safety Board member Jennifer Homendy spoke outside the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station in Calabasas. Few new details were disclosed, but Homendy spent some time discussing the […]

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‘Palm Springs’ Review: The Lonely Island Presents a Love Story with a Twist | Sundance 2020

To tell you the plot of Palm Springs, a new comedy film produced by The Lonely Island trio of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone, is to technically reveal a spoiler. This is a movie that begins as one thing, but then very quickly becomes something entirely different—and it’s downright brilliant. The basic, spoiler-free logline is that two strangers meet at a wedding in Palm Springs—bridesmaid boyfriend Nyles (Samberg) and the maid of honor and bride’s sister Sarah (Cristin Milioti). They become stuck there for reasons outside their control, and then begin to realize …

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Netflix, Apple in Talks with MGM to Acquire Movies Like ‘Bond,’ ‘Rocky’

Picture the current "streaming content" landscape as a vast ocean. And picture all the various studios, distributors, and hybrid content creators/platforms as the various fish and -- gulp -- sharks swimming around, looking for stuff to eat. Lately, in this ocean, we've been seeing a lot of aquatic animals consuming each other, resulting in strange hybrid fish-creatures trying desperately to fight other strange hybrid fish-creatures (i.e. HBO and WarnerMedia teaming up for HBO Max; Disney buying Fox and getting rid of the 'Fox,' etc.). But one fish hasn't found their shark to gobble them up: Metro-…

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‘Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens’ Draws 3.8 Million Total Views In Live+3

The Live+3 numbers for the premiere for Awkwafina is Nora From Queens are in and it’s very good news for Comedy Central. The January 22 debut episode of the series starring Awkwafina drew 3.8 million total viewers including replays, streaming and premiere simulcast across seven Viacom networks in L+3. The premiere episode is the network’s […]

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Oscar Nominees Luncheon’s 2020 Class Photo: Check It Out

The nominees for the 92nd Oscars gathered at the Roy Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood on Monday for the annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon. Turnout was strong as usual for the event, which this year opened with a moment of silence for Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others who were killed Sunday in a helicopter […]

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Billie Eilish, Beck, Lil Nas X Rock Grammy Afterparties (Photos)

Sometimes there’s so much bad news that it’s wonderful to have a reason to celebrate, and in a weekend marred by Kobe Bryant’s death, the scandal surrounding the Recording Academy’s controversial ouster of president/CEO Deborah Dugan, presidential impeachment proceedings and more depressing stuff, the music business managed to push back the clouds and throw down […]

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‘Can This Really Be Your Last Post?’: Kobe Bryant’s Death Mourned From Italy to China

NBA legend Kobe Bryant’s untimely death has had reverberations around the world, where fans from Italy to the Philippines have united in expressing their grief and honoring the late basketball player, who was one of the most global-facing athletes the league has ever produced. The coronavirus sweeping China momentarily relinquished its grasp on the nation […]

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‘Welcome to Chechnya’: Film Review

You can do anything with a face on screen these days, whether it’s shaving decades off with a digital scalpel or deepfaking it into unrecognizable oblivion. Usually this wizardry has the air of a stunt, a transformation pulled off merely because it’s possible. Never, however, have such effects proven as chillingly essential as they are […]

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Academy Museum Edging Toward Funding Goal; Naming Rights Include Barbra Streisand Bridge, Bob Iger And Willow Bay Terrace

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences added more details Monday to the news relayed at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon by president David Rubin that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has reached 95% of its funding goal. AMPAS said the institution has raised more than $368 million in pledges and cash, near its […]

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‘The Glorias’ Review: Epic Gloria Steinem Biopic Is Unwieldy But Inspiring | Sundance 2020

It’s impossible to encapsulate the entirety of journalist, activist, and feminist icon Gloria Steinem’s life thus far in a single feature film, but director Julie Taymor tries her darndest with The Glorias. This true epic covers Steinem’s life from small child to the 2017 Women’s March, and while the film’s structure can feel unwieldy at times, Taymor taps into key insights that make this biopic worthwhile, literally allowing younger versions of Steinem to be in conversation with her older self as her evolution and education as a feminist progresses. The result is an uneven yet …

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Two Separate New ‘Transformers’ Movies Are in the Works at Paramount

Full disclosure - I enjoyed 2018’s Bumblebee. It was easily the best Transformers movie, which is a shame, considering there were five other loud and obnoxious Transformers movies before it. However, those emphatically stupid films grossed over $4 billion worldwide for Paramount, so the studio isn’t going to walk away from the talking robot business anytime soon. As reported by Variety, two new Transformers scripts have been commissioned from two different screenwriters, each looking to extend the franchise in different directions. [caption id="attachment_746800" align="alignright" width="400"] Image via Paramount[/caption] Reportedly being tapped for scripting duties are …

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Ethan Hawke Directing Film of Tennessee Williams’ ‘Camino Real’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Ethan Hawke will direct and adapt “Camino Real,” Tennessee Williams’ wildly experimental play, into a feature film. Uri Singer, who worked with Hawke on the upcoming Sundance Film Festival entry “Tesla,” will produce and finance the picture through his company, Passage Pictures. It’s a passion project of the actor, writer, and filmmakers — one that […]

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See the Oscar Class Photo of 2020

The nominees for this year’s Academy Awards gathered Monday for the annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon and class photo. Many awards season stars attended this year’s event held at the Dolby Theater, including acting nominees Cynthia Erivo, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonathan Pryce, Charlize Theron and Renée Zellweger. The event was hosted by the Academy of Motion Pictures […]

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Kobe Bryant’s ‘Dear Basketball’ Is Now Available to Watch for Free

Kobe Bryant’s studio has released his Oscar-winning short, “Dear Basketball” for free following his death on Sunday. Granity Studio, Bryant’s multimedia production company, made the short film available on the dearbasketball.com website and on Vimeo. The Academy Award-winning film, narrated by Bryant, is based on a poem he wrote in November 2015 in The Players’ […]

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‘Don’t F**k With Cats’: Deanna Thompson and Director Mark Lewis Reflect on Their Creepy Netflix Series

What happens when you mix cats, a couple of Facebook watchdogs and a deranged killer who publishes homicidal videos to the Internet? One of the most talked-about (and disturbing) true-crime shows in recent memory. (SPOILER WARNING: Plot Details Ahead)  “Don’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer,” about a group of Facebook sleuths attempting to […]

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Watch Demi Lovato’s Emotional Grammys Performance After False Start

Demi Lovato made a triumphant return to the stage during the Grammys on Sunday, debuting her new song “Anyone.” The pop singer had an emotional start to her performance, having to pause and restart the opening, but that didn’t stop her from ending with a bang and earning a standing ovation. Lovato, who had tears […]

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Nipsey Hussle Remembered In Powerful Grammy Awards Tribute

