FTC Says It Won’t Challenge Amazon’s $13.7B Bid For Whole Foods
Amazon’s $13.7 billion deal to buy Whole Foods moved closer to the checkout line today: The food retailer’s shareholders endorsed the acquisition, and the Federal Trade Commission said it will not raise antitrust objections.
The FTC “decided not to pursue this matter further,” says Bruce Hoffman, Acting Director of the Bureau of Competition. “Of course, the FTC always has the ability to investigate anticompetitive conduct should such action be warranted."
Investors appear… Read
‘Community’ Alum Joel McHale Signs With UTA & Anonymous Content
EXCLUSIVE: Actor and comedian Joel McHale has signed with UTA and Anonymous Content for representation. Previously with WME, McHale is perhaps best known for starring as Jeff Winger for six seasons on the NBC/Yahoo comedy Community and spent twelve seasons as the host of E!’s satirical series The Soup. Most recently, he toplined CBS’s short-lived sitcom The Great Indoors.
McHale will next be seen in the Netflix biopic A Futile & Stupid Gesture, portraying former Community… Read
Robert Downey Jr. Warns Fans To Avoid Online Impersonators Looking For Cash
Robert Downey Jr. took to social media today to caution fans against falling for scammers posing as him online and looking for cash under the guise of donations.
In his first post on Twitter in several days, the Oscar nominee who is the on-screen personification of Iron Man asked fans to "have each other's backs" when it came to the "scam artists."
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) August 23, 2017
Likely not wanting to put even more of a… Read
Fox Sports Adds A Year To Its Rights Deal For Big3 Professional Basketball
Fox Sports just gave a vote of confidence to Big3, the new 3-on-3 professional basketball league co-founded by Ice Cube and entertainment exec Jeff Kwatinetz.
The sports broadcaster says that it added a year to its agreement to offer matches. Big3 was introduced in January, and its first Championship airs this Saturday.
"In its inaugural year, the league provided competitive, entertaining basketball that really resonated with fans, as evidenced by its television ratings… Read
MoviePass Says It Passed 150,000 Sub Target After Price Drop Publicity
MoviePass probably received more publicity over the last week than it saw over the entire six years it’s been in business. And it paid off: In the two day period after the movie ticket subscription service announced a drop in price to $9.95 a month, it raised its sub level to more than 150,000, passing the target set for late 2018, according to data firm Helios and Matheson Analytics which agreed to buy MoviePass.
It had about 20,000 subscribers in December, when the… Read
John Leguizamo’s ‘Latin History For Morons’ Sets Fall Broadway Transfer
John Leguizamo‘s free-wheeling tour through the history of Latinx people, especially in North and South America, will re-open on Broadway this fall, after acclaimed runs at the Public Theater in New York and California’s Berkeley Repertory Theater. Latin History For Morons will begin performances October 19 and open November 15 at Studio 54. (The Roundabout Theatre Company, which owns the venue, is not producing the show.)
Directed by Tony Taccone (Wishful Drinking, Bridg… Read
“Back Up, You Creep!”: Hillary Clinton Ponders What Might Have Been
A split-second political calculation, maybe, or what the French call l’esprit d’escalier – “staircase wit,” or that perfect retort that popped into your head too late. In either case, Hillary Clinton now wonders what would have happened had she called out then-GOP candidate Donald Trump when he bizarrely stalked her on that debate stage last year.
Though she went high, Clinton, writing in her new campaign memoir What Happened, had other options during the Oct. 10, 2016… Read
Thomas Meehan Dies; ‘Spaceballs’, ‘Annie’ & ‘The Producers’ Author Was 88
UPDATE Wednesday morning: Meehan died Monday of cancer, according to his wife, Carolyn. In addition to his wife, Meehan is survived by his brother, John, five children and step-children, and six grandchildren.
EARLIER: Thomas Meehan, a low-key, literary writer for The New Yorker magazine who found fortune, if not fame, as author of the books for such blockbuster musicals as Annie and The Producers, has died. The man who made Mel Brooks laugh was 88 and lived in Greenwich… Read
Geffen Playhouse Sued For Age Discrimination & Libel By Its Former Artistic Director
All the world’s a stage — including courtrooms. The Geffen Playhouse is on the receiving end of a lawsuit filed today by its former longtime artistic director that claims age and disability discrimination, fraud, slander and “a succession of lies” The filing lands one day after Game of Thrones helmer Matt Shakman — who is 20 years younger than plaintiff Randall Arney — was named artistic director of the Westwood theater.
In his 27-page complaint filed today in Los… Read
SAG-AFTRA Board Candidate Shaan Sharma Calls On Union To End Partisan Bickering
EXCLUSIVE: Partisan bickering and factionalism have led to "crippled leadership" at SAG-AFTRA and an "unfair election process" created by the union's two rival parties, according to Shaan Sharma, a candidate for the local and national board of directors. He’s calling on the rival factions to "put aside their differences" for the good of the members and the union.
It's a sentiment Deadline has heard repeatedly from members and candidates alike in the run-up to Thursday's… Read
Brazilian Antitrust Officials Question AT&T’s Bid For Time Warner
UPDATED, 4:50 PM: Mexico’s antitrust authorities today approved the AT&T’s pending merger with Time Warner. "We appreciate the work of both COFECE and IFT to review, analyze and approve the AT&T-Time Warner merger on its merits," said David McAtee, Senior EVP and General Counsel of AT&T Inc. "The merger of our two companies will bring together the world's best premium content with the networks to deliver that content to every screen, however customers want it."
‘Dear Evan Hansen’: ‘Hello, Dolly!’s Taylor Trensch Set For Title Role After Noah Galvin Steps In For 2 Months
There soon will be a new Evan Hansen on Broadway — and then another. Dear Evan Hansen producer Stacey Mindich said today that Taylor Trensch, who plays Barnaby Tucker in the Main Stem’s Hello, Dolly!, will take over the title role in mid-January. His stint kicks in after The Real O’Neals alum Noah Galvin takes over the role from originator Ben Platt on November 21.
Also announced today: Original cast members Laura Dreyfuss, Rachel Bay Jones, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Mike… Read