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Hawaii Five-O’: Vincent Pastore Set To Recur In CBS Series

The Sopranos‘ alum Vincent Pastore is set for a recurring role opposite Scott Caan and Alex O’Loughlin on CBSHawaii Five-O. Pastore will play Vito, Danny’s (Caan) “uncle” from New Jersey, a contractor and general Mr. Fix-It. Danny grew up thinking Vito was “connected”, something Vito played up to, despite having no mob ties to speak of. Vito prides himself on being able to get stuff done. And if he can’t do the job himself, he always claims to “know a guy” who can… Read


Global Road Entertainment Acquires Stanley Tucci-Starring Thriller ‘The Silence’

Global Road Entertainment has secured the U.S. distribution rights to The Silence, a suspense thriller from Annabelle director the John Leonetti. Stanley Tucci (Spotlight), Kiernan Shipka (AMC's Mad Men), Miranda Otto (Annabelle: Creation), and John Corbett (HBO's Sex and the City) star in the pic, which is based the novel by fantasy-horror writer Tim Lebbon. It centers on a family struggling to survive in a world terrorized by a deadly, primeval species who have bred for… Read


SPE Boss Talks “Opportunities” Stemming From Pending “Sea Change” Disney-Fox Deal, Vows To Grow Company, Not Sell

Tony Vinciquerra Sony Pictures

While expected for a while, the official announcement today of a proposed $52.4 billion Disney acquisition of prime 21st Century Fox assets no doubt is creating anxiety at the other big entertainment companies, which are suddenly being dwarfed by the new Disney, which would combine two major film studios and two TV ones, in addition to a host of other entities. Likely to assuage concerns, Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO  Tony Vinciquerra today sent an internal memo… Read


Morgan Spurlock Steps Down From Warrior Poets After Penning Confessional Essay

Morgan Spurlock co-founded New York-based production company Warrior Poets with Jeremy Chilnick in 2004. He’s now stepping down from the company, hours after he penned a confessional essay in which he revealed that a woman he slept with in college “believed she was raped” and that he now sees himself as “part of the problem.” Warrior Poets released the statement below to Deadline, signed by Chilnick and Matthew Galkin, who is listed as a partner of the company along with… Read

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Atom Tickets Expands Footprint With National Amusements’ Showcase Cinemas

Advance movie ticket retailer Atom Tickets has partnered with National Amusements' Showcase Cinemas and will now sell tickets to their 400 screens in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Rhode Island. This year, Atom increased the amount of Atom-enabled theater locations by 45% compared to last year. When it comes to buying movie tickets for a group of friends, the Atom Tickets app is very easy to use. While some other ticketing services can have… Read


Russo Brothers Win Sci-Fi Novel ‘The Electric State’ For ‘It’ Team Andy & Barbara Muschietti

EXCLUSIVE: Russo Brothers Studio has just won a heated bidding war for The Electric State, an illustrated novel from Simon Stålenhag. Andy Muschietti, who directed one of the year’s biggest hits with It, is negotiating to direct the film. He will produce with Barbara Muschietti. RBS principals Joe and Anthony Russo will produce with them, and their production head Mike Larocca will be executive producer. At least four studios made offers and numerous producers and… Read

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‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’ Amazon Prime Sneaks Sell Out Grossing Near $2M

EXCLUSIVE: We had been hearing throughout last weekend that Sony’s Dec. 8 sneak of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle drew sold out crowds in north of 1,200 major circuit theaters. And that was no line. Industry sources estimate that Sony grossed close to $2M from 7PM shows last Friday; a great figure during a very sleepy time at the box office. Sell-out sneaks, especially when they’re free, are not a big deal. Read, Warner Bros. filled houses with sneaks of King Arthur: Legen… Read


Lionsgate Plans English-Language ‘Instructions Not Included’ Remake; Amanda Lipitz To Direct

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate is planning an English-language remake of the Spanish-language hit Instructions Not Included. Set to direct is Amanda Lipitz, the Tony-winning producer whose first directing effort, Step, won a prize at the last Sundance Film Festival for Inspirational Filmmaking and sold for $4 million in a bidding battle to Fox Searchlight. Lipitz is producing with Scott Rudin a narrative version of that film for Searchlight. The Eugenio Derbez-directed original was… Read


Par TV & Anonymous Content Ink First-Look Deal With Condé Nast Entertainment

Paramount TV and Anonymous Content are joining forces with Condé Nast Entertainment, signing a first-look deal to develop and produce scripted series. Effective immediately, Paramount TV and Anonymous Content are able to join CNE in producing the scripted projects. CNE's TV division had eight television series sold or renewed in 2017, including the Critics' Choice Award and Peabody-nominated docuseries Last Chance U for Netflix, which is in its third season on the… Read


Disney-Fox Deal: How It Ranks Among Biggest All-Time Media Mergers

At a valuation of $66.1 billion, including assumption of debt, the Disney-Fox combination announced today is certainly a major disruption of the media business status quo. But it is not the richest media deal ever — nor is it a sure thing to work out well, despite all of the blue-skying in some quarters. Looking back on the priciest media deals of the past — and a caveat should be issued here that this is a selective list that omits some telecom or digital deals — the… Read


‘Every Day’ Trailer: First Look At First Film Under Relaunched Orion Pictures

MGM’s relaunched Orion Pictures hits theaters in February with Every Day, Michael Sucsy’s film based on David Levithan’s bestselling YA novel of the same name. This new trailer gives a sneak peek. Starring Angourie Rice, Every Day tells the story of Rhiannon, a 16-year old girl who falls in love with a mysterious spirit named "A" that inhabits a different body every day. Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and "A" work each day to find each other, not knowing what… Read


‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Showrunner Brad Kern Investigated Twice For Misconduct

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Brad Kern, executive producer/showrunner of NCIS: New Orleans, has been the subject of two Human Resources investigations by CBS TV Studios while working on the studio’s popular CBS crime procedural, sources said. Both reportedly were triggered by complaints from co-workers about a hostile work environment on the show. I hear that following the second investigation, Kern was assigned to and underwent six months of sensitivity training/counseling, which he completed in… Read