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Toronto Film Festival Sets Industry Conference Programs; Glenn Close, Armie Hammer, Larry Wilmore Among Speakers

The Toronto Film Festival rolled out its 2017 Industry Conference program today, with this year's lineup exploring “the power of storytelling” and themes and challenges that have made a global impact on the film industry. The six-day conference runs September 8-13. "The importance of compelling, original storytelling lies at the heart of our programming, and we are privileged to have some of the most renowned artists and practitioners in the business, onstage at the… Read


Omarosa Ditches Black Journalists Panel After “Aggressive” Questioning

Omarosa Manigault-Newman, the Trump near-apprentice turned White House aide, walked off the panel stage yesterday at the National Association of Black Journalists convention after a heated, nearly half-hour exchange with Bounce TV’s Ed Gordon. Gordon, moderating a panel called "Black and Blue: Raising Our Sons, Protecting Our Communities," at one point chastises Manigault-Newman for attempting to “railroad” the event. The former Apprentice contestant, who opened her… Read


‘Howards End’ EP On How Starz Period Drama Is Relevant Today – TCA

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The executive producer and cast of Starz’s upcoming miniseries Howards End were on hand at TCA today to talk about how the period piece is still relevant to modern times. Based on the classic E.M. Forster novel with Oscar-winning Manchester by the Sea scribe Kenneth Lonergan writing the TV adaptation, the four-part drama explores the story of two independent and unconventional sisters and the men in their lives seeking love and meaning as they navigate an ever-changing… Read


‘What Would Diplo Do?’ EPs On What The Real Diplo Thought Of The Viceland Comedy Series: “It’s Lit” – TCA

The team behind Viceland’s first scripted comedy made its inaugural appearance on the TCA stage today. The What Would Diplo Do? panel included star/EP/showrunner James Van Der Beek, EP-director Brandon Dermer and cast members Jamar Malachi Neighbors, H. Michael Croner, Dora Madison and Dillon Francis. Described as “Louie meets WorldStar HipHop crossed with This Is Spinal Tap,” or as Van Der Been put it, “EDM Jesus sucks at life,” the series centers on afictional version… Read


‘Big Little Lies’: How Nicole Kidman Sealed The Deal To Make The HBO Series & Kept The Sex Honest – Emmys

UPDATED with video from event: While Reese Witherspoon and her producing partner Bruna Papandrea were the first ones to get their hands on the manuscript of Liane Moriarty’s 2014 novel Big Little Liesprops were given to Nicole Kidman who “closed the deal and got the option,” Witherspoon said last night at Deadline’s Emmy FYC event for the HBO series. Witherspoon and Papandrea immediately sent the manuscript to Kidman in Australia, who had the distinct advantage of… Read


‘Hit The Road’ Star Jason Alexander On Making A Family Comedy Not For Families — TCA

Audience Network’s new comedy Hit The Road,  closed out today’s panel presentation at the TCA confab in Beverly Hills. Starring Jason Alexander, the comedy follows a chaotically dysfunctional family of would-be rock/pop stars traverse the country in a cramped second-hand tour bus, seeking Partridge Family-esque fame. However, unlike The Partridge Family series, Hit the Road may not actually be suited for families.”It is our job, and the Audience Network's job, to not let… Read


‘Mr. Mercedes’ Director On Tackling Violent Themes — TCA

The premise of Audience Network’s new series, Mr. Mercedes, based on Stephen King’s 2014 novel, promises to involve some violent material. The series follows Brady Hartsfield (Harry Treadaway), a demented killer who taunts a retired police detective Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson) with a series of lurid letters and emails, forcing the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he is able to strike again. During… Read


‘The Story of Us With Morgan Freeman’: EPs Talk Exploring Common Humanity In Upcoming Series – TCA

Morgan Freeman stopped by the TCA summer press tour to talk about his upcoming six-part docuseries The Story of Us, premiering in the fall on the National Geographic Channel. The series follows Freeman’s global journey to uncover the fundamental forces that keep our societies together, while revealing the common humanity that lies inside each of us. “I've always been curious, some people call it nosy. That is the driving force of wanting to do and loving to do this type… Read


‘Broad City’ Stars On Censoring Trump & The Feminist Message Behind The Series – TCA

The creators and stars of Comedy Central’s Broad City, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, were on hand at the summer TCA conference to talk about some controversial topics thjat will be explored in the upcoming Season 4. One thing that stood out during the discussion was the decision to bleep out the use of President Donald Trump’s name, a decision that came after the election. “We didn't originally write it like that,” said Glazer. “This season we did more rewriting than… Read


‘Berlin Station’ EP Talks Tonal Shift In Upcoming Season 2 & More — TCA

Epix’s original scripted series Berlin Station took the stage on day 1 of the TCA tour to offer tidbits on what’s to come in the new season. Created by Olen Steinhauer, the first season followed Daniel Miller (Richard Armitage), a new arrival at Berlin's CIA station who is on a clandestine mission to uncover the source of the Thomas Shaw leaks. Season 2, which is currently in production, opens in the thick of a New World Order that has taken root and is steadily… Read


New Technology Has Transformed Celebrity, Says Kate Hudson At AT&T Conference

New technology not only reshapes entertainment content and distribution, but the role of performers as well, and sometimes in ways as distressing as they are promising, said actress Kate Hudson and others at today’s AT&T Shape conference. "There's a lot of talent out there," said Hudson, part of a panel titled "How Direct-to-Consumer Technology Is Transforming Celebrity" at the conference on the Warner Bros. lot, "but it's more about what is the next big thing instead of… Read


‘Detroit’ Director Kathryn Bigelow On Impactful Storytelling

“It's a matter of what is the message, not necessarily the delivery method,” director Kathryn Bigelow said Friday speaking to attendees at the AT&T SHAPE Tech and Entertainment Expo, about the importance of storytelling in bringing awareness to humane issues. For Bigelow, an important issue to highlight was the protection of elephants against the ivory trade. Before the panel — led by Greg Hittleman, Director of Communications of the Enough Project, which supports the end… Read