‘The Wiz Live’ Key Art: Stars Ease On Down The Road To NBC Production
Here is our first look at the key art for NBC’s latest live production of a Broadway musical. The Wiz Live! stars — from left to right below — David Alan Grier as Lion, Shanice Williams as Dorothy, Ne-Yo as Tinman and Elijah Kelly as Scarecrow. Also on the playbill are Queen Latifah as the Wiz; Mary J. Blige as Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West; Stephanie Mills, who played Dorothy in the original Broadway production, as Auntie Em; Uzo Aduba as Glinda, the Good Witch… Read
Deadline’s THE CONTENDERS Set For November 7 At DGA Theatre – Must-Stop For Oscar Hopefuls
Invites are in the mail as awards season kicks off in a big way with the 5th annual THE CONTENDERS Presented By Deadline, an all-day event Saturday, November 7 showcasing 18 participating studios and distributors and a record 40 (most we’ve ever had) films in the hunt for gold. The popular invitation-only event — open to Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members as well as those of key guilds — is again at the DGA Theatre at 7920 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood… Read
‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Off To Low Ratings Start, ‘Jane The Virgin’ Slips In Return, ‘Blindspot’ Ticks Up
UPDATE 3:30 PM: As projected, ABC’s Castle (1.1) slipped a tenth in the finals to join slot mate NCIS: LA (1.1) in hitting new series low. As usual, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (3.9) and NBC’s The Voice (3.3) were adjusted up, by a tenth each, while Life In Pieces (1.8) and Scorpion (1.7) each slid a tenth.
PREVIOUS 9:30 AM: For two falls in a row, the CW has launched a quirky hourlong comedy to some of the best reviews for a new series… and different ratings results. Last… Read
‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Gets Full Season 2 Order By ABC
Following the six-episode back order to drama Quantico, ABC has given a Back 9 order to sophomore comedy Fresh Off the Boat, bringing its second season to a full-season 22 episodes. The family comedy’s cast got the news at the table read today.
Fresh Off the Boat has been a steady ratings performer this fall. Airing behind The Muppets, Fresh Off the Boat was eclipsed by the flashy newcomer during premiere week, but while The Muppets has steadily declined, Fresh Off the Boa… Read
‘Room’ Review: Brie Larson In Emotional Knockout You Won’t Soon Forget
A few years ago, author Emma Donaghue heard about an Austrian woman who was kept captive in a room for 24 years, giving birth several times to her captor’s babies. But it was not that sick story that intrigued her, rather the idea of a woman and child bonding and making their own universe in such a confined space. That’s the idea that gave birth to the 2010 best-selling book, Room, and now the movie of the same name which Donaghue has adapted to the screen for director Len… Read
Ludacris-Produced Drama Among Two CBS Sales For Writer Paul Downs Colaizzo
Coming off his first pilot order last season for medical drama LFE at CBS, writer-playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo has sold two more drama projects to CBS, which he will write and executive produce. They fall under the overall deal he signed with CBS TV Studios in June. The Down Beat, executive produced by rapper-actor Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, hails from Ryan Seacrest Prods., while the untitled second project is from Timberman/Beverly Prods. (Elementary, Masters Of… Read
Jackie Earle Haley Signs With Gersh
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-nominated Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children) has signed with the Gersh Agency. He was formerly with WME.
Haley directs and stars in upcoming indie feature Criminal Activities, opposite John Travolta and Michael Pitt, and will be seen in Focus Features’ action sequel London Has Fallen, which opens in March.
Haley also is represented by manager Leslie… Read
Kate Winslet Attaches To Play WWII Correspondent Lee Miller
Kate Winslet has come attached to play Lee Miller in a feature about the acclaimed war correspondent for Vogue who during World War II chronicled such seminal events as the London Blitz, the liberation of Paris and the concentration camps at Buchenwald and Dachau. Troy Lum and Andrew Mason of Hopscotch Features are putting the movie together and have optioned The Lives Of Lee Miller, a biography written by the subject’s son, Antony Penrose. Lum and Mason will produce… Read
Joe Biden Spot Pains CNN, Which Hoped He Would Headline Tonight’s Debate
Despite CNN’s on-air begging, Joe Biden really most sincerely will not be a last-minute add to the stage at tonight’s Dem debate. The network had said Biden could jump in as late as today and it would make room for him on stage:
In case of Biden break out podium number 6. Here it is folks. #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/27B7ij3IEO
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 12, 2015
CNN finally conceded defeat this morning, and switched its Biden blather to talk of how tonight’s… Read
Lena Dunham 1960s Feminism Comedy Starring Lisa Joyce Gets HBO Pilot Order
Girls creator and star Lena Dunham, who has long been carrying the feminism torch for her generation, will be exploring the theme in Max, a new single-camera comedy for HBO, which has received a pilot order by the network.
Starring Lisa Joyce (Billy & Billie), Max hails from a quartet of Girls executive producers who all will executive produce the pilot – Dunham, who also will direct, Murray Miller, who wrote the script, Jenni Konner and Ilene Landress. Dunham and Konner… Read
FX’s ‘Fargo’ Ratings Cold In Return On New Night Against NFL & ESPN
There were movie Indians, family conflict, death in a diner, chilly temperatures and the shadow of Ronald Reagan for the start of the latest version of Fargo last night. Set in 1979, the 10 PM 1-hour and 9-minute premiere drew 1.588 million total viewers and 609,000 among adults 18-49 for a 0.5 rating.
That's down 40% in viewers and the 18-49s from the Season 1 debut of the series based on the 1996 Oscar winning movie from Joel and Ethan Coen. The April 15, 2014 premiere… Read
‘Hamilton’ Juggernaut Returned 25% Of Its $12.5M Costs In Five Weeks
EXCLUSIVE: With advance ticket sales now in the $40 million range — a figure comparable to The Book Of Mormon and the opening of Miss Saigon in 1991 — and tickets harder to come by than a kind word for Trevor Noah, the Hamilton money machine churns on. Production sources tell Deadline that just five weeks after its September 6 opening night at the Nederlander Organization’s Richard Rodgers Theatre, the rap-heavy musical biography of the first Secretary of the Treasury had… Read