Bill Nunn Dies: ‘Do The Right Thing’ And ‘Spider-Man’ Trilogy Actor Was 62
Character actor William G. “Bill” Nunn, III, best known for his acclaimed turn as Radio Raheem in Spike Lee’s groundbreaking 1989 film Do The Right Thing, as well as for playing Daily Bugle editor Robbie Robertson in the Sam Raimi-directed Spider-Man trilogy, died today in Pittsburg from undisclosed causes. He was 62.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1953, Nunn was a 1976 graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia who came to acting relatively late. His first… Read
‘Big Bang’, ‘Gotham’, ‘Lucifer’, ‘Good Place’ Lead Premiere Monday L3 Ratings Gains
The first Live+3 results for the 2016-17 season are in, and the DVR+VOD lifts are on par with last year.
Like last year, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory logged the largest absolute L+3 gain, +1.6 rating in 18-49 and +4.43 million viewers. That was in line with last fall’s premiere increases, +1.7 and +4.29 million. Year vs. year, Big Bang‘s opener is down -16% in the demo and -10 in viewers. Still, with 20 million+, in its 10th season Big Bang is drawing a massive audience that… Read
Donald Trump Takes Mark Cuban’s Pre-Debate Bait; Bill Maher Joins Celebs Prepping For Monday – UPDATE
UPDATED SATURDAY AFTERNOON GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump took Mark Cuban’s pre-debate bait today. Though Trump had previously signaled that he wouldn’t dredge up the Clintons’ marital problems during Monday’s presidential debate, he apparently doesn’t mind going there before the big face-off. Responding to Cuban’s tweeted announcement that the Shark Tank co-star (and Hillary supporter) would be in the front row at Monday’s “Humbling at Hofstra,” Trump crudely… Read
‘MacGyver’ Off To Strong Ratings Start On Friday, ‘The Exorcist’ Modest In Debut
Snapshot: New series premieres: CBS’ MacGyver (1.7 in 18-49, 10.9 million), the highest-rated and most watched program of the night; Fox's The Exorcist (1.0, 2.9 million). Returning series: MacGyver-boosted Hawaii Five-0 was up, and ABC’s Last Man Standing and Blue Bloods were even; everything else was down.
Do the broadcast networks need extensive development season and pilots? In May, CBS put MacGyver on the fall schedule on a title, wing and a prayer after discarding… Read
Antoine Fuqua On ‘Magnificent Seven,’ ‘Scarface’ And How One Black Director Made The A-List
EXCLUSIVE: As he was readying a classic Western reboot that this weekend heads toward a magnificent opening weekend, director Antoine Fuqua sat twice with Deadline to discuss his journey, and a breadth of hot button issues. Our first encounter came while he was editing the film, when the Oscar diversity controversy burned white hot. The collective fall-on-the-sword apologetic attitude felt hollow to The Magnificent Seven director. After all, he worked himself up from the… Read
‘Magnificent Seven’ Roping $35.3M Opening; Stick A Fork In ‘Storks’ – Saturday AM B.O. Update
5TH Write-thru, Saturday AM: Even though estimates for Sony/MGM’s The Magnificent Seven are now pointing to $35.3M, the reality of this $90M production is that it’s a decent opening that’s in sync with the western genre and its leading star Denzel Washington. Should grosses keep up for Magnificent Seven, director Antoine Fuqua should see his best opening at the B.O., besting The Equalizer ($34.1M). In addition, Magnificent Seven looks to rank as the second best opening… Read
Bruce Springsteen Talks Elvis, Beatles And Trump On Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’
Bruce Springsteen visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to reminisce about being inspired to pick up a guitar by performances of Elvis and The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, in the very theater where Colbert’s show is broadcast. The rocker also credited his Catholic upbringing with influencing his work, and picked his Top 5 Springsteen songs.
Colbert interviewed “the master American troubadour of my lifetime” across all four segments of his show, coinciding with… Read
ABC Developing ‘Cagney & Lacey’-Esque Female Police Drama
ABC has put in development a drama procedural from British writer-actress Lizzie Mickery (The Bill) and Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner’s Bad Wolf production company.
Written by Mickery, the untitled drama is about a team of female detectives. Here is the official description: Law and Justice. You can’t always have both. Billie Law and Martha Lee will fight to make sure you get what you deserve.
Mickery executive produces with Tranter and Gardner. ABC Studios is the… Read
Hot Spec Script ‘American Rebel’ Acquired By Amy Pascal
EXCLUSIVE: A major pre-emptive spec-script deal has just closed, with Amy Pascal’s Pascal Pictures acquiring Christopher Cosmos’ American Rebel. It is based on the true story of Deborah Sampson, who risked her life during the Revolutionary War by disguising herself as a man and joining the Continental Army.
We’re hearing that the deal is for high-six figures for the tale that reads like an American version of Mulan; the spec was a buzzy item around town this week that has… Read
Julia Roberts To Star In Feature Film About PTA Mom Framed For Drug Possession
The twisted tale of Orange County school parents’ revenge that spun out of control is coming to the screen. A feature film based on the Kelli Peters case, which has Julia Roberts attached to star and produce, is currently being shopped, and there are multiple bidders.
The film will be based on the book, which victim Kelli Peters wrote with Sam Rule (a pseudonym for a New York Times writer), "’I'll Get You!' Drugs, Lies, and the Terrorizing of a PTA Mom." There is… Read
‘Lethal Weapon’, ‘MacGyver’ & ‘The Exorcist’ Reviews: Three Adaptations, But Only One Worth Watching
Like those addicted to slots or the horses, TV networks never give up hope for a sure thing. Even against the odds, it's that hope that in many ways propels the resurrecting of old favorites and past hits — even ones that would be far better off left alone. That's the case with two of the three adaptations coming to broadcast primetime TV this week, when Lethal Weapon premieres on Fox tomorrow right before the return of Empire, followed by CBS’ MacGyver and Fox’s The Exorc… Read
Steven Schirripa Joins Next Woody Allen Movie, Setting Up ‘Sopranos’ Reunion
EXCLUSIVE: Woody Allen is getting the gang back together. Steven Schirripa, who famously played Bobby “Bacala” Baccalieri on The Sopranos, has joined the cast of Allen’s untitled next movie. The role sets up a reunion with Tony Sirico, who played Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri on the HBO mob drama and joined the cast of Allen’s film last month. The cast also includes Juno Temple, Kate Winslet, James Belushi and Justin Timberlake.
No character description was provided for… Read