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MTV Movie & TV Awards Ratings Rise In Monday Debut

MTV Tiffany Haddish

The MTV Movie & TV Awards drew 3.4 million total viewers last night, the first year in its new Monday berth. Hosted by Tiffany Haddish, the telecast simulcast across MTV and nine other Viacom-owned channels grew 21% compared with last year in total viewers and the adults 18-49 demographic (2.21 rating), according to Nielsen. The awards show was taped Saturday at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, with winners kept quiet until last night’s 9 PM ET broadcast tape-delayed on… Read


WGA East Leader Blames Agents’ Conflicts Of Interest For Writers’ Declining “Quotes”


As the Writers Guild prepares to sit down to negotiate a new deal with the Association of Talent Agents, WGA East executive director Lowell Peterson is blaming the agencies' "conflicts of interest" in the packaging of scripted TV shows for the decline in writers' quotes" – the wages they earned on their last assignments. In a recent letter to his members and to the WGA East's council, Peterson says that writers' quotes increasingly are moving downward toward the guild's… Read


Sky One Renews Buddy Cop Drama ‘Bulletproof’ For Second Season

EXCLUSIVE: Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters are set to return for a second season of Sky One's buddy cop drama Bulletproof. Season one of the Vertigo Films-produced drama ended this evening on the pay-TV channel and Deadline can reveal that the broadcaster has renewed it for a second six-part season in 2018. Sky said that the first episode of the show, which launched in May, had a total audience of 1.59M viewers, making it the biggest Sky One audience of the year. Clarke… Read


Demián Bichir On Forced Separation Of Illegal Immigrant Children: Stop Using Kids As Human Shields

Damian Bichir

Hailing from an acting family, Demián Bichir became a top star in Mexico and established himself in Hollywood with a milestone performance in A Better Life that led him to be the first Mexican since Anthony Quinn to be Oscar nominated for Best Actor. His work ranges from The Hateful Eight to Alien: Covenant to the TV series The Bridge and Weeds. He has achieved the immigrant’s dream and is appalled by the recent images of the forced separation of children from their illega… Read


Screen Gems Buys Raunchy Comedy ‘Parent’s Night’ From Joe Nussbaum

EXCLUSIVE: Screen Gems has snapped up Parent’s Night by Joe Nussbaum, a raunchy comedy that follows a group of suburban parents who throw a massive, unforgettable house party when their kids head off on a school trip. The concept is based on an actual annual ritual, in the vein of Project X, with a vibe that’s Bad Moms meets Bad Dads.  Nussbaum cut his teeth as the director and co-writer of the 1999 cult short George Lucas in Love. His feature credits include Morgan Creek… Read


‘Fargo’, ‘Scorpion’ & UK Drama ‘Little Boy Blue’ Win At Monte-Carlo TV Festival

The Monte Carlo Television Festival has a habit of handing awards to recently cancelled U.S. dramas and this year is no different – CBS' Scorpion was among the winners at the prestigious Golden Nymph Awards. The high-tech series, which ran for four seasons, was named Best Action & Science Fiction TV Series at the glamorous event. British drama Little Boy Blue, which aired on ITV, cleaned up with two awards – as Best Long Fiction Program and with Sinèad Keenan winning… Read


Apple Orders ‘Little America’ Immigrant Anthology Series From ‘The Big Sick’ Writers, Lee Eisenberg & Alan Yang

Kumail Nanjiani Emily V. Gordon

Apple has picked up to series Little America, a half-hour anthology series from Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, the Oscar-nominated writers of indie hit The Big Sick, SMILF executive producer Lee Eisenberg, Master of None co-creator/executive producer Alan Yang and Universal Television. REX/Shutterstock REX/Shutterstock Written by Eisenberg, who will serve as showrunner, Nanjiani and Gordon, Little America is inspired by the true stories featured in Epic… Read


Pete Docter To Lead Pixar, Jennifer Lee To Head Walt Disney Animation In Wake Of John Lasseter’s Scheduled Exit

Jennifer Lee Pete Docter

In the wake of Disney’s announcement that its animation chief John Lasseter would be exiting by year-end after a number of misconduct accusations, the studio has named Frozen Oscar-winner Jennifer Lee as chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios, and two-time Oscar winner of Up and Inside Out Pete Docter as chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios. Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn announced the appointments, which had been anticipated since Dis… Read


Dick Delson Dies: Longtime Hollywood Publicist Was 81

Longtime Hollywood publicist Dick Delson died following a lengthy illness Sunday. He was 81. His death at an assisted-car facility in Yarmouth, Maine, was announced by niece Joanna Delson. A member of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, Delson had more than 50 years of public relations, advertising, promotional and marketing experience. Delson supervised the press activities of hundreds of major motion pictures, independent films, television series and… Read


Locarno Chief Carlo Chatrian Picked To Head Berlin Film Festival: Report

Carlo Chatrian

The Berlin Film Festival may have found its man to replace Dieter Kosslick as reports in Germany are emerging that Locarno festival chief Carlo Chatrian is set to take the role. German newspaper Bild is reporting that Chatrian, who has been director of the Locarno Film Festival since 2013, has beaten several other high profile candidates to take up the position starting with the 2020 event. It emerged in December that Kosslick would leave Berlin when his contract ends in… Read

Box Office

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Ready To Leave $135M+ Footprint Stateside As Global Evolves To $600M+

After clearing approximately $420M abroad to date, including a whopping estimated $155M in China, Universal/Legendary’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom finally docks in the U.S. and Canada where estimates are ranging from $135M up to potentially $150M at 4,450 theaters. While some box office reporters out there will try to make a Cro-magnon-like assessment and say that Fallen Kingdom pales in its domestic opening when compared to the first 2015 reboot’s once-upon-a-time… Read

Box Office

‘Incredibles 2’s $23.6M Monday Is Best Ever For An Animated Movie – Update

Incredibles 2

Update: Disney is calling the Monday for Pixar’s Incredibles 2 at $23.6M. All records still stand: Best Monday for an animated movie beating Shrek 2‘s 14-year record of $23.4M, and the second best Monday in June so far after Jurassic World‘s $25.3M. Previous, 7:56AM: Even though the weekend is over, the momentum for Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2 just won’t let up. The Brad Bird-directed feature earned an estimated $23.9 million Monday in early morning industry reporting… Read