Killer Kroc: Michael Keaton Q&A On Playing ‘The Founder’
EXCLUSIVE: At a time when the Best Actor aspirants are elbowing for position, watch out for Michael Keaton. A fixture in the last two Best Picture Oscar winners Birdman and Spotlight, Keaton this year arrives in the John Lee Hancock-directed The Founder. He plays Ray Kroc, who in his 50s evolved from a failing milkshake equipment salesman to the entrepreneur whose efforts led to there being a Golden Arches on what seems like every major thoroughfare, the world over… Read
‘Strike Back’ Reboot Gets Series Order By Cinemax & Sky, Sets Core Cast
Strike Back is back. A new incarnation of the popular action series with new characters and a new cast has been greenlighted by Cinemax and Sky to film in 2017. Alin Sumarwata, Aussie Daniel MacPherson, Roxanne McKee and Warren Brown are set to star in the new season of the show — its sixth overall and fifth on Cinemax — from the franchise’s executive producer Andy Harries of Left Bank Pictures.
I hear Harries — who was behind the original season-long Strike Back on Sky… Read
WGA President Howard Rodman Stands With Steelworkers Against Trump
WGA West president Howard Rodman has come to the defense of fellow union president Chuck Jones, who has been flooded with hate mail and death threats after criticizing President-elect Donald Trump.
Here’s his statement just put out:
"Chuck Jones is President of United Steelworkers Local 1999, which represents the workers of the Carrier plants in Indiana," Rodman said in a statement. "This week he spoke out about the much-publicized deal to keep over a thousand jobs from… Read
AFI Awards: Best Of 2016 Film List Includes ‘Silence’, ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ & More
The American Film Institute has unveiled its annual AFI Movies of the Year list, which is heavy on Paramount films including the latest comer to the awards-season race, Martin Scorsese’s Silence. Its campaigners have been ramping up getting Scorsese’s passion pic screened for voters, and it secures a spot here for its director who was a previous recipient of the AFI Live Achievement Award.
Also in the mix in AFI’s list of 10 are Paramount’s Arrival, the cerebral sci-fi… Read
AFI Awards: TV Honorees Heavy On Freshmen; ‘This Is Us’ Lone Network Show
FX and HBO have landed three shows apiece on the American Film Institute’s annual list of the year’s 10 best TV shows, which again is heavy with first-year programs. Netflix snagged a pair of slots, and 0nly one broadcast network program, NBC’s breakout drama This Is Us, made the cut — down from two Big 4 shows last year.
Five other first-year programs also made the 2016 AFI Awards list: Netflix freshmen The Crown and Stranger Things, HBO’s new The Night Of and FX’s… Read
AT&T Vice Chairman Ralph de la Vega To Retire
Surprising news from AT&T today: It says that Vice Chairman Ralph de la Vega will retire at year end.
The Cuba-born exec was an early proponent of wireless connectivity, and famously forged a deal with Apple’s Steve Jobs that gave AT&T first crack at offering the iPhone.
Recently he has led AT&T’s charge for what’s known as the Internet of Things — wireless connections to devices other than phones and tablets.
The telco has tapped AT&T Mexico CEO Thaddeus Arroyo to… Read
Geoff Stults Cast In Nicolai Fuglsig’s ‘Horse Soldiers’
EXCLUSIVE: Geoff Stults has signed on to co-star in the Nicolai Fuglsig-helmed drama Horse Soldiers. He joins Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena, and Austin Stowell in the pic based on the true story about a U.S. Special Forces Team and their untested captain sent to a rugged region of Afghanistan in the weeks following September 11th.
Stults will play Sean Coffers, the team’s complainer, constantly cynical about the mission, but does his job well.
The pis is… Read
Lionsgate Closes Deal To Buy Starz
Lionsgate and Starz are now one: The studio just closed the $4.4 billion cash and stock deal, announced in June, to buy the No. 2 premium network company.
"After planning the integration of Lionsgate and Starz for the past five months, we are more excited than ever at the value created by the combination of our two great companies," Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer and Vice Chairman Michael Burns said in a joint statement. “Working together, we believe that the strategic… Read
Good Deed Acquires Irene Gut Opdyke’s Holocaust Survival Story
EXCLUSIVE: Good Deed Entertainment has secured the story rights to Irene Gut Opdyke's heroic Holocaust account, and is planning a film adaptation. Zoë Green and Patrick Given have been tapped to pen the screenplay.
The film will focus on Opdyke's experience during WWII, where the young Polish Catholic hid 12 Jews in a German officer's basement without his knowledge. She later made the most personal of sacrifices to protect her friends when their hideout was discovered… Read
Meryl Poster Developing ‘The Power Playbook’ With Queen Latifah Producing & ‘Molly’ Scripted Series At Lifetime
Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce executive producer Meryl Poster is developing two scripted series for Lifetime, The Power Playbook, based on La La Anthony’s bestseller, and the prescription drugs business-themed Molly. Both projects hail from Poster’s Superb Entertainment, which has the financial backing of Lifetime parent A+E Networks.
The Power Playbook reunites Poster with Queen Latifah, with whom the former Weinstein Co. and Miramax Films senior executive worked on the… Read
‘The Edge Of Seventeen’ Escapes Teen Genre Label & Breaks Into Awards Conversation – The Contenders Video
Producer James L. Brooks, writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig and star Hailee Steinfeld came to Deadline’s big annual awards-season event The Contenders Presented By Deadline last month and thoroughly debunked the idea that a movie that happens to be about a teen should be labeled a “teen movie.”
This very smart comedy transcends the genre and already is getting awards recognition including three nominations for Sunday’s Critics’ Choice Awards — Best Comedy among them plus… Read
John Glenn Dies: Pioneering Astronaut, U.S. Senator & ‘Right Stuff’ Subject Was 95
John Glenn, one of the most important figures of America’s early space program who in 1962 became the first American to orbit the earth, has died following an unspecified illness. He was 95. His death was confirmed today by Ohio Governor John Kasich. Glenn, a World War II and Korean War Veteran, would follow his time as an Astronaut with a successful political career, serving as a Democratic Party U.S. Senator for the state of Ohio from 1974 to 1999 and attempting a run… Read