Cheryl Boone Isaacs Gets Third Term As Academy President
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs ran unopposed in this year’s Board of Governors elections held tonight, meaning she was elected unanimously to serve a third term. AMPAS presidents can serve four one-year stretches before terming out.
Also tonight, Jeffrey Kurland was elected First VP; incumbents John Bailey and Kathleen Kennedy were elected to VP posts, along with Bill Kroyer, who was Secretary last year; Jim Gianopulos was… Read
‘Deadpool’ Redband Trailer: Ryan Reynolds Puts The Comic Into Comics
“The cancer’s only in my liver, lungs, prostate and brain — all things I can live without.” So says superhero-to-be Wade Wilson before his transformation. Here’s the redband first trailer for Deadpool, starring Ryan Reynolds as Marvel’s wise-cracking, ass-kicking and very raging anti-hero. With a rap-heavy soundtrack, a little profanity and much, much violence, this is what to expect when the Fox flick arrives just in time for Valentine’s Day.
It tells the origin story of… Read
Shonda Rhimes At TGIT Panel: “I Don’t Spend Time Thinking About Legacy…We’re Still Doing This” – TCA
Donald Trump, Emmys, Shonda Rhimes’ acting and even Mr. Potato Head were some of the vast topics canvassed at ABC’s TGIT panel, aka the Shondaland session, this afternoon at TCA. After some of the blasé panels that the press corps had to sit through last week, TGIT came as tall glass of cold water here at the Beverly Hilton. As the press needled Rhimes about next season’s story lines and showered her with compliments, she turned a cold shoulder to praise and didn’t suffer… Read
Netflix Births Unlimited-Leave Policy For Mom And Pop Staffers
Netflix has a message for its employees who are planning to become parents: Take your time with those little future subscribers. The company said in a corporate blog post today that it will begin offering unlimited leave for women and men that “allows them to take off as much time as they want during the first year after a child's birth or adoption” — and not worry about a smaller paycheck.
The new maternity and paternity policy is a far 3 AM cry from what most U.S… Read
Lela Swift Dies: Pioneering TV Director Was 96
Lela Swift, who rose from the secretarial pool at CBS to become a pioneering force for female TV directors, died today at her Santa Monica home of natural causes. She was 96. Swift went from gopher to an AD job on the network’s Studio One in 1948, to directing nearly 600 episodes of Dark Shadows and winning three Daytime Emmys over 14 years of helming the soap opera Ryan’s Hope.
Born Lela Siwoff on February 1, 1919, in New York City, she joined the then-nascent CBS in the… Read
Shonda Rhimes & Pete Nowalk Tease Next Season Setups For ‘Scandal’, ‘How To Get Away With Murder’
Like water torture, TCA journos nudged Shonda Rhimes and Pete Nowalk to at least provides hints as to what will occur next season on Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder, respectively.
Rhimes previously told a reporter that she wasn’t there to reveal plot lines. But after another asked again, Rhimes took a breath, looked at the ABC publicist to her right, then turned to the crowd and said: “For Scandal we’re picking up almost where we left off,” where Olivia Pope… Read
Will Smith Replaces Hugh Jackman In ‘Collateral Beauty’
EXCLUSIVE: Will Smith has replaced Hugh Jackman in Collateral Beauty, the feature about a New York advertising executive who experiences a personal tragedy and the subsequent unconventional plan from his colleagues to break him out of his depression. Rooney Mara also is attached to star. Overbrook Entertainment is coming aboard to co-produce the project alongside Anonymous Content, PalmStar and Likely Story. PalmStar is fully financing.
Written by Allan Loeb, the project… Read
‘The Coach’ NBC Revival: Andrew Ridings Cast As Hayden Fox’s Son
Andrew Ridings, who recurs on Universal TV’s comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, has landed the young lead opposite Craig T. Nelson in the studio’s new Coach series for NBC.
Written by the original series creator Barry Kemp, the 13-episode series is set in the present, picking up 18 years after the ABC sitcom went off the air after nine seasons. Coach Fox (Nelson) — now retired from coaching — is called back to become assistant coach to his grown son, Tim (Ridings)… Read
Yolonda Ross Joins ‘The Get Down'; Chris Petrovski In ‘Madam Secretary’
Yolonda Ross has joined the cast of Baz Luhrmann's music-driven Netflix drama The Get Down. Set in 1970s New York City, the series — a longtime passion project for Luhrmann — revolves around a ragtag crew of South Bronx teenagers who are wild in the streets; they’re nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them, except one another. Ross will recur as Ms. Green, the caring but tough English teacher who nurtures the potential in her students and advocates for them to… Read
Shonda Rhimes On McDreamy’s Fate On ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ & Meredith’s Future Next Season – TCA
When McDreamy died last season in a car crash on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, it just drove some fans crazy. Today at TCA’s TGIT panel, Shonda Rhimes expounded on the reasoning behind Dr. Derek Shepherd’s death.
“The decision to have the character die the way that he did wasn’t a difficult one in the show,” Rhimes said. “Either Derek was going to walk out on Meredith and leave her high and dry, but then that would say that the love wasn’t true over the last 11 years of the show… Read
‘Barbershop 3′ Reschedules Appointment To Late Spring
Shifting it away from a launch date shared with Paramount’s Ben-Hur remake, Warner Bros has announced it’s moving Barbershop 3 up into the summer release period, and in doing so has thrown a velvet glove at Universal’s feet. The comedy sequel will now hit theaters April 15 rather than February 26. Barbershop 3 will go head to head against Paramount’s Everybody Wants Some, Disney’s live-action The Jungle Book, Lionsgate’s Mechanic: Resurrection and Universal’s The Best Man… Read
‘Difficult People’ Review: Amy Poehler-Produced Comedy Easy Win For Hulu
Self-obsessed and mean-spirited New Yorkers may be horrible in person but they are damn funny on TV — especially when played by Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner. Debuting at midnight tonight on Hulu, Difficult People, as my video review above says, is all about two such terrors and very very funny. You'll be able to check out the first two episodes of the series executive produced by Amy Poehler early tomorrow with more to come each week until September 16.
Having picked… Read