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‘Legion’ & ‘Fargo’ Stunt Coordinator Guy Bews On Executing A ‘Revenant’-Like One-Take Sequence In Two Days

Watching the elaborate action sequences in FX’s unorthodox superhero series Legion, there is a texture and a level of complexity which brings one particular film to mind: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 2016 Best Picture nominee, The Revenant. This is no coincidence—working on that film, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and Inception, and the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes, stunt coordinator Guy Bews has brought a new level of cinematic stunt coordination to… Read


‘Fashion Photo RuView’ EPs Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato On Their “Screen Agnostic” Approach To Content Creation

Founding production company World of Wonder in 1991, Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey have produced such reality series as RuPaul’s Drag Race and Million Dollar Listing, along with documentaries, including 2016’s Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures. Adapting with great flexibility to changing patterns of media consumption, the creative partners have always considered themselves “screen agnostic,” with the goal of bringing marginalized figures and viewpoints to a mass… Read


‘The Leftovers’ Star Scott Glenn & Director Mimi Leder On Their Exposure To “The Oldest Culture On Planet Earth”

Several weeks ago—as the series finale of HBO’s The Leftovers was about to air on the East Coast—director and executive producer Mimi Leder and star Scott Glenn were feeling nostalgic. Sitting together and reflecting back on the series an hour before a series finale event presented by Deadline, neither Glenn nor Leder could stop complimenting the other. Directing the Season 3 premiere and finale, Leder also directed the third episode of the season, “Crazy Whitefella… Read


‘Black Mirror’ Creator Charlie Brooker On His Affinity For “Idea-Based Dramas” And What’s To Come In Season 4

An English broadcaster and comedic personality, Charlie Brooker is best known internationally for creating Black Mirror, the BAFTA Award-winning, Netflix original anthology series that has shaken the world with its varied, ever daunting portraits of a technologically-driven near future. In the series—a wide-ranging work of speculative fiction, which has proven prescient more than once—each episode employs a different cast of actors to explore themes linked to the… Read


Perfect World, Village Roadshow & WME-IMG Launch Chinese Production Venture

Village Roadshow Entertainment is teaming with China's Perfect World Pictures and WME-IMG to launch Perfect Village Entertainment, a Chinese film and TV production venture. The new company will have offices in Beijing and Hong Kong and will be headed up by Village Roadshow's Ellen Eliasoph, who currently runs Asia operations for the company. That arm of the business will be folded into Perfect Village. The company will produce film, animation and premium online TV content… Read


‘Creating Saturday Night Live’ Director Oz Rodriguez Pulls Back Curtain On Iconic Show

In a time when every TV series is dissected by critics, journalists and fans—sometimes to the point of exhaustion—NBC’s late-night pillar Saturday Night Live retains the aura of excitement and mystery it has cultivated since it came on the air in 1975. While Saturday Night Live sometimes takes the viewer behind the scenes (both Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jimmy Fallon sang and danced their way through the 30 Rock corridors this season) SNL remains one of the more mysterious… Read


‘House Of Lies’ Creator Calls Donald Trump’s Cuba Policy “Idiocy”

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House Of Lies creator Matthew Carnahan is furious about President Donald Trump's decision to roll back relations with Cuba. Carnahan shot the Showtime series’ fifth-season finale in Havana last year – and plans to return to shoot a new series there entirely – but fears the new restrictions could make it more difficult for future collaborations between Cuban and American filmmakers. "I'm f*cking pissed," he told Deadline. "I'm really f*cking pissed. It's idiocy, plain and… Read


The H Collective, Fueled By China’s ‘Kenny’ Huang, Launches With Projects From Sid Ganis, Mark Johnson, Joe Roth & Jeff Kirschenbaum

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UPDATED, 10:23 AM: Deadline has learned the identity of the Chinese owner of The H Collective effort. It is controversial exec Jian-hua “Kenny” Huang as he has apparently been in talks with Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum about financing xXx and was involved in the Transformers lawsuit which embroiled Sid Ganis. Huang is also supposed to be getting an office soon on the Paramount lot. Who is he? He was the guy who had a relationship with former Paramount exec Rob Moore and… Read


Donald Trump’s Financial Disclosure Has Hollywood Starpower

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President Donald Trump’s financial disclosure released today by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics has provided the greatest detail yet of the CEO-turned-Commander-in-Chief since he ran and became President of the United States. The 98-page filing dropped today doesn’t include his much-discussed still-private tax returns, but it does show Trump’s income related to his Hollywood interests, including his annual SAG pension totaling $84,292, and monies from his production… Read

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‘Legion’ Cinematographer Dana Gonzales Discusses The Visual Influence Of The Series On ‘Fargo’s Third Season

A two-time Emmy nominee, winning last year for his work on Fargo, cinematographer Dana Gonzales shouldn’t be lacking for work anytime soon, if his last few years are any indicator. A close collaborator of Noah Hawley’s, Gonzales jumped from Season 2 of the Emmy-winning Fargo to the set of Legion, and then back to Fargo, producing some of the most fascinating and ambitious visual work seen on television. That visual command is on full display in Legion—complementing the… Read


Location Managers Guild Adds Four To 2017 Board

The Location Managers Guild International has named Alison Taylor, Matt Chamberlin, Mac Gordon and Dan Taylor as new board members joining the returning leadership of Kokayi Ampah, Melissa DeMonaco, Mike Fantasia, Wes Hagan, Phill Kane, Eric Klosterman, JJ Levine, Matt Palmer, Mario Ramirez, Rebecca "Puck" Stair, and Dorion Thomas, who will serve as the 2017 LMGI Board of Directors. The new Board will meet in the next few weeks to determine its new leadership, including… Read


PGA Teams With Studios On Eco-Friendly Production Guide

The PGA has teamed with the major studios to launch a Green Production Guide designed to create sustainable working environments. Studios taking part in the project include Disney, Amblin Partners, 20th Century Fox, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. The PGA says the guide was developed from research gathered from several sustainable studio projects including The Fate Of The Furious, Fifty Shades Darker, Jason Bourne, War For The Planet Of The… Read