‘Inconceivable’s Jonathan Baker, Who Filed Fraud Suit Against Emmett/Furla, Says He Has What Happened On Film – Updated
Updated with reaction from Emmett/Furla, 4:06 PM: Both Randall Emmett and George Furla both came to their defense on Saturday afternoon against a lawsuit filed by producer/director and co-star Jonathan Baker on Friday that alleges (among other causes) breach and fraudulent inducement over the thriller Inconceivable. "The facts will come out next week in our counter-suit that is being filed against Jonathan Baker," Emmett told Deadline. Add Furla (who rarely speaks to the… Read
Looking Under ‘Logan Lucky’s Hood As ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Stands Tall With $21M Opening – Saturday AM Update
UPDATE, Saturday AM Writethru after 12:47AM post: Two distributors, Bleecker Street and Lionsgate, observed ahead of time that August wasn’t going to be dominated by any particular tentpole like last year’s Suicide Squad. And given how difficult it is to slot low-to-mid budget fare on the calendar in the teeth of summer, both distributors took advantage of the opportunity to go wide with their star-studded fare before the season truly shuts down.
However, the bigger kid… Read
Donald Trump Blows Off Kennedy Center Honors; Avoiding “Political Distraction”
If you had been hoping to see Norman Lear and Donald Trump face off at the Kennedy Center Honors in December, the former Celebrity Apprentice host just dashed your dreams and likely avoided a very uncomfortable confrontation of sorts.
"The President and First Lady have decided not to participate in this year’s activities to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction," coldly announced the White House early in the AM today regarding the 40th Honors… Read
Producer Joel Silver Sued For Wrongful Death In 2015 Drowning Of Assistant In Bora Bora
The family of former Joel Silver assistant Carmel Musgrove has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Hollywood producer, his Silver Pictures and his personal chef surrounding Musgrove’s death in August 2015.
The 28-year-old Musgrove was found drowned in Bora Bora by local authorities on the beach near the Four Seasons Hotel where she was vacationing with Silver, his family and employees. Musgrove's friends had started searching for her after attempts to reach her the… Read
Sonny Landham Dies: ‘Predator’ & ‘48 Hrs.’ Actor Was 76
Sonny Landham, the film actor and stuntman known for his role as a Native American tracker in the 1987 film Predator, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at a Kentucky hospital, his sister Dawn Boehler tells the Associated Press. He was 76.
Landham began his career in the movie business in the 1970s in several X-rated films before segueing into mainstream features. One of his first roles was as a subway policeman in Walter Hill’s 1979 thriller The Warriors. Hill… Read
‘Deadpool 2’ Crash: Details Emerge In Death Of Stuntwoman Joi Harris
EXCLUSIVE: A preliminary investigation into the accident that took the life of stuntwoman Joi “SJ” Harris this week on the Vancouver set of the Ryan Reynolds-starring Deadpool 2 suggests that the stunt might not have been all that difficult and that her death was the result of a freak low-speed accident.
An investigation report by WorkSafeBC, British Columbia's version of the U.S. government’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, obtained by Deadline and dated… Read
Warner Bros Touts $1B ‘Conjuring’ Universe With ‘Annabelle: Creation’ Success
So many “universes” since the Marvel Universe brand. Universal touts its monster-themed Dark Universe, and Warner Bros now has one too, to go along with its DC Universe — it’s called the Conjuring Universe. After the successful box office launch of New Line Cinema's latest horror offering Annabelle: Creation, Warner Bros just announced that James Wan and producer Peter Safran's Conjuring film “universe” has reached the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office. Annabelle… Read
Roman Polanski Denied Dismissal Of 1977 Rape Case; Vital Testimony Stays Sealed
Roman Polanski has failed in his aim to have his 1977 criminal case for the rape of a 13-year-old tossed out. An order issued Friday by Judge Scott M. Gordon has also denied the Oscar-winning director his attempt to unseal the 2010 testimony of former Deputy District Attorney Roger Gunson.
"I’m not surprised but I am disappointed," Polanski's lawyer Harland Braun told Deadline today after the order was issued by the Los Angeles Superior Court judge. L.A. County District… Read
Sony Pictures Hires Exec From Focus, Promotes Another Ahead Of Toronto
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has hired Lakshmi Iyengar as VP Acquisitions from Focus Features and has internally promoted Alexander Zahn with the same title as the company gears up to attend the Toronto Film Festival, which starts September 7. Both will report to Joe Matukewicz, EVP Acquisitions for Sony.
The move was just announced via email by Steve Bersch, who runs Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions/Affirm Films/Stage 6. Here is the announcement… Read
David Mackenzie’s ‘Outlaw King’ Adds Billy Howle
EXCLUSIVE: Actor Billy Howle has joined Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Florence Pugh in David Mackenzie’s (Hell Or High Water) upcoming Netflix film Outlaw King. The Looming Tower scribe Bash Doran drafted the screenplay, which tells the story of Robert The Bruce (Pine), the king who led his country to freedom from the oppressive rule of England in Scotland.
Howle will play Prince of Wales who goes head to head with Robert The Bruce to secure the Scottish… Read
Dale Spina Dies: Ad Exec Worked On Warner Bros.’ ‘Batman,’ ‘Chariots Of Fire’
Dale Spina, a former VP Ceative Advertising at Warner Bros. and an award-winning copywriter for the studio, died August 4 after a brief illness. He was 66. As co-head of the Idea Place, Warner's in-house ad agency formed in the early 1980s, Spina worked on dozens of Warner titles, including Batman, Beetlejuice, Best Picture winner Chariots of Fire and the Lethal Weapon series.
Spina joined Warner Bros. in 1970 as assistant to West Coast Publicity Director Diana Widom and… Read
Another Presidential Council, This One Focused On The Arts, Quits On Donald Trump
UPDATED with George C. Wolfe signing letter: All 17 citizen members of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities have resigned in the wake of President Donald Trump’s stance on the violence last weekend in Charlottesville, VA. The committee, which includes actor Kal Penn and former Sen. Ted Kennedy’s widow Vicki, penned a joint letter informing the administration of their decision.
At first the only member who didn’t sign the letter was playwright George C… Read