‘On The Milky Road’: Emir Kusturica Woos Monica Bellucci, With Pumpkins – Venice
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-nominee and two-time Cannes Palme d’Or winner Emir Kusturica will world premiere his latest film, On The Milky Road, in competition at the Venice Film Festival on September 9. Today, we have a first-look at the drama about a passionate, forbidden love set during wartime. Kusturica is seen frolicking in the clip above with Monica Bellucci in what appears to be an idyllic setting, until…
The story centers on a milkman who each day crosses the front line on… Read
‘Riverdale’: Robin Givens Cast As Riverdale’s Mayor In The CW Series
Riverdale has found its mayor. Robin Givens has been cast in the recurring role of Mayor Sierra McCoy in the CW’s Greg Berlanti-produced Riverdale from WBTV.
Set in present day and based on the iconic Archie Comics characters, Riverdale is a surprising and subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale's wholesome façade.
McCoy is not only the powerful and… Read
European Union Orders Apple To Pay Ireland $14.5B For “Illegal” Tax Savings
Apple and Ireland say that they’ll contest a decision by the European Union today ordering the tech colossus to pay the country $14.5 billion in back taxes for what regulators call “illegal tax benefits” on its European profits.
Ireland “enabled it to pay substantially less tax than other businesses over many years,” says EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who oversees competition policy. The “selective treatment allowed Apple to pay an effective corporate tax rate of 1%… Read
‘Dancing With The Stars’: Ryan Lochte, Laurie Hernandez, Rick Perry Compete This Season
Controversial Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is joining ABC’s Dancing with the Stars for Season 23, the network confirmed this morning when it unveiled the rogues gallery of celebrity competitors on Good Morning America.
Presidential politics is bleeding over into ABC’s hoofer competition. Former Texas governor and GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry has signed up to tap dance on a different stage. Perry was early Donald Trump flotsam, dropping out of the race after just… Read
Modern VideoFilm Founder Sues New Owner For $100 Million
Moshe Barkat, the founder and former longtime president and CEO of Modern VideoFilm, has filed a $100 million fraud and breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit against Medley Capital, the company that took over the venerable postproduction house in 2014. The suit, filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here), claims that Medley "ran MVF into the ground and destroyed it."
At one time, Modern VideoFilm employed more than 500 people, but the suit claims that the company… Read
Oscars: ‘Miles Ahead’ & ‘Maggie’s Plan’ Are First 2016 Awards Screeners Sent To Voters As Sony Classics Jumpstarts The Race
EXCLUSIVE: The Emmy voting still has a few hours to go, but that didn’t stop Sony Pictures Classics from officially launching Oscar season, or at least one aspect of it. The annual ritual practiced in this column of naming the winner of the first official screener sent to Academy voters goes to SPC’s spring releases Maggie’s Plan and Miles Ahead. As one Academy member told me, “They are miles ahead in this case.” Indeed SPC is, but the timing is almost identical to last… Read
Cloris Leachman On Gene Wilder & The ‘Young Frankenstein’ Scene That Cracked Him Up: “We Had To Do It 14 Times”
EXCLUSIVE: Cloris Leachman, who worked with Gene Wilder on projects including Mel Brooks’ classic 1974 comedy Young Frankenstein, told Deadline via her reps that she had so much respect for the actor, who died Sunday. “Gene was in a class by himself,” she said. “I looked up to him, yet on the set he was just one of us.”
Leachman remembers how he kept cracking up during one scene in the iconic film in which she played Frau Blücher. Wilder said Young Frankenstein was his… Read
Forget About Summer & Sequelitis: Will Fall’s Crowded Pipeline Cannibalize B.O.? – Box Office
Forget about this summer’s talk of sequelitis slowing down box office: This fall could wind up being a bloodbath with as many as 34 wide releases battling for marquee space before Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them propels us into the holiday play period.
By the time four expected wide expansions occur this season, autumn’s wide entries will number 37 – four more than last autumn and 10 more than 2013’s 27 releases. All of this creates an atrocious… Read
Latest Creative Arts Emmys Presenters Include Chris Hardwick, Margo Martindale & Gloria Steinem – Update
UPDATED, 5:38 PM: The TV Academy is out with the second wave of presenters for the Creative Arts Emmys on September 10 and 11. Set for Night 1 on Saturday are Linda Ellerbee, Chris Hardwick, Ken Jeong, Margo Martindale, Laurie Metcalf and Martin Mull. Sunday’s presenters will include Michelle Ang, Rob Corddry, Seth Green, Tim Gunn, Robert Herjavec, Julianne Hough, Carly Rae Jepsen, Katharine McPhee, Oscar Nuñez and Gloria Steinem.
PREVIOUSLY, August 26: The Television Acad… Read
ABC Nabs ‘Start Up’ Comedy Starring & Directed By Zach Braff As Put Pilot
EXCLUSIVE: Scrubs star Zach Braff is returning to series television and to ABC as the star of Start Up, a single-camera comedy, which has received a put pilot commitment. Braff, who also is set to direct, is reuniting with Scrubs co-executive producer Matt Tarses on the Sony TV/Davis Entertainment project, which ABC landed in a competitive situation with multiple networks pursuing.
Written by Tarses, Start Up is based on the podcast Start Up by Alex Blumberg. It is a show… Read
Gene Wilder: Remembering A Comedy Movie Icon – Photos
Here is a photo gallery focusing on the career of Gene Wilder, who died Sunday. The revered comic actor starred in such inarguable classics as The Producers, Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein and worked alongside such comedy greats as Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Richard Pryor (four times), Wilder’s wife Gilda Radner, Madeleine Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman and Charles Grodin — and even with the likes of Donald Sutherland and… Read
Focus Features’ ‘A Monster Calls’ Dials Up Christmas Weekend Release
EXCLUSIVE: Focus Features is moving its J.A. Bayona fantasy drama A Monster Calls out of the crowded October 21-23 weekend and debuting the pic in a top 10-city limited run on December 23 before going wide in 1,500 theaters on January 6. Pic will start off in 20-plus theaters.
The movie, which makes its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, follows a 12-year-old boy (Lewis MacDougall) who in dealing with his mother’s (Felicity Jones)… Read