Nipsey Hussle loomed large over the Grammy Awards on Sunday night as the late rapper was honored with a star-studded tribute. Hussle, real name Ermias Asghedom, was fatally shot in Los Angeles on March 31, 2019. He was 33 years old. On Sunday night at Staples Center, director Ava DuVernay introduced the tribute to the […]

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Director Floria Sigismondi Reveals the Hidden Meaning of ‘The Turning’

Henry James’ seminal novella, The Turn of the Screw, has been adapted countless times since its initial publication in 1898. The novella’s ambiguity lends itself to multiple interpretations – be it for stage, television, or film (perhaps most notably in 1961’s The Innocents). It’s a deceptively simple story – a governess, tasked to care for two orphaned children, discovers they may be haunted by malevolent spirits… Yet within this seemingly run-of-the-mill ghost story, James and subsequent adaptors have instilled the piece with commentaries on sexual repression, male toxicity, and women’s limited roles in the 19th …

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‘Pain and Glory’ Joins Collider’s FYC Screening Series at ArcLight

Pain and Glory, the new, acclaimed film from Pedro Almodóvar, joins Collider's FYC Screening Series at ArcLight Hollywood. On Friday, January 31, the film will screen in the famous ArcLight Dome at 7pm, followed by a Q&A with its Oscar-nominated star Antonio Banderas. The dynamic duo of Almodóvar and Banderas is always a cinematic treat, and they're in especially excellent form in this film. To buy tickets for the screening, click here. Beyond Banderas' nomination for leading actor, the film is also nominated for the Best International Feature Film Academy Award, representing Almodó…

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Lil Nas X and BTS Perform at Grammys for the First Time – Together

Lil Nas X took the Grammy stage for the first time on Sunday night, but not without the help of some of his friends. Wearing his signature cowboy wardrobe with a dazzling silver twist, Lil Nas X was joined onstage by BTS, Diplo, Billy Ray Cyrus, Mason Ramsey and Nas to perform his two biggest […]

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‘Spree’: Film Review

It didn’t seem like there was a large portion of the movie-going population who felt that Todd Phillips’ “Joker” was too subtle, in either its commentary on the modern era of those who are involuntarily celibate, or its homage-like appropriation of classic Martin Scorsese movies. But maybe writer-director-producer Eugene Kotlyarenko has other information, since that’s […]

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Ariana Grande Turns Stage Into a Slumber Party at Grammy Awards

Pop music’s reigning princess Ariana Grande gave an intimate performance at the 2020 Grammy Awards as she transformed the Staples Center stage into a bedroom and slumber party. Grande, who arrived at the Grammys in a voluminous grey tulle dress, made numerous costume changes throughout the evening. Joined by an orchestra and a team of […]

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‘Kobe Bryant: The Death of a Legend’ Set To Air Tonight On ABC And ESPN

ABC News and ESPN will present a primetime special tonight on the life and legacy of late NBA legend Kobe Bryant. Good Morning America anchors Robin Roberts and Michael Strahan will host the program along with ESPN Reporter Tom Rinaldi. The hour-long special will feature reporting on the latest details surrounding the helicopter crash that […]

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‘Dream Horse’: Film Review

Louise Osmond’s 2015 Sundance audience winner “Dark Horse” was one of those documentaries that played like a crowdpleasing fiction, its real-life tale of underdog triumph had such a conventionally satisfying narrative arc. And indeed, the new “Dream Horse” proves that same material is indeed ready-made for dramatization. Euros Lyn’s feature springs few true surprises within […]

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Camila Cabello Brings Her Dad (and Audience) to Tears at Grammys

Camila Cabello delivered one of the most tender moments of the night at the Grammys on Sunday. Cabello performed “First Man,” from her sophomore studio album, at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. Old home movies played on the screen as Cabello sang the touching song dedicated to her father, who was in the audience. She […]

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Tyler, The Creator Performs Fiery Medley at Grammys with Boyz II Men

Tyler, the Creator set the Grammys ablaze on Sunday night (literally), while also making it shake in one of the night’s more explosive performances. Accompanied by Boyz II Men and the artist affectionately called “Uncle Charlie” Wilson, Tyler performed “Earfquake” before breaking into “New Magic Wand.” Both songs are featured on his latest album “Igor” […]

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Chris Cornell Wins Posthumous Grammy Award

Chris Cornell won a posthumous award at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday in the category of Best Recording Package. The career-spanning boxed set included 15 classics and two unreleased tracks, including his cover of Sinead O’ Conner’s “Nothing Compares to U.” The album also included artwork from Jeff Ament, Barry Ament, and creative […]

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Lizzo Honors Kobe Bryant With Grammys Performance: ‘Tonight Is for Kobe’

After earning a leading eight nominations, Lizzo opened the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards with a lively performance at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday. “Tonight is for Kobe,” the singer said as she took the stage in a black gown. The sports icon died earlier on Sunday in a helicopter crash. Lizzo performed […]

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‘The Nowhere Inn’: Film Review

Bill Benz’s high-concept rock mockumentary opens with a white limo speeding through the desert. The driver (Ezra Buzzington) has never heard of his passenger, the cult sensation Annie Clark, better known by her stage name St. Vincent. “I’m not for everybody,” she shrugs. The driver is unsatisfied. “Don’t worry,” he glowers. “We’ll find out who […]

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Alicia Keys, Boyz II Men Pay Tribute to Kobe Bryant at Grammys With ‘It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye’

Hours after news broke of Kobe Bryant’s death, the Recording Academy paid tribute to the NBA legend on the Grammys stage. Host Alicia Keys somberly took the stage on Sunday night, telling the audience, “Earlier today, Los Angeles, America, and the whole wide world lost a hero. And we’re literally standing here heartbroken in the […]

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SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris Calls For Unity In Advance Of Film And TV Contract Talks

In the wake of her bruising reelection, SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris is calling for unity in advance of the 160,000-member union’s upcoming negotiations for a new film and TV contract. “Labor solidarity is crucial, and in many ways it is our superpower,” she said at Saturday night’s national board meeting. “Our strength is in our […]

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Alicia Keys Gets Political In Grammys Opener, But Uses Gentle Touch With Recording Academy

Alicia Keys used the power of her voice and piano to get a pointed message across. Faced with the uncomfortable task of being the face of the Grammys in a week when ugly accusations of sexism and voting irregularities dominated, Keys turned attention on the people who make music, instead of the people who exploit […]

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Director Josh Cooley Dug Through 25 Years Of Audio Recordings To Keep The Late Don Rickles Present & As Funny As Ever In ‘Toy Story 4’

The first-time feature director behind Toy Story 4, Josh Cooley faced a particular kind of challenge when Don Rickles passed away in the middle of production, in April of 2017. Voicing Mr. Potato Head throughout the franchise, which kicked off in 1995, the legendary actor and stand-up comedian did initially sign on to Toy Story 4—excited […]

