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Emmys: ‘Tickling Giants’ Director Sara Taksler On Her Doc About The “Jon Stewart Of Egypt” & Lessons For Trump’s America

When supporters of President Trump expressed outrage over Michelle Wolf's comedy routine at the recent White House Correspondents' Dinner, one interested observer kept a wary eye on the controversy. His name was Bassem Youssef and he knew a little something about the importance of political humor. "Instead of being petty and getting all wrapped up in their egos, they should embrace the likes of Michelle Wolf," Youssef wrote in a statement provided exclusively to Deadline… Read

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Pascal Pictures Picks Up Sci-Fi Thriller Pitch ‘Genus’ From Screenwriter Kat Wood

EXCLUSIVE: Winning what was a competitive bidding situation, Amy Pascal via Pascal Pictures just nailed down a sci-fi pitch from screenwriter Kat Wood. This is the second project that Pascal has bought from Wood, following another sci-fi project, Envoy, that Pascal brought into her company last year. This latest pitch is entitled Genus, described as a thriller about a scientist who accidentally brings back a prehistoric form of human species. It’s set in modern day and… Read

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‘Solo’ Currently Flying Low For Disney ‘Star Wars’ Opening With $105M-$115M 4-Day

UPDATE, 10:47AM: Industry estimates this morning are pegging around $33M today for Disney Solo: A Star Wars Story with a $80M-$90M three-day and $105M-$115M play over four days. That’s a very early read on opening figures, which do not come from Disney. We could see a different picture by tonight. We hear that exit polls showed a four-out-five stars and that there should be a promising turnout by boys tomorrow. It’s a bittersweet result: On the plus side, it’s a bit of an… Read

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Barbara Boxer-Inspired Political Drama Series In Works At FX From Nina Tassler, Denise DeNovi & Andrew Lenchewski

EXCLUSIVE: FX is developing Run, a female-driven drama inspired by the political career of retired U.S Sen. Barbara Boxer. The project comes from Boxer and her daughter, documentary producer Nicole Boxer; Royal Pains co-creator Andrew Lenchewski; and Nina Tassler and Denise DeNovi’s PatMa Productions. Written by Lenchewski, Run centers on a woman launching a highly improbable bid for Congress. Lenchewski executive produces with Barbara Boxer and Nicole Boxer, along with… Read

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‘Deadly Class’: Mick Betancourt Tapped As Co-Showrunner For Syfy Drama Series

Mick Betancourt has been brought in as executive producer and co-showrunner of Syfy’s upcoming series Deadly Class, based on the critically acclaimed Image Comics graphic novel by Rick Remender and Wes Craig. It is slated to premiere in 2019. Adapted for television by Remender and Miles Orion Feldsott, Deadly Class hails from The Avengers directors Joe and Anthony Russo, Sony Pictures TV and Universal Cable Productions. Betancourt joins Remender and Feldsott as executive… Read

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Donald Trump Claims Ignorance When Asked About Harvey Weinstein On Day Of Perp Walk

President Donald Trump, whose Access Hollywood “grab ’em by the p*ssy” tape is credited with triggering women to come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct by another powerful media figure, dodged the topic this morning on the White House lawn. The president surprisingly said he was not familiar with charges against Hollywood mega-producer Harvey Weinstein, whose self-turning-in blanketed the morning  TV news landscape. “I don’t know anything about it,” Trump… Read

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Jeff Astrof Inks New Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV

Trial & Error co-creator/executive producer Jeff Astrof has signed a new overall deal with the studio behind the NBC comedy series, Warner Bros. Television. Under the multi-year pact, he will continue to serve as executive producer/showrunner on Trial & Error, which is heading into its second season starring Kristin Chenoweth, along with developing new projects for broadcast via WBTV and cable/streaming via its Warner Horizon division. Under his previous WBTV overall… Read

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‘Christopher Robin’ Trailer: Pooh, Tigger & The Milne Menagerie Get Their Close-Ups

A.A. Milne’s silly old bear is back and looking ever so slightly — and altogether endearingly — scruffy in this new trailer for Disney’s live-action Christopher Robin. It’s the best glimpse we’ve had yet of director Marc Foster’s visually realistic, stitched-at-the-seams take on the Pooh bear, depressed donkey Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga, Roo and the rest of Milne’s menagerie. The trailer, posted exclusively today on Ellen DeGeneres’ Ellentube, focuses more on the animals than… Read

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‘Killing Eve’ Sets New Ratings Highs, Extends Demo Growth Streak Heading Into Finale

BBC America's breakout drama Killing Eve hit another set of Live+3 series highs for its penultimate episode last week — 986,000 total viewers, 455,000 adults 25-54, and 367,000 adults 18-49 — to head  into its Season 1 finale on Sunday on a streak of seven consecutive weeks of demo ratings growth (adults 18-49 and 25-54), going back to the series premiere. That is a first for a scripted series on television in more than a decade, per the network. Across seven weeks, Killin… Read

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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Starts Offshore With $11.4M; China Grounds Flying Ace

Solo: A Star Wars Story

UPDATEDisney/Lucasfilm’s Han Solo origins tale, Solo: A Star Wars Story, has kicked off with $11.4M in two days at the international box office. The Ron Howard-directed film opened in 43 markets on Wednesday and Thursday including majors the UK, France and Korea. However, not included in the figure above is the unofficial $3.3M Day One estimate out of China today where the Millennium Falcon is stalling. Ahead of the weekend, we were hearing estimates for the full 3-day… Read

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Keith Olbermann Expands Role At ESPN

Keith Olbermann is taking on an expanded role at ESPN as part of a new deal with the network. Under the pact, Olbermann, who has contributed to various ESPN shows since January, will make additional appearances across ESPN platforms and programs in 2018. His new duties include select studio assignments with on-site opportunities, including calling the radio play-by-play with analyst Jim Bowden for Astros at Yankees on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, at 1 PM ET on ESPN… Read

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‘Carpool Karaoke’ With Adam Levine, James Corden And … Johnny Law?

By now most folks are familiar with James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” shtick, in which he and a celebrity belt out tunes while cruising through L.A. traffic. Last night it was Adam Levine — the voice of Maroon5 and the face of The Voice — but this week’s model was a little different. He and CBSLate Late Show host tooled around and let out semi-inspired versions of Levine’s hits including “Moves Like Jagger” and “This Time.” No news there. The discussion turned to the… Read