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2018-05-22T13:35:54.652Z
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NBC’s Late Night host Seth Meyers explained the origin of President Donald Trump’s conspiracy theory about the FBI spying in his White House: Trump was holed up in the White House last weekend, with no public events, as various news outlets published one new bombshell after another about his campaign’s ties to foreign governments. That triggered a tsunami if presidential tweets. So many long tweets, Late Night had to fast forward through them. Meyers called it unfair that…
It may seem like major studios are embracing inclusion as of late with LGBTQ-centric narratives and characters, but GLAAD’s annual Studio Responsibility Index (SRI) notes otherwise with a drop in the representation of LGBTQ people in films in the past year. SRI is a report that maps the quantity, quality, and diversity of LGBTQ people in films released by the seven largest motion picture studios and their subsidiaries: 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, Lionsgate…
Donald Trump has become obsessed with his staff leaking information – which we know because someone on his staff leaked that to the press, a tickled Stephen Colbert told viewers. West Wing aides these days must drop personal phones into small storage lockers when they come to work. “They're taking away phone of everyone except Donald Trump?…That’s like saying no one can bring knives to work except you O.J.,” Colbert noted. “If this sounds paranoid, it's only because it…
EXCLUSIVE: Actor-turned-producer David Moscow (Big), an executive producer on David Robert Mitchell’s Cannes Competition entry Under The Silver Lake, will produce Iraq war drama A Brotherhood, which is currently scouting locations in the Middle East. Moscow will produce under his UnLtd Productions banner, which has previously produced movies including To Dust, Thirst Street and Hellbenders. Fellow Under The Silver Lake execs Jason Dreyer (To Dust) and Todd Remis (Magic Mag…
Entertainment One’s full-year results for 2017-18 show that revenues for the group’s family division rose by 56% to £139m, boosted by the continued success of the Peppa Pig franchise and that of other family animations such as superhero cartoon PJ Masks. Group profit before tax doubled to £78m, the company said, while pre-tax profits climbed 11% to £144m. The company said it is on track to double the size of the business over the next five years. Flagship show Peppa Pig
Netflix’s Big Mouth has added two noted actors to join the hormonally driven — and hilariously inappropriate — animated comedy. Gina Rodriguez (Jane: The Virgin) and David Thewlis (Fargo, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) will lend their voices to the series about the awkwardness and glorious nightmare that is teenaged puberty. Rodriguez will conveniently voice the character of Gina, a girl on Missy (Jenny Slate) and Jessi's (Jessi Klein) soccer team who shakes up the…
The broadcast upfront has always been a rollercoaster, with the highs of series pickups sometime followed by the lows of actors on newly ordered shows being replaced. While recastings are virtually inevitable when the networks rush to cast and film 70+ pilots within a two-month window, competing for talent with the other broadcasters as well as cable and streaming networks, 2018 was particularly brutal, with major recastings on three new CBS series, The Code, F.B.I and The…
Fox’s single-camera airplane comedy series LA To Vegas has been permanently grounded as the network has opted not to renew it for a second season. As Deadline exclusively reported last week, Fox had been looking to get LA to Vegas executive producer Will Ferrell to appear in the Season 2 premiere in order to create buzz around the comedy’s return. I hear that became a condition for a renewal of the series, starring Dylan McDermott. I hear Ferrell was open to possibly…
The American Theatre Wing’s President and CEO Heather Hitchens and The Village Voice President and CEO Peter Barbey revealed the winners of the 63rd Annual Obie Awards Monday night. Rajiv Joseph's Describe the Night,  produced by Atlantic Theater Company, was honored as Best New American Play while Tony Award-nominated and three-time Obie Award-winning actress Kathleen Chalfant received a special Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement. Hosted by Emmy and Obie-winning actor…
Charlize Theron has been set to play Megyn Kelly in Annapurna Pictures’ untitled movie that will focus on the women of Fox News Channel who worked there during the tenure of Roger Ailes, the chairman and network architect who resigned in 2016 amid a sexual and workplace harassment scandal. Jay Roach is directing the pic written by The Big Short scribe Charles Randolph in a project that has been in the works since before Ailes’ death a year ago. It will feature an ensemble…
