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Michael Wolff To Trevor Noah On Donald Trump: “Yeah, He’s Stupid”

President Donald Trump is a very stupid man and everyone in the White House knows it, “Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff said of President Donald Trump, on The Daily Show. Trump’s White House, meanwhile, is populated with “the greatest bunch of knuckleheads I think that have ever been assembled in one place,” the current darling of the book-tour circuit told Trevor Noah. “How did the knuckleheads roll with you for so long?” Noah wondered of the weeks and months Wolff… Read


ITN Productions Eyes U.S. Expansion, Preps California ‘House Of Horrors’, Meghan Markle And Trump Docs

The California 'house of horrors', where David and Louise Turpin imprisoned their 13 children, Donald Trump and Meghan Markle are all set to be the subject of forthcoming documentaries from British producer ITN Productions after it was buoyed by winning eight-part Netflix documentary Drug Lords. ITN Productions Managing Director Mark Browning told Deadline that it is aiming for 50% of its annual turnover to come from international productions b7 2020, with the majority… Read


Fox-Sky Deal: UK Authority Says “Not In The Public Interest”; Hints Disney Could Help

Britain's Competition and Markets Authority this morning delivered a blow to the proposed £11.7B ($16.3B) takeover of Sky by Fox. The CMA today published the provisional opinion from its in-depth examination of Rupert Murdoch's long-coveted acquisition of the 61% of Sky that Fox does not already own, saying it is “not in the public interest.” While the results lean negative, there’s a hint in there that if the proposed Disney-Fox deal goes through, some concerns “would… Read


Amy Sherman-Palladino Tells Women Stage Directors ‘Broadway Is Heaven’ – But Some Demur

Amy Sherman-Palladino couldn’t have been more tickled to host a panel titled “Women in Theatre: Resetting the Stage.” The creative force behind The Gilmore Girls and this season’s hotter-than-hot The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Sherman-Palladino co-produced the Broadway run of the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Violet, and may not have fully recovered from the experience. Hence her appearance in a tight subterranean space hosting prominent women directors, among… Read


Genie Francis, ‘General Hospital’s Laura, Bumped Down To Recurring Status On ABC Soap

It looks like General Hospital fans will be seeing less of Laura Spencer around Port Charles. Genie Francis, who plays one half of the iconic couple Luke and Laura, has been dropped to a recurring status on the ABC soap opera. The General Hospital veteran did not to renew her series regular contract, bumping her to recurring status after she had been playing Laura on and off since 1976. She, along with Anthony Geary’s Luke Spencer made a couple that became a hallmark in… Read


Acclaimed Long Wharf Theatre A.D. Given Leave In Wake Of Harassment Allegations

Gordon Edelstein, artistic director of Connecticut’s Tony Award-winning Long Wharf Theatre and a frequent director on New York stages, was put on administrative leave today. The resident company’s board is investigating charges of sexual harassment leveled by several women, four of whom detailed their experiences in a New York Times article published Monday afternoon. The board will meet tomorrow, according to the Times, to discuss the allegations. "These allegations are… Read


‘History Of Them’: Lisa Vidal, Felix Solis & Amit Shah Join Cast As Multi-Cultural Comedy Gets Formal Pilot Order By CBS

Being Mary Jane‘s Lisa Vidal, Felix Solis (Ten Days in the Valley) and Amit Shah (The Hundred-Foot Journey) have been cast opposite female lead Ana Villafañe in multi-camera/hybrid comedy History of Them, from One Day at a Time co-creator/executive producer Gloria Calderon-Kellett, Sony Pictures TV and CBS TV Studios. The project, which had a big production commitment and actively had been casting, also has been formally greenlighted to pilot. Written by Kellett and to be… Read


CBS Orders Drama Pilot ‘Murder’, Comedy ‘I Mom So Hard’ From Warner Bros. TV

CBS kicked off its pilot-greenlight process with nods to projects from outside studios that had big commitments. That includes Warner Bros. TV’s comedy I Mom So Hard, which had a pilot production commitment, and drama Murder, which was a put pilot. They are joined by Sony Pictures TV’s comedy History of Them, which had a pilot production commitment and already had been casting. While History of Them was a co-production with CBS TV Studios from the pitch sale, I Mom So Hard… Read


Bill Cosby Addresses Retrial, Plays Drums During Jazz Club Performance

As promised, Bill Cosby performed at a Philadelphia jazz club today. His appearance is his first show since he ducked out of public performances in May 2015 after he was faced with sexual abuse allegations. His hometown performance comes with his retrial for the alleged 2004 rape of Andrea Constand on the horizon. During the event, he told stories, played drums, and didn’t shy away from addressing the retrial. NBC 10 Philadelphia asked him point blank if he had some… Read


Oscar-Winning Producer Dan Jinks Says Let’s Snub The Snubs – Guest Column

Oscar Nominations 2017

Dan Jinks is the Oscar-winning producer of American Beauty who is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He wanted to write this for Deadline ahead of tomorrow morning’s Oscar nominations. Tomorrow morning the nominations for the Academy Awards will be announced. There will be dozens of people celebrating all over Hollywood, New York, and, indeed, the world upon hearing their names read out loud at around 5:40 AM PST. Many deserving films and… Read


‘The Alienist’ Review: Nothing Alienating About TNT’s Deft 19th Century Drama

The Alienist

It is a long way from the uneven streets of 1896 New York City to the well-heeled slopes of Park City, but TNT's The Alienist will feel right at home at this year’s Sundance Film Festival among the top-notch films premiering over the next week. With a preview screening set for January 19 at the festival ahead of its January 22 premiere, the limited series starring Dakota Fanning, Daniel Brühl and Luke Evans based on Caleb Carr's 1994 bestseller is a great yarn that has… Read


Magnolia Picks Up Gustav Möller’s ‘The Guilty’ After Sundance Bow

Magnolia Pictures has made a winning plea for North American rights to The Guilty, director/co-writer Gustav Möller’s drama that premiered Sunday in the World Dramatic Competition at Sundance. In the film, alarm dispatcher and former police officer Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. When the call is suddenly disconnected, the search for the woman and her kidnapper begins. With the phone as his only tool, Asger enters a race… Read