Time Warner Sale To AT&T Shows Distribution, Not Content, Is King
You can bet that Time Warner execs will say that their agreement to sell the cable and studio company to AT&T confirms the showbiz cliche that content is king. But the terms, with AT&T as the survivor, demonstrate just the opposite.
The telco has agreed to pay about $85 billion, or about $110 a share, Reuters Read
Fox Nabs ‘Bad Sugar’ Comedy From Sharon Horgan, Patty Breen & Aaron Kaplan
Fox has given a script commitment plus significant penalty to Bad Sugar, a single-camera comedy from writer-producer Patty Breen (Suburgatory), Divorce and Catastrophe‘s Sharon Horgan and her Merman Films, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, UK’s Tiger Aspect and 20th TV.
Written by Breen based on the British format, Bad Sugar follows the sexy and scheming heirs of a wealthy mining mogul as they battle each other to become the next head of his fracking empire.
‘A Midsummer’s Nightmare’: Daisy Head To Topline Lifetime’s Shakespearean Pilot, Casey Deidrick Set As A Male Lead
After a lengthy search, Lifetime has found its Elena Holland. Daisy Head is set as the lead in Lifetime’s psychological thriller pilot A Midsummer's Nightmare. The deal came down quickly, with Lifetime snagging Head moments after she became available when the Freeform drama series Guilt, which she toplined, was canceled yesterday. Also cast as one of the male leads in Midsummer’s Nightmare, a modern-day take on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, is Casey Deidrick (Ey… Read
‘Burn This’ Broadway Revival With Jake Gyllenhaal Postponed Until 2017-2018
Burn This, the Broadway revival of the Landford Wilson play that was to be a starring vehicle for Jake Gyllenhaal and the first production in the refurbished Hudson Theatre after five decades, has been postponed. Producers Stacey Mindich and Jessica R. Jenen just made the announcement, citing “scheduling conflicts with the show's star.”
The production was set to begin performances in February 2017 with the play to officially open March 6. The show is now aiming for its… Read
Bill Murray Crashes White House Press Conference To Talk Up Cubs’ Chances
Well-known Chicago Cubs fan Bill Murray took an Internet meme to the White House today, crashing the very end of a Presidential press conference to talk about the Cubs. Murray, who in recent years has gone viral for crashing a bachelor party, a NYC Kickball game, even a random couple’s engagement photos, took over the presser to talk up his team’s chances in the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
With a very game White House press corps… Read
‘Michael Moore In TrumpLand’ Lands On ITunes & Sets Global Airdates – Update
UPDATE, Friday 4:02 PM: Michael Moore In TrumpLand is now available on iTunes, and the surprise self-distributed documentary has also lined up presentations around the globe. The film will air on October 30 in the UK (Channel 4), Australia (Ten Network), Netherlands (VPRO), New Zealand (TVNZ), Denmark (TV2), Sweden (SVT), Finland (Nelonen), Norway (NRK) and Iceland (365).
The film, currently available on iTunes for $4.99, broke the house record at the IFC Center cinema in… Read
Time Warner Agrees To $85B Sale; Announcement Possible Sunday: Report
Time Warner has agreed in principle to sell itself to AT&T for $85 billion, or $110 a share — and could go public with the terms on Sunday — Reuters reports.
The companies have agreed on “most terms,” the news service says.
The disclosure… Read
SAG-AFTRA Says Video Game Strike “Not About Terminology”; Picket Lines Set For Monday
Members of the SAG-AFTRA video games negotiating committee made it clear today that the union bent over backwards to make a deal before launching a strike against targeted companies.
"Every time they raised an issue, we tried to find a compromise," said Keythe Farley, chair of the union interactive committee, during a press conference. "We made every effort we could to make a deal."
SAG-AFTRA said it will put up its first picket line Monday outside the offices of… Read
‘Midnight Rider’: More Info Revealed In “Willful Safety Violation” Court Filing
EXCLUSIVE: New, un-redacted information revealing what specific supervising crew members did (or did not do) on the set of Midnight Rider has been put into a Department of Labor court filing to refute producer Film Allman’s claim that it was not guilty of a “willful safety violation.” The brief asks the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold “in its entirety” the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission decision that slapped Film Allman with the violation and a… Read
Donald Glover Will Be Young Lando In Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff
Confirming months of speculation and recent rumors, Donald Glover has officially joined the cast of Disney and Lucasfilm’s upcoming Star Wars Han Solo stand-alone spinoff film in the role of Lando Calrissian. The news was announced minutes ago via the official Star Wars Twitter.
Hello, what have we here? Donald Glover is Lando Calrissian in the untitled 2018 Han Solo Star Wars Story. https://t.co/ChueOBd0fv pic.twitter.com/54JOBM1P9K
— Star Wars (@starwars) October 21… Read
Netflix Emma Stone-Jonah Hill Series ‘Maniac’ From Cary Fukunaga Finds Writer
Leftovers writer-producer Patrick Somerville has been tapped to write Maniac, the high-profile upcoming Netflix half-hour series starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill and directed by Cary Fukunaga. The project, based on the the 2014 Norwegian series, hails from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content and has a 10-episode straight-to-series order.
The premise of Maniac revolves around the fantasy worlds of Hill and Stone's characters, who in his real life are confined to a mental… Read
Even At Minimum Wage, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs Would Do Better
Here's a modest proposal for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: How about paying president Cheryl Boone Isaacs something? Anything. Even the minimum wage.
According to a tax filing that just popped up on the Guidestar monitoring service, Boone Isaacs — who in her day job is a marketing consultant — has been logging 24 hours a week at the Academy and its related foundations, for total reportable compensation of zero. Having watched her on the festival circuit… Read