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‘Polar’: Deadmau5 Looks The Part For Scoring Jonas Akerlund’s Dark Horse Comics Adaptation


The Canadian music producer known as Deadmau5 is making his first foray into film scoring with Polar, a noir-tinged project by director Jonas Akerlund that arrives next year from Netflix and Constantin Film. The action film is an adaptation of Polar: Came From the Cold, the webcomic by writer-artist Victor Santos that was published in 2013 as a 160-page graphic novel from Dark Horse Entertainment, the Oregon comics publisher that has a track record of delivering source… Read


Marion “Suge” Knight Cops Manslaughter Plea, Faces 28 Years In Prison

Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight pleaded no contest today to running over a man and killing him in a restaurant parking lot three years ago. He is expected to be sentenced to 28 years in state prison on the charge. Knight entered his plea to one count of voluntary manslaughter and admitted a special allegation that he used a deadly weapon, a truck. Knight, 53, was once one of the most feared men in the record industry during his days as CEO of Death Row Records, a… Read


‘Watchmen’: Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross To Compose Music For Damon Lindelof’s HBO Series

The Oscar-winning duo of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are tuning up to compose the music for Watchmen, HBO’s upcoming DC superhero series from Damon Lindelof. The pair won their Oscar for scoring 2010’s The Social Network and also have worked on such films as Patriots Day, Gone Girl, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and climate-change documentary Before the Flood, along with last year’s PBS documentary The Vietnam War. Reznor founded the influential industrial rock band… Read


SAG-AFTRA Applauds Senate’s Unanimous Vote For The Music Modernization Act

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SAG-AFTRA raised its voice today in praise of the Senate’s unanimous support of the Music Modernization Act, a bill that would pay artists for their recordings and help songwriters get paid. The legislation is a rarity in the an otherwise divided Congress — a measure that enjoyed sweeping, bipartisan support. A slightly different version of the bill also passed the House without a single objection. The Music Modernization Act is designed to fix some long-standing issues… Read


NFL Punts On Maroon5 Quarterbacking Super Bowl Halftime Show

As rumors swirl that the Adam Levine-led Maroon5 will headline the Super Bowl halftime show on CBS, the NFL has thrown a flag on the play. But that doesn’t mean it’s not happening. “It's a Super Bowl tradition to speculate about the performers for the Pepsi Halftime Show,” a league spokesman told Deadline. “We are continuing to work with Pepsi on our plans but do not have any announcements to make on what will be another epic show.” That’s the NFL’s usual company line… Read


Carrie Underwood, Imagine Dragons Set To Perform On American Music Awards

Carrie Underwood, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ign are among the first round of performers set for ABC’s 2018 America Music Awards broadcast, the network and dick clark productions announced today. Hosted by the previously announced Tracee Ellis Ross, the fan-voted awards show will broadcast live from Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater Tuesday, Oct. 9, 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Malone and $ign will team up for their first-ever AMA performance. The broadcast will mark… Read


Martin Bandier To Step Down From Sony/ATV Music Publishing In 2019

Martin Bandier is leaving his post as Sony/ATV Music Publishing’s chairman/CEO and the end of March 2019. Bandier’s long-rumored move was confirmed by an internal letter sent to staffers. Sony/ATV is the world’s largest music publisher, gaining the title when it reached an agreement in May to acquire the 60% stake in EMI Music Publishing held by the Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund. The deal is important in an age where streaming music dominates the market. The veteran… Read


Rising Talent Jessie Buckley On Starring In TIFF Crowd Pleaser ‘Wild Rose’: “She Goes On A Journey Of Identity” – Toronto Studio

Jessie Buckley arrived in Toronto last year as an unknown, in the British indie thriller Beast, but she leaves this year as a star in the making, after knocking audiences for six in the feel-good musical Wild Rose, in which she plays Glaswegian country singer Rose-Lynn Harlan. To discuss the film, the actress came by the Deadline studio with director Tom Harper, screenwriter Nicole Taylor and actress Mary Steenburgen, who wrote the film's key song. Taylor set the ball… Read


‘Miss Angela’, Feature Docu About 90-Year-Old Cuban-American Songwriter, Sets Andy Garcia To Narrate – Update

UPDATED with additional info: Andy Garcia has come aboard to narrate Miss Angela, the working title of the feature documentary Angela Alvarez, the 91-year-old who had her lifetime's work of songs discovered, and recorded her first album. Filmmakers Paul Toogood and Lloyd Stanton interviewed Alvarez and her children about her life and recorded when she performed her music in a debut concert (on her 91st birthday) at Hollywood’s Avalon Theater, an event Garcia both played… Read


‘Her Smell’s Elisabeth Moss Goes Down Rabbit Hole Of Manic Self-Destruction As ’90s Punk Rocker – Toronto Studio

In Her Smell, Elisabeth Moss’ third film with writer-director Alex Ross Perry, the Emmy and Golden Globe winner trades in dystopian hopelessness for a different kind of darkness, throwing herself entirely into the anarchy of the ’90s punk rock world. Starring alongside Cara Delevingne, Amber Heard, Ashley Benson, Dylan Gelula and more, Moss is Becky Something, the brilliant and brilliantly self-destructive front woman of ’90s rock band Something She, struggling with… Read


Quincy Jones On Netflix’s ‘Quincy’ Doc & The Passion That Keeps Him Working – Toronto Studio

An entertainment tour-de-force placing his irreplaceable stamp on the worlds of music, film and television over the course of 70 years, Quincy Jones graced Deadline’s Toronto Studio last night, appearing with director Alan Hicks to discuss Netflix documentary Quincy. Co-directed by Jones’ daughter—quadruple threat Rashida Jones—this celebration of the artist’s life and work examines the challenging childhood, as well as the racial and cultural boundaries Jones transcended… Read


Beth Krakower, Publicist To Award-Winning Film & TV Composers, Dead At 46

Beth Krakower who repped such composers as The Walking Dead‘s Bear McCrearyHouse of Cards’ Jeff Beal and Drive‘s Cliff Martinez, died Wednesday morning at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 46. Krakower was known by those in the industry for her warmth, eloquence and brilliance. Her other clients included the original Mission: Impossible theme composer Lalo Schifrin (who was just announced yesterday as the recipient of an… Read