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‘Exorcist’ EPs Talk Tonight’s Finale, Possible Season 3 & Disney/Fox Deal

SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight's The Exorcist Season 2 finale EXCLUSIVE: "You know, we've been promising that war is coming to some extent from the very beginning of this show and I think Season 3 is the war arriving," says The Exorcist executive producer Jeremy Slater of tonight's ominous Season 2 finale and where the Alfonso Herrera and Ben Daniels led Fox horror series could go next if it's renewed. Of course, such a renewal for the show based… Read


Commission on Sexual Harassment Formed By Hollywood Heavyweights; Anita Hill Will Chair

Entertainment heavyweights are funding a new Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Worksplace, which will be chaired by Anita Hill, a law professor who once accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. Attendees at the meeting to form the commission included Ari Emanuel, William Morris Endeavor co-chair; Bob Iger, Disney chairman/CEO; Bryan Lourd, CAA co-chair; Carol Lombardini, Alliance Motion Picture and Television… Read


Paul Haggis Denies Rape Claims By Publicist; Calls It “Public Hanging”

After being accused of "a shocking and egregious case of rape and sexual assault" by publicist Haleigh Breest today, Oscar winner Paul Haggis is fighting back in court against what he says were demands for $9 million payment to make "these outrageous and wholly baseless demands" go away. "There was no such 'violence, then or ever," says the Crash producer-director's lawyers at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP of Breest's claims of a 2013 assault at Haggis' NYC apartment… Read


‘The Trade’: Morgan Spurlock Dropped As Executive Producer Of Showtime’s Sundance-Bound Docu Series

The fallout from Morgan Spurlock’s public confession of sexual misconduct earlier this week continues. The documentary maker has been dropped as an executive producer of Showtime’s upcoming five-episode docu-series The Trade, which will have a world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, followed by a Feb. 2 debut on Showtime. The move follows Spurlock’s exit from his production company, Warrior Poets, in the wake of the controversy. The Trade spotlights the opioid… Read


Warren Beatty’s ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Faces $18M Lawsuit Over Poorly Performing Pic

Rules Don't Apply

Regency Entertainment, the primary financier of Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply, is suing the fillmmaker for breach of contract, claiming he and others have not repaid the P&A losses the company says he was obligated to do per their contract after the movie failed to connect at the box office last year. The suit (read it here), filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeks at least $18 million in damages from a company, Tatira 2, set up by Beatty to make the film, as… Read


Notes On The Season: Jeff Bezos Throws A ‘Big Sick’ Party, Praises ‘The Post’; Oscar And Tony Winners Pasek And Paul Are Truly The ‘Greatest Showmen’

A column about conversations and events on the awards circuit. On Monday after the Golden Globe nominations were announced, the six-time-nominated The Post was way up and The Big Sickwhich was shut out, was way down. On Wednesday after the SAG nominations were known, the shut-out Post was shut way down and The Big Sick was way up with noms for Holly Hunter and the all-important Outstanding Cast category. Such is just a small example of the topsy-turvy nature of this… Read


‘The Addams Family’ Creeps Onto October 2019 Release Schedule For MGM

MGM has slated its animated The Addams Family feature film for a Halloweenish October 11 2019 release date. The film, which is based on the macabre clan made famous by cartoonist Charles Addams, was directed by Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens, Sausage Party). Also on that date is Warner Bros.’ Goldfinch, which is based on Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, and Paramount Pictures’ Are You Afraid of the Dark?, based on the 1990s Nickelodeon show of the… Read


Filming On TNT Unscripted Series ‘Who Rules The World’ Suspended As Producers Sever Ties With Morgan Spurlock

TNT, Sarah Jessica Parker’s Pretty Matches and Refinery29 have suspended production on the planned unscripted series Who Rules the World (working title), which had been co-produced by Morgan Spurlock's Warrior Poets and executive produced by the documentarymaker. The decision follows Spurlock’s public admission of sexual misconduct earlier this week. The series, which tackles women’s issues, did not have a premiere date and was in early stages of production. Its future… Read


Liz Mahoney, Megan Moss Pachon, Bryna Rifkin & Heidi Lopata Form New PR Shingle Narrative

Liz Mahoney, Megan Moss Pachon, Bryna Rifkin and Heidi Lopata are forming a new entertainment public relations firm, Narrative. The move comes shortly after ID announced the abrupt exits of Mahoney, Moss Pachon and Rifkin. Lopata is the new entry here, coming from 42West. They are top-tier publicists. In a statement, Mahoney, Moss Pachon, Rifkin and Lopata said: "We have the utmost esteem for our colleagues at ID and 42West and are deeply appreciative of the wisdom… Read


Morgan Spurlock’s ‘Super Size Me 2’ Dropped By YouTube Red & Pulled From Sundance, While ‘Devil We Know’ Filmmakers Distance Themselves

UPDATED, 4:30 PM: Now Morgan Spurlock’s former company, the New York-based Warrior Poets, has yanked his film Super Size Me 2 from Sundance. They just issued this statement: “Due to Morgan Spurlock stepping down from Warrior Poets, we, the partners, have decided that this is not the appropriate time for Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Therefore, we will be removing the documentary from the festival's slate.” It was signed Jeremy… Read


‘Molly’s Game’ Review: Jessica Chastain Powers Aaron Sorkin’s Sensational Directorial Debut

Molly's Game

It is hard for me to believe that in his long writing career, Aaron Sorkin has never once had the desire to direct, and that includes every episode of The West Wing, Sports Night and other series he created and wrote, along with such bellwether movies as Moneyball, Steve Jobs, Charlie Wilson’s War and The Social Network, which earned him an Adapted Screenplay Oscar. Most of his movies revolve around real people and real stories, and such is the case with Molly’s Game, his… Read


Sam Daly Cast In ‘Cut Throat City’; Grant Bowler Has A ‘Bad Impulse’

Sam Daly (Madam Secretary) is set to appear opposite Shameik Moore, Wesley Snipes, T.I. and more in the RZA-directed post-Katrina heist drama, Cut Throat City, which is shooting in New Orleans. Written by P.G. Cuschieri, the pic follows four boyhood friends who return to New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward after Hurricane Katrina to find their home decimated and prospects for work swept away. Turning to a local gangster for employment, the crew is hired to pull off a daring… Read