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Stephen Colbert To Would-Be Times Square Bomber: “Seriously?”

Stephen Colbert weighed in on Monday’s Late Show about the morning’s botched bombing in Manhattan. Because, this time, no one was seriously hurt and the man wearing the homemade bomb is in custody, Colbert could crack a few jokes. “Scary morning in New York City; a man set off an improvised bomb near the Port Authority,” he began. “The suspect … lives in Brooklyn, so he used only locally sourced handmade artisanal bomb parts. But I’ve got something to say to this… Read

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‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’ Review: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart & Jack Black Are In The Game, But Laughs Don’t Come Easily

It is not like anyone was asking for a new Jumanji movie, but we got one anyway just in time for Christmas. Sorry to bah humbug all over this thing, but the 1995 attempt to bring Chris van Allsburg’s 1981 children’s book to the screen wasn’t exactly all that to begin with, despite attempts by star Robin Williams and a menagerie of animals to bring it to life. In this reinvention, the board game of the original is now an early-model video game from the 1990s, which is… Read

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Who Reps The Black List 2017 Scripts: The Charts

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CAA had the most clients on the 2017 Black List of the top unproduced screenplays in town, while Grandview took the same honor among management companies. The totals were tallied after The Black List organization released their annual rankings this morning. The field seemed more spread out than usual this year, with four agencies scoring 10 or more mentions on the annual list, with UTA taking bragging rights to the voting leader, Matthew Firpo and Ryan Firpo’s Ruin. WME… Read

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‘Darkest Hour’s Gary Oldman Joins Director Joe Wright And Tells Why He Almost Turned Down The Role Of Churchill – The Contenders Video

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Gary Oldman received a Golden Globe nomination today, his first ever, for his critically acclaimed performance as Winston Churchill in Darkest HourDuring last month’s 7th Annual Deadline’s The Contenders awards season event at the DGA Theatre he joined me on stage with his director Joe Wright to discuss the film and the towering performance in front of a packed house of AMPAS and key guild members. Oldman reveals that he in fact actually turned down the role and gives… Read

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Netflix Inks Int’l Distribution Deal For NBC’s ‘Good Girls’: Inside New Model That Partners the SVOD Giant With U.S. Studios

At the L.A. Screenings in May, one of the most recognizable new series titles, the CW’s Dynasty reboot, was not shown to international buyers who had flown in from around the world to survey the new product coming out of the Hollywood TV studios. That is because the series already had been earmarked for Netflix, which had taken global rights outside of U.S. and Canada. Dynasty, from CBS TV Studios, was the third CW series to go to Netflix internationally, joining Warner… Read

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’13 Reasons Why’ Star Katherine Langford To Topline YA Film ‘Spontaneous’

EXCLUSIVE: Katherine Langford, a newly minted Golden Globe nominee for her role in Netflix’s drama, 13 Reasons Why, is attached as the female lead in sci-fi fantasy film, Spontaneous, from writer/director Brian Duffield, based on the young adult novel of the same name by Aaron Starmer. Langford will star as Mara Carlye, whose life is forever changed when students in her senior class literally explodes for no discernible reason. As students continue to pop like… Read

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‘Detective Pikachu’ Gets Summer 2019 Release Date

Universal Pictures has pegged a May  10, 2019 release date for Legendary Entertainment's Detective Pikachubased on the popular Pokémon. The first live-action film based on the franchise is starring Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies). Rob Letterman is directing. The film will bow on Mother’s Day and a week after an untitled Avengers’ movie from Disney. Universal Pictures is handling all distribution outside… Read

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Saudi Arabia: Theater Owners Trade Group Has “Extensive Plans” For Kingdom’s Cinemas

UPDATED, WRITETHRU with AMC and MPAA weigh-in: The National Association of Theatre Owners has offered its praise to Saudi Arabia after the kingdom confirmed today that it would lift a 35-year ban on public cinemas. NATO also revealed that a delegation from the trade group led by President and CEO John Fithian has been in Riyadh during the past week meeting with various government officials in anticipation of the announcement. Several NATO member companies have developed… Read

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Mia Kirshner Calls On CAA To Lead (And Fund) An Effort To Combat Sexual Harassment In Hollywood

A recent New York Times story examined how a network of enablers, silencers and spies helped Harvey Weinstein keep his alleged sexual misconduct a secret. The Times reported that agents at major firms had been informed of Weinstein’s conduct — but continued to arrange private meetings with actresses. Such was the case with Mia Kirshner, whose credits include The L Word and Defiance and was offered a movie role in exchange for sex with Weinstein. The actress, who was 19 at… Read

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Steve Edwards Out At ‘Good Day LA’ After 20-Plus Years

Steve Edwards, who has co-hosted Good Day LA on Fox affiliate KTTV for more than two decades, abruptly was let go today. A spokeswoman for Fox11 told Deadline in a statement, “We can confirm that Steve Edwards is no longer employed by KTTV." Sources say his dismissal stems from sexual harassment allegations, but the station would not confirm that. Edwards has been on the heavily caffeinated morning show since 1995, and his ties to local L.A. TV go back even farther to… Read

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Comcast Bows Out of Fox Sweepstakes

Comcast said it is officially out of the running for 21st Century Fox assets, a development that signals a deal may be close with Disney. The Philadelphia-based cable giant had expressed interest in acquiring some of Fox’s film and television assets — particularly the holdings that would expand its global reach, including India’s Star TV and the British satellite TV provider Sky. "When a set of assets like Fox's becomes available, it is our responsibility to evaluate if… Read

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‘Downsizing’ Golden Globe Nominee Hong Chau Tells How She Got The Role Of A Lifetime – The Contenders Video

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Hong Chau, who plays a disabled Vietnamese refugee in the new Alexander Payne comedy Downsizing is on a roll, having nailed a Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress nomination earlier today, as well as one last week from the Critics’ Choice Awards. She, along with producer Mark Johnson  and co-writer and producer Jim Taylor joined me as part of Paramount’s panel for Deadline’s 7th Annual The Contenders awards season event last month at the DGA Theatre. In front of a packed… Read