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Lorenzo di Bonaventura On Moviegoing In A Streaming World: “We Still Have The Advantage Of Spectacle”

While some in the industry worry that moviegoing will eventually cave into in-home streaming, Transformers franchise producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura offered up a pragmatic perspective. “It’s a little daunting right now for us to know where we’re headed. There are increasing reasons to draw attention to other things,” said di Bonaventura about the video games and social media that pull the younger males away from the cinema. However, “We still have the advantage of… Read


Fox Buys Native American Family Comedy From Lucas Brown Eyes & ‘It’s KatzSmith

Lucas Brown Eyes

This is a concept that stands out in the sea of comedy pitches bought by the broadcast networks every year. Fox has given a script commitment plus penalty to Reservations, a single-camera comedy from Young & Hungry scribe Lucas Brown Eyes, David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith’s KatzSmith (It), and 20th Century Fox Television. Created and written by Lucas Brown Eyes, Reservations is based on his real-life story. The comedy follows a Native American family that trades… Read


Sean Penn Calls Netflix’s ‘El Chapo’ Docu “Cheap” & “Reckless”; It’s Still Debuting Friday

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With just hours to go before The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story debuts on Netflix, Sean Penn has come up empty in trying to get changes made to the self-described documentary series. Despite claims by other outlets that the Oscar winner is trying to block the three-episode series by the Mexican actress, Deadline has learned that Penn’s sole aim was to see his part in the infamous October 2015 meeting with drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera depicted… Read


CBS Developing ‘Whistleblower’ Drama From Chris Silber & Jerry Bruckheimer TV

CBS has put in development drama Whistleblower from NCIS: New Orleans executive producer/co-showrunner Chris Silber, CBS Television Studios and studio-based Jerry Bruckheimer Television. Written by Silber, Whistleblower centers on a former whistleblower who lost everything — career, family, reputation — when he stood up against a conglomerate to expose wrongdoing. He now runs a firm dedicated to exposing wrongdoers while protecting those who have the courage to stand up… Read


Sophie Okonedo, Brian Gleeson & Alistair Petrie Join New ‘Hellboy’ Movie

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Hellboy is continuing to cast up. The third installment of the movie franchise, which serves as a reboot of the Guillermo del Toro-Rob Perlman pics based on the Dark Horse comics, has just added Sophie Okonedo, Brian Gleeson and Alistair Petrie. They join David Harbour as Hellboy and Milla Jovovich as the Blood Queen in the Neil Marshall-directed Lionsgate/Millennium Films pic. It’s penned by comics creator Mike Mignola, Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Aron… Read


‘The Loud House’ Creator Chris Savino Fired By Nickelodeon Following Sexual Harassment Allegations

The Loud House

Just a day after Chris Savino, creator of Nickelodeon's hit animated series The Loud House, was suspended from the show amid allegations of sexual harassment, Savino has been fired. His dismissal won’t affect the series, which will continue production. Here is the statement from Nickelodeon spokesperson: Chris Savino is no longer working with Nickelodeon. We take allegations of misconduct very seriously, and we are committed to fostering a safe and professional workplace… Read


NBC Buys ‘Close To Heaven’ Church Comedy From Brad Copeland & Aaron Kaplan With Put Pilot Commitment

NBC has given a put pilot commitment to Close To Heaven, a single-camera comedy from frequent collaborators, writer Brad Copeland and producer Aaron Kaplan. Written by Copeland, the project, based on the Swedish television series Halvvägs till himlen, hails from Universal TV and Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. In Close To Heaven, an eager young minister arrives to be the head pastor of a small-town church after years of missionary work in Africa. He dreams of enlightening… Read


Quentin Tarantino On Harvey Weinstein: “Wish I Had Taken Responsibility For What I Heard”

No filmmaker is more closely associated with Harvey Weinstein and his companies than Quentin Tarantino, and today the double Oscar winner is speaking out about the sexual abuse and harassment scandal that is rocking Hollywood. In a long conversation with The New York Times, Tarantino admitted he “knew enough to do more than I did” and called on “the other guys who knew more to not be scared. Don't just give out statements.” "There was more to it than just the normal… Read


Veteran Media Analyst Jessica Reif Cohen: Skinny Bundles “So Far Are One Big Yawn”

Jessica Reif Cohen, longtime media analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said virtual MVPs (aka “skinny bundles”) from the likes of Dish, DirecTV, Hulu, YouTube and Sony “so far are one big yawn, a big nothing” in terms of penetration and subscribers. Her comments came during a lively panel discussion among four front-rank Wall Street analysts at the NAB Show New York, which was held Wednesday and Thursday. Because “churn is extremely high” and many of the services… Read


John Kelly Defends Donald Trump’s Call To Soldier’s Widow, Blasts Rep. Frederica Wilson At Briefing

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UPDATED with responses: White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said he was "stunned" that "a member of Congress would have listened in" on a President's phone call to the widow of a fallen soldier, as Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson did. "I thought at least that was sacred," Kelly said at today's White Houses press briefing, during which you could hear a pin drop. "When I was a kid growing up, a lot of things were sacred. Women were sacred, looked upon with great honor… Read


Zhu Zhu, Amy Irving, Helen Slater Set In Ann Hu’s U.S./Chinese Co-Production ‘Confetti’

EXCLUSIVE: Chinese actress/singer Zhu Zhu, Amy Irving, Helen Slater and newcomer Harmonie Zhu have been set in Ann Hu’s U.S./Chinese co-production Confetti. The indie film will be produced by Jagman Productions’ Josh Green and Dragon Films’ Zhuo Shun Guo. Principal photography has begun in New York; they will travel to China in early 2018 to shoot there. The film reunites Hu with Zhuo and the film’s executive producer Han Sanping. It was Han who served as a producer on… Read


Univision Amps Up Criticism Of Verizon In Carriage Dispute, Cites Support From Congress & Hispanic Media Group

Univision is ratcheting up its criticism of Verizon for deciding to “withhold Univision news, information and services from their Hispanic subscribers” by dropping the network’s signal from its FiOS service in a carriage dispute. On Wednesday, the U.S. Hispanic TV network said Verizon had dropped it “entirely without warning.” Verizon responded in a statement contending that Univision had not come forward with an offer it considered reasonable. A statement this afternoon… Read