Bart & Fleming: Oscar Ratings & ‘Red Sparrow’ Sunk By Hollywood’s Liberal Trump Bashers?
Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.
FLEMING: Why were the Oscar ratings down 19% to the smallest viewership level of all time? I found it a most satisfying show. Jimmy Kimmel and producers Mike De Luca and Jennifer Todd did a fine job all the way to the finish line this time, owning last year’s gaffe and ensuring it didn… Read
Ex-IM Global Founder Stuart Ford Launches New Content Creator AGC Studios
EXCLUSIVE: Stuart Ford, the IM Global founder and CEO who exited acrimoniously last August, has launched a new company with major capital behind him. AGC Studios – short for Accelerated Global Content — is an indie film and television production and licensing company. The venture will be backed initially by three strategic investors: Latin American private asset management firm MediaNet Partners; Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Symantec CEO and Fibonacci Films… Read
Disney Unveils Inaugural Streaming Service Launch Slate To Town; No R-Rated Fare
EXCLUSIVE: The Disney streaming service is beginning to crystallize, and Deadline can provide some details of the initial slate. The studio has been conducting meetings within the creative community to give a sense of its new OTT service that will launch in fall 2019. Perhaps not surprisingly at this point, there was no mention of how the assets of 21st Century Fox will fit into the new service.
A team of Disney creative executives are doing the barnstorming, headed by… Read
‘Halfway There’ Trailer Bows, Showcasing Matthew Lillard, Blythe Danner Dysfunction
The first clip from Matthew Lillard and Blythe Danner’s new pilot Halfway There is out, showcasing the dysfunctional family life at the program’s core.
The pilot will premiere at Sundance on Tuesday as part of the festival’s Indie Episodic section.
The series stars Lillard as a recovering addict trying to create a sober living community. But when his past love and family drama come to haunt him it throws everything in disarray.
The TV series also stars Danner as Lillard's… Read
Sundance Buyers & Sellers Try To Find Optimism In Changing Market: Hot Sundance Titles
Rarely have buyers and sellers come into the Sundance Film Festival with as many questions about the fast-changing prestige business as this year. As they arrive in Park City today, no one was willing to predict if this would be a festival teeming with deals, or one where all but a few films take weeks to sell.
The positives: prestige films from Fox Searchlight’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri to The Shape of Water, NEON/30West’s I, Tonya, A24’s The Disaster Art… Read
Netflix Sets ‘Batman’ Director Matt Reeves’ 6th & Idaho In Multi-Year Exclusive First Look Film Deal
EXCLUSIVE: In the latest bold step for the movie division of Netflix, the company has made one of its most significant overall deals with an A-list feature filmmaker. Matt Reeves, who moved from War For The Planet Of The Apes into writing to direct the next solo Batman movie for Warner Bros and DC, is berthing his 6th & Idaho banner to a deal that will give Netflix an exclusive first look at any feature films that Reeves wants to produce and/or direct through his… Read
‘Grown-ish’ Review: ‘Black-ish’ Spinoff Straight-Up Good, No -Ish Required
The new year is kicking off with a flurry of new shows and seasons, but few will be as good in the early part of 2018 as Freeform’s January 3-debuting Grown-ish. A spinoff of ABC's Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated Black-ish, the 13-episode college-set series led by Yara Shahidi is both funny and discerning.
Executive produced by Kenya Barris and Larry Wilmore, among others, and given lift-off by the original show last year, Grown-ish sees Shahidi's Zoey Johnson… Read
How The Overwhelming Disney-Fox Movie Lineup Will Impact Rivals And Exhibitors
If Disney and Fox had merged last year, the combined studio’s domestic box office would have equaled $4.5 billion. That number creeps close to a 40% market share, a figure no major studio has ever hit. Book-ended by two Star Wars releases plus its Marvel and Pixar fare, Disney by itself hit an industry stateside record of $3 billion in 2016. Before the studio closes out this year with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a Disney/Fox combo would already be poised to topple that… Read
‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Star Elizabeth Marvel On Leaving Her Comfort Zone For Noah Baumbach – The Contenders Video
As POTUS Elizabeth Keane on Showtime's hit series Homeland, Elizabeth Marvel has become pretty well acquainted with the concept of female empowerment. But while he was casting his Netflix film The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), director Noah Baumbach surprised the actress by offering her the role of Jean, the quiet, dowdy but laconically funny youngest sibling of the Meyerowitz clan.
"You know," she mused at Deadline's seventh annual The Contenders awards-season… Read
‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’ Review: Muscles From Brussels Is Strong In Satire
When the pilot for Jean-Claude Van Johnson first popped up on Amazon in August of last year, I have to admit I liked the Dave Callaham-created project, but I really didn't think it could work as a series. Well, now that the six-episode first season of the series starring Jean-Claude Van Damme is set for a December 15 launch, it’s time for me to admit I was so wrong on that one.
Funny, smart where you don't expect it, a bit shameless, framed literally and figuratively like… Read
National Film Registry Adds ‘Die Hard’, ‘The Goonies’, ‘Titanic’ & More – Full List
With the holidays soon upon us, it’s time for the Library of Congress’ annual list of the 25 movies it has added to the National Film Registry. Fans of John McClane, misfit adventures and Kate & Leo have reason to cheer as Die Hard, The Goonies and Titanic are among the titles that have been selected this year for their “cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance” to American heritage.
Spanning the period 1905-2000, the films named to the registry include Hollywood… Read
Golden Globes Nominations Snubs & Surprises
In the first major awards announcement since widespread allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault have swarmed Hollywood, this morning's nominations for the 75th annual Golden Globes were a wake-up call on many levels for some. Check out some of the most noteworthy names and titles passed over by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Monday.
Veep — The most celebrated sitcom of the past few years, HBO’s Veep was shut out of the nominations for the first… Read