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‘The Glorias’: Film Review

In “The Glorias,” Julie Taymor’s pinpoint timely yet rousingly old-fashioned biopic about the life and times of Gloria Steinem, the legendary feminist leader is portrayed by four different actresses at four different stages of her life. Alicia Vikander plays her as a young woman wearing a sari as she travels through India, planting her flag […]

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‘Black Bear’: Film Review

Actor-writer Lawrence Michael Levine’s first two directorial features, “Gabi on the Roof in July” and “Wild Canaries,” were idiosyncratic indie hipster comedies of a familiar stripe. His third, “Black Bear,” is a much trickier proposition, a kind of narrative puzzle box in which one might be hard-pressed to find a solution, or even determine there […]

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Grammy Awards To Open Show With Kobe Bryant Tribute

Just hours after Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in Southern California, the Grammy Awards have quickly put together a tribute honoring the late NBA legend. Sources exclusively tell Deadline the tribute will take place within minutes of the show’s open at 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT, with Grammys host Alicia Keys […]

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Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash: Federal Agencies Arriving to Launch Investigation

A team from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration is expected to arrive in California Sunday evening to take the lead on the investigation into the cause of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna. Seven other people died in the crash. At the same time, […]

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‘Wendy’: Film Review

Eight long years after “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Benh Zeitlin brings that same rust-bottomed sense of magical realism to the legend of Peter Pan, reframing J.M. Barrie’s Victorian classic through the eyes of the eldest Darling. “Wendy,” as the indie-minded not-quite-family-film is aptly titled, re-envisions its title character as a working-class kiddo raised at […]

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

ASC Awards Winners List (Updating Live)

Refresh for updates… The American Society of Cinematographers is handing out its 34th annual ASC Awards for film and TV tonight at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland, and Deadline will be updating the winners list live. The films and their editors battling for the marquee Theatrical Release trophy are 1917 (Roger Deakins), […]

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Deadline’s DGA Awards Live Blog

The Directors Guild’s 72nd annual DGA Awards are underway Saturday night at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, the next major guild to weigh in this awards season as the Oscars begin to really loom now a mere three weeks away. The DGAs carry much weight along the Oscar trail; only seven times since […]

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‘Pain And Glory’ Sweeps Top Honors At Spain’s Goya Awards

Pedro Almodovar’s Pain and Glory, a double Oscar nominee for star Antonio Banderas and the film itself in the Best International Feature race, swept the top categories Saturday at Spain’s Goya Awards. Banderas, up for Best Actor at the Oscars, won best actor award at the Spanish film academy’s annual ceremony, held this year in […]

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DGA Awards Winners List (Updating Live)

The 72nd annual DGA Awards on Saturday night at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown Los Angeles is handing out 12 competitive awards for the year’s most outstanding directing achievements in film, documentary, TV and commercials. Judd Apatow is returning to host the ceremony. The Directors Guild awards are an important bellwether in the Oscar race […]

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Hillary Clinton Talks Impeachment, Online Trolls and 2020 Election at Sundance Doc Premiere

After two days of buzzy cameos out and about in Park City, Hillary Clinton finally took the main stage at the Sundance Film Festival. A four-part viewing of her new Hulu docu-series “Hillary” premiered Saturday at the Ray Theater, where the dedicated audience had but one intermission during the marathon screening, but was later rewarded […]

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DGA Awards: The Complete Winners List (Updating Live)

The ceremony for the 72nd annual Directors Guild of America Awards is currently underway at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The DGAs are one of the most reliable bellwethers for the Academy Awards — all but seven directors who won the feature film award at the DGAs went on to win the corresponding […]

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‘On The Record’ Sundance Premiere: Drew Dixon, Sil Lai Abrams Defend Directors Kirby Dick & Amy Ziering Amid Oprah Pushback

You would think it was a world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival with multiple standing ovations for Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering’s documentary On the Record about the black women who stood up and spoke out against music mogul Russell Simmons, accusing him of sexual assault. In the wake of Oprah Winfrey removing her name from […]

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Hillary Clinton Rips GOP Senate For Expected Donald Trump Impeachment Acquittal At Sundance Debut

“I hope this will haunt them,” Hillary Clinton declared tonight at the Sundance Film Festival of the Republicans likely acquittal of Donald Trump in his Impeachment trial continuing in the Senate. “I find it absolutely beyond my understanding why they are so cowed to do what they know they should do,” the 2016 Democratic candidate […]

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Annie Awards Winners List & Livestream (Updating Live)

Refresh for updates… ASIFA-Hollywood is handing out its 47th annual Annie Awards for animation tonight at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Westwood, and Deadline will be updating the winners live as they are announced. You also can watch the action unfold with our livestream above. The battle for tonight’s marquee Best Feature prize is among three […]

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‘Uncle Frank’: Film Review

One of the people who’s made long-form television drama arguably more interesting as a whole than its mainstream big-screen equivalent in recent years, Alan Ball has underlined his superior comfort with that format in the few theatrical features he’s made to date. His screenplay for “American Beauty,” which Sam Mendes directed, was brilliant but glib; […]

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Marsha Kramer Dies: ‘Modern Family’ Actress Was 74

Marsha Kramer, a theater and television actress who most recently played Margaret an assistant to Ed O’Neill’s character on the ABC sitcom Modern Family, has died. She was 74. Modern Family director Jeff Greenberg shared the news of Kramer’s death Friday on Twitter. “So sad to hear that my long time friend, Marsha Kramer passed […]

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‘On the Record’: Film Review

“On the Record,” a documentary that presents the former music executive Drew Dixon’s accusations of sexual harassment and rape against the hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons (it includes several other Simmons accusers as well), is the fourth major documentary of the #MeToo era to offer an incendiary indictment of men who have used their power within […]

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Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘Pain and Glory’ Sweeps Spanish Academy Goya Awards

MADRID — Pedro Almodóvar’s “Pain and Glory” took home Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Antonio Banderas) and Best Original Screenplay at the 34th Spanish Academy Goya Awards, as well as Best Editing, Original Music and Supporting Actress (Julieta Serrano). Almodóvar’s night did have one blemish, however. On the red carpet ahead of the ceremony […]

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Kerry Washington And Julie Taymor Address Cultural Appropriation, Authenticity And Privilege In Storytelling – Sundance

On Saturday at the Egyptian Theater in Park City, Carrie Mae Weems moderated a conversation between artists in the industry that have pushed the envelope when it comes to storytelling and representation. The panelists each had films at Sundance including Lin-Manuel Miranda (Siempre, Luis, We Are Freestyle Love Supreme), Ai Weiwei (Vivos), Kerry Washington (The Fight) […]

