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Endemol: Reality TV Crew Was Carrying New Product, Not Fake Bomb – Update

UPDATE The device that got a reality TV crew arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport last night was not a fake bomb, but a “vacuum compression luggage” device, says production company Endemol Shine North America. According to Endemol, in a statement released tonight: "On January 18, some cast and crew members of an upcoming series, 'Staten Island Hustle,' produced by Left Hook Media and Endemol Shine North America for air on CNBC Primetime, were detained at Newark… Read


Weinstein Company Pulls ‘War With Grandpa’, ‘The Upside’ & ‘Mary Magdalene’ Off Release Schedule

The Weinstein Company

While the Weinstein Company deals with a few internal matters, it has pulled three films from their 2018 release dates — likely in anticipation of the company changing hands. Robert De Niro-Christopher Walken starrer The War with Grandpa had been set for February 23, Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart’s The Intouchables remake The Upside gives up its March 9 date, and biblical biopic Mary Magdalene starring Rooney Mara has exited the March 30 slot. War with Grandpa and The Upsi… Read


Dorothy Malone Dies: Oscar Winner, ‘Peyton Place’ Star Was 92

Dorothy Malone, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for her performance in 1956’s Written on the Wind and starred as matriarch Constance MacKenzie on 1960s TV series Peyton Place, has died. Malone died Friday morning in Dallas of natural causes, her manager, Burt Shapiro confirmed to Deadline. She was 92. Malone began her decades-long career in 1943 with small roles in films such as Frank Sinatra musicals Higher and Higher (1943) and Step Lively (1944), and Show Busine… Read


VR Has Its Pixar Moment With Adaptation Of Neil Gaiman’s ‘Wolves In The Walls’ As Part Of Sundance Slate

UPDATED with more Sundance VR projects: Virtual reality, an emerging medium that has taken viewers on virtual excursions to the International Space Station, the Great Barrier Reef and the Great Pyramids of Giza, may finally be having its Pixar moment with an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s children’s book The Wolves in the Walls. The project from the newly launched Fable Studio is among those selected for the New Frontier section at the now underway Sundance Film Festival… Read


After ‘I, Tonya,’ 30WEST Skates Into Majority Stake Deal With Distributor NEON

I, Tonya

BREAKING: 30WEST has acquired a majority stake in NEON, the upstart distribution company formed by Tom Quinn and Alamo Drafthouse’s Tim League. The two parties got into an altared state after kindling a relationship on the awards season sleeper I, Tonya, the Craig Gillespie-directed black comedy which was acquired out of Toronto. The film broadens its release heading into the Winter Olympics, a timely slot for a film about disgraced Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding… Read


Madeleine Sackler, Smokehouse’s George Clooney & Grant Heslov Wrap First Narrative Film Shot Completely In Maximum Security Prison

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EXCLUSIVE: In what could give new meaning to the term breakout performance, Great Curve Films has managed to shoot a pair of feature films in Indiana’s maximum-security Pendleton Correctional Facility, with the hundreds of men who are incarcerated there. Its producers claim it is the first time a fiction and a nonfiction film have been shot entirely within the walls of a Level 4 prison. A vast, 33-acre facility, Pendleton is surrounded by solid-concrete 30-foot walls and… Read


Viacom Reveals It Paid Bob Bakish $20.3M In 2017; Ken Lerer Exiting Its Board

Bob Bakish, a longtime international exec at Viacom who moved up to CEO in December 2016, made $20.3M in salary and bonus money in fiscal 2017, the company disclosed today in a proxy filing with the SEC. In a residue of the pre-Bakish era, when ousted CEO Philippe Dauman was among the highest-paid CEOs in America, the statement showed that former COO and interim CEO Tom Dooley took home $53.6M in severance pay. The other key element in the Viacom proxy was the revelation… Read


CNN Boss Jeff Zucker Eyed By Disney For Top ESPN Job

Jeff Zucker

EXCLUSIVE UPDATED: A month after John Skipper’s abrupt resignation as president of ESPN and co-chairman of Disney Media Networks, a surprising name has entered the field of potential successors: CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker. Reps at Disney could not be reached for comment, but multiple sources close to Zucker confirmed to Deadline that he has had conversations for the top job at the sports giant. Following Skipper’s shocking December 18 announcement that he was… Read


Blumhouse Filming Veena Sud’s Family Drama Movie ‘Between The Earth And Sky’ – Sundance

EXCLUSIVE: Blumhouse is in production in Toronto on the family drama Between the Earth and Sky, written and directed by The Killing creator Veena Sud The pic reunites Sud with former Killing stars Mireille Enos and Peter Sarsgaard, who star in the movie with Joey King. The logline is being kept under wraps, with Between the Earth and Sky the working title. Jason Blum and Alix Madigan are producing. A year ago, Blumhouse launched Jordan Peele’s feature directorial Get Out… Read

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‘Paddington 2’ Sets Rotten Tomatoes Record As Best-Reviewed Movie Ever

Paddington 2

Blowing the lid off the critical marmalade jar, Paddington 2 has set a new benchmark as the best-reviewed film ever on Rotten Tomatoes. The little bear from darkest Peru has now notched the most consecutive Fresh reviews without a single Rotten. Directed by Paul King, the Heyday Films/Studiocanal family sequel began offshore rollout in November, and was released in North America by Warner Bros last Friday. Its worldwide box office is $163M through Thursday. Over at… Read


Disney Taps Former Apple Exec To Lead Its New Streaming Service Push

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Kevin Swint, a tech executive whose past roles include heading up the movie group at Apple iTunes, has joined Disney to lead the media company’s much-ballyhooed, Netflix-rivaling streaming service, Deadline has confirmed. A veteran exec at Samsung, Walmart and Apple, Swint will be senior VP and GM of the still-unnamed service, reporting to Michael Paull, who left Amazon for BAMTech last year. The streaming service got a major push in 2017, as Disney CEO Bob Iger finally… Read


‘The Kominsky Method’: Sarah Baker Joins Netflix Comedy As Series Regular, Seven More Cast

Netflix is rounding out the cast for The Kominsky Method, a 10-episode single-camera comedy series from Chuck Lorre, starring Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin and Nancy Travis. Sarah Baker (Young Sheldon, Big Little Lies) is set as a series regular and Susan Sullivan (Castle, Dharma & Greg), Emily Osment (Hannah Montana, Young & Hungry), Graham Rogers (Quantico, Ray Donovan), Ashleigh LaThrop (Fifty Shades movies), Jenna Lyng Adams, Melissa Tang (Mom, The Big Bang Theory), and… Read