‘Gods Of Egypt’: ‘Selma’ Director Ava DuVernay Responds To Alex Proyas & Lionsgate Apology For Lack Of Diversity – Update
UPDATED, 3:01PM Saturday: Selma director Ava DuVernay took time out today to Tweet her responses to Friday’s post about the conspicuously non-diverse casting of Gods Of Egypt, and Lionsgate and Alex Proyas’ uncharacteristically quick public acknowledgement of the matter.
This kind of apology never happens – for something that happens all the time. An unusual occurrence worth noting. https://t.co/xRTEy7woWs
— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) November 28, 2015
GODS OF EGYPT makes… Read
Two-Time Oscar Winner Jane Fonda Back In The Hunt For ‘Youth’ Three Decades After Her Last Nomination
After more than 50 years in the biz, Jane Fonda is looking, and, I suspect, feeling more youthful than ever. So it seems entirely appropriate that Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's perfectly titled Youth should bring her roaring back into the Oscar conversation. It's been almost three decades since Fonda's last nomination in 1986 for The Morning After, in which she played an actress—just as she is in Youth. Fonda's Brenda Morel, a ball-buster who nearly steals the show… Read
‘Steve Jobs’ Composer Daniel Pemberton: Video Of ‘Circle Of Machines’ Performance
‘Circus of Machines,’ one of the tracks composed by Daniel Pemberton for awards contender Steve Jobs, is an operatic piece performed last month at the World Soundtrack Awards during the 42nd Ghent Film Festival in Belgium. For those who couldn’t be there, here’s recently posted video of the piece, conducted by Dirk Brossé and performed by the Brussels Philharmonic, the Flemish Radio Choir & soloists Hanne Roos and Piet Vansichen.
British composer Pemberton, who won… Read
Al Markim, Who Played Astro In Pioneering ‘Tom Corbett, Space Cadet,’ Dies At 88
Al Markim, known to TV’s first generation of fanboys as Astro, the Venusian pal and fledgling scientist of ’50s sci-fi program Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, died Tuesday, according to his family. He was 88.
After serving in the Army and witnessing the Nuremberg trials of Nazi officials, Markim turned to acting, appearing in the soap opera Love of Life and in an off-Broadway production of La Ronde.
But it was his performance as Astro (at far right in photo) in the pioneering… Read
‘MasterChef Jr.’ Ratings Down, ‘Amazing Race’ Even, ‘Santa Claus’ Matches 2014
On a Friday night of mostly repeats and holiday specials, Fox was the only network to run a full slate of originals. As it was, MasterChef Junior (0.9/3) and World's Funniest (0.6/2) both got hit by the expected post-Thanksgiving lull, with millions of Americans beginning their trek home.
The Gordon Ramsay led cooking series saw an 18% drop among adults 18-49 from its November 20 show. Its Terry Crews hosted follow up was down 14% in its 9 PM slot from the week before. Mas… Read
Black Friday Box Office Explodes: Top 20 Pics +112% Over Thanksgiving; Katniss Eyes $74.4M 5-Day – Saturday AM Update
4th/5th UPDATE, Friday 10:20 PM/Saturday 9:11AM, Weekend outlook: Black Friday, one of the mothers of moviegoing days, racked up an estimated $72M for the top 20 movies, repping a 112% surge over Thanksgiving’s B.O., a day when most folks stay at home. Most films chalked up 100% upticks in their Friday grosses over Thursday, with films like 20th Century Fox’s The Peanuts Movie, Open Road’s Spotlight and Fox Searchlight’s Brooklyn seeing near two-fold increases over Turkey… Read
Rupert Murdoch Tweet: Sale Of Tribune, LA Times Looking Imminent
Two days after employee buyouts that saw close to 80 longtime Los Angeles Times newsroom staffers and, according to some reports as many as 500 total employees, leaving the paper, Rupert Murdoch has today added fuel to speculation about the LAT’s future. In a tweet earlier this afternoon, Murdoch claims “strong word” that the Tribune Newspaper group is about to be sold, with the Los Angeles Times to be split off and sold to a group of local investors, including Eli… Read
‘NFL On CBS’ Snags Strong Thanksgiving Day Ratings
CBS Sports' Thanksgiving Day matchup of Carolina vs. Dallas (4:31-7:49 PM, ET) had an average viewership of 32.5 million (Persons 2 +), according to Nielsen fast national ratings (Live + Same Day). That’s up 11% from last year's 29.4 million (Chicago vs. Detroit; 12:39-3:56 PM, ET). Yesterday's viewership also was up 2% from last year's comparable NFC window (Philadelphia vs. Dallas; 32.0 million, Fox; 4:36-7:54 PM, ET).
The rating/share of 14.3/35 is up 1% from last… Read
Deadline’s The Contenders: ‘Son Of Saul’ Director László Nemes & Star Géza Röhrig Discuss The Harrowing Cannes Winner’s Journey To The Screen
Certainly one of the most acclaimed , as well as harrowing movies on display at our big 5th annual awards season event The Contenders Presented By Deadline (which took place in front of a packed DGA house full of AMPAS and Guild voters earlier this month) was Son Of Saul, Hungary’s official entry into the Best Foreign Language Film race. The movie which took Cannes by storm in May and won the Grand Prize was instantly picked up by Sony Pictures Classics and will be… Read
What Is This ‘Project Delirium’ Jennifer Lawrence Wants To Direct?
Jennifer Lawrence, out promoting the final installment of The Hunger Games, that disclosed she wants to make her directing debut on a picture called Project Delirium. What exactly is going on with this? It’s set up to be financed by 2929, with Lawrence and her partner Justine Ciarrocchi producing along with Todd Wagner and Ben Cosgrove. Lawrence doesn’t plan to act in it.
Although the pickup the trades gave the story after Lawrence made comments in EW has her defining the… Read
Universal Lands Hot Novel ‘The Girl Before’; Ron Howard To Direct, Brian Grazer & Michael De Luca To Produce
EXCLUSIVE: In a big pre-Thanksgiving auction, Universal Pictures has acquired screen rights to The Girl Before, a thriller novel written by author J.P. Delaney that Ballantine Bantam Dell Random House will publish in fall, 2016. Ron Howard is attached to direct the film, and Michael De Luca is producing with Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, Howard and Erica Huggins. Imagine’s Tyler Mitchell will be exec producer; Elishia Holmes will exec produce for Michael De Luca… Read
Marvel’s ‘Agent Carter’ Season 2 Teaser: Hayley Atwell Kicks Butt In Hollywood
Agent Carter is back and taking on Hollywood. ABC has dropped a new teaser for Season 2 of the action drama series.
Hayley Atwell stars as Agent Peggy Carter, the unstoppable secret agent for the Strategic Scientific Reserve. Dedicated to the fight against new atomic-age threats in the wake of World War II, Peggy now heads from New York City to Los Angeles for her most dangerous assignment yet. But even as she discovers new friends, a new home — and perhaps even a new… Read