P.D. James, Veteran British Crime Novelist & ‘Children Of Men’ Author, Dies At 94
One of the most prolific and beloved of British crime novelists, P.D. James, passed away today in Oxford, England. Best known for her series of detective novels centering around Scotland Yard Commander/poet Adam Dagliesh, James was 94. Her non-Dagliesh book, Children Of Men, was the basis for Alfonso Cuaron's 2006 Oscar nominated film of the same name. She also recently was the impetus for Death Comes To Pemberley, a BBC and Masterpiece miniseries based on her novel that… Read
Broadway-Bound ‘Finding Neverland’ Sings For ‘Good Morning America': Video
Finding Neverland, the Harvey Weinstein-produced musical based on Miramax's 2004 movie starring Johnny Depp as Peter Pan creator JM Barrie, is due to open on Broadway in April. Bringing a bit of holiday cheer to Good Morning America earlier today, star Matthew Morrison (from the Paramount lot) introduced a live musical performance by his co-star, Laura Michelle Kelly, and the show's composer, Gary Barlow, singing a medley of tunes from Times Square alongside Jo Lawry… Read
CBS Sets 2015 Greatest Super Bowl Commercials Special
CBS' 15th annual special showcasing Super Bowl commercials will air Jan. 26 with hosts Boomer Esiason, analyst for CBS Sports' NFL pre-game show The NFL Today, and Katharine McPhee, co-star of CBS' breakout new drama Scorpion.
As usual, Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2015 will feature an interactive element, allowing viewers to vote live here for their favorite Super Bowl Commercials. Fans can vote starting today, pitting 'Old School' commercials against 'New School'… Read
‘Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’ Surges, ‘Red Band Society’ Hits 0.7 Rating Wednesday
The networks closed the book on the November sweep on a quiet Thanksgiving eve.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is not acting its age. The 41-year-old cartoon extended its ratings streak with another impressive gain, helped by a move from Thursday to Wednesday. It tied CBS' Survivor as the No.1 program of the night with a 2.1 in adults 18-39, up +31% from last year. Over the last three years, the Peanuts classic has posted 1.1 (2012, Thanksgiving night), 1.6 (2013… Read
Talking Turkey: Endemol Feasts On New Series In Bountiful Market (Video)
Following a spate of recent format deals, today seems like the perfect day to talk Turkey — the country, not this afternoon's traditional table centerpiece. Last April, I wrote about the Balkan republic's potential as a fresh source of adaptable formats. That was spurred on by deals with the U.S. that at the time included drama Runner (formerly The End, and in Turkish, Son) being acquired by Fox, and CBS giving a pilot order to competition show In The Spotlight (Keep Your… Read
‘Red Band Society’ Pulled From Schedule, Will Stop Production After 13 Episodes
Fox has opted not to order more episodes of freshman Red Band Society beyond the original 13-episode order, which will wrap production in mid-December. The network has stopped short of cancelling the hospital teen drama starring Octavia Spencer, which will air two more episodes, tonight (Episode 9) and next Wednesday's fall finale (Episode 10), December 3, before getting off the schedule. It is unclear when the three remaining episodes will air.
Red Band Society has… Read
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