Salman Rushdie Extols The Immigrant’s Struggle Of ‘Lion’: Guest Column
EXCLUSIVE: On the final day of Oscar voting, the Bombay-born British novelist Salman Rushdie has written for Deadline a guest column on the timeliness and importance of Lion, up for six Oscars this Sunday including Best Picture.
Often, when it's Oscars time, I don't feel as if I have a dog in the fight. There just isn't one particular movie I'm rooting for above all the others, one particular movie I want to see recognized and raised up so that everyone can see… Read
China Warns Korean Entertainment Giant That Its Part In U.S. Missile Deal Is “Playing With Fire”
Amid rising diplomatic tension with China over Seoul's decision to deploy the THAAD anti-missile defense system, Korea is facing challenges as an entertainment and shopping destination, the Korean Tourism Organization said today. The word comes on the heels of an editorial published by Chinese state media this weekend that warned Korean retail and entertainment giant Lotte Group that it is "playing with fire that could inflame regional relations."
Lotte is Korea's… Read
CinemaNX Founder & Producer Steve Christian Dies Aged 53
Steve Christian, the founder of the Isle of Man's film investment program CinemaNX and former Pinewood Pictures exec, has died suddenly at the age of 53.
The well-respected industry veteran, who most recently co-produced Fox Searchlight's Untitled A.A. Milne Project with Damian Jones, held a number of government positions on the Isle of Man, a small self-governing low-taxed financial center in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland, before turning to the entertainment… Read
Harold Lloyd Pics To Be Animated; INTV Adds Li Ruigang Keynote – Global Briefs
Cinesite Studios has entered into a partnership with the Harold Lloyd Estate and Comic Animations to adapt Lloyd's films into a series of animated features. The legendary actor and filmmaker made nearly 200 movies between 1914 and 1947, pioneering thrill sequences and stunts, and ranking with Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton as one of the most enduring figures of early cinema. Cinesite, which has facilities in London, Montreal and Vancouver, makes animated and family… Read
Lauren Holly To Star In Indie ‘Ultra Low’; Mollee Gray Set For ‘The Favorite’
Actress Lauren Holly has been tapped to star in Seattle-based filmmaker Nicholas Gyeney’s indie Ultra Low. The drama centers on the lives of an independent filmmaking team as they struggle to break down the doors of Hollywood. Yuji Okumoto (The Karate Kid: Part II) has also been cast. Gyeney is producing under his production banner Mirror Images LTD and shooting is slated to begin next month. Holly recently played Dr. Betty Rogers for four seasons on ABC's Motive. Her… Read
‘The Predator’ Cast Photo: Sterling K. Brown, Olivia Munn & More Get Ready To Hunt Aliens
The Predator director/co-writer Shane Black took to Twitter early Monday to offer the first look at the film’s cast. The photo features the team of new alien hunters, which includes Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes, Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn and Keegan-Michael Key.
"Partial cast… beautiful human beings, good people. Also, killers," Black tweeted, adding that filming began today in Vancouver. In additional tweets, Black also confirmed that the sci-fi… Read
‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ Trailer: Charlie Hunnam & Jude Law Go To War
Charlie Hunnam takes on the iconic role of the “man who pulled sword from stone, the born king" in Guy Ritchie's upcoming King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. A new trailer for the epic fantasy, adventure film has been unveiled by Warner Bros., and features more action-packed scenes and Hunnam getting rock star attention.
King Arthur is a fresh take on the classic Excalibur tale, tracing Arthur's (Hunnam) journey from the streets to the throne. When his father is murdered… Read
Oscars Security 2017: The Donald Trump Factor
EXCLUSIVE: Only about 10 days ago, Hollywood Boulevard and the Red Line were shut down due a suspicious suitcase that was placed on an electric rail in the subway below the Hollywood & Highland complex. The police response was immediate, and the busy tourist area was evacuated before the all-clear came about three hours later after the LA County Sheriff’s bomb squad investigated. That happened as security operations were readying for the 89th Academy Awards, which takes… Read
Holdovers Reign Over Presidents Day Weekend, But Why Did The New Releases Tank? – Monday Update
6th Writethru, Monday AM: Similar to MLK Weekend, why is there so much lackluster product being dumped again over a four-day holiday? Did the majors make some sort of insider pact to release their weakest titles at the same time?
A couple of reasons. First, the studios knew that that they were going to be playing into the strong momentum of Warner Bros.’ The Lego Batman Movie, Universal’s Fifty Shades Darker and Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 2. Second, when a studio has… Read
First Sarah Jones Safety Grant Awarded On Third Year Mark Of Her Death
Three years ago today, 27 year-old Sarah Jones was killed on the train tracks of Midnight Rider and several others were injured. On the third anniversary of the young camera assistant’s death, the first Sarah Jones Safety Grant has been awarded. Kyle Rehl, a film student at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, will receive the grant and must be used for on-set safety expenses incurred by the production of a narrative thesis… Read
Google & Microsoft To Demote Piracy Sites In UK Search Results
In a world first, Google and Microsoft have finally agreed to crackdown on piracy sites in the UK. On Monday, it was announced that the search engine giants had both signed up to a voluntary code of practice which will see them commit to demote websites that have been repeatedly served with copyright infringement notices, thereby making it much harder for UK internet users to download and stream films, TV, music and sport illegally. The U.S. tech giants have agreed links… Read
Kim Dotcom Loses U.S. Extradition Appeal, But Claims Victory In Copyright Ruling
New Zealand's High Court has partially upheld an earlier decision that Megaupload co-founder Kim Dotcom and three of the site's other co-founders are eligible for extradition to the U.S. The High Court said today that there are grounds for Dotcom and co-defendants Finn Batato, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk, to be extradited under "general criminal-law fraud" provisions. However, the court overturned another part of a lower court's December 2015 ruling, saying the… Read