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Bart & Fleming: As Daniel Day-Lewis Exits, Who Wears Greatest Living Actor Crown?

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Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business. FLEMING: Daniel Day-Lewis' retirement announcement begs the question: who takes over as Greatest Living Actor? If you had asked me who held that title two weeks ago, it would have been a tossup between DDL and Denzel Washington, and those guys will have one last chance to decide it… Read


Are Bots Flooding The FCC With Bogus Calls To Weaken Net Neutrality Rules?

Seems like there’s a lot of fakery in Washington these days — not just involving the President’s dim view of the Fourth Estate or bogus Time magazine cover. Today, House Committee on Energy and Commerce ranking member Frank Pallone (D-NJ) asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe to investigate whether bots flooded the FCC with thousands of fake comments favoring a weakening of net neutrality protections. Those behind the filings “may be… Read


Netflix Developing ‘Tales Of The City’ Revival With Laura Linney & Olympia Dukakis

Netflix is developing a revival of Armistead Maupin’s San Francisco-set Tales of the City, with original cast members Laura Linney and Olympic Dukakis attached to star, sources have confirmed to Deadline. The new iteration would be a modern-day take on the LGBT-themed series, set 25 years later, and would possibly be shot in San Francisco. Tales of the City is the first of nine books in Maupin’s series, and explores “alternative lifestyles” and “underground” culture in… Read


FX Networks Promotes Colette Wilson To SVP Current Series; Pair Upped To VP

FX Networks has promoted three key execs on its current series and development teams responsible for all original scripted programming across its suite of networks. Colette Wilson has been named SVP Current Series, Barbara Crawford is the new VP Current Series, and Kevin Wandell has been upped to VP Development. "Colette, Barbara and Kevin have been integral to the growth and success of FX Networks' slate of original programs, and we are happy that they will be playing an… Read


‘World Of Dance’ Ratings Rise, ‘iZombie’ Falls To Finale Low, NBC Wins Night

After several hours of delay from Nielsen, we finally have last night's Big 4 primetime ratings, which showed another easy Tuesday win for NBC. Sure, America's Got Talent (2.4/10) dipped 8% among adults 18-49 from its June 20 show to a season low, but the Comcast-owned net ultimately snared a 2.3/9 rating overall and 10.65 million viewers. With NBC one of only two networks offering a full night of originals Tuesday, AGT was again the night’s top-rated show by a huge… Read


‘F Is For Family’ Renewed For Season 3 By Netflix

Netflix has ordered a third season of animated series F Is For Family, from Vince Vaughn's Wild West Television and Gaumont Television. Series co-creator Bill Burr announced the news on Twitter: Really happy to announce there will be a season 3 of FIFF. Thanks to everyone for watching! @netflix #FIsForFamily #gaumontTV — Bill Burr (@billburr) June 28, 2017 Created by Burr and Emmy winner Michael Price (The Simpsons) F Is For Family is set… Read


Kenya Barris To Write Russell Simmons Biopic For Fox, ‘Life And Def: Sex Drugs Money + God’

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EXCLUSIVE: Fox has set Life And Def: Sex Drugs Money + God, a feature biopic that chronicles the rise of Russell Simmons from the inner city streets of Queens to one of the most influential music/fashion culture impresarios of his era. The studio has set to write it Kenya Barris, the creator of ABC's hit series Black-ish and co-writer of films that include Barbershop: The Next Cut and the upcoming comedy Girls Trip (written with Tracy Oliver). Pic is a co-production… Read


‘Pretty Little Liars’: Creator Marlene King Talks Finale Mysteries, Reunions & Alternate Endings

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains details of last night's series finale of Freeform's Pretty Little Liars. By now, everyone who’s paid attention to Pretty Little Liars knows the big ugly truth: The evil twin did it. (And if you’re holding out and don’t want to know whose evil twin, stop reading here). But were there other possible solutions or alternate endings considered to cap the seasons-long mystery solved in last night’s Season 7 (and series) finale? Was the… Read

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Elvis Presley Prequel ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ Is Broadway Bound. Or Not.

EXCLUSIVE: Heartbreak Hotel, a new musical that follows Elvis Presley’s career from unknown singer to chart-busting star, will tryout this summer at the Ogunquit Playhouse, a venerable straw hat-circuit venue in southern Maine. Then it will head south, aiming for Broadway. Or maybe not. It depends on which of the producers you ask. The show is the brainchild of Floyd Mutrux, who had an international moneymaker as co-author of Million Dollar Quartet, the jukebox musical… Read


‘Destined’ Destined For Fall Release Via XLrator; Uncork’d Acquires ‘Almost Amazing’


XLrator Media has acquired North American rights to Destined, the Cory Hardrict-starring drama written and directed by Qasim Basir that bowed at last year’s Los Angeles Film Festival. It will bow in theaters in the fall via XLrator’s Pace label. Hardrict (All Eyez On Me, American Sniper) plays both lead roles in the pic that tells parallel stories of Rasheed a rising star in the architectural community, and Sheed, a neighborhood drug dealer, and how even the smallest… Read


Court Frees Steven Mnuchin From Relativity Media-Related Fraud Case

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s off the hook in a fraud charge tied to his tenure on the board of Relativity Media in a seven-month period leading up to its 2015 filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The New York State Supreme Court yesterday granted his motion to dismiss fraud charges against him by RKA Film Financing. But the court rejected Mnuchin’s motion to slap sanctions on RKA. The bank consortium alleged in February that Mnuchin and 11 others at… Read


Film Academy Invites Record 774 New Members, From Gal Gadot To Betty White

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have unveiled 774 new members (although 30 0f those names are duplicates over several branches) invited to join the Oscars organization, bringing the total membership closer to 8,500 -ish.  This is a record number, up from last year’s  683. The invitees come from 57 countries, the organization says in unveiling its list, with the list comprising 39% female and 30% people of color (poc), both numbers increasing overall totals… Read