Bad Robot’s ‘God Particle’ Off Paramount’s Schedule, ‘Cloverfield’ Sets Fall Date
Bad Robot’s God Particle, which was originally expected to launch on Feb. 24 has been moved off the schedule.
Meanwhile, there’s a new Cloverfield movie in Imax that landed on the release calendar for Oct. 27. It’s a clever way of wording a release date announcement because the gist is that Julius Onah’s God Particle is now Cloverfield. God’s Particle stars David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ziyi Zhang, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Brühl and Chris O'Dowd. Pic focuses on a… Read
Gayle King Deal Keeps Her On ‘CBS This Morning’
CBS News confirmed to Deadline this morning that it has reached a “long-term deal with Gayle King and is extremely excited about” the morning show’s momentum. Intention is to keep the CBS This Morning cast intact — King teamed with Norah O’Donnell and Charlie Rose.
King’s contract re-up news was given first to New York Post‘s Page 6 column, reported at more than $5M a year. Unlike its competitors, The morning show is up this season compared to last in both overall… Read
Altice Explores IPO To Sell Minority Stake In U.S. Cable Operation
Investors looking for opportunities to bet on the U.S. cable market may have a new option soon: The No. 4 operator — Amsterdam-based Altice — says today that it is “exploring the possibility” of an initial public offering here to sell “a minority interest in its U.S. operations.”
The company warns, though, that “no decisions have been taken” and there’s “no assurance” it will proceed.
Altice became a cable and broadband player in the U.S. following its acquisitions of… Read
Producers Guild To Honor ‘Loving’ With Stanley Kramer Award
The Producers Guild of America said today that Focus Features’ Loving will receive its 2017 Stanley Kramer Award, an honor bestowed for raising public awareness of important social issues.
The film, written and directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, chronicles the real-life story of Richard and Mildred Loving, whose Supreme Court victory in 1967 was a landmark case invalidating laws prohibiting interracial marriage.
Loving was produced by PGA… Read
‘Kubo’ Director & Laika Founder Travis Knight Inks With CAA
EXCLUSIVE: Laika founder and Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight has signed with CAA. The film marked Knight's feature directorial debut, and this is his first agency inking as a stand-alone filmmaker.
Knight created and is CEO and president of Laika, the Oregon-based animation house that has produced the likes of Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls, the latter of which was nominated for a Best Animated Feature Oscar last year.
Kubo is in the awards-season… Read
Gkids Acquires Dash Shaw’s ‘My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea’
Gkids has acquired North American distribution rights to My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea, the new animated feature directed by graphic novelist Dash Shaw. The film features the voices of Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph, Susan Sarandon, Alex Karpovsky and John Cameron Mitchell and bowed at Toronto this year. It will get a spring 2017 theatrical release.
The distributor has piled up eight Academy Award noms for Best Animated Feature… Read
‘Empire’ Ratings Hit Another New Low, ‘Hairspray Live!’ Equals Live Low Of 2014’s ‘Peter Pan’ For NBC
UPDATE, 9:04 AM: Maybe America was out holiday shopping but for the most part they weren't watching television last night despite NBC's Hairspray Live! (2.3/8) and the penultimate winter Season 3 episode of Empire (2.5/8).
While still holding the top spot among adults 18-49, the FOX hip hop drama fell to a new low on Wednesday – again. Down 11% from the fast affiliates of last week, which went up a tenth in the final numbers to match the show's previous low, Empire also… Read
Flint Water Crisis Documentary In The Works From Paul Haggis
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-winning producer Paul Haggis (Crash) and his producing partner Michael Nozik have teamed with director William Hart on Lead and Copper, a documentary on the ongoing water contamination crisis in Flint, MI.
The issue began in 2014 when Flint switched its water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River. The water from the river was not treated with corrosive inhibitors, and as a result thousands of children were exposed to lead contamination. A number of… Read
Cartoon Network Ups Curtis LeLash & Tramm Wigzell To SVP Original Series
Cartoon Network has promoted veteran development execs Curtis Lelash and Tramm Wigzell to SVP Original Series, from their VP roles. Lelash and Wigzell will co-lead the original series group, where they will expand the network's portfolio of original video and multiplatform programming. Based at Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, the duo will continue to report to Rob Sorcher, Chief Content Cfficer for Cartoon Network.
"Curtis and Tramm are both well respected in the… Read
Toni Collette & Matthew Goode To Star In Comedy ‘Birthmarked’
Toni Collette and Matthew Goode are starring in Birthmarked, a comedy from director Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais and Brooklyn producer Item 7. Andreas Apergis, Michael Smiley, Fionnula Flanagan and Suzanne Clément co-star in the pic, penned by Marc Tulin. Shooting is underway outside Montreal.
The story from Hoss-Desmarais and Tulin, who worked together on the helmer’s first feature film Whitewash, is set in 1977 and revolves around a pair of respected scientists who quit their… Read
‘The View’ Losing Candace Cameron Bure
It’s been more than a month since anyone has announced she was leaving The View. Candace Cameron Bure, returning to the show after a noticeable absence, fixed that this morning, revealing she’s following Raven-Symoné, who made that October announcement, out the door.
“I’m happy to be back,” Bure said of her return, then said she’s leaving. And yes, she said “bittersweet.”
Bure called it a “tough” decision, based on the success of her other, pre-View commitments, to… Read
Verizon Taps Erin McPherson As Head Of Content Strategy & Programming
Erin McPherson, former exec at Disney’s Maker Studios and Yahoo, has moved to Verizon as Head of Content Strategy, Acquisition and Programming.
McPherson takes on the role vacated by Terry Denson, Verizon's longtime VP of content strategy and acquisition, who exited the company this summer.
In her new role, McPherson will oversee Verizon's content activities, including programming, acquisitions, development, strategic partnerships, and original content. She will be… Read