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Channel 4 Developing UK Remake Of NBC’s Songwriting Competition Reality Format ‘Songland’

Channel 4 is developing a UK version of NBC's songwriting competition reality series Songland. The British broadcaster is remaking the unscripted format with NBC-backed producer Monkey Kingdom, the company behind hits including Made In Chelsea, producing. The move is C4's first entry into the talent contest genre in a number of years, having previously dipped its toe in the area with 2014’s The Singer Takes It All.  The show, which debuts at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28 in… Read


Storytelling Podcast Studio Parcast To Be Acquired By Spotify

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Spotify continues to broaden beyond its musical subscription origins. It is closing a deal to acquire Parcast, a popular storytelling-driven podcast studio. Parcast has since its 2016 launch generated 18 premium mostly non-fiction podcasts that include Serial Killers, Unsolved Murders, Cults and Conspiracy Theories. It recently launched its first fiction series, Mind's Eye. Spotify will gain access to its content library and growing audience. Parcast will launch over 20… Read


Jeremy Thomas Relocates RPC & HanWay Films From Iconic Soho Building To West London Venue Steeped In Music History

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-winning producer Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor) is relocating his revered Recorded Picture Company and HanWay Films labels from Soho to a new west London home. The Hanway Street office has served as the HQ for RPC and HanWay for more than 25 years, during which time Thomas has produced movies including Crash, Sexy Beast, The Dreamers and Dogman and HanWay has sold films such as Match Point, Shame, Brooklyn, Carol and Colette. Staff will relocate next… Read


Cannes: ‘Capernaum’s Nadine Labaki Named President Of Un Certain Regard Jury

Filmmaker Nadine Labaki has been named president of the Un Certain Regard jury for the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival. The helmer of Oscar and Golden Globe nominee Capernaum, she will chair the section that’s considered the alternate competition of the Official Selection and runs from May 15-May 24 this year. Labaki is a Cannes regular whose Capernaum last year scooped the Jury Prize. The social drama then went from the Riviera to global awards season… Read


Stephen Colbert Compares Mueller Probe Outcome To ‘Lost’ & ‘Seinfeld’ Finales, Says “I’m Sorry” To Donald Trump

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Stephen Colbert shared his thoughts on Sunday’s announcement about the outcome of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The Late Show host appeared disappointed by Attorney General Bill Barr's four-page synopsis of the report, which said the investigation found no Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. “This weekend we received some troubling news,” Colbert joked. “Our president is not a Russian asset.” “It just… Read


Elaborate ‘Alien’ High School Production Gets Hollywood’s Attention

North Bergen High School production of "Alien." (Credit: YouTube)

A New Jersey high school’s adaptation of the classic 1979 film, Alien, has gotten a stamp of approval from Hollywood insiders. Drama students at North Bergen High School staged the elaborate production of “Alien: The Play” this past week, according to After pictures and video of the space-themed set and costumes went viral thanks to social media, and the production got the attention of the people behind the official Alien Twitter Page. “We are impressed! 40 years… Read


Jordan Peele Talks Being A Black Auteur And Disproving Myths Of Representation In Hollywood

Fresh off a well-deserved, scare-the-money-out-your-pockets box office weekend for his horror Us and a PaleyFest panel for his forthcoming revival of the iconic Twilight Zone, Jordan Peele scaled down the spectacle and participated in the Upright Citizens Brigade’s (UCB) Q&A series in Los Angeles. In a conversation moderated by UCB co-founder Ian Roberts, Peele talked about his career in front of students of the famed improv training center and his role as a black auteur… Read


‘Charmed’ Changes Showrunners, Creative Direction For Season 2

The CW’s Charmed is making changes ahead of its second season. Showrunner Carter Covington has exited the reboot after one season and is being replaced by husband and wife team Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro, an individual with knowledge of the production confirmed to Deadline. The pair will take the show in a new creative direction for season 2. Kruger and Shapiro are under an overall production deal with CBS TV Studios. The two previously co-created CBS series Salvation… Read


‘The Unicorn’: Rob Corddry & Michaela Watkins To Co-Star In CBS Comedy Pilot, John Hamburg To Direct

EXCLUSIVE: Childrens Hospital alum Rob Corddry and former Casual star Michaela Watkins are set for lead roles opposite star-producer Walton Goggins in CBS' single-camera comedy pilot The Unicorn. John Hamburg (I Love You, Man) has been tapped to direct the pilot from Bill Martin and Mike Schiff, Kapital Entertainment and CBS TV Studios. The Unicorn, originally developed as a single-camera, was picked up to pilot as a multi-camera. It was subsequently reverted to its… Read


Alyssa Milano Urges Hollywood To Speak Up On Georgia’s “Heartbeat Bill” – Guest Column

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Editors note: Alyssa Milano, currently in Georgia filming Season 2 of her Netflix series Insatiable, has written an op-ed titled “When It Comes to Women's Rights in Georgia, Hollywood Is Silent,” about the current "Heartbeat Bill" that is up for a vote Tuesday in the state’s House. The bill, passed by the state Senate on Friday, would outlaw abortions once a doctor detects a fetal heartbeat in the womb. Gov. Brian Kemp said he plans to sign the legislation, which would bec… Read


Michael Avenatti Released On Bond After Arrest On Federal Fraud And Nike Extortion Charges – Update

(UPDATED 5:50 PM with Avenatti posting bond) Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti has been released on $300,000 bond, and says he expects to be "fully exonerated" of federal extortion and bank and wire fraud charges. The attorney Stormy Daniels used to sue President Donald Trump likely is lawyering up himself today. Michael Avenatti has been arrested after federal prosecutors in New York charged him with trying to extort $20 million from Nike and feds in Los Angeles filed… Read


Women In Film Los Angeles Adds Five New Board Members

Women In Film, Los Angeles announced today that they have elected five new members to its Board of Directors. Syrinthia Studer, Andrea Nelson Meigs, Talitha Watkins, Vanessa Morrison and Tracy McGrath have joined the board of industry leaders who represent diverse aspects of the screen industries. “The 2019 Board of Directors will bring valuable guidance to our organization's programming and advocacy work,” said WIF Executive Director Kirsten Schaffer. “They share our… Read