Ryan Knight, ‘Real World’ Star, Dead At 29
Less than two weeks after Diem Brown passed away from cancer at age 32, another alum of MTV's Real World franchise has died. Ryan Knight, a cast member on the 2010 Real World New Orleans, was 29. According to TMZ, Knight was found dead Thursday morning after a night of partying and may have choked on his own… Read
Fox Boston Affiliate Goes Dark On Verizon FiOS Over Carriage Dispute With Cox
Some football fans in Massachusetts and Rhode Island had to scramble to find alternative ways to watch the Eagles-Cowboys Thanksgiving game as the Fox station in the area, WFXT-TV, which carries the matchup, went dark on Verizon FiOS at 3 AM Thursday, affecting 400,000 customers. The reason is awfully familiar – another retransmission fee dispute between Verizon and Cox Media Group, which bought the Boston-based station WFXT-TV from Fox in June and embarked on… Read
Mike Leigh On Painting Timothy Spall Into ‘Mr. Turner:’ The Contenders
Mr. Turner writer-director Mike Leigh, who has been nominated for Oscars five times, knew exactly who he wanted to play the lead role in his new biopic about the revered and irascible English Romantic painter J.M.W. Turner.
That was, as he tells Deadline's Pete Hammond in this video clip from our recent Oscar showcase The Contenders, veteran character actor Timothy Spall.
Spall was the only actor Leigh said he considered for the role, and he's perhaps best known for his… Read
Plan For Imposing Quota On Hollywood Movies Scrapped By Russian Parliament
Proposed legislation that would have cut the current number of Hollywood films playing in Russian theaters by as much as half is dead, according to Leonid Levin, head of the information policy committee of the Russian Duma quoted by local media. He called regulating the features that hit Russian theaters by imposing a quota unnecessary. “If there are good Russian movies, people turn out to see them anyway,” he said.
Levin's announcement comes on the heels of Russian… Read
Broadway-Bound ‘Finding Neverland’ Sings For ‘Good Morning America': Video
Finding Neverland, the Harvey Weinstein-produced musical based on Miramax's 2004 movie starring Johnny Depp as Peter Pan creator JM Barrie, is due to open on Broadway in April. Bringing a bit of holiday cheer to Good Morning America earlier today, star Matthew Morrison (from the Paramount lot) introduced a live musical performance by his co-star, Laura Michelle Kelly, and the show's composer, Gary Barlow, singing a medley of tunes from Times Square alongside Jo Lawry… Read
CBS Sets 2015 Greatest Super Bowl Commercials Special
CBS' 15th annual special showcasing Super Bowl commercials will air Jan. 26 with hosts Boomer Esiason, analyst for CBS Sports' NFL pre-game show The NFL Today, and Katharine McPhee, co-star of CBS' breakout new drama Scorpion.
As usual, Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2015 will feature an interactive element, allowing viewers to vote live here for their favorite Super Bowl Commercials. Fans can vote starting today, pitting 'Old School' commercials against 'New School'… Read
‘Mockingjay’, ‘Penguins’ & ‘Horrible Bosses 2′ Cook Up T-Giving Box Office
While the Penguins Of Madagascar have already been flapping their way through China for two frames, this is the weekend when Kowalski and crew will look to carve out a domestic niche. In their first full day of release on Wednesday, the DreamWorks Animation spin-off creatures waddled away with $6.25M at 3,654 locations, taking less than half of what Katniss Everdeen stuffed into the Hunger Games franchise quiver. Mockingjay Part 1 added an estimated $14.55M at 4,151 North… Read
‘Red Band Society’ Pulled From Schedule, Will Stop Production After 13 Episodes
Fox has opted not to order more episodes of freshman Red Band Society beyond the original 13-episode order, which will wrap production in mid-December. The network has stopped short of cancelling the hospital teen drama starring Octavia Spencer, which will air two more episodes, tonight (Episode 9) and next Wednesday's fall finale (Episode 10), December 3, before getting off the schedule. It is unclear when the three remaining episodes will air.
Red Band Society has… Read
James Cameron On ‘Avatar’ Sequels: ‘You Will Sh*t Yourself With Your Mouth Wide Open’
After blowing past his Titanic budget by 100% and watching that become history's highest-grossing film and then surpassing that budget and worldwide gross with Avatar, James Cameron routinely sets a high bar for himself. He's not letting up with the three Avatar sequels he's prepping in New Zealand, strangely predicting that viewers will experience Close Encounters Of The Turd Kind. Cameron told Empire magazine: “I can tell you one thing about them: They're gonna be… Read
‘Star Wars’ Teaser Will Be Online Friday – Update
3RD UPDATE, 3:18 PM: For those of you scoring along at home, that first teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available online Friday, the same day it hits theaters. Here's a new tweet from the official Star Wars account:
The Force is with you on #BlackFriday when #TheForceAwakens teaser hits @iTunesTrailers.
— Star Wars (@starwars) November 26, 2014
2ND UPDATE: After Regal jumped the gun announcing Friday's Star Wars sneak peek, Disney and Lucasfilm have… Read
Networks Scale Back, Bet On Remakes & Medical Dramas This Development Season
Broadcast networks often say at the beginning of a development season that they intend to buy less so they can focus only on projects they really believe in only to be caught up in the buying frenzy and end up again with a large volume. This year, they seem to have kept their word. There was a noticeable retreat among the nets, with fewer big bidding wars and mind-boggling commitments. “The tagline should be 'Less is more',” one agent noted. That has been a trend since… Read
Joe Bastianich To Depart ‘MasterChef’ Franchise
Restaurateur Joe Bastianich, who has been a judge alongside Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot on MasterChef and its offshoot MasterChef Junior since their launches, is departing the popular Fox cooking franchise. He has been on MasterChef for the five seasons to date and on MasterChef Junior for Seasons 1 and 2. He is reprising his duties on the upcoming third season of MasterChef Junior, slated for a January 6 premiere. Fox and MasterChef producers, Shine America and… Read