Hollywood Rallies In Support Of Leslie Jones Following Hack
Following the vicious doxing of comedian Leslie Jones this morning, friends and peers within the entertainment industry have expressed support for her and outrage about the attack, which saw sensitive and highly personal information posted to the Ghostbusters and Saturday Night Live star’s personal website by hackers.
Ghostbusters director Paul Feig was among the first to weigh in, calling the attack “an absolute outrage,” and blasting possible suspects angrily. Jones… Read
Ryan Lochte Dips Toe In ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Pool
Ryan Lochte is diving into a new competition. The Olympic gold medalist and Rio Public Enemy No. 1 is joining ABC’s hoofer competition show Dancing with the Stars. The deal apparently was in the works before the Olympics — and before he and some Team USA buddies swam into trouble with Brazilian authorities.
Lochte, of course, still is dealing with fallout from the incident in Rio in which he claimed to NBC’s Billy Bush he and three other U.S. swimmers were pulled over by… Read
Jeanne Martin Dies: Model & Second Wife Of Dean Martin Was 89
Jeanne Martin, the second wife of legendary crooner Dean Martin, and in her early life a model and Orange Bowl queen, died on Wednesday, August 24 at her home in Beverly Hills following a battle with cancer. She was 89.
Born in 1927 in Coral Gables, Fla., she broke into modeling in Miami, posing for magazines, catalogs and calendars and at age 20 was voted Orange Bowl queen, appearing in its New Year's Eve parade and at the Jan. 1, 1948 Georgia Tech vs. Kansas football… Read
Fox Hit With ‘Empire’ Class Action Suit Over Filming At Juvenile Detention Center
With the Season 3 debut of Empire just weeks away, the first two episodes of the Fox blockbuster’s second season today are at the center of a potential big-bucks class action lawsuit filed over filming at a Chicago juvenile detention center that left hundreds of underage inmates in "lockdown."
"The Fox Defendants deliberately encouraged the Government Defendants to
improperly place the JTDC on lockdown during the filming of Empire, for commercial benefit," says the… Read
CW Developing Martial Law Drama ‘Rise’ From ‘Vampire Diaries’ Exec Producers
With The Vampire Diaries coming to an end after its upcoming eighth season, three of the departing vampire drama’s executive producers — co-creator/showrunner Julie Plec and Chad Fiveash & James Stoteraux, are teaming for a new hourlong project at the CW and Warner Bros. TV.
Rise, from WBTV and Plec’s studio-based My So-Called Company, is set following a terrorist attack. When martial law is declared, a disparate group of everyday people start to uncover that the attack… Read
Sarah Jones Opportunity Internship Names Its Second Recipient
Becca Bennett, a recent graduate from the University of Georgia, has been selected as the second recipient of the Sarah Jones Opportunity internship and training program, which is named after the 27-year-old camera assistant who was killed in Georgia in 2014 when she was struck by a freight train on the first day of filming on Midnight Rider.
Jones' death sparked a renewed emphasis on safety throughout the industry, and the internship program is intended to create a… Read
Donald Trump Delivers Fox News Channel’s Second-Best Town Hall Demo Ratings
Sean Hannity’s latest Donald Trump town hall clocked 2.7M viewers including 589K in the news demo, putting Hannity in the No. 1 spot for the night among cable news programs in the demo.
It’s also FNC’s second-highest-rated town-hall performance in the demo ever. Trump’s Tuesday night Hannity hour sits behind Bret Baier’s town hall with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in Detroit back in March.
Tuesday night’s Trump talk, in which the GOP nominee changed his position on… Read
‘The Deep’ Pilot Casts Eline Powell & Rena Owen; ‘Claws’ Adds Jason Antoon
Eline Powell (Game of Thrones) and Rena Owen (The Last Witch Hunter) are set as series regulars on Freeform drama pilot The Deep. Based on a story by Eric Wald and Dean White, The Deep is set in Bristol Cove, a coastal town known for its legend of once being home to mermaids. When the arrival of a mysterious girl proves this folklore all too true, the battle between man and sea takes a very vicious turn as these predatory beings return to reclaim their right to the ocean… Read
Britney Spears TV Movie In Works At Lifetime; Natasha Bassett To Star
Lifetime has greenlighted Britney (working title), a two-hour TV movie about Britney Spears starring Natasha Bassett (Hail, Caesar!) as the pop icon. Production begins next month in Vancouver for a 2017 premiere on Lifetime.
The project details the tumultuous story of Spears’ rise to fame, her fall from grace and eventual triumphant resurrection. It will follow Spears’ story, beginning as a young girl from Louisiana trying to make a name for herself in the music scene… Read
Jon Favreau To Direct Seth MacFarlane’s Space Comedic Drama Series For Fox
Iron Man and The Jungle Book helmer Jon Favreau has signed on to direct and executive produce the first episode of Fox’s untitled live-action hourlong comedic drama created by and starring Seth MacFarlane. Favreau then will stay on as a consultant on the project, which has a straight-to-series order.
Set in space 300 years in the future, the show follows the adventures of the Orville, a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth's interstellar fleet. MacFarlane… Read
Double Emmy Nominee Derek McLane on ‘Hairspray Live’, Lady Gaga And ‘The Wiz!’
When I sat down early this week with Derek McLane, nominated for his sets for both the 2016 Academy Awards and NBC's presentation of The Wiz Live!, I took out my camera to shoot some candids as we conversed. McLane suggested we switch places, explaining that the overstuffed bookshelves behind me would be much more interesting than the blank wall behind him.
There may be no better illustration of the difference between a writer and a set designer than this.
McLane is among… Read
Viceland Taps Ex-NBC Late-Night PR Exec Marc Liepis As Head of Communications
TV veteran Marc Liepis has been named VP Communications for Viceland. He will oversee communications for the recently launched cable channel, reporting to Alex Detrick, Chief Communications Officer of Vice Media, and Viceland General Manager Guy Slattery.
Liepis served over a decade as Senior Director of Media Relations for NBC Late Night, specifically Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Saturday Night Live, as well as serving as a VP for ID PR. Liepis left the NBC PR job… Read