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Elon Musk Takes His Boldest Step Yet – He Deletes His Company Facebook Accounts

Elon Musk

Entrepreneur Elon Musk has always had the pioneer spirit. So it’s no surprise that the man spearheading a manned trip to Mars and building electric vehicles is in the forefront of the #deletefacebook campaign. Taking up an online challenge  from a Twitter follower, Musk has taken down Tesla and SpaceX’s Facebook accounts. That promptly flushed a combined 2.6 million likes, but Musk didn’t stop there. He also took down the Tesla-owned Solar City account. Musk had cheekily… Read


SAG-AFTRA Mourns NYC Firefighter Killed Battling Blaze On Movie Set

SAG-AFTRA is offering condolences to a New York fireman who was killed Thursday night while fighting a fire that broke out on the set of the movie Motherless Brooklyn, which stars Bruce Willis and Edward Norton, who's directing. "We offer our deepest sympathies to the families, friends and colleagues of New York City Firefighter Michael R. Davidson and all of the heroes who have made the greatest sacrifice. We honor your lives and are deeply grateful for your service,"… Read


‘Billions’ Actor David Costabile To Play Doc McGhee In ‘The Dirt’

EXCLUSIVE: David Costabile, who plays Bobby Axelrod’s right-hand man Mike “Wags” Wagner stars on Showtime’s Billions, has signed on for the Mötley Crüe biopic, The Dirt, as the group’s longtime manager Doc McGhee. Jeff Tremaine is directing the Netflix/LBI Entertainment film that stars Douglas Booth as Nikki Sixx, Iwan Rheon as Mick Mars, Daniel Webber as Vince Neil and Machine Gun Kelly as Tommy Lee. The pic is based on the Neil Strauss' book The Dirt: Confessions of the… Read


DuShon Monique Brown Dies: ‘Chicago Fire’ Actress Was 49

DuShon Monique Brown, known for her role as Connie, Assistant to Chief Boden, on NBC’s Chicago Fire, died Friday. The Cook County medical examiner’s office tells The Chicago Tribune that Brown died shortly after noon at St. James Olympia Field Hospital. A cause of death is not yet known. Brown had played the key recurring character since the series launch in 2012. “The Chicago Fire family is devastated to lose one of its own,” executive producer Dick Wolf said in a… Read


Arnon Milchan & Regency Countersued For Fraud Over Warren Beatty’s ‘Rules Don’t Apply’

Rules Don't Apply

It’s been three months since Arnon Milchan’s Regency Entertainment sued Warren Beatty and others for breach of contract over the filmmaker’s underperforming 2016 pic Rules Don’t Apply. Now the legal pendulum is swinging the other way. In a $50 million cross-complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here), an investment group that includes Brett Ratner, Ron Burkle and Steve Bing alleges that producer Milchan defrauded them by failing to promote and market the… Read


‘Steps’: Ryan Michelle Bathe Cast As A Lead In ABC Comedy Pilot

Ryan Michelle Bathe (This Is Us) is set for a lead role opposite Kyle Bornheimer and Ginnifer Goodwin in the ABC comedy pilot Steps, from Kristin Newman, Mandeville TV and ABC Studios. Written by Newman and directed by Todd Holland, Steps is based on the Swedish format Bonus Family. It revolves around four adults in three houses raising three kids after two divorces — together. Bathe will play Genevieve, a newly single driven work-focused women in control. The cast also… Read


‘Scandal’s Darby Stanchfield & Daisy Prescott Cast In ‘Justine’

EXCLUSIVE: Darby Stanchfield, who recently wrapped the seventh and final season of ABC’s Scandal, has signed on for with indie film Justine, along with newcomer Daisy Prescott, who has been cast as the title character. The pic hails from first-time director Stephanie Turner, who also wrote and will star in the drama. The film follows Lisa Wade (Turner), a single mom who is forced to move in with her father-in-law after the death of her husband. She takes a job as a… Read


Russell Simmons Accused Of Rape In New Civil Suit Seeking $10 Million In Damages

A woman identified only as Jane Doe is suing Def Jam founder Russell Simmons for $10 million, alleging he raped her after a concert she attended in Sacramento with her elementary-school-age son. In a suit filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here), the woman claims that Simmons approached her during the concert and invited her and her son to come backstage to meet some of the Def Jam artists. The music industry veteran extended an invitation for the woman to… Read


Ex-Playboy Playmate’s Donald Trump Tell-All Gooses Anderson Cooper Ratings

Former Playboy playmate Karen McDougal’s tell-all about her alleged affair with Donald Trump massaged Anderson Cooper’s ratings Thursday night. The interview aired from 8:15-9:30 PM ET.  In that block of time, Cooper clocked 668K news-demo viewers and 2.382M total viewers. It’s a big boost compared to CNN’s prior four-week average of 379K news-demo viewers and 1.137M total viewers in the block of time. Cooper dominated the demo in that time frame, but fell short of Fox… Read

Box Office

No. 5 ‘It’ Box Office Profits – 2017 Most Valuable Blockbuster Tournament

When it comes to evaluating the financial performance of top movies, it isn't about what a film grosses at the box office. The true tale is told when production budgets, P&A, talent participations and other costs collide with box office grosses and ancillary revenues from VOD to DVD and TV. To get close to that mysterious end of the equation, Deadline is repeating our Most Valuable Blockbuster tournament for 2017, using data culled by seasoned and trusted sources. IT WARNE… Read


Tiffany Haddish Will Give Voice To ‘Lego Movie’ Sequel Character

Girls Trip breakout star Tiffany Haddish will voice a character in Warner Bros. Animations' The Lego Movie 2, Deadline has confirmed. Haddish’s role and the movie plot are being kept under wraps, but The Lego Movie 2 is a sequel to the critically acclaimed and global box office phenomenon and picks up right where the last film ended, we’re told. The script was written by Matt Fogel following an original draft by directors of the first Lego movie, Phil Lord and Chris… Read

Box Office

‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Takes No. 1 With $23M+; ‘Black Panther’ Best Marvel Title Ever At Domestic B.O., Beating ‘Avengers’

2nd Update: Legendary/Universal’s Pacific Rim Uprising is pushing out Marvel’s winter kingpin Black Panther with a current 3-day of $23.1M to $17M. As many expected this is not a dazzling start for this $155M-plus budgeted sci-fi pic, but it was made to hopefully win in the Far East. Pacific Rim Uprising will win today with $9M (including last night’s $2.35M previews), while Black Panther is looking at $4.5M. The sixth three-day for the Ryan Coogler-directed movie dips… Read