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Gunpowder Sales; James Corden UK Deal; Fremantle/BBCW Benelux; All3M Australia – Global Briefs

British mini-series Gunpowder, which stars Game of Thrones' Kit Harrington and Liv Tyler, is blowing up around the world after distributor Endemol Shine International closed a raft of deals. It has sold the three-part series, which is produced by Kudos for BBC One and airs on HBO in the U.S., to RTL (Germany), Tohokushinsha Film Corporation (Japan), DBS Satellite (Israel), Discovery (Italy), Lightbox (New Zealand) and across a slew of BBC Worldwide-branded channels in… Read

Awardsline

‘I, Tonya’, ‘The Shape Of Water’ Top Costume Designers Guild Awards — Complete Winners List

The 20th annual Costume Designer Guild Awards (CDGA) were handed out tonight and I, Tonya took home the prize of Excellence in Contemporary Film while The Handmaid's Tale won for Excellence in Contemporary TV. Hosted by Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez, the ceremony also honored Kerry Washington with the Spotlight Award as well as Guillermo del Toro with the Distinguished Collaborator Award. Oscar-nominated costume designer Joanna Johnston was given the Career… Read

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Jimmy Kimmel Explains His Caught-On-Camera Reaction To Fergie’s Sultry Singing Of National Anthem

Jimmy Kimmel

“I feel like I need to address something that happened Sunday night at the NBA All-Star Game,” Jimmy Kimmel said on his late-night show, after he was caught on tape during Fergie’s much-mocked performance of the national anthem at the event. “Somehow, I became a part of a National Anthem fiasco. Fergie, the singer from the Black Eyed Peas, gave an unusually sultry version of our National Anthem,” he explained. And I wound up in the middle of it. I just want to say, the… Read

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Study Finds “Little Progress” For Women In Percentage Of Non-Acting Oscar Nominations

A new study from Women's Media Center has found "little progress" for women nominees in this year's non-acting Oscar race, with 77% of all behind-the-scenes nominations going to men. "Despite a concerted push by women and their allies to achieve greater representation for females in all parts of the film industry," the report states, "the percentage of women barely inched up to 23% from 20% last year in the 19 major non-acting categories that feature writing, editing… Read

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The Music Inside Guillermo del Toro’s Monster: Alexandre Desplat On His Score For ‘Shape Of Water’: Crew Call Podcast

French composer Alexandre Desplat arrived on the Hollywood scene in 2003-04 with back-to-back movies Girl With the Pearl Earring and Birth. Since then, the town has only asked him for more, spellbound by his ability to canvass various distinctive melodic styles, making them intrinsic and organic to a given film on screen. Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water marks the ninth original score Oscar nomination for Desplat following such great movies as The Queen, The Curiou… Read

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Stephen Colbert: Houseplant Makes Better Senator Than Marco Rubio After Florida School Shooting

Stephen Colbert, in his first Late Show broadcast since the latest school mass shooting, said he was “sickened and heartbroken” not only by the attack but by what he feared would be a complete lack of action by political leaders. Sure enough, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida gave a speech saying that “if someone has decided ‘I’m going to commit this crime’ they’re going to find a way to do it,” by way of explaining his opposition to gun control/background check measures. “If… Read

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‘Staties’: Annie Ilonzeh Cast As Lead Of ABC Drama Pilot

Annie Ilonzeh (Empire) has been cast as the lead in ABC's drama pilot Staties, from Matt Partney & Corey Evett, Maniac Productions and ABC Studios. She joins previously cast male lead Andy Karl and co-star David Zayas. Written by Partney and Evett and directed by Rob Bowman, Staties centers on Eliza Cortez (Ilonzeh), a hard-charging NYPD detective who's banished to the boonies after a high-profile mistake and is paired with a new partner, Oregon State Trooper Sam King… Read

Film

‘Black Panther’ Director Ryan Coogler Writes Letter Of Gratitude After Film’s Record-Breaking Weekend

As Black Panther continues to slay the box office and garner praise and acclaim, director Ryan Coogler wrote a touching letter to thank the masses for supporting the film. The filmmaker, who co-wrote the Marvel Studios movie with Joe Robert Cole, penned a humbling letter that was posted on Marvel Entertainment’s official Twitter account, saying “Never in a million years did we imagine that you all would come out this strong.” Since opening last week, the movie has made mor… Read

Business

Tavis Smiley Files Racially Charged Lawsuit Against PBS Over His Firing After Sexual Misconduct Investigation

It’s been more than two months since PBS fired Tavis Smiley after an investigation into “multiple, credible allegations” allegations of sexual misconduct made against him. Today, the veteran talk-show host hit back. Smiley filed a lawsuit against the pubcaster today, claiming that the axing breached his contract and damaged his company — and that PBS executives used the case as “a pretext to finally rid themselves of Mr. Smiley, who was not the ‘team player’ type of… Read

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Weinstein Co. Bidders Eyeing Sit-Down With New York AG As Lawsuit Stalls Sale

The saga of the sale of The Weinstein Company took another turn today as the leading bidders for the company are seeking to loosen a Gordian knot with the New York State Attorney General's office. While nothing seems set yet, discussions are underway to hold a Wednesday meeting between AG Eric T. Schneiderman and the investor group leader Maria Contreras-Sweet and Yucaipa's Ron Burkle, sources confirm to Deadline. This comes 10 days after the NY AG's office hit the halt… Read

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‘Black Panther’ Goes Wild: At $242M Superhero Owns 2nd Best 4-Day Opening & Defeats ‘Last Jedi’ – Update

Black Panther

FINAL Writethru Tuesday following 8:35 AM post: Disney has just confirmed what we saw earlier: Marvel’s Black Panther is the second-biggest 4-day opener of all-time at the domestic B.O. with $242.1M, after Force Awakens ($288M) and beating Star Wars: Last Jedi ($241.6M). Monday also marked an all-time record with $40.151M, beating Force Awakens‘ $40.11M (Dec. 21, 2015). Black Panther also posted the second best Sunday ever at the domestic B.O. with $60.06M behind Forces Aw… Read

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School Shooting Survivors Tell Jordan Klepper It’s Time To End The “Magic” Of Politician-Purchasing NRA

Jordan Klepper stayed in character to interview two seniors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, where a former student gunned down 17 classmates and staff last week. Carly Novell and Delaney Tarr told The Opposition host they’re hoping for legislation that’s a “step in the right direction, something small” to advocate for safe schools without gun violence. “We are fighting for common sense gun laws,” Tarr said. “We want people to stop getting shot… Read