Roman Polanski Denied Dismissal Of 1977 Rape Case; Vital Testimony Stays Sealed
Roman Polanski has failed in his aim to have his 1977 criminal case for the rape of a 13-year-old tossed out. An order issued Friday by Judge Scott M. Gordon has also denied the Oscar-winning director his attempt to unseal the 2010 testimony of former Deputy District Attorney Roger Gunson.
"I’m not surprised but I am disappointed," Polanski's lawyer Harland Braun told Deadline today after the order was issued by the Los Angeles Superior Court judge. L.A. County District… Read
Sony Pictures Hires Exec From Focus, Promotes Another Ahead Of Toronto
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has hired Lakshmi Iyengar as VP Acquisitions from Focus Features and has internally promoted Alexander Zahn with the same title as the company gears up to attend the Toronto Film Festival, which starts September 7. Both will report to Joe Matukewicz, EVP Acquisitions for Sony.
The move was just announced via email by Steve Bersch, who runs Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions/Affirm Films/Stage 6. Here is the announcement… Read
David Mackenzie’s ‘Outlaw King’ Adds Billy Howle
EXCLUSIVE: Actor Billy Howle has joined Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Florence Pugh in David Mackenzie’s (Hell Or High Water) upcoming Netflix film Outlaw King. The Looming Tower scribe Bash Doran drafted the screenplay, which tells the story of Robert The Bruce (Pine), the king who led his country to freedom from the oppressive rule of England in Scotland.
Howle will play Prince of Wales who goes head to head with Robert The Bruce to secure the Scottish… Read
Dale Spina Dies: Ad Exec Worked On Warner Bros.’ ‘Batman,’ ‘Chariots Of Fire’
Dale Spina, a former VP Ceative Advertising at Warner Bros. and an award-winning copywriter for the studio, died August 4 after a brief illness. He was 66. As co-head of the Idea Place, Warner's in-house ad agency formed in the early 1980s, Spina worked on dozens of Warner titles, including Batman, Beetlejuice, Best Picture winner Chariots of Fire and the Lethal Weapon series.
Spina joined Warner Bros. in 1970 as assistant to West Coast Publicity Director Diana Widom and… Read
Stuart Thompson Dies: ‘Proof’, ‘On Golden Pond’ Broadway Producer Was 62
Stuart Thompson, the prolific, multiple Tony-winning theatrical producer and manager behind such landmark stage productions as On Golden Pond, Proof and The Book of Mormon, died Thursday of complications from esophageal cancer at his home in New York. He was 62. Thompson’s death was confirmed by his husband Joe Baker.
"In this very small community, Stuart was always a huge figure," said Scott Rudin and Anne Garefino, producers of The Book of Mormon. "He was a wonderful… Read
Univision Chief: CEOs Must Denounce Racism And The “Current Insanity”
Add Univision Communications CEO Randy Falco to the growing list of executives calling for full-throated opposition to bigotry following President Donald Trump’s response to last weekend’s clashes in Charlottesville.
Without mentioning Trump by name, Falco said in an open letter that he opposes the “abject failure to clearly and forcefully denounce the actions of white supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and others who espouse racist and hateful views.”
He adds that the “current… Read
Stephen Colbert Updates Steve Bannon’s Résumé: Skills Include “Dissolving Enemies In Bathtub”
Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show has spared some time and effort for the newly unemployed Steve Bannon. In a new Late Show video, Bannon’s résumé gets a thorough update, with his skills amended to include Microsoft Excel and “Dissolving enemies in bathtub” (watch the video below).
Employment history? Seems Bannon was Satan’s intern while working at the 9th Circle of Hell, where his duties were “Tormenting sinners by forcing them to listen to my political ramblings.”
NBC Nabs Adult Sibling Drama From Kevin Falls With Put Pilot Commitment
The Unrequited, an hourlong drama from former Pitch executive producer Kevin Falls, has landed at NBC with a put pilot commitment. 20th Century Television, where Falls has been under an overall deal, is the studio.
Written/executive produced by Falls, The Unrequited revolves around four adult siblings who descend on their mother's home for the funeral of their father, the former governor of California. After the youngest and only son finds an old, unopened love letter… Read
Another Presidential Council, This One Focused On The Arts, Quits On Donald Trump
UPDATED with George C. Wolfe signing letter: All 17 citizen members of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities have resigned in the wake of President Donald Trump’s stance on the violence last weekend in Charlottesville, VA. The committee, which includes actor Kal Penn and former Sen. Ted Kennedy’s widow Vicki, penned a joint letter informing the administration of their decision.
At first the only member who didn’t sign the letter was playwright George C… Read
Will MoviePass Give Theaters A Jolt Of Innovation, Or Is It Doomed To Fail?
MoviePass is the answer to movie theaters’ prayers. No, it’s just another challenge for an already beleaguered industry. No, it’s a crazy idea that’s doomed to fail.
Industry watchers have voiced all three theories this week about a business that few had even heard of a week ago.
The subscription movie service, introduced in 2011, received publicity beyond its wildest dreams this week after it dropped its monthly price to $9.95 from $14.95. Many consumers were intrigued… Read
‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Season 9 Trailer: Larry Is Not Ready To Save The World
“There is only one hero who never stays silent. Who fights against injustice wherever he finds it. And the world needs him now, more than ever.” But Larry, apparently, is not your guy. Unlike Batman, he’s not exactly ready to spring into action.
HBO has released the first trailer for the long-awaited Season 9 of Curb Your Enthusiasm, which includes a callback to past episodes such as Ricky Gervais’ Mr. Simmington, Season 7 finale’s “Respect Wood” and Al Abbas Original… Read
‘Super Troopers 2’ Gets Release Date; ‘Conundrum: Secrets Among Friends’ Sets Cast, Emerald Coast Lands ‘The Misfit Tribe’– Film Briefs
Fox Searchlight’s Super Troopers 2, the followup to 2001’s zany comedy from Broken Lizard, will arrive in theaters April 20, 2018. Broken Lizard’s Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske are back as writers and stars with Chandrasekhar returning as the film’s director. In the installment, the Super Troopers–Mac, Thorny, Foster, Rabbit and Farva — are called in to set up a new Highway Patrol station when an international border… Read