HBO Ups Amy Gravitt, Nick Hall, David Levine & Francesca Orsi To SVP
HBO has elevated four executives to SVP, Programming — two in comedy, Amy Gravitt and Nick Hall, and two in drama, David Levine and Francesca Orsi. Gravitt and Hall, who oversee the development and production of original comedy series, report to EVP of HBO Programming and head of comedy Casey Bloys. Levine and Orsi, who have the same responsibilities on the drama side, report to EVP of HBO Programming and head of drama Michael Ellenberg. All four have been promoted from… Read
Hot Trailer: Nicolas Cage In ‘Outcast’
Nicolas Cage is “The White Ghost” in Arclight Films' Outcast, an English-language period action pic set in 12th century China that also stars Hayden Christensen and Yifei Liu (The Forbidden Kingdom). The Chinese/Canadian/French co-production was shot on location in China under stunt pro-turned-director Nick Powell (The Bourne Identity, Resident Evil: Retribution) and Deadline has an exclusive first look at the trailer.
Cage and Christensen star as ex-Crusades warriors… Read
Brian Huskey Set For ABC’s ‘Selfie'; Rebecca Forsythe Joins ‘Members Only’
Brian Huskey has booked a recurring role on the ABC/Warner Bros. TV single camera comedy Selfie from Emily Kapnek. Selfie follows twentysomething Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) as she rebrands her social media image with the help of marketing guru Henry (John Cho). On the show, Huskey will be playing Larry, a clueless lab technician at a children's pharmaceutical company, who has a real, unrequited fondness of Henry. Larry's random presence adds complications to Henry's My F… Read
Emmygeddon: Can TV Academy Avoid Monday Night Traffic Nightmare?
In case you haven't heard yet, the Emmys are on a Monday this year. In downtown L.A. at Nokia. At 5 PM. Yikes. That means potential traffic headaches that never were an issue on the show's usual Sunday date in the past (it hasn't aired on a Monday since 1976). The Television Academy is however making an all-out effort to avoid the kind of traffic nightmare that could impact the show big time. In fact, the organization has been working with the city for months just… Read
Patrick Warburton Back For ‘Ted’ Sequel
EXCLUSIVE: Patrick Warburton has signed on to reprise his role in the Seth MacFarlane-directed sequel Ted 2. He'll return as Guy, the co-worker of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg). Warburton, repped by 3 Arts and ICM, has a long history with MacFarlane, including Family Guy. Unclear at this point is whether his silent partner, played by Ryan Reynolds, will be back for the sequel. Maybe I'm a dreamer, but I got the feeling those two crazy kids were going to make… Read
Stork Visit For Milla Jovovich Postpones ‘Resident Evil 6′
EXCLUSIVE: In what is for my money the most consistently entertaining movie franchise culled from a video game, Resident Evil has spanned five films, anchored by the unstoppable heroine Alice. Well, she's not entirely unstoppable. Milla Jovovich is pregnant, and she and husband Paul W.S. Anderson and Constantin Film are pushing back to start of the sixth and likely final Resident Evil installment until next year. This will be the second child for Jovovich and Anderson… Read
Crews Runaway To Sacramento To Back Bigger Production Tax-Credit Bill
Hundreds of film and TV industry workers practiced a different sort of runaway production today, heading to Sacramento where they turned the Capitol's north lawn into a Hollywood soundstage as they rallied for a bill to quadruple production tax incentives.
"Our jobs make magic on the screen, but we can't feed our families on fairy dust," said Thom Davis, business manager of IATSE Grips Local 80. "Every day, film and television production jobs are leaving California."
Step Right Up For ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ Premiere Date
The fourth iteration of FX's limited-series franchise will start its haunting on October 8. Set in 1952, American Horror Story: Freak Show revolves around a troupe of carny curiosities whose arrival in Jupiter, FL, coincides with creepy goings-on in the town. The cast includes Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Emma Roberts, Michael Chiklis, Angela Bassett, Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson as Siamese twins Bette and Dot. EP Tim Minear said at Comic-Con last month that John Carroll… Read
Winona Ryder, Alfred Molina & Jon Bernthal Join HBO Miniseries ‘Show Me A Hero’
Winona Ryder (The Iceman, Black Swan), Alfred Molina (Matador, Monday Mornings) and Jon Bernthal (The Wolf Of Wall Street, The Walking Dead) have been cast opposite Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener in HBO's six-hour miniseries Show Me A Hero from The Wire co-creator David Simon. Based on the nonfiction book by Lisa Belkin, it tells the story of Nick Wasicsko (Isaac), the youngest big-city mayor in the nation who finds himself thrust into the center of a racial controversy… Read
BOOM! Studios Inks First-Look Deal With 20th Century Fox TV
EXCLUSIVE: Comic book and graphic novel publisher BOOM! Studios is making a push in television with a first-look deal at 20th Century Fox TV for broadcast and cable projects. Under the pact, the studio's roster of writers and producers will have access to source material from the entire portfolio of BOOM! imprints: the core BOOM! brand, KaBOOM!, boutique imprint Archaia, and the new millennial-focused experimental brand BOOM! Box. BOOM! Founder and CEO Ross Richie and… Read
Kevin Frazier Moves From ‘The Insider’ To ‘ET'; Louis Aguirre To Replace Him
The Insider co-anchor/managing editor Kevin Frazier has been named co-host of mothership Entertainment Tonight alongside Nancy O'Dell. He replaces Rob Marciano, who recently exited. Frazier will be replaced as Insider co-host by Louis Aguirre, co-anchor of Miami's entertainment show Deco Drive. Both will make their debuts on Tuesday, September 9. This marks Frazier's return to ET; he spent seven years as a correspondent and weekend anchor before moving to The Insider in… Read
Deadline Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge; Nominates Katzenberg, Soderbergh And Lindelof: Video
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been taken by celebrities and non-celebrities around the world to raise awareness of this terrible disease as well as funds for research to combat it. Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Vin Diesel, J-Lo, The Voice's Adam Levine, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, Tyler Perry, former President George W. Bush, Robert Downey Jr, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots are just a few of those who've gotten iced so far. As well as… Read