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PGA Awards Unveil Documentary Feature Nominees

Cries From Syria

The Producers Guild has announced nominees for the 2018 PGA Awards’ Documentary Motion Pictures category, with subjects ranging from Jane Goodall and Ben Bradlee to the Middle East and Earth itself. Winners will be announced January 20 at the 29th annual PGA Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Here’s the list in alphabetical order: Chasing Coral City of Ghosts Cries from Syria Earth: One Amazing Day Jane Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of… Read


‘Coco’ Review: Pixar Does It Again With Dazzling New Toon


Pixar proves with its 19th feature film that not only has it not lost its touch, it’s getting better. In what may just be the most diverse ‘toon they have tackled yet, Coco takes us right from the heart of Mexico’s talent show Dia de Muertos to the Land of the Dead, where 12-year-old Miguel Rivera (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) gets some major life lessons from the deceased. Miguel is a young boy obsessed with music and playing the guitar in the tradition of his great great… Read


WGA, Consumer Groups Applaud Justice Department For Suing To Block AT&T-Time Warner Deal

The WGA East and West applauded the Justice Department today for moving to block the proposed merger of AT&T and Time Warner, saying such a deal would be bad for content creators as well as consumers. The union, which represents writers of motion pictures, television, radio and Internet programming, said the proposed combination of must-have content with vast control over distribution would give the company enough power to undermine competition, raise prices and restrict… Read


‘Harley Quinn’: DC Digital Service Orders Animated Series About Comic Book Villainess From ‘Powerless’ Trio

EXCLUSIVEHarley Quinn, the breakout character from the Warner Bros/DC film Suicide Squad that already is set up for a spinoff movie, is getting her own animated TV series. Warner Bros’ upcoming DC-Branded direct-to-consumer digital platform has ordered 26 episodes of half-hour adult animated action-comedy series Harley Quinn, from Powerless executive producers Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker and Dean Lorey via Warner Bros. Animation. Harley Quinn is closely… Read

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Can ‘Coco’ Whip ‘Justice League’ For Top Spot Over Thanksgiving Stretch? – Box Office Preview

In a short period of time, four films originally slotted to play the five-day Thanksgiving Week period fled — Dimension’s Polaroid, MGM’s Death Wish, STXfilms’ Molly’s Game and Entertainment Studios’ Chappquiddick — leaving Disney/Pixar’s Coco largely alone as the one uber wide release in 3,987 theaters. The Lee Unkrich-Adrian Molina animated musical, which follows young boy Miguel’s journey to the other side where he meets his dead relatives and discovers great secrets… Read


AT&T Boss In Wake Of DOJ Lawsuit: Any Deal Harming CNN Is “A Non-Starter”

During a news conference after the U.S. Department of Justice filed suit to block AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner, company CEO Randall Stephenson sought to address the “elephant in the room”: the notion that President Donald Trump’s rancor at CNN had threatened the deal. “Frankly, I don’t know” if the reports are true, he said. “But nobody should be surprised that it keeps coming up.” As to any potential settlement that lets AT&T keep CNN but implements any controls on… Read


Seth Meyers In Talks To Host Golden Globe Awards

Seth Meyers is in negotiations to host the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, sources say. The deal is not yet closed. The choice is not a surprise, given the show airs on NBC, home to Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Meyers would follow fellow NBC late-nighter, Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, who emceed the trophy show last year. Meyers would become the fourth person/team to host the awards show, following Fallon, Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey & Amy Poehler. Meyers has hosted Late Ni… Read


Supernatural Thriller Produced By Blumhouse Television Gets Pilot Order By NBCUniversal Cable

NBCUniveral Cable Entertainment’s Entertainment Networks Group, composed of USA and Syfy, have ordered a pilot for supernatural thriller Run for Your Life, from Universal TV and Blumhouse Television. Run for Your Life is centered on the last night of Dia de Los Muertos (aka Day of the Dead), when a grieving detective is thrust into a deadly game to bring someone back from the dead. Should the pilot be ordered to series, the network on which it would air would be… Read


CBS, PBS Suspend Charlie Rose In Wake of Sexual Harassment Allegations

UPDATED with statements: CBS and PBS have suspended Charlie Rose amid sexual harassment allegations against him. In a statement provided to Deadline, CBS News said, "Charlie Rose is suspended immediately while we look into this matter. These allegations are extremely disturbing and we take them very seriously." The pubcaster said this today in a statement: “PBS was shocked to learn today of these deeply disturbing allegations. We are immediately suspending distribution of… Read


Alexandra Shipp In Final Negotiations To Join Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree In ‘Shaft’

EXCLUSIVE: Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse, Straight Outta Compton) is in final negotiations as the female lead in the reboot of Shaft from director Tim Story and producers John Davis and Kenya Barris. Shipp joins Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree (who starred in the original) and Jesse T. Usher. The production goes before the cameras next month. New Line and Netflix are partnering on this film with Netflix financing more than half the film's high $30M budget for… Read

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Broadway Box Office Dips; ‘Once On This Island’ Revival Nears SRO

Ticket sales on Broadway fell slightly last week, while business remained solid heading into the holiday peak period. The first revival of the musical Once on This Island, running at the independently owned Circle in the Square, was off to a good start, filling 98% of the theater’s 696 seats for eight previews prior to its December 3 opening, at an average price of $79.24. Amy Schumer continued to draw top-paying customers to Steve Martin’s comedy Meteor Shower, at… Read


‘Mother!’ Director Darren Aronofsky: Why His Home Invasion Thriller Is Like Kindergarten

Darren Aronofsky’s motheris that rare movie that comes along every once in a while, a completely polarizing event that you have to experience, even if you ultimately think it is a train wreck. Count me among the admirers of a movie that is 69% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes but drew an 'F' on CinemaScore. The director of such films as The Wrestler, Black Swan, The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream, Noah and others doesn't care about either group, but wears the disparate opinions… Read