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The GLAAD List: The Black List And GLAAD Unveil Second Annual Roster Of Unmade LGBTQ-Inclusive Film Scripts

EXCLUSIVE: During Sundance, Jeremy Blacklow, Director of Entertainment Media at GLAAD and The Black List’s Kate Hagen revealed the second annual catalog for the GLAAD List which is a roster of the most promising unmade LGBTQ-inclusive film scripts From stories about Tennessee Williams to the bohemian ‘80s arts scene in NYC to a family fighting for […]

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Madonna Cancels London Concert, Saying She’s Been “Plagued” By Injuries

Madonna has canceled the first stop in London of her Madame X tour, telling fans she’s “deeply sorry” but was forced to bow out because of an injury. The music legend was scheduled to perform the first of 15 shows Monday at the London Palladium. In an Instagram post Saturday, the Material Girl said she’s […]

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‘Ironbark’ Review: Benedict Cumberbatch Leads Cold War Thriller with Big Dad Movie Energy | Sundance

Ironbark is a Cold War thriller done right. This true-story espionage tale was executed on an independent film’s budget, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the screen. Thrills, human drama, and moments of humor abound as the true story of two individuals—one a British civilian and one a decorated Soviet Colonel—helped keep the world from the brink of nuclear war. Director Dominic Cooke understands exactly what makes a page-turning thriller like this tick, but doesn’t sacrifice the human stories at its core. The result is a wildly entertaining and inspiring—if …

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‘Worth’ Review: The Curious Cost of Compensation for 9/11 Victims | Sundance 2020

In the early moments of Sara Colangelo’s Worth, lawyer Ken Feinberg (Michael Keaton) tells a classroom full of students that while philosophers can debate the value of human life, in the law profession, you can live in the realm of numbers. While assigning a dollar value to someone’s life may seem cold, there’s a bizarre comfort in compensation and that someone can be held responsible in the face of tragedy. What makes Worth impressive is how it dives into the complicated space between hard pragmatism and necessary compassion. The central conflict explores why individualism is essential in …

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‘Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made’: Film Review

The passive voice is crucial to the title of “Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made,” a Disney kid-detective caper with a clear enough moral: that owning your errors and apologizing for them is an essential part of growing up. If any individual mistakes have been made in the film itself, however, they’re as hard to pick […]

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‘Wander Darkly’: Film Review

Miserable parents Adrienne (Sienna Miller) and Matteo (Diego Luna) can’t afford therapy. Instead, Adrienne settles for a free Date Night, a casual party that only reminds the couple of their problems: his wish to regress to a slacker-style flophouse, her resentment that he’s never proposed, which has begun to curdle into a suspicion that they’re […]

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Cynic and Death Drummer Sean Reinert Dead at 48

Sean Reinert, the pioneering drummer behind several death metal groups, including Cynic and Death, has died. He was 48. According to officials, Reinert was found unresponsive at his San Bernardino home on Friday, Jan. 24. No cause of death is known. Reinert formed Cynic in 1987 with frequent collaborator and guitarist/vocalist Paul Masvidal. They released […]

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Saban Films Nabs U.S. Rights to André Øvredal Fantasy Thriller ‘Mortal’ (EXCLUSIVE)

“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” director André Øvredal’s next adventure will see a U.S. rollout from Saban Films. “Mortal,” starring “Death Note” breakout Nat Wolff, has sold domestic rights to the distributor In a deal brokered by Endeavor Content. TrustNordisk handled international rights. Saban president Bill Bromiley, currently on the ground at the […]

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Carey Mulligan Suggests Oscar Voters Need to Prove They’ve Seen the Movies

Carey Mulligan has made a conscious decision in recent years to collaborate with female directors, from Sarah Gavron (“Suffragette”) to Dee Rees (“Mudbound”). On Saturday night at the Sundance Film Festival, she’ll unveil “Promising Young Woman,” a thriller written and directed by Emerald Fennell, about a heroine out for revenge after experiencing a traumatic abuse. […]

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Jamal Khashoggi Doc Director Bryan Fogel Asks Prospective Film Buyers to ‘Stand Up to Saudi Arabia’

Director Bryan Fogel premiered his searing new documentary “The Dissident,” a timely examination of the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, at Sundance on Friday. The film came to Sundance hoping to secure distribution, and Fogel used the starry debut to implore studios and streaming services interested in buying the project to commit to […]

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Gabrielle Union Responds to Terry Crews’ Comments Doubting Her ‘America’s Got Talent’ Allegations

Gabrielle Union appears to have addressed “America’s Got Talent” host Terry Crews’ comments questioning her allegations of racism and sexism on the set of the NBC series. Union did not mention Crews by name, but in a series of tweets posted after the host’s appearance on “3rd Hour of Today,” Union praised the “multiple witnesses […]

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Listen: Who Will Take Home the Oscars for Best Director and Picture?

The Oscars are just two weeks away, so it’s time to start making final predictions about who is going to win. On this week’s episode of “The Big Ticket,” Variety and iHeart’s movie podcast, I invited the magazine’s deputy awards and features editor (and my “Pick of the Week” co-host) Jenelle Riley onto the show […]

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‘Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets’: Film Review

“Smile for the camera, motherf—ers,” warns the graffiti outside the Roaring Twenties, a Las Vegas dive bar where spirits are high because the end is nigh. The boozers who’ve braved this dim red cave, in Bill and Turner Ross’ bitterly funny docufiction film “Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets,” have signed on to play themselves in an […]

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Neil Young Celebrates U.S. Citizenship: ‘Vote Your Conscience’

Singer-songwriter Neil Young has officially become a U.S. citizen after he says his application was delayed for months because of his marijuana use. The rock legend is finally a “Canarican.” Young announced on his Instagram that he is officially an American citizen after 54 years since he first came to the U.S. in the 1960s […]

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Justin Simien, Kelly Rowland and the Cast of ‘Bad Hair’ on the Realities of Black Hair in Hollywood

“Bad Hair” writer and director Justin Simien always intended for his horror-satire film to spark a conversation about the way society relates to appearance (especially around and among black women), but filming the project has equally affected his cast, who shared their own struggles to gain acceptance professionally and learn how to accept themselves personally. […]

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‘Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story’ Review: Never Meet Your Heroes

Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story tells of the sudden rise and spectacular fall of one of the most influential animated series in television history. This story is about a group of ragtag artists who, through talent and dedication, brought to life two of the most beloved characters of all time--Ren & Stimpy--but it's also balanced by a cautionary tale about the artistic genius of the series' creator. The controversial John Kricfalusi, who both caused and experienced trauma that deeply affected his work and relationships, is as much a part of Ren & Stimpy'…

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‘Mucho Mucho Amor’: Film Review

