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Sony Consults With ‘Scandal’-ous Crisis-Management Expert

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In a near-case of life imitating art, Amy Pascal and other top Sony executives have had a few meetings with Judy Smith, the crisis-management wiz who inspired the Olivia Pope character on hit ABC drama Scandal, to discuss strategies for dealing with the massive hack attack that led to the controversial pulling of Sony's movie The Interview and made top Sony executives tabloid fodder when their private emails were made public. The Sony Motion Picture Group is… Read

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Embeth Davidtz & Jack Noseworthy Join ‘Marilyn’ Miniseries; ‘Lumen’ Pilot Rounds Out Cast

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Mad Men alumna Embeth Davidtz and Jack Noseworthy (Killing Kennedy) have been cast opposite Kelli Garner and Susan Sarandon in Marilyn, Lifetime's upcoming four-hour miniseries about tragic Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe, to premiere in 2015. Based on best-selling book The Secret Life Of Marilyn Monroe by J. Randy Taraborrelli, the mini will center on Marilyn (Garner), who walks red carpets in shimmering gowns while fighting a battle against demons she's inherited from her… Read

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Veronica Osorio Inks Talent Deal With Fox

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In a competitive situation, Fox Broadcasting Co. and 20th Century Fox TV have signed a talent holding deal with Veronica Osorio of Upright Citizen's Brigade New York to be cast in a comedy pilot for the network and studio this development season. “We met Veronica and were instantly captivated by her story, drive and passion for comedy,” said Fox SVP casting Tess Sanchez. “She's performed with the very best in sketch and improv, and we're so excited to catch her on the… Read

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Fox International Ups Kieran Breen To Marketing President Post

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Following a record-breaking summer for 20th Century Fox, Kieran Breen has been promoted to President of International Marketing, the company's Worldwide Marketing and Distribution heads Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus announced today. Breen has served as Fox International's EVP, International Marketing since 2006 and has been with the studio since 2000. He started his run with Fox as its UK Marketing Director in the UK and Ireland. In his newly upped post he'll report to… Read

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Ben Affleck, Others Stumping For Bradley Cooper’s ‘American Sniper’ Performance

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EXCLUSIVE: After all the sinister implications of the Sony hacking scandal, a nice story has emerged among the sharp elbows on the Oscar circuit that is enough to make one feel good about actors who simply love the craft. Even though he was suffering from the flu, Ben Affleck took the time to speak at an event meant to celebrate American Sniper and Bradley Cooper's performance as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. During a screening of his film Inherent Vice, Josh Brolin could be… Read

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Did Sony Or Exhibitors Kill ‘The Interview?’

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EXCLUSIVE: The Interview is dead as a theatrical release, but the lingering question of exactly who killed it is fast becoming a Who Killed JR? cliffhanger. After President Obama criticized Sony Pictures today for scrapping the film, Sony quickly laid the blame squarely at the feet of theater owners. Sony claimed it was steadfast in its determination to open the film until a lack of screens made that impossible. Sources on the exhibition side tell a different story. On… Read

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ABC Buys FBI Drama Produced By Jordan Kerner

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ABC and ABC Studios have made a late drama buy, taking in a spec script written by Windfall creator Gwendolyn Parker and executive produced by The Smurfs producer Jordan Kerner. This marks feature producer Kerner's return to ABC where he was a drama development executive in the 1980s. Tentatively titled High Profile, the project tells the story of Shauna McDaniel, the survivor of a high-profile crime as a child, who is now a tough but tormented FBI agent heading up a… Read

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‘The Interview’ Release Would Have Damaged Kim Jong Un Internally, Says Rand Expert Who Saw Movie At Sony’s Request

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Rand Corporation senior defense analyst Bruce Bennett, who says he was asked by Sony chief Michael Lynton to look at The Interview, said today the depiction of Kim Jong Un in the movie would have harmed the North Korean leader once the "elite" in his country got hold of the DVD and began sharing it. That's why North Korea hacked Sony, he speculated. A proportional response, to North Korea's cyber attack on Sony, Bennett said, referencing President Obama's comments this… Read

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Did We All Help North Korea Hackers Murder Free Speech This Week?

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COMMENTARY: Hollywood heads off today for a much needed holiday vacation in the wake of North Korea's successful cyber-terror attack that stopped the release of the satirical comedy The Interview and had all the cloak and dagger turns of a Homeland episode. I'm going to suggest that Deadline's core readership spend some time in the coming weeks contemplating why and how this happened, and how all of us will conduct business going forward, way beyond being polite in… Read

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Historic 2.5 Million Watch Colbert Immortalized On Series Finale

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The series finale of The Colbert Report was the most-watched episode in its history with 2.5 million viewers. For comparison sake: Earlier this month, when Colbert rushed in where Democrats feared to tread — hosting President Obama not long after the midterm elections — he'd been rewarded with what was then considered a really big turnout, audience-wise. With POTUS as his guest (and The WORD anchor), Colbert's show jumped nearly 50 percent compared to its season average… Read

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Sarah Jessica Parker Poised To Star In HBO Divorce Comedy Pilot

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A decade after the end of Sex And The City, series star Sarah Jessica Parker is nearing a return to HBO with a new half-hour comedy. HBO is finalizing deals for the single-camera project, which Parker is expected to star in and executive produce. Titled Divorce, the project, which is awaiting a formal pilot green light, is being written by British writer-actress Sharon Horgan. It tells the story of a very, very long divorce and is expected to be produced in New York where… Read

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Sony Responds To President Obama’s Criticism: “We Had No Choice,” Still Hope To Release ‘The Interview’

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UPDATE, 2:00PM: Following a very public rebuke from President Obama for caving to terrorist demands, Sony Pictures said today it is committed to getting The Interview seen by audiences. Two days ago, a studio spokesperson basically said the movie was dead, telling Deadline, “Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film." Here's the studio's official statement, on the heels of CEO Michael Lynton's defensive appearance on CNN (read his remarks below): “Sony… Read