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Kevin Spacey Continues His Disruptive Platform-Shifting Experiments By Self-Releasing ‘Now: In The Wings On A World Stage': Q&A

When most leading men get preoccupied with messing with models, it usually means extracurricular activity. When it's Kevin Spacey, it means taking bold risks to create disruptive opportunities to alter arcane platforms that have ranged from his own acting career to pioneering the first breakout multi-platform success in the J.C. Chandor-directed Margin Call and the first breakout Netflix series hit House Of Cards. Now, he has made an intriguing documentary, Now: In The Win… Read

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Deadline Awards Watch 65 – Pete Hammond’s Oscar Picks Podcast

Deadline Awards Watch ep 65

In this week's podcast, Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond and host David Bloom do their annual Oscar preview ahead of the weekend's festivities, to help you fill out that Oscar ballot with Pete's choices and dark-horse candidates in all the major categories. David and Pete also preview Hollywood's favorite beach party, the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday. This year, nominees for the Spirit Awards don't feel that independent with all the familiar names also up… Read

New Development Model From Writers’ Perspective: More Opportunities, Less Pay?

Like any change to a well-established model, the networks' efforts to break away from the traditional development cycle is undergoing growing pains. There have been issues for studios who don't have a pilot to show to international buyers at the May screenings because production has been shifted to off-season or because projects have received what Fox refers to "an off-cycle commitment for further investment towards series production," meaning an order for backup scripts… Read

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Jay Leno’s Final ‘Tonight Show': Obama Appoints Him Ambassador To Antarctica While Billy Crystal, Oprah Winfrey, Garth Brooks And More Serenade Host: Video

"I don't like goodbyes - NBC does - but I don't care for them," an emotional Jay Leno said, kicking off a star-studded final broadcast show as host of The Tonight Show. "Tonight is our last show for real. I don't need to be fired three times — I get the hint," Leno joked to a friends-and-family studio audience as he ended his 22-year run Thursday night. It's his second very-last-time-as-host — having been pushed aside in 2009 by NBC to make way for Conan O'Brien, who… Read

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‘The Tonight Show’ Hits Best Wednesday Since Conan O’Brien’s First Week In 2009

Jay Leno's last week fronting The Tonight Show has seen the host hit ratings highs not experienced since his return to the NBC gig in 2010. The 63-year old comedian's second-to-last show last night was no exception with even a bit more. Wednesday's Tonight Show pulled in 4.3/11 in metered-market households. That's the best Leno has… Read

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Jesse Eisenberg As Lex Luthor & Jeremy Irons As Alfred In Superman-Batman Pic

BREAKING: Two more key roles have been cast in Zack Snyder's upcoming Superman-Batman movie for Warner Bros. Jesse Eisenberg will play Superman's arch enemy Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Bruce Wayne's butler/mentor Alfred in the pic, which is set for a May 6, 2016 release. They join Henry Cavill, reprising his role as Superman/Clark Kent in what Warners is billing as a sequel to its Man Of Steel; Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne; and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Dian… Read

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Tom Sherak: “It’s About Love”

Related: R.I.P. Tom Sherak I went out to see Tom Sherak yesterday to say goodbye. As I headed out on the 101 Freeway to see him, every memory I had of him came rushing back. I first met Tom more than 20 years ago, and it wasn't under the best of circumstances. It was 1992, and I was a reporter at The Hollywood Reporter covering film. It was the year of the Los Angeles riots, which had been sparked by the acquittals of four police officers who'd beaten Rodney King… Read

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Why Harvey Weinstein’s Comments On Movie Violence Matter

COMMENTARY: The Weinstein Company's co-chairman Harvey Weinstein made some bold statements Friday on CNN to Piers Morgan about backing away from violent content.  He spoke about his own children and how he no longer wanted to feel like a hypocrite. "The change starts here," the man who produced Quentin Tarantino's violent Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and D'jango Unchained told Morgan. "It has already. For me, I can't do it. I can't make one movie and say this is what I… Read

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Fleming On 2014 Sundance Forecast: Thriving Indie Biz Makes Appetite Strong; Un-Commercial Slate Could Limit Big Deals

The Sundance Film Festival market gets underway tonight, and it could start with a bidding bang for Whiplash, seen here first as a short and now a feature starring Miles Teller as a drummer trying to survive his ruthless school band conductor (J.K. Simmons). Then again, buyers could find it's not the second coming of Precious, Beasts Of The Southern Wild, or last year's gem Fruitvale Station. It will still sell if that happens, it will just take longer, with its prospect… Read

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OSCARS: 86th Academy Award Nominations Announcement: Nine Best Film Nominees – ‘American Hustle’ And ‘Gravity’ Lead Way With 10 Noms Each, ‘12 Years A Slave’ Gets 9 (FULL LIST)

Related: OSCARS: Who Got Snubbed By Academy? Nominations for the 86th Academy Awards were announced at 5:30 AM PT this morning at a news conference at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The Best Picture category ended up with nine nominees, including for Sony's American Hustle and Warner Bros' Gravity, which led the field with 10 nominations overall. They were followed by Fox Searchlight's 12 Years A Slave, which had nine noms overall. The rest of the… Read

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OSCARS Q&A: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ And ‘Captain Phillips’ Producer Scott Rudin On Making Prestige Pics Inside And Outside The Studio Fold

It has become common to find Scott Rudin with multiple films in the Oscar hunt. This time, the producer has the Joel and Ethan Coen-directed Inside Llewyn Davis, financed independently and distributed by CBS Films, and the Paul Greengrass-directed Captain Phillips, funded by Rudin's home studio Sony Pictures. The prolific producer manages these Oscar campaigns while he presided over a record-breaking limited stage run of the Mike Nichols-directed Betrayal with Daniel… Read

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Year-End: How A Growing Global Mandate And Franchise Fever Led To Movie Studio Tsuris

Considering that global movie ticket sales reached precedent levels after a particularly robust holiday period and a mostly sizzling summer, 2013 was one of the most turbulent years I can remember in the executive suites of major studios. Studios were overhauled all over town to better compete in an arena that is more of a global pursuit than ever, with victory belonging to whoever can build and maintain the most franchises. Purists will decry the fact that Hollywood's… Read

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