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Donald Trump Says Arpaio “Will Be Fine”; Media Is “Source Of Division In The Country” At Phoenix Re-Election Rally

Less than 24 hours after his primetime chest-thumping Afghanistan speech, Donald Trump took the podium at a campaign rally at the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona amidst his avid supporters and outspoken protestors. In hopes to change the tide after a very rocky week that included his criticized reaction to the events at Charlottesville, Trump gave an uneventful rehash of his usual talking points about immigration control, his “Wall”, Clinton callbacks, North Korea… Read


‘The War With Grandpa’ Pushed To Winter; Third Release Date For Dimension’s Robert De Niro Comedy

Robert De Niro A Bronx Tale Musical

TWC/Dimension Films have moved the released date of their comedy The War with Grandpa for a third time. The movie starring Robert De Niro and Oakes Fegley has shifted the opening date to February 23, 2018; it was previously slated for an October 20, 2017, debut and before that was set for an April 23 bow. Filmed over six weeks in Atlanta, The War with Grandpa is shifting release dates due to a late start in production, TWC said. Based on the bestselling book by Robert… Read


Geffen Playhouse Sued For Age Discrimination & Libel By Its Former Artistic Director

All the world’s a stage — including courtrooms. The Geffen Playhouse is on the receiving end of a lawsuit filed today by its former longtime artistic director that claims age and disability discrimination, fraud, slander and “a succession of lies” The filing lands one day after Game of Thrones helmer Matt Shakman — who is 20 years younger than plaintiff Randall Arney — was named artistic director of the Westwood theater. In his 27-page complaint filed today in Los… Read


‘Tremors’: Vincenzo Natali To Direct Syfy-Blumhouse Reboot Starring Kevin Bacon

Vincenzo Natali

Vincenzo Natali (Hannibal) has been tapped to direct the Syfy pilot Tremors, a reboot of the 1990 cult classic film, with original star Kevin Bacon reprising his role. The project hails from Jason Blum’s Blumhouse TV and Universal Cable Prods. In the Tremors follow-up, written by Andrew Miller, the killer Graboid worms that nearly destroyed Perfection, NV, 25 years ago are back, and the town's only hope for survival is Valentine McKee (Bacon), who beat them once. But to… Read


‘California Typewriter’ Review: Tom Hanks And The Late Sam Shepard Get Nostalgic About The Write Stuff

California Typewriter

This has been a very good year for documentaries so far, particularly those off the beaten path of the usually more serious-minded docus that flood art house theaters. One of those, California Typewritermade its debut at last year’s Telluride Film Festival where it was rapturously received as the little gem that it is. Now it has distribution and opened in New York last Friday and will expand there this weekend before opening in Los Angeles in early September. As I say… Read


SAG-AFTRA Board Candidate Shaan Sharma Calls On Union To End Partisan Bickering

Shaan Sharma SAG-AFTRA

EXCLUSIVE: Partisan bickering and factionalism have led to "crippled leadership" at SAG-AFTRA and an "unfair election process" created by the union's two rival parties, according to Shaan Sharma, a candidate for the local and national board of directors. He’s calling on the rival factions to "put aside their differences" for the good of the members and the union. It's a sentiment Deadline has heard repeatedly from members and candidates alike in the run-up to Thursday's… Read


Brazilian Antitrust Officials Question AT&T’s Bid For Time Warner

UPDATED, 4:50 PM: Mexico’s antitrust authorities today approved the AT&T’s pending merger with Time Warner. "We appreciate the work of both COFECE and IFT to review, analyze and approve the AT&T-Time Warner merger on its merits," said David McAtee, Senior EVP and General Counsel of AT&T Inc. "The merger of our two companies will bring together the world's best premium content with the networks to deliver that content to every screen, however customers want it." PREVIOUSLY… Read


Ismael Cruz Córdova Cast In ‘Mary, Queen Of Scots’

EXCLUSIVE: Ismael Cruz Córdova, who had a standout performance as the troubled boxer Hector Campos on Season 4 of Showtime’s Ray Donovan, has been added to the cast of Working Title and Focus Features’ period drama Mary, Queen Of Scots. Josie Rourke is directing from a script by Beau Willimon, with Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie starring. Production is underway in England and Scotland. The story explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (Ronan), Queen of… Read


Donald Trump’s Afghanistan About-Face Eclipses Cable News’ Solar Blackout Crowd Of 5.1 Million TV Viewers

Monday’s cable news cycle included two huge ratings events: a rare cross-country total eclipse of the sun, and an equally historic Donald Trump total walk-back on his position about American involvement in Afghanistan. Given President Donald Trump’s obsession with TV ratings and winning, we’re happy to report Trump obliterated the sun. No competition. On the cable news networks, the sun scored its biggest crowd on Fox News Channel, whose wildly enthusiastic Shep Smith… Read


‘Murdertown’ Comedy From Jillian Bell & Hayes Davenport Set At Fox With Penalty

Fox has handed a script commitment with penalty to Murdertown, a single-camera comedy executive produced by Idiotsiotter co-creator/star Jillian Bell. Written/executive produced by writer-comedian Hayes Davenport (HBO’s Divorce), Murdertown centers on a New York radio journalist who, after a career-ending gaffe, returns to her hometown in Cape Cod and takes a job at the local newspaper, hoping to uncover a headline-grabbing true crime story that will get her back in the… Read


Channel 4 Spies Thriller ‘Jerusalem’ From Bash Doran, 42 & Twenty Twenty – Edinburgh

Channel 4 has ordered six-part period espionage epic Jerusalem, written and created by Bash Doran. This is the Masters Of Sex and Boardwalk Empire writer’s first original commission for British television. It’s set in the aftermath of WWII, when Britain was struggling to define itself in a new world order. The news comes on the eve of the Edinburgh International Television Festival which kicks off here in the Scottish capital tomorrow. LA- and London-based 42 (Watership Do… Read


‘Web Therapy’ In UK Adaptation With Stephen Mangan For Channel 4 – Edinburgh

Episodes' Stephen Mangan is set to star in a UK adaptation of Web Therapy, the Emmy-nominated Showtime series that was co-created by and starred Friends alum Lisa Kudrow. Channel 4 has ordered six-part half-hour comedy Hang Ups to be produced by the UK’s Slam Films. Mangan, who is co-scripting with Robert Delamere, will play a therapist with a checkered career who finds himself at a crossroads and starts treating patients via webcam. Billed as a mix of farce and family… Read