CAA Signs ‘Patti Cake$ Star Danielle Macdonald
EXCLUSIVE: Just under a month after Fox Searchlight picked up Patti Cake$ for $9.5 million at the Sundance Film Festival, Danielle Macdonald, the breakout star of the crowd pleasing coming of age dramedy signed with uber-agency CAA today.
Just being finalized this morning, this is the first Hollywood agency representation for the 25-year Australian, who has worked agentless the past 6-years. With the actress taking meetings over the past two-weeks, all the major agencies… Read
‘Somewhere Between’: Devon Sawa Cast In ABC Summer Drama Series
Nikita alum Devon Sawa has been cast opposite Paula Patton in Somewhere Between, ABC's thriller drama series with a supernatural twist, which has a 10-episode straight-to-series order for summer 2017.
Written by Legend Of The Seeker and Taxi Brooklyn co-creator Stephen Tolkin and based on a Korean format, Somewhere Between centers on superstar news producer and fiercely loving mom Laura Price (Patton). She isn't crazy: She knows her daughter Serena is going to be… Read
Bruce Willis Pacts Pair Of Films With Emmett/Furla/Oasis
EXCLUSIVE: Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films has set Bruce Willis to star in two new film projects. First up is Acts Of Violence, which is to be directed by Brett Donowho and will begin principal photography March 27 in Ohio. Reprisal, the second picture, has Brian A. Miller at the helm and begins principal in Ohio on July 15. The films up the collaboration between Willis and E/F/O to 13 pictures. E/F/O CEOs and co-founders Randall Emmett and George Furla will produce both… Read
Donald Trump’s Walk Of Fame Star Vandal Gets No Jail Time
Less than four months after taking a sledgehammer to then-candidate Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Jamie Otis was sentenced today – and justice was not as rough on the admitted vandal as he was on the ex-Celebrity Apprentice host's five-tipped honor.
Facing a maximum of three years in jail and $10,000 in fines, Otis plead no contest in L.A. Superior Court on Tuesday and got no time behind bars at all. Instead, the 53-year-old self-described activist… Read
‘Big Little Lies’ Opener Draws 2.1 Million Multi-Platform HBO Viewers, Lifts ‘Girls’
The Sunday 9 PM premiere of HBO’s limited mystery series Big Little Lies, starring and produced by Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, drew 1.1 million linear viewers and a total of 2.1 million viewers, factoring replays and viewing on the HBO Go/Now platforms (including Monday’s digital viewing). This was up 42% from the debut of HBO’s previous high-profile limited series, the acclaimed The Night Of (774,000 in linear premiere).
BLL also was up 48% from the debut of Viny… Read
Dick Clark Productions Sale To Wanda Group Slowed By Chinese Deal Limits
Wanda Group’s $1 billion deal to buy Dick Clark Productions has been delayed — but not derailed — as a result of China’s recent effort to limit capital flight from the country.
The early November pact is now expected to close in a matter of weeks as the companies grapple with controls that China’s Commerce Ministry imposed late last year on overseas deals of $1 billion or more.
Former Guggenheim Partners president Todd Boehly's Eldridge Industries controls DCP, which… Read
Demi Moore Set To Recur On ‘Empire’
Demi Moore is set for a recurring role on Fox’s hit hip-hop drama series Empire. Moore’s character will be introduced in the Season 3 finale this spring. She’ll play a take-charge nurse with a mysterious past who will become ever more treacherously entangled with the Lyon family in Season 4.
Moore joins previously announced actors and musicians who will appear on Empire this spring, including her daughter Rumer Willis, Eva Longoria, Taye Diggs, Phylicia Rashad and Nia… Read
Milo Yiannopoulos Quits Breitbart, Apologizing For Remarks While Blaming Media
UPDATE with news conference remarks: "I am a gay man and a child abuse victim," professional provocateur Milo Yiannopoulous said in a news conference today held shortly after announcing he was stepping down as senior editor at Breitbart. "Between the ages 13 and 16 two men touched me in ways they should not have; one of those men was a priest.”
Yiannopoulos quit the website the day after Simon & Schuster pulled plans to publish his book Dangerous, and CPAC yanked an invita… Read
Jason Ritter To Headline ‘The Gospel Of Kevin’ ABC Light Drama Pilot
Parenthood alum Jason Ritter has been cast as the lead in ABC’s The Gospel of Kevin, an hourlong drama pilot from veteran showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters and ABC Studios.
Written/executive produced by Fazekas and Butters and directed by Paul McGuigan, The Gospel of Kevin is a light one hour about Kevin (Ritter), a down-on-his-luck man who is tasked by God with a mission to save the world. Kevin is a cluelessly self-serving jerk, on a dangerous path to… Read
Comedy Central SVP Original Programming Gary Mann To Depart
Veteran Comedy Central Development executive Gary Mann is stepping down from his post as SVP Original Programming and Development effective February 28. He and Comedy Central president Kent Alterman announced Mann’s departure in separate memos to the company staff, obtained by Deadline. (You can read them under the story.)
During his 13-year tenure at Comedy Central, Mann developed and served as the current programming executive on such series as the Emmy- and… Read
Keith Cox Officially Named President, Development & Production, For Paramount Network & TV Land
Viacom has confirmed the promotion of TV Land’s Keith Cox to President, Development and Production, for Paramount Network and TV Land, adding top programming responsibilities at the soon-to-be rebranded Paramount Network (currently Spike), slated for an early 2018 launch. It will be a general entertainment network featuring scripted and nonscripted original programming.
Cox’s promotion, first reported by Deadline, follows the official announcement earlier today that Spike… Read
New Shows & Glenn Close Blast Broadway Box Office 29% Out Of Winter Freeze
With a holiday weekend, three new shows, plus Glenn Close, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sally Field and Mark Ruffalo adding more star power to a roster that already sees fans lining up outside the Barrymore Theatre, angling for Cate Blanchett’s autograph, Broadway saw a 29% jump at the box office last week. Sailing on great notices for her Norma Desmond redux, Close’s turn in Sunset Boulevard posted $1.3 million for seven performances at the Nederlander Organization’s Palace… Read