What a fraud, you might have thought glimpsing astrologist Walter Mercado on TV in the ’90s. But you wouldn’t forget his face. The bejeweled and blonded psychic hotline pitchman looked like a sorcerer from outer space. Cristina Costantini and Kareem Tabsch’s giddily glittery documentary “Mucho Mucho Amor” traces the half-century that Mercado was a global […]

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Number of Black Oscar Nominees Hits 3-Year Low in 2020

The Oscars’ failure to nominate any female directors has ignited a fierce backlash, as has the lack of diversity among top acting nominees. A deeper dive into the categories reveals that the number of black nominees hit a three-year low. Only five black people were nominated for Oscars in 2020. That’s down from 15 in […]

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‘Howard the Duck,’ ‘Tigra & Dazzler’ Animated Marvel Shows Not Moving Forward at Hulu

Marvel Television’s remaining slate continues to dwindle. Variety has confirmed that the animated shows “Howard the Duck” and “Tigra & Dazzler” — two of four animated Marvel projects set up at Hulu — are no longer in the works at the streamer. The other two shows, “M.O.D.O.K” and “Hit Monkey,” are currently still on track […]

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‘Herself’: Film Review

In 2008, opera director Phyllida Lloyd’s pop-cornball big-screen debut, “Mamma Mia!,” more than earned its exclamation point, grossing more than $600 million worldwide. Three years later, her more serious-minded follow-up, “The Iron Lady,” earned Meryl Streep an Oscar. Most people would agree that was a not-too-shabby start for a helmer of any gender. But instead […]

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Academy Awards Street And Metro Train Closing Schedules Set For Hollywood & Highland Area

The Academy Awards arrive in just over two weeks, which means street closings, adjusted train schedules, extra tourists and traffic nightmares in Hollywood near the Dolby Theatre and Hollywood & Highland Center. As part of that, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Los Angeles City Council have issued […]

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Netflix Adds ‘The Irishman’, ‘Marriage Story’ and More to the Criterion Collection

The Criterion Collection is adding four Netflix films to its roster this year, further solidifying the streaming giant’s status as a prestige film studio. The Irishman, Marriage Story, American Factory and Atlantics will all be getting the Criterion treatment. The news comes fresh off of three of the films scoring a bundle of Academy Award nominations. https://twitter.com/NetflixFilm/status/1220828780245073920 As everyone reading Collider probably already knows, Criterion is the brass ring of home video distributors, specializing in pristine film restoration and robust special features. Before the announcement of these titles, the only Netflix film to be …

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Clashing With Harvey Weinstein On Two Docus Gives Barry Avrich Deja Vu Watching Aggressive Courtroom Cross-Examination Tactics: Guest Column

Editors Note: Barry Avrich is a filmmaker who has made dozens of high-profile documentaries including The Last Mogul, Blurred Lines, Prosecuting Evil and is currently in production on Made You Look, a film about the largest art fraud in U.S. history. As Harvey Weinstein finds himself cast in the most anticipated production of the year […]

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‘Zola’: Film Review

As Twitter is to great literature, “Zola” is to the cinematic masterpieces that have come before: It’s superficial and relatively thin on substance, but a whole lot shorter and funnier than, say, “Anna Karenina” or “La Comédie Humaine” — although the latter might have been a good alternate title for this hyper-stylized lowbrow satire, in […]

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After ‘Star Wars’ Obi-Wan Kenobi Delay, Is the Force Still Strong With Disney Plus?

The issues on Disney Plus’ Obi-Wan Kenobi series are either a minor stumble or a portent of trouble ahead, depending on who you ask. It was reported on Thursday that series writer Hossein Amini was no longer attached to the project as Disney wished to overhaul the scripts. The move led to pre-production in London […]

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Tove Lo Drops $4 Million on Danny McBride’s Former L.A. Home

She may famously “stay high all the time,” but Grammy-nominated Swedish pop export Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson — better-known as Tove Lo — still keeps a steady eye for design. When a stylish, privately-situated midcentury compound in the Hollywood Hills recently popped up for sale with a $4 million ask, the moody songstress quickly swooped […]

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Lewis Capaldi on Mixing Balladry With Ribaldry to Become ‘America’s Sweetheart’

For someone who’s quickly made a career out of mining sadness in songs like his international chart smash “Someone You Loved,” Lewis Capaldi has gotten kind of used to being someone you laugh at. The 23-year-old Scottish upstart is not the first performer whose personality outside of his songs is very different from the one […]

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Ewan McGregor and Chris Messina Say Their ‘Birds of Prey’ Villains Are Probably Gay

Rosie Perez isn’t the only actor playing a gay character in “Birds of Prey.” At Thursday night’s opening of the “Birds of Prey” Harlywood exhibit in Hollywood, Variety asked co-stars Ewan McGregor and Chris Messina if the internet chatter surrounding the sexuality of their characters — villains Roman Sionis (aka Black Mask) and Victor Zsasz […]

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TV News Roundup: HBO Releases ‘The Undoing’ Teaser

In today’s TV news roundup, HBO released a teaser for “The Undoing” and Showtime dropped a trailer for “The Trade” Season 2. FIRST LOOKS HBO released a teaser for its forthcoming limited series “The Undoing,“ which will premiere in May. The six-part series based on the novel “You Should Have Known” by Jean Hanff Korelitz, […]

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Final Grammy Predictions: Billie Eilish, Lizzo Poised to Dominate; Could Lil Nas X Sweep?

The Billie Eilish vs. Lizzo throwdown has dominated the 2020 Grammy conversation, but there’ll be plenty of other nail-biters when the awards are handed out on Jan. 26. Will Lil Nas X upset girl power in album of the year, record of the year and/or best new artist? Will country legend and 14-time nominee Tanya […]

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‘American Factory’ Editor Had to Cut Down 2,000 Hours of Footage

Editor Lindsay Utz admits filmmakers Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert never fully counted the hours of footage shot for the Oscar-nominated documentary “American Factory,” but she puts it close to 2000 hours. Utz pored over the footage that Bognar and Reichert had spent over three years filming and whittled the story down to just under […]

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Ron Howard on Capturing Wildfire Devastation in ‘Rebuilding Paradise’ Doc

Ron Howard’s upcoming documentary “Rebuilding Paradise” puts the spotlight on survivors from the northern California community in the aftermath of a deadly and destructive wildfire. “We weren’t just interested in the drama and the trauma, but on a human interest level,” Howard told Variety’s Matt Donnelly in conversation at Sundance Film Festival’s Cinema Cafe series. […]

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

‘Grand Horizons’ Broadway Review: Jane Alexander & James Cromwell In A Marriage Story With Jokes

Even before the great James Cromwell arrives at the punchline of a decrepit dirty nun joke, or the incomparable Jane Alexander gets to a vibrator bit exhausted seasons ago by Grace and Frankie, Bess Wohl’s affable, unremarkable marriage comedy Grand Horizons has its “something borrowed” locked down. The “something new,” on the other hand… Opening […]

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‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ Keeps It Simple On The Reasons For Impeachment

On this third day of testimony in the Senate impeachment hearings, The Late Show host Stephen Colbert noted that on day one of the hearings, there were 11 million viewers watching the proceedings. “That’s a lot of people,” he said. “That’s not Super Bowl ratings, but it’s at least Puppy Bowl ratings. But that’s not […]

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‘Star Wars’: Obi-Wan Kenobi Revival Lost In Space?

