Lasse Hallstrom, Laura Bickford Set UFO Movie Based On Leslie Kean Non-Fiction Book
EXCLUSIVE: Director Lasse Hallstrom and producer Laura Bickford are teaming to make a movie based on investigative reporter Leslie Kean's bestselling book UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record. Kean is one of three reporters who broke the widely-covered, recent story on the front page of the New York Times about the existence of a Pentagon UFO program called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program which has secretly been in… Read
‘Burden’ Creatives & Cast Speak On The Film’s Universal “Story Of Hope” – Sundance Studio
“This story is so deep and so meaningful that you just couldn’t resist telling it” said Burden writer/director Andrew Heckler on why he chose this project as his feature directorial debut. “It’s a story of hope and it’s a universal story that I felt really needed to be told.”
Accompanying Heckler at Deadline’s Sundance Studio were film’s producer Robbie Brenner and cast Garrett Hedlund, Forest Whitaker, Usher Raymond, Andrea Riseborough, Crystal Fox, and Austin… Read
Natalie Portman To Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ In February
Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman is set to host Saturday Night Live on February 3. This marks Portman’s second time in the driver’s seat as host of the late-night sketch show.
The timing of Portman’s SNL hosting duties are in line with the upcoming February 23 release of Paramount’s Annihilation. Portman stars in the Alex Garland-directed sci-fi thriller alongside Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, and Oscar Isaac. Portman plays a grieving… Read
‘Monster’ Director Anthony Mandler Reteams With Bron For ‘Man Of Cloth’ – Sundance
EXCLUSIVE: Just hours before the Sundance Film Festival world premiere of Monster today, director Anthony Mandler has already lined up his second feature.
Joining up with Bron Studios again, the Rihanna video collaborator and commercial helmer will step behind the camera for Man of Cloth, I’ve learned. From a screenplay by Gambit scribe Joshua Zetumer, the thriller is set in the 1788 penal colony of Australia as a man of the faith finds himself caught up in a violent… Read
‘Illusion Of Justice’: Legal Drama Based On Book In Works At ABC
ABC has put in development legal drama Illusion of Justice based on Jerome F. Buting’s book, from Primary Wave Entertainment and Sony TV.
Written by ER alum David Zabel, Illusion of Justice is a fictional show reflecting the life of Jerry Buting, one of the lawyers for Steven Avery, who was profiled in the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer. The series is described as equal parts legal procedural and family drama, focusing on a husband and wife who balance raising… Read
Rupert Murdoch Calls On Tech Giants To Pay Cable-Style Carriage Fees To “Trusted” News Providers
UPDATED at 12:00 PM to add background and analysis
In a forceful statement, Rupert Murdoch has called on digital behemoths like Facebook and Google to pay cable TV-style carriage fees to legitimate news content providers such as News Corp., where he is executive chairman.
"Facebook and Google have popularized scurrilous news sources through algorithms that are profitable for these platforms but inherently unreliable,” his statement reads. “Recognition of a problem is one… Read
‘Animaniacs’: Wellesley Wild Set As Showrunner Of Series Reboot At Hulu
Wellesley Wild (Family Guy, Ted, Ted 2) has been tapped as executive producer and showrunner of Animaniacs, a rebooted version of the Peabody and Emmy-winning cartoon, which recently received a two-season straight-to-series order at Hulu, with original series EP Steven Spielberg returning as executive producer, for premiere in 2020.
Co-produced by Amblin TV and Warner Bros. Animation, the new Animaniacs centers on Warner brothers, Yakko and Wakko, and the Warner sister… Read
‘Lizzie’ Director Craig William Macneill Set To Helm ‘She’s Never Coming Back’
AI Film (I, Tonya) has set Craig William Macneill whose film Lizzie is currently at Sundance in the U.S. Dramatic Competition, to direct the adaptation of the psychological thriller She’s Never Coming Back. The project is being adapted by Macneill from the best-selling Swedish novel by Hans Koppel.
The story follows Mike, a husband and father who's trying cope with the unexplained disappearance of his wife after she fails to return home one night from work. As Mike… Read
‘The Resident’ Writer Zachary Lutsky Under Review In Light Of Past Sexual Harassment Allegations On ‘Code Black’
A couple of weeks ago, a Deadline story about new Fox medical drama The Resident planning a sexual harassment episode was reposted on Facebook by ER doctor/TV writer Zachary Lutsky with the message, “Here’s an article on the new show I have been writing on for the last few months. Check it out,” followed by a smiley face emoji.
The post (you can see it below) quickly began circulating among Lutsky’s former TV colleagues who shared it in disbelief. Lutsky had been… Read
Netflix To Release Series Of Quarter-Hour Stand-Up Specials In 2018
Netflix will premiere a series of 15-minute stand-up specials featuring up-and-coming comics in 2018.
The specials will be taped in February at Atlanta’s historic Terminal West venue, with each comic taking the mic for a 15-minute solo set. The yet-to-be titled specials will feature stand-up comics including Aisling Bea, Michelle Buteau, Tim Dillon, JR De Guzman, Sabrina Jalees, Janelle James, Sam Jay, Josh Johnson, Ian Karmel, Jak Knight, Matteo Lane, Max Silvestri… Read
Sophia Bush, Jonathan Banks & Isabella Rossellini Join ‘Incredibles 2’
Sophia Bush, Jonathan Banks and Isabella Rosselini have been added to the cast of Incredibles 2, Disney/Pixar’s sequel to the 2004 original. They join a voice cast that includes returning Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson in the pic, which has been set for a June 15, 2018 release.
Bush will play Voyd, a young, overeager "wannabe" Super and a mega-fan of Elastigirl (Hunter). Her superpower is the ability to divert and manipulate objects around her by… Read
Aneesh Chaganty Looked To The Computer Screen As A Canvas For ‘Search’ — Sundance Studio
Out in Park City, there may be no one who’s having a better go at Sundance than Search filmmaker Aneesh Chaganty, whose feature directorial debut won the 2018 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize and was swooped up by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions in a $5 million deal, one of the first of the festival. And the film’s successes don’t end there—writer Sev Ohanian has been awarded the Sundance Institute/Amazon Studios Producers Award for Narrative Feature Producer.