2013 Archive

Awardsline

OSCARS: ‘Philomena’ Puts Judi Dench Right Back In The Thick Of The Race

Dame Judi Dench is poised to have a very happy new year. She is certainly no stranger to awards, but there could be more in her immediate future. She’s had 6 Oscar nominations  and one win as 1998 Supporting Actress for an eight minute role in Shakespeare In Love. There are also 11 Golden Globe nominations and two wins. And then the British superstar can also boast of an astounding 25 BAFTA nominations and 10 wins split between her film and television work — the most… Read

TV

2013 Basic Cable Ratings: USA Tops Again In Primetime But Down 8%; Nick At Nite, AMC Up Double Digits As Fox News & ABC Family Fall; TBS Leads Demo

Here are the top cable networks of 2013 in total viewers and adults 18-49, based on Nielsen Media Research data: Network: Total Viewers (in millions), % change from 2012 1. USA: 2.680, -8% 2. Disney: 2.438, -2% 3. ESPN: 2.210, -6% 4. History: 2.114, -2% 5. TNT: 2.070, -5% 6. TBS: 2.014, -3% 7. Fox News: 1.785, -13% 8. A&E: 1.781, +9% 9. FX: 1.466, +4% 10. AMC: 1.382, +18% 11. Discovery: 1.361, +5% 12. Home&Garden: 1.274, +7% 13. Lifetime: 1.270, +7% 14. Adult Swim: 1.230… Read

Business

With Netflix In The Lead, Media Stocks Handily Beat Overall Market In 2013

Shares in the streaming video company appreciated 297.6% during the latest 12 months, well ahead of everyone in the companies we track — including media  industry giants, where CBS (+67.5%) led the pack. But you shouldn’t hear many complaints. The Dow Jones U.S. Media Index rose 12.3% in Q4, and 47% for the entire year, as investors became increasingly comfortable about the prospects for information and entertainment companies in a period of strengthening ad sales, low… Read

Film

Year-End: Legal Battles Of 2013 And Beyond – Aereo, ‘Hobbit’ Sequels, ‘Walking Dead’ Vs. Frank Darabont, Prospect Park & ‘Godzilla’

One in a series of Deadline stories that look back on 2013 and ahead to 2014. It was a year that saw the Weinsteins and Warner Bros clash over the title of The Butler and then get into the ring again for The Hobbitsequels. 2013 also witnessed the first fired Walking Dead showrunner wanting to take a bite out ofAMC for his piece of the cable blockbuster, a  Ray Donovan EP nailed by the feds in a big-time gambling scheme right out of the Showtime Hollywood fixer series and… Read

TV

R.I.P. Newsman Mike O’Connor

Mike O’Connor, a longtime CBS newsman and advocate for the safety of journalists in Mexico, died Sunday in Mexico City. He was 67. His wife Tracy Wilkerson, Mexico Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times, says O’Connor suffered a fatal heart at home in his sleep. O’Connor reported for KCBS-TV Los Angeles during the 1980s and ’90s before heading overseas and working as a foreign correspondent for CBS covering the civil wars in Nicaragua and El Salvador. He also reported for… Read

Awardsline

Oscar Mischief? Video Circulates With Leonardo DiCaprio Touting ‘Wolf’ Jordan Belfort’s Motivational Speaking Prowess

It’s that time of year — when awards-season schadenfreude begins to swirl, and rivals begin whispering in our ears about the flaws in everybody else’s offerings. Against that backdrop, a video for a lecture bureau by Leonardo DiCaprio posted last summer has conveniently begun re-circulating on the web just days after the Oscar polls opened (watch it below). It’s a short testimonial extolling the motivational speaking skills of The Wolf Of Wall Street subject Jordan Belfort… Read

Business

Year End: Will Consumer Anger Over Sports TV Costs Boil Over In 2014?

One in a series of Deadline stories that look back on 2013 and ahead to 2014. Some of 2014’s most important sporting events won’t take place on a grassy field or an indoor court. They’ll play out in board rooms as TV execs continue their struggle to balance the diverging interests of those who love sports, and others who don’t — but still have to subsidize the programming as part of the pay TV bundle. Sports accounts for about 33% of cable and satellite company… Read

TV

Laurie Metcalf To Star In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘The McCarthys’

EXCLUSIVE: Comedy veteran Laurie Metcalf is set to star opposite Jack McGee and Joey McIntyre in CBS’ new pilot for half-hour The McCarthys, from Sony TV and Will Gluck's Olive Bridge Entertainment. The project is being retooled as a multi-camera comedy after shooting a single-camera pilot last season. For Metcalf, the casting is formally in second position to HBO’s Getting On. Metcalf toplines the hospital comedy based on a British format, which just wrapped its… Read

Film

Mike Nichols’ ‘Betrayal’ Revival With Daniel Craig And Rachel Weisz Sets Broadway Weekly Gross Record

The star system might be waning in Hollywood, but not when those stars take to the Broadway stage. The Mike Nichols-directed revival of the Harold Pinter play Betrayal, which stars Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall, just set a new Broadway box office record for a play when it grossed $1.44 million for the week ending December 19. That surpassed the mark formerly held by the Tom Hanks-starrer Lucky Guy, which earlier this year took in $1.412 million for the week… Read

Film

Harvey Weinstein, Idris Elba, Naomie Harris Honored At Capri Film Festival

Harvey Weinstein got a surprise at the 18th Capri-Hollywood Film Festival in Capri, Italy. Weinstein was presented with an unexpected award during a ceremony that followed the Monday premiere of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom which he exec produced. Dubbed “Mr. Oscar” by festival founder and director Pascal Vicedomini, Weinstein was brought up onstage to accept the prize. A reportedly stunned Weinstein told the crowd: “What Pascal doesn’t realize is that I’m not actually… Read

Film

R.I.P. Joseph Ruskin

Joseph Ruskin, veteran television, film and stage actor and longtime SAG board member, died Saturday of natural causes at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, according to a statement from SAG-AFTRA. He was 89. Ruskin’s television credits number more than 120 including appearances on The Twilight Zone, Star Trek, Mission Impossible, Murder She Wrote, L.A. Law and most recently Bones. His film work includes roles in The Magnificent Seven, Prizzi's Honor, Indecent Proposal… Read

TV

A&E’s ‘Duck Dynasty’ Headache Continues Despite Phil Robertson’s Return; FNC Snags New Year’s Eve Interview With His Kin

A&E’s Duck Dynasty headache might not be over: Fox News Channel officially announced it will ring in 2014 with Willie and Korie Robertson during its  All-American New Year special, which starts at 9 PM Eastern on Tuesday. Appearing live via satellite from Steamboat Springs, CO, for their first television appearance following A&E‘s reinstatement of Phil Robertson on the hit reality series, his son and daughter-in-law will discuss the situation with FNC's Bill Hemmer and Eli… Read