Deadline’s The Contenders: ’99 Homes’ Director Ramin Bahrani On Shannon, Garfield & “Web Of Corruption”
The economic and social ramifications of the Great Recession were very much on display in 99 Homes at our all-day The Contenders awards-season event November 7 at the DGA. Kicking off Broad Green Pictures’ portion of the day, director Ramin Bahrani told the packed house about the extensive research and preparation he did on the film about Florida's housing crisis. Talking about working with stars Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon, Bahrani also told me how he was… Read
Amazon Has No Regrets As ‘Man In The High Castle’ Ad Campaign Pulled From NYC Subway – Update
UPDATED, 5:16 PM: Today the controversial refitted Nazi and Imperial Japan imagery from Amazon’s The Man In The High Castle that was on New York City subway cars has come off. I’m told by sources that the decision to remove the ads for the new streaming series was made by the Big Apple’s MTA after some pressure from high up the Empire State and NYC food chain. On both the outside and inside of the subway cars, the imagery depicting an Axis Powers-ruled America had been on… Read
‘Grease Live’ First-Look Promo: Hand Jives & Fast Times At Rydell High
Well-a, well-a, well-a, unngghh — here’s our first video peek at the stars of Fox musical special Grease Live. Julianne Hough, Aaron Tviet, Vanessa Hudgens, Keke Palmer, Carly Rae Jepsen and others show off their moves in a spotless Rydell High hallway (a far cry from any at L.A.’s Venice High, where some of the 1978 movie’s scenes were shot). There’s ’50s cool, ’50s kitsch and ’50s in-between as Zuko, Sandy, Rizzo, Kenickie and myriad T-Birds and Pink Ladies try to… Read
Bridge Independent & Ketchup Ink Digital Deal
EXCLUSIVE: Straight Outta Compton producer Bill Straus’ newly relaunched sales outfit Bridge Independent and indie distributor-financier Ketchup Entertainment are teaming on a digital distribution pipeline for select titles from Bridge’s indie slate. The plan is to distribute 5-10 titles a year with a marketing push.
As a former executive at New Line, Straus in 2012 founded New York-based BGP Film, where he has repped recent pics including Darling, Buzzard, Through A Lens… Read
‘The Danish Girl’s Tom Hooper On “Moving” Transgender Response To The Film – AwardsLine Screening
Detailing the life and loves of the first individual known to undergo gender affirmation surgery, Focus Features’ The Danish Girl vaults right into the Oscar race in a year that has seen transgender issues scale new heights in our culture. Talking to director Tom Hooper, screenwriter Lucinda Coxon and producer Anne Harrison after our packed November 19 AwardsLine screening of the film, the connection between the realities and politics of the early 20th century depicted in… Read
Alec Baldwin, Laurence Fishburne, LaTanya Richardson Jackson To Read At Arthur Miller’s 100th Birthday Party
The centenary of the Death Of A Salesman playwright’s birth is being celebrated with Broadway revivals and much academic truffle-sniffing, but this event might get closest to the heart of Arthur Miller’s legacy: The Arthur Miller Foundation has announced a star-filled Broadway benefit performance on January 25. The one-night-only gathering to raise funds for the Foundation's theater and film education programs will feature performances by Alec Baldwin, Ellen Barkin, Lauren… Read
College Sex Scandal Drama From Jessica Mecklenburg & Rod Lurie Lands At NBC
NBC has put into development a university-set hourlong drama penned by former Resurrection writer Jessica Mecklenburg that has Rod Lurie attached to direct the pilot and executive produce. The project, titled Fated, is from Michael Eisner’s Tornante TV and Universal Television.
The plot revolves around two brothers at the top of their game — one the president of a Texas university and the other the revered football coach — and the sex scandal that threatens to unravel… Read
TiVo Reports Record Sub Growth As It Starts To Look For A New CEO
TiVo’s had a hard time persuading Wall Street that there’s still a place for its DVRs in an increasingly competitive market for TV boxes. But its just-released report for the quarter ending in October, and plans for 2016, may help a little.
The company reported the biggest-ever net increase in its customer base: It added 418,000 from the end of July, bringing its global total to 6.5 million — a 26% increase vs the same point last year. More than 85% come from deals with… Read
The Sony Hack One Year Later: Just Who Are The Guardians Of Peace?
It was the most devastating cyber-crime ever committed against an American corporation, and its repercussions are still being felt not only in Hollywood but across the country and around the world. One year ago today, Sony Pictures Entertainment was hacked by shadowy terrorists calling themselves the "Guardians of Peace," later identified by the FBI as operatives of the North Korean government.
The attack would come to involve the President of the United States, the FBI… Read
David Canary Dies: ‘All My Children’ Star Was 77
David Canary, known for his nearly three-decade stint on the ABC soap All My Children, died November 16 from natural causes, his family has announced. He was 77.
Born in Elwood, Indiana in 1938, Canary’s acting career began with a recurring role as Dr. Russ Gehrig on Peyton Place in 1965. He would soon go on to portray ranch manager Candy Canaday on the long-running NBC Western Bonanza, a role he held off and on from 1967 to 1973. A string of appearances on television… Read
Ryan Gosling Orbiting Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong Movie At Universal?
EXCLUSIVE: Universal’s Neil Armstrong biopic First Man is still being written and still being developed, but I’m hearing that Ryan Gosling is being courted to play the famed astronaut for Whiplash helmer Damien Chazelle, who is directing a script by Spotlight scribe Josh Singer.
There is a natural symmetry here, as Chazelle and Gosling are currently together making La La Land, the musical film set in contemporary Los Angeles and starring Gosling as a jazz pianist and Emma… Read
‘Superstore’ Review: America Ferrera NBC Comedy Proves Big Not Better
There's a new big box coming to the small screen, but it might not have everything you need. Debuting at 10 PM November 30 with a special two-episode preview right after The Voice, NBC’s Superstore provides the return to primetime of America Ferrera. And while the Ugly Betty and How to Train Your Dragon star usually can elevate anything's she’s in, Ferrera is unable to lift this one out of its torpor. Superstore, as my video review above says, is another one of those… Read