Maybe the plot felt too forced? Specifics are elusive but the high-luster Obi-Wan Kenobi revival for Disney+ has been paused for a reshuffling of the creative team. Hossein Amini is no longer attached to write.and the show will go back to the drawing board and wait for a new hope to emerge for a show […]

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‘Crip Camp’: Film Review

If “Crip Camp” strikes you as a politically incorrect name for a movie about a summer camp where kids on crutches, in wheelchairs, and otherwise living with disabilities found it possible to feel included rather than ostracized, consider this: The irreverent, stereotype-busting documentary was co-directed by Berkeley-based sound designer Jim LeBrecht, a spina bifida survivor […]

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‘Summertime’: Film Review

“Use your words.” I remember one of my sheroes saying that to a stammering 4-year-old decades ago. Here was a woman who’d dedicated her life to preschool education, whom I assisted for several summers, trying to get through to a tongue-tied little boy. The more he sputtered, the more upset he got, unable to express […]

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Real-Life ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Claims He Was Scammed By Film’s Producers, Seeks $300 Million in Lawsuit

Jordan Belfort, the pump-and-dump scammer immortalized in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” said in a lawsuit Thursday that he was victimized by a far grander scam perpetrated by the film’s producers. Belfort filed a $300 million fraud lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Red Granite Pictures and its CEO, Riza Aziz, saying […]

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Following Outrage, Discovery Networks Backs Down on Composer Ultimatum

Discovery Networks, which last month unveiled a new business model that would have all but assured series composers a drastic income drop, has scuttled that plan in response to outrage expressed by the media music community. This means that the shows on Discovery, Animal Planet, HGTV, Food Network and other Discovery-owned platforms, will continue to […]

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‘The Good Place’ Boss on Reaching the Titular Location, Finding It’s a ‘Bummer’

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Patty,” the penultimate episode of “The Good Place.” The titular good place on Mike Schur’s philosophical comedy “The Good Place” isn’t a literal place at all but instead a state of mind. Sure, after four seasons (50 episodes) the characters on the show did […]

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Film News Roundup: Mickey Rourke’s ‘Adverse’ Opens Fantasporto Festival

In today’s film news roundup, a Mickey Rourke crime drama will premiere in Portugal, a film about the Purdue Pharma scandal is in the works and the documentary “After Parkland” will be shown at 100 locations on the second anniversary of the Parkland shootings. FESTIVAL OPENER The world premiere of Mickey Rourke’s crime drama “Adverse” […]

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Recording Academy’s Diversity Task Force Is ‘Shocked and Dismayed’ at Dugan Allegations, Demands Action

In the wake of former Recording Academy chief Neil Portnow’s ill-spoken 2018 comment that female musicians and executives needed to “step up” in order to advance in the music industry, the organization formed a Task Force for Diversity and Inclusion, headed by Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff Tina Tchen, to identify and execute those […]

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Asylum’s The Content Group Acquires ‘Dance Moms’ Producer Collins Avenue Entertainment From Kew Media

EXCLUSIVE: The Content Group, the flagship division of Steve Michaels’ Asylum Entertainment Group, has acquired reality production company Collins Avenue Entertainment, which is behind Lifetime’s popular Dance Mons franchise, from Kew Media Group. Under the deal, TCG will retain all of Collins Avenue’s physical assets, intellectual properties, contracts as well as key staff, including SVP […]

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Robert Redford Offers “Much Love” To Exiting Sundance Film Festival Chief On Opening Night

Many emotional moments are expected at tonight’s opening of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival with Crip Camp, but few will top the elegant farewell offered by Robert Redford. With a declaration of “much love to you,” the festival founder praised outgoing festival director John Cooper onstage Thursday at a packed Eccles Theatre in Park City. […]

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Bill Murray Confirmed to Return as Peter Venkman in ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’

As the latest revelation in a season of unlikely cameos kicked off by a certain Nerf Herder’s surprise appearance in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Bill Murray will be reprising his role as Dr. Peter Venkman in the upcoming Ghostbusters sequel Ghostbusters: Afterlife. This is a piece of news so unexpected that I had to triple check it to make sure I’d read it correctly. [caption id="attachment_506163" align="alignright" width="400"] Image via Columbia Pictures[/caption] Murray hasn’t played the character since 1989’s Ghostbusters II, although he did return to voice Peter Venkman in …

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Make-Up Artist Nicki Ledermann on the Stages of ‘Joker’ Face

When “Joker” make-up artist Nicki Ledermann came on board, she had some ideas in mind for the film and presented mock-ups to director Todd Phillips and star Joaquin Phoenix — and both Phillips and Phoenix had already played around with ideas and showed Ledermann photos. “I had to take the design and it was up […]

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Obi-Wan Kenobi Series at Disney Plus Loses Writer, Seeks to Overhaul Scripts

Pre-production on the Obi-Wan Kenobi-focused TV series in the works at Disney Plus has been put on hold as the streamer and Lucasfilm look to overhaul early scripts and find new writers, sources tell Variety. Hossein Amini had been attached to write. Ewan McGregor confirmed last August that he would be reprising the role of […]

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Outgoing Sundance Festival Director John Cooper Reflects on 30 Years of Highs and Lows

John Cooper, the outgoing director of the Sundance Film Festival, has been on Robert Redford’s payroll for 30 years. Many in the small world of Hollywood, and the even smaller ecosystem of global film festivals, braced at the announcement last June that Cooper would step down, taking with him decades of institutional memory. Cooper spoke […]

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Zion Williamson’s Pelicans Debut Is a Ratings Slam Dunk

With ratings in a slump so far this season, the NBA has needed someone to come off the bench and ball out. Cue the New Orleans Pelicans debut of Zion Williamson. The much-heralded number 1 pick from the 2019 draft had sat out the first 44 games of the Pelicans’ season with a knee injury, […]

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Justin Bieber Gives Emotional Speech at Album Preview Event

Justin Bieber broke down in tears describing the challenges he’s faced in the last couple of years and the people who helped him get through it. At a playback of his forthcoming album “Changes,” held at Village Recorders in West Los Angeles during the heart of Grammy week, Bieber got emotional and started crying recalling […]

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Last Sundance’s Top Buyer Amazon Is All In At Park City: Jennifer Salke Q&A

EXCLUSIVE: Amazon took the acquisitions market at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival by storm, making eight-figure deals for Late Night, Brittany Runs a Marathon and The Report, with another $5 million for Honey Boy. All of them were fine films, but the collective box office gross of around $26 million on films acquired for around […]

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CNN Cancels Town Halls With Democratic Candidates Amid Impeachment Trial – Update

UPDATED, 3:30 PM: CNN today canceled its planned “Closing Arguments” town halls with the Democratic presidential candidates as the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump continues. Three White House hopefuls — Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — are off the campaign trail while they serve as jurors in the impeachment trials. […]

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TV News Roundup: VH1 Announces ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 12 Contestants

In today’s TV news roundup, VH1 revealed the contestants for the upcoming season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and the Oprah Winfrey Network renewed several of its unscripted series. CASTING VH1 revealed the 13 queens that will be competing on the 12th season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” are Aidenn Zhane, Bria, Crystal Methyd, Dahlia Sin, Gigi […]

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‘Outmatched’ With Jason Biggs and Maggie Lawson: TV Review

The latest variation on network sitcoms’ beloved “a family, but with [x complication],” Fox’s “Outmatched” flips the usual parent-child dynamic on its head by following an Atlantic City family, including three bonafide genius kids who are too smart for their bewildered parents to understand. Each time one of their children tests off the charts, Mike […]

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NBC Orders Comedy Pilots From Seth Meyers, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Co-Creator Dan Goor, ’30 Rock’ Writers

It must be a pretty funny day at NBC. After ordering two comedy pilots this morning, the network has commissioned three more, all from a cluster of creatives who have previous experience on some of the Peacock’s biggest comedies. The first pilot is a single-camera comedy titled “Crazy For You,” which has “Saturday Night Live” […]

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

‘Funny You Should Ask’ Renewed For Two Seasons By Entertainment Studios

Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios said at NATPE today that is has handed a two-season renewal to Funny You Should Ask, its syndicated comedy game show host by Jon Kelley. It’s the second consecutive twin-season renewal for the daily half-hour strip, with the previous one coming in January 2018. Today’s move will keep the show on the air […]

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NBC Picks Up Drama Pilots ‘At That Age’ & ‘Echo’

NBC has ordered two more drama pilots, At That Age from writer Carla Banks-Waddles (Good Girls), Night School and Girls Trip director Malcolm D. Lee and his Blackmaled Productions and Debra Martin Chase; and Echo, from writer JJ Bailey and Davis Entertainment. Universal TV is the studio for both. This marks the second pilot order […]

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NBC Orders Drama Pilots ‘Echo,’ ‘At That Age’

NBC has picked up two more drama pilots for the 2020-2021 season. Universal Television will produce both pilots. The first is titled “At That Age.” It is described as an exploration of an African-American family’s legacy. After the Cooper family’s golden child suffers a catastrophic event, seven family members face a foundational shift, make life-altering […]

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‘Parasite’ Returning to Select Theatres in New Black and White Version

Parasite is an excellent film, one that's ferociously entertaining, eviscerating of class and capitalism disparities, and relentlessly rewatchable. How'd you like to rewatch it... in black and white? That's right -- Neon, the film's US distributor, just announced that director Bong Joon Ho has prepared a special black and white version of his masterpiece, and it will screen in select theatres in New York and Los Angeles. For the director, black and white cinema has been a dream for some time, with classic films like Nosferatu embedding into his consciousness. He explains: [caption id="attachment_862750" align="alignright" …

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A24 Reunites With ‘Swiss Army Man’ Directors; Finance & Distribute AGBO’s ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’

EXCLUSIVE: A24 is re-teaming with filmmaker duo Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert for the sci-fi adventure comedy Everything Everywhere All At Once. A24 just closed a deal to distribute and finance the film, which begins production in Los Angeles this week. It stars Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), James Hong (Big Trouble […]

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Aviron Pictures Hit With Layoffs, Joel Kinnaman Action Movie ‘The Informer’ in Limbo

Fledgling distributor Aviron Pictures has been hit with a significant staff reduction less than a month after the removal of top executive WIlliam Sadleir, numerous insiders told Variety.  Almost half of a staff of 30 were dismissed last week, amid wide rumors that the company’s deep-pocketed financier Black Rock has defunded the outfit entirely, sources […]

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Dean Norris To Co-Star In ‘United States Of Al’ CBS Comedy Pilot From Chuck Lorre

EXCLUSIVE: Claws co-star Dean Norris is set as a series regular opposite Adhir Kalyan and Parker Young in The United States Of Al, CBS’ multi-camera comedy pilot from The Big Bang Theory co-creator/executive producer Chuck Lorre, fellow Big Bang executive producers David Goetsch and Maria Ferrari, TV personality and scholar of religious studies Reza Aslan […]

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How Deborah Dugan Sealed Her Fate at the Recording Academy

Deborah Dugan’s ouster from the top job at the Recording Academy, just ten days before the Grammy Awards, was a shock to nearly everyone not directly involved in the decision. But according to multiple sources and the bombshell complaint her attorneys filed on Tuesday, she and the Academy establishment were working at cross purposes almost […]

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Harvey Weinstein’s Lawyer Seeks Mistrial When D.A. Refers To Bill Clinton Friendship 

Harvey Weinstein was associated with the Clintons for years, socially and as a generous donor to both of their political campaigns. And according to prosecutors in Weinstein’s criminal trial, he bragged about his friendship with the former president to women he allegedly sexually assaulted, in an effort to intimidate them. During opening statements on Wednesday, […]

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Aviron Pictures Imploding As Layoffs & Lawsuits Cloud Future On Eve Of Sundance

EXCLUSIVE: As we step foot on the ground at the Sundance Film Festival today, we’ve confirmed that 12 people of the near 30 person staff at Aviron Pictures were pinkslipped on Friday and issued their final paychecks with domestic theatrical distribution president Greg Forston and his team eliminated, in addition to Publicity and Promotion EVP […]

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Paramount Television Studios & Anonymous Content Part Ways After First-Look Deal Expired

EXCLUSIVE: One of the most fruitful TV production partnerships in the past five years is over. The first-look/co-financing deal between Paramount Television Studios and Anonymous Content expired at the end of 2019 and was not renewed. This does not mean an abrupt end to the companies’ relationship — they have several series on the air […]

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Tulima Tuanaki Promoted To COO At Contract Services

Tulima Tuanaki has been promoted to chief operating officer of Contract Services, the entertainment industry trust fund that carries out provisions of the collective bargaining agreements between the film and television industry’s West Coast studio locals and management’s Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. In her new role, Tuanaki will oversee a newly created […]

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James Norton & Vanessa Kirby Uncover a World War II Conspiracy in Exclusive ‘Mr. Jones’ Trailer

If 1917 has you hungry for more period piece war drama, set your sights on Mr. Jones the new World War II thriller inspired by the remarkable real-life story of the young journalist who uncovered a crime against humanity. James Norton (Little Women) stars as Gareth Jones, an ambitious reporter who travels to Moscow to uncover the truth behind Stalin's propaganda machine and receives a tip that could expose an international conspiracy -- but could also cost him and his informant their lives. Today, we're happy to debut an exclusive new trailer for Mr. Jones ahead of the …

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Esports Organization 100 Thieves Unveils New Facility in Los Angeles

As of Wednesday, popular esports organization 100 Thieves has an official home in Los Angeles. The group unveiled its new 15,000 square-foot facility, officially named the 100 Thieves Cash App Compound, in a media preview, with some of its biggest personalities and investor Scooter Braun on hand, in addition to Jack Dorsey, the CEO of […]

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Channing Tatum to Star in ‘Bob the Musical’ Comedy for Disney

Channing Tatum is attached to star in and produce “Bob the Musical” for Disney — a project that’s been in development for more than a decade. Tatum will produce through his company, Free Association, and partners Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan. Tripp Vinson and Chris Bender are also attached to produce. No director is currently […]

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‘John Henry’: Film Review

Terry Crews’ John Henry is a man of few words. “John Henry,” the folklore-cribbing, violent thriller (opening theatrically and available on demand) about a former gang member who must face his demons when two young immigrants require his help, feels like it wants to say a lot. But what exactly? Utilizing horror-movie gestures and ladling […]

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TV News Roundup: Netflix Reveals Premiere Date for Tom Papa’s Standup Special

In today’s TV news roundup, Netflix announced the premiere date for “Tom Papa: You’re Doing Great!” and Quibi unveiled the title and artwork for its upcoming series starring Liam Hemsworth and Christophe Waltz.  DATES “Tom Papa: You’re Doing Great!” will launch globally on Feb. 4, Netflix announced. The veteran comedian aims to remind viewers to […]

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YouTube Hires Viacom Exec Alex Okosi to Bolster EMEA Growth

YouTube has tapped ViacomCBS Networks International exec Alex Okosi as managing director of emerging markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), the company announced Tuesday. Okosi will be responsible for running YouTube’s business and partnership teams in Russia, the Middle East, and Africa, and will report to the head of YouTube EMEA, Cécile […]

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Amazon Music Tops 55 Million Users, Still Playing Catch-Up to Spotify and Apple

Amazon is famously reluctant to release specific numbers about its users, so it’s notable that the e-retailing giant announced that it has surpassed 55 million customers worldwide for Amazon Music. The company didn’t reveal how many of those users are on its various pricing tiers, but said subscriptions to Amazon Music Unlimited grew by more […]

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HBO Teaming With Bill Simmons on Music Docuseries

Bill Simmons’ The Ringer is continuing to expand its relationship with HBO. The company, which already produced the “Andre The Giant” doc at the cabler, is teaming with HBO on a six-part docuseries about the world of music. The project is slated to air on the network in 2021 and will center on pivotal moments […]

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Matt Damon to Star in NYPD Thriller ‘The Force’

Matt Damon has come on board to star in “The Force” with James Mangold directing for Disney’s 20th Century Studios. Mangold, who directed Damon in “Ford v. Ferrari,” has been developing the Don Winslow bestseller since 2017. “The Force” centers on corrupt NYPD officers with Damon attached to play detective Denny Malone, who runs an […]

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Viacom International Studios, Braven Films Sign First-Look Deal

At Miami’s NATPE market, Viacom Intl. Studios (VIS) announced an exclusive development and production first-look agreement with Spanish-American film and TV producer Frida Torresblanco’s production company Braven Films. Braven films is run by Torresblanco and her partners Eric Laufer and Giovanna Randall and produces feature films, television series and documentaries. Torresblanco’s resumé is packed with […]

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Grindr Founder Joel Simkhai Buys $13 Million Hollywood Hills Mansion

Gay hookup app Grindr recently celebrated its milestone 10-year anniversary, simultaneously commemorating its 4 million daily users from 200 countries around the globe. And although founder Joel Simkhai is no longer with the company that made him wealthy, he’s still got plenty of reasons to celebrate. Simkhai sold his app to a Chinese gaming outfit […]

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Film News Roundup: Legion M Launches Film Scout Mobile App at Sundance

In today’s film news roundup, Legion M is launching its Film Scout mobile app, the first round of Oscar presenters are unveiled, Verve is expanding its book-to-screen business, “Gladiator” producer David Franzoni boards an American Indian project, and XYZ announces promotions. SUNDANCE LAUNCH Fan-owned Legion M is launching its Film Scout mobile app at this […]

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TNT Buys ‘Liars Club’ Dramedy-Thriller From Amy Rutberg, Paul Giamatti & Christopher Silber

EXCLUSIVE: TNT has put in development Liars Club, a one-hour dramedy/thriller from actress and writer Amy Rutberg (Netflix’s Daredevil), Paul Giamatti and Dan Carey’s Touchy Feely Films, NCIS: New Orleans showrunner Christopher Silber and CBS TV Studios, where Touch Feely Films and Silber are under deals. Written by Rutberg, Liars Club is a show about […]

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Netflix CEO Reiterates Zero Interest in Advertising Business: ‘There’s Not Easy Money There’

Netflix continues to say it has no strategic interest at all in launching a version of its streaming service that includes ads — and would rather avoid the privacy pitfalls of collecting consumer data. Chairman and CEO Reed Hastings on Tuesday again shot down the notion of an ad-supported Netflix service, after he was asked […]

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Editor Thelma Schoonmaker on Cutting Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’

When Thelma Schoonmaker heard about her Oscar nomination for “The Irishman,” she had just stepped off a plane from England. Martin Scorsese’s assistant had texted her about the news, one of the first people to do so. “The Irishman” received a total of ten nominations and was unlike anything Scorsese had done before. “He wanted […]

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‘Charlie’s Angels’ Digital and Blu-ray Release Date, Bonus Features Revealed

The latest Charlie’s Angels reboot from writer/director Elizabeth Banks couldn’t manage to find an audience in theaters, but it’ll get a second chance when it hits digital and Blu-ray / DVD next month. The action comedy will release on digital February 18th, and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD March 10th. Charlie’s Angels updates the classic TV show for the 21st century with an impressive cast, including Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska as the titular secret agents. Scott plays new recruit Elena, who joins veterans Sabina (Stewart) and Jane (Balinska) on a …

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Justice League Dark: Bad Robot Developing Film & TV Projects Based On Warner Bros. DC Comics

EXCLUSIVE: I hear that Bad Robot, through its new deal at Warner Media, is exclusively developing both film and TV ideas based on DC’s Justice League Dark universe. This deal is all very nascent and at this point in time there aren’t any specific projects or characters that are being specifically developed out of the […]

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