Cecilia Hart Dies: Actress & Wife Of James Earl Jones Was 68
Stage and screen actress Cecilia Hart, a frequent television player of the 1970s and wife of James Earl Jones for 34 years died October 16 following a battle with ovarian cancer. She was 68. The news was made public by the Westport, Connecticut focused website WestportNow.
Originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming, Hart received a Drama Desk Award nomination in 1977 for performing in Dirty Linen & New-Found-Land, and has several other Broadway credits to her name, including… Read
‘Loving’ To Inaugurate Film Screenings At National Museum Of African American History & Culture
Focus Features’ Loving will be the first theatrical film to screen at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Monday. The invitation-only screening of the Jeff Nichols drama at the newly opened museum’s Oprah Winfrey Theater will be preceded by a reception and panel discussion with the writer/director and stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga.
Loving, set for a November 4 limited release with a subsequent expansion, is a biopic about… Read
Matt Damon, Cheo Coker Among Featured Speakers At Produced By New York 2016
The Producers Guild of America has announced additional speakers for the 2016 edition of Produced By: New York Conference. New speakers for the event include M. Blair Breard, Cheo Hodari Coker, Matt Damon, Donna Gigliotti, Julie Goldman, William Horberg, Jon Kilik, Brian Koppelman and David Levien, Franklin Leonard, John Lyons, Lori McCreary, Chris Moore, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Joshua Safran, Allyn Stewart, among others.
The conference has also announced additional panels… Read
Steve Dillion Dies: Comic Artist And ‘Preacher’ Co-Creator Was 54
Influential comic artist Steve Dillon, known for his frequent collaborations with writer Garth Ennis that included acclaimed runs on DC-Vertigo’s Hellblazer and Marvel’s The Punisher and, most notably, co-creating the seminal Vertigo series Preacher recently adapted for television on AMC, has died. He was 54, and his brother, Glyn, confirmed on Twitter that he passed away in New York City sometime this morning.
Born in 1962 in Luton, England, Dillon started his career in… Read
‘Vampire Diaries’ Ratings Down In Final Premiere, ‘Exorcist’ Up, ‘MacGyver’ Even
On a relatively steady Big 4 Friday that saw no Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs game on cable but a backstage Hamilton's America documentary attracting a lot of heat on PBS, it was the CW in the spotlight last night.
Both The Vampire Diaries (0.4/2) and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (0.2/1) had new seasons debuts on the network on a new night – and the results for the former left blood on the floor. For the eighth and final season of the Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec… Read
Report: AT&T Reaches $80B+ Deal To Acquire Time Warner; Announcement Could Come As Early As Tonight
Updated: AT&T and Time Warner’s boards are meeting today to formally approve the telco’s more than $80 billion agreement to buy the entertainment giant — expected to be announced this evening.
AT&T has agreed to pay north of $80 billion equally split between cash and stock, The Wall Street Journal says. That would value Time Warner at between $105 and $110 a share — the highest price investors have seen since 2001 when the company was still united with AOL.
The formal… Read
What Happened To ‘The Joneses’ At The Box Office?
With an estimated production cost of $40M before P&A, 20th Century Fox’s Keeping Up With the Joneses may not go down as the biggest box office disaster of all-time, but the film is a disaster nonetheless with an estimated opening of $6M this weekend, perhaps even lower.
Booked at 3,022 locations, Joneses is one of the lowest debuts for a saturated theater count of that size. Though billed as an ensemble comedy, Joneses comes as the second misfire for its Hangover star Zac… Read
Donald Trump Would Nix AT&T’s Acquisition Of Time Warner; Says Such Deals “Destroy Democracy”
While laying out plans for what he hopes would be his first 100 days in the White House, GOP nominee Donald Trump said he would not approve AT&T’s proposed $80+ billion acquisition of Time Warner. Claiming that “deals like this destroy democracy,” Trump also said he was opposed to the Comcast/NBC Universal merger.
Deadline analyzed the AT&T deal yesterday. “Would a deal kick off a massive consolidation wave?,” wrote David Lieberman. “Tech and telco companies have lots of… Read
Director Tim Miller, Ryan Reynolds Part Company On ‘Deadpool 2’
EXCLUSIVE: After a series of creative differences between Deadpool director Tim Miller and star Ryan Reynolds, Miller has exited Deadpool 2. He hadn’t formally signed a deal to continue, but he was developing the script and by all accounts had planned to return behind the camera for a film Fox will release in 2018.
I’ve confirmed from studio insiders this exit was over mutual creative differences, but this all ended amicably and the studio is very high on Miller and the… Read
‘Madea’ Scares Off ‘Jack Reacher’ For No. 1; ‘Joneses’ Opening Lower Than ‘Masterminds’ – Sat. Afternoon Update
Write-thru, Sat. 7:42 AM and 1:13 PM: Weekend ticket sales have been sliding since Labor Day. But not this weekend.
Friday night became fight night between the two newcomers — Lionsgate’s Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween ($24.5M) and Paramount’s Tom Cruise vehicle Jack Reacher: Never Go Back ($22M to $23.5M), but so far this Saturday, Tyler Perry has pushed Tom Cruise aside the No. 1 box office spot. The two films have spurred this weekend’s stubs to at least $120M, a… Read
Kevin Meaney Dies: Veteran Comic And Actor Was 60
Tributes from colleagues and friends poured out tonight following the news that comedian Kevin Meaney has died. The veteran stand up comic, whose acting credits include numerous animated television series and the Tom Hanks film Big among others, and who also made dozens of appearances on late night television, was 60. He was found in his home today in Forestburgh, New York.
“So kind. So damn funny. So sorry for his loved ones for his loss,” said Bob Saget about Meaney on… Read
Ex-State Sen. Ron Calderon Sentenced In Film Incentives Bribe Case
Former Democratic California State Sen. Ron Calderon has been sentenced to 3½ years in federal prison after pleading guilty to accepting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for performing official acts as a legislator – including $60,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as independent filmmakers who wanted changes to California's film incentives program.
According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Calderon agreed to support an expansion of a state… Read