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‘The Emperor Of Malibu’ Casts Deborah S. Craig; Dorian Missick Joins ABC’s Hank Steinberg/50 Cent Drama Pilot

Deborah S. Craig (The Blacklist) is set as a series regular opposite Ken Jeong in CBS' multi-camera comedy pilot The Emperor of Malibu, from Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan, former 2 Broke Girls executive producer Michelle Nader and Warner Bros. TV. In addition, veteran multi-camera comedy director Andy Ackerman has been tapped to direct the pilot. In The Emperor of Malibu, written by Kwan and David Sangalli, when Auggie (TBD), the son of a Chinese billionaire (Jeong)… Read


WGA Makes “Significant Move” For Deal With ATA – But Not On Key Issues Of Packaging And Producing


The WGA says it has made a "significant move" toward reaching a deal with the Association of Talent Agents for a new franchise agreement. The move comes ahead of the two sides returning to the bargaining table Thursday. "It is our hope that this significant move on our part will bring the parties closer to an overall agreement and that we can have further discussion of this proposal at our negotiation session tomorrow," WGA executive director David Young said in a letter… Read


‘Pennyworth’: Emma Paetz & Jessica Ellerby Cast In Epix’s Batman Prequel Series

EXCLUSIVE: Emma Paetz (Gentleman Jack) is set as a series regular and Jessica Ellerby (Lovesick) will recur opposite Jack Bannon and Ben Aldridge in Pennyworth, Epix’s upcoming Batman sequel from Gotham showrunner Bruno Heller, executive producer/director Danny Cannon and Warner Horizon Scripted TV. The 10-episode, hourlong drama series is based on DC Comics characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger. It follows Bruce Wayne's legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth… Read


National Board Of Review Latest Critics Group To Set 2020 Gala Date

Lady Gaga

The National Board of Review said Wednesday it will hold its annual awards-season gala next year on January 8 in New York City. That will be one day after the New York Film Critics Circle set its gala honoring the year’s best in movies. The NBR, which chose eventual Oscar Best Picture winner Green Book as its best film last year, will hold its 2020 event at Cipriani 42nd Street, with Willie Geist returning to host for a sixth year in a row. The NYFCC, which voted Roma its… Read


Donald Trump: “I Gave John McCain The Kind Of Funeral He Wanted” And “Did Not Get A Thank You”

President Donald Trump, speaking at a tank plant in Ohio, once again savaged the late Sen. John McCain today. “I  gave him the kind of funeral he wanted — which, as President, I had to approve,” Trump said, unprompted, as the crowd reacted with pin-drop silence. “I don’t care about this,” he insisted, then proved otherwise, complaining, “I didn’t get a thank you.” Just hours after daughter Meghan McCain addressed the president’s attacks on her late father for a… Read


Sony Animation Picks Up ‘Hair Love’ Short From ‘BlacKkKlansman’ EP Matthew A. Cherry

EXCLUSIVE: With directing gigs on Big 4 shows like Whiskey Cavalier and The Red Line, Matthew A. Cherry has a pretty full dance card this year, but the BlacKkKlansman executive producer is heading into some new territory also. Animation, to be precise. Coming off a record breaking Kickstarter campaign two years ago to raise funds for Hair Love, Cherry has now partnered with Sony Pictures Animation on the short film, I've learned. "In the past year, it has been very clear… Read


Paramount Players Lands YA Novel ‘Opposite Of Always’ For Temple Hill

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Players has closed a deal for the Justin A. Reynolds YA novel Opposite Of Always. The film will be produced by Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen, John Fischer, and Isaac Klausner. The novel was just published by Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins. When Jack and Kate meet at a party, bonding until sunrise over their mutual love of Froot Loops and their favorite flicks, Jack knows he's falling—hard. Soon she's meeting his best friends, Jillian and Franny, and Kate… Read


Netflix Makes Film Deal For Mary Kubica Novel ‘The Other Mrs.’


EXCLUSIVE: In competitive bidding, Netflix acquired the rights to Mary Kubica's upcoming suspense novel The Other Mrs. Netflix will turn the book into a feature film. The novel will be published in the U.S. by Park Row in 2020. Here is the logline: When Will and Sadie Foust inherit a house on a small, remote island off the coast of Maine, they jump at the chance to make a fresh start with their family. But their eerie new home comes with some challenges, including caring… Read


Seth Meyers, Tiffany Haddish, John Mulaney, John Oliver & Sarah Silverman Go Green With Anti-Trump Comedy Event

Seth Meyers, Mike Birbiglia, Tiffany Haddish, Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney, John Oliver and Sarah Silverman will band together in New York City next month to save the Earth: Meyers will host the all-star “Night of Comedy” event to benefit a nonprofit organization pledged to protect the environment against the Trump administration. Marking Earth Month, the event is set for April 30 at the New-York Historical Society to benefit the Natural Resources Defense Council. Presented… Read


Lionsgate Promotes Jen Hollingsworth To Chief Operating Officer In Motion Picture Group

Jen Hollingsworth has been named Chief Operating Officer of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group effective immediately, it was announced today by Motion Picture Group Chairman Joe Drake. She previously served as EVP of Strategic Planning and Operations, where she oversaw worldwide deal analysis, operational management and strategic planning for the studio’s film slate, including Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment, Good Universe and Pantelion Films. Hollingsworth first joined… Read


DOJ Antitrust Chief Makan Delrahim On Failed AT&T Appeal: “You Learn More From Losing Than From Winning”

Makan Delrahim

Makan Delrahim, head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s antitrust division, said the DOJ’s legal defeat in its long quest to block AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner was disappointing but did bear some fruit on appeal. “You learn more from losing than from winning,” Delrahim said in a speech at a Washington conference put on by America’s Communications Association, formerly known as the American Cable Association. “There are many lessons to be learned from the U.S. v… Read


Disney-Fox: Relief, Some Gamesmanship, Anxiety, Layoffs Timeline & No Disneyland Perks On Day 1 Of Mega Company

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About 15,000 of the 22,400 21st Century Fox employees woke up with a new employer this morning as Disney's $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox assets officially closed at 12:02 AM ET last night. But as the newly minted Disney staffers drove to work, they were reminded who owns the famed Fox Studios lot in Century City as they were greeted by a large “Welcome to Fox” banner splashed at the main entrances (pictured above). That is a case of some good old gamesmanship and… Read