Paul Thomas Anderson Takes Crack At ‘Pinocchio’
Hollywood’s passion for revisionist public domain fairy tales is drawing some seriously unusual bedfellows. The Master and Inherent Vice writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson has taken on a rewrite job scripting Pinocchio for Warner Bros. and Team Downey. Robert Downey Jr has long been passionate about his take culled from the classic 1883 children’s book by Carlo… Read
Kevin Alejandro Joins Fox Series ‘Lucifer’ As Regular In Recasting
EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Alejandro (True Blood, Arrow) has been cast as a series regular on Fox's comic book midseason drama Lucifer. He replaces Nicholas Gonzalez who played the role in the pilot, written by Tom Kapinos and directed by Len Wiseman.
Based on the characters from the DC Entertainment's Vertigo, the series, from Warner Bros. TV and Jerry Bruckheimer TV, centers on Lucifer (Tom Ellis) who, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his… Read
‘Suits’ Renewed For Season 6 By USA
A week into Suits‘ fifth season run, USA Network’s flagship drama has been renewed for a 16-episode sixth season. The news comes after the Season 5 premiere of the legal drama logged 3.4 million viewers and 1.3 adults 18-49 in Live+3. In Live+same day ratings, Suits was down slightly from the Season 4 opener (2.13 million vs. 2.50 million) but remains USA’s top drama and a reliable utility player. The series, created/executive produced by Aaron Korsh, was just used to… Read
It’s Official: New York’s 30 Rock Is Now The ‘Comcast Building’
Had to happen sometime, I guess. NBC’s iconic 30 Rockefeller Center headquarters, once named after RCA and GE, today officially became the “Comcast Building.”
The name of the No. 1 cable operator, and owner of NBCUniversal, will beam from the rooftop, making it part of the Manhattan skyline. Comcast’s logo, facing the north and south, is 12 feet tall, and includes an 11-foot NBC Peacock. The western front has an 18-foot high NBC Peacock. They will be lit by LED bulbs that… Read
‘Teen Beach 2′ Ratings Ride Live+3 Wave
Disney Channel said today that the time-shifted ratings are in for its Teen Beach Movie 2, the sequel to its 2013 hit, and that it is the biggest cable TV original movie of 2015 to date. The sequel, which premiered June 26 at 8 PM, was watched by 7.5 million total viewers, 3.2 million kids 6-11 and 2.8 million tweens 9-14 in Live+3 ratings. That also makes it the most-watched TV telecast in nearly 2 years in the youth demos.
In Live+Same Day ratings, Teen Beach Movie 2… Read
DreamWorks Animation Hires Dan Berger As Corporate Communications Head
DreamWorks Animation has hired former Fox communications executive Dan Berger as head of corporate communications for the company, filling the void left by Chip Sullivan who took at job over at NBC in corporate communications in April.
Berger, who spent nine years over at Fox in a number of senior communication jobs, will start on July 27 in the Glendale-based offices. The company has released 31 feature films to date, including a number of franchise properties like How to… Read
‘Batman v Superman’, ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ & ‘Pan’ Lead Off Warner Bros. Comic-Con Panel
On Saturday, July 11 at 10:30 AM Batman and Superman are heading back to Hall H as expected. Since announcing Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice at the 2013 San Diego confab and dropping a teaser last summer, this year Warner Bros. is bringing the film’s director Zack Snyder back, as well as Batman Ben Affleck, Superman Henry Cavill and Wonder Woman Gal Gadot. All four were present at the studio’s panel last summer, but this time they’ll have their fellow castmates in… Read
Betty White, NeNe Leakes Set For ‘To Tell The Truth’ Reboot On ABC
Betty White and NeNe Leakes (Broadway’s Cinderella) are set as regular panelists and Anthony Anderson (black-ish) will host ABC’s re-imagining of the 1960s hit game show To Tell The Truth.
The new six-episode comedy/variety show version pits White and Leakes and a third panelist (additional celebrity guests will join throughout the season) against three people who all claim to be the same person with the same incredible talent, job or achievement. One is telling the… Read
Duncan Sheik’s ‘Spring Awakening’ Heads For Fall Broadway Reprise, May Set Stage For ‘American Psycho’
UPDATE, 10:50 AM: News of the move that will bring a revival of Spring Awakening to Broadway in the fall renewed talk about Duncan Sheik’s new musical-in-waiting, American Psycho, based on the Bret Easton Ellis novel about New York in the throes of ’80s greed. Telsey & Co. has been casting that show, which had its premiere last year in the U.K., for Broadway, with plans to begin rehearsals in January, 2016 and previews mid-February in anticipation of a mid-March opening… Read
Dulé Hill & Jacob Latimore Appear To Topline ‘Sleight’
EXCLUSIVE: Dulé Hill, Jacob Latimore, rapper Tyga and Storm Reid have been cast in Sleight, a thriller pic from Diablo Entertainment. The film will mark the feature directing debut of music video helmer JD Dillard, who co-wrote the script with Alex Theurer. Diablo’s Eric B. Fleischman and Sean Tabibian, whose credits include Two-Bit Waltz and Carnage Park, are producing the feature, which is set to begin production this summer in Los Angeles.
The film centers on a young… Read
Disney Exec Moves To Creative Marketing Outfit Pongo
Ron Pomerantz, currently VP Marketing and Creative at Disney Channel, is exiting to become VP Content & Strategy at Pongo, a creative marketing agency for entertainment industry clients. In his new role he will oversee the new creative content division for Pongo, which will develop and produce interstitial content, PSAs, commercials and business-to-business integration as the company expands its client offering to charitable and philanthropic arms.
Pomerantz had his hand… Read
TV Land Benches ‘Dukes Of Hazzard’
TV Land already is getting angry calls from Dukes Of Hazzard fans after the network this week yanked the show out of rotation. The Viacom network had only begun airing repeats of the decades-old CBS series on June 10.
“We have removed it from the schedule and have no further comment,” A TV Land rep told Deadline.
The Viacom-owned network’s decision follows by about a week Warner Bros. Consumer Products’ announcement it would stop participating in Confederate flag… Read