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July 2017 Archive


50 Cent Lashes Out On Instagram, Threatens To Exit ‘Power’

Things are getting heated between Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Starz as he used some choice words on Instagram to illustrate his feelings about how the premium cabler has been treating him and his drama series Power. Jackson, who plays Kanan and serves as executive producer of the series, posted a threatening photo collage and caption on the social media platform: Jackson’s straightforward threat to leave the show comes after Sunday’s episode, which originally was… Read


Tegna & Tribune Media Close Deals To Sell Most Of Their CareerBuilder Stakes

Tegna and Tribune Media fattened their bank accounts today as they closed the deal, announced in June, to sell much of their ownership stakes in CareerBuilder to an investor group. Tegna collects $250 million — or $220 million after taxes and “other adjustments” — by taking its stake down from 53% to 12%. It will keep two seats on the CareerBuilder board while using the cash to retire debt and to run its TV stations. Tribune said it will receive $158 million after… Read


Sony Pictures TV Networks To Acquire Majority Stake in Funimation

Sony Pictures Television Networks is increasing its footprint in the anime space, with a deal to pay $143 million for 95% of Japanese anime distributor Funimation Productions. Its catalog includes such popular titles as Dragon Ball Z, Cowboy Bebop, One Piece, My Hero Academia and Attack on Titan. The agreement that values the company at about $150 million is subject to regulatory approvals and other closing conditions. Funimation CEO Gen Fukunaga will retain a minority… Read


Warner Bros. Boosts The Next Generation Of Filmmakers

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Warner Bros is giving a voice to burgeoning underrepresented filmmakers. The studio hosted a short film festival to cap off its Emerging Film Directors Workshop, where each member of the inaugural class showcased their work in front of industry professionals last Thursday on the WB lot in Burbank. The event was the culmination of a nine-month fellowship, in which participants where given a budget of $100K to make a short film through a process that mimics WB's feature… Read


Candy Factory Acquires ‘September Morning’; Gravitas Nabs ‘London’s Finest’

Candy Factory Films has secured distribution rights to the 9/11 film September Morning and has slated a limited theatrical and day-and-date release to coincide with the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. From first-time director Ryan Frost, the pic is set in the hours following the tragic events of 9/11 and follows five college freshmen whose youth has been brutally severed by a national tragedy. The emotional and intellectual aftermath, for these five as well as… Read


Liam McIntyre, Harvey Keitel & Jenia Tanaeva To Star In ‘See You Soon’

Liam McIntyre, Oscar nominee Harvey Keitel and newcomer Jenia Tanaeva will topline the romantic drama See You Soon. First-time feature director David Mahmoudieh is going off of a script from Tanaeva and Mike Cestari with revisions by Joe Ballarini. Poppy Drayton, Oleg Taktarov, Spanish soccer legend Carles Puyol and Larissa Malevannaya also co-star in the pic, which is filming in Europe. The film centers on a soccer star who, after suffering a career-threatening injury in… Read


Slave Descendant Ana Navarro Tests Ted Danson’s Sense Of Responsibility At ‘Finding Your Roots’ Panel – TCA

Ana Navarro's father thought she would learn she is descended from Spanish royalty when she participated in PBS's Finding Your Roots celebrity genealogy series, "so he's still recovering," she said, after learning some of her ancestors were slaved. Writer/TV host/activist Janet Mock called it "incredibly emotional" to see a document in which one of her slave ancestors, at age 14, is listed on a ledger as being someone's property. Ted Danson discovered one of his… Read


‘Manhunt: Unabomber’ Exclusive Clip: Sam Worthington Tracks Shadowy Killer

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EXCLUSIVE: On the eve of the two-hour premiere of its scripted anthology series Manhunt: Unabomber, the Discovery Channel has revealed a scene from the show. Watch Deadline’s exclusive clip above. The creepy, atmospheric footage shows Sam Worthington as FBI agent and criminal profiler Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald,using a flashlight to slowly scan the charred, burned-out office of Gil Murray. The California Forestry Association employee is shown in a brief, suspenseful flashback… Read


Video Game Fans Remain Big Movie Goers, Machinima Survey FInds

EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood doesn’t have to worry about losing ticket buyers to video games, Warner Bros-owned gamer programming company Machinima says it found in a recent survey. All of the 2,051 mostly male players polled in April go to the movies at least once a year vs. 71% of the entire population. Some 17% of gamers see at least 12 movies a year, compared with 11% of the general population, and 83% see between two and 11 movies a year, vs 60% of the entire… Read


‘The Flash’: Hartley Sawyer To Play Elongated Man In Season 4

The Elongated Man is boarding Team Flash. Hartley Sawyer (Saving the Human Race) has been cast in the recurring role of Ralph Dibny (aka Elongated Man) for Season 4 of the CW’s The Flash. One of the Flash’s most iconic allies, Dibny is a fast-talking private eye with investigative skills that rival those of Batman. Upon discovering he has the power to stretch his body to any shape or form, Dibny uses his new abilities to help Team Flash solve one of Central City’s… Read

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Broadway Box Office Tips Up For Blockbusters As Star-Based Shows Slip

Broadway receipts were up slightly last week even as an old lesson held true: A hit that doesn’t hitch its wagon to a star is a better long-term bet than a star-driven vehicle. That was certainly the case for a couple of newsworthy shows, notably Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, which continued to slip following the departure of the musical’s Pierre, Josh Groban. The show whiplashed last week from one announcement – that Mandy Patinkin had agreed to a 3-week… Read


Exiting Anthony Scaramucci Has “No Role” In Donald Trump’s Administration, Press Secretary Says

"He has no role at this time in the Trump administration,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders today of now ex-Communications director Anthony Scaramucci exited and turmoil seemed to overtake Donald Trump's crew again. "Look, the President certainly felt that Anthony's comments were inappropriate for a person in a that position and he didn't want to burden General Kelly also with that line of succession," Sanders added under questioning from the press… Read