Paris Barclay Re-Elected DGA President
Paris Barclay has been re-elected president of the Directors Guild of America. The two-time Emmy winning director was elected to a second two-year term "by acclamation" today at the guild's biennial convention, which was held at the DGA headquarters in Los Angeles.
Some 138 delegates representing more than 16,000 guild members also elected a new slate of officers and board members. As is its custom, the DGA would not say whether any of the other races were contested, or… Read
Chris Thompson Dies: Writer-Producer Created ‘Shake It Up!’, ‘Bosom Buddies’
Veteran TV writer and producer Chris Thompson, creator of comedy series Shake It Up!, Action, The Naked Truth, Ladies Man and co-creator of Bosom Buddies, died unexpectedly Friday night after a long illness. He was 63. Thompson recently had solidified a deal to create a new comedy series based on a hit Israeli show. Amazon just last week had given the go-ahead for Thompson to produce a pilot.
“Chris Thompson was the kind of writer that writers write about,” longtime… Read
Revamped WB Studio Tour’s Stage 48: Script To Screen Opens July 16
The Warner Bros studio tour used to be a sort of well kept but popular secret among locals — a low-key, intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the history and inner-workings of a movie and TV production powerhouse. The newly rechristened Warner Bros Studio Tour Hollywood has grown in popularity and the house that Jack and Harry built is entering a new phase to increase the studio’s modest slice of Southern California’s movie tourism business.
The newest, immersive attraction… Read
CNN Takes Down Story About ‘ISIS Flag’ At Gay Pride Parade: It Was A Mock Job
There must be some red faces today at CNN. Earlier in the day a CNN reporter in London filed a report about an “ISIS” flag spotted at a gay pride parade in London. It later turned out that the black and white flag, which did vaguely resemble the terrorist group’s banner — from a distance — but upon closer examination (upper right corner) it turned out to be a mock-up full of images of sex toys. CNN has since taken the video down and there is no mention of the story… Read
‘Chasing Life’ In Slot Upgrade, ‘Becoming Us’ Pushed To 10 PM By ABC Family
Chasing Life is on the move again. After announcing earlier this month that the drama’s Season 2 premiere, originally slated for Aug. 17, was being moved up to July 6, ABC Family today said that Chasing Life also is getting a new time slot, moving from the originally announced Monday 10 PM berth to 9 PM, following The Fosters. Struggling new transgender docu series Family of Us, currently airing in the 9 PM hour, will move to 10 PM starting July 6.
The decision comes 3… Read
Neil Gaiman Penning Multiple Episodes Of ‘American Gods’
Fans of Neil Gaiman’s Hugo and Nebula Award-winning fantasy novel American Gods were no doubt already delighted that it’s finally being turned into a television series, set to air on Starz. But they might be even happier by the news that the author himself will be writing a few episodes. Producer Bryan Fuller revealed Gaiman’s contributions while speaking to Collider. “We are cranking away" at scripts for the first two episodes he said, then added "Neil Gaiman is going to… Read
‘Legend’s New U.S. Trailer: Tom Hardy As The Krays In Brian Helgeland’s Gangster Tale
“Your brother is a violent, paranoid schizophrenic,” is how one character describes Ronnie Kray to his identical twin Reggie. “What I’m trying to tell you is that he’s off his rocker.” Tom Hardy plays both sides of this volatile coin in Legend, writer-director Brian Helgeland’s movie about the legendary two-man mob that dominated and fascinated London in the 1950s and ’60s. Universal has posted the first official U.S. trailer for the movie, which also stars Emily… Read
Teresa Palmer To Star In James Wan’s ‘Lights Out’ For Atomic Monster, New Line
EXCLUSIVE: Teresa Palmer, who has three films readying for release including Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups, has been cast as the lead in Atomic Monster’s Lights Out for New Line Cinema. The horror film will be Atomic Monster's second with New Line after Annabelle, which grossed $255.2M worldwide when it was released last fall. David Sandberg will make his feature film directorial debut and James Wan will produce. The film is based on Sandberg’s short horror film of the… Read
Stephen Colbert Celebrates Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Decision
CBS’ not-yet-debuted-on-air Late Show host Stephen Colbert congratulated SCOTUS on its ruling on gay marriage, announced Friday, and those it affected.
“If you're a homosexual and living in North Dakota, all your problems are solved!" Colbert raved, adding, “Wow, history moves fast. It’s hard to believe gay Americans achieved full personhood just five years after corporations did.”
And while Colbert proclaimed dissenting Justice Robert’s statements a real barn burner – he… Read
Donald Trump Presidential Campaign Dissected By Bill Maher And Panel
In case CNN anchor Jake Tapper didn’t have enough things to talk to guest Donald Trump about on tomorrow’s State of the Union:
Real estate mogul/reality TV Star/beauty pageant co-owner/GOP presidential candidate Trump is "the Frankenstein monster,” created by the Tea Party, who isn't going away any time soon, Bill Maher pronounced last night on his HBO late night show Real Time. “He never apologizes – he's never wrong, no matter what crazy thing he says. He's the white… Read
HBO’s Issa Rae Comedy Pilot: Music Video Helmer Melina Matsoukas To Direct
HBO is breaking new talent with comedy pilot Insecure, which will bring two new voices to television. Co-created, written and toplined by first-time TV creator and star Issa Rae, the pilot will be directed by top music video director Melina Matsoukas in her TV directing debut.
Insecure focuses on the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern day African-American woman, themes Rae has tackled in her successful webseries, The Misadventures Of Awkward Black… Read
Disney CFO Jay Rasulo To Stay Past June 30 As An Advisor, With Same Pay
There’s been a change in CFO Jay Rasulo’s plan to leave Disney at the end of this month. He’s now going to stay as an advisor to CEO Bob Iger “at his current salary” with his 2015 target bonus “unchanged,” the company says in a three-sentence SEC filing.
Disney hasn’t yet named someone to replace Rasulo as CFO. His previous contract expired in January. Rasulo decided to step down after Iger named Tom Staggs to be COO making him the heir apparent.
Rasulo made $16.2… Read