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Second Stage Theater Sets Broadway Debut Of Tracy Letts’ ‘Linda Vista’

The New York premiere of Linda Vista, the latest work from Pulitzer and Tony winning August: Osage County playwright Tracy Letts, will begin previews Sept. 19 in a Second Stage Theater production at the Hayes Theatre, the company’s Broadway home. Steppenwolf’s Dexter Bullard will direct, with an opening night set for Oct. 10. The play (pictured at its West Coast premiere at the Mark Taper Forum in January), is one of five Second Stage productions announced today for the… Read


Neve Campbell, Tom Cullen, Keir Gilchrist Join Indie Drama ‘Castle in the Ground’

Neve Campbell, Downton Abbey actor Tom Cullen, and Atypical star Keir Gilchrist have joined Alex Wolff and Imogen Poots in the indie crime drama Castle in the Ground from writer/director Joey Klein. It follows Henry who, after the untimely death of his mother, befriends his charismatic but troubled next-door neighbor Ana, who embroils Henry in a world of addiction and violence just as the opioid epidemic takes hold of their small town. William Woods of Woods Entertainment… Read


Apple Stock Drifts Down Another 1% As Wall Street Shrugs At Video Reveal

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Fans inside Apple’s Steve Jobs Theatre may have oohed and aahed at the talent gathered by the company for its elaborate video tease yesterday, but Wall Street’s reaction could be described as a collective “meh.” Apple stock, which dipped 2% yesterday, drifted down another 1% today, closing at $186.79 after most observers critiqued the two-hour event for being too light on details. Although some substantive information was released about the company’s push into news… Read


WGA Lays Out Action Plan If Talks With ATA Fail To Reach New Franchise Agreement


The WGA has laid out its plan of action in the event an agreement isn't reached with the Association of Talent Agents by April 6. "We have a plan," the guild said in a communiqué to its members as bargaining for a new franchise agreement resumes today. "We know we cannot replace agents. There will be difficult moments. But our goal is to get through staffing season and whatever period of time it takes to make a fair deal with the agencies." The guild added: “Our industry… Read


CAA Signs Netflix Series ‘Sex Education’ Director Kate Herron

EXCLUSIVE: Kate Herron has inked with CAA for representation. Herron most recently directed the second half of the breakout Netflix series Sex Education which stars Asa Butterfield and Gillian Anderson. Sex Education launched on Jan. 11 in 190 countries, and has been hailed by Deadline sister publication Rolling Stone as “a standout teen comedy.” Herron will next direct Netflix's Daybreak, her first episode of US television. Previously, she directed every episode of Five b… Read

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How Much Green Did ‘The Grinch’ Steal? No. 9 In Deadline’s 2018 Most Valuable Blockbuster Tournament

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When it comes to evaluating the financial performance of top movies, it isn't about what a film grosses at the box office. The true tale is told when production budgets, P&A, talent participations and other costs collide with box office grosses and ancillary revenues from VOD to DVD and TV. To get close to that mysterious end of the equation, Deadline is repeating our Most Valuable Blockbuster tournament for 2018, using data culled by seasoned and trusted sources. THE GRIN… Read


‘The Unicorn’: Omar Benson Miller & Maya Lynne Robinson Cast In CBS Comedy Pilot

EXCLUSIVE: Omar Benson Miller (Ballers) and Maya Lynne Robinson (The Conners) are set as series regulars opposite Walton Goggins, Michaela Watkins and Rob Corddry in CBS' single-camera comedy pilot The Unicorn, from Bill Martin and Mike Schiff, Kapital Entertainment and CBS TV Studios. Written by Martin and Schiff and directed by John Hamburg, The Unicorn, inspired by a true story, centers on Wade (Goggins), a recent widower who is eager to move on from the most difficult… Read


Columbia Pictures & Blumhouse Officially Tap Zoe Lister-Jones To Direct & Write ‘The Craft’ Reboot

Blumhouse and Columbia Pictures have officially announced that Zoe Lister-Jones is writing and directing the new rendition of The Craft.  The original 1996 movie, which starred Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, Christine Taylor and Skeet Ulrich followed a newcomer at a Catholic prep high school who falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft, and wage curses against those who tick them off. Both Blumhouse and Columbia are co-financing… Read


Carol Burnett Book ‘Carrie And Me’ In Works As Movie At Focus Features With Tina Fey, Steven Rogers Producing

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EXCLUSIVE: Focus Features is giving the film treatment to New York Times bestseller Carrie and Me, the memoir from multi-hyphenate Hollywood icon Carol Burnett written as a tribute to her late daughter Carrie Hamilton. Brothers Ian and Eshom Nelms have been brought on to adapt the screenplay. Burnett is producing the project via her Mabel Cat Productions company along with Tina Fey and Eric Gurian under their production company banner Little Stranger, and I, Tonya… Read


Sugar23 Takes Minority Stake In Short of The Week; Cary Fukunaga, David Gordon Green, Michael Sugar Join Advisory Board

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EXCLUSIVE: Sugar23 Global has taken a minority position in Short of the Week, the premier online short film platform for discovering and launching the new wave of emerging filmmakers. In addition to Sugar 23 and Michael Sugar’s position, filmmakers Cary Fukunaga and David Gordon Green are also investing in Short of the Week and joining the company’s advisory board. The online film curation service was founded in 2007 by Andrew Allen and Jason Sondhi. Recent film… Read


Dish And Univision End Carriage Impasse, Announce New Long-Term Contract

Ending a nearly eight-month impasse, Dish Network and Univision Communications have announced a new long-term carriage deal. The companies said restoration of Univision networks and stations on DishLatino and Dish will begin immediately. Dish at the end of 2018 reported 12.3 million total pay-TV subscribers, including 2.4 million on its "skinny-bundle," internet-delivered service Sling TV. It pioneered the concept of bundling programming for Hispanic TV viewers in the… Read


Turner’s Communications Mainstay Sal Petruzzi Sets Exit From Company


Sal Petruzzi, a publicity executive with nearly 16 of experience at Turner, plans to exit the company as AT&T-owned parent WarnerMedia continues a major restructuring. Over the past several years, Petruzzi led U.S. communications for Turner, serving as the main rep for former uber-boss David Levy. In a farewell memo to colleagues (read it below), Petruzzi thanks several execs, including Levy. The former head of Turner left the ad-supported TV network wing of WarnerMedia… Read