Rob Reiner, Woody Harrelson & Lawrence O’Donnell Talk ‘LBJ’ In The Trump Era
Rob Reiner’s film LBJ, with Woody Harrelson in the title role, was unveiled at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, but will be in theaters November 3. Those dates provide viewers a twist of the kaleidoscope, from pre-election to the end of Donald Trump’s first year in office. Any political movie is bound to provoke comparisons, but the ones between Johnson, the master deal-maker of his turbulent time, and Trump, the “artist” of the deal in his time, should prove… Read
Kevin de León Launches U.S. Senate Bid; Booster Of California Film & TV Tax Credits
Kevin de León wants to be the next U.S. senator from the Golden State. The Democratic leader of the California Senate, who got the state’s expanded film and TV tax credits bill over the political finish line in 2014, today officially kicked off his campaign to unseat longtime incumbent Dianne Feinstein.
The veteran pol represents Los Angeles’ 24th District, and Deadline hears that he is liked by studio people. He was at L.A. Trade Technical College to get his run started… Read
Lawmakers On Both Coasts Push For Changes Amid Sexual Harassment Scandals
Politicians in California and New York are out to legislate changes in the wake of sexual harassment allegations that have rocked the entertainment industry.
Connie Leyva, a freshman Democratic state senator in California, told our sister site Variety that she plans to introduce a bill in early 2018 that would outlaw settlements paid to victims of sexual harassment or abuse that require them to sign nondisclosure agreements. Those are the kinds of deals cut by disgraced… Read
Warner Bros. Stage 13 Sets Debut Dates For Three Streaming Series
Warner Bros. Digital Networks will kick off its Stage 13 digital content brand on Thursday with the launch of Independent, an unscripted series that follows the careers of four hip-hop artists. The service will stream for free via YouTube, Facebook and at Stage13.com, with monthly series premieres planned. It will also be available on Verizon’s mobile go90. To date, Stage 13 has produced 11 series.
The service also announced debut dates for its other two planned… Read
Sara Blaedel’s Louise Rick Crime Novels In Works As TV Series At Bron Studios
Bron Studios’ TV group has acquired rights to Danish author Sara Blaedel's bestselling crime fiction book series centered on police detective Louise Rick. The plan is to adapt the novels as a TV series, with the first published Rick book The Forgotten Girls to serve as the backdrop for Season 1.
The plot of that 2015 book from Grand Central Publishing kicks off when fresh corpse of an unidentified woman with a large scar on her face is discovered in the woods. Rick, the… Read
LisaGay Hamilton Joins Beau Willimon’s ‘The First’
LisaGay Hamilton has joined the cast of Beau Willimon’s new series The First, the straight-to-series drama starring Sean Penn and Natascha McElhone that is set to premiere next year on Hulu and Channel 4 in the UK.
Written by Netflix’s House of Cards creator Willimon, The First follows the first human mission to Mars, exploring the challenges of taking the first steps toward interplanetary colonization. The story focuses not only on the astronauts, but also on their… Read
‘Salvation’ Summer Drama Series Renewed For Season 2 By CBS
CBS has given a 13-episode second-season pickup to suspense thriller Salvation to air in summer 2018. There is no decision yet on CBS’ other summer drama series, Zoo.
Salvation, which had a decent freshman performance by summer ratings standards and is owned by CBS, centers on Liam Cole, an MIT grad student, and Darius Tanz, a tech superstar, who bring Pentagon official Grace Barrows a staggering discovery – that an asteroid is just months away from colliding with Earth… Read
Deadline’s The Contenders At Capacity; Long Waiting List For Award Season Kickoff Event
It only took one day for The Contenders to put up the "no room at the inn" sign. Deadline’s seventh annual daylong event, which kicks off the movie awards season on November 4, will feature such stars and filmmakers as Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Chadwick Boseman, James Franco, Greta Gerwig, Gary Oldman, Jordan Peele, Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Andy Serkis, Andrew Garfield, Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, Richard Linklater, Mary J. Blige, Saoirse Ronan, John… Read
VidAngel Files For Chapter 11 After Losing Legal Fight With Hollywood Studios
VidAngel, the company that offered its users "clean" versions of existing movies, said today that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. CEO Neal Harmon announced the move, saying, “It's an important step to protect our company — as well as its creditors, investors, and customers — from the plaintiffs' efforts to deny families their legal right to watch filtered content on modern devices.” Read his full statement below.
The news comes less than two months… Read
Mark Ruffalo To Star In HBO Limited Drama Series In Works From Derek Cianfrance Based On Wally Lamb Book
EXCLUSIVE: HBO has had success with limited drama series with big-name feature actors attached from the get-go, like True Detective, which the network bought with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson on board, and more recently Big Little Liars, shepherded by and starring Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, which swept the Emmys this year.
As a follow-up, the premium cable network is developing I Know This Much Is True, an eight-episode limited drama series starring… Read
Marsha Thomason Scrubs In For ‘The Good Doctor’; Bahram Khosraviani Joins ‘The Brave’
White Collar alum Marsha Thomason has been cast in a a guest-starring role on ABC's new drama series The Good Doctor, the Freddie Highmore-starrer that recently received a full-season pickup. She is set to play Isabel Barnes, the wife of Marcus Barnes (Hill Harper), the head of surgery at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. Thomason, who played Diana Barrigan on USA Network’s White Collar, has TV credits including NCIS: Los Angeles and Lost. She is repped by Domain and… Read
Chelsea Handler’s Netflix Talk Show To End After 2 Seasons; Comedian Sets Documentary
Chelsea Handler just announced on Facebook that she will not be returning for another season of Chelsea, her weekly Netflix talk show. Handler said she is planning to focus on activism, write a book and partner with Netflix on an original documentary that highlights her perspective on the current political climate.
Chelsea marked Netflix’s foray into the comedy talk show arena. New half-hour episodes were released three times a week in Season 1 before Handler switched to… Read