‘A Gray State’ Director Erik Nelson On David Crowley Doc As A “Core Sample Of American Crazy” — Tribeca Studio
David Crowley was many things—”a visionary filmmaker, a political activist, an Iraq veteran, a family man—what documentarian Erik Nelson calls “an American hybrid.” In 2010, the up-and-coming voice in fringe politics embarked on a film project titled Gray State. Set in a dystopian near-future, the would-be project depicted a world where civil liberties were being violated by an overly powerful federal government, gaining a mass following from an online community of… Read
Universal Moves Robert Downey Jr.’s Untitled Doctor Dolittle Project
Universal Pictures' has moved its untitled Doctor Dolittle movie with Robert Downey Jr. up six weeks from May 24, 2019, to April 12. Previously known as The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, the project had been set to open against Disney’s Star Wars: Episode IX.
Directed by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana) and based on the tales by Hugh Lofting, the Dolittle project will be produced by Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum under their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films (Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent)… Read
‘Superman Vs The KKK’ In Works From Lotus, Paperchase & Marco Vicini
Lotus Entertainment and Paperchase Films are teaming with financier and executive producer Marco Vicini to produce Superman vs. the KKK, a film adaptation of Rick Bowers’ 2012 YA nonfiction book.
Bowers’ book (full title: Superman Versus The Ku Klux Klan: The True Story of How the Iconic Superhero Battled the Men of Hate) chronicled the creation of a real-life 1946 radio drama in which Superman took on a thinly-veiled version of the actual Klan. The book will be adapted… Read
‘Z: The Beginning of Everything’ Star Christina Ricci On Presenting Zelda Fitzgerald’s Full Humanity
Last night at the Hollywood Athletic Club, Amazon Studios pulled out all the stops in a presentation for their original series Z: The Beginning of Everything, screening two episodes of the series, followed by a panel discussion with the series’ stars, Christina Ricci and David Hoflin, and costume designer Tom Broecker moderated by Deadline’s Joe Utichi.
A thirty-minute period drama series created by Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin (The Killing)—based on the novel Z: A Nov… Read
‘A Thousand Junkies’ Stars On Rehashing A Painful Period In Their Lives And The AA Meeting Where They Met — Tribeca Studio
The feature directorial debut of screenwriter Tommy Swerdlow, A Thousand Junkies strikes a nerve and strikes a delicate tonal balance, often making the viewer laugh and cringe from painful identification within a matter of seconds. Boasting a successful career in the ’90s as the writer of a number of beloved family films—including Cool Runnings, Little Giants, and Snow Dogs—Swerdlow was, at the same time, a full-blown heroin addict. And Swerdlow wasn’t alone—his co-stars B… Read
‘Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop’ Director Daniel Kaufman On The “Fierce Pursuit Of The American Dream” — Tribeca Studio
“I think Tribeca's the perfect festival for it, because it really is—bottom line—about some kids from New York, and about the landscape of New York, kind of as a microcosm for the landscape of America, and how America has changed in the last 20 years for young black men,” Daniel Kaufman says, setting up his directorial debut, hip-hop documentary Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story.
“A lot hasn't changed, but in terms of our culture in the music world, so much has… Read
‘The Last Poker Game’ Star Martin Landau On Ageism In Hollywood And Roles He Is Happy To Turn Down — Tribeca Studio
There are plenty of first-time directors appearing at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival—several of which came through Deadline’s Tribeca Studio in the festival’s first week—but there is only one filmmaker who made his writing and directing debut in his seventies, taking a moment away from his work as a world-renowned neurologist, in pursuit of new truths and a new form of expression. That would be Dr. Howard L. Weiner—the Robert L. Kroc Professor of Neurology at the Harvard… Read
‘Superstore’ EPs Gabe Miller & Jonathan Green Ink Overall Deal With Universal TV
Gabe Miller & Jonathan Green, who have served as writers/executive producers on NBC’s single-camera series Superstore since the beginning, have signed an overall deal with the studio behind the workplace comedy. Under the two-year pact, they will continue as executive producers on Superstore, working alongside creator/executive producer Justin Spitzer, while also developing new projects for Uni TV. Superstore, NBC’s strongest half-hour series, has been renewed for a third… Read
Rami Malek On The Run In ‘Buster’s Mal Heart’; Noomi Rapace Kidnapped In ‘Rupture’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
Filmmaker Steven Shainberg tapped Noomi Rapace for the lead of his thriller Rupture, which had a quick turnaround shoot in Canada. The director said it was all “go go go” for the film, though he ran into a roadblock on the way to distribution. The film joins a somewhat sparse roll-out of new Specialties this weekend as the Tribeca Film Festival eyes its finale in New York. The festival is a launchpad for Well Go USA's Buster's Mal Heart with Rami Malek, which bows in New… Read
MTV Movie & TV Awards Set To Honor ‘Fast & Furious’ Franchise
Vin Diesel and other Fast & Furious franchise cast will be on hand at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards to pick up this year’s Generation Award, a trophy that typically goes to an individual performer.
The Generation Award has, for 25 years, been handed to an actor for a body of work that “speaks directly to the MTV audience.” Past recipients include Will Smith, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Wahlberg, Sandra Bullock, Jamie Foxx, Johnny Depp, Ben Stiller, Adam… Read
‘The President Show’ Inaugurates New Term On Comedy Central
The President Show officially joined Comedy Central’s late-night administration last night, with an inaugural presentation of what looks like it might be a recurring routine. “This is our very first desk piece, called ‘Nice/Not Nice,'” said Anthony Atamanuik with the Donald Trump impersonation that’s made him famous and landed him the weekly Comedy Central gig.
The bit’s premise was simple enough, as Trump divides the world into good and bad and makes jokes about both… Read
James Corden Can’t Escape Kurt Russell In Funny ‘Late Late Show’ Bit
Somehow you just knew that Kurt Russell would be the type of guy’s guy who’d punch your arm as a greeting. On last night’s Late Late Show with James Corden, Russell took the gag and ran with it, putting Corden through some increasingly bruising encounters.
Ok, so the bit’s not exactly unpredictable, particularly the end, but Russell and Corden really go for broke. Well done. Check it out above.
Later in the show, Russell continued being a good sport as fellow guest Thomas… Read