College Sex Scandal Drama From Jessica Mecklenburg & Rod Lurie Lands At NBC
NBC has put into development a university-set hourlong drama penned by former Resurrection writer Jessica Mecklenburg that has Rod Lurie attached to direct the pilot and executive produce. The project, titled Fated, is from Michael Eisner’s Tornante TV and Universal Television.
The plot revolves around two brothers at the top of their game — one the president of a Texas university and the other the revered football coach — and the sex scandal that threatens to unravel… Read
TiVo Reports Record Sub Growth As It Starts To Look For A New CEO
TiVo’s had a hard time persuading Wall Street that there’s still a place for its DVRs in an increasingly competitive market for TV boxes. But its just-released report for the quarter ending in October, and plans for 2016, may help a little.
The company reported the biggest-ever net increase in its customer base: It added 418,000 from the end of July, bringing its global total to 6.5 million — a 26% increase vs the same point last year. More than 85% come from deals with… Read
The Sony Hack One Year Later: Just Who Are The Guardians Of Peace?
It was the most devastating cyber-crime ever committed against an American corporation, and its repercussions are still being felt not only in Hollywood but across the country and around the world. One year ago today, Sony Pictures Entertainment was hacked by shadowy terrorists calling themselves the "Guardians of Peace," later identified by the FBI as operatives of the North Korean government.
The attack would come to involve the President of the United States, the FBI… Read
David Canary Dies: ‘All My Children’ Star Was 77
David Canary, known for his nearly three-decade stint on the ABC soap All My Children, died November 16 from natural causes, his family has announced. He was 77.
Born in Elwood, Indiana in 1938, Canary’s acting career began with a recurring role as Dr. Russ Gehrig on Peyton Place in 1965. He would soon go on to portray ranch manager Candy Canaday on the long-running NBC Western Bonanza, a role he held off and on from 1967 to 1973. A string of appearances on television… Read
Ryan Gosling Orbiting Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong Movie At Universal?
EXCLUSIVE: Universal’s Neil Armstrong biopic First Man is still being written and still being developed, but I’m hearing that Ryan Gosling is being courted to play the famed astronaut for Whiplash helmer Damien Chazelle, who is directing a script by Spotlight scribe Josh Singer.
There is a natural symmetry here, as Chazelle and Gosling are currently together making La La Land, the musical film set in contemporary Los Angeles and starring Gosling as a jazz pianist and Emma… Read
‘Superstore’ Review: America Ferrera NBC Comedy Proves Big Not Better
There's a new big box coming to the small screen, but it might not have everything you need. Debuting at 10 PM November 30 with a special two-episode preview right after The Voice, NBC’s Superstore provides the return to primetime of America Ferrera. And while the Ugly Betty and How to Train Your Dragon star usually can elevate anything's she’s in, Ferrera is unable to lift this one out of its torpor. Superstore, as my video review above says, is another one of those… Read
‘Knight Of Cups’ Trailer: Christian Bale’s Excellent Misadventure
Every acclaimed director eventually has to make a movie about making movies, and it’s Terrence Malick’s turn now. Named after the Tarot card, his latest Knight Of Cups sees Christian Bale and his American accent as a screenwriter in Los Angeles who, despite a successful career, lives an empty-feeling life. Coping with the death of one brother and the difficult circumstance of another, he distracts himself with a descent into Hollywood excess. The trailer that dropped… Read
Art Directors Guild Sets Trio For Lifetime Achievement Award
The Art Directors Guild has announced three recipients for its 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. William J. Newmon II, Hollywood's first African-American set designer, will be honored along with Oscar-nominated matte artist Harrison Ellenshaw and scenic artist Bill Anderson.
They will receive the guild's highest honor receive at the 20th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards gala on January 31 at the Beverly Hilton. Comedian Owen Benjamin returns as host.
‘Quantico’ Adds Three Recurring To Cast
Jay Armstrong Johnson (Sex And The City 2), Lenny Platt (How To Get Away With Murder) and Li Jun Li (Minority Report) have joined the cast of ABC’s new drama series Quantico in recurring roles. They will appear in multi-episode arcs beginning with the midseason premiere on March 6.
The thriller, recently given a full-season order with a Back 9 pickup, centers on top FBI recruit Alex Parrish (Priyanka Chopra) on the run as the suspect in a major terrorist… Read
‘Sylvia’, With Matthew Broderick, Will Shutter Early On Broadway
Sylvia, the A.R. Gurney comedy in which Matthew Broderick plays a man in mid-life crisis who falls in love with an adoring talking dog, will end its Broadway run a few weeks earlier than planned. Blame middling reviews for the coming-of-middle-age play and poor ticket sales, despite strong upbeat notices for Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford in the title role. The show will close after the performance on Sunday, January 3, having played 79 performances and 27 previews at the… Read
‘Force Awakens’ Star John Boyega On Managing High Expectations For ‘Star Wars’
With the rumors that have been flying around the Internet about film’s twists and surprises, will Star Wars: The Force Awakens shock and divide fans? We caught up with star John Boyega this morning at the W Hotel in Hollywood where he was co- announcing the nominees for the 2016 Film Independent Indie Spirit Awards. As it happens, the actor, who plays Finn, a former stormtrooper who joins up with the heroes in The Force Awakens, just hopes the film meets what is turning… Read
Tom Cruise Unravels ‘Mummy’ Reboot Chatter
Speculation that Tom Cruise and Universal Pictures might be wrapping up a deal on the studio’s reboot of The Mummy has been making the rounds this week as the studio continues to plot a return to the monster business. Both Universal and the star’s people tell Deadline adamantly that no deal with Cruise is in the works for the film. He is filming Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, and Mission: Impossible 6 begins shooting… Read