Funny Or Die Sets New Round Of Layoffs
A year and a half after it shuttered its Silicon Valley outpost and shed about 30% of its total workforce, digital upstart Funny or Die has announced further layoffs.
The notice did not disclose a number for the staff reductions, but the last serious round of cuts in summer 2016 left the company with a bit less than 100 workers.
An internal memo from company chief Mike Farah obtained by Deadline blamed marketplace conditions for the cutbacks. Once-high-flying digital… Read
‘Mary Kills People’ Unveils Season 2 Trailer & Premiere Date
“Death gives life meaning. Life is precious because of it.” Lifetime has released the Season 2 trailer for Mary Kills People, its praised euthanasia-themed drama series and set March 12 at 9 PM for the series’ return.
Season 2 picks up eight months after Mary (Caroline Dhavernas) and Des (Richard Short) framed Grady (Greg Bryk) for the deaths of their patients, Des is happy to reteam with Mary following his stint in prison, but Mary questions whether she was better off… Read
The Oscar Best Picture Nominees: Deadline’s Reviews
This morning’s nine Best Picture Oscar nominations mostly stayed true to form with the rhythm of this awards season, with staples like Fox Searchlight’s The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri joining fellow studio specialty label fare like Focus Features’ Darkest Hour and Phantom Thread and Sony Pictures Classics’ Call Me By Your Name.
The big studios were also repped with Warner Bros’ Dunkirk, 21st Century Fox’s The Post and Universal’s Get Out… Read
Disney Gives $1,000 Cash Bonuses To 125,000 Employees
The Walt Disney Co. said it would hand $1,000 bonuses to more than 125,000 employees and invest $50 million in a new education program designed to cover tuition costs for hourly employees.
Taken together, these two initiatives represent an investment of $175 million in the fiscal year.
"I am proud we are directing approximately $125 million to our cast members and employees across the country and making higher education more accessible with the launch of this new… Read
‘Gianni Versace’ Premiere Ratings OK, Off From ‘People vs. O.J.’ Record Highs
The Assassination of Gianni Versace, the second installment in Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story FX limited series franchise, premiered at 10 PM on Wednesday to 3.6 million total viewers in Live+3, 1.5 million of them in the adults 18-49 demographic.
That was down from the blockbuster launch of Versace predecessor, People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, which opened with 8.3 million total viewers and 4.2 million adults 18-49 two years ago. Among the FX… Read
‘Get Out’s Jordan Peele Becomes First African American To Be Honored With Trifecta Oscar Nominations
Writer/director Jordan Peele’s Get Out was one of the sleeper hits of the year, debuting a year ago from Universal Pictures and — with very strong legs — ended up with a $176.5M domestic gross on a budget of around $4.5M to become one of the most profitable films of last year. Peele now has becomes the first time an African American has been honored with a Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Original Screenplay nominations in one year as well as the third filmmaker ever… Read
Oscar ‘Shapes’ Up & Gets It Right With Very Inclusive List Of Nominees – Analysis
On the surface, it looks like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences doesn’t have a lot of apologizing to do for a change.
Fears of a return to #OscarsSoWhite were dashed. The LGBTQ community was pleased with lots of inclusion. Women, both in individual achievement and stories of female empowerment, triumphed in numerous areas, while James Franco didn’t. Oscar dodged a bullet, but in the end it was a glorious, movie-soaked love story between a mute cleaning woman… Read
Oscars: ‘The Insult’s Ziad Doueiri On Lebanon’s First Foreign-Language Nominee, Despite Attempts To Ban Film
EXCLUSIVE: Franco-Lebanese filmmaker Ziad Doueiri had a rough road to get to a Foreign Language Oscar nomination today with his drama, The Insult — including being arrested just after it premiered in Venice. Still, there’s comfort in the first-ever nomination for Lebanon since it began submitting films in 1978. Doueiri’s West Beirut was the second-ever movie entered, yet no film prior to The Insult had ever even advanced to the shortlist. Today’s selection comes at a time… Read
Conan Offers Haitians Chance To Respond To Donald Trump’s “Sh*thole” Review
Days after Conan O’Brien tweeted that he's heading to Haiti "to explore and make some new friends," despite President Donald Trump’s very negative Yelp review of the republic, he previewed some video he’d shot there on his TBS late night show.
Trump having insulted Haiti, Conan thought it only fair to give Haitians the chance to return the favor.
"I want to send a message of love to the leader of America," responded one Haitian, adding, "Oprah, we love you!"
BAFTA Names New York & LA Board Directors
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has shaken up its boards in New York and Los Angeles with a raft of new appointments.
IFC Films and Sundance Selects exec Arianna Bocco has been named Chair of the Board of BAFTA New York. Bocco, who is Executive Vice President, Acquisitions and Production at the AMC Networks labels, replaces Luke Parker Bowles, President of Production at Outlander co-producer Story Mining & Supply Co., who is stepping down to Vice… Read
Oscar-Nominated Director Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ Inspired By His Own Harrowing Voyage
Christopher Nolan, whose sweeping World War II epic Dunkirk was nominated for eight Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director (his first as director), said part of what inspired him to do the film was an experience he had over two decades ago when he, his wife, producer Emma Thomas and another mate were in a small boat heading across the English Channel to Dunkirk.
After dealing with bad weather and heavy waves, they finally made it, but it was a harrowing 19- to… Read
The Weinstein Effect Evident In Oscar Nominations
Harvey Weinstein, the ultimate impresario of the Oscars campaign, has again reshaped the Academy Awards — though in a way that he could hardly have anticipated while at the zenith of his power and influence.
The allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Weinstein sparked a #MeToo movement that has removed others touched by the taint of misconduct from Oscar contention this year.
James Franco, whose acclaimed portrayal of Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist, was… Read