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Genie Francis Bumped To Recurring Status On ‘General Hospital’

It looks like General Hospital fans will be seeing less of Laura Spencer around Port Charles. Genie Francis, who plays one half of the iconic couple Luke and Laura, has been dropped to a recurring status on the ABC soap opera. The General Hospital veteran chose not to renew her series regular contract, bumping her to recurring status after she had been playing Laura on and off since 1976. She, along with Anthony Geary’s Luke Spencer made a couple that became a hallmark in… Read


Acclaimed Long Wharf Theatre A.D. Given Leave In Wake Of Harassment Allegations

Gordon Edelstein, artistic director of Connecticut’s Tony Award-winning Long Wharf Theatre and a frequent director on New York stages, was put on administrative leave today. The resident company’s board is investigating charges of sexual harassment leveled by several women, four of whom detailed their experiences in a New York Times article published Monday afternoon. The board will meet tomorrow, according to the Times, to discuss the allegations. "These allegations are… Read


‘History Of Them’: Lisa Vidal, Felix Solis & Amit Shah Join Cast As Multi-Cultural Comedy Gets Formal Pilot Order By CBS

Being Mary Jane‘s Lisa Vidal, Felix Solis (Ten Days in the Valley) and Amit Shah (The Hundred-Foot Journey) have been cast opposite female lead Ana Villafañe in multi-camera/hybrid comedy History of Them, from One Day at a Time co-creator/executive producer Gloria Calderon-Kellett, Sony Pictures TV and CBS TV Studios. The project, which had a big production commitment and actively had been casting, also has been formally greenlighted to pilot. Written by Kellett and to be… Read


CBS Orders Drama Pilot ‘Murder’, Comedy ‘I Mom So Hard’ From Warner Bros. TV

CBS kicked off its pilot-greenlight process with nods to projects from outside studios that had big commitments. That includes Warner Bros. TV’s comedy I Mom So Hard, which had a pilot production commitment, and drama Murder, which was a put pilot. They are joined by Sony Pictures TV’s comedy History of Them, which had a pilot production commitment and already had been casting. While History of Them was a co-production with CBS TV Studios from the pitch sale, I Mom So Hard… Read


Bill Cosby Addresses Retrial, Plays Drums During Jazz Club Performance

As promised, Bill Cosby performed at a Philadelphia jazz club today. His appearance is his first show since he ducked out of public performances in May 2015 after he was faced with sexual abuse allegations. His hometown performance comes with his retrial for the alleged 2004 rape of Andrea Constand on the horizon. During the event, he told stories, played drums, and didn’t shy away from addressing the retrial. NBC 10 Philadelphia asked him point blank if he had some… Read


Oscar-Winning Producer Dan Jinks Says Let’s Snub The Snubs – Guest Column

Oscar Nominations 2017

Dan Jinks is the Oscar-winning producer of American Beauty who is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He wanted to write this for Deadline ahead of tomorrow morning’s Oscar nominations. Tomorrow morning the nominations for the Academy Awards will be announced. There will be dozens of people celebrating all over Hollywood, New York, and, indeed, the world upon hearing their names read out loud at around 5:40 AM PST. Many deserving films and… Read


‘The Alienist’ Review: Nothing Alienating About TNT’s Deft 19th Century Drama

The Alienist

It is a long way from the uneven streets of 1896 New York City to the well-heeled slopes of Park City, but TNT's The Alienist will feel right at home at this year’s Sundance Film Festival among the top-notch films premiering over the next week. With a preview screening set for January 19 at the festival ahead of its January 22 premiere, the limited series starring Dakota Fanning, Daniel Brühl and Luke Evans based on Caleb Carr's 1994 bestseller is a great yarn that has… Read


Magnolia Picks Up Gustav Möller’s ‘The Guilty’ After Sundance Bow

Magnolia Pictures has made a winning plea for North American rights to The Guilty, director/co-writer Gustav Möller’s drama that premiered Sunday in the World Dramatic Competition at Sundance. In the film, alarm dispatcher and former police officer Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. When the call is suddenly disconnected, the search for the woman and her kidnapper begins. With the phone as his only tool, Asger enters a race… Read


Netflix’s Reed Hastings On Disney’s Streaming Service: “I’ll Be A Subscriber”

Reed Hastings

Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings maintained a calm and measured tone in discussing Disney’s planned acquisition of much of 21st Century Fox — and the Burbank entertainment giant’s plans for a rival streaming services that some have dubbed a prospective “Netflix killer.” Hastings said everyone recognizes the costs of competition — but few see the opportunities created when a challenger attempts to gain a foothold in a fast-growing market like streaming. “They’ll try… Read


NBC Orders ‘The Enemy Within’ Drama Pilot From Ken Woodruff & Vernon Sanders

NBC has given a pilot order to another drama, The Enemy Within, from Gotham executive producer Ken Woodruff, NBC executive-turned-producer Vernon Sanders and Universal TV. Written and executive produced by Woodruff, The Enemy Within is a character-driven investigative thriller set in the world of counterintelligence. It focuses on former CIA agent Erica Wolfe, the most notorious traitor in modern history and most hated woman in America, who is brought out of a federal… Read


Ari Aster, Writer-Director Of Sundance Midnight Pic ‘Hereditary’, Inks With WME

Ari Aster WME

EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed writer-director Ari Aster, whose feature directorial debut Hereditary bowed last night in the Sundance Film Festival’s Midnight section. The genre pic, which stars Toni Collette and Gabriel Byrne and received strong response at the premiere, is set up at A24. Aster’s previous credits include the shorts The Strange Thing About the Johnsons and Munchausen, both of which he wrote and directed. Hereditary centers on the Graham family, which begins to… Read


Kevin Spacey Costs Netflix $39 Million In Write-Downs In Fourth Quarter

Netflix took a $39 million write-down for its fiscal fourth quarter related to two projects involving Kevin Spacey, who became one of the key figures in the sexual harassment and abuse scandals that began late last year. During today’s fourth-quarter earnings presentation, after announcing another round of record-setting results, the company did not specify the exact causes of the accounting move. But a source familiar with the accounting for the quarter later confirmed… Read