Deadline’s 2017 Most Valuable Movie Blockbuster Tournament Gets Underway: No. 10 ‘Get Out’
Every year when the NCAA kicks off its men’s basketball tournament, Deadline launches its own tourney to ascertain which film from the previous calendar year made the most money. The ticked for entry into Deadline’s Most Valuable Blockbuster tournament is domestic gross. The tournament started with the same seeding as the NCAA, but unlike this year’s bracket busting upsets, the early rounds were too easy to forecast. The ranking has further evolved. We started with the top… Read
‘The Code’: Mira Sorvino To Star In CBS Drama Pilot
EXCLUSIVE: Mira Sorvino is set for a lead role opposite Dave Annable and Anna Wood in CBS' drama pilot The Code, from CBS Television Studios and studio-based Timberman/Beverly.
Written by Limitless creator Craig Sweeny based on a story by him and Craig Turk and directed by Marc Webb, The Code sees the military's brightest minds take on our country's toughest challenges – inside the courtroom and out – where each attorney is trained as a prosecutor, a defense lawyer, an… Read
Mike O’Gorman Joins Fox’s Erin Foster Comedy Pilot; CW’s ‘Playing Dead’ Casts Curran Walters
Mike O’Gorman (Vice Principals) has booked a series regular role opposite Erin Foster and Don Johnson in Fox's untitled Erin Foster single-camera comedy pilot (fka Daddy Issues), from actress-writer Foster, New Girl creator Liz Meriwether and 20th Century Fox TV. Written by Foster, loosely based on her life, and directed by Kat Coiro, the comedy revolves around Andi (Foster), who refuses to settle down, and her friendship with her playboy dad, Roman (Johnson). Andi's… Read
UK’s Channel 4 Exposes CEO Of Trump Consultant Cambridge Analytica: “We’re Used To Operating In The Shadows”
A four-month, undercover investigation into Cambridge Analytica, the data analytics firm hired by the Donald Trump campaign in 2016, aired tonight on the UK’s Channel 4, exposing the methods of the firm and its executives. (See the full video below.)
Facebook suspended the company over the weekend after two blockbuster reports in the New York Times and the UK’s Observer revealed that up to 50 million Facebook users may have had personal data used without permission. Using… Read
Glynn Turman, Stephanie Turner To Topline ‘Justine’; Jackson Rathbone, Kerri Medders Cast In ‘Do Not Reply’
Glynn Turman (House of Lies, Queen Sugar, How To Get Away With Murder) is set to co-star in Stephanie Turner’s directorial debut drama, Justine, which she also wrote and is starring in. It 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 caretaker to a young girl with Spina Bifida, in what turns out to be a racist household. At first an unlikely pair, the two become friends and… Read
Jenna Dewan Tatum To Star In Fox Musical Drama Pilot ‘Mixtape’
Jenna Dewan Tatum has been tapped for a lead role opposite Callie Hernandez and Madeline Stowe in Fox's musical drama pilot Mixtape, from former Smash showrunner Josh Safran and Annapurna Television.
Written by Safran and directed by Jesse Peretz, Mixtape is a romantic musical drama that looks at a disparate group of interconnected people in contemporary Los Angeles through the lens of the music that defines who they are. Mixtape captures the different stages of love… Read
‘Designated Survivor’: Nora Zehetner Set To Recur On ABC Drama Series
Nora Zehetner (It Happened In LA) is set for a recurring role opposite Kiefer Sutherland on ABC drama series Designated Survivor from Entertainment One/Mark Gordon and ABC Studios.
Zehetner will play Valeria Poriskova. Intelligent, attractive and formidable, Valeria is officially a "cultural attaché" at Russia's Washington, D.C. embassy. However, her real job is spycraft: running Russian intelligence agents on U.S. soil.
David Guggenheim is creator and executive producer… Read
Time’s Up Calls For Investigation Into NY District Attorney In Harvey Weinstein Case; Manhattan DA and NYPD Hit Back – Update
UPDATED with statement from NYPD and Manhattan DA’s office, 3:30 PM: Time’s Up, the defense fund and pressure group targeting sexual harassment, has penned an open letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo calling for an investigation into the state’s handling of historical sexual harassment and assault allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein.
In the letter, which was published in The Cut, Time’s Up calls on Cuomo to “launch an independent investigation of the New York… Read
The Weinstein Company’s 363 Bankruptcy Filing Tonight In Delaware?
UPDATE: Had to amend the location of the bankruptcy filing to Delaware, not Philadelphia.
EXCLUSIVE: Word in financial circles is that The Weinstein Company will officially file for 363 bankruptcy by tonight in Delaware. Sources said that will start a bankruptcy procedure that some have compared to the one that MGM went through rather quickly several years ago. Just as happened in that case, there is no shortage of bidders that want the TWC assets, either in pieces or to… Read
Andy Bird Exiting As Chairman Of Walt Disney International
Andy Bird, Chairman of Walt Disney International, is set to exit the company after 14 years, Deadline has confirmed. The move comes in the wake of last week’s announcement of a reorganization of Disney’s businesses as it prepares to launch direct-to-consumer services and seeks to grow internationally — and ahead of the pending acquisition of Fox’s film and TV assets.
Last week, it was revealed that Kevin Mayer, who has served as Disney's Chief Strategy Officer, has been… Read
Karimah Westbrook Joins CW’s April Blair/Spencer Paysinger Pilot; Justina Adorno Books ABC’s ‘Grand Hotel’
Karimah Westbrook (Suburbicon) is set as a series regular in the CW's untitled April Blair/Spencer Paysinger drama pilot from writer April Blair, Greg Berlanti's Berlanti Prods. and Warner Bros. TV. Written by Blair (Reign) and directed by Rob Hardy, the project is inspired by the life of pro football player Spencer Paysinger and produced by L.A. Galaxy soccer player Robbie Rogers. It centers on a rising high school football player from South Central L.A. When he is… Read
AMC Entertainment Names Wanda Film Group President John Zeng As Chairman
Wanda Film Group President Zeng Maojun (aka John Zeng) has been elected unanimously as non-executive Chairman of the AMC Entertainment Board of Directors, effective immediately. This follows last week’s resignation of Lincoln Zhang from the Chairman role at North America's leading exhibition chain. He was due to transition to a new senior position within AMC parent Dalian Wanda Group.
In his role as President of Wanda Film Group, Zeng is the Chinese conglomerate’s most… Read