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‘L.A.’s Finest’: Serious On-Set Accident Causes Injuries, Shuts Down Production

LA's Finest

EXCLUSIVE: A stunt went terribly wrong earlier today on the set of Spectrum/Sony Pictures upcoming TV series L.A.’s Finest, we have learned. "Multiple people got injured,” one source told Deadline. We hear the series, an offshoot from the Bad Boys movie franchise which stars Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, was filming a car crash scene in San Pedro. "I can confirm there was an accident," Lt. Philip Heem of the Los Angeles Port Police told Deadline. The accident occurred… Read


‘Desus & Mero’ Showtime Talk Show Premiere Brings Manic Energy, But Needs Work On Its Interviews

Thankfully, money doesn’t change everything. Desus & Mero is still funny, still informal, still high energy and still unlike most talk shows, even though it now has more to work with after moving from Viceland to Showtime. Desus Nice and The Kid Mero debuted the new version of their show last night, marking Showtime’s first late-night talk show. The featured special guest was fellow Bronxite and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Having risen from the Twitter and… Read


WGA Invites Agents To Sign Its New Code Of Conduct Banning Packaging and Producing


The WGA today invited all franchised agents to apply to sign its proposed Code of Conduct, which bans agents from entering into packaging and production deals. The guild said the proposed Code, which is subject to ratification by its members on March 25, will go into effect after the April 6 expiration of its current agreement with the ATA. "We are continuing to talk to the agencies and any additional changes we agree to will be applied to all agencies," the guild said… Read


Trevor Noah Says He Has Found Silver Lining In Jussie Smollett Case

The whole world now knows Empire actor Jussie Smollett’s name “and for all the wrong reasons,” The Daily Show host Trevor Noah began in a searing send-up of the scandal. Smollett was arrested Thursday and charged with felony disorderly conduct, for filing a false police report in which he claimed to have been attacked late at night in Chicago, by two MAGA-hat-wearing men. In a presser there, the city’s police superintendent said Smollett planned the attack because he was… Read

Awards News

Regina Hall, Amandla Stenberg, Kiki Layne & Jenifer Lewis Feted At Essence’s Black Women In Hollywood Awards

The Beverly Wilshire Hotel was exploding with Black excellence during Essence’s 12th annual Black Women In Hollywood Awards. The ballroom was packed with A-list Hollywood players like Regina King, Angela Bassett, Octavia Spencer, and Ava DuVernay, who came out to celebrate the contributions and achievements of some of Hollywood's leading female artists. This year’s honorees were The Hate U Give stars Amandla Stenberg and Regina Hall, as well as with If Beale Street Could T… Read


Warner Bros Dates ‘Space Jam 2’, Shifts ‘Annabelle’ Sequel & ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’

Warner Bros set a release date for one sequel tonight and moved up a couple of its franchise pics. The studio’s Space Jam 2 will hit the court on July 16, 2021, taking the slot that had been penciled in as Untitled WB Event Film. Meanwhile, New Line’s untitled Annabelle sequel was bumped up by a week from this year’s Fourth of July frame to June 28, while Legendary’s Godzilla vs. Kong moves up by nine weeks to March 13, 2020. The latter two also will be shown in Imax, the… Read


‘Katy Keene’: Jonny Beauchamp & Julia Chan To Star In CW’s ‘Riverdale’ Spinoff

EXCLUSIVE: Jonny Beauchamp (Penny Dreadful) and Julia Chan (Saving Hope) have landed lead roles opposite Riverdale's Ashleigh Murray in Katy Keene, the CW's Riverdale spinoff pilot from Riverdale creator/executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. TV. Written by Aguirre-Sacasa and Michael Grassi and directed by Maggie Kiley, Katy Keene follows the lives and loves of four iconic Archie Comics characters — including fashion legend-to-be… Read


Jussie Smollett “Feels Betrayed” After $100K Bail Hearing; Says He’s Innocent

Out on $100,000 bail and back on the Empire set for a stint, Jussie Smollett on Thursday insisted he is innocent of conniving a racist and homophobic assault upon himself. "Mr. Smollet is a young man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence and feels betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing," read a statement sent out late Thursday on behalf of the Empire actor. “Today… Read


Seth Gordon To Direct NBC’s ‘Lincoln’ Pilot Based On ‘The Bone Collector’ Books

Seth Gordon

Prolific film and TV helmer Seth Gordon has been tapped to direct and executive produce NBC’s Lincoln (fka The Bone Collector), a drama pilot based on the bestselling book series by Jeffery Deaver that adapted into the 1999 movie starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. The project hails from writers VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli, Universal Television and Sony Pictures Television, whose sibling feature studios shared distribution of the film, in association with Keshet… Read


‘Patty’s Auto’: Carra Patterson Cast As Lead, Sarah Levy, Paola Lázaro, Joanna Adler To Co-Star In Fox Comedy Pilot

UPDATED: Carra Patterson (The Arrangement) is set to star in the titular role and Schitt’s Creek’s Sarah Levy, Paola Lázaro (Lethal Weapon) and Joanna Adler (American Crime Story) will co-star in Patty’s Auto, Fox’s multi-camera ensemble comedy pilot from writer and The Big C creator Darlene Hunt, Elizabeth Banks & Max Handelman's Brownstone Productions and Warner Bros. Television. Betsy Thomas has signed on to direct the pilot and co-executive produce. Written by Hunt, Pa… Read


Pop Boss Brad Schwartz On Being Scrappy, Losing ‘Spinning Out’ To Netflix & ‘Flack’ As The Network’s ‘Breaking Bad’

Four years ago, the TV Guide Channel, a co-venture of CBS and Lionsgate, relaunched as Pop with a slate of unscripted series and a scripted comedy, Schitt’s Creek, which has become the basic cable network’s signature series. Now in its fifth season (and certain to be renewed for a sixth as it eyes an off-network syndication sale), the comedy, headlined by Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara, is being joined tonight by Pop’s latest scripted series, comedic drama Flack. Pop… Read


Oscars: It’s An Honor Just To Be Nominated! Barry Jenkins, Rami Malek And More On The Glory Of Making The Cut

87th Oscars Nominations Announcement

They say it is just an honor to be nominated for any showbiz award (and of course the Oscars), and stars from two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank to Barry Jenkins, Rami Malek and more tell Deadline what that moment was like for them in these video snapshots from my The Actor’s Side  and Behind the Lens tapings over the past season. Check out their answers in the video above.  Read