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‘Braid’ Clip: A Demented Game Is Afoot In Mitzi Peirone’s Tribeca Thriller

From the get go, the new clip from Mitzi Peirone's thriller Braid is wildly haunting as Handmaid’s Tale actress Madeline Brewer as a woman named Daphne who reunites with her childhood friends who have since become drug dealers. As she plays host to her friends, they begin to play a game, but as it becomes clear that Daphne is in a disturbing mental state, the game make-believe turns into a twisted, demented maze of hallucinations, role play, torture…and murder. From the… Read


Verne Troyer Dies: ‘Austin Powers’ Actor Was 49

Actor Verne Troyer, best known for his role as “Mini-me” in the Austin Powers comedies, has died. He was 49. He reportedly had been hospitalized on life support after being remanded by police earlier this month upon reports that he was inebriated and suicidal, according to TMZ. He was eventually treated for alcohol poisoning. Troyer was born with achondroplasia dwarfism, a genetic disorder, and was considered one of the smallest people in the world. A Facebook posting… Read


The Week In Deadline Video & Podcasts: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Darren Criss, Frankie Shaw

Fresh off of Deadline’s Emmy Contenders event, this week’s slate of video series and podcast featured a roster of guests that have delivered some impressive performances on television in the past year. Maggie Gyllenhaal talked to Pete Hammond on The Actor’s Side about HBO's The Deuce, the edgy series about the explosion of porn in the early 1970s in New York City. The Oscar-nominated actress plays a hooker named Candy who gets sucked into this world and becomes a porn… Read


Avicii Death Examinations Yield “No Criminal Suspicion” – Oman Police

Post-mortem exams following the unexpected death of EDM star Avicii have yielded "no criminal suspicion," according to reports citing Oman police sources. The Swedish star – real name Tim Bergling – died at a Muscat Hills resort yesterday at age 28. Two post-mortem examinations have been conducted so far, with authorities apparently ruling out foul play or other criminal activities. His older brother, David, has arrived in Oman, reports state. Avicii had suffered from… Read


Trump Rides Again: President Continues Saturday Tweetstorm

President Trump claimed earlier today that he was going to the southern White House to watch the televised funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush. But he evidently has his handheld with him while he takes in the ceremony, as a second round of Saturday tweets has emerged. In the latest, Trump promises the long-awaited pardon of former boxing champion Jack Johnson, the issue of whether former FBI director James Comey’s memos are classified, and the back-and-forth… Read


Katherine Waterston & Michael Shannon Wade Through Grief And Alienation In ‘State Like Sleep’ — Tribeca Studio

A documentarian and multidisciplinary artist, writer/director Meredith Danluck contemplated and processed grief with her latest Tribeca-premiering narrative feature, State Like Sleep. Inspired by a very personal loss on the part of the film’s director, the feature centers on a photographer (Katherine Waterston) who grapples with the consequences of her celebrity husband’s double life after he abruptly commits suicide. Returning to Brussels to pack up the flat she once… Read


‘Meghan Markle’ Dips While ‘Jane The Virgin’ Steady In Friday Ratings

CBS paid a price for its Meghan Markle special on Friday. The network was the night’s most watched, but lost its chance to win the night in the key 18-49 demographic when it preempted Blue Bloods for the Markle special at 10 PM. Compared to previous week's Blue Bloods in the hour, Gayl King-hosted Meghan Markle: American Princess (0.6, 5.18M) dropped 25% in the 18-49 year age bracket, and by 3.1 million total viewers. Meanwhile, two hours of MasterChef Junior (0.8, 3.12M)… Read


Record Store Day Spotlights Vinyl Releases By Taylor Swift, Springsteen, Led Zep

New collector’s item records from Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift, Led Zeppelin, the Cure and more highlight today’s Record Store Day, an annual celebration by music geeks of independent retail institutions that largely struggle, but keep the vinyl flame alive. The participating artists support the endeavor by making special editions of their music available on vinyl, all with the goal of driving traffic into the stores for at least one day. For example, the Cure is… Read

Box Office

‘Ready Player One’ Tops $500M Global Box Office, Scores $200M+ In China

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One has lifted its worldwide score across the $500M threshold. That’s after beginning global rollout on March 28 and reps $120.6M in domestic takings with $379.5M at the international box office. The VR-themed pic from Warner Bros, Amblin and Village Roadshow has done remarkable business in China where it has now topped $200M (RMB 1.3B) to become the 10th biggest U.S. release ever in that market. Earlier in the run, RP1 had already become… Read


Mechanic’s Resignation Letter Sets The Agenda For An Academy Board Election That Starts Monday

Come Monday, film producer and executive Bill Mechanic's sizzling letter of resignation from the governing board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences—which he has since said was not intended for public consumption—will set the agenda for what might be the most interesting Academy board election since, well, ever. Though he effectively stepped down as one of the Academy's 54 current governors on April 9, Mechanic's letter of explanation to president John… Read


Cirque du Soleil Returns To Action After Tragic Death Of Aerialist

Cirque Du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil returned to performances on Friday in New Jersey, offering a tribute to the aerialist who died last month on stage. It was the first show since the March 17 accident that claimed the life of Yann Arnaud. The show, titled VOLTA, began with a tribute to Arnaud, the 38-year old aerialist who perished after falling about 20 feet to his death. The accident happened March 17 during an aerial straps routine in Tampa. New Jersey’s show was postponed in the wake… Read


AMBI Distribution CEO Andrea Iervolino “Vehemently Denies All Claims” In Sexual Battery Lawsuit – Update

UPDATED, 9:45 AM: AMBI Distribution CEO Andrea Iervolino’s attorney has issued a statement to Deadline about the lawsuit: "Mr. Iervolino vehemently denies all claims made by this woman in her lawsuit. Mr. Iervolino wants it to be known that these allegations are completely and categorically fabricated and that he intends to immediately file a claim against this woman for defamation." PREVIOUSLY, April 20: A woman is suing AMBI Distribution founder and CEO Andrea Iervolino… Read