Harvey Weinstein Gives ‘Finding Neverland’ The Hook, Sets August Broadway Closing
Finding Neverland, the passion project that marked Harvey Weinstein’s debut as the lead producer of a Broadway musical, will close on August 21. Weinstein and executive producer Victoria Parker informed the cast Thursday night at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, where the musical opened April 15, 2015 after a month of previews. It earned mixed reviews, was entirely snubbed at the Tony Awards and has had a roller-coaster run, often grossing over $1 million during holiday periods… Read
New York Drama Critics’ Circle Votes ‘The Humans’ Best Play, ‘Shuffle Along’ Best Musical
The New York Drama Critics’ Circle today named Stephen Karam’s The Humans as best play and Shuffle Along, or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed as best musical of the 2015-2016 season. The winners were chosen during the organization’s 81st annual meeting, with the awards to be bestowed May 17. Hamilton, widely expected to win the Tony Award for Best Musical on June 12, won the Critics’ Circle award last year and was not in the running.
‘Vaxxed’s Cinema Libre Teams With China’s Gaia To Expand U.S. Release, Head To Asia
EXCLUSIVE: The controversial documentary Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe is getting a booster shot from the Middle Kingdom. Distributor Cinema Libre Studio has partnered with China's Gaia Studio to significantly expand the U.S. release. The Chinese group also is planning to release the film in Taiwan and Hong Kong and has designs on a Chinese run. They are teaming with Cinema Libre to create a joint venture in the PROC, the new partners say.
The doc, which claims… Read
Matthew Perry’s West End Playwriting Debut Draws Crowds Despite Critics’ Barbs
EXCLUSIVE: Midding-to-scorching reviews have not dissuaded London theatergoers from making Matthew Perry’s star turn in his playwriting debut a breakthrough West End sellout. Entering the final week of its run, The End of Longing has become the Playhouse Theater's most successful drama to date.
The four-hander, which also stars Christina Cole, Jennifer Mudge and Lloyd Owen, has banked over $2 million in ticket sales, with more than 62,000 tickets sold. If the fact that… Read
‘Angry Birds’ Get Happy With Day-And-Date China Bow
Rovio Animation's The Angry Birds Movie just landed a May 20 debut date in China which means it will now drop in North America day and date. The film will be marketed and brought to the cinemas throughout the country by 1905 Pictures and will have its China premiere at the Beijing National Stadium "Bird's Nest," which hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics. China accepts only about 34 international films a year. This is a film based on the wildly popular mobile game which has… Read
‘Warcraft’ Sets China Release Two Days Ahead Of U.S.: A Burgeoning Trend?
Even before Legendary was acquired by China’s Dalian Wanda Group, it had Middle Kingdom involvement in Warcraft. The ambitious adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment's video game juggernaut has Chinese money in it via Tencent Pictures which said it had made an equity investment back in September. At the same time, Wanda said it would work with the two companies and use its network to promote and market the film. Now, Legendary has smartly positioned Warcraft for a rare… Read
Mel Gibson WWII Movie ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Jumps Into November Awards Season; ‘The Shack’ To Open In March 2017
EXCLUSIVE: Mel Gibson’s next directorial, Hacksaw Ridge from Lionsgate, will open on Nov. 4. Deadline hears that the film tested through the roof and the best place for this title which has equal parts drama, action and faith-based nuances is right in the heart of the awards fall season. Ali Jaafar originally broke the news about Gibson’s movie back in November 2014. Hacksaw Ridge stars Andrew Garfield as Desmond T. Doss, who was the first conscientious objector in… Read
Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Raees’ Moves To 2017; Clash Avoided With Salman Khan’s ‘Sultan’
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has reportedly moved his planned summer release Raees to January 2017. The step-off of the mega-lucrative July Eid holiday comes at a time when SRK’s latest film underperformed at the box office compared to his roster of major hits. But, most importantly, it sees him avoid a potentially calamitous clash with sometime pal/sometime rival Salman Khan who has Sultan debuting July 6 day-and-date in 30 markets.
There was already speculation… Read
J J Abrams Joins Lin-Manuel Miranda At ‘Hamilton’s Between Shows ‘Ham4Ham’
When your Broadway smash hit has just been laureled with a record-breaking 16 Tony Award nominations — three for yourself alone — you need to step up your game. That was the case today — Star Wars Day — for Hamilton writer/composer-lyricist/star Lin-Manuel Miranda. The show has resumed “Ham4Ham,” the free entertainment offered outside the Richard Rodgers Theatre for the folks standing on line for a chance to win $10 tickets in the show’s lottery. The event has become one… Read
Tony Nominee Jessie Mueller On ‘Waitress’, Empowerment, Pies & (Whew!) Pee Breaks: Deadline Q&A
EXCLUSIVE: Look at that face: The oval eyes, blue, and broad smile bracketed by the parentheses that form when she smiles, which is often enough. Jessie Mueller’s visage telegraphs openness and vulnerability and warmth, a combination that’s hard to fake and that has served her extraordinarily well playing women who grow, learn, suffer and ultimately triumph largely by virtue of those qualities and the talent that allows them to put those features to the best possible use… Read
Blumhouse Stakes Out Dates On Universal 2017 & 2018 Schedule
Blumhouse has put a few release dates on hold in Universal’s calendar. Currently two untitled films will occupy Feb. 24 and April 28 in 2017 raising the label’s total to four next year on the Uni sked including M. Night Shyamalan’s Split on Jan. 20 and a pre-Halloween title on Oct. 20. Blumhouse also has through Weinstein/Dimension, Amityville: The Awakening opening on Jan. 6.
On Feb. 24, 2017 Blumhouse will battle Paramount’s Bad Robot sci-fi thriller God… Read
Millennium Films Lands ‘Victim 321’ With ‘Zero Hour’ Helmer Diego Velasco; As ‘London Has Fallen’ Crosses $200M
EXCLUSIVE: As its most recent release London Has Fallen just crossed $200M at the worldwide box office, Millennium Films has acquired the time-travel thriller Victim 321 that will be directed by Diego Velasco, helmer of the Venezuelan thriller The Zero Hour. Scripted by The Following writer Michael McGrale, Victim 321 tells the story of a jaded Chicago homicide detective who wakes up in the body of an ex-con three days before his murder. He has 72 hours to unravel the… Read