‘Padmaavat’ Stokes More Violence In India; Laura Linney To Make West End Debut – Global Briefs
Bollywood epic Padmavati, now titled Padmaavat, will see its worldwide release beginning tomorrow. The Deepika Padukone-starrer has throughout production and to today sparked a furor in India, inciting violence and death threats. It finally cleared censors last week after a December date was delayed amid escalating tensions. Those tensions have not abated. At least 16 people were reportedly arrested on Tuesday in Ahmedabad as they protested the release of Sanjay Leela… Read
Magnolia Moving Towards Ruth Bader Ginsburg Sundance Docu ‘RBG?’
EXCLUSIVE: The pace of deal making at Sundance has been very deliberate, but tonight there’s action on RBG, the Betsy West & Julie Cohen-directed documentary about the storied Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I’ve heard Magnolia Pictures has emerged as a front runner to acquire the film on the 84-year old Bader Ginsburg, whose feisty opinions and 20-pushup workouts garnered her the name Notorious RBG. The docu premiered Sunday at the MARC Theater and it’s being… Read
TV Writer Survey Circulates In An Effort To Achieve Salary Parity
In an effort to achieve parity in salaries throughout Hollywood, an anonymously-created TV writer survey has been circulating asking writers, writers assistants, executive assistants and showrunners assistants to share their salaries — and the entries have been eye-opening.
The Google document was posted on today and includes information from writers including their gender and whether or not they are a person of color. They also share what network or studio they work for… Read
Hilary Swank On Family Dysfunction In ‘What They Had’ – Sundance Studio
"There were so many reasons I felt compelled to tell the story,” first-time director Elizabeth Chomko said of her film What They Had at Deadline's Sundance Studio, “but the biggest one, I think, especially in hindsight, is the awareness that memories are a gift and that they're precious."
Memory loss is a key tenet in Chomko's film, which she also wrote. The story follows a family dealing with the fallout of its matriarch's descent into Alzheimer's as estranged siblings… Read
Netflix Circling ‘Cloverfield’ Sequel ‘God Particle’?
Netflix has been uncharacteristically quiet in the acquisitions marketplace at the Sundance Film Festival, but word in Park City is that the streaming service has a big picture deal cooking.
No confirmation yet, but I hear the streaming service is bearing down on a deal to acquire from Paramount nearly all rights to God Particle, the Julius Onah-directed film that is considered a sequel to the low-budget genre hit Cloverfield. It is produced by JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot… Read
‘God Friended Me’ Light Procedural From ‘Alcatraz’ Co-Creators, Berlanti Prods. & Marcos Siega Gets CBS Pilot Order
CBS has given a pilot order to God Friended Me, a light hourlong procedural from Alcatraz co-creators Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt, director Marcos Siega and Greg Berlanti's Berlanti Productions. The project, from Warner Bros. TV, where Berlanti Prods. is based, had a put pilot commitment.
Written by Lilien and Wynbrandt and to be directed by Siega, God Friended Me is described as a humorous, uplifting series, which explores questions of faith… Read
SAG Awards Draws 2.7M In TBS-TNT Simulcast
The 24th annual SAG Awards ceremony drew 2.7 million viewers for its live simulcast Sunday night on TBS and TNT. The two-hour actors trophy show, which aired in primetime in the East but 5-7 PM in the West, also posted a 0.8 demo rating, per Nielsen.
The ceremony, which was dominated by the cast of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, aired against the NFC Championship Game on Fox. Although it was a lopsided win for the Philadelphia Eagles over the Minnesota… Read
‘The Perfectionists’: ‘PLL’ EP Charlie Craig Joins Spinoff Pilot As Co-Showrunner
Charlie Craig who was an executive producer/co-showrunner alongside I. Marlene King on the hit Freeform series Pretty Little Liars, has been tapped to serve in the same capacity on the upcoming spinoff pilot, The Perfectionists, toplined by PLL co-stars Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish reprising their roles.. Craig once again will co-run alongside executive producer King, who wrote the pilot based on the popular book series The Perfectionists by PLL author Sara Shepard.
Slate’s News Staff Votes to Join WGA East
The editorial staff of Slate has voted to be represented by the WGA East – the latest in a growing list of online news organizations whose writers and editors have voted to unionize. Following the vote, the news outlet's management agreed to recognize the union as its staff's collective bargaining representative.
"Employees at Slate have made themselves heard, resounding in their decision to join the movement for collective bargaining across the industry," said WGA East… Read
‘The Rookie’: Liz Friedlander To Direct First Episode Of ABC Drama Series
So far so good. The first official hourlong pilot directing job this broadcast season has gone to a female helmer, Conviction co-creator Liz Friedlander, who has been tapped to direct and executive produce the first episode of ABC’s straight-to-series light crime drama The Rookie starring and executive produced by Castle alum Nathan Fillion.
Friedlander has been carrying the flag for female directors the last two years when their numbers plunged to all-time lows. In 2017… Read
‘Search’ Wins Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Film Prize – Sundance
Sundance Institute and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation revealed the winners of $71,000 worth of grants today, and Aneesh Chaganty's Search won the Feature Film Prize. John Cho and Debra Messing star in the film about a desperate father who breaks into his 16-year-old daughter’s laptop for clues after she goes missing. The thriller, which counts Timur Bekmambetov among its producers, unfolds entirely on computer screens.
Cherien Dabis’ What the Eyes Don’t See took the Sloan… Read
‘Get Christie Love’ Reboot Starring Kylie Bunbury From Courtney Kemp & Vin Diesel Gets Official ABC Pilot Order
Exactly 44 years after Get Christie Love! premiered as a TV movie on ABC, spawning the first hourlong drama with an African American actress as the lead, its reboot is getting a formal pilot order by the same network.
ABC has officially greenlighted Get Christie Love, an hourlong drama pilot from Power creator/showrunner Courtney Kemp and producers Vin Diesel, Debra Martin Chase and Shana C. Waterman, which already had cast former Pitch star Kylie Bunbury as the lead. ABC… Read