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‘House Of Cards’ Season 5 Review: Kevin Spacey & Robin Wright Swagger Back

Back for its fifth season on May 30, House of Cards has re-discovered its swagger in a new political era that makes the ruthless Frank and Claire Underwood look pretty great, reasonable and ever appealing as the Netflix series goes for the full soap opera, as I say in my video review above. No spoilers, but while the ever watchable Kevin Spacey is still going for the full LBJ, Bill Clinton and Nino Brown cocktail and Robin Wright never lets you look away, the now Frank… Read


Meet Ruben Östlund, Director Of The Newly-Crowned Palme D’Or Winner, ‘The Square’ – Cannes

Ruben –stlund is riding high this week, as the newly-crowned winner of the Palme d'Or for his latest film, The Square, which premiered in Cannes a week last Saturday. It's a continuation of themes –stlund explored in his last film, Force Majeure, about the burden of human intelligence and societal propriety inasmuch as it contradicts with our more base desires. But with laughs. In The Square, Claes Bang plays Christian, a well-to-do artistic director at a contemporary a… Read


Deadline Disruptors 2017: Here’s The 100-Page Issue In PDF Form

Deadline Disruptors Magazine 2017

For a second straight year, Deadline published a print issue celebrating Disruptors, commemorating a long list of people who are treating the fast-changing digital landscape not as a hardship, but as an opportunity to take risks. We published the second one at the Cannes Festival. While we can’t replicate the added value of reading in the South of France our 100-page celebration of raging ambition, here is a PDF version of the entire magazine anyway. Though it was… Read


Frank Deford Dies: Legendary Sportswriter & Author Of ‘Everybody’s All-American’ Was 78

Longtime Sports Illustrated writer, author and commentator Frank Deford has died. His wife confirmed to multiple media outlets that he passed away on Sunday in Key West, Fla. The author of 18 books, nine of which were novels, Deford was also a Peabody, CableACE and Emmy Award winner, the latter for his work as a writer during the 1988 Seoul Olympics. His 1981 novel, Everybody’s All-American, was made into a 1988 film directed by Taylor Hackford. Deford began writing for SI… Read

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Tony Awards Watch: In ‘Sweat’, Carlo Albán Finds A Voice For The Voiceless

Eight times a week, Carlo Albán gets beaten senseless with a baseball bat. It’s been going on for two years, and even though it’s a stage fight, he has the bruises to prove just how real it plays. Brutal and violent, it’s a difficult scene to watch: There’s an air of inevitability to it, as there is to the entirety of Sweat, Lynn Nottage’s  scorching drama about the deep wells of anger and hopelessness roiling beneath the surface of America’s blue-collar working… Read


Tiger Woods Arrested On DUI Charge In Florida

UPDATE: In a lengthy statement, Woods blames “an unexpected reaction” to prescription medication for his DUI arrest. I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions. I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn't realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly. I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the… Read


Nina Diaz On VH1’s Unscripted Plans As Net Hits Milestone With ‘T.I. & Tiny’ Finale

T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle is ending its six-season run on VH1 tonight with a series finale, which marks the show’s 100th episode — the first VH1 series ever to hit that milestone. On the strength of long-running unscripted series like T.I. & Tiny, whose sixth season is pacing up +20% from season five; Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, whose most recent Season 6 debut was the highest rated premiere in VH1 history; and Basketball Wives, whose season 6 premiere delivered the… Read

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How ‘Pirates’ & ‘Baywatch’ Are Casualties Of Summer Franchise Fatigue At The Domestic B.O. — Monday AM

Write-thru Monday AM on UPDATED, Sunday AM: Even though Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will bust into the top 25 global openings of all time with an estimated $275M by tomorrow, make no mistake: In the United States, this summer is on the verge of serious franchise fatigue, and this is only the beginning. Early signs of this crept up last weekend when 20th Century Fox’s Alien: Covenant charted below both its $40M tracking with a $36.1M opening… Read

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‘Pirates’ $209M Overseas Start And $271.4M Global Take Push Disney Franchise Past $4B Mark

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UPDATED, Monday writethru with Pirates actuals: Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer’s fifth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean launched overseas last week and then added more territories over the weekend to bring its international footprint up to 90%. In its maiden voyage, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has grossed $208.8M through Sunday (up slightly from yesterday’s estimate). Stateside, the lower than expected haul is $62.6M for the three day and $77M… Read


‘Jeannette’s Bruno Dumont Doesn’t Care Where He Watches A Film – Cannes Studio

Bruno Dumont, a two-time Grand Jury Prize winner at the Cannes Film Festival, was back this year with Jeannette, The Childhood Of Joan Of Arc. The director, who last year was in Competition with Slack Bay, continues to evolve in his choices; this time not only delving into the origins of one of France's most famous figures, but doing it in musical form. Based on the novels by Charles Péguy, the Directors' Fortnight title is set to electro-pop and is sold by Luxbox Films… Read


Netflix Sets First Turkish Series; Ex-Studiocanal Chief Joins French Gov’t – Global Briefs

Expanding its international offerings, Netflix has set its first original series from Turkey. The untitled 10-episode action drama weaves together Ottoman and Turkish legend and history and is expected to launch in 2018. The story focuses on a young man who discovers he has special powers. When dark forces that threaten to destroy Istanbul emerge, he must team up with a group of misfit friends to harness these powers and defend the city. Istanbul-based O3 Medya is… Read


‘Rambo’ Remake’s Tiger Shroff & Siddharth Anand On Building An Indian Action Hero – Cannes Studio

Indian actor Tiger Shroff is taking on a big challenge, stepping into the role of Rambo for an upcoming Hindi remake. The character was introduced in 1982’s First Blood, which of course starred Sylvester Stallone — and he recently encouraged the filmmakers in their task (see below). Siddharth Anand, who remade Fox's Knight And Day as Bang Bang in 2014, is directing. Shroff has a martial arts background and has been seen in such pics as Baaghi and Heropanti. I sat down… Read