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Vin Diesel-Led ‘xXx 4’ Adds ‘The Green Hornet’s Jay Chou

Taiwanese artist Jay Chou, who made his Hollywood film debut starring opposite Seth Rogen in Sony’s The Green Hornet, has joined Vin Diesel for xXx 4, the next installment in the franchise which is being directed by D.J. Caruso. The pic is set up at Diesel’s One Race Films and The H Collective as both companies acquired the rights to the franchise from Revolution Studios. Chinese actress Zoe Zhang also co-stars in the film that will see Diesel return as Xander Cage. The… Read


Donald Trump Feasts On Multiple Side Dishes Before Flying South For Thanksgiving

Even in the World According to Trump, this was a busy news day. Well, more like a bunch of little stories stacked like a Trump-branded skyscraper built on a Superfund site. Before President Donald Trump headed south for Thanksgiving in South Florida, he and the White House touched on a fistful of topics. He sided with the Saudi Crown Prince over the young ruler’s role in journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He assured everyone that the U.S. troops protecting the southern border… Read


‘Creed II’ Review: Michael B. Jordan & Sly Stallone Return With A Russian Rematch That Has The ‘Rocky’ Formula Down Pat

Creed II

It is not surprising to see Sylvester Stallone’s name on the screenplay credit for Creed II (with co-writer Juel Taylor) because the film follows all the rules of Rocky movies — even if the title character is now named Creed. It’s got all the elements you would expect, particularly the underdog angle (even though Adonis Creed has become world heavyweight champion), the workout montage (this time in the desert), the personal story of marriage and a baby, the bruising fight… Read


Rami Malek On How He Transformed Into Freddie Mercury For ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ – The Contenders L.A. Video

Bohemian Rhapsody

He says he didn’t sing, play piano or dance, he comes from Sherman Oaks, and his most notable role to date was a very different kind of character in the USA Network drama series Mr. Robot. So what in the world ended up making Rami Malek the perfect choice to play Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody? In front of an invited audience of Academy and key guild voters at Deadline’s annual The Contenders Los Angeles award-season event this month, Malek and producer Graham King… Read


No Megyn Kelly & NBC Exit Deal, Despite Hopes For A Thanksgiving Resolution

Almost a month after Megyn Kelly’s show was dropped by NBC News and coming up on the one-year anniversary of Matt Lauer's pink-slipping from the same organization over sexual harassment claims, talks over an exit agreement for Kelly still have a ways to go. Despite a flurry of speculation in the last few hours from certain outlets connected corporately to Kelly's former home Fox News Channel that this is all but over, Deadline has learned that hopes for a tidy and buried… Read


Barclays Offers $230M To Help UK Producers Score SVOD Orders; Doubles Scheme That Backed ‘Black Earth Rising’

Barclays Bank has doubled the size of its fund to help British production companies develop programming for SVOD services such as Netflix and Amazon. Last year, the British bank launched a £100M (US$130M) fund to address cashflow problems faced by British producers as they win business from the digital platforms. They have now doubled this fund to £200M (US$260M). British broadcasters generally cashflow productions at the point of commission, although different networks… Read


Zackary Momoh Joins ‘Doctor Sleep’; Ben Affleck’s ‘Torrance’ Film Cast Rachael Carpani

Seven Seconds star Zackary Momoh has joined the cast of Warner Bros’ The Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep. Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson star in the film that follows an adult Danny Torrance, who previously survived his father's murderous rampage at the Overlook hotel. When Dan meets a tween girl with the same ability "to shine," they combine their abilities to track and thwart a cult called The True Knot, which feeds off of the life force of children to prolong their… Read


‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ Goes Alt-Everything – The Contenders L.A. Video

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Spider-Man has been portrayed by three actors (Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland) in eight live-action films since 2002. The iconic hero returns to the big screen next month in Sony’s animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, but once again there’s been a change-up. This time, Nicolas Cage will portray Spidey. As will Jake Johnson and John Mulaney. Same goes for… Kimiko Glenn and Hailee Steinfeld? In fact this film is absolutely crawling with Spider-Mans… Read


Alessandro Nivola In Talks For Lead Role In ‘Sopranos’ Prequel Movie

Alessandro Nivola is in talks to play Dickey Moltisanti, the late uncle of Tony Soprano and father of Christopher Moltisanti in New Line’s upcoming Sopranos prequel movie The Many Saints of Newark which is set during the 1960s. The late James Gandolfini played Tony Soprano on the HBO series, while Michael Imperioli played Christopher. The character of Dickey never appeared on the HBO series and was whacked before the drama's timeline. His legend hangs large as a pivotal… Read


Anita Hill-Led Anti-Harassment Commission Names Former USOC Exec Malia Arrington Executive Director

Sexual Harassment

The Hollywood Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality has appointed as executive director a former U.S. Olympic Committee official whose handling of a coach accused of sexually assaulting young athletes came under question. Malia Arrington takes over in her new Hollywood role December 1, succeeding interim director Trista Schroeder. Anita Hill issued a statement, lauding Arrington’s work as chief operating officer of the U.S. Center for… Read

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Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema Returns On Dec. 1 Following Renovations

As promised back in June, Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema revival house is throwing its doors open again December 1. The theater was closed back in January for near-year long enhancements and upgrades. First pics scheduled to play on the marquee is Tim Burton’s 1992 sequel Batman Returns, Richard Linklater’s 1993 comedy Dazed and Confused, and during the evening it’s Richard Lester’s Oscar-nominated 1979 title Butch and Sundance: The Early Years starring Tom… Read


Jay Roach’s Roger Ailes Project Adds Brooke Smith & Michael Buie

EXCLUSIVE: Brooke Smith (Ray Donovan) and Michael Buie (Marvel’s Inhumans) have landed supporting roles in Jay Roach-directed untitled Fox News film about the women who rose up against network boss Roger Ailes and his toxic male culture. They join stacked cast that includes John Lithgow as Ailes, Nicole Kidman (Gretchen Carlson), Margot Robbie (Kayla Pospisil), Charlize Theron (Megyn Kelly) and Allison Janney (feminist lawyer Susan Estrich). Buie will take on the role of… Read