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Oscar-Winning Producer Dan Jinks Says Let’s Snub The Snubs – Guest Column

Oscar Nominations 2017

Dan Jinks is the Oscar-winning producer of American Beauty who is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He wanted to write this for Deadline ahead of tomorrow morning’s Oscar nominations. Tomorrow morning the nominations for the Academy Awards will be announced. There will be dozens of people celebrating all over Hollywood, New York, and, indeed, the world upon hearing their names read out loud at around 5:40 AM PST. Many deserving films and… Read


‘The Alienist’ Review: Nothing Alienating About TNT’s Deft 19th Century Drama

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It is a long way from the uneven streets of 1896 New York City to the well-heeled slopes of Park City, but TNT's The Alienist will feel right at home at this year’s Sundance Film Festival among the top-notch films premiering over the next week. With a preview screening set for January 19 at the festival ahead of its January 22 premiere, the limited series starring Dakota Fanning, Daniel Brühl and Luke Evans based on Caleb Carr's 1994 bestseller is a great yarn that has… Read


Magnolia Picks Up Gustav Möller’s ‘The Guilty’ After Sundance Bow

Magnolia Pictures has made a winning plea for North American rights to The Guilty, director/co-writer Gustav Möller’s drama that premiered Sunday in the World Dramatic Competition at Sundance. In the film, alarm dispatcher and former police officer Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. When the call is suddenly disconnected, the search for the woman and her kidnapper begins. With the phone as his only tool, Asger enters a race… Read


Netflix’s Reed Hastings On Disney’s Streaming Service: “I’ll Be A Subscriber”

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Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings maintained a calm and measured tone in discussing Disney’s planned acquisition of much of 21st Century Fox — and the Burbank entertainment giant’s plans for a rival streaming services that some have dubbed a prospective “Netflix killer.” Hastings said everyone recognizes the costs of competition — but few see the opportunities created when a challenger attempts to gain a foothold in a fast-growing market like streaming. “They’ll try… Read


NBC Orders ‘The Enemy Within’ Drama Pilot From Ken Woodruff & Vernon Sanders

NBC has given a pilot order to another drama, The Enemy Within, from Gotham executive producer Ken Woodruff, NBC executive-turned-producer Vernon Sanders and Universal TV. Written and executive produced by Woodruff, The Enemy Within is a character-driven investigative thriller set in the world of counterintelligence. It focuses on former CIA agent Erica Wolfe, the most notorious traitor in modern history and most hated woman in America, who is brought out of a federal… Read


Ari Aster, Writer-Director Of Sundance Midnight Pic ‘Hereditary’, Inks With WME

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EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed writer-director Ari Aster, whose feature directorial debut Hereditary bowed last night in the Sundance Film Festival’s Midnight section. The genre pic, which stars Toni Collette and Gabriel Byrne and received strong response at the premiere, is set up at A24. Aster’s previous credits include the shorts The Strange Thing About the Johnsons and Munchausen, both of which he wrote and directed. Hereditary centers on the Graham family, which begins to… Read


Kevin Spacey Costs Netflix $39 Million In Write-Downs In Fourth Quarter

Netflix took a $39 million write-down for its fiscal fourth quarter related to two projects involving Kevin Spacey, who became one of the key figures in the sexual harassment and abuse scandals that began late last year. During today’s fourth-quarter earnings presentation, after announcing another round of record-setting results, the company did not specify the exact causes of the accounting move. But a source familiar with the accounting for the quarter later confirmed… Read


‘The Long Dumb Road’: Jason Mantzoukas Discovers Some Mindblowing Details About The ‘Fast & Furious’ Pics – Sundance Clip

EXCLUSIVE: Hannah Fidell’s The Long Dumb Road finds teenage Nathan (Tony Revolori) finding an unusual road mate in Richard (Jason Mantzoukas) as they traverse the southern United States to Los Angeles after the latter assists with car problems. Both are trying to find their way in life through bar fights, dope smoking and lost loves in this fish-out-of-water comedy, with Mantzoukas playing a mix of wisdom and idiocy to its zenith. This NSFW scene is one such wonderful… Read


Judge Judy & CBS Sued Again Over Profits For Syndication’s Biggest Court Show

Once again, Judge Judy finds herself on the other side of the bench with a new breach-of-contract complaint filed against the top TV judge and CBS. While the jury-trial seeking suit from Kaye Switzer and the trust of the late Sandi Spreckman doesn’t specify damages, it does state that the plaintiffs are owed $4.75 million from the $95 million sale of Judge Judy to the House of Moonves in August. Similar to the big-bucks legal action that Rebel Entertainment filed in March… Read


Netflix Orders ‘Unbelievable’ Limited Series From Susannah Grant, Timberman/Beverly, Katie Couric & CBS Studios

EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has given an eight-episode order to Unbelievable, a limited series from Erin Brockovich writer Susannah Grant, CBS TV Studios, studio-based producers Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly (Masters of Sex, Elementary) as well as Katie Couric. Co-written by Grant, who will serve as showrunner, Michael Chabon (John Carter) & Ayelet Waldman (Applebaum), Unbelievable is based on The Marshall Project and ProPublica Pulitzer Prize-winning December 2015 article, An U… Read

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Can MoviePass Impact The Indie Film Biz & Survive In The Long Run? CEO Mitch Lowe Explains – Sundance

EXCLUSIVE: Film sales agents at Sundance, think about this: What if a potential buyer could literally guarantee a certain portion of a film’s box office opening weekend? That’s the pitch from MoviePass, the monthly movie ticket service, which announced their new division MoviePass Ventures on Friday at Sundance, a subsidiary that will co-acquire independent films. When it comes to film festival acquisitions, co-partnering has become increasingly more common. Amazon… Read


Ryan Reynolds’ Maximum Effort Makes 3-Year Fox Deal; First Up Is ‘Clue’ With ‘Deadpool’ Scribes Reese & Wernick

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EXCLUSIVE: While questions abound over how Twentieth Century Fox’s feature assets will integrate into Disney, the studio has sent a clue that Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds will be big part of the mix. Fox has made a three-year first look deal with Reynolds’ Maximum Effort to hatch projects for the studio. They’ve got the first picture that Reynolds will produce under the new deal. It is a live action film based on the Hasbro board game Clue, with Maximum Effort producing… Read