California Enacts Law Preventing IMDb From Listing Actors’ Ages
In a move hailed by SAG-AFTRA as a major advance for working actors, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill today that will require IMDb Pro to remove the ages of actors and others listed on the site if asked by them to do so. The bill was pushed by SAG-AFTRA as a way to combat age discrimination, but is almost certain to face a First Amendment challenge.
The bill was narrowly crafted to apply only to "commercial online entertainment employment providers" that… Read
Bill Nunn Dies: ‘Do The Right Thing’ And ‘Spider-Man’ Trilogy Actor Was 62
Character actor William G. “Bill” Nunn, III, best known for his acclaimed turn as Radio Raheem in Spike Lee’s groundbreaking 1989 film Do The Right Thing, as well as for playing Daily Bugle editor Robbie Robertson in the Sam Raimi-directed Spider-Man trilogy, died today in Pittsburg from undisclosed causes. He was 62.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1953, Nunn was a 1976 graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia who came to acting relatively late. His first… Read
Antoine Fuqua On ‘Magnificent Seven,’ ‘Scarface’ And How One Black Director Made The A-List
EXCLUSIVE: As he was readying a classic Western reboot that this weekend heads toward a magnificent opening weekend, director Antoine Fuqua sat twice with Deadline to discuss his journey, and a breadth of hot button issues. Our first encounter came while he was editing the film, when the Oscar diversity controversy burned white hot. The collective fall-on-the-sword apologetic attitude felt hollow to The Magnificent Seven director. After all, he worked himself up from the… Read
‘Magnificent Seven’ Roping $35.3M Opening; Stick A Fork In ‘Storks’ – Saturday AM B.O. Update
5TH Write-thru, Saturday AM: Even though estimates for Sony/MGM’s The Magnificent Seven are now pointing to $35.3M, the reality of this $90M production is that it’s a decent opening that’s in sync with the western genre and its leading star Denzel Washington. Should grosses keep up for Magnificent Seven, director Antoine Fuqua should see his best opening at the B.O., besting The Equalizer ($34.1M). In addition, Magnificent Seven looks to rank as the second best opening… Read
Hot Spec Script ‘American Rebel’ Acquired By Amy Pascal
EXCLUSIVE: A major pre-emptive spec-script deal has just closed, with Amy Pascal’s Pascal Pictures acquiring Christopher Cosmos’ American Rebel. It is based on the true story of Deborah Sampson, who risked her life during the Revolutionary War by disguising herself as a man and joining the Continental Army.
We’re hearing that the deal is for high-six figures for the tale that reads like an American version of Mulan; the spec was a buzzy item around town this week that has… Read
Julia Roberts To Star In Feature Film About PTA Mom Framed For Drug Possession
The twisted tale of Orange County school parents’ revenge that spun out of control is coming to the screen. A feature film based on the Kelli Peters case, which has Julia Roberts attached to star and produce, is currently being shopped, and there are multiple bidders.
The film will be based on the book, which victim Kelli Peters wrote with Sam Rule (a pseudonym for a New York Times writer), "’I'll Get You!' Drugs, Lies, and the Terrorizing of a PTA Mom." There is… Read
Steven Schirripa Joins Next Woody Allen Movie, Setting Up ‘Sopranos’ Reunion
EXCLUSIVE: Woody Allen is getting the gang back together. Steven Schirripa, who famously played Bobby “Bacala” Baccalieri on The Sopranos, has joined the cast of Allen’s untitled next movie. The role sets up a reunion with Tony Sirico, who played Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri on the HBO mob drama and joined the cast of Allen’s film last month. The cast also includes Juno Temple, Kate Winslet, James Belushi and Justin Timberlake.
No character description was provided for… Read
Forest Whitaker, Garrett Hedlund & Tom Wilkinson Join Drama ‘Burden’
EXCLUSIVE: As the film prepares to go into production, principal cast has been set for The Firm’s drama Burden, with Garrett Hedlund in the title role joined by Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, Oscar nominees Tom Wilkinson and Tess Harper and Hands of Stone‘s Usher Raymond IV.
Written and directed by Andrew Heckler and inspired by true events, the film follows Mike Burden (Hedlund), an orphan raised within the Ku Klux Klan who attempts to break away when the girl he falls in… Read
Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Email System Temporarily Goes Down, Gets the Town Buzzing
Sony Pictures Entertainment’s communications were interrupted Friday afternoon when the company’s email system went down. I hear employees were notified of the problem via text. This would be simply an annoyance for any other company, but because it was Sony, the news created a lot of anxiety around town, with rumors circulating about a possible hack. It turned out to be a server disruption, and the issue has been resolved. SPE’s email is back up after an hourlong outage… Read
‘American Honey’ Review: Shia LaBeouf Shines In Honey Of A Great American Movie
Without question one of the best movies, for me at least, to have premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May was American Honey, Andrea Arnold’s searing story of a new generation of drifting youth that won the British director the Jury Prize (essentially third place). At 162 minutes, it is an ambitious but wildly satisfying road picture centering on Star (Sasha Lane), an 18-year-old trailer-park resident who hooks up with a traveling band of young people on the… Read
Gina Gershon Joins Nicolas Cage In ‘Inconceivable’
Gina Gershon has signed on to the Jonathan Baker-directed thriller Inconceivable opposite Nicolas Cage, Faye Dunaway, Nicky Whelan and Natalie Eva Marie. Written by Chloe King, filming is set to begin next month with Lionsgate Premiere releasing the picture in the U.S., while Highland Film Group will sell internationally.
The film follows Katie (Whelan), who moves to town with her young daughter in order to start a new life after enduring abuse in her past and she quickly… Read
NATO Chief To James Murdoch: “Get The Record Straight” On Theater Exclusivity; MPAA Weighs In – Update
UPDATED with MPAA statement below: Fox CEO James Murdoch needs to “take some time to learn how [the movie business] works,” National Association of Theatre Owners CEO John Fithian says today in a note to Deadline, picking up a gauntlet that Murdoch threw down yesterday.
On Friday, the MPAA’s Chris Dodd weighed in the issue, saying, “It is unfortunate that Mr. Murdoch's productive point about innovation provoked such a strong reaction from the National Association of Theatr… Read