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‘Carol’s Quest: Lesbian Drama’s 15-Year Journey To Cannes

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Fifteen years ago, playwright Phyllis Nagy adapted her first screenplay Carol from Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel The Price Of Salt about the love affair between an alluring older woman and a twentysomething department store clerk. But the world wasn’t quite ready for it. “I would hate to think, but it’s possible that the love story could have stalled the project,” says Nagy. But, really, that wasn’t all. “Think about the climate 15 years ago for female-driven films… Read

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David Letterman & Twitter: How #ThanksDave Did In The Past 24 Hours

David Letterman at the end of the final taping of the Late Show with David Letterman, Wednesday May 20, 2015 on the CBS Television Network. After 33 years in late night television, 6,028 broadcasts, nearly 20,000 total guest appearances, 16 Emmy Awards and more than 4,600 career Top Ten Lists, David Letterman says goodbye to late night television audiences. The show was taped Wednesday at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York.  Photo: Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS �©2015 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved

David Letterman fans and detractors took to social media to express well wishes/good riddances in the hours leading up to, during and after last night’s Late Show bow-out, wrapping a 33-year career hosting broadcast late-night TV. According to social web tracker Topsy.com, 145,578 tweets in the past 24 hours used the hashtag #thanksdave. Also, 216,000 tweets were sent… Read

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Full 2014-15 TV Season Series Rankings: Football & ‘Empire’ Ruled

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NBC has won the 2014-15 TV season in the 18-49 demographic for a second consecutive year, thanks to Super Bowl XLIX. Though if you subtract Super Bowl Sunday, CBS notes, it has a slight edge for the season — which is like a trick question because, of course, there is no universe in which there is no Super Bowl Sunday. Anyway, you’ve probably heard the one about NBC dropping 11% compared to last year, Fox’s 24% crash from No. 2 to No. 4 despite freshman hit Empire, and CBS… Read

Business

IATSE’s New Film & TV Contract Includes 3% Annual Raises, Pension Increases

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A month after IATSE reached a tentative three-year film and TV agreement with producers, details of the deal finally are emerging. The union has yet to disclose the terms publicly, but Deadline has learned that it calls for 3% pay raises in each year of the contract, which is in line with the deals Hollywood's other major unions got in their recent rounds of collective bargaining. Covering some 38,000 of the union's Hollywood-based members, the new pact with management's… Read

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Paradigm Signs Swedish Helmers Off Hot Short ‘Reset’

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Paradigm emerged from a competitive situation by signing Markus Kryler & Fredrik Akerstrom, the Swedish writer-director team that made a splash on these shores with a short called Reset (watch it above). That short, unveiled here at Cannes, has studios and producers buzzing about its trippy story line and compelling visuals. These well-executed short films have become the best possible calling card for new talent to crack Hollywood. Jon Kanak is their manager. The duo… Read

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‘Better Call Saul’ Emmy FYC Campaign Kicks Off Above L.A.

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EXCLUSIVE: As fans of the show and Breaking Bad know, there always been a self-promoting connection between Saul Goodman and billboards. And now AMC's Better Call Saul is inaugurating its 2015 Emmy efforts with an interactive campaign on and above the streets of the City of Angels. The first billboard went up this week outside the Andaz Hotel on Sunset in West Hollywood with more to follow next week. There also will be posters at Metro bus stops throughout Los Angeles… Read

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‘Late Show’ Moving Day: What Happens To Iconic David Letterman Set?

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Hours after Late Show With David Letterman had its final airing, a demolition crew was hard at work taking down the set of the late-night staple. Pieces of the set, featuring New York skyline and landmarks, were hauled away. Some larger items, like the replica of the Brooklyn Bridge, and what appeared to be the desks of Letterman and long-time friend and band leader Paul Shaffer, were seen being loaded on trucks, while other pieces were discarded in dumpsters where some… Read

Business

Actors’ Equity Has A New President As Kate Shindle Unseats Nick Wyman

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Kate Shindle has been elected president of Actors’ Equity, defeating incumbent Nick Wyman, who’d held the post since 2010. Shindle, who was Miss America 1998, has starred onstage in productions of Cabaret, Legally Blonde, Wonderland and Jekyll & Hyde. She also bested council member Larry Cahn in the three-way race for president. The union has not released the vote totals. Shindle's election is something of an upset, as union leaders seeking re-election rarely are turned… Read

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Critics’ Week Honors ‘Paulina’ With Top Prize – Cannes

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A pair of Latin American films scooped top honors at Cannes’ Critics’ Week today as the festival nears its close. Santiago Mitre’s Paulina was named the Grand Prix Nespresso winner and La Tierra Y La Sombra by César Augusto Acevedo took the Prix Révélation France 4 and the SACD prize which is handed out by the French film screenwriters guild. Paulina centers on a 28-year-old woman who gives up a brilliant career as a lawyer to dedicate herself to teaching in a depressed… Read

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Tate Taylor To Direct ‘The Girl On The Train’ For Dreamworks, Marc Platt

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Tate Taylor (The Help) is returning to DreamWorks to direct the NY Times bestselling novel, The Girl On The Train. Deadline exclusively revealed the news earlier this year that Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary) was adapting  Paula Hawkins' thriller. Mark Platt and DreamWorks moved early to acquire the buzzy novel in 2014, prior to its publication. Marc Platt will produce the film, while Jared LeBoff of Marc Platt Productions will serve as executive producer. The… Read

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Jennifer Connelly & Cillian Murphy Go ‘Aloft’ – Specialty Box Office Preview

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As distributors digest the latest films at the Cannes Film Festival that will likely make their way to this side of the Atlantic one way or another, a new slate of specialty newcomers are making their way to theaters for the Memorial Day weekend. The summer crowds will no doubt flock to Tomorrowland and Poltergeist — at least relatively speaking — though counter options are out there. Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy and Mélanie Laurent star in Sony Pictures Classics’ Alo… Read

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Bryan Cranston-Diane Kruger Drama ‘The Infiltrator’ In $4 Million Broad Green U.S. Deal- Cannes

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Broad Green Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Brad Furman's adaption of The Infiltrator, starring Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad,) and Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds). Deal is believed to be $4 million with a commitment for a wide theatrical release. WME Global sold it off a promo at Cannes. In the Ellen Brown Furman-scripted drama, Cranston plays a U.S. Customs official uncovers a money laundering scheme involving Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Miriam Segal and… Read