White House Comes To Larry Wilmore’s Rescue Over Correspondents’ Dinner Speech Controversy
President Barack Obama "appreciated the spirit of Mr. Wilmore's expressions" used at Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and insisted that “any reading of his comments makes clear he was not using the president as the butt of a joke,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest insisted today at his press briefing.
Wilmore has been under fire, in some quarters, for the way in which he wound up his speech at the annual Nerd Prom. The Comedy Central late-night star… Read
GLAAD Study Finds Drastic Drop In LGBT Racial Diversity Across 2015 Films
GLAAD released its fourth annual Studio Responsibility Index this morning, finding that the racial diversity of LGBT characters "drastically decreased" since last year's report and that there "remains a lack of substantial LGBT characters in mainstream films." No studios were given a "Good" rating for their 2015 films while Paramount, Disney and Warner Bros received “Failing” grades from the media advocacy watchdog for their portrayals of LGBT people.
GLAAD’s index maps… Read
Scott Rudin’s ‘Shuffle Along’ Ruled A New Musical, Setting Up A Likely ‘Hamilton’ Showdown At Tony Time
Shuffle Along, or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed was declared a new musical today at a meeting of the Tony Administration committee. The ruling means that when the committee of 48 Tony Awards nominators meets on Monday to determine the nominees for this year’s awards, the Scott Rudin production will be eligible for nomination in the Best Musical category, facing Pulitzer Prize-winner Hamilton, which is considered all but a shoo-in for… Read
As Broadway Braces For Tony Races, ‘Shuffle Along’ Gets Key Ruling: Gerard & Roth
UPDATED 9:30 AM: The Tony administration Committee this morning declared Shuffle Along to be a new musical. Read about it here.
EXCLUSIVE: Deadline's Jeremy Gerard and Jujamcyn Theatres majority owner and president Jordan Roth talk about the state of the industry, the only stipulation being no holds barred.
GERARD: This morning will see the final meeting of the committee that considers producers’ requests for deviations from Tony rules regarding categories for… Read
Kelly Ripa’s New Contract Strategy: Screaming Hairy Armadillo
A screaming hairy armadillo gave Kelly Ripa headlines this morning at the expense of her soon-to-be-ex co-host Michael Strahan – and, of course, the armadillo – on Live with Kelly and Michael.
Wildlife pitchman Peter Gros trotted out the little animal, who began to shriek, which we know from that time National Wildlife Federation rep David Mizejewski took one to entertain Conan O’Brien’s late-night audience, is something they only do when they are “really really freaked… Read
George Takei Pledges Allegiance To “Most Diverse” Broadway Over Hollywood’s “Gross Stereotypes”
EXCLUSIVE: The Star Trek icon Mr. Sulu and the real-life social activist who played him will mark the eve of the cut-off date for Tony eligibility by saluting Broadway’s most diverse season ever. George Takei adds, in this year of #OscarsSoWhite, a Bronx cheer to Hollywood in general and the treatment of Asian Americans at February’s Academy Awards show in particular.
Here, exclusively, is Takei’s post on his widely read and disseminated (and sometimes ghost-written)… Read
Dr. Andrew Wakefield Book Rights Acquired For Movie About Autism And Vaccines
Terry Rossio and Dr. Jocelyn Stamat have acquired rights to Callous Disregard: Autism And Vaccines – The Truth Behind A Tragedy written by Dr. Andrew Wakefield for a feature adaptation. They, through their Chamaelon Prods. banner, also acquired Wakefield’s life rights.
The book, published in 2010 and with a foreword written by Jenny McCarthy, details the key events surrounding the 1998 paper in the British medical journal The Lancet, co-authored by Wakefield, that… Read
Kelly Ripa’s Return To ‘Live’: “Our Long National Nightmare Is Over” – Update
UPDATED with Kelly Ripa’s return to Live: “Our long national nightmare is over,” Kelly Ripa said to a standing ovation, in making her return to Live with Kelly and Michael this morning. “I am fairly certain there are trained professional snipers with tranquilizer darts in case I drive too far off message,” Ripa began, addressing her absence from the show since learning last Tuesday her co-host Michael Strahan was leaving in September for Good Morning America.
DisneyLife Service Suspended In China Amid Crackdown On Foreign Content – Reports
Following word on Friday that Apple’s iTunes services had been shut down in China, it’s emerged that The Walt Disney Company’s DisneyLife platform may also be a casualty of the nascent Regulation for the Management of Online Publishing Services. The new law — part of a tightening of control over online content — took effect in early March and is designed to regulate overseas content that lands on Chinese screens.
DisneyLife, an OTT service created in partnership with… Read
Anti-Nuke Atomic Age Cinema Festival Wants To Be A “Wake-Up Call”
Hollywood has been warning the world about the threat of nuclear war and the danger of nuclear power for decades, from On the Beach and Dr. Strangelove to Fail Safe and The China Syndrome. Those concerns will be explored again at the Atomic Age Cinema Festival, set for Wednesday at the Raleigh Studios’ Charlie Chaplin Theater in Hollywood.
Actor and activist Esai Morales, who will serve as a panelist, told Deadline that he hopes that the festival will be a "wake-up call"… Read
Paramount Offers Concessions In EU Anti-Trust Investigation
A day after the European Union announced it was charging Google with anti-trust violations, Paramount Pictures has offered a number of concessions in its own anti-trust case with the EU. The European Commission first launched its case last July against pay TV platform Sky and the six major Hollywood studios, arguing that customers across Europe should have access to Sky's services in the UK and Ireland. At the time, E.U. competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager had… Read
ESPN Fires Curt Schilling Over Anti-Transgender Post
Twitter, Facebook — in Curt Schilling’s case, it’s more like anti-social media. ESPN has fired its baseball analyst after he posted, and later defended, an anti-transgender meme and opined about laws covering gender-specific restrooms.
“ESPN is an inclusive company,” the Disney-owned sports giant said in a statement today. “Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”
ESPN had suspended Schilli… Read