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‘Jumanji’ Roars This Weekend As Sony’s Fifth-Highest Grossing Title At Domestic B.O. With $317M+

2nd update, Friday PM: And so January begins to ratchet down after the holidays with weekend ticket sales seeing an estimated $133.3M, -8% from a year ago. Some will say that business is slow because all the kids returned to school: ComScore shows only 3% K-12 schools off with another 16% colleges on break. However, let’s not forget that a year ago, Universal/Blumhouse’s Split drew a great 45% under 25 crowd, surprising us with the fifth best January start ever at $40M… Read


Heart Disease Expert In Sundance Docu ‘The Game Changers’ Begs To Differ With White House Doctor Over Donald Trump’s Health

One of the country's most prominent cardiologists is disputing White House physician Dr. Ronny L. Jackson's assertion that President Trump is in "excellent" health. "First of all, he's not in perfect health," Dr. Dean Ornish told Deadline in an exclusive interview from the Sundance Film Festival, where the physician attended the world premiere of The Game Changers, a documentary in which he appears. "President Trump's cholesterol is very high. He’s obese in terms of his… Read


Michael Wolff To Bill Maher: ‘Fire And Fury’ Has “Incendiary” Unsolved Secret

UPDATE, with video Could there possibly be anything left unsaid or unreported about Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury? Yes, says the author, and it’s “incendiary.” On that, Wolff and his critics are likely to agree. Wolff, a guest on tonight’s Real Time with Bill Maher, told the HBO host that one revelation remains undiscovered in his much-raked-over book about Donald Trump’s first year in the Oval Office, and it’s a juicy one. And, no, he wasn’t talking about Interracial… Read


TV News Pundits Plotz As Senate Vote Flops, Signaling Government Shutdown

Senate Republicans failed to win over enough Democrats to reach 60 votes in a last-ditch effort to avoid a government shutdown at midnight Friday. Members of both parties in Congress had raced against time to pass a budget resolution/assign blame before a government shutdown set for midnight ET. Political parties squabbled all day over Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (aka DACA),  the Wall and Children’s Health Insurance Program. Meanwhile, Secretary of Defense… Read


Fired Exec Sues Fox For Harassment, Claims Executive Coach Said She “Needed To Lift Her Skirt”

A longtime Fox executive who was fired last year is suing the company and Jack Zwissig, an executive coach hired to work with her, alleging that he sexually harassed her. Denise Stilwell claims Zwissig told her she “needed to lift her skirt,” among other “sexist comments.” In a 13-page lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here), Stilwell alleges sexual harassment, gender discrimination and retaliation, the latter tied to her abrupt firing in… Read


Tom Petty Family Calls For Opioid Discussion After Coroner Reports Drug Overdose Was Cause Of His Death

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The wife and daughter of rocker Tom Petty said today that they hope revelations that he died of a drug overdose will spark further discussion on the country’s opioid crisis. Petty’s death in October at age 66 shocked the world, as he had just completed a major tour, including prominent dates at the Hollywood Bowl. His death was originally attributed to cardiac arrest. But today the Los Angeles Coroner’s office said that their final analysis showed Petty succumbed to an… Read


Fox Orders Three Pilots: Comedies ‘Our People’ & ‘Rel’, Musical Drama ‘Mixtape’


Fox has ordered its first pilots of the season — Our People, a single-camera comedy from Lee Daniels and Modern Family executive producer Vali Chandrasekaran; multi-camera comedy Rel starring Lil Rey Howery and executive produced by Jerrod Carmichael; and Mixtape, a musical drama from former Smash showrunner Josh Safran. All three projects come from Fox’s current sister studio 20th Century Fox TV, which is poised to move to Disney once the proposed Disney-21st Century Fox… Read


Allison Shearmur Dies: Tastemaking Studio Executive & Producer Was 54

In a shockingly sad development, Allison Shearmur has died at age 54. She’d been fighting a brave battle against lung cancer and passed away unexpectedly this morning at UCLA Medical Center. Shearmur served high-level executive stints at Paramount, Disney, Universal and Lionsgate and shepherded and exec produced The Hunger Games franchise and more recently was a producer on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the upcoming Han Solo spinoff that Ron Howard just wrapped… Read


Tim Doyle 1970s Family Comedy Gets ABC Pilot Order

ABC has kicked off the traditional pilot season with an order to an untitled single-camera comedy from former Last Man Standing showrunner Tim Doyle and ABC Studios. Written and executive produced by Doyle, the untitled comedy is set in the 1970s and revolves around an Irish-Catholic family with a working-class dad, traditional mom and eight boisterous sons who navigate changes big and small during one of America's most turbulent decades. ABC recently had a single-camera… Read


Makeready Wins Auction For James Frey Novel ‘Katerina’ As Simon & Schuster Imprint Scout Press Wins Pub Rights

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EXCLUSIVE: Following its sale to the Simon & Schuster imprint Scout Press, the James Frey novel Katerina has been pre-emptively acquired in a film rights deal by Brad Weston’s Makeready. Frey will write the script and be executive producer. Guymon Casady is producing through Entertainment 360, the production arm of Management 360. The deal comes as Makeready is about to start production on an adaptation of Frey’s A Million Little Pieces, which director Sam Taylor-Johnson… Read


Endemol: Reality TV Crew Was Carrying New Product, Not Fake Bomb – Update

UPDATE The device that got a reality TV crew arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport last night was not a fake bomb, but a “vacuum compression luggage” device, says production company Endemol Shine North America. According to Endemol, in a statement released tonight: "On January 18, some cast and crew members of an upcoming series, 'Staten Island Hustle,' produced by Left Hook Media and Endemol Shine North America for air on CNBC Primetime, were detained at Newark… Read


Weinstein Company Pulls ‘War With Grandpa’, ‘The Upside’ & ‘Mary Magdalene’ Off Release Schedule

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While the Weinstein Company deals with a few internal matters, it has pulled three films from their 2018 release dates — likely in anticipation of the company changing hands. Robert De Niro-Christopher Walken starrer The War with Grandpa had been set for February 23, Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart’s The Intouchables remake The Upside gives up its March 9 date, and biblical biopic Mary Magdalene starring Rooney Mara has exited the March 30 slot. War with Grandpa and The Upsi… Read