Sheaun McKinney (HBO's Vice Principals, FX’s Snowfall) has been cast, Boss Level, joining Frank Grillo, Mel Gibson, Naomi Watts, and Ken Jeong. Joe Carnahan is directing the film, which was financed by Emmett/Furla/Oasis and recently picked up by Entertainment Studios to be released sometime next year. Written by Carnahan and Chris and Eddie Borey, the pic centers on Roy (Grillo), a retired Special Forces veteran who is trapped in a never-ending loop resulting in his…
EXCLUSIVE: Antonio Campos, the writer-director-producer whose credits include the Cannes Un Certain Regard pic Afterschool and the Sundance films Simon Killer and Christine, has signed with WME. Campos has been busy on the TV side of late, directing and executive producing FX’s The Sinner starring Jessica Biel in addition to Netflix’s The Punisher, on which he directed an episode in Season 1 and is helming the first two episodes of Season 2. As a producer, his credits…
Michael B. Jordan, who portrayed the tortured villain Erik Killmonger in Black Panther and will reprise the title role in Creed II, will join Rooster Teeth's animated series gen:LOCK to voice the main character, Julian Chase. The actor, whose star has been on the rise since his critically acclaimed performance in NBC’s Friday Night Lights and the indie breakout Fruitvale Station, will lend his considerable talent — though, alas, not his arresting physique — to the sci-fi…
There is hope forThe Expanse beyond its upcoming third season, which will be the sci-fi drama’s last one on Syfy. I hear Alcon Television Group, which fully finances and produces The Expanse, is in conversations with Amazon about picking up the critically praised series for Season 4. Sources stress the talks are still preliminary. Reps for both companies declined comment. Amazon, along with Netflix, have been main targets for the fans behind the #SaveTheExpanse campaign…
Felicity Huffman has portrayed overwhelmed mom Lynette Scavo on Desperate Housewivesthe bigoted mother of a young war veteran who was brutally killed in a home invasion robbery in American Crime Story, and an astute headmaster Leslie Graham dealing with troubling allegations concerning the school’s basketball team in American Crime Story: Season 2. Now she’s taking on a new role: “girl boss.” Huffman acquired the rights to The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats, in which…
You’ve got new reps, dawg. UTA has signed Randy Jackson, the original American Idol judge who stayed with the show for 13 seasons and also is a musician, producer, record exec and entrepreneur. The Grammy-winning multihyphenate has played on an avalanche of hit songs and albums, having recorded and/or performed such legendary acts as Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Keith Richards, Smokey Robinson and Carlos Santana. The agency says…
With Broadway in the final days of its statistically extended 2017-2018 year (53 weeks instead of 52, long story), grosses held steady for the week ending May 20, according to figures from the Broadway League. The tally for 35 shows (down one after Lobby Hero‘s exit) reached $38,813,251, a virtual dead heat with the prior week’s $38,621,280. For the full year, receipts are at $1.658 billion, up 14.4% from 2016-17 after 52 weeks. (The extra week is added in certain years…
UltraV Holdings, the investor group that now controls Relativity Media following a bankruptcy proceeding, has hired the company’s controversial founder and former CEO Ryan Kavanaugh as a consultant. The agreement also opens the door for him to take part in other ways in the company’s new iteration. According to a lengthy asset purchase agreement (read it here) dated May 17 but filed over the weekend in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, Kavanaugh…
Some good news for Lucifer fans. Fox says it will air two “bonus” episodes that were filmed earlier this spring. The episodes were scheduled to air in the fourth season, which of course, is not happening following the show’s cancellation. The back-to-back”Boo Normal”/”Once Upon A Time episodes, will air Monday, May 28 beginning at 8/7c, two weeks after the now-series finale. This isn’t a first. Fox previously produced four standalone episodes in Season 2 that aired in the…
Angela Bassett was recently thrown onto the force with regular collaborator Ryan Murphy's idiosyncratic, thrilling procedural series 9-1-1 on Fox. Having never played a cop before, Bassett — a Golden Globe winner, Oscar nominee and four-time Emmy-nominated actress including this year for her turn on Netflix’s Master of None — did her due diligence, while working to challenge her own preconceptions. "You just have this idea: 'OK, you’re running, you’re pulling your gun…