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Hugh Jackman & Jason Reitman On The Politics And Dangers Of Being ‘The Front Runner’ – The Contenders L.A. Video

The Front Runner

The challenge of taking on the saga of former U.S. Sen. Gary Hart was front and center at Deadline’s The Contenders Los Angeles event held earlier this month at the DGA Theater in front of a SRO audience of Academy and key guild voters. The Front Runner co-writer and director Jason Reitman was joined onstage by Hugh Jackman, who plays Hart in a role that has won the Australian star some of the best reviews of his career and immediate Oscar buzz. Jackman has never before… Read


‘RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular’ Trailer: The Queens Return For Some Yuletide Cheer…And Shade

Fan favorite queens from past seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race are set to return for the first-ever Holi-Slay Spectacular! The first promo for the VH1 holiday special has dropped and it is here to sleigh — er, I mean — slay. The festive spectacular, which airs on December 7, will feature eight queens from days of Drag Race past: Eureka O'Hara, Jasmine Masters, Kim Chi, Latrice Royale, Mayhem Miller, Shangela, Sonique and Trixie Mattel. The queens will duck walk, death drop… Read


Hollywood Christmas Parade Street Closures Are Comin’ To Town

You better not cry, you better not pout — though, if you live or work in Hollywood, you might want to do both when you see the street closures for this weekend’s Hollywood Christmas Parade. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has released its shutdown plans for Sunday’s 87th annual event, during which Santa Claus makes his last LA-area appearance before December 24. Along with the street closures, LADOT will strictly enforce no-parking policy for the area. Here… Read


‘The Boy 2’ Adds Christopher Convery To Cast After Strong AFM

Christopher Convery

EXCLUSIVE: Christopher Convery, who recurred on Fox’s Batman prequel Gotham and is currently onscreen in Sony’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web, has been cast in The Boy 2, STXfilms’ follow-up to the 2016 horror pic. William Brent Bell returns as director and Stacey Menear the screenwriter for the sequel, which is now being toplined by Katie Holmes. Shooting is set to begin in January in Victoria, BC. Convery will play Holmes’ son in the film, which centers on a young family… Read


Ari’el Stachel Joins ‘Zola’;’ Dirk Gently’s Fiona Dourif Cast In ‘Unsinkable’

Tony winner Ari'el Stachel is set to appear in the A24 Janicza Bravo-directed drama, Zola, opposite title role star Taylour Paige, Colman Domingo, Riley Keough, and Jason Mitchell. It’s based on a series of bizarre 2015 tweets from Aziah 'Zola' Wells who detailed a wild 2-day Flordia trip with a sex worker named Jessica, her boyfriend Jarrett, and Jessica's violent pimp, who went by Z. Ari'el plays Zola's fiancé, Sean. The film’s source material is a Rolling Stones… Read


The CW Buys Drama ‘The Progeny’ Based On Thriller Novel From Chris Roberts, Edward Burns & Radar Pictures

The CW has put in development The Progeny, a drama based on Tosca Lee’s bestselling book, from writer Chris Roberts (Orphan Black), Edward Burns’ Marlboro Road Gang Productions, Radar Pictures and CBS TV Studios. Written by Roberts, The Progeny centers on a young amnesiac who discovers she’s a descendant of history’s greatest murderess, plunging her into a deadly underground war as she fights to stop a secret society that has preyed on her kind for centuries. Burns… Read


Lili Taylor Replaces Cynthia Nixon In ‘The Evening Hour’ Indie Drama

EXCLUSIVE: Lili Taylor, whose credits include American Crime, Hemlock Grove and Almost Human, has signed on as one of the stars of the indie film, The Evening HourBraden King is directing the feature, adapted from Carter Sickels’ 2012 novel, with produced slated to begin this week in and around Harlan, Kentuck Taylor replaces Cynthia Nixon, who was originally attached to the project when production was said to commence in 2016. Philip Ettinger (First Reformed), Stacy… Read


Appeals Court Clears Way For Byron Allen’s Civil Rights Suits Against Charter, Comcast

A federal appeals court cleared the way for Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Networks to pursue civil rights suits against two of the nation’s biggest cable operators, Charter Communications and Comcast. These lawsuits seek sizable damages  — $20 billion against Comcast and $10 billion against Charter — for alleged violations of the Civil Rights Act. The African-American executive said he tried for years to get the cable giants to carry his networks, which were… Read


Oscars: Governors Awards Brings Out Honorees And Hopefuls In Star-Filled Evening Hijacked By Clint Eastwood(!)

The 10th annual Governors Awards started out on a sober note Sunday night with Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president John Bailey acknowledging the devastating impact of the California fires, and said it has hit close to home for many in the industry including the historic Paramount Ranch, where the Academy does a summer program. Like other recent events, AMPAS, out of respect for all those who suffered unimaginable loss, toned down the usual bustling… Read


Cinema Libre Acquires Cannes FIPRESCI Winner ‘At War’, Brazil Docu ‘Piripkura’

Cinema Libre At War Piripkura

EXCLUSIVE: Cinema Libre Studio has acquired a pair of films for its upcoming release slate: At War, the French-language drama about French union workers who battle their corporate bosses to save their jobs, and Piripkura, a Brazilian documentary about the uncontacted people of Brazil's Amazon rainforest. The latter is on the long list for this year’s Best Documentary Oscar race and is getting a qualifying U.S. release later this month. At War, which is aiming for a March… Read

Box Office

‘Network’, ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Filling Seats On Broadway

Hollywood’s greatest satire of television is filling seats on Broadway: Network, directed by Ivo van Hove and starring Bryan Cranston, neared the million-dollar box office turf last week, grossing $994,920 for seven preview performances. The powerful showing – with an attendance of 7,027, the Olivier Award-winning play was at 99% of capacity – reflected an overall healthy week for Broadway. Box office for the season’s Week 25, ending Nov. 18, came in at $36,501,888, a… Read


Stan Lee’s Team Responds To Bill Maher’s “Disgusting” Comments About Marvel Legend And Comic Books

In a response to Bill Maher’s recent remarks about the death of Stan Lee and comic books, the Marvel legend’s team at POW! Entertainment posted an open letter to the Real Time host that criticized his commentary he posted over the weekend. On the Real Time With Bill Maher blog (not on his show) Maher recognized that the world is mourning Lee's death but then went on to say that Lee “inspired millions to, I don't know, watch a movie” with his signature sarcasm. He also… Read