Sky Acquires Majority Stake In True North, Invests In Chrysalis Vision
Sky is growing its international production and distribution business with a majority stake in British factual producer True North and an investment in drama producer Chrysalis Vision. The moves are part of Sky’s expansion strategy under the Sky Vision banner which has stakes in such firms as Love Productions, Jupiter Entertainment, Blast! Films and Talos Films.
True North was founded in 2001 and is run by Jess Fowle and Andrew Sheldon. The largest factual indie in the… Read
Madonna Clarifies Nonviolent Intent Of Women’s March Speech For Critics Immune To Context
Responding to accusations she had made violent threats against President Donald Trump, and an unverified claim that the Secret Service is investigating her for doing so, Madonna took to her Instagram account today to clarify comments she made during her speech at yesterday’s Women’s March on Washington.
Madonna gave a particularly fiery speech during the demonstration that was well received by the crowd, but nitpicked by pundits and right wing observers who gasped at its… Read
Danny Strong On His Sundance Debut With J.D. Salinger Film, Donald Trump & ‘Empire’ Spinoff
“That phone call was one of the most exciting things, for me, in my career, at this point – and I've had a lot of neat stuff happen,” said Danny Strong of hearing his feature directorial debut got into the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. As the co-creator of Fox's blockbuster Empire, Strong now will see his Rebel In The Eye premiere at the Park City fest on January 24.
Based on the Kenneth Slawenski biography J.D. Salinger: A Life, the Strong written and directed film stars… Read
Country Star Luke Bryan To Sing National Anthem At Super Bowl 2017
Country singer Luke Bryan will perform the national anthem at Super Bowl LI as part of pre-game proceedings, the NFL and Fox announced today. The performance will air live on Fox just before kickoff. Accompanying Bryan will be actor Kriston Lee Pumphrey on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf, who will perform the anthem and “America The Beautiful” in sign language.
A two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, Bryan… Read
Spurs v. Cavaliers Gives ABC Its Best Non-Christmas NBA Ratings Of Season
The season two debut of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC, with the San Antonio Spurs' overtime win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, was the highest-rated, non-Christmas NBA game of the 2016-17 regular season across ABC and ESPN. Averaging a 2.6 metered market rating, viewership peaked with a 4.0 rating from 11-11:15 p.m. ET, according to Nielsen.
In the San Antonio market, Saturday Primetime delivered a 13.9 rating, the highest-rated game in the market this season across… Read
‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Rise Bigly Post-Inauguration With Host Aziz Ansari
Viewers clearly were seeking out Saturday Night Live take’s on President Donald Trump’s inauguration, lifting the late-night sketch comedy program’s ratings to its highest levels since the episode that followed the Nov. 8 Presidential elections.
There was some confusion, with Alec Baldwin quoted earlier this week that he would reprise his Trump last night, but I hear he was not supposed to be on the show as SNL, just like it did with the first show after the November… Read
‘SNL’: Aziz Ansari Has A Message For Trump – And Isn’t Gaga Over ‘La La Land’
Aziz Ansari opened his Saturday Night Live monologue by acknowledging his audience – or at least the one watching from the White House. “It’s pretty cool to know he’s probably at home watching a brown guy make fun of him, right?”
Wisely opting to open with what appeared to be his own stand-up material – rather than struggling through the usual SNL-written monologues – Ansari surveyed a historical weekend of celebration and backlash. “Yesterday Trump was inaugurated,” he… Read
Donald Trump Hits Hollywood At Women’s March, Rejoices Over Inauguration Ratings
There's a dispute over how many people showed up for Donald Trump's inauguration but today the President wanted to set the record straight about the TV ratings for the ceremony as well as hit Hollywood over the massively attended Women's Marches all across the nation yesterday.
Designated to at least partially set the media table for the rest of the day, the 45th POTUS took to his personal digital bully pulpit early Sunday morning:
Watched protests yesterday but was… Read
‘SNL’ Gives Kellyanne Conway A Razzle-Dazzle Musical Makeover
In a razzle-dazzle pinnacle of last night’s Saturday Night Live, Kate McKinnon took her Kellyanne Conway impression to glittery new heights, reimagining the Trump spokeswoman as the star (in her own mind) of a Bob Fosse-style musical that wows with a “Roxie”-type showstopper (lifted from Rob Marshall’s film of Chicago, as some astute Deadline readers have noted). McKinnon will want to reserve some space for this one on her next Emmy reel.
The pre-taped short begins with… Read
SAG-AFTRA Board Approves Proposals for Film and TV Contract Talks
The national board of SAG-AFTRA has overwhelmingly approved the union's package of proposals for its upcoming negotiations for a new film and TV contract. No date has been set for the negotiations, but the Writers Guild typically follows the Directors Guild, which recently concluded its talks for a new contract.
SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris called it a "meaningful package of proposals”, and updated the board, meeting in plenary session on Saturday, on the… Read
Kristen Stewart To Host Feb. 4 ‘Saturday Night Live’
Kristen Stewart, whose short film and directorial debut Come Swim is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, will host the February 4 installment of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. The musical guest will be Alessia Cara.
The Twilight actress’ hosting gig was announced in an on-air promo during tonight’s episode hosted by Aziz Ansari. On January 28 NBC will air a repeat of the November 19 episode hosted by Kristen Wiig with musical guest… Read
Beck Bennett’s Shirtless Putin Subs For Alec Baldwin’s Trump On ‘SNL’: “We’re All In This Together”
Updated Sunday with full video No Alec Baldwin on Saturday Night Live tonight, so Beck Bennett’s shirtless Vladimir Putin crossed over to a well-deserved starring role. And he got an assist in the show’s cold open from Kate McKinnon’s newly revived Russian peasant character Olya, making a surprise appearance wearing one of those pink knit hats worn by thousands of marchers today.
“Relax, I got this,” Beck’s thick-accented Putin sneered, directly addressing a nation under… Read