Barry Diller On Donald Trump: If He Wins, I’m Fleeing The Country — Or Resisting
Note to those of you who had Barry Diller in your which-media-mogul-will-endorse-Donald Trump pool: Thanks for playing our game. The IAC Interactive boss didn’t mince words about the GOP White House hopeful during an event in NYC today. "If Donald Trump doesn’t fall, I’ll either move out of the country or join the resistance," Diller said at the Bloomberg Markets Most Influential Summit. But don’t fret, Diller fans — and you know who you are: The erstwhile Aereo backer… Read
George Lopez To Star In ‘Aloha Santa’; Hope Davis Joins ‘Claire’
George Lopez has signed star in Aloha Santa, set to begin production in Maui in December. Lopez will play Chris Cringle, the lazy, immature adopted son of Santa who inherits the Santa Claus role when his father dies. Lacking confidence in his role, he ends up crash-landing in Hawaii when he takes the sleigh out for a test drive days before Christmas. Now he must find a way home in time to make the annual gift deliveries.
Billed as Hawaii’s first Christmas movie, it’s… Read
Lou Diamond Phillips Mobs Up ‘Blindspot’; Amanda Brooks Joins Showtime’s Lena Waithe Pilot
Lou Diamond Phillips has landed a guest-starring role for a meaty upcoming story arc on NBC’s Blindspot. He’ll appear in a recurring basis as Saúl Guerrero, a feared criminal and pivotal character from Bethany Mayfair’s (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) past that will send shock waves through the FBI. Phillips’ character was briefly introduced via a photo in the most recent episode and will loom large as the season progresses. HE currently stars on Netflix’s revived Longmire and… Read
Clive Owen Leads Electric Broadway Revival Of Pinter’s ‘Old Times’ – Review
Maybe Harold Pinter was yanking the actor’s chain when he told him to “just do it,” rather than fret about what Old Times meant. If the famously mysterious playwright did know, he wasn’t about to share the intelligence with some actor, even if that actor was Anthony Hopkins. This was in 1984 and Hopkins was starring in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of the play, a three-hander about — well, about what we can only speculate. And speculate some more.
In a season… Read
‘Triple 9’ Redband Trailer: Cops, Robbers, Bloodshed, Nudity
People hankering for a Training Day fix might have their needs met by Triple 9, the upcoming heist thriller from director John Hillcoat and starring Casey Affleck that sees a posse of corrupt cops blackmailed into serious criminal shenanigans by a sleazy Russian mobster. Into the mix comes rookie cop Chris Allen (Affleck), set up to be merked (hence the film’s title — 999 being code for “officer down”) by the corrupt cops as a distraction while they pull off the job, only… Read
Jay Leno Subs For Jimmy Fallon On ‘Tonight Show’
In tonight's episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jay Leno subs for Fallon, making a surprise opening-monologue appearance.
Not coincidentally, Leno’s new series, Jay Leno’s Garage, debuts tomorrow at 10 PM on NBC cable cousin CNBC.
Last time we saw Leno promoting his new series, at TCA, he got asked if he’d been approached to be a guest on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to promote the CNBC show. He said no, adding, "I'm kind of loyal to NBC.”
"NBC has… Read
Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Fonda, Blanchett, Lionel Richie & Oscars For Sale To The Highest Bidder
A new weekly column talking up the season with bits and pieces from the awards circuit.
On Monday night, Sony Pictures Classics hosted a “special screening” of its October 16 critically acclaimed drama Truth at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to very good response from an Oscar-voter-heavy crowd who swarmed stars Cate Blanchett, Elisabeth Moss and writer-director James Vanderbilt at the reception afterwards in the lobby.
Co-star Robert Redford was absent… Read
Feds Officially Probing Hollywood’s Lack Of Female Directors
The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will begin interviewing dozens of female directors next week in an effort to see what action, if any, it should take to combat discrimination against female film and TV directors. A letter from the EEOC went out to some 50 women late last week.
It could be the first step toward a class-action lawsuit against the industry.
"I would like the EEOC to take legal action against the studios, the networks and the commercial… Read
‘Scorpion’ & ‘Big Bang’ Ratings Inch Up, ‘Life In Pieces’ Holds Steady While ‘Minority Report’ Slips To 0.7 In 18-49
UPDATE 5 PM: The Big Bang Theory (3.9 in 18-49) was once again adjusted up .2 and is now running ahead of last week in Live+same day. Its lead-out, Life In Pieces (1.9) held onto its fast national rating for a 100% hold. Adjusted up a tenth was The Voice (3.3) drawing even with last week, while Blindspot slipped a tenth for a total of .2 week-to-week dropoff. Castle (1.2) matched its Live+same day series low for a third straight week.
Snapshot: New series Week 3 retention… Read
Netflix’s ‘Fuller House’ Casts Juan Pablo Di Pace
Dallas alum Juan Pablo di Pace has booked a recurring role on Netflix’s Fuller House. The Full House sequel is set to premiere on Netflix in 2016.
The reboot will follow D.J. Tanner (Candace Cameron-Bure), a recent widow who is raising her children with the help of sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and best friend and fellow mother Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber). Di Pace, repped by Gersh and ICA Talent Management, will play Fernando, Kimmy’s (Barber) passionate ex-husband… Read
Stephen Graham To Star In USA Pilot ‘Brooklyn Animal Control’
EXCLUSIVE: Boardwalk Empire alum Stephen Graham is set to topline USA Network’s drama pilot Brooklyn Animal Control, based on the IDW Publishing comic created by JT Petty. Additionally, Brian Kirk (Game Of Thrones) has signed on to direct the pilot and will also executive produce alongside David S. Goyer.
Written and executive produced by Petty, Brooklyn Animal Control follows the inner workings of a secret subdivision of the NYPD that functions as social services for… Read
Steve Rannazzisi: ‘The League’ Canceled New York Comic-Con Panel To Duck 9/11 Questions
The League canceled its New York Comic-Con panel this year so star Steve Rannazzisi would not be subjected to questions from angry New Yorkers, during the open mic portion of the fun, as to why he’d lied about being in one of the World Trade Center towers at the time of the terrorist attack, the comic told Howard Stern today.
About a month ago, FX Networks was left scrambling to figure out how to handle the next episode of The League after the New York Times reported… Read