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Olympics Snares 18.6M Viewers, Down Double Digits From Last Week & Sochi – UPDATE

UPDATE, 2:30 PM: A big spotlight is being put by NBC on Lindsay Vonn's final Olympics downhill race tonight in primetime but they might want to look away from last night's final results While Team USA's resounding men's hockey win over Slovakia was the second most watched game on ice in NBC Sports Network's over 12-year history, the total audience delivery for the President's Day primetime was a middling 18.6 million. Granted, that's up a hair from the TAD of 18.2 million… Read


‘Ismael’s Ghosts’ Trailer: Marion Cotillard Haunts A Former Lover In Arnaud Desplechin Drama

In the new trailer for the drama Ismael’s Ghosts, Oscar winner Marion Cotillard teams up with writer-director Arnaud Desplechin in a drama where a filmmaker is revisited by a former lover after he thought she was dead for nearly 20 years. The movie, which opened the Cannes Film Festival last year, marks a reunion between Desplechin and Cotillard who previously worked together in 1996's My Sex Life… Or How I Got Into An Argument. The film stars Mathieu Amalric as Ismael… Read


‘Marvel’s Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur’ Animated Series Produced By Laurence Fishburne In Works At Disney Channels

EXCLUSIVE: A new pint-size superhero is looking to join Marvel’s superhero TV universe. Disney Channels Worldwide is developing  Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (working title), an animated series based on the popular comic book series. It hails from black-ish and grown-ish executive producers Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland via Cinema Gypsy Productions and Marvel Animation. Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur follows the adventures of nine-year-old… Read


‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’ Adds ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Scribe Eric Pearson

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EXCLUSIVE: Eric Pearson has been set to rewrite Cowboy Ninja Viking, the Universal Pictures film that will star Chris Pratt with Michelle MacLaren directing. Pearson is coming off Thor: Ragnarok. The attitude-laced hard-edged actioner is based on the Image Comics graphic novel by AJ Lieberman and illustrator Riley Rossmo. Pearson takes over an earlier draft written by Craig Mazin, who rewrote the original by Paul Wernick & Everett David Reese. Pratt stars as an assassin… Read


‘L.A. Confidential’: Walton Goggins To Co-Star In CBS Drama Pilot; Anna Fricke Joins As Co-Showrunner

Justified and Vice Principals alum Walton Goggins is set for a lead role in CBS drama pilot L.A. Confidential, based on James Ellroy's classic noir novel, from Arnon Milchan, producer of the acclaimed 1997 L.A. Confidential movie; CBS TV Studios; New Regency; and Lionsgate TV. In addition, Anna Fricke (Being Human) has signed on as executive producer and co-showrunner alongside Jordan Harper. Written by Harper and directed by Michael Dinner, L.A. Confidential follows… Read


Court Nixes AT&T Request To Force DOJ To Release White House Communiques

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UPDATED with government reaction. A federal judge has refused AT&T’s request to compel the U.S. Department of Justice to release its communications with the White House ahead of next month’s landmark trial over the telecom giant’s acquisition of Time Warner. The heart of the request was AT&T’s conviction that politics — specifically President Donald Trump’s animus toward CNN, a major Time Warner asset — has prompted the government lawsuit seeking to block the $85B deal… Read


Steven Spielberg & Kate Capshaw Answer Call, Donate $500,000 & Join Clooneys, Katzenbergs In March For Our Lives: Who’s Next?

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2ND UPDATE: Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw have joined in the pledge started this morning by George & Amal Clooney and then by Jeffrey & Marilyn Katzenberg to help offset the costs of the March For Our Lives event in DC on March 24 to protest for meaningful gun control. Spielberg and Capshaw have matched the Clooney donation of $500,000. Deadline will update this throughout the day if more pledges come in for a most worthy cause. "The young students in Florida and now… Read


‘Good Girls’ & ‘McMafia’ Review: NBC Series Is Aces; No Nutrition In AMC Drama

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A mini-crime wave will hit the small screen next week with the February 26 debut of both NBC's Good Girls and AMC's McMafia. To avoid you getting caught behind programming bars, let me tell you now: The former is a score, while the latter is a heist of your time. Airing at 10 PM, Good Girls, a 10-episode drama starring Christina Hendricks, Retta and Mae Whitman from ex-Scandal co-executive producer Jenna Bans, skillfully shifts a catchy premise into a surprisingly… Read

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‘Torch Song’ To Re-Alight On Broadway In November In Former Home

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The Second Stage’s production of Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song will move to the nonprofit theater’s Helen Hayes Theatre in the fall, returning the Tony-winning play to Broadway and to the venue where it premiered in 1982 (when it was the Little Theatre) and ran for three years. The revival production starring Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl will open November 1 in a limited engagement . Second Stage purchased the Helen Hayes, the Main Stem’s smallest theater, after a… Read


Lauren Cohan To Star In ‘Whiskey Cavalier’ ABC Pilot, Could Return To ‘Walking Dead’

The Walking Dead co-star Lauren Cohan has been tapped as the female lead opposite Scott Foley in Whiskey Cavalier, ABC’s hourlong action-dramedy pilot from Bill Lawrence, Dave Hemingson and Warner Bros. TV. Cohan had been one of the most sought-after actors this broadcast season, fielding more than half-dozen offers before choosing the ABC project. While she will be a series regular on Whiskey Cavalier, I hear her deal allows the actress potentially to return to The Walkin… Read


Netflix Orders ‘Tuca & Bertie’ Animated Series Starring Tiffany Haddish From ‘Bojack Horseman’ Team

Netflix is expanding its animation slate with a 10-episode series order to Tuca & Bertie, from the team behind Bojack Horseman, with Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish on board to voice the lead character and executive produce. Created by Bojack Horseman supervising producer Lisa Hanawalt, Tuca & Bertie is a comedy about the friendship between two 30-year-old bird women who live in the same apartment building: Tuca, a cocky, care-free toucan (Haddish), and Bertie, an… Read


Bill Gates To Guest Star In ‘The Big Bang Theory’

Bill Gates has been tapped to guest star in an upcoming episode of CBSThe Big Bang Theory. The billionaire Microsoft founder and philanthropist will appear as himself in an episode to air in March. When Penny (Kaley Cuoco) hosts Gates at work, the guys do everything in their power to meet him. Gates previously appeared as himself in a guest role on Frasier in 2001. CBS’ flagship series, from Warner Bros. TV, is in the middle of Season 11, the first year of a two-year ren… Read