Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman Says Sumner Redstone “Engaged & Attentive” In Response To Lawsuit
Sunmer Redstone's former companion and self-described caregiver Manuela Herzer may want back into the Viacom chairman's "living ghost" of a life, but Redstone’s corporate right-hand man says the boss is still in good shape. In papers filed today in response to Herzer's revealing petition of yesterday seeking a determination of Redstone's faculties, Viacom president and CEO Philippe Dauman describes 92-year-old Redstone as "engaged and attentive."
"Sumner and I spoke about… Read
Frank Gifford’s Family Donating His Brain To Medical Research After CTE Diagnosis
Frank Gifford is one of the biggest stars in football history — with a Hall of Fame playing career under the media spotlight of New York followed by a legendary broadcasting stint as the original and longtime play-by-play man for . He died in August at 84, and today his family said they are donating his brain to medical research. Why? Because they said doctors recently diagnosed him with CTE, the degenerative brain disease linked to concussions.
Chris Messina & Tate Donovan Topline Indie Drama ‘Blame’
EXCLUSIVE: Chris Messina, Tate Donovan and Nadia Alexander are starring in Blame, a dark indie drama that marks the directorial debut of Quinn Shephard. Shephard, an actor whose credits include CBS’ Hostages last year, also co-stars in the movie and penned the screenplay.
Messina plays a substitute drama teacher whose taboo relationship with an unstable student (Shephard) strikes a nerve in her jealous classmate (Alexander) and sparks some The Crucible-esque vengeance… Read
NY Supreme Court Postpones Decision On Plea To Bar DraftKings And FanDuel
DraftKings and FanDuel can keep doing business in New York for at least a little while longer. After a hearing today, New York State Supreme Court Judge Manuel Mendez said that he will rule soon on New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s petition to bar the daily fantasy sports sites from doing business in the Empire State pending a full trial.
The decision followed arguments by both sides centering on the question of whether people who use the sites are… Read
‘Animals’ Animated Comedy From Duplass Brothers Gets HBO Premiere Date
HBO has confirmed the debut date for Animals, with the animated adult comedy series set to launch its 10-episode season on Friday, February 5 at 11:30 PM ET, exclusively on HBO.
Created by Phil Matarese & Mike Luciano, and produced by Duplass Brothers Television, Animals focuses on the creatures native to Earth's least-habitable environment: New York City. Lovelorn rats, gender-questioning pigeons, and aging bedbugs in the midst of a midlife crisis engage in awkward small… Read
‘Star Wars’ An Art House Movie? Some French Exhibs Think So, Stoking Indie Producers’ Ire
Here’s something you don’t see very often in France, the home of cinéma d’auteur. As the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens approaches on December 16, some of France’s art house theater owners are up in arms about not being able to program the film on their screens. In turn, the indie producers union (SPI) is not siding with its brethren and is instead concerned that if Star Wars screens in indie cinemas, it will take up space it feels should go to less mainstream… Read
‘Girl Meets World’ Renewed For Third Season By Disney Channel
Girl Meets World is getting a third go-round. Disney Channel has ordered a third season of the comedy for premiere in spring 2016.
Girl Meets World is the No. 1-rated series in total viewers across all kid-targeted cable TV networks and among the top five cable TV series of the year among kids 2-11 and tweens 9-14, according to Disney Channel.
Created by Michael Jacobs and April Kelly and executive-produced by Jacobs, the series follows the everyday adventures of an… Read
Deadline’s The Contenders: Cary Fukunaga & Abraham Attah On The Challenges Of ‘Beasts Of No Nation’
At our big Deadline Presents The Contenders awards-season event November 7 at the DGA, we welcomed Netflix for the first time. Largely known for their Emmy campaigns, Netflix is dipping its toes now into the Oscar game with Beasts Of No Nation, its first narrative theatrical release (the company has had a couple of documentary nominees in past years).
The film about child soldiers has gained considerable industry notoriety this Oscar season. The big question is how will… Read
‘The Little Prince’ Trailer: New Spin On Classic Tale With Big Names
Jeff Lebowski notwithstanding, here’s the role that Jeff Bridges was born to voice. He’s the Aviator in The Little Prince, Paramount’s adaptation of the classic French story. As per usual with Tinseltown toons these days, there’s a tremendous voice cast; joining Le Dude are Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro, James Franco, Ricky Gervais, Paul Giamatti, Albert Brooks and Bud Cort.
Mackenzie Foy stars as the Little Girl, whose life is planned out… Read
Eddie Redmayne Gets Dressed For ‘The Danish Girl’; Amy Berg Bows ‘Janis: Little Girl Blue’: Specialty Preview
Oscar winners Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hooper launch their awards contender The Danish Girl this holiday weekend, coming on the heels of what has turned into a pretty good November following a slow fall start in September and October. Last weekend's launch of TWC's Carol as well as the successful expansions of Open Road's Spotlight and Searchlight's Brooklyn and others gave some zest that The Danish Girl should add to this Thanksgiving. In the non-fiction arena, FilmRise's J… Read
Female TV Biz Assistant: Why I Resigned After Making A Discrimination Complaint
With heightened awareness of gender disparities in the entertainment industry, one might think that companies would be extra sensitive to issues of gender discrimination. Based on the specific case of one woman who wanted to tell her story to Deadline, that does not necessarily seem to be the reality. Until she quit last week, Jane (not her real name) was the assistant to the head of scripted development at a company that's well known for the many TV shows it produces. Las… Read
‘Bones’ EP Sues Fox Over Profit Participation, Accuses Top Execs Of Cancellation Threats
EXCLUSIVE: Bones executive producer Barry Josephson and his lawyers have done the forensics on the long-running Fox series and claim they've found something rotten financially. In a detailed breach of contract and fraudulent inducement complaint filed today in L.A. Superior Court (read it here), Josephson says the "unrelenting" broadcaster stiffed him and others for potentially millions in promised profit participation. A Fox rep declined today to comment on Josephson’s… Read