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How First Time Sundance Director Idris Elba Packed Lessons From His Life Into Jamaican Crime Tale ‘Yardie’

To make his directorial debut on an adaptation of Yardie, the 1992 Victor Headley novel about the collision of Jamaican culture in London, Idris Elba put into it many of the pieces of his life and career. The career spans his seminal TV series turns Luther and The Wire, movies like Beasts of No Nation, American Gangster, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, Thor: Ragnarok and Molly’s Game, as well as his second career as Big Driis the Londoner, an accomplished DJ. There is even… Read

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Terry Crews Talks Sundance Relevance, Today’s Respect Rally & Changing America

"Equality is more opportunities for everyone because the more people who can play, the more successful everyone gets," says Terry Crews of the era of the #MeToo movement and Time's Up. "The more people who can enter the story, the more female driven stories, the more African American driven stories, the more Asian stories, you need every kind of entertainment, every facet to make the whole thing work," adds the Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor who was one of Time's Persons of the… Read

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Gloria Allred & Marta Kauffman On Respect Rally, Sundance Docu & Justice

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"To be able to be in Sundance in Park City at that rally on the anniversary, to be before this group of women and men, to speak at this Respect Rally at a time when it's so important, is very exciting," says Gloria Allred of today's gathering on the commemoration of Donald Trump's inauguration and last year's massively attended Women's Marches across the nation. "Also having Seeing Allred, launched on this weekend at Sundance too, it's just very encouraging," the… Read

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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