Gerard Butler Reteams With Millennium Films For Threequel ‘Angel Has Fallen’
EXCLUSIVE: Millennium Films is teaming up with Gerard Butler again, this time for Angel Has Fallen, a threequel follow up to hit action titles Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen.
Butler will be back to star as Secret Service agent Mike Banning, who has spent his career keeping American presidents safe. This time, he's the target. If his attackers can take down half of Washington D.C. with it, all the better. Among those at risk include the President, whose official… Read
Eva Longoria, Jeremy Piven & Jessica Szohr Star In Jamie Foxx’s Directorial Debut Pic
All-Star Weekend, the first film written and helmed by Jamie Foxx, has tapped Eva Longoria, Jeremy Pivens, and Jessica Szohr to star alongside Foxx. Production began today on the pic which features cameos from Snoop Dogg, The Game, DJ Khaled, and Floyd Mayweather.
The comedy centers on two tow-truck drivers, Malik (Foxx), and Danny (Piven), who are rabid basketball fanatics that would take a bullet for their favorite players, LeBron James and Steph Curry. Danny's… Read
Donald Trump Praises Newt Gingrich For Telling Megyn Kelly She’s Fascinated With Sex
Donald Trump gave a big public “atta boy” to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich this morning for telling Fox News Channel star Megyn Kelly she’s obsessed with sex on her show last night.
“Congratulations, Newt. Last night, that was an amazing interview! That was amazing,” Trump beamed, as he took a break from campaigning to officially unveil his Trump hotel in downtown Washington D.C. "We don't play games, Newt, right? We don't play games," Trump crowed, pointing at… Read
Stana Katic Poised To Star In Thriller Drama Series ‘Absentia’ For Sony’s AXN
Stana Katic is returning to television. The former Castle star is in final negotiations to play the lead in Absentia, a 10-episode straight-to-series crime thriller greenlighted by Sony Pictures Television Networks' AXN.
Produced by Tel Aviv-based Masha Productions, the series will begin filming early next year for a 2017 premiere on AXN's worldwide channels. Sony Pictures Television will handle distribution in the U.S., where the show is yet to be shopped, and outside of… Read
Hollywood Research Firm MarketCast Sold To Kohlberg & Co.
Hollywood research company MarketCast has just been bought by private equity firm Kohlberg & Company LLC, which is taking over the ownership interest that was held by RLJ Equity Partners and State Street Global Advisors. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is expected to close next month. The company was said to be worth in the neighborhood $150 million-$180 million. This comes after MarketCast was put on the block over the summer.
MarketCast, which is run by CEO… Read
Marvel’s Annie Chang Joins Academy’s Tech Council
Annie Chang, VP Technology for Marvel Studios, has join the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
During Chang's 11 years at Marvel parent Disney, she has shaped technology standards and strategies, helped research and implement new technologies into feature postproduction and mastering pipelines and helped the studio transition from tapes to files and launch consumer distribution platforms. A fellow of the Society of Motion… Read
World Series Ratings Up For Game 1 On Fox; Most Shows Hold Up Well Against It
UPDATED with entertainment series ratings: Game 1 of the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians on Fox was the strong start the network surely wanted ratings-wise. Tuesday night’s opener, a 6-0 Cleveland victory that despite the score was competitive throughout, drew a 12.6 rating in the metered-market households.
That is up 20% from Game 1 of the 2015 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets and 58% from the opening game in the… Read
Lin Oeding To Direct ‘Office Uprising’ Starring Brenton Thwaites – AFM
EXCLUSIVE: Lin Oeding, whose action design and stunt credits include Ant-Man, The Equalizer, Straight Outta Compton and Inception, is set to helm Office Uprising. The genre pic is due to begin production in Alabama at the end of November. The Exchange is handling international sales.
Office Uprising stars Brenton Thwaites (Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), Jane Levy (Don’t Breathe) and Ian Harding (Pretty Little Liars).
Written by Ian Shorr (Splinter) and… Read
AwesomenessTV & Verizon Hire Ex-Uni TV Head Of Drama Russell Rothberg As SVP
AwesomenessTV and Verizon’s premium content venture is building a formidable executive team. Samie Kim Falvey, the former EVP Comedy Development at ABC who joined the video venture as Chief Content Officer in August, has brought in another former longtime department head at a major TV company, Russell Rothberg.
Rothberg, who headed Universal TV’s drama department for five years, most recently as EVP Drama Development, until his exit at the end June, has joined the unnamed… Read
LAPD Has “No Suspects” In Donald Trump’s Walk Of Fame Star Destruction
Nearly three hours after a vandal almost completely smashed Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this morning, Los Angeles police have "no suspects." Earlier Wednesday, a man identifying himself as Jamie Otis attacked the nearly decade-old star for the former Apprentice host on Hollywood Boulevard with a pickax and sledgehammer.
Officer Sal Ramirez informed Deadline today that the LAPD is conducting "an ongoing investigation" of the vandalism. Having arrived… Read
Disney-ABC Directing Program Names 10 New Shadowers; Alumni Nab Footholds
Indie film directors, television editors and a former Spike Lee Fellow are among the 10 program directors chosen by Disney-ABC Television Group to take part in its 2016-17 Directing Program. The participants will be pitched to shadow on such ABC series as Fresh Off the Boat, The Goldbergs, The Real O'Neals, Quantico and Scandal; Freeform’s Shadowhunters and Young & Hungry; and Disney Channel’s KC Undercover and Stuck in the Middle.
The newly named program directors are… Read
Disney’s Reimagined ‘Muppet Babies’ Series Set For Early 2018 Debut
Kermit, Piggy, Gonzo and the gang will be back in Disney’s reimagined Muppet Babies series, which has begun production and is set to bow on Disney Junior in early 2018. The CG-animated series is a co-production of Disney Junior, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media’s Content & Media group.
“We are proud, and a little bit giddy, to begin production on our new version of the much-loved Muppet Babies,” said Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President, Original… Read