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Warner Bros Dates ‘Space Jam 2’, Shifts ‘Annabelle’ Sequel & ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’

Warner Bros set a release date for one sequel tonight and moved up a couple of its franchise pics. The studio’s Space Jam 2 will hit the court on July 16, 2021, taking the slot that had been penciled in as Untitled WB Event Film. Meanwhile, the untitled Annabelle sequel was bumped up by a week from this year’s Fourth of July frame to June 28, while Godzilla vs. Kong moves up by nine weeks to March 13, 2020. The latter two also will be shown in Imax, the studio said. Space… Read


‘Katy Keene’: Johnny Beauchamp & Julia Chan To Star In CW’s ‘Riverdale’ Spinoff

EXCLUSIVE: Johnny Beauchamp (Penny Dreadful) and Julia Chan (Saving Hope) have landed lead roles opposite Riverdale's Ashleigh Murray in Katy Keene, the CW's Riverdale spinoff pilot from Riverdale creator/executive producer Robert Aguirre-Sacasa, Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. TV. Written by Aguirre-Sacasa and Michael Grassi and directed by Maggie Kiley, Katy Keene follows the lives and loves of four iconic Archie Comics characters — including fashion legend-to-be… Read


Jussie Smollett “Feels Betrayed” After $100K Bail Hearing; Says He’s Innocent

BREAKING…Out on $100,000 bail and back on the Empire set for a stint, Jussie Smollett today insisted that he is innocent of conniving a racist and homophobic assault upon himself. "Mr. Smollet is a young man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence and feels betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing," said a statement sent out late Thursday on behalf of the multiple… Read


Seth Gordon To Direct NBC’s ‘Lincoln’ Pilot Based On ‘The Bone Collector’ Books

Seth Gordon

Prolific film and TV helmer Seth Gordon has been tapped to direct and executive produce NBC’s Lincoln (fka The Bone Collector) pilot, a drama based on the bestselling book series by Jeffery Deaver which had been previously adapted into the 1999 movie of the same name starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. The project hails from writers VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli, Universal Television and Sony Pictures Television, whose sibling feature studios shared distribution… Read


‘Patty’s Auto’: Carra Patterson Cast As Lead, Sarah Levy, Paola Lázaro, Joanna Adler To Co-Star In Fox Comedy Pilot

UPDATED: Carra Patterson (The Arrangement) is set to star in the titular role and Schitt’s Creek’s Sarah Levy, Paola Lázaro (Lethal Weapon) and Joanna Adler (American Crime Story) will co-star in Patty’s Auto, Fox’s multi-camera ensemble comedy pilot from writer and The Big C creator Darlene Hunt, Elizabeth Banks & Max Handelman's Brownstone Productions and Warner Bros. Television. Betsy Thomas has signed on to direct the pilot and co-executive produce. Written by Hunt, Pa… Read


Pop Boss Brad Schwartz On Being Scrappy, Losing ‘Spinning Out’ To Netflix & ‘Flack’ As The Network’s ‘Breaking Bad’

Four years ago, the TV Guide Channel, a co-venture of CBS and Lionsgate, relaunched as Pop with a slate of unscripted series and a scripted comedy, Schitt’s Creek, which has become the basic cable network’s signature series. Now in its fifth season (and certain to be renewed for a sixth as it eyes an off-network syndication sale), the comedy, headlined by Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara, is being joined tonight by Pop’s latest scripted series, comedic drama Flack. Pop… Read


Oscars: It’s An Honor Just To Be Nominated! Barry Jenkins, Rami Malek And More On The Glory Of Making The Cut

87th Oscars Nominations Announcement

They say it is just an honor to be nominated for any showbiz award (and of course the Oscars), and stars from two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank to Barry Jenkins, Rami Malek and more tell Deadline what that moment was like for them in these video snapshots from my The Actor’s Side  and Behind the Lens tapings over the past season. Check out their answers in the video above.  Read


Peter Bart: A Final Farewell To Fox – The Venerable Movie/TV Studio, Not Rupert’s Bilious Trump-Friendly News Network

21st Century Fox

Hollywood endured a big setback this month, and it had nothing to do with the Oscars. A major studio, 20th Century Fox, officially disappeared into the mist, instantly transforming a once robustly competitive industry into a Disney oligopoly. The ultimate cost in jobs could range as high as 10,000, but the real cost will be in opportunity and competitive zeal. I took the demise of Fox personally because it was the second studio loss I had witnessed. Years ago I had been a… Read


Jussie Smollett Returns To ‘Empire’ Set After Bail Hearing

Jussie Smollet

Jussie Smollett, the Empire star who was arrested Thursday on a felony charge in the wake of allegedly planning a January attack on himself, went directly to the Fox series’ Chicago set after his bail hearing this afternoon, Deadline has confirmed. Smollett was released on $100,000 bail and had his passport revoked during the court appearance. His defense lawyers insisted during the hearing that Smollett needed to get back to work on Empire, which was continuing… Read


Adam Pally & Abby Elliott To Star In NBC Comedy Pilot ‘Uninsured’

Happy Endings alum Adam Pally and Abby Elliott (Saturday Night Live) are set as the leads of NBC’s Uninsured, a multi-camera comedy from The Goldbergs writer/co-executive producer Dan Levy, executive producer Doug Robinson and Sony Pictures TV. Pally will serve as co-executive producer on the pilot, which also has cast as series regulars Jessy Hodges (Barry) and Amer Padha-Chatel (Beecham House). Written by Levy, Uninsured centers around young parents Dave (Pally) and… Read


MPRM Bolsters Management Team, Promotes Caitlin McGee, Natalie Yallouz, More

MPRM Caitlin McGee Natalie Yallouz

EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood agency MPRM Communications has promoted Caitlin McGee to SVP and Natalie Yallouz to VP among several moves made to bolster its leadership team. McGee, with the company since 2007, and Yallouz for a total of eight years, now oversee MPRM’s TV, digital media and technology clients that include Bunim/Murray Productions, Blumhouse Television, Viacom and Skybound Entertainment among others. McGee has led the agency's television awards team as well as… Read


The Show To Watch This Week: ‘Better Things,’ ‘Flack,’ ‘Leaving Neverland’ & ‘Whiskey Cavalier’ Reviewed

As in all too many things, not all weeks of the show you have to watch are created equal, as this week makes very clear – and my review video above reveals. With the politically star studded debut of brand strong Desus & Mero's new Showtime series tonight and the seemingly hostless and Best Song full Academy Awards on Sunday on ABC, the competition is certainly fierce. In fact, the schedule is fierce too with the Ann Paquin starring Flack premiering tonight on Pop just as… Read