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
‘The Imitation Game’ Review: Pete Hammond On Cumberbatch’s Enigma
Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley sparkle in this tremendous telling of the story of Alan Turing, the cryptology and computer-science pioneer whose work broke Germany's Enigma code during World War II but who later was hounded into suicide by the English government because he was gay.
As I say in my video review, this is easily one of the year's best films, and I'm particularly impressed by the work of Cumberbatch and Knightley. The film also stars Mark Strong, Rory… Read
Fox Green Light Starts ‘Independence Day’ Sequel Countdown
EXCLUSIVE: Top brass at 20th Century Fox got some work done this week, giving a green light to the long-awaited Independence Day sequel. The film has been slotted for a May production start, and the studio now will move to close Roland Emmerich's directing deal. Now, Fox staked a June 24, 2016, release date, so this isn't a shock, but these dates get recalibrated all the time. From what I'm told, Will Smith regrettably isn't reprising (though if he said yes, I'm sure Fox… Read
Jon Lindstrom Joins ‘True Detective'; Dan Buran Boards TNT’s Drug-Trade Pilot
Jon Lindstrom (Castle) is the latest to sign on for the upcoming second season of HBO's True Detective. He'll join Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn in the second installment of the crime franchise that revolves around three police officers (Farrell, Kitsch, McAdams) and a career criminal (Vaughn), who must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder. Lindstrom, repped by BRS/Gage and Gordon Gilbertson, will play Glenn Ellinger, a… Read
‘Unfinished Business’ Redband Trailer: Vince Vaughn And Company Invade Europe
Here's the decidedly NSFW redband trailer for the international comedy starring Vince Vaughn. A relentless businessman with his own company, he heads to Germany with his only two employees (Tom Wilkinson and Dave Franco) to clinch a make-or-break deal. Complications arise. Sienna Miller and James Marsden also star in Unfinished Business, from director Ken Scott — who helmed Vaughn in last year's Delivery Man — and scribe Steve Conrad. Fox opens it wide March… Read
‘Manson Girls’ To Go Helter Skelter
EXCLUSIVE: As Charles Manson gears up for his behind-bars nuptials to a young follower named Star, a February shoot has been set for long-gestating indie drama Manson Girls. Susanna Lo is directing the film about the female devotees who joined Manson's flock in the 1960s and helped carry out brutal killings meant to start an apocalyptic race war. Bill Moseley (The Devil's Rejects) will portray Manson in the film, which TriCoast Worldwide boarded this month at AFM.
‘Wendy Williams Show’ Intern Lawsuit Should Be Tossed, Says Lionsgate
EXCLUSIVE: More than a month and a half after being hit with a potential class-action lawsuit by a former intern on The Wendy Williams Show, Lionsgate today sought to put a damper on plaintiff Anthony Tart's Thanksgiving. The company, which syndicates the daytime talker, wants the whole thing tossed. "Defendants respectfully request that the Complaint be dismissed in its entirety, with prejudice, and that the Court award Defendants the cost of their defense, including… Read
Making ‘The Boxtrolls:’ “Like 18 Months Of Opening Nights” – The Contenders
The Boxtrolls producer Travis Knight (ParaNorman, Coraline) and director Anthony Stacchi (Open Season) talk with Deadline's Pete Hammond about the challenges and joys of stop-motion animation, a creation process nearly as old (and beloved) as cinema itself, in this video from Deadline's recent Oscar showcase, The Contenders.
Actually making a film with the stop-motion process, however, can be incredibly stressful, says Stacchi. It's like ” 18 months of opening nights with… Read
Al Pacino Finds Facets Of Himself In ‘The Humbling’ — The Awardsline Screening
Quite often, it's the comedic actors who go out on a limb and play a variation of themselves, mostly through a satirical lens. The James Franco-Seth Rogen gang had a blast showing us what happens when you mix pot with the apocalypse in This Is The End, while Albert Brooks was a fish-out-of-water in India in his directorial Looking For Comedy In The Muslim World. There's also the time when the somber John Malkovich was game to strut his icy absurdity in Being John Malkovic… Read