Netflix Seeks French Compromise For Its Cannes Films As Local Industry Takes Sides
UPDATED, with French industry reaction: Netflix is trying to find a compromise after news that its first features accepted into the competition slate of Cannes — Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories – quickly drew the ire of France's theatrical exhibitors guild. In a letter, the FNCF accused Netflix of skirting French regulations and fiscal obligations and called on the streaming service to release both movies in French theaters following their Cannes premieres. That bucks up… Read
Tony Vinciquerra & Sony: No Offer To Anyone Yet On CEO Post
Despite a report that indicates that he has locked up the CEO job, there has been no offer made from Sony Pictures Entertainment to Tony Vinciquerra for the CEO position. We heard the same information on Friday and was told there are still two to three candidates still in the mix. Although we understand that Sony is currently conducting extensive background checks on the executive, nothing has moved the needle, yet. The highly capable executive and the senior adviser for… Read
Red Granite Co-President Christian Mercuri Launching Capstone Group Ahead Of Cannes
Former Red Granite Pictures co-president Christian Mercuri is launching Capstone Group, a financing, production and international sales company that will make its debut next month at the Cannes Film Festival market. The Beverly Hills-based outfit will be funded via private equity and various banks along with main partner Jeanette Zhou of Jaguar Entertainment.
At launch, Capstone Group will offer access to development and production funding and international distribution… Read
FCC Chairman Vows To Reverse Open Internet Rules, Enhance Investment
The war over net neutrality is on. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today laid out his plan to reverse the agency’s 2015 open Internet rules designed to guarantee that service providers treat everyone’s content equally.
At the agency’s May 18 meeting he will introduce a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would change the decision to regulate the Internet as a common-carrier service similar to phones under Title II of the Communications Act.
The change would establish the Internet as… Read
Anika Noni Rose Options ‘Shadowshaper’ YA Fantasy Series For Film & TV
EXCLUSIVE: Anika Noni Rose and her production company Roaring Virgin Productions have optioned TV and film rights to Shadowshaper, Daniel José Older's bestselling YA fantasy series. It marks the second deal between Rose and Older after she acquired his urban fantasy series Bone Street Rumba.
Shadowshaper, published in 2015 by Arthur A. Levine Books and named a New York Times Notable Book of that year, introduced Sierra Santiago, who lives in Brooklyn and discovers… Read
Donald Trump’s “Massive” Tax-Reform Proposal & Steven Mnuchin Take Center Stage At White House
As President Donald Trump closes in on his 100th day in office, his plan to reform America’s tax structure was unveiled today — and White House Chief Economic Adviser Gary Cohn called it simply “one of the biggest tax cuts in American history.”
“There are a lot of people in this country who … are sick of turning their paycheck over to Washington and having no idea how those dollars are spent,” Cohn said before announcing proposed reforms including moving from seven… Read
Jonathan Demme And Untold ‘Silence Of The Lambs’ Tales: Hannibal, Clarice, Tally, Hackman, And A Discarded Scary Ending
In memory of today’s passing of a great director, Deadline is rerunning our last story that featured a lengthy interview with Jonathan Demme. Originally published Feb. 17, 2016, the piece commemorated the 25th anniversary of his landmark film The Silence of the Lambs. Demme participated and was most generous and reflective on looking back at an unlikely triumph, the rare horror movie from a dying studio that found its way to Oscar gold, winning all the night’s major… Read
‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2’ Blasts Off With $6.6M On Day 1 At International Box Office
Disney/Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 rocketed into its first three markets on Tuesday, taking advantage of local holidays to get the ball rolling at the international box office. The total from Australia, Italy and New Zealand is $6.6M.
Pressing play on the second Awesome Mixtape in Australia, the James Gunn-helmed film bowed at No. 1 to an estimated $2.9M. That’s the second-biggest opening day ever for a Marvel Cinematic Universe release — behind only The Avenge… Read
‘Permission’ Stars Dan Stevens And Rebecca Hall Discuss Difficult Relationship Questions — Tribeca Studio
What happens when you’re in a romantic relationship, and everything is essentially fine, yet you’re plagued with questions of infinity? And what happens when two people are entirely in love with one another, yet find themselves wanting different things?
These are some of the questions explored in Permission, the second feature from writer/director Brian Crano, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday. The film follows a 30-something couple—Anna (Rebecca Hal… Read
‘Power’ Gets Season 4 Premiere Date On Starz
Starz has slotted Sunday, June 25 at 9 PM for the fourth season premiere of its hit drama series Power. The premiere episode also will be available starting at 12:01 am June 25 on the Starz app and On Demand.
The series follows James "Ghost" St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), a drug kingpin living a double life who in season 4 seeks to find redemption. The 10-episode fourth season picks up on the heels of James’ highly publicized arrest by his ex-girlfriend, Assistant U.S… Read
‘Thumper’ Star Pablo Schreiber, Director Jordan Ross & Cast On A Shoot That Became Too Real — Tribeca Studio
Jordan Ross inhabits some dilapidated and dark spaces with Thumper, his feature directorial debut, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last Thursday. Executive produced by Cary Fukunaga, the crime drama depicts a community run over by drugs and violence, into which new girl Kat Carter (Eliza Taylor) enters, harboring a dark secret and ultimately coming face to face with Wyatt (Pablo Schreiber), the unpredictable and violent leader of a drug ring.
“The story is… Read
Los Angeles Chargers Line Up Broadcast Partners
Having survived the move north up the 5 Freeway, the Los Angeles Chargers have announced their broadcast partners for Season 1 in their new city. The relocated team said today it has agreed in principle on multiyear deals with KABC-TV, iHeartMedia Los Angeles, KFWB 980 AM, Azteca America 54 and KAZA-TV and its official flagship English- and Spanish-language TV and radio outlets.
The Chargers will collaborate with each flagship in developing a wide range of content… Read