TV One To Repeat PBS’s Mark Twain Prize Ceremony Honoring Eddie Murphy
For the first time since PBS began broadcasting the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize ceremony in 2000, the ceremony is going to be rebroadcast on another network. TV One announced today it would telecast the 18th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor this Friday at 8 PM ET.
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts began awarding the prize in 1998. The first couple years, celebrating Richard Pryor and Jonathan Winters, the ceremony was telecast on Comedy Central. W… Read
Deadline’s The Contenders: The Real Story Behind ‘Black Mass’ , Johnny Depp’s Casting, And Why Whitey Bulger May Never See This Film
Whitey Bulger, the notorious Boston gangster, came to Deadline’s big awards season event, The Contenders Presented By Deadline which took place last month at the DGA Theatre in front of a sold out crowd of AMPAS and key guild members. Well, Whitey Bulger didn’t appear in person. He’s in prison. But some very key filmmakers who have brought his chilling story to life in Warner Bros. Black Mass did get a chance to sit down with me and discuss the making of this acclaimed… Read
Yahoo Board To Weigh Sale Of Core Web Properties: Report
BREAKING: Yahoo’s board will hold meetings this week where members are expected to discuss whether to seek a buyer for the company’s core business of online properties, proceed with a plan to spin off billions of dollars worth of Alibaba shares or both, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Citing sources, WSJ said the board will hold a series of meetings Wednesday through Friday that ultimately could decide the fate of the troubled company run by CEO Marissa Mayer. The… Read
Helen Mirren Circles Will Smith Comedy ‘Collateral Beauty’
Eyeing a co-starring role with the Fresh Prince, Helen Mirren in talks to join the cast of the New Line comedy-drama Collateral Beauty alongside Will Smith. The film sees Smith as a New York City ad exec who spirals into a deep depression after an intense personal tragedy. His employees enact a scheme to bring him out of it with successful, and completely unexpected, results. As part of the scheme, the employees hire an actress to be played by Mirren. David Frankel will… Read
‘The Wiz Live!’ First Live Entertainment Show Accessible To Visually Disabled People
Comcast announced this afternoon it will include a national video description pilot program with NBC's broadcast of Broadway musical The Wiz Live! on December 3, making it the first live entertainment program to be accessible to people who have a visual disability in this country. Video description is a narration track that is included between the natural pauses in dialogue that describes the visual elements of a show or movie like facial expressions, settings, costumes… Read
‘The Flash’-‘Arrow’ Crossover Review: CW Team-Up More Legendary Than Ever
Before anyone had really seen significant scenes from Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice, we had the first real crossover of the DC Universe last year with the team-up of The Flash and Arrow. Well, the big-screen matchup between the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel is coming March 25, but tonight and tomorrow we have Central City and Star City's finest back together again on the small screen. As I say in my video review above, this time around the pairing is more mature… Read
Matthew Aldrich To Adapt ‘Opening Belle’ Pic For Reese Witherspoon & Warner Bros
EXCLUSIVE: Scribe Matthew Aldrich has been tapped to pen the adaptation of Opening Belle, the potential Reese Witherspoon-starrer at Warner Bros. The pic is based on Maureen Sherry Kinsky’s upcoming novel about a mother of three trying to balance home life with her Wall Street career during the year before the financial meltdown. Witherspoon and her Pacific Standard partner Bruna Papandrea are set to produce.
Pacific Standard made the deal in July for Klinsky's book… Read
Syfy’s ‘The Expanse’ Sampled By 1.5 Million Viewers In Digital Launch
Syfy says the first episode of its futuristic space thriller The Expanse was sampled by 1.5 million viewers in the first week after its online debut last month (Monday-Sunday, November 23-29). And undoubtedly that number will grow.
The first episode will continue to be available online until it makes its linear premiere on Syfy on Monday, December 14. It can be seen on-demand at Syfy.com, the Syfy Now App, Hulu, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, iTunes, Playstation, Xbox… Read
Mark Zuckerberg Will Donate 99% Of His Facebook Stock To Charitable Causes
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan vowed today to “spend our lives doing our small part to help” solve the world’s problems — in part by giving 99% of their Facebook shares, now worth $45 billion, to worthy causes.
They made the announcement in an open letter to their new daughter, Maxima.
“As you begin the next generation of the Chan Zuckerberg family, we also begin the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to join people across the world to advance human… Read
Oprah Winfrey Memoir Auction Hits 8-Figures; Flatiron Books Leads Pack
EXCLUSIVE: One of the biggest autobiography deals in recent memory is nearing its conclusion. Oprah Winfrey is headed toward an eight-figure payday to write her remarkable life story. Flatiron Books — a division of Macmillan — is the front-runner, I hear.
Winfrey has co-written numerous books, including What I Know For Sure in 2014 for Macmillan, but this is considered to be the definitive memoir. It went out under the cone of silence a couple of weeks ago with publishers… Read
‘Class Rank’ Rounds Out Cast Including Bruce Dern, Kristin Chenoweth
SSS Entertainment and Single Cell Pictures’s Class Rank has rounded out its cast, with Bruce Dern and Kristin Chenoweth joining the indie comedy about two teenagers and two grandparents whose worlds are upended when love walks in the door.
Directed by Eric Stoltz and written by Ben August, the film follows teenagers Bernard, who lives with his quirky grandfather Oswald, and Veronica, a type-A personality with Ivy League aspirations who aims to step out from under her TV… Read
John ‘Cha Cha’ Ciarcia Dies: ‘Sopranos’ Actor Was 69
John “Cha Cha” Ciarcia, who played mobster Albie Cianflone on HBO’s The Sopranos, has died. He was 69. His family said that Ciarcia died November 21 at NYU Langone Medical Center following a brief illness.
Ciarcio also was a producer, celebrity manager, boxing promoter (for Tony Danza and others), radio host and owner of Little Italy’s popular… Read