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Tom Hanks To Star In ‘A Man Called Ove’ Remake

Tom Hanks is attached to star in a remake of A Man Called Ove, the Oscar nominated Hannes Holm-directed Swedish comedy that became the highest grossing foreign language film released in the U.S. in 2016. Pic will be produced by Playtone partners Hanks and Gary Goetzman, along with Rita Wilson and Fredrik Wikström Nicastro for Nordic major SF Studios. Hanks will play the protagonist, a grumpy widower whose overall unhappiness is exacerbated when he is unceremoniously… Read


Stephen Colbert Sets Donald Trump Straight: Emmy Ratings Were Second Worst

Donald Trump might have been “saddened” by the “worst ever” Emmy ratings, but he was also wrong, says Emmy host Stephen Colbert. "We had the second worst ratings of all time!,” Colbert boasted last night. “In your face!” Eventually launching into a chant of “We suck less!", the host of CBS’ The Late Show began the segment (watch it above) by commending Trump for his “strong and presidential” response to the disasters in Mexico City and Puerto Rico. “That lasted for about… Read


‘South Park’ Tells Tweeter-In-Chief: Just “Put It Down”

South Park can no easier quit Donald Trump than Trump can quit Twitter. On last night’s Season 21 second episode, creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone implored the president to just put it down. His phone, that is. The episode, “Put It Down,” included a song of the same name, as panicked eight-year-old Tweek – the show’s openly gay kid – started an international incident by sending a batch of peace-making cupcakes to North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. But no good deed goes… Read


Sanctuary Family Comedy In Works At ABC As Immigration Projects Remain Hot

With the topic of immigration firmly in the headlines, most recently over President Donald Trump's decision yesterday to end the DACA program, it has become a very popular subject for TV series projects this season. The latest is an untitled single-camera comedy (aka Sanctuary Family), which has received a script plus penalty commitment at ABC. Written by David Feeney (New Girl, 2 Broke Girls) and to be directed by Christine Gernon (Speechless, New Girl), the comedy… Read


‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’s Matthew Vaughn On Avoiding Franchise Fatigue & His Trilogy Ambition – Q&A

Matthew Vaughn Kingsman

EXCLUSIVE: Deadline caught up with Matthew Vaughn this week, right after he premiered Kingsman: The Golden Circle in London and endured a numbing onslaught of repetitive junket interviews. The follow-up to an audacious spy film he and writing partner Jane Goldman adapted from the Mark Millar comic book, Kingsman: The Golden Circle ups the ante on its formula of 007-caliber action mixed with quirky characters and R-rated irreverence. Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Channing Tatu… Read


Netflix Greenlights Comedy From Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland & Amy Poehler

Netflix has given an eight-episode straight-to-series order to an untitled comedy (fka Russian Doll) from Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland (Bachelorette, Sleeping with Other People) and Amy Poehler, with Lyonne attached to star. Co-created and executive produced by Lyonne, Poehler and Headland, the comedy follows a young woman named Nadia (Lyonne) on her journey as the guest of honor at a seemingly inescapable party one night in New York City. "Natasha's humor, humanity… Read


Hillary Clinton To Colbert: Trump Speech “Dangerous”; President Snipes Back – UPDATE

Hillary Clinton Stephen Colbert

UPDATE, with Trump tweet Apparently responding to Hillary Clinton’s appearance on CBSLate Show with Stephen Colbert, President Donald Trump says Clinton allowed North Korea to “research and build Nukes” while she was Secretary of State. “Crooked Hillary now criticizes,” Trump tweeted today. And he takes a swipe at “Bill C” as well, possibly an acknowledgement that Bill Clinton was, well, the president. See his tweet below. PREVIOUS Tuesday Hillary Clinton’s appearance… Read


‘Anna And The Apocalypse’ Trailer: Zombie Christmas Musical Dawns At Fantastic Fest

EXCLUSIVE: From Scottish director John McPhail, Anna And The Apocalypse will have its world premiere in competition this Friday at Fantastic Fest in Austin. The zombie Christmas tuner about a group of friends trying to survive with an undead horde in relentless pursuit is based on the 2010 BAFTA-winning short Zombie Musical. That film was directed by the late Ryan McHenry who shares screenwriting credit on Anna with Alan McDonald. Check out the exclusive teaser… Read


French & Saunders Reteam For BBC Special; ITV On ‘Manhunt’ – Global Briefs

Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders are set for a holiday special 30th anniversary episode of their award-winning sketch show French And Saunders. BBC One will air the BBC Studios Comedy production which marks the first time in 10 years that the talents behind The Vicar Of Dibley and Absolutely Fabulous will reunite on screen. Saunders says, "We have almost deliberately stayed alive this long just to force the British Broadcorping Castration to put us on television one last… Read


Sony Pictures Television Buys Into Simon Pegg & Nick Frost’s Stolen Picture

Sony Pictures Television has taken a minority stake in UK-based Stolen Picture, the film, TV and digital banner launched by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost last May. The companies have also entered into an exclusive TV distribution deal. Miles Ketley has been appointed CEO of Stolen Picture, joining from Bad Wolf. The deal with Sony continues an existing relationship between the partners. As Deadline reported in May, Stolen Picture's first project is Slaughterhouse Rulez… Read


Stephen Colbert Doubles Down On Emmy Joke About John Oliver

Stephen Colbert wanted to clear things up tonight about his Emmy night quip that winner John Oliver’s show is “so high quality, they can only make one a week.” Colbert wanted to make amends. “I know I made a joke after he won,” Colbert said on tonight’s The Late Show about the second consecutive Best Variety Talk Series victory for HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. “But the truth is…they only do one a week.” “They’re not lazy,” he said about his old Comedy Central… Read


Will Paramount Replace Chinese Slate Partner With U.S. $$$? Dallas-Based Investors Circling

Jim Gianopulos Paramount

UPDATED, 10:25 AM: We hear the guy behind these talks is Dallas-based billionaire Tom Dundon, who made all his money in the subprime market. He was considered to be a possible back-pocket fix at Sony. One of the LStar funds was part of the Dundon funds and was run by Sam Loughlin, who did not get along with the Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment's Motion Picture Group Tom Rothman. Once Loughlin was out of the mix (he stepped out of Lone Star Funds in July), it was… Read