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Hollywood Remembers Craig Zadan: Kevin Bacon, Neil Patrick Harris And Others Pay Tribute To Prolific Producer

Refresh for updates Hollywood figures and celebrities took to Twitter to honor prolific producer Craig Zadan, who died Tuesday after complications following shoulder replacement surgery. Zadan is known for championing musical theater and produced Oscar telecasts as well as the Academy Award-winning film adaptation of the musical Chicago. He is also known for bringing live musical events to NBC including The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, the Wiz, Hairspray, and most recently… Read


Craig Zadan’s Prolific Film & TV Career In Pictures – Photo Gallery

The Sound of Music Live!

Craig Zadan’s first credit as a producer was on Footloose, the seminal 1984 teen dance movie that made a star of Kevin Bacon. It also stamped the kind of films and TV shows he wanted to make: dance- and music-filled productions with nods to theater. Those credits would grow to the likes of 1993’s Gypsy starring Bette Midler and 2003 Best Picture winner Chicago. Click to launch a gallery of Zadan’s memorable films and TV… Read


Facebook Identifies More Accounts Spreading Misinformation Ahead Of Midterm Elections

Facebook said it has identified and removed hundreds of accounts and pages spreading misinformation on the platform ahead of the midterm elections — this time, with ties to Iran and Russia. The company said it took down 652 pages, groups and accounts engaged to what it calls “inauthentic behavior” — misleading Facebook users about who they are and what they’re doing. These coordinated misinformation campaigns sought to influence people across the globe, from the Middle… Read


Studios Back In Antitrust Spotlight As AMC Chain Loses Key Court Ruling

Goliath just took a whack from David in court in Texas today as a federal judge tossed AMC Entertainment's attempt to toss out Viva Cinemas antitrust suit over the now shuttered theater’s Spanish-language showings of first-run studio pictures. A trial is still probably a way off in what has been an over three-year legal battle so far but District Judge Alfred Bennett on Tuesday put things on that route in rejecting AMC's motion for summary judgement. It is a rejection… Read


Craig Zadan Dies: ‘Chicago’ Producer Who Led Oscar Telecasts & Live TV Musicals Was 69

Craig Zadan, a prolific producer of movies, television and Broadway musicals, including the Oscar-winning Chicago, Gypsy, Annie, Cinderella, Steel Magnolias, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, five live musicals on NBC and three Oscar telecasts on ABC, has died unexpectedly. He was 69. "It is with profound sadness that I am announcing the passing of my dear friend and colleague Craig Zadan, who died of complications following shoulder replacement surgery,”… Read


Kenan Thompson On Staying at ‘SNL’ “Forever” & His Dream Of “Taking The Tom Hanks Approach” To Movies

Kenan Thompson

Last year Kenan Thompson officially became the longest-running Saturday Night Live cast member, with 15 seasons under his belt. And, when he started on the show in 2003, he was the show's youngest performer—a situation that seems worthy of some sort of SNL careerist medal. Instead, this year he got his first Emmy nom focused entirely on acting–last year's was shared with Chance the Rapper for their co-written comedy song “Last Christmas”. Of being recognized in the… Read


‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Casts Up Flight School Saga Around Tom Cruise

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures is in talks to add a diverse coterie of talent to Top Gun: Maverick. Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit), Charles Parnell (A Million Little Pieces), Jay Ellis (Insecure), Bashir Salahuddin (GLOW), Danny Ramirez (Assassination Nation), and Monica Barbaro (The Good Cop) are being set to join the ensemble opposite Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Glen Powell, Jennifer Connelly and Miles Teller. The Joseph Kosinski-directed film is slated for release July 12… Read


Harvey Weinstein Sued By Woman Alleging Rape At 2006 Cannes Film Festival – Update

UPDATED from story posted at 9:19 AM to include Weinstein attorney statement and Loman attorney statement: Harvey Weinstein is being sued by a woman accusing the disgraced mogul of raping her at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006. Attorneys on behalf of Emma Loman, who court documents say is a citizen and resident of Germany and has worked as an actor, producer and model, filed a civil complaint (read it here) on Monday with the U.S. District Court Central District of… Read


Nne Ebong Exits As ABC Studios Head Of Drama Development

EXCLUSIVE: ABC Studios’ SVP Drama Development Nne Ebong is leaving the studio after 12 years, the last five as head of drama development, I have learned. I hear Ebong is leaving for another opportunity. No one would confirm where she is headed but there has been increasing speculation that she may reunite with former ABC boss Paul Lee and join his independent studio wiip,, which is backed by CAA. For the past couple of months, Ebong had been rumored for a number of… Read


‘Empire’: Skylan Brooks & Meta Golding To Recur On Season 5

Skylan Brooks (The Get Down) and Meta Golding (Behind the Movement) are set for recurring roles on the upcoming fifth season of Fox's hit musical family drama Empire. Brooks will play Quincy, a young man wrongly incarcerated who develops a relationship with Andre (Trai Byers). Golding will portray Teri, the mother of wrongfully incarcerated Quincy (Brooks). She is a heartfelt beauty who works with Andre (Byers) while they fight to free her son. Empire, created by Lee… Read


Mark Strong, Carice Van Houten & Daniel Mays To Star In Sky & Hera Pictures Drama ‘Temple’

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EXCLUSIVE: Mark Strong (Kingsman), Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones) and Daniel Mays (Line of Duty) will star in the Sky-commissioned thriller series TempleThe high-concept eight-parter, produced by Hera Pictures head Liza Marshall (Riviera), is playwright Mark O’Rowe’s adaptation of the acclaimed Norwegian drama series Valkyrien about the workings of an illegal and subterranean clinic. We first announced Strong for the darkly comic drama last summer when it was still… Read


‘Doom Patrol’: Brendan Fraser To Star As Robotman In DC Universe TV Series

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EXCLUSIVE: Brendan Fraser has been cast as one of the leads, Robotman/Cliff Steele, in DC Universe's upcoming live-action series Doom Patrol, from Greg Berlanti and Warner Bros TV. A former race car driver, Cliff Steele was in a horrific accident that left his body uninhabitable. Cliff's brain was saved by the mysterious Dr. Niles Caulder and he lives on in a powerful robotic body. Fraser will provide the voice-over for Robotman and will appear in flashback scenes as… Read