Telluride Film Festival: ‘Suffragette’, ‘Malala’, ‘Carol’, Aretha Prove Women Rule On First Day Of Fest
You might say it was women power out in force that dominated the Telluride Film Festival’s first day Friday although Suffragette co-star Meryl Streep balked when I used that term with her. “I am so tired of hearing about female empowerment, ” she told me at the Focus Features party at Arroyo following the World Premiere of the film at the Herzog Theatre Friday night. ” I just want women to be included.” Indeed. And they certainly were in the first day’s programming… Read
‘Straight Outta Compton’ Battles For Fourpeat Against Ever Faithful ‘War Room’ Audience In Lackluster Weekend
It just might be a fourpeat for Universal’s Straight Outta Compton which is battling to keep its No. 1 spot during what is turning out to be a neck-in-neck Friday with Sony’s faith based sensation War Room having the edge (at least tonight). Director F. Gary Gray’s film about the rise of N.W.A. should rise up for the weekend though and gross over $15oM when the dust clears Monday morning in what is a lackluster Labor Day holiday weekend. The last time a film was No. 1… Read
‘King Of The Nerds’ Cancelled After Three Seasons On TBS
The reality competition series hosted by Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong won’t be returning for a fourth cycle. TBS has ended King Of The Nerds after three seasons. Armstrong announced the news on Twitter:
Dearest nerds! Deeply sorry to announce that @KingofNerdsTBS will not be returning for a 4th season. Hard to find words now. #nerdsrule
— Curtis Armstrong (@curtisisbooger) September 4, 2015
The cancellation decision, confirmed by TBS, comes after TNT and TBS… Read
‘Public Morals’ Binge Alert: First Season Available For TNT Subscribers Over Labor Day Weekend
Binge-hungry Public Morals fans will have plenty to munch on this Labor Day weekend. TNT is making available the entire first season on-demand for subscribers beginning at noon Saturday through Monday evening. All 10 episodes of Ed Burns’ 1960s-set police drama will be available via TNT On Demand, tntdrama.com and the Watch TNT mobile app, as well as on participating TV providers’ platforms and apps.
Turner Broadcasting System announced last month that it would release… Read
Summer Box Office Poised To Be 2nd-Best Ever, So Why Isn’t Everybody Happy?
Despite all the great news about how this summer’s $4.36 billion box office is a 7% boom over last year’s dumpy ticket sales, several studios aren’t sharing the wealth in a season where Universal and Disney ruled 60% of stateside ticket sales. As of today, summer 2015 currently ranks third behind 2013’s record $4.77B and 2011’s $4.405B, however pundits think it will fly past that latter figure by the end of Labor Day.
In a year that’s on course to potentially hit a record… Read
‘Arrow’ Season 4 Trailer: Oliver Queen Leaves Starling City Behind
We’re getting a look at a new extended trailer for the upcoming Season 4 of Arrow that was released today at Dragon Con.
It gives us some of the first clues as to what happens to Oliver Queen after he leaves Starling City behind and a glimpse of some of the new cast members that will be featured this season: Neal McDonough as Damian Dahrk, Echo Kellum (Curtis Holt/Mr. Terrific), Parker Young, Jeri Ryan, Matt Ryan reprising his NBC role as Constantine, Alexander Calver and… Read
Aretha Franklin Stops Tonight’s Telluride ‘Amazing Grace’ Screening; TIFF Still On – Update
UPDATE, 3:28 PM: Judge John Kane has granted Aretha Franklin a temporary restraining order against tonight’s screening of Amazing Grace at the Telluride Film Festival. The TRO (read it here) stops any unspooling of the film by Telluride for the next two weeks while the lawsuit the Queen of Soul filed earlier today progresses.
“We're proceeding with plans to screen Amazing Grace at TIFF,” TIFF Docs Programmer Thom Powers told Deadline today. The film showing Franklin’s… Read
Culture Clashes, Missed Connections In Plays By A.R. Gurney & Deborah Zoe Laufer – Reviews
The line between homage and ripoff confronts and confounds artists all the time: “Good artists copy, great artists steal,” Picasso famously said (practicing what he preached). It’s true in journalism and academia as well; we appropriate the work and sometimes even the lives of others to bend to our own purposes. Informed Consent, a new play by Deborah Zoe Laufer given a heavy-handed production by Liesl Tommy at off-Broadway’s Duke on 42nd Street, approaches theft with… Read
Dennis Haysbert New Voice Of NBC News’ ‘Meet The Press’ Opening
Chuck Todd celebrates his one-year anniversary as moderator of NBC’s Sunday Beltway show Meet The Press this weekend with the unveiling of the show’s new open. And it features a new voice: Dennis Haysbert.
To note the occasion, NBC News sent out a video looking at MTP opens over the decades.
In addition to Haysbert’s debut, Sunday’s program will include an interview with former Secretary of State Colin Powell, talking about President Obama’s Iran nuclear… Read
Relativity Bankruptcy: U.S. Trustee Opposes Employee Bonuses
Relativity faces a major new obstacle in its effort to pay bonuses to five key employees, as well as 80 unidentified non-inside employees, while the studio’s under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
The U.S. Trustee, who represents the Justice Department in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court proceeding, opposed the studio’s proposals, it said in a filing.
Last month the studio said that its key employees “possess intimate knowledge of [Relativity’s] operations and are vital to the… Read
Tye White Joins OWN’s ‘Greenleaf’; Joe Dinicol In ‘Blindspot’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’
Tye White (Drumline: A New Beat) has been cast as a series regular on OWN’s megachurch drama series Greenleaf, from Craig Wright and Lionsgate TV. Greenleaf focuses on the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch Greenleaf World Ministries, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. White will play Kevin Satterlee, the son-in-law of the Bishop of Greenleaf World Ministries. White also was recently cast as a… Read
CAA Adds “Aiding & Abetting” Claims Against UTA In Agent-Poaching Lawsuit
Almost everyone is out of town for the long weekend, but not the lawyers – at least not CAA's lawyers. Attorneys for the agency today filed an anticipated amended complaint against UTA in the ongoing agent-poaching case. This battle between two of the town's heavyweights of course comes out of UTA deftly snagging five senior CAA comedy agents, and a number of their clients, on March 31 — a move that CAA then and now calls "a lawless, midnight raid." With more agents… Read