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Viggo Mortensen & Mahershala Ali Drive ‘Green Book’; Willem Dafoe Paints ‘At Eternity’s Gate’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

Universal is going limited with Peter Farrelly’s Green Book this weekend. The film, starring Oscar-nominee Viggo Mortensen and Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali, is based on the true story of a racist bouncer hired by jazz pianist and composer Don Shirley to drive him through the South during the Jim Crow era. Julian Schnabel's latest, At Eternity's Gate, heads out via CBS Films. Starring Willem Dafoe as Vincent Van Gogh, the project came together after a visit by Schnabel and… Read


‘The Bone Collector’ Drama Series Based On Books & Film In the Works At NBC

In NBC’s last big drama pitch buy this development season, the network has given a premium script commitment to The Bone Collector, based on the bestselling book series by Jeffery Deaver and the 1999 movie of the same name which starred Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. The project hails from writers VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli (S.W.A.T.), Universal Television and Sony Pictures Television, whose feature sibling studios shared distribution of the film, in association… Read


The Bart & Fleming Podcast: Oscar Season Is Upon Us

The Bart & Fleming Podcast

As the awards season picks up steam, stars and star filmmakers face a great opportunity to reach voters in the Q&A sessions, but also must tread a careful path because of heightened sensitivities. Some filmmakers already have run into problems with #MeToo and N-word issues. This all comes as many industry jobs are in jeopardy as Disney implements its acquisition of Fox. It's the dawn of a new corporate giant, but also the demise of many Hollywood positions. Listen to our… Read


Donald Trump Wants “Total Freedom Of Press” After Ordered To Return Jim Acosta Badge

Donald Trump Jim Acosta

President Donald Trump insisted his White House wants “total freedom of the press” after a federal judge ruled his White House had denied CNN’s Him Acosta due process when it stripped him of his press badge. But, Trump added, his team currently is “writing up rules and regulations” to “set up a certain standard” for behavior on White House grounds, insisting “We have to practice decorum.” Yes, Donald Trump is calling for decorum. Meanwhile, CNN reported this afternoon… Read


2019 Film Independent Spirit Award Noms: A24 Leads All Distribs With 12; ‘We The Animals’ Most For Any Pic With Five

Refresh for updates For the third year in a row, New York-based distributor A24 led at the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations counting a total 12 noms versus last year’s 17. A24’s nom count this year doubled up on  Amazon Studios, Netflix and The Orchard which all tied for six. Annapurna Pictures followed with five noms: Three for Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk (best feature, director, and supporting female Regina King, who was also nominated in… Read


‘Thursday Night Football’ Ratings Gain Yards With Seahawks-Packers; ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Fall Finale Hits Season High

The Seattle Seahawks’ fourth-quarter rally helped them beat the Green Bay Packers 27-24 on Thursday Night Football last night in a rematch of their epic 2015 NFC Championship Game. The result kept the Seahawks’ playoff chances intact, while severely denting Aaron Rodgers’ team’s postseason aspirations. A main beneficiary though was Fox, which drew an 11.1 household rating in Nielsen’s metered markets for the game and is projected to top all Big 4 and CW competition… Read


As A Producer Of ‘The Sisters Brothers’ Looking For A Fresh Western, John C. Reilly Gave Jacques Audiard Free Rein

As a producer-actor, giving carte blanche to an auteur can be a dangerous thing, as John C. Reilly found when he and his wife Alison Dickey began shopping their passion project, and Reilly's first producorial feature outing—an adaptation of Patrick DeWitt's 2012 novel The Sisters Brothers—to some of the world's most respected directors. Luckily, after bracing himself to give up on his dream of playing Eli Sisters, one of the film's two leads, Reilly found himself back on… Read


‘SMILF’: Frankie Shaw’s Showtime Comedy Gets Season 2 Premiere Date, New Trailer

Frankie Shaw in SMILF

Showtime has set January 20 for the second season premiere of hit comedy series SMILF, starring, created and executive produced by Frankie Shaw. The premium cabler also released a new extended trailer for season 2 (watch above). Set in Boston, Season 2 picks up with trying to move forward and focus on her future, while attempting to exorcise old ghosts and atone for past misdeeds. She's still toiling away in her day job working for narcissistic boss Ally (guest star… Read

Awards News

Reality TV Wins Its Own Critics’ Choice Awards Show

Reality TV is getting it’s own awards show, for real. The Broadcast Television Journalists Association and NPACT, the trade organization serving producers of nonfiction entertainment content, will spin off the “reality show” category of the Critics’ Choice Awards into its own standalone show, the groups announced today. The inaugural Critics’ Choice Real TV Awards are set for Sunday, June 2, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Bob Bain and Joey Berlin will… Read


Entertainment One Goes ‘Insane’ For Movie On Crooked Discount Appliance Sales King Crazy Eddie

EXCLUSIVE: Entertainment One has set up Insane, a film based on the wild life of Eddie Antar, the late consumer electronics king who wound up serving six years in prison for perpetrating one of the greatest securities frauds in history. Peter Steinfeld, who wrote 21, has written the script and an exclusive rights deal has been made with Sam E. Antar, Eddie Antar’s criminal co-mastermind and cousin. eOne will finance. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Peter Steinfeld… Read


Guy Ritchie’s ‘Toff Guys’ Adds Jason Wong

EXCLUSIVE: Jason Wong is joining Guy Ritchie’s Toff Guys gang which already includes Matthew McConaughey, Kate Beckinsale, Hugh Grant, Henry Golding, and Jeremy Strong. In the Miramax movie Wong will play Phuc, a dangerous and conniving Chinese gangster, who is a member of Golding’s charter’s illicit crime outfit.  The pic explores the collision between old-money European wealth and the modern marijuana industrial complex with new gang entrants swarming, and it’s a… Read


‘Empire’ Casts Alicia Coppola; ‘Star’ Adds Tammi Mac

Alicia Coppola Tammi Mac

Alicia Coppola (Shameless) is joining Fox’s hit musical family drama Empire in a recurring role. Coppola will play a smart, flamboyant attorney investigating Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) and international money launderer Damon Cross (Wood Harris). She'll do almost anything for big target convictions because she believes they’ll take her to the Governor’s mansion and then the White House. Empire, created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong and starring Terrence Howard and… Read