Morgan Freeman “Devastated” Over Allegations, Says “I Did Not Assault Women” In New Statement
Morgan Freeman has put out a second statement in the wake of a report Thursday in which eight women came forward to accuse the Oscar-winning actor of inappropriate behavior.
"I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday's media reports,” he said about the accusations that came in a report from CNN. The allegations included unwanted touching and inappropriate comments including asking a woman if she was… Read
Conan O’Brien Casts Roger Ailes Movie: Who Will Gary Sinise Or Mick Jagger Play?
“It was reported this week that Hollywood is making a movie about Roger Ailes,” Conan O’Brien told his TBS late-night viewers of the Annapurna Pictures movie, about the late chairman and network architect who resigned in 2016 amid a sexual and workplace harassment scandal, and the women affected.
Earlier in the week, it was announced Charlize Theron will play former Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly. The rest of the casting list is is top secret, O’Brien said. “I… Read
‘Sesame Street’ Bosses Grouchy With STX Over Melissa McCarthy Flick ‘Happytime Murders’
Calling in the Big Birds, Sesame Street‘s parent company has taken STX Productions to court to stop being blatantly associated with marketing of the "explicit, profane, drug-using, misogynistic, violent" film The Happytime Murders, which stars Melissa McCarthy and is directed by one of Jim Henson’s family members.
With the tale of puppets from the cast of a 1980s TV show being knocked off one after another, the Brian Henson-helmed flick is set to come out this summer… Read
‘American Exit’ Picked Up For Distribution By Lionsgate, Grindstone Entertainment
Lionsgate and Grindstone Entertainment Group have picked up North American rights to the dramatic thriller American Exit, written and directed by Ingo Vollkammer and Tim McCann. Based true account, the fictionalized narrative from Cosmopolis Entertainment centers on a dying California man's attempt to make amends for his chief regrets in life, which brings him to reconnect with his estranged son on what unexpectedly comes to be a dangerous, yet bonding journey.
The film… Read
Ron Howard On Jumping Into ‘Solo’, How George Lucas Helped Out, And New Seasons Of ‘Genius’ And ‘Arrested Development’ – Behind The Lens
This week’s edition of my Deadline video series Behind The Lens goes on location to the French Riviera and the Cannes Film Festival, where I sat down a few days ago with Oscar-winning director Ron Howard for a wide-ranging discussion of the varied aspects of his career.
Howard was in Cannes for the splashy international premiere of his latest film Solo: A Star Wars Story, which opens in much of the world today. He talks candidly about the unexpected assignment when he was… Read
Haley Bennett-Starring ‘Swallow’ Rounds Out Cast
Elizabeth Marvel, David Rasche and Denis O'Hare have been added to the cast of Swallow, the indie psychological thriller starring Haley Bennett. Austin Stowell is also aboard the pic, which serves as the debut feature film of writer-director Carlo Mirabella-Davis. Shooting is now underway, with CAA and UTA handling domestic rights and Charades repping international.
Bennett plays a newly pregnant woman who develops the compulsion to consume dangerous objects. The story… Read
Netflix And Telefónica Confirm Their Partnership On Twitter
Netflix and Telefónica announced a global partnership that will bring the Internet video service to Telefonica’s TV and video platforms in Europe and Latin America, confirming speculation about a potential deal.
Telefónica Executive Chairman José María Álvarez-Pallete announced the partnership by tweeting a campy video in which he calls CEO Reed Hastings via a 1920s era payphone reminiscent of the Netflix Spanish-language original series, The Cable Girls. Hastings is seen… Read
Sinqua Walls Cast In ‘Otherhood’; Madelyn Cline Boards ‘Once Upon A Time In Staten Island’
Sinqua Walls (Once Upon A Time, Power) has come aboard the Netflix film, Otherhood, which has Angela Bassett and Patricia Arquette attached as leads. Cindy Chupack is directing the romantic comedy about three Moms who leave their suburban life to reconnect with their estranged sons in NYC. Walls will play Matt Walker, a good-looking, overachieving art director for a magazine who is a serial womanizer. The film was adapted by Chupack and Mark Andrus based on William… Read
Paul Bettany On ‘Star Wars’, ‘Avengers’, Taking Advice From Peter O’Toole & Those ‘Master And Commander 2’ Whispers
Paul Bettany has been living in Disney’s world of late, reprising his role as Vision in Marvel’s mega-blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War and suiting up as villain Dryden Vos in Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story which began international rollout this week and releases domestically today. The latter is a reteam for Bettany with director Ron Howard following collaborations on 2001’s A Beautiful Mind and 2006’s The Da Vinci Code. In a recent chat, Bettany and I geeked out… Read
Elizabeth Sung Dies: Actress Whose Scores Of Credits Include ‘Y&R’, ‘Sopranos’ & ‘Curb’ Was 63
Elizabeth Sung, a character actress whose 30-year career included such popular TV series as The Young and the Restless, The Sopranos and Curb Your Enthusiasm and films including Memoirs of a Geisha and The Joy Luck Club, has died. She was 63. The Associated Press reported that she died Tuesday but gave no other details.
A Hong King native, Sung also was a Juilliard-trained dancer and an acting coach/teacher. She did a stint in the American Film Institute’s Directing… Read
Emmys: ‘Tickling Giants’ Director Sara Taksler On Her Doc About The “Jon Stewart Of Egypt” & Lessons For Trump’s America
When supporters of President Trump expressed outrage over Michelle Wolf's comedy routine at the recent White House Correspondents' Dinner, one interested observer kept a wary eye on the controversy. His name was Bassem Youssef and he knew a little something about the importance of political humor.
"Instead of being petty and getting all wrapped up in their egos, they should embrace the likes of Michelle Wolf," Youssef wrote in a statement provided exclusively to Deadline… Read
Pascal Pictures Picks Up Sci-Fi Thriller Pitch ‘Genus’ From Screenwriter Kat Wood
EXCLUSIVE: Winning what was a competitive bidding situation, Amy Pascal via Pascal Pictures just nailed down a sci-fi pitch from screenwriter Kat Wood. This is the second project that Pascal has bought from Wood, following another sci-fi project, Envoy, that Pascal brought into her company last year. This latest pitch is entitled Genus, described as a thriller about a scientist who accidentally brings back a prehistoric form of human species. It’s set in modern day and… Read