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Bruce Moves In On Bette As ‘The Band’s Visit’ Strikes Up $872K At Broadway Box Office

Keep an eye on The Band’s Visit. The intimate one-act musical, previewing at the Barrymore Theatre following a sold-out, rave-inducing run last season at the nonprofit Atlantic Theatre Company, is on a steady incline as it heads for a 21 Cheshvan 21 (that’s November 9) opening at the Shubert Organization house. Based on the 2007 Israeli film about an Egyptian military band stranded overnight in an Israeli desert outpost, the David Yazbek-Itamar Moses show jumped $103,000… Read


CBS Developing CIA Workplace Comedy From ‘Big Bang Theory’s Simon Helberg & Jocelyn Towne

CBS has put in development Need To Know, a multi-camera CIA workplace comedy from The Big Bang Theory star Simon Helberg & Jocelyn Towne’s Wildline Entertainment, Fuller House‘s Scott Weinger, writer Zach Ayers (State of Affairs) and Warner Bros. TV. Co-written by Weinger and Ayers, Need To Know is a workplace ensemble set in the top secret training video department at the Central Intelligence Agency. Weinger executive produces with Wildline’s Helberg & Towne via their… Read


Ali LeRoi Inks Overall Deal With CBS Television Studios

Ali LeRoi

Everybody Hates Chris co-creator Ali LeRoi is returning to the studio behind the praised UPN/the CW comedy, signing a two-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios. Veteran comedy showrunner LeRoi is currently developing a single-camera comedy starring stand-up comedian Ms. Pat at Fox and 20th Century Fox TV, with Lee Daniels and Brian Grazer executive producing via their Lee Daniels Entertainment and Imagine Entertainment banners, respectively. (The project, which is… Read


Bill O’Reilly Blasts Megyn Kelly, NYT For Trying To Link Him “With Harvey Weinstein”

Very busy morning for Bill O’Reilly. Appearing on The Glenn Beck Program, he dismissed as “incomprehensible” the morning’s headline-grabbing monologue delivered by former Fox News Channel colleague Megyn Kelly. “She did not file a complaint. Not that I know of,” he said. At the top of her NBC News program, Kelly this morning revealed she sent an email last year to the co-presidents of her former employer Fox News complaining about O’Reilly’s behavior toward women. "I… Read


‘Stranger Things’ Noah Schnapp To Star In ‘Abe’ From Director Fernando Grostein Andrade

EXCLUSIVE: Noah Schnapp, of Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things, has been tapped for the title role in Abe, an indie drama that tells the story of Abraham, a 12-year-old boy who loves to cook. Brazilian director Fernando Grostein Andrade (Wandering Heart, Quebrando o Tabu) is attached to direct the film, which is shooting in New York. Seu Jorge (City of God) and Mark Margolis (Breaking Bad) co-star. Spray Filmes and Gullan are producing the pic while FJ Productions (Like… Read


‘The Commuter’ Trailer: Liam Neeson Has A Ticket To Ride In Hitchcockian Train Thriller

In the new trailer for the Jaume Collet-Serra-directed thriller The CommuterLiam Neeson, once again, makes use of his special set of skills to get out of a life-or-death situation — and this time it’s on a train! This marks a second in-transit thriller collaboration between Neeson and Collet-Serra. The two previously worked on Non-Stop together. Tinged with Hitchcockian panache and Speed-like thrills, the new trailer for the Lionsgate pic dives deeper into the story as… Read


NBC Buys Single Mother Comedy From Amy Poehler & Kim Rosenstock As Put Pilot

NBC has given a put pilot commitment to a single mom comedy from playwright/ New Girl writer-producer Kim Rosenstock, Amy Poehler, 3 Arts Entertainment and Universal TV, where Poehler is under an overall deal. Written and executive produced by Rosenstock, the comedy focuses on a newly single mother who is forced to rely on the last people she wants help from … her family. Poehler executive produces via her Paper Kite Productions, along with 3 Arts’ Dave Becky. Kim Lessing… Read


‘The Foreigner’ Producer Jamie Marshall To Direct Dark Comedy ‘Gunmetal Rose’

EXCLUSIVE: Jamie Marshall is returning to the director’s chair for a second time with the dark comedy Gunmetal Rose InnoVate Productions and 4th & 1 Films, in association with Benetone Films are producing. Marshall has worked on a slew of blockbuster titles as a second unit director and assistant director including Mission: Impossible III, Rush Hour 2, Olympus Has Fallen and he’s served in a variety of producing capacities as well. Upcoming for Marshall as executive… Read


‘Paddington 2’ Producer David Heyman Sets Record Straight On Sequel & The Weinstein Co

EXCLUSIVE: In the wake of the mountain of sexual harassment and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, there has been some confusion regarding the North American distribution fate of Paddington 2. This is the sequel to Heyday Films' and Studiocanal's 2014 family smash, on which The Weinstein Co has North American distribution rights. Deadline asked producer David Heyman to set the record straight. While he was uncomfortable speaking about business in the face of… Read


Echo Bridge Scores Timely Evan Peters Movie ‘The Pirates Of Somalia’ For December Bow

The Pirates Of Somalia

EXCLUSIVE: Echo Bridge has acquired U.S. rights to director Bryan Buckley’s The Pirates of Somalia (formerly known as Dabka). The film, which bowed this spring at the Tribeca Film Festival, examines what led up to the hostage saga depicted in Captain Phillips. The film stars American Horror Story's Evan Peters along with Oscar nominees Barkhad Abdi, Melanie Griffith and Al Pacino. The plan is release it in 10 markets nationwide day-and-date December 8. Rights include… Read


Fox Buys Family Comedy From Peter Tolan, John Ross Bowie & Kevin Sussman

As Fox has renewed its push into multi-camera comedy, the network is revisiting a project it first developed six years ago. Fox has given a script commitment to The Ever After Part, a multi-camera comedy from Rescue Me co-creator Peter Tolan and actors-writers John Ross Bowie & Kevin Sussman. Written by the trio, The Ever After Part centers on a couple. When faced with the difficulties of raising their daughter in a hip, on the rise neighborhood, the couple must swallow… Read


‘Get Shorty’ Showrunner Davey Holmes Inks Overall Deal With MGM TV, Sets Hunter S. Thompson Series

President of Television Group & Digital at MGM Mark Burnett has announced today that Get Shorty creator and showrunner Davey Holmes has inked an overall deal with MGM Television to write and develop series for the television studio. One of the new projects is Fear & Loathing, an officially authorized television series based on the life Hunter S. Thompson. Holmes will be the showrunner with Academy Award nominee Bob Nelson (The Confirmation, Nebraska) writing. "As we look… Read