Viacom Renews And Expands Carriage Deal With Cox Communications
Here’s some Viacom news that, for a change, doesn’t involve its battle with Sumner Redstone: The company said today it has renewed and expanded its carriage deal with Cox Communications.
The No. 3 cable provider, which has 6 million residential and commercial customers, has agreed to carry 22 Viacom channels plus Epix, its joint venture with MGM and Lionsgate.
Cox also will offer “an expanded selection” of programs via its on-demand platforms which serve TV and mobile… Read
Angela Paton Dies: ‘Groundhog Day’ Actress Was 86
Angela Paton, whose dozens of credits include playing an innkeeper in the Bill Murray comedy Groundhog Day, died Thursday in Oakland, CA. She was 86. Her nephew told the Associated Press that she had been in hospice care since a recent heart attack.
Paton had a long career in local Bay Area theater and appeared briefly on Broadway in 1969’s The Three Sisters and 1980’s Passione, starring
Jerry Stiller. She was in her late 50s when she began to land TV guest spots on such… Read
‘The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus & Andrew Lincoln Do Their Part For ‘Red Nose Day’
A light, happier Walking Dead?
“There’s just so much blood and gore and horror,” says The Walking Dead‘s Andrew Lincoln. He and Norman Reedus envision a "lighter" show that would bring "sweetness and light into the world.” In a spoof of the Star Wars Holiday Special, their vision of a “lighter” TWD includes appearances by Sonequa Martin-Green and the High Impact, Low-Key Charitable Boogie Down Dancers, Talking Dead’s Chris Hardwick, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Dax Shephard… Read
John Ortiz Joins Search For ‘God Particle’; WWE Studios & Sony Tag-Team On ‘The Marine 5: Battleground’
John Ortiz has been tapped to round out the cast of God Particle, the Julius Onah-helmed sci-fi pic from Paramount Pictures and JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot. Production is now set to begin June 10 in Los Angeles on the movie that already stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Daniel Bruhl, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris O'Dowd, Zhang Ziyi and Aksel Hennie. A February 24, 2017 release date has been staked out. The script from 22 Jump Street‘s Oren Uziel and Star Trek Beyond‘s Doug Jung… Read
Netflix Seeks Quick Appeal After Judge Denies June Streaming Of Relativity Pics
Netflix’s plans to put Relativity’s Zach Galifianakis-starring Masterminds and the Kate Beckinsale-starring The Disappointments Room up on its streaming service next month were unplugged today by a federal judge. But the streaming service intends to challenge the ruling by Judge Michael Wiles ASAP, I hear. Netflix will file today for a stay in the ruling made Friday in NYC and seek an expedited appeal.
Wiles had already indicated in past hearings on the matter he was… Read
‘Red Nose Day’ Ratings Dim From 2015, NBA Playoffs Score Big, ‘500 Questions’ Returns Down
On a night that saw the Golden State Warriors comes back in the NBA Western Conference Finals to beat the series-leading Oklahoma City Thunder 120-111 in Game 5 on TNT, and ESPN had the eminently watchable 88th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee, the Big 4 took a breath after wrapping the 2015-2016 season and heading into the long Memorial Day weekend
With that, last night's two-hour Red Nose Day (0.6/2) special on NBC raised more than $31.5 million for charities that… Read
World War II Cillian Murphy Pic ‘Anthropoid’ From Bleecker Street Plots August Date
Bleecker Street has dated the Sean Ellis-directed World War II film Anthropoid for release on August 12. Anthropoid is based on the true story of "Operation Anthropoid," the code name for the Czech operatives' mission to assassinate SS officer Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution, was the Reich's third in command behind Hitler and Himmler and the leader of Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia. The film follows two soldiers from the Czech… Read
Viacom Directors Prepare For Sumner Redstone Move To Replace Them: Report
UPDATE: Sumner Redstone’s camp didn’t directly address the report that he will try to replace Viacom’s board, and CEO Philippe Dauman. But it just said that the Chairman Emeritus “will make every decision with the same deliberation and consideration with which he removed Philippe Dauman and George Abrams as trustees, based on the best interests of shareholders.”
PREVIOUS, 7:05 AM: Sumner Redstone may celebrate his 93rd birthday today by blowing up Viacom’s management… Read
Jeff Daniels, Scoot McNairy In Talks To Board Scott Frank’s ‘Godless’
EXCLUSIVE: Jeff Daniels and Scoot McNairy are in talks to board Scott Frank’s Godless for Netflix, joining the previously announced Jack O’Connell. The project is a limited period drama series from the Out of Sight duo of Steven Soderbergh and Scott Frank.
Written, directed and executive produced by Frank, Godless is a Western set in an 1800s New Mexico mining town. The project, which is currently casting, is set to film in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Soderbergh and Frank are… Read
Gerard & Roth: And The Tony Award For Best Song Goes To…
EXCLUSIVE: Deadline's Jeremy Gerard and Jujamcyn Theatres majority owner and president Jordan Roth talk about the state of the industry, the only stipulation being no holds barred.
GERARD: Well of course there is no Tony Award for Best Song, but there ought to be. We’re seeing a surge on Broadway of contemporary song-writing teams and the original cast albums they generate are best sellers; note the Grammy Award for Hamilton. This season we have Sara Bareilles in her… Read
Bernie Sanders Takes ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Victory Lap After Donald Trump Takes Debate Bait
"Last night we had Donald Trump. Tonight, Bernie. I'm interviewing all the candidates so I can decide which one of them will be my running mate,” Jimmy Kimmel said at the top of tonight’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Tonight’s visit by Sanders was a celebration for both men, having made headlines last night when Sanders planted a question on Kimmel’s show, directed at that night’s guest: Trump.
Sanders, via Kimmel, asked Trump if he was willing to debate in advance of the June 7… Read
Documentaries Counter Memorial Weekend Tentpoles: Specialty Preview
Memorial weekend launches the counterprogramming season for the specialties. Distributors hoping to skim off audiences looking for fare not dished out by the studio tentpoles will find a plethora of documentaries this weekend. Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media are opening Presenting Princess Shaw, which was a big crowdpleaser on the festival circuit. The film will open in theaters as well as various on-demand platforms. Oscar winner D.A. Pennebaker and nominee Chris… Read