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IATSE President Accuses Editors Guild Leader Of Violating Federal Labor Law

IATSE Motion Picture Editors Guild

In what could be a precursor to placing IATSE Editors Guild Local 700 into trusteeship, IATSE president Matthew Loeb has fired off a blistering letter (read it here) accusing Local 700 executive director Cathy Repola of violating federal labor law, of waging a "propaganda campaign" against ratification of the union's new film and TV contract, and of possibly breaching her duties as a director of the union's pension and health plans. He also accused her of being "selfish… Read


President Donald Trump Gets Personal Noting Death Of Aretha Franklin: “She Worked For Me On Numerous Occasions”

In 2005, President George W. Bush brought Aretha Franklin to tears as he presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the nation’s highest civilian award – for “her lifetime of achieving and for helping to shape our nation’s artistic and cultural heritage.” Aretha Franklin receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush. RIP. — CSPAN (@cspan) August 16, 2018 Ten years later, Franklin moved President Barack… Read


‘Sexy Beast’ Prequel TV Series In Works At Paramount TV & Anonymous Content

EXCLUSIVE: The cult British gangster movie Sexy Beast is getting a small-screen prequel. Anonymous Content and Paramount Television have acquired the TV rights to the 2000 film for a TV series that will track the origin story of the Gal Dove, Don Logan and Teddy Bass characters, played in the movie by Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley and Ian McShane, respectively.  Writer Michael Caleo, whose TV credits include The Sopranos and Rescue Me, will write the adaptation. Directed by… Read


NBC Buys Music Drama From ‘Nashville’ Alums, Milo Ventimiglia & Craig Brewer

Meredith Lavender Marcie Ulin

Former Nashville executive producers Meredith Lavender and Marcie Ulin are returning to the music industry scene with a new drama series project. The duo has teamed with This Is Us star Milo Ventimiglia and Craig Brewer, writer-director of music-themed series Empire and movie Hustle & Flow, for a one-hour series pitch that has landed at NBC with a script commitment plus penalty. The drama hails from Ventimiglia and Russ Cundiff’s DiVide Pictures and 20th Century Fox TV… Read


John Landis, Who Directed Aretha Franklin’s Only Two Movies, Remembers Her ‘Blues Brothers’ Turns

Aretha Franklin Blues Brothers

EXCLUSIVE: Her signature songs have been part of dozens of movies going back to Coming Home and More American Graffiti, and she hand-picked Jennifer Hudson to play her in an MGM film biopic earlier this year. But Aretha Franklin has only acted on screen twice, and John Landis directed her both times in short bursts, in The Blues Brothers and its 2000 sequel. On the day Franklin died of pancreatic cancer at age 76, Landis took the time to share with Deadline his cherished… Read


U.S. Sues Operators Of Pirate Radio Station Broadcasting Alex Jones’ Show — Updated

Alex Jones

UPDATED to clarify that Alex Jones is not involved in the station. A pirate radio station in Texas that broadcast conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’s show has dropped off the air amid an intensifying fight with the FCC. The Department of Justice filed suit against Walter and Rae Olenick, accusing them of operating an unlicensed radio station out of their Austin apartment complex since at least 2013. The FCC sent the couple multiple letters, warning of the dire consequences… Read


‘One Day At A Time’: India de Beaufort & Alex Quijano To Recur In Season 3

Veep alum India de Beaufort and Fresh Off The Boat’s Alex Quijano have joined the recurring cast for the upcoming third season of Netflix’s One Day At A Time. de Beaufort will play Avery, the new love interest of her real-life husband Todd Grinnell’s character Schneider in their first on-screen romance. Quijano takes over the role of Mateo, in a recasting. Mateo is a dad friend of Penelope's (Justina Machado) from school, who turns into something more. A reimagining of… Read


Stormy Daniels NOT In British ‘Celebrity Big Brother’, Reportedly Pulls Out At The Last Minute

Donald Trump can breathe a sigh of relief: Stormy Daniels, the porn star he is alleged to have had an affair with, has not entered Celebrity Big Brother in the UK. Daniels was understood to have been the star turn in the latest season of the British reality series. However, despite reportedly flying to the UK and agreeing on a fee with the Viacom-owned broadcaster, Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, did not enter the Big Brother house. According to reports, Daniels… Read


Donald Trump “Threats” Won’t Stop Omarosa’s ‘Unhinged’, Publisher Says

Donald Trump Omarosa

As more information from Omarosa Manigault Newman’s White House memoir Unhinged continues to hound the Trump Administration, publisher Simon & Schuster said it has no intention of backing off selling the hot-button book that it released this week. “Despite various legal claims and threats made by representatives of the Trump campaign, Gallery Books and Simon & Schuster are proceeding as planned with publication of Unhinged by Omarosa Manigault Newman, confident that we… Read


‘America’s Got Talent’ Tops Viewers, ‘Big Brother’ Wins Demo

America's Got Talent

In their 8-9 PM faceoff, the first Wednesday edition of NBC's America's Got Talent (1.5 demo rating, 9.63 million viewers) won in total viewers, while CBS' Big Brother (1.6, 5.82M) won the demo battle. Big Brother‘s stats in both metrics mark season highs for any of that reality series' three editions so far this summer. NBC nonetheless handily won the night in the demo and overall crowd, as CBS was pulled down by low-rated drama encores at 9 PM and 10 PM with SEAL Team… Read


ABC Pays Aretha Franklin Respect With Special ’20/20′ Episode; Other Tributes Planned

ABC’s 20/20 will air a special one-hour edition tonight honoring the life and legacy of Aretha Franklin using never-before-seen tour footage and an interview with the director of an upcoming Franklin biopic starring Jennifer Hudson. Aretha: Soul, Song, R E S P E C T will feature footage from the ABC News archives, including Diane Sawyer's 2000 profile that included a trip with Franklin to her Detroit hometown. Also in the special will be interviews with biopic director… Read


‘Bourne’ Drama ‘Treadstone’ Gets USA Network Series Order, Nears Amazon Deal

USA Network has given a straight-to-series order to drama Treadstone, an offshoot from Universal’s Bourne franchise, from Heroes creator Tim Kring and Universal Cable Productions. Treadstone was originally announced as a pilot order on USA's 2018 slate in April but will now bypass the pilot stage and go straight to series. I hear the decision stems in large part from an international distribution deal UCP is negotiating with Amazon. In a similar fashion, UCP’s Syfy’s… Read