‘Empire’ EP On Tonight’s Fiery Finale, Next Season’s Reset & Not Mentioning Trump
SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight's Empire Season 3 finale on Fox.
"Empire is all about conflict, the unexpected and high drama," executive producer Ilene Chaiken says of tonight's explosive Season 3 finale. Based on the episode, certainly no one can ever accuse Empire of going out on a whimper when there is a bang available, and that's what Fox’s hip hop drama created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong ended on — literally and figuratively.
After a… Read
Baz Luhrmann Reflects On ‘The Get Down’ Cancellation: “I’ll See You On the Other-Side”
Shortly after we broke the news of The Get Down not getting a second season by Netflix, the series creator/executive producer Baz Luhrmann posted a long letter to fans on Facebook about the show’s cancellation. In it, he indicated that him not being able to continue full-time on the Sony TV-produced show in Season 2 was a deal-breaker for a renewal.
“When I was asked to come to the center of The Get Down to help realize it, I had to defer a film directing commitment for… Read
Deadline Disruptors 2017: Here’s The 100-Page Issue In PDF Form
For a second straight year, Deadline published a print issue celebrating Disruptors, commemorating a long list of people who are treating the fast-changing digital landscape not as a hardship, but as an opportunity to take risks. We published the second one at the Cannes Festival. While we can’t replicate the added value of reading in the South of France our 100-page celebration of raging ambition, here is a PDF version of the entire magazine anyway. Though it was… Read
Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Get Down’ Canceled By Netflix After One Season
EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that Netflix has opted not to proceed with a second season of Baz Luhrmann's ambitious musical drama The Get Down. The decision comes after the second six-episode part of Season 1 was released last month. It is a rare Netflix original series not to get a second season.
The hip-hop-themed drama, set in the South Bronx section of New York City in the late 1970s, was among Netflix’s most expensive shows, with the 12-episode first season costing about… Read
Fox’s ‘Star’ Ups Miss Lawrence To Series Regular For Season 2
We’ll be seeing more of Miss Lawrence on Season 2 of Fox’s hit music drama series Star. After heavily recurring in Season 1 as breakout character Miss Bruce, Miss Lawrence has been promoted to series regular for the second season.
Co-created by Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy, Star follows three talented singers – running from their pasts and desperate for a new start – with ambitions of stardom, as they navigate the cutthroat music business. Miss Lawrence joins series stars… Read
‘Queen Sugar’ Creator Ava DuVernay On Finding A Place To Breathe – The Contenders Emmys Video
"We're trying to do something different with this and I need a place where I can breathe and do that," Ava DuVernay said of the family drama Queen Sugar, and why OWN was the best place for the series toplined by Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe and Rutina Wesley. "We need a place where we can have black people in the South, where the matriarch of the family is a waitress and one of the three major characters is a formerly incarcerated man," the Oscar-nominated director… Read
Director Jerry Zaks On The Love Stories Behind ‘Hello, Dolly!’ – And Zero Mostel’s Mezuzah
Director Jerry Zaks already owns four Tony Awards and one of the most eclectic careers on Broadway. He does musicals: Smokey Joe’s Café, La Cage aux Folles. He does plays: Six Degrees of Separation. House of Blue Leaves. He does revivals: Anything Goes. The Front Page. All of those were in an almost bygone era. Today, he’s up for leading the revival of Hello, Dolly! which, as you may have heard, stars Bette Midler in a role that has prospective customers auctioning off… Read
Jerry Perenchio Dies: Hollywood Dealmaker & Former Univision CEO Was 86
UPDATED with statements from Alan Horn and Norman Lear: Jerry Perenchio, billionaire Hollywood mogul, former Univision Chairman and CEO and ex-business partner of Norman Lear, died Tuesday after a five-month battle with lung cancer, his family told the Los Angeles Times. He was 86.
Perenchio began his decades-long career as a talent agent whose firm repped such stars as Andy Williams, Glen Campbell and Henry Mancini. As promoter in the 1970s, he was behind the historic… Read
Andy Bellin Comes Aboard To Adapt ‘Drone Warrior’ For Michael Bay
EXCLUSIVE: Given what has happened in Manchester, it is not surprising that this project is moving forward — who doesn’t want to obliterate Isis? Andy Bellin has been signed by director and producer Michael Bay to adapt the action thriller Drone Warrior, based on the book of the same name from author and Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal writer Christopher S. Stewart. The project, which is about a small group of elite soldiers, is set up at Paramount… Read
WGA Ratifies New Film & TV Contract
Ratification of the new three-year WGA film and TV contract has been overwhelmingly — almost unanimously — approved by members of the WGA East and West, bringing to a close Hollywood's most contentious contract struggle in a decade. Of the 3,647 valid votes cast there were 3,617 "yes" votes (99.2%) and 30 "no" votes (.8%). There were 9,441 eligible voters. The term of the agreement is from May 2, 2017 through May 1, 2020.
"Our success in these negotiations was due to a… Read
Advertisers Exit Sean Hannity FNC Show As He Continues Peddling Seth Rich Murder Story On Other Platforms
Several advertisers have pulled advertising from Sean Hannity’s Fox News Channel primetime show as he continues to push a conspiracy theory surrounding the death of a DNC staffer, though not on FNC for now.
“Cars.com’s media buy strategies are designed to reach as many consumers as possible across a wide spectrum of media channels,” the company said in a statement. “The fact that we advertise on a particular program doesn’t mean that we agree or disagree, or support or… Read
Manchester Attack Updates: Six Arrested, Ariana Grande Suspends Tour & Tom Hardy Launches Fundraiser For Victims
Developments pertaining to the horrific Manchester bombing on Monday have continued to unfold as a fifth man and a woman were arrested Wednesday in Britain, in what Greater Manchester police describe as "a fast-moving investigation."
This brings the arrest tally to six in the UK, with police saying they are investigating a "network" after suicide bomber Salman Abedi killed 22 people and injured 64 at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.
Police arrested a woman in… Read