Court Blocks FCC On Content Deals, Cutting Outsiders’ Access To Program Terms
The deals that CBS, Fox, Disney, and Time Warner have with Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, AT&T and DirecTV will remain private, at least for now. The U.S. Court of Appeals in DC today granted an emergency stay that bars the FCC from sharing the information under controlled circumstances with outsiders who might help commissioners understand how Comcast's acquisition of TWC, or AT&T's of DirecTV, might affect the competitive landscape. The court said… Read
Jean-Marc Vallee To Direct Amy Adams In Janis Joplin Biopic
BREAKING: Dallas Buyers Club helmer Jean-Marc Vallee is signing on to direct Amy Adams as Janis Joplin in Get It While You Can, the working title for the biographical film that has a script by Ron and Theresa Terry and will shoot mid-2015. It will be the next film by Vallee, who helmed Reese Witherspoon in Wild and just wrapped Demolition with Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper.
They will finalize a distributor shortlym and Dallas Buyers Club's Craig Borten and… Read
‘NSYNC’s JC Chasez Cast In Topher Grace Movie Musical
EXCLUSIVE: Topher Grace's musical comedy One Shot has added another crooner to its cast. Singer-songwriter and record producer JC Chasez, a founding member of the seminal boy band *NSYNC, will join Grace and Taye Diggs in the film about a failed Broadway performer turned stage manager who must wrangle the eccentric cast and crew of a new play to save the show's opening night.
Grace is starring as said stage manager in addition to producing the indie film, which shoots… Read
Ellen Barkin To Guest Star In Showtime’s ‘Happyish’ Pilot
Emmy and Tony winner Ellen Barkin is set to guest star in Showtime comedy pilot Happyish. She'll play Dani Kirschenbloom, a headhunter who works closely with Thom Payne (Steve Coogan). Dani harbors no illusions about the advertising industry, or life, and is best described as the sardonic prophet-philosopher of the project. The role was played by Parker Posey in the original pilot that was picked up to series shortly before star Philip Seymour Hoffman's shocking death.
‘Queen Latifah Show’ Cancelled After Two Seasons
Sony Pictures TV has cancelled its syndicated talker The Queen Latifah Show after two seasons. It will continue airing originals until the end of March. Said SPT: “We want to thank Dana, the producers and the entire staff of The Queen Latifah Show for creating a program that we are all very proud of. Thank you also to our terrific station partners and advertisers who supported the show." Latifah just posted this note to herself and her staff on her Facebook page:
Brenton Thwaites Boards ‘Pirates 5′ Ship For Disney
We reported on Halloween that Brenton Thwaites was among a handful of heartthrobs Disney was courting for the role of British soldier Henry in the fifth Pirates Of The Caribbean romp. Now the studio in is final negotiations with the young Aussie, who played Prince Philip in the studio's Maleficent this year. The studio has set a July 7, 2017, release date for the next installment of the multibillion-dollar franchise starring Johnny Depp.
Thwaites has had a busy year… Read
Finding The Kid Who Could Stand Up To Bill Murray: Ted Melfi On ‘St. Vincent’ At The Contenders
St. Vincent writer/director/producer Ted Melfi talks with Pete Hammond at Deadline's The Contenders event about, literally, first having to track down the notoriously elusive Bill Murray.
That task behind him, Melfi then had to find, as he puts it in this video shot at Deadline's Oscar showcase The Contenders, a kid who could stand up to Bill Murray. It took 1,600 candidates to find 'The Kid,' Jaeden Lieberher.
Other stars of the comedy, which came out last month, include… Read
‘Strange Magic’ Trailer: George Lucas’ Animated Fairy Tale
The first trailer has dropped for Lucasfilm's next project, animated fairy tale Strange Magic. Goblins, elves, fairies and imps collide, sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph and Sam Palladio provide the voices and Gary Rydstrom directs and co-wrote the screenplay with David Berenbaum (Elf),and Irene Mecchi (Brave) based on a story by George Lucas. Strange Magic will be released January 23 via… Read
Katee Sackhoff Gets ‘Girl Flu’
EXCLUSIVE: Katee Sackhoff has been set to join Jade Pettyjohn, Jeremy Sisto, Heather Matarazzo, Judy Reyes and Isaiah Mustafa in the indie dramedy Girl Flu. Directed by Dorie Barton, Girl Flu focuses on Bird (Pettyjohn), a 12-year-old in crisis. After moving from the San Fernando Valley to Echo Park, the young girl experiences the worst week of her life as she: gets her first period; and is abandoned by her immature and stoner mother (Sackhoff) while learning she will… Read
James Corden Makes First CBS Late-Night Appearance Visiting David Letterman – Video
James Corden visits David Letterman's CBS late night show tonight and talks about how wowed his dad was to learn his son was going to host an American TV show. Corden is replacing Craig Ferguson on CBS' Late Late Show in March.
"Well, my dad's phone - he was genuinely so proud - like, he kind of welled up a little bit because, you know, people texting and emailing and calling. And, you know, to have your own show in America is, you know, to me is mind-blowing, let alone… Read
Duggar Show Cancellation Campaign Sparks Online Petition Warfare
A petition launched in August urging TLC to cancel the Duggar family reality series 19 Kids And Counting, over a robocall recorded by Michelle Duggar, now has more than 131,000 signatures after it got noticed by the media.
In response, several pro-Duggar family petitions have been launched on Change.org and elsewhere this week, claiming “it is against their human rights to cancel the show based upon one LGBTQ member making false claims.” The most popular of those… Read
Millennium Entertainment Bolsters Digital With Amplify
Millennium Entertainment continues to beef up it digital distribution capabilities with the acquisition of Amplify's Los Angeles operation, the multi-platform distrib banner financed by Preferred Ventures and Digital Media investor Chris Kelly.
As part of the deal, Amplify's Logan Mulvey, who has served as CEO for the past year, will serve as Millennium's SVP of Digital Distribution, effective immediately. Along with Mulvey, Amplify's LA-based employees will be joining… Read