‘Midnight Rider': New Footage Reveals Seconds Leading To Train Impact: Video
In a chilling and emotional report from ABC News' 20/20 on Friday night, new footage was shown from a camera mounted inside the CSX locomotive that struck a metal bed on the Doctortown train trestle in rural Georgia, causing 27-year-old Midnight Rider camerawoman Sarah Jones to be pulled towards the train and lose her life. A series of three clips from the show is posted below; they include commentary from Deadline's Anita Busch and Jen Yamato.
The second clip has the… Read
‘Nightcrawler’ Will Carve Hollow Halloween Box Office Win
UPDATED FRIDAY, 11:54 p.m.: With stellar reviews and a dearth of competition, Jake Gyllenhaal's crime thriller Nightcrawler will creep to a box office win on a weekend carved up by Halloween. The film, which has had critics' tongues wagging since it splashed at the Toronto Film Festival, stands at a 93% approval ratings, and solid reviews suggest the R-rated pic could see a robust hold through the week — until Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic Interstellar and Disney's… Read
Bill Maher Blasts Commencement Speech Flap; Calls On College Students Nationwide To Support Him
Bill Maher says he intends to give the commencement speech at Berkeley's December graduation ceremony and challenged liberal college students nationwide to condemn an effort by the Berkeley student group that invited and then tried to un-invite him, because “my reputation isn't on the line. Yours is.”
Maher, earlier this week, had announced via Twitter that he would not comment until tonight's broadcast of his HBO late-night show, on the effort by some University of… Read
‘Gotham’ Ratings Surge For Fox On Multi-Platform Viewing
The realities of the 21st century television landscape have served a story first set in the late 1930 very very well. A month after its premiere, Fox's freshman Gotham has hit a total multi-platform audience of 22.2 million, according to the network. Not only is that a pretty impressive number for the WBTV produced world of Batman backstory but it is actually a 168% life over the Live + Same Day audience of 8.3 million that the series got for its 8 PM September 22… Read
Halloween Horror: Pete Hammond’s Top Three Fright Classics (Video)
Saw is getting a major theatrical re-release in light of its 10th anniversary and the fact that today is Halloween. It is one of the few pure horror titles, after last week's Ouija and Annabelle a couple of weeks ago, that is out there in theaters for the holiday. It seems Hollywood has really let horror fans down this year. Where's all the new stuff , the potential new classics. I'm disappointed, studios. This should be your bread and butter this time of year. And… Read
NBC Assessing ‘Space Race’ After Virgin Galactic Crash Kills One Pilot, Seriously Injures Another
NBC says it's “gathering information on the situatuon” after Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo spacecraft crashed today in the Mojave Desert, killing one pilot and seriously injuring another. The fatal accident occurred one year after NBC announced it had bought the space travel reality series Burnett had been pitching with British mogul Richard Branson. titled Space Race, in which everyday people would compete for a trip into space on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo. The… Read
Deadline’s The Contenders Set To Kick Off Awards Season Saturday
Awards season officially begins in earnest on Saturday with the sold out all-day event, The Contenders Presented By Deadline. This fourth annual showcase for the major Oscar hopefuls is expected, as usual, to draw large numbers of Academy members, as well as those from key guilds such as the SAG Nominating Committee, WGA, DGA and PGA, along with other invited industry notables.
Contenders features a record 12 studios and distributors this year. Due to increasing demand it… Read
Channing Tatum’s ‘X-Men’ Character ‘Gambit’ Spinoff Moving Forward
EXCLUSIVE: In a move that makes official that the X-Men character Gambit is getting his own spinoff movie with Channing Tatum as the card-savvy protagonist, Fox has set Robocop scribe Josh Zetumer to write the screenplay. The studio has officially attached Tatum as star, and to produce with his Free Association partner Reid Carolin, The Donners Company's Lauren Shuler Donner, and Genre Films' Simon Kinberg.
The screenplay will be based on a treatment penned by legendary Ma… Read
‘Walking Dead’ Producer Valhalla Adds Ex-Lionsgate Exec As TV VP
EXCLUSIVE: Gale Anne Hurd's Valhalla Entertainment is adding more muscle to its TV side with another new hire. Whitney Timmons is joining the expanding company as VP of Television. The former long time Lionsgate exec and Director of TV was most recently at Media Right Capitol. Timmons spent just over two years at MRC as Executive Director of TV and where she worked on Netflix's House Of Cards for the indie studio, among other projects.
"As Valhalla expands, I am… Read
Hollywood Media Bridge Gets $25M Infusion – AFM
Hollywood Media Bridge has just been infused with a $25 million equity investment from Canadian entrepreneur Jonathan Kitzen and his Kajanga Syndicate, which are increasing their investment in the HMB fund founded by Phillip Goldfine. Hollywood Media Bridge has produced 15 films in the past two years, including the Academy Award-winning documentary short The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life. Kitzen invested in that documentary and was its co-producer.
“I've been on… Read
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ewan McGregor Find ‘The Real Thing’ Elusive In Broadway Debuts
UPDATE October 31: Adds Barb Jungr's show at end.
Tom Stoppard's 1982 dazzler gets the matinee-comedy treatment from director-of-the-moment Sam Gold in a revival that leaves its attractive stars, both in their Broadway bows, deeply in the lurch. Glib and weirdly chilly for a literate comedy-drama about love, commitment, the sanctity of words and the enduring perfection of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," the Roundabout Theatre Company production is as full of ideas as… Read
Kristin Scott Thomas Crowned Queen For New West End Run Of ‘The Audience’
Helen Mirren won an Olivier Award in 2013 for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in the Stephen Daldry-directed West End drama The Audience. That production is moving to Broadway beginning on February 17, 2015. Back in London, Kristin Scott Thomas is stepping into the lead part in a new version of the Peter Morgan-scripted play. She'll hit the boards at the Apollo Theatre from April 21-July 25. Further casting for the West End run is yet to be announced; Daldry will return to… Read