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French actress and film legend Brigitte Bardot is the latest to come forward to criticize the #MeToo movement sparked by the deluge of sexual harassment allegations in Hollywood. France 24 translated an interview with the French Magazine Paris Match in which Bardot said that many actresses complaining about sexual harassment are looking for publicity. She goes on to say that, “the vast majority are being hypocritical and ridiculous.” She continues, “Lots of actresses try…
In the final frantic days before the New Yorker and New York Times exposed his sexual misconduct, Harvey Weinstein allegedly spent his time searching for and deleting sensitive documents, scouring ex-employees’ online communications and hunting for the person who leaked incriminating information to the press. A new piece in Vanity Fair details the one-time media mogul’s final hours, as Weinstein awaited publication. The producer veered from strategies that worked for him…
The first trailer for Queer Eye For The Straight Guy starts with flashes of the new Fab Five and with a voiceover that says “The original show was fighting for tolerance. Our show is fighting for acceptance.” The preview of Netflix’s reboot of the reality makeover series is giving the impression that it’s not just about teaching stylistically-challenged men the difference between a spread collar and point collar shirt, but about living your best life. The new take is in…
President Donald Trump’s inaugural "The Most Dishonest & Corrupt Media Awards of the Year"  went to New York Times' Paul Krugman, ABC's Brian Ross, and CNN, among others. The GOP.com web site crashed in seconds as Trump handed out his Fake News Awards: And the FAKE NEWS winners are…https://t.co/59G6x2f7fD — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2018 Even so, within minutes, #FakeNewsAwards was the top trender on Twitter — worldwide. New York Times' Paul…
Leron Gubler, announced his retirement as the head of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce after 25 years. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is one of the most recognized in California. Gubler will end his career as head by 2019. "It has truly been an honor to work in one of the most famous communities in the world and to be a participant in the revitalization of Hollywood," said Gubler in a statement. I have had great opportunities working with our board, my staff and so…
Jane Fonda, one of five honorees at NATPE’s 15th Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards, has a take on television that may surprise longtime fans of her film career: “If you have something important to say, television is where to go.” The actress delivered the line after Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos presented her with the award, a nod to the streaming giant’s support of Grace & Frankie and her re-teaming with Robert Redford, Our Souls at Night. Fonda told Sarandos, "I…
Amazon is doing more clearing the decks with the cancelation of three comedy series, Tig Notaro’s One Mississippi, Jill Soloway’s I Love Dick, and Jean Claude Van Damme’s Jean-Claude Van Johnson. One Mississippi was canceled after two seasons, while I Love Dick andJean-Claude Van Johnson each were axed after one. “This is part of a move towards bigger, wider-audience series,” an Amazon insider told Deadline. Notaro’s semi-autobiographical One Mississippi has garnered…
EXCLUSIVE: MarVista Entertainment announced today that they have acquired the rights to the new book Sinless from Sarah Tarkoff for a new television series. The novel is the first in the author’s Eye of the Beholder series. The series is set in a near future, dystopian society in which “right” and “wrong” are manifested by beauty and ugliness.  Those who are “good” are blessed with beauty, while those who are not suffer horrifying consequences—disfigurement, or even…
President Donald Trump, who as a candidate called on voters to boycott all of Apple’s products, today praised the technology giant for its commitment to create some 20,000 jobs over the next five years. Apple said it would invest $30 billion in capital expenditures in the U.S. through investments in data centers across the country, an Apple campus in a new location, which will initially house technical support for customers, and an expansion, from $1 billion to $5…
Comedy veterans Hector Elizondo (Last Man Standing) and Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men) have been cast as the leads in Guess Who Died, NBC’s single-camera comedy from Norman Lear and Peter Tolan, which has a pilot production commitment. Guess Who Died, from Sony Pictures TV, is based on Lear's personal experiences and described as a humorous and inspiring look at the shared joys and challenges we all experience at any stage of life. The comedy is set in the Las…
EXCLUSIVE: Penguin Random House division Currency has just won a competitive auction for the true story told in Burden, the Andrew Heckler scripted and directed drama that premieres this weekend at Sundance. Already, plans are being made to get the book ready to coincide with the film’s release, the first time I can recall that happening for an acquisition title at a film festival. The book  was written by Courtney Hargrave, inspired by the film and Heckler's…
FLEMING: Whether it’s Hollywood industry news or sexual harassment allegations, the speed at which trade journalism takes place right now can be dizzying. So I’d like to add to the story Deadline broke last week, when Leonardo DiCaprio told Quentin Tarantino he would make his next film the first picture DiCaprio will star in since his Oscar-winning turn in The Revenant. I initially called him an aging actor, when I raced to break the story. What he plays, more…
Rock'n'roll legend Nancy Wilson has joined limited music drama series Muscle Shoals as Executive Music Producer via her Roadcase Productions shingle, and Emmy-nominated Bettina Gilois (Bessie) has signed on to write the drama, which is in development, based on Rick Hall's autobiography The Man From Muscle Shoals: My Journey from Shame to Fame. Muscle Shoals hails from Johnny Depp and Christie Dembrowski's Infinitum Nihil, Richard Branson's Virgin Produced, and Joshua D…
With CBS and Viacom talking merger again, all eyes are on Lionsgate which is considered ripe for acquisition. According to one source, there are already some potential suitors — Amazon, Verizon and a CBS-Viacom combination which have all been sniffing around the company. It would make sense for both sides — the studio, which until now has been an acquirer of smaller film and television players — to be melded in with massive infrastructure to directly reach consumers and…
Univision Communications and Grupo Televisa are teaming on a TV pilot initiative for the development of scripted and unscripted series by global independent producers aimed at Hispanic audiences. "This is an unprecedented step in the transformation of our joint content strategy – and for Hispanic media globally,” Lourdes Diaz, President of Entertainment for UCI and Rosy Ocampo, VP of Content for Grupo Televisa said in a joint statement. “We are unequivocally invested in…
MarVista Entertainment has acquired The Year of Spectacular Men, Lea Thompson’s theatrical helming debut, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June. Written by and starring Thompson’s daughter Madelyn Deutch, the film follows Izzy, who is comically unsuccessful in love during the course her first year out of college, including five half-hearted relationships with astoundingly self-centered men. Izzy resigns herself to the support of her mother and sister…
XLrator Media has picked up two documentaries for release by its Lifeframe label: The Giant Killer, about 4-foot-9 decorated Vietnam vet Richard Flaherty, and Where Have You Gone, Lou DiMaggio? about a stand-up comic who abruptly left the stage. Directed by David Yuzuk, Giant Killer follows the shortest person to serve in the U.S. military. Flaherty rose to become a Green Beret captain and received numerous medals, but his postwar life was shrouded in mystery before he…
Vandit Bhatt (Ripped) is set for a recurring role on the third season of ABC's Quantico. From executive producers Josh Safran and Mark Gordon, Quantico follows young FBI recruits training at the Quantico base. Bhatt will play Jagdeep "Deep" Patel, a member of the new elite black ops team. Bhatt most recently played a younger version of Russell Peters in the film Ripped. He also has appeared on Younger, The Michael J. Fox Project and Mercy. Bhatt is repped by Judy Boals…
Brad Carlson has left Paramount Pictures to join Skydance Media as EVP Feature Film Physical Production. He will be responsible for managing the production and operations for the company’s upcoming slate of films, which includes the sci-fi thriller Annihilation which will be released February 23. That film, Alex Garland’s follow-up to Ex Machina, stars Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Carlson will report to Don Granger, Skydance’s president of feature film…
It is a long way from the uneven streets of 1896 New York City to the well-heeled slopes of Park City, but TNT's The Alienist will feel right at home at this year’s Sundance Film Festival among the top-notch films premiering over the next week. With a preview screening set for January 19 at the festival ahead of its January 22 premiere, the limited series starring Dakota Fanning, Daniel Brühl and Luke Evans based on Caleb Carr's 1994 bestseller is a great yarn that has…