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Oscar Week 2019 Parties & Events: The List

This list will be updated on a regular basis this week with more events to be announced. Please send any event or party details to Most events are by invite-only except for the Oscar Week panels; tickets sold for those at Tuesday, Feb. 19 5:30PM: 21st Costume Designers Guild Awards Location: Beverly Hilton Those lauded include Ruth E. Carter (Black Panther Costume Designer, Career Achievement Award), Glenn Close (Best Actress Oscar… Read


Oscars: Film Editing Nominee John Ottman On ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’s Triumphant Journey, Making Queen Timeless, And Bryan Singer’s Exit

It shouldn’t have been too surprising that John Ottman won this year’s ACE Eddie for Best Edited Feature Film Drama for Bohemian Rhapsody. Equally it shouldn’t be at all shocking that he is nominated for his first Academy Award in Film Editing for that film. If anyone would know the challenge of turning around a troubled ship, it is Ottman’s fellow film editors — and, in perhaps the year’s most extraordinary achievement in film editing, Ottman was integral to helping save… Read


Time’s Up President Lisa Borders Resigns: “I Hope My Efforts Will Continue To Resonate”

Lisa Borders

After taking the post of president and CEO of Time’s Up late last year, Lisa Borders has stepped down from her post. She announced the news Monday via Twitter. “As Time’s Up continues to grow, I am proud of the work I have done to shepherd its continued development. Unfortunately, it is with deep regret that I must resign from Time’s Up to address family concerns that require my singular focus. I appreciate the opportunity to support this mission and I hope my efforts… Read


WGA & SAG-AFTRA Taking Sharply Different Approaches At Bargaining Table With Agencies And Ad Industry

EXCLUSIVE: The coming week will be a big one for Hollywood labor relations: The WGA and the Association of Talent Agents will resume talks on Tuesday for a new franchise agreement, and SAG-AFTRA will begin negotiations with the advertising industry on Wednesday for a new $1 billion-a-year commercials contract. The unions' current contracts expire within a week of each other: SAG-AFTRA's on March 31 and the WGA's on April 6. If they fail to reach agreements, the WGA could… Read


‘Black Lightning’ Star Cress Williams Joins ‘The Violent Heart’ & ‘Reckoning’

EXCLUSIVE: Cress Williams, who currently stars in the titular role on Black Lightning, has booked two film roles before heading back into production on Season 3 of the CW/DC Comics series. Williams is set to co-star in The Violent Heart from writer-director Kerem Sanga with 21 Laps' Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen, Ed McDonnell, Tobey Maguire's Material Pictures, and 3311 producing. Williams joins Grace Van Patten and Jovan Adepo in the coming-of-age romance pic which is slated… Read


Krysten Ritter Posts ‘Jessica Jones’ Finale Table Read Photo; Says She’s “Proud” Of How Show Will Complete “Journey”

Update, with additional tweets “I love these people to the moon and back,” writes Jessica Jones star Krysten Ritter on an Instagram post featuring a photo taken at the table read for the series finale of her just-canceled series. Ritter also assures fans that she is “proud” of how the cast and creatives behind Jessica Jones will “complete JJ’s journey.” Wil Traval – the series’ Will Simpson – also posted his thanks to the Jessica Jones team, and co-creator Brian Michael… Read


‘Veep’ Trailer: Presidents Day Greetings From Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Veeps Selina Meyer has a special Presidents Day message to America, though maybe she just means “real Americans,” and she certainly hasn’t figured out just who that would be. In a new trailer for the seventh and final season of HBO’s Veep, Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s Selina manages to insult her fellow Americans – “the entire country is getting more disgusting by the second” – while at the same time courting votes. Check out the trailer above. And in a special Presidents Day… Read


Fox Comedies, ‘60 Minutes’ Andrew McCabe Sit-Down Top Slow Holiday Sunday Ratings

Viewers pulled away from broadcast networks Sunday to warm up for Presidents Day revelry or watch the NBA All-Star Game on TNT and TBS. Fox fared best in the demo, fueled by a NASCAR Daytona 500 primetime kickoff in a swath of the country. From 8-9:30 PM, the network averaged a 0.9 demo rating with The Simpsons (0.9, 2.80M), Bob's Burgers (0.9, 2.22M), and Family Guy (0.9, 2.21M), after which a repeat Family Guy (0.7, 1.79M) wrapped the network’s night. Making its return… Read


Jennifer Salke On Amazon’s Film Future, Sundance Deals & The Late Night Selfie That Won Her ‘Brittany Runs A Marathon’

Jennifer Salke

In an unprecedented Sundance Film Festival deal haul for a single distributor, Amazon Studios gave the clearest indication of its movie future by paying a record near $50 million for five films. The acquisition avalanche began with the fest’s first big pact for Late Night (record $13M for U.S. rights). Within a matter of days, Amazon bought Brittany Runs A Marathon ($14M for world rights), The Report ($14M for world rights), Honey Boy ($5 million) and One Child Nation. It… Read


‘T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle’ Season 2 Production On Hold

Coming off strong ratings for the first season of T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle, VH1 quietly had renewed the series for another go-round. Production on Season 2 of the reality show headlined by rapper-actor Tip “T.I.” Harris and Tameka "Tiny" Harris had been underway until it was halted yesterday after T.I.’s sister, Precious Harris, was hospitalized, Deadline has confirmed. We hear filming is slated to resume tomorrow. T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle was a legacy… Read

Box Office

Why The Industry Shouldn’t Be Scared About The Lowest Winter At The B.O. In Eight Years

Coming off a banner $11.9B at the domestic B.O. and $41.7B worldwide in 2018, this year’s theatrical tickets sales aren’t anything to get excited about: The winter B.O. stateside for the period of Jan. 1-Feb. 18 at $1.2B is the lowest start since 2011 per ComScore, and this year’s Presidents Day four-day holiday frame at $148.5M (ComScore+Deadline estimate) is the lowest since 2001. While Wall Street is bound to scream “Sell! Sell!” in regards to exhibition stocks, rub… Read


R. Kelly Grand Jury Reportedly Seated Amid New Evidence: Report

R. Kelly

A grand jury has reportedly been seated in Cook County, IL over new allegations against Grammy-winning R&B singer R. Kelly, according to CNN on Monday. The network cited two sources familiar with the case. The office of the Cook County State's Attorney did not confirm the report, which if true comes after attorney Michael Avenatti said this weekend he turned over evidence on a VHS tape showing the singer engaged in sexual acts with a 14-year-old girl; CNN reported today… Read