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Lionsgate Acquires UK Rights To ‘Ghost Stories’ – Berlin


Lionsgate has acquired UK rights to Ghost Stories, based on the Olivier-nominated supernatural stage production. The project stars Martin Freeman (The Hobbit), and is co-written and directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, who also reprises his role as Professor Goodman. Will Clarke’s Altitude is handling sales. Claire Jones and Robin Gutch produce for indie production company Warp Films. Warp produced Berlin hit ’71, the brilliant feature directorial debut from Yann… Read

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‘Deadpool’ Nabs All-Time R-Rated Record Opening: $135M Over 3-Days, $150M+ 4-day – Sunday AM First Update


6TH WRITETHRU, Sunday, 7:53AM: Refresh for updates 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool is bigger than anyone thought possible. Yes, it has scored the top opening for a February release with $135M over FSS, but it also flogged Matrix Reloaded‘s $91.8M opening record to become the highest R-rated debut of all-time. After posting the biggest opening day in February with $47.5M, the Marvel character also scored the second biggest day ever for the month with an estimated $41.88M.  The… Read


Video – Kanye West & Kyle Mooney’s Rap Duel: ‘Saturday Night Live’

Kanye West, Kyle Mooney

Musical  guests on Saturday Night Live don’t always get a chance to shine outside their two slotted numbers, but Kanye West nearly stole the show from host Melissa McCarthy last night with some extracurricular appearances. Not only did his numbers blow everyone away with a roster of guests led by Chance the Rapper, but he dropped his new album during the show. And he iced the cake by appearing in one of the season’s best videos. That was the one in which Kyle Mooney… Read


Debbie Harry Joins ‘I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House’ – Berlin

MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 26:  Debbie Harry performs at amfAR Milano 2015 at La Permanente on September 26, 2015 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Kevin Tachman/Getty Images for amfAR)

Singer and all-round pop culture icon Debbie Harry (Hairspray) has joined the cast of Osgood Perkins' I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, joining Ruth Wilson (The Affair), Bob Balaban (The Grand Budapest Hotel), and Sundance breakout Lucy Boynton (Sing Street). Netflix will be the exclusive streaming home of the thriller, which Perkins wrote and will be directing. Principal photography is set to begin in Ottawa on February 16th.  The project is part of… Read


Video – Melissa McCarthy Spoofs Hollywood’s Audience Test Screenings & Cracks Up Leslie Jones: ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Melissa McCarthy, with two movies to promote, hosted the Valentine’s Day edition of SNL, with musical guest Kanye West, in a B+ episode of the 41st season. Things got off to a topical start with a cold open that featured cast members discussing Hillary-vs.-Bernie — and leaning toward the latter, as Kate McKinnon’s Clinton swung around on a trapeze, serenading them with a pointedly flop-sweaty “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” McCarthy, comparatively sleek in black, monologued… Read


Video – Melissa McCarthy Palms Fellow Cat Lady Kate McKinnon: ‘Saturday Night Live’

Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy

The writing wasn’t always up to the talents of physical comedian Melissa McCarthy, hosting last night’s SNL, but there were still enough laughs to keep the show’s motor, well, purring. A recurring Kate McKinnon bit, coming near the end, paired her with McCarthy as Barbara and Tabitha, spokesladies for the Whiskers R We Annual Valentines’s Day Cat Giveaway. The featured felines were given increasingly loopy back stories (“We call him O.J. because he’s orange like the… Read


Elaine May Brings Down The House At Writers Guild Awards West

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 13:  Honoree Elaine May accepts the Screen Laurel Award onstage during the 2016 Writers Guild Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on February 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Writers Guild of America, West)

By the time the Writers Guild Awards show in New York ended with all the winners leaking out, the WGA Awards ceremony in Century City was completely deflated. That is until Elaine May took the podium at the Hyatt Century City ballroom to accept the guild’s Laurel Award which was being presented to her by Chinatown screenwriter Robert Towne. For a room that had scattered sleepy laughs throughout the evening, when May appeared, the crowd sprung to its feet and delivered a… Read


‘Purity’ Drama Starring Daniel Craig From Scott Rudin Eyes Series Order

13. Daniel Craig –$661.4M

James Bond star Daniel Craig is headlining Purity, a hot drama series package that hit the cable and digital marketplace earlier this week. The project, produced by Scott Rudin, is based on the book of the same name by The Corrections author Jonathan Franzen, published last September. Todd Field is writing the adaptation with Franzen. I hear the package has been seeking a series order 20 episodes, with Field set to direct all 20 hours. Purity was taken out to cable… Read


GOP Debate Live Blog: And Then There Were Six

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  Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson and Ohio Gov. John Kasich have podiums at tonight's CBS News GOP debate, what with Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie having dropped out after their disappointing finishes in the New Hampshire primary this week. It’s the final debate setting for the New Hampshire survivors before the South Carolina primary February 20.  Count on at least one line of questioning about… Read


Anderson Cooper To Moderate Back To Back South Carolina GOP Town Halls


CNN has announced back-to-back Town Halls with the Republican presidential candidates to air live from South Carolina February 17 and 18, with Anderson Cooper moderating. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Ohio Governor John Kasich, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Donald Trump will be on hand to answer questions from voters in advance of the GOP’s South Carolina primary on February 20. The Town Halls will be split evenly between the… Read


Hollywood & Washington React To Scalia Death With Tributes, Biting Criticism

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia testifies before a House Judiciary Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee hearing on ?The Administrative Conference of the United States?  on Capitol Hill in Washington May 20, 2010.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT) - RTR2E5RK

With the death of the man known as the Supreme Court’s most conservative justice, admirers and critics from the worlds of entertainment and politics alike took to social media to weigh in on the legacy and career of Antonin Scalia. Responses ranged from praise, to condemnation, to polite condolences but as expected, the man’s legal mind was as respected as his opinions were divisive. Supporters mourned his death as a blow to American jurisprudence. Those who stood… Read


WGA Awards: ‘Spotlight’ & ‘The Big Short’ Take Marquee Film Honors; ‘Mad Men’, ‘Veep’ & ‘Mr. Robot’ Top TV – Full List

68th Annual Writers Guild Awards, show, West Coast Ceremony, Los Angeles, America - 13 Feb 2016

Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy took the Original Screenplay honor tonight for Spotlight while Charles Randolph and Adam McKay won the trophy for Adapted Screenplay for The Big Short at the 2016 WGA Awards. Typically, at least one of these winners continues on to win an Oscar in their respective category, and this year you can bet your money that both will rally at the awards ceremony on Feb. 28. There’s often a discrepancy between the Oscars and the WGA in that